Quarantine sounds like such a negative word to me. I hear and read of so many people complaining that they have to stay home!
Not me! Not for one minute.
"Home is where the heart is" has always been a favorite quote of mine and now it is being put to the test. I pass with flying colors cause there is no better place I would rather be than HOME, SWEET HOME!
Blessed to share my nest with my Precious Husband and now one of my adult children. It is truly a blessing and honor to get up each day and do what it takes to create a home for my loved ones.
Quarantine, empty grocery shelves, no TOILET PAPER, oh my! We are living our lives right now sheltering in place and wondering what the future holds.
This world as we know it seems to be turned upside down and topsy turvy but I know that my Lord has it all in His hands just like the song I sang as a little girl. "He's got the whole world in His hands, the whole wide world in His Hands, He's got the whole world in His hands!"
I know no matter what happens I can trust the heart of my loving Heavenly Father to see His Children through whatever comes about. That is a fact that brings peace and confidence to my heart as I shelter in my HOME, SWEET HOME!
Stress. Worry. Fear. So much is being hurled at us on the TV, the radio, the neighbor across the way. All I want to do on my blog today is share some words of encouragement. Encouragement based on God's Word that brings calm, faith and peace. I pray these two devotionals from BE STILL AND KNOW by Mildred Stamm will encourage you as you read them.
Last week I felt like I got my yeast rolls nearly perfect. Attested to by my family also wink wink.
Do you ever feel like some things are more work than you would like to do and so you opt out for a quick mix or grocery store purchase? Me too but I don't feel good about it.
This week when I made the rolls, twice in fact, I decided to put all the dry ingredients together so they would be a quick fix next time. That felt good. Yogurt pancakes came to mind and I continued measuring flour and baking powder, etc. into my Ziplocks.
Precious Husband loves his chocolate chip cookies so that is made ahead too. Just add the butter, eggs, vanilla and chips. Walla - cookies hot out of the oven in nothing flat.
I put all my make-a-head mixes in my little picnic basket and it stores nicely in the pantry.
Yes! I am feeling so domestic and so accomplished (big smile)!
I am a messy cook I must admit and there was flour all over everything by the time I got done. Oh well, I make the mess and I clean the mess up so nobody can complain.
Happy happy New Year to all my friends and family. 2019 definitely brought great change to our family and we still are dealing with those changes but God is good and because I know Him I know that all is well. Definitely a good feeling! This verse has been popping up a lot as I read and I am taking it to heart this year: Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. I Isaiah 43:19 Oh yes, God is able and I am eager to see what the new year ahead holds. Can't create a new post without sharing some pictures of course. Winters in Arizona remind me of spring when I can enjoy my little baby pansies. Took a while to find them at the nursery this year but find them we did 😀 They are gorgeous and they make me smile big time.
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 AcresI 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?
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, Mèmére
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.
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.
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.
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.