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Thankful Thursday #23 – Life is Precious – October 2015

I know it’s Friday but I wrote this on Thursday, and thought this post would be a great way to restart my thankful Thursday series for the fall and winter.

This post is a bit of a departure from my typical thankful Thursday posts. I wanted to I write about a friend who passed away last weekend. The friend was my old boyfriend Mack, who I met when I was 19, and he’s the reason I moved from my home state of Michigan to California. Our four year relationship brought so many great things into my life!

As I write this, I’m flying to his funeral in Michigan and I’m watching the plane on the flight tracker follow almost the exact route we drove 19 years ago, which is stirring up emotions and fun memories!

Some of my favorite things about Mack were his smile, his laugh, his ticklishness, his lankiness, (he was 6’8” and very skinny!), his soft spoken personality, how he loved his nieces and nephews (when they were little, he’d play with them constantly), and the love he had for his family and his son. Continue reading


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Thankful Thursday #20 – April 2015

Good Thursday evening and welcome to my monthly Thankful Thursday post!

Now that spring is in full effect maintaining the trees and garden on our little homestead requires much more time! In addition to homesteading, my new ‘Infusio Interviews‘ feature has taken up a significant amount of time and to add to the fun I started nutrition school at the beginning of this month…Whew!!

I hope you enjoy reading the things I was thankful for this past month! Continue reading


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Thankful Thursday #17 – January

The new year has started off pretty darn good! Enjoy the eleven things I was thankful for this month!

  1. Continuing to feel good after my treatment for late stage Lyme disease at Infusio. I’ve passed the 90 day mark! I’ll be sharing my 90 day update next week.
  2. Celebrating my friend, Candy’s grand opening of her all organic, boba tea cafe, Tea Lyfe Drinks. If you live near San Jose, CA it’s worth the drive to sample her original creations. I make the 30 minute drive from my house, it’s that good!

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    The ultimate “Mom-preneur”, Candy, I think she will be one of Forbes 30 under 30! She opened this cafe in 5 months, while being a great wife, and awesome mom to her cute baby boy!

  3. Nothing broke during a 4.4 magnitude earthquake! I still get shaken up, even when they are small  quakes!
  4. The wonderful conversations I’ve had with people about Infuiso. They’ve been a blessing to me!
  5. After not buying clothes or shoes for myself for almost a year, scoring a pair of cute Converse for $20! IMG_5784
  6. Getting accepted into the Nutrition Consultant program at Bauman College!
  7. Having fun with my husband as we rediscovered how fun it is to paint at Petroglyph. Here’s a cute garden gecko girl he painted. IMG_5783
  8. Having my Lyme story shared on LEAF’s Facebook page, and the nice emails Lizzie sent me! If you’d like to share your Lyme story contact Lizzie via her Facebook page.
  9. Realizing the bees in Verbena colony left their hive instead of dying off. I’m glad they are still living somewhere!
  10. The amazingly warm weather we’ve been having! I am hopeful the rain will return in February!IMG_5830
  11. My husband’s birthday on January 30th, and he has the day off to celebrate!

What are you thankful for this month? Share with me!


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Thankful Thursday #15 – Grandparents

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The two people in the picture are my grandparents. The beautiful “Mrs. Claus” is Betty, my maternal grandma, and “Santa” (yes, that’s his real beard!) is Leo, my maternal grandpa. This picture was taken shortly after they retired to warm, and sunny Florida!

Sadly, my other grandparents passed away before I was born, or when I was much younger. Even though Leo and I weren’t blood relatives, (he was my grandma’s 2nd husband) he is the only grandpa I had a relationship with. He treated me, my sister, and my cousins as his own.

For that I’m thankful!

I am fortunate enough God allowed these two wonderful people to live long enough that I was able to know them as an adult. While I have awesome memories with them as a child, and adolescent, some of my favorite memories are after I was married, and become a so-called “adult.”

For that I’m thankful too!

One thing I’ve occasionally struggled with since I moving 2800 miles from my family, is not seeing them often enough. When finances were tight it was almost impossible to afford a plane ticket home. Thankfully, we’ve become more financially stable, and I can afford to visit family more often. Continue reading


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Thankful Thursday #14 – Flexibility

Currently, we are in the midst of a “winter storm.”

I put that word in quotes because here in my little section of California, nothing really feels like a winter storm to me. Especially when I think of the snowy, icy, bitter cold, winter storms I experienced growing up in Michigan!

Nevertheless, I did make sure we had fresh batteries in our flashlights, and my husband filled our firewood rack, just in case we lost electricity!

In my opinion, the worst thing about winter storms in my area, is driving Highway 17. Continue reading


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Thankful Thursday #13 – Shelter

Here’s my better late, than never, thankful Thursday! Today, I’m thankful for shelter.

I cannot imagine not having a roof over my head with the rainy weather we’ve had the past few days! I got soaked bringing groceries into my house!

While I’m thankful for the significant amount of rain, this weather served as a reminder to me, that there are millions of people who live without shelter everyday. In 2005, the United Nations conservatively estimated that 100 million people were homeless worldwide.

That’s a lot of people!

Whether it was a teeny-tiny, 400 square foot apartment or my current home, the wind and rain reminded me to be thankful God has always provided me with shelter.


What are you thankful for today? Share it with me!


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Thankful Thursday #12 – Change

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

I hope you are enjoying this day surrounded by loved ones, and wonderful food!  Honeychick quote 1

Today, I’m thankful for change!

Change is one of those things that’s just a part of life. Whether we like it or not, change inevitably happens. What I’ve noticed about change, even the difficult type, is that God uses it to change me for the better.

The change I experienced in Germany was great, and I’m extra thankful for my good health this year!

On another note, we have a big change happening on the homestead this weekend. Continue reading