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No Stress Zone! #Holidays #Relax #Stress

Please don’t stress over the Holidays! ~Relax & Enjoy~ So what if you don’t have your shopping list completed! Save $ for those after Christmas sales.

When my boys were younger I would buy part of their gifts before Christmas and part after. All the department stores will be marking down to get rid of the end of year inventory…savings for you!

Relaxation Ideas:

*Have reasonable Holiday expectations.

*Control what you can control.

*Take time for yourselfβœ“

*Watch a dvd

*Go for a walk

* ~Just Breathe~

Our family watching a dvd together. Turns out that ZuZu loves Jim Carrey πŸ™‚

Happy & Relaxing Holidays!

Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

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Love & Miracles #cat #love #miracles

I’ve experienced three miracles in less than a weeks time. The #1 is my Mom’s news from her Oncologist. Most know that she was told she had cancer in August. She has been doing mild chemo every Monday and radiation Monday – Friday. She has now been told that the cancer site is shrinking! We are thankful for all that have stood in agreement for this pre Christmas miracle! πŸ™‚

Our second miracle…she is eye balling the tree. Me and Caleb wanted a pet last week. We decided on a kitten/cat. In less than 24 hours via my niece’s friend we adopted a little girl kitten. The family had named her ZuZu. I Googled the name and it is the same as the character George Bailey’s youngest daughter in; It’s a Wonderful Life. She states in the movie; “My teacher says everytime a bell rings an angel gets it’s wings”. So, because she is our early Christmas gift we kept her given name. She was born in June and is 6 months old now.

This is ZuZu in June:

Updated:

Ok, third miracle…I had a pair of bluetooth ear buds. Several months ago it was as if they just vanished and because they were expensive I could not replace them πŸ™

In Caleb’s room he has a small Christmas tree that is used as his night light (year round…he loves Christmas). The other night I went to plug it in like I always do. Hanging from the tree was the bluetooth ear buds…just like another Christmas gift! πŸ™‚

Jesus is so amazing! He cares about “all” the things that are important to us…big & small!

Hope your holidays are amazing and filled with love!

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Christmas Season #advent #Christmas #Jesus

Today began Advent and this year it is from December 1st – December 24th. A time to remember why we celebrate the birth of Christ. This year we are reading a chapter a day out loud from the book of Luke. On the 24th we will read the last chapter (Luke has 24 chapters). So, on Christmas Eve we will have read a whole book about the life of Christ.

Imagine how one life has changed the world so much. He was born in a manger from a small area of the world. He hand picked a variety of disciples that we all can relate to. Then, commissioned them to share the gospel to all the world. Satan tried to stop him and could not. Now, thanks to the internet His message has reached the world (John 3:16).

I hope everyone reading this is having a wonderful holiday season! May we not forget the true meaning of Christmas.

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Easy No Bake Cookies #cookies #easy #recipe

Me and Caleb decided this was a good night to throw this old fashion recipe together. This recipe sets good, it is not runny or falling apart. So easy to make. (pic above is Caleb digging in)

Has a total of eight ingredients:

1/2 cup of butter/margarine

2 cups unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup milk

1 3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups quick oats

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

The first four ingredients goes into a pan on the stove. I turned my dial to #4. Stir and blend well till you see the first boil bubble. Then, only cook/boil for 3 minutes and take off heat. Now, your ready to add the remaining ingredients. This recipe begins to set pretty quick. The pics below show my spoon in the middle to demonstrate that it is already beginning to set.

Ready to place on pan and shape anyway you like. πŸ™‚

Also, not a bad gift idea for the Holidays or a quick to make take along for a get together.

Me and Caleb’s conclusion:

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#Faith

This photo can be found at: Marjorie’s Mix IG. I love nature photography, you can always see and feel Elohim within the created process.

This past week I have focussed on one word to meditate and study upon. That word is “faith” and God has provided us with the clear definition: Hebrews 11:1. Literally, faith is believing something is going to happen or has happened even before it has materialized visibly. I hope no matter what you are going through that you never lose your ability to have faith. πŸ™‚

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A Divine Plan #poetry #prayer #thoughts

I still remember the moment I took this photograph in 2014. So many paths and life choices since then.

~ Divine Plan ~

My God, the knower of my fate,

teach me with your Spirit to not

lean toward hate.

A divine plan you have always

had, from the beginning moment of

time. How could I ever think of that

as being unkind?

Dateless past, keeper of power

so great and the creator of man.

Teach me with your Spirit

to exercise my faith according to

your divine plan.

This past week I began a new routine of prayer and fasting every morning. The spiritual results have been amazing and it is true that if we draw near to God He will draw near to us! πŸ’žπŸ’–

One of those mornings I was knelt by my bed and just lost in thought thinking about my Mother’s cancer diagnosis. The Holy Spirit directed me to my birth photo on my nightstand. Then, the realization hit me …the Doctor’s last name that delivered me and my Mother’s Oncologist last name was exactly the same. I felt a very loving and gentle reminder from Abba .. there is a time for birth and death. Reaching the acceptance stage of grief through the Spirit of God has made this life path so much easier. πŸ’žπŸ’–

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Banana Cake #banana #cake #frugal

This comes out perfect everytime! Incredible aroma fills the air as it is baking. The best part is that this cost under $5.00 to create.πŸ™‚

Preheat oven: 350Β°

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas

6 Tbsp of margarine (melted)

1 tsp of baking soda

pinch of salt

1 cup sugar

1 egg beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp of cinnamon

1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour

Mash bananas and margarine together first. Then, go down ingredient list adding the rest.

All the ingredients are whipped together in one bowl. No need for a mixer this can be whipped together with a fork. The touch of cinnamon creates a wonderful fall aroma. I know a whole cup of sugar seems like a lot but this is a no icing cake. Me and Caleb like a slab of cream cheese on the side.

Ingredients whipped together & ready to go into a greased cake pan, loaf pan or even a muffin pan.

We used a round cake pan. This recipe will not disappoint and it is so easy.

Leave in the oven about 25 minutes or until a butter knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Hope you enjoy this easy frugal recipe! πŸ™‚

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Changing of the Seasons #changes #faith #Ohio

I took both of these photos in Fairborn, Ohio this month. A visual demonstration that light overshadows the dark.

It is currently 48Β° here and I am trying to adjust to the changing of the Seasons. Hard to believe I’m a Ohio native πŸ˜†. I’m just not a cold weather person 😨.

My uncle visited from Florida this past weekend. Felt like packing up and going back to Florida with him πŸ˜„. However, with weather related events and predicted water shortages in Southern States, I suppose it would be wise to stay in Ohio. I’m still not ruling out becoming a snow bird! Waiting to see what door God opens and go from there. While my Mother is alive I’ll be here. Then, I have faith that God will lead me in the right direction.

If your reading this, I hope your doing very well! When faced with choices, I hope the most favorable door opens for you!πŸ’•

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Anger & Acceptance #anger #acceptance #cancer

Marjorie’s Mix IG, I like this photo because it demonstrates that the light over shadows the darkness.

Well, I shared that my Mother was going in last Wednesday to have her cancer site removed. Let me share some in-between insights that preceded Wednesday of last week (October 2, 2019).

The second week of September I took her to meet the Oncologist. He explained the seriousness if the PET scan revealed cancer in her lymph nodes. If no cancer in the lymph nodes, then main cancer site removed and no need for heavy chemo. On our way out of his office we passed a lady with a turban on her head. My Mother elbowed me and said, “That will be me, when I lose all my hair”. I instantly, corrected her because no cancer in her lymph nodes meant no heavy chemo. I told her to continue to pray and believe. We serve a God of miracles πŸ™.

Then, we go for the PET scan. I prayed with her in the parking lot before we went into the hospital. Before we even got to the doors of the hospital she began confessing all the negativity of her cancer diagnosis. Again, I corrected her to stand in agreement that no cancer would be found in her lymph nodes. Test revealed lymph nodes in both lungs shadowed. Procedure scheduled following week to do biopsy on those lymph nodes. Biopsy revealed no cancer, a true miracle! Operation to remove cancer site scheduled for October 2nd, no heavy chemo foreseen.

On the Monday before her surgery, I went with her to the hair salon. She came out with her hair cut very short 😳. I asked her if that was really what she wanted. She said, “Yes, it is all going to fall out after the chemo anyways”. So, day of surgery preliminary testing revealed cancer in a lymph node near main cancer site and tumor larger than expected. Surgery cancelled and heavy chemo begins this week with a 75% chance of shrinking cancer.

My Mother already shared with me at the end of September her last wishes. To be cremated and her ashes placed in my Dad’s urn with him (he passed April 2007). He already has a plot on the property of the V.A. hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She wants the urn placed there.

This has been a long blog post and even longer to live all the details out. I really believe she is ready to reunite with my Dad. She met him when she was 15 years old. They always remained together. I’ve gone from anger to acceptance. We can pray for healing for others but we can’t cross their will. Acceptance feels much better than anger πŸ™‚.

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Virtuous Woman AwardπŸ† #proverbs31 #virtuous #strength

Thank you, πŸ€—Renee at Heart Tokens for nominating meπŸ₯€. Your very kind & worth far more than rubies (Proverbs 31:10).

Please check out Renee’s blog: hearttokens.home.blog This is a beautiful lady with a joyful sense of humor. She is a deep thinker and it has been a blessing to get to know her.

I’m nominating 3 Virtuous women based on Proverbs 31:10-29. The rules are: paste Proverbs 31:10-29, paste image, state why you chose the women you nominated.

πŸ€—Amy Blount, A New Life anewlife256599767.wordpress.com I nominated you because your recognized as a Virtuous woman with your inner strength that is descriptive of Proverbs 31:10-29. I went to your archives and read all three blogs of your childhood memories. Your very brave to share your story ❀️. You haven’t allowed it to define you. Look at you now; faithful wife, devoted Mother and the true caregiver to your family that you didn’t have. Amy, you are a Proverbs 31 woman.πŸ’•

πŸ€—Chrissy Siggee, Riverside Peace riversidepeace.com I nominated you Chrissy because you represent a Proverbs 31 woman. Your husband noticed your writing gift and thought you should go to college and get your degree. You persevered and finished college in 2004 at the age of 47. Now you are a published author, poet, gardner, and a advocate for teenagers with eating disorders. Your kind, not idle and have overcome health issues to continue to be a praise worthy Virtuous woman.πŸ’•

πŸ€—Pat Veen, Child of God, From The Darkness Into The Light godandi.blog I nominated you Pat because you demonstrate what a Virtuous woman is to be. I love your enthusiasm toward God and always reaching out to lift others up. I reached out to your blog during the Memorial weekend tornadoes here in Ohio. Sure enough I got a immediate response and prayer began πŸ™. Keep doing what your doing. Your insightfulness is needed ❀️ (Proverbs 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.)