Add Your Posts to the October Open Thread

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more

Sign Up for October's NaBloPoMo

The theme for October is CRUNCH. ...more

Use All Five Senses with October's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

Add All of Your Blog Posts to September's Open Thread

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The theme for September is HEALING. ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your October 2014 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
My odd way of dealing with insecurity over my looks - writing about it on my ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2014 Blogroll

The theme for October is CRUNCH. ...more
Melissa Ford jules.maas oops, sorry for the confusion. I meant I had one blog post listed twice ...more

NaBloPoMo October 2014 Badges

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Orange October

Tell us how you feel about the color ORANGE.Coincidentally I am a San Francisco Giants' baseball fan. Ironically they are in The World Series. Unbelievably, Game one is today. I have plenty of ORANGE in my wardrobe. I like orange. The color in my wedding 21 years ago was "coral", more of an orange coral than a pink coral. I wonder if I like the color because of October and October being my birthday month. Interesting idea.......more

Change Me

Change me. In my own arrogance, and with the idealism of youth, I tried to mold myself into a new, better self all on my own. I immersed myself in the culture and literature of the Church, embracing simplicity and a disciplined prayer life taking myself on  through spiritual direction and inner healing.I spurned materialism and the culture of modern societyas I mothered nine children on a small farmTill exhaustion...more

Orange You Glad I'm Not A Banana?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014Orange is a colour that people either hate or love: tell us how you feel about it. We are a pretty funny family, but we suck at telling jokes.The delivery is always off and the punchline is followed by a 5 minute dialogue on the history of the punchline, and how it was very relevant to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution era in England, and while I am at it, here is the synopsis of “Wuthering Heights,” which also has a close bearing to the story....more

Fire? Fire. Fire good.

I decided to write up a prompt from BlogHer today. "When was the last time you went to a campfire/bonfire? Tell us about it." I've actually already written about the last fire we've been to here, so instead, why not write up a quick "how to start a bonfire - Midwest style". Step One - Gather Brush After assuring burning restrictions aren't in place, gather your brush. Often, this is yard waste. ...more

A Loveable, Annoying Pet

Shadow was the most quirky, amusing and utterly annoying pet we have ever owned. A drooling, big black lab mix with overgrown feet and an overgrown personality, Shadow was an integral part of my children’s lives for 13 years.This dog grew up with cats.They could cuddle up beside him or lay on top of him and he barely raised an eyebrow. He tossed mice and fish around like a cat and sometimes he played more like a cat than a dog....more

Time in a bottle

It's not about Jim Croce. Autumn reminds us that everything changes, what would I like to change?Oh honey, if you only knew about my weekend........more

Stunning Medieval Church Inspires Praise

I am in awe of incredible architecture of the past, created without modern machinery or even power tools. The results are stunning testaments to faith and dedication to God. They inspire praise and prayer.The experience must be even more powerful in person if mere images can move us....more

Baby Talk

Now, I could usually tell what my babies need by their bodily movements, facial expressions and by the intensity, sharpness, or lower tones of their cries. However, even though I had nine kids and I consider myself to be a baby whisperer, I just learned from my daughters  there are four different cries a new-born makes. A cry starting with...more