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Monday, July 13, 2020

This and that and a book winner!

Happy Monday everyone.  I’m at the lake today, cleaning and doing laundry. I love cleaning my little house.  We spent yesterday afternoon at the house.  I cleaned out the pantry and boxed up Alex’s few remaining things he had at home.  Dennis did the yard work and some garage packing.  Another load went to the thrift store.  We found out today that the appraisal is scheduled for next Tuesday.  Things are moving right along.

Dennis’s socks are almost finished. One sock has only the kitchener stitch left to do and the other one is about halfway through the toe decreases. I should finish those this afternoon.

I had several photos for you today and I have been fighting with blogger for the last hour and a half trying to get them to upload. I don’t know what’s wrong. I’m still going to put this post out because we have some exciting news! 

We have a winner for Cheryl‘s new book “Biblical Minimalism-Following Jesus From a Life of Abundance to a More Abundance Life.”  The winner is Kathyb!  Congratulations Kathy.  I think you’re going to love the book. For anyone else that would like to have the book you can contact Cheryl at Homespun Devotions or purchase the book at Amazon for your Kindle or paperback copy.  Kathy, I will send Cheryl your mailing address and she will send you a copy herself.

I hope all is well with you.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:4-7

Blessings and love,
Betsy

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Book Talk and House Sale

It’s Wednesday! I have no idea where the past week has gone, but it has been a whirlwind. We accepted an offer on our house.  I’ve been back every day until today, packing up some of the closets and the office desk. And the file cabinet.  It’s amazing how long it takes to go through those things. You definitely don’t want to get rid of important papers by accident. The biggest headache? My craft closet. I was ruthless my friends.  I got a day off because today was the house inspection. We have no idea how it went. Apparently it usually takes a few days for the seller to get the results.

I don’t remember if I told you we ended up going with the first offer. It’s a lovely family with five children who wrote us the sweetest letter and emailed us photos of their family. I would love to think of a family living in the house again.

We ended up taking 18 full loads between the truck and the car, packed to the roof to the thrift  store. We have new neighbors in the house next-door and we’re going to give them a lot of our furniture as they don’t have much. They are refugees from Afghanistan and have been wonderful neighbors in the few months we have known them. She was crying yesterday when I told her yes, we were really moving.  The poor lady thought it was because they had moved in next-door. I assured her very quickly that that was not the reason and that they are welcome to any of our furniture they would like to have. They have been a delight to have next door.

That isn’t to say that getting rid of so many things hasn’t been a struggle. My friend Cheryl had the most impeccable timing. She wrote a book called “Biblical Minimalism, Following Jesus from a life of Abundance to a More Abundant Life” and she sent me a copy. Oh. My. Goodness. I had only read the first half of the book when we decided to sell our house. Her book is what gave me the strength to get through the past week. She was able to put onto the printed page the same feelings and thoughts that I was having about letting go of “things“. She included lots of Bible verses and I am just so grateful to her for sending this book to me when I needed it the most.  I finished it today. Just when my spirit was feeling a bit wounded and raw from the process of letting go of so many things so quickly, the last half of her book provided a balm to my soul. I have no doubt what we are doing is the right thing and it is what God would have us to do at this time in our lives.

She also spent some time on the subject of being debt-free. This is something that both Dennis and I feel very strongly about. We taught the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class at our church for many, many years. It is such a wonderful feeling to not owe anyone a debt of money.

I honestly don’t believe you have to be contemplating a move to receive a lot of beneficial and healing information that Cheryl provides. It was as if she were talking directly to me and I think it would be the same for each of you if you were to read it. Please visit Cheryl‘s blog if you were interested in getting a copy of your own. I’ve provided a link for you.

In addition, Cheryl has also generously offered to give one of my blog readers her book for free. If you are interested, please mention it in your comment below.  I will be having a drawing this coming Sunday evening, July 12th at 6 PM Pacific time.



I’m hoping each of you are having a wonderful day.

Blessings,
Betsy

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Exciting Weekend!

Whoo Hoo!  We have officially accepted an offer on our house as of this evening.  Our realtor held all offers until tonight and we had several to choose from.  This particular couple looked at it just 2 hours after it was put on the MLS.  Now we just have to get through the inspection and appraisal.   This is all so nerve-wracking.

One fun thing Dennis did this weekend?

He upgraded the toilet in the RV we’ll be living in for a couple of years.  It’s amazing how much nice it is.  Who would have thought a toilet could be so nice? lol

There were lots of amazing fireworks around the lake that we were able to enjoy from the wonderful social distancing safe spot of our own RV spot. Others in the resort we’re not being so smart. There were literally hundreds of people on the beach watching the fireworks that were set off around the lake. I can only imagine the thousands of dollars that went up in smoke last night. And I can also only imagine the number of COVID-19 cases that will be popping up in two weeks. After watching the news tonight for the first time in almost a week, to say this is terrifying to me would be an understatement. When will this all end?

To end this post on a positive note, I’ll leave a picture of my beautiful Miss Piper. She always cheers me up and is very excited Papa and Grandma will be moving closer to her before too much longer.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend too and are staying nice and safe. 

Much love and Blessings, 
Betsy