Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Memo: Good Advice Quote

Mesa Spirit RV Park
Mesa, Arizona 

"Start by  doing what's necessary, 
then what's possible and suddenly 
you are doing the impossible."
Francis of Assisi

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Daisy



Her name is Daisy.  Daisy Grace.  Last week she celebrated her 1/2 birthday - 6 months old June 6.  In my last post I promised as Paul Harvey would say to tell you the rest of the story so let's begin.

Several months ago I began wanting to get another dog.  Dutchess our yellow lab has been gone quite a while and I missed the companionship that is unique to having a dog in the home.  So the search began.  Of course I wanted the perfect dog.  She had to be the cutest dog in town.  She had to be the smartest dog in the campground.  She wouldn't shed a hair.  Easy to house train if not already done.  Get the picture.  The perfect dog!  Oh, and did I say this new dog shouldn't require a bank loan. At the top of my wish list was a mini golden doodle.

Precious Husband was reluctant to add to our family.  He loves dogs but after all we are now living the life of nomads on the open road in a 40 foot motorhome.  But, Precious Husband loves me.  Probably a week before finding Daisy Precious Husband added a quick brief p.s. to our breakfast prayer, " and Lord, please find Dorothy her dog."  Oh, I was excited now.  Precious Husband was on board with my desire for a dog.

We were doing some yard work at our home in Maricopa (which we sure hope to sell next fall) when I heard the sound of PUPPIES!  What's that I ask Precious Husband.  "Puppie"s he said, "over the fence behind us."   "PUPPIES? Why didn't you tell me?"

Quick as I could I was up peering over the fence.

A knock on the neighbors door and wall-la, I am holding this little white ball of fur - just a little handful, no more.  When I set her down she turned in circles to the right.  Observant husband of mine has his caution antennas up. Not me - I am in puppy love.

Because the new pups had not been to the vet yet Precious Husband asked if we could give the owner a down payment and have her checked out before deciding for sure.  Precious Husband is concerned - not me I am in puppy love.

The vet believes our little Daisy Grace has neurological damage.  She is for all intent and purpose deaf and blind.  She hears a tiny bit but doesn't understand where the sound comes from.  She has again, just a tiny bit of sight in her right eye and that is why she turns to the right.

Are you getting a little glimpse of how Daisy got her middle name?

Grace :
Webster says grace is the infinite love, mercy, favor, and goodwill shown to humankind by God.

Daisy Grace will need God's grace everyday.  As for me I am needing God's grace every moment dealing with this little pup with the special needs of blindness and deafness.  It is hard.  My patience is often worn thin I quickly admit to you.  But! God's grace!  God gave us a perfect puppy.  He does not make mistakes.  He will daily give me grace to love and care for his creation.


Grace Is . . .
A tender word • peace surpassing understanding • 
the warmth of God’s favor • calm within the storm • 
rainbows • quiet moments • a lingering hug 
• unconditional acceptance 
•  giving and receiving love 
• heart to heart forgiveness 
• the rustle of angel’s wings • an afternoon nap 
• unexpected blessings • the kindness of a friend 
• a stranger’s smile • a cup of tea and a prayer 
• belonging to God • finding promises in the Word 
• an inner knowing • the arms of Jesus open wide.    
—Ellen M.Cuomo


Love and Hugs,
Mèmére 





Thursday, March 16, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

After 33 Years of Marriage . . .




There is a big announcement to be made.  

 Can you guess what we are announcing?

Drum roll please.






Is the suspense getting to you yet?

After 33 years of marriage Precious Husband and I have adopted again.

Welcome Miss Daisy Grace Langlois born December 6, 2016 and adopted February 9, 2017.



Her name came by suggestion of this cutie:


our youngest grandson 4 year old Tanner Paul King.

When I showed him the new puppy he suggested BonBon and said it was a name from Disney.  
"Disney huh?  Well how about Daisy?" I asked.  
"Sure Daisy is great!" he said.
I chose her middle name, Grace.

Daisy Grace has a special adoption story just like our other children of course.

I have been absent for a long time but our new baby definitely brought me back to blogland.  

I will share parts of her adoption story soon and more about her name Grace.



Her Daddy, my Precious Husband, loves her and Daisy completely loves him as you can see.








Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Living Life in Kentucky



We arrived in Kentucky the afternoon before my birthday.  Five days of driving.  Stopping only to sleep and then drive on.  We  have decided next time things will be a little different.


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My anxiety level was not nearly as severe as it was last year and so Precious Husband allowed me to try my hand at driving The Beast.  Originally we named our 40 foot motorhome The Great Adventure Bus at the suggestion of our grandson Trent.  Then reality struck and the bus became The Beast.  I mean really - she is BIG, intimidating, and at times has a mind of her own over powering our plans and causing detours and delays.  The Beast fits.

Learning to drive the bus has helped make friends.  I understand a little better how she works and what I can expect.  I am hoping now we can go back to calling her The Great Adventure Bus.  Don't you agree it has such a better sound to it?

My birthday was shared with my 10 year old granddaughter, Ava Dorothy on Saturday.  We both love potato soup so Michelle made a big pot of it - oh, was it ever good.  Ava enjoyed the cake and ice-cream as much as I did.  




I am still enjoying the flowers from Dallas, Michelle and the grandkids.  So cheerful!



I spotted this little guy today.  He is a little hard to see here but he is quite cute and I will enjoy watching him scamper up the tree every day.

Hopefully tomorrow Precious Husband will put up my bird feeder and my hummingbird feeder.

So thankful to God for his watch and care over us as we travelled the 1800 miles to get here.

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére



Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Memo: Promises BUT


The Bible, God's Word.  It is full of promises BUT, yes, BUT.  With God's promises come conditions or commands.


We want the promises BUT do we want to be obedient to the command or condition?  Remember Abraham.  God gave him a promise but it also demanded obedience.  By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.  Hebrews 11:17

Psalm 16:11says, In Your presence is fullness of joy.  I am promised joy BUT I have to be in God's presence.  I have to be in the Word, in prayer and in communion with Him daily to enjoy the blessing , the benefit the promise of joy.

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Beauty In The Eye of the Beholder



Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say.  
This is used to express the fact that not all people have the same opinions about what is attractive.

The yellow roses above came from my backyard and they are beautiful.  They were left is this condition when we left the house to return to our motorhome.  Returning we found they were dried and brittle.  When they appeared in a new arrangement I continued to see beauty.  Precious Husband, not so much.  He even inquired a few times about when I was going to throw the dead flowers away. (Later he did admit it was not the dead flowers as much as that they were hindering his view of the TV.  😍

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder the world says.

Our precious 80 year old neighbor in the RV park lives full time in a mobile home and she has a wonderful inviting front yard.  Recently we discovered her very distraught.  She had little yellow flowers that came up voluntarily and the park landscapers had sprayed them because they are actually considered weeds.  She was so upset telling us that she has made it clear that she knows they are weeds but she nurtures them and thinks they are lovely and has told the management not to spray them!  (Evidently the word was not passed down.)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder the world says.


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder the world says.  But God's Word tells us where true beauty resides for women.  No supposition here.  Biblical fact.  God's Word says it and I believe it.  


 I pray God to help me daily be obedient to His Word.

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—
arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 
rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, 
with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit
which is very precious in the sight of God.

1 Peter 3:3-4 



Monday, May 2, 2016

Thankful Be For True Joy

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I find great blessing in the fact that God has given me a heart that finds joy and happiness in "the little things".   It does not take a lot for me to smile or giggle at something my day has presented in some form.  Precious Husband smiles when he sees me smile or giggle and that makes me smile even bigger too.

Of course as a Believer my greatest joy is that my heart finds rest, peace, confidence, security and true joy in putting my faith in God and what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross.  Thank You Jesus!

Psalm 90:14
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Almond Joy Cookies



Get the yellow bowl out and try the best cookies ever!  These cookies are even better the next day.  Last week I mailed them to my oldest grandson in Kentucky and the delivery notice in the dorm got pushed to back of mail box and so they were actually a week old when he got them and yet he said they were great.  I love a "pretty" cookie and these come out of the oven thick and wonderful full of gooey chocolate, almonds and coconut.  Yum!  I added white chips too as you can see below.

Almond Joy Cookies


1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups chocolate chips
2 cups sweetened coconut
2 cups chopped almonds


Pre-heat oven to 375°F Lightly grease cookie sheets.

Combine dry ingredients, set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, stir in the vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients until well mixed then stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and almonds. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.








Please be blessed by visiting Jes at http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com

Linking today with http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-art-of-home-making-mondays-please_18.html

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Smile!


Give me a S
Give me a M
Give me a I
Give me a L
Give me a E

What does it spell?

SMILE!


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I always remind Precious Husband that it doesn't take much to make me smile.  Personally I think this is a good thing.  Precious Husband smiles when he sees me get excited picking out inexpensive little yellow dancing flowers that will make us both smile (hopefully a long time) as we travel down the highway.

My prayer in life is that I always will be satisfied and content with the small little daily blessings that come our way.  God does give us daily blessings if we just keep our eyes and heart open.

I will sing to the Lord all my life; 
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Psalm 104:33


Praise the Lord. 
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; 
his love endures forever.
Psalm 106:1



I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.
Psalm 13:6


I like this quote from A.W. Tower:


The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. 
My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Psalm 28:7



Praise be to the Lord forever! Amen and Amen.
Psalm 89:52


Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thankful Be!

(A little cabin we spotted in Missouri)

I had to come back today to give praise to God for a beautiful day on Thursday.  Every day should be Thanksgiving but often we get caught up in our own little world and forget to give praise.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday too.   I love seeing the family and loved ones gather around the table and fill their plates with traditional favorite dishes and one by one share what they are thankful for.  

This was the year we passed on the baton to the next generation as far as hosting and cooking our dinner.  We gathered at our youngest daughter's home here in Arizona.  There were 13 of us around the table.  It was wonderful!

At the end of the day I praised God for special blessings He alone had done in my life this particular Thanksgiving Day and I was reminded of the verse in 2 Corinthians 9:8 that says 

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

In the Message it says, "God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done."

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. 
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. 
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. 
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
— Melody Beattie

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére




Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Funnies

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Yesterday I was sitting in my rocking chair on the patio.  It was a beautiful day in Kentucky and I was deep in thought as I read an article on the internet.

All of a sudden I felt a bump at the back of my chair.  My first thought, "That is more than the breeze."  I turned to the side and my second thought, "That's the biggest healthiest cat I have ever seen!"  It was just a split second because I quickly realized it was not a cat.  

The video is big time shaky because I was jumping up on my chair and up on the table.

The rest of the event won't be shared because it did not have a happy ending and this is Friday Funnies.

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thankful Thursday


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Stop, Look and Listen!

Please stop and take less than a minute to let me share my blessing!  The days are just beautiful in Kentucky right now.  The colors are changing in the trees daily.  The sounds you hear when you listen are simply amazing.  An orchestra would be hard pressed to attempt to duplicate the sound of the birds.

Take less than a moment and share my blessing and then take time, make time if need be to get into God's Word and be truly blessed.  Stop, look and listen to what God has to say to you today.

He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:10

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Trip To The Pumpkin Patch


Big brother came home from college for the weekend so we all went to the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkins today.  I think I would caption this photo, "How about this one?"

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére



Friday, October 9, 2015

Photo Friday

 The campground where we are parked in Shelbyville, KY


Morning Glories along the roadside.  Precious Husband must have drove around the block (so to say) 6 times for me to be able to jump out and get my picture.  There's a lot of traffic on this country road.




The trees are simply becoming gorgeous!



I guess the farm girl comes out in me quite often because I can never resist snapping a picture of cows.







Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Thursday, October 1, 2015

National Homemade Cookies Day


Of course I would want to share a cookie recipe today because it is 
National Homemade Cookies Day!

When a new recipe is tried and tested with positive results we call it "a keeper".  Almond Joy Cookies   are definitely a keeper!  My niece, Jennifer just shared the recipe on FaceBook and of course I had to give them a try.  Yummy for sure.  Give them a go and see what you think.  Be sure to make some cookies today in celebration of National Homemade Cookies Day.  Of course who needs a special day to make cookies?  Not me for sure!

Almond Joy Cookies


1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups chocolate chips
2 cups sweetened coconut
2 cups chopped almonds


Pre-heat oven to 375°F Lightly grease cookie sheets.

Combine dry ingredients, set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, stir in the vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients until well mixed then stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and almonds. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

*When I made these I only had 3 cups of chocolate chips so I made up the difference with white chocolate chips and they were excellent.  I also toasted the almonds before adding them.




Love and Hugs,
Memére