Debbie Macomber Novels

Recently I finished reading Debbie Macomber’s novel, A Turn in the Road.

Bethanne Hamlin, her ex-mother-in-law, Ruth, and her daughter, Annie go on a road trip together.. and end up learning more about each other, a certain burly biker and themselves– than they ever expected.

A great book that introduced me to Macomber’s genius. My plan is to read ALL her books by June 1, 2014!


Debbi Macomber Website

Write It Down

[Oh, I know, I have been rash to talk out plainly this way to God!] I will [in my thinking] stand upon my post of observation and station myself on the tower or fortress, and will watch to see what He will say within me and what answer I will make [as His mouthpiece] to the perplexities of my complaint against Him.

2 And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by

We sat down and talked it over this morning, the remnant of Ashleys that live at 130 Tony Road. We spoke about our vision for the future and discussed our plans.

Our plan is to move to West Monroe. We will buy a trailor (rent to own) in the park where Melissa and Michael [M&M] live now. While we sort our belongings, we will de-clutter our lives, getting rid of things we no longer want or need. We have never attached sentimental value to THINGS. Always we reserve our affection for PERSONS.

We will move in, live and pay for our home there, and work on the property here. After we get the Sterlington home restored, we will move back and use the West Monroe house to benefit our large extended family- a place to stay, a place to visit, a place to start or finish.

It is a good plan and we commit it to the LORD.

Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

We trust the LORD to bring to pass what He has begun:

The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him].


ONE thought could SOLVE your problem…


Broken Glasses

The solution begins with your thinking... One thought can lead to the solution

FIXED glasses…
ONE THOUGHT: small plastic aquarium tubing similar to stuff I see holding up sunglasses.
FIXED glasses

FIXED glasses

The glasses did NOT bother me most of the time. They bothered my son and my beloved spouse VERY MUCH.

We were at Walmart to see if they could fix them but alas, the optical center was closing and had one remaining customer. Before we left- we waited for a bit- I saw a sale table with a bunch of sunglasses and sunglass ropes on it.

MY ONE THOUGHT: At home I have some small flexible plastic aquarium tubing similar to stuff I see used to hold the sunglasses around your neck.

Now my glasses don’t fall off when I lean to the right… LOL. That’s NOT a political joke. {BIG GRIN HERE}

We’ve been going through some difficult times and so I remembered that when I was going through other difficult times, I had the resources to order a set of CDs from Leslie Householder. I am listening to my CDs again now. *PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LINK ABOVE IS AN AFFILIATE PROGRAM LINK. I recommend you check out almost everything Leslie Householder has but if you just have a few minutes, you should LISTEN to the STICKMAN presentation. I first listened to this presentation a couple of years ago on a sleepless day just after New Year’s. It was such a revelation to me and yet so CLEAR>

We go out walking BIKING

Julie on Bike Smiling

Just Shut Up, Smile and Bike

My journeys to the library have improved my stamina, balance, and, especially, my disposition! We ride in the wind, we ride in the rain.

It’s 2.5 miles from our door to the Sterlington Memorial Library driveway. We have improved our time to 25 minutes. You may think that’s nothing for those teens of mine. Pretty good for a gal who just turned fifty. Hey, it is “No Excuses” season on Biggest Loser.

Bob Harper, you would be so proud of me. When the railroad track grabbed my bike tire and flung me to the ground, I landed on my knee. Since the track is at the top of a hill, I was working a bit harder, putting my weight into peddling… KapOWWi. The tire hit the metal, slid into the groove and just followed the rut.

Sandy had done the same thing a few days ago so now we have matching boo-boos and I’m a lot more sympathetic.

Busted Knee

Yuk! That's not pretty.

Yuk! That’s not pretty. Matt was my chaperone so he helped me to my feet. I got back on my bike and we still made that 2.5 miles in 20 minutes. “Why are you crying, Julie?” “I’m NOT, Bob!

Julie on a Bicycle

Mom Riding Bike

We haven’t been doing this for that long but it is already making me feel better. Not just physically but mentally, spiritually! So if you pass us on Keystone, slow down a little, smile and wave. I’ll try to wave back but if I cannot take my hands off the handlebars, I’ll SMILE back at ya!

We go out walking…

Julie Ashley

Julie Ashley

The Ashley family van has been parked due to financial constraints so how do the Ashley family members get around?
Our feet, our family, and our friends.

We have been walking mostly. It is (almost) 2.9 miles to the library, one way. We can do that in a little under an hour, one way. Biking can get us there in a third of the time but us [ahem] “older” folk- meaning ME- have issues with balance and bicycles.

When we need help, our family members haul us around- to buy groceries or to appointments. Our “get back on our feet” goal is to get that van back on the road soon but in the meantime, we are thankful that we are healthy enough to make the trek when we want to do so.

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You go (to the O You Oprah Conference), Girls!

Paula Pritchard and her sister, Patricia, want to go to the O You Oprah Conference. They are using IndieGoGo to raise $1300 to get there. Just recently I discovered how much fun it is traveling with my own sister (and my mother). So I decided to tell about their quest on my blog today, in the hopes that others will be inspired to contribute $1 or MORE to their trip fund.

Skip a candy bar or a coke today and contribute $1 so these sisters can travel together: You Go, Girls!

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