Share Four Somethings—September 2022
—Grace & Truth Linkup

Near the end of each month, I share four somethings at Heather’s.

Plus my latest One Second Everyday monthly video . . . 

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Something Loved


Well, this is more something my husband Jeff loves. But because I love Jeff (we just celebrated our 30th anniversary!), and I see the enjoyment he gets from chasing down roadside attractions when we’re on trips, I have to love them, too.

On our latest trip through Dallas, Texas, I got photos of Jeff with these four big items found on his Roadside Attractions app

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Something Gleaned 


My new favorite book on grief is It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine. It’s truly fabulous. 

Regardless of what you may be grieving now, big or small, this quote from Megan is applicable:

“No matter how many times pain or grief has entered your life, this time is the first time. This grief is unlike any other. Each new experience gets to unfold—and be tended—in the ways that best suit what hurts.”

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Something Braved


Okay, maybe “bravery” isn’t required for this. More like stamina.

It’s geeky-sounding, I realize. But our new bucket list item is to visit all the current 15 Presidential Library and Museums of the modern era. 

US Presidential Library System

Every US President since Herbert Hoover has created a library (but it’s more like a museum) in their home state to display exhibits about their life and career. They include the fascinating gifts they receive from foreign countries, audio and video of important events in history during their era, and multitudes of exhibits.

Several libraries are also the final burial sites of the President and their spouse. 

Prior to September, we’d been to three.

  • Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois
  • Jimmy Carter in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bill Clinton in Little Rock, Arkansas

But two weeks ago, we visited three more. My sore feet can attest to how interesting they are. 

  • Harry S. Truman in Independence, Missouri
  • George H. W. Bush in College Station, Texas
  • George W. Bush in Dallas, Texas 

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Something Achieved


After wearing braces as a teen, I wish I’d known then to continue wearing my retainer at night. 

I’ve spent the past 11 months wearing invisible aligners on my teeth to get them straight again. But I finished with Invisalign this month. The orthodontic treatment was much easier this time (no more goopy molds of your teeth!), but it was still a hassle.  

Kids, wear your retainers!

Featured Post for Grace & Truth Linkup

Maybe you have a junk drawer like mine that collects old receipts, pencil stubs, and post-it notes. I have to occasionally clean it out or it overflows.

But Pam reminds us we have those pesky places on the inside of us, too. When is the last time we let God do a cleaning there?

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Pesky Places

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26 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings—September 2022
—Grace & Truth Linkup

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Good for your kiddos, Michele. My youngest daughter had the permanent retainer put in, so she doesn’t have to worry about remembering. But that has its own drawbacks as well.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I didn’t realize how much our teeth moved through the years, but they definitely do. I woke up last night around 1 a.m. and realized I had failed to put my retainer in when I went to bed. I promptly got up and put it in. 🙂

  1. Lynn D. Morrissey

    Loved seeing you behind that desk! I’d vote for you in a nano second!

    Don’t know if I ever told you that my college choir sang in the White House Ballroom. Then and there I decided I wanted to be First Lady. I would promote beautiful music, reading, and journaling as healing for our country (I know, I’m naive, but surely it helps). I told Mike he’d make a great President and that I wanted to be FL, to which he quipped, “Lynni, don’t you realize you were First Lady of Ladue Ridge when I was President of our subdivision, and you didn’t even show up at the annual meeting?! You were a failed FL!” And that, dear Lisa, was that.
    PS You should see that gorgeous, antique concert grand in the WH ballroom. It has “eagle legs” to support it. Smashing!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Being the President or First Lady are neither jobs that I would EVER want in a million years. 🙂 But if Mike doesn’t want to run for President, you could just go for the top position yourself. Somebody has to become the first female President! We won’t hold your previous record as First Lady of Ladue Ridge against you. lol.

      I love your ideas for healing our nation. And I love that you are already doing those through the things you share online!

  2. Lynn D. Morrissey

    Lisa, when did you visit Independence? It’s a ways from St. Louis, but you were in MO, our show-me state.

    And Happy 30th btw! That’s so wonderful!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      We started in Wichita, KS, Tuesday morning, Sept 13, then drove to Independence, MO, for the museum, and then drove the rest of the way back to Alabama the rest of that day and evening, getting in around 12:30 a.m. Quite a few miles! We did drive through St. Louis on our route home. It’s been a few years since we actually stayed in St. Louis. I’ve been up the arch twice now and totally hated it both times. lol. I have a fear of heights and the arch didn’t cure me of it like I’d hoped.

      1. Lynn D. Morrissey

        I’m with you! I HATE riding up and down the Arch! I feel like I’m being transported in a tin can and find it extremely claustrophobic. That said, I enjoy this history museum there, and also the Arch itself. It takes on different characters at different times of day, and at night, in just the right moonlight, it shimmers and ripples. The symbolism is wonderful too.
        PS I’d make a terrible president, and while Michael is smart enough to do it, and a just and honest man, I’d fear his safety. A big, tough job.

  3. Barb Hegreberg

    I will admit, I do like to look for the oddities along the road.

    Congrats on 30 years!

    The Lincoln Museum is AWESOME!!

    Thank you for your consistency with One Word, Grace & Truth, and Four Somethings! You help keep me on track.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You would probably get a kick out of the Roadside Attractions app too, Barb. It makes it easy to find those weird things along your route. 🙂

      It’s been a few years since we went to the Lincoln Museum, but it was our first Presidential Library so it’s the one that drew us in.

      It’s so fun being in the same communities together for One Word, G&T, and Four Somethings. The groups really help me stay consistent myself.

  4. Donna

    Lisa, what a fabulous month! Happy 30th wedding anniversary! My husband and I will soon be celebrating our 37th.
    I just love those photos with Jeff, how cool those roadside things are! And the libraries, oh I would be in a perfect bliss state. Books just breathe life into me-holding them, reading them, seeing them. My favorite place to rest is in a library! But honestly travelling to the presidents’ libraries is so meaningful!
    The book on grief sounds incredibly healing. That quote is spot on. I tell people all the time even though their fresh grief tags old grief, it is still the first time they are encountering it.
    Thank you for sharing your month with us!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Congrats on your upcoming 37th anniversary, Donna! That is amazing.

      The library is one of my favorite places too. It started way back when I visited bookmobiles as a kid. 🙂 I have such fond memories of checking out every Nancy Drew book that I could find. lol. Oddly, the Presidential Libraries aren’t about books; I’m sure books are stored in their archives somewhere, but they are really more museums. Thus they feel misnamed to me. But I’ll let it slide. 😉

      I can only imagine how many, many people you have blessed with your wisdom on dealing with their grief. I’m thankful for people like you in our world.

  5. Linda Stoll

    Amen to Invisilign, Lisa! I finished up with mine last year and only wish I hadn’t waited so long to bring those straying teeth back to where they were after I finished with those metal braces half a century ago.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I didn’t know you did Invisalign too, Linda. Isn’t it wonderful how it works? I’m glad I waited no longer than I did. I was very tentative about doing it, but it was worth it. The year would have passed just the same with or without me doing it, but now it’s complete. 🙂

  6. Lisa Blair

    Happy 30th Anniversary! Roadside Attractions come in all shapes and sizes. 🙂 Thanks for the book recommendation; thankfully, the audiobook is on sale for $5. I’m glad you were able to straighten your teeth. How fun to visit the Presidential Museums and Libraries! I’ve been to a few, but I would enjoy seeing more of them. I’m so glad you and your husband are getting to travel together.

  7. Barbara Harper

    Always love your monthly videos! The roadside attractions look like so much fun. What a neat thing to visit presidential libraries. I have never been to one. I’m sure it’s nice to be done with the Invisiline. Mine knew they were supposed to wear their retainer–but stopped not long after they got their braces off. 🙁 That book sounds like a very good one.

  8. JeanWise

    Happy anniversary. I could travel with you two – love quirky roadside attractions and presidential libraries. If you get up to Ohio (Hayes) let me know. It is only 1.5 from me and I would come over and join you, The Ford one is about two hours from me. One of latest travel we stopped in Alabama at the Unclaimed Baggage Store – an unique stop

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