Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Bumps Are Showing!

Well the "W's" are showing!
Mrs. Kenneth G. Wright
Mrs. Michael D. Wilson
are showing!
Okay...time to guess.
What will I have for grandchild number two and three?
They are two weeks apart!
Daughter on the left due in December.
Daughter-in-law on the right due in November.
So were my cousin and I, I was due later and had mine first...she will never let me forget!
Will Mrs. Wright be the mother of two boys in one year?
Will Joshua have a brother or see pink in his house?
She comes from a family of four girls and one boy.
Kenny comes from a family of five boys and one girl.

Will Mrs. Wilson have a family starting with a girl....she has zero experience...she lived with five brothers.
My son-in-law comes from a family of five boys and two girls.

Will we see double pink?
Will we see double blue?
Or will the "W's" provide both for us to enjoy!

The end results...male or female doesn't matter.
The blessing of the womb is a great reward.

This Grand-mommy is just sooooooooooo excited...pink or blue.

Put in your guess.
I will reveal the sonogram results next week.
We also all know that sonograms aren't God!

From the busy world of Janette's Sage, sharing one of the joys of life.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cliff Jumping Lucy and Ethel - Rapids Below

Well, I did leave you all wondering what happened to my cliff jumping partner...Ethel.

Just like Sundance and Butch Cassidy...Redford and Newman, it is better to have someone jump with you.
The line from the movie clip( Lucy and Ethel Jump Off  Cliff) was when Redford confessed that he didn't know how to swim.  Newman answered back, "well heck, the rocks will kill us!"
That is exactly how Lucy and Ethel have felt as we screamed and kicked our way to the rapid waters below.

Well let's talk about the rapid waters below.  May we both say we had "no clue" where the waters would lead,  nor did we expect all the rapids to beat us up along the way.  We naively knew that 
we had to jump or die with the course our lives were taking.

I am here to report...we neither one have drowned.
Again, a partner in the rapid waters helps.
One goes under the water and the other pulls them back up to the surface.
So the last few months have been
bobbling up and down, knocks against every type of rock you can imagine and the 
on going yell, "what were we thinking?"

Well Ethel is graciously on her inner tube now, coasting along smoother waters.
After almost 40 years away from academia, she is making all A's in her subjects.
She is sporting a great co-ed attitude as she received a part-time job to be your next
"I want a chia-tea latte or coffee-latte", woman.  
Which allows more study time.

She is a woman of excellence, who hasn't ever put her hand to something that isn't done with superior skill.
She leans her hands, her support, her prayers and her finances to anyone in need.
She is taking care of her mother, who has entered the first stages of Alzheimer, while
also continuing to be a great mother to three adult children and seven grandchildren.
I haven't even mentioned friend!

She teaches through her life what is it means to be a follower of Christ...allowing Him to guide her through
whatever waters she finds He has led her.  She shines His glory for all of us to see.

As for Lucy...well you all know a little bit about her rapid journey.
The falling over the vacuum cleaners, the joints she didn't know she had that ache at the end of a cleaning day and almost drowning financially and yet, seeing God met her in the wilderness with His manna.
Lucy will show you soon what you get when you cross a teacher, interior decorator and cleaning lady all into one person.  It is a sight to behold.  Only one that God could have orchestrated.

                     Lucy now see her inner tube.  She is hesitating as she reluctantly climbs on.                                    Still not sure the rapids won't dump her back into the swirls of the water, she can't totally calm down yet.
As of today Ricki got a job!
Unemployment has left her so breathless that she doesn't know how to breath in the air.
Seven months out of the last ten has been spent in this wilderness.
Manna from heaven...literally supernatural provision has kept us from drowning.
To see the Body of Christ come to our aid has left us speechless.

One year ago, I posted on my weekend with my Ethel aka Diane (Time to Hand Me Another Piece) and how we sat talking through the puzzle pieces of our lives.
  We had no clue what piece the Lord would change out over the 
following year.  It truly has been an adventure.  One that isn't finished, nor do we still have any
idea what the finish puzzle will be...but we both allow Him to place the next piece.

Thanks for your prayers, encouraging words and support through this time.  We are still walking it out, but now maybe we aren't crawling anymore.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Lizard Tale

  I just couldn't resist this picture taken off of Pinterest and pinned by Sonja.  The top corner says Connie Sue of Heavenly Place, so thank you Connie and Sonja.

The picture just goes with my Lizard Tale.

I heard the painful sound in Benjamin's tone of voice.  "Lizzy has fallen!!", he was screaming through tears of panic.  Lizzy, or at one time his name was 10 o'clock, was in his hands.  This lizard that was a birthday gift from his brother and fiance was limp.
A gecko leopard lizard.
What was I to do?
I calmly said, "just put him in his cage.  What happened?"
The poor little lizard looked like it had broken it's neck and all four limbs were limp.
Through tears he was trying to explain how the lizard had fallen out of his hands coming down the stairs.
My heart started to break for Benjamin.
What was I to do?  If it was dead, then what?  I sure didn't want to touch the lizard.
I had been fine about the lizard from a distance..but up close or touching it ...NO WAY!

I started a conversation with God.  "Okay God, what am I supposed to do?  It IS his lizard!?!?  Please...please don't let it die"
I turned to my little son and said, "let's pray for Lizzy."   We held hands and started to pray for this 
little creature he had learned to love.
As we prayed, the lizard lifted his head...oh good, it was alive, but the legs still were flat.
What would we do with a lizard with broken legs?

Benjamin is still crying about the whole thing and I am holding him saying I am sorry.
The lesson of being too rough is now learned, but this lesson might be too hard to accept.

Slowly, the lizards front limbs moved... but the back?... still totally limp.

We discussed how we need to be careful with such a little pet and how far that was for him to drop.

Benjamin had to have my phone.  He texted his older siblings...Pray, Lizzy fell down the stairs!
Of course you can guess the replies were from the 20-somethings, no children, who commented back...

Now look back at the picture...
Lizzy came to in about 30 minutes and was up and walking around.
I guess it totally knocked him (or her) out...or ABBA Father God saw a little boy and his mother cry out.
Either way...it was God!

Today, I got up and was tired and wanting to sew while it was raining instead of cleaning other peoples' toilets.
I asked the Lord..."please, can they leave the house while I clean?  I look like Lucy cleaning houses when the client is there.  I trip over my vacuum cleaner, I drop things, it takes me twice the time because I get nervous.  Please Lord, could you have them leave?"
I had hardly finished my small prayer when my phone rang...my client...she was going to be gone for the day!

He is in the details of our life.  Even if the lizard had died... He would have been there.  Even if my client had stayed home.. He would have been there.  My ABBA Father just wrapped His arms around me and reminded me that He knows and He sees and He loves me.

Oh! my second client didn't work out...I got to come home early...and it started to rain.
I got in my sewing room and started my curtains.
My morning devotional...  Oswald Chambers - The Concept of Divine Control
"...how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"
Matt. 7:11

Thursday, July 11, 2013


  1. In a straightforward or plain manner

That is what begins the name of both of my businesses...SIMPLY.  I am sure God thought..."okay girl", so this straightforward Texas girl put her hands to the plow and pushed forward in a plain manner. Someone was going to have to plow the back forty.

Simply Your Decor is slowly growing.  Simply Clean Services is teaching me more skills than I had planned. Both are stretching me..."simply" out of my comfort zone.  Then just in case I didn't have enough to keep me hopping, I got into the oil business.  Not "Texas Crude", but essential oils.  So my brain is "simply" filling it's self full of information from natural cleaners to what essential oils to use for family.

In the midst of my "simply" learning business adventures I had to step back to look at the "simply" beautiful things that I love.

 SIMPLY -A group of precious young women who have let this grey-hair old mom join their group.  This is us on a camping trip with our 1st grade class.  No, not a glamour shot.  We all had a blast...I was so blessed.  I am old enough to be their mother, and yet, they have lovingly accepted me.
SIMPLY  - There is nothing...may I say that again..Nothing...so GRAND as a GRAND CHILD.
He just lights up my world!!!  This grandmommy is just thrilled to have him in our life.
He came at the wonderful age of 2 and I am going to love him for the rest of my life.

SIMPLY - Stopping to enjoy my boys.  I know because four are already adults, that this time passes with a blink of the eye.  From camping, to ice cream, feeding catfish or dreaming about what  to do with the son's first car...there is simply things that are more important than working outside the home.
SIMPLY -  A change in color can bring a restful environment in the middle of chaos.
My paint bucket was brought out and cleaning bucket put away so I could be revived.
I can't wait to finish up the curtains and pillows.

So My Simply post ends with the fact that I have "simply" been very busy.
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