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Words and Pictures: A COLLECTion of Memories #fmfparty

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Words and Pictures: A COLLECTion of Memories #fmfparty

I’m joining in on the #fmfparty (Five Minute Friday). This is a writer’s link up hosted by Kate Motaung. Each Friday, she offers a single word writing prompt. The participants have five minutes to free write whatever comes to mind using that one word as their prompt. No overthinking, no editing. However, being the rebel that I am, I will likely edit for spelling and blatant bad grammar.

I hope whatever I write makes some sort of sense and I’m not totally embarrassing myself. This will be a good way for me to get some words out and keep the writing juices flowing. It will also help me connect with other writers who long to become better writers and are willing to be vulnerable with their craft.

Today’s prompt is COLLECT.

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Community is Crucial for Surviving Motherhood

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Community is Crucial for Surviving Motherhood

Previously shared on TheCourage.com.

My children have grown and have flown but today I’m pausing to reminisce a little. Okay, truthfully, I reminisce a lot these days, but today I’m choosing to share my reflections with you.

I look back through the combined 68 years of being a mom to our three kids and think of all of the people who have helped and loved on us along the way. There are many!

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Life is too short to be comfortable. #FMFParty

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Life is too short to be comfortable. #FMFParty

I’m joining in on the #fmfparty (Five Minute Friday Party). This is a writer’s link up hosted by Kate Motaung. Each Friday, she offers a single word writing prompt. The participants have five minutes to free write whatever comes to mind using that one word as their prompt. No overthinking, no editing. However, being the rebel that I am, I will likely edit for spelling and blatant bad grammar.

I hope whatever I write makes some sort of sense and I’m not totally embarrassing myself. This will be a good way for me to get some words out and keep the writing juices flowing. It will also help me connect with other writers who long to become better writers and are willing to be vulnerable with their craft.

Today’s prompt is COMFORT.

My five minutes starts now. Ready. Set. Go.

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Cheers to Fifty! #50firstsby50

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Cheers to Fifty! #50firstsby50

There is so much wonder in our world. We just need to open the eyes of our hearts to see it.

I’ve experienced so many amazing wonders in my almost 50 years of life. Wonders right in my backyard and around the globe that I could never have dreamed of. I often think of what undiscovered wonders await me.

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Unlearning How To PLAY: #FMFParty

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Unlearning How To PLAY: #FMFParty

Even for the most dedicated writer, the living of the story often trumps the writing of it. Such has been the case for me lately. Our family has been in a season of major transitions, not bad ones just big ones. Although the words are forming and floating around on the inside, I’m left with very little time to punch them out on my keypad.

So…

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Could you go through an entire day of saying “yes” to God?

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Could you go through an entire day of saying “yes” to God?

My daughter challenged me recently to go for a week without placing an Amazon order. I succeeded. She didn’t say anything about shopping and adding things to my cart for when the week was over. Haha!

A couple of summers ago, I attended a writer/speaker conference. I had never done anything like this. Only a few months before had I come to terms with calling myself an actual writer and not feeling like an imposter.

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Be the Friend You Want to Have

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Be the Friend You Want to Have

I am honored to share my thoughts as a regular contributor to TheCourage.com. I hope you’ll read the rest of this post over there and check out so many other great words of encouragement by a variety of great writers. It’s the internet’s new “happy place”.

 

Be the Friend You Want to Have

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 NIV

I’ve gotten it backward for many years. I’m just shy of 50 years old and I think God has finally gotten through to helping me understand how this whole friendship thing works.

I need to be the friend I want to have.

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Follow the Humble Path… Far Enough

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Follow the Humble Path… Far Enough

“You can never tell to what untold glories a little humble path may lead if you follow far enough.” ~Lilias Trotter

I have fallen madly in love with a biographical film about the life of Lilias Trotter, Many Beautiful Things. Trotter’s story has captivated me like not many stories have. Without the persistence of Miriam Rockness and a handful of other generous souls, this story could have been lost forever. I feel honored and humbled that somehow, I have become but a tiny thread woven into this beautiful tapestry of tales.

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Listen Up, Young Moms! This Is What Older Moms Want You To Know

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Listen Up, Young Moms! This Is What Older Moms Want You To Know

Listen up, young moms, this is for you! I sit here today writing this, just days away from it being my last Mother’s Day with children living in our home. Our baby has grown up and is about to fly. I’ve been at this motherhood gig for almost 3 decades now. I think about our oldest daughter who is doing such a phenomenal job at raising our first grandchild but how often she needs a cheerleader.

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Love Is Stronger Than Death

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Love Is Stronger Than Death

“Love Is Stronger Than Death”

This phrase is written on a memorial marker at Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford. I wasn’t able to write much over the Easter season due to travel and adventures. For me, it was a time of living stories rather than writing about them. It’s never too late to ponder on the greatest sacrifice of all time. Jesus’ death and resurrection… it’s a timeless love story.

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