Secrets & Celebrations

I’ve been thinking of this post long before Covid entered our lives.

Today, marks my 100th Blog Post!!!

It sounds pretty much impossible!

If someone had told me two years ago that I needed to write 100 any things, it would have felt daunting. I would have said…. “I’m not sure I can!” I’m truly not sure I would have tried,  if I thought about 100 writings all in one lump sum. I would have felt overwhelmed by the proliferative volume and effort right from the mention.

I’m so thankful it only occurred to me in “ones”. I have written a few series, but honestly, I approached them as individual pieces of work, one at a time. I thought about “this week” or “next week” or “I want to write about this.” A blog is a singular place, so each post felt like a singular assignment.

And … one at a time, I’ve made it to 100!!!

In the scheme of life, 100 weeks adds up to less than two years, so it’s not too big. But, thinking about consistently sitting down and writing every week for 100 weeks, sounds much harder to me.

If I had foreknowledge, I would have NEVER chosen these two years of my life to start a blog. NO WAY! I did not understand, when I felt God prompt me to start this blog, what would happen in the near future. It’s been the VERY HARDEST two years of my entire life!! Hands down! Way beyond what I could have imagined; trials, troubles, massive hardships, moves, deaths, employment changes, additions to our household, every norm dramatically changed, sickness, sorrow, grief, Covid, plus more and more and more! I’m truly not exaggerating.

That God could work through these two years in my life is astounding and amazing to me. I’ve had many years of life when I felt far more able, adequate and proficient: when I was “on top of things”, not drudging through valleys and shadows and the hardest life hands out!

Yet, this was the time, God laid it on my heart, with resolute urgency.

I don’t understand all the “whys” and maybe never will …

But I Want to Celebrate !!!!

I want to celebrate all my Readers, Subscribers, Encouragers …

my Blog Family!!!



I want to share a little secret about myself for our celebration:

 One of my favorite hobbies is Decor, decorating. I love my environment to feel comfortable, well appointed, fresh, and eye pleasing. It is not only fun and challenging, but it also inspires me. And … I want it to! I want my home to minister to those living under its roof, as well as visitors. So, I enjoy setting our real-life-stage for seasons, holidays and refreshment.


During this Covid isolation. I crafted a few home-decor items for our 100th Giveaway. I purchased the components before isolation. I told you, I’d been thinking about this for a while. But, made them since isolation started. 

I will announce information for this Giveaway


on Facebook and Instagram.

If you are a subscriber, You’re automatically entered, but you can enter again on Facebook and/or Instagram!


Truth is … I want to give all of you something!! You helped me get here and your readership as well as comments and messages encourage me more than you know!

So … here ya go … for ALL OF YOU … RIGHT NOW!!

1. A Family Favorite Recipe ... it is the most requested dish for family birthdays. (At our house the birthday honoree gets to choose the dinner menu.) This recipe came to me via my college roommate, thanks Jo. I only make it for special occasions.

Chicken Poppy Seed

40 Ritz Crackers, crumbled

2 C. chopped Chicken (cooked)

1 C. Sour Cream

1 stick melted margarine/butter 

1 can Cream of Chicken soup 

2 Tblsp. Poppy Seed

Place chicken in bottom of baking dish. Combine sour cream and soup. Pour over chicken. Combine crackers, margarine and poppy seeds. Sprinkle on top of soup layer.

Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly (approx. 30 min.)       

2. I love to place inspirational quotes or scripture around my home to center myself and encourage us.

This verse that has helped me through many difficult times. Print it off and place it in your home. I frame mine.


Next time, 100 of something seems daunting or impossible:

think of it in “ONES”.

You can do it!!

If I can, you can!!!

Share with us if “100” has or when it happens to you!!!
We’d all love to celebrate with you!


Woot Woot … 100,

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13 thoughts on “Secrets & Celebrations

  1. Congratulations on your 100th blog. My life experiences show me that God is in control. He uses us to help others see that they are not alone in their journeys. Good times and not so good times, especially in sorrows He is with us. What a friend we have in Jesus…

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    1. Thank you Bonnie! So true…. I’ve always said God uses us in weakness to show His strength. I’ve never seen it play out so strongly in my personal life as these last two years. “Weakness is an understatement!”


  2. Congratulations Elaine! Wonderful job- I really enjoy your blog posts! Thanks for the recipe and the scripture printable! Blessing to you and may you have
    100 more posts!

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  3. Congratulations! That is such a wonderful accomplishment! Thank you for being faithful and doing what God has called you to. Thank you for sharing what has been on your heart with all of us. You are a blessing and an encouragement!

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  4. Congratulations on your big milestone, Elaine! I’ve so enjoyed reading them! Miss you and Pastor Jim!! Hope all is going well with you all!

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