More Doing and Thinking

Speak No Evil ~ Lifeofjoy.meI have found that my life goes a LOT better when I focus on what I should be doing and not on what Mike (or anyone else, for that matter) should be doing. When I do the things I know to do and focus on God, I’m not nearly as disappointed as when I am wishing others would do things.

For example, when I am reading my Bible, praying (both in tongues and English), doing my household chores, and doing whatever God leads me to do, I am more focused on me obeying God than what Mike (or anyone else) is doing. Things just go more smoothly.

But then there are those days of attack. Seriously! There are days that I just take everything wrong and then what do I do? I respond too quickly and in that ugly tone of voice. I don’t even realize I’m doing it. But then out comes “Mr. Nasty” (a reference from the movie You’ve Got Mail) and we end up bickering with each other over either a misunderstanding or sometimes even nothing at all.

I read an interesting article recently that asked a couple simple questions. Are you generally a nice person? and Are you kind to others? Then turned it around and asked the same questions about how others see your husband. She went on to explain that many times you find that you just act differently with your spouse, in a negative way, than you do with others, which probably stems from some hurt in the past from some misperception.

She went on to explain that the solution is a simple one. Sit down and talk with your spouse. Start doing some fun things together. And be kind. πŸ™‚

So the answer to those days of attack, is to think before I speak! Yep. I must engage my brain before I utter whatever sarcastic remark is about to leave my lips. πŸ˜‰ I need to check my attitude and be sure that I am responding kindly, regardless of any attitudes coming my way. I cannot do anything about his attitudes (trust me, I’ve tried, to no avail). I can only deal with mine. Oh, and if I do try to deal with his attitude, it usually backfires because it is not my place to correct him. He’s not my child. He’s my husband, my LOVE! Trying to correct him makes him feel disrespected, especially if it is in front of anyone, even anyone living in the same house. πŸ˜‰ And as I pointed out last week, wives are to respect their husbands. Unfortunately this is harder to put into practice than to write about. I’m a work in progress. πŸ™‚

Until next week, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Extroverting and B90 Update

Extroverting and B90 Update ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s been a very extroverted week, again this week. It was only three days . . . well, four if you count Sunday, and I do, so it is completely understandable why I am soooo ready to just stay home for a few days. πŸ˜‰

One day we had to go into town for an appointment. Since we were in town anyway and I needed a new pair of black church shoes, we shopped for them. I had the foresight to pray and ask God to help me find them at the first store we went to. We started at Payless and although they were having a bogo sale, I was unable to take advantage of it. However, I was thrilled to find a pair of heals that I liked and were on sale. Of course, they weren’t as on sale as I would have preferred but at least I didn’t pay full price for them either. πŸ™‚

One other day, we managed to get home by about two o’clock but since it was hot as blazes outside, Mike did not feel up to going back out (in the heat). Thus we stayed home from mid-week services at church, even though we made all the appropriate preparations to be able to go. Oh well, there’s always next week. πŸ˜‰

Then the third day of appointments, Tiffany and I left earlier than necessary, so that we could shop for a few new notebooks that she needed for some new stories she’s working on. We managed to go to a wonderful plaza that has some wonderful stores in it. We went to Ross, Marshall’s, Michael’s, Books-A-Million, and Dollar Tree, all in a span of an hour and twenty minutes. I was quite impressed with our progress, as we have been known to spend that much time in just one of those stores.

It is after days like these that I am very thankful for the days that I get to stay home and not go anywhere.

Finally Friday ~ Lifeofjoy.meΒ It is hard to believe that the Read the Bible in 90 Days – Chronologically is two-thirds complete already. We are about to begin reading the New Testament, which is soooo much easier to read than the Old Testament. Oh, the stories of the Old Testament are great and the Psalms are okay but there are sooooo many names, numbers, and descriptions given in the Old Testament, it is just plum hard reading. Seriously!

I do have to admit though that it has been great to read The Bible chronologically. I’ve never done this before and it does help to keep things in perspective a bit better. I just finished Ezekiel last night and I have to tell you, that is one difficult book to read! I think I’d almost rather read Leviticus or Numbers. I think what makes it so difficult is that God is fed up with the Israelites and it is a lot about His wrath against them, which is not nearly as fun to read as His grace, love, and mercy.

Well, I’ve rambled enough. I hope you have a relaxing weekend!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


A Very Important Ministry

~ Lifeofjoy.meYears and years ago, we were in a church service where people were being prayed for and sometimes the minister would have a “word” for them. I remember one word to a young single mother, that really stuck with me. He said that her ministry right then was “to raise godly seed.”

I knew that word was for me, as much as it was for her. You see, I’d been having a difficult time with wanting to be doing more in the church but because I had three small children, ages six, four, and baby, my hands were full and I had no time to help do anything. I even missed the weekday service because although I homeschooled and didn’t have to have them up at any certain time in the morning, the youngest needed to go to sleep. She has always been my early to bed child. This wouldn’t have been a problem under normal circumstances, I would have just let her sleep during service but she snored. It wasn’t a cute little quiet snore either. If I took her to the nursery, she’d wake up and want to play but would be cranky for the next couple of days, which I learned the hard way. I finally gave in and did what was best for her and stayed home on Wednesday nights.

So that day so long ago, God was telling me that I was doing an important job and that it was just as important, if not more important, than other things I could do. This was hard to accept because I had been in churches that pushed volunteering, and so this was ingrained in me. Thus turning my mind over to God’s way of thinking, took some time but was also very encouraging to me. It helped me with those tough days of character training (a.k.a. days where it didn’t seem that I got anything done except disciplining children). It is important to realize though that character is WHO your child will BE when your job is done.

Fast forward to today and I have indeed, raised godly seed. All three of our children are serving the Lord with all their hearts! πŸ™‚ What more could a mother ask for?

I read a great post on another website concerning this matter. If you need more encouragement in this area, I recommend that you go over and check it out. The article is titled, This the Lie that will Rob You of Your Motherhood–And You Probably Already Believe it.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Relaxed Tangling

iamthedivacztThis week’s Diva Challenge, which you can view by clicking on the image to the left, is to just relax and tangle. We are to tangle as if we weren’t showing it to anyone.

Hmmm, for me to relax and just tangle, I need to have a string already made. Trying to figure out what string I want to use is not a relaxing choice, especially if I just wing it, as it usually turns out very similarly every time then. πŸ˜‰ So I just picked a random number–171–and went to Once there I searched for string 171 and found a very unique string that I would never have come up with on my own but suited the challenge well.

In order to relax and tangle, I need to use tangles that I know how to draw, so that limits me greatly. Crescent moon is one I know well, as is shattuck, paradox, and knightsbridge. All pretty basic tangles and ones I have done for years, in some form or other.

I started with the crescent moon part of the string and it appears that I really wanted to draw shattuck because I did not stay true to crescent moon. πŸ™‚ Hey, I was supposed relax and tangle and that’s how I flow. Once I realized my mistake, I tried to “fix” it but just decided it was no big deal. I went with a shattuck-ish tangle on the next part of the string.

Then for the third side, I went with paradox. The problem here is that I have done Hibred several times recently and that one was more at the forefront of my mind, as I began to tangle and thus there is a non-slanted line. Once again, I tried to “fix” it but just decided to go on and make the rest of the lines slanted. No big deal, I’m relaxed and just tangling. πŸ™‚

For the final side/section of the string, I went with knightsbridge because it is extremely easy and a comfortable tangle for me. Here’s what I had so far.

Relaxed Tangling ~ Lifeofjoy.meI decided to shade as if nobody were going to see this either. For me, that means not worrying about where the “light” is coming from.

I also decided to play with the basic string shape, as to which part of it was in the forefront and which behind. Then I decided to shade one as if it was just one piece and nothing in front or behind the other.

Finally, I decided to smudge the border a bit to kind of connect it all together.

Relaxed Tangling ~ Lifeofjoy.meI toyed with putting Nipa or MacDee in all that white space. In the end I was afraid of ruining it and it being too busy, so I left it as is. BUT it does give me an idea to use this same string and leave all the parts that I tangled today blank and tangle in the current white space. I think it’d look pretty cool. Don’t have time to do it now but maybe some other time.

Once again I want to thank all commenters! You are most encouraging!!!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Snickerdoodle Cookies-Keto version

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo on the Ketogenics diet you have very low carbs, high protein, and high fat. This means no sugar. Well, that doesn’t go over very well for this family, so we searched out some sweets. I already shared the avocado pudding/mousse. It is good but I wanted something with a little toothiness to it.

Because these are made with almond flour and no wheat; thus they are gluten free. Don’t be confused though, they are not low calorie. πŸ˜‰

Preheat the oven to 350ΒΊ. Combine the almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized bowl.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meIn a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, sugar free maple syrup, vanilla, and liquid stevia.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meCombine the two until a dough is formed.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meCombine the erythritol and cinnamon in another small bowl.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meRoll the dough into balls and then into the cinnamon “sugar” mixture. Then put them on a silpat.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meSnickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meSnickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meSpray the bottom of a glass or measuring cup with cooking spray.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meSquash the dough balls a bit.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meTiffany said she squished them just a tiny bit too much this time, so squash them a bit less than pictured here. πŸ˜‰ They still turned out really good.

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~ Lifefofjoy.meBake for 9-10 minutes, remove and let cool. Enjoy!

Snickerdoodle Cookies-the Keto version ~

Snickerdoodle Cookies-Keto version


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 7 drops liquid stevia
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons erythritol


  1. Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ
  2. Combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt in medium size bowl
  3. Combine coconut oil, sugar free maple syrup, vanilla, and liquid stevia in another bowl.
  4. Mix the two together until a dough is formed
  5. Combine cinnamon and erithitol in another bowl
  6. Roll dough into balls and then into the cinnamon "sugar" mixture and place them on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat
  7. Spray the bottom of a glass or measuring cup with oil and squash the ball a bit.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes, remove, cool, and eat!

We got this recipe from, which a wonderful resource for keto (and gluten free) recipes. He has a recipe for the sugar free maple syrup over there, if you don’t have one available to you or just want to make it yourself.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Avoiding Contention by Distraction

~ Lifeofjoy.meShortly after Mike and I got married I realized that I was going to have to find some activities to do in the evening, if we were going to make it. You see, Mike is a television channel surfer, whereas I find something and leave it. Mike dislikes commercials; thus every time a commercial would come on, he’d flick the channel.

The reason this was a problem for me is because just about the time I got interested in whatever he had flicked to, there would be a commercial on that channel and he’d flick channels again. After about half an hour, give or take, we’d end up back on the first show, having missed a lot. This would greatly frustrate me!

I decided to do other things while we watched television: crochet, read a book, do word puzzles, or play a game. This helped me immensely! I didn’t have to like what he put on the television, any longer. I could immerse myself in something else whilst still being in the same room with him and enjoying being close to him. πŸ™‚

Of course, when I look back over my life before Mike, I guess I did this, to some degree, already. I could multi-task watching television with the family and reading a book. Really, I did; not as much as I later learned to rely on it though. My mom would play solitaire while watching television. I remember that is how I learned to play solitaire. πŸ™‚ Since my dad worked late, she didn’t have to battle channel flicking though; I guess she just liked to be doing something with her hands while sitting still . . . but I digress.

By having another activity going, I wasn’t as annoyed when Mike would change the channel and I’d miss part of the show I had gotten interested in. It is something that has helped sustain me through the last twenty-nine years.

Now days, Mike multi-tasks in the evenings as much as I do. Actually, Sean and Tiffany do as well. The important thing is we have found a way to enjoy each other’s company, share experiences, and not be bored, frustrated, or otherwise want to leave the room. πŸ˜‰ I think it is healthy to keep busy while resting in the evening, as long as it is something pleasurable and not work. When it is work, it detracts from the rest and enjoyment of being with those you love.

So, I guess what it boils down to is this, if your spouse does something that annoys you, try to find something YOU can do, that will lessen the frustration and keep you from having an area of contention over something little.



Lunch, Bates, and Ketosis

Look who joined me for lunch this week. πŸ™‚

~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany had a lunch date and I had some time to kill. So I picked up Lauren and Liam and we enjoyed lunch at Cracker Barrel. (I took a picture of Lauren too but it wasn’t very flattering, so I opted not to post it. πŸ˜‰ )

~ Lifeofjoy.meI love the Cracker Barrel lunch special salad. The grilled chicken in it is delicious. It generally comes with either baked potato or soup. Since I couldn’t have either of the soups because of high carb items in each and I couldn’t have the potato either, they gladly let me substitute in broccoli and I added some cheese. The broccoli was perfectly cooked and delicious.

I enjoyed visiting with Lauren and loved having some cuddle time with my grandson. πŸ™‚ It ended up being a long but good day.

newaup3Have you ever heard of the Bates Method? It is a method for improving eyesight. Sean did the initial research and Tiffany has just recently been looking into it too. This is really helpful for me because Tiffany is a huge help to me. πŸ™‚ Here is a link where we are getting a lot of information.

Today Tiffany and I made it a color day. This is a good game to have children play as well, for completely different reasons. πŸ˜€ I chose yellow. It was a quick decision picked from the picture on the Colour Days page. Yellow isn’t a very popular color in my home, so there wasn’t a lot that I found but at least I was aware and played along.

Tiffany made some delicious Keto Snickerdoodle Cookies this week. They were so good she made a second batch yesterday.

I guess I should clarify this. They are delicious for cookies made without sugar and wheat flour. πŸ˜‰

I am happy because I just found out that I’m in ketosis, which is the state where your body burns fat instead of glucose. I definitely have a lot of that, so I shouldn’t run out of energy any time soon. πŸ˜‰

OH! If you didn’t notice, I have changed a few things on the website. I don’t have the recipe index up and running, yet, but I should soon. At any rate, if you don’t see the changes, you might need to refresh, delete your cache, or restart your device.

Well, I’m going to run for now. I’m off to crochet a pair of arm warmers for Tiffany. πŸ™‚

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº




Timelines ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen my kids were young, I made a timeline that went down the left side of our hallway, about a foot from the top of the wall, down into and around my sons’ bedroom. It then came back out their door and down the right side of the hallway. I wish I could find a picture of it. We had it up for many, many years. Unfortunately we did not utilize it as much as I wish we had.

I liked this method because it was easy to see how time had passed since creation. πŸ™‚ It got a bit tricky with some parts of the bible but it was good. It wasn’t about perfection for us, just a good visual.

Another method is to do it all on one wall or on a roll-up blind, to conserve even more space. I like the idea of the blind but it might get a bit difficult to roll back up with a lot of figures and events on it. And the figures would be curled too. Hmm, maybe that’s not such a good idea after all. πŸ˜‰

Another method is to keep a timeline in a book. Over on Simply Charlotte Mason, they have a free downloadable timeline they call “A Book of Centuries.” In the description they give instructions on how it can be set up. Here is another free download, based on Charlotte Mason’s methods. (Once you arrive at the webpage, the link to the pdf is in the second sentence.) In her pdf, she gives a couple of examples of how to use the pages/make your book. I think my favorite book type timeline is one that is folded like an accordion , so that it can be expanded to see where the individual item falls in the span of history.

All too late, I purchased timeline figures on cd from Amy Pak, Homeschooling in the Woods. I wish I had purchased it earlier; it sure would have made it easier on me. πŸ˜‰ I used some inexpensive children’s picture Bibles for some of the biblical characters and events. I told my kids we were guessing at dates, when that was the case, because I didn’t ever want them to be confused about what is truth. (The Bible is truth and we can sometimes make mistakes about our interpretation.) She has a webpage with lots of timeline information that is definitely worth taking the time to read. She even gives a list of the dates/dating method that takes into effect the number of things you may want to include on your timeline and not use an extraordinary number of pages.

It’s important to do some research into the different kinds of timelines before you make either the financial investment or the time investment. So, I’m including a few links with either information on how to make a timeline and the various types of timelines or timeline figures or even some of both.

  • This first one I’m sharing was no longer an active page but I found it on the internet archive. You may have to copy and paste any link addresses on this page, directly into your browser, as it will probably be altered because this page is no longer active itself. It is a very good comprehensive resource for all things timeline. πŸ™‚
  • This one has a lot of links and information about timelines.
  • This is a good article that I pulled from the archives that has an overview of how to make a timeline.
  • This one has a list of timeline resources, which is excellent!
  • Here is another good compilation of links and resources.
  • This one isn’t too big and is easy on the eyes. πŸ™‚
  • This one is from The Homeschool Mom and has some good links. (The one that is a dead link is one I included above from the archives.)
  • This one has some timeline figures you can download.

Wow! That’s a lot of info but timelines are something that you will want to use for years and you don’t want to have to start over. πŸ˜‰

Well, I hope I haven’t given you too much information, so that you are overwhelmed. I hope you can find a method that will work for you and your family.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº



Tripoli Monotangle

iamthedivacztThis week’s Diva Challenge is a monotangle using Tripoli. This means that I cannot combine it with any other challenges/focuses this week. πŸ˜‰

Tripoli is not a tangle that I have used very much, mostly because it hasn’t turned out all that great for me. Some how I manage to get my triangles all discombobulated. Today I just embraced the wonkiness.

At first I was going to do a string with two mirroring “C’s” but decided that severely cut into the available drawing space and word force me to do all small triangles, like I ended up with in one section anyway. Since I’m trying to befriend Tripoli, I decided that I needed at least one large area, so I could make the triangles large.

I started with the bottom section and made my triangles of Tripoli small. They got wonky as I expected but I finished out the space.

In the upper section I started in the middle and with medium to medium-large sized triangles. I watched two Tripoli tutorials on youtube which helped a lot. One helped and the other, which I really liked. It actually makes me want to play around with Tripoli and try my hand at some of these but only in my drawing notebook. πŸ˜‰ At any rate, I decided to fill the larger Tripoli with some different corner fills.

I remembered to scan the pre-shaded tile again today. I really like doing this because it makes me feel better about the finished product, many times. πŸ˜‰

Monotangle Tripoli ~ Lifeofjoy.meI had some natural shading on the smaller Tripoli in one strip because the individual triangles were smaller and closer together than in other parts of the section. At first I shaded the hill (lower section) on the left side and left some of the right side unshaded. But then I started working on the larger Tripoli and found that I needed to change the light direction to the left corner instead of the right, so I did what we are not supposed to do and I erased the shading on the bottom section. πŸ™‚ Yes I did! Then I re-shaded it, leaving it lighter on the left side than the right side.

Monotangle Tripoli ~ Lifeofjoy.meI decided to do a little shading between groupings of Tripoli to add some more definition. I think it turned out okay.

Thanks again to those kind people that take the time to comment. It is much appreciated and a great encouragement to me!!!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº





Breakfast/Brunch Pizza

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is a good, filling breakfast or lunch; well actually, it could be eaten for any meal of the day. πŸ™‚ The toppings are completely up to you. On this one, I put pepperoni on all of it and canned mushrooms on half of it. It is a very simple recipe. I recommend that you get your toppings ready before you start to cook the “crust” so that you don’t overcook it.

Let’s get started.

Beat two eggs until frothy. I like to use my immersion blender and it is done extremely quickly. πŸ™‚

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd 1 tablespoon almond flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste).

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd one tablespoon nutritional yeast or grated Parmesan cheese. I used the nutritional yeast. We cannot tell it is even in there.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd blend away.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meHeat a medium size skillet, one that can go under the broiler. I use my cast iron skillet. I actually used my fajita pan today. Heat with your choice of oil, butter, or spray oil (like Pam).

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd egg mixture. Cook until nearly dry on top and flip.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAt this point, I turn off the heat and add the toppings. Today I just used a plain canned tomato sauce.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd about 1/3 cup of shredded cheese of your choosing. I used mild cheddar.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meI shredded it very fine, so there seems to be a bit more than 1/3 cup.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meI add the toppings on top of the cheese so that they get heated under the broiler before the cheese gets too done. Today I used pepperoni and some canned mushrooms. Use whatever you like. You could use sausage and bacon or ham. Really, whatever you like. Although if you are considering veggies, I recommend sauteing them first, unless you want them nearly raw. πŸ˜‰

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.mePut it under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meIf you eat the whole thing, it will keep you full for hours. If you share it with someone, you’ll be ready when lunch time rolls around. πŸ˜‰

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast/Brunch Pizza ~

Breakfast/Brunch Pizza


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, or grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • spray oil, butter, or other oil of your choosing
  • 2-4 Tablespoons tomato sauce, green taco sauce, pesto, garlic sauce, or alfredo
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese
  • toppings (I used pepperoni and canned mushroom)


  1. Beat eggs until frothy.
  2. Add almond flour and nutritional yeast or Parmesan cheese and salt.
  3. Blend again
  4. Add oil to oven safe skillet over medium high heat.
  5. Pour in egg mixture.
  6. When the top is nearly dry, flip and turn off heat.
  7. Add sauce, cheese, and toppings.
  8. Place under broiler until cheese is melted and toppings are heated through.
  9. Cut and eat. πŸ™‚

Oh, I almost forgot! I give credit where credit is due. I got this from and adapted it to suit our tastes.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº