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Let’s Have Coffee

This post was originally written almost two years ago, but my coffee chair has found a new home and is waiting for you to come visit.

During a summer trip to the Salvation Army story I spotted this chair. Old, tattered and tossed aside because it was no longer needed. What a great project to wrap up summer, but I left it there.

Two weeks later I was still thinking about how fun it would be to make something old, new again. Hoping it might still be there, I ran in one day to check…and there it sat, calling my name…

Jody take me home, make me new and useful again

…and I did. I spent a bright sunny day taking off the old upholstery, finding the stuffing was made from some kind of weed that had turned black. Finishing up, I brought the naked chair in the house where it sat in our dining room for days weeks, which turned to a couple of months as I lost my ambition to finish. I knew what kind of material I wanted to use to finish, but my enthusiasm had waned…until this past Monday.

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photo 1 (1)It has been 30+ years that I learned how to re-upholster a chair. I was taught by a great Home Economics teacher who could be heard saying to me on more than one occasion…

yes, Jody, you have to cut and sew straight.

So don’t look too close. Stop by anytime and visit my mom cave for coffee while you sit in a coffee chair which has a new lease on life.

Is there someone you know who feels like the chair left behind at the Salvation Army? Yes, I know, chairs don’t have feelings, but some much needed attention is giving it new life and purpose in my mom cave. Can I suggest there is someone you should invite for coffee? The single mother who needs a break from raising her young kids on her own? The 90 year old widow who is alone most of the time? The middle aged empty nester finding herself in a deep hole of depression?

And may I suggest we look beyond the obvious friends we would say let’s have coffee and look to the fringes of where we live, work and do life? The worn out chair which was overlooked but got another opportunity to be a part of another home. The chair that needed a face lift and a caring touch to make it adorable and presentable to the world. The chair that is now at the center of my mom cave waiting to be talked about and used.

Yep, the analogy falls short…but I think you get my point.

Today…let’s make that call, send that note, approach the person who desperately needs someone to say…let’s have coffee.

Updated post~~January 2015

When Kelsey was home for Christmas, she suggested I move my office, i.e. mom cave, to an upstairs empty bedroom. I thought it was a great idea since there isn’t much light in the basement, natural light that is. And winter in central New York can be pretty dark because the sun doesn’t shine much. So we moved everything, including my favorite coffee chair. It’s all ready for you to join me for a cup of anything. The Keurig is ready to go. And for my out of town family and friends who stay with us when you visit…well your room is now in the basement where I’ve renamed it my Iowa room.

Kelsey did a great job re-decorating!!!



My Loves of 2013

The last day of 2013 and how does one wrap up 365 days into one blog post? What did I do, where did I go and what did I accomplish with 8,760 hours?

I’ve been thinking about this post for a month, because I knew the end of the year was fast approaching , always wanting to see what has been accomplished. I believe God has worked in me the past 525,600 minutes…it isn’t what I’ve done, but His working in my by the Holy Spirit to love Him and His people more.

My life verse is 1 Corinthians 10:31, whatever I do I want to glorify God as a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I do make it my goal to love God and my neighbor as myself more than yesterday.

My favorite things from 2013

I love to read my Bible and drink coffee. One of my Christmas gifts was a prayer journal with a To Do list written by Kelsey. #1 was to make coffee, she knows me well.  I drink it each morning as I read and meditate on God’s Word. I tried a new drink within the last few months I think I like as well as coffee but is a bit more pricier. Vanilla Chai Tea Latte. Yum.  I spent a lot of time with family and friends in homes, cafes and over lunch chatting and…yes…drinking more coffee.

A local coffee shop I love to visit. Cafe Kubal

It was a great year of loving my family. Rob and I aren’t empty nesters yet, but Lauren is gone hanging out with friends a lot, so it seems it’s just us old folks holding down the fort. Justin lives and works local, we see him once a week or so for dinner. He works to fund his love of hunting anything that moves. Hannah and Kelsey still live in Albany which they have been doing for a couple of years, but 2013 seemed to be a transition of them truly becoming young adults not needing us so much…unless there is car trouble. I always wanted to be great friends with my children, it seems to be happening, for which I’m thankful. I was able to see my mom and sisters a couple of times this year…not enough though.  I love my family and am thankful to God for His gifts.

love to write. This blog is over five years old and is not read by the masses. I keep telling myself that is not my goal, to be widely read, but I have a message I want the world to know, so I will continue to write about how God interrupts and intersects my life every single day. I did hear some encouragement over the holidays regarding this blog, so I continue to plod along, not writing everyday, but when God bursts into the mundane, I will write. 2013 posts were fewer because of a couple of other writing projects in the fire.

I love to read, check out my  Reading Registers in my category section. My favorites for 2013 were

  • The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, read twice this year
  • Follow Me by David Platt, I’ve read this three times in the past couple of years
  • Fierce Compassion-A biography of Abolitionist Donaldina Cameron  by Kristin & Kathryn Wong, Donaldina abolished the slavery of young girls and women in the sex trade in the late 1800’s
  • God in A Brothel by Daniel Walker

Since highschool I’ve been interested in social justice, beginning with the pro-life movement. This year God has pricked my heart for sex trafficking around the world, beginning to Blog for Rescue with The Exodus Road. I look forward to blogging more for them in the coming year.

love to walk, which I did at our local park and the dreadmill. I don’t love the treadmill.

I love cooking, baking, saving money and keeping in touch with friends. 

  • Recipe Girl-recipes that are easy, tasty and uses ingredients found in my cupboard so I don’t have to make a special run to the grocery store, saving me gas money.
  • The Kitchn– full of recipes, ideas and anecdotes
  • Terri Groh– Terri is a fellow pastor’s wife who has been a good friend and inspiration this year. She just moved to the best place to live…central New York.
  • Splashes of Serentity-I’ve known Elaine for many years, getting to know her better the past 8 or so years as she loves on the pastors wives of our district. She is an author and speaker for which I am privileged to pray for as she makes her way around the country speaking about the loves of her life…Jesus and how he can make a difference in your life and marriage.
  • One Good Thing by Jillee-love this site, which I found this year for numerous DIY like whitening pillows, the bottom of a dishwasher and homemade spot remover, to name just few.

Top posts read by you this year

Rambling on Tuesday

Hannah M.

How Does the Bible Transform Us?

Friendship Survey-Kimberly Wagner ignites women to glorify God. I love technology, most of the time. It has been a tool for Kimberly and I to become friends, although we’ve never met face to face.

I Choose You– a post about my favorite person…my husband.

So much more happened in 2013, but this post already has over 800 words. Enough rambling for the last day of 2013.


Dusty Women-Kathy

Months ago I came across Titus 2 Tuesday blog posts. Inspired to do the same thing I set out to make a list of my own questions. Women who have encouraged me to be a radical follower of Jesus. Radical in the sense they love God with all the heart, mind and soul and their neighbor as themselves. They are ordinary women who love and serve an Extraordinary God. Women I want to be like so the Word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:5

I ask about coffee or tea and vanilla or chocolate to find out who I will be drinking coffee and eating chocolate cake with!!

I wanted a catchy title other than God’s Women, so I asked a friend for help and she said

what is something that defines us? Maybe not where we’re from but where we’re going?

I always love the analogy of following Jesus so closely that you get the dust of your shepherd on you. Following in the footsteps of your Shepherd.  So you could call us Dusty Women.

I have known Kathy since we came to Lafayette. I came to know her much better when I sat with her husband Joe while she was in surgery having a mastectomy, and then shortly after that surgery, another mastectomy. Yes, she had breast cancer. As I write, I can hear her saying

This is what God taught me during my breast cancer or her testimony of God being with her through all of it.

Kathy is a friend I’ve had quite a few adventures with, but this is her story not mine, so I will let her tell it.

Describe yourself in 5-7 words

Child of the King, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, care-giver, friend

Kathy, how did you become a Christian?

My son Joey, was used by God to draw me and my husband to Himself. With Joey being a real handful and my husband on the road driving truck, I felt like a single mother. Through my job, I met a wonderful Christian woman who prayed for me then invited me to her church. I remember the first Sunday I was to go not wanting to get up. Not wanting to let the devil win, I went to church. The following Sunday my husband went and we both wanted what the people at the Church had. We gave our hearts to Christ that weekend.  I felt like a new person and I was and am a new person in Christ. I am truly thankful to God everyday with my mission in life to look like Jesus.

What does God’s Word mean to you?

God’s Word amazes me! As I walk along my path being a Christian, God’s Word becomes more precious. During my struggles I remember Philippians 4:13; Romans 8:28. Wow, I was called according to His purpose. When I was going through my breast cancer I remember the Lord giving me His wonderful grace to face everything. I knew I was never alone and He took away my fears. It is a wonderful feeling knowing His grace and I know His grace will someday lead me home.

What does the Church, the body of believers, mean to you?

Every time I am with my Church family, I feel love and acceptance. Fellowship with other Christians brings me great joy. I am the crazy lady asking people after church, “What are you doing for lunch?” I also know the body of Christ will always be with me like a warm blanket covering me with love and prayer.

What do you enjoy about being a wife? Mother? Grandmother?

I was married at 19. I know now I didn’t know what real love was. The Lord blessed me with a caring and loving man. He has seen me at my worst and still loves me. I know this by the way he takes care of me when I’m sick. I enjoy the companionship we share. There are times I will think about something and he will say, “I was just thinking about that!” I enjoy most of all is the caring and love we share even if it is just watching TV together. I am glad we are together as in the early years, it was the Lord who kept us together. As a mother I enjoy the bond and love I have with my three adult children. I enjoy the love they have for me as well, even though they can break my heart at times. I love EVERYTHING about being a grandmother. I love spending time with them. I could spend all day on the floor playing with them. Of course, there is nothing feels better than the love they give back.

Do you drink coffee or tea?

I drink black coffee with an ice-cube. I like my coffee strong!(me too) There’s nothing worse than a wimpy cup of coffee.

Do you prefer vanilla or chocolate?

I usually will get chocolate, but I can be swayed if I can get french vanilla. My favorite indulgence is milk chocolate candy. DOVE brand is the best!


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