Keeping this one...

July 31, 2009

Just looking at it makes me feel happy. :o)

Things In My House Thursday

July 30, 2009


Work in progress...Funny how MY messes don't bother me. :o)

I've been wanting to make to make this quilt for months! The idea belongs to Lady Harvatine. I appreciate those that take the time to blog the instructions to their crafts and take lots of pictures!
Quilt top sewn together.

The white material is a 100% cotton sheet purchased from Goodwill. The colorful material is from my mom's stash. None of them were larger than 4" square. This quilt is an easy way to use up scraps that you love. I'm still debating what to use for the boarder material.

Break time is over! :o)

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Tis' done

July 29, 2009

Gettin'it done!

July 28, 2009

I've procrastinated long enough. It's time to get this quilt done...

Updates later... :o)

Update: The blocks are connected.

Next up, putting the rows together!

It's going together well. I am encouraged. If you recall, my first attempt at a Crazy Short Cut Quilt experience. *wink*

Update again:

I am so close to getting it done, but I need to put it away until Thursday. I'm bummed about that, but sewing when you cn hardly keep your eyes open is not good!

New throw pillows

July 27, 2009

Throw pillows are ridiculously expensive, in my opinion, especially if you want bigger, sturdier ones. Today I made 3 for less than $10.

This white material was wrapped over the memory foam pad we recently bought for our bed. The instructions said to toss it, but I knew I'd find a use for it and I did! I made two pillow covers to cover 2 down comforters I bought in high school that were in sad, sad shape. They both had long channels, so all the down was on the edges and none in the middle. As you can see, I just shoved one of the comforters in a cover I made.

This is a Ralph Lauren feather pillow I found at Goodwill for $2. Ugly color!! But nice pillow! It just needed a new cover.

Using Waverly material I found at the Salvation Army, it took only a little bit of time to make envelope covers for the three pillows. They are comfy and perfect for an afternoon nap. :o)

Stellan needs prayers...NOW

Prayers for Stellan


July 26, 2009

I added a new comment system. I think I'm going to like it. Time will tell. If you have any feedback on it, please share. :o)

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Calvary's stupendous scene

"It is finished!" John 19:30

Holy Father,
The heavens, the earth, and all that are therein, proclaim Your wondrous goodness. But Your love shines forth in surpassing luster--at Calvary's stupendous scene! At the cross we see Your heavenly grace removing the tremendous load of our iniquities from us--and heaping them all on Your beloved Son! We see Him standing as a transgressor in our place. We see Him, who knew no sin--made sin for us. We see Him, the all-holy One--accounted as a curse! We see Your justice leading the spotless Lamb to the slaughter--and rigorously demanding the full payment for all our sin-debt!

The avenging sword enters into His very heart!

The stream of sin-atoning blood flows!

Full recompense is meted out!

Divine Justice can ask no more.

Charges against us are all obliterated.

The debt-book is cancelled. If our sins are searched for, they cannot now be found!

The spotless Lamb is devoted to all anguish--that we may be inheritors of all joy.

He is cast off from You--that we may be brought near to You.

He is treated as Your enemy--that we may be welcomed as Your friends.

He is deserted by You--that we may be received to Your everlasting favor.

He is surrendered to hell's worst--that we may attain heaven's best.

He is stripped--that we may be clothed.

He is wounded--that we may be healed.

He thirsts--that we may drink of the water of life.

He is in darkness--that we may rejoice in the glories of eternal day.

He weeps--that all tears may be forever wiped from our eyes.

He groans--that we may sing an endless song.

He endures all pain--that we may rejoice in unfading health.

He wears a crown of thorns--that we may receive a crown of glory.

He bows His head in death--that we may lift up our head in heaven.

He bears earth's reproach--that we may receive heaven's welcome.

He is tormented--that we may be comforted.

He is made all shame--that we may inherit all glory.

His eyes are dark in death--that our eyes may gaze on unclouded brightness.

He dies--that we may escape the second death, and live forevermore.

O gracious Father, thus You spare not Your only begotten Son--that You may spare us! All our sins are cast behind Your back--all are buried in the ocean of reconciling blood!

We can only fall low and cry, "We adore You for the gift of Your Son as our substitute; for the death of Your Son as our ransom!"

Blessed Jesus, we have been standing beneath Your cross. The sight constrains us to the deepest humility. Our vile iniquity--is the cause of Your shame! We cannot fathom the sins which plunged You into such depths of unutterable woe! We cannot estimate the burden of wrath which thus crushed You. We cannot deny that the sins which stain us are evils of infinite malignity, since nothing but Your blood could wash away their guilty stains! As transgressors, we abhor ourselves before You.

While we humbly gaze--may we anxiously ponder, "Why, blessed Jesus--why did You thus die?" May His precious answer sound through every part of our hearts and souls,
"I die--that you may not die.
I lay down My life--to purchase your life.
I present Myself as a sin-offering to--expiate all your sins.
My blood thus streams--to wash out all your guilt.
The fountain is thus opened in My side--to cleanse you from all impurity. I thus endure your curse. I thus pay your debt. I thus rescue you from all condemnation. I thus satisfy divine justice for you!"


July 25, 2009

I'm trying to simplify my blog. I enjoy figuring out all the different tricks and widgets one can do and see on a blog, but just because one can, doesn't mean one should. The blogs I am most drawn to are the very simple ones. Ones that aren't too busy and cluttered. But here's the thing...What do I delete?? It's causing me great angst...*sigh*

Fingerprint Friday

July 24, 2009

For the details on Fingerprint Friday, please visit this blog: PamperingBeki.

I took this picture of one of my day-lilies after a rain storm. I collect day-lilies. This one came from my mom's garden and is one of my favorite ones.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:25-34

Two birds flew away

July 22, 2009

My son left this morning on a new adventure. To a new place, a new state to try and make his mark on the world. I'm not so sure why he felt he had to go so far away, but there you have it. So now two of my birds have flown far, far away. One on each coast and I am here in the middle, missing them...Being a momma is not easy...

Jesus Christ is EVERYTHING!

July 21, 2009

Whenever I need a reality check, I listen to snippets of Paul Washer. I needed a reality check today. A reminder of what is really important. I am grateful for a new computer, for fresh paint on my walls, new bedding for Reagan's bedroom...All nice things. All VERY nice things...But things that will burn in the end. Things I will leave behind when I die. Nothing...NOTHING is more important than Jesus Christ.

Monday, Monday...

July 20, 2009

The weather is going to be perfect today! In the upper 70's and not humid. There is so much I ought to be doing, like finishing some of my sewing projects, painting my bedroom, refinishing the table Russ bought for me for my birthday, but instead I am being lazy. Not a good trait to have...In fact, it's sinful to be so lazy....*big sigh*

Okay, I'm going to find something constructive to do!


Here is what I am going to do today...get it started at least...paint my bedroom and add a boarder. Here is what I purchased....

Mitchell feels sorry for his dad.

Edit again: Russ likes it!!! Here is Russ holding the boarder up to the freshly painted wall to get an idea of what it looks like. I can't wait until we get the boarder up. :o)

Found a cousin and discovered I have a sister, too!

July 17, 2009

I found my cousin, Brenda, on Facebook!! We haven't seen or talked to one another for at least 20 years. We are doing a lot of catching up. We talked on the phone for an hour and half earlier today and have been emailing each other all day as we think of something more to say. We have discovered that we know some of the same people. For example, my niece by marriage, went to school with her daughter for a year. We have so much in common that we could be sisters...In fact, we are sisters. Sisters in Christ! Now that is a huge blessing!! I can't wait for us to get together!!

He makes me laugh...

Mitchell discovered that he can make movies of himself with the iMac. This, folks, is an example of what I listen to all day long....*giggle*

I am SO laughing

July 16, 2009

My friend has a very sweet and helpful little boy of almost 3.

Is he not adorable? :o)
If you need a laugh, go read about the adventures he has been putting his momma through lately over at Count It All Joy. :o) Make sure you read Root Beer and today's adventure with Nestles Quick and molasses. You might want to leave a kind word of encouragement or two, or three, or four. I think she needs it. *wink*

Things In My House Thursday


The FlipI'd like to have one of these things in my house. Does anyone own one? How do you like it??

Edit: Okay...Did some research. They aren't Mac friendly and a reviewer said that the videos you can make with a digital camera are just as good....So...Guess I don't want one in my house, now. ;o)

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PS: Mitchell's room is clean. ;o)

Brooklyn @ 2

July 15, 2009

This picture really shows off Brooklyn's outgoing personality. She claps and says, "Yeah!" a lot! She is very expressive. :o)

This picture shows off her sweet face... What a dolly. :o)

A grateful sheep

"He will feed His flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in His arms, holding them close to His heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young." Isaiah 40:11

Our Lord expressly calls Himself the "good Shepherd of the sheep", and the apostle Peter calls Him the "chief Shepherd." (John 10, 1 Peter 5:4)

With respect to power and authority, He is the chief, and, indeed, the sole Shepherd. The eyes of all His people are upon Him--and His watchful eye is upon and over all His flock. None but an omnipotent and omnipresent Shepherd can relieve all the necessities of all of His people, in all places, in the same moment, and be equally near and attentive to each one! Such is our great Shepherd! He is eminently the good Shepherd also, for He laid down His life for His sheep, and has redeemed them by His own blood.

This great and good Shepherd has a flock, whom He loved from eternity, and whom having once loved--He will love them to the end! (John 13:1). He humbled Himself for their sakes, submitted to partake of their nature and their sorrows, and was made in the likeness of sinful flesh. He died for His sheep, "the just for the unjust," to redeem them from the curse of the law, from the guilt and dominion of sin, from the power of Satan--and to bring them to God!

They all, by nature, had "gone astray, every one to his own way;" but having thus bought them with His blood, in His own appointed time--He seeks, finds and restores His sheep! By the power of His Word and Spirit, He makes Himself known to their hearts, causes them to hear and understand His voice, and guides them into His fold! They are then under His immediate protection and government.

Considered as individuals, they are fitly described by the name of "sheep". A sheep is a weak, defenseless, foolish creature; prone to wander, and can seldom return of its own accord. A sheep has neither strength to fight with the wolf, nor speed to escape from it; nor has a sheep the foresight of the ant, to provide its own sustenance.

Such is our character, and our situation! We are . . .
unable to take care of ourselves,
prone to wander from our resting-place,
exposed to enemies which we can neither escape nor withstand,
without any resource in ourselves, and
taught, by daily experience, the insufficiency of everything around us.

Yet, if Jesus is our Shepherd, as weak and helpless as we are--we may say with David, "The Lord is my Shepherd--I have everything I need! Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever!" Every sheep has an inheritance reserved for them in heaven, (1 Peter 1:4-5) and they shall be safely kept, while they are sojourners upon earth, for the Shepherd of Israel is their keeper.

The Good Shepherd cares for His flock. Not the slightest circumstance in their concerns, escapes His notice. When they are ready to faint, borne down with heavy exercises of mind, wearied with temptations, dry and disconsolate in their hearts--He seasonably revives them. Nor are they in affliction without a needs-be for it. All His dispensations towards them are medicinal, designed to correct, or to restrain, or to cure--the maladies of their souls. And they are all adjusted, by His wisdom and tenderness, to what they can bear, and to what their case requires.

The Good Shepherd is represented as counting their sighs, putting their tears into His bottle, recording their sorrows in His book of remembrance; and as being "able to sympathize with our weaknesses".

There are lambs among His flock, and for these He expresses a special tenderness. "He will carry the lambs in His arms, holding them close to His heart." Though they are weaklings, they shall not be left behind. If a poor lamb is weary, and unable to keep up with the flock, He shall carry it. These are new converts in the Lord's family--they are, as yet, weak, unsettled and inexperienced. Almost every day brings them into a new and untried situation. They often meet with opposition and discouragement. What would become of them in such circumstances, if their faithful Shepherd had not promised that "He will carry the lambs in His arms, holding them close to His heart!"

Happy Birthday, Baby!!

July 13, 2009

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