A little background into this post. The other day I commented to a fellow blogger about how I have nearly let music go since Mom died because it triggers grief. This person responded, “Maybe it’s going thru it that will help you heal. A life without music, I know ur mom doesn’t want you to live that way if music reminds you so strongly of her.” It was a profound moment. I found Elevation Worship’s Hallelujah Here Below album, inspired by a verse in Exodus where God requests an alter built with imperfect stones. The letter that follows is not what I planned to write this week, but writing is a lot like teaching; we must take advantage of the reachable moments. Even when the student is oneself.
"Life is a continuous backing away from the edge." If you don't do dark and twisty, close out this review. However, if you're fascinated by true crime or fiction based on infamous crime, keep reading. The Girls commences with such blunt, dissavory prose, I almost stopped reading. It's not that the language is so… Continue reading March Reads – The Girls
Turn off the news, put down your phone, and do those things that nourish your soul. There is beauty in a quiet life.
It’s raining again, folks. The end of winter in Eastern Kentucky is temperamental, to say the least. In the last 2 weeks, we’ve had severe flooding followed by snow, and...
It's time for another rejected TBR list. In hopes to enlighten other readers who might enjoy/avoid these books, I'm including my reason behind why these particular novels do not work for me. Dark Matter I'm kind of ashamed to say I made it halfway through this one before I rejected it. This Blake Crouch novel… Continue reading 5 Books I Couldn’t Read
I had to take a break from the classics, guys. I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll was a nice return to my preferred thriller genre. The plot formula of girls on a train has not quite gotten old. Yet. Anyway, 16 year old Anna and Sarah decide to venture in for a weekend in… Continue reading March Book Review and an Amazon Prime Special
It's time for another product post! I don't know about y'all, but I need a little motivation to get started on operation declutter, a.k.a. Konmari-ing my life (*see https://this-coffee-life.com/2019/01/20/in-pursuit-of-joy/). Like many of you, I'm in love with Joanna Gaines and the farmhouse trend. I've found a few pieces to compliment my decor, and I'm going… Continue reading 6 Amazon Finds for Spring (and an Ebates sign up!)
Book that trip, buy the shoes, use the good dishes, plan the staycation. Do. Not. Wait. If there is something you really want to do - live now. Take your family and spend time with them. Long after those times and moments have passed, you will still be drawing on the reserve of joy and encouragement derived from the memories you made...
This is an awesome post about how life happens and we lose our motivation for what is important. I’m rooting for you, Val!
These picture are from 6-9 years ago. I wish I still had the endurance and strength I had when these photos were taken. I was a different person then. I was at a completely different place in my life. The woman in these phots was fiercely determined. She wasn’t afraid. She was tenacious. She ran in the rain, the snow, through tornado warnings and jumped downed trees after the ice storm. She competed in OCR’s, 5k’s, 10k’s, a CrossFit competition, took CrossFit classes and lead boot camp classes. She was trying to be a positive example for her children. She didn’t back down. She took time for herself.
I could learn a few lessons from her. She knew taking time for herself made her a better person, a better wife and a better mother. As, time past and circumstances changed I put myself last. It’s easy to do. Nearly, all…
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