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Good friends are like stars…you don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.

Loved spending time with precious friends this past weekend.  I was tired, and didn’t really want to go.  It was so good just to spend time with no judgement, and some laughter.


Carmen · Craft Room · encourage · family · friends · routines · Uncategorized


Carmen was home last weekend, and claims my craft room/office as her bedroom for when she is here.  We got her a really nice air mattress, and it accommodates her fine especially since her main living space is at school.

I limit my time in my office due to her “space” usage, and just to be respectful for her to have a retreat at home.  Part of my routine on the weekends is to go upstairs, scroll through Facebook, Twitter, and the news.  Have some time for Bible study, and meditation.  Review our money, pay bills, and blog.

Here it is Saturday, and I got to my craft room to start my Facebook scrolling.  I had to move some papers around (I try to keep things organized), and I found this under my computer mouse.I often send her encouraging notes so she has some mail away from home.  But for her to do this…for me…blew me away this morning.

I love her dearly, and so very grateful for her encouragement in whatever I am doing.


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I can honestly say that I am truly grateful for my forever friends, and for those who are just here for a season.


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Coconut Icebox Cake

Our friends Adam and Julie normally make this cake at Thanksgiving, and we have had the privilege of receiving a good portion of it (and even get sent home with some leftovers).

It is moist, creamy and decadent.  Best part of this cake was that we didn’t have to make it.  Adam made it.

We had been invited over to the in-laws for Christmas dinner, and was asked to bring dessert.  I got it in my head that I could make this cake.  Adam texted me the recipe, and this is my version.


1 box yellow or white cake mix
2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 (9 ounce) Cool Whip
1 package frozen, sweetened coconut


Bake cake according to package directions in a 9 x 13 inch pan.While the cake is still warm, prick holes in cake.Boil sugar and milk together for 1 minute.  Pour in holes in cake. Chill (for at least 24 hours).When ready to serve, spread Cool Whip on top, and sprinkle on the coconut flakes.  I made the mistake of putting on the Cool Whip while it was still warm as this wasn’t in the original directions and it melted into the cake.It was still wonderful, and everyone enjoyed it.


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Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!  Frohe Weihnachten!

Much love, and many blessings today and always.

Jerry Ann

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Bestie Time

This past weekend I got to spend with my girlfriends Beth and Julie.  This was our fourth year getting together over the first weekend of December.

Last year, December 2016.

December 2015.

Lot of changes, love these women and the unconditional love they give.  Love our time together as well.


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December 1

Ah –hurricane season is officially over.  I feel grateful that we were not impacted with major damage this year.  Losing the Live Oak was the most damage, and very thankful we didn’t have further damage than just losing the tree.img_2104Today is also National Christmas Lights Day! Yay!  I love mine, and they are already up thanks to David and Stephen.  I don’t have a picture from this year, so this is last years picture.  Basically the same but will post this years later next week.And the weekend brings time with girlfriends in Tallahassee, again the picture is from last year, but excited to have the time with them again.Happy December 1st.  Feeling truly grateful for family, and friends.

Blessings today and always.

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Social Media

Last night I shared this picture:

Everyone posted asking if I was okay. The tag line was tired. Just tired. I was ready for bed, and you can see it.

Went to sleep…and got up…not tired. Still have decorations to finish for Christmas, and boxes are everywhere but:

Volunteered this morning in the Raiders concession stand. It was fun. David and Carmen came along to help as well. Our friend Ryen came as well. So nice to spend time with her and to make new friends.

Had to wear a hat…now I have hat hair but a really good day. Still tired but a nap might be in my future.

I didn’t realize I needed to be so aware of my pictures on social media. Everyone genuinely cared that posted their concern with the first picture. I think we need more of those kind of pictures, and the ones with a bit of chaos around us. It is reality. I think I need to see more of them. At least I don’t feel like I am failing at life with everyone doing all of these great things, continuous smiles and happy families. Life happens, and we all go through days of being tired.

So…happy Saturday.


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“Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.” – Linus

“What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” – Charlie Brown

gallery-1447355901-wdy-quotes-10There are so many things I am thankful for this year.  We are healthy, have a home, have food to eat (more than enough).  We have family here at the moment.  We have friends that we enjoy and care about like family.  We have jobs.  Really no complaints.  I miss my Mom, but I always do at this time of year especially.

I am thankful for you.  Thank you for reading, liking, and commenting on my blog.  I appreciate you.  Thank you.

Continued blessings – especially today!

Jerry Ann