Character Building Wednesday

Hi everyone! How did letter “G” go for you this past week? Our choice of words was gladness and gratitude. Being grateful has a way of changing how one looks at life. Sure enough there were bumps in our life in the past week and YES it was difficult to be thankful for them. Like knowing that I offended someone because I see things as black and white. When something is wrong and  I know its wrong then I am not afraid to stand for right. This at times causes offenses. How does one be grateful for negative reactions? On the other hand, I found so many things to be grateful for all week-long and really mean it. Things like hubby going yard sailing with me, walks on the old railroad bed as the children rode bike, for my parents, being able to celebrate Conrad’s Grandpa’s 85th birthday after which the family sang, and many other things.

Things that make me glad:

    Poppop buys watermelon for his one and only~Jordan. A delightful treat that the whole family benefits from! In April, watermelon tastes yummy!


Watermelon dribbles on the chins and table and my freshly washed kitchen floor.




Beautiful Sunday evenings for walks and bike rides.

Healthy minds

Healthy bodies

Healthy relationships

Bicycles in the ditch.

Strength to get them out .




Beautiful springtime flowers. These smelled awesome!




The list goes on. Like the freshly weeded garden, even though it’s not completed it’s getting there. The rolls and rolls of giggles of delight as Daddy blows under little lad’s arm. A working happy family, sure we have our quarrels and disagreements but it doesn’t stop there, we seek to work through them. Of course, God’s faithfulness and leading in our lives! He’s been SO very good to us!

Now for this week.


What words will you choose? Here is some suggestions to get you thinking -hygiene, hope, happiness, healing choices, helping,  hearing

What is our game plan for the week? Making healthy choices specifically physical health but also emotional and spiritual health. Let’s start with physical health. This means getting to bed at a decent hour as it is not unusual for my little ones to be going strong at 10:00 p.m. Physical health means taking our vitamins, brushing teeth, and drinking enough water. And simple things like washing our hands properly. We will likely take a trip the library and pick up a book or two on health for the kids. Emotional health will be processing our emotions in a good way. This means talking through obstacles that arise. We will build healthy relationships by not getting so busy we don’t have quality time together. Spiritual health will mean enjoying time around God’s Word like acting out verses in the Proverbs such as the straight and the crooked paths. Spiritual health may also include listening to uplifting Christian music.

I hope you will join me on this fascinating journey! What word/words will you choose for “H”? What is your game plan? I’d be thrilled to hear from you! May God bless you!

Character Building Wednesday

Howdy friends! I’m finally getting around to typing this since I had a very busy day! How did letter “D” go for you? Our words we chose were discipline and delight. It’s amazing how when you focus on character qualities like this it brings to the forefront the area of need. discipline is one we still need to work at especially with punctual bedtime and getting up on time. We love our evenings and nights because this is when we kick back from the day and connect as a family. But even the good things need boundaries. Delight was very good too. Delighting in the good, the bad, and everything in between. Delighting in messing dishes and sand on the newly wash kitchen floor. Delight in playing hospital with Nurse April and Doctor Jordan complete with toilet paper casts, Smartie candy pills, and hand lotion salve. Now for this week, letter

Encourage and Exercise

These are the two words we chose for this week. In looking for two words to focus on, my husband jokingly said that we should choose Enteman’s; the fine connoisseur of baked goods, and exercise. Entemann’s hardly qualifies as a character builder. Here some other words to trigger your thinking-eager, empathy, endurance, and entertain.

Encourage is to give someone hope, inspiration, courage and confidence. Encourage is to support, foster, and cheer. How often do the things we say in any given day fall into this category? I know this one area I really need help. It’s easier to see the negative than to bring out the positive. There is a quote that says it well: “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” -William Arthur Ward Look for opportunities in this next week to speak life into others! This is especially true if you have children! Use the frustrating moments for teaching moments.

The second word we chose was exercise. Our goal is to be healthy and keep a healthy weight as a family. Conrad delightedly believes he can now escape participating in this one since he discovered he has bursitis in his hip. He’s quite sure that it could make it worse. Exercise certainly isn’t my idea of fun but whenever I am active I know I’m getting healthy. Do you know the benefits of exercise? Here is just a few of the many reasons for it. Exercise increases immunity, fights numerous diseases such as heart disease, lifts one’s mood and fights depression, and increases one’s energy. So kudos to our family as we strive to be faithful this week in this area!

Won’t you join me on this journey of building character? What words will you choose for letter “E”? I’d love to hear from you!