Thursday, April 30, 2009

a room w/ a view ... of a sight to behold!

In just the few hours we spent at the beach w/ friends recently, the view constantly(!) we experienced wind! rain! sun! warmth. calm. clouds, birds, etc. ... & even an incredible(!) rainbow (reminder of a promise from God). I didn't want to leave & I can't wait to go back! So...

...I booked a room at a nice hotel at the same beach w/ an ocean view & balcony - mid week/offseason! For just me n my man. I'm SO excited. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time. I'm not sure tho' if I'm hoping for good weather ... or a storm ( I LOVE storms!). Perhaps it's bc of the perspective (safety) of the view that I know either scenario would be a special treat for both of us. One would allow us to see to the edge of the earth(!) & the other would offer a unique up/close & personal look as the edge of the earth closes in & envelops us :) Perhaps that just sounds SO romantic to me bc of the safety I feel/know with whom I'll be enjoying the view - a constant amidst CONSTANT change - together we've consistently enjoyed & endured the fair weather & storms of life - for richer & for poorer, in sickness & in health- true to our promise nearly 23 years ago.

Whatever God chooses to paint on the canvas outside our room with a view, it's sure to be a sight to behold(!).... as we hold each other.

Hebrews 13:8 8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I've been working on this assignment since high school!

In a high school science class I was challenged to define "life" ....& I haven't stopped trying since! It sounds simple - but it's NOT. has 25 definitions for the noun & 36 when you include various other forms of the word!

Some, if not many, living things grow, breathe, reproduce, adapt, consume, produce, & metabolize. One might assume that all living things do at least some of those things (tho' how many are needed to "qualify" something as "alive" is debatable) ....unless the wood frog in mid winter is alive! ... tho' for months its heart stops(!) beating, ALL breathing & brain activity cease(!) & it freezes solid - yet, come spring - its heart begins beating again, it begins breathing again & its brain registers new activity. So how does one know when it's dead?!

... And - by some definitions fire is it grows & consumes...!

If/when you define life, please explain what living is as opposed to dying. That should keep you busy - for at least a lifetime. But -- when you're done, & assuming I'm still alive... please let me know, bc I could really use some help!


Reference material that will prove helpful: You should find at least 589 clues in The Bible ... as I just did a quick search at which indicates that's how many times the word "life" is used in the NIV -- & you might want to check out what Creation has to offer on the subject as well...

John 11:25-26 25Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NOT bc of who I am / what I've done

This AM, I was reminded of this song: 'Who am I' by Casting Crowns

Not because of who I am but because of what You've done.
Not because of what I've done but because of who You are....

Strike is a "Character"!

This is a pic from last week/Spring Break - went to Six Flags w/ friends - had this character sketch done (as b-day gift) of Strike (left) & her friend/the b-day girl(!). I like unique gifts...& I think this one "takes the cake" :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Strike Studying HIStory

Strike studying HIStory w/ her study buddy this morning

me n my man

Are you living? or dying?

. Are you living or dying?

A. Perhaps the (your) answer has something to do w/ how you view/study history.

Struck & stuck from yesterday's sermon:

Since the fall of Creation, History has been the study of man's attempt to survive.

My thoughts:

History = the study of survival that eventually/ultimately leads to death.

HIStory = the study of survival that ultimately leads to eternal life (Hope!)

4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus,
Romans 15:4-5 (NIV)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

To Whom "tat" May Have Concerned....

It's gone now.

Now that I've been there, done "tat" ... I'm not sure if I struggled more getting it - or w/ removing it because I was going to church this morning.

Is 49:16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

tit for "tat"

I got this yesterday...

So HE got a bike like this .... today!

Didn't he understand?....that mine is temporary?!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

MyStory of HiStory (SHORT Summary)

A blogger friend (I've never met!) recently recommended I read Hinds Feet on High Places - so - I did. Rather - I devoured(!) it. In the end, I felt I could have written it myself:

The book: The main character's name is Much-Afraid. She's on a spiritual journey thru' difficult places w/ her two companions, Sorrow & Suffering - & overcomes her fears as she passes thru many dangers (desert, deep valley, cliff's, etc.) & at last reaches the high places - and after being transformed on the journey by her union w/ the loving Shepherd she gets a new name!

My Story: About 5 years ago The LORD/Great Shepherd took me on a similar journey where I had NO (nada! NONE! not one!) other choice but to trust him COMPLETELY which, I wasn't sure was even possible.

The Book: At the end the author explains more how the story is really an allegory of her personal testimony. She shares how she was led to commit her life to Christ & from there writes:

" ... at last in an extremity of despair & misery of heart I cried out aloud, "O God, if there is a God anywhere, you must make yourself real to me..."

I seized my Bible ... and cried again, "O God, if there is a God, your followers say that you speak to them through the Bible. If you are real, speak to me through this book too."
My Story: I reached a very similar place & prayed "Please! Make Yourself real to me!" From there so much of how He made himself real to me was in & thru His creation as it seemed to provide pictures/illustrations of His Word/The Bible that made "it all" so much easier to understand ... SO hard to explain(!) but I likely could not explain it any better than the author did here:

"I have been brought to a place where all God's creation appears to be uttering things in a language which only becomes clearly audible and understood by hearts that have been learning in the school of suffering. It is the language which one begins to spell out in one's inner-most soul when one is on a cross to which self is being transfixed by nails of pain and anguish of heart."

The Book: In the end, Much Afraid was transformed - as were her companions & all were given new names & she was then able to serve the Great Shepherd/King! effectively (a new beginning!)... and for me, the story served as an incredible source of personal encouragement!

My Story: I can relate! I'll never be the same. In fact, I grew up believing my name meant "Joy" based on what my mom told me ...but only after "ALL of this", and when it finally fit like a glove, was I stunned (you have no idea!) to look it up & learn that it means "Experienced in Battle".

My Story was given a new name too ... as it became an incredible MyStory of HiStory! - from which I attempt to share... to personally encourage others.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shhh....(really) listen...

"The last thing I need is to be heard - but to hear what You would say. Word of God, speak"

Once again, when the song Word of God Speak was offered up as a prayer in an attempt to quiet my heart before reading God's Word to listen for what He wanted me to hear, it seemed to work ... so well, in fact, that somehow I managed to hear what some people didn't say!

I've been reading in the book of Job - where Job was SO afflicted w/ loss & pain & grief. In his great distress it seems some people did more harm than good in how they responded to him. Some encouraged him - to appeal to God - & by sharing their experiences. And some stayed near & just listened to him bc they had no idea what to say!

Today, I relate more to some of Job's friends than Job. So often I want to encourage my friends but have no clue what to say! - & when, in the awkward silence, I try to force words of encouragement, often I end up feeling like perhaps I did more harm than good. UGH! Yet - in Job's story, I gather that in just sitting w/ & really listening
to someone pour out their heart, SO much can be said about how much you care & want to help w/o uttering a word. And, hearing what they have to say may give hints to what can be done to really help & to which spoken words would provide the most/best encouragement - which I've learned are often found in, & shared from, God's Word.

And so.... in those awkward times of silence, when I have no clue what to say, perhaps I should take the hint(!) & realize that
the last thing I need is to be heard - but to hear what they would say - & use my voice to speak words from God's Word - that are likely to encourage & speak to the heart, in times of great distress.

For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:44b

The hands of time

One of my all time favorite pics!
Especially cute bc Daddy's shirt has a flag made of hockey sticks & pucks
& who knew then that
she'd grow up to love & play(!) hockey.

When you care enough to send the very best...handmake the card :)

This is the card her (deep inhale) boyfriend (exhale. There. I said it.) gave her for her 15th b-day (which is today!) & it's made extra special bc my very(!) dear friend is his mom & she must've had something to do w/ the pretty roses stamped as the background - & his dad took the pic recently & helped him make this unique, personal & SO sweet(!) card & took him shopping for the gift too. For whatever reason, the fact that Playmaker's birthday was a "family affair" in their home, & that they're such good friends, just makes all that he made for & gave her - extra(!) special.


As I'm traveling back & forth thru' time this morning, I can't help but remember that I was 15 when I met my best friend ever/the man I would marry...& (while I'm in no rush!) I can't help but wonder if/when daddy & daughter eventually walk hand in hand down the aisle, whose hand he will give hers to in marriage - & I realize that - from this day forward...I should be praying - for him. SO - please excuse me, while I go do that ....

Monday, April 20, 2009

Can you choose to believe something?

Can you choose to believe something?

I'm not sure.

What I do know is:
The more convinced I am that something is true, the more apt I am to believe it - & to try to convince others of it. - don't have to try or choose or pretend to believe it. I just DO! In fact - if I don't like what it is that I'm convinced of, I have to try not to believe it (denial)!


I'm convinced of this:

For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:44b

10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

14How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Romans 10:10 & 13-14

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Have I been planted here....for now?

About 8 yrs ago we moved here. Tho' we loved where we lived, for many reasons we tho't here might be better than there - in lg part bc my husband had a good job offer - here. The day we moved out of our home, his co. laid off aprx 75% of its workforce(!) - & we sensed God's provision - as our house was sold & we were moving on - all as a small community was about to be inundated w/ homes for sale & people looking for jobs.

We moved across the country - had only a few days to find a house - & out of the MANY homes we looked at, only one met what we wanted & could afford - & so... here we are. Tho' I soon began to wonder .... WHAT WERE WE THINKING?!?! & now, sometimes I just want to move - NOW! But - this is not the time :( & so....sometimes I feel trapped. Yet I realize in some ways I was trapped (rootbound) where I was bc I was SO/too comfortable there (I'm convinced comfortable traps are the most effective ones).

Being uprooted & transplanted was difficult & the pruning that followed was traumatic(!) - but in hindsight, I see how much I've matured & have been able to apply here what I learned there - which is, in part, why
I'm convinced we're here now - bc God planted us here(!)... for now.

& so.... I'm attempting to grow & bloom where He has planted me.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
Is 61:3b

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

The pic above hangs in the corner of my new world - & I've said before that sometimes I just want to jump in & "be there" ... but this morning, I can' t help but wonder .... if I am.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Which one are you?

I bought this card I just have to decide who to give it to ... don't want to offend anyone - (so mb I'll just keep it :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

What do you know ...for SURE?

Faith does not grow in the house of certainty - The Shack

What do you know for sure?
(absolutely 100% positive!) ... Be honest &
What/Who do you believe? If you're like me, the second question is easier to answer - but - chances are whatever answers come to mind for either question, I could give you reason to doubt to some degree bc I've wrestled both questions to the ground myself! (just being honest :) .... & if I were a college philosophy professor I could probably do it even more effectively.

bc we know SO little, if anything?! for sure ... yet are convinced of (believe) SO much - is why I believe it's so important to know
why you believe what you believe (the evidence). Inherent in what you believe, is who you trust (have faith in). What you believe - & to what degree you are convinced/certain of it - affects EVERYTHING(!) you do.. every choice you make.

For the record... I believe the answer to the second question is much more important than the answer to the first one - in large part, bc I believe it determines where you (I!) will spend eternity - & I also believe:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
John 3:16(KJV)

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;
and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
John 6:37(KJV)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I first saw this over at: It's Like Herding Cats - a pastor's life - It's a wordle of the words - the biggest were those most frequently used - to answer:

What do you think when you hear 'Southern Baptist'?

While I don't think all of these words are "bad" - I do think this collection of words makes a powerful/sad statement - & if people asked the same question about the denomination of the church we attend, the wordle would likely look very similar .... tho' hopefully not so much about our church in particular - but it seems that "denominational threshold" is so difficult for many to get past in order get thru' the door of many churches in the first place.

To me, this wordle resembles a footprint & I can't help but wonder how different it would/should look if instead people were asked:

What do you think when you hear 'Jesus'?

- & if true believers (regardless of denominations) in general (myself included!) did a better job of "walking the walk", how much more closely our footprints would/should resemble those of Jesus' sandals ... & how much more apt others would likely be to walk in them instead of running the other way.


wordle link

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

HE IS .... everything i am not.

Verbs are what makes the universe alive.
- The Shack.

These few words have had me thinking - a lot. I love that God is not just a person, place or thing (ie. a noun) - & that the name He calls Himself contains a being(!) verb (not past or future tense).

Exodus 3:14 (NIV) God said to Moses, I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"

I love that He is alive! Always has been, is, & will be - & that we have a special day (Easter!) to celebrate that attribute of God. I love that He is active, involved, moving, working, doing great & mighty things in such personal & creative ways. I love that if you put a blank after the two words God uses to refer to Himself - like this: "I AM _________." - that in order for the statement to be true, any/every(!) word used to fill in that blank to describe Him, Who He is, or what He is/is doing (compassionate, gentle & humble in heart, giving.., going..., taking..., making...., etc.) must be perfectly good & right! But...perhaps what i love most about I AM - is that He IS all i need & everything ... i am not.

Everybody jump (rope!!)

mb I could get my (girl) hockey player to take up jumprope instead?! (I doubt it - but even she thought this was SO cool!) Too bad aerobic workouts can't be done virtually! - enjoy :)


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter fun

My kiddos are growing up - but I hope they never get too old to enjoy simple pleasures. If they take after their mom & dad, I don't think they will.

Today, among the simple pleasures I enjoyed ... church, a quiet afternoon w/ just our family, ham dinner w/ candle & sparkling cider - a nap (woo hoo!), watching my girls color eggs ... I don't know if there's something wrong when I want to celebrate(!) by doing nothing special - but what I do know is I don't want this day to end so soon.... :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

It seemed like a small price to pay...

The Easter baskets are packed full to overflowing & almost ready to hide as usual for the kiddos to seek & find tomorrow - but - I still have one gift to tuck in Strike's. Before I tell what it is, I should help you understand the significance behind it - so ...

REWIND & let me remind you that Strike's been saving up for a new IPOD Touch for months(!) - & she really wants to EARN it - so much so that she didn't even put any of her b-day $ towards it, except $10 she rec'd just for that.

To make a long/sad(!) story short, a few weeks ago she walked up to the little store nearby to buy some chocolate chips. I gave her a $20 bill to pay for them w/ & somehow she lost the change (aprx $17!!) & I ended up making her deduct it from the $ she'd earned/I owed her toward her IPOD. Now - before you go telling me how mean I am...please understand I found no pleasure in disciplining her this way, but felt it was a small price to pay given the value of the lesson she'd hopefully learn.

now - FAST FORWARD to today.... & The LORD impressed on my heart one way I could attempt to share the reason we can & do celebrate(!) Easter - w/ Strike in particular, as well as her siblings who will be looking on.... & so tomorrow morning, among other things in her Easter basket, she'll find a homemade $17 gift/grace card that she must activate by reading
Galatians 3:13 - 14 & I Peter 1:18-19 & looking up "redeemed" in the dictionary. just seemed like a small price to pay given the priceless lesson she'll hopefully better understand about something we could never possibly earn or deserve or completely comprehend ... His amazing(!) grace.

Easter Funny?

Well I tho't it was funny(!) when I found this as my screensaver today (from hubby :) - but something tells me Mak didn't think so.... he looks like he's thinking "Can we pleeeease just get this over w/?!"

Cute ... but sad

When I first saw this, I thought it was cute...but then my thoughts went in a different direction. Click here: fake hands

Friday, April 10, 2009

I tried to know....

Since I tend to "think out loud" here at times, this song (below) seemed appropriate to share what's on my mind this morning after discussing The Shack in our book group last night.

A while back I more or less "found rest" in this song as I relinquished myself to the understanding that no matter how much I seek & knock & ask, I'll never have all the answers! --- but--- fast forward to here & now - & I'm finding great pleasure in seeking & knocking & asking bc in doing so I'm getting to know the One who has/knows/holds ALL the answers - & somehow, in that process, the answers to the questions I have seem almost trivial in comparison.

Beautiful Mystery
Caedmon's Call - Back Home Album

I tried to know
Every mystery
Soon realized, no

It was too much for me
'Cause most things true
Are simple and complex
So it is with You
What else should I expect

You suffer the seeker
In You they abide

You are to me
A beautiful mystery
You are to me
A Servant and a King
You're a beautiful mystery

You're like the water
I can feel but not grasp
Still You say all I've gotta do
Is seek and knock and ask

You are to the river
What hems it in and sets it free

The truth is a river
Where the strong can swim down deep
The weak and the broken
Can walk across so easily

P.S. The music to this song is beautiful too & I think it's what leads the words to the soul - but I only found one video & it didn't do it justice :( But the graphic above is a link (just click on it & then on #7) to the album at CBD & you can hear an excerpt of it & other great songs on the same album :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Take me out to the ballgame....

Sunday we'd invited friends to play wiffleball & picnic w/ hotdogs, crackerjacks, etc. to celebrate Strike's b-day - but - due to the "much to windy for wiffleball day"....we improvised & played kickball (adults vs. kids) instead...& had a ball!! :)

There's the MVP!

Hmm...someone should work w/ that princess &
show her proper position!

I have this guy's autograph written on my heart!

Hey - that princess CAN play :) Sweet! Now run baby, run!

Thx again MJ - for the pics :)

Monday, April 6, 2009

(Reflect!) R&R (Rejoice!)

Our church held a mini spring women's retreat this past weekend:

(Reflect & Rejoice)

I enjoyed working w/ other ladies to create an event for our pastor's wife to share a msg The LORD had laid on her heart - by going back into my past & recycling/customizing an idea from an annual event a previous church I attended held. And in my more recent past I found a song that echoed the cry of my heart a few years ago & that was perfect for paving the way w/ prayer to the second half of our program. I've shared it here before but here it is again. (To this day, I still play it at times before I read my Bible in the morning.)

When all was said & done...

I reflected
over how for years it seems The LORD has been preparing me for such a time as this & what an honor & privilege (incredible opportunity!) we'd been given to share Christ in such personal & creative ways when so many suffer greatly in order to do the same.


I rejoiced(!)
over the enthusiasm w/ which other women seized the opportunity to make R&R such a special blend of worship, ministry, fellowship, food & fun... & the encouragement I found in realizing to some degree how The LORD used this time to touch hearts & lives in His own personal & creative ways - as only He can do!

Following are pics of the themed lunch tables decorated & hosted by various ladies.


Teddi Bears


Tropical Island (minus the pretty Secret Sister Orchid from my previous post that I tucked in here at the last minute :)





And since then, I've been blessed w/ some some slightly different - but much needed R&R:

Mt. 11:28(NIV) "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

P.S. Thx for the great pics MJ!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Secret Sister Stealth Delivery

Orchids! An incredibly beautiful & personal treasure! ...& oh - the challenge to deliver it stealthfully despite barking dog, door open wide & an onlooking mail carrier, etc.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hidden Treasure - Part 2 of 3

Continued from previous post:

Today, being Strike's b-day, made for an extra special day - but the treasure hunt concept came to me last minute! I flew by the seat of my pants kinda creating it as the day unfolded.

My favorite clues & treasures:

Clue: (From her sister) - To find what you will now want to seek, look up & under something where you sleep. Treasure: Sun in for her hair - she is growing up!

Clue: Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver & the other gold. This clue is really a link - to a silver treasure, I think! Tho over time as it becomes old, perhaps it will change from silver to gold.
Treasure: A new friend! Strike started her own blog & I linked her to my friend's daughter - across the country - who recently started a blog too.

Treasure: A back & forth journal w/ this msg: This gift is from me to you - But then it soon should be - read first then written in - and given back to me!

There were some treasures "hidden in plain sight" too, & the final hidden treasure will be revealed in a post of it's own (below). Thx! SO much to all who her made her special day, extra special!!

Hidden Treasure - Part 3 of 3

Dear Strike,
This science lesson was custom designed
with none other than you in mind.
Listen & learn from clues inside ...
about the last treasure you still have to find! :)

It's name is derived from the ancient Greek ἀδάμας (adámas), "unbreakable, untamed" Hmm -- sounds like you at times! :)

The dispersion of white light into spectral colors, is a special feature.
Is that what I see in your BIG smile & the sparkle in your beautiful eyes?! :)

As the hardest known naturally-occurring material, "it" can be used to polish, cut, or wear away any material, including others just like it! Encourage others to do good!

They easily scratch others just like them - but doing so damages them both. So be careful! You don't want to hurt those you have the most in common with!

Some are natural semiconductors, but most are excellent electrical insulators.
Semiconductors share! Insulators protect :) Which are you better at?

The formation of natural ones requires very specific conditions -- high pressure & comparatively low temperature range
. These conditions are known to be met in two places on Earth; in a certain part of the lithospheric mantle &
at the site of a meteorite strike. All of time has led up to your being here for such a time as this!

Four characteristics, are commonly used to describe them & determine their value:
carat, cut, color, and clarity.
Strive to be the BEST you can be -- whatever you do, do it to the glory of God.

And.... some say they're a girl's best friend.

Now - ....go look up Proverbs 2:3-5 in YOUR Bible. Hurry!

"X" marks the spot!!!

HAPPY 12th Birthday!!

Her big treasure was her birthstone (diamond) ring & hopefully in the wisdom found in the verse.

Diamond trivia found here:

Hidden (Birthday)Treasure!

Happy 12th Birthday, Strike!!

You are SO Special! Unique! Rare! Exceptional! Precious! ... A treasure!

In addition to all the incredible gifts God has already blessed you with,
we have some for you today too!

AND clues(!) ...
to help you find
ALL that's been hidden
YOU in mind!!

Happy (Treasure!) Hunting !!!

P.S. Hope you don't mind, I invited my blogger friends to peek in on the fun we're going to have today! (*Blogger friends stay tuned for more peeks (pics!) & details to follow - tomorrow morning!)


Matthew 16:25

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.


The trouble w/ living by priorities ... is that it sees everything as a heirarchy......If you put God at the top much is enough? How much time do you give me before you can go on about the rest of your day, the part that interests you so much more ...I don't just want a piece of you ......I want all of you....

Paraphrase from The Shack

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Matthew 13:44-46 (New International Version)

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
44"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.


Pearls .... The only precious stone made by pain, suffering & - finally - death. - The Shack


Thought provoking trivia: One very strange thing about oysters is that most of them are both male and female at the same time. (hermaphrodites) - Exploring Creation with Zoology 2 - Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day

Just for fun/trivia - The world's largest pearl was found in 1934. It's a fourteen pound pearl called the Pearl of Lao-tze, and it is about the size of a basketball! - Exploring Creation with Zoology 2 - Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day

A common thread &/or a cord of three strands?

I follow a short list of blogs & it's "ironic" that three of the six are in FL/in ministry (all Pastor's wives I think?)/& their most recent posts & their blogs in general share a common "thread" - & to my knowledge, they've never met ... see for yourself in three clicks:

One: This is so cool

Two: I think that's her heartbeat I hear in the song

Three: Inner City Observations

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

see, hear, speak no evil

...just a fun find/addition to my corner of the world :)