Leave it to the Happiness Guys and Returning Home

Hi Everyone, Just a quick note to let you all know that I am back at the old blog address again.  If you saw my post yesterday saying that A Story By Me was moving to a new blog address, please disregard the new address and just visit A Story By Me as you have always done.

After spending the past couple of days yanking out all of my hair I am ready to admit that I am not as technologically inclined as I thought I was and I have decided that I’m ready to get back to what I like doing most, which is writing and of course reading all of your blog posts.

Thanks so much for your patience! From now on I will leave the tecky stuff to the WordPress Happiness Engineers 😀

Have a great evening!


A Stinky Smelly Situation in My Kitchen and No This is Not Another Post About Cat Puke




Mr. KB

A few months back my cat Mr. KB was sick.  He’s all well now but he is now on a special diet for his condition.  The special diet is just fine with him but there is a problem with his new diet and that is the fact that I have two cats and that my other cat ‘Bart’ is now also on the special diet. The vet thought it would be better to put both of them on the same diet so there is no chance of Mr. KB accidentally getting the wrong food, because the wrong food could make Mr. KB sick again.

The new food is perfectly ok with both cats and they seem to like it a lot, but there is one small problem….

The problem is that I used to give them kitty treats first thing every morning and then another one again at bed time and the company who makes the food does not make kitty treats in the special diet.

Mr. KB is just fine with not having treats anymore but Bart being a kitty who does not like change is still not over the fact that he does not get treats anymore.  I tried fooling him into thinking I was still giving him a treat by placing cat food in the treat container, this used to work when I ran out of treats in the past, but for some reason it does not work any more. Every single day never fail Bart still expects his treat.  He waits in the morning and when he doesn’t get it he sits up on his back legs and begs for one.  Finally after an hour of begging he will settle down and reluctantly move on into his day but then at bedtime he starts waiting and begging again.  He also gets quite vocal when I go to bed and he realizes he will not be getting a treat again by coming into my bedroom to remind me that I seem to have forgotten the treat by meowing the most loudest meow I have ever heard over and over again.

A few times I tried to sneak Bart a treat when Mr. KB wasn’t looking but a few minutes after I give him a treat he got sick and puked (I promise this is not another post about cat puke) I spoke to the vet about this a few weeks ago and she told me the reason he got sick is because his system is accustom to the special diet now and that the treats will not set well on his tummy. She also said I should not allow either of the cats to have any food other than their new food.  She then told me that I could make treats for them out of the canned version of the special diet. I was so excited to find out this news and I bought a couple of cans of the canned food deciding I would try to make the treats!

To make the treats I was told that I would have to take tiny pinches of the canned food, roll the pinches into balls, then flatten them and place them on cookie sheets to bake in the oven. Sounds easy enough…right?  Unfortunately it was not as easy as it sounded and here is how it really went down…

First of all the canned food was very runny with gloppy shredded chunks of meat in it so rolling it into balls was not an option.  Instead it was more like taking teeny tiny bits and dripping them on the cookie sheet and then trying to squish them into some sort of flat chunky mini puddles.

Secondly the food was the most horrible smelling stuff I have ever smelled in my life! It smelled like a cross between the strongest nastiest smelling tuna I have ever smelled and ….well I guess the strongest nastiest smelling tuna I have ever smelled! bluh!  And to top number one and number two off, the real truth is that I am just not your Martha Stewart kinda Gal.  Spending an hour placing puddles of sickening tuna smelling mush on a cookie sheet to make home made kitty treats is just not my idea of a fun afternoon! 😦

Once I got the hundreds of little puddle looking balls of stinky mush onto the cookie sheets I began baking them as I was directed to do and within moments I had the fresh sickening aroma of these wonderful gross little creations wafting through my house. The smell was so overpowering I had to move myself outside to the back deck until they were finished baking.

As I sat on my deck I wondered if that smell would leave my house or if my house would forever smell like rotting tuna. Another thing that I thought about was that my cats had better love these treats after all this trouble… though at the same time I think I secretly hoped that they would not like them because I did not want to have to make them ever again!

After about 30 minutes of baking the treats were ready to take out of the oven and cool.  By now both cats were sitting at my feet looking at me with ‘what’s for dinner’ looks on their faces.  After they cooled a little bit I decided to give them each a sample.  Feeling quite proud of myself I sat one in front of each cat expecting them to fully love my new creations. Both cats began smelling them and then KB took his paw and pushed his treat around a bit, smelled it again several more times and then he walked away!  Bart smelled his treat one time, sat down, looked at me and let out a huge meow as if to say “I’m not trying that thing! What else do you have?”

Neither one of them would even taste the treats! They just sniffed and that’s it! I was not sure if this was a good thing or bad thing!?  Should I be upset that I spent my whole afternoon and stunk up my house to have my cats turn up their noses in disgust at these lovely little morsels I had just slaved over? Or should I pick them both up and hug them and kiss them while tears of joy streamed down my face in relief that I never had to make these stinky things ever again?

Well I didn’t go all ‘tears of joy’ but later in the day I did happen to find myself happy dancing all the way to the garbage disposal. Nothing was solved today other than me finding out that I do not like making cat treats and my cats do not like cat treats that I make.  So at least we are on the same page about something.  I do feel bad for Bart but I think he will eventually get over it.

This was my last day of writing for the series 31 Days of Hushin’ My Mouth as you probably have already noticed I did not write every day like I had planned to do. I only wrote 16 out of 31 days though that is way more than my usual average of about one time a week.  I did also learn something through all this…  Because I was trying to pay attention more and also think of something to write about each day I did take more time to try to slow down and listen to God better. I did see more of what he was trying to show me each day and I do actually think I noticed things I would have not normally noticed before, I just did not write about them all here on the blog.

When I started this blog I only did it because I felt like it was something God wanted me to do.  I never really considered myself a writer and still really don’t, though I do like to write stuff down. I journal a lot but most of that is just musings or things that I want to remember later in my life so I document them in my journal. I really don’t have time to write a blog post every single day.  If you write a blog you know it takes time to get them ready to publish… or maybe you don’t have that problem??  If not I don’t want to know…LOL…  If you do then I guess you understand 🙂  Mostly though I just really want to do what I think God wants me to do and I do not feel like writing every day is what he wants me to do right now, though I do know that with God you just never quite know what  he may ask you to do in the future so who knows maybe some day, just not today.

It still amazes me at times that I actually have readers that read my posts and some of you actually come back day after day and read them all.  If you are reading this right now, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to come over here and read what I have to say today.

Have a wonderful evening or day depending on what time it is wherever you are and God bless you,


P.S.  You can read the rest of the posts in this series by clicking here.



2013 in Review on A Story By Me

This morning I opened my email to find that WordPress had made a nifty little year in review of my blog.  As I was looking it over I realized that my blog is kind of like a review of the last year of my life. So much has happened this year and a lot of it I have written about in the blog.

As I start each new year I always reflect on the past year and look to the new year as a fresh start. When I look over this past year I am amazed at how many blessings and huge life changes happened to me in 2013. This was the year I started seeing more and more of God’s plan for my life revealed as I have watched myself embark on a path I never dreamed I would be on, seeing more and more exciting parts of the journey unfolding before me each day.

This past year I watched as God seemed to help me step out of my comfort zone more and more. This year I started a new job at my church. This time last year I was not even looking for a job and I really never dreamed that if I did get a new job it would be at a church. I still find that kinda cool a little scary for me but I do love the job and it’s been such a blessing for me.

In March I went to Haiti with Compassion, which I do have to say was probably the highlight of my year. While there in Haiti I met my sponsored child Thierry which was really really awesome. Not only did I get to meet Thierry while there but I also had a huge attitude adjustment and found out that I would never be the same person ever again. I also met Rose  while in Haiti and sponsored her.  I just recently found out that Thierry’s family is doing much better so he no longer in need of my sponsorship. I am so very thankful I was able to meet him before he moved on to a better life.

This year I also I had 2 knee surgeries which did not go as well as I had hoped and I have yet another eye issue going on.  Those things threw me into a bit of a fog but with the help of my family, friends and most of all God I am getting through it quite well and I have learned that God will give us the strength we need to get through whatever comes our way.

I could go on and on here talking about all the events of this past year but really you have probably heard them all before and if you haven’t and you really want to know all those stories there is a row over to the right of this page with every blog post ever posted on this blog. Though the year has had a few downs I really do have to say it’s been a good year full of mostly ups, God is always good and I am so very thankful for this place he has put me in. No matter how old we get we always are still learning and I do know that I have learned a whole lot this year.

This year I learned that no matter how tough life can be…God is always tougher.

If God asks you to do it,..he will equip you to do it.

Bad things do happen… but I also learned that no matter how bad things are there is always a blessing to be had in the midst of it all.  

And the biggest thing I have found this year is if you look for joy you will always find it…even if places that you may think it could never be found..

Two years ago I set out to write a blog because God told me to do it, I did not have a clue as to what I would ever write about but yet there always seems to be a story and always a reader somewhere in the world who reads it.  For whatever reason he continues to keep it going and I have to say I have been extremely blessed by it all and also by those of you I have gotten to know here, and also on your own blogs.  As I close out the year 2013, I would like to say thank you to all of you who continue to come by my blog and read it. Some of you leave a like or a comment and some just silently stop by and never say a word. Every single one of you are part of this blog and a part this blessing. It is WAY WAY more than I ever could have imagined or expected could happen,Thank YOU. God is really awesome isn’t he??  🙂

Thanks once again for reading and I hope you see many blessings in the coming year.  Happy New Year to you!

P.S.  Below is the year in review that WordPress put together for ‘A Story By Me’

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


I am not sure why I feel the need to have more than one blog.  There are a lot WordPress design options so maybe that is the reason. I like the pretty purple swirls on one of my blogs and then there is the cute little worm who travels up the side of another blog I have.

I have never been the type of person who likes things to stay the same and some days I just want to be different. There are differences in my blogs also.  I usually I try to keep things on this blog upbeat and it is also my main blog. Some days I feel like I need to vent so I am venting on thinking loudly.  On days I feel extra thankful those are the days I write love letters to Jesus.     

No matter what the reason I have more than one blog I eventually end up sharing what I post on the other blogs here. and if you clicked any of the links to the others you will see I really don’t use them much at all.  Now that I think about it maybe it is time to delete the other blogs, save myself the extra work and just post it all here on my main blog in the first place…. 🙂

Below is my post I posted on Thinking Loudly yesterday and what a difference a day can make!  Today I woke up feeling painful knees but the difference between yesterday and today is the attitude I chose to take today.  Today I feel much better than yesterday mostly because I am done with the pity party and maybe because I allowed people to help me instead of keeping it all bottled up inside, only sharing my true feelings with the blog world.

Each day I continue to heal but on the bad days I still know that God is good. Everyone keeps telling me tomorrow will be a better day but I am not sure that is always true. Tomorrow could actually be a worse day but the attitude I decide to choose to take will make all the difference in the outcome of the day.

No matter what you are going through today remember Jesus is walking along with you, If you can not walk then lay it out there for him go ahead tell him how you feel.  He is always listening and he truly cares about you and if needed he will carry you.

No matter what kind of day it is today Jesus will always be the same.  If you choose to take him along with you today I am pretty sure you will see your day become much brighter.

Here is my post from Thinking Loudly…


Most days when I wake up in the morning I am thankful.  But today when I woke up that thankfulness fleeted through my head for only about half a second because as I opened my eyes I realized I had awoken to searing pain in my knees.

Though I know I am supposed to sleep flat on my back with my knees propped on pillows my ‘sleeping’ self insists on knocking the pillows off the bed and curling into a ball on my side. The result of that is knees that feel like a pair of rusty hinges that are frozen in the bent position and they need to be unlocked. The unlocking hurts more than I can ever begin to explain, so I won’t.

 click here to read the rest of this post.

When you finish reading, come back and listen to this song by 7eventh time down

If your feeling low today – Just say Jesus! 

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

The Burden…Revisited

As many of you know I joined a group of bloggers a few months ago called “Compassion Bloggers”.  From time to time they give us a blogging assignment.

This month the blogging assignment has 2 parts:

The first part was to write which Bible verse prompts me and guides me to serve others and to tell the story behind the verse.  I can’t really pin it down to one verse because there are several that really move me and being the rule follower I am (not really) I will follow the rules and pick one two three 😀

Matthew 19:14  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

 Proverbs 31:8-9  Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

 Matthew 25:40  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

All three of those verses always seem to keep coming up over and over again in my life over the past 2 years and when I looked back over my blog posts I have written about Compassion and it seems as if they keep coming up in those too.

The second part of the assignment is to tell testimony behind my decision and commitment to become a Compassion Blogger. I could not really put my finger on the exact time I made that decision or commitment.  I was blogging about those kids at Compassion way before I ever knew I could be one of their bloggers, reason being I just could never put away what I had already seen and also what I got from my own experience as a child sponsor.

The following post I wrote  May 21, 2012  before I knew I would be asked to write a testimony so being the rule follower I told you I am not I have decided instead of writing a new assignment I am going to share my past post with you.  I hope the people at Compassion Bloggers don’t mind.

The Burden

By T on May 21, 2012 | 

For about a year and a half now I have been acting really weird.  I am not cutting myself down when I say I’m acting weird, I just mean I am weird compared to the person I have been most of my life.  For most of my adult life I did not believe in God and I was not a Christian.  I did not really pay to much attention to things outside of my own little world.  I figured all anyone had to do was work hard and they could attain anything they wanted in life.  About 2 years ago I saw my father in law pass away and that was the day I realized that God was real and not to long after that I gave my life to Him.   If you really are interested in how that all came about you can read my older blog by clicking here “The Journey Begins”.

Every since the day I gave my life to Jesus I have never been the same.   He has placed new things in me that make me wonder sometimes who I am.

There is a song by Mercyme called “So Long Self (listen by clicking the link before) in that song they sing –

So long self, Well, its been fun, but I have found somebody else

So long, self, There’s just no room for two, So you are gonna have to move

So long self, Don’t take this wrong but you are wrong for me, farewell

Oh Well, goodbye, don’t cry So long, self

That song is exactly how I feel. I gave my life to Jesus and the next thing I know I am acting odd, this new person starts taking over my thoughts and its bye-bye to the Me I have known most of my life.  Shortly after I said good bye to myself  is when the crying began.    Since then I find myself crying about anything and everything not because I am gone, but because the new me is way better off and truely happier than old me.   I cry for all kinds of reasons, I cry for happy things and sad things.  I find myself crying because the sun came up today or a flower is blooming in my yard.  I cry for hurting people and happy people.  If someone dare shed a tear in front of me I will start boo-hooing all over the place.  If someone laughs in front of me I cry too.  If there is one thing I am really good at now.. it is crying :)

Today at church I think I finally realized what is going on with me, the reason why I cry all the time.   I think I am finally starting to see the world in the way God wants me to see it.  My pastor’s sermon was about God putting burdens on us and how they are really blessings.  I could not stop crying the whole time he talked because as he was speaking I began to realize that since I started my journey as a Christian I have felt the burden that I need to do something for children and I have seen that burden become a blessing.  I know in my heart that  I need to do something for children who are living in extreme poverty. The ones who live in poverty like nothing I have ever seen in my own country.  God has given that burden to me and sometimes I just don’t quite know what to do with the feelings…. so I cry.

In my job I am a Travel agent so I have traveled and I have seen the poverty that is going on in other countries.  I will never forget the time I saw it for the first time, the first time I actually saw it and really paid attention.  I was a new Travel agent on a travel agent Fam trip to Jamaica.  I will add that at that time in my life I was not a Christian yet.  On that trip I traveled with a group of travel agents to tour, experience and stay at luxury resorts.  Before that trip the only time I had seen other countries was always in a resort setting or from a cruise ship port.  I had never went into a country outside the tourist areas before then. We toured about 20 resorts in 7 days traveling all over the island of Jamaica.  I remember going into the trip with the excitement of getting to stay at some of the finest resorts in the country to indulge in lots of food & drink and experience luxuries fit for a king.  The first day of touring we got on a bus and headed out into what I was soon to find was the “real” country of Jamaica.  As we left out of the resort I was anticipating the beautiful tropical paradise I was going to see.  I do have to say I did see a beautiful tropical paradise that day, but,  right there in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to in my life was the most extreme poverty I had ever seen in my life.  I saw houses made out of plywood and tin with dirt floors. They had no electricity, bathrooms or running water.  A lot of the homes looked like something I had built in my back yard as a child and called a club house.   Unfortunately these were not club houses, they were real homes, one roomed homes that whole families lived in.  I remember passing a building that looked like it was about to fall down with a sign on it that said it was the High school.  The bus we were riding in was always stopping for someone to herd goats across the road and there seemed to always be lots of people walking everywhere.  Lots of the roads we traveled were skinny and pot hole filled.

As the week went on I found myself more interested in being on the bus ride to see the real Jamaica and did not really care too much anymore about touring the resorts. I could not tear my eyes away from outside the windows of the bus. I did not dare tell the other travel agents I was with how I was feeling because I did not want them to think I was weird.   I found myself wondering how could this poverty be going on right outside of upscale resorts?  While I was coming to this country to eat and drink anything I wanted,  have pedicures and waiters and cushy bedding, people outside the resort were living with no electricity or running water and going to bed on a dirt floor?? Didn’t anyone care? Or did they all just turn their eyes and minds away from it all? I knew something now I never had known before.  There was a another whole world out there that I knew nothing about and it bothered me, actually it made me angry. I wondered how it could be that there was such luxury with extreme poverty living so close side by side and nobody seemed to care.

When I got home I felt like I somehow changed during that week in Jamaica.  I wish I could say that when I got home I dived right in trying to change things but I have to admit I did not.  As time went on what I saw in Jamaica started to fade a bit and I went back to living my normal life.  I went on more trips after that but I did  begin to go with different eyes.  I noticed things I had never noticed before about the countries.   All of the countries I visited were tourist type counties and  like Jamaica, they all had poverty sitting right next door to luxury resorts.

Slowly but surely I did eventually change .. but not until I gave my life to Jesus.  After I gave my life to Him he would no longer let those things I saw fade away once I got home.  He began to burden me with the children who were living in poverty in those countries, little children who needed hope for the future.  In order to have hope they needed to know about Jesus.  They needed to know that he loves them and they are beautiful and special to Him.   Soon I sponsored my first child through Compassion (click for story here).  I know today God chose her for me.  She is from Dominican Republic and I am sure it was by no accident he chose her for me because she is from somewhere I have been on my travels.

In hindsight I now see but I did not know it at the time, on that first trip to Jamaica,  even though I was not a Christian God was already working on me.  He was lining things up getting me ready.  He was opening my eyes and my heart to the poor.  He had work planned for me.  He knew once I became a Christian I would change.  Even if I tried,  I can no longer look away or ever be who I used to be. I sometimes feel so overwhelmed by all this that it makes me cry.  I want to help them all so bad, but know I can’t help them all.  All I can do is pray and keep trying.  I will continue try the best I can while praying for God’s guidance that he will lead me in the right direction.  I pray that he will give me opportunities to speak to others about this and then speak through me giving me the right words to say.  I will keep praying every day that more people will sponsor children giving them a hope for the future and help them in changing their lives.   Most of all I pray that each of those children will know Jesus so they too can feel the love that I feel inside my heart.

I realized today while I was sitting there in church listening to my pastor’s sermon the reason I sometimes can not stop crying is it though this burden sometimes breaks my heart, I also feel so hugely blessed that he placed this burden on my heart.  I feel a love that I never felt before in my life.  I never knew I could love like this or feel love like this.

Thank you Lord for this blessing that you have put upon me.  I pray that you will continue to open my eyes so that I may see things through your eyes the way you want me to see.   Amen

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

*Since writing the post above I now also sponsor a boy named Thierry from Haiti and have also decided to become and advocate for those precious children.  I also have some pretty cool news to share with you,  In 3 weeks my husband and I will be traveling to Haiti with Compassion on one of their sponsor trips on which we will get to meet Theirry.   I am so excited I can hardly wait.  I just want to hug Thierry tight and tell him to his face how much I love him.  I am also sure I’m going to be telling you all about it when I get home.  

If you would like to learn more about helping a child in poverty you can click here the picture of the little boy below. 



Thank you for reading and God bless you 🙂

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Where was I? and Other Great Blogs

book-sub2About a month ago I told you about a new project I was going to be a part of in which I and 14 other bloggers were chosen to blog for the I am Second blog site.  We were to read and blog through 4 days of a new book that was released on Dec 9 called ‘Live Second:  365 Ways to Make Jesus First’.

My posts were supposed to be posted on the I am Second blog on Dec 13 – 16 at which time I was supposed to simultaneously post them here on my own blog .  I am not sure what happened but for some reason my posts have not been put on to the I am Second blog as of yet.  I am thinking with the release of the new book maybe they just got really busy and forgot to post them or they had some sort of technical issue.  What ever the reason I want to say I still love the book and I highly recommend you buy it if you have not bought it yet.  I am also going to be posting the posts I wrote here on my blog within the next few days.

Last week there were not only bloggers blogging for the I am Second blog but also a lot of other bloggers who were reading the book and blogging about their own ‘Live Second’ experiences on their own blogs and posting them on our facebook group page.  It was really cool to be a part of all this and I feel very blessed to be a part of all the sharing we all did and also feel as if I made some new friends.  There were a lot of really great posts and I tried to read them all.  I enjoyed reading all the blogs so much that I would like to take this opportunity to share the bloggers that were a part of the Live Second launch.  I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.  The blogs are listed in no particular order and I apologize if I missed anyone.  If I missed you and you are a Live Second blogger please add your link in the comments and I will add you to the list.














































I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I have.

Thank you for reading and God bless you  🙂