Archive for November, 2012


2012 Thankfulness Week 4

November 30, 2012

Nov. 23 I am thankful for God’s faithfulness. These daily posts are challenging me to dig and think a little deeper–even though some seem a little trivial they are reminding me to be humble. And I know God doesn’t want the gratitude to end just because it is Dec. 1st. I know I am faithless when I let the stress and the silliness weigh me down—how easily I forget that He is still standing there, if not carrying me. I am also grateful for all the other posts friends have been sharing. 🙂

Nov. 24 Today I am thankful for photographs that capture memories and the many photographers who have given me so many works of art to hang on my walls. I hope these are memories for the children too. And getting time to spend with JQ who also found us this forever home 9 1/2 years ago and be able to tell her thank you again as we list all the things still “so right” about it and raising our girls here.

Nov. 25 I am thankful for good books. From Harold and the Purple Crayon to The Tempest. From Where the Wild things Are to Deathly Hallows. From a Wrinkle in Time to the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I love it when my children finally realize the worth of a classic … or when they show me what they think is a good book—and they’re right.

Nov. 26 (late again) I am thankful for doctors that listen, even if I don’t express concerns well. I’m thankful for the doctors who have helped me find solutions and continue to work with me.

Nov. 27 I am thankful for milestones that remind us how far we’ve come and help us to reflect on those in our lives that have shared those milestones. Those milestones also help us to remember the source of all our blessings (Thanks to my minister!) Those milestones also remind us of where we want to be.

Nov. 28 Today I am thankful for shared meals. Trying new and delicious food, great conversation, and extra hands to clean up. I will admit, they are a bit more enjoyable now that the children are older and they actually want to sit at the “kiddie table” (um, I mean with the teens). But there really is nothing like a good old fashion potluck. 🙂

Nov. 29 I am thankful that I have the chance to have lunch dates with the Chief—we went downtown to get a few gifts for the children and stopped by the deli. Nothing fancy, just quiet time together. For all the sacrifices there are perks. It is hard to believe we’ve been doing this almost 17 years.

Nov. 30 To borrow from the friend who beat me to Thankfulness posting this year: thank you to all who participated. Your shares were so uplifting. And thanks to those who Liked or commented on mine–you participated in your own way. I hope to keep this up … in attitude anyway. God has so richly blessed us, each day is a gift, the people in my life are a gift. Now to all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

And thank you to all my readers and supporters. It has been great getting back into blogging on a regular basis, celebrating the blessings of life, and moving forward.


Writing Workshop: This Ain’t Starbucks

November 29, 2012

1.) Friends are on their way to your house for a coffee date…what kind of afternoon can they expect with you?

Bring your own coffee.


I don’t drink coffee. My friends know this. Also, most likely anything I serve will be store-bought if I waited until the last minute or the Chief isn’t home. If the Chief is home and I’ve asked him to whip something up, it will be good. He often refers to this as “Extreme Entertaining” because I will often only give him a couple of hours notice.

The Friday before Thanksgiving I had a few people over for brunch. I set out the instant coffee and the coffee maker but I had no takers. They either brought their own or they enjoyed the apple cider I also set out. And if the Chief hadn’t busied himself making little appetizers of chicken and apple sausages, we wouldn’t have had a protein at this little brunch. LOL It was all desserts! Not that there is anything wrong with that.

I’ve never liked coffee. When I worked at McD’s I did the morning shift. I made the coffee in the industrial machines but I always hated the smell. I have since been given a recipe for an iced coffee punch concoction that I will drink. Thankfully it is made with decaf so I can enjoy it in large quantities. But otherwise, nope, no coffee for me. I prefer hot chocolate or tea, iced or hot.

My friends also know to expect me to be still cleaning. On this particular day I was still in my gym clothes, still cleaning. But you can read that rant about cleaning my daughters’ bathroom … and no, the Mom Guilt is not working and we have moved to threatening she can’t go on a mission trip (I am actually threatening to not let her go serve others? This is so wrong!). But hey, my friends were all 45 minutes late so it’s all good. And I guess I didn’t have too much gym funk on me–or at least they were all polite enough not to say anything.

The Chief and I actually got two or three coffee makers as wedding gifts. I’d have to say we managed to regift all of them within 7 years. It was our first Christmas in this house and we were still hosting the annual shin-dig but by the time we were working on the desserts it was discovered we no longer had a coffee maker! Gasp! So my sister’s best friend, either a few days later for our anniversary or the following Christmas, gave us a really nice coffee maker with express instructions “Do Not Regift!” It sits dutifully under the counter, waiting for the coffee drinkers to use whenever we need it. My dad and my FIL will be in charge of making coffee when we have big gatherings. I guess I better remember to add creamers and fixens for my New Year’s shin-dig. It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a large gathering so I’m a little rusty.

But at least I still have the coffee maker.

The Prompts:

1.) Friends are on their way to your house for a coffee date…what kind of afternoon can they expect with you? 2.) Ask your child to draw a portrait of you and share it with us. (Inspired by Scary Mommy) 3.) Write a post, poem, or story that somehow incorporates the word: Sparkle 4.) Tell us about the last thing you Google searched…what did you learn? 5.) List your top 7 favorite Apps!

For more information about Mama Kat’s World Famous Writing Workshop, click on that red square and trophy over there….. ——>



November 27, 2012

You registered on 2 years ago!

Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!

And this is my 300th Blog Post!

I’m not 100% sold on this new theme… I may try to change the background to some water from another picture the Chief took. He helped select the cover photo. I’ll probably tweak this over the next few days but I really wanted to get this last milestone in today.

Thank you to everyone who has joined me on this journey!


Milestone 3

November 27, 2012

I’m having a very busy blogging day. But I told you … 7 Days, 10 posts, Big Changes…

My all-time most popular posting (163) is a picture of the T/V Liberator. When the news broke that the Academy was losing the Kings Pointer there was a spike in searches for images of their training vessels.

Second to that is my About page (116). I guess people want to know “Who is SnipeWife?” Just keep reading. I’m an open (albeit censored) book.

On April 16, 2012 I had the most views of the blog with 142. I think it could have been just one person reading through every blog post but hey, I’ll take it.

With 94 views is my Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop piece “Our Life in Songs”. Quickly closing is my “Romantic Christmas Songs” with 92 views so far–45 views in the past 30 days with 20 in the last 7 alone! There are not too many unique lists out there so I’m glad mine comes up in Google searches.

And guess what? We’ve already surpassed Milestone 1 with 15 likes today so far. Wow!

1 more post to go!

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