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Embracing the Shelley-ness

I’m turning 45 next week.  Found this blog post that I never posted dated June 12, 2012.  I wonder if it will post today’s date or 5 years ago? on the brink of 40, it is time to embrace all … Continue reading

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Circling

Around this time each year we get an abundance of magazines in the mailbox, many of which are just toys (just think the old Sears or JCPenney’s WishBook) and among the stack is the American Girl catalog. Evidently the recession … Continue reading

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The Not-So Grand Slam

I had to share this because I never thought I would have something in common with a world class tennis player. Venus Williams and I both have Sjogren’s Syndrome; she was recently diagnosed and my heart goes out to her. … Continue reading

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Unexplainable Grace

It’s a charmed life Innocence wild Crayola skies for a thousand miles It’s a good life in the happily ever after Last page of a very last chapter It’s the story of a charmed life It’s a charmed life Unexplainable … Continue reading

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And it’s been 6 months….

since my last post. As I sit here with coffee in one hand and reflections in the other I must admit I’m a little torn…only 6 more years of school for my oldest while we are just beginning the next … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 29 and 30

Thankful for the mystery of the past and how it shaped the present. Thankful for what the future holds. Thankful for old friends and new ones. Thankful for it all. Every last bit if it! And how God uses it … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 26, 27 and 28

Before I delve into Christmas decorating I must decorate for the next official holiday. The Southeastern Championship Football Game – THIS SATURDAY! We are orange and blue around here. From the diplomas, to the Auburn Creed, to the paintings of … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 25

What a great Thanksgiving day! So grateful for all the (gluten free!!!!) food and all the thoughtful hands who prepared it. So blessed to enjoy family game time (Apples to Apples) and to have lots of laughter and joy (special … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 24

In no particular order: today I’m thankful for hair spray (some things will never change!), the Vince Guaraldi Trio (puts the Merry in Christmas to me!), and for friends who can just drop in anytime for a visit, even though … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 22 and 23

Very thankful the antibiotic I got yesterday and the fact acute bronchitis is becoming a distant memory. Also very thankful for this handy-dandy iPhone device which seems to do it all, including keeping me on the right roads on a … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 21

So thankful for an entire week of Thanksgiving holidays! I don’t remember ever having the whole week off but this year ’tis true…I will enjoy seeing our kids a little bit more this week, coming up with some things to … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 19 and 20

Thankful for my home, a place where the ones I love the most live, play and eat (sometimes they sleep). When we moved here, right after 9/11 in 2001, I remember telling God this is another tool in my toolbox … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 17 and 18

“A legacy of life, a legacy of hope, the story of all the things that matter most…” I am thankful for the legacy that has become part of God’s great story.

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 16

Thank you Lord, for the village it is taking to raise my children… this week in particular. You know who you are

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 15

I am thankful today for eating lunch at school with Canon. I am thankful that when he saw me he gave me a huge smile and wanted me to hold his hand all the way to the lunchroom. I am … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 14

As I listen to my oldest child tell the stories of her first youth group retreat, I remember fondly my days at VHBC. A member of their youth group from 7th grade until 12th grade, I have many good memories … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 13

So thankful for my Facebook and the friends I’ve had a chance to reconnect with as grown ups! My life is so much richer b/c of them. Being invited to see the Auburn homecoming game last Saturday and the Styx … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 11 and 12

Today I am thankful for I-65 south which is taking me out of town with my man.

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 9 and 10

It is that time of year of again, where we see the stars and stripes hanging proudly, banks and post offices are closed and kids get a day off from school in the middle of the week. It is Veteran’s … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 8

My extended family has been blessed by four feet this year – we welcomed Nathaniel Hiller Smith on August 27th, 2010 and most recently Patrick Inman Moore on November 8th, 2010. Nathan is my nephew and is the star of … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 7

Very thankful for being a part of such a generous church, which celebrated our 2 year anniversary just yesterday. Lots of good teaching, good relationships and maturity and growth are what I’m most thankful for – but we sure know … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Days 5 and 6

continuing a concerted effort towards a spirit of thankfulness… I am grateful for a real place called Heaven. As a professing Christian, believing that only in and through Christ Jesus, I have an invitation stamped with grace to enter in … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 4

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel. ~Author Unknown Today’s quote and my thankfulness is inspired by Mike’s grandmother. Rushing through the week I finally stopped long enough to remember Melodi still needed a hem for her choir … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 3

So thankful today for my sweet little Indian brave, “Blue Fish”, and for his fascination of teepees, wigwams and arrowheads. For his tender heart, his ukulele and his genuine desire to save the earth and all the people and animals … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day 2

As we watch election returns on another Tuesday evening in November, I am grateful for the opportunity I have to vote. I turned 18 the summer of 1990 and since then I have cast many votes, worked on a campaign … Continue reading

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Thirty Days of Thankful – Day One

Creating a spirit of thankfulness… I am so thankful for the Christian marriage of my parents, 42 years ago today on 11/1/68. Through their union they brought forth 3 daughters and several years later, 3 grandchildren. To be connected to … Continue reading

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Do you want to see a cute baby?

then take a look at my nephew!

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And so began a simple October….

FOR TODAY Outside my window… it’s actually “outside my screened in porch”… it’s dark and absolutely NO HUMIDITY, I think I am not in Alabama anymore. I am thinking… it’s Saturday.  Therefore, I do not think. I am thankful for… … Continue reading

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9/29/10

Today I saw a restored GTO, a “toy car” corvette, a black thunderbird convertible (top down) and a gray-haired man driving a black mercedes convertible (again, with the top down)! I know my dad isn’t here, but today he almost … Continue reading

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simply september

FOR TODAY Outside my window… it’s dark.  it’s nearly 11:00pm.  do you know where your children are?!?  I know where mine are!  ASLEEP!!!!! I am thinking… how in the world I produced a child who made a 98 in advanced … Continue reading

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Good Things About February

sooooo, I haven’t blogged in so long I thought I would post one that I wrote a few months ago. In February.  February 26th, 2010 to be exact.  At 9:18 in the morning.  I will post it *as is*; I … Continue reading

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Simply Stated

FOR TODAY Outside my window… it’s bright with blue skies, a beautiful start to a southern summertime day. I am thinking… it was hard to sleep last night.  One of those nights too much in my brain.  Can’t believe in … Continue reading

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June 21, 1948

Today is the summer solstice.  And my dad’s birthday.  Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” + “to stand still.”  As the days  lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand … Continue reading

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Still twirlin’ after all these years…

It was really for such a short period of time but the impact this group had on me lasted a lifetime… here are my remarks from our reunion last night… Looking through pictures, discovering long lost video tapes, preparing for … Continue reading

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Keepin’ It Simple

FOR TODAY Outside my window…finally a break – I think it’s 89 degrees and dusk is just an hour away. It is actually pretty cool under the porch ceiling fans. The sun is bright orange, glistening through the trees as … Continue reading

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Guess I’ll Know When I Get There

Well I started out down a dirty road Started out all alone And the sun went down, as I crossed the hill And the town lit up, the world got still I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings … Continue reading

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A Simple Woman?

An idea “borrowed” from my sister-in-law’s blog and “inspired” by The Simple Woman’s Daybook…. FOR TODAY Outside my window… it is dark, only a few lightening bugs remain. I am thinking… that I am really not a simple woman but … Continue reading

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Escape A moment A memory A reality A place A time Not possible In your dreams Unreal Maybe Not really A distraction Absolutely

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What I’m Thinking Right Now

You didn’t ask for it but here it is Mike bought some Ugly Dawg salsa. It is gluten free. Says so right on the back of the jar. We managed to eat 3/4′s of it just now. It’s dawg-gone good. … Continue reading

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Repost (kinda, sorta)

I’m watching “Meet the Robinsons” and it reminded me of a post I did in September 2009. The song at the end of the movie is a good one and would be included in the soundtrack of my life, if … Continue reading

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Shelley’s Day at the Masters

Originally written on April 10th of last year, here are my thoughts on spending a day at Augusta National. This was day one of the Masters Golf Tourney, 2009. I never got around to posting it…well…for a lot of reasons…I … Continue reading

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Birthday Week

I think most of us would agree that birthdays don’t just last a “day” anymore. Don’t we all celebrate at least 2 or 3 times, maybe more? Between friends, family, work, school, whatever the case may be… there are usual … Continue reading

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15 years ago

I was on my honeymoon! We stayed on the “clothing optional” side of the beach. And… the hotel staff went on strike about 3 days into it. Management had to wait tables, etc. and they gave us 3 free nights … Continue reading

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A Bug’s Life (shelley style)

One day a cricket was minding his own business. The life of a cricket is pretty routine…chirping, eating, chirping, trying not to get eaten, chirping… But this day was different. Someone needed to feed some lizards back at the pet … Continue reading

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What I’m Thinking Right Now

Well you didn’t ask for it, but here it is: I am so grateful for spring break. My kids work harder than I ever did in 5k or 5th grade. And they need a break. Honestly, I didn’t know what … Continue reading

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A Dead Battery When You’ve Already Saved

So I’m at Publix today, trying to figure out if the www.southernsavers.com has any help to offer me in the way of saving $$$. A friend of mine asked me about this type of thing in December, she asked me … Continue reading

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Here’s What I Think

At this VERY moment: I think the weather forecast is a bunch of bull. I think it’s absolutely hilarious to watch Elaine dance on Seinfeld.  I also think it’s interesting that the minute I bring out my laptop Mike puts his … Continue reading

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I have decided…

The shallow is much easier than the deep.

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02 of 10

It’s been an exciting start to the month of February around the Shaw house!  We began 02/1 0 with my melanoma removal at St. Vincent’s Outpatient Surgery Center on Monday.  That is not a fun way to start the week.  Now, … Continue reading

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project grow up

The definition of  Project Grow Up: “The ability to let that which does not matter truly slide.”

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Family

(Lyrics By Dolly Parton) When it’s family, you forgive them for they know not what they do When it’s family, you accept them, ’cause you have no choice but to When it’s family, they’re a mirror of the worst and … Continue reading

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Circus, Circus

(originally written and posted on May 21st, 2006) I’ve always thought I should’ve jumped that circus train Taking me places Where you get paid for flying by the seat of your pants Like those trapeze artists do. Or by simply … Continue reading

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Faith

decided not worry about this but instead said a prayer and knew that it was answered.

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Once Upon A Time (again)

There were three bears.  Golden Bear, Rainbow Bear and Aqua Blue Bear.  They were very different bears. Aqua Blue Bear was just happy to be there.  Or here.  Or wherever.  Being in the midst of things was a good place.  … Continue reading

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WDW, Then and Now

Mike’s parents gave the gift of Walt Disney World for Christmas!  Except we are here for New Years 2010!  ¡Felíz año nuevo! The first time I EVER came to Disney World was in a modified “woody” buick station wagon that … Continue reading

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A Decade of Swapping Some Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookie Swap #10 happened at approximately 14:00 hours today.  From here on out we’ll take it up a notch around here and there will be more excitement than usual!  Our cookie swap means Christmas Eve is usually within 24-48 … Continue reading

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Jingle Bell, Jingle Bells, Stumble all the Way

So here I am stumbling through Christmas. It’s not all bad, but I’m here to tell you the Shaw family doesn’t have our Christmas cards in the mail yet.  Melodi is planning the cookie swap this year and I’m hoping … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time

There was a wardrobe. And whenever Shelley felt like it she could jump in it and escape. Into a world which was much different than the “real” one she found herself in.  (ended with a preposition, can’t help it).  She … Continue reading

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

I just found the biggest coffee mug I could in the house and I can’t believe I’m sitting here drinking it by myself in front of our newly decorated Christmas tree!  We got a tremendous fresh cut frasier fur and … Continue reading

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Friday, November 20th, 10am

I’m not crying because it’s over. I’m smiling because it happened.

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H. Gordon “Mitch” Mitchell

As I sit here among sympathy cards, too many to count messages in my inbox and beautiful flower arrangements it is still hard for me to grasp the fact that my dad is at his final resting place on this … Continue reading

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Just a Thought

I think I am going to start a new website.  It is going to be called: www.IpromiseIamnotmakingthisup.com

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Making Sense out of Nonsense

And who else, but Dr. Seuss, could explain it all? “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss “I have heard there are troubles … Continue reading

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Right Now

Don’t wanna wait til tomorrow, Why put it off another day? One more walk through problems, Built up, and stand in our way… One step ahead, one step behind me Now you gotta run to get even Make future plans, … Continue reading

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Today’s Paper

is tomorrow’s compost. you know I’m right!

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9/28/09, 10:00 am

I ain’t no psychiatrist, I ain’t no doctor with degree It don’t take too much high IQ’s to see what you’re doing to me

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In the End

let it go, let it roll right off your shoulder don’t you know the hardest part is over let it in, let your clarity define you in the end we will only just remember how it feels

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It really is just a matter of time

Confusion Never Stops Closing Walls and Ticking Clocks

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I Can’t Take Credit For This

But I sure can relate to it.  You probably can too! Here’s a poem I found while I did a search on Narcissus.  You know, that Greek mythology character that we read about in 9th grade English class.  He was … Continue reading

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Note to Self

Contempt is an intense feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless—it is similar to scorn. A person holding contempt would not have the urge to openly confront the person with whom they are at … Continue reading

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An (Un)Rhetorical Question

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.  -George Bernard Shaw A RHETORICAL QUESTION for myself and anyone else who … Continue reading

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Better Days

And you asked me what I want this year and I try to make this kind and clear just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days ’cause I don’t need boxes wrapped in strings and designer love and empty … Continue reading

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August 24, 2009

I found the missing piece. Please click here.

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8/20/09

Rain by Shel Silverstein I opened my eyes And looked up at the rain, And it dripped in my head And flowed into my brain, And all that I hear as I lie in my bed Is the slishity-slosh of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Canon!

Today he is officially 5 years old.  I can’t decide whether to laugh or cry! Yesterday I got out my boxes of keepsakes that I put together around the time each of my children were born.  There were so many … Continue reading

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June 7, June 23 and July 26

6-7-89.  I always thought that was so cool to have a birthday with consecutive numbers like that.  That birthday belongs to Kelsey.  The summer I turned 17 also brought with it my youngest sister.  She’s in college, a sophomore at … Continue reading

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Save Shelley’s Splurge At Starbucks PLEASE!!!

Last week I read an article which explained that Starbucks was going to discontinue their gluten free Valencia Orange Cake because it wasn’t a healthy option. Whatever!!! And I suppose the blueberry cheesecake muffin and double chococlate chip mocha is … Continue reading

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Mid Summer Report

We’ve been busy. We’ve been lots of places and done lots of things. When we aren’t on the go, we’re eating, watching TV, having friends over, or playing our gameboys. Sleep is in there somewhere. More so for sister than … Continue reading

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When Sadness Becomes Happy-ness

Oh, this is going to be a smattering of stuff that you will either be fascinated with or not. It is actually going to be the uncensored thoughts of my brain RIGHT NOW. I might censor when I proof it … Continue reading

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today

Out of nowhere today my son said something so reassuring to me it had to be the voice of God speaking into the car. Canon said, today it’s okay if you’re late mommy. Sometimes you just have to be late … Continue reading

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Burden + Opportunity = Godly Leaders

“Nehemiah didn’t discover his purpose until he was confronted with a problem. That’s the way it works for most godly leaders. They don’t have to go looking for something that captures their hearts. The calling comes as the result of … Continue reading

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My 5 Favorite Gluten Free Items in my Fridge Right Now

Since I know you’ve been wondering what in the world I eat on a regular basis (besides Snickers and 3 Musketeers bars) I thought I would give you a little look into my fridge. Please ignore the fact that it … Continue reading

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Isn’t it

ironic: definitions from the urban dictionary 1. A situation where the result is a complete reverse (and practical mockery) of what was expected 2. A word heavy misused and abused in conversation today, mostly by people who think that using … Continue reading

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The Best Parenting Advice

I’ve gotten so far… The job of the parent is to help children come to know themselves, grow to like themselves, and find satisfaction in being themselves ~ Chuck Swindoll That changes everything.

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What Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Shelley Shaw Have In Common

This is a stretch. But here we go… We’re moms. We both have great husbands. She does have a spot on a major TV talk show, which, if given the opportunity, I’d do the same in a New York minute. … Continue reading

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yesterday

Laugh it off let it go and When you wake up it will seem So yesterday, so yesterday

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The Value of Things Not Sought For

ser·en·dip·i·ty Function: noun : the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for ; 1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. 2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries. 3. An instance of making … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Field Trips

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go on a field trip with Canon’s class… I say it was an opportunity because it truly is just that, an opportunity, a chance. So many field trips I’ve been on and I don’t … Continue reading

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Hmmmmm…..

Nevermind.

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My Refrigerator Door

I believe you can tell a lot about a person by what is on their refrigerator door. Don’t worry, I won’t be trying to over-analyze you and your family the next time I am at your house. I’ll do it … Continue reading

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Her Birthday

It was a good one, she was truly very happy all day today and isn’t that just the best? Everything, from the candle in her fresh baked cinnamon sugar muffin this morning to the April Fool’s fun at school. She … Continue reading

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First Real Paycheck

I just found the stub to my first real paycheck from 1994. You know, the one you get after you graduate from college and are off of mom and dad’s payroll. Of course, I am certain there were still some … Continue reading

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Today

We went to an unexpected funeral today. I say that because now-a-days you can sometimes know “how long” you’ve got. Me and Mike decided that would be the best way… having the time to say what needs to be said … Continue reading

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Honesty

Honesty is different from transparency. And I have a feeling if I were really honest I might have more readers. We shall see.

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Random Saturday Morning Thoughts

These thoughts are from my life this past week. I am going to do this as fast as possible. Ready, set, GO!!!! 1) I saw Slumdog Millionaire last night. It was so original, definitely the best movie I’ve seen in … Continue reading

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The Sjogren’s Club

Of all the opportunities I’ve had in my life this is the one club I did not want to join! But I am in… really in. Like, I’ve pledged and been initiated for a long time now. Here’s what I … Continue reading

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T-minus 4 weeks and counting…

Some time last week Melodi was complaining about everything she didn’t want to do. We had all been making our lists on Facebook and I had a brainstorm…“Melodi, write down all the things you ARE looking forward to!” She said, … Continue reading

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Yes, I’m Their Mother

Today is really not chaotic. However, I did not have my chance to blog until now. So, my blogging attempt is becoming chaotic because my children are so darn entertaining. Any real deep thoughts will be written later. Now, you … Continue reading

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Transparency

I’m talking about being free from pretense or deceit. Open. Frank. Candid. That’s what transparency means to me. When you read this blog, you will get nothing less than the transparent thoughts of my mind. Isn’t that just exciting?!? For … Continue reading

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This is Not My Desk

This is not my real desk. If this were my real desk the keys would not be on it. They most definitely would be lost. But we will leave them there as a hopeful incentive that I can start keeping … Continue reading

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New Year, New Stuff

Life’s thrown some stuff at me. But, in the words of someone else famous (not sure who said it but it’s true), it’s not a setback it’s a comeback. Be patient with me as I pull this blog thing back … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Reasons why I love, admire and respect my Husband!

#1) While getting the kids to the car, he kept everyone dry this morning on this lovely rainy day = Thoughtful #2) He helped me fold clothes last night (without me even asking!) = Intuitive #3) He takes me on … Continue reading

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Best Places to Raise Your Kids

I just saw this article online at Yahoo.  There is a state by state listing of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids.  Looks like Hoover is one of the runners up!  God has really been in the details of … Continue reading

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Little Shop of Horrors – Shaw Style

Melodi was 5 when she lost her first tooth.  It was exciting, it was sentimental, the tooth is somewhere in this house.  But it was also, well, dramatic.  And this has been going on for 4 years now.  Not only … Continue reading

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Even Superheroes Love their Moms

After school today I had a surprise for my little man.  Aunt Stacey gave us a great book, Even FireFighters Love their Moms and we read it often.  Once he was dressed in his Halloween costume he said (through the … Continue reading

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2008 Book Fair Purchases

The school has a yearly scholastic book fair every year and it is always fun to see what comes home.  I’ve sent blank checks (not a good idea) and sometimes barely scraped together $10 to put in the backpack.  This … Continue reading

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The Heart of (economic crisis) Dixie

Mountain Brook made this list. I don’t spend much of my day thinking about this kind of stuff.  But when I see Alabama come up in two separate articles regarding this economic crisis I have to take notice. CC2: Robert … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Cartoons

So I’m up early and have barely had one cup of coffee.  My four year old has discovered that he has “no school” on Saturdays.  If I let him, he will sit on the couch with his jammies on all … Continue reading

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What do you suppose?

A chicken?  On Lorna Road? sustantivo 1. Polluelo o pollo; gallina (hen); pollo (as generic term). To play chicken -> jugar a ver quién es más gallito Don’t count your chickens (before they’re hatched) -> no cantes victoria antes de … Continue reading

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Remembering

Melodi was 2 years old and I was taking her to mother’s day out. At the time, I was coordinating aerobics schedules and teaching about half a dozen classes weekly in addition to choreographing majorette half time shows. Needless to … Continue reading

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Remembering

Melodi was 2 years old and I was taking her to mother’s day out.  At the time, I was coordinating aerobics schedules and teaching about half a dozen classes weekly in addition to choreographing majorette half time shows.  Needless to … Continue reading

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In My Humble Opinion

For anyone who has known me for any length of time you will understand why I am fascinated with this. I just don’t quite know what to say.  I really do think I am speechless. No, for the record I … Continue reading

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Michelle Obama’s Prepared Remarks

Here they are. And while I would love to say that the same hope he gave to the streets of Chicago is exactly what this nation needs I would be buying into the rhetoric their party is famous for.  Has … Continue reading

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Surfing Is Believing

Over the last hour I have stumbled across three stories that have put me in an official BAD MOOD. First of all, I have had trouble with my iphone too.  But to go to this extreme, well, it’s just extreme. … Continue reading

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Seriously

This is generally a very funny website which uses lots of humor to point out “the stuff Christians like.”  It is widely-read and I think it gives great commentary and is right on.  Today’s post  (#375, scroll down a bit) … Continue reading

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How do you say Milli Vanilli in Chinese?

Apparently, this is how. You know, if you are chubby-faced with crooked teeth and can sing opera in America you might get your own reality show.  And I thought we were imaged-obsessed!  The article states, “The country’s quest for perfection … Continue reading

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He’s A Jolly Good Fellow

Someone told me before he was born he would be my joy And along the way he has stolen my heart too.

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My Earth Suit

I’m home from the dermatologist where I had a basal cell carcinoma removed today.  Yes, that would be skin cancer. Really, this is the “mildest” form, the least aggressive… it’s only a small sore which wouldn’t heal, on my right … Continue reading

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That Naked Nirvana Baby Is All Grown Up

I love this article from www.npr.org… but I especially love what this kid really had to say: These days, Elden says, his peers concentrate on “playing Rock Band on Xbox, like, that’s not a real band! That’s the difference between … Continue reading

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Family Fun Pack

So we’ve hit the point in the summer where I’ve enrolled the kids in just about any camp I can afford.  Which means we are in the car quite a bit driving to and fro.  I am an avid radio … Continue reading

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Great Example of the Social Innoculation Theory

 There are so many things not OK with this. I was watching the morning news and learned this would be on the newstands today.  This prepared me, but not really.  One quick errand to the grocery store with my 9 … Continue reading

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The Room Mike Built

I am so proud!  Mike is completing the basement and built this room from scratch.  It’s kind of like the story about the fish and loaves.   Except there were credit cards involved.  And the economic stimulus package. Honestly, it is … Continue reading

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Charmed I’m Sure

I needed some extra rest today so I got off my feet with a really great book that I have been trying to read for over a year a now.  Yes, I know, I know.  It’s less than 150 pages … Continue reading

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Brilliant

We might be living in our generation’s worst economic mess but honestly, as a former advertising account executive I would so do this… I would just have to pass the extensive background check and defensive driving class and it would … Continue reading

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No Gluten, All Glory

More on this later. In the meantime, feel free to visit my other site…

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Litany (Life Goes On)

I see life like a mirror… And I see life so much clearer. We move so quickly, who knows where the time goes…

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Canon Labs

Forget what you are supposed to do with the sprinkler. Be the sprinkler.

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Here we are, there we go

I have only been to two highschool graduations. Tonight will be my third. My first was my very own. It was May of 1990. The reason that’s significant is because somewhere there is a polaroid pic of me in my … Continue reading

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Stick a Fork in Me

I’m done. Not sure what I’m done with but I am definitely done with something.  I’m watching King Kong right now and the guy just said, “I’m an actor with a gun who has lost his motivation.”  I can relate.  … Continue reading

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I love this!

Glass Slipper (taken from the WBRC-6 website, www.myfoxal.com) Do you — or someone you know — have formal wear just hanging in the closet? You can donate it to the “Glass Slipper” project. It provides underprivileged students from the area … Continue reading

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Birthday Blogging

I just got back from my daughter’s school where I had the wonderful opportunity to share an April Fool’s joke. Yes, I am an opportunist and birthdays are no exception! So, after getting strict directives from my little project manager … Continue reading

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No cream or sugar here!

thanks to Sherry over at Party of Five for this highly scientific test. I am between delusions of Godhood and near death… and really, I do take it black. Very black.

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Tomorrow

~It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.~ I found this quote and really liked it.  I hope you do too!

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Yesterday

Somewhere between Easter and two important April birthdays is my wedding anniversary.  It was yesterday and we found a few stolen moments among the current demands at work and home.  Along with lots of great memories of the last 13 … Continue reading

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Today

Today I saw a Christmas tree still displayed in someone’s front window.   This was on a nice street with a good zip code… among the blooming azaleas and dogwoods there it was… a fully decorated tree. Sort of made me … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Easter

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus… Romans 8:1 Jude 24-25… To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great … Continue reading

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Shout Out

To my good friend Shannon Johnson. She started a blog and is on a roll! Way to go girl! It is lots of fun to read and she is always my “go to” person when I’ve got parenting questions. She … Continue reading

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I don’t know what to call this…

In the Bible much reference is made to tents. These folks went on many journeys, often living out of tents for quite some time. I can’t even think of putting together what I need for a trip and throwing it … Continue reading

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If this is my worst offense

Then bring it on! Main Entry: eth·ic Pronunciation: \ˈe-thik\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English ethik, from Middle French ethique, from Latin ethice, from Greek ēthikē, from ēthikos Date: 14th century 1plural but sing or plural in constr : the discipline … Continue reading

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January Gut Check

Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the willingness to do what needs to be done. -Cecilia Stoll, National Vice President and Top Ten Income Earner in Arbonne International and on that note… Always do right – this … Continue reading

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The second week of December

12 loads of laundry, 11 bils to pay, 10 days til Christmas, 9 baby gerbils, 8 trips to the grocery store, 7 birthday parties, 6 doctors appointment, 5 pounds gained, 4 batches of fudge, 3 visits to Target, 2 precious … Continue reading

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Pecan Pie

I am eating it for breakfast because I had no excuse not to. Now I just have to fit in some exercise before I eat my second piece. At least I am wearing these shoes: http://footwearetc.com/mbt/?gclid=CJ3OhYPDpZACFQiaPAodhSoA9Q I can vouch for … Continue reading

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No EXQS

This was what I saw on the back of a car a few minutes ago. It has been said an excuse is a well planned lie. If that is the case, then I’m in trouble with the 9th commandment. Circumstances … Continue reading

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Ants in My Pants

Not really, but they are in my kitchen. This has happened before but today it was true army. A force to be reckoned with. The day got started bright and early as Canon is the only morning person in our … Continue reading

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For anybody who knows a Mom…

or had a Mom or is a Mom, all I can say is if you want to be a Mom please watch this video.

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The Elmo Factor

Elmo was interviewed on ‘The View’ this morning. Which reminded me of something. Over the summer we watched Elmo’s interview on Larry King. What is so absolutely crazy about this is the voice of Elmo is not who you would … Continue reading

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The 80/20 Rule (revised)

Known as the Pareto Principle this rule applies to so much of life it should be taught in kindergarten. Please note the following case scenarios, I made them up so they aren’t “textbook” quality, just a day to day look … Continue reading

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Tuning In to Turning Out Alright

If you have spent any time around me by now you know I have a fond affection for country music. Here’s a song I heard this morning on the old fashioned car radio. It tells a little story of days … Continue reading

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Wrecking Balm

Last night we watched the Ultimate Fighting Champion reality show while also watching The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading reality show. All of this was accomplished by using the picture in picture on the lower right hand of the screen. That is … Continue reading

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Where the River meets the Road

Life’s like a road that you travel on there’s one day here and the next day gone Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand Sometimes you turn your back to the wind… Too many times we stand aside And let the … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Date Night

While I was busy doing the hurry up or we’ll be late routine this morning I asked Mike if he could take me on a date to Starbucks on the way to church. He said, “sure, but what about the … Continue reading

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BDR529

Typical night at the Shaw house: Singing, dancing and watching the Blues Brothers. Melodi was intent on “giving a concert” when brother went to bed and she started with a stellar version of ’9 to 5′ by none other than … Continue reading

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Doctor, Doctor

Going to the dermatologist for me is a lot like going to the dentist for the rest of the world. Some people honestly can’t stand those twice yearly dental checkups or any work done in their mouth… for me, going … Continue reading

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Back To School Sketchers

Honestly, I stumbled across this tax free holiday thing in Alabama this weekend. I knew it was out there but had no idea it was this weekend. Which made the back to school shopping I did on Friday even better … Continue reading

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HSBC’s Ladies Fall Bible Studies

Here is a complete list of what is being offered at Hunter Street beginning in September. Most of these studies are offered for 10-12 weeks (some longer) and meet weekly or bi-weekly. Morning and evening choices are available plus childcare … Continue reading

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Birthday Bliss

It’s pretty crazy when your metabolism starts dictating what you want for your birthday. Honestly, we could’ve been in the best jewelry store in Nevada and I still would have wanted to eat $200 worth of Italian food for my … Continue reading

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Late Night with Shelley Shaw

Sorry I have neglected my blogging as of late.  I’ve had some stuff to share but my mental energy has been spent on entertaining two children.  School starts in 3 and a half weeks… maybe you’ll start hearing more from … Continue reading

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Land of the Free

This Independence Day has much more significance because one of my very own family members is active in the US Air Force. Uncle Tim left just a few short weeks ago to complete a tour of duty in the Middle … Continue reading

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Just what you always needed to know

I saw another blogger post her responses to an email survey… you know, the kind of chain email that someone sends you and wants you to send back to them and also to 5 other people (really, it is just … Continue reading

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Hold Your Horses!

We’ve been experiencing drought conditions here in Alabama for weeks now. In the last two days I have finally seen some much needed downpours. We got in the middle of one at the stables yesterday. Yesterday’s horseback riding lesson was … Continue reading

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Some Free Advice

This person didn’t ask for my help but I gave it to him anyway. A couple of years ago I was at home, doing whatever I do at home. The doorbell rang. A modern day traveling salesperson was there at … Continue reading

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Thompson Reynolds Stadium

It could be renamed Mitchell Shaw Stadium. It was there that I started falling in love with my man, Mike. He marched the bass drum our senior year in highschool. If the grass had not been recently covered in astroturf … Continue reading

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Where is your umbrella?

I was reminded this week of a “modern day” parable story. You may recall the one where the old country church folks of days gone by would meet and pray for rain after a long dry spell. We were mostly … Continue reading

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The Color Purple

We ate at Melodi’s favorite restaurant a couple of days ago and came home with fortune cookies in the take out bag. She got excited, realizing there was still part of the meal waiting to be enjoyed and unwrapped her … Continue reading

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Singing Songs of Praise Today

Blessed be the LORD because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I … Continue reading

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We’re Only Here for a Little While

My poor family has endured my love of country music for quite some time now. The kids, even the little 2 year old, will tell me, “don’t like it mommy” although he WILL know who Dolly Parton is before he … Continue reading

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Soaking Up the Sun

From the great theologian Sheryl Crow… It’s not having what you want It’s wanting what you’ve got…

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Putting Things in Perspective

Luke 18: 27 He replied, “What is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God.” This week has been all about perspective. The culmination of many events, both in the world and in my personal life, have helped me … Continue reading

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Fight the Good Fight!

It’s Easter morning and my 2 year old son is padding down the hall in his footed pajamas… so cute and sweet and quiet. Until I hear this clunking sound. It’s not the cats, it’s not the gerbils, it’s coming … Continue reading

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Mom, what does redeemed mean?

While listening to some Good Friday music in the car my daughter asked me the above question. How very wonderful it was to answer her… “you know what Jesus did on that cross? that’s what it means to be redeemed,” … Continue reading

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Iron Sharpening Iron

A little over a year ago Mike sent me a link to the Johari window. The Johari Window was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from … Continue reading

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Muppet Theology

For those of you old enough to appreciate seeing the Muppet Movie you’ll also be old enough to appreciate these lyrics. What kind of movie are you writing? Are you beginning with the end in mind? I hate to sound … Continue reading

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J32V27

I spend a great amount of time in the car. It did not strike me as odd that one way I would hear from God would be through license plates. I am constantly seeing them in front of me, I … Continue reading

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The Contented Path of Mediocrity

Contented come what may… Right now is simply is good as it gets. Forget the dreams, the goals, the plans Instead simply grab on, hold fast. But what about the other road? The higher one, less traveled on? Maybe there … Continue reading

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What Snack Foods Can Teach Us

I bought a bag of Golden Flake corn chips and there is a huge sticker on the front that says, “National Corn Chip Month.” What kind of culture have we created that gives snack foods their own month? Wait… there … Continue reading

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The Real Deal

You know, when your second grader is “schooling you” in the blogosphere, it’s time to write. Go to www.sassythecat.net to see more anecdotes on the Shaw household. There’s not much censorship when it comes to 8 year olds blogging so … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Soup

The Lord is good it to me, And so I thank the Lord! For giving me the things I need, The z-pack, the flagyl and the levaquin. Oh the Lord is good to me… A-men

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Valentine’s Day

I was going to “blog” about Valentine’s Days gone by but it occured to me that today is the best Valentine’s Day ever. For many reasons but the main one is this: I am living in the moment, not in … Continue reading

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Here’s a Riddle for You

Three frogs were sitting on a lily pad. One of them thought about jumping off. How many frogs are on the lily pad? Did you say two? Look again… thinking about doing something and actually doing it are two different … Continue reading

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Shake Hands With Yourself In 5 Years

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 2006 has been a wonderful year. Lots to remember, not much … Continue reading

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A Day In The Life

A day late and a dollar short has been my way of life in 2006. Not on purpose, it has just sort of happened that way, so I wasn’t surprised at lunch today when I realized exactly where my brain … Continue reading

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Mercy, Hope and Patience

My aunt had a saying, it was “I want patience and I want it now!” You gotta love it. We live in culture that breeds impatience. In fact, I missed the sermon Sunday morning at HSBC (www.hsbc.org) and guess what … Continue reading

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The Other Side of Oz

After listening to Christmas music half the day on old-fashioned FM radio, (and why was that even an option considering Christmas is over a month away???), various country music songs, Rick and Bubba’s commentary on society and some breaking news … Continue reading

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Mountains and Valleys

A long time ago I read in Oswald Chambers’ book, My Utmost for His Highest, a couple of sentences that reminded me what it’s really all about… I wrote this down and have carried it around with me for years. … Continue reading

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God Simply Speaks

Last week I had a car beside me at a red light with this on the license plate: dilgnce. If I added two vowels I saw the word, diligence. The reason this spoke to me is because one of the … Continue reading

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Super “Natural” Glue

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 If you are having a come apart day like I’m having I simply remind you of this: YOU are not the super-glue! HE is! So stop … Continue reading

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Sufficiency of Grace

In a time when school shootings become headline news and my mind just can’t handle all the heartache I know I am supposed to look beyond the temporal and focus on the eternal. A song I heard yesterday captures my … Continue reading

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I Want My MTV

So it is a quiet Wednesday night and I have nothing to do. Actually, I have a million things to do but I am chosing not to do them. And what do we red-blooded Americans do when we make this … Continue reading

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January 29, 1989

This doesn’t happen often and I’m almost paralyzed in my amazement but also prompted to write about His lovingkindness that knows no end. I was studying 1 Corinthians 12:4 on this particular day; I marked my Bible everywhere back then … Continue reading

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Beauty Advice

A quick word search on the word radiant consistently pointed out definitions involving light, brightness and even splendor. My husband further pointed out the significance of a radial beam, which means something circular, even reflective (and a bunch of other … Continue reading

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Labor Day 1978

In the late summer It gets real hot The hose pipe keeps us cool And the popsicles… we eat a lot Beneath the big tree in grandmom’s backyard. Walking to the railroad tracks Was easy and fun Using the sidewalks … Continue reading

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Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace, Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go, Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for a living, But the child … Continue reading

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Humble Pie

I’ve noticed a trend in my life, like the past 34 years or so, that I keep having to learn the lesson of humility. So, I go where I go when I need to understand big words and concepts. The … Continue reading

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Romans 4

I was privileged this time last year to lead a women’s Bible Study which much to my happiness has decided to meet again beginning August 31st. The material is different this time around, but I know will be just as … Continue reading

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USS Shaw

We had our last hurrah for the summer, a trip to the beach before meeting the new second grade teacher tomorrow. And yes, we are the kind of parents that drag our children to historical monuments and museums and our … Continue reading

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Out with the Old, In with the New

Today a really good thing happened. I got a new washing machine and dryer. The previous pair was a hand-me-over from my Mom and Dad, we think it was pushing 18 years. The set was very dependable, they washed and … Continue reading

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Motherhood 101

I think I missed this class. Maybe taking 6 weeks of home-ec in 6th grade just wasn’t enough. I had other things to do, places to go, friends to see… even still you could take an entire home economics class … Continue reading

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Update on Fall Bible Studies

Many of you have stopped and asked me what the schedule is looking like for Bible Study this fall. And now that we are only a few short weeks away from school starting back I wanted to give you something … Continue reading

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The Real Wheel of Fortune

A few days ago the Lord gave me a word which hasn’t left my mind all week long… providence. Merriam Webster gives it this definition: divine guidance or care, God-conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny. That was … Continue reading

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What (so) Ever

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think … Continue reading

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