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Keeping Up With the Blog.....

How to stay in touch with your favorite blogs can be a bit of a dilemma these days.....

I've been reading for months that Google Friends Connect is going away on July 1st.  That is just around the corner, folks.  Although I've accumulated some followers through this program, it's hard to gauge how many of the "followers" actually come back to my blog through their blog reader.

I've tried to add some different options for people to keep up with new posts through the months:

I have the Linky follower tool, but it's just never really taken off.

I have added the option for subscribing by e-mail, so that once you've subscribed, you simply receive an e-mail each time there is a new post on Janie's Porch.  You can also subscribe to the RSS feed, but - I'm going to be totally honest - I have no clue how that works!  :)

But, I think that the most traffic I receive here on the blog is due to sharing on my Facebook pages - not only my personal page, but …

Update on "One Word" for 2013.....

Nearly mid-year.....so, I think it is time to share a bit about my "One Word for 2013"......



Although this word is sometimes used as a noun, at this point in my life, I am focused on "trust" as a verb!

A verb = an action word; meaning you have TO DO IT!

It is a daily struggle for me, but I can sense a difference when I don't focus on the deliberate act of trusting God - to lead, guide and provide.  I tend to focus more on relying on help from above when things are toughest.....and start to let up when things are going well.  Relying on my own strength generally leads to some sort of set back, which, in turn, prompts me to turn back to trusting in a power greater than my own.  It is sort of like a continual cycle....a pattern that repeats itself over and over.....and creates a circle that somehow tightens with each turn.

Trusting is, at least for me, like a habit that needs to be developed and nurtured.  It is a lesson that I have to learn over and over.  Perhap…

A Little R&R Never Hurt Anyone......

A week of vacation was exactly what I needed.....

With the hectic Summer pace of the real estate market, the days were getting way too long and time way too short.  A week in a 24-foot fifth wheel on the banks of the Guadalupe River, enjoying a fun time with family and friends, was just what the doctor ordered! 

The trip down was uneventful - we have this hooking up and hauling out down pretty good now!  We were all set up in "gypsy camp" at the family's place by mid-afternoon.  Of course, I burned up the phone all the way down, working.  But, that wound down pretty quickly once we arrived.  After all, I did record a message on my voicemail that I would be "out of the office" until June 17th.  I figure the world won't come to an end if I miss a few calls or someone has to wait a few days.....

The days were filled with breakfasts on the deck, dinners on the deck, activities scattered here and there.  But, there was some free time for us and we used it well.  …

We're About to Make a Break for It!!!

Running around like a chicken who's been on the chopping block this week!  But, looking forward to getting away on vacation at the end of the week, so it's all good!!!

We are headed down to Eddie Dale's "family reunion" on the Guadalupe River, near Canyon Lake.  We'll be pulling out in the RV on Friday morning and plan to be there for a full week.  Can't wait to set up in "gypsy camp", where others with tents or RV's stay at his uncle's place.  Once we park, we don't have to leave - we can just walk in and out to all the reunion events and meals.  Here was our set-up last year - our first with the trailer. 

We have done some work on the trailer during the past year and we now have a functioning awning!  So, we will have some great shade and shelter right outside the door this year.  And, we've gotten the travel/RV experience down a bit better with the short trips we have taken over the last year.  So, we're hoping that will e…

Reflections on a Birthday......

My reflections on turning another year older today............

Age is just a number.  I don't feel 52.....well, at least most days, I don't.  Maybe 52 is the new 42?

My Mom and Daddy love me unconditionally......and still think of me as their "little girl".  They both dropped by the house today for visits and each reminisced about my birth and childhood.  Some days, I long to be their "little girl" again......

My husband is a "keeper" and I'm lucky to have found him, even if it wasn't until I was already in my 40's!  However, when I ponder it, I probably wasn't ready for him when I was younger.  But, he charms me and makes my heart beat a little bit quicker when he walks in the front door with a pink box from AM Donuts for my birthday breakfast......

My children are grown and have all flown the nest.  Yet, they continue to be my babies.....how is that?  I miss the pitter patter of little feet now and then, the spilled milk and sopp…