• Informative

    Simple Small Things & Songs

    I think songwriters are some of the most creative people not really known to others. I tend to only realize a person is a songwriter when I like a song enough to look up the album details and see who helped create it and realize that the person who is singing the song that emotionally moves me so much is also the person who helped write those same words. I’d like to think that music is one way I can connect to people and the situation I’m going through at the time, and there are a plethora of songs that when they play within my range of hearing I tend…

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    Perpetual Growth

    Growing up I was able to visit a really cool science museum, and one of the main attractions was a weighted stick that slowly drew intersecting circles in a large area of sand. It was as close to a perpetual machine as I’ve ever seen. It seemed to always be moving and changing the layout of the circles in the sand, but I’m sure there was some form of low-energy power going through the machine unseen by the public. I was reminded of that exhibit recently when our church introduced a new initiative called Unfinished, where we are asking for the church as a whole grow in faith, discipleship and…

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    History and Legacy

    History has always held a high level of fascination for me, from the kings and queens of old to the events of September 11th, 2001, though to be honest, I am still a bit mind-boggled that I lived through something that is now being taught in schools in history classes. I never was one for long-essay questions on any history test in school, but looking back now on certain people with more context than just why they were important to the American Industrial Revolution, I can enjoy learning more about them. Andrew Carnegie is one of those people. He was a self-made millionaire and depending on who you ask, he…

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    Hard Moments

    Recently Mister and I were asked to share part of our story for a video compilation at church. After we were interviewed they asked if we could also send in some photos to accompany our video segment. Thankfully Google Photos has most of our photo memories so we dived into all that we have saved there. Oh boy there were lots to go through. Here are some recent ones compiled for Munchkins first grade teacher to get to know him a bit better. To get a wide range of times and events we looked back to when we were packing up our house in Ohio (or rather, watching the movers…

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    God & Games

    Being married to a tech savvy geek has lots of perks. Lately we’ve been enjoying one of those perks by playing a variety of video games on a new gaming system. It’s been fun to see Munchkin trying to play some of the games and interacting with him on a different level than before. We’ve had to remind him that the game is just that and starting over isn’t the end. In fact sometimes the restart can help because you’re aware of the difficulties in the levels and can plan accordingly. In recent news a story came up that got me thinking about how often, in the midst of struggles,…

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    Turkey, stuffing and pie! Oh my!

    My first inclination was to add a delightful GIF of George Takei saying the phrase ‘oh my!’, but I’ll wait until the feeling passes.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner people. So if you’re one who’s been tasked or volunteered to handle the turkey cooking this year, and if you haven’t already, you should probably take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in your fridge. Rarely does frozen turkey turn out yummy, just saying. Plus no one wants to deal with food poisoning at any time.   Time passed, still want to share it. https://goo.gl/images/XKX4Hm This has been an interesting month for me. My son is in kinder this…

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    Bags, Baggage and Guilt

    When you fly are you the totally organized passenger who’s got a place for everything and everything in its place? Or are you the last minute packer who is frantically trying to make sure the basics are there crammed in every which way as you make a mad dash to the airport hoping and praying that your flight hasn’t started boarding yet? I tend to be a bit of an over-packer who might be ready for the zombie apocalypse at the drop of a hat, but needing to have supplies to replace anything in my diabetic arsenal takes up a lot of space, and money (but that’s another story) Recent…

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    Celebrate Family

    Tomorrow is one of the biggest nationwide celebrations for Americans, barring an improbable Super Bowl win by the Cleveland Browns. We celebrate the birth of our nation with fireworks, parades, and picnics all while immigrants families are struggling to find each other after being separated and detained in immigration centers after crossing into the “land of the free”. There is a lot of misinformation swirling out there on the web that muddies the conversations that are happening about this polarizing issue, but thankfully The Washington Post has complied an article to address the he said/she said going on and you can read it here. What I find most troubling is…

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    We are all Immigrants

    While we were visiting family in Ohio a few months ago, one of the fun activities my mother-in-law (MIL) was doing was tracing her family history. She was able to delve into generations of her family that she had known only smatterings about from passed down old stories and occasional pictures. Being intrigued with the mystery and history aspects of tracing family trees, I asked her to start tracing my family tree. We came across some interesting facts and features of several of my great grandparents, but that fun search took on new meaning in regards to recent political events happening. We live near the biggest major city in south…

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    Survivor, not victim.

    A few weeks ago, I attended a local dance schools spring recital. I enjoyed seeing the young girls get their moment on stage to show their families and friends all the hard work they’ve put into practices finally pay off. The whole show was bittersweet because there was a missing dancer among the tutus and tap shoes. Her absence wasn’t due to being ill or on vacation, it was due to a senseless act committed by someone she once loved. Emilee Hurst would have been on stage, at that recital, showcasing her solo dance routine and participating in a few group routines as well, but sadly, she was killed in…