Grow Your Blog Party

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GrowYourBlog2013Today is the start of  . . .

“Grow Your Blog” party!!

Vicki from 2 Bags Full is hosting an international blogging event with almost 400 bloggers. The purpose is to meet new people and “grow” our blogs!
The blogs are sorted into the following categories . . . 
  • Less than 50 followers
  • 51-100 followers
  • 101-200 followers
  • More than 200 followers

I know I will enjoy going through these categories, adding new faves to The Places I Visit list.

Okay – who am I and what is my blog about? 

What my blog is about . . . 

  • “From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.” Psalm 12:14 NIV
  • “Well-spoken words bring satisfaction; well-done work has its own reward.”Psalm 12:14 The Message

Fruitful Words & Well-Done Work – That’s what I want to be known for in life. One way to stay focused is to be accountable.

Here's me holding apple pie filling - the first and only 2 jars I've ever made. It was GREAT on a gluten-free cake.

Here’s me holding apple pie filling – the first and only 2 jars I’ve ever made. It was GREAT on a gluten-free cake.

My biggest struggles are griefprocrastination, and clutter. I spend a lot of time reading, researching, praying and thinking about ways to overcome these hurdles. (I noticed in June 2010 that grief is no longer a major struggle. Wahoo!)

The categories Chronic PainGratitude, Lists, and Divorce are samples of what’s leaking from my brain to my heart. Maybe you’ll find them useful too.

I’m 55 (March 2013), female, divorced and graduated 6/09 from Western Seminary with an MA in Pastoral Care to Women. Even though it’s 2013, I’m still embarrassed to admit/talk about the failure of my marriage especially to those in my Christian world.

Who I am . . . I am a woman trying to make my way through a sometimes confusing, traumatic, same-old-same-old, and wonderous world. Some of the roles I do this are as follows:

  • Mom to 2 adult children and 1 daughter-in-love
  • Grandma! Just waiting for the darling girl to make her appearance
  • Auntie to 5 girls (2 are adults)
  • God-mom to one kindergartener
This is my precious Chip. I miss him every day.

This is my precious Chip. I miss him every day.

I miss  . . .

  • My dog, Chip, who was almost 20 years old when he died in January 2012.
  • Being a mom to children at home
  • A body that is flexible and without chronic aches and wrinkles
  • Being a wife
I like to . . . 
  • Spend time with friends
  • Craft
  • Play spider solitaire
  • Learn/Write
  • Nap on Sundays
  • Study the Bible, and
  • Stay too long on the internet
I believe in  . . .
  • A good God
  • The power of prayer
  • The connection/healing close friends bring
  • That people can change (even me), and
  • The many benefits chocolate gives
I love to . . . 
  • Start things
  • Make lists
  • Smell a baby’s head
  • Attend worship services, and
  • Believe in the impossible – especially for others

I look forward to . . . meeting the folks in this blog party, learning from y’all, and making new friends.

Your Turn . . .  Leave a comment saying “hi” and telling us who you by using one of my prompts or anything else you choose.

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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. aKuna Kumara  |  . at .

    Hi Thanks so much for stopping by I do hope you won’t need that flu remedy but it works….

  • 2. Debbie  |  . at .

    Hi – thanks for visiting my blog and adding your very nice comment. I am now following your blog. I really loved this post! So nice! Looking forward to more of your posts! God bless you!

  • 3. Teri  |  . at .

    I love the idea of a grow-your-blog carnival! And I love how beautifully you’ve distilled your bloggy hopes into this post. Thanks for sharing!

  • 4. Lynne  |  . at .

    We have quite a bit in common and other things that are similar. Most importantly we share a love of our Lord and Saviour. I look forward to visiting your blog again in the future and have become a follower.

  • 5. Patty Carbaugh  |  . at .

    The picture of you with Chip is absolutely adorable!

  • 6. Evalina  |  . at .

    You have a lovely blog. I’m a participant of ‘Grow your Blog’ and would like to follow your blog but can’t find the ‘Follow’ button. Have fun at the party!
    Evalina, This and that…

  • 7. socrates  |  . at .

    Lovely blog. I came here from Vicki’s blog party. Come to my blog and enter for the vintage lace book giveaway. See you there!

  • 8. Nonnies Cedar Chest  |  . at .

    Nice to meet you. Visiting from Vicki’s GYB

    Looking forward to visiting again soon.

    I am over at

  • 9. Catie  |  . at .

    Hi stopping by via the blog party. I loved your post and your honesty and vulnerability. I am now a follower. I will follow the Lord’s word wherever it takes me! Please come by and visit. I ma so sorry your divorce is so painful for you. I pray you can have some healing in that area. God loves’ us no matter how small we feel or how much we feel we have failed.

  • 10. cleavingtochrist  |  . at .

    I procrastinate too! I am so sorry that you suffer from chronic pain! Several dear sisters in Christ do and I hurt for them!! Divorce can be very traumatic to move past, and I am sorry you had to go through that. Stopping by from the GYB party, thanks so much for swinging by mine :-)

  • 11. Becka  |  . at .

    Dear Susan-
    Thank you for visiting me @ Girasole Farm via GYB
    You are a lovely woman, and it shows in your words.
    I once shared the hurt of divorce, so I understand firsthand your trials.
    I have remarried my ex-husband, but it was a hard journey.
    I will be visiting often, and will be following along.
    I’m so glad I could inspire you, by sharing my words “it doesn’t matter that I am not an amazing writer, what matters is that I wrote’.
    See you soon.

  • 12. Susan  |  . at .

    Hi Susan – great name!!! :) I enjoyed reading this introductory post and look forward to reading more. I share your challenges of procrastination and clutter, so let’s spur each other on to good works! Oooh, I also love writing! I hope you’ll stop by my blog later and get to know a little more about me!

  • 13. nicole  |  . at .

    Hi Susan! Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog! Yep I do think you can do so much with shade! I enjoyed getting to know you on your post and look forward to following along with you! Cheers! nicole

  • 14. C.Paul PennyWise  |  . at .

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your kind words-Reading your post I identified some of your topics – procrastination -yes- clutter – a great big yes- and could tell you had a big heart- look forward to reading more about your journey. Your dog is too precious! So sorry for your loss.

  • 15. Tiffany  |  . at .

    So nice to meet you! I really like your blog. :-) I like lists too and certainly believe in a good God!

    Tiffany @ Pink Faith Today

  • 16. Lynda  |  . at .

    What a nice blog, I share your thoughts about procrastination and clutter! You are entered in my giveaway as well, thanks for stopping by

  • 17. Terri  |  . at .

    I love the photo and comment about missing your dog. My little guy passed away at 18 years old almost 2 years ago and I still miss him. Your blog is very thought provoking. I look forward to reading more. Stop by and visit me sometime.


  • 18. Jade  |  . at .

    Susan! Thank you so much for your message on my blog. It really warmed my heart and I’m so grateful that we’ve connected through GYB!! You have such honest writing and I look forward to visiting again.


  • 19. Blessedmama  |  . at .

    Susan, I kept thinking of things to say as I was reading your post. Eventually I had too many to remember. After reading this, I am so grateful I know you and your tender, sweet heart.


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57 Things I’ve Done by March 2016

1. Bought Personalized 2015 Photo Calendar
2. Bought Personalized Stamps
3. Wrote 2 Blackout Poems
4. Movie Marathon: The Good Witch Films (7 of them) -watched with Marsha
5. Movie Marathon: Star Wars: Phantom Menace
6. Family Special Time (Lennon, Kadie)
7. Movie Marathon: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship, The Two Towers, and Return of the King - watched with Lori
8. Gathered contents & sealed a time capsule to be opened July, 2018,
9. Made snowman 2015 ornament.

57 Books I’ve Read by March 2016

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
2. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
3. Inspiration Sandwich by SARK.
4. A Man of Grit and Grace: Paul by Charles Swindoll
5. Prayer: Life's Limitless Reach by Jack R Taylor
6. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
7. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
8. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche
9. I'm Glad I'm a Mom: Inspirational Stories of Love, Laughter, and Everyday Life by Hearts at Home
10. The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
11. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
12. Lay My Isaac Down by Carol Kent
13. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
14. Living Oprah by Robyn Okrant
15. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
16. What's So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey
17. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
18. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
19. The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance by John Trent & Gary Smalley
20. The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds by Rip Esselstyn
21. The Pursuit of God Paperback by A. W. Tozer
22.-25. Last Light, Night Light, True Light, & Dawn's Light (a Restoration Novel Series) by Terri Blackstock
26.. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
27. The Hope Quotient by Ray Johnson
28, One Thousand White Women: The Journals of Mary Todd by Jim Fergus
29. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
30. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
31. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
32. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
33. Laddie; a true blue story, by Gene Stratton Porte
34. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
35. An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louise May Alcott
36. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
37. Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross
38. Persuasion by Jane Austen
39. A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz
40. Emma by Jane Austen
41. Thrush Green by Miss Read
42. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
43. The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge
44. The Registry by Shannon Stoker

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