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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

26 November 2014

Give Thanks... In Everything??

I am thankful for friends, family,
faith, freedom, farmers, food
and so much more!
Recently, it seems like people in my community -- my family of friends -- are being reminded of the brevity & value of life itself. A 90-year old mentor & friend to many of us passed away over the weekend... on his 67th wedding anniversary. His battle with cancer was a fierce one. He left a grieving wife whose life has now taken a step into the unknown. 

A wonderful young mom didn't get the outcome, for which her heart cried, in a custody hearing a few weeks ago. Thanksgiving & Christmas won't be the same. The memories of past holidays will bring some comfort this year, as her prayers will plead for new memories to be made in the coming years with her precious children.

Just last night another dear friend learned the unexpected news

15 November 2014

Recipe for ORANGE Protein Smoothie

Things in the garden are shutting down and, if left to my own devices, I would too. I'd get out all my winter jammies, wash them up again - so they'd smell super fresh, and never leave my house. But, that's another post...

I've said it before, I am experiencing major withdrawal pains over the prospect of not being able to run out to the garden to satisfy my fresh, organic fruit & veggie cravings! This past summer was an odd one living out-of-state for 8 weeks. I didn't realize how much I'd taken my fresh garden veggies for granted! I hate to see those days end.

The other day, I used my last two cucumbers in a

13 November 2014

House Embarrassment

This morning I'm surrounded by clutter. Some of the clutter is clean laundry waiting to be folded & put away. Some of the clutter is the contents of a purse emptied while searching for the check book. And, then there's just the normal "clutter" hanging out on floors, furniture and counters: children's books, school papers, unopened mail, clean dishes to be put away & dirty dishes to be cleaned AND so much more!

The priorities in this season of life lately have been more important than keeping up with things around the house. And, I'm reminded of a "pairing" I did some time ago about an unclean house. I loved the quote.
"At the worst, A HOUSE UNKEPT cannot be so distressing as a life unlived." ~ Rose Macaulay
A few days ago a new friend (whom I met through the Nesting Place #write31days challenge) shared a post that reminded me of where my priorities should be in these weeks.
Please hop over & read this brief & insightful post from PlaidFuzz: "How to be Content in a Crappy House
And take a few minutes to check out Melissa at The World According to PlaidFuzz on Facebook and her page over at PlaidFuzz

THE stuckinindiana ADVICE FOR TODAY:
Relax about some of the things which might be stressing you out today & focus your time and attention on the IMPORTANT things in life :)

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07 November 2014

Confessions No. 1 - Theft

I started a post the other day about confessions & then a song wrecked me for the day and the post wasn't completed. Well, I'm thinking that it probably sounded incomplete to others. However, the writing experience was very cleansing for me. I'm hesitant to put that song on today as I write. It could all happen again.

SO on to...
Confession 1. I stole a candy bar from a hardware store in Hickory, NC when I was 6 years old.
Well, that might not sound all that bad to you. But, I need to start somewhere, right?

05 November 2014


I have a few confessions to make... to my friends... to my family... to my peers. It's not easy to know where to begin. And, confessions open you wide to the judgement & scrutiny of others - not just to the ones you expect to be a safe place. Confessing in my private conversations with the God I've chosen to honor & serve can be tough -- especially when I let my pride get in the way. However, confessing to a God whom I believe loves me unconditionally is nothing compared to openly sharing my confessions by writing them down on paper... actually putting them out on the internet through this little blog... where anyone can read them. Not only the ones who love & accept me can read them. But, the ones who don't really care for me all that much can also see them & possibly solidify their reasons for "not really liking her all that much". 

03 November 2014

Count Your Blessings

Thanks to Debba of
Girlfriendology for the
plaque pictured above!
There are all sorts of "thankfulness" events floating around the internet & social media this time of year. As I write this, it's the 3rd of November... and, I'm trying to determine which ones & how many I should attempt in addition to my daily counting & recording of three gifts. I'm well into year 3 of doing that in response to the challenge given some years ago by Ann Voskamp. I just published my October "JoyDare" list of those yesterday. 

So far, for the month of November, I've chosen to participate in the #OurThankful30 challenge on Instagram issued by Courtney of Click It Up A Notch and Kim of Shutter Bag. I'm also posting those photos daily to my Facebook Page album, "November 2014 #ourthankful30". To get information on how to participate in this same challenge, click this link (from Click It Up A Notch)

If photography is one of your favorite things (like me), I invite you to find a way to share a photo blessing each day of November whether it be through social media or other ways. Here are a few ideas

02 November 2014

2014 October ONE THOUSAND GIFTS #JoyDare

One Thousand Gifts (by Ann Voskamp)
#1000Gifts #JoyDare

Buy book here...      

I took the 1,000 Gifts Dare for the year of 2012...
I continued in 2013... & 2014! GOD IS FULL OF BLESSINGS!

Today I find JOY in...

10/1/14 Wed
2992. early morning writing
I accepted the #write31days challenge from the Nester
2993. lunch w/a former babysitter of the kids - now the mother of 2 adorable little girls
2994. sunset in my backyard :)

10/2/14 Thurs
2995. wandering outside in jammies