Saturday, November 30, 2013

Center Point

It works.  You know that "God thing".  I was not born into a religious family, or a family that even attended church regularly.  While growing up my family only attended service on Easter and Christmas, sometimes only one or the other.  But as far back as I can remember God was always part of who I am.  I don't know how it happened, no one ever introduced me to God, but I don't know my life to be any way different and I wouldn't have it any other way.  It's the peace that's addicting that comes with it.

I always get excited around the holidays, decorating and everything else that goes along with it.  Getting away from this worldly living and living a life where God is the center point, makes my life a whole lot "simple", it makes it complete.  Since Dave my husband has passed, I've had lots of alone time to think.  I remember when the kids were small how I often felt that I was missing out on things.  Dave was pretty much ill our entire marriage and required lots of hospital visits, doctor appointments and sudden change of plans. He suffered a heart attack at 29 years old, Bypass surgery at 41 years old.  I don't regret it.  I loved that boy like crazy.  His illness actually made us the close family we are today.  I believe that is why all three of my kids have so much compassion for others. Those times have taught me a lot about life, filled me with wisdom.  I know my life was a "unique one" to say the least.

You know that God that I always talk about  . . he has only been there for me, he knew I was going to need someone that I could always count on, give all my troubles and concerns too.  Call on him when I needed a "miracle" to happen, he was there.  Sometimes, Dave would suffer a "diabetic low" in the middle of the night and be in a cold sweat in our bed and I would jump out of that bed so quick to give him something to eat.  He would be sitting up on the side of the bed completely out of it, mumbling words that did not make sense.  Those were some pretty scary moments, feeling very much alone, not wanting to wake up the kids, because I knew it would scare them, but God was with me.  So when Christmas times comes around it means so much more to me than decorating and shopping.  It's a celebration of peace, a peace that only God can give you no matter what your circumstance is. With peace, comes freedom.  My God is a big God and he can do some big things for you.

Give God a chance to make a difference in your life . .  celebrate this season with him as your center point, I know I will.  Blessings :O)

Friday, November 29, 2013

First time for everything . . . some shopping too :O)

Well is your belly full, can we button our pants again?  Definitely having leftovers for dinner tonight. Thanksgiving dinner was at my place.  Believe it or not I have never made homemade gravy, always used a packet. Well this time I tried making it myself with the turkey drippings and it came out delicious.  Definitely will do it again.  Prayed on it before I made it.  Two of my girlfriends that were over, are fantastic cooks, so I knew this dinner of mine had to be good.  Cassandra brought home some Cashew Brittle and Truffles from Sees, real treat for sure.

  For the first time, one of my kids didn't make it home for Thanksgiving Day.  I knew it was coming, oh well.  My middle son Brian, travels alot and had been away already from his home in Wisconsin for four weeks.  He was so very missed at the table that evening.  Life is full of changes, isn't it?  Anyways, after dinner we headed over to "Black Thursday" at Walmart.  Oh my, that was an adventure for sure, but fun too.  My most favorite purchase, was my new Christmas snowflake flannel pj's.  Ok, now it time to have a pajama party . . .  Life feels good again for sure.  Blessings!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a beautiful Thanksgiving with your family and friends . .  Gratitude is the key to a happy life. Lots of blessings sent your way :O)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Homemade is the best :O)

A vintage Christmas is the best kind of Christmas in my book . . . added a new ornament to my collection.  Some card stock from the thrift store, a faux cameo, seam binding and little bit of tinsel. 

 I found the pic below from Paper Whimsy.com on Pinterest and it gave me an idea for a Christmas ornament using some of the things I've collected lately.  Enjoy this cooler Tuesday . . . Blessings!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Many Thanks . . .

Much gratitude to the women and men who serve our country . . . which allows us our freedom.  God's Blessings :O)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Things that make me happy . . .

I sure do love this time of the year, so many things to do.  Yes, but they're things I enjoy the most and that is decorating and sewing.

I'm definitely a coffee drinker too.  Sewing and coffee, that can be lethal combination, that's probably why I'm moving so fast.  Anyways, if you haven't tried the Starbucks Anniversary Blend "Spicy and Bold", you are missing out, delic for sure :O)  I even love the packaging too,  I always like seeing the mermaid on the package design.

About two years ago, my sweet SIL Chris brought me a box of vintage sewing notions.  Her Mom, Jessica was clearing out her garage and Chris knew I would love it and definitely have a need.  Decided to make a cross stitch ornament for my TV cabinet.  This is actually a design for Halloween but I change it up a little.  Love the way it turned out.  I use some vintage gray binding to hang it on the knob of the cabinet.

I been going cross stitch crazy lately, started to work on something for Christmas already.  How many weeks away is Christmas now  . . .  I hate the rush yet I'm right there with it.  Happy Friday! xo