November 11, 2017

Sunday Stealing: The Simple Life

Well, I am home safe and sound. The trip took all day as we stopped at most of the antique and thrift shops we came across.  We didn't buy anything, but it was fun to look.  We did buy our youngest grandson's first birthday gift at Cracker Barrel. It is so stinkin' cute and I am dying to show it to you, but we don't want anyone to see it before his party on Dec. 10, so I'm not posting pictures anywhere. I promise to share right afterward.

Mom has been relieved of her dog-sitting duties and the puppies are snuggled up against me, glad to have me home. My hubby is worn out from doing all the driving and is sound asleep on the sofa.  It seems that I have plenty of time to answer the Sunday Stealing questions for this week so let's get to it.  If you enjoy my answers and find yourself answering the questions pop over to the site where you can find the rules to join in and links to all the other players.

This is from a blog called Haley from Home.  Haley is a mom in the UK.  She's a mom to 3 boys and is on a quest for a simple life.

What are five things you would like to do more?  1) Sleep. I just can't seem to sleep more than about 5 hours no matter how tired I am.  2) Exercise.  3) Travel/go on vacations.  4) See our two older grandkids. We were going to stop and see them today, but our granddaughter is sick in bed with a fever.  5) Spend fun time with my husband.

What is your quote to live by?  It has been different things at different times in my life. At the present time it is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

What was the best thing that happened this week?  Getting away for a few days.

What is something you are stressed about?
  It's pretty much always our financial situation.

What book has influenced your life?
  Always the Bible and recently, Driven by Eternity.

Share a childhood memory.
  I had chickens at my grandparents house. It started with one rooster and one hen (Eric and Eloise) and then they had many chicks. And those chicks grew up and they had many chicks. And those chicks had chicks. And...  Well, you get the idea. As there got to be more and more chickens running around it became impossible to tame and make pets out of all of them. My grandfather decided all the roosters except Eric needed to go. His plan was to shoot them. I convinced him to let me make a Wiley Coyote Acme-inspired trap instead. It was simple....a wooden crate propped up on a stick with an ear of seed corn under it. To the surprise of everyone, IT WORKED!

What fictional character would you most like to be?
  I can't think of anyone, but if you could find a character that gets to see a lot of the world and also does a lot to help others....that's who I want to be like.

What is something you are proud of?
  My family tree. I am blessed to have had people in both sides of my family that researched and recorded our heritage and others who thought to preserve information and remember and pass on the old stories.  Through my mom's dad's family I am a descendant of John and Priscilla Alden.

What was the last thing you celebrated?
  Technically, our trip to Erie was for our 33rd anniversary, which is on the 17th.

What are weird things you like?
  Being the first person to stick a knife into a new jar of peanut butter or tub of butter, talking to myself, talking to the dogs, kitschy tourist stops of the early-mid 20th century, and memes. I like memes.

What is your favorite song to sing?
  Not that I can actually carry a tune across the road in a bucket, but I always sing along with this:

Name three things you do well.  Procrastinate, cook, plan events.

What are your priorities in life?
  My relationship with Jesus, my marriage, and my family.  In that order, because I believe if my relationship with Jesus is in good shape He will take care of the rest.

What is something that scares you?
  The thought of growing old and becoming dependent on someone else to take care of me.

Best book you read this year?
  Driven by Eternity by John Bevere. It has really made me think about a lot of things.


  1. I LOVE Kitchy places, but have seen very few. My husband and daughter drove across the country once and saw such sights as the Elvis is Alive museum, the Corn Palace, and I think they say that big ball of string.

    1. My dream trip is to one day drive across the country on Rt. 30 (I live about 2 miles from it) with a detour on Rt. 66.

  2. Now you have me thinking of Bible verses. The one I remind myself most is Isaiah: "We are the clay, You are our potter." When I start wringing my hands about the painful path a friend INSISTS on walking, I remind myself that she is the clay and He is the potter and I'm really not involved in her choices, am I? It's my job to support her and be there when she stumbles, but the path she chooses is between her and God.

    If ever you're in Illinois, you HAVE to check out the grave of Mr. Accordion in Springfield. Next to Abraham Lincoln, he has the biggest tomb in that cemetery ... and he's not even buried in it. A kitschy, amazing story.

    1. That's the lesson too many "Christians" seem to miss. Other people's choices aren't our problem. If they are a believer then yes, we're instructed to try and correct them if they are going against what the Bible tells us. If a person is not a fellow believer then we are not to hold them to our beliefs. We can tell them of Jesus and hope they come to know Him, but we don't brow beat them and we don't judge them (God will take care of that one day). Either way, love is what is supposed to win the day.

      Oh my gosh...that is the kind of thing I LOVE! I'm going to have to look it up now to find out the story.

  3. Great priorities and I procrastinate very well too!! Have a great day.

    1. Thank you....and I truly wish I wasn't such a gifted procrastinator.

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    1. I think I just love all things kitschy....movies, ugly Christmas sweaters, decorations, tourist attractions...

  5. I can't believe your anniversary is one day before mine. I've just been married a wee bit longer. Dang it, Stacy, I think we'd be friends if we weren't states a part.

    1. I am sure we would. We seem to have a lot in common!

  6. That cartoon for question 1 is a truly hilarious take on sleeping beauty!
    I say, "Let Go and Let God" alot. That little tea pot structure is fascinating. Maybe after going up the west coast we'll hang a right. ;o)

    1. I have to remind myself constantly that certain things are not mine to control. I am getting better at it...brings a lot more peace to life.

      Oh, go East dear lady, go East!

  7. I so agree with you about putting Jesus first and everything else falls into place. Amen!! Loved reading your answers today!!

    1. It sure does. I hate when I have to delay my morning devotions...those few moments first thing in the morning really set the tone for the day.


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