Monday, February 11, 2019

3 Things ~ February 2019

Well, it's the eleventh day of the month and Frugal February is a complete bust! Last Wednesday evening, I walked into our utility room to find that our washing machine was literally smoking! We quickly unplugged it and moved it outside. Whew! It had been sounding like an airplane taking off for a few weeks, but SOMEBODY insisted on pushing it to the limit and when the repairman quoted a price of $1,200 to fix it, we decided to just buy a new one. Y'all know how much a new one costs, so yea. Happy Valentine's Day to me!

On another note, it's 3 Things day here on the blog and I'm looking forward to reading your answers to the three February prompts. My hope is that you were inspired to simply write.  I appreciate all my blog friends who have "gotten the word out" and I look forward to sharing our thoughts together on the second Monday of every month. Thanks for writing with me, Friends!
1. Describe one way you've recently shown love to others.
I was hard at work a few Mondays ago when I got a phone call from a dear friend who was at a nearby doctor's office. I could barely understand what she was saying between her sobs, but she asked me to come to her physician's office to stay with her. My friend was five months pregnant and the doctor wasn't able to find the baby's heart beat. Her husband was out of town and she knew that I was the closest friend to her because of where my office is located. I dropped everything, told my secretary I would be out for the remainder of the day, and prayed all the way to the doctor's office. I love my friend and it broke my heart that she had to go through something like this, but, y'all. I'm not going to lie. That was such a tough day. A very, very hard day as we left her physician's office and made our way to the hospital. Which brings me to the next prompt.

2. What verse, song, or quote inspires you in your current situation?
I'm currently doing Jennifer Rothschild's Bible study, Psalms 23, and I can't begin to tell you how much this passage of scripture has meant to me over the last three weeks. We've talked in our group about how this verse is normally spoken at funerals, but it's not a verse about death. It's a verse about LIFE and walking with your Shepherd. My faith has been strengthened so much through this study. 
Psalms 23:1   The LORD is my shepherd;   I shall not want.   Psalms 23:2   He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: HE  leadeth me beside the still waters.   Psalms 23:3   He restoreth my soul:  HE leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for HIS name's sake.   Psalms 23:4   Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for THOU art with me; THY rod and THY staff they comfort me.
3. The quality I admire most in others is ____.
Authenticity. And I'll throw loyalty in there, too. I'm not quite sure girls my age have to worry about this quality as much as the younger generation does. I know my daughter is faced with this daily and I've honestly unfollowed people on social media when I felt they weren't who they portrayed themselves to be. That may sound harsh, but that's how I roll. I appreciate people who are real and genuine. 

Here are the prompts for March. I hope you will write with me next month.
Laura
Laura

Hi there, I'm Laura, I'm the happiest wife, the loudest cheer mom, and the craziest girlfriend you'all ever have, I'm a Southern Belle living in a Southern world!

21 comments:

  1. You know I have been so excited for this and already in love with March questions. Your answers were exactly as I thought, from the heart, so incredibly real, loving and giving. You, my friend, are the authentic deal, real and loyal to your core, I admire and adore you so very much! xo

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    1. Thank you so much, Andrea! I love you for your loyalty and authenticity as well. So thankful for our friendship!

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  2. Oh Laura, my heart is broken for your friend. I can't think of a better person to call in a situation like that I know you were such a comfort to her. I'm with you - if someone isn't authentic and real I am not interested in following them on any medium - no interest whatsoever in anyone fake!
    Love you friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. I felt so blessed to be there for my friend, but at the same time, my heart was just broken. Sooo not interested in fake people either, Girl. Socially or "in real life"!!

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  3. I love this prompt because it pushed me to WRITE more than I usually do in blog posts. I could feel my brain cells stretching and growing...ha, ha! We must think alike because I put SINCERITY for my important quality. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Heartbreaking. And I agree about Psalm 23 being about life not death. We read that at my mother's funeral. She had a very mentally tortured life (bipolar), and it was a true relief to think of her walking next to the Lord forever. <3 I need to look into that Bible study.

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  4. I'm so sorry about your friend. Great that you could be there for her. I answered your questions on my blog today!

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  5. Oh Laura...I'm so sorry for your friend! Bless her sweet heart and I'm so glad you were able to be with her and chose to do something tough. Love this new little theme!

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  6. Oh friend. So very sorry to hear about your precious friend and her situation. I can totally understand why she would choose to call you however. Authenticity is a huge thing for me, especially since I have gotten older. I just don't have time for "fake" people in my life.

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    1. We are so much alike, Lauren! #soulsisters

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  7. I read your post after I put mine up (and thank you so, so much for this series!), so I was already a bit emotional when I came here and saw that you were possibly having a similarly emotionally tough week. Sometimes life is so hard as to be almost incomprehensible, (your Item 1), but it does, thankfully, seem to move to a better place (your Item 2) if we can just hang in there.

    And I am so terribly, terribly sorry for what your friend is going through. Sometimes there are simply no words and they best we can do is let them know we love them, and that they are not alone. And it sounds like that is precisely what you did.

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  8. I'm so, so sorry for your friend. I can't even imagine. I'm glad you could be there with her. Love this new prompt you've created and I really enjoyed answering your questions. Looking forward to next month's too!

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  9. You are the best kind of friend there is to help like you did.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  10. OH my goodness... your poor friend. Bless her. & bless you for dropping things to go to be with her. What a friend! Something she needed in that desperate time.

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  11. Hi Laura, oh that is sad about your friend and great how you were there for her when she needed you. That was very caring and loving of you. I enjoyed reading your three things and I will play along too and have mine posted tomorrow as I co-host a blog party on Mondays. I hope you will stop by my blog tomorrow to read my three things post.
    Have a wonderful day and week. Thanks for the fun series you are running as I really enjoyed this months. I look forward to March.
    Julie

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  12. Oh no, your poor friend. I am so glad she knew you were nearby and called you to come be with her. I just can't imagine going through that without my husband in town!! The Bible passage is one of my faves and is so comforting. I really need to join along next time for this question and answer series. I've really enjoyed reading everyones questions and answers!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  13. Our washing machine died too; our repair was going to be less than your quote but still more than 1/2 the cost of a new washer. I'm hoping for no spend March instead. So sorry to hear about your friend but I bet she was so incredibly glad to have you by her side.

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  14. Oh yay! This was so fun...thanks for putting this together Laura! Ok, one...I sucked in breath when I saw what study you're doing...Psalm 23?? It's a long story. well not that long, but I'm going to hop on Marco Polo to tell you real quick. Also, I'm so sorry about your friend...and I know how tough it is to give this kind of support. It truly is an act of love. It's what we do for each other. Sending you big hugs!

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  15. A friend who will come to your aid at a seconds notice is a gift and I like to think I'm that person too. I'm so sorry your sweet friend had to go through that, but I'm so happy she called you to come be with her. You are so authentic and I think that's a quality we share. We are who we are.😉Next month I'll try to do these on the right day. LOL😂 I marked my calendar for the SECOND Monday!!!👍🏻 XOXO

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  16. I am absolutely heartbroken for your friend. That's a terrible loss and I can't imagine the pain she is going through. You showed your own loyalty to her that day .

    What days do your three things go live? I like the prompts, good idea.

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  17. Yikes, you dodged a bullet with that washing machine. Thank goodness, you guys were at home. Cannot imagine paying $1200 to repair a washing machine!

    Oh, Laura, my heart goes out to your sweet friend. I am so thankful you were close by and able to get to her. I know you were a blessing to her. My daughter miscarried right before Christmas. Her poor body is still so confused about whether she is pregnant or not and her hormones are all over the place. Praying your friend has support in place to help her over these difficult days and weeks.

    Authenticity is a biggie. I think all of the junk girls go through in middle and high school with their 'friends' helps us to appreciate authentic people the rest of our lives. I struggled in middle school some but when my daughters began struggling with catty, vicious little girls, that was even worse.

    Really enjoyed participating in 3 Things. Saving next month's prompt/graphic right now so I can be sure to join in again.

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