Painting by Abraham Hunter –

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

{ SONday Morning Song - Control (Somehow You Want Me) }

"God, You don't need me
But somehow You want me
Oh, how You love me
Somehow that frees me
To open my hands up
And give You control
I give You control"

Happy, happy SONday, Y'all!

Friday, November 17, 2017

{ Friday Foto Friends #105 }

Last Friday I suggested we take a drive thru Cades Cove. I'd been wanting to go for quite some time and thought it might be the perfect day since the weather was beautiful.   I'm pretty sure a couple of other thousand folks thought the same thing because of the traffic.  We stopped at a small IGA in Townsend and got lunch from the deli and drove into the park for a picnic.  It was a wonderful day. The only thing to make it better would have been to see a bear.  We did see two deer and some turkeys.....
well, besides Pappy and me!

 I have plenty of fotos to share with Y'all and some of them show exactly why they're called the Great Smoky Mountains!

I believe these pics are an indication of autumn's last hurrah.  
We're fixing to get rain and cooler temps in our neck of the woods this weekend. And how can it be that next week is THANKSgiving?!?

HOPE everybody has a wonderful weekend!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

{ SONday Morning Song - All My HOPE }

"All my hope is in Jesus.
Thank God my yesterday's gone.
All my sins are forgiven.
I've been washed by the blood."

HOPE your SONday is chock full of blessings!

Spiritual Sundays

Friday, November 10, 2017

{ Friday Foto Friends #104 }

ONE-HUNDRED FOUR Friday's, Y'all!
today is the 2-year anniversary of our Friday Foto Friends link-up!

But, did any of you know that it's actually been longer than that?  I started posting fotos in August of 2013, over FOUR years ago! At that time, I simply called it Friday Foto and it wasn't a link-up. I wanted to share the very first one I posted way back then but somehow (operator error, I'm sure) many of my pictures from several years ago have disappeared and none of the Friday Fotos from 2013 are visible.

So be prepared to scroll through a bunch of fotos that I think are some of the better ones from the last four years.   

Spring of 2014.....
the year my pink dogwood had ONE bloom!

Seven Islands State Birding Park

A trip to Cades Cove

February 2015

March 2015 Ice Storm

An accidental action shot of our oldest grand-boy playing soccer

The very first foto I shared when the link-up was started

February 2016

April 2016

May 2016

June 2016 - Roaring Fork Nature Trail

September 2016

October 2016 - Panther Creek State Park

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

July 2017

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

Did you make it through all those?

 Thanks to everybody who has been faithful to link up and share fotos of things that have meaning to you or what's going on in your part of the world! I've met some ladies from all over the world through our blogs and I truly appreciate those who take the time to link up each Friday!

Wonder where we'll be in four more years?

HOPE everybody has a great weekend!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

{ Wednesday's Word - Introvert }


Introvert comes from Latin intro-, "inward," and vertere, "turning." It describes a person who tends to turn inward mentally. Introverts sometimes avoid large groups of people, feeling more energized by time alone.

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Have y'all ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality test? It only takes around 15-20 minutes and if yours turns out anything like mine, it's pretty spot-on in describing your personality traits.  Here's the chart listing each of the 16 combinations your own personality will fall into.....

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I knew before I even took the test that my first letter would be an "I", indicating that I'm an introvert. I feel that very often introverts are misunderstood because some words that have been used to describe me are a stick in the mud, superior to others, stuck-up.....
all "traits" that can be traced back to those 4 letters that describe me.  

"In general, introverts avoid crowds, dislike small talk, enjoy long periods of solitude, and prefer deep conversations to party chatter. They are often introspective and realistic about their own flaws. They gravitate toward one or two solid friendships rather than surround themselves with acquaintances. They tend to enjoy creative aspects of self-expression such as art, writing, or music. Many of the world’s greatest artists, authors, and musicians were introverts."

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I'm sure my family has wondered why for so many years I go and get in the corner, behind the wall, at Pappy's family Christmas gatherings. I can still see everything that's going on in the room, yet feel a bit hidden and out of the limelight! It's partly because it scares the heebie-jeebies outta me to be in the center of the room. Often I miss out on fun things at church or I'll decline invites simply because it's so much easier to stay home than have to socialize. 

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A question was asked at the JOY study about when we feel we can be the most "real" and you know what I realized? I can be REAL when I write this blog. I can share my faults and shortcomings and pour my heart out about things that have meaning to me and sometimes post things I've made (which makes me uncomfortable because I'm afraid of being perceived as bragging). So, this blog has been a wonderful outlet for me. I guess it's sort of a journal of sorts, but one that others can read and hopefully sometimes relate to in their own life.

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 So now that I've written y'all a novel.....
are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Have you ever taken this particular personality test?
Are you going to?
When do you feel you can be the most REAL?
And, for the record.....
I'm an ISFJ!

HOPE your Wednesday is awesome.....
whether you go out in public, or not!