Thursday randoms <3

It’s one of those weeks, friends.

So here are some randoms to hopefully brighten your day and I will look for something more meaningful to close out this week.


Random #1

This guy was camping out in the tulip bush on the corner of our patio one morning this week.

Zoom in…

we think a hawk.

He is no small bird to have found a way to perch in this relatively small space right next to our two bird feeders!

It kind of gives new meaning to “bird feeder” when the seed I put attracts lunch for a bigger fellow.

His (or her) feathers were gorgeous and I just sat and watched for the longest time.

Our little feeders were nowhere to be found and he eventually took off…which was also cool to watch. I wanted to alert him to the squirrel that was stealing seed from our neighbors feeders…but don’t speak “hawk”.

Random #2

Christmas is just about put away and I have been adding touches of Valentines.

Do you decorate for Valentines?

I do a little and then I also like to put things out for St. Patty’s Day…and then Easter…and they all pass so quickly. Like Christmas is for 6 weeks and the others get a nod.

I also love little crafting projects for Valentine’s Day and cards…it’s a fun, sweet way to brighten winter.

Nothing better than a homemade Valentine in my book <3

Random #3

So I don’t know what has happened to me, but starting in January I make myself go straight to the basement when I wake up and do some stretches and exercise.

I know.

I am very worried.

Then I head back upstairs and walk right past my coffee pot. I get ready for the day and then, only then, do I make a cup of coffee.

A cup.


I got a new coffee make in December and it has a Keurig option.

A lot of days I make one mug only.

I don’t even know who I am anymore.

Random #4

Are you a puzzler?

I found this gently used one for sale for $5 and couldn’t pass it up. It will fit on our coffee table…woot!!

Russ asked me if I counted all the pieces before I bought it…the thought had crossed my mind but I just stepped out in faith that it does.

Okay folks…that’s it…gotta scoot…miles to go before I sleep and all that.

Have a wonderful day.

Do something creative and fun…and then tell someone what you did.

We need to encourage one another <3

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And that’s a wrap on Christmas 2021

Last Saturday we were able to finish up our Christmas celebration officially with a visit from the St. Louis branch of this tree.

I hope you don’t mind me sharing a few pictures and some narration of the festivities.

Cause I am going to, whether you mind or not <3 (insert a grin and a giggle…)

Tia, Jack and Rocco came and we did our grandest to celebrate as if it was Christmas Eve again.

The shenanigans included…

a demonstration of various basketball skills out on the patio with a rapt audience filming and applauding.

introducing the next generation to the Reimer’s favorite…the Macarena is a big hit with all, but Joel just seemed to enjoy the shimmy while the rest of us navigated the motions.

We opened presents, some with a little more help than others…

We were missing Zach, who had to work, and John, who lives too dang far away…

Sarah tried FaceTiming John, but no answer so she set up her phone to video…

and we all waved and talked to him like he was there..

and eventually he did call…

which was so good.

I am sure Zach appreciated that we did NOT FaceTime him at work.

But we missed them.

We played games..

and laughed wondering how Grandpa Reimer would have handled the domino towers and rhythm band that our four bring to the party.

Imagine the sound of tiles hitting wood continuously whilst reminding people it is their turn…

Yes…we are drinking chamomile tea as it is a calming tea…Tia’s idea.

We had a wonderful time and it all went too quickly.

When I laid my head down on the pillow that night, I felt the weight of joy. I literally just laid there and all I could do was thank God for giving us those hours with at least most of our family.

I was so filled with gratitude, there is no cathedral more sacred than the sense of peace and gratitude that overtook me for those moments before I fell asleep.

It was an unusual Christmas season…better than last year for sure…thanks for sharing the moments with me today <3

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Just a quick hello because technology is not my friend today <3


Man’s great achievement and worst nightmare.

I have a post I wanted to share but my IOS updated last night and now everything is running at the speed of a turtle.

So for today, I am sharing this little piece of advice I keep by my desk and try to follow on the daily…

Based on 1 Corinthians 13

God pours His love into us and His love is like this:

  • Love is patient and kind
  • Love is not envious
  • Love does not show off
  • Love is not full of pride
  • Love is not rude
  • Love is not selfish
  • Love is not easily annoyed
  • Loved is not being annoying
  • Love doesn’t think badly of others
  • Love does not celebrate someone else’s suffering
  • Love looks after the well being of others

It has been suggested that we plug in our own name into the Love Is verses of 1 Corinthians 13 so…

God has poured His love into Laura and His love helps me:

  • Laura is patient and kind
  • Laura is not envious
  • Laura does not show off
  • Laura is not full of pride
  • Laura is not rude
  • Laura is not selfish
  • Laura is not easily annoyed
  • Laura is not annoying
  • Laura doesn’t think badly of others
  • Laura does not celebrate someone else’s suffering
  • Laura looks after the well being of others

If you plug your name in and kind of cringe at a few of those, welcome to the family of mankind.

Look at it as a declaration.

Read them as a challenge to yourself and to remind yourself what it looks like to love like God loves.

And if you think you never would ever celebrate someone else’s suffering, think about the times you have thought someone got what was coming to them…just saying.

Something to aspire to and now it’s off to deal with the new IOS…I shall need to read through that list again a time or two in the process <3

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