Choose Joy 2015 ⋆ Sandy’s P.O.V.

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Choose Joy 2015


For many of you following me at Sandy’s P.O.V., you didn’t know me in my past blog life when I was blogging at Uncompromising!.   I posted a lot of personal stuff and about my faith.  I was reading a lot of Christian blogs and I found this blogger, Sara (click to see her website), who just spoke to my heart.

Unfortunately, I was reading her posts at the very end of her life.  She was 38 years old and living with a disease called ankylosing spondylosis. Interestingly enough, I had a friend who was living with A.S. as well.  But my friend, Phyllis, wasn’t really living.  She was willing herself to die and on 12/31/2010 she did.

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I’m Moving

If you are a regular Uncompromising reader, then thank you!  I am going to slowly be adding posts to my other blog, Sandy’s P.O.V., that I would have formerly posted here so that I’m only writing in one place.  I’m looking forward to connecting with some other bloggers who might not come to read a personal blog, but who would read about a product review.   You’ll be able to find these types of posts on the menu bar on Sandy’s P.O.V. in the top menu“Life…Head On”.  Thank you for reading Uncompromising and I look forward to connecting with you on Sandy’s P.O.V.!

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Who Am I In Christ?

I’m always amazed at what posts are read most often, but this post is self-explanatory. Enjoy!


Most of us have a very poor self-image.  The world tells us that we don’t measure up by plastering photos of gorgeous models all over every magazine, movie, and music video.  What we fail to comprehend, no matter how many times we’re told, is that those models are airbrushed and photoshopped so much that the models don’t actually recognize themselves!  Cindy Crawford admits that she doesn’t see herself in her own professional pictures.  Here’s the thing, we believe the media and fail to believe what the Bible says.  What’s been around longer?  Just sayin’…

Here is who the Bible says I am…

  • I am a child of God – John 1:12
  • I am chosen before the creation of the world – Ephesians 1:4
  • I am fearfully, wonderfully made – Psalm 139:14
  • I am a friend of God – John 15:15
  • I am God’s workmanship – Ephesians 2:10
  • I am dearly…

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I Went To See A Rocket Launch And All I Got To See Was History Being Made


I had the wonderful opportunity in March and April to go to NASA/Kennedy Space Center to see SpaceX’s launch of their Falcon rocket and Dragon payload.  You can see my first post here:  Space, the Final Frontier.  The March launch was delayed due to a leak.  What we finally learned was that a sewing machine had leaked some oil.  The launch was delayed a few more times before I was able to go back in April.  One of the very coolest things that we did besides going out to the launch pad to see Falcon was that we walked on the 16th floor walkway of the VAB.  I realize that I took this video vertically.  Mea culpa.

You can see all the photos that I took at the first launch attempt here:

We were on the NASA Causeway with less than an hour until launch and it was delayed again.  Talk about frustration.  BUT, I did get to see history in the making.  What those of us who returned got to see was NASA Administrator Charlies Bolden, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, and SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell make the history-making announcement of SpaceX’s 20 year lease of Launch Pad 39A for future space flight as well as the next manned missions to the ISS.  You can see some video that I took below.

 You can see all the photos I that I took at the second launch attempt here:

Wouldn’t you know, there was only a 30% chance that the Falcon would go up on the next attempt and I chose not to go.  BIG MISTAKE!  The rain made a quick exit and the sky was gorgeous.  I got to see the launch online thanks to SpaceX, NASA, and some of my friends who did make it back.  38 of us made the first trip.  17 for the second.  There were about 7 or 8 that made it back for the actual launch.  Lesson learned.  It was still totally amazing and I got to meet a great group of people who became friends.

Finishing up Saturday Six


Today is the last post in the Saturday Six alphabet series.  We’ve made it to ‘Z’.  I’m playing along with Patrick’s Place.

1. Z is for ZEPPOLE: When buying a dozen doughnuts, do you prefer them hot, cold or room temperature?

When I’m buying doughnuts, and I don’t buy them hardly ever, I prefer them at room temperature.  My favorite doughnuts is something that Dunkin’ Donuts used to call a cruller, but now they call them sticks.  However, I can be easily swayed with a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut too.

2. Z is for ZITI: What is your favorite Italian dish?

I like many different Italian dishes.  I love chicken picatta, chicken Marsala, and any pasta stuffed with cheese.

3. Z is for ZOO: Which animal do you most enjoy watching at a zoo?

I love going to the zoo.  We don’t get to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa often enough.  I like to watch baby animals.  I’m fascinated by the big cats as well.  I can’t pick just one thing.

Tim feeding a Lorakeet at Lowry Park Zoo 5/2/2006

Tim feeding a Lorakeet at Lowry Park Zoo 5/2/2006

4. Z is for ZOOLOGIST: Which animal would you most fear trying to take care of if you worked at a zoo?

I think I would fear taking care of the large primates or big cats because you just don’t know when they might be freaked out by something or decide they want to attack you.

5. Z is for ZUPPA: What is your favorite flavor of soup?

I had this cream of asparagus soup from a long-gone restaurant and it was the best soup ever.  I tried a brie and wild mushroom soup while we were on vacation and it was just heavenly.

6. Z is for ZYMURGY: If you could brew your own beer, what style of beer would you most likely want to produce?

Since I don’t really care for or drink beer, I can’t even answer this questions.