I like these quotes from Abraham Lincoln: Nobody wants war, so why do we have to have war: “Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.” Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March […]

The Game is the first book I’ve read by Laurie King. What drew me to this book was the crime fighting couple – Sherlock Holmes and his wife and partner Mary Russell. Yes, Sherlock Holmes is married! I guess Sherlock Holmes is a public domain figure now. Mary Russell is the first person narrator in […]

Imagine no waiting to get on the Pirates of the Carribean ride, walking right into Astro Blaster, and no lines in the women’s bathroom at Disneyland! And all that for FREE! That was my birthday present on the 25th of January. First, the free part – My husband and I volunteered to chaperone Amy’s school […]


Following Dave‘s example, I am going to set a few goals for myself. It would be impossible for me to set 50 goals to be accomplished before I turn 50! So how about 5 before I turn 50? If I can complete these 5 goals by January 25th, 2009, I will be really happy! 1. […]

To make a long story short, here’s what happend: We bought a camera from Best Buy for $179. Two week later, we saw it at Staples on sale for $149. I take my receipt and the Staples ad to Best Buy to get a refund on the difference based on their price guarantee. Customer service […]

A Statement from Fred Thompson Posted: Tue. 22 Jan 2008 Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people. […]


Everyone seems to be remodeling their kitchen and bathrooms recently. It would be nice to do that if money was no issue. But you don’t have to make a major change like that to make your house look better. Just changing a few lighting fixtures will make a difference in the way your house looks. […]

Today was a dry run of what it will be like in 6 years, when all 3 of my children will be over 18. Mike and I had the day to ourselves, just the 2 of us, while our kids are at various retreats with church and school. We had the Saturday wide open. The […]

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Have you ever noticed my User Name on this blog? My husband commented that my user name, Joyful, is a really nice expression. Let me tell you how I came up with that name. While in Bible Study Fellowship in the study of the Minor Prophets, Dottie the teacher led a short devotional on Habakkuk […]

A poll by researchers looking at what decor to put in hospital children’s wards found that youngsters do not like clowns on the walls and even older ones think they are scary.”We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable,” said Penny Curtis, senior researcher at the University […]

Now that there is a Mormon, Mitt Romney, running for President this year, the Mormon Church has been in the news much more than before. More questions about whether Mormons are a cult continues to be argued. First, what is a cult? I was part of the beginning of a cult in the late ’80s. […]

Some people who are against capital punishment use this argument: “People are created by God, so we should not kill them, even if they are hard criminals. After all, they are made in the image of God.” Did you know that the Bible uses this same reasoning for capital punishment? Take a look at Genesis […]


I emailed another “great deal” advertised on Craigslist for an Acura to see what would happen. Below is the response I got back. Beware of different verbage that is being used with these scams. This one took out the ridiculous “free shipping from the military” bit and sounds more convincing. There are not only selling […]


My son moved into an off-campus living arrangement last night, entering his junior year in college. “Did you pack your school supplies? Your ID and keys? Shampoo and soap? Contact lens solution? Toothpaste?” The car was loaded down with boxes full of college-student necessities, from toilet bowl cleaner (I hope he will actually use it) […]

God’s MO is always different from how we think He should act. In Acts 18:9-10 in the Bible, Paul receives a vision from God saying to him: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I […]

While shopping online on Craigslist.com for a used car for my son, I can across this ad: 2000 HONDA Accord EX V6 LEATHER SUNROOF 200 Horse Power V6 Automatic Transmission Naples Gold Metallic Exterior Soft Plush Leather Interior In Dash CD Radio Remote Entry …Perfect CarFax History…No accidents no damage no problems… The price? $2960! […]


“What about Jesus? Some say Jesus’ ethic of love and forgiveness requires us to end the death penalty. This was the appeal Mother Theresa made when Robert Alton Harris was facing the gas chamber here in California. She appealed to the governor saying Jesus would forgive. With no disrespect towards Mother Theresa, I think her […]

My son Elliot took my van to meet a friend. He came back with the full tank of gas (it was near empty) and new windshield wipers – installed. Thanks, Elliot!

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We’ve watched Disney’s Mary Poppins probably a zillion times, and every time we watch it, we love it! Every one of those songs are fun to sing along and we are amazed at the special effects that Disney was able to do without CGI. I don’t know how I missed it, but last night when […]

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Huckabee is a good guy, not any worst than other candidates, and better than most. If he is the win-able candidate for the Republicans, I will support him. I like his policy of establishing the Fair Tax. It would be tremendous if America can finally institute a “Fair” taxing system.  Chuck Norris supports him, that’s […]