Faith, Musings

On death and dying: Brittany Maynard made us all think

Brittany Maynard was a 29 year woman who left this earth over the weekend. Her story made media headlines worldwide. Why? Because she made a choice for medically assisted suicide (legal where she lived) before the cancer in her brain could ravage her mentally and physically before killing her. You can read her story here.… Continue reading On death and dying: Brittany Maynard made us all think

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At Our House, Blended Family

Making Memories

While super-glue is one potential way to bond a family together, as parents, we firmly believe it's our job to come up with ways to create a lasting bond between our brood. This is especially important in a blended family context. As our family grows and they eventually leave home, we want the kids to want to come back… Continue reading Making Memories

Lyrics Verses Quotes Books, Scripted Sunday

Scripted Sunday: beautiful brokenness

No commentary today, this relates so closely to the sentiment of last week's Scripted Sunday which you can read here. Image background: Aitor Agirregabiria  cc

Random Rant

Random Rant: Who are you calling a skinny b*tch?

Right, let's get this out there. I am sick of being called a 'skinny b*tch'. Or just plain 'skinny' when it comes with sarcasm or meanness dripping off it. Yes, I am tall (178cm or 5'10") and trim. The tall bit I obviously can't control (although I still proudly wear heels) and the trim bit is… Continue reading Random Rant: Who are you calling a skinny b*tch?

Musings

Remember the golden rule

We have a golden rule in our home. Well, we have a few. But this one, I wish was a universal thing. For our family, we take a Biblical stance. But I'm pretty sure it spans across all religions in some form. Really, it's just common sense. I believe the world would be a better place if we could… Continue reading Remember the golden rule

At Our House

On the happiness trail … why I quit my job

Last Monday I let my employer know I would not be accepting their offer to extend my contract to the end of 2015. And it felt great! Why would I give away a perfectly good job you may ask? A job that wasn't unpleasant, that offered good hours allowing me to drop my kids to… Continue reading On the happiness trail … why I quit my job

Lyrics Verses Quotes Books

Now is the time

I firmly believe this. I refuse to delay 'living' any longer. NOW is the time to create happiness, to create memories, to be joyful and thankful. NOW is the time to live. I have more posts coming on this, including why I quit my job this week... By the way, if you haven't checked out… Continue reading Now is the time

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The first Foodie Friday

When it comes to food choices, I tend to follow my gut (no pun intended!). I'm naturally drawn to healthy options ... give me sushi over McDonalds any day. I do take my role as Guardian of the Pantry for my family quite seriously as I want to raise an active and healthy family. I… Continue reading The first Foodie Friday

Lyrics Verses Quotes Books

I have my own circus to deal with*

Note to self: I don't need to get bogged down in other people's crap drama. It's okay to walk away. I do need to stop taking on board things that I can't, and don't need to control. I have my own circus to nurture and protect as priority. My circus is full of people who care for me, and… Continue reading I have my own circus to deal with*

Best Babble, Musings

Being happy

Being happy is not just 'not being sad'. Being happy is your soul singing, the good emotions bubbling from the depth of your belly, loving your life so much you can find good in every day. In my humble opinion anyway. We can't just expect 'happy' in our life. Although I'm sure many do. Happy is something… Continue reading Being happy

Bloggings

Dear dream reader

Dear dream reader Thank you for visiting my blog. I wonder how you found my space? While you are here, I want you to know that you're really just like me. Except that you're not. Because none of us is exactly the same as another. But we do have things in common. We're alive and striving to… Continue reading Dear dream reader

Musings

Where abbiesbabble is at

Today Wordpress told me I have now published 100 posts. I have 154 people following me. That's not bad in four months - little numbers for most of you I know but for me, I'm happy. I didn't do this to get followers but I have to admit, I love it when I know someone new has read… Continue reading Where abbiesbabble is at

Musings

THE NEED TO PLEASE

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what I do and how I do it ... and who I am. No secret there.This post, 'I'm disappointed in myself' by Lysa TerKeurst really resonated with me and this part of my journey. The words "we must not confuse the command to love with the disease… Continue reading THE NEED TO PLEASE

At Our House, Best Babble, Musings

IT’S AN INNIE THING

I have hit THE WALL. Not literally, no car crashes or broken fists or anything like that. But that metaphorical wall has come up and hit me in the face. Again. Before writing this I was sitting in my wardrobe staring at my shoes. For quite a while. Pretty much not having the physical or… Continue reading IT’S AN INNIE THING

Musings

REFUSE HATE and LETTING GO

I saw these words on Scattered Smothered and Covered this morning and just had to recreate them. As a reminder to myself. I need to choose the people around me carefully. People who are like-minded. People who will not judge me. People who accept me as I am. People who will raise me up and help… Continue reading REFUSE HATE and LETTING GO

Writing prompt

OH THOSE ELDERLY PEOPLE!

Daily Prompt: What’s the best (or rather, worst) backhanded compliment you’ve ever received? If you can’t think of any — when’s the last time someone paid you a compliment you didn’t actually deserve? The first things that came to mind on reading this prompt were a couple of compliments paid to me over the years which… Continue reading OH THOSE ELDERLY PEOPLE!

Musings

A REMINDER TO SEE THE GOOD IN THE WORLD

I had to share this post from Anastasia over at Stardust. I couldn't have said it better myself if I tried. Love the graphic she included from Lizz Lunney too.  "With so much disaster going on – planes falling out of the sky or just plain disappearing, conflict and bloodshed, that weird flesh eating virus… Continue reading A REMINDER TO SEE THE GOOD IN THE WORLD

At Our House, Writing prompt

YOU, ROBOT, WASH!

Daily Prompt: Congrats — you've been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it? Oh this is just too easy. I'm going to keep this robot plenty busy. Washing. Yep, Laundry. The sorting, stain removing, soaking, washing, hanging, re-sorting, and folding of the 2-3 loads… Continue reading YOU, ROBOT, WASH!

Lyrics Verses Quotes Books

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Ok, so I'm not really a book reviewer. Actually I'm not a book reviewer at all. A reader to be sure, I get through 3-4 novels a month - it would be more, I just don't have as much time to read as I would like! That said, last night I finished The Fault in Our… Continue reading THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

At Our House, Writing prompt

Work? Optional!

Daily Prompt: If money were out of the equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time? Well this is a prompt I can really relate to. In fact it is an ongoing discussion between my husband and I right now. To set the scene,… Continue reading Work? Optional!

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Best Babble, Blended Family, Musings

WOULD THE REAL ME PLEASE STAND UP

I haven't been posting so much the last couple of weeks. I don't know what to say. Which is VERY unusual for me. It's not that I don't have anything to write, it's that there's just so much. I've mentioned before that I feel like I'm in a real transitory place - accepting a new… Continue reading WOULD THE REAL ME PLEASE STAND UP

Musings

GRIEF IS NOT A LINEAR JOURNEY

Grief is not a linear journey. It's a complete hurly-burly hodgepodge of experiences that one absolutely can not predict. Just when you think you've managed to deal with, and shelve a few things, you're thrown bodily back into the storm of fully charged emotion.  Sometimes for no clear reason, then again sometimes you can see the… Continue reading GRIEF IS NOT A LINEAR JOURNEY

At Our House, Blended Family, Musings

MY MARVELOUS MR.

Let's just get this said up front. I'm not writing this for brownie points. I mean everything I say (write). I have one very truly amazing husband. There are a lot of blog posts, and comments in general, about husbands who don't do enough around the house, husbands who don't spend enough time with kids… Continue reading MY MARVELOUS MR.

Best Babble, Musings

TO INSULATE OR EXPOSE TO THE WORLD?

Those of you who know me, or who follow my blog, will know I have no problem stating things as I see them. I'm a pretty very open person and you'll pretty much always know where I stand on an issue. While blogging gives me time to think and articulate my thoughts (I've written about this before), when… Continue reading TO INSULATE OR EXPOSE TO THE WORLD?