Christmas In July!

Good Afternoon, on this lovely Sunday afternoon. I would say get your favorite beverage and have a chat with me. Maybe your like me and about to have Sunday dinner. In that case, I’ll have whatever you’re having for dinner. Right now I’m smelling the aroma of country style ribs in the crockpot. I would love to take credit but the credit goes to my wonderful mother. Now the corn on the cob and sweet potatoes I’ll take credit for those two.

Thank you for inviting me to your dinner table for a Sunday chat. The topic of discussion one of my favorite themes in the year “Christmas In July”! Yes, this theme brings joy to my heart! I’m looking forward to the holiday season. Now is a great time to think about how to prepare for the holiday season. I’ll be honest right now I’m just enjoying the Christmas movies on a well-known network. Now I’m thinking about how to decorate for Christmas this year with a slight possibility to shop early for gifts. Do you travel during the holidays to see family and friends? Do you have a special place you go to during the holidays? I would love to go to New York that’s on my bucket list. I want to see the window displays and see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. The list is a lot longer but those are on the top of the list.

I have a new love for making ornaments. The rustic ornaments are fun to make and a great project to do with your kids or a group of people. Do you have an ornament that you have kept over the years? I made a snowman ornament many, many years ago and it’s probably one of my favorites!

Of course, I can’t forget about Christmas cookies. One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season. I don’t know there is something about finding the perfect recipe. Just going into the kitchen and putting all the ingredients together. Flour possibly flying around when I turn on the mixer. My nephew and I arguing over the simplest of things trying to make cookies. My sous chef that gave me his retiring notice last year.(lol) Yet he will always have those memories of baking cookies with his Aunt Ivy. I wouldn’t trade those days for nothing. Hopefully this year I’ll have a new sous chef in the kitchen with me to create new memories. I’m sure my nephew will make his way in the kitchen to sample one of our cookie creations.

Thank you for inviting me to your dinner table for a chat.

Happy Christmas In July!

 

 

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Good Morning!

Good Morning! Grab your favorite beverage to drink in the morning. Let’s take a few minutes to chit-chat this beautiful sun-shining day!

You may wonder what’s the topic at hand today. Hmmm….being joyful! You ever experience a time in your life that you felt pure joy. For some of you maybe it was your wedding day and that feeling deep in your soul that you married the love of your life. The moment that you held your newborn baby in your arms and tears begin to fill your eyes. Pure Joy!

I myself was overcome with joy recently just thinking about the future and knowing good things are ahead in my life. Truly realizing the blessings that I’ve received recently and through the years. My heart is full of gratitude, hope, and love.

As you sip on your favorite beverage just think about the times in your life that’s brought great joy to you. Share your story with someone that needs some encouragement in their life. It does the heart good to share stories of how God has blessed us in our lives. For me it’s the blessings after a storm that I’ve been through in my life. God kept me and saw me through it and really never stopped blessing me. I’m not the only one who has a story or testimony to share.

As I end this blog and you enjoy another sip of coffee, tea, orange juice or smoothie let a smile appear on your face as you think about those joyful times in life.

Be Blessed!

 

Check-in On Your Goals

Do you ever get tired of setting the same goal year after year? Maybe having a moment of why am I not striving to achieve this particular goal. Well that’s what is on my mind right now. I’ve always had an interest in nutrition and fitness. Yet, do I actually incorporate this in my life. Long Pause…..

I enjoy working out when I ACTUALLY workout. Yet wonder why I don’t make this a daily habit in my life. I prayed for change in my life this year and let’s just say God has been answering my prayer. Now it’s time to make the change pertaining to my health. I have some work to do in this area of my life.

What goal do you have in your life that you keep putting off or a goal that you tried but gave up on. Maybe an interest you have yet never truly discover. For instance, my interest in nutrition and fitness yet I never discover it for myself or didn’t fully give it my all.

I will update you when I accept truly discovering my passion for nutrition and fitness.

 

Blessed

You ever have those moments in life where you just stop and savor the moment. Life is full of ups and downs. We all know this its no big secret. Recently I just stopped for a moment and counted my blessings. I must say that is one of my favorite songs as well! This particular moment or moments was being thankful for my family. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day taking place these last couple of months. I had a moment where I wouldn’t trade that moment (memory) for anything. God has brought my family a mighty long way through the years. Tears of joy and also tears of sadness. Thank you God for making us a close-knit family. Sunday morning comes along I know what each of us are doing praising and worshipping God!
When you’re going through something in life. Remember to reflect on those times in life where your heart was filled with love. For me I love my family but recognize the goodness of God in my life. Even through really tough times God got me through each and everyday. A unexpected blessing comes my way when I’ve been through something difficult. I have nothing but love and adoration towards God. Let your heart be open to feel God’s presence in your life. God is so Good!
Be Blessed!

 

Graduation Time

Graduation time!

A time that should be full of happiness and hopefully some funny moments spent with family and friends. Parents happy to see their son/daughter accomplish a major goal in life. Just think about high school graduation and that very first day of kindergarten. Your child is ready for kindergarten as you stand at the door with tears in your eyes. So many emotions at that very moment. Happy that your child is on to a new stage in life. Now the day has arrived for your child to graduate high school. A proud moment to share with family and friends. You go to all the events their senior year. You begin to look through all the photos starting with their baby pictures. You look at the photos and can’t help but think of a story capturing that particular moment.

May it be kindergarten, 8th grade, high school, or college graduations. Enjoy each and every moment with your family and friends. Celebrate the awesome educational achievement and always have a grateful heart.

Congrats to all the 2018 Graduates!

Focus

Focus seems hard to do in the spring and summer. You just want to be outdoors enjoying the air and watching nature at its very best. Flowers blooming all around and the reflection of the sun cascading the water.

Well I love all those things and do plan to enjoy this beautiful weather. I do have goals that need my attention. It’s easy to push goals to the side “procrastinate”. As I realize that it’s time to pick those goals up that I pushed aside. I also realize it’s important to pray about my goals.

I did a vision board at the beginning of the year. It’s important to check in on those goals. I see goals that I’ve accomplished so far. Truly has been a blessing in my life and still is a blessing that I’m truly grateful for as I say “my cup runneth over”.

I say pray about your goals based on making sure it’s in line with what God has in your life. Also, for God’s strength when it gets difficult to meet a goal. Next, prayer when the enemy tries to tell you that the goal is unachievable. We must be prayed up. We must set a solid foundation for ourselves in the word of God.

Focus is the word of the week possibly spring and summer!

 

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How do you get yourself focused on a goal or focused for the day? Share in comments.

Lovely

If I could sum up how my year is going at this very moment. The first word that came to mind “Lovely”.  You go through trying times and then it’s like the sun appears. I tell you that’s how I feel right now in my life. It was during those trying times that I appreciate God’s blessings so much more. I thought my faith was strong but it’s so much stronger now.

Flowers are all around and have a beautiful fragrance. The beauty captured resembles how my heart feels right now. The sky is filled with beauty as the sunbeams across the sky as the clouds glide ever so beautifully.

ITERRYBLOG started from wanting a blog about Restoration and Hope in our lives. I think this particular blog is about the importance of Hope in our lives. To remain “Hopeful” even during trying times.

I’m in awe right now of God’s blessings!