All posts by: Brenda McDearmon

#12 – 66 Bible Verses to Memorize

(Note: This is verse #12 of 66 that I’m memorizing this year with my granddaughter – one verse from each book of the Bible. Links to the previous verses can be found below.) 2 Kings 8:19 Nevertheless, for the sake of his servant David, the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah. He had promised to maintain a lamp for David and his descendants forever. Remember when our children grew out of their cribs and started sleeping in their big boy or big girl beds? We decorated the walls, bought new bedding, added a toy box, and

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Happy Hour at Bob’s Steak and Chop House

When we got married, I enjoyed learning to cook for my husband, but it was clear by the time we crossed the threshold that we had been raised differently when it came to what our moms had cooked for dinner. I - one of five kids in a large blended family - had enjoyed the best weeknight casseroles on the planet. He - an only child - was accustomed to a weeknight steak and four side dishes. Thirty-five years later, I'd be just as happy with a good, cheesy casserole, a slice of buttered bread and a glass of ice-cold milk.

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10 Things to Do on a Hill Country Girls Weekend

re·ju·ve·nate - verb to make (someone or something) look or feel younger, fresher, or more lively Ahhh. To be rejuvenated. With the girlfriends. As in, longer than a lunch hour. Long enough to hash it out and dish it up. If you're needing a little down time with your besties, or maybe planning that all-important bachelorette weekend before your biggest day, where could you go in the whole big state of Texas that would be better than right here in the Texas hill country? Especially now - while the bluebonnets are blooming -

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#11 – Wisdom as Measureless as the Sand on the Seashore

(Note: This is #11 in a series of 66 Bible verses my granddaughter and I are memorizing. To read the others, just search by the number. You can start here. It's my hope and prayer that we as grandparents will memorize scripture with our grandchildren as part of the great legacy we leave them!) When I was in high school, our church was BIG on youth choir. Big as in everyone wanted to be a part of it. Big as in even all the cutest guys wanted to be in our youth choir. It was GREAT FUN. We had a lot of talented voices, amazing

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Decisive Under Thirty and Decluttered Over Fifty – Two Guys Who Have it Down

Y'all know I love millennials. This whole group is very interesting, highly educated, and they're quite decisive. In all this obervation of millennials while enjoying their company, I've noticed a couple of things that they just don't get about their parents' generation.   One:  Why is it so hard for us to fall in love with sushi? Two:  Why do we keep so much stuff?  Millennials are decisive about sushi, and they're decisive about their stuff.  In other words, neither stays around for very long. It's not that they don't

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#9 and #10 – Two Things that Really Matter to God

If you have been following along with me and my granddaughter on our quest to memorize 66 Bible verses together, you may either be glad that you're doing it with us - or, whew, really thankful you didn't try to take this one on for yourself! It's definitely a big and lofty goal. Kynzie and I are coming right along, and we've already memorized a verse from one-third of the Old Testament books! Yet, the value of this commitment isn't in how we've started, or even how far we've already come. The real reward will come when we

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How We Threw a Fabulous Austin Wedding on a Three Month Timeline and The Love Story Behind it All

As I write this post, it's been exactly one year to the day since our middle child married the man of her dreams ... and list. No longer in the technically newlywed category, they've made it through their first year! As our daughter and her husband (that still sounds crazy when I hear myself say it!) came to Austin this weekend to celebrate, the four of us reminisced about the fabulous wedding we all enjoyed just 365 days ago. We only had three months to plan it - but we pulled it off without a single hitch. Here's what

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Verse #8 – Where You Go, I Will Go – Ruth 1:16

Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God, my God. - Ruth 1:16

For some reason, Kynzie and I have an easier time memorizing some of the verses from the 66 we're memorizing this year more than others. This is one of those that's been easier to memorize. Maybe that's because the words flow together in a more familiar way? Perhaps it's as simple as the "you" and "I" concept? Either way, we haven't needed any prompts or hand motions or musicality to memorize

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The Pioneer Woman Mercantile – 5 Things to Know Before You Go

I just love to be inspired. I've always been intrigued with real-life stories of real-life people who've taken on really big challenges and turned them into a really large circle of influence. Especially women.  (photo credit Food Network) My mom was active for years in a group of ladies who planned fabulous luncheons, just for women, once a month. They took place at the nicest hotels in town, or in the dining room of a local country club. Every month, women from all walks of life put on a name tag and became part of inspired

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