100 POSTS

TODAY

marks the day of 100 POSTS on WP!

Wow. I have posted 100 writings in 3 months.

That’s exciting to me…

Thank you to all who have given an encouraging word,

clicked a “happy” like,

or just simply followed my blog incognito

(as “a stalker,” as my good friend said to me yesterday! haha).

YOU

are who have given me the inspiration to continue on this journey of writing,

(and God, of course, HE is my central source!)

even in those moments when I think no one is reading and maybe no one cares.

THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON THIS JOURNEY! ūüôā

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The Open Road

Miles and miles of endless lines.
White
Yellow
Solid
Broken
Never ending
Never yielding
They tell us where to go.
They show where to stay.
To some, they are a welcome to home.
To some, they are prisons that bind.
To all, these are the open road.
Long
Short
Straight
Winding
Our dreams
Our destinies
They will forever find.

IMG_8480.JPG¬†Where I am…

IMG_8464.JPG¬†Where I’m going…

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Where I’d like to be…

The Chasm

So many hurting souls

So much sickness

So much pain

They hold onto hopelessness

They hold onto chains 

 

So many broken lives

So much confusion

So much strife

They hold onto faithlessness

They hold onto knives 

 

My heart weeps at the loss

My spirit grieves at the void

The chasms of empty souls deepen

As all wisdom is forsaken

And all fallacies are breathed in 

 

My eyes strain from the hurt

My hands grasp for sanity and relief

This canyon of death is all-consuming

As they jump for loss of reason

And crash to the end, never resuming 

 

There is only on chance of survival

Only One can mend this paroxysm 

 

So many truths to give

So much forgiveness

So much love

He holds the very breaths we breathe

He holds the good gifts from above 

 

So many fulfilling promises

So much mercy

So much grace

He holds the moments within His hands

He holds our very life to embrace 

 

Penned – MG – 10/30/14

One Lovely Blog Award Nomination (part 2)

 

My apologies, first, because I received this nomination a week or so back, and I am just now getting around to posting! I have just been swamped with a few other things…but I am back now! ūüôā

I¬†have been¬†nominated for¬†a second time for the¬†One Lovely Blog Award by Wanderlust. I am so honored to receive this twice when I am so new at all of this blogging. It’s so sweet that you think my blog could¬†be One Lovely Blog. Thank you so much! I will try not to be redundant in my “facts” from the previous award posts, unless it’s just “really good stuff” that I think you might enjoy… ūüôā

Here are the rules for One Lovely Blog:

Nomination Rules:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you
  2. List the rules and display the award
  3. Include seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate around 15 other bloggers and let them know about the award (their About page is a good place!)
  5. Follow the blogger who nominated you (if not already!)

 7 Facts About Me:

  • I love Fall and Winter, even though, I am a very cold-natured person.
  • I love being a BoyMom! (read more about this, here.)
  • Sometimes, when I blog, I stay up W-A-Y past my bedtime, because I¬†want to finish all the little details.
  • I love standing in front of a waterfall and just listening to the water hit the rocks and water below.
  • I would love to one day visit Ireland, Scotland and Italy.
  • I have a deep faith, and it has been weathered by many storms; yet, it stands strong and will anchor me till my last breath.
  • I am loving the life I live…the good, the bad and the ugly. (I just prefer to learn from, but not dwell on, the latter 2.)
  • One more random fact (“bonus!”), I have learned how to attach links now! … If you read my very first post for the Liebster Award, you will understand this a little better! ūüėČ

Bloggers Whom I Nominate:

  1. Simply Sweet
  2. NAB
  3. Words Without Thoughts
  4. The Dad Life
  5. The Creative Cavern
  6. River of Life Flows
  7. Family, peace, travel & fiction
  8. Musings of a Signorina
  9. MULIEBRAL VIEWPOINT
  10. littlegirlstory
  11. From My Plan to His
  12. Faithful Homesteader
  13. Write Out of the Darkness
  14. Give Love. Seek Truth. Be Light
  15. Mundane Faithfulness

If I nominated you, and you do not accept or participate in these kinds of awards, I give my sincere apologies. I have not read this on any of these blogs; however, I have not scoured your pages in search of this restriction. I just think you have an awesome blog, and I’d like others to “hear” and read about you!

Thanks so much again, Wanderlust!

Happy Blogging to all! ūüôā

You Are the Lord of Me

Lord, You are my life line

You keep my heart beating

You keep my lungs breathing

You keep my mind believing

Lord, You are my stability

You keep me full of love

You keep me full of joy

You keep me full of hope

 

Lord, You are my refuge

You keep me safe from trouble

You keep me safe through trials

You keep me safe in tribulations

Lord, You are my future

You keep my goals in view

You keep my visions renewed

You keep my dreams alive

 

Lord, You are what I hope to become

I thank You, Father, with all of me

I love You, my God, Almighty

You are and always will be the Lord of me.

 

Penned – MG – 7/30/99

The Tree Grew ‘Round

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Life is hard. It is what it is. There’s really no changing the way the earth spins on it’s axis or altering the person who lives in the house next door. You’re going to face hard times. I don’t care who you are, how much money you have, or how many people love you, you’re going to have disappointments in this life. You’re going to encounter obstacles in the road. It’s just the way it is, and if you haven’t had any troubles as of yet, well, just keep on living, because every elderly person on the planet can attest to this truth: Life is not always easy, and sometimes, we have to “weather through the storm.”

The question is not, “Will trials ever come?” The better question is, “What will I do when the rains¬†do come?” If you can ever answer that question before the rains come, you will be much better suited to survive. It’s like building a shelter to be safe from the elements when you’re sleeping outside. If you build the shelter before you lie down to sleep, you’re sure to get some moments of restful sleep; however, if you never build the shelter, then, you’re left to survive¬†whatever elements may come. The rains may come, but if you have a little shelter, it makes the night a little easier to endure.

Sometimes, in life, you’re just going to find yourself caught between a “rock and a hard place.” The rock won’t move, and the hard place won’t remove itself. Maybe it’s the day you woke up late for your new job, and your nine month old baby woke up with a stomach virus, or maybe you were laid off after just buying that brand new car. Maybe your mom has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and your dad began showing signs of dementia last month. Maybe your oldest son has been struggling with a¬†hidden drug addiction, trying to sneak around, stealing money from your nightstand, and your youngest daughter has been bullied at the new school. Maybe your husband seems to be distant, and you just can’t seem to find enjoyment in any of the past delights you two once had. There are times in life when you wish it could be different. You find yourself between a rock and a hard place. You wonder what you’re going to do, how are you ever going to make it?

In that moment, you have a choice to make. You can choose to stop, to hesitate, to allow the circumstances, those hard things, to stunt your growth and keep you from reaching¬†your destiny. You can let that rock hinder you from reaching your dreams. You can even “fold over” on top of yourself and never move beyond where you were in that moment of crisis. Or, you can choose to press forward. You can choose to be like the tree in this picture that refused to be dwarfed by the rock in the path. You can choose to allow those tough spots to make you stronger, more resilient to the pain. You can choose to find joy in the little things, blessings in those people who surround you in that moment of heartache, and even, just peace in the gentle breeze that blows or warmth in the sun that shines. You can choose to grow ’round that rock that crept into your path on your way¬†to greatness.

We all have choices which hold us back from our destiny or propel us toward our dreams. It’s up to us to choose, and when we make that choice of forward determination, our lives will be better for it. Let’s be those whose “life tree” may have twists and turns, bends and curves, but whose branches still reach around those hard places up toward the sky.
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Determination of A Boy

Where the beaches’ crowds move from day to day under the hot summer sun,

Hidden, I watch these people, I observe their styles and movements.

By the dunes toward the edge of the highway,

A little boy struggles to reach the top of these majestic mountains,

Sliding down time and again, he begins to cry in desperation,

With tear filled eyes he changes suddenly, as he regains his strength with wind blowing softly,

Forth issue² then with smiling face.

Determination of A Boy

 

The scene and all its belongings,³ how they entrance and bewilder me,

The bright young boy with a freckled face and a determined will, the sand dunes with their winded cover and cat-tailed lops

Both determined to reach their goal

The boy (typically energetic set in an enchanting surrounding)

The motivated, encouraged, freckled face boy

The low, hoarse whisper of the wind-blown dunes, fighting defeat,

Dreaming, scheming to reach the top.

Determination of A Boy

 

Penned – MG – 1/23/90

 

 

¬Ļ (Modeled after Sparkles from the Wheel, Walt Whitman)

http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/wwhitman/bl-ww-sparkles.htm

², ³ http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/wwhitman/bl-ww-sparkles.htm

I Feel Like a Kid In a Candy Shop! (part 2)

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I know I posted¬†a note of thanks just a few weeks ago for the 100 likes on my blog; however, tonight, I’d like to say THANK YOU for the 100+ followers¬†(102 as of this posting) of my blog! Having just started this in June, my original goal was 100 followers in a year; so, having received 100+ in only 3 months, I just stand amazed, and I am very humbled. I just want to say, “Thank you” from the depths of my heart! Thank you for your kind words,¬†your encouraging notes and your simple approval “clicks.” You inspire me to extend my goals, to blog more consistently¬†and to believe that I might just have something worth reading out there. Thank you. ‚̧

One Lovely Blog Award

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Here are the rules for One Lovely Blog Award:

Nomination Rules:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you
  2. List the rules and display the award
  3. Include seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate around 15 other bloggers and let them know about the award (their About page is a good place!)
  5. Follow the blogger who nominated you (if not already!)

7 Facts About Me:

  • I was born a premie but now I am 5 ft. 7 in. tall.
  • I am an only child.
  • I am proud to be BoyMom. (read more about that here.)
  • I love my life…the good, the bad and the ugly. (I just choose not to dwell on the latter 2.)
  • My favorite color is RED.
  • I tend to notice the “small things” in life…a single flower blooming on the side of rock-faced hill…the stray piece of lint on your black jacket. lol
  • I have a deep faith, and it has been weathered by many storms; yet, it stands strong and will anchor me till my last breath.

Nominate 15 Bloggers:

I am going to nominate 7 blogs which I think are really great, and almost all of them are fairly new to the blogging world; so, I hope you will check them out:

I am honored to be nominated for¬†the One¬†Lovely Blog Award by bipolarallie. Thank you so much to thinking my blog is worth this award. This is a very sweet nomination and a little bit of a surprise, I suppose, because after perusing through her blog, I noticed that our two¬†perspectives are incredibly different, even opposing on some levels. However, I am still going to accept this award from her, because there is no reason to be rude and reject a gift,¬†OR the gift giver, simply¬†because you disagree with someone’s notes on their personal blog. I do, however, have to choose not to¬†link directly¬†to her blog, because I have several young readers who either come to my direct site or read this via email, and I want to be very careful who I am “endorsing” through my links and follows and how those links/follows may influence them. Is that okay for me to say…to just be honest and real here?

Again, thank you bipolarallie for this sweet opportunity. ūüôā

Goal Setting: Blogging 201

Okay, so I’m starting a little late this week on Blogging 201, but I suppose it’s “better late than never!”¬† ūüôā

The questions presented are, “Why Do I Blog?” and “What Goals Do I Have for this Blog?”¬† I suppose the summation of this answer can be found here. I began this blog, because, for years¬†now, I have kept personal journals of random thoughts, endless “stories” about my days, and countless hopes and dreams about the future, as well as, separate journals of poems I have written over the years, and I felt it was maybe time to share these musings with others. I have¬†endured some pain through the years, and I have enjoyed many days of laughter, too. I have learned many lessons through the sorrows and the joy, and¬†I hope to be an inspiration to someone who searches for truth, an encouragement to someone who doubts and maybe even a ray of hope to someone who has lost all hope. … Do I have all the answers? Not by any stretch, but I do¬†know I have found a Truth in whom I can believe,¬†an everlasting Hope of which I can rest assured, and a Solid Rock upon which I can stand. I know that I have learned so much in my short years of living, and I’m still seeking for more…wisdom and moments¬†of true life. I know I have a man with whom I am madly in love (as he¬†is with me);¬†we have two very lively boys with whom, on a daily basis,¬†we cherish incredible adventures, and, regardless of the¬†circumstances that may arise, we try to¬†live in a place of contentment and peace.¬†So, I blog in hopes of sharing these things which I have found to be¬†anchors in my life, and I blog just for the “fun” of sharing with others a little bit about my findings in this adventure called life.

So, in stating all of this, I need to set some goals for this blog in order to reach beyond where I am today. I have heard it said, “A man with a goal is like a ship without a rudder.”¬†(1) and¬† “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.”¬†(2) These quotes are so true, and they are so easily “preached” to others;¬†yet, when I began this blog, I was hesitant to state my goals for fear they would be seen as too lofty or to lowly by others. So, when I saw this as the first assignment of the Blogging 201, honestly, I hesitated to continue. Then, I rebuked my own laziness and decided this was a really good assignment for me, and so, here I am!

3 Goals to Accomplish by January 31, 2015:

1. Consistently post on my blog at least twice weekly.

2. Gain 100 followers by January 31, 2015.

3. Spend one hour each week visiting my followers’ blogs, reading their posts, and commenting on their work, from now until January 31, 2015.

Whew! That’s done. Now, it’s official! I’ve set 3 goals. Now, I must be persistent in reaching them…I feel like giving myself a high-five. Ha ha.

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¬†¬† Ps. While we’re on the thought of goal setting…..Why is setting goals so difficult??
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†I believe it’s because of 3 things (at least from my vantage point):
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†1.¬†We’re too lazy to actually think and put action behind the thoughts.
                   2. We doubt our own ability to achieve the goal(s).
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†3. It’s not a priority in our life; so, we push it off with excuses, blames and justifications.
¬†So, today, I choose to be different. I choose to make a choice. I choose to set a goal and achieve it! ūüôā
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The contents marked by footnotes contain quotes or pictures by authors other than myself, as noted:
(1) http://quotes.lifehack.org/quote/thomas-carlyle/a-man-without-a-goal-is-like/ РThomas Carlyle

(2) http://www.motivatingquotes.com/goalsq.htm – Fitzhugh Dodson

(3) http://vi.sualize.us/its_nice_that_typography_card_letterpress_quote_picture_2yy3.html

(4) http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/9d/f7/f6/9df7f669c9af0b104a0c5511e2a85e23.jpg