November 30, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #30



It's Good To Be Alive!!!

Separate Reeds Are Weak

Separate reeds are weak and easily broken; but bound together they are strong and hard to tear apart. ~The Midrash

Self-Knowledge and Half-Truths

Self-Knowledge constructed of half-truths will always be spotty.

Truth Telling

Truth telling is not compatible with the defence of the realm. ~George Bernard Shaw

In the presence of their enemies

They were able to endure in the presence of their enemies because they dwelt in the presence of their God.

H/T: Streams In the Desert

November 29, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #29

Grateful for Books and the ability to read them. Kinsley is to my left reading: How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Fiona is to my right reading: Confectionately Yours ~ Taking the Cake. I am in the middle of them reading: Disarming the Narcissist. Variety and togetherness is definitely the spice of life!

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits (Matthew 7:15-16)

The Trouble With Hatred

The trouble with hatred is that it doesn't recognize boundaries.

José Ortega y Gasset Quote

Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values. ~José Ortega y Gasset

November 28, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #28

I am especially thankful for this day because it’s Kinsley’s 7th Birthday.

November 27, 2012

November 26, 2012

Somewhere in Omaha it's snowing! : )



Christmas In the Sand by Colbie Caillat

The Choice Is Mine

Sometimes the greatest growth comes through pain, but it's not the pain that helps me grow, it's my response to it. Will I suffer through the experience and continue as before or let the pain inspire changes that help me grow? The choice is mine.

November 25, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #25

Today I am thankful for Big Church and Tender Hearts. Fiona and Kinsley got to come with us to Big Church and it warms my heart when at ages 8 and 6 they can tell me what the sermon was about. I am also thankful for Pastor Steve. This is the 2nd time I have heard him preach on Matthew 6:25-34 and how to have Victory over worry. I am thankful for Fiona’s tender heart because she cried during Ice Age tonight. She says they were tears of JOY.

November 24, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #24

No amount of presents, money, or togetherness will ever make me regret choosing sanity and serenity over manipulation and chaos. Three cheers to a healthier sense of self this Holiday Season!

Holidays Have No Pity


Holidays have no pity. ~Eugenio Montale

Some of us would rather face a month of Mondays than a single holiday. The worst are those, like Thanksgiving, that are supposed to deliver enough family warmth to carry us through the rest of the year. How shamed and resentful we feel when it seems that everyone else is going "over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house" while we're eating a baloney sandwich in front of the TV.

The fact is that many of us do not have loving, welcoming families. We don't want to go home for Thanksgiving. But that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with us. We aren't less worthy than people who come from healthier families. And it doesn't mean that we have no reason to give thanks, either. The baloney is of our own choosing; we could pop a little turkey into the oven if we wanted to. Invite a friend. Talk and laugh.

Depression over the holidays is understandable but not inevitable. Those who have the heart to celebrate will celebrate. They'll bow their heads in prayerful gratitude, mindful of the blessings they have received, rather than those they haven't. At the end of the day, they'll feel good because they chose to have a good day. We'll get what we choose, too.

How I handle the holidays is a test of emotional maturity.

H/T: Believing In Myself

The Best Parents

Twice blessed is the parent who can say, "I love you, of course~but what really makes me happy is that you love you."

The best parents know they succeed when they put themselves out of the job.

Isak Dinesen Quote

God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road. ~Isak Dinesen

November 21, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #21


Duck Dynasty Marathons on A&E!!

NO, You're Wrong!


Some people have no clue

"Some people don't know how badly they need a new way of life until disaster overtakes them."

H/T: One Day at a Time

Henry Ward Beecher Quote

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things. ~Henry Ward Beecher

We Decide the History of the World


History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstance. ~Donald Creighton

The history of the world is a terrible and wonderful story of the contest between people and their circumstances. From the invention of the wheel to the splitting of the atom, the human race has struggled to do, to be, to leave its mark from one generation to the next. Through revolutions and wars, inventions and discoveries, the choices that people made told the story. Dishonorable, cowardly decisions invariably have led us to corruption and destruction. Honorable, visionary decisions have led us to creation and advancement.

The course of our own, personal histories is much the same. Each life is a struggle between the opposing forces of deterioration and creativity, hope and despair, vision or blindness. Chapter by chapter, we make the choices. Because this is our own story, we are both the bad guys and the good guys. So what will it be~Attila the Hun or Charlemagne the Wise? Hitler? Gandhi? The death dealer or the peacemaker? We decide.

Everyday circumstances await the content of character to determine if this moment will be a golden renaissance or a dark age. Choosing is our privilege as well as our responsibility. Whether we want it or not, the pen is in our hand.

My self-esteem rides on the roles I assign myself.


November 20, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #20

Thankful for 5 day weekends!!!

Now You See Him, Now You Don't


The narcissist's lack of empathy can manifest in different ways. For example, if you are finally able to wedge a word into a conversation with a narcissist, asking him to tune in to your world, he's likely to suddenly become the amazing Houdini, disappearing before your very eyes. He may literally walk away in the middle of your sentence or announce an important "something" that he must get to right away. While a female narcissist may do this, it's more likely to occur with a male narcissist. 


EXERCISE: Is the Difficult Person in Your Life a Narcissist?

Read through the items listed below and check off any that apply to the difficult person in your life. Only check off a trait if it is expressed excessively, meaning it occurs more often than not.

  1. Self-absorbed (acts like everything is all about him or her)
  2. Entitled (makes the rules; breaks the rules)
  3. Demeaning (puts you down, bullyish)
  4. Demanding (of whatever he or she wants)
  5. Distrustful (suspicious of your motives when you're being nice to him or her) 
  6. Perfectionistic (rigidly high standards~his or her way or no way) 
  7. Snobbish (believes he or she is superior to you and others; gets bored easily) 
  8. Approval seeking (craves constant praise and recognition) 
  9. Unempathic (uninterested in understanding your inner experience, or unable to do so) 
  10. Unremorseful (cannot offer a genuine apology) 
  11. Compulsive (gets overly consume with details and minutiae) 
  12. Addictive (cannot let go of bad habits; uses them to self-soothe)
  13. Emotionally detached (steers clear of feelings)

George Bernard Shaw Quote

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. ~George Bernard Shaw

The Courage of Being Free


A decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free. ~Paul Tillich

When faced with a difficult decision, we have an unfortunate tendency to focus on the "before" rather than the "after." The prize the decision will win for us seems shadowy and vague, while the pain of making the decision is just as real and immediate as a screaming toothache!

New life has never come into this world without labor. We need to remember this the next time a painful decision must be made. Certainly it will be wrenching to give up an addiction of one kind or another~but think of the freedom we're gaining! If we decide to go back to church or school, we'll probably feel awkward and out of place for awhile, but soon we'll be full-fledged members of a new community.

Deciding to try anything new may conjure up feeling of fear and self-pity. But self-confidence waits on just the other side of the door. Sometimes we have to take a mighty leap just to keep going forward.

The labor of birth is soon forgotten in the joy of new life.

H/T: Believing In Myself

November 19, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #19

60 degree weather for pretty much the whole week and especially on Thanksgiving!

Baltasar Gracián y Morales Quote

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally. ~Baltasar Gracián y Morales

November 18, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #18

Today I am grateful for the knowledge that comes from building our house on the rock. The world is full of educated buffoons and I am thankful I am not one of them.

I do not have a college degree

"I do not have a college degree at this time. I currently have knowledge, skills, and life experiences that are far more valuable than the information gained from a 4-year program. The world is full of educated idiots and I am not one of them."

H/T: Tina of One Mom's Battle

There is not a single University in this world that could stand up to the wisdom and knowledge I have attained through my own life experiences. When I read this post today all I could think of was: Right On Tina!!!

I was supposed to read that today. I believe it's what God wanted me to see because college has been on my mind a lot. My prayer lately has been geared more towards timing and doing what God would have me do as part of what He has planned for me.

It doesn't really matter what society has to say and you can bet that I have seen many educated buffoons lately and am forever grateful that I am not one of them.

Albert Einstein Quote

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. ~Albert Einstein

Carl R. Rogers Quote

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. ~Carl R. Rogers

The Rock

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on The Rock. ~Luke 7:24

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote

We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Point

What we do can be taken away. It can change as a result of age, accident, or just plain fate. If our identity is based on that, we are building the castle of our self-esteem on sand. Who we are is a deeper and broader reality than where we go to work or what we do when we get there. Doing contributes to being~but being is the point of the exercise.

My identity doesn't begin and end with my occupation.

Goethe Quote

Names are but noise and smoke, obscuring heavenly light. ~Goethe

November 17, 2012

My Next Book: Disarming the Narcissist by Wendy T. Behary, LCSW


People who are living a lie


30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day #17



Today I am grateful for all things Psychology. Over the last two years I have learned a lot about Flying Monkeys, Gaslighting, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Sociopathy (not to be confused with Psychopathy), Scapegoats, and Triangulation.

I'm not buying your bullshit


Autism Doesn't Scare Me


Fear is a Liar


November 16, 2012

November 15, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #15

Today I am thankful for all of the people who have shown me who they are because it has taught me a lot about who I am and what I can do to continue to grow into the person God created me to be.

Marcus Aurelius Quote

It is not men's acts which disturb us~but our reaction to them. Take these away, and anger goes. No wrong act of another can bring shame on you. ~Marcus Aurelius

Overcoming Animosity

If I am suffering from bitterness against someone, I will cling to the thought that my growth and serenity depend on overcoming my animosity. ~One Day at a Time

Changing Defects of Character


I used to feel very hurt if anyone gave me an angry look, spoke in a harsh tone, or didn't speak at all. I've grown enough to realize that the look, tone, or mood of another person toward me often has nothing to do with me. It generally has more to do with what is going on inside of the other person.

So why do my feelings still get hurt? It occurs to me that my extreme sensitivity is a form of conceit~I think I am the focus of everyone's actions. Am I so important that everything that goes on around me must have something to do with me? I suspect that attitude reflects my vanity instead of reality. And vanity is simply a defect of character that I am working on changing.

With God's help, my sensitivity to all that happens around me has greatly lessened. I try to ask myself, "How important is it?" When I do carry the hurt, it only hurts and controls me.

Today's Reminder

Other people are important to me, and sometimes their opinions matter, but I may be taking something personally that has nothing to do with me. Having opinions of my own about myself lets me accept other people's thoughts without being controlled by them. 

Difficulties and Obstacles


Difficulties and obstacles are God's challenges to our faith. When we are confronted with hindrances that block our path of service, we are to recognize them as vessels for faith and then to fill them with the fullness and complete sufficiency of Jesus. As we move forward in faith, simply and fully trusting Him, we may be tested. Sometimes we may have to wait and realize that "perseverance must finish its work" (James 1:4). But ultimately we will surely find "the stone rolled away" (Luke 24:2) and the Lord Himself waiting to bestow a double blessing on us for our time of testing. ~A. B. Simpson

November 14, 2012

Integrity

People with integrity do what they say they are going to do.

Potty Your Mouth!


Everything happens for a reason


Mega-Meltdown Tantrums


30 Days of Thanks: Day #14

I will keep myself aware of the many wonderful blessings that come to me each day and remember to be thankful for them.

Assumptions

Assumptions are not facts.

30 Days of Thanks: Day #13

Thankful for Ladies Bible Study at Church. We are on break for the holidays and will pick it back up in January 2013. I'm looking forward to it because it's on a book I have not had an in depth study on.

November 12, 2012

Francis de Sales Quote

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so you learn to love God and man by loving. Begin as a mere apprentice and the very power of love will lead you on to become a master of the art. ~Francis de Sales

Insanity

Insanity has been defined as doing something the same way over and over again and expecting different results.

November 11, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #11



Thank you soldiers everywhere for your service. We can never thank you enough. God bless our heroes known and unknown.

November 10, 2012

Miss K Turns 7 Soon


It is 77 degrees in Omaha - Beautiful Day!
Kinsley decided not to grow out her bangs.
I should probably open all the windows. 
It's time for some Husker Football baby!!!
I can't believe Kinsley turns 7 this month. 

Two Front Teeth


Yesterday, Don went up to the school and had lunch with the girls. In this picture Miss K still has her tooth but you can tell she is about to lose it. 


This is who greeted us after school. Isn't she cute!? We were singing "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" all the way home. 

30 Days of Thanks: Day #10

Today I am thankful for the United States Armed Forces. Wishing our U.S. Marines a Happy Birthday, too!

Against All Hope


Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed. (Romans 4:18)

Abraham's faith seemed to be in complete agreement with the power and constant faithfulness of Jehovah. By looking at the outer circumstances in which he was placed, he had no reason to expect the fulfillment of God's promise. Yet he believed the Word of the Lord and looked forward to the time when his descendants would be "as numerous as the stars in the sky" (Gen. 26:4)

Dear soul, you have not been given only one promise, like Abraham, but a thousand promises. And you have been given the example of many faithful believers as a pattern for your life. Therefore it is simply to your advantage to rely with confidence upon the Word of God. And although He may delay in sending His help, and the evil you are experiencing may seem to become worse and worse, do not be weak. Instead, be strong and rejoice, for God usually steps forward to save us when we least expect it, fulfilling His most glorious promises in a miraculous way.

He generally waits to send His help until the time of our greatest need, so that His hand will be plainly seen in our deliverance. He chooses this method so we will not trust anything that we may see or feel, as we are so prone to do, but will place our trust solely on His Word~which we may always depend upon, no matter our circumstance. ~C. H. Von Bogatzky

Remember, the very time for faith to work is when our sight begins to fail. And the greater the difficulties, the easier it is for faith to work, for as long as we can see certain natural solutions to our problems, we will not have faith. Faith never works as easily as when our natural prospects fail. ~George Mueller

H/T: Streams In the Desert

30 Days of Thanks: Day #9

FAMILY!!!

November 9, 2012

Happy Name Day to ME!!!


My sweet cousin Debbie let me know that yesterday was my Greek Name Day!! She wished me a Happy Name Day!! If I could hug her and kiss her through my computer I would. It's been a long time since anyone wished me a Happy Name Day. Thank you cousin for wishing me a Happy Name Day!! I will celebrate it tonight with Don, Dan and Kim!!

Σας αγαπώ πολύ πολύ πολύ πολύ! ♥

Matthew Arnold Quote


Self-love often wears a mask of false humility behind which we exaggerate our own importance, and justify the wrongs we do to others. True humility comes from love of self, which is the realization of ourselves as we really are.

Resolve to be thyself and know that he who finds himself loses his misery. ~Matthew Arnold

BOOM Shakalaka!!!


An agreeable companion on a journey is as good as a carriage. ~Publilius Syrus

Everywhere we go we find good apples and bad apples. There are negative people who for many reasons walk a low road themselves and invite us to travel the same path. Because they don't expect clear weather or good road conditions, they never find them. Chuckholes are what they know and chuckholes are what they get. As long as we walk with them, we travel under the same conditions.

There are also positive people, who for equally varied reasons, have chosen to walk the high road. They, too, find pretty much what they expect to find as they mosey along. Mostly they get sunny days, straight routes, and interesting experiences along the way. They don't expect to run into problems they can't handle, so for the most part they don't. Walking in their company gives us the same kind of trip.

We can join either caravan we want to. As long as we're alive we're traveling one road or the other. Shall we define the journey in terms of sprained ankles and lost luggage, or in terms of progress and adventure? The choice would seem not too hard to make.

The quality of my journey is largely defined by the quality of my companions.

H/T: Believing In Myself

1 Corinthians 15:33 New International Version (NIV) 33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.

November 8, 2012

Watching Dr. Phil In 5 Minutes

Who's gonna watch Dr. Phil with me? Today's programming is going to be about maternal narcissism. Should be very interesting. I read Dr. Karyl McBride's book about a month ago and it totally blew me away!

30 Days of Thanks: Day #8


30 Days of Thanks: Day #8
Appreciation of Truth-Oriented Philosophy

Marva Collins Quote

Happiness: I have earned it. I am taking it. ~Marva Collins

Ambrose Bierce Quote

Responsibility (n): A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck, or one's neighbor. ~Ambrose Bierce

November 7, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #7

Today I am thankful for Nebraska. You did not disappoint yesterday. We succeeded in achieving everything we wanted in our state including all our major ballot initiatives. 83% of Nebraskans voted YES to amend the Constitution to allow impeachment of civil officers for misdemeanors committed in pursuit of office, not just while in office. 76.7% of Nebraskans voted YES to amend the Constitution to establish rights to fish, hunt and harvest wildlife. 64.5% of Nebraskans voted NO to amend the Constitution to allow legislators to serve three consecutive terms instead of two. 68% of Nebraskans voted NO to amend the Constitution to raise legislator’s salaries to $22,500 from $12,000.

H/T: Domestic Divapalooza: I Love You Nebraska!!!

30 Days of Thanks: Day #6

Thankful for SLEEP

November 5, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #5

I am grateful I live in a country where I can participate in a Bible study or go to school or VOTE without being shot at.

Dr. Phil On Maternal Narcissism


We’re excited to announce that Dr. McBride was called to be the expert on the upcoming Dr. Phil Show that airs this Thursday, November 8th. The title of the show is Moms Who Hate Their Own Children. Dr. Phil discusses maternal narcissism and endorses the book: Will I Ever Be Good Enough? We are grateful to Dr. Phil for this further education about maternal narcissism and it is our hope that the help and resources reach more and more daughters out there. Tune in on Thursday and let us know your thoughts!

Find your local listing times

Find out more about maternal narcissism on Dr. McBride’s website

I will be tuning in so I can learn more about maternal narcissism.

What LOVE Is and Isn't



  • Love heals, not hurts.
  • Love collaborates, not competes.
  • Love cherishes, not diminishes.
  • Love values, not devalues.
  • Love extends a hand, not a fist.

Characteristics Of NPD


Narcissistic Personality Disorder = NPD

  • Chronic grandiosity (manifesting in unrelenting drive for success, power, love, beauty, brilliance)
  • Fantasies of grandeur
  • Strong need for being admired
  • Lack of not only sensitivity to other's needs, but to others as anything other than a means to their own satisfaction (to be seen as a special case, where the rules do not apply to himself)
  • Feelings of entitlement
  • Exaggerated accomplishments
  • Need to be larger than life
  • Feelings of rage when confronted with self-absorption, revealing underlying sense of unimportance, emptiness, lack, fragility
  • Secret feelings of unworthiness or imposter syndrome
  • Appearance of icyness when confronted, indifference
  • Unwillingness, inability to empathize
  • Envy of others' success
  • Exploitation of others
  • Arrogance/haughtiness
  • Often with an extreme adversion to aging

Walking Home From School



Two Kinds of Wisdom: Part 2

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. ~James 3:17-18

Two Kinds of Wisdom: Part 1


Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. ~James 3:13-16

Cowardice Isn't Kindness

Cowardice isn't kindness.

That Relationship Is Over

When our best efforts can't make a relationship work, that relationship is over.

November 4, 2012

VOTE Biblical Values


On November 6, the day before my 94th birthday, our nation will hold one of the most critical elections in my lifetime. We are at a crossroads, and there are profound moral issues at stake. I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman, protect the sanctity of life, and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues. Please join me in praying for America, that we will turn our hearts toward God. ~Billy Graham

30 Days of Thanks: Day #4

I am thankful for my family, church services, Wreck-It Ralph in 3D and Don's turkey dinner...YUM!

Search Yourself


Someone once remarked that the main source of our unhappiness is that we ourselves don't know what we want. We think we're dissatisfied with what we have, with the way we live, and the way other people act toward us. He suggested  that each person dig down deep to see what we really feel would bring us contentment.

If this self-searching reveals only that we are disgruntled because we feel we deserve a better car, a bigger house or more money, we must dig still deeper for the real cause. Is it envy of others? Is it our inability to enjoy fully what we do have? Do we, in defense of our own shortcomings, look for excuses to blame others? 

Today's Reminder

I can find serenity only by rooting out my discontent. I must acknowledge to myself the real reasons why I react as I do. Am I doing my share? If not, my dissatisfaction may be due to unrecognized guilt. Is it difficult for me to feel and expression appreciation? I will try to develop a sense of gratitude. Do I expect others to behave according to my expectations? I will live and let live.

"It really adds up to this: that we're not satisfied with ourselves, and we can certainly do something about that." 


Plautus Quote

Consider the little mouse, how sagacious an animal it is which never entrusts his life to one hole only. ~Plautus

A Fool's Game

Bucking reality is a fool's game that always ends in defeat.

Joan Bel Geddes Quote

To cope effectively with problems or to rise triumphantly to challenges may require courage, patience, sustained energy, and imagination, but it also requires something even more basic: realism. ~Joan Bel Geddes

November 3, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #3

I am thankful for loving family members, good friends who are like family, Sorry Attack, college football, lazy PJ days, and Scramble.

Morarji Desai Quote

Self-help must precede help from others. Even for making certain of help from heaven, one has to help oneself. ~Morarji Desai

November 2, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day #2 Home

30 Days of Thanks: Day #1

Day #1: Today I am thankful for Olay Complete & Olay Age Defying Intensive Nourishing Night Cream. My face drinks it right up! I am also thankful for the Olay Body Ultra Moisture Facial and Bath Bar because it does not dry out my skin. LOVE!

Richard Evans Quote

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them. ~Richard L. Evans

November 1, 2012

Halloween Fun



We had a blast dressing up for Fiona and Kinsley's Halloween parties at school. Don found everything he needed for his costume at Goodwill for six dollars. That's not too shabby! The kids loved it, too. I was your standard Halloween witch. This year I borrowed Don's gown from his college graduation ceremony from 2009. I think it serves it's purpose now that we don't need it for school any more. 



Kinsley was a Lady Bug Princess and Fiona was a Witch. Here are a couple of snapshots of them walking in their Halloween Parade at school. Fiona is carrying her Witch Hat because it was a little windy out there. The kiddos look forward to this parade and all the classroom parties every year. I think they will cherish these happy times for years to come. 


Don getting in on the fun with the school faculty. In this picture he is posting with the school's mascot. I'm not 100% sure if that's the Principal or Mr. T. 



There's Fiona with her Witch hat and another of her concentrating on a game of Hot Potato. That game of Hot Potato made me remember when I used to volunteer in Lauren's elementary classroom for Halloween. I can remember playing Hot Potato at my own Halloween Party at school when I was a kid. Fun, Fun times! 




There is Kinsley in her classroom having fun with her Dad. It was cute because whenever she would talk about him to her friends or talk to him in front of her friends she addressed him as "Da-Da." I wonder how long she will call him that. It sure is cute and she doesn't seem to be bothered by it at all. 







We posed for some family shots on the porch steps. Did you notice that my front door is red? The exact paint color is "Bijou Red" and it's a Behr Premium Plus paint. I Love it! Next year we will replace the glass outer door with one that has white trim to match the white trim on the house. We will also knock out the rotted step rails and put something newer in there. The new rails will probably be white to match the white trim, too. I love the front door being red as it looks really pretty and pops from the street. The garage door finally matches the new siding on the house. It is all coming together quite nicely.





Don took the kids trick-or-treating with the neighbor boy's Dad. I stayed home and passed out candy. I had a hard time keeping my hands off all the chocolate. YUM!! We had all of our favorites: Reese's, Almond Joy, Hershey's, Kit Kat...YUM!! And now it's time to put all the Halloween stuff away and get ready for more Birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!! I LOVE this time of the year!