What a blessing it was today to be able to attend the Focus on Marriage Simulcast today at our church. We were blessed to be a part of it, and I pray that all those involved were touched as we were.

I want to share a few things that I took away from the conference. First of all, Jeremy Camp shared some great worship songs, and it was great to start the day imagining how we were worshipping with 500 other simulcast locations across the nation and Canada, along with the host site at the FOF location. Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage, was probably my favorite for the day. He had numerous points which helped me see marriage in yet a different light. He spent some time on looking at the theme that marriage provides a context in which to improve ourselves...each and every day. What lesson is God teaching you day in and day out as you seek to become a God-centered spouse? We are called to love at all times. Maybe something your spouse does causes you irritation. Is God calling you to be patient? Maybe you have a temper that is easily triggered - Is God calling you to purify yourself and become slow to anger? No other situation on earth provides us the opportunities to improve ourselves, yet there is no way, not with the best of intentions, or the best heart, can we do it OURSELVES. To draw closer to your spouse, you must draw closer to God. One cannot be done without the other. Because, to draw closer to God will convict you to love your mate unconditionally, despite his/her faults. It is not so much that you have the "how to" but that you have the "heart to".

He used Matthew 6:33 as a key verse, stating, in the marriage covenant, if you seek righteousness and the kingdom of God, happiness will come. Will this happiness be in the form of a great marriage, or a spouse who suddenly is attentive to your every need, or improved intimacy? Not necessarily. But happiness will come in the form of our soul being right with God and us leaning on him for our needs to be met.

Gary also posed an interesting thought. He had sat down with a newly engaged woman and asked her about her future husband. She gushed for 15 minutes saying, "He is this, he is this, and he does this, and he is that, and he...." and on and on. Later, he asked the same question of a woman that had been married for 6 years or so. Her reply was, "He isn't kind, he doesn't do this, he doesn't do that..." Gary asked, "When does a man start being known by what he isn't, rather than by what he is? Marriage?" May I, God willing, be a woman who says, "My spouse is," rather than, "My spouse isn't."

I look at my marriage and see a daily challenge to become more than I am today, with God's help. I see daily choices available to me to choose love. I see God crafting my soul when I need to take the view that my spouse will stumble, and I married him knowing that full well. But God created his son(my husband) to be loved, and my love for him is a form of worship and praise to the Lord for creating the man I married. I see God at work in me, purifying and sanctifying me with every decision I make. The challenge is to make the right choice in my decisions. Choose your spouse. Each and every day, hour, and minute. By choosing your spouse, you choose God. Don't turn your back on the second best gift you have been given, second only to Jesus Christ.

Yes, that was only speaker number one.

Enough to ponder for one night...
Well, I figured I'd do a part one because after tomorrow I am sure there will be a part 2. We're excited to be a part of the Focus on Marriage simulcast tomorrow which is being held at our church. The simulcast is put on by Focus on the Family, and will feature Beth Moore, Del Tackett (The Truth Project), Gary Thomas, Gary Smalley, Jeremy Camp doing music, and a few more. I am so excited because I think it will be a great way to spend the day with my hubby!

So, I'm sure you will wait with bated breath (is that how you spell that???) to hear my report - coming live from CATC. (That's coffee at the cabin for those of you who couldn't figure it offense)

Until then...
I've just gotten back to the "home page" after going out and visiting many of you. I am SOOOO happy about how many have picked up Fireproof and The Love Dare. It's fun to see others excited about what you are excited about, know what I mean? And, if I use excited one more time in this paragraph, someone reach into the computer and pull off my pinky finger.

Also, thanks to all of you who have actually found me in my newly updated, correctly spelled, fully caffeinated, coffee zone. I feel so much more at home in this location now that I am wrapped in the assurance that someone who types in my blog addy as it was intended, would actually not be hit with a "page not found" error. Some would lie awake at night wondering what the full ramifications of such an error would be, but, certainly I would never do something such as that, overthinking any given situation. Okay, I tend to over analyze just a weeeeeee bit which you will grow to love (or hate) about me as you continue to see my true colors on this blog.

Speaking of being hit, do you know that the minute I started creating my new blog the other day, I had an immediate follower! Wow, I was sooooo excited! (UGH, that word again) Anyway, I thought to myself that it would be important to welcome the first newcomer to this address, so I clicked on it and BOOM! I immediately had spanish pentecostal music blaring through my computer and no amount of hitting an X, ctrl-alt-delete or anything else would shut 'er down. YIKES! Trouble hit me hard. Immediately, my computer flashed up that I had 19 viruses and I must attend to them because they were critical errors.

Of course, my first thought was how much of my blog transfer had saved prior to this happening - I didn't want to have to cut and paste again....

Then, my second thought was why the much acclaimed McAfee software hadn't kicked in and blocked all this crap...I paid good money for this security software that constantly updates and slows my laptop down to a crawl - it had better beat the living daylights out of these viruses!!! Well, once I sat back and realized that I had been hit with VirusDoctor and it was a spoof virus warning getting me to download software to "repair" it. Whew! So, I calmly instructed McAfee to run a full virus scan on my entire computer (which took hours I may add) and simply felt the need to switch over to our other computer to continue to fix my much over thought blog so I could actually sleep that night.

Needless to say, incoming newcomer was completely blocked and is now out of the way. But, sorry to say, I did enable some comment moderation initially just to make sure I didn't get a repeat visit. Sorry about that inconvenience.

Anyway, guess I shared a bunch about my "ordeal" which was really nothing, but fun to write about anyway.

Off to make shepherd's pie and clean the basement.

What fun.
Okay, so I am particularly particular about a few things, so when I discovered, after trying to type in my blogger address on a different computer, that my blog name was spelled wrong, I had to correct it. Immediately. Drop everything, this has to be done now.

Well, I actually thought I could let it go, but I couldn't.

So, I've moved what I could, and I hope you have moved on over with me. Thanks for your patience.

I'm working with the format and color yet to make sure it is to my liking. In the meantime, I apologize for the inconvenience.

More later...

Outside my window...Cool, crisp morning - only 9 degrees. Going to warm up this week to (hopefully) 48 degrees! Spring is just around the corner!

I am thinking...of how Mondays always seem to be the craziest day of the week, filled with promise for productive days

I am thankful for...a husband who is a chiropractor as my neck is really stuck this morning on one side! Too bad I have to wait until he comes home to have it taken care of!

From the learning rooms...spelling test that we didn't get to on Friday is first on the agenda. Science and history are on the list today along with the rest of our core subjects. Need to get TJ's story completed that she is writing as well

From the kitchen...pulled pork sandwiches and french onion soup for supper - that's as far ahead as I am at this point!

I am wearing...typical Monday uniform: slippers, socks, exercise pants, long sleeve top, black pullover

I am creating...PILES. Piles and piles of stuff that needs to be put away - I am trying to reorganize my desk with work vs school stuff. Also, starting the process of organizing VBS for the summer with a whole new idea, so that needs to be created as well

I am going...nowhere today! I think my Monday will be completely spent within these fine walls I call home

I am reading...Well, I finished book two in the Mark of the Lion series - AWESOME!!! Now, I have book three available, but have some other ones that are due before it. Might start The Prophet by Francine Rivers first.

I am hoping...that we can get through our science lesson today without litmus paper b/c I don't have any! Also hoping for clear, God-led direction in regards to our VBS program

I am hearing...JT reading things to me. To be honest, I am hearing "blah, blah, blah" even though he is reading joke after joke. Is that bad? :)

Around the house... Operation organization needs to be revamped and revived! Actually, it's not too out of hand, but it needs a little attention. The basement has two tents and an air mattress up still from our weekend "camp IN".

One of my favorite come coffee always comes to mind first? :) A nice roaring fire and a good book

A few plans for the rest of the week: Ash Wednesday, Marriage conference on Saturday, VBS meeting, work meeting Thursday - wow, the week is filling up

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

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Have a wonderful week!
As far as I'm concerned, there is never enough time in a day for the reading I want to get done. Whether it be fiction or non-fiction, self help or romance, the Bible!, or whatever, I can't get 'er done. I LOVE to read, and my addiction is never satisfied.

Don't get me wrong...I can veg in front of the tv with the best of them. Brad and I have a standing 10pm date on Wednesday nights to watch "Top Chef". We're not sure what we're going to do after next week's season finale. Somehow replacing it with "America's Top Model" doesn't seem the same.

But, I digress. Back to the books. At any given time, I have a huge stack of books next to my bed. I have discovered that most of the "self-improvement" books are half read...I get into them with all my good intentions, then start to feel overwhelmed, so back onto the stack it goes. (I am NOT going to have that happen with The Love Dare though. I am committed to getting that one done. More on that a different day) I can't read more than one fiction book at a time - it's too confusing to try and keep it all straight in my simple mind. But, if I start one that I love, I typically read before I fall asleep at night, sometimes in a nice hot bubble bath if I feel the need to really reward myself! However, I have also noticed that reading before bed causes me to dream the characters, or the situation many a time. Talk about getting caught up in a book!

I have to thank my friend Suzanne for putting me onto the Mark of the Lion Series. Thank you, Suzanne, for causing me to neglect my family and forego thoughts of meal prep, laundry, and general household chores in order to sneak away to steal yet a few more moments with Marcus and Hadassah. Thank you for not telling me that I would need to have the 2nd in the series on hand as I would finish it over a weekend when I couldn't get it from the library. Thank you for the sleepless nights after I read until 2:30am and was haunted by my ineptness as a Christian witness. Thank you for the jump start to walking on the treadmill because it was something I could do with a book in hand. Thank you for tuning me into the realization that the Lord has placed me in a time where I am better situated, as I would have never survived in Rome, Ephesus, or any other area in that part of the world, or in that time. Thank you for living so far away that a book club would never be possible face to face, and all we could have together is a virtual cup of coffee. Yep, thanks for all that. You're a great friend. :) I laugh at the list I gave you to read...NONE of that compares to this type of historical fiction...

Like I said, I love books and I am thankful for eyesight to read, hearing to listen to books on tape, and the ability to type to tell you all about them. My kids are showing great desire to get lost in a book, and I couldn't be happier about that. Where else can you escape to another world, learn more about your favorite topic, become a thing-finder in your own backyard, laugh with Don Quixote and his misrepresentation of windmills, laugh at the misconceptions of all the mismatched love stories in "A Mid-summer's Night Dream", and deepen your faith in Christ Jesus? All of that in the past couple of weeks...the written word is amazing.

Off to curl up with book 2...

And, here's a quick picture of what's on my bedside table...minus Echo in the Darkness, which was next to my rocking chair at the time of the picture...what a variety of titles...
When you teach your kids at home, sometimes you just get so excited when your kids "get it" know, when something you have taught seems to really be integrated into their knowledge base. JT, your answer yesterday to one of your literature questions helped me to really see that you got it, and I'm so proud of you for taking the extra time on your assignments and striving to always do your best. It is evident in how you write. A year ago, you would cry and complain if asked to write a single paragraph. Today, you write paragraphs with a descriptive style that is fascinating. You take the time to do your work well. You are wise beyond your years and I love how you are thorough in so many areas of your life. Keep it up, dear one.

I want you to remember what you wrote, here and now, at the tender age of 8. So, I'm going to put it in this note, so you and others can see the talents God has given you. Never lose sight of where those talents come from!

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Your response:
You broke a vase while you're all alone. The door opens as your mom walks in. She saw the vase. You could lie or you take the hard way. Its like the kind of choice in the road less traveled. Lying is the road trampled and worn because most people took it and then you wouldn't get trusted. Take the one less traveled by - that would make you feel good and be trusted.

Love you JT...

Outside my window...Hazy, sunny day that may reach 40 degrees, but the wind is strong

I am thinking...of many things today, mind is swirling with decisions and items that need to be accomplished

I am thankful for...the wonderful gifts God has given me with my husband and children; They are incredible and I never could have dreamed of marrying someone likehim

From the learning to a slow start this Monday, but we'll make it up - we're not off like everyone else today!

From the kitchen...tator tot hotdish for supper; plans need to be made for the rest of the week

I am most comfy jeans, slippers, wool socks, white ribbed turtleneck and a flannel shirt over the top

I am creating...our lesson plans for the week

I am going...nowhere in particular this week, maybe a bit of shopping with Brad for a few things, also to the office on Tuesday

I am reading...a new book by Karen Kingsbury, but the title escapses me (and I'm too lazy to head upstairs to see what it is)...I finished the first book in the Mark of the Lion series and have to get the second one pronto. OH MY! That is a good book!

I am hoping...I can resolve some inner "issues" that I am struggling with right now;

I am hearing...nothing but my computer fan and the furnace as my two oldest have disappeared from the teaching arms of their mother! :)

Around the' rooms finished and vacuumed today, need to clean the kitchen wood floors as well

One of my favorite things...hitting the snooze alarm and snuggling in with my dh :)

A few plans for the rest of the week: Starting TJ on piano lessons, errands, work, VBS planning meeting, church activities, dinner out on Saturday with church members

Here is picture thought I am sharing... This past fall, we had corn stalks - not leaves!

Make sure to link up with Peggy and other daybookers through the link on the right...
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Anyone out there watch Seinfeld?

I get a huge kick out of many an episode, but one that comes to mind today is the one where Jerry and his girlfriend are all lovey dovey in how they talk to each other and it drives George and Elaine crazy. "You're my schmoopie", "No, you're MY schmoopie..." and on and on ad nauseum.

Brad and I couldn't be further from that scene. We are NOT lovey talkers or whatever you want to call them.

We have "pet" names for each other. Real exciting. I'm "nug" and he's "spousie" or "spouse". Very creative. I realize I rarely call him by his first name though. That's kind of weird.

So, I should call today Random Thoughts with Sarah. I'm full of them today. I'm thinking back to high school and the dreaded Valentine carnation purchase. I went to a Christian high school and some group in the school would have a fundraiser every year on Valentine's Day. You would order and purchase $1 carnations in different colors (each color would mean something) to give to your friends, sweetheart, or whoever. Then, they would be delivered in first or second period, so it was very exciting to see who you would get flowers from, and, conversely, really sad when you wouldn't get them from someone you liked.

Looking back, I realize how much I hated that day. I hated the worry and wondering about whether or not I was going to get ANY flowers, let alone from a special someone. I worried about other people that wouldn't be getting any, and how they would feel. I worried about the reaction I would get in response to giving a flower to a special person. Oh, the angst of high school.

Don't make me go back ------ aaaaaaaarrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhh!

Valentine's Day to me is a high expectation, low return holiday. I remember many a day in my high school and college years of having grandiose ideas about how the day would play out, only to have it dashed with disappointing realities. I grew to dread the holiday, picking up hours where I worked to avoid the possibility of spending the evening alone while EVERYONE else in the world was celebrating their love. Oh, the warped perception of youth.

From early on in my married life, Brad and I didn't do much to celebrate Valentine's Day - we went with the motto that every day is Valentine's Day, and we didn't need a special day to proclaim our love. (Plus, we had NO money so the thought of him purchasing flowers or something like that would have caused a huge fight most likely!) As we've matured in our marriage, we find though that we do need to take time out and make a special point of doing things together, because it is easy to have days and weeks go by without any couple time. That is an ongoing commitment we have to one another - and we both have to work at finding the undivided time.

So, I have no grandiose ideas for V-day. I don't have a gift yet or even a card for my dh. I have nothing for my kids. I am planning on making cookies with them, which will be complete with pink frosting and sprinkles, a rare treat around here. But, I am searching my brain for some ideas of something special to do to make it memorable. I think I want to teach my kids that love is for each and every day of the year, and not something to be officially observed on February 14th. But, I do want to recognize that it is a day to share together.

So, what are you planning on doing? Are you spending time alone with your spouse? Cooking a special meal? I'm interested to hear...maybe I'll get some ideas too!

Now, I leave you with this - what an amazing gift of love we have from our heavenly Father, who loves us each day the same, no questions asked. No lack of carnations, or flowery cards, or nights alone can separate us from the love that is there for the taking.

Grasp the love, and cling tightly my friends.

Blessings to all of you...
I'm realizing how down in the dumps my last posts seem, so it's time to lighten it up a bit. I have a wonderful life. An awesome life. My spouse - he's amazing. My kids - beautiful, inside and out. I could go on and on, but I won't bore you to tears. I'll just share a few pictures to brighten the day...Without further goofy family:

Hope you all have a good day -
Well, I thought it would be helpful to continue to blog about The Love Dare and how I'm progressing... You know, keep a little on-line journal reflecting on not only the journey through the book, but also talk a bit about the Fireproof Your Marriage class Brad and I are teaching on Sundays. I'd like to report that I am just doing fantabulous and this is the best journey I have ever taken -

But, I'm not into printing lies. This blog is about the truth - painful as it may be. :) The road that I have taken has become a bit bumpy. I've come to a screeching, abrupt, dig in my heels, I don't want any more of this self-reflection, this is too difficult and I don't want to change, my marriage is just fine, don't analyze this to death, halt.

Okay, maybe that is a bit overdramatic.

However, I have been stuck where I'm at for a good week I think. I'm been trying to figure out what it is that keeps me from moving forward. Why not go on to the next step? Take another dare? Am I not brave enough, motivated enough, strong enough? What am I afraid of?

I'm trying to get those questions answered in my mind - and with my Bible. Right now, my thoughts on the process are so crazy that I can't seem to spend one moment on one train of thought without all the other thoughts coming in to beat me down and make me question what I am doing.

But, I firmly believe that our ol' evil foe, Satan himself, is at the root of this problem. He is rearing his ugly head and pushing me in the opposite direction that I need to go. He is grabbing my hand and pulling me away from the marriage God desires me to have. He is testing my faith, daring me to fail, telling me lies like "You're not worthy", "Brad will just disappoint you anyway", "What's the point?", "Everything is going to backfire", "Look how he's paying more attention to everything else", "See how unimportant you are?" and many other thoughts like these. And, Satan is subtle. He uses little, everyday life scenarios to make me question everything I'm doing. I feel much more vulnerable going through the book and seeking what I can do to get better, while Satan is right there whispering in my ear how unfair it is that I should make all the changes, that I should be the one to do things better, and on, and on, and on, ad nauseum.

He's a nasty little guy. I've been down in the dumps for about 5 days due to him.

But, he's not going to win. He's going to have to back off and get out of the way, 'cause I see what he's doing to me. It took me a few days, but I finally recognize it.

It's a battle, but I've got my armor on now. I think I was missing a few pieces, but now I am fully cloaked. I may slip, I may fall, but I will always get up. I've got a Savior uplifting me, and he's stronger than anything I face on a day to day basis.

Just writing this is going to help. I just know it.

Plus, God promises that it will be better - James 1:12 says, "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."

Now, that's a promise worth remembering.

So, if you dare to take The Love Dare, don't do it without your Lord and Savior by your side. I have him with me and it is still a struggle. Realize you are going to face trials. Satan is going to persecute you and make you question every move you make.

Don't let him in.

Stand solid on the rock of Jesus Christ.

I dare you. :)

Outside my window...rainy, dreary day - all I want to do is curl up with a good book so I could snooze and lounge the day away

I am this time of year is not my favorite, as I am very antsy for spring and the fresh color of green to bless the land

I am thankful for...a mom who is gently prodding me to follow through with some educational testing for my oldest son

From the learning rooms...TJ is going to learn how to use the "widgets" section of an online program today as she loves to put inventions together. That will keep her entertained and learning while the older two plug away

From the kitchen...have chicken breasts thawing for something???

I am wearing...slippers, wool socks, jeans, blue shirt with a flannel shirt over the top

I am creating...a list of dictation my dh needs to get done before I can send out some billing

I am hopefully get a menu planned for the week so I can get to the store and use our money in the best way

I am reading...The first book in Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series, and I'm still working on The Love Dare

I am hoping...for a light dusting of snow to cover all the bare, brown earth

I am hearing...JT teaching TJ how to use the widgets program

Around the house...seems like our "Mission Organization" has fallen slightly by the wayside - I'd like to get the kids back on track and keep our house in better the very least, I'd like to get the storage room back to its normal state

One of my favorite things...a big bowl of steaming, hot, flavorful soup - I could eat soup every day!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Church meeting tonight, Wednesday noon presentation, church activities Wed night, a focus group meeting Thursday, cookies to bake for Valentine's Day, and something???? for Saturday, but not sure what it will be yet

Here is picture thought I am sharing... This picture reminds me each time of God's light leading the way through a dark world!

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Blessings to you all! Have a wonderful week!
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As Dennis Rainey said this week in one of his sessions from his Family Life Today radio program, "If you aren't actively working on your marriage, you're losing ground." Brad and I had a discussion about that because marriage IS hard work. But, there are many days that you don't want to do the work - not spend the time with your spouse, do what you want to do, not put the other one know the feeling. And, let's face it, who wants marriage to be "work"? Who wants to refer to it that way?

When we were discussing this, Brad initially said that he didn't think you would actually lose ground if you weren't actively working on your marriage. So, as we talked about it, we decided that if you are invested in your marriage, then you are doing the things you should be doing to improve and continue to grow your marriage...things like putting the other person first, looking out for the needs of your spouse, showing love and/or respect. And, if you are doing these things, you are moving in the right direction. Marriage is a dynamic process and always in need of work. It never reaches the goal of perfection.

But, as I said before, no one wants to think of marriage as work. My prayer is that you see the time you spend with your spouse as one of joy. I pray that you don't see yourself having to WORK at your marriage, but instead see it as a calling from God to do his bidding, to follow in the design he intends. Wouldn't it be great if it could be second nature to leave our selfishness behind and eagerly look to serve the other? Love that is unconditional will do this, despite the circumstances. But, as I am really learning in The Love Dare, it can't be done on our own. We have to tap into the power of the Holy Spirit to truly carry out this challenge. Spend time in the Word. Spend time with your spouse. Take the time to invest in your marriage, and explore your relationship.

Be in the Word. We know we cannot change others, only the power of Christ can do that. But, we can be assured that Christ is our Lord and Savior, and his example to us of perfect love is amazing. Strive to follow in his footsteps and choose to love, respect, and honor your mate as Christ intends. What a blessed gift we have received in the marriage covenant. May it always be honored and cherished.

I admit, as soon as Brad found out that I was doing the love dare challenge, it seemed to cause me to slack a bit. The excitement of doing all these things for him without his knowledge was no longer as strong, and I needed to take a step back and analyze why I was doing this. Was it for the thrill of his recognition? Was it to look good in his eyes? Or, was it to truly grow and be a better wife? Unfortunately, all of these things may have been true. But, ultimately, the last question is the most important. I do desire a stronger, more intimate marriage. I do know that it won't happen overnight. Some days are easier than others. It is VERY difficult to put the other person first when everything within you screams to do it your way. It is a huge lesson in personal sacrifice, and a humbling experience in how selfish you are as an individual. It is a dare to become stronger in the Word, and become a better person, spouse, and mother.

It is a challenge that I cannot do without the Holy Spirit in me.

So, I am trying. By God's power, I am trying. May I ever be his faithful servant, imperfect as I am.

I'm on Day 16, Love Intercedes, and I'll probably be there for a few days. I have some things to get right in my heart before I feel I can move on effectively. Thank goodness I don't need to do it on my own.

But, I'm blessed to be a part of this journey. I'm blessed to have a patient husband. I'm blessed to love the Lord and blessed that He loves me more. Despite everything. Praise the Lord.

(Love)always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. I Corinthians 13:7
Oh my goodness. Get me off this sugar train. I have been a victim (albeit, a willing one) in a indulgence of sweets in epic proportions. (Did you see that? I used albeit...what a word find.)

Seriously, Super Bowl eating is not for the faint of heart, or those weak with self-control. I think I ate for about 5 straight hours last night. We went to a friend's house and had wings, sandwiches, crackers, cheese, chips, shrimp, yummy rye bread ho rs devourers, (sp???) cheesecake bites, chocolate eclairs, cookies, soup, pretzel mix, and more that I probably have indulged in but forgot in my feeding frenzy.

So, somewhere in my food induced coma that I somehow aroused from this am, I decided that we needed a change of scenery for the start of our school day. Enter Queen City Bakery. Located at Latitude 44, this delectable experience comes from New York City with a pastry chef straight out of Baked (which I assume is a bakery in before mentioned city). I knew I was in trouble when there were NO breakfast items in the showcase. Bringing three children into a bakery with no breakfast items is a problem. Why? Well, let's just say that the entire casing was filled with all things chocolate. Triple chocolate brownies, Espresso cake with buttercream frosting, chocolate muffins, red velvet, on and on and on.

I could convert to being a sugar freak. Throw away the chips, boys, I'm in.

Well, I couldn't very well be rude and walk out. After all, did I really think they would have fruits interestingly displayed for immediate purchase rather than pastries? I hadn't just entered the Health Food Bakery. So, what any normal mother would do (who is a glutton (no pun intended) for punishment) is to purchase their children, prior to doing their schoolwork, two triple chocolate brownies and a LARGE slice of Espresso cake.

Hello? Who does this? Did you really expect them to get any work done with a zillion tablespoons of sugar pulsing through their veins?

Did I mention I got coffee?

I was such a good girl. I didn't need chocolate. I'm a salt fanatic.

"No, JD, I'm not drooling on your chocolate cake. A bite? Well, I suppose if you really think you could spare one, I'd just take a quick little one. I'll give you back your fork in a minute. Oh, you said just one? Well, you'll have to wrestle me for it now. Who holds the answer keys, big fella? I can fail you in school at a moment's notice. Step away from the cake. Step away from the cake. You don't know who you're dealing with here, sonny."

I had three bites actually.

And one from each of the brownies.

And, we actually worked, really well. REALLY well. For about 30 minutes until the sugar rush ran out. Then we laid on the floor and slept like babies. Yes, the floor of the bakery. They just stepped over our bodies. They said it happens all the time.

I revived enough to buy my dear husband a piece and drop it off at his work for a special treat. I love him so. I just don't care, obviously, if he gets any work done as he will be curled up in a treatment room all afternoon sleeping off the sugar drug.

Oh, and when I got home, I opened the fridge to find the leftover cheesecake bites. I'll just pull out the syringe to inject it directly to get through our afternoon of Science and Literature.

Once all of it is gone, we won't see sweets in this house for a good couple of months. Not until Easter. Or maybe President's Day. Okay, maybe tomorrow.

All I know is that I need to make another pot of coffee, because it's going to be a LONG afternoon.

Now, where are those chips?

Outside my window...bright, crisp, cool morning with the winds expected to pick up

I am thinking...that we are going to head into town this morning and do some schoolwork in a different setting

I am thankful for...warm blankets, quilts, and heat, money for gas, my dh who works so hard

From the learning is a full Monday with piano lessons added and every subject

From the kitchen...absolutely nothing going on in there - even the coffee pot hasn't been started yet as we're heading to town (Queen City Bakery - yum,yum)

I am jeans, socks and slippers, long sleeve shirt with a black pullover sweatshirt

I am creating...very little at the moment

I am going...oops, already listed this - in to town to drop Brad off, grab some IRS forms he needs, and then to the bakery for some schooling

I am reading...a new Francine Rivers book from the Mark of the Lion series (It's upstairs but I think that is what it is!) It will be started later this evening (I hope!)

I am hoping...that I can start my book this evening, that we can wrap up some computer decisions

I am getting their books together in their backpacks

Around the house...we were busy all weekend so we got a bit out of control, so today we need to corner the chaos

One of my favorite things...Superbowl food - gnoshing on any and everything, which is exactly what I did - WOW!
A few plans for the rest of the week: I should exercise, that's for sure! Church activities, meetings, piano, nothing too big

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
Snuggling up!

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