Wrong Phone Number

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Day 15; posted 10 out of 15 days so far.  It has been raining SO hard!  Random showers, like the sky is full of tears and can’t decide whether or not to cry..anyway!


So, to keep it short because I’ve been rambling lately and it’s late!!  This morning at work I was attempting to call my sister, but I forgot the order of the last four digits of her phone number.  I remembered the numbers, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember the correct order (I didn’t have my personal phone with me to look it up).  So, because the number wasn’t coming to mind, I took a wild guess and it was the wrong guess.

The phone rang 1, 2, 3 times, then a lady with the most joyful tone of voice answered and said “This is Diane!” (she may have said Diana…I can’t remember!?!) and I said “Oh, I am sorry!  I think I called the wrong number!” and she replied “Are you sure?  Maybe you needed someone to tell you to have a wonderful day!” I thanked her so much and wished her the same, as joyfully as I could, and hung up.

It was lovely!  The way she said that like an angel, instantly using that situation to encourage and bring a little sunshine to someone.  It was very inspiring and encouraging and, Ms. Diane/Diana, wherever you are, I thank you so much for the most pleasant wrong number phone conversation I’ve ever had!

We don’t think about it all the time, but do you know how simple it is to show little acts of kindness like answering a wrong number and genuinely wishing someone to have a wonderful day?  It takes nothing; nothing but a little kindness which, depending on the day, might take a TINY bit of effort!  It is so simple and easy and I believe necessary to be kind in our responses to people.  What’s the point of being blessed with the ability to speak if we don’t speak in kindness?  If we don’t encourage each other?  We was our breath on ugly words or short speech and phrases because we don’t want to talk to people, and we miss opportunities to give someone a smile.

Anyway!  Now that I’m rambling (ha ha!  I just have to get to bed which is why I didn’t want to ramble), I encourage you to take up the opportunities that come your way to show a little selflessness and share a little love and happiness and encouragement to your family, friends, or strangers (as long as it’s safe to do so; you know what they say about talking to strangers).  You never know what someone may be going through or experiencing and if you get that urge or feeling to say something to someone, it just might be the thing they need to hear to comfort, uplift, or even give hope to.


Okay, time for bed!  Have a blessed rest of your week.  Thank you for stopping by!  I intend to post tomorrow and so on for the rest of June, then I’ll cut back.  It’s been very nice for myself to start blogging again and share random things (almost) everyday.

Much love,



Ultimate Gift


“6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”  Isaiah 9:6-7

Hello!  I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and remembered the true meaning of Christmas; not Santa Claus or receiving presents or eating a big dinner or watching Christmas movies, but the true and absolute gift of them all, God’s Son who was born in Bethlehem and who has given us the chance of Salvation and living in eternity with the King of kings!

It is so fun to give and receive gifts for Christmas.  A way to look at gifts and presents on Christmas is to think about how God gave us the ultimate gift and wise men gave Jesus gifts when he was a baby, precious gifts, so I am not against gifts at all.  We can get so wrapped up (no pun intended) in gift giving and receiving though and often forget why Christmas is even a holiday!  It is the celebration of Christ Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.  That is Christmas!

So, as you woke up, opened gifts, shared smiles and laughter and made new memories I hope you took the time to acknowledge our Lord and Savior and wish him a very happy birthday and praises due his name.  He is so good and he is so worth it.

If you’re still in the giving mood I encourage you to smile at people, open the door for someone, compliment a friend, pray for someone on your mind, or help someone else in some way.  I too need to remember to do these things and think more selflessly and more Christ-like.

Thank you, Lord, for everything; for my family and my friends and total strangers who return a smile.  Thank you for this holiday season and the excitement and fun we all had.  Thank you for your provision and protection, Father.  Thank you most of all for your son, Jesus, who was sent to earth and who died for our sins so that we could be saved to live eternally with you, God!  I love you and I thank you for your love, joy and peace.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Happy Holidays everyone!  They are all coming to an end and a new year is about to begin!  I can’t even believe it!!  This is a quick post (but at least a post!) but I just wanted to share my thoughts for the evening.  Well, much love and until next time.

Oh wait…look at this little boy!


He is getting SO big!  Titus James!


New Room

Hello!  It has been a crazy couple of weeks.  I feel like it has been so busy, but this past week I was home almost every day.  I’m just extremely tired and I wish I wasn’t, but I have been!

Anyway, today (happy Labor Day!  Thank you all for your hard work!) my sister Sarah and I are fixing up and finishing my room!  YAYAYAYAYAYYA!!!!! 😀

My room is very small, but I love it.  It’s a perfect square, I get to see the sunrise and have the morning sunshine in my room every day and it has high ceilings which makes it feel even bigger then it is!  The walls of my room where blue on the bottom half and then a really light yellow on the top half with a pretty little nursery wallpaper border separating the two colors, but when I moves in and we declared that I would be staying in this room we painted the whole was the really light yellow color, and I just haven’t been satisfied!  So, it is now going to be blue…


I LOVE it so much!  I have never gotten so excited about a color before!


It’s so exciting to finally be doing something.  I have lived so much thinking about doing these things and to actually do it is invigorating!


Even this simple act of painting the wall a new color is just so wonderful and I can’t wait to finish it.  Oh, and I’ve painted it all so far with just a paint brush…he he he…I was a bit eager to start.

There has been so much going through my mind right now on so many different levels.  I wish there was someone I could talk to who could answer all of these thoughts and questions I have.  I guess I will just need to continue to trust in God for guidance and contentment and answers.  I don’t know.  That was a random though, but I was building up to say that I have been wanting to post all of these different posts but whenever I sit down and write them out I get discouraged, which is probably just the evil one trying to stop me from saying what I want to say and sharing what is on my heart.  I must overcome this weakness because I have come to find out that I may be small or shy compared to some, but I am a person who cares and who wants honestly and truth and justice to prevail and who is quite tired of keeping to myself and not speaking when I feel the urge to.

I hope everyone has or has had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  I now urge everybody reading this to pray for our country, pray for those you know who are not saved, and to go out and be light in your environment even if you’re having a crappy day or are over dealing with certain people.  Our job is to shine brightly and share the love of our Lord and Savior with the people around us.  Our own struggles and worries and annoyances, even though they are troublesome and aggravating, are nothing in this world.  We can worry and fear and want everyone around us to disappear, but what are we accomplishing?  So, pray and seek the Lord and go out and be a burning light eager, ready and willing to profess the Gospel to people and make the world a brighter one.

God bless and much love, always.

(Some encouraging verses.  Please look them up.)

Isaiah 41:10; Matthew 6:34; 28:19; John 3:16-17; 16:33; Romans 10:9-13; Philippians 4:8; 4:13


P.S. Check out Skylar’s latest post!  It is lovely and so inspiring!  I miss you guys SO much!! ❤


Rubber Balls and Letting Go

I was going to post yesterday about how crazy the weather was, but I decided to post today!  It was crazy yesterday.  Sunny and HOT then sunny and breezy then breezy and cloudy, then it started raining!  Today there have been a few sun showers but mainly really pretty breezy weather.

Ok, so a few days ago (Friday, to be exact) I thought it might be fun to do a little experiment with Eli, John and Cael…so here’s how it went.


We found a recipe online for how to make rubber bouncy balls (The 36th Avenue).  The ingredients were cornstarch, Elmer’s glue, Borax, warm water and food coloring.  Sounds easy, right?


Everything started out fine.  We actually didn’t have any Borax so I THOUGHT I could substitute something for it, but apparently, as you will soon find out, it wasn’t a Borax substitute.


With that said, we mixed our cornstarch and glue together and got out the food coloring and were having a great time!


All the boys were so excited about it!


Who wouldn’t be excited to make your very own bouncy ball?!


Well, once all of our colors were mixed in it was time to pour it into the warm water and “Borax”.


I went first.  Here I go pouring it in to the water and everything is fine.  I let it sit for 10 seconds and then take it out of the water and start forming it into a ball…


All of a sudden it was like my hands had turned purple and my skin was melting off!  It was SO sticky!!!  So sticky in fact that it just kept smearing all over my hands and dripping down my arms and I couldn’t even wash it off (hints why I don’t have a picture of it)!  It was crazy!


Turns out you were suppose to keep it in for more then 10 seconds and you really should use the right ingredients!  Oh well!  The boys made a mess and John almost got his to stay in the shape of a ball, but once it dried it fell apart.  So much for bouncy balls!

Still it was fun, but next time I will be sure to have everything we need for our crafts and experiments.


Lately I have noticed that I have accumulated a lot, a mean a lot, of stuff!  My closet seems to be bulging with boxes and clothes and my desk has a never ending supply of already-written-on paper and I just can’t seem to keep it all under control!  I used to be (and still am) very sentimental with certain things and sometimes I wish I wasn’t, but I have found that recently it has been easier for me to let go of certain objects and items that I really just don’t need to keep.  It is hard but also so necessary!  You can’t be relaxed or happy with your living environment when things are all cluttered and piled up!


It has been four years, which is hard to believe, that I haven’t been a dancer.  But, I have ALL of my dance stuff still!  Leotards, tights, ballet shoes, pointe shoes, costumes, etc etc etc!  And all I’m doing is attaching myself to it for all of the memories I have made from that time in my life, and in reality it’s just taking up a lot of space in my little square room and collecting a ton of dust!  I have had at least 9 pairs of pointe shoes and I wanted to keep them all and make some sort of collage out of them, but I haven’t and most likely won’t, so I have decided to keep my very first pair and maybe my very last pair and then get rid of the others.  Phew!  What a relief!  It feels so good, even though it’s hard, to let go of them!


I went through a box of childhood items that I used to play with every day.  The star above was given to me by one of my Mom’s friends who came to visit once.  I believe I was six or seven years old when she came.  Well I still have this star and found that it started leaking the liquid that’s inside it and I had put it in a plastic bag because I wanted to keep it, but really I’ve had so many years with it and for a lot of them it has been in a box where no one can see it, and now that it’s broken, it is time for me to say goodbye!  That was hard because I always loved that star (see!  I’m sentimental about plastic stars!).

One of the main reasons I think I am so sentimental and hang on to items and letters, pictures and clothes, etc, is 1.) Because I’m human!  and 2.) Because I fear that I won’t remember those times when I had those things.  I think to myself “if I don’t have that star, even though it’s leaking, I won’t remember when I was a little girl!” or “what if I get rid of all of my ballet stuff and forget the whole five years I was a dancer!” it’s a little bit ridiculous but true!

If I really want to remember these things and if they are really important to me then I need to give them to God and store up my riches in Heaven!

 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21 (John 16:33 also)

I’m not sure what kind of riches exactly will be in heaven, besides being with Jesus and living eternity with Him, and I don’t really know if God will give us new pointe shoes or non-leaking plastic stars when we get there, but I do know that we are not to trouble about the things of this world.  We are not to idol over the latest fashions or trends or focus entirely on the things we can get more of and that we want.  We should be content with the necessities and thank God for the extra stuff that He has blessed us with and give it to Him!  That’s what I believe Matthew 6:19-21 means; to give thanks to God for all of the things we have and while we have them we should love and take care of them but not make strong emotional attachments to everything and try not to be greedy about having more.

We live in a world that is constantly updating so it is beyond easy to “want” or “have to have” the latest whatever and not even realize our actions as ungrateful or a bit greedy.  As an example, my family, all twelve of us put together, amounts to a LOT of stuff in one house!  Even though we have a decent sized house and very decent space, it still looks and feels as if stuff just pours out of the walls!  Granted, it is troublesome with little boys who don’t instinctively think about putting their toys away after every time they play with them, and having older kids who are starting to keep bigger items and stuff for when they move out or get married, but it all comes down to being sentimental about things that are simply unnecessary to hold onto or wanting and having to have things.  But we will all learn the importance of being responsible for our things, and my family and I are so grateful and thankful for the many things we have!  I’m just stating that it easy to keep stuff and get bonded to it in one way or another and then all of a sudden you can’t put anything away!


Don’t worry about letting go.  Especially of material items!  First aim for the things you truly need and then try and be good about going through things and really making decisions about holding onto every little thing you come by!  If it’s something you really don’t need or even don’t want but still have a hard time getting rid of it, just pray and ask the Lord to allow you to trust Him and know that we can store our riches and desires of our hearts in Heaven and give your bond to Him and thank Him for your blessings.  We live in cluttered lives, but I assure you it is good to declutter.


Well, I was not planning on writing all of that!  It just came to me while I was sitting here watching, yet again, the sun come out and the clouds go away!  I guess it’s not going to rain this evening?  Well good, we need the sunshine.

I hope in some way what I had to share was inspiring or helpful to someone.  It’s just something in my life right now that I am learning and have found it to be beneficial for taking a load off and being able to relax and live in a nice organized room.  I have not even gone through my whole closet or the boxes next to my bed full of papers and random things, and the thought of it is a little intimidating, but I know that it will be a really good thing to do to go through and weed out the stuff I’ve been keeping month after month and year after year.  You just got to let go!



Cute little mushrooms!

Enjoy the rest of your week and have a wonderful evening!  Again, don’t be afraid to let go and if you are inspired or motivated to go through stuff and weed out then good luck to you and have fun!  Keep the things dearest to your heart and praise the Lord for the many blessings in your life and provisions He has given you.

God bless,


P.S. Jana Alayra is one of my FAVORITE Christian kids artists.  Her songs are energetic, really good and all in all awesome. 🙂  The song below I wanted to share.  Kind of goes with my post!  Please enjoy!

God is Taking Care of Me

Jesus Calling this morning was just another wonderful morning devotional that was assuring and encouraging and so very true.

God is taking care of us!  Of me, of you, of your sister and you brother; everyone!  He is working on our behalf.  We know nothing about our lives other then the moment we are living in, and yet we dream of, think of, anticipate, stress over, and long for days to come!  Or about the other way around; we long for the past.  Instead of just letting certain things go and not thinking of something you did wrong or stressing over situations that aren’t occurring now or wishing things were the same back whenever, etc!  But God has our lives written out and planned out before us and you would think that that would assure you to just “go with the flow” and relax, but the world makes the road that once was paved a rocky road leading to God’s will.  We just need to stick in there and follow it.

It is so easy to fall into what the world wants and thinks and says we need and should do, etc.  We need to look like models and be super skinny, or look like an actress and have the “perfect” body.  We need to have cell phones and text on them 24/7 and load pictures onto facebook and selfies…let me just pause there.  Selfies!  Really?!  I won’t lie that I have taken pictures of myself before, but not with the camera shoved into my face while I make a stupid facial expression and then load it to social media and say “OMG!  I look so hot!” or “I look horrible today.” or “Do you think I’m beautiful?!”  yeah…you won’t see me doing that unless I’m playing some kind of trick on someone!

Anyway.  I don’t really know exactly what I’m trying to say!?!  I just had the urge to write something!  It’s just coming more and more clear to me and vivid to me that this is a selfish, self-centered, all-about-me world!  No one pays attention to other people or cares about what is truly important like your family and your friendships that are loyal and true!  They’d rather go buy themselves a $1,000 Prada bag then donate a few dollars to a fundraiser or donation for something.  Money is the root of all evil…or one of the roots.  It’s so easy to be obsessed with every penny you earn or making sure you keep track of every penny or just focusing your whole life and what you want to do around money!  Almost everything you do requires some sort of payment, which is annoying or hard sometimes, so you do need to be cautious and not go overboard with shopping or anything, but don’t focus so much on it!

Also, just a random thought to go along with this random post, learn to set yourself aside.  I won’t sit here and give anyone orders or point fingers or anything because it’s your life and I’m just a person expressing my own feelings, but truly if you can learn to set yourself aside, not letting yourself and your flesh get in the way of your life and God’s will, then you are good to go my friend!  I haven’t even gotten the full concept of that yet!  It’s so SO easy to do things unconsciously even like something as simple as looking in the mirror and saying to yourself “Wow, I look horrible today!” or “Ohh, I look amazing!” (We’ve all thought both of those things before!).  I mean, it’s human, fleshly, nature to be selfish.  Fend for yourself, independent, woo hoo!  But…it’s something that I think everyone should be aware of, myself included; everyone.  A lot of the time when you’re thinking that you’re not really that selfish, it’s so easy to not know how you’re being selfish (I guess I said that already: being unconscious of your actions)!  I’ve been through situations before and then afterwards notice how ridiculous I acted or seemed and how selfish of me it was to not help someone or not lend a hand or whatever the situation was!  Selfish actions are easily unnoticed.

So, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, if your face is breaking out, if you’re going through an awkward hairstyle, or whatever, because in reality none of it matters AND, get this, the majority of people in the world, people like you and me, people who sit around worrying about what they look like and what other people think they look like, don’t…even…notice!  Nope!  The blinded truth is most of the time people wouldn’t have even noticed the pimple you were trying to cover up for an hour before you left, or that you have a small stain on your blouse, or fill in the blank!  And the small patch of people who really pay that much attention to your imperfections and notice those things are obviously very insecure themselves and have to point out the flaws in others to try and make themselves feel better!  See!  It’s a selfish world!

I’m not really trying to prove a point even though it may seem so.  I don’t want to tell you how to manage your budget or treat other people, even though we should treat other people as we would ourselves and love them as God does!  I’m also not dogging anyone or trying to hurt anybody’s feelings.  I’m simply ranting on my blog!  Don’t take offense to what I have to say.  They’re just my thoughts at the moment!


Well…the sun is shining and the blue sky is calling me outside, so I must bid you adieu for now!  I watched the sunrise again this morning, but we stayed up late last night and watched Elf after decorating the Christmas tree so I was very tired and went back to bed.  lol! 🙂  I hope your day is blessed and that you can experience helping others or doing something that takes a little focus off of yourself and makes you feel good inside.  Also remember that God is taking care of you and has your life, every second of it, in His hands.  Just trust Him (it’s hard but possible as long as you don’t worry or fear about it)!  Much love,


P.S. Wow…this post jumped around to a lot of different things that are actually kind of all connected! 🙂  Funny how that works.

Morning Musings


My journal entry this morning, 7:50am (revised a little bit).

  Our house is always quiet in the early mornings.  By early mornings I mean 8, 9, and even 10am, and by quiet I mean asleep!  We are not a morning family and there is nothing wrong with that.


  You may not think it, but I love waking up in the early mornings!  I love waking up to the sunrise!  My alarm went off at 7:30 (after is went off at 7am but I didn’t hear it), and I was up and ready to watch the sun rise up into the sky!  I opened my window, it was icy cold outside; there was frost on the roof, the car windows, and the arbor, and I looked out into the chilly morning just as the periwinkle sky started waking up.


  The trees were lined with a gold glimmer and as the clock ticked on the sun started to rise from the other end of the world.  The bright golden edges of it came first, and then finally, at 7:39am, the sun rose behind the trees and seemed to expand so far across the sky!  It was beautiful.


  So, at 7:39, the sun made it’s appearance after it’s grand entrance to the mornings sky and my room, being in the front of the house towards the sunrise, was soon consumed in the warmest, goldest, most, how can I explain…most honey gold light ever!  It was like my room was made out of gold!  I love that about my room; that it fills up with sunshine in the morning. 🙂


  A goal of mine is to wake up every chance I get to see the sunrise since we don’t have a good view of the sunset at all at our house.  It’s so beautiful and just assures you that there is a God, as funny as that may sound!  I’m sad to think of all the sunrises I’ve missed…..


I hope your day is filled with a warm, honey, glow and that you get a chance to watch the sunrise sometime if you haven’t in a while.  It’s getting so close to Christmas!  I can’t even believe it!  Really, I haven’t even given my mom a hint for what I might like (she usually gets something that I LOVE though so I completely trust her if I don’t decide on anything and am so thankful!).  Have a wonderful day!  God bless,





I write today to express how lovely and beautiful it is outside!  Not just today is it pretty outside, but there are many days that have passed that have been very nice weather and glorious sunsets, and even just pleasant days in general.

Guess what I have noticed…I complain a lot!  I complain about my life and how I’m not doing anything and it’s never exciting and I’ll probably never do anything, et cetera!  But guess what?  I can sit and complain about not doing anything, not reading or finishing a book, not exercising, but all I have to do is DO IT!  I have to change my habit pattern; my thought pattern and belief system.  If I want toned arms I need to pick up a weight and tone my arms!  If I want to eat better I need to eat better!  If there is something I want to try or do I need to find out how to do it and go for it!

One of the things that holds me back is fear of man.  Afraid of how other people see me or think about me.  Nervous that I will make a bad impression.  Anxious that I might say the wrong word in a sentence.  The second thing that keeps me from expressing myself and doing the things I love or want to try is myself.  Doubting myself, not having faith in myself, afraid of my own abilities to do stuff, scared that I won’t remember what I’m learning or won’t know what it means; not being able to understand!  That is something I truly struggle with: wanting to understand everything before I even learn it and being afraid of not understanding!

Today I learned about not being afraid to live your dreams and follow your heart (which is why I share this with you today).  Not being afraid of seeming selfish to want certain things or have certain desires to do things and just to do it!  You never know until you try and I definitely do not want to be looking back on my life thinking “What if I tried that?”…”Why didn’t I go there?”…”I should have listened to that…” and so on.  The past few weeks and months I have felt this belief to be ringing true in my life more and more because I have been afraid and I have been completely anxious and not having faith in myself or in God!!!  Wow!

God is so good and He wants to give you the desires of your heart and bless you in this life.  So, of course, He will help you to achieve your goals and your hearts desires unless they are just absolutely selfish or self-centered.  Or He will even change your dreams a little to better benefit you and His Kingdom!  You have to believe that He is good and believe that he loves you unconditionally!  You’ve got to trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).  And you also have to believe in yourself because you (with the “help” of the evil one) are your worst critic and, truly, your worst enemy!


Well, I just had that upon my heart and I feel like I could say a lot more!  Just remember that the Lord wants to bless you and wants you to be happy in this life.  I am learning slowly but surely that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13), and that I just need to be myself and be happy and to pursue the things that I love and enjoy doing and to just rejoice in the Lord and never forget  that He is always there.  During those times when we feel miles away from God, when we haven’t prayed in a while or read the bible, and we sit and say “He has forgotten me and I am unworthy and foolish etc, etc, etc!”, He is really right beside us looking at us and saying “My child; My kid.  You are so beautiful, you are so worthy, and I, the Almighty God, love you so much and want nothing more but for you to come to Me and find peace and love and joy in Me.”.  At least that’s what I’ve realized He’s been saying to me! 🙂


I am also writing today to report that my computer is dead and will be until my brilliant, wonderful brother can fix it (he’s very busy with school right now) so with that said I will not be able to use, share or post any of the pictures I’ve taken and loaded onto my computer!  So I guess I’ll have to finish reflecting on my summer another time!  I really wanted to share our train ride pictures, but I’ll have to remember to do so once I can use my computer!  (Thank you, mom, for letting me use your computer!)

I hope this day brings a smile to your faces or happiness to your hearts and I hope so deeply that you will be able to follow your dreams and follow your heart to do something that you’ve always wanted!  Sometimes once you give it a try you might find out that your hearts desire isn’t exactly your hearts desire anymore after trying it out and then you’ll find a new dream/desire of the heart!  One thing I’ve always wanted to try is getting a pixie haircut, and my inspiration has been the loving Audrey Hepburn!  That’s a big step to go and cut your hair that short, but I’ve always wanted to try it and I think I will since my hair is shorter now so it won’t be a drastic change going from LONG hair to super short hair! 🙂  And I’ll be taking the risk of finding out that maybe I really don’t like pixies, at least not on me, but I’ll never know until I try.

Okay…I’ve gone on long enough!  God bless you today and I will be posting soon and (hopefully) have access to my pictures so I can post about stuff and share some pics with you!  Much love.