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My Helpers

We have a couple of helpers that always go with us to feed the horses and cattle.

GibbsKissing

Although, sometimes they are more ornery than helpful. Here, Gibbs thinks he has to kiss me while I’m trying to drive around. It’s super nice of him, but…

Then the little fart thinks he is sneaky by stealing cubes while I am filling the buckets.

StealingCubesEven though they bark at the cattle and horses, steal feed, and cover me in kisses while I am trying to drive, I will let them keep helping me feed.

 

Confessions, Family

The Best Birthday Tradition

Several years ago I started a new tradition for my husband’s birthday. I’ve written about it in the past, and will make a point to link this post to it. Anywho! Here’s the short version: His birthday is today, December 15, and as a kid he rarely received birthday presents and Christmas presents. So, I made it a point to make his birthday special every year. Nowadays, his birthday starts on December 1st and he gets a present everyday until December 15th. He may get something as small as chocolate, undies or socks, but he does get something each day.

Here are a few of the things he has received so far with links in case you are interested:

Big Bang Theory Calendar 2016We just so happen to love The Big Bang Theory television show!

SpeckPhoneCaseA new phone case.

PrimosTrailCameraA trail camera.

He also got other things like chocolate, undies, whiskey, and beef jerky.  I won’t bore you with the whole list like I have done in the past.

Every year he tells me that I don’t need to do this anymore, but I think he kinda likes it. I plan on doing this for him as long as I can.

Please leave your birthday wishes for him below in the comments!

 

Confessions, Read Eat & Be Yappy book club

Currently Reading – November 19, 2015

This week, I have literally curled up by a fireplace with a book and enjoyed every minute of it. We traveled to Colorado Springs this week for a business meeting for my dear husband. We drove into the Springs just before the blizzard hit the state of Colorado. Our kiddos, who live here in Colorado, received twenty inches of snow overnight. It basically just dumped right on top of them.

Let me tell you about the books I’ve been reading.

hidingplaces I’ve been taking my time with this one, and the only reason is because we have been gone so much. When we are gone on these business meetings, we are really busy every night. There are receptions and dinners, and then there are all the friends of ours that we only get to see at these meetings. So, reading seems to be put on the back burner.

But, I am liking this book a lot. I will be finished with it soon, and can’t wait to learn of all the secrets hidden in these chapters.

timebetweenI’m very excited about this book, and it isn’t because of the actual book.  Have you ever heard of a Traveling Book? Well, I hadn’t either until I joined in on this traveling book thing on goodreads.  Here’s how it works. First of all, you have to get a group of readers together that would be willing to read a book, journal about it, and then send it on to the next person on the list. I don’t know where all the book has gone, only because I don’t have the journal in front of me right now, but it is traveling around the United States.

I’m not far enough into this one to really make any comments on it. I will say that it is 626 pages! Wow! Books that are that long usually make me wonder if they can hold my interest that long. So, I will let you know.

Are you a member of goodreads? Be sure to check it out if you aren’t, and if you are, be sure to friend me.  It is a free website to keep track of all the books you have read, and want to read. You can rate the books that you’ve read, and see how all of your friends rate the books they read as well. This is a great way to communicate with your favorite authors, and even win titles that are on your want to read bookshelf. By the way, goodreads has no idea who I am and that I am writing this.

psalm91I told you a little about this book in my last Currently Reading post, and I feel horrible having to admit that I haven’t even opened this one since. I love the actual Psalm 91 in the bible, but I’m having a hard time getting into this book. I’m sure the right mood will hit me and I will finish it in one day.

whereyouleftmeHave I told you about the book club I joined?

Well, it is called Read, Eat and Be Yappy, and we have been meeting since January of 2014. We have a great group of ladies, and have read many good books. This book, Where You Left Me by Jennifer Gardner Trulson, is what we are currently reading. I have downloaded it, and am trying to wait to start it when it is closer to the time for us to meet. I read so many books that I have to make sure the book club reads are fresh in my mind when we discuss it.

If you’d like to join our little book club, virtually, let me know. I can add you to our group on Facebook, and you can discuss the books with us there.

Until next time,

Julie K. McComas

Confessions

My Currently Reading Widget Thingy

If you’ll take a moment to scroll down, and look at the sidebar on the right, you will see my new widget thingy that will tell you what I am currently reading.  I am one of these weird readers, you know, one that reads more than one book at a time.

Right now, I am listening to the epilogue of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I’ll write a review on this one this weekend. Be sure to check it out!  Have you read it?

Our book club, Read, Eat & Be Yappy, is currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve only just begun reading this one, so I don’t really have much of an opinion yet. But I hear it is a fabulous read!  Have you read this one?

I am about a third of the way through Hiding Places by Erin Healy. I kind of had a hard time getting into the story, but I’m fully involved now. I can think of many people that would like this one. Review coming soon.

Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth is a personal read. When I went through chemo, a friend of mine suggested that I open my bible and read Psalm 91. I did, and I kept reading it over and over again. That scripture got me through many days, and when I saw this book I just had to have it. I don’t know if I will review this one or not, but it IS on my currently reading list so I thought I would tell you about it.

What are you reading these days? Anything good?

Confessions, My Battle with Breast Cancer

Team Julie – 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015, my wonderful friends joined me for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

We Race Because…

  • One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Because every minute, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer.
  • And because, breast cancer knows no boundaries- be it age, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location.
  • We continue to Race because at the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths around the world will occur in the next 25 years. (from centralwesternok.info-komen.org/)

Team Julie at Race for Cure 2015

Alison (left) and Margaret (right) are two of my biggest supporters and encouragers. They are my running and workout buddies, and I don’t know what I would do without them.

We finished our race, and started wandering through the vendor booths.  I glanced up in front of us, and I see my best friend since the eighth grade walking toward me. What a splendid surprise! She and her handsome husband, Tim, stayed and watched the Survivor walk, and ceremony.

GinJulie2015Ginger, I cannot thank you enough for that surprise! I am uber blessed to have you in my life! Thank you, thank you!

I didn’t get photos of everyone there. My biggest supporter, my husband, was there. Margaret’s man, Gene aka Big Daddy, was there too! I cannot put into words how special everyone made me feel!

I love all of you guys!!

Thanks again!

1JulieSig

Confessions, Sweet Jesus Ministries

It’s Time For A New Adventure!

Oh boy, do I have news for you!!

There are so many new things going on in my life that I just have to share! Seriously, I am so excited that I can’t hold it in anymore!

It all stared in September. A friend of mine posted something on Facebook about a new Christian Contributor Blog looking for contributors. I just scrolled right past it, and went on liking every post I could. Two days later, there it was again. I began thinking about it, wondering if I should send in something to be considered for one of the spots. The third time I saw it, I decided to started praying about it. The next day I replied on their post advertising for the open positions, and I told them that I would be praying about it. I ended up sending in a few samples of my writing, and the wait began.

Fast forward.

September 24, I prayed that I could hear something soon from the Sweet Jesus Ministries gals. I walked in the house, dodged the dogs all the way back to the computer, and opened my email account.  There it was just sitting there in my inbox. It was sent at the exact same time I was praying. How cool is that? The only thing left for me to do was open it. Just open it, easy peasy. It wasn’t easy peasy for me. I was filled with doubt!

I opened the email, and then I opened my eyes. The first word I saw was Congratulations! I took in a deep breath, and literally high-fived the sky! In my mind, I was high-fiving Jesus!

I was so excited! I am still so excited! I hope you will be excited too!

Let me give you a link so you can check out the Sweet Jesus Ministries.

Check out the Sweet Jesus Girls!

Courtney Smith

Courtenay Gueta

Cristi Young

Nicole Hutchison

Diane Klettke

Joan Gallagher

Julie K. McComas

Katie Westenberg

Michelle Moore

Misti Coker

Pam Pegram

Sharon Burleson

Stephanie K. Adams

Each of these ladies have their own blogs, so please check them out as well. There are links in each of our bios. Be sure to like Sweet Jesus Ministries on Facebook, follow the @SweetJesusGirls on Twitter, pin with us on Pinterest, and subscribe to receive our post via email.

Confessions

A Light Bulb Moment

IdeaLightbulbsmJust the other day I had a light bulb moment. Have you ever had one of those? Some times I feel brilliant after the light bulb goes off, and other times I feel kinda slow. You know… the why didn't I think of that sooner thought.  On this particular day, I felt kinda slow.

Let me explain a little bit.

When I first started blogging, a long, long time ago (2006), I tried to stay away from the touchy topics like religion and politics. I mean, aren't those the topics we avoid most of the time? I know we do at all of our family events, and even church groups. Sometimes it is best to just talk about the weather, sports, or ailments. It's just safer! No arguments, no hurt feelings.

All of that was okay when I first started blogging. But now, the blogging world has blogs about faith/religion, and I feel compelled to write more about my faith, or what God is doing in my life. I want the world to know, and what better place to shout it out than the World Wide Web/Internet/Cloud/Whatever you call it! (I am SO not a techy person!)

Don't worry, I am not going to even try to touch the whole political topics. I just wouldn't know where to begin! The only political advice I will ever give is this…are you ready?…Vote! There ya go, you've got my political advice. 

For the longest time I felt like I shouldn't dip my toe in the religious/faith-filled blog posting because, well, I am not a perfect Christian. (Screeching halt!) Wait! No one is a perfect Christian. No one! 

I felt like I wasn't far enough along in my walk with Jesus. Wait, wait, wait! This might be true to some, but to others I might be a lot farther on my walk than theirs and hopefully we could chat on our walk.  Aren't we supposed to help each other?

Why shouldn't I write about something I am excited about? Why shouldn't I share all that God has done for me? Why shouldn't I step out of my cramped little box where I try to please everyone? You know, it really is comfy in there though. I'm not staying in that little box anymore. I'm taking a leap of faith.

What are your thoughts? Anybody? Bueller? Bueller?

 

Confessions

Podcasts & Pinterest

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 1.01.50 PMPodcasts are my newest addiction. Oh my goodness. I get in my pickup to go to town, and the first thing I have to do is pull up my podcast app so I can start the latest episode.

Serial is the first podcast I have tried, and I'm hooked. Hook. Line. And Sinker. Hooked! Let me tell you a little bit about the podcast and the current story.

Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, and is hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story – a true story – over the course of an entire season. Each season, we'll follow a plot and characters wherever they take us. And we won’t know what happens at the end until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we bring you the next chapter in the story, so it's important to listen to the episodes in order, starting with Episode 1.(taken from the Serial website)

"It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent – though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found." (taken from the Serial website)

If you like reading mysteries and/or watching shows like NCIS, Criminal Minds, etc. then you will be hooked too.

Since I am new to the whole podcast scenario, I am looking for new ones to listen to. Do you have any suggestions?

Now, you might be wondering why this is titled Podcasts & Pinterest. Some of you might have already guessed, but Pinterest is another addiction of mine.  A friend of mine, who is not a Pinterest fanatic like myself, says she can find everything on Google that she can find on Pinterest. I think she can, but it will take her longer than it would if she were on Pinterest. Just my two cents. Plus, I like all the photos. 🙂

Anywho, if I have some free time to sit down at my computer, I like to peruse Pinterest and listen to my Podcasts.