Journal challenge Day 16

Super Sensitive

If you were forced to give up one sense and gain supersensitivity in another which senses would you choose.  Wow a hard question.  I would have to say I would give up smell as much as it saddens me.  I love flowers and plug ins and good smells but I would miss seeing and hearing and tasting and touching too much.  I would like to gain supersensitivity in tasting although I am not sure I would be able to taste without a sense of smell.

3 Gifts Shared

  1. Love
  2. Advice
  3. Hug/Kiss

Daily Journal Challenge Day 13, 14, and 15

September 13

Snark Bombs away

Try your hand at parody or satire- take an article, film, blog post or song you find misguided and use humor to show us how.

I am not sure how to do this, I will definitely have to think about this one.

A gift scented, scrawled, and started

Love my plug ins and scentsy warmers

My blog-so happy to finally be doing it

Bible study on Esther-it is very touching and eye opening

September 14


Grab the nearest book.  Open it and go to the tenth word.  Do a google image search of the word.  Write about what that image brings to mind.

The tenth word was home and the google search brought up tons of pictures of houses, little houses, and big houses.  It made me think that home is relative.  We always say there’s no place like home but where is home to you?  Is it where you live?  Is it where you grew up?  Is it where your mom is?  Is it where your kids are?  It’s just hard to say a specific place/house is home.  I think home is a feeling rather than a place.  I remember when I first moved to Georgia, I was always talking about missing home but now Georgia has become my home and I miss people from where I used to live.  Another cliches saying but one I find to be absolutely true.  Home is where the heart is, so with that being said, anywhere can be home.

Three gifts drawn

A bath

My husband’s art

Blood to show I am still  healthy
September 15,

Sorry I’m busy

Tell us about the one time you should have helped someone but you didn’t.

Ugh, this hurts my heart.  There are many times that I should have helped a person but I didn’t in my past.  I definitely try to not use the “I’m busy” excuse now.  I read something once that you will make time for something that is a priority to you so if you are saying no to someone or not helping them, then I think maybe they are not a priority to you.  You may think they are but if it were your mom or sister or best friend that asked the question that you are saying no to, wouldn’t you find the time to help them?  It is also about setting boundaries.  I am not saying you should say yes and do everything to help everyone because then you will burn out quickly.  I challenge myself to keep a helping spirit and try to do my best when asked for help.

3 gifts paired

My husband and I

Fuzzy socks

Dice to play games with

Daily Journal challenge Day 12

What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now and your favorite plaything.
I was more often with my nose in a book rather than playing. I didn’t have a lot of toys and I cannot really remember a specific toy. Isn’t that crazy? When you are a kid, the newest, latest greatest toy is al you think about and now 30 some years later I cannot really remember a single toy I played with. I had a stuffed dog named fluffy that I loved but I spent a lot of time out doors and reading. I can tell you the toys I wanted and never got  but had I received them they would probably be in the list of toys I cannot remember. I don’t know whether it had a connection to who I am today but I know books changed my life. They took me to a place that I couldn’t go in the real world and helped me escape all my troubles. They helped me to survive and they were my best friends when I didn’t have any.
3 Gifts in his word
Christ’s death
Christ’s birth

Journal Challenge Day 11

The internet is full of rants. Help tip the balance. Today be simply thankful for something or someone.
I got great news yesterday and that is that I am still cancer free. I am so truly thankful and blessed and one of the lucky ones. I cannot begin to express my thankfulness for this gift. I am also truly thankful for my friends and family. I have the best support system ever. People sending texts, messages, calls notes and just checking to see if I am okay. I am thankful there was nothing to worry about but if there ever was, I know that I would have the village I need to beat it. I am blessed beyond measure and thank god every day for all that I have.
3 Hard Eucharisteo
I am thankful for having a relationship where we can fight and make up and love each other just the same. Sometimes loving just a little more
I am thankful that my son is trying to find his way
I am thankful for a house to live in.

Day 10 Journal Challenge

Education advanced, Love fulfilled, Motherly Love
I am in school and will be finishing next year and then hope to attend the Masters program. Rich and I fall more in love each day and I hope that continues and I hope with love and perseverance, Michael finds his way and starts the journey to his future.
3 gifts moving

Day 9 Journal Challenge

What a twist
Tell us a story — fiction or non-fiction — with a twist we
can’t see coming
I am going to have to think about this one and write more later. I have struggled with this prompt for two days.
3 Gifts framed
My house
My husband’s art
Family pictures

Journal Challenge Catchup Day 6, 7 and 8

September 6
Regrets, I’ve had a few
What’s your biggest regret? How would your life have been
different if you’d made another decision?
I have no regrets because I feel like my life wouldn’t be where it is right now if I changed anything. Have I made mistakes in my life? Absolutely. Did I learn from those mistakes? Absolutely. If I were to name what I thought was a regret it would be not going directly to college after high school but would I have done as well as I did? I don’t think so. Others are making some poor decisions in my youth but I feel like I overcame those obstacles and am a more well-rounded person because of it.
3 Gifts Growing
1. Flowers
2. Trees
3. Love
September 7
What’s the one luxury you can’t live without?
Hmmm, probably hot water. I love a nice hot bath or shower. I love my shoes and jewelry too and books. I guess that would be the luxuries I can’t live without. I do find that the simpler my life is the easier it is.
3 Gifts Given
1. Forgiveness
2. Love
3. Concern

September 8
The excitement never ends
Tell us about the last thing you got excited about —
butterflies-in-the-stomach, giggling, can’t-wait excited.
The last thing I got excited about was going to the beach with my husband. I love spending time with him and hearing the waves. It is so nice to spend time alone catching up and appreciating one another. I still love him as much as I did all those years ago probably even more.
A gift made, masked, marveled
My bed
My emotions
At nature

Journal Challenge Day 5

Pick a person, a couple, or a group and imagine what their lives might be like.
I admit it I am a people watcher and I do this ALL the time. Rich and I will sit and make observations about people’s lives passing us by and what we think they are doing, how long they have been together, etc. It is interesting what we think we can know about a person from the outside when in reality we know nothing at all. If people were to observe me from afar and imagine what my life was like, I wonder what they would think. It actually reminds a bit of facebook and how we put out there what we want people to see, (kind of like the outside of us) and people have an idea of what are lives are like but do they really? I know there are worries to overshare and I definitely am guilty of that but with me you know the good, the bad and the ugly. There are some people that only show the best parts of their life and lead you to believe their life is perfect, others are so negative you just wonder how nothing can go right for them and still others you think might need medication. I laugh with my facebook friends, I cry for them, I pray for them. I am glad there is this outlet for people but I have to wonder how much is real and how much is what they want you to believe. Dang I got deep today 

3 Gifts Autumn
1. Fall plug ins, smells, candles, pumpkin 
2. Cooler weather and beautiful colors
3. Halloween

Journal Challenge Day 3

If your day to day responsibilities were taken care of and you
could throw yourself completely behind a cause, what would
it be?
My dream is to lift people up. I spent so long with low self-esteem, not thinking I was good enough and no one can really tell you that you are good enough but I would love to help others realize their worth. I would like to do retreats with amazing speakers and honest connections. I don’t exactly know what that would entail but by helping people feel better about themselves it could cause a chain reaction of kindness through the world. I know this sounds so petty and not really a cause but it is something I feel passionate about.

3 Gifts Yellow
1. The sun
2. lemonade
3. bananas

September 2 Journal Challenge

Do you know the meaning of your name and why your parents chose it? Do you think it suits you? What about your childrens names?

My name is a family name and is four generations. My first name Mary is my grandmas name, my middle name Zoellen is the combination of my great grandma Zoe and my great great grandma Ellen. My mom is also named Mary Zoellen so I am a second of sorts. I am not sure if my name suits me. I remember when I was younger wanting something more exotic like Cassandra Nicolette but Mary is my name and even though its a common name I honestly do not know very many Marys. Isn’t that weird? Our son was named after his two uncles. His first and middle name are there middle names. We went through so many names and wanted something unique but not too unique, in the end we named him Michael which is a pretty common name but I like that he doesn’t go by Mike.

3 Gifts Cut

A new haircut
fresh vegetables