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Where did yesterday go?


The screen alights

His zombie like face

Nothing more to life

Than time to waste


The phone she holds

Has become her only friend

The life they once knew

Has come to an end


Remnants of lost yesterday’s

Pass them by

And bittersweet memories

Have left with a sigh


Why did those happy years

Ever have to go

It seems there’s nobody left

Who will ever know


Written by, Michelle Cook

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“A priceless and fine work of art, can be found within a warm loving heart.”  ~M

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Relishing happiness


Today I feel so happy

I’ve felt it all day long

The sun has been shinning

And nothing has gone wrong

Tomorrow may be different

Each day is unlike all the rest

But for now I’m relishing in happiness

Feeling loved and so very blessed


Written by, Michelle Cook

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This is it


This is it

The time has come

A new path

Has most certainly come

I see it clearly

As it comes into view

A color on the horizon

So beautiful and new

I’m excited to see

Where this road leads

I’ve been needing a change

Guess the Lord heard my pleas


Written by, Michelle Cook

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Just look up…



If your day is grey and gloomy

Just look up to the sky

For you’ll find your answers there

As the clouds float gently by

For God in all his glory

Is smiling down on you today

Reaching out for his beloved son

Trying to show him the rightful way


Written by, Michelle Cook

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Do you…?


Do you ever just wish

You had someone to talk to each and every day

Someone who would always be there

To chase those gray clouds and pesky cobwebs away


Do you ever just dream

Of someone who wouldn’t be afraid to hold your hand

Perhaps they’d fly away with you

To some distant faraway land


Do you ever just yearn

For someone to stay close by your side

To have someone to laugh with

And perhaps even for moments to cry


Do you ever just wonder

If someone like this really does exist

Seems like if they did

They’d be very hard to resist


Written by, Michelle Cook

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Dreamy Day


A soft blushing hope

Infiltrates my carefree mind

A million happy thoughts

Of the carnation pink kind


Euphoric lavender lilacs

Float gently on the fragrant air

Lifted up on a billowy cloud

Blissfully content and unaware


There’s nobody who can ruin

Such a pleasant day like today

So unless you want join me

Just please go away


Otherwise let’s relish

In the dreamy state of the day

As lush meadows surround us

Let not a care stand in our way


Written by, Michelle Cook

The Daily Post prompt – Pink

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The results are in!

Well, as many of you know, I have been participating in the Whole30 program over the last month.  For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a diet program which mainly consists of eating fruits, vegetables, and meat for 30 days.

It worked so well for my family and I that we have decided to continue eating this way on a regular basis.  We all feel so much healthier and have a lot more energy.  My husband had been dealing with skin rashes for over a year now, and those have been completely eliminated.  And I had been suffering from lifelong digestive issues, and have found that I am free of the issues I used to have.  But just to give you a little more in-depth knowledge before you go and jump on the bandwagon, I wanted to give you some pros and cons for this diet plan.


  • You can eat as much as you want and you don’t have to count calories. We ate three meals every day and usually a couple of snacks as well.  Nobody was ever left feeling hungry and it was nice not having to write down and keep track of every single thing we ate.  Most diets require this, and I feel like it begins to get too overwhelming for me and then I just give up and lose interest.

  • You will lose weight. Without exercising, I still lost 6 lbs and 2.5 inches around my waist.  My husband exercised some, and had better results than me.  He lost a whopping 15 lbs!  So proud of him!  Our girls lost a total of 8 lbs, and have found that their clothes are starting to fit better.  Not bad for a 30 day period!

  • You will have more energy and many of the health problems that you may already have, usually improve immensely.

  • You don’t need to worry about vitamin supplements. If you eat according to the Whole30 plan, those expensive supplements aren’t needed.  You get enough nutrients through the foods that you eat.

  • You’ll learn a lot about nutrition and feel accomplished when you figure out that most of what you’ve been buying at the store, you can actually make at home yourself.

  • You’ll begin to crave sugar less, and find out just how good fresh fruits and vegetables really are.

  • You’ll love the way your body looks and feels and have a more positive outlook because of it.


  • You’ll have to spend a lot of time planning before you begin this program. We ended up completely gutting our pantry and had to give most of our food away before we even started.

  • This program is time consuming. You have to read every label at the grocery store and cooking becomes an all-day chore at times.

  • Your skin will break-out more in the beginning, because the toxins in your body are being expelled.

  • There will be days in the beginning when you feel like giving up, because you may suffer headaches from caffeine withdrawals and feel tired because instead of getting your energy from sugar, your body is now having to get that same energy from fat. This process takes a few weeks, and so you’ll begin to wonder if it’s even worth continuing.

  • You’ll find your pocket book a little lighter. Buying organic is pricey and some of the grass fed meats I found were as much as $10.00 per lb, and that was for chicken!

  • You’ll find it’s very hard to eat this way if you are someone who has a very busy lifestyle, and needs the convenience which fast food offers. There really isn’t anything at a fast food restaurant that is allowed during the Whole30 program.  So you’ll have to pack your home cooked meals and take them with you when you’re on the go.

  • And the biggest issue of all… you’ll feel so good by the end of it, that you’ll almost be afraid to ever eat another candy bar again or drink another caffeinated beverage. It will ruin your life in the best possible way and you will resent the Whole30 program because of it.

    My family and I considered this an experiment with food and we’ve realized just how much junk food used to negatively impact our lives.  I truly believe that if we continue eating this way, we will all live longer healthier lives and be happier for it.  So with that said, I highly recommend the Whole30 diet program for anyone who wants to eliminate starvation diets, have more energy, and have fewer health issues.  The only way you’ll know if it’ll work for you, is to give it a try.  I hope you will, and if you do, let me know and I’ll be happy to give you some moral support along the way.

    Here’s a sampling of some of the meals we’ve been eating:




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    Nobody can frustrate me like you

    You have no idea what you do

    Throwing me into a daily tizzy

    Simply makes me faint and dizzy

    Round and round we go each day

    Irritated by what the other has to say

    And yet there’s love in the midst

    It’s the only way we can coexist


    Written by, Michelle Cook

    Photo taken:  May 2017 (Brian, Pippa, & Emma)

    I want to be…


    I want to be the girl

    Who makes you want to live for tomorrow

    As you begin each new day

    I want to be the difference

    Who brings meaning to your life

    Whenever you have doubts

    I want to be the pages

    You look forward to reading

    As you sip your morning coffee

    I want to be the one

    Who causes your heart to skip a beat

    Every time we’re together

    I want to be the only person

    Your heart longs for

    When you look up at the stars at night

    I want to be the joy

    Which fills your life

    And cause endless smiles to brighten your face

    I want to be the love

    Which consumes your heart

    Making you feel as if you’re the only person who exists

    I want to be your dream

    Your wish

    Your everything…

    Because this is what you are to me  ❤


    Written by, Michelle Cook

    Originally posted: July 7, 2016

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    Spring Frolic



    Calm and gentle blows the breeze

    Lovers walk amongst the trees

    Blue skies smile down from above

    Radiating sunshine on those in love

    Perfume splendor fills the air

    Blossoming beauties wave their fair

    Children scamper to and fro

    Gaily laughing off they go

    Cheerful pleasantries fill the day

    As we go on our merry way

    Days like this are never a bore

    And leave us wanting all the more


    Written by, Michelle Cook

    Originally posted: March 20, 2016

    Photo found at: pinterest.com

    Sweet beautiful rain


    Rain sweet beautiful rain

    Never go away

    Tickle my tongue

    As I dance and play


    Keep me inspired

    As only you can

    Such a miraculous gift

    In God’s wondrous plan


    Sing me your lovely tune

    As I snuggle into bed

    Never leave me

    Want your song in my head


    Whisper your wonders

    While I drift off to sleep

    Cradle me with your lullaby

    I’m yours forever to keep


    Written by, Michelle Cook

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    I Write Because…


    I Write Because…

    I write to…
    Explore hidden realms beyond my reach

    I write to…
    See the universe in a different light

    I write to…
    Free myself from the confines of this world

    I write to…
    Hear my imagination think

    I write to…
    Escape to other dimensions in time

    I write to…
    Empower my introverted side

    I write to…
    Give my soul a much needed rest

    I write to…
    Pretend that I am someone I’m not

    I write to…
    Become a happier self

    I write to…
    Share my innermost thoughts and emotions

    I write to…
    Give hope to the hopeless

    I write to…
    Allow myself a few moments of weakness

    I write to…
    Make people laugh and cry

    I write to…
    Challenge myself in numerous ways

    I write to…
    Reach out to the brokenhearted

    I write to…
    Be daring and free from the chains that imprison me

    I write to…
    Create stories that I can call my very own

    I write to…
    Bring creativity into existence

    I write to…
    Have adventures that would otherwise never take place

    I write to…
    Acknowledge all that is good and true

    I write to…
    Perfect my hidden talents and abilities

    I write to…
    Show myself that I am worth so much more than I think that I am

    I write to…
    Find comfort in a place that I didn’t even know existed

    I write because…
    I am a writer.


    Written By, Michelle Cook

    Photo credit: pinterest.com

    Originally posted: November 2, 2015

    Attitude Adjustment


    Can you just try to remain positive

    For a single solitary day

    Or must your mind dwell in places

    Where you really shouldn’t stray


    Nobody can convince you

    To be someone that you aren’t

    But don’t you think it’s better

    To try and make a brand new start


    Life is what you make of it

    Of this I am quite certain

    So pick yourself up off the ground

    And release all of your hurtin


    By continuing to act this way

    You’re just giving up and admitting defeat

    You’re also spreading negativity around

    To everyone you meet


    Your attitude can have a positive impact

    Or a negative one as well

    I hope you’ll choose carefully

    On which side you decide to dwell


    Written by, Michelle Cook

    Originally posted: March 24, 2016

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    #MidnightMadness – 5/2/2017


    “The world is a much happier place, with an understanding friend by your side.”  ~M

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