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Friday, August 17, 2018

{ Friday Foto Friends #143 }

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The Saga of the She-Shed

I know Y'all have checked each and every day to see if I've posted any further updates about the she-shed. (insert crazy laughter) Well, the day has come to finally tell the story, so here goes - and bear with me because it's long and complicated and might not make a lot of sense.

The last part of May a young man we go to church with posted fotos of a storage building on Facebook and I showed it Pappy because he knew that I've been wanting one to put some of my "stuff" in and to also use as a retreat to and pray and read. The price was really good so he contacted the young man and it actually wasn't his, which would have been so much better because he lives just up the road from us, but he had posted it for a fellow he knew.  The fellow even dropped the price by $100 - the total he was asking was about 1/4th of what it cost new, so Pappy told him we would take it.  It required quite of bit of time for Pappy to put supports under it so it could be moved and he spent many hours in the hot sun working on it. He paid the man half of the asking price as a down payment. There were also several days of rain and other things that came up that kept him from working on it. The shed was located on property other than where the owner lived, but we knew that the current owner was buying the home from the shed owner. Then, all kinds of craziness started happening. The owner of the shed had sold the property to the man right before a huge balloon payment was due and the man who held the lien on the property stepped in and said that the shed actually didn't belong to the man we had paid the money to so Pappy decided to just get our money back. He had already had a few incidents where the man wasn't nice to him at all and when he asked for our money back, Pappy received a text that was very nasty with foul language. The REAL owner of the property decided to just let the man sell the shed and we were back in business, or so we thought. The shed was supported to move, he paid the fellow the rest of the money and had a man all lined up to move it and for over a week he kept putting us off after giving us a price. So, Pappy found somebody else. He just knew that this fellow was on the up and up and he would keep his word, but no. He put us off another week and I was reminded of the scripture where the man wouldn't follow Jesus because he had to bury his father (who hadn't even died yet). This man kept saying he had to do this and that for his mother - I truly began to wonder if his mother was even in the picture. One day this week, Pappy started calling places that sell sheds to see if he could find someone legitimate to haul it for us. And, he did!!! Praise the Lord - I'm pretty sure the heavens opened up and angels began to sing. But, I was still a bit skeptical because of what we'd been through already. Then, it happened. The next day the fellow called Pappy when he was on his way to the address where the shed was located - Pappy went and met him and it's now sitting in our backyard waiting to be "remodeled" to look like we want, with a little-roofed porch on the front and a keyed door and windows, but here's what it currently looks like.....

I'd like for it to be painted gray, including the blue. There'll be shutters beside the windows on the long side, probably painted either red, or turquoise or teal and the shed roof will be red metal. Our neighbor offered to give us 2 windows for the side, we already have shutters that a friend gave me and we're gonna get a salvaged door. We're cheap, Y'all!  I can't wait to be able to store some of my things in it and to decorate and landscape it next spring and summer!

I do believe it was worth the wait - maybe not all the trouble, though! My man is a rock star for doing this for me - he's a keeper!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

{ Wednesday's Word - Justice }


just behavior or treatment - a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people

synonyms: fairness, justness, fair play, fair-mindedness, equity, evenhandedness, impartiality, objectivity, neutrality, honesty, righteousness, morals, morality

I've had the word "justice" on my mind so much lately because of something that Pappy and I are going through and also another family member who was wronged.  We are reading through the Psalms this summer and it never ceases to surprise me at how David so boldly asks the Lord to destroy his enemies, to hurt them, to cast down evil on them. I've never done that and don't have it in my heart to do it, but Y'all, David was a man after God's own heart - it tells us that in the Bible - so I'm boldly asking the Lord to expose those who are in the wrong, to bring to light their injustices and that with all the HOPE in my heart that we have shown HIS love to all those involved.

Before Pappy went out to get some work done he put the TV on a YouTube channel playing all Big Daddy Weave songs and when this one came on I knew it was God speaking to me through it. What He deems as justice surely isn't the same as the way I see it - because His ways are far above and beyond mine. But I do know that He showed His most precious grace and mercy on me when I accepted the gift of Jesus!

If I should speak then let it be

Of the grace that is greater than all my sin;
Of when justice was served and where mercy wins;
Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in.
Oh, to tell you my story is to tell of Him!

HOPE your Wednesday is wonderful, sweet Friends!

Friday, August 10, 2018

{ Friday Foto Friends #142 }

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See that little sign above? 
I'm gonna print it off and make copies and put them all over the house to read and read again because.....

I haven't been anywhere to get any new fotos this week because we've spent practically the entire week in "wait" mode. Am I the only person who doesn't like to wait? To put your life on hold waiting on somebody to do what they said they'd do, but then they don't come through? And, really, how hard is it to make a phone call to somebody to let them know that you can't do what you said you would? I'm not gonna lie, Y'all, my patience has worn thin waiting on this building. It's been one thing after another and I do believe all of this is the reason why I didn't have a good feeling about it from the very beginning, but it's too late now. If and when it ever gets delivered, I'll be sure and let you know and fill you in on all the crazy details because I know each of you are waiting with bated breath for fotos of this fixer-upper!

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 Since I haven't been out and about this week, I'll just share this foto of my current flag in honor of all those kiddos and teachers returning to school this month.

HOPE everybody has an awesome weekend!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

{ Tuesday Tidbits }


A couple of things I wanted to share from my notes this past SONday:

 We are a trophy of His grace!
(our Sunday School teacher)

The church - an army that marches on its knees!
(our pastor)

Faith looks beyond the riches of the world to the greater blessings that God has in store!
(commentary in my Bible on verses in Genesis Chapter 14)


When I was a little girl I used to see these flowers growing wild in the fields around our house.....

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I hadn't seen them in years until Jess sent me a foto one day asking what it was. I had researched it previously and found out it's a passion flower and it actually has fruit on it.  On my trek to the woods behind Mom's house a few weeks ago, I found lots of them growing in the weeds. Pappy dug a few up for me and I've planted them in our yard so they'll grow up the clothesline poles. I'll keep Y'all posted on whether they live because it took me a bit to get them re-planted.



It just amazes me that I send something from my phone to the printer, like a crochet pattern, or a coupon. I can remember when I typed on a manual typewriter in my typing class in high school. And, when the electric typewriter intimidated me - and a  computer - and when we lived in a world without microwaves! 



Our firstborn grandboy spent last Friday afternoon/evening/night with us and most of Saturday. I can't even begin to understand how he's already 12 years old.  He's a very special young man - but I'm pretty sure all of us grandparents feel that way about our grands! Oh, the love in my heart for this precious boy - a gift! (but all our kiddos are - and, he really can smile - he didn't much want his foto taken - again, he's a 12 year old boy - 😀)


I LOVE to watch the birds - hummingbirds in the summer and whatever shows up at the feeder in the wintertime. I'm thinking it might be hereditary, from both sides of my family. My Daddy was a birdwatcher and so was my Mamaw, my maternal grandmother. My brother shares in the love, too!


And, last, but most definitely not least.....
and I'm pretty sure Y'all are so very tired of hearing about a "she-shed"......
there just might be something to post about on Friday!


HOPE your Tuesday is  Terrific!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Friday, August 3, 2018

{ Friday Foto Friends #141 }

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Well, Y'all, guess what?
I've posted something on the blog for this makes 6 straight days!
Say what?!?
It's been a very long time since that happened.

Here are my fotos for today.....

Our kiddos went camping last weekend and Pappy and I went to their house for a couple of days and fed their animals. Here's a foto of one of the flowers growing in the field. Are these called Batchelor Buttons?

Our oldest grandson planted pumpkins - look at this ginormous bloom!


Pappy filling up one of the water buckets.....

Chickens and ducks and goats, oh my.....

Pappy stopped in the middle of the road on the way home and let me take this pic.
I love this little red building. Oh, the potential I see in fixing it up and turning it into a she-shed.....
yes, I'm obsessed, Y'all!

We let each of our grand-kiddos spend the night with us to celebrate their birthdays (not on the actual day), and this afternoon/night/tomorrow is our oldest grandson's turn.  What a young man he's turning in to, but I'm so happy that he still wants to spend time with us!

HOPE everybody has a great weekend.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

{ THANKful Thursday }

I once heard a minister say that he and his wife had never had an argument and I decided that obviously, they didn't speak to one another because how can you live day in and day out with another individual and not ever have a disagreement about something.....
Is that even possible, not only in a marriage but with a parent/child relationship or even in a friendship?

Marriage is hard, Y'all!
It HAS to be a chord of THREE because, without CHRIST as the center of our marriage, I'm here to tell you, I'm not sure we would have lasted. We've had some really difficult times that I wasn't sure we'd get through - just being totally honest and transparent right now because I don't want anybody to think that life is "picture perfect". Oh, no....there's been some "airbrushing" to help cover up the flaws in hopes nobody else would notice.

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But with all the difficulties marriage can bring, I wouldn't trade MY man for anything in the world. The older I get, the more I appreciate him, especially his patience (with me) and how he treats others (my Momma for instance), but most importantly - 
his love for Jesus!

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Sometimes he reads my blog, sometimes not, so even if he doesn't read this, I want to publicly declare my love and thankfulness for the man God sent for me to do life with - the Daddy of our daughter and Pappy to our 4 precious grand-kiddos!

I've shared this foto before and if we're Facebook friends, you've seen it as my profile picture, but it's one of my very favorites of us because of the genuine happiness I can see in our faces and the love I feel for him in my heart!

Ain't God good?
Oh, yes HE is!!!