Thursday, July 11, 2019

What I Am Wearing Today

 Don’t shine so others can see you.  Shine so that through you others can see Him.
—C.S. Lewis

I ran across this quote of C.S.Lewis on FaceBook recently.  
It was a new to me quote.  

A day or two later I was in my happy place, I mean Hobby Lobby and found these cute encouraging reminder bracelets.  I couldn't resist them, especially being 50% off too.

Each bracelet shares sentiment that I find so fitting and true.  
Encouragement I like to be reminded of daily.

So guess what?  Each day I am getting up and getting dressed
 and then choosing my cutesy bracelet to wear for the day.

In my next blog post I will share what else I think is important
 to put on when getting dressed in the morning.  Stay tuned.

Joy and Blessings,

Friday, July 5, 2019

Shopping From Home

Had to include Mr. Itsie here too.

Home Sweet Home.

I love the sound of that.  I love my home.  I have always loved the home the Lord has supplied me. 

 When I lived at the Acres I lived in several different abodes.  We began our 12 years with the children  living in the little white house that served as an infirmary for the children that would get sick with various colds, flue, and misc. childhood illnesses.  Jason and I had two rooms that served as our bedrooms and then shared the rest with the sick children from time to time.  

Later I became a houseparent and Jason and I had an apartment that was part of the dorm.  10-12 kids called me "Aunt Dorothy" and our home was filled with lots of activity on many levels

When Precious Husband and I married we were still at the Acres and we lived in a double wide mobile home.  I loved opening my home to the older and often single people that also were at the Acres.  Muffins and coffee were served often.

Hey, I have completely gotten off track with this post.  I typed out Home Sweet Home and then my mind and my fingers totally took off in another direction.

My original intent here was to share the fun I have of shopping in my home and redecorating or freshening things up quite often.  That is what all the above pictures is about.  I just got in the mood one day recently and started changing bedspreads and went wild.  Everything came from what I had in the closet or in another bedroom.  

It was fun and I came away feeling good about fresh views and feels and it did not cost me a thing.  What's in your closet?

Blessings and Joy,

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

First We Have Coffee

First We Have Coffee by Margaret T. Jensen is one of my very favorite books ever.  She has written several books but this one shares her background as a child growing up.  Look it up and enjoy a good summer read.

Blessings and Joy,

Sunday, June 30, 2019

I miss my blog!  I miss coming here to share my heart.  
I miss the encouragement the Lord gives me when I share my heart - my thoughts.

My photos say it all today so well.  Love never fails.  God never fails.  Love never fails!

When I opened my photos to blog this one above showed up first.  
It made me smile - it made me smile BIGTIME!

Anthony was out and about with his day program at Bass Pro and was surprised to run into his cousin Justin who works there.  Justin snapped this pic and sent it to me.

Anthony, you have always been known for your smile 
and it continues to be true.  

Your Momma loves you Sunshine!

Joy and Blessings,

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,