Experiencing Some Technical Difficulties

Is Blogger acting up for anyone else?

I am sorry, but
I had posted How I Sell on eBay Part 2 :: What I Sell
but I had to save it as a draft for now,
until I fix the html code, or re-write it.

I am tired.

And Miss A, my younger daughter, is calling me to watch America's Got Talent with her.
So, ta ta for now...

A few random pics of things that I love, from my Style File because I don't do pictureless posts!

Most of these are from Martha Stewart-the others, I don't know, sorry!

Be back tomorrow when I am in a better mood.
Pray for me!


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Letting Go :: Lessons for a College Mom

So, we took our daughter, Miss S, to the University last night.
It's her Sophomore year.
I miss her like I did last year when she went away for the first time.

Sure, the college is just across town, 1/2 an hour away,
but her room is empty.

She drives me crazy sometimes when she's home.
She sleeps in. Her room looks like a war zone.
She makes her own schedule that doesn't jive with mine.

She makes me laugh and learn with her wisdom and insight.
She sweetly encourages her sister. She puts her dishes in the dishwasher.
She embraces a hope for the future that inspires the socks off of me.

My sister sent me the video below--I had never seen it before.
But, oh! How beautiful it is!

I have had 18+ years to raise and train my daughter, yet it went by quickly.
I am proud of the woman that she has become, and I want her to fly!
I am letting go, so she can.

She'll take the painting in the hallway
The one she did in Jr. High
And that old lamp up in the attic,
She'll need some light to study by.

She's had 18 years to get ready for this day.
She should be past the tears, she cries some anyway.

Oh, oh, letting go.
There's nothing in the way now,
Oh letting go, there's room enough to fly.
And even though, she's spent her whole life waiting,
It's never easy letting go.

Mother sits down at the table.
So many things she'd like to do.
Spend more time out in the garden,
Now she can get those books read, too.

She's had 18 years to get ready for this day.
She should be past the tears, she cries some anyway.

Oh, oh, letting go.
There's nothing in the way now,
Oh letting go, there's room enough to fly.
And even though, she's spent her whole life waiting,
It's never easy letting go.

Oh, oh, letting go.
There's nothing in the way now,
Oh letting go, there's room enough to fly.
And even though, she's spent her whole life waiting,
It's never easy letting go.

~Suzy Bogguss

Sunday Serenity

Each Sunday, I will feature a picture taken by one of my daughters,
and some words of faith, hope, and love given by our Father:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you
Numbers 6:24-26

What I Learned From Vacationing in a Timeshare

Hi all!
So, my beefcake and I are back from Williamsburg, VA.
We had a get-away, alone, last week!
We haven't gone on a week's vacation without the kids for 10 years!
We have had weekend trips, but not the WHOLE week.

What a fun, relaxing time!

We arrived at 12:30 A.M. and it didn't matter, we could sleep in if we wanted to!

A clean, pretty space was waiting for us.
Not a speck of dust.

Everything was in its place.
Perfectly petite, this miniature home-away-from-home had everything you needed.

Even a flat screen TV and an iPod player.

The bed was made and the pillows were fluffy-ish.

The dresser was uncluttered and fresh.

Extra blankie and bedding, hangers (fancy wooden ones), a safe for valuables,
they thought of everything!

If one felt as if she had the urge to do some housekeeping, this closet was safely nearby.
(I only opened the door for this picture!)

Space-saving stackable clothes cleaning center.
With no piles of dirty laundry on the floor.
The tub was scrubbed, no toys or half-used bars of soap in here.

The pre-portioned detergent all ready and waiting.

The towels were already on the towel bars, the toilet lid down and no toothpaste spots!

Didn't even have to bring hygienic items!

The kitchen had everything you'd need for cooking anything you'd want to eat.
A coffee pot, for the beverage that is the main, most-vital part of the early day
and a basket with goodies, including popcorn that is the main, most-vital part of the late day.

It was shiny, spotless.
Simple and efficient.

The dishwasher had been emptied and the dishes were strangely in their place.

These items were just where you'd expect them to be--well, maybe not the blender.

Gleaming utensils, organized, convenient.

Which I lifted not a finger to lay them all in a row.

Kitchen towels folded and waiting and polished pans nested and lingering.

This was bliss!


Rapture divine!

No work, no cleaning.
All the basic needs were met.
No errands to run.
No one to nag and no chores to delegate.
No cooking!
(I only cooked one night, the other nights it was salad or popcorn!)

We visited Colonial Williamsburg at our own pace, and rode some rides at Busch Gardens!
On Tuesday, we drove to the Outer Banks, NC (3 hours east) to visit his family
for awhile, and stroll barefoot along the beach.

It was nice to be able to return each day to this, our clean, simple, beautiful room.
Now, don't get me wrong, Mark and I needed the time away,
it was so very relaxing, I loved being alone with my groom, and I would go again in a heartbeat


What I Learned from Vacationing in a Timeshare

is that I actually

missed my role as
on-site exterminator,

And it's nice to know that I was missed, too!!

(Okay, the girls also missed Mark!)

Where we love is home - 
home that our feet may leave, 
but not our hearts.  
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


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We Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Program

For a SURPRISE, last-minute vacation from my beefcake to us...

Williamsburg, VA locator map

He bought us a timeshare week (off eBay--where else?)
and got some house and ferret-sitters,
and we will be in Williamsburg, VA.

I am NOT going to be posting--
I will be organizing all the posts coming up about

This summer was very busy--
can anyone else say' "Amen" to that?

Lots on our plates,
lots on our minds
lots to get done
before this next year of school starts mid-August!

So, we seriously need the vacation.

I will be visiting y'all while I am sitting under a shade tree or umbrella somewhere.

I am anxious to meet all my new follower friends,
and am planning a give-away
for Back-to-School.

I'll miss you while I'm gone and and tell you:

"The Weather's here!
Wish you were beautiful!!"
(Inside family joke--now you can use it, too!)

May be doing some of this at Busch Gardens, too!

Have a blessed and joyful week while this home maker gets some time off!


Girls' Road Trip!! Let's Visit Lisa at Pennington Point!

Hello all you gorgeous, blessed, frugal, creative, charitable, 
expressive, thoughtful, whimsical, intelligent, funny, and charming homemakers!

Today I wanted to take you all with me over 
to Lisa Pennington's home in Texas!
She is my new friend, and I want to introduce you to her!

(Let's all pile in my Honda CR-V. 
Sorry if some of you are hanging out of the car!
I'll drive fast so we don't get caught by a State Trooper!)

Lisa is a home maker that lives in a small town, 
and on their land they have a farm with a myriad of animals.

She also makes adorable things and sells them on Esty

(Did one of you remember the map? Chocolate?)

I adore her because she is funny 
(and has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to laugh), 
sweet, creative, energetic, 
loves God and her family, and her home shows it!
She makes beautiful and organized spaces on a budget, 
and we can learn a thing or two from her.

(Someone has their foot in my ear! Move it!)

She and her husband, James, have 9 children AND she home schools!!! 

(I only have the capacity to home school 2 socially-awkward children geniuses at a time.)

We're here! Let us in!

(I call first dibs on the Powder Room!!)

Okay, so the room I wanted y'all to see was her elegant, yet cozy

Dining Room/School Room

I don't know about you, but my home school room DOES NOT look like this.

I think she has tastefully combined a teaching and dining area.
She has unified the room by painting all the wooden chairs white.

Remember, she has 9 socially-awkward geniuses, so they need the seating!

The touches of black iron and black furniture unify the two sides of the room.

See the adorable gum/candy machine below the clock?
And the wording LEARN, Imagine and BELIEVE above the white board?
The baskets under the white board to organize "stuff"?

This long side board/teacher's table is perfect 
for a holiday or birthday buffet, 
or (lots of) grading papers!

See way down there at the end, underneath this sideboard table?
It's a cabinet she and her daughter Hope built.

It holds all the kids' laptops. Smart!

The table centerpiece is creative!
She got her tables from a guy at the flea market that restores furniture.  

See the "J" in the chair above, that's where her hubby James is enthroned.
Here's Lisa's chair.
She monogrammed them.
(Maybe with 9 kids you forget your own name?
The initials are there to jog their memories?)

But aren't they pretty?

Their little son, Levi, got his WHOLE name!
Lisa used her Cricut.

This is the official "school table".

Here are some other spaces around her lovely home.

Thank you, Lisa for letting us traipse through your lovely and loving home.
Thanks for the scones and coffee, too!

(We pray you have many years of homeschooling bliss!)

The Pennington Point


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