Hello dear gals! I know it’s not normal for me to have a Coffee Time post on a Wednesday, but I have a couple of reasons for asking you to grab a drink and sit with me a spell. First of all, so much has happened lately. And I just want to catch up with you! Second, my schedule has still been a little wacky and I couldn’t get my other planned post together. So there’s that!
I’m enjoying having coffee most mornings lately on my back deck, seen in the photo above. It’s a relatively small deck, but it’s large enough to hold my beloved black iron glider, a couple of black iron rockers, a table and a couple more chairs. So I guess that’s plenty! Ha!
Anyhow, I think we got spoiled because the first few days we were in our new home in Cincinnati the mornings began cool, breezy and gorgeous. I’ve told myself not to get used to this! Hehehe! But I’m enjoying it while I can and when I can.
We’re renting for at least a year as we attempt to sell our home in Arizona. Plus we want to take our time getting to know the area and figuring out where we want to reside permanently. Right now we live in a sweet little three bedroom house in a charming little section of town. We downsized considerably, but we do have a full basement. So that’s where a lot of our belongings are. Ha!
Our little dog Benji is 15 years old and has never really traveled much. But he did great on the trip across the country. You may recall that his sibling Tommy died back in the early spring. But Benji has adjusted beautifully and we are enjoying doting on him. He’s still finding his place in our new home, but he absolutely loves his grassy, fenced-in back yard.
In case you’ve just begun reading Dressed for My Day, my husband James took a new pastorate at a church in Cincinnati, and that’s why we moved here. We had a wonderful Sunday at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Sunday. The people here are just lovely, and I know I’m going to enjoy getting to know them over the years to come.
In fact, tomorrow night I’m going to a gathering of just six women for dinner. The women’s ministry here does a thing called Dinner for Six. Women sign up and are put in groups (I guess…I’m not really sure who does the “putting”!) of six with a hostess. The hostess has dinner for the other five women in her home. I guess this group had an opening, so I was invited to join in. That’s such a lovely way to meet other women…sitting around a table and visiting.
This past weekend my son Daniel and his fiancee Stephanie came for a visit. They arrived Saturday around noon with pizzas and their dog Cooper.
We had such a good time with them. We ate yummy pizza on the back deck (it was a glorious day weather wise!), played with the dogs in the backyard, played board games and then finished up with cheeseburgers. Stephanie is finishing up her residency in pediatrics in Columbus, Ohio, this next year. So we don’t know for sure where they’ll go after that. But we’re really hoping they stay here, of course. They get married in October.
James and I managed to take 5 sets of photos last night. Yay!!! You know what that means! I’ll have outfits to share with you starting tomorrow. And I have a few 5 Ways to Wear… series coming, too. I’m very excited to get back to some normalcy here on the blog. Thanks for your patience as I’ve moved across the country.
Well, I think that’s about it. As I’ve shared with my email subscribers, everything went very smoothly during our drive across the country. I’m so grateful for safe travels, a reliable automobile, a happy dog, an even happier husband and all the family we got to see on the way. I feel so very, very blessed.
And you, dear gals, are a blessing to me, too. Thanks so much for sitting with me for a while. I’d love for you to talk back a little. Maybe tell me if you have post ideas for the upcoming weeks. Or let me know a little of what you’ve been up to. I’m still open to tips about living in Ohio or the midwest in general – what I’ll need in my wardrobe, where we should go for day or weekend trips, restaurants we need to try, etc.
Have a blessed day. And, more importantly, be a blessing to someone today!
Blessed for My Day
Don’t ever forget that you, dear gal, are a work of art. You have been created for special purposes. Regardless of your education, employment status, age or background, God has a work for you to do. And only you can accomplish it.
Only you can influence the people around you in your unique way. Use that awesome gift of influence to give grace, lavish love, listen well, encourage wisely and glorify God. You may feel like no one really needs anything from you, but that’s just not true. You have so much to contribute. If you’ve lived more than a few minutes and experienced God’s faithfulness, you have much to share: perspective, hope, encouragement and empathy.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10