Tickled pink!

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Today’s post is brought to you by the letter P!


God is so cool.

The other day I was sitting in my office in my HUGE office chair. I’d bought it because it was sturdier than chairs I’d bought in the past and was hoping it would last longer.

And while I did admire its sturdiness, it was just too big. I couldn’t turn it around in the little crawl space behind my desk.

My office area is tiny. “Lord,” I casually whispered. “I need a smaller chair.”

A few days later, Mr. Himself found this PINK CHAIR WITH DIAMONDS on sale at a furniture store marked waaaaay down!



Apparently, there isn’t a great demand for pink, blinged-out office chairs!

Now, Mr. Himself knew nothing of my prayer. And when I’d prayed for a smaller chair, I didn’t have anything this dramatic in mind.

But God is the God of delight. He loves giving us the desires of  our hearts. I had no idea I wanted a pink office chair with diamonds. (Okay, so they’re not real diamonds. But still–they sparkle!)


So sparkly!

Pink is one of my favorite colors. Without meaning to on purpose, I tend to choose pink accessories:


My pink iPhone case

My pink kindle sleeve

My pink kindle sleeve


“My” pink “Frozen” (the movie) cup. Okay, it’s actually the granddaughter’s but I use it so the cat won’t drink out of it.


My pink walking shoes.

My pink planner

My pink planner


Would you look at that? My book is pink, too!

My love of pink is obvious. But pink’s only my second favorite color.

My first favorite color is purple–and it also starts with P!

I have a purple coat, leather jacket, kindle cover, purses, earrings, shirts and blouses. I usually write with a purple ink pen. I even shop at a purple store!

But today, I’m tickled pink about a chair I had no idea I’d be so happy to have. I’m thankful to a God Who hears all our prayers and exceeds our expectations! (P is also for Prayer!)


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L, M, N, are probably not going to get me noticed in search engines. O Well.


When my computer crashed, I missed the weeks of L, M, N in our A to Z blog hop. Horrors! And now it’s already time for the letter O!

So here goes.


L is for lazy. I had a very lazy Christmas holiday. I slept tons. I mean, I never knew it was humanly possible to sleep as much as I did and still be alive and breathing. If there’s such a thing as Christmas Coma, I invented it. I was utterly and completely exhausted. For this reason, I’m sure God had a plan for my computer crashing and burning. And I’m grateful. My life is a steamroller of expectations and responsibilities. It’s something I’m working on changing.


M is for movies. I was going to watch a bunch of them over the holiday, but L for Lazy interfered with that.


N is for noshing:

noshI did far too much of that this holiday and while I don’t really know how much weight I gained, I know that I did gain a few pounds simply because of the way my clothes feel. (The scale is broken. And I hear you laughing. No, I didn’t break it. “Not me” broke it. “Not me” also starts with the letter N.) Now my stomach feels all rumbly and icky and while I promised to detox from sugar after the holidays were over, I’ve yet to make the complete and final leap. (See letter L.)

Finally we come to this week, which is brought to you by the letter O.

O Well

O is for “O Well.”

I’ve been using this phrase a lot lately. Living three weeks without a computer taught me a few things about submitting my day to the Lord and going with the flow.

Admittedly, I have had more opportunities to learn how to go with the flow as the mother of twins with autism and the caregiver of a mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s. (Did I forget to mention the son with bipolar and the husband with ADD?)  Going with the flow should have been something I mastered long, long ago.


But there’s still that rebel inside of me that wants what I want when I want, how I want. There’s that ornery little imp that kicks and screams and throws a fit if things don’t go her way.


What, me? Rebellious? Nah.

Instead of throwing up her arms and saying, “O well, that must mean God wants me to _________.” She stomps her foot and says, “Fine. Then I’m going to play 55,000+ games of Words with Friends and pin 783,278+ pins on Pinterest via my phone.”

O Well would lead me down the path the Lord has lit for me to walk. As in, “O well, my soul is O so very well, and God has a better plan.”

But that would be too easy, wouldn’t it?

Why is it so difficult for me to submit to the O Wells in my life?

I believe that anything that is a strength, is also a weakness when it’s used incorrectly. God has given me a stubborn streak that serves me well when writing books, finishing college courses as a full-time online student pursuing a degree. I have the tenacity of a bull dog when it comes to the goals I believe I’m to pursue.

Tenacity is good,rebellion is not

But that same ability to hang on to a dream raises its head as rebellion when I’m asked to diverge from my plans.

God can’t bless disobedience. Why can’t I get that through my “N is for noggin?”

God has my best interest in mind. If I keep that at the forefront, I’ll be able to say, “O well, this is the way God wants me to go today, and it is good.”

Psalm 37 (KJV) has a lot to say about God’s best interest for us:

Psalm 37:3-7; 23-25

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass…

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread…”


If I obey, my steps are ordered of the Lord. How much more relaxing it would be if I’d simply walk peacefully in those steps instead of stomping through them.

What frustrates you the most when things don’t go your way? Am I alone in this submission thing? Weigh in!


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F is for Food

A to Z blog hop at Patterings.

Welcome to A to Z!

We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors.

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Today’s Blog is brought to you by the letter “F”


I’m a little late posting for the letter “F”. I wanted to introduce my new recipe blog hop last week, but time constraints prevented it. So, I’ll introduce it here and hope you’ll join me this week when I provide the linky codes for The Most Delicious Blog Hop on the Internet!

You can grab the button to add to your side bar here: The Most Delicious Recipe Blog Hop!

The Most Delicious Recipe Blog Hop
If you’d like to participate, here are the Linky Codes for The Most Delicious Recipe Blog Hop . This is a great way to drive traffic to your site because people are looking for unique recipes for the holidays. In January folks will look for great waist-trimming recipes, too.
I hope you’ll join me in this new adventure! Let’s get cooking!


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A is for Appetite


Hittin’ the berries a little heavy there…

I’m convinced I’m part bear. This time of year I just want to load up on carbs and I’m sure it’s because I’m trying to prepare for winter hibernation and months of sleep. But alas, I live in a human body that doesn’t have the luxury of napping all winter.  Somehow, my  appetite doesn’t know that!


Fall, in my mind, means food. And not just any food. The most delicious food of the entire year.


I wrote a little bit about this on author, Elaine Stock’s, blog. You can see how much I love fall and feeding my voracious appetite here: Be Inspired by Autumn!


But for this post, I want to share five of my favorites for feeding my fall appetite. In the comments below, I’d love for you to share your favorites, too! I’m always picking up new ways to tickle my taste buds, and I know some of my readers are amazing cooks. I want to try some of your creations this fall. If I make the recipe you post, I’ll feature it on my blog!


Here are my top five pics for fattening up for a long winter nap. (I’ll post recipes in later posts):

1. Pecan-Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls


2. Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans


3. Pumpkin Pie (pumpkin anything!)


4. Corn casserole


5. Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (I sometimes add cream cheese and sour cream to the potatoes. Can you spell calories?)


Have you noticed there’s not any meat in that list? I think this girl could live on carbs (which is why I lose weight on low-carb diets!). However, I do admit I feel better and have more energy if I limit my carb intake. Still, this time of year I crave them. Maybe it’s because they remind me of my grandmother and how good it felt to be loved by her.

apple pie harvest


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