Sunday, November 28, 2010

Daybook November 29,2010


Outside My Window… is my latest flea market statuary that I bought in October.

It is on the small patio in front of the little house-

which my grandsons re-named the club house.

Getting it from the flea market to my house was another chapter in

my ‘getting things from the flea market to my house’ saga-

that plus explaining to my husband why a man in a truck is pulling into our backyard.

Here is the kind of guy my husband is:

He will roll his eyes at me and say things like

‘it is time to shut it down’,

but he will then turn and walk over to the man in the truck and help him.

This is the time of year I sometimes try saying

‘this can be our Christmas present to each other’.

I Am Thinking… that Father Earl’s message this morning to

‘be awake, be ready, and be hopeful’

is important for me to remember

and that my new devotional book

Jesus Calling


chiseling away at this rigid, got to get things done,

walking with my head down looking for snakes (a ranch habit) way of dealing

with life’s challenges,

which is a worn out way to live.

So this is what I learned from this week’s readings:

1.  In not knowing how to pray, begin by simply expressing thanks all day long.

2.  This expression of thanks will make the ‘scales fall away’.

I did and it does.

From the Kitchen…  I made Taco Soup.

Brown1 pound of ground beef with diced onion.

Add a package of taco seasoning and 11/2 cups of water.

I added corn, ranch style beans, Rotel tomatoes and chiles, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and a packet of ranch dressing mix.

I served it over cornbread.

That is soul food.

I  Am Thankful For…  my sweet , crazy family.

My girls understand, when in my drug induced haze, the day of my test at the hospital,

I texted them from the bedroom


‘take the pecan pie out of the oven even if it is still jiggling’.




D.B. said...

Thankfulness is KEY! It seems to be our default mode to focus on what we don't have, what is wrong with our lives. I post what I am thankful for daily on the Bistro chalkboard and I think it makes my boys aware of, and appreciative of the most simple things in life that are taken for granted.

I am thankful for Laura and White Spray Paint.

Karen said...

Oh, Laura... what a sweet comment you got above. I always feel like I'm reading someone ele's mail when I do that, this time... I'm thankful I read it. Yes.. I too am thankful for Laura, my sweet neighbor who has created White Spray Paint, is a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, and a super grandmother.
Ladybug Creek

Pam @ Frippery said...

Laura, Lovely find and lovely post. True and from the heart. Blessings to you, Pam I like the "Its time to shut it down" too cute and funny.

Low Tide High Style said...

Laura, your last few posts have been so wonderful and thoughtful! They truly speak to what life is all about. Being thankful, being expressive, and not to be afraid.

I hope your tests went well! And the love you have for your family and for everything you do comes through loud and clear, so keep writing what moves you and we'll all join in for the ride!

Kat :)

Sixpence and A Blue Moon said...

What an absolutely BEAUTIFUL post!!! I have tears streaming down my cheeks after reading this poetic prose. Perhaps I can relate to "walking with my head down looking for snakes (a ranch habit) way of dealing with life’s challenges, which is a worn out way to live." (far more than I want to admit)
I love your writing. Beautiful blog!

NanaDiana said...

Laura- I love the "take the pie out of the oven even if it is still jiggling". I am a person that is not into formalized prayers...but I pray constantly and never-endingly for little miracles all day long. And, I am forever with a word of thanks on my lips for all that I am and all that I have and all that He is! You are a good soul!

How big IS that statue? It is beautiful! Hugs- Diana

Anonymous said...

That soup sounds delicious. I'm going to try the recipe and with all our Oregon cold days, soup is my favorite dinner!

I always try to be thankful. I Try.

Deb said...

Laura I love your posts..your messages to your daughters...your hubby sounds like a great guy...I'm going to try your recipe....

trash talk said...

I cannot add anything more to what's been left in the's all true and I certainly cannot add to perfection like this post. All I can add is red ink.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your soup recipe sounds so good!
Have a great week!

ChaChaneen said...

Glad to hear you are doing well now after the tests! And your taco soup sounds yummy, thanks for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family!

Olive said...

In the NT Jesus healed the ten lepers and only one thanked him and he said where are the other nine? Thankfulness is a huge topic and truly a way of life. I imagine your daughters loved that text a whole bunch!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

I'm so glad to be getting to know you. First of all, I see you are in South Texas, which is my home...Corpus Christi to be exact. :-)

Secondly...Taco Soup = one of our all time favorite soups. Bar none.

I love your description of the "worn out way to live" and your remedy for it. Just priceless.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

This is beautiful...well worth the eye rolling from your hubby. hahaha
Have a wonderful week

Tanna said...

I'll be heading that advice today... thank you.

Theresa said...

We are truly blessed and I am so thankful for all of the sweeties in my life! You are on that thankful list! I pray you are feeling well on the Marvelous Monday! That soup sounds delicious! HUGS!

Tee said...

Hey Laura, I was out of town all last week so I missed all your Thanksgiving wisdom. You were in fine form, my friend. You asked me awhile back what devotionals I use - Jesus Calling is one of them. I adore that book!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Even after almost twelve years of parochial school with numerous religion classes. It is my mother's words that I remember hearing. " You should always remember to thank God for all the little things". She said ,"Everyone prays when they are desperate and need help but more often than not they forget to say thank you". I try hard never to forget.

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Oh, Laura, thanks so much for stopping by, I delight in making new blogging friends. Your blog is so inviting and I was blessed this morning by your entry.

I love, love Jesus Calling and you are so right, we cannot allow life's adversities to rob us of our joy. Each morning's devotional seems to hit right at my heart.

I look forward to getting to know you and I am your newest follower.

A delightful day to you!

Pondside said...

Another post truly worth reading.
Your call to your daughters is sure to enter the storehouse of family stories to be told over and over again.

Rebecca Nelson said...

Hey sweet Laura...

Been a bit since I stopped by so I have to go back and catch up!

This post hit home with me. I needed it in the worst way. It spoke to my heart and I wanted you to know.

Love to you~



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