Warriors Look Good in Pearls

I’ve been working on my pearls. some days it is hard to admit that trials are blessings. However, time and experiences has been teaching me that trials make us better… beautiful pearls.

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Okay… not the most attractive picture.  It helps me make a point.

The sea oyster, injured and irritated, places layers of its tear-like fluid called nacre over the damaging “grit” on its tongue.

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Slowly, over time (maybe even 5-6 years) this irritation, this hardship transforms into a breathtaking pearl!



The thing is… we all face adversity and set backs.  We all experience that little grain – a stressful work week, illness, set backs in expectations.  It’s hard to be your best when you feel life is at its worst.  It is hard to remember that learning from adversity and transforming it into something beautiful and worthwhile take time.

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Adulting 101 – Time

Still working on educating the adults of the future. Timeliness is essential to success. Whose with me?

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As mentioned last Tuesday in my Thought Tuesday Blog Adulting 101, I believe I have contributed to the growing problem of teens entering adulthood lacking basic skills.  Despite and education system that focuses dollars and hours on testing skills, I can’t find any evidence of testing life skills of students before graduation.  Basic skills such as basic household tasks, etiquette, community resources, getting a job, and finances are lacking.  I also believe that the missing knowledge is an oversight on my part… on our part.  We missed teaching these skills in an effort to cram reading, writing, math, science, extra curricular activities, etc. into their overloaded brains.

Thus… today I begin to change that.  Look out teen who lives in my house.  Here it comes! (all you other teens can listen up too!).

Lesson 1-

“10 minutes early is on time.  On time is late,  Late is unacceptable.”



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Menu Monday – Still Waiting for Variety

So many people asking for recipes! I post my recipes on my Menu Monday posts. I will Reblog them on Sundays for those who may have missed them.

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My life is still so fast paced that I haven’t been adventurous with food.  I haven’t even taken pictures of what I am eating.

I will do better this coming week.

Again, I ate veggies or a smoothie for breakfast.

Again, I had a salad or soup for lunch.

I made Asparagus and Sunny Side up Eggs over Grits


I made Hannah’s Roasted Tomato and Bell Pepper Soup


I made Wendy’s Cabbage Soup


I made Japanese Ramen Soup


My husband took me out for dinner on Saturday for my birthday.  We went to Mexican food and I got a Vegetarian Enchilada.  I remember to ask for no sour cream, but I forgot to ask for no cheese.  oops.  I have also been drinking Country Time homemade.  Not good.  I gained 5 pounds.  Water it is.

For my actual birthday we made Greek Hummus Pizza

Greek hummus pizza

Instead of cake my husband made 

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#bethelight – Day 26

Yesterday we started the home decorating.  The mood is so happy around the house.  We still have more to go.  I'm sure we will get to it later in the week. Today is the Sabbath.  Today, as I reflect on the past 26 days, I am realizing more and more just how profoundly I have… Continue reading #bethelight – Day 26

Satisfaction Saturday

Water is My Favorite Beverage

Not to long ago I had a love affair with diet Pepsi. Now?  My favorite drink is water.  That's right water... agua... simple H2O. There is nothing better than a glass of cool water... well, maybe a cool glass of filtered water.  Today my husband is installing a water filter he gave me for my… Continue reading Water is My Favorite Beverage


@bethelight – Day 25

Yesterday i braved Black Friday shopping and took Hannah to get shoes for her mission.  I was a great opportunity to practice patients.  I discovered something new... something amazing! When you approach a situation already thinking you are going to be patient you find there isn't much to "be patient" about! I looked for reasons… Continue reading @bethelight – Day 25

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28 Years and Counting

So... Today is my anniversary... married 28 years. I've spent some time looking through old pictures.  Ah... memories!  We have had some eventful years!  So many lessons learned!  Some lessons tested our marriage.  All lessons add strength, personally and as a unit.  Some lessons brought great happiness and a few sadness in those 28 years. … Continue reading 28 Years and Counting

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A Week of Thankful Boyacks

This is always a big week around our house.  First, there is my birthday... one year older, but not to sure about wiser.  My birthday was like any other day.  Later in the week I spoiled myself and got a hair cut.  Too bad I can never get my hair to look as nice as… Continue reading A Week of Thankful Boyacks

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Changing Thanksgiving Traditions

It is Thanksgiving Day at my house.  In between the making of all the "fixin's" and the arrival of the guests, I decided to do a little research as to how this day came about and what might have really been served for dinner. The "traditional" meal includes roasted turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed… Continue reading Changing Thanksgiving Traditions


Sugar Free Cranberry Tart/ Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients 1 bag of cranberries 3/4 c pineapple juice 1 c sugar free applesauce juice and zest from 1 orange 1/2 c dried fruit 1 puff pastry Directions Mix cranberries, pineapple juice, applesauce and 2 Tsp of water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.       Once boiling, turn down the heat… Continue reading Sugar Free Cranberry Tart/ Cranberry Sauce