rumor-mill 5k!

it’s the monday giggles….

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

NO, I’m not dying.

NO, I’m not in any legal trouble.

NO, I haven’t moved.

NO, Cuppycake & I are not getting a divorce.

NO, I’m not angry.

And NO, I’m not changing Churches.

(Never-you-mind the judgmental encouragements being given!)

What I have been is:

physically active,

peace-filled,

rooted,

passionate,

happy,

blessed,

and

EXTREMELY BUSY!!

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However, it has all been AWESOMELY welcomed!

In my upcoming posts I hope to dispel any nasty rumors as I share some of the NOT SO PERFECT – YET PERFECTLY WONDERFUL – recent LIFE EXPERIENCES of mine.

There’s even some special miracles sprinkled in to boot!

So stay tuned as I catch you all up!

You’re certain to receive a giggle or two, too!

Not to mention PLENTY of

hugs n’ blessings for all who stroll through to say, HI!!!

(especially those not running in the rumor-mills!!)

“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[a] or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?”

James 4: 11-12

thanks-timber, it’s going down!

“Bippity-boppity-boo!

My thanks go out to you!

Your kind address,

of my blogging-mess,

brings happiness to my soul!”

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And so begins my 3hugs&thankful blessings 

to have received these additional Award recognitions

from three fellow bloggers!!

(I am blushing to have been recognized by each of you!)

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When receiving an Award in cyber-world you are asked to do several things:

*Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person(s) who nominated you!
*Include the Award sticker in the post too and be sure to answer the questions from your nominator(s)!
*Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award!
*Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

liebster-e1431304529635 Darling Anand at blabberwockying! who tickles my toes, with his expansive prose & ability to welcome everyone in. I thank him gleefully, for thinking of lil’ ol’ mee-a-lee, and accept this award quite cheerfully!

Sweet, Sweet Pam who is at catchingmydrift had not one but two surprise Awards for me! Well, twiddle my thumbs, I am certainly over-come, by her fuzzy-warm-support of thee!

real-neat-blogger-award Last but never least Oneta at sweetaroma conjured up a delightful treat! She sifted & spun, through various chosen-ones, and declared my blog-site REAL NEAT!

A sampling of their questions I choose to do, & to share with you too, as they asked me to do:

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From Pam 

1.What makes you smile?  When I see my children happy.

2. What is your best talent? I am the Principal of Fun School! 

3. Movies or Theatre? Movies.

From Oneta

What are 5 facts about you?

I am a devote Roman Catholic. I am a rule-follower. I am extremely loyal. I am afraid of very blustery wind-storms. the-princess-and-a-very-winnie-the-pooh-blust-L-LZ8BwYMy ability to be free from hate. I have never had this sense of emotion and I feel it is a great grace God has given to me. (This is not to be confused with anger…which is a feeling that if not addressed can lead to hatred.)

From Anand

  1. What do you want people to remember most about you after meeting you for the first time?  My warm welcome & sincere interest to listen as you speak.
  2. What do you like most about yourself? My passion regarding who I love & what I believe to be true.
  3. What song makes you sing along out loud and/or break into dance? There are three… When I’m With You by JJ Heller  (my ring tone on the alarm clock,) Move by MercyMe and…promise not to judge me but…Timber! by Pit Bull (best dance song to date and you can dance too if you just click play!)

 

hugs n’ blessings to my nominees! 

(Please just pick 5 random questions to answer from above.)

Liebster Award: New Beginnings & Nan Tubre Writes

One Lovely Blog Award: smilingawayfoodallergies & Cathy Lynn Brooks

The Creative Blogger Award: wandering soul & Mixed Girl Vibe

Real Neat Blog Award: Being Me Presently  &  Velisima & lindaelena

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Giving thanks for all of you! Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

ironmen…unite!!

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I’m under the one year mark now of joining the half-a-century young club!

I’ve watched as several of my

friends

and family

(all dearly loved)

have found their membership sooner than I.

(And) I have loved celebrating with them!

(And) watching as they, themselves, have transitioned into this phase of their life.

(And) how they have each handled their new membership in a unique and individual way.

One constant I’ve watched is how reflective they all have been.

How each have taken “stock” of the first-half-century of their life.

Reliving memories, grateful for the blessings they’ve been gifted, and making

informed choices on what they desire to carry with them

into the completion of this century they have more than half-way begun.

What has this taught me?

Lots.

But most especially that through each person’s life (as with my own) what speaks MOST to everyone is

Relationships.

This is what we all cherish.

This is what has helped us to stretch and to grow

into who we have become

both

through joy and with sorrow;

and who will help us to evolve into what we’ve yet to

be.

I call these relationships,

these people I cherish, who challenge me to be the person God has built me to be, my

“Ironmen!”

Photo Courtesy of Marvel
Photo Courtesy of Marvel

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  Proverbs 27:17  

This is my community.

Who keep me in check.

Who  cheer me on along the way.

So that one day, (when all is said and done)

He will smile when I meet Him

and say,

Well done.

My Ironmen come in various shapes and sizes and many recite the same Creed I do each Sunday (but not all and that’s okay too!)  I love them all and wouldn’t trade one out for the other, no matter the age or the shoe-size!  I’m immeasurably grateful for the ones who have remained with me the longest, (but more about them another day.)

Recently, I met a few of my friends out for a Special Rendevous of Fine-Dining!  These friends and I had just completed working a Retreat together several weeks earlier and we missed the comaraderie we shared being together.  When we first met, without their even knowing (but much to my delight,) they began to claim our Retreat-Working-Group as “The Ironmen!”  That’s when I knew instantly They were destined to be imprinted into my heart for always.

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My Newest Ironmen (minus 2) DME #78

Through them God showed me that I will continue to collect Relationships!  The one’s I’ve already made will always, through His grace, remain strong; but He will continue to bless me with New Ironmen (for always) along the way!

And oh, how very much that makes me giddy-with-excitement to jump into the next half-century of my living!

(because every Ironman loves a good hot-dog)

these hot-diggity hugs n’ blessings go out to you!

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What Do We Believe?

“Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything.”      -the CCC, no. 198