July 4th 2015

Sparkler Fun

Without little ones, I’m not sure I’d enjoy the fun of the 4th of July as much. Their excitement makes it all worthwhile.

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For the past 17 years, we’ve been lucky enough to watch the fireworks from our boat on the water. They have never disappointed.

As we celebrated this Independence Holiday, my thoughts turn to those who are fighting for my right to relax and enjoy this holiday. I always get sad for those who are on foreign lands and away from their families. God Bless all those who serve and have served since the beginning of America. I pray that my children, grandchildren, and generations to come have the same comfort level that I experience. It is a fun holiday, but it is also one that always gives me a heavy heart thinking of those who have given so much. They are true heroes.


That freedom allows the little ones to experience the Sparkler Fun. God Bless the USA.




God Gave Me A Rose

Rose Poem by Trabonet aka Peabea

A poem I wrote under the name of Trabonet in early 2000. When enjoying my rose bushes and messing with them, this poem came to mind because of always getting jabbed by those thorns when I’d try to cut them for putting in a vase. It reminded me of how we should treat a love one or how to treat children (especially as they struggle in their teenage years, and we adjust to how to mentor to their needs). We hold too tight and sometimes children push back.




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  • It was a very hot July that year, and I was excited to be heading into vacation. We weren’t going anyplace special since the hubby and I wouldn’t be taking vacation at the same time. My plans were to do some things around the house that I had put off for another day, and I especially planned some close to home trips with the boys. A few weeks before heading into my vacation when one of the boys opened a can of Pepsi by me, and for just a bit it seemed to make me queasy. I laughingly told my husband that smell was the same that made me nauseous with our firstborn son. I was a big Pepsi drinker, but when I was pregnant with him, I could not stand to look at or smell that dark substance. The smell that day was the same, but I told hubby there was no way that could be because I hadn’t skipped any monthlies. I forgot all about that incidence and went on with my week-end and the next couple weeks before vacation started.

The week of my vacation all I could do was sit or lay, I was so sick. There was no shopping, no getting things done around the house, no taking the boys anywhere. I had the flu big time. During that week my mom and Aunt and Uncle stopped by for a visit, and my mom later told me that the Aunt and Uncle were concerned because I seemed so sick. I told my mom I wondered if maybe I was having gall bladder issues because it was a different sickness compared to just having the flu. But actually, I was now remembering the Pepsi incidence.

When I returned to work the next week still not feeling all that well, I called the doctor to make an appointment. Before I scheduled though, I did ask the nurse how soon a pregnancy test would reveal anything. She said I didn’t have to wait, that the test could tell pretty early on (this was pre-pregnancy tests over the counter ~ only the doctor did them at the time).
Well, the result was that when the nurse called me back the next day, she said “are you sitting down”. I said yes, and she said, “You are going to have a baby”.  It took a while for the news to settle in. The boys were teenagers (18 and 13), I was just beginning to have some free time after 18 years, and now to start all over again with diapers. Plus this time, there would need to be a babysitter while I worked; I hadn’t worked when the boys were young. I debated how to tell the hubby. Well, I needn’t have worried about that, he was overjoyed. That took me by surprise because with having two teenagers to clothe and feed, and finances not being the best I wasn’t sure how he’d take it.

I told him, we’re not telling anyone. They’ll know when the time comes for me to be big as a barrel and then they’ll know. He said okay, but he bugged me to tell. I couldn’t believe how thrilled he was with the news. We only made it about a month before he let the cat out of the bag and told my mom and sisters, his mom, and then everyone.

This week that little girl and baby of the family celebrated her 30th birthday.  I’ve always felt that our children were a gift and blessing from God above since we didn’t actually do family planning and each just happened in God’s own time. What does it say in the Bible ~

  • Psalm 139:13 ‘For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb’
  • Psalm 139:16 ‘Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

I felt that was God’s plan for us. We hadn’t had a need for family planning because we just didn’t get pregnant that easily so when each happened, each child was a surprise. A special surprise from Above

Our Friday’s Child  (Friday’s child is Loving and Giving)..a perfect description…

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Times Two

Love times two

This was the first puppy (a Scottie Terrier) when our son was five. The puppy arrived on January 3rd of that year, and his baby brother arrived the next day (another story) for my writing at http://peabeascribbles.wordpress.com. The puppy was named Smokey. The son in this picture is now 48  as of New Years Eve, and the puppy lived to be 14 years. I titled it ‘Love times two’ because naturally the son was so loved and the puppy stole all our hearts.

Sharing with Texture Tuesday. Textured with kk_1216 and pdpa old world charm 4 from Pixel Dust.

Hope everyone is having a good 2014 so far. We’re staying warm so far as Ohio plummets into the below zero temperatures.

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Across The Field

across the field for TT

The view across the field and down the road from my house. This is not this year, but the snow has fallen and it looks the same. Each time I look across the field with the bare tree line, it reminds me of a painting. What gorgeous work the artist Mother Nature and our Lord does. I love looking out at the snow with the world all white and clean like a renewing. When Fall is over and the leaves are gone and before the winter season starts with the snowfalls, it is like the world is kind of sad, and then the glorious snow starts falling, and the world is bright again.

This week and last, the snow is falling…I’m having a good time this year as we head into the holiday season getting back to the basics of what Christmas is all about. I’ve been doing the Advent Study with the Good Morning Girls and enjoying getting back to reading Scripture, which I had let go by the wayside in the past few years. Enjoying my memories of the childhood Christmases with my mom who couldn’t provide and how the small things were appreciated even as a child. I had two sisters, and she was newly divorced, but such fun we’d have going to the corner store at Christmas and dragging a cut Christmas tree three blocks back home to be decorated. I now know the lovely people who owned that store gave the tree to us, but at the time I assumed we’d paid for it. Life was simple, and I now know that maybe it wasn’t so simple for my mother, but she never let it show. She sang, we made paper circles to hang on the tree and we loved every minute of that time. Christmas morning I don’t remember presents being under that tree, but the memories of magical Christmases still remain. Family is Christmas to me.
As time went on and I had my own family, times were better for my kids, they got to be spoiled by gifts, but I tried to keep some of those traditions.

My wish is for everyone to have a blessed & fun holiday season and enjoy the smiles that we see on children’s faces and the light in their eyes as they enjoy the wonder of Christmas. Their faces are a gift to the world as we find gifts in many forms and different places.

Sharing with Kim Klassens Texture Tuesday…textured with her kk_touch of texture-1





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Always love that time of day when everything is settling down on a Summer’s eve. It seems to soothe my soul, make me reflect on life’s offerings and the things I take for granted that are truly gifts from God. Nothing more beautiful than a gift of a beautiful sunset, a child’s laughter as he chases lightening bugs, or even the soft sound of his breathing after a bedtime story.

The Choice is ours whether to take the time to ponder and appreciate.

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Fun Summer Day

beach n sandbucket quote for TT


Even if kids can’t really accomplish it, they always think they will build a sand castle. Apparently the grandbabykins is trying to build one that appears to have a pond or an eventual moat around it. hahahaha The photo brought to mind all the things kids probably imagine as they play in the sand.

Sharing with Texture Tuesday. I added my pb_smokeygrunge texture, and then the kk_cosmo from Kim Klassen. Plus, then I added a few things that weren’t in the original picture, and I took the people out.

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Berries ‘n Nature

Berries 'n Nature

Another from my ‘WEEDS’ photos. Edited with Adobe CS5.

There are so many free things in life..Nature being one of them even if it’s only in an edited photo. Every day there is something beautiful to see just by being aware of the color that is around us. The birds are go getters; up early and busy taking care of themselves and their families. They even fight at times over who found the worm first.

The Butterflies share their beautiful colors as they flit about and seems at times they flit close enough to tease just so we can admire their abstract wings that look like an artist’s finest work. (it is)

I’ve always been such a people watcher. I know it’s impolite to stare, but I’ve never been able not to because we are each such beautiful beings in our own way. When you see a person, do you wonder what they are about? What there life is? How things are going for them? Do they have stresses that don’t show on their faces? Is the smile genuine ~ are they truly happy? When staring at people, I wish all good things for them. We are such intricate, amazing, people just like birds and the butterflies.

When enjoying Nature, there is nothing more soothing than the sound of a bird warbling with trills and melody. There is even something soothing about the cicadas in the evening. And the fireflies doing their magical show has delighted children and adult alike for years.

Among the busy weeds of life, entertainment can be found just by looking.

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