Monday, November 28, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... At my daughters adopted families house. I spy a Paint horse, a Palomino horse, a pig named 'Sherman Rocket' (because he came from Sherman, Texas and runs around like a 'rocket') a trailer full of hay for the winter.  And green grass.

I am thinking... I love visiting here.  I

I am thankful... I know I sound like a broken record but I am so thankful God is taking care of my daughter.  And that we are in her life again!

From the learning rooms...(if this applies) to machine quilt.

In the kitchen...At home I left a little brisket in the crockpot and 4 cooked hamburger patties for Cowboy who is a bachelor this week.  If he doesn't remember to pick me up on Wednesday he'll have to start eating ramen noodles! Bet he remembers.  Oh here we're having mac and cheese and fish sticks. (and I am going to raid the fridge and see if there is anything left from Thanksgiving!  My daughter is working late that's why I am here. 

I am wearing...warm clothes, sweat pants and a long sleeve t-shirt.  It got cold here over night!

I am creating...My first ever t-shirt quilt.  It is turning out really big and is a huge challenge.  I hope I finish it tomorrow.

I am going... no where!

I am wondering... If I can get everything done while I am here that is on my list!

I am reading...nothing right now I just finished a couple of books from the Tiny Blessings series from Steeple Hill publishers.  Writing a review when I get back home! 

I am hoping...that we get the inter-net back on Friday.  Tried Clear didn't work.  Changing to Virgin ( I don't like that name)  I hope we can get a good signal!

I am looking forward to...tree decorating tonight. (photo's tomorrow) and Friday night Christmas party at the children's home where my daughter works and where our horse lives.

I am hearing...silence at least for another few minutes.  The baby (3 year old...I need to stop calling him that!) is asleep.  He plays hard on Mondays at church.

Around the house... here home well the exact opposite.

I am pondering... my favorite Christmas memories

One of my favorite things...a sweet boy (I said boy. wow) walking into the room after a nap!  He is adorable

A few plans for the rest of the week: finishing 'said' quilt, getting my Christmas decorations out of storage, Drama Team on Wednesday and party on Friday. 

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

He woke up and chose the photo. 
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Enjoying the Journey . . .

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I'm Dreamin of a _________________

Blue Christmas . . .

I was thinking of Christmas and a few thoughts came to mind . . .

I'll need a few new Blue ornaments . . .

And some Blue lights . . .

But alas none in the atic!  Oh no.  I really,really need Blue Lights . . .

 so I'll have to hop in the car and go buy some . . .

But you know I really need a new tree.  So while I'm buying new shiny Blue ornaments and lights.  I'll just pick up a new tree. 

Maybe one like this one . . .  No.  Too small.  Just because I live in a bungalow who says I can't have a big tree. 

 Now that is more like it.  But hmmm.  Needs a little more . . .

Glitz.  Or maybe not soooooooo much sparkle.

Or a little primitive.  A little shiny.  A little glittery. 

Oh I just don't know . . . All this thinking and shopping and fighting the crowds is just making me sooooooo hungry!

So I'll stop for just a tiny little bite of something sweet.  And order a Dr. Pepper and think about what to do. 

And just think about all my ideas.  And then I saw this darling little pink and purple tree.  And another being decorated.  What a smart kitty!

And then all the ideas got all jumbled up.  And  . . .

Oh I just give up.  I'll just get some help with all this decorating!

We'll I am done with my decorating.  I think I'll go over and see Sally at Blue Monday (click  here) .  And then I'll stop over and check out the Mosaic Monday (click here) posts for a little inspiration.   Just got back from Mary's.  Loved her post.  She shared gift ideas for doggies!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WordFilled Wednesday

I was thinking of a verse to illustrate and these words came to mind. 

Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with Praise. Psalm 100:4

The next thing that came to mind was a garden gate.  I thought of stepping inside a quiet peaceful garden and feelings God's presence. 

And,stepping into that garden whether virtual or real I feel His presence.  I feel His peace.  And I Praise Him.  And I am Thankful. 

Happy Thanksgiving . . .
Thanks for coming along on the Journey . . .

Here's the linky go over and join or check out more beautiful illustrations.  Click Here

Did you see the question just above this post.  Please check out my question of the week and leave a comment with your answer! Pretty please!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mosaic Monday(on Tuesday)Titus Tuesday . . Establish the work . . .

Welcome to Titus 2Days

I began this post yesterday to include the following mosaic but I wasn't able to load the above photo.
I wanted to repost only the above photo today and link to Titus Tuesday but our inter-net connection had other ideas.  LOL

Today I wanted to tell a little about the pumpkin carving party that my daughter hosted a couple of weeks ago.  And a little about where she is right now. 

I have mentioned my Thankfulness many times on Thursday for various things concerning her.   And I am very Thankful that God has heard our prayers.  I am thankful he has brought her through a rough time and that she is on the way to being whole again. 

For the past 6 years she has been in an emotionally abusive relationship.  It was not physical only because the abuser knew how to control his anger and not actually ever hit her.  (Walls were o.k. to hit . . . this I only found out about a couple of weeks ago)  Last May after many, many prayers God gave her the strength to leave the marriage.  She is now living with a Godly couple that are our age and have a huge house and lots of room for her and our grandson.  This is a little hard for me especially because what mother wouldn't want their lost and hurting child with them?  But I know God is in control and he has her right where she needs to be. 

In August she celebrated a year of employment at a local Children's home where she teaches horse back riding.  This is significant in her story for many reasons.  One year ago she did not have a support network. And her husband was pushing her to take another corporate job. Her first step toward 'survival' she took the job at the Children's home.

At that time she had no one to turn to but her father and I.  But, because of the brainwashing that comes with an abusive relationship we are the last person(s) that she will turn to.  She was isolated from friends and other family members.  But, she began to develope friendships with Godly women by teaching their children how to ride. These friendships developed.  She developed a friendship with her supervisor also and when she finally left the marriage her supervisor went to the Director of the children's home and they took up a love offering for her.  God supplied her needs.  Another family had a car that they could sell to her.

The last few months have been difficult.  The phone calls and emails from her husband are constant.  The  topics go from 'I miss you..." to " Your a bad person because..."  It is a roller coaster of emotions. 

But even though all this she is going on in her life she has begun to turn a corner and she is reaching out to others.

She is in church every week.  And goes to a ladies Bible Study every Monday morning.  Last Saturday her church had baby dedication.  When she learned about it they said that the 'cut off' was 3 years old.  Our grandson is 3 1/2.  She was talking to the Children's director and started to cry and said "I wasn't allowed." 
She told him a little about her situation and of course they said we could do the dedication. 

So Saturday  she walked up on stage and dedicated him to the Lord.  Praise God she was 'allowed'!

And, she is serving others.  A few weeks ago she hosted the Pumpkin carving party.  She invited a couple of preschooler friends and some teenagers that she is acquainted with at the children's home.  The three teenagers were at the dedication.  Two are teenage boys living at the home.  They have been there 8 years.  They are great 'jungle gyms' for our grandson.  They throw him around like he is a football and run and chase him.  They play super hero's and football and soccer together.  They ride horses together.   They go bowling and ice skating. 

As our daughter opens her heart to others.  As she serves God by giving these kids a little fun she is Blessed.  And she grows.  And God restores her and ever so slowly she is becoming whole.  

I shared this post for a couple of reasons.  During this holiday season you might have a family that is whole and intact.  You might be planning a Thanksgiving dinner with all your loved ones.  You might be out shopping and making plans for Christmas.  You might be decorating your tree or trees! 

Or you might have loved ones that are in situations that keep them away from you.  A child in the military or living in another state.

Do you have a child in an abusive relationship? 

I don't have any answers. 

Because there have been many days that I have had to just 'give up' in a way and just turn it over to God and force myself not think and worry about them. 

But I do know that God wants us to love each other. I do know that stepping out of our comfort zone and doing something kind for someone else is what God wants us to do. 

It might be something as simple as hosting a Pumpkin Carving party.  Since it is a little late for that now . . . How about a coffee or tea for a friend,  or maybe a cookie exchange.  Or maybe you could just invite a mom over and have a play date with the kids. 

Maybe you have older kids and you know a couple with kids that left for college this year.  Or away and won't be home for the holidays.  Or a senior adult who will be alone for the holidays. 

If you think about it the ideas and endless!  I hope that this holiday season you have a wonderfully Blessed time.  I hope and pray that your family will be together.  And I hope and pray that you can be a Blessing to someone else. 

Father God thank you for our families.  Thank you for the holidays and the time we will share with our loved ones.  Father I ask you to give us the opportunity to share our faith with someone else just by gently loving them or by doing an act of kindness. 

linking with Mosaic Monday (click Here) and Titues Tuesday (click Here)

Establishing The Work Of Our Hands Along The Journey,


A Simple Day on the Journey

Outside my window... A nice fall day a little brisk, I love sweater weather . . . the cat

 sitting at the door ready to come in for a nap

I am thinking... I am happy to be writing a post today

I am thankful... I/we are spending Thanksgiving with our daughter and she gets to cook and have us over
From the learning rooms... me...God gives me what I need. . .
I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord apart from you I have no good thing." Psalm 16:2.

In the kitchen...Chicken and Rice for tonight.  An old family favorite from our favorite Mexican resturant

I am wearing...Blue sweat pants or pink ministry t-shirt and heart socks (they were on top of the stack) and no shoes at the moment my feet are up. 

I am creating... An atmosphere of Love in our home (trying)

I am going... to the library tonight or tomorrow I need another book!

I am wondering...What our next step will be

I am reading...will be reading the 1st or 3rd in Di Mills Serve and Protect Series as soon as I get to the library.  Just finished 2 and looking forward to another

I am hoping... God will reveal his plan for the ministry soon

I am looking forward to... Christmas

I am hearing... an airplane flying over and then silence.  I forgot to turn the radio back on after lunch

Around the house...too much we are outgrowing our little bungalow, need to rotate things and put stuff back in storage to make room for Christmas!

I am pondering...what I will be writing about tomorrow

One of my favorite things...Dr. Pepper I need one

A few plans for the rest of the week: Wednesday deliver Thanksgiving meals with the boys from the Ranch, Thanksgiving day with our daughter, and Thanksgiving Praise and Worship at the Ranch

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

A little teaser for my post tomorrow.  A photo tour of our towns Main Street hosted by my Cowboy

Enjoying the Simple Journey today . . .

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Why I am Not Blue

Yep I am not Blue today.  But I am joining Sally for Blue Monday.  Here is why I am Not Blue in photo's...

Because God promises to always give us everything we need. 
Sometimes it may not be in our timing but he provides. 
This weekend I got inter-net.  Yea! 
I am thankful that God hears our requests and our cries and answers our prayers!
I am Thankful that God gives me a place to live and I just happen to have this view. (at the end of the road).  I have always wanted to live by the water.  God answers our prayers.

I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord apart from you I have no good thing." Psalm 16:2.
God answered our prayers and brought us to a small town to live.  A shot of our Main Street.  With Blue sky and a blue awning on one of my favorite places.  Come tomorrow for a tour of Main Street.  Tour guide my very own Cowboy.  You won't want to miss it!

And one more pretty blue photo . . . A tease so what do you think my topic next Monday is?

On My  Not Blue Journey . . .

And don't forget to visit Sally for Blue Monday! Click Here

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Thanks for stopping in today!  I am so Thankful for your visit!  I need to add you to my Thankful list!

First off I am Thankful that I live in Texas.  I love it!  I have lived other places for a short while but my heart belongs in Texas.  Probably because of these . . .

I am Thankful that even though we live in a growing suburban area that I can see these.  Maybe not this many at a time but there are still a few ranches around.  And sometimes when we're driving we get to see a few horses.  Well actually every time we go to our boys facility (where we are Chaplains) we see a nice little string of horses.  There is a riding stable just down the road. 

Today I am also thank that . . .
I don't have to type on  this nostalgic piece of equipment.  Although fun to look at; I am sooooooooo thankful for my computer!  I love it especially because through it I get to communicate with you. 

I am also thankful for eye candy like this.  That because of the internet we can surf around and see lovely little photo's like this.  This one compliments of Martha Stewart.  I would love to have a little area in a yard to set up like this!

And I am thankful that we will spend Thanksgiving with our daughter.  I am looking forward to Thanksgiving.

So do you have a Thankful list today! 

Thankfully on the Journey today . . .

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Jelly Roll Quilts Book Review

I just finished reading/looking at this book.  It was great and I loved it so much I wanted to share it. 
I checked it out at my local library. 

The thing I like the best about the book is the directions and resources.  Well I did love the patterns and the photo's but that is a given.  You might have seen this book in catalogues and passed on it thinking you couldn't buy it or use it because your stash busting.  Well this great book gives you the yardage needed even if your not using jelly rolls.  In most cases you can simply cut X number of strips to make these awesome quilts.  They even tell you how many fat quarters you can use!

Each set of instructions begins with Vital Statistics and a  What you need box.  Here's an example from
Bars of Gold on page 10.  Their version made with Kaffe Fassett fabric.  Ohhh La La!

Vital statistics
Quilt size 69x66in.
Block size: 8x10in.
Number of blocks: 40
plus 3 in wide sashing and border strips


What you need
  • One jelly roll or 40 2 1/2in strips cut the width of the fabric.
  • 1.8m (71 in) of sashing and border fabric.
  • 60cm (23 1/2" in) of fabric for binding.
The quilts in the book are awesome and gave me some great ideas.  I wish I could show you the Bars of Gold it really is Ohh LaLa!

But I did find a consumer quilt posted on Amazon and a couple of images from the book.  Here's the consumers quilt.
 This one is Sparkling Gemstones from the book.   Click here for the Amazon link.

And here's a couple of pages found on Amazon.

This is the page that shows the Vital statistics and What you need box and a description.  I loved this one called Pandora's box   The book quilt used Japanese taupes I loved the greys, blacks,browns and taupes reminded me of stones.  It is on my list to do.  Oh I see a Pinterest page (is that what you call it?) coming on.

And then who doesn't just love a Log Cabin.  The instructions are simple and clear and I love how they tell you exactly how much fabric you will need including how many fat quarters to equal the amount of strips.  I am a fat quarter girl! 

I love the Jelly Rolls but I am working on a use up that Stash budget.  Hopefully once my Christmas sewing is done I'll be making something from this book. 

Have you looked for quilt books at your library?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I was asked . . . so here it is . . .

I had a dear sweet friend ask me how she could pray for me.  And, I realized that I have been really needing prayer but I just haven't asked. 

I have been really, really struggling in a couple of areas.   There have been days that I have not even been able to put into words what I need again.  And so I have cried and I have prayed that the Holy Spirit would know my heart, my fears and my need. 

#1 Please pray for our daughter.  Long story short she has been in a emotionally abusive relationship for 5 years (married).  She is now safely living with some friends of our family and she has filed for divorce. 

 But she has it in her head that they can 'agree' on visitation without going to court.

Even after her attorney has recommended not to allow visits till the court tells her she has to.   She is meeting her husband at the park alone when no one is available.  And, this Friday she is allowing the 3 year old to spend the night at his dad's.   It took 3 years for her to leave.   I am so afraid that he will weasel his way back in.  I am so afraid that he will threaten her and she will go back.   I am scared.  

There were many days that all I could do was pray that God's will be done and just allow him to be in control. 

#2 My other prayer request is ridiculous and so minor compared to my daughter and grandsons safety that I hate to bring it up but it really, really is hard for me.  We struggle financially.
It's funny when I write this I have to smile because I think of the prayers that God has answered and then I am even feeling more stupid to even voice this.  I prayed about a year ago that God would provide.  I prayed for a place to live.  I told Cowboy and I prayed that God would provide enough so we could pay rent and utlities.  So I/we wouldn't have to worry about either one. God answered my prayer.  Cowboy has a job and rent and utilities are paid every month.  Sometimes with extensions but we haven't had the lights turned off! (In 2010 we were homeless for 2 months)

Here's the part I think is kind of funny. And the part I struggle with.
. . .
  I didn't ask him to provide for anything more.  I didn't ask for money for food.  Money for gas.  Money to feed the dog and cat.  Money for the vet.  Money for extras like the internet. 

A few weeks ago a neighbor knocked on the door and asked to borrow 2 eggs.  I had one egg.  I gave it to him closed the door.
I knew when I gave him that egg it would be exactly 11 days till we could buy food again. 

Don't get me wrong.  We have food.  We have learned how much money we have and we have learned to shop as wisely as possible. 
We have learned that lots of things are alot cheaper at Dollar General or Dollar Tree.   I have never been one to feed the dog table scraps but now she gets green beans and chicken to stretch the dog food.  And, long grain rice is cheap and stretches it too.  And, I have learned to make perfect rice.  (I used to buy minute rice because that is what my mother did.)

But here is my struggle cheap is not healthy.  Cheap is potatoes and bread to fill you up. I cannot tell you the last time we bought fresh produce or fruit. 

I struggle.  I have learned to be satisfied with a lot and I have learned to be satisfied with little. 

But, I miss my blog.  I miss the internet.  Right now I am at the library.  I miss getting up in the middle of the night and writing.  I miss my friends.  I can read your posts on my phone. I have learned to write posts ahead and then publish from my phone.  But I haven't figured out how to link or even if you can from the phone.  So, I miss Wordfilled Wednesday, Blue Monday, Thankful Thursday,Then Sings My Soul Saturday, Scripture on Sunday. 

And, because I don't post regularly lots of my followers have quite coming around.  I don't blame you. 

I miss you. 

I need your prayer. 

Wordfilled Wednesday Proverbs 22:6

Welcome to Wordfilled Wednesday on Tuesday . . .

I received this photo in an email from my daughter.  They did a holiday photo shoot and I got a little tease photo!  When I saw it this is the verse that immediately came to mind. 

On November 19th we will be participating in Parent/Child dedication.   I am Praising God that this verse is true.  Even though she has had many struggles in the last 5 years she is faithfully following God as a single parent.

Praising God on the Journey . . .

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wordfilled Wednesday Nov. 2,2011

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of her (paraphrased) hands--yes Lord
establish the work of her hands.   Psalm 90:17.

Last Thursday I wrote that I am thankful that God has Blessed my relationship with my daughter.  Today I share this photo to share how proud I am of her.  Even in the midst of being seperated and filing for divorce she planned a party for some kids at the children's home where she works. 

Last Friday night she had a pumpkin carving party for some of the kids.  I am Blessed to see God moving in her life and making her whole again. 

Thank you God for your word.  Thank you God for my daughter.  Thank you for your everlasting love for her. 

Work In Progress

Today I wanted to share with you what I am working on.  I know it won't be finished for Friday.
So I am joining in the WIP link party called Work in Progress.   Here's my WIP.

A T-shirt quilt for my grandson . . .

 This is a view of the entire top layed out on my bed.  It is pieced in three sections.  This is the best shot I could get.  I'll explain at the end.  
Here's the middle section that includes his name.  The applique on the name was a huge challenge.  When it is finished I'll share all my horror stories!
 This is the left section.  Isn't the turtle adorable?
And the right section.  Most of the quilting is complete on it.  O.K. I know now all you free machine quilters and long arm quilters are just cringing.  This quilt is being completed in a quilt as you go method.  The main reason is because of space. 

Maybe this shot will give you an idea of what I mean.

This is the middle part pinned and ready for quilting.  What you see at the bottom edge is wood.  It is the foot of the bed.  It is layered up and pinned to two tables.  There is literally enough room for me to squeeze between my desk and the table on the left.  And between the table and the closet on the right.  The table is shooved up against the foot of the bed and there is maybe 3 foot between the edge of the table and the bathroom.  This morning when I was ready to do the pinning process I realized there wasn't room for the ironing board.  I had to warn Cowboy if he needed the facilities to do it now!  I had to set the ironing board up in the bathroom.  Then when I was ready for the top I ended up having to get him to help me because I couldn't hold it and squeeze around the side of the table to lay it out. 

So that is why it is having to be quilted in sections.  Litterally there is not enough room to lay the entire quilt out. 

I was laughing to myself this morning as I was realizing this that God is either preparing me to live in a 5th wheel trailer or preparing me to appreciate the 8,000 square foot home he has planned for us!

Wonder which one it is?

So that's my WIP . . . once this is complete and my area is cleaned up and tidy again I'll take photo's so you can see just how tiny it is! 

WIP is hosted over at Freshly Pieced.  Click here.

Happy November

Happy Fall All . . .

Had to share this sad little photo
He is unhappy because we got to the pumpkin patch and they were closed
Did not want to have his photo taken
This was last Friday afternoon before the 1st annual Zane's Pumpkin Carving Party
More photo's to share tomorrow
I have been working on the ministry website making changes for the last 4 hours and now I am exhausted

Here's a cropped version so you can see the little sad face better
Happy Fall
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