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Month: February 2017

Chain Breaker 

Chain Breaker 

On Sunday, my husband was called into work at the last minute. My kids were complaining and fighting. I was tired and worn out already and it wasn’t even noon. As usual, we stumbled into church late. The words of the Zach William’s praise song caught my attention:  “If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles,  If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies,  If you’re trying to fill the same old…

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Coney’s Italian Ice and Creamery 

Coney’s Italian Ice and Creamery 

Ever since the coming soon sign was posted, my kids started drooling and asking when they were going to open. I didn’t know what to expect when Coney’s Italain Ice and Creamery posted their eye catching sign in the Sorrento Hills plaza near our home in Sorrento, Fl.  I had never heard of the company and wondered what their definition of Italian Ice would taste like. I envisioned a sno cone like treat that would appeal to my kids’ taste…

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Florida Natural Visitor Center

Florida Natural Visitor Center

Nestled in the orange groves of Lake Wales, Florida lies Florida Natural’s visitor center. I first became aware of Flordia Natural’s visitor center when my family moved to Florida for my husband’s new job at a local Florida Railroad. Florida Natural cooks the leftover peel and pulp and turns it into animal food which is shipped via my husband’s Railroad. Organized in 1933, Florida Natural is one of the largest cooperatives of citrus growers. Across the street from the visitor…

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Too far? 

Too far? 

I have went too far. God could never forgive me for all that I have done. God could never use me. God could never love me. I have thought these thoughts, but when I dig into God’s Word I realize these are lies.  In Jesus’ family tree (Matthew 1), I find a long list of those whom the world would tell us are unforgivable, unlovable. Abraham lied. Isaac favored one of his children. Jacob was a cheater and a deceiver….

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My Friends 

My Friends 

Friends are wonderful. During my lifetime, I have been blessed with many friends. I have had childhood friends that I have giggled and shared whispered secrets with. I have had college friends that I laughed with, commiserated with and studied with. I have bonded with young mothers. We shared first joys, first sorrows, and all those cute and exhausting moments of early motherhood. I have homeschool mom friends now, we share all the exciting and frustrating moments of teaching our…

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Time For Peaches 

Time For Peaches 

We recently visited one of our family’s favorite stops in Georgia, Lanes Southern Orchards in Fort Valley, Georgia. Over the years,  we have visited Lanes numerous times due to the close proximity to our family and I75. Of course, what keeps us coming back to Lanes is the fun and yum factor! Lunch at Lanes is always a big hit with our family. They seem to have something for all ages and tastes, from burgers and chicken tenders to an…

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A Magical Dream 

A Magical Dream 

We just spent three magical nights aboard Disney Cruise’s ship the Dream. I have to admit that my favorite part of a Disney Cruise is always the kids club. My kids are able to play in a safe place while I enjoy some much needed R and R with my husband and by myself. Fortunately,  my kids love the kids clubs. Even though my boys are older (11 and 12), we can’t pry them out of the Oceaneer club and…

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Don’t Stare

Don’t Stare

I have been guilty. That person shouldn’t wear that. He’s too old to act that way. She shouldn’t be doing that. If I was the parent, my child wouldn’t act that way. Before I was a parent,  I was an expert on parenting. My child would never behave like that child I just saw in Wal-Mart. My child wouldn’t wear that or do that. My child would follow me and behave meekly. Then, I had kids. Nothing went the way…

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Fear

Fear

My boys are 11 and almost 13 now. They are at the “eye rolling, not wanting to listen to anything mom says” stage. Even though I sometimes feel like pulling my hair out, I love this phase (“love” might be an overstatement). This phase in my life reminds me of all the advice and instructions my mother gave me that I never listened too. One of her instructions I ignored was to not watch horror movies. At the time I didn’t…

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Engraved

Engraved

I have one word: Engraved. Merriam Webster defines engrave as to impress deeply as if with an engraver, to cut figures, letters or designs for printing. The definitions create an image of permanence. Initials on a tree, engraved inside a heart. An inscription lovingly engraved on a ring. Words, images that have left the mind and the pen and now are released, never to be taken back. Isaiah 49:6 tells us, “See I have engraved you on the palms of…

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