Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Spirit of Gratitude: July 31


The female offspring cleaning the dining room
So. Much. Ice Cream.
Learning something new
Being woken up much too early
Thunder in the distance
The grand baby splashing in puddles
A Clean(er) bedroom
Trips to Sam's Club with the Man of the House
A day with no rain
Sleepy Grand Baby
The Man of the House scratching my back when I had a headache
A husband who works hard - at his job and at home
The male offspring assembling his bedroom furniture 
With his sister's help
Weather that feels like September at the end of July

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Service With A Smile

We are meant to serve other people.

But even as we serve people, ultimately it is the Lord we are serving.

We serve Him through serving people. 

As we serve people we are acting as His hands and feet here in the world.  

Not because we have to serve.  Because we want to serve.  We are compelled to serve.

We serve people to share Him with with a wounded people. 

We serve people in order to serve Him.

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Hand-crafted Cotton Spa Bath Set!!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Three Things: I Want To Crochet

I'm a teeny tiny bit addicted to crocheting.  I always have at least one project going at any time.  And usually it's more like 2 or 3!  (gotta have one personal project and one for Etsy shop going at all times!) My Pinterest board is overflowing with ideas and patterns for things I want to create. 

Here are three of my top "I wanna crochet that!" items:

1) An area rug:

There are a billion and one different crocheted rugs all over Etsy and Pinterest.  I want to make one for my dining area. Still looking for just the perfect pattern.

2) This cabled bag:

It's big and roomy.  It's got a cool cabled pattern.  It's fabulous.  And I want it! Although I'd probably make it in a pretty Tiffany blue color. But the grey is good too.

3) This coat:
I don't even know if there is actually a pattern for this somewhere or what.  But if I ever find one - I am so making this!  I mean.... c'mon - just look at it!  It's just stunning!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Hand-crocheted Spa Bath Set Give-Away!

I am just overwhelmed that over 100 people now follow this blog via Google Friend Connect.  And even more follow with BlogLovin' and by email.  I wish I could thank each and every one of you individually for taking time to read my randomness.  But since I can't... how about a giveaway?

As my way of saying "Thanks!", I am giving away this Spa Bath Set:

The set includes one hand-crocheted cotton spa bath set by Queen B's Busy Work (1 washable cotton bath puff, 1 cotton washcloth, and 8 cotton facial rounds) and a 3 piece Vanilla scented travel set (shampoo, body wash, and lotion). 

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A Spirit of Gratitude: July 24

Perfect weather with temps in the 70's
Feeling nostalgic
The male offspring telling me about "grolar bears"
22 years with the female offspring
Waking up to rain falling
A hummingbird perched on the cable outside the kitchen window
The grand baby telling his mommy "it's you birthday!"
Glancing out the window to see the hummingbird hovering right there - looking back at me
Making lists

The grandbaby making me laugh with this:
K: What do you want to do? Do you want to play with your toys?
Grandbaby: C-Pop!! (what he calls his grand-dad)
K: That's nice, but he's busy... and C-Pop is not a toy
Grandbaby: But he MY C-Pop!

Someone else doing the dishes
The Man of the House bringing home ice cream
The grand baby watching the birds at the feeder

Long kisses
The grand baby pacing around with his hands clasped behind his back
A cup of afternoon tea on a rainy afternoon
Crazy thing with my eye was nothing serious
Starting a new book
USPS package pickup service
Oatmeal with blueberries and walnuts

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Rear View Mirror Torn Off

"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what it ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" - Philippians 3 :13b - 14

There's a country song by Jo Dee Messina in which she sings that she's "Got a lead foot down on my accelerator and the rear view mirror torn off 'cause I ain't never lookin' back"

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That's the image I get when I read Philippians 3:13b - "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead".  Moving on down the road of life, keeping an eye on the road ahead - not on the road behind.

There are some things that you want to carry with you.  Lessons learned.  Happy memories made.  Those things are light and easy to carry.  But there are some things from the past that are  the past around - they are only going to weigh you down. Inhibit your forward motion.  Let them go.

The past is past.  It is what it is.  There's no going back.  No changing it.

If you keep looking behind you, the things in the path ahead are able to take you by surprise and cause you to trip - maybe even fall.  The way can be winding and full of pot holes.  You have to keep looking where you are going.

Press on.  Keep your eyes forward.  Eyes on the prize.  The past is behind you.  The prize for which God has called you is in front of you.

Keep moving forward.

(psssst.... speaking of looking forward - come back tomorrow for a giveaway!!)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Three Things: I could do without...

We've all said it: "I could really do without______". 

You know... those things you are fed up, overloaded, or just tired of dealing with. 

At this stage of my life I try very hard to see the blessings - both big and small and to be grateful for all of those instead of focusing on the difficulties of life  But let's be honest. there are still a few things I could definitely do without:  For example:

1) Negative people: You know.. those people that always seem to have plenty of gloom and doom to share.  The ones who are constantly telling you about something sad or depressing.  The ones always looking at the gray skies instead of looking for the rainbows and enjoying the sound of the rain.  Now... I have to confess, that I can very easily start swaying this way sometimes.  But I am making an effort to be a more grateful, more positive person.

2) Onions:  Don't like 'em.  Never have.  Never will.  They make me gag.  My parents have stories about my intense aversion to onions as a child. If a recipe calls for onion - I leave it out.  Maybe toss in a little extra garlic to make up for it.  But NO onions.

3: THIS:

It's called a subconjuctival hemorrhage.   It doesn't hurt.  I just woke up the other day, looked in the mirror and freaked out because there was Blood. on. my. eyeball!!  (I challenge you to stay calm in that situation!) It's bleeding between the clear "conjuctiva" tissue that covers the white part of your eye and the tissue underneath.  Imagine a bruise, but with no skin and pigmentation - you actually see the blood instead of a purple spot.  No clue what caused mine. But they can be caused by something as simple as rubbing your eyes, sneezing, or coughing.  No treatment required. Just have to wait for the blood to be reabsorbed.  In the meantime I just look "eeewwww"

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Wise Woman Said... Make New Throw Pillows!

I've been wanting some new throw pillows for my living room.  But if you've looked at them lately, you know they are NOT inexpensive items.  Eeep!  That doesn't sit well with my thrifty little soul.  So I have been planning to make some covers for the existing ones or just start all over from scratch.   

Until one day while at World Market... inspiration struck!  

Today my post is over at A Wise Woman Said... showing you how I made this lovely pillow by using an item usually found elsewhere in the house.  

Come on over and join the crafty fun!

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