Snow Day thoughts and a monthly update

Hey everyone, I hope your year is going good despite all the craziness going on in the world around us. Angie here and I wanted to give an update on how we’re doing and utilize this wonderful snow day we are having here in Illinois. Work has been going good, for those who are curious, and due to some family and personal stuff we’ve just not been able to stream unfortunately. I will say I sure do miss it, and am open to ideas for when I am able to get back into it. I feel like the only privacy and quiet I get is when I am in my bedroom or bathroom. LOL. Anyway, I have been coming up with ideas for when summer hits and this global pandemic decides to be over with. You will be happy to know there are a few things in the works for an online DND session I’m considering as well as a few small trips later in the year. I hope you will stick with us as we navigate in how to come up with amazing and good quality content for each of you. As you know, I only do things with excellence, so that is why I’ve not been online as I would like. Thank you for your patience as we try to get things ready behind the scenes. If you are interested in help us produce good content and even have a space we can use until we are able to expand our living quarters, please feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you. As always, thanks for subscribing and have a warm and enjoyable week.

Angie

Living Life like everyday is Christmas

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With New Years right around the corner I was debating on what to write for the blog. Most people begin sharing tips and tricks to set and keep goals – and usually the day after Christmas -, or how to take better care of yourself once the calendar turns over to January 1. But as most of you know, my goal for this blog is to go deeper and write thought – provoking articles that will foster community and help people embrace their true identities. Therefore I decided to piggy back off a fellow blogger friend of mine. He was discussing how we tend to talk about Jesus and his birth leading up to Christmas day, and then once the clock ticks midnight on December 26th, we rush to take all the decorations down and pack away any semblance of Christmas. The point he was making, which you can read the article here, is that we are in such a rush sometimes to celebrate festivities and embrace baby Jesus in a manger and yet forget the very reason why He came in the first place. This year has looked really dark, and it has gotten really lonely, but one thing I know for sure is that Jesus came for the lonely. He is the light that shines bright in the darkest storms of life and He is wanting to have a relationship with you. December 25th isn’t just about Santa Claus, reindeer, or even a baby in a manger. Christmas represents hope and love, and the grace of God Almighty coming down to redeem us. We all have messed up and done some pretty stupid stuff. You probably haven’t killed anyone, but you may have carried around hatred, anger, lust, or greed and it has broken God’s heart. You may not believe in God but He still exist. That is like saying I don’t believe in gravity but the moment I jump from a four story building I’m going to experience it real quick. What am I trying to say? Jesus, the light of the world, came to give you light and hope unlike anything you will ever find. Instead of packing away the lights, tree, and decorations, why not continue into 2021 with the hope that Christmas brings? We can live everyday like it is Christmas if we would surrender our lives and will to Jesus and allow Him to help us live with purpose and passion. Jesus doesn’t want to be a wet blanket and ruin life for you, He knows what is best just like a really great parent and He wants to show you how to truly live. This is the whole purpose of TNR, I wanted to show people life isn’t about stuff or being the best. The road in the fast lane isn’t the best life, a truly fulfilled and satisfied life is one traveled down the narrow road, the road that is dusty and has a few rocks imbedded into it. This road causes you to take a slower pace and cherish each moment.

How do we live everyday like it is Christmas?

We do so by embracing the hope and light of Jesus and aligning our goals we want to set or should set for the new year with the plan God has for us. God is like a really good parent who knows what is best for their child and wants to see them live a successful life. And since God knows our end from our beginning, He already knows how things will turn out for us. Why not trust Him with everything? I know, it is hard, trust me I get it. Yet, as we make a daily decision to trust Him and place our lives in His hands we won’t have to rush past each holiday happy one day and depressed the next. God will gladly give us His joy and peace that last through any circumstance. Yes, life is still hard and it still sucks at times, but when we embrace His joy and peace there are pockets of times like what we have experienced this whole year where we say, “You know, life seemed to be a little crazy this year, but all in all I’m good, my family is good, and I know I will be alright.” Your situation may not always be alright, but you can be deep inside. This sounds strange according to the world’s standards. But trust me when I say, I have never been more happier and at peace. Somehow God has given me a peace and joy over the last few days and week that has made the last twelve months seem like just a scary dream. I don’t know what will happen in 2021, but I know I’m going to be just fine because I know something others don’t. I know my God is my provider and will keep me safe and help me make it through.

As we approach 2021 may you experience the love and light of Jesus and may He give you hope and peace like you have never known before.

Angie Frantz

A different kind of Christmas

Hello everyone! I know it has been a few months since I wrote to you, but I hope your holiday season has been going good and you and your family are healthy. For Chris and I we have been pretty busy with finding new ways to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas during the pandemic. Between the craziness going on in our world, and the weather going from spring to fall and back to winter in the matter of a few days or weeks, things haven’t really felt like Christmas here in IL. Honestly, I think for everyone Christmas is going to look a bit different this year. As a matter of fact, I want to discuss just that today. So grab your favorite drink, cozy up and let’s dive in.

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So this year may not be full of parties and loads of gifts under the tree. Does that mean you can’t have a good Christmas and celebrate the holidays? Of’ course not! Some of you may know that Chris and I are followers of Jesus and so we celebrate things like advent and Jesus’ birth on Christmas. You don’t have to be religious to understand that aside from the whole Santa and elves, Christmas is widely known for being a Jewish and Christmas holiday. One where we celebrate the birth of the Lord and his coming into the earth to bridge the gap between us and Him. You may not celebrate any of that, but this year let’s take a different perspective to the meaning of Christmas. Most of us may not be able to celebrate with loved ones or have the finances to buy a bunch of gifts, but we should find ways to be thankful. You are alive, if you do have a spouse or parents living, that is something to be grateful for. If you have all your basic needs met; food in your stomach, clothes on your back, a shelter/place to live, clean water to drink, and breath in your lungs you have something to be happy about. Yet, how do we celebrate when we don’t have hope?

What is hope?

Hope is the expectancy of something to come. You may not feel like you have hope today, but can I encourage you? There is someone who wants to bring you hope today and his name is Jesus. I’m not trying to get religious on you or tell you to join a cult. I want to share the good news like the shepherds who lived in a dirty and smelly field long ago. They were outcast, people no one cared about, they were alone and felt like losers, yet God chose them to spread the message that a savoir – someone who wanted to fix their relationship with God and give them meaning and purpose – was born that day. Life may be chaotic for you right now, and this Christmas may be a little different this year, but I want you to know there is still hope and it is found in Jesus Christ who left his luxury of heaven and came to earth to be born as a baby and grow up to eventually give up his life so you and I can live with Him for eternity. Not only that, but we would have new purpose and meaning here on earth in that He would choose us to share that amazing message of hope to others. You are not alone this season my friend, there is someone who longs to have a relationship with you and will help you will life gets hard. All you have to do is cry out to him today.

Prayer: Jesus this year looks pretty different and not what I expected. However, would you come and give me your hope and peace this Christmas season? I may not fully understand who you are or the amazing sacrifice you gave for me, but would you help me understand and take my life and use it for your benefit. I not only want a relationship with you, I want you to use me to share your amazing message with the world – however that looks. I need you Jesus and I need your hope and joy this season and all year long! I give you my life today. I want to follow You and become your child.

In Jesus name, Amen

If you prayed that prayer will you reach out to us? We would love to explain further the decision that you just made and help you in your journey. This is what TNR is all about, finding a way down the narrow path, the one that is less encumbered by the craziness of life and leads towards one of purpose and life. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season everyone and a most joyous New Years!!!!

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Chris and Angie Frantz

Memorial Day: Honoring those who sacrifice so we can be free.

As you know, Monday will be Memorial Day, a day we honor those in service to the United States military so we as a country can be free. Today’s post won’t be a long one, yet I hope you will read all the way through as I show ways we can honor those who lay down their lives on a regular basis, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives, and the families of those who have given their time and/or lives to service so we can live in a free country.

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Honoring the fallen and forgotten

I think because some of us who aren’t in the military, or hear and see of war on television or in movies, we have become numb to violence and apathetic to what is really going on overseas. Now, this is just my opinion, and if you disagree that is okay, I am just sharing stuff I have seen. I have seen those who are serving or the families of those same people and they see things we as regular American citizens will never see or hear. We – and I am speaking to myself as well here – tend to complain about things such as a barista getting our coffee order wrong, when there are those who have died for us to enjoy the luxury of walking or driving safely to that coffee shop without getting shot or worse. I know I tend to do this and when I realize it, I have to take a step back and realize how blessed I am and how grateful I should be. Also, one thing I have noticed – especially with my step dad going through stuff regarding getting the benefits and stuff due him from having been in -, is how the government and others don’t even look in your direction unless you mention you served in either the world wars, or are currently serving. I am thankful for all those who serve, served, or gave their lives, but I also have to remind myself at times that there are those who did their time and have either been stricken with various illnesses, have become homeless, or simply are not given the proper respect because what they did wasn’t on the news or was considered popular.

My hope for this Memorial is that everyone would find ways to remember those who gave their lives and veterans. Ways you can show your respect is by doing such things as:

  • Write a letter or give a card to a veteran/a family member of someone who served our country and gave their life.
  • See if they need help getting somewhere/help paying bills or getting groceries. Basically be a good neighbor and find ways they could use some help, and if you are able to meet that need then try to do as such.
  • Simply showing your appreciation by thanking them and being respectful

This is just a few ways you can show your appreciation. If there is something you do to honor vets or families of the fallen share your comments below.

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Showing respect and gratitude to those currently serving

So we talked about ways to honor veterans, those who have given their lives, and the families of the fallen. Next we will discuss how you can honor the living and those who are serving and unable to be with their families. A few of the ways I show my respect is when I see a family who has someone serving and they are away from them for a period, I try to find ways I am able to help whether by making food, seeing if they need baby-sitting, etc. Other ways you can show your respect is by writing the soldiers letters and sending care packages to them as a way to say thank you and help them remember why they are fighting and who they are fighting for. I have personally been praying for a few soldiers that are overseas, and this year I am thinking of seeing if there are those overseas who do not have anyone and could use some encouragement or just a pen pal. By doing this you are showing that you respect those who sacrifice to give you the freedom you have in this country, as well as keep things in perspective and at the forefront of your mind. Because if you’re anything like me, sometimes I get so preoccupied with my “stuff” that I forget to look around me and outside of myself and help others – even if it is a kind word or smile.

So what are some things you can do to show your support this Monday and hopefully all year round? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Happy Memorial weekend yall, and thank you to all who have served, are currently serving, who gave their lives for my freedom, and especially the families who either have lost loved ones or have those who are currently serving. God bless you, and I see you!

Happy Trails,

Angie

City Spotlight: STL

Today I want to share with you a few of my favorite places I like to go to when I drive over the river to St. Louis, MO. I should note, none of these business’ sponsored me to write about them, it was out of my free will.

On Saturday I finally got the chance to visit the new Ferris Wheel down at Union Station in St. Louis, MO. My hubs Chris and I decided to make a date evening of it, and so we stopped at two of my favorite places to eat as well – I will discuss those in a bit. It was a tad chilly when we first got there, but after a few hours it finally started to warm up. I had purchased tickets online beforehand and I believe it came out to be $15 a person. The cars, or whatever you will call them, were a decent size, as well as having both an emergency button and a few vents for heat. I could have done without the music, but it wasn’t horrible, and honestly neither were the crowds – course we came around 12ish so that could have been a huge factor. Both Chris and I had planned on going on the ride, however my husband wasn’t feeling well due to sinus drainage and had to step off. For someone who is afraid of heights, I have to be honest and say it was really enjoyable for me, even with being able to see how far off the ground we were. I enjoyed all the sights and took a few pictures I plan on uploading this weekend from my digital camera. You can view the video I took on my Instagram account here. I highly recommend going, and especially buying your tickets before you get there, it was a fun experience and hopefully the next time the hubs can ride with me.

FOOD, GLORIUS FOOD!

The Fountain on Locust

Before we attend the Wheel we got a bite to eat at The Fountain on Locust. First of all, for any fellow vintage 40s/50s lovers out there, this place is a dream come true. Second, the food is not only amazing, it is homemade right in St. Louis – except their ice cream which is from Wisconsin Dells. I could go on for hours talking about this place, but I encourage if you are coming to St. Louis, you need to check this place out! I will post a few pictures of the beautiful shots I took when I was there.

Pappy’s Smokehouse

Oh dear! Where do I start with this place? First, if you are a vegan or don’t eat meat, this isn’t the place to be. However, for my fellow carnivores out there, this place is like heaven on earth. My first date with Chris was at this place, and even though I was getting claustrophobic from standing in the tiny hallway waiting in line to place our order, it was all worth it when I took that first bite of my pulled pork sandwich. Chris and I came here after walking around Union Station and after I finished my ride on the big Wheel. The place has been in business for 12 years – and as a matter of fact Saturday was their anniversary! Not only do the owners and managers walk around and greet you, the staff are beyond amazing and friendly, and there are menus adorned all over the walls with various signatures from people such as Flogging Molly, Brendan Shanahan, Ozzy Osborn, and Andy from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. This is the best BBQ place around the metro area in my opinion, and it is worth checking out! You can view the menu and find out more about them by clicking the link here.

I hope you enjoyed the post today, and as always don’t forget to share the site with your friends and if you’ve not done it already, then subscribe to the blog so you can get notifications when I upload a new post.

May you have a good week, and this Valentine’s I hope you know you are loved…regardless of your relationship status!

xoxo,

Angie

Dealing with a Deviated Septum

Hey everyone, so I wanted to write about my recent sinus surgery, and give some updates on how I am doing. If you have ever had issues with sinus’, sinus infections, or problems with sour throats and stuff, then you are going to want to read today’s post. Before I begin though, make sure to subscribe to the blog so you can get notifications in your email when I write a new post on this blog, and then share this site with your friends that way we can increase our little community.

Dealing with a Deviated Septum

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On January 27th, 2020 I had sinus surgery and a deviated septum fixed. Since I was around 13 or so I began dealing with sinus drainage, and in my mid – teens I began having reoccuring sinus infections and bronchitis. Finally, when I was in my mid – twenties, I found out through a fellow classmate that I might have a deviated septum. My friend began mentioning how his nose leaned to one side and it would cause problems with his breathing, as well as having various issues with his sinus ducts. After my friend came back from having the surgery he mentioned how amazing he felt, not to mention the ability to smell properly. Since then, I have considered having the surgery, and hoping – because of the cost – that I would be able to afford it one day. Finally, that day came and even thought it was pretty pricey – I had to pay around 3K before my insurance would kick in -, I have to admit it was totally worth it. There are a few issues I am having, but granite, I am only two weeks out of having surgery – I will go into detail of this later.

My first major surgery

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I have never had surgery, let alone major surgery in my entire life, and so this was a first for me. Not only that, but I have never been put under anesthesia either, and so I was a bit nervous to say the least. However, the nurses at Memorial were extremely friendly, helpful, and caring. I didn’t even flinch when they put the iv in me, and except for the pinching, I don’t think I even noticed it was there. After I came out of surgery, my doctor said everything went well, and even though I had a bit of a breakdown at the hospital – due to the combo of anesthesia and the antibiotics -, I was good to head home. The first night was rough because I had to sleep in my recliner, I had to breath solely through my mouth because of the packing in my nose, and the fact I needed help getting to the bathroom and such because of the meds and having to keep my head straight and not bend over or bend my head back due to surgery. It seemed that night every 45 minutes I would wake up and look at the clock…it was excruciating!

 

The Recovery Process

The day after the surgery I was able to get the packing out, which hurt like something fierce, and suddenly I began feeling so much better! However, the process to healing took much longer than expected. The first week was hard simply because I had to retrain myself to soley breath through my nose, and then my doctor said it would take a while to get rid of the remainder mucus and blood that was compacted up in my nose – this of ‘ course meant I would have some drainage and when I began blowing my nose after the first week there would be a bit of blood on the tissue. As gross as this sounds, it was nothing compared to the way it felt….but I could breath! The following Monday after my surgery I went in for my doctor to check my nose out and to clean what he could in my nasal passages. Even though it looked good, and he did a good job of cleaning it, I still have some issues with drainage in the mornings, I feel I still need to sleep with my head sitting straight up, and I have to use a humidifier now. However, in the grand scheme of things, I have to say it was worth it. I can tell I am getting better, little by little each day; but to say this isn’t a mental battle would be a lie. As I stated above, I still am trying to train my brain into breathing solely through my nose, and my healing process is taking longer than I would have liked. However, the upside to this is I have trained myself to eating healthier and drinking more water. Not to mention, I have had some amazing times in my devotion. For those who don’t know, I am a follower of Jesus and so my faith defines me. Because of this, I make a point each morning to spend time in prayer, reading a portion of scripture, and journaling. During the week that I was off work – really almost two weeks -, I found ways to decrease my stress and anxiety, and I learned what it meant to listen to your body, and I began learning what my purpose was and how to take steps to living my best life. That might sound silly to you, but for someone who is overcoming anxiety, fights against approval addiction and learning to love myself, this was – as Oprah calls it – an “aha” moment for me.

In conclusion, I would say yes there were some hurdles – the cost, the fact I am still recovering, and a few headaches because of the lack of caffeine in that first week -, but if I had to do it all over again – which I hope I don’t – I would. So if you are considering geting sinus surgery and a deviated septum fixed, then I would highly recommend it. The only thing I would say, is make sure you have someone who can help you unselfishly, because without my husband and mom, I don’t know how well I would be feeling right now – aside from my faith getting me through, they were the reason I made it through so well. To see more pix scroll down, then click here to watch the video I posted on YouTube describing my progress.

As always, thanks for checking out my site, commenting, and showing your support.

much love,

Angie

 

Sinus surgery 4

Right after I got out of surgery, and as I was waking up.  

 

Sinus surgery 5

The next day, and a few hours before having the packing taken out.

 

Sinus surgery 6

One week post surgery.

 

 

The Basics Of Life

Hello ladies and gents, i hope you are having a good weekend. Since it has been a minute since i wrote y’all, and i have gotten side tracked from my Saturday short stories i thought i would share a little something that has been on my heart. See, lately i have been thinking about authenticity and getting back to the basics or the simple things of life. I know, it is hard to do with our world moving into a more technological future. However, i feel we should do everything with moderation and technology is no exception.

Because of working ten hours a day I have been doing a lot of contemplation and self – reflection. For most of you that follow my blog, you know I’ve been on a journey to self – discovery in hopes to take better care of myself. I have been trying to find books to expand my mind, focus on speaking words of kindness over myself, and find little moments in my day that bring me joy. This, as most who have been or are currently on their own journey have noticed, has made me aware of the world around me, opened my eyes in a sense. I have noticed how most people have become numb to the world around them, and just strive to get through the day. I believe this is the reason we see such a high suicide rate, not to mention anxiety and other disorders that have come to light because of the need to provide for ones self and their families.

Might I pose the question however; what would happen if we lived life on purpose, making memories and showing kindness to those we meet, instead of just drudging through life until we breath our last? You may think it doesn’t matter, but if the previous generations did this would we have been better off?

In an effort to not sound morbid or depressing, I just want to challenge you for the next two weeks to find one thing that brings you joy, find one person you can perform an act of kindness towards, and write down your progress each day with one positive affirmation for yourself. At the end of the two weeks we will compare notes on how things have or have not changed for you.

I would like to leave you with a quote from one of my favorite authors, Corrie Ten Boom: “Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings…it’s something we make inside ourselves.”

Till we meet again,

Angela

2017 Year in review

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So I know this is a bit late, but today’s writing prompt is about writing a list, and the one i chose was things I have learned. Here is what I learned in 2017:

  1. God loves me, and life on planet earth sucks, sometimes God will intervene and make it not so bad, but other times he uses the bad situations to make us stronger. This was hard for me to understand at first, but then after a few rough patches I understood what it meant – that death is not the end, and the ugliness of the world can’t destroy me.
  2. Never take your family for granite, even as messed up as they are, sometimes there are family members who actually care.
  3. Good church and friends are rare, and Jesus will use the most unlikely people to pick you up when you fall. My church family has really been there for the hubs and I this past year. There are a lot of churches that pretend to be followers of Jesus and all they do is gossip and show hatred, or play favorites with the staff families and those who have a lot of money, but if you look hard enough and ask God to help, you find the right place to be. In those times, it becomes less like a religion, and more like a family that strive to be people of excellence.
  4. Finally, I learned that the only approval i need is from my Papa! I learned that it doesn’t matter what people say to me, what they do, or even what they think of me; because ultimately the main person I want to please is Jesus and I want to help people see that He loves them and wants to pour out his love and acceptance onto them. I learned that you can not please everyone, and I just need to be me…when I do, everything else will fall into place. After All, if you have love, then kindness and goodness, and joy will follow!!!!

 

This is my list. What are some things you have learned over the past year? Share them below and as always, remember to follow the blog, share it with others, and be kind to all those you come in contact with today!

Till Next Time,

Angela

NATl. Tell a Story Day, Breakfast with the Doctor, and other nonsense.

                          

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good Thursday! In today’s discussion we will tell stories, have breakfast with our favorite superhero, and discuss nonsensical issues like whether North Korea is preparing for WWIII.
National “Tell a story” Day

In case you didn’t know it, today is Natl. Tell A Story Day. So in honor of that, I want to share a story I grew up with….Well, a set of stories, The Cat in the Hat. I don’t know about you, but I grew up reading The Cat in the Hat books. My favorite of course was Green eggs and ham…why? Well, who in the world has ever heard of green eggs? Not this girl! Anyways, it was awesome. It rhymed, it was strange, and it was fun. What was your favorite story growing up…or maybe one you have discovered today? Let me know in the comments below.

                        

So there is this contest going on right now where you can win tickets to Cardif, or the surrounding area, and you get to have breakfast with 7 people from the doctor who show…specifically ones who played the Doctor. For me this is the epic fan girl moment because I adore this show and two of the people who used to play the Doctor are my favorites. I hope I win so bad,  it I a, trying not to get my hopes up either. In lue of this, it made me think, if You could eat breakfast with anyone real or fictional who would it be? Now I know most people say Jesus, but aside from him who would you choose? Let me know in the comments below.
So the third story I want to share is about North Korea and their potentially testing out nuclear weapons. Now from all the stories I read, Jung un said he is more than likely going to test out their weapons, I guess in case he needs them. I also heard talks about the USA wanted to get him to come to his senses not necessarily remove hm. Personally, I think if he can get an atomic bomb to work, then he might use it to start WWIII. That is my opinion though. What do you think? Is he just a crazy dictator that gets off by brain washing people and making threats or is he the next Hitler? Let me know in the comments below!
Well everyone, that is all for today. Hope you have an awesome weekend, and remember to share with your friends and subscribe so you can stay up to date with all my postings. 
Till next time, 

Angie

Our virtual coffee date

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In today’s everyday inspiration the topic is about writing as if you are having a virtual coffee date with a friend. After reviewing a few blogs, I came acrossed Amber’s page, “girlwiththeredhair”. She wrote as if she was sitting with an old friend and catching up on life since the last time she had seen them. So today, we will have a virtual coffee date, ready?

If we were having coffee today, I would introduce myself, and get to know a little about you. I would mention that we also visited a historic village in New Salem, IL where there were people dressed in Amish clothing and explained what it was like to live in that day and age. It was interesting to see some of the homes of Abraham Lincoln’s friends. Also, I am trying out this whole 30 again, but i have incorporated some greens and a few wraps from a friend of mine who is a consultant with “IT WORKS.” What would you want to discuss if we were together? Tell me a little about yourself in the comments below.