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How Did You Get Engaged?

MInTheGap over at Weekend Kindness has started a “What’s Your Story?” meme. Time to share our engagement stories…here’s mine!

I met my future dh when I was a junior in high school. We quickly became best friends, and his interest turned early on to one of a more serious nature! I wasn’t ready to think about marriage…so I broke things off with him.

Fast forward to the summer before my senior year. I’d been missing my best friend and committed to praying about getting in touch with him again. God showed me in a series of affirmations that we were, indeed, meant to reconnect. Meanwhile, dh had been letting me “sow my wild oats”–he’d graduated three years before–and was waiting in the sidelines with a pretty much broken heart.

God got us together, and the night of the Christmas dance–December 18, 1992–after asking my dad for my hand in marriage, the love of my life presented me with the most beautiful diamond engagement ring.
I had a blast showing it off to all my friends, and we got married a month after graduation! That was fourteen years ago…and we’re still best friends.

I’d like to hear the engagement stories of the following bloggers:

  1. Amy at Knight’s Acre
  2. Gina at Portrait of a Writer
  3. Jessica at Farm Fresh

Here’s How it Works:

  • Copy the link to this image (hot – linking is fine by me!)
  • Write your story of how you got engaged.
  • Select 3 bloggers that are married or have gotten engaged and let them know that you want to know their story.
  • Make sure you link back to this How Did You Get Engaged post.

BloggingToday at Weekend Kindness

Today is my middle daughter’s seventh birthday! I intended on getting this post up this morning, but alas, we’ve been having birthday fun instead!

I’m excited to be blogging at Weekend Kindness again. MInTheGap has rounded up a great group of writers, with the focus of the site being on relationship-builders. This week he’s introducing all of us, and I titled my intro: An Invitation to Linger. In it, I explained why I named my blog Home-steeped Hope, and no, it’s not because our home is nestled into a steep hillside, though that in itself is certainly true.

I began with this quote:

“Tea was once reserved for the upper classes who had time on their hands. Nowadays, it’s the opposite. We’re so busy that we take tea to escape from the pressure and the fast pace, especially when someone invites, ‘Oh, do come for tea…’ Now, you have an excuse to linger.” ~Gail Greco

And you’ll have to visit Weekend Kindness for the rest…

Weekend Kindness: Love List to Hubby

This past weekend’s mission was:

Send a love letter listing the reasons “Why I love you so much.”

So I wrote a love letter to my husband…he’s the best, and I’m so glad God put us together! In deference to his private nature, I decided I shouldn’t post it here…so I removed my original list.

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WK: Stamping Fun


card.jpgHave to admit, this Weekend Kindness assignment was another case of perfect timing.

Our family went to Hobby Lobby last week to buy some stamping supplies…as my oldest daughter wanted to make cards for her “birthday craft”. Imagine our excitement as we came down the stamping aisle to see that EVERYTHING was 50% off! Everything! So we were able to get twice the amount for the money…stamps to make a variety of cards…and alphabet stamps in upper and lower cases…white cards/envelopes, cream colored cards/envelopes, postcards, etc. And today, we stamped to our hearts content!

It was so much fun. Reminded me of a few years ago when my dear friend Jana came for a few days visit and brought me the coolest hostess gift…supplies to make “coffee themed” cards. Don’t you just love it when someone takes your interests to heart and blesses you like that? Love you a ‘latte’ Jana! 🙂

So, I scanned my “Just Because” card for dh…assignment fulfilled. Now we girls are going to hurry to the mailbox so he’ll find it (and the ones they made for him) when he gathers the mail on his way up our lane…

Thanks for another fun WK!

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Weekend Kindness Is Back

From MInTheGap:

“I’m pleased to announce the return of Weekend Kindness!

What is Weekend Kindness? It’s a site devoted to helping you reach out to those around you with a kind spirit in the effort to make a difference.

Each week (on Wednesday) a new “mission” is presented to you to accomplish by the following Monday.  Participants have done crazy things like give treats to people in line at the grocery store, attempt to babysit children for parents, and  give secret surprises.

With this new installation, we’ve streamlined the “code” a little and we’ve added a new wrinkle in that we’ll be providing you with ways to help build your relationships with others around you– particularly your spouse!

How does it work?  We give you a mission, you sign up, you perform the mission (or write about a time when someone was kind to you) and write a post about it on your blog.  We’ll link to you and then others will go around, read your kindness and link to theirs!”

This first week’s mission is posted, so go on over to Weekend Kindness and sign up today!

Weekend Kindness–Java Style


I really enjoyed this coffee-themed one, can we do it again?

In my dreams, it would have been lovely to hire a sitter (yeah, one who didn’t mind watching a toddler with chicken pox) and take a friend to Starbucks, but hey, I believe in the “glass half full” mentality, so a little improv was needed. I dropped in on a friend armed with crullers and cappuccinos and we had a great heart-to-heart while the kiddos played.

Twas grand. And true friends don’t mind exposure to chicken pox. (Wink).

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Get the Weekend Kindness code here!The purpose of the meme is to get people motivated to be kind to our fellow men and women and to encourage one another in that pursuit. If you participate, leave the link to your Weekend Kindness in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Weekend Kindness with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their Acts of Weekend Kindness. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Better Late Than Never–Weekend Kindness

 

The “Watch the Kiddies” directive came at a great time for us. So I thought. My sil had a scheduled c-section, so we offered to watch her two older kids some evening prior to the surgery…so she and her dh could splurge on one last date. Alas, it didn’t work out. So I extended the invitation on into this week. Still didn’t work out.

And what a blessing! My youngest woke up feverish and dotted with chicken pox this morning. Would have hated to pass that along to a family with a newborn!

Btw, it’s a girl!

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Get the Weekend Kindness code here!The purpose of the meme is to get people motivated to be kind to our fellow men and women and to encourage one another in that pursuit. We all If you participate, leave the link to your Weekend Kindness in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Weekend Kindness with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their Acts of Weekend Kindness. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Weekend Kindness: Give a Food Gift

So, week 6 of Weekend Kindness…and our mission was to Create a Confectionary Masterpiece. I’ve done a few confectionary pretties in my life, but didn’t have time this weekend! However, I did give the gift of my time with my children as we made caramel corn and an apple pie for their daddy in celebration of all the work he does as the official “laborer” in our family! Apple pie is his favorite dessert, and my oldest daughter took the leftover pie crust and created small heart-shaped treats which she frosted and dusted with sprinkles. So we had plenty of special treats for Labor Day.

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Get the Weekend Kindness code here! The purpose of the meme is to get people motivated to be kind to our fellow men and women and to encourage one another in that pursuit. If you participate, leave the link to your Weekend Kindness in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Weekend Kindness with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their Acts of Weekend Kindness. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Weekend Kindness at Wal-Mart

For this week’s challenge, I determined the younger the victim, the better. And it actually worked out great!

6 year old and I were mad-dashing through Wal-Mart while dh and our other two daughters were similarly rushing their way through a to-buy list…we were hurrying through the mundane so we could get on with the fun…in this case: bowling.

At the 20 items or less check-out, we dumped our contents and out of the corner of my eye I saw/heard a 2 or 3 yo boy in the cart behind us. He wanted something to eat. Bingo! I grabbed a bag of plain (what else?) M&M’s and after we paid, my 6 yo had the fun of giving them to this little guy’s mother. Was that shock and awe in her eyes? At any rate, she was speechless!

And we were blessed!

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Get the Weekend Kindness code here!The purpose of the meme is to get people motivated to be kind to our fellow men and women and to encourage one another in that pursuit. If you participate, leave the link to your Weekend Kindness in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Weekend Kindness with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their Acts of Weekend Kindness. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

The Candy-Bar Fairy


I admit, I fudged a bit. Instead of candy bars, I used those little cannisters of mini-m&m’s. Hey, I know what my daughters like!

Problem is, the m&m’s still reside under their respective pillows. Here’s what I put on their “labels”: May your words to each other always be as sweet as these treats!

I’ll update this if and when my weekend kindness is discovered! 

Updated~ Getting a bit antsy, I sneaked into their room and moved the m&m’s to their bunk bed railings. 6 yo discovered hers first about three hours later and came rollicking out to me…with some hemming and hawing she was convinced that her sister must have given it to her…eventually I was found out and deemed the best mom ever! My oldest says she’ll have one a day till they’re gone so that her words will stay sweet that much longer. Ha. Wonder how long that will last? One m&m a day?

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Get the Weekend Kindness code here!The purpose of the meme is to get people motivated to be kind to our fellow men and women and to encourage one another in that pursuit. We all If you participate, leave the link to your Weekend Kindness in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Weekend Kindness with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their Acts of Weekend Kindness. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!