Friday Fave 5


I was out walking tonight in my neighborhood on a gorgeous starry night, and as I was walking I was thinking about this past week and the things I am thankful for.  I thought, I must do a Friday Fave 5 post, so thanks Susanne for hosting this each week. 🙂
#5 – I made a yummy, simple beef stew in the crock pot on Tues.  I love using my crock pot in the winter, it is so simple to make, and who doesn’t love coming home to dinner being done….done!
#4 – I ended up staying home from school on Tues. recovering from a bad migraine I got Monday night.  And as the day wore on my mind began to surface from the brain fog, and my body once again felt a part of the human race,  it was at that point that I really enjoyed hanging out with our dog.  She laid next to me while I was on the computer watching the Inauguration.  At one point she casually laid her head right on my keyboard while I was typing an email for school, and before I could finish the email, some how the email got sent!  My dog Nina officially sent an email!  That was one of my favorite things this week!nina-on-keyboard
#3  I enjoyed learning about Susanna Wesley, mother to Charles and John Wesley.  I taught a lesson about her to my Girls Alive class on Wed. night.  She was born in 1669, and suffered many hardships in her life, but was so faithful to God.  She worked hard to daily instill in her 19 children ( several of her children died at a young age) a faith in God and the power of Jesus in their lives.  I loved telling her story to the girls.
#2 A dear lady sent these incredible homemade chocolate chip cookies into school for my students and I.   These cookies were AMAZING!  I got the recipe, and will make them this weekend and post pictures.  I am salivating just thinking about them!


#1 – I got a new coffeemaker, I have enjoyed trying it out, coffee in the morning does a working mom good. 🙂
Enjoy your Friday everyone!


Today we were planning to drive down to Washington DC to see the Redskin game…..but instead I am sitting home in my PJ’s with a migraine! Can you believe it??!!! UGH! It’s not a killer migraine the kind where I throw-up non stop and basically lay in bed and sleep all day. It’s more of a “I feel lousy, and I am not moving from this couch!” kind of migraine. So driving 3 hours to DC and sitting out in the cold and possible rain, wasn’t real appealing. But I am so bummed, I was looking forward to it!

The other interesting thing is my migraines are the hormonal type. But the past 6 months they had been so much better, the best in probably 12-13 years! I thought maybe I was making a big hormonal shift ( meaning menopause looks appealing!) but this has been a rough month. There is a reason why it is referred to as the CURSE, oh those hormones can be evil.

On a better note……I found a cool blog that is posting about Christmas traditions. I will be posting a link and our traditions as soon as I am on the mend ( which better be soon!). I am a Christmas tradition maniac, so I will have lots to post! 🙂

Hall of Fame Migraines

Ok this past Sunday was a total wasted day, I had a dreaded, awful migraine and basically laid in bed, or next to the toilet the entire day. As I was laying there, in my misery I was reflecting on some other major migraines I have endured through the years and decided to post my Hall of Fame migraines. I have suffered from this dreaded calamity for 20+ years, and finally decided I needed a top ten migraine list! 🙂

So here goes, they go from “best” to the “worst!!”……… #3,#4 and #1 are my “favorites.”
#10 – I remember getting 1-2 bad migraines on my honeymoon. Hubby and I took a 5 week honeymoon to Vt. ( we are both teachers and had off all summer). We then took several day trips to Maine, NH, Canada etc. I remember several times during those trips telling hubby to” pull over I am going to throw up.” And despite the rough start, we have been married for 18 years now……and he still treats me like a queen when I have migraines!
#9 – I remember the date was Dec. 5th 2004, I had taken a personal day from school to go Christmas shopping, instead I stayed in bed all day with a migraine!

#8 – Last summer, I got one on the family vacation to the beach, I was so bummed that I had to stay home while hubby took the kids to the beach all day.
# 7 – A good friend who I hadn’t seen for a number of years had recently moved to within an hour of my house. We were eager to visit with each other, and she was looking forward to showing me her new home. I remember arriving at her doorstep with my kids in tow, she answers the door, greets me with a hug, and I promptly reply, “where is your bathroom I need to throw up!” It’s a good thing she was a good friend!!!

#6-Yes this past Sunday was a major migraine, I am certain I didn’t take good care of myself at Creation, lack of sleep, and eating junk for several day wore on me. So I had to endure a migraine, however I was soooooo thankful it didn’t happen at Creation, and I kept thinking of the song Casting Crowns sang the previous night, “Praise You in this Storm.” As I was lying there in my misery these lyrics kept coming to my mind….

And I’ll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I’ve cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

#5 – Years ago my hubby was in a Christian band, his band traveled around in this refurbished, old school bus. He had a concert one winter in Niagara Falls. I was traveling with him and was really looking forward to seeing Niagara Falls in the winter, unfortunately, I had a migraine the entire way up, I remember throwing up behind some gas station in the snow, and arriving at this beautiful Hilton Hotel, only to go right to bed and miss the entire concert!

#4– Hubby’s band also played on the Fringe Stage at Creation years ago. I was pregnant, and it was a very hot day, a bad mix for me. So I had a major migraine the entire day I was there. I threw up behind the Fringe Stage, I remember seeing two teenage girls watching me as I “left my lunch” behind the stage. I muttered out to them “I am pregnant!” I still remember the one girls reply…..”Oh that is soooooo gross, I am NEVER getting pregnant.” A great way to stop the teenage pregnancy rate!! 🙂

#3– When I was SAHM I had a horrible migraine one day. The kids were little, and I basically had them watch videos all day. At some point in the midst of my misery I remember throwing up in the bathroom, and I as I am laying on the floor of the bathroom I hear a faint knock on the door, followed by this conversation.

“Mommy did you throw up?”

I eeeek out…”Yea”

There is a long pause and then dear daughter asks, “Can we come see it?”
#2 – Dec. 05 our family traveled aboard our church school bus to NYC for the day. It was to be a fun day of meeting my brother for lunch and touring NYC. Instead my migraine started around lunch time and got much worse as we walked around Times Square. I don’t remember the bus ride home, but I do remember the stark contrast I felt as I got on the bus in busy, chaotic Times Square and arrived home about 4 hours later to a quiet, peaceful, starry night in the country.

#1 My number one worst migraine ever is….drum roll please……

The first time I went to meet my future in-laws, we drove 10 hours, I remember arriving at their home in NW Ohio, muttering nice to meet you and promptly heading off to a bed where I would lay for the next 24 hours! It’s a good thing first impressions are not lasting impressions.

So there you have it folks! 🙂

I recently read a post from another migraine sufferer, I loved her attitude about praising God in her suffering. Her attitude has inspired me to follow hard after the Lord and even thank him even while I suffer! Check out Mrs. Wibbs post on her migraine! Anytime you are dealing with pain and suffering I truly believe attitude does make a big difference in how you cope with it. Another wonderful women with a beautiful attitude through her suffering is Amy over at Laughing Through the Tears, check out her blog, I guarantee she will encourage and inspire you.


I know I try my best to keep the big picture in mind of what really matters in life, not my temporal pain……


Ephesians 1:18


I pray also that the eyes of your heart my be enlightened in order that you may know the HOPE to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength!