October 31, 2017

Halloween Day

It's Halloween Day!
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I can remember back when my kids were little dressing them up and taking them out trick or treating.  It seemed like more of a hassle than fun honestly.  It was a tad bit stressful.  Driving around all over town going door to door didn't seem like a lot of fun, or at least to me it didn't.  It was a lot of work and by the end of the evening everyone was tired.  It's just one of those things that's more fun for the kids than it is for the adults.

Am I the only grump that remembers it like this? 
Ha ha.
 😊 
While it's not my favorite holiday, we have a lot of sweet Halloween memories too.  Like buying costumes or some years even making them.  The home made ones are the best ones in my opinion.

I wish I would have taken more pictures though.  I was looking for a photo or two to share with you today but I couldn't find any.  I must not have very many.  Of course that was back in the day when you still had to have pictures printed.  We didn't take as many pictures back then.   Now everyone has a camera on their phone and they can take as many pictures as they want.  Not the case back then.  I probably just snapped a couple of group pictures before heading out the door and that's it.  They are probably in a photo album somewhere that I haven't gotten to.

My kids are too old for Halloween anymore so we don't make a big deal about it.  I like to decorate a little bit but it's more of a Fall theme rather than a Halloween theme.  

I made these plates a few years back when vinyl was all the rage.  I still have my Silhouette machine but it hasn't come out of storage in a long while.  I still love my plates though.

Chocolate anyone? 

I bought a few bags of chocolate for the house but so far there hasn't been many takers.  The basket still looks like this. Chocolate is not really my thing so I can't eat very many.  The kids are all athletic and health conscious so they haven't had any and hubby has high cholesterol so he hasn't grabbed any either.  So if we don't have any trick or treaters I suppose I'll end up taking these to the church.

My son and his girlfriend did buy a couple of pumpkins to carve a couple of nights ago.  
This is as spooky as we get around here.

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I suggested to hubby maybe we could watch a scary movie tonight but I think we'll watch the World Series instead.



Whatever your plans are for this evening I hope you have a lot of fun and make many precious memories with your little ones.  They're only little for a short time.  
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From our family to yours,


October 23, 2017

Provision...

Yes to sharing!
  Sharing is caring. 
Wise words from a two year old at our church.

I couldn't help but smile when I saw my hubby walk through the front door carrying two heavy grocery sacks.  He was coming home from the church and hauled back the food I asked him to bring.

Only a few hours earlier I received a phone call from my m-i-l saying one of the church ladies had given her beans and carrots and asked me if I wanted some.  I said sure.

I never turn down food.

She said she would divide it up and leave our share at the church.


 I was standing at the table going through the bags when I remembered the prayer I said earlier that day.  It's a request I make often when I pray for our family.   I said Lord please bless us financially. It's not necessarily a selfish prayer.  The Lord knows our finances and our living situation and from time to time I'll ask Him if He sees fit to send a little something our way.

 As I stood there I imagined God looking down from above, winking at me.  God doesn't always give us what we want, but he always gives us what we need.  Sure, it's not a million dollars.  A million dollars would have been totally ok with me, but this is nice too.

It's nourishment,

it's generosity from a friend,

and it will save a little on the grocery bill if ever so slightly.

Yes to free!
Free is always good.

♥♥♥

Thank you Lord for your provision.
This family of five is truly thankful.


October 17, 2017

It's Starting to Look Like Fall... 🎃 🍃 🍂

It's definitely pumpkin season.

 I was amused walking through the supermarket the other day seeing all the different varieties of pumpkins they had.  

Big orange classic pumpkins...

Small round white pumpkins...

green lumpy pumpkins...

pink flat pumpkins...   

round pale blue pumpkins...

How beautiful they all are in their own unique way.
 Pumpkins are one of my favorite things about Fall.  I wanted to bring home one of each. 

But, alas, I only brought home a few.  Enough to spruce up a corner of my front porch.  

The fun part was getting them home and putting it all together.  The welcome flag was in the Fall basket I won at the ladies retreat.  It ended up being the perfect size to hang on this old chair.  I have a yard flag hanger but I liked the way it looked here better.  The bear I picked up on a trip to Cloudcroft a few years back.  He has a permanent place out here on the patio.

The bigger pumpkin sits between my two patio chairs.
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The other pumpkins I grouped into an old galvanized tub.
You see the frog peeking out the bottom?

The mums were on clearance at WM.  I bought a few for the church planters and kept one for myself.  I set it in a old rusty enamel pot.  It makes a perfect planter.

Even a scarecrow found a place in the mix.

The first of the falling leaves have made their way to my yard.
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This ceramic kitty has been a faithful companion over the past few years. She likes to be outside where she can see all the comings and goings


We've had beautiful weather these past few days.
Cool mornings and warm, sunny afternoons.
I love this weather and I love this time of year.

What's your favorite thing about Fall?


October 12, 2017

Grace ♥

I love scrolling through my favorite blogs and seeing
photo after photo of pretty Fall decorations.  

Porches...

yards...

living rooms...

table settings...

 mantels...

it's all so inspiring to me.  

I've spent a few hours at the church this week decorating it for the Fall season so I haven't gotten around to sprucing up my own home yet. When I spend too much time at the church I feel like my home gets neglected.

The Halloween twinkle lights over my kitchen window is the extent of my decorating.  It's a start at least.  I'm not quite finished at the church but it's close to being done so I'll leave it like that until later in the week.  Today I think I'll spend some time out in my front porch.  It needs the attention, bad.




I attended a ladies retreat this past weekend with a few other ladies from our church.  It was quite a large event.  I think I remember someone saying there were over four hundred ladies in attendance.  A church from a nearby town puts one on every year.  The good thing is that it was close to home and we didn't have to travel long, only twenty minutes.  


I'm not usually a fan of this type of event.  In fact, if I can be honest, I was dreading going.  I get a little anxiety being in a group this large and besides, I could think of many other things I could do with my time  ((and my money))  if I just stayed home.  

I hesitate to say things like that because people expect pastors wives to be perfect social butterflies who have no struggles and do everything right. I don't want to disappoint anyone but I just want to say, we are just ordinary people with real flaws and real struggles.  Anyway, I'll leave this topic for another day.  For now, I hope you all understand me.

The speaker was good.  She spoke on the subject of grace and how we needed it every day in all matters of life.  We need grace in order to extend kindness to others, to be good mothers, good wives, to forgive others, and to forgive ourselves.  Her words were simple and practical but important and needed.

They had eighty - one gift baskets to give away.  I was the recipient of one giant Fall basket.  It had all kinds of things packed in there.  Things to eat, things to bake, things to decorate with, and a lot of paper goods for Thanksgiving day.

Although I didn't want to go, I'm glad I went.  I was blessed not only by the message but by the time I spent with my girls (my church ladies).  They are a fun group.  Within fifteen minutes of being in the van with them my mood lifted.  Of course I was sitting by the feisty, playful one who gives everyone a hard time and makes everyone laugh.  Doesn't every group have a friend like that?  I sure hope so.  They make everything funner. 
 Thankful for my sister hood.




Feeling blessed


October 4, 2017

A New Month...

~ Hello October ~

Hello Chrysanthemums...

Hello pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, 
pumpkin spice, and everything nice...

Hello cool breezes...

Hello wet sloppy rain...

Hello long evenings curled up in bed
 watching movies type of weather...

I have missed  you.

I was walking through the produce department at the grocery store the other day and noticed the big bins of pumpkins had replaced the watermelons.  A new season is here and there's a different feeling in the air.


I had  been a good girl and hadn't gone out treasure hunting in a while.  Well, I don't know if it was really because I was a good girl or because life had just been busy, but for one reason or another I hadn't gone junking.  My oldest daughter had a day off last week and we both headed into town to do some shopping.  It always feels so good to get out of the house and do some of the "fun" shopping.   We stopped at my favorite shop and although we didn't score big, I did manage to bring a few things home with me.

The decorative tile fits right in with my Southwest kitchen.  I couldn't resist the yellow planter.  Even if it's Fall I need a little bit of cheery sunshine in my day.


$1.99 for this ginormous bag?  Sure, I'll take it.
All I could think about was how much yarn this could hold.

It holds a lot.
:)

I'm still working on this baby blanket.  It's coming along at a snails pace.  It seems like crochet goes a lot faster than knitting.  It takes a long time to see any progress with all of those little bitty tiny stitches.  

I've been doing a lot of this lately with the wet weather and all. Binge watching my favorite Netflix series and knitting a little in the evenings.  


With October here it makes me want to decorate my home for Fall.
I haven't gotten around to it yet but I'm hoping to get to it soon.

 ~Til next time ~

September 22, 2017

Through the Laundry...

I had a thought this morning that helped me see things from a different prospective.  One thought led to another, which led to another, and then to another.  And it all started with a pile of laundry.

This morning I walked into the laundry room and was immediately disappointed to see a big heap of dirty laundry, just sitting there, begging for my attention.  My first thought was, my work is never done.  I felt a little annoyed that even though laundry gets done most days, a new pile seems to mysteriously reappear every morning.

I walked away from it thinking I would come back to face it later.  I started washing the morning dishes and as I stood there it all became clear to me.  

I am that dirty laundry. I am a big heap of blemishes and flaws.  But my heavenly Father doesn't give up on me.  He doesn't lose his patience and throw his hands up in the air and walk away from me.  He's right there with me every morning.  He keeps on loving.  Keeps on giving.  He probably looks down from Heaven and sees the mess that I am but he keeps on working, shaping, and molding.  



I stood there thinking about that for a few moments then I walked back into the laundry room to start a load only this time with a better attitude and a blessed heart.
While I am working on the laundry, God is working on me. 
And that, my friend, should lift anybody's spirit.
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Speaking of blessings, hubby was gifted some football tickets by one of our church members.  It's for our local college team.  Looks like hubby and I have a date for Saturday night.

Happy first day of Fall!


September 14, 2017

Lately...

Hola mis amigas!

September started off with a flurry of things to do and places to be.  Here we are already halfway through it and I haven't made a single post.  I haven't had time to take any pictures and I can't make a post without pictures.  What fun would that be?

I have a couple of things I'm working on at the moment.  
I'm trying to finish up this shawl I started on a year or so ago.  It's a granny stitch shawl that I was going to do with just those little balls of remnants that always seem to hang around.  Now I'm trying to finish it with whatever yarn I have on hand whether it's a remnant or not.  So far I'm liking the way it's taking shape.  All I lack is the edging. I can't decide what to do.  


This is a knit baby blanket I started on recently.  I'm following this pattern.  I really should get some stitch markers though because I'm having to backtrack a lot to correct a stitch where I knit but should have purled.  Ugh.  Beginner knitter problems. 

I haven't picked this up in a couple of days. 
 I'm making it for my future grandbabies so there's no rush.

 I had to skip my morning coffee a couple of days ago because hubby and I had to fast for a physical we had scheduled for that day.  We both had caffeine headaches all day.    It's amazing how much our bodies miss our morning brew.  My coffee tasted extra good the following morning.

  I'll give you an update on my breast biopsy.  I had a breast biopsy done on  my right breast two weeks ago at a breast cancer center.  I had a lot of anxiety about it but I got a call last Wednesday and they said the microcalcifications were benign. No cancer cells were found, thank the Lord.  I have to go back in six months to get another mammogram so they can take another look at it.  Hopefully all will be well then too.  


The news was a big relief to me.  It's amazing how much something like this can send you into a spiral of worry.  Even though you try not to, it's inevitable.  Your mind starts to think about the what if's and you start preparing yourself for the worst.  Thank goodness it all worked out for the best.  Thank you for all your well wishes and prayers.   I feel very blessed.


August 31, 2017

My Grace is Sufficient For Thee

August roundup.
Another month has come and gone.
Farewell sweet August.




Thank you for the encouraging words from my last post.  I will keep your kind words in my heart as I  prepare for my biopsy today.  I hope I didn't come off sounding weak or whiny.  What some of you may not know is that I am already a uterine cancer survivor.  My father passed away last September of gastric cancer.  The thought of being diagnosed with cancer once again is a little frightening.

I've had this verse in my heart since yesterday.  It's God's still small voice comforting me.  Letting me know He is with me and walking along beside me all the way.