February 14, 2018

Love is Giving ♥

Will you be my Valentine?
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Do you remember those Valentine cards we used to exchange in elementary school?  They always had that phrase written on them.

Be my Valentine!
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And there was always some kind of candy taped to them too like a heart shaped sucker.   It was so much fun to pull out our cards and read them one by one from the cardboard box we decorated with red construction paper.  Only to be followed by a party with homemade goodies.

Ahhh, Valentine's Day was fun back then.



In high school I was in NHS and every year we baked sugar cookies  and sold them to the students as a fund raiser.  They were big heart shaped cookies and we sprinkled them with sparkly glitter.  There were three different colors.

 Red glitter meant I love you. 

Pink glitter meant I like you. 

And the third color meant we're just friends but I can't remember what color it was.  It could have been yellow or maybe white.   


We sold them for only a few bucks each but the neat thing was that the cookies would be delivered in secret.  

((Secret Valentine))



We did the baking the night before in the school cafeteria.  The students had all week to place their order and when they did they gave us the locker number of the person the cookie was meant for.  We baked hundreds of cookies (seemed like it anyway) and sprinkled them all with glitter.  We knew exactly how many of each to make.  And when the baking was done we walked down the hallway sneaking cookies in peoples lockers.  


The next morning if you were lucky you would find a cookie in your locker, maybe even two or three, and then you spent the entire day wondering who sent it.  The suspense was big, especially if the cookie was a pink or red one.  A lot of whispering and giggling and note passing went on that day.  More than most other days that is.
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A lot of fun Valentine memories.

School wasn't all that bad I suppose. 

There were fun times thrown in there too.



Hubby and I will celebrate Valentines day tomorrow on Thursday which is our regular date night.  Tonight for the family I will just serve Bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwiches with a side of Kale, cranberry and pecan salad and for dessert I am making angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream.  Nothing fancy but it's a church night so I have to keep it simple.


It's always nice to receive a valentine but LOVE is GIVING.

Why not bless someone today with a heart shaped glittery sugar cookie?

 I'm sure it would make their day.



February 2, 2018

A Sweet Hello...

You take a little break from blogging and before you
 know it three months have gone by...

My my!

  It's already February of a new year.
How crazy is that?

I did not intend for that much time to go by but you know how busy
 November and December are... 

and January just sneaked right past me.

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I do miss my blogging.  I just wonder if anyone misses me.  I know I don't have very many readers or followers but quietly on the inside I like to think that someone out there knows I exist and comes to find me here on my little speck of the world wide web.  I've thought about my blog and I don't want to let it go but sometime there's things going on in the real world that pull you away.  I know you all know what I mean.  The good thing is that my blog is always here and I can come back to it when life slows down a bit.  The rush of the holidays had me exhausted and I feel now that I'm getting my groove back.

The winter has been mild so far.  The wind has been blowing and everything is dusty and dry.  This is about the time of year I start longing for Spring.  Although I always feel guilty saying that because we should appreciate every day the Lord gives us.  And I do.  But the truth is I get bored with Winter very quickly and I begin looking forward to Spring, which I am happy to say, is not too far away.  

I don't have a lot of exciting things to share with you .  The few pictures I've taken are little snippets of my quiet life in New Mexico.

The pics are subtle and serene but I assure you the fullness of life is swirling all around this little abode, as it would with five people living here.

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I have managed to do a little crocheting and knitting.  I'll share those things with you in future posts because I haven't photographed any of them yet. For now it just feels good to be back.  I have missed my blogging world and all the quiet joy it brings me to read your posts and partake in the sharing of our lives, as little or as much as we want to share, with each other.  It's a cyber community which I am happy to be a part of.


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.

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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