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 My earliest memories are of ‘doing’….
sewing {learning on an old Singer from the 1940’s},
helping my Dad build our house {I’m sure he didn’t mind one bit!?!}
crocheting {I used a big plastic needle and taught myself….oi},
using my knit magic {loved that thing} to make everyone scarfs {okay…they were tubes that looked like colons},
saving scraps of whatever to make stuff later {I hate to waste},
starting my own family newspaper {I got a kids typewriter for Christmas one year and used carbon paper for the copies},
and some other stuff along the way.
I don’t have much time to create now but the feeling of wanting to create…needing to create…has never been stronger.
Most days I just look to see what others are creating and making mental notes of what I want to do
and sometimes I actually do it!
I am married.
I love my husband more today than yesterday…
He looks so good but how does he smell? How to encourage good hygiene and tips for how to deal with stinky teen and pre teen boys.
I have three sons…
each so unique and so wonderful…
each bringing a smile to my face every day….
For several years I was a single mom working up to three jobs at a time…
working in an office….
missing my kids….
but now I am home…
I am a Christian…I have been for as long as I can remember.
I have not always lived the Christian life….
I would love to say that I had…but each day offers a new beginning….
and for that I am thankful.
I like to share my faith…
not insist that someone hear it
but instead that they see it in my life.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers.
I am a homeschooler….
Even before I had kids I knew that I wanted to homeschool them….
It has not always been easy or convenient…
but I am thankful for this time with them….
I know they grow so quickly and each moment I have with them is such a treasure.
*updated 4/2019:: My oldest son has graduated college, my middle son is currently in college, and my baby is now several inches taller than me and finishing middle school – it has all gone by far too quickly 
When I was younger I studied to be a commercial pilot…..
I love to fly…such a feeling of freedom…
I haven’t flown in years…
but I may again some day.
I love to encourage people and to be encouraged…
I am very shy…
Words escape me most of the time.
I think of things to say or to write but when it comes to
putting them down on paper {or blog} or saying them
there seems to be a disconnect…..sort of a loose wire!
{I’m a hugger…that is what I resort to when the disconnect occurs!}
I love to call myself a homemaker…
to cook, bake, clean, sew, craft, garden and so much more…..
I hope you join me as I do what I can taking one day at a time, sharing my creations and thoughts…..

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Diane | An Extraordinary Day

Monday 1st of June 2015

I can't believe I read you about page for the first time today. It's great!!!!! And so clever and I love getting to know just a little bit more about you sweet lady. It's truly a pleasure to count you a friend... even if it's just here in the interwebs. I have no doubt we will be able to meet someday soon. [[hugs]]

Mary Beth

Saturday 6th of June 2015

Thank you so much, Diane! I consider it a pleasure and a blessing to count you as a friend as well and I can't wait for the day we're able to meet in person! *hugs*

Melissa Marshall

Monday 27th of October 2014

Your site sounds like a wonderful place to stop in and get refreshed. I also have a wonderful relationship with Jesus. I am disabled but I am not yet bound to a wheelchair. I am on oxygen 24/7.It seems like my brain forgets to tell my body to breathe..Jesus is everything to me and I so look forward to His return..I will stop now before I have written a book..

Mary Beth

Monday 27th of October 2014

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment, Melissa. I do agree that Jesus is everything! hugs, Mary Beth

Cindy Dillard

Sunday 2nd of February 2014

Now this is a super sweet blog! Love it...oh..and of course cupcakes too. Cake, frosting, and girls were just meant to go together. : ) Pls. come check out my Christian support blog for the Christian Remnant. Love and hugs to you~ Cindy

Mary Beth

Monday 3rd of February 2014

Thank you so very much, Cindy! I'll be over to check out your blog. hugs, Mary Beth


Monday 25th of November 2013

I just took a moment to read this! I am so glad I did. What a fascinating back ground you have had! I love that blogging has helped me to "meet" other like minded women, and definitely we all are so different, but it in amazing and beautiful ways.

Mary Beth

Monday 16th of December 2013

Your comments are always so kind and thoughtful, Karen. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and always putting a smile on my face!


Sunday 18th of September 2011

I loved this page! I loved all the pictures and things that you added. Beautifully written :) Thanks for linking it up!!!