Jenny Louise Marie Hey there!  How are you?  I’m good and SERIOUSLY looking forward to next week.  A week away from school and a week that includes a lot of Christmas decorating!  Honestly, it’s so close I can almost feel it.  However, today is Wednesday and that means it’s Hodgepodge day with From This Side of the Pond.  You know the drill.  It’s random questions that some blogger buddies all answer and share with each other and our readers.  So, maybe these will help you get to know me a little better.  Ready? 1. What takes you out of your comfort zone? Walking in toRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hi there.  If you are new around here, welcome!  I’m so glad you are stopping by today.  You might be visiting because today is Hodgepodge day.  If you’re new around here, Hodgepodge day is the day where I join with other bloggers to answer the questions from From This Side of the Pond.  It’s kind of fun and random, but a great way to get to know each other.  So, without further ado, let’s get right to this week’s questions. 1.  In a rut, in a jam, in the groove, out of synch, off balance, out of touch…which saying best fits someRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Good morning friends!  Did my title get your attention?  Well, I’ve been trying to come up with a post for today, but have had on luck.  The simple truth is that my heart’s not in this right now.  Those of you who know me already know that son #2 is leaving today for U.S. Navy basic training.  Yes, it will surely be grueling.  Yes, I know he will be fine.  He will do great.  His future is very bright with some amazing opportunities.  For all of that I am very grateful.  HOWEVER, I am still a mom, and he is my wholeRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hi friends!  It’s Wednesday and I cannot believe I am actually getting a post done mid-week.  This is usually the hardest one to get done because I am struggling to fit it all in.  Plus, life is crazy right now.  Son #2 just got word that his ship date has been moved up.  He leaves this week.  So, that means I am trying to squeeze in every spare moment I have with him before he heads to boot camp for nine weeks.  Anyway, I thought today I’d just share what’s up in my world.  You know, new discoveries, favorites, and maybe aRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Cultivate…that’s the title of a book I am working my way through.  The full title is actually, Cultivate ~ A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life.  It’s by Lara Casey.  I find myself pondering on the big ideas and doing a lot of reflecting.  So, it’s not a fast read.  It’s more  of a work book to help you create a flourishing life and let go of perfection.  I don’t know about you, but I could use a few lessons on this very thing. Don’t get me wrong.  I have a good life.   A wonderful, loving family.  We enjoy good health. Read More →

I'm taking the challenge of writing a list of the 99 things I love.

Jenny Louise Marie Hello friends!  I was reading a blog recently, Sizzling Toward Sixty  and stumbled upon this post.  In it Sue talks about taking a challenge to write a list of 99 things she loves.  Although intimidated at first, she did it.  I loved the idea of taking some time to think of all the things that I love and am grateful for.  Isn’t it funny how when you really stop and think you realize how much you already have in life?  I know I take a lot for granted.  I’m happy to have put in writing some things that I love. 99 Things IRead More →

Jenny Louise Marie Hello!  I am so glad you’ve dropped by today.  I’m linking up with From This Side of the Pond for this week’s Hodgepodge questions.  I love this weekly random Q and A because I never know what to expect.  It’s also fun to read what other people write as answers.  Read on and make sure to leave me a comment below.  I love hearing from you! 1. May 17th is National Pack Rat Day. Sidebar-should we be celebrating this? Hmmm… Are you a pack rat? Even if you’re not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another theyRead More →