Until We See Each Other Again

On Monday, September 4, 2017 (Labor Day), my cousin suddenly passed away of a heart attack. He was only 55. The whole family is in a state of shock.

Most of us saw Randy at a family gathering the day before (Sunday). It was a great day and we all had some muchย  fun. Randy was smiling, having a good time, and being his usual funny self. And the next day, he is gone.

His death brings home the Lord’s words that we don’t know the day or the hour when we will be die. We really must be ready at all times…

Until We Meet Again

Please humor me as I share a story. Soon after my (now) husband and I met, I brought him to a family get together to meet everyone. At one point, Randy brought us apart and says to Michael, “So, what exactly is your intentions with my cousin?” Then he goes on to tell Michael that he better not hurt me or he (Randy) will make him regret it!.” He said in a joking way but it was sweet that he was looking after me.

But that was Randy. He would do anything for anyone. He was such a loving, great guy that worked hard and loved his family to pieces.

Randy, you will be forever missed! Until we see each other again!

Eternal rest grant unto him o Lord, and let Your perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.”

Merry Christmas and See You Next Year! (Blogging Break)

Today starts my yearly Christmas blogging break. There are several things going on so I am starting the break a little early this year. You know the drill – “when you make plans, God laughs!”ย  I’ll be back on or around January 4, 2017, I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Wow, I can’t believe I am writing 2017! Where did the time go?!)

I am very grateful for each of you and wish all of you and your families a truly wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year Celebration. May 2017 be a year of great graces and blessings for all of us.

Christmas manger

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Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!

Wishing all of you and your families a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll be back to blogging on Monday, November 28.

Thanksgiving

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Get Out There and Vote!

I don’t get political on this blog or on social media and that is on purpose. So, I am not going to tell you for whom you should (or must) vote. I do, however, want to encourage you to get out there and vote today!

It is your God-given privilege and right to vote. And for us women, who didn’t get the right to vote until 1920, it is especially important that we take full advantage of this right. So please, vote, vote, vote!

Get Out There and Vote

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Blogging Plan!

Whew! So I made it through the Write 31 Days writing challenge! I feel a sense of accomplishment having managing to do every day of the challenge except one. At the same time, I am feeling a little tired and ready for a break. ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Blogging Plan

Therefore, I am going back to my original blogging plan and will be writing twice a week. I am aiming for Wednesdays and Fridays, for the most part. We will see. However, no matter what, I will be blogging once a week.

I am hoping to start doing videos. I have been wanting to start doing videos for a while but it hasn’t worked out so far; hopefully, it will work out soon. I also have some raw, personal posts that I am writing – I’m just not sure if (or when) I will actually publish them.

Anyway, that is a long way around to say that I won’t be writing as much, mostly once or twice a week. ๐Ÿ™‚

God Bless!

Happy Labor Day to You and Yours

Today is Labor Day and everyone is gearing up to go back to school and enter into their fall schedule. If you are wondering what Labor Day is about go here.

Hapy Labor Day!

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13 Years and Going Strong!

Today, my husband and I are married 13 years. I can’t imagine where all the time has gone. Some days it feels like we just got married and some days it feels like we have been married forever. LOL! But, that is how it goes, right?

My husband Michael

My husband Michael

The “honeymoon phase” has long past and has been replaced by respect, understanding, and a deeper love I didn’t know existed. And yet, there are still frequent moments of swoon. Even after all these years, I still get excited and rejoice when he comes home from being on the road. Maybe him being a truck driver has kept things fresh!

Marriage, as has motherhood, has also taught me a lot about love and forgiveness. There have been very difficult times, times when I just think it would be better to give up, too. We have struggled and worked through disagreements and arguments. We have had to forgive each other a lot and have had to rely on the commitment we made to each other. We have had to choose love when choosing love was the last thing we wanted to do.

But, you know what? I wouldn’t change a thing!

Happy Anniversary, Michael!

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P.S. Today is also the memorial of the Queenship of Mary. Read about that here.

Ten Reminders of God’s Love for You

(I am reposting this because I think we all need reminders of God’s love every now and again. When we are struggling or hurting in various ways it is easy to forget that we are not alone. So, if you are struggling, I hope these reminders will give you some hope and courage. God bless.)

Reminders of God's Love

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This post is dedicated to my Aunt Miriam who passed away a few years ago. She was one of the first people to encourage me to read the bible and to dedicate my heart to Jesus. I loved her so much and still miss her dearly. She loved God and understood His great love for us. She also loved to read her bible and did so faithfully. The Bible is God’s love story to us, so if you need a reminder of how much God loves you, here’s ten of them:

1. “O Lord, your love reaches to heaven; your faithfulness, to the clouds.” Psalm 36:6

2. “With age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept my mercy toward you.” Jeremiah 31:3

3. “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in His love, he will sing joyfully because of you.” Zephaniah 3:17

4. “As the Father loves me, so I love you. Remain in my love John 15:9

5. “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13

6. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal live.” John 3:16 (My personal, all-time favorite verse from Scripture!)

7. “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37

8. “For I am convinced that either death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38

9. “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the holy ones, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” Ephesians 3:16-21

10. “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet we are.” 1 John: 31

I pray that you are touched by God’s love today. I pray that whatever you are going through you will have the courage and faith to stay strong. Never forget: You are loved. You matter. Your presence makes a difference in this world!

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A Little Change in Blogging Schedule

Just a heads up that I will be cutting down on my posts each week. Our homeschooling starts soon, I am helping in husband’s business, and I have other projects and responsibilities that will be monopolizing my time. In order to manage everything, I think it is best that I scale down a bit. Therefore, my plan is to blog once a week for sure, and possibly two days a week.

I will still be around on social media and I am hoping to start a Periscope show soon!

Proofreading Services Available!

This is not one of my usual topics here but I am excited to share this! I am now offering proofreading/editing services through my other blog, carolda.com. I cater to solo entrepreneurs (such as bloggers, life coaches, Virtual Assistants, etc) and writers (especially self-publishing authors) but would be happy to work with you for any smallish project.

Proofreading Services

If you would like to get a hands-on sampling of my work, I have created a couple of Fiverr Gigs (more to follow soon). These Fiverr gigs allow you to work with me on a small scale so that you can see how I work. You can also learn about why I started carolda.com and my proofreading services here.

You can access the Fiver gigs through the links above, through the “work with me” page at carolda.com, or through the fiverr website directly.

I look forward to working with you!

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