The Gabbi Journal

  • Boldly Living for Christ

    September 21, 2020 by

    This summer I taught Sunday school for a quarter; the lessons were from the book of Acts. The theme was ‘Boldness’, and the lessons were all about the early church and the first missionaries. When the gospel started to spread, it was not well accepted; the apostles and Jesus’ followers were persecuted, thrown in prison,… Read more

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  • Just Live – Life is a Journey

    September 16, 2020 by

    ‘Ello! Do you ever have those days when your mind is at ease and suddenly life comes down and squishes you? The other night I was tossing and turning with dozens of thoughts running through my mind; how many of you do that? During the day, we tend to be busy and have our thoughts… Read more

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  • The God of the Impossible

    September 14, 2020 by

    Disclaimer: This post may seem similar to my post Limiting the Ultimate Power but it is different. You can continue reading now A few weeks ago, we sang a song at church called ‘The God of the Impossible’ the first part of the song goes I don’t know how God hangs the world on nothing… Read more

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  • It Has Been One Year

    September 10, 2020 by

    I was all set to write a Jelly Bean Post yesterday, but while I was on Facebook, a memory popped up. It was one year ago, this week that I launched my blog. I can’t believe it has been one year. When I first launched my blog, I was excited and nervous. My world was… Read more

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  • We Say Not Enough – God Says You are Mine

    September 8, 2020 by

    Good Morning! Get ready to feel loved! The estimated population of the U.S right now is 328.2 Million. Of those numbers, over eight million people occupy New York City, as of 2018. As of 2019, an estimated 206.9 million live in incorporated areas, meaning small towns. About 76% of the approximately 19,500 incorporated places had… Read more

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  • Living a Purpose-Filled Life

    September 4, 2020 by

    Some of you may have noticed I’m not doing Gratitude Journaling Prompts on Friday’s much anymore, while I have not stopped doing them completely, I am now doing more Gratitude Friday’s. Just a day to focus on the positives. Now, let’s get into today’s gratitude post!   I love graphic tees. I have a lot… Read more

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  • The Love of God – How Deep it Is

    August 31, 2020 by

    I play piano at my church every Sunday, each song I play for our services, I focus on the notes, timing, the song leader, and parts of the song. Parts that I know need to be played loud and some quiet. The last thing I tend to focus on is the words. While the song… Read more

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  • Learning to Dance in the Rain

    August 28, 2020 by

    We have all heard or seen the words Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain. I’ve never given that saying much thought, until today. As I write this, there is rain, thunder, and lightning going on. Wisconsin can have some pretty strong storms; thunder so loud… Read more

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  • Habits: The good, the bad, and the ugly

    August 26, 2020 by

    A couple of months ago, my friends and I did a devotional called ‘Habits’, and since then I have done it two or three more times. It was so good and challenging. It was about how we can change our bad habits into good ones. And the word ‘Habits’ was changed into an acronym to… Read more

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  • And Jesus says “Come”

    August 24, 2020 by

    But when I fix my eyes on all that You are Then every doubt I feel Deep in my heart Grows strangely dim All my worries fade And fall to the ground Cause when I seek Your face And don’t look around Any place I’m in Grows strangely dim… These lyrics come from one of… Read more

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  • Gratitude Prompt ~ The Kindness Challenge

    August 21, 2020 by

    Top of the morning, to ya! My friends and I are doing a devotional together right now called, ‘Be Loved. 25 Simple Acts of Love to Change a Life’. Each devotional is a challenge to do something loving and kind. Look at the world around you, love and kindness are not even in the vocabulary… Read more

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  • Thoughts from a Bloggers Notebook Part 2

    August 19, 2020 by

    Greetings and Salutations! Just because I did not post last week, does not mean my thoughts and ideas stopped coming. My thoughts range from an innocent merry-go-round to a crazy, maddening, out-of-control roller coaster. But, let’s stay in the safe zone…shall we? In the past, I’ve had random posts, and while they are fun, they… Read more

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  • Just a Reminder. God Is There

    August 17, 2020 by

    I am very sorry for not posting last week, my life got a tad hectic and crazy, and posting was very difficult. But my life has calmed down a bit and we should be back to our regularly scheduled program… We are going through very challenging times, both in the world and in our own… Read more

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  • We are Victorious

    August 10, 2020 by

    A couple of weeks ago, during our monthly communion service, my Pastor said we have victory over sin. That one word started my mind spinning. The word victorious means Having won a victory; triumphant And victory is defined as An act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game or other competition In… Read more

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  • Blindsided

    August 3, 2020 by

    In life we can go through months or weeks of feeling that everything is good. A blessing or an answered prayer comes our way. We might even let our guard down a little. Trials and hard times come without knocking, one day we are fine, and the next day we are knocked off our feet,… Read more

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  • I’m Back! And I’ve got books!

    July 29, 2020 by

    Good morning Afternoon! *Cue triumphal music* I am back!! And I am ready to write again! Today’s post is more of an update of where I have been and to let you know that I have not forgotten about my blog or my faithful readers…wherever they are. The past couple of weeks, and months for… Read more

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  • I’ll be back soon

    July 24, 2020 by

    Good morning my faithful readers. The past couple of months have been crazy busy. And I have not been able to take a breath and write new posts. I had two half-written posts for this week, but I knew it was not my best work. And it would have wrong to post something that I… Read more

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  • Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Summer to the Fullest

    July 15, 2020 by

    It’s summer! Time for bonfires, s’mores, fireworks, and BBQs! Even though a lot of places are still closed, and maybe a vacation had to be canceled, that does not mean we can’t enjoy summer to the fullest! My family’s summer has been a tad too busy and crazy, but it has been adventurous, to say… Read more

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  • Limiting the Ultimate Power

    July 13, 2020 by

    First of all, let me just say, my blog has been completely changed! I created this new format on Friday. I wanted something a bit more “professional” looking and just more…cool. Hope you all like it! Now, let’s get into our post!! I remember when I got my first iPod touch, I was so excited!… Read more

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  • The Thoughts from a Blogger Notebook

    July 8, 2020 by

    A notebook is a blogger’s best friend. It’s always there when inspiration strikes, but it’s also there to catch the thoughts of a blogger. The thoughts are caught on the tip of the pencil and flow to the paper without interruption. No one sees these thoughts, only the paper does, but once in a while,… Read more

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  • Think on these Things – Part Three

    July 6, 2020 by

    Finally! It is the last part of the Philippians 4:8 study, you can read Part One and Two before going on. Now, the last two parts of whatever’s are Virtue and Praiseworthy. This is probably one of the more difficult ones to understand, and to write about. One of the many definitions of virtue is… Read more

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  • Think on these things…Part Two of Three

    June 29, 2020 by

    Part two of three – Think on these Things – A Study of Philippians 4:8. If you would like to read part one, click here. We left off on Just or Right, next is Pure One of the definitions of pure is; wholesome, free of any contaminations. To have 100% pure and wholesome thoughts is… Read more

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  • Think on these things…Part One

    June 22, 2020 by

    There are so many things we dwell on and think about today. The bad news that is constantly being put in front of us, our once united nation is being torn apart by hate and evil, things are going downhill fast. But we can’t bury our head in the sand and we can’t ignore what’s… Read more

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  • Journal Prompt – Write about a happy memory

    June 19, 2020 by

    Now, think of the happiest thingsIt’s the same as having wings Think of a wonderful thoughtAny merry little thought When there’s a smile in your heartThere’s no better time to startThink of all the joy you’ll findWhen you leave the world behindAnd bid your cares goodbyeYou can fly! These lyrics are from the classic song… Read more

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  • It’s Time to Spread Some Positive Vibes

    June 17, 2020 by

    Enough with the negativity in the world! It’s time for some positive vibes! In the past couple months of blogging, I’ve talked about how to stay motivated in those “off days” – Don’t let your ship Go Down – I talked about Gratitude Journaling and finding out how blessed we are – We are Blessed… Read more

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  • Confidence and courage in an unsteady world

    June 15, 2020 by

    Someone once told me that I acted and held myself in a confident manor. The compliment took me back, while I surprised and pleased with it, secretly I had to disagree. Because I don’t think of myself as a confident person, not in a second-guess-everything-I-do way, but the I-am-confident in everything type. When I think… Read more

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  • Greatest Life Lesson (Repost)

    June 10, 2020 by

    Top of the morning to ya! I was going through some of my first blog posts, and I found this oldie, but a goodie. And well, I just have to share it again. Everyone needs something to smile about once in a while. Something to laugh about. Especially nowadays, so sit back and enjoy a… Read more

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  • The Eye of the Storm

    June 8, 2020 by

    It’s thunderstorm season in Wisconsin, which means you go to sleep with the bright flashes of light and window shaking thunder. We’ve had some severe storms and more than once we’ve had to go to the basement because there was a possibility of a tornado in our area. I have seen many different storms, and… Read more

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  • Sparking Wonder

    June 3, 2020 by

    It’s amazing how my mind works, (there is an interesting way to start a blog post!) My mind can either be like a snowball, one thought leads to another thought at avalanche speed Or it could be like a sloth When I saw this quote, my mind began to snowball I can remember things that… Read more

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  • We are not Misfits – We are Beautiful Messes

    June 1, 2020 by

    …But don’t forget God used the misfits just like us to do the most amazing things. …Even at our worst, to Him we ain’t lost causes, just beautiful messes. These lyrics are from one of my favorite songs called ‘Beautiful Messes’ by Hillary Scott. I love the lyrics, because it reminds me how God can… Read more

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  • Living only for Today

    May 28, 2020 by

    About three years ago my parents and I went on an adventure. With all our family spilt between Oregon and Maine visits are few and very far between. And the couple of times we have visited, we drove. Oh, the adventures and stories I could tell. But, three years ago we decided to do something… Read more

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  • Overcomer

    May 26, 2020 by

    Good morning all. In my post last Wednesday, Introverts Part II, I got a bit of feedback on the part in which I said introverts can’t change. And while I meant that introverts “can’t” (I say that in a quotation, because maybe some have) become extroverts and super outgoing people. I did not mean we… Read more

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  • God is My Defense

    May 18, 2020 by

    I will love You, O Lord, my strength.2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2 These verses are probably in my top 10 favorite Bible verses. There is just so much power and… Read more

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  • Journal Prompt – Write about three things you’re grateful for

    May 15, 2020 by

    Good morning all! It is the first journaling prompt! I’ve been journaling for years, though I have not been consistent at it, I have found it to be rewarding and fun. There are a lot of different styles of journaling, such as; daily entries, prayer, and gratitude journaling. I’ve found gratitude journaling to be challenging,… Read more

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  • Being a Wallflower Part One

    May 13, 2020 by

    If you are anything like me, you can fully understand this… And this… If you have not guessed, I am talking about introverts today. Any introverts here? *waves both of my arms* Yup, I am an introvert, and today we will be taking a look into what an introvert is. One of the first things… Read more

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  • Amazing Undeserving Love

    May 11, 2020 by

    Good morning one and all! There are changes in Gabbi Journal land! For a couple of months I have been doing Book Review Thursday’s. Well, I’m going to take a break on that for a while, and now there is a new schedule! Monday’s I am going to be posting a short devotional (written by… Read more

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  • His Mercy is New Every Day

    May 4, 2020 by

    I’ve made it no secret that I love music. From the classic oldies to some of the modern-day stuff, and of course Praise and Worship music. I am particular about my Christian music, I don’t like the 7-11’s, where the singer has seven words and they get repeated eleven plus times, I find those songs… Read more

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  • The Random Post

    April 27, 2020 by

    Greetings and Salutations! Today’s post is something fun and different, like last week’s Pickle Ice Cream post. It is a random post! These are so much fun because they cover so many different topics! So, I will be talking about four different topics today…fun right? Yeah, I know I use that gif a lot, it… Read more

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  • Pickle Ice Cream…It’s still gross

    April 20, 2020 by

    While I’ve talked on this subject before, I feel like I should bring it up again for two reasons. One, because it’s a completely ridiculous thing, and two, it’s something funny and different. Our nation grants us freedoms that some countries only dare to dream about. We have the freedom of religion and speech, the… Read more

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  • Staying Sane

    April 16, 2020 by

    Good Morning all! Some of you may or may not have noticed that I have not been posting a book review every week. It’s hard to post a review when I don’t even feel like reading. It’s hard to focus on anything during this challenging time. It has been a month since we’ve been to… Read more

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  • Talking to the One who Cares

    April 13, 2020 by

    Prayer; one of the most important parts of the Christian life. When we pray, we are talking to the creator of heaven and earth, the One who gives us life and holds us together, even when we feel like we are falling apart. Prayer is powerful; from the beginning of time man has been talking… Read more

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  • We are Blessed

    April 6, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Hello my faithful readers…hi, mom If I told you that we are blessed, would you believe me? If I told you there are things to give praise for, would you… Read more

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  • A Proper Pursuit

    April 2, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Years ago, I discovered my love of reading when I read my first book series, Little House on the Prairie. Then as I got older, I began to “grow” in… Read more

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  • The World Still Turns

    March 30, 2020 by

    I think we all can agree that the world has turned upside down. It feels like madness, a nightmare that we all want to wake up from. We want things to get back to normal, and for it to be over! But you know what? The world is still turning, you know how? Because an… Read more

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  • Don’t let your Ship Go Down

    March 23, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Right now we are living in a gloomy, upset world. Everyone is finding fault or finding something to fear. It can get to a person, hearing all the depressing news,… Read more

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  • Top 5 Favorite contemporary books

    March 19, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Top of the morning to ya! It is a top 5 list post! Most of the books I have reviewed are Historical, so I am doing something different. Contemporary books!… Read more

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  • Gratitude Journaling

    March 16, 2020 by

    Back in November, I talked about being thankful, and often we “limit” our thankfulness to one month. Mostly because it is the thing to do around Thanksgiving. And then once the holiday season is over, we tend to go back to our old ways. Which is extremely easy because we live in a world where… Read more

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  • The Carousel Painter

    March 12, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. ‘Ello! There are many ways to relax, drinking tea, reading a book, writing, sitting outside…I love browsing the shelves at my library. Just walking and seeing hundreds of books, to… Read more

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  • The Story of My Life

    March 9, 2020 by

    Good morning, everyone! I’m back! Did ya miss me? No? Ok! Moving on! Last Monday I was going to post the story of my life, and I didn’t. After reading it over, I decided that it was not going to happen. For two reasons; One, was the thought that it was unexciting, even though it… Read more

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  • Be Back Soon

    March 2, 2020 by

    This will be the shortest post I have written. Because, there is no post today, or Thursday. Life has been a little busy, and I am heading into a very busy month, so I need to step back and reorganize my thoughts and life a little bit. But I will be back next week with… Read more

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  • The Swiss Courier

    February 27, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. As I have said before, my Mom and I swap books often. When I get a stack from the library, she looks through them and then tries and takes one.… Read more

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  • Blogging Journey Part 2

    February 24, 2020 by

    Last week I wrote about my struggles of becoming a blogger. If you have not read that post, click here! This week is about being a blogger, and what my blogging and day-to-day life look like. Plus, my favorite notebooks and writings tools. So, pretty much I am writing and crafting new posts, and ideas… Read more

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  • Castles and Other Favorites

    February 20, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. It is a book filled post! I don’t know about anyone else, sometimes I just don’t know what I want to read. I will have this craving to read something,… Read more

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  • My Blogging Journey Part One

    February 17, 2020 by

    For 6 months I have been blogging. For 6 months I’ve picked up my pencil and wrote what I felt. What I was inspired about. The journey here was not easy and still is not. And I’ve got a long way to go. But, I feel like I should share my blogging journey.  I did… Read more

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  • American Anthem

    February 13, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. One of the many things my parents have given me was my love of reading. Some of my strongest memories from my childhood are my parents reading to me. One… Read more

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  • Small Town Living Part One (Repost)

    February 10, 2020 by

    I have been blogging for 6 months now, I can’t believe it. It has not been easy, and I know I’ve got a long way to go. But I am thankful I’ve gotten this far and I look forward to whatever is ahead. I looked back to my first posts and found one that is,… Read more

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  • The Merchants Daughter

    February 6, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I think we all have a story that gives us the warm and fuzzies. A story or book we love going back to because it makes us happy. I have… Read more

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  • The Starving Hobbit

    February 3, 2020 by

    Top of the morning to ya! I know, it’s Monday…what’s going on? This is not normal…well, surprise! Announcement! I will be posting every Monday and Thursday from now on! Monday will be blog post and Thursday will be my book reviews! Totally exciting, right!? Or, are you more… Let’s get on with the post! This… Read more

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  • The Butterfly and the Violin

    January 30, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifyinf purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. If someone was to ask me what my favorite book is, I couldn’t answer. One can’t pick a favorite when each book you’ve read left you feeling something different every… Read more

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  • Words are Life

    January 22, 2020 by

    Good morning, my faithful readers!! Hi, Mom… I am an Aunt to 5 little munchkins, two of my little’s love to talk. They start as soon and they get up, and they don’t stop until they are in bed…even then they are still expressing themselves. Which got me thinking, words are amazing. While my two… Read more

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  • The Girls of Pearl Harbor

    January 16, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Very few books I have read have left me speechless and having feelings I didn’t know books were capable of giving. But this book gave me a book hangover. Pearl… Read more

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  • Greatest Life Lesson

    January 8, 2020 by

    Top of the morning to ya! I hope your week is going well. Mine is! Everyone needs something to smile about once in a while. Something to laugh about. So, instead of my usual thought-provoking, deep-thinking posts, I’d thought I do something different! Share a little story with you, and give you a peek into… Read more

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  • Wonderland Creek

    January 3, 2020 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. It feels like ages since I have last posted! After all, the last time I posted was last year. And yes, I was supposed to post yesterday, but I am… Read more

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  • Last post of 2019

    December 26, 2019 by

    Hey, y’all! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas! I know my family and I did. It was loud, crazy and super fun. And now I sit at my laptop, staring at a blank screen that matches my brain. It is rare for me not to have the words flow for a blog post; my… Read more

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  • The Shape of Mercy

    December 20, 2019 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. My most humble apologizes for not getting this out yesterday, ‘tis the season for colds… Both my Sister-in-law and I have an unbelievable to-read list. And usually, we just keep… Read more

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  • Why I don’t do Christmas Countdowns

    December 11, 2019 by

    It is Christmas time! Nothing is like the Christmas season, there is a magic in everything from the music to the bell-ringers right down to decorating the tree and making cookies. But it seems like above all the holidays, Christmas goes by the fastest. I think we rush the season with countdowns. With tons of… Read more

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  • The Curse of Misty Wayfair

    December 6, 2019 by

    This post contains affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I love to read. There is not a week that goes by that we don’t go to the library to check out a stack (yes, sometimes it is a stack)… Read more

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 27, 2019 by

    Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!! I hope everyone can have an amazing Thanksgiving and truly give thanks for what you have. It is so easy this time of year to get caught up in the advertisements, and all the things that you would so love to have. Kind of like this giant sloth… very impractical, but sooooooo… Read more

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  • The Thankful Month

    November 13, 2019 by

    It’s November! A month solely dedicated to being thankful and to be grateful for what we have. A month where you cannot step into a store and not see signs that say ‘Give Thanks’ ‘Be Thankful’ ‘Thankful and Blessed’ and other signs of the season. Now everything is Christmas, but that is beside the point…… Read more

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  • Small Town Living

    October 30, 2019 by

    Since I was 9-years-old, my parents and I have lived in a small country town in Wisconsin. Growing up and living in a village (yes, we are called a village) with a population of just over 780 people, is truly a unique experience and way of life. Hence the reason this post is part one… Read more

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  • Pickle Ice Cream

    October 16, 2019 by

    We live in an amazing country, it may be a little messed up, or maybe a lot messed up, but it is incredible. We have freedoms that some countries only dare to dream about, the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to travel wherever we want and the freedom to make some of the… Read more

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  • Too Quick to Judge

    September 18, 2019 by

    How many times in a month or even in a day do we “judge” a person by their outward appearance before we really can get to know them? Of course there are some people that we can get a pretty good idea of, but so often, we are too quick to judge.  I judged two… Read more

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  • Shining My Light

    September 6, 2019 by

    It was during my devotions one morning that some verses that I’ve read dozens of times before suddenly spoke to me. Mathew 5: 14-16 says 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under… Read more

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