Five Minute Friday: Family

The other day my sister from another mister gave my daughter’s Girl Scout troop the assignment of writing a haiku, a three-line poem which comprises five syllables in the first line, three syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the concluding line.  She so enjoyed this assignment that I thought I would give it a try for this week’s Five Minute Friday with the prompt, Family.


Therefore encourage

each other

. . . build each other up.

-1 Thessalonians 5:11

A favorite Bible verse of a dear friend and the current Beth Moore Bible study at our church, I believe 1 Thessalonians 5:11 defines Family in a nutshell.  These people whom encourage and build others up are the people I call Family in my own life.

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Five Minute Friday: Dear

Dear.  I use the word dear a lot when I refer to my friends:  loyal, honest, and ever present.  This term may sound a bit dated to some, but this adjective works for me.  I cherish these friends and love them with deep affection, and according to, this defines “dear,” so I must be on the right track.  A self-described old soul in an aging body, I embrace the word dear.

Currently participating in Kaitlyn Bouchillon’s #fmfpartysnailmail, I wrote my first letter to a woman blessing on my list and gladly began with a salutation of “Dear.”

And, without a doubt, I think the most important time to use dear is in prayer with the Big One above.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all of the blessings in my life even if it takes me a while to discover them.  Thank you for all of the friends who have become family.  Thank you for guiding me to Kaitlyn Bouchillon’s #fmfpartysnailmail so that I may encourage others through the written word.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of an incredible man’s life.  Thank you for giving a dear friend the strength to do what is right for her and her children.

In Your Name I Pray,


Nick Yung

Why do you write?: I write so I can share memories of what I have encountered in life so far. All of my writing stems from prior experiences.

Describe where you write.: I write in my dorm room.

Who or what is your muse?: My family

Three wishes . . .: First wish, no college loans. My next wish is for college to never end. My final wish is to be highly successful in life.

Favorite childhood book, and why?: I liked all of Mike Lupica’s sports stories. I couldn’t pick a favorite. I enjoyed all the tales of the inspiring athletes.

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: My ideal time to write is after a life-touching experience.

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: I would reread any of the Harry Potter novels. The story never gets old.

E-book or print? Why?: E-book because you do not have to worry about transporting a collection of books.

Favorite magazine, and why?: Sports Illustrated. I like to read the stories of athletes’ journeys.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: That putting hard work into anything will lead to results.

Brendan Madden

Why do you write?: I write because I can put all of my feelings onto one paper.  I enjoy expressing myself and my indifferent feelings.  In writing I am able to say whatever I want and writing also helps me reflect on my life, especially when I write about past experiences like when I nearly burnt a building down to the ground.  I learn from writing every time I write.

Describe where you write.: I write in a quiet place, usually on my desk in my room.

Who or what is your muse?: My muse is usually my teacher and the audience whom is going to read my paper.

Three wishes . . .: If I had three wishes, my first wish would be to be happy in my life.   My second wish would be to know what my future holds so that I do not have to worry in my life as much.  My third wish would be for the safety of my family because I care deeply about my family.

Favorite childhood book, and why?: My favorite childhood book is Harry Potter, because Harry Potter is so intense and it has several books in the series.

Explain when is your ideal time to write.: My ideal time to write is when I'm by myself and when it is dark, cold, or rainy outside.  This is because I love being outdoors.  I write usually at night.

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why.: I would reread Harry Potter because I absolutely love the Harry Potter book series and it never gets old.

E-book or print? Why?: I prefer print because I am old fashioned and I do not like technology much and I feel like I would get easily distracted while using an E-book

Favorite magazine, and why?: My favorite magazine is Sports Illustrated because I love sports and I love to follow everything that is happening in the sports world.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?: I would like readers to take away my creativeness and what I'm writing about as a whole and get something out of that.

Sunday (or Monday) Thanks

I am thankful for . . .

three days to spend with my family.

exploring a new place to eat.

meeting some incredible students who make me laugh.

another person agreeing to participate in Card Shower Requests.

catching up on a week’s worth of laundry.

a generous neighbor volunteering to fix our roof.

For what are you thankful

Please share in the comments section or link to your blog.  By posting what you are thankful for, you may remind someone of what all he/she has in which to be thankful.



Sunday Thanks: August 10, 2014

I am thankful for . . .

my oldest daughter caught reading the next book for her Book Club Babes.

IMG_0924a new use for cucumbers (dessert!!!) from our garden.

the Hub’s grandpa given the green light for chemo.

completing two ups and downs without any cardiac failure.

20140810_095308din din with the in-laws.

some quality time with my family.

the laughter of my girls while playing with the neighbor.

For what are you thankful?

Sunday Thanks: August 3, 2014

Sunday Thanks.  I am thankful for . . .

a week away with my family spent exploring.

the hub working extra hard to make this trip possible for us.

a loving text from a friend right when I was thinking of her.

the birthday of an amazing woman blessing whom I have known for 20+ years.

the laughter from not being able to find a hotel with a vacancy.

my youngest daughter’s growth of an inch.

homemade coconut milk ice cream with chopped pecans and maple syrup.  Yummo!


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Sunday Thanks: July 27, 2014

Even with all of life’s ups and downs, I like to take time out each week and reflect on what all I have to be thankful for . . .

VBS Double-Fisting . . . the girls participating in a morning and evening VBS and finding evidence of their learning around the house . . .


Picnicking in the park on a beautiful day.


A heart-to-heart with my pastor . . .

An annual adventure with my squirts. . .

A positive medical report . . .

Much laughter with my buddy at a failed technical attempt . . .

Happy tears at the thought of my family’s summer . . .

My youngest daughter’s excitement over her new haircut . . .



A surprise squeeze from a former volleyball camper . . .

oliviaThe anticipation of a family adventure . . .

For what are YOU thankful?  Share in the comments section.