Lizzie Bennet Has Come to Our House to Stay

For months, I have been visiting animal shelters looking for a kitten. I was having a hard time finding the right one. A few turned my head and tried to steal my heart but sadly, they just weren’t the one. My family started hinting that I was being too picky because they thought I was trying to replace the cat I lost. Truthfully, I might have been a little picky but I knew the right kitten was out there for us just waiting to be adopted.

And she was! Lizzie Bennet has come to our house to stay. We brought her home last weekend. She is close to 4 months old with a loud purr, a sweet disposition, and wicked little claws.

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She already enjoys good books!

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Isn’t she sweet?!

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Blessings,

Mimi

A look back at October as November Slipped In

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November seems to have arrived for me quicker than usual. The holidays are just around the corner and I’m still trying to recuperate from the month long writing challenge. If you missed the posts from my #write31days writing challenge on Wisdom From the Animals, you can find all of them here.

October was filled with writing, reading, and teaching. I think, at last count, I was participating in four Bible studies. Obviously, God is working on me and knows I need constant surveillance!

On books, I’d recommend To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee which I reread and  For the Love: Fighting For Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker. I really enjoyed both of these books.

For movies, my recommendations for old releases are The Good Lie about the lost boys of the Sudan starring Reese Witherspoon and The Big Year which is a comedy about amateur bird watchers and the competition to count the most species in a year starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson. The best new release that we saw was The Martian starring Matt Damon and based on the book by Andy Weir. So excellent!

In the music category for October, I downloaded a lot of Andrew Peterson. I particularly like The Burning Edge of Dawn CD and Behold The Lamb of God CD. I’m pretty excited about Adele’s new music too.

We went to see our son at the end of the month. I was so glad to see my boy. I missed him. He is doing great and school is jam packed with study. He is pursuing his doctorate in Geographical Information Science from the University of Illinois. I have no idea what he does but I’m proud. His advisor is tops in the world in this field so I think he is getting the education he needs as well as an introduction to Chinese since his advisor and most of his doctoral candidate group is Chinese. We ate at some great restaurants in the Champaign/Urbana area and learned a lesson: Never-ever-under-any-circumstance book a hotel room just off campus on a Halloween weekend. Bad idea. 4am. Two nights in a row. Enough said.

Jack got his undergraduate degree from U of I so he was pretty excited to be on campus again. We took the Amtrak train with a sleeper car. An excellent way to travel. You do need earplugs since the train whistle blows at every intersection.

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Delta spent almost 2 weeks with my parents in Arkansas. We affectionately refer to her time with them as doggie boot camp.

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That rundown concludes the days of October that fell like fall’s leaves and ushered in November so quickly I barely got a chance to notice.

Blessings,

Mimi

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 NIV Bible

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 8

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 8

Opie is my daughter’s pet velveteen rabbit. He is a sweet boy and one of the most delightful qualities about him, besides the fact that he is so soft, is that he doesn’t make a sound. In a house filled with people and pets, Opie quickly becomes the favorite because he is so quiet. Opie’s silence is golden.

Do you remember the late 1970s commercial for E.F. Hutton? The punchline for the commercial was “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Everyone in the commercial would instantly stop speaking in order to hear what he had to say. His words were important.

“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.” Proverbs 17:27-28

Sometimes I babble. I talk too much and I’m only making noise. But I’ve noticed that when I choose to refrain from talking, I become a better listener and that the words I do choose to speak are more careful and thoughtful.

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Blessings,

Mimi