Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ready for the big Thanksgiving Day?

Apple Pie ....yuuummmmmm...
that is on my list of to-do's before Thanksgiving ....along with corn pudding
and broccoli/cauliflower casserole 
and cranberry salad.
Fortunately, I will be toting all of my dishes over to my brother's home.
We will have over 30 in our party this year as our family keeps growing and growing.
He has a big beautiful home ....not a little cottage like mine.  :)
I am not complaining though...I LOVE my little cottage!
I was watching "The Holiday" the other evening with my daughter ....do you remember the movie?
It has Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.
Love that movie...
But anyway the little Rose Hill Cottage in England reminds me so much of my own little cottage....
and that is my kind of home....just old and charming.  :)

Just a little update.....things are coming along with work.  I have to get my insurance license....
life/health and also my property and casualty license.
that means lots and lots of studying...
work, work, work....  :)
LOL!  Just thankful I have a wonderful job and have a reason for the loads of studying!
So much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season!!
Counting my blessings, one by one......soooooo many to count...
too many to count!  But too many blessings is not something we complain about though, now is it?  :)

I have been enjoying the last few robins at my antique bird drinking trough before they head south for the winter!
I know it won't be long before I will have my eyes sharpened, hoping to see one of those little fellows again....my first hope and sign of spring.

I have not been in blogland for a while because of the work and studying...no time to visit.
I am sure I will have more time after the holidays and having those license under my belt!

But in the meantime, Happy, Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to YOU! 
Don't eat too much apple (or pumpkin) pie!  :)

Psalm 28:7

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Something Came Up...

Okay, okay...I am going to be honest.  I didn't want to post anything all week...and not even now.  I have been so busy that the last thing I wanted to do is prepare a post.  :(  Sorry, isn't that sad?  
...But you know sometimes you know when God is speaking to your heart and nudging you to do something. 

There was something He laid on my heart to share last Sunday...something beautiful.

But I have so much on my plate right now
that I kept shutting it out.  :( 

The kicker was when I peeked in on one of my favorite blogs
(haven't done much visiting this week...no time)
to see what she was up to.....

 there it was....the "something"! 

 The very thing that God wanted me to share! 
I am going to send you over to her blog to read this something! 


I want to start by sharing a little bit of what God shared with me...

what He gave to me....

Do you ever look around you and say
"Wow, this isn't fair?  Why do I have to deal with this while...(fill in the blank of someone you know and who you have witnessed delighting in a world of blissful blessings and seemingly no care in the world)."

Yeah, that's right it isn't fair, is it??

No, wait.

If I received what was really fair
....what I deserve
...hmmmm. what. does. that. look. like?

But I live with the generosity of
Grace which is
Beautifully Unfair!

We have grown accustomed to His Grace being the norm...
our expectations become increasingly higher with His abundant blessings.

Blessings, though, are exactly that...undeserved gifts.
When we think life is unfair,
we need to hit the reset button
and remember we don't deserve His Grace, let alone anything else!

So you see, life isn't fair at all....but that is a very good thing!!

So, the next time I find myself, sulking and thinking it is not fair...
I will be hitting the reset button!  :)

God has given me a reset button!
And, that is what I wanted to share...

and now you also must go see what Rebecca at "A Gathering of Thoughts"  has for today in regards to this "something"...

Linking with...

Hitting the reset button with you today, my friend! :)

(see Matthew 20:1-16)

Psalm 28:7

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I was Drugged as a Kid

It's true!  I was drugged! 

But you know what, I am grateful for that!

"The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a Methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, “Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?”

I replied, I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.

I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn't put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.

I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad's fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood, and, if my mother had even known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.

Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today's children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.

God bless the parents who drugged us."    ~ Anonymous

Wishing more of our kids today were acquainted with this kind of drug! 

"Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6

Linking with Spiritual Sundays...

Psalm 28:7

Thursday, November 4, 2010

This One is for the Girls!

I marvel at the woman's ability to persevere! As a woman, we wear so many hats and work hard to make it all work!

I am thinking about all the different journeys that women may be walking but the one that stands out the most for me right now....are the ones who are divorced, separated, or just single.  As I have been working really, really hard on learning Excel for my new job with the start date fastly approaching, I was thinking about how thankful I am...

  • that God has allowed the doors to open to have this job,
  • the time I have been given before start date to be able to relearn Excel from years ago (how often does that happen to get so much time before actually starting a new job! that is truly a gift!), 
  • as well as, a dear friend of mine giving me access to a wonderful website to learn Excel and loaning her workbooks to me.... 

.....but I was also thinking of all the gals out there trying to make it on their own!  So here is to making it on our own!  :D   This one is for you....


Have a happy day being confident in whatever you do and ....never giving up!  :D
Psalm 28:7

Monday, November 1, 2010


Wow!  How is that to start off the week!!  I won a BEAUTIFUL giveaway over at The Gathering Place with Rebecca!!  :D

I won a beautiful set of Christmas cards lovingly made by Rebecca herself!  Rebecca has such gifted talents of sewing and painting.  If you don't know Rebecca, you need to meet her....trust me, you will become a follower!  :)  She not only has a talent with a needle and a paintbrush, but she is also a wonderful story teller!  Her stories will make you cry happy tears of joy and also pull on your mother heartstrings!  She loves the Lord with all her heart and sometimes will explain this worship of her heart in her posts.

If you haven't done your Christmas shopping yet, you have to run over there now to her little on line store and do a little shopping as her beautiful treasures go fast!  Each little treasure is handmade with such beauty and precision!  Ha!  I sound like a salesman....I promise she did not ask me to say these things!!  I just have been following her for a while and have witnessed beauty in her craftsmanship!  :)

Well, I must run for now as I had mentioned earlier in a previous post....I will be starting a new job soon that I am SOOOOO excited about it!  However, I really really really need to learn EXCEL.  Really!  I worked on it all last week....but I want to learn it like I have been doing it forever (and trust me, I am not there yet...not even close)  :)

Have a wonderful, wonderful day....I will too as I will be dreaming of a special package coming in the mail!  ;)

Psalm 28:7