Monday, October 12, 2015

GRATEFUL HEART MONDAY

Hi it has been 10 days since my last post.  I took a little rest to come up with some ideas for upcoming posts and let me be honest, I didn't come up with many.  It was a good time off after the blog-tember challenge.  I didn't do much during those 10 days it was a pretty relaxing week.

Today I decided to join in on the Grateful Heart linkup with 
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

What am I grateful for this Monday?

So many things but today I will just share one.  I am grateful for my Mom.  She is the strongest woman I have ever met and I am please that I can call her Mom.  Her life has been hard and thank God she has overcome it with him along her side.  She became a widow when she was 27 with 3 children ages 11 months, 2 and 3 years-old.   She says she wanted to die too, she didn't want to go on.  After 5 years of no sleep and a liquid diet she realized that God hasn't taken her for a reason and she had to be here for her children.  She raised them and a few years down the road met my dad and well, here I am now.  Her story is a sad story that I wish I could share the details with you but she didn't allow me to and I want to respect her wishes.  I hope to be able to share it with you one day because it is a story worth hearing and seeing how God was always walking along side her.

My Mom is a loving caring woman not only to her children but everyone who goes to her house.  Always wanting to feed everyone, she is very hospitable.  She definitely has the gift of hospitality, a gift that I certainly do not have and wish I did.

Thank you Lord for allowing me to have such an amazing Mother.

What are you grateful for?

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I hope you are having a lovely Monday

Thursday, October 1, 2015

REMEMBER ME // HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED?


Have you ever thought about how you want to be remembered when you pass away?  If you are like me, you have and if you're not well then, you haven't.  When I was younger this thought never crossed my mind but when I got close to death it did and it hasn't left my mind since, it could also be the fact that I have a life threatening disease but we won't go with that one. :)

I want to be remembered as a woman who loved God and was able to share him with others immediately.  I want people to feel like I was able to share Jesus love with them.  Be remembered as someone who was caring and supportive but honest and loving, even giving tough love when necessary.  Someone who was real and genuine in their walk with Christ.  I want to be remembered for the good choices I made and the bad choices I made that molded the person I am now.  I want people to remember the positive conversations we had and the encouraging words I spoke their way.  

I want this life to glorify God so much that in someone remembering me, it brings them to think of God and praise him because through him I am the person I am today or I guess then it will be 'was'.  He has molded me into this person I hardly recognize but love looking at.  He astonishes me daily with his glorious grace and mercy upon us.

I was at a funeral a few years ago for this church member I really had not had the pleasure of ever knowing.  As people went to speak at the pulpit I listened intently to the words coming out of their mouths of how much this man loved Jesus and how you just knew.  They kept going on and on and the focus wasn't about the deceased man but it was about how much God was apart of his life and ultimately they all spoke of how God reached people through him.  And, I thought to myself, "Self, that is how I want to be remembered.  Not for the amazing things I do (if I even do any) but for loving Jesus and sharing his love with the lives I come in contact with."  So I wan't to be remembered as a person who loved God, shared his word and his love with everyone she could.

I ask you, how do you want to be remembered?  What do you think about how I want to be remembered?  Is this post a little morbid?  Yes, I think it too.  :)  A great October 1st post though, right?

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I hope this Thursday is a precious day for you

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

THE END // BLOG-TEMBER DAY 30

Blog-tember no more after today, well, for this year at least... it is a sad, sad day for me.

September 30: A farewell coffee date. Take some time to breath, sip a warm drink, and share with your new blogging buddies. If you'd like a prompt: how did the Blog-tember Challenge go for you? Any surprises? What was your favorite prompt, or what would you like to see included next time? 



I have my cup of coffee, grab your coffee or whatever you want to drink and let us make a toast to Bailey for hosting blog-tember and giving us great prompts and thank you God for bringing lovely women together.  Salud!

So, this is it, the end of the Blog-tember Challenge and I am happy to say that I did it.  I completed this challenge.  It is a good feeling knowing that I blogged everyday this month.  If you joined in on the Blot-tember challenge fun, yay and I give to you a *high five*

This certainly was a challenge for me and it went well.  I got to interact with some lovely women.  My blog-reading list has become significantly longer and I am very happy about that.  Thank you to everyone who has stopped by, I really appreciate you taking time to read my words.

I was surprised that I didn't skip a few prompts, like the VLOG and a few others.  I don't remember what the others are because I did end up doing each one but there were a couple that I just wanted to skip over.  Luckily I pulled through and did it anyway.  It was good for me to just set aside my feeling and just do it.  I have a tendency of talking myself out of things a lot, but I put it in God's hands.

I wish I could pick one favorite prompt but in all actuality I liked them all.  They all helped me think and helped me get my creative juices running.  I plan on participating next year as well and hopefully I will complete it again too.

It was fun and I weep (not really) now that it is over.  I don't know what I am going to do now that I don't have set prompts.  Oh, but I got plenty of ideas from many of you blog-tember gals.  So I will definitely be borrowing some prompts from you.

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Wow, it is already late!  I am getting this posted at almost 4:00 p.m pacific time.  I was having trouble with my internet this morning and just got home.  Hopefully some of you are still able to read this today Wednesday.  Well, it was fun being part of the second annual Blog-tember challenge.  Please come back and visit me some more.

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I hope your Wednesday is going super!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

INSPIRATION FOR YOU // BLOG-TEMBER DAY 29

Welcome Tuesday, it has been 7 days since I have seen you.  So, yesterday I waited for UPS all day.  Okay, it wasn't all day but just about, they arrived with my package at 1 p.m.  I broke my phone a few days ago and my replacement got here yesterday.  Good thing I have a wireless insurance plan otherwise I would have had to deal with a broken phone or buy a new one at retail price and that was most certainly not going to happen.

September 29: Write your own list of 10 blog topics to inspire us next month.


Wow, this is by far the hardest prompt for me to date.  I have been thinking and thinking of blog posts that would inspire you to possibly use next month.  I arrived at the conclusion that, "I don't even have blog ideas for me, how am I supposed to inspire someone else?"   But I still kept jotting down ideas some cheesy and some plain dull.  I even considered skipping today or just writing about something else.  Writing about something else would have been easy and a cop out so I am going to do this.  Here are 10 blog topics that I hope will inspire you for next month or the coming months.

  1. What are some positive/negative attributes or habits have you acquired from your parents?  Which would you like and not like to pass on to your children and why?
  2. One Day at a Time Lily
  3. Do the seasons affect your mood?  How?
  4. One Day at a Time Lily
  5. This one is more of a challenge.  I challenge you to unplug for a day and then talk about how you felt.  Were you able to not use technology or did you feel like you were suffocating?  How big of a part does technology play in your life?  
  6. One Day at a Time Lily
  7. Dream vacation!  If you could plan a vacation to anywhere expenses not an issue, where would you go and what would you do?  What is your dream vacation with no limitations.  Go all out or keep it simple.
  8. One Day at a Time Lily
  9. Favorite childhood movies or T.V shows.
  10. One Day at a Time Lily
  11. How do you want to be remembered.  I know, I know, this one is a little morbid.  I often think about it though.  How will people remember me.  Will they have pleasant memories or will I not even be a memory?  I think too much!  Lol...
  12. One Day at a Time Lily
  13. If you could donate $1,000,000 (one million dollars) to a charity which would it be and why?
  14. One Day at a Time Lily
  15. Share a day in your life with only photos and video if you choose to do so.
  16. One Day at a Time Lily
  17. Favorite and least favorite movie/song review.  Review a movie/song of 2015 you liked and one that you did not like.
  18. One Day at a Time Lily
  19. Being intentional.  Write how you are or can be more intentional with people that surround you be it family, friends,co-workers or anything in which you think you are intentional or need to be.  For example I want to intentionally be present when I interact with someone.  I want to listen to them and intentionally let them know I care for them and that I am listening.
  20. One Day at a Time Lily


There you have it, there is my 10 blog topics.  I have made a button for each topic just incase you actually decide to use one.  You can grab the button and add it to your post if you want.  If you do please let me know, I would absolutely love to read it.


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I hope you like the topics.
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I hope you have a beautiful Tuesday!

Monday, September 28, 2015

A DAY IN MY LIFE // BLOG-TEMBER DAY 28

Monday already?  Why?  I am not ready for the week yet.  This weekend was pretty calm.  Nothing too hectic or exciting.

September 28:  A day in the life. Take us through it with you.



A day in my life... since yesterday was Sunday I decided to write about a day in my life on Sunday.  Sunday is a relaxing day where I wind down and just relax.

Sunday morning I wake up at 7 a.m. Make sure I am done with my dialysis therapy and disconnect from my machine.  I then head on over to the bathroom to brush my teeth, wash my face and do something with my hair, Sunday I decided to curl it.  I get dressed and make sure I don't look like a zombie by applying some makeup.  After I am all ready I eat breakfast, I didn't take a picture but I had some waffles with syrup and a scrambled egg.


At about 8:50 I headed to church.  I go early to help with his youth group Sunday school.    Then, service begins at 11.  The pastor spoke about joy and finding joy in serving others especially when they are going through struggles.  It was a good sermon.

Lol... This is what I wore yesterday.  I didn't put enough hairspray in my hair so the curls fell flat but it still looked ok.  It was a nice morning, I don't remember the temperature but it was pretty.

After church we headed over to Denny's for lunch.  Then to the hospital to visit my Father-in-Laws girlfriend but she didn't want to see anyone but him so we waited in the car.  No one wanted to take a picture with me.

We got home at about two I got a Starbucks latte and they misspelled my name.  Laid on the couch with my computer looking at my notes for blog-tember.  Had some Chinese food for dinner, I didn't want to cook and just watched CSI:NY till about 8:30.  I was so tired yesterday I ended up hooking up early and falling asleep at about 9 something.

It was a good Sunday.  Just the way I like them nice and relaxing.  I didn't do anything too exciting but I had fun.  

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I hope you are having a lovely Monday


Sunday, September 27, 2015

WISH LIST // BLOG-TEMBER DAY 27

Oh Sunday you are here and I don't think I am ready for you be gone.  Oh well!  I have some sad news to share, there are only 3 days of the blog-tember challenge left... lol sorry if I worried you about the, "Sad news part" don't hate me. :)

September 27: What's on your wish list? Be sure to include links so we can shop too ;)

I have so many things on my with list, it is really long so I had to limit myself to 10 items and the focus is fashion.  Maybe in October I can share other things on my list.  Hmm... that might be a good blog post.   In the list I have some lower priced items and high priced items but nothing too crazy just incase you choose to steal my wish list item and purchase it for yourself.  If you purchase an item for me too I won't be mad, but if you don't... grr... hahaha just kidding. :-D  I'll have links below.



  • Little Black Dress is from Nordstrom and it cost $158.  I have had my eyes on this dress for some time now.  This little black dress looks very versatile, you can glam it up with a nice pearl necklace and some cute heels or glam it down by adding a jean jacket and some converse.
  • Green Blouse is from H&M and the cost is only $17.99.  This green is such a pretty color.  H&M is one of my favorited stores to shop at, they have such great prices ranges and quality of clothes.  You can wear this blouse with jeans or slacks and flats or heels.
  • Plaid Blazer is from Target and the cost is $34.99.  This is a cute blazer!  Blazers in genetal can be very versatile, you can almost make it work with anything.
  • Levi's Distressed Denim Overalls are from Macy's and the cost is $108.  A little pricy for a pair of overalls but they are so cute.  You can pair them with any cute t-shirt, tank top and crop tops too.
  • Red Skinny Jeans are from Macy's too and the cost is $22.99 right now they are on sale from $40.  I have been wanting a pair of red skinny jeans for some time now but I have not been able to find the right shade and right fit.
  • Rose Gold Fossil Watch is from Nordstrom and it cost $135.  I have always been a fan of rose gold and I am excited that it is everywhere now but at the same time not so much because I like to be different and now everyone seems to like rose gold too.  *sad face here*
  • Turquoise Necklace is from Charming Charlie and it cost only $8.99.  The pop of color would be a great accent for almost anything.  You can definitely dress up any casual outfit with this necklace.
  • Tieks in two colors, well actually more but I didn't want to over do it so I just added the Rose Gold and Lilac colors.  The shoes are hand-made in Italy with Italian leather and they even have some vegan textiles.  I heat that they are very comfortable.  I want a pair but they are pricy.  The rose gold pair are $235... ouch!  The lilac pair are $175.   Flats in general are awesome because you can dress them up or down and they go well with just about everything.
That's my wish list.  I don't know if I will be able to afford any of these items anytime soon but i am hopeful.  I think that I will most likely be able to purchase the red skinny jeans, the turquoise necklace, and plaid blazer.
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What do you think of the items on my wish list?  Would you purchase any of them for yourself?

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I hope you are having a loverly Sunday and may God continue to bless you

Saturday, September 26, 2015

READ, READ, READ // BLOG-TEMBER DAY 26

Hello Saturday, I don't want to do anything today.  Today is going to be a busy day and I still don't know everything that I will be doing.  I hope everything flows smoothly.  

September 26: What's on your to-reading list, and what have you recently read? 

TO READ
  1. Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure.  I am very interested in reading this book and seeing what Candace has to say about being in Hollywood and maintaining a biblical standard of living.
  2. Embracing Myself Now by Shawneda.  This book was handed to me by a friend just yesterday actually this is what the back of the cover says, "Dani wants to love the new woman she has become. Just can't convince her heart, soul and destroyed womb to accept the dreams she's had since childhood may never come true. Jenessa's life was turned upside down by triple negative breast cancer. Keeping it right side up may cost her the identity she's fought to protect for years. Dominique helped her mother face and conquer their past. Now anger and fear threaten her hope for the future. Despair and dread have picked their next prey, Vivian. She has no idea her new sisters in the struggle to defeat breast cancer will help her find an anchor beyond their support group's normal therapy. These four women are discovering it's hard letting go of what was when you never expected what life has become."  It sounds really interesting I am excited to dig in to it and explore.
  3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.  This one is easy it is by Harper Lee that should explain it.  Lol... To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books and I am so excited to read this one.  I have heard some really good things about it.

RECENTLY READ
  1. Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ by Mark Driscoll.  This is a great read!  Mark Driscoll really digs in to find your identity in Christ and not what the world tells you find it in.
  2. HOLINESS The Heart God Purifies by Nancy Leigh.  What does it mean to be holy?  And are we capable of reaching holiness?  This is a great read.  She goes into things that she has seen in the church and people in her life and how some people become so complacent to sin.  She also digs into staying in the word and being in the world but not of the world.
  3. Breaking the Islam Code by J.D. Greear.   This book was given to me by a friend and I read it.  It contains a lot of really helpful information when that will be useful when trying to share Christ with a muslim.  If you have someone in your life who is a muslim and you want to share Christ with them I recommend picking up this book
CURRENTLY READING
  1. The One & Only by Emily Giffin.  I just started reading this book and Wednesday and haven't gotten so far but here is what the back cover says, "In her eagerly awaited new novel, beloved New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin returns with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty—and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both. Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.  But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets."  This is her newest Novel.  I have read the rest and they are worth a read, you should check them out here.

That is it, these are the books I want to read, have recently read and not reading.  Sometimes I'll read two sometimes even three books at the same time to keep my brain exercising but not this time.  I am giving myself a little rest.  Are any of these books on your to-read or have-read list?

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Have a fantastic Saturday now, ya' hear ...lol