Just a Small View of Me


It was in the 7th grade when Mrs. Watts taught me to crochet.  It’s hard to imagine that was 30 years ago this year!  I can remember when I would be crocheting, people would say, “That’s what an old woman does for a hobby”.  Well, I didn’t care then and I certainly don’t now.  I can easily spend an enormous amount of time lost in the making of a hat, scarf or blanket.  All of my thoughts just seem to focus on what I am doing and not the craziness of life.  Guess that’s why I’ve crocheted a lot lately!

I just wanted to share a little piece of myself in one of my favorite pass times!

Kathy

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Just Call Me the Owl Whisperer


Hi to all my friends!  It’s been a few months and I’ve missed you all!  My family must come first and I’m sure you understand.  But here I am and ready to tell you a story.

My owl calling platform!

I can remember the first time that I came to what is now my home.  I walked out to the back porch I saw a beautiful green yard and pond.  Although this was our first official date, I knew it would be my home.  Living with Emory has been an adventure, and I never know what is coming around the corner.  He has taught me many things in such a short period which makes for great stories.

A couple of years ago I went turkey hunting with Emory and for those of you that don’t know, you get up extremely early!  So we’re walking in the dark woods and I’m quietly following behind him when he stops.  All of a sudden he lets out this loud noise.  I whispered, “What was that?”  He told me that he was calling an owl and shushed me.  A few seconds later I could hear the owl responding.  Also for those of you who don’t know, a turkey hates an owl and will gobble at the owl to let him know that it’s his territory.  This does nothing more than simply allow Emory to find the turkey.

Since then I have listened to him have lengthy conversations with the owls in our back yard just for fun.  I think it is the coolest thing that he can sound like them and they actually talk back.  So…….the other day I got home from work and decided to go down to the pond and just sit on the dock.  I’m soaking in the beautiful evening and watching the sun as it begins to set when I hear an owl hoot.  I wished Emory had been there to talk with him and then it hit me.  Although I knew no one was at home but me, I looked around and then let it out!  Guess what?  The owl hooted right back at me!  I just about fell off the dock laughing at myself! It was incredible! I did it again and again and always got a response.  I know this went on for 10 minutes or so and while that may not seem like long, it felt like an hour.

God created so many wonderful creatures in this world and sure we talk to our dogs, cats, birds, etc. but to have this experience with the owl was amazing and one I won’t forget.  It was down right fun!

When Emory got home that night, I told him of my little adventure.  He asked me to repeat the sound, but I wouldn’t do it and hid my face in the pillow laughing.  The next morning I woke up and was totally blackmailed.  He always brings me a diet coke before I get out of bed, but this particular morning there was a price to pay.  He wanted to hear my hoot.  I could barely get it out for laughing and when I did, Emory began hysterically laughing at me!  What a person will do for their fix right?

Anyway, just a little fun humor to lighten your possibly heavy day.  I pray everyone has a blessed week!

Kathy

Quit Second Guessing Yourself


People always seem to be full of so many regrets for the decisions they have made in the past.  Why did I do that?  What was I thinking?  Sure, some of those questions may be justified, but have you ever thought that maybe at the time you made that decision it was the right one?  Why is it only afterwards we decide it’s bad?  Is it because the outcome wasn’t what we wanted?

You can waste so much of your time and energy living in regret.  I know because I’ve done it before and it kept me feeling guilty all the time.  I now choose to live differently but it certainly took a concentrated effort on my part to make the change.  Fortunately, I finally have the right people in my life to help me through this transition.

Do I now make the right decisions all the time.  Maybe, maybe not but what I do know is that I don’t spend countless hours trying to decide whether I should have done something differently.  I finally accept the fact that at the time of making a significant choice it seemed like the right thing to do and let it go at that.

Enjoy your life to the fullest and if you can learn from your choices in life and not dwell on it and move on, well, you’ve accomplished something.  But here’s the thing……there is no crystal ball so don’t beat yourself up!  Life is a journey and we all need to live A Life of Freedom!

~Kathy

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Five Friday Night Fast and Fun Facts!


Fact Number 1:  I have 5 more class days and I will be finished with this 5 week semester which normally is a 16 week semester that’s been crammed into 5 weeks.

Fact Number 2:  The next 5 week semester will begin the following Monday!…….Pray for me because I’ll be taking business analytics which is a fancy name for statistics.  (Did I mention I STINK at math?  I still cross out ten to make it a nine and carry my whatever.

Fact Number 3:  I have crocheted 6 hats this week!

Fact Number 4:  Tomorrow I’ll wake up early and get my house neat and clean and head towards the lake to ride in the boat all day long with my good-looking husband.  We’ll be soaking up the wonderful sunshine that God beam’s out of our big blue sky here in Alabama.

Fact Number 5:  If you’re reading this that means you are my blogging friend, so I’d like to say a big ole’ southern hey!  I’m glad you came to see me!  Stop in and hang out a while.  Leave me a comment telling me how great you are and what’s the best thing about you.  I’d love to hear it and share your fact with all my other friends.

~Kathy

 

Photo Credit:  Google Images

WOW! I Got the Illuminating Blogger Award!


I’ve been awarded the Illuminating Blogger Award by Genie!  I love her blog as she shares encouraging and thoughtful posts, so stop on by and get a little inspiration yourself!

I am so grateful for another award and must admit it’s a very humbling experience for me.  I’ve never written before in my life and can’t say enough about the support!  I want to thank Genie and everyone else for all their kind words of encouragement through this journey of life.  The Lord knows we certainly need it from one another!

I’m to share one random thing about me.  Hmmmm……

I don’t like condiments such as ketchup, mustard and oh my gosh especially mayonnaise!  I won’t even touch the stuff and CANNOT be fooled when it’s been added to my food.  Makes for plain sandwiches, etc. but I like to taste my food and not cover it up with awful tasting stuff!

Now to nominate 5 other deserving blogger folks:

  1. Coveredinpink – A young lady finding her way through this crazy life and doing it successfully.
  2. Roots2 Blossom – Incredible stories of a woman who strives to be her best.
  3. Laura Dickey – always positive messages to get you through the day.
  4. Encouraging Servants – Sherry is a great writer and I enjoy working with her at Women’s Hope Medical Clinic.
  5. Life, Leadership and Faith – Lee shares his thoughts about life through his eyes.

So now get up and do something nice for someone today!

There Doesn’t Have to be a Difference. It’s a Choice.


When you get remarried there is so much that goes into the mix of merging two different families together.  In my case, our children were practically grown and God blessed us with a smooth transition (for the most part).

One relationship particular that I want to share with everyone is about Emory and Jayden.  When Emory came into my life Jayden (my granddaughter) was only 14 months old.  She wasn’t sure of this big man with a deep and authoritative voice and didn’t really want that much to do with him.  We both knew it would take some time for her to become comfortable around him and didn’t put too much emphasis on it really.

At one point when she really started talking the question came up about what to call him.  I definitely was nervous about even having this conversation.  I knew I wanted him to feel the same way about her as I did, but at the same time I couldn’t force this relationship.  So we were talking about it and Emory told me that he wanted her to call him “Papa”.  I was absolutely elated!  Now we just had to tell my daughter Kristin and see how she felt about it.  The conversation went over well and Jayden has called him Papa ever since.

Over time, I have watched Emory totally fall in love with Jayden.  Her birthday was May 4th and she turned 4.  Well Jayden told us she wanted a swing for her birthday.  A neighbor of ours had an old one that needed some work and Emory spent over 4 hours sanding and painting that swing pink and white.  What an incredible sight to watch this man labor out in the boiling sun to make his granddaughter happy.

  He helped me decorate the entire living room in balloons and banners.  We went outside and decorated our fence with balloons so when she topped the hill of the dirt road, she could see the balloons flying everywhere. Emory never said one word about all the “trouble” we spent preparing for her party.  He actually even ordered her princess cake and had them put a tiara and wand on the cake. (And all the women said “awwwww”).

After she arrived, everyone was eating and Jayden had not seen her swing yet.  I watched him walk over to her and bend down to whisper in her ear.  She jumped in his arms and gave him a big hug and they quietly went out the front door.  He was taking her to that swing.  I knew this was going to be a special moment and waited about 30 minutes or so before I joined them. As I turned the corner, you could hear her talking to him and he looked up and just gave me a smile.

Are they related?  Yes.  Jayden is Emory’s granddaughter and no one else would ever be able to tell him and especially her differently.  She genuinely loves him and it’s a love that was created by God.  It doesn’t matter to either one of them that they may not technically be blood related and all Jayden knows is that Emory has been in her life since she can remember.

I’m thankful that Emory loves Jayden the way he does and now that Dakotah (my other granddaughter) is here, she will also get to know him as “Papa” as she gets older.

I am not oblivious to the fact that when you mix families you have problems as our family has had its share but this post is not about all the problems that come with mixing families.

God expects us (humans) to love each other just this way.  We may not all technically be related by our standards, but we are all God’s children just the same.  Imagine the stress in my family’s life if Emory had decided not to love her the way he does.  I know it happens all around us everyday because I’ve seen it.

Loving another person with a true heart is a good choice to make in your life.  It has the potential to make a difference in your life and the life of the person you choose to love.

 

Passing on the Humbling Inspirational Blogger Award!


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I am very honored to accept this award from My Life Uncut….Almost.  Anne Sikes has many inspirational post herself and are a joy to read!  Check it out to be continually inspired.

Here are the requirements for this award, if you choose to participate:

1. Display the award logo somewhere on the blog.

2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.

3. State seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.

5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements.

7 things about me:

1.  I have been crocheting since I was 12 years old.  A teacher in the 7th grade taught me how and I have loved it ever since.  Now I’m actually old enough to be crocheting in public without the weird stares.

2.  I found the absolute love of my life almost 3 years now and finally know what true love feels like!  A blessing sent straight tome from God.  (If you’ve read any of my blogs then it may not be too much of a surprise but it’s just too good not to share!)

3.  I work for a non-profit Christian ministry where I teach abstinence and healthy relationships to young people.  (Boy was this a surprise to me when God called me to do this!  He uses those who think they are the most unqualified doesn’t He?)

4.  Lay’s plain potato chips are my absolute weakness!  I can’t even buy any to have in the house or I would eat the whole darn bag!

5.  I am such a girly girl and have to make sure that my hair and make up are to perfection before I walk out the house.  Many a times my husband sits patiently quoting the song, “Waiting on a Woman” by Brad Paisley.

6.  I will be graduating from Auburn University in the spring of 2013 which is a life long dream coming true because people had actually told me I wasn’t smart enough to go to college.  (Ha! Ha! on them right?)

7. I think music is the end all be all!  Any type of music and I listen to it all.  Music touches my heart and soul like nothing else and is hard to describe how it soothes me in my crazy moments of life.  You know which ones I’m talking about.  You have them too!

 

Now I am supposed to select other blogs that I feel are inspiring so here it goes:

1.  My first choice is Even A Girl Like Me  I have found all of Joy’s posts truly inspiring and could only hope to have a friend as good as her one day.  She truly is a good friend to Elliot and has a good spirit.

2.  Another good read is Courage To Adventure Coaching.   Sue has encouraging words for everyone and does a fabulous job of working with cancer patients.

3. Covered in Pink is a great blog about a young woman discovering herself and what God has called her to do!  She has great courage and inspirational reads.

4. Karen has beautiful pictures on her blog!  Go check them out at 365 + ks ballou

5. Mom Meets Blog is truly a great blog to read.  Many funny stories about real life.

6.  This is the last one I’m going to post tonight and probably one of my favorite blogs to read.  Lucky Leo’s stories have a free spirit that most women want but never have the courage to go for.  Mary Ann has an edgy feel and you can live vicariously through her blog!

 

I know I’m supposed to name 15 and maybe I will announce the rest at a later date, but for now this is what I’ve got!  I thank Anne very much for the nomination and feel honored that she chose me.  I pray everyone gets everything they’ve ever wanted in life but remember it may take lots of hard work.  Persevere!  God will bless you!

 

Kathy