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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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Bad Storms

“A bad storm can blow in a beautiful season.  The Bible proves over and over that how something begins does not get to dictate how it ends.” – Beth Moore

Hurricane Nate brought down our tree, our oven went out (igniter) and my computer crash with my final essay on it for my English class.  My Mom used to say that everything comes in threes.  Well, we had our threes.  David was wonderful in being able to repair the oven (replaced the igniter), and my computer (he does this for a living).  Purchasing a chainsaw and allowing friends to help is difficult.  Relying on help is not something either one of us like to do.

I was told once that you take away someone’s blessing when you don’t allow them to help.  This is so true.  I love helping—if able.  Why wouldn’t we want help?  Well, we are independent, secure, we can do it ourselves – right?  I love being able to say, “let them help.”  It blesses both the giver and the receiver, right?  It does!!

Storms never bring good things…but what comes out of it, can be good.  We only suffered a tree falling over.  That is it.  Well, and some tiles off of the roof.  But really nothing major.  We now have a chainsaw, and will be able to assist if others need assistance.  Love that.

I absolutely freaked out about my final essay, and my computer crashing.  I cried when David was able to retrieve the Word document.  Cried.  I used to say bubble over.   You know, when you just can’t hold it in anymore, you bubble over.  Tears flow.  Cried.

My anxiety is such that I manage fine while something is gong on…but the moment it is completed, or over, tears flow.  Relief.  My body knows that it can let go.

I am so very grateful for family and friends that were able to help David take care of the tree.  I am grateful for my hubby being able to recover my document for my English class, and to Google to repair our oven.  I am grateful.




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Hurricane Nate Part 2

We ended up purchasing a chainsaw.  Thankful for sweet friends and family to come and help.  So very thankful that this was the only damage.

Apparently, it only took about two hours with the many hands of help.  So thankful for these hands.

Feeling overwhelming grateful.



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Hurricane Nate

Woke up this morning to our front oak being uprooted.  So very thankful that it didn’t come toward the house or on the cars.  Julie (bestie, and neighbor across the street) took this picture from her house. We will have to wait until the storm is done before we can do anything about it.  Thankful as well that the trees in the back yard are still standing, and have a good root system.  Also thankful that David and Stephen have tomorrow off to work on this project, although both had other plans.  I am sure that the squirrels that had a nest in this tree had other plans as well.  Will post more pictures of the progress in the next days ahead.



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Junk Food and Irma

I don’t know why but you must purchase a ton of junk food for hurricane prep.  You are not allowed (ha) to purchase anything healthy, because you will be without electricity and must eat Cheetos, or Chex mix.

Most of my friends who live in the Panhandle of Florida were anticipating a worse outcome with Hurricane Irma.  I know that I seem to be making light of a subject that has most people in South Florida without their homes, or still without power, but I am not.  I am certain that if a Cat 4 was headed our way, we would have done things a bit differently.

But…we didn’t.  We went to the store, and have plenty of food for days (and water).  But I didn’t have Cheetos.  Or snack size chocolate.  Or wine.  Hello!  Some of the stores closed in anticipation of a much worse storm in the afternoon yesterday (Sunday).  I had David run to pick up more of the essentials…Cheetos, and chocolate before they closed.

We are fine, and have family and friends in South Florida that we will be helping if needed.  But for some reason most of my friends have been eating junk food for days in preparation for Irma.  We had to restock.

Praying for those in the path of Irma.  Praying for those in the West with the fires.  Praying for Jose to go away.  I really don’t need to eat anymore Cheetos.


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London Broil

We got a London Broil for buy one/get one at Winn Dixie the other day.  We decided to have it on Friday evening.
I was off due to Hurricane Irma, and thought it would be a good idea to marinate the London Broil.  So I found this recipe at the Food Network, and modified to the ingredients I had on hand.
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • top-round London broil
Chop the garlic add salt.  Blend together with all other ingredients and place in a large Ziploc.
Marinate steak, chilled, turning occasionally, at least 4 hours and up to 24.
Bring steak to room temperature before grilling.  Remove steak from marinade, letting excess drip off, and grill on an oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals, 7 to 9 minutes on each side for medium-rare.   Let rest on a cutting board or in a dish for at least 10 minutes.
When cutting, hold a knife at a 45-degree angle, cut steak across grain into thin slices.
 David’s plate.
While I can’t eat as much as I would like of the steak, having a couple of thin slices is perfect for me and my sleeve.  I don’t eat red meat often, so this is a true treat.
So far we are still out of harms way with the Hurricane.  Praying for those in its path.
Beth Moore · Bible verse · Hurricane · prepare · Uncategorized



I live in Northwest Florida.  The panhandle of Florida. On the Emerald Coast.  A lot of people call it South Alabama.  We are 7 hours away from Orlando, and 10 hours away from Miami (depending on traffic).

Hurricane Irma is scheduled to hit Miami tomorrow (Saturday), and Florida Governor Scott cancelled all schools k-12, colleges and universities.  All activities cancelled through Monday so that the northern schools could provide shelters for the southern evacuees.  Also, I think, in preparation for the hurricane coming North.  People need to prepare.  Prepare.

There is an urgency in preparing for a Hurricane.  Getting your papers in order (birth certificates, marriage licenses, etc.) into Ziploc’s and storage tubs that may or may not be waterproof.  Photographs that are irreplaceable stored (somewhere – there is a great debate out there on this).  Clothes, medicines, food and water – everything that you may need for 3 days.  Even where I live, people are getting their personal items in order.  Some are getting gas, and sand bags.

I wonder how many are making sure their hearts are in order.  That they understand where their lives may end up (in the worst situation).  That is why we are preparing, right?  That there is a chance that everything will be gone, including our life?  Are you prepared?  I know that deep down I am prepared.  I am ready for whatever storm God brings me to, but that doesn’t make me stand still and do nothing.

I am a worst-case scenario person.  I tend to think the worst, and anything above that is gravy.  Even with the storm looming four or five days away, I think, what if?  Is my family prepared for something I can’t control?  Are their hearts ready?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths…”

-Proverbs 3:5-6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Our direction is to go out and tell others.  To walk in our faith and let our light shine for all to see.  To guide those who need unfailing love.  It isn’t to be happy, or perfect, but to do His work –loving all.

“There comes a time to own your unhappiness and stop the blaming.  We get so fixated on whether or not we’re happy that we miss our life work.  You DO have a life work.  It was foreordained and timed by God.  It is the reason why you are here on this earth with your gifts and experience.” – Beth Moore

I often struggle with when it is the right time to share.  I want all to see that God’s love is everlasting, and that my faith is strong.  I struggle with my daily walk, and with giving everything to God.  I know that I struggle, but I come back to being prepared.  He knows my walk.  He guides my path.  He knows my storms.  I know that people will see what they want to see, but I pray they see my strength in Him regardless of my storm.

Preparing for a storm on Sunday, praying for all today.