Category Archives: Finally Friday

Because Friday is finally here and I need one day to talk about whatever comes to mind.

Liam’s Vacation Part 2

I enjoyed having Liam here. Of course, I’m no spring chicken any more, so I rested up at the beginning of the week but I do miss his sweetness. :)

Liam Vacay Pt 2 ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam Vacay Pt 2 ~ lifeofjoy.meLove him soooo much!

I told about his temper the other day. Here’s a picture where he was just overwhelmed. :D

Liam Upset ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, that is Shiloh’s bed. He was so upset he laid there crying. He soon stopped and was back to his sweet self shortly thereafter. Shiloh was even interested in his display; of course, it is her bed, so she has a vested interest in him getting out of it.

Shiloh Jealous ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, Shiloh was a bit jealous of Liam and craved more attention than usual. I think she was glad when he left.

Liam enjoyed toddling back and forth down the hallway. It made it difficult for Aunt Tiffany to get work done. ;)

Liam visits Tiff ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe didn’t mind though.

Kid Loves Music ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love that look on his face, which is why I included this blurry picture. ;)

Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m really going to miss him, as they are moving two hours away this weekend. Of course, Brian promises they’ll come visit once a month. At least it isn’t in another state.

In other news, we’re gearing up for conference at church. Tiffany and I went over one day this week; she cleaned the kitchen while I had a meeting about kitchen processes and needs.

We’ll have a shopping day next week to buy conference items, although we’ll probably just add it to our regular grocery day as it isn’t really that much extra that I need to get.

I have had to make household preparations also. Since we will be at the conference all week, we’ll need to figure out the menu for several weeks. That is always challenging. I try to get as much as possible before the conference so that all I have to do is get perishables at the end of the conference.

Thankfully the weather is turning cooler and we will get to start having soup again, enjoyably. So we have soup on the menu, at least once or twice but will do so even more in the upcoming weeks.

Conference meetings are usually over before dinner time, so I’ve got simple meals planned. Some are so very simple, I would have never thought of them had it not been for Trim Healthy Mama and their Stubborn Losers Menu.

I’ve also got to do my nails. I haven’t done them in a long time and they are in definite need of attention. Then there is the laundry and figuring out what I’ll be wearing throughout the week.

Well, I’ve got lots to do, so I’m going to go. I hope you have a great week. I’m going to rest up as much as possible and pre-make some snacks and such, to stave off bad eating during conference week. I’ve finally got the scales moving in the right direction again and hope not to mess that up.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Holiday Decor and Liam’s Vacation with Us

I’m going to have to learn how to put videos up on this site soon. I’ve had a couple of cute ones I would have liked to have shared if I knew how. I had captured those ducklings I shared a few Thursdays ago on video. Then last week when Tiffany and I were running errands we went to Big Lots. They always have some of the cutest holiday stuffed Christmas decor that moves and plays music. They have one this year that looks and sounds a bit like a monster from Sesame Street. :D

Christmas Decor ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe spins around the floor ‘singing’ a Christmas song. Very fun! (I figured out how to capture a still from the video.)

That’s about the extent of my non-Liam news. Brian and Lauren were able to go on a cruise and we get to keep Liam while they are gone because a boat is no place for a toddling child. He’s hardly stable on solid ground, let alone a boat or worse yet, solid ground after being on a boat. :D

I have decided that what I have heard is true: it is more fun being a grandparent than a parent! :) Don’t get me wrong, I love having him here and would not have had it any other way. But he reminded me how hard it is to be consistent with discipline day in and day out. I think I like being grandma best. :)

Fun being a Grandparent ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think I’ve probably said it before but this boy loves food! He even loves watching food being made.Liam loves food~ Lifeofjoy.meA few days before Liam got here, I got a package from Trim Healthy Mama and decided to save the box for him to play with. Usually kids like boxes and he did enjoy it for a little bit.

Box fun~ Lifeofjoy.meBut soon he gave up on it and played with the blocks his mommy left for him. :)

Mega Blocks ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was fun to have Michael get some of the toys I’d saved from the kids out of storage and have him enjoy playing with them.

Toys ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was trying to figure out what real food I could feed this foodie. I boiled a couple of sweet potatoes for him to have with some meals. It’s really easy. I seasoned them with a bit of cinnamon. He seemed to enjoy them and has eaten both of them over the last several days.

Sweet Potato for lunch ~ Lifeofjoy.meAmong the fruits he’s eaten and enjoyed this week are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, orange, and a peach. Fruit is not his food struggle, neither is meat. His struggle is vegetables. He seemed to like the sauteed broccoli and cauliflower we had near the beginning of his stay. He also seemed to like the creamy cabbage and chicken we had one night.

One day I tried to feed him some canned vegetables and he did not like it at all. I realized that I wouldn’t like it either. So I decided to cream them up. He ate some after that. The other night I gave him the rest of them added to some quinoa and he liked that.

Yesterday I was looking for a veggie for him to eat and realized I had a piece of “Cake for Dinner” which has a lot of undetectable radishes in it. He liked it.

Cake for Lunch ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, I’ve rambled long enough. I’ll save some stuff for next week. Life is a bit more boring without him here. :D

So, Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Decluttering, Working on Stubborn Weight, and the Grandson

Wow, where has this week gone? We had a nice hermit style staycation last weekend. You can read about it on my post here. Tuesday I was extremely productive and got rid of a bunch of clutter in my craft room. Okay, I call it a craft room but really it is a catch-all room. If someone doesn’t know where to put something they stuff it in there. It gets cluttered very easily! Even after I’ve cleaned part of it.

Decluttering ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat is two garbage bags of container that I finally decided I could let go of.  Of course, you and I both know that I’m going to need some of those bins, containers, and jars now that I’ve gotten rid of them.

Another day I was really working on my menu and grocery list. I’m trying the Trim Healthy Mama Stubborn Losers suggested menu this week. It is set up for one, so lots of the recipes are single serve and thus I had to figure out quadruple batches of some. Others I’ll need to substitute out because I do not currently eat cottage cheese on bread.

I’ve spent a lot of time on it to thoroughly follow all the recipe suggestions, which then opens another tab on my browser. I’ve got way too many open right now. I’m just going to need to print of the recipes I need that aren’t in the cookbook I have. I’m always very cautious when starting a new eating plan. I approach it with much research so that it doesn’t seem so foreign when I start. I remember when I started Keto, I had a similar problem of the menu being planned for one person but I’m feeding a family. With the keto menu plans, they have you making a family size dish and eating several meals from it throughout the week, which did not work for us. At leas this isn’t like that. So I probably over bought veggies but I didn’t want to lack. I’ve got to learn to eat veggies. Keto doesn’t push veggies.

I made a strawberry slushee from the THM Cookbook this week. If I have more than about two items sweetened with sugar alcohols, I get a bit gaseous or crampy, so I’ve been increasing the doonks of stevia I’m using and lowering the sugar alcohol in my snacks throughout the day. The slushee would’ve been really really good if I’d have used some Sukrin:1 instead of all stevia but it was still pretty good just with the stevia.

THM Strawberry Slushee ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was really quite good. It was a little warm, so it was melting, thus the straw and the spoon. :) I will definitely make it again, especially if I need to chill off.

We have Liam for a while, as Brian and Lauren were gifted with a cruise vacation and they felt it best not to take him with them. I can only imagine how tough it would be on him having just started walking. He’s already a bit wobbly; I cannot imagine how frustrated he’d be on a boat and that unsettling movement. ;) Sooooo, there will be some Liam pictures next week. :) That is, if I remember to take some. :D

I hope you have a wonderful weekend; we will. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Liam Begins to Walk, A New Yummy Snack, and More

Tiffany and I took this cutie with us to run some errands last week.
A Day with Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe seemed to have fun riding in the carts. He was good and enjoyed snacking on crunchersLiam Eating Crunchers ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe fell asleep on the way back to our house and went down nicely for his nap after I changed him. It was neat having him in the same pack-n-play that my children were in. I’ll put up a picture of that one day. ;)

On this last day of him being with me for this go around, he tried to walk around quite a bit through the whole walk a few steps, fall, get up, walk a few steps, fall, et cetera routine. He seemed to feel the need to sling around his sippee cup that I bought him during that shopping trip. The milk in the cup seemed to throw him off balance. :D

Beginning to walk ~ Lifeofjoy.meSteps are very wobbly! :D

He also liked to carry around Sean’s Perfect Pushup thingy.

Wobbly Steps ~ lifeofjoy.meCarrying Things helps to Walk ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe also seemed to like my cabinets too.Cabinet Attraction ~ Lifeofjoy.meCabinet Investigation ~ Lifeofjoy.meI sure do love and miss this little dude!!! Liam Love ~

Do you ever have a certain day for an activity and then you change the day for that activity and have a very difficult time remembering which day it actually is? That happened with Tiffany and I this week. We usually run errands one day but have done it on a different day for the last several months. This week we went on yet another day and have really messed with our heads! :D

The bread I made last week was really good! So nice to have real sandwiches again. My body seems to like having some carbs.

I told a friend at church about Trim Healthy Mama and she has excitedly joined us on this journey. It is fun having someone I know in real life to share information, recipes, and food chat with.

While shopping last week we found these amazing snacks! It is freeze dried fruit! We have tried many kinds of dried pineapple and most of them have added sugar. But this one is nothing but freeze dried pineapple! It is really good. We also LOVE the freeze dried banana; it reminds us of banana bread. Of course we don’t want to overdo this snack and must keep it with the right foods so as not to spike the blood sugar.

Freeze Dried Pineapple and Banana ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe ones we like the most are the Crunchies brand but Sunkist has a good mixed berry with pineapple.

We have enjoyed this new snack.

In other news, our Bible reading challenge is coming to an end. Michael and I are so pleased to complete it. It is always good to get the Word into us and the more so when I can do it in a short time or in big chunks.

The big challenge once finished with that, is now to decide how to proceed with my Bible reading/studying. I’ve considered reading through the gospels several times over the next few months or maybe through the New Testament. Maybe read through the entire Bible again (only slower) using a different version of the Bible.

I hope you have a happy Labor Day weekend!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº



Liam, Toys, and Bread Attempt #2

I love having Liam here! He’s generally such a good child; I say it this way because all children have their moments of fussiness. I’m so glad he was feeling better this week. He did get congested but he seemed to cope pretty well.

He liked the toys I bought for him to have here. I figured the Little People train would be a hit because it had a few pieces he could hold.

Liam likes Little People ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany named the conductor Francois and he frequently laughs when you say it. :)

He seems to like the popper too but not as much. I expect he’ll like it a bit more once he starts walking.

Liam and the Popper ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe likes balls now. Michael played with him with them. It was fun to see him so excited.

Yellow Ball ~ Fun with the ball ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe’s so good with him!Michael Feeding Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat boy loves food!!! So, sometimes we hide from him when we have something.

Out of Sight ~ Lifeofjoy.meI got this little snack dispenser that keeps the snacks from falling out but has an opening for him to put his hand in and pull out a piece. It was fun watching him figure it out.Snack Cup ~ Lifeofjoy.meAldi has these short skinny cheese puff looking snacks. They have veggie, cheese, and blueberry. This helps bring meal times to an end, more peaceably.

Tiffany got out some of her TY stuffed animals that she’s had put away. He seemed to like this dog.Stuffed Animal ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe also liked the horse but I don’t think it tasted very good. ;) We’ve had fun with him here.

In other news, I found a recipe for homemade bread that is Trim Healthy Mama compliant!!! Oh yay!!!

Last week I wrote about my first attempt. I added pictures of my NOT 2# bread machine and the first attempt loaf.

Yesterday I made a second attempt following her Mixer Method. Once again it was not forming a dough ball. I added flour a couple tablespoons at a time to where it was at least a little more like a dough ball but not nearly as firm as the pictures she has on her post. But I have to say, this week’s version turned out MUCH better than last week’s!

Bread Homemade ~ Lifeofjoy.meYou can see how it rose over the pan but didn’t seem to have enough firmness to stand above the pan and sagged over the rim. I didn’t get it evenly split so one loaf was a little bigger than the other.

Dented Loaf of Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe have declared this attempt much better than last week but still looking to make improvements. :)

Well, I’m gonna run. Get to have Liam again today and maybe a day or two next week. :) I’ll take what I can get. Hope you have a great weekend!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Bread Attempt, Liam, Strategy Sorry

I don’t know where this week has gone! I was very unproductive the first part of the week. I found a THM (Trim Healthy Mama) recipe for sprouted wheat bread. Sean bought the ingredients and pans I needed a couple weeks ago but I hadn’t gotten around to making it yet. So the other evening I decided to give it a try.

Joyful Jane makes the dough in her bread machine on the dough cycle and then puts it into the pans for the final rising. I thought, what could be simpler. So I got out my bread machine somewhere around five or six o’clock and got it going.

Bread Machine ~

She mentioned that it is a wet dough and that makes it better but when mine finished the dough cycle I had nothing that resembled her pictures at all. I wish I’d have taken a picture of the soupy mess I had but I was just thinking about fixing it not sharing my mistakes with the world. :o

I figured I must have miscounted the flour, so I added another cup of flour and proceeded to run the dough cycle again. The dough cycle takes one hour and twenty minutes, then it has to be put into greased pans and rise in a warm oven for about thirty more minutes, remove from oven, preheat oven, and then bake for another thirty minutes or so.

Well, once again, I had a mess. It rose over the pan and spilled down the side. Hmmm, I’m guessing my machine does NOT make a two pound loaf as I had thought. :p Well, I figured I had some kind of problem because my dough was still soupy. I poured it into the greased pans and put it into my warm oven. I put a thermometer in it to ensure it was somewhere between 85º and 100º . . . it is 95º, or at least it was that night.

Well, I was surprised to see that it rose to the top of the pans but that is where it stopped. By this point, everyone had gone to bed and I was up babysitting my bread. ;) I baked it and it was out of the oven before midnight but it did not rise over the pan rim. I was eager to taste it but knew I needed to wait until the morning.

Bread First Attempt ~

Sean and Michael each had a piece with their breakfast and declared it good even though it was short. But they are used to my keto breads which are all short too, so as far as they knew, this was the way it was supposed to be. ;) When I finally got around to tasting it. :p Yes, I’ll be trying this again. What I really need though is a weight measurement on the flour, so I don’t mess up again. ;)

In other news, Liam wasn’t feeling very good the other day. I got to keep him some this week and we cuddled lots.Still Sweetie ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe’s in a stage where he likes sticks. He picked up a back scratcher and some other not safe stick, so I put those away and got out a trusty gift wrap tube. :) I knew I kept them for something. Michael ripped it in half for him.Little Dude ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe’s a bit better the next day.Little Dude ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd I even got some smiles. The flash on the camera makes him blink! :D And I get some cute pictures like this. Liam Smiles ~ Lifeofjoy.meBut before long, he was just ready to sleep some more.Sleepy ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo I put him down for a nap a bit early and let him sleep because when you are not feeling well, you need lots of sleep.

Last weekend Brian and Lauren came out for dinner. Well, of course Liam was here too! We decided to play a game but many games were vetoed. Finally Lauren and I decided that we would play Sorry. The only problem with that is that Sorry is for four players and we have six players.

Here’s our solution:

Sorry for 8 Players ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe actually have 3 Sorry games–two regular and one Disney. We always like to play the Disney one. One time I saw a Monsters Inc game of Life and didn’t get it. I regret that decision all the time because I have not seen it again.

We overlapped the boards on the one corner spot and when you get to that square you have to go to the left. Only exception is for the green Disney and the red regular players, if they come backwards to that square or are moved there, they get to head to their home instead of going the long way around.

We had fun.

Strategy Sorry ~ Lifeofjoy.meHave you ever played Strategy Sorry? We learned if from the Hasbro computer game of Sorry. You get dealt five cards at the beginning and get to choose which card to use on your turn and then pick one up from the draw pile to replace it. Makes Sorry lots more fun for older players. :)

Well, I’ve gotten long winded again and will let you go for now.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº



Grandson Joys, Getting Behind, and New Game Fun

Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep! Liam was here this week. I love watching him. He had fun playing with our friend Meaghan and she was glad to get some baby cuddles in since her nephew lives FAR away.

Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meOf course, he liked playing with Shiloh too.

Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see from his shirt, he had a birthday this week too! :) AND he’s trying to walk a little bit . . . a couple steps here and a couple steps there.Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe’s a ham! When he saw I had the camera, he came over to me and was all giggly.Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlease forgive the out-of-focus pictures; I figure slightly blurry is better than none at all. ;)

Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, he’s got some teeth and cutting some more. They are bothering him a bit, as is usual, but it is making our normally really happy, sweet baby into a bit of a fuss budget at times.

Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meI just love that cutie pie! During one of his fussy bits, I decided to employ some distraction and had Tiffany put on a Veggie Tales movie (Jonah) and put him in his activity seat. But look at this picture . . . look who’s not watching it and who is! LOL :D

Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe finally calmed down and enjoyed playing until hunger struck. ;)

Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter eating, I let him play outside of the seat for a bit, until nap time. Such a good boy. Yeah, I know, proud grandma!

Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s been a long time since I’ve ran errands with a little one, but we will conquer.

Yeah, he kept me pretty busy most of the week, a good busy. That boy can eat! Loved him some bananas and grapes. The only thing he wasn’t too hip on was the avocado. I guess it wasn’t ripe enough for his liking.

I got behind on my Bible reading plan. It was a good thing I was ahead a day because I ended up getting a day behind somehow. So I did catch up but didn’t manage to get back that extra day. Maybe this weekend, but probably not, unless rain keeps us from running to the storage unit and getting some of the kids OLD toys so Liam has some new ones to play with.

Gamehouse came out with a new Delicious Emily game. I don’t know why I like those so much, but I do. It is a time management game revolving around food/cooking. I missed its release until it had been out a few days but then I saw some people were having issues with black screens and slow play, so I waited. Then yesterday I saw they had fixed it and so I bought it but before I checked out, I noticed their coupon code box. So I googled for a coupon and found one for 50% off that day only! :) Woo Hoo! So I was able to get the $20 game for $10!!! Yay! AND I used money Michael gave me for my anniversary. AND I got more stamps on my gamehouse card, which filled it up and now I can buy a game 75% off! Yay! Win, Win, Win!

Well, I hope you have a great weekend. It’s supposed to rain all weekend here, which is always nice because we get some good rest and video watching in and I’ll get some game playing in as well.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Liam Was Here! and My Third Blogiversary

We got to watch this little cutie last weekend!
Grandson Love ~ Lifeofjoy.meMichael is really good with him . . .

Liam and Grandpa ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat was totally unplanned! I love how they are making the same face!

Liam and Grandpa ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow it looks like they are looking at each other through the corner of their eyes. :D

Since Brian and Lauren were bringing him out around brunch time, we had them eat breakfast with us . . . pancakes, oven bacon, sausage, and eggs . . . Yum Yum!

Pancakes and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe had some scrambled egg (a first since Lauren doesn’t like eggs), a few bits of sausage, and pancakes! (These are keto pancakes, so they are very healthy.)

This boy loves food!

Lunch for 11 mo ~ Lifeofjoy.meLunch was a slice of deli turkey meat, cut into small bites. One grape tomato cut into small bits, and some peas. He is not fond of that sippy cup though.

Liam's lunch ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then he had some grapes . . .

Crunchers too ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then some crunchers! You can see in that one that he was finally slowing down. :D

Old Fashioned Sippy Cup Works ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe does pretty good with this old fashioned sippy cup for about two sips and then he either lays it down or drops it on the floor. Oh well, he’s learning. :)

I don’t think he was very happy about being confined but there are just times you need him to be immobile and not in a high chair. :D

Liam's Confinement ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe did seem to enjoy playing with these old friends of his for a bit though.

He spent the night and enjoyed more pancakes the next day too, after eating his morning cereal.

Ready to eat ~ Lifeofjoy.meNotice he has a spoon in his hand? That a trick Lauren and Brian taught me, to keep his hands off the spoon I’m feeding him with. Pretty smart!

I cannot believe how blonde his hair is! You can really tell it in the picture above. Brian and Lauren both have dark brown hair, so this is surprising.

That picture reminds me a lot of one I saw of Michael when he was young.

Young Michael ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd now I know from where Liam got his ears.

I got an app this week because Brian and Lauren suggested it as an easy way for me to get videos of Liam. I got it and played with it a bit, sending them videos since he was with me. But I have to say that I don’t think I like it very much. At least if you take a video with your phone and send it to someone you still have it on your phone. Of course it takes up space but it can be easily backed up to some other source, like I do with my pictures. I think that I will probably resort to that old method for my part but still use the app to get videos from them.

On a completely different subject, It’s my


Three years ago today, I started this blog in the hopes that I would be an encouragement to women out there somewhere. I hope this blog has been a blessing to you, encouraging you in your marriage (or preparation for marriage), good food, creativity, home educating your children and raising children in general. I hope my Friday ramblings have helped you get to know me a little better and that you might consider me a friend. ;)

In celebration of this three year accomplishment, I thought it was time to have a recipe index! So you can now find every recipe I’ve blogged, in alphabetical order, in one place. Just click on Recipe Index on the Menu Bar or right here, if you’d like. Now it is not beautified yet, but I figured I needed to just get it open and work on prettying it up later. :)

Well, I’m going to run. I have a busy week next week. I get to watch Liam for a few weeks while Lauren takes some classes. Tiffany is having  a friend out for a few days and we have a baby shower to go to tomorrow. I hope you have some fun planned for the weekend or next week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº




Nothing Much Going On Here

As it turned out, Brian and Lauren did not go out of town last weekend and thus we did not get to keep this little cutie, so unfortunately there are no new cutie pictures this week. BUT we are keeping him this weekend and will have pictures next week (assuming I remember to take some ;) ).Cuties ~ Lifeofjoy.meLove both my cuties there!

Well let’s see . . . not a whole lot has been going on with me. The challenge to read the Bible through chronologically in 90 days is progressing along well. During the young adult conference I got behind but pushed the following week to get back on track . . . Praise God for the Psalms! :D

We are well over the halfway mark with just a little over a month to go. I’ve really tried to remember to pray for the participants but will admit there are some days that it slips my mind. You would think that when I pick up my Bible to read or when I am placing that all important checkmark on the day’s readings that it would remind me to pray for them but some days it just doesn’t. ;)

Of course the devil isn’t going to let you dig into the Word of God like that without throwing some stumbling blocks your way. And we have had those, let me tell you! I am in my 50s and have never had a urinary tract infection until last weekend. Ugh! It has been a booger to get rid of too. I’m drinking apple cider vinegar in a cup of water at each meal time. It would probably be more effective if I drank it without food but it is a miracle I’m drinking it all. I have to question those people’s sanity that drink it for pleasure (thinking Trim Healthy Mama Good Girl Moonshine here). I have never drank alcohol but if this is any indication, I think it is safe to say that I will continue that trend into the future without difficulty. ;) (I learned a LONG time ago that you have to watch your words, especially words like never. :D )

After a poor night’s sleep, we got up Sunday morning to get ready for church. We decided to take communion together as a family before leaving the house.

Communion ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt doesn’t matter exactly what ingredients you use. You need a bread and a liquid. What is important is to approach it with reverence and to remember Jesus’ broken body and spilt blood for you.

I’m not the only one that has gotten hit. Tiffany has really been fighting headaches and pain in her jaw. Her wisdom teeth are coming in and all that shifting and such has caused significant pain.

Sean had some kind of rash or allergic reaction appear on his face the other day, out of nowhere! He has several spots but it is at its worst around his mouth. It is really ridiculous and uncomfortable. He was very swollen yesterday morning.

Michael too is being hit with pains in his body. Some are pains he’s had before but some are different. We are all going around praying for each other and enjoying some minor successes but we are all ready for complete health and healing in our bodies.

Well, I guess that’s enough rambling for today.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº





Flower Update

Well, this year’s flowers are faring much better than in previous years. I am tempted to attribute it to the shredded rubber mulch but we didn’t get mulch down in both beds, so I’m thinking it probably isn’t the reason.

Here is the poor overgrown bed without the mulch.

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhat I find interesting about this is that those beautiful tall flowers were planted from seeds — old seeds! They are lovely and bright! I think that’s what I love about them, their bright coloring.

I was very sad for my lemonade flowers, as they looked like they were about to be choked out. So I started weeding. I only spent about 15-20 minutes outside but it was a very hot day today and it’s a good thing I waited until nearly sundown. But I digress. Here are the lemonade flowers (I don’t remember exactly what they are.)

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meSome flowers are faring better than others. This pretty pink flowery one that is like a ground cover, seems to be doing very well. Unfortunately you cannot see the gorgeous flowers because I guess they close up at night/in the evening.Weeded patch ~ lifeofjoy.meI absolutely love the Vincas because they are heat and drought tolerant. I’m not good with watering my plants, so they really have to want to live. :D

Just to the right of the Vincas, you can just barely make out a plant stake. I’m not sure which plant this is but it isn’t doing very well at all. :(

Strong Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meIn the picture above, you can see that lovely ground cover that does not look as pretty as it does during the day. (I’ll try to remember to get a picture of it later today and add it in here.) I think those next to the right are Geraniums.:) ) They make me smile. I’m not sure what the tall flowers are but I think they are Zinnias. Updated: Added the pretty pink ground coverish flowers while they are open today. They are really prettier in real life though.

Flowers Update ~

Flowers from seeds ~ Lifeofjoy.meThere is also a light blue tall flower there in the middle. I tell you what, these babies have to WANT to live with all that grass growing in amongst them. Hopefully I will weed it some more and water it and have some better pictures to show in the future.

Here is the bed that has the mulch. It is way overgrown as well.

More Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe mums in this corner are brown and will die out with the heat of the next few weeks but will come back when the temperatures get more reasonable. The Marigolds are a bright yellow/orange and the Petunias are a deep purple even though they look blue here.

Flower update ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey are really hanging in there in spite of the grassy weeds growing in them. I’m going to have to save them this weekend. :) I love that I have the bright yellow marigolds and then some that have the dark orange color on them too. I love vibrant colors. ;)

These poor babies need saved and soon!

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meThose are more Vincas, both pinkish and white. the flowers on the bottom left are white mums. They too will die off in the next few weeks because of the heat but will rebloom when the temperatures are more reasonable again. They are very prolific. These were used as decoration at a memorial service at which I helped serve refreshments. When the day was over, they were given to me. They aren’t the colors I’d pick but they were right for the intended purpose and not all flowers should be bright in the garden. ;)

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meThese babies really have a strong desire to live! The Sweet Williams are nearly being choked out over there on the left and the pretty little light purple flowers are hanging in there too. These babies need saved!!!

You may be wondering what those tall ones are . . .

Flowers Update ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey are Sunflowers and they are about ready to bloom!!! If I’m right, these are RED sunflowers! It looks like each stalk will have several blossoms. :) I’m soooo excited!

I hope whatever is eating the leaves stops it!

Well, this post has gotten rather lengthy, so I’ll close for today. I think I’m watching Liam this weekend, so I should have some cuteness pictures next week. ;)

Have a blessed weekend!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº