Thursday, December 31, 2015

My 15 Favorite "Blog Lessons" of 2015

As I sit

reflecting over the past year
anticipating the next

I realize that 2015 was a year of lessons











I learned how to speak up...

say hello
use my voice
curse

I learned what to do when people...

throw dirt
throw shade
throw tantrums

I watched my children...

balance knowledge and wisdom
use what they have
learn to shine

while together we learned the value of...

thrift store shopping
curing boredom

and

working in the "hood"

I revisited...

our gratitude for His grace
began a trip "back down memory lane"

(all while gleaning...)

a lesson from a stranger

_____________________________

What are your favorite 2015 lessons?
(sharing here and here)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Celebrating "Nowhere" This Christmas

My daughter was reading for a homework assignment
when she stopped and asked...

why is n-o-w-h-e-r-e
pronounced

no where (and not)
now here?

I paused for a moment realizing that I really didn't know the answer
(the English language has a bunch of rules that I have yet to comprehend)

but it does appear that this could simply be a perception issue

perhaps we have

overlooked
mispronounced
denounced

when we've

announced

nowhere
as
no where


because today

Christ's birth reminds us that there is really no such thing
as no where

since the invisible
became visible

robed in flesh
wrapped in a body

to prove

that what you thought

He couldn't do...
He wouldn't do...

He, in fact, did

as the angels

declared
announced
pronounced

His visitation

reminding us that

He is
now here

so that we can

show others
teach others
tell others

that

the peace
the love
the joy

the world could find

"no where"

is indeed

"now here"

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Merry "2015" Christmas

Our prayer is that with each passing year
you will draw closer...

to Him
and to one another


Merry Christmas 2015
from our family to yours!




Monday, December 21, 2015

Remembering 1982 with... Never Too Much

I've been in flashback mode

ever since I began posting

a song
a week

in anticipation of turning 40 years next July

(click here to return to the beginning)

and it didn't occur to me until the other day
that "the music I grew up on" actually falls into categories

So this week's song
(from 1982)

falls under the "Monday After Work" category

because its the kind of music my momma would play

while she was cooking dinner
on a Monday after work

So yep, of course, it's got to be Luther!

___________________________________________

"Never Too Much"
Luther Vandross



(Click to remember)
1983

What My Work Keys Taught Me About Studying the Bible

I have a set of keys that I use almost daily

and although

they look the same
they open different doors

a wooden door
a glass door
a class door

and most days I can use them without even looking

Because since I use them everyday
I know where they are on the key ring

and the other day as I was using one of those keys
(found without looking)

I wondered...

how it was exactly that I had

the right key to open
the right door before me

because after all...

(there are many keys on that key ring)

and although

they look the same
they open different doors

a wooden door
a glass door
a class door

And once inside...

I immediately thought of Peter

who was handed a set of "spiritual keys" to use, and
who handed us a set of "spiritual keys" to also use

to open
the Kingdom Door for others

and I realized why it is so important

to learn
to study
to grow

from the Holy Scriptures

to read the Bible daily
to become familiar with

It's doctrines
It's passages
It's pages

because

how comfortable we are

holding those keys
handling those keys
using those keys

is the ultimate determining factor in how comfortable we will be
sharing Kingdom information with others

because how often you "use those keys"

will help you (without looking) to determine

what
when and
how

to open

a wooden door
a glass door
a class door

Jesus is the Door...
How do you "open Him" to others?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

She's Got Drama!

Well here it is...

Ladies and Gentlemen, we've got drama!

I've actually known for quite some time now

but it became

clear
evident
real

to me last weekend

as I witnessed my two children perform together in their school musical

They've got drama...


(and I know for sure because I witness it everyday)

but when school started this year
we were informed that the musical was chosen with my son in mind

and he subsequently landed the lead role

because of course,

He's got drama...

and then my daughter decided to try out as well because, after all

She's got drama too...

And when she came home with the role of the "understudy"

We had to talk about

disappointment
Divine appointment
destiny

(a pep talk I've also had to give to myself)

because

I too have been known to have drama...

And over the next few months she

studied
practiced
rehearsed

and mastered the role!

Then on the day of the performance...

reality hit

as she

thought about all of the work that she had put in
realizing that she would still not be the one going on stage

So we talked again

and I was happy when she resisted the urge to pout, deciding instead,
to assist as stage manager during the noon performance as

She let go of her drama

and on the ride home after the show
she talked to me about her experiences backstage

and as I turned the key
and we entered the house

my hubby looked up and said...

"Moriah, you got the call.  Get ready. Be ready.  You're performing tonight at 7pm"

(and my absolute favorite part was her response)

"Thank you, Jesus"

and of course I couldn't miss

the teachable moment
the preachable moment

by simply asking her to remember our talks

which shifted the conversation back to Christmas

(because in that moment we both knew)

that this
is exactly
what this

Seasonal celebration is all about

Jesus seeing our drama

and caring
and coming

to rescue us

so we could be here...
right here...

living a life of gratitude and grace

thankful
grateful
blessed

to know that

he's got...
she's got...
we've got...

drama

and He is with us in the midst of it all

Emmanuel

Monday, December 14, 2015

Remembering 1981 with... I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to return to the beginning)

"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)"
Hall and Oates


Verse

Easy, ready, willing, overtime
Where does it stop
Where do you dare me
To draw the line
You've got the body
Now you want my soul
Don't even think about it
Say no go

Pre-chorus

I 'll do anything
That you want me to do
And I'll do almost anything
That you want me to, ooh

Chorus

But I can't go for that, (No can do)
No, I can't go for that, (No can do)
Oh, I can't go for that, (No can do)
I can't go for that
Can't go for that
Can't go for that

(Click to remember)
1982

Monday, December 7, 2015

Remembering 1980 with... Funkin' for Jamaica

For those of you not familiar with this genre of music...

I apologize that you have had to live a life without this

it's simply not fair
life is not fair

but fortunately for you...
it's not too late to catch up

Funk
noun \ˈfəŋk\

a strong offensive smell or;

a music genre popularized in the 1970's and 80's that combines elements of rhythm and blues and soul music and that is characterized by a percussive vocal style, static harmonies, and a strong bass line with heavy downbeats

sidenote- (it is called "funk music" because of the "stink face"
you will immediately make when the music begins to play)

and I will admit...

that I didn't even know what this song was about in 1980
(when I was four)

(and still today)
less than half of what they are saying makes any sense to me whatsoever

But the band on this one?

ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!

*insert stink face* (press play)

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to return to the beginning)

____________________________________

"Funkin' For Jamaica"
Tom Browne




(Click to remember)
1981

Friday, December 4, 2015

On The Quest To "Cure" Boredom... this Holiday Season

It's Five-Minute-Friday

and...

"Mom, I'm bored"

are three words that simply make me cringe

(to which I've learned to respond)

wash the dishes
clean your room
fold the laundry

(causing children to miraculously disappear, not returning for hours)

And I know that sometimes

they get bored
I get bored
we get bored

because we are just looking for something

different
special
fun

to do

So here are some things to try this Holiday Season...


Make Something






Bake Something




 An activity... and a snack?
Yes, please... and thank you!



    


Go Pretend Shopping

Give yourself a shopping limit (or just pretend shop),
go somewhere you don't usually shop,
try on items you wouldn't usually choose
get creative, and have fun




Have a Sleepover

Having someone else over may help spark a little creativity
 (like the time the girls made)

a fort using only

a blanket
a backpack and
a jump rope

May 2014

Start Planning Next Year's Birthday Parties







June 2013 and  July 2013

because
I've learned that the key to "curing boredom" is to engage in something

relevant
meaningful
real

and there are plenty of those opportunities around
(especially during the Holiday Season)

so get out there and find them!

And here's to eliminating those three words,
"Mom, I'm bored", once and for all

Monday, November 30, 2015

Remembering 1979 with... Ain't No Stopping Us Now

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to return to the beginning)

"Ain't No Stopping Us Now"
McFadden and Whitehead


Chorus

Ain't no stoppin' us now
We're on the move
Ain't no stoppin' us now
We've got the groove

Verse 1

There's been so many things that held us down
But now it looks like things are finally coming around
I know we've got a long, long way to go
And where we'll end up, I don't know

But we won't let nothing hold us back
We're putting ourselves together
We're polishing up our act. Well
And if you've ever been held down before,
I know you refuse to be held down any more

Pre-chorus

Don't you let nothing, nothing
Stand in your way
I want you to listen, listen
To every word I say, every word I say

(Click to remember)
1980

Friday, November 27, 2015

Winston is... My Silent "W"

My husband Winston is...

a quiet man
not given to many words
silent most days

and yet carries a strong presence

He can fix cars, dryers, vacuum cleaners
give massages
and make biscuits from scratch

He is private
has a calm temperament
doesn't demand a lot of attention

and will probably ask me remove this post
(if he ever finds it)

He is not a "hey, look at me kind of guy"
but carries gifts and talents that cannot be ignored

Then one day...

as I was writing the word "whole"
I noticed

the silent "w"

and realized that the only difference between the spelling in the antonyms
hole/whole

is the silent "w"

and although the w is silent
adding it brings completion

to an otherwise
empty word

It signifies that something can go from having

a hole
an incompletion
a defect of sorts

to being

whole
complete
full

by simply adding...

a silent w

And the irony is that...

only three days after noting this "spelling lesson"
my husband walked back in the house and informed

"You'll have to ride with me... your car has a flat"

(yep, the tire had a literal hole!)

and as we all piled into his car

my hubby and my father sitting in front
me and the kids in the back

I couldn't help but smile
for feeling an overwhelming sense of

comfort
peace and
gratitude

for the "ride along"



as I also quietly thanked God for my "silent W"
because even though the letter doesn't make a sound...

it most certainly enhances the definition!

(sharing this today)

Why I Will Never Thrift Store Shop... Ever Again

I hated thrift store shopping when I was a child... HATED it!

Looking through

the aisles
the racks
the piles of clothes

was something that I just didn't

appreciate
understand

But as I grew older

I found my way back inside of a popular thrift store
and immediately fell in love with the bargains found there!

Shirts... 3.99
Pants... 5.99
Dresses... 7.99
Coats/Jackets...9.99

And I was completely satisfied with my newfound thrifting experience
until the day that I walked in to find a sign that read...

$2 Clearance Sale
and as I began to overload my basket with "new" clothing items I promised myself...

"I will never shop here (on non-sale days) again"

because when it was all said and done I left that day with...


9 dresses
12 shirts
2 pants
4 sweaters
3 coats
1 vest
1 jumpsuit
   

realizing I had basically managed to wrangle up an entirely "new" wardrobe for just under... $65!


What did I get?
__________________________________
$2 Green Jacket
$2 Plum Sweater Dress

Paired with free "new shoes"


 Long $2 Button-Down Sweater w/ pockets

 $2 African Print Dress
$2 Striped Dress


$2 Tribal Maxi Skirt

$2 Animal Print Shirt 

and these other $2 shirts
also worn with my same black dress


 

$2 Tribal Flow Pants

$2 Maxi Dress

$2 Black and White Sweater Dress
$2 Polka Dot Dress

each paired w/ a
$2 Black Cardigan

AND a...

 $2 "Summer Orange" Dress
(worn 3 ways)

 

So here's to "never shopping" at the thrift store ever again!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Remembering 1978 with... What You Won't Do For Love

(Sharing 40 years of music... click here to return to the beginning)

"What You Won't Do For Love"
by Bobby Caldwell

I guess you wonder where I've been
I searched to find a love within
I came back to let you know
Got a thing for you and I can't let go

My friends wonder what is wrong with me
Well, I'm in a daze from your love, you see
I came back to let you know
Got a thing for you and I can't let go

Some people go around the world for love
And they may never find what they dream of

What you won't do, you do for love
You've tried everything but you don't give up
In my world only you make me do
For love what I would not do

(Click to remember)
1979

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Quest To "Cure" Boredom... During Thanksgiving Break

The kids will be home an entire week for Thanksgiving Break

And I am already...

anticipating
planning
thinking about

things we can do to prevent and "cure" boredom before it even begins!


Create a "Gratitude Picture Collage"
with things we are thankful for


Revisit Lessons from their Summer Business

Color*full Creations
creating a life full of color



Read a Book


or...

Clean/Reorganize Their Rooms


My daughter was so into "Owls" last year... 








(but recently informed me that she now likes "Pandas")

This should be interesting...
What are your kiddos up to this time of year?

(curing boredom during the Holidays)