I always think I’ll keep a list of things I learned. But, of course, I don’t. Then at the end of the month, I’m left wondering just what I learned, or even if I learned anything. I search the depths of my mind for any morsel that will prove that I do pay attention to what is happening in my world. Evidently, this month a few things stuck (mostly from the past few days, hours even), so here goes in no particular order:
1. I learned that I like the taste of Trader Joe’s chocolate chips better than the store brand or that popular brand (you know the one with the cookie recipe).
2. I learned that Homes.com has vastly overestimated the value of my humble little cottage. I mean, I don’t live in California. If I did, it would be worth what they say it is. 3. I learned that I love, love, love the newest DQ Blizzard, the Fanniversary Blizzard in honor of their 75th anniversary. Go get you one now or as soon as possible. Thanks, Gwen for making me want one.
4. I learned that Conway Twitty’s real name is Harold Jenkins (I may have known this before, but forgot – it sounded familiar when I was reading about him).
5. I further learned that the name Conway Twitty was a compilation of two cities – Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas. Nowadays people seem to use their own names, but back in the day it was very popular to have a stage name, especially if your original moniker was deemed uninspiring. I heard one time that the way to choose your name if you were a country singer was to choose the name of your first pet and your Mother’s maiden name. In case you were wondering mine would be Mittens Maddox. (A gray cat with four white paws named Mittens at my grandmothers that I claimed.) If you’re interested, my husband’s would have been Boots Logan. Ok…moving on.
6. I further learned that during his 35-year career, Conway had over 100 albums and 55 number one singles.
7. One time a lady was having a heart attack at one of his concerts and refused to leave with the paramedics until she heard Conway sing Hello, Darlin’. Seems someone got a message to him, and he sang the song for her so she’d go to the hospital.
All the info in numbers 4-7 came from this website where you can find much more information about him. Click on over to read the rest.
8. I was getting a little scared about my blogging break and the fact that words wouldn’t come, but then a couple of other bloggers (here and here) really encouraged me to embrace this time and see what God is teaching me and to journal with pen and paper. I’ve been slowly, but surely taking their advice. Thanks, Barbie and Deidra for your encouragement it is helping. I’m learning to take this season in stride and let God set the pace. 9. I’ve also been more intentional the past few days about making time to be in the word. For me, it seems to sink in better at night, so I’m learning it’s ok for me not to be a morning person. I’m learning that it’s ok to fit my mold and not everyone else’s.
10. Just tonight, I became aware of some thoughts I have about my writing and how I want it to impact others. There is more to learn here as the thoughts are written down and processed. As I was praying about my writing, one thing I realized is that I want my writing to make people feel like they have come home.
11. I also realized that I love the sound of a pencil scratching across paper. I usually write in my journal with a pen. Tonight I wanted to jot down a thought before I forgot, and a pencil was all that was available, so that is what I used. It was so satisfying to actually hear my thoughts glide across the page. That means I need to get my bouquet of pencils sharpened and ready.
12. In case you didn’t know, that bouquet of pencils comment in number 11 is a reference to a quote from You’ve Got Mail, probably my most favorite movie ever. Ever. I knew that, but you might not have. Now you do. Go watch it, and you can thank me later. Although I can’t imagine why you haven’t already seen the movie. Also, this reminds me of my friend Cindy who once got me a bouquet of pencils for my birthday because she knew I loved that quote from the movie. That is a good friend. 13. I discovered that a bunch of supermarket Roses can be arranged in Blue Mason jars and give days of enjoyment, and they are even more enjoyable when you share two of your three bunches with friends. What about you? What have you been learning – please feel free to share in the comments.
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Learning Takes Grace,