Monday, April 29, 2019

Mr. Itsie has to always be in the middle
 of whatever I am doing it seems.

Confession time.  I spend too much time on the internet and especially in blogland. But oh my stars - what delight and what encouragement I find peeking into the lovely lace curtain trimmed windows and seeing how other like minded women are living.  

Today I opened a favorite blog and she has listed some of her favorite blogs which has inspired this post.  Lady Lydia is my inspiration for all things tea.  If you have seen my big Anchor Hocking Star of David punch bowl on the dining room table it is as a result of a post Lady Lydia shared on hospitality many years ago.

Most of my favorite blogs are written by Christian women that are wives and mothers and find their purpose encouraging women to glorify the Lord in their own family and home.  So good to know we are not alone in our calling and in our walk.  Good to know other women get discouraged sometimes and read about how they find victory in Jesus.

Personally I have been extremely sporadic posting on my blog but I continue on as I feel so inspired. My intention of blogging has always been with the hope of living snippets of life for my daughters and a journal of sorts too.

Maybe tomorrow I will update my blog roll and share some good links to encourage others as I have been blessed and encouraged by.


Friday, April 26, 2019

Yesterday Precious Husband reminded me to go check our cactus because it was ready to bloom at any time now. The pictures below show you what the cactus looked like yesterday.

Today I got up and grabbed my cup of coffee along with my phone to capture the beauty of the fully bloomed cactus flowers.

Seeing these flowers and knowing that tomorrow the beautiful pink blooms will be limp and hanging down toward their pot and dirt.  Such a short lived beauty they are. 

Such is our life.  So quick and fleeting are our days.  So beautiful but so delicate and fragile in so many ways.

I am reminded by this beautiful fully bloomed cactus that life must be appreciated now, today.  We have no promise of tomorrow.  Truly I remember that I know not what the future holds but I know Who holds my future.  I am so glad I can trust in the love and goodness of God and I will strive to see the beauty of each day He gives me. 

  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: 
BUT the word of our God shall stand for ever.  
 Isaiah 40:8 

Hugs & Blessings,

Monday, April 15, 2019

National Laundry Day


So on this morning's news I was told it was National Laundry Day.  Well, it just so happens Mondays are a laundry day for me.  So yippee! My laundry is done for another day and I also celebrated a national holiday.  Washoooo!

   With a grateful heart I must add how much I appreciate my washing machine and dryer.  I am blessed.

Hugs and blessings,

Friday, March 8, 2019

My African Violet

never ceases to amaze me.

I purchased this plant about 2 years ago and it originally traveled in the motor home with us.  It has been faithful to produce this kind of beauty even when I had my doubts.  You see my plant can at times look quite pitiful in my opinion.  It seems to be so fragile and so shallow in its roots.  But then I begin to see its sprouts of new buds, giving me hope and that hope does not disappoint.

I think life for the Christian is similar in nature to my plant.  Personally I can feel on some days pretty pitiful, fragile and without much depth of roots.  But God the master gardener is always at work and in the right time and season there will be new growth and new beauty and this fact this hope does not disappoint.

Psalm 138:8
The Lord will [a]perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Hugs and Blessings,

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

It's Nap Time

And another day:

Is there anything more hygge than this?
Miss Daisy Grace loves her nap time!

Hugs and Blessings,

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Happy New Year

Want to wish all our family and friends a very blessed new year.  2018 seemed to pass quite quickly in some ways yet stretched long in ways too.

I am glad the Christmas things are all packed away and my home is back in its normal order. 

The little pigs have replaced the green wreath to speak welcome at the front door.  The pigs were my mother's and they always make me smile.

Daisy Grace is tucked in her bed cuddled up with Pooh and really doesn't care what time of the year it is.

Itsie on the other hand misses the Christmas tree I believe.

Love and Hugs,

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year Friends and Family

May 2019 find you fully accepting with grace and faith all the good God has for you.  Nothing, nothing, be it good or be it difficult is ever wasted in God's economy.  May we all walk nearer to God Who is our peace as we enter into this new year.

But may the God of all grace, 
who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, 
after you have suffered a while, 
perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
1 Peter 5:10 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in him, so that you may 
overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Remembering back to my Sunday School days may I remind you of a song we sang that maybe you did too:

If you're happy and you know it clap your hands.
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands.
If you're happy and you know it your face will sure show it
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands.

I am happy because I am planted firmly in the palm of God's hand, safe and secure from all alarm!

And finally remember what this writer would encourage us to do:

If there are flowers in you
send them out, explode with color and grace;
waste no sunlight, no time in the hiding.
If you're made to bloom, bloom.
--Tyler Knott Gregson

And I believe we are created to bloom - blooming for His Glory!

Hugs and Blessings,

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Annie Johnson Flint

Please take a few minutes today to meet Annie Johnson Flint and I believe you will come away with fresh encouragement and blessing.

You may not recognize the name at first but I believe you will recognize her writing.

Annie Johnson Flint was born in 1866 and died in 1932.  

Here are a couple of reference links:

But God 
by Annie Johnson Flint

I know not, but God knows; 
Oh, blessed rest from fear!
All my unfolding days
To Him are plain and clear.

Each anxious, puzzled “Why?”
From doubt or dread that grows,
Finds answer in this thought;
I know not, but He knows.

I cannot, but God can;
Oh, balm for all my care!
The burden that I drop
His hand will lift and bear,

Though eagle pinions tire —
I walk where once I ran —
This is my strength, to know
I cannot, but God can.

I see not, but God sees;
Oh, all-sufficient light!
My dark and hidden way
To Him is always bright.

My strained and peering eyes
May close in restful ease,
And I in peace may sleep;

I see not, but He sees.

Blessings & Hugs,

Sunday, October 14, 2018

This past week found me delightfully happy to put a big check mark on one of my heart desires.  

I often have seen pictures on FaceBook of butterfly gardens or butterfly sanctuaries where the gentle delicate little fairies fly by the hundreds.  Being such a butterfly lover I wanted to experience being in their presence as I had seen in photos.

Along with some friends we went to the Arizona Botanical Gardens.  In my 45 years of residence in Arizona I must admit to never having been there.  I know, tsk tsk but it is true.  Amazing things in our own state.  

On our walking tour we saw some butterflies in the part of the garden that was butterfly friendly.  BUT then we came around the corner to find a butterfly pavillion filled with my favorite creations in all their glory.  Oh, be still my heart.  Such a treat.  Such beauty.  Such a blessing to walk among the butterflies and enter their world.

See and feel the flutter of butterfly wings? Yes, seen it and done it -- thank You Jesus.

So next morning as I take Daisy outside for her morning ritual I find this:

Beautiful morning glories shining in the morning sunshine.

A couple butterflies were enjoying the cool morning too flitting among the lantana flowers but I couldn't snap my camera quickly enough to capture them.

I am reminded that you can travel many miles in search of beauty and inspiration but if you look closely you will find beauty and inspiration in your own home and your own backyard.

Blessings & Hugs,

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Blessed Fall Y'all!

No matter the season

No matter the mood --

Always remember God is good!

Blessings & Hugs,

Saturday, July 21, 2018

"It's All In The Presentation"

Image from November 1998 Victoria Magazine

If you know me very well you have heard this come off my lips quite often,
 "It is all in the presentation!"

I simple adore this delightful photo and all the delicate detail.  Sweet little chocolate covered shortbread laying not on a plate or saucer but on a lovely tatted hankie.  

And the milk bottle!  I don't really drink milk, although I am a dairyman's daughter, but I simply love this milk bottle. Note the labeled lid.  😊

Put it all together and it is every bit delightful to the eye and to the senses.

Yes, it is definitely all in the presentation!

Blessings & Hugs,

Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday Memo


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, 
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

Blessings & Hugs,

Friday, July 13, 2018

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. …
Luke 10"38-42

Do you know Annie Johnson Flint?  You may not recognize the name but more than likely you would recognize her writing.  She is a very prolific writer and I hope you will check out her many writings here:

With my last blog in mind concerning priorities I had to follow up today with Annie Johnson Flint's poem entitled Mary and Martha.

Martha was busy and hurried,
Serving the Friend divine,
Cleansing the cups and the platters,
Bringing the bread and the wine;
But Martha was careful and anxious
Fretted in thought and in word,
She had no time to be learning
While she was serving the Lord,
For Martha was "cumbered" with serving,
Martha was "troubled" with "things" -
Those that would pass with the using -
She was forgetting her wings.

But Mary was quiet and peaceful,
Learning to love and to live.
Mary was hearing His precepts,
Mary was letting Him give -
Give of the riches eternal,
Treasures of mind and of heart;
Learning the mind of the Master,
Choosing the better part.

Do we ever labor at serving
Till voices grow fretful and shrill,
Forgetting how to be loving,
Forgetting how to be still?
Do we strive for "things" in possession,
And toil for the perishing meat,
Neglecting the one thing needful -
Sitting at Jesus' feet?

Service is good when He asks it,
Labor is right in its place,
But there is one thing better -
Looking up into His face;
There is so much He would tell us,
Truths that are precious and deep;
This is the place where He wants us,
These are the things we can keep

As I grow older and wiser (smile) I am finding more and more the importance of my priorities.  I can get side tracked quicker than anyone I know.  I go to my (sanctuary) office to have my quiet time and next thing I know I am involved with a book or a project that is sitting nearby.  

Good news is that I am learning.  Learning the simple but life changing fact that God wants to be first in all things.  I am not seeking perfection I am seeking to glorify God in all I do and say and this too ties into my quote from my previous post:
"When I focus not on performance or perfection but on joy, gratitude and service, everything seems to fall into place." --Sally Clarkson  

Add to that seeking to make time with our Lord priority everyday and truly everything does fall into place.  It is biblical and it is a promise from God's Word.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:41-42

Blessings & Hugs,

Sunday, July 8, 2018

How about some good advice as we head into a new week.

“When I focus not on performance or perfection
 but on joy, gratitude, and service
everything seems to fall into place.”
— Sally Clarkson

Blessings & Hugs,

Friday, July 6, 2018

Simple pops of color for you to enjoy today:

My African Violet that I purchased in Kentucky has finally decided to put forth its' royal display after several months of what? rest maybe?

The vivid color always amazes me.

Recently I added a Coleus to my windowsill and it seems to be thriving.  I have a few cuttings that are attempting to put out tiny roots.  Yay!

Pooh Bear is feeling chipper after receiving an overdue 
new coat of paint thanks to my friend Nancy.

This beauty came as a bonus surprise from the birdseed 
Precious Husband blesses all our birds with daily.


In spite of the Arizona heat our Lantana and Asparagus flourish giving us color all year long.

Adding to our color are the koi and gold fish swimming contentedly going deeper in the pond as the heat of the daily sun intensifies.  These guys just would not sit still for a picture

Blessings & Hugs,