Photo Credits~

(owl:donaldthompson95 on flickr, luna:BillLepidoptera/ on flickr, willow/fence:trensamiro on flickr, all remaining: Merana Leigh)

Psalm 25:4-5

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;

guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (NIV)

Drench yourself in words unspoken, Live your life with arms wide open,

Today is where your book begins, The rest is still unwritten. ("Unwritten" by Natasha Beddingfield)

It matters not how long we live, but how!

Friday, December 31, 2010

No resolutions

I've decided this year to not make any resolutions. This year, I plan something totally different. This year, I lift all my weaknesses, all my hopes, all my faults, all my negatives, all my dreams, all my....well, just all my everything to the Lord. I can't do anything without Him anyway, so why even try? Why not just give everything to the One who will walk me through whatever I face? 'Nuff said!

So, as I sit here listening to my son have a meltdown at the XBox (another one of those "why bother" moments b/c they always get over it....I think it's a "guy thing" b/c I would have just said 'heck with it' a LOOOOOONG time ago!)....where was I? Oh yes, so as I sit here typing this & listening to my son & chase the dog away from chewing on EVERYthing (yes, he's destroyed a cell phone [talk about embarrassing "my dog ate it" when I called the insurance company], a tv remote, apparently loves the taste of beer...the list goes on!)...I think about how I'm anxious for the boys to go to their dad's for the w/e. And then I feel guilty...what kind of mother am I? I think that's another thing I'll be working on with God for the new year. But then He reminded me of a family here in town. Their boys were on the way home from our local high school for Christmas break on a windy road, too fast. Had an accident & the 14 year old died on the scene. They were coming home. Excited. Anticipating the holidays. Hoping for snow. Then in a moment, it's ALL gone. ALL. Life as they knew it is OVER. My heart still breaks for them. I'm sure they'd LOVE to listen to him yell at his XBox. I cry when I think of that & just listen to mine. Well, okay, and correct him & tell him to stop. I AM a Mom afterall ;o} ! Thanks for the reminder, Lord. And please be with that family & all the friends Reed leaves behind.

I pray God's grace in your lives this coming year, dear BB's.

In Christ's abiding love ~ Merana

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Oh my GOSH!!!! Seriously....I haven't been on here since October 24? I mean, I KNEW it had been far too long, but I've missed THAT much!?! No wonder I've been feeling an enormous sense of withdrawal!

I know everyone is so busy at this time of year, but mine has been C-R-A-Z-Y! In addition to preparing for BOTH of my kids' birthdays, I've also been busy with Halloween sleepover, regular sleepovers, regular everyday life of a single parent, an enormous amount of things to do at work to where I can't even get on to read some posts, we remodeled the office at work (paint, carpet...involving moving everything out & back in again), getting Christmas gifts, and {smiles} now we've added to our family. We haven't had pets for about 5 years & I've never owned a dog in my life. So there's been a lot of adjusting & learning going on. Below, let me introduce you to Batman (the cat) & Flash (the dog). Needless to say, it's been an INTERESTING 6 weeks or so in my life. FAAAAAR too busy for my taste, but this w/e I'm finally able to slow it down a notch or two & breathe.

So, I wanted to let you all know that I've missed you terribly....(and yes, hope you've missed me as well!)....and I pray for those of you I know have special things going on in your lives for which you could use prayer warriors. I may not have been able to read your posts, but you've been in my heart!
I hope everyone's Thanksgiving was blessed & that this most holy season is sacred and precious for each of you!
Hugs & love ~ Merana