Saturday, January 18, 2014

One of my favorite parts of the morning is...

...opening up the egg carton and seeing this bible verse every. single. day. What a reminder!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Flexi Clip Review

I have been very interested in Lilla Rose Flexi Clips ever since I heard of them.

They looked comfortable, easy to use and pretty.
After purchasing and using them they are all of the above.

My first experience was not very good. I looked at all the videos and size information and tried my best to find the size that would work. I got a medium and I was planning mostly to use it to style my hair in a french twist. When it arrived, it did not work. I couldn't do ANY of the styles that they suggested. My hair's fineness and length were just not the correct thickness for the size that I purchased. I suppose it was really my fault that it didn't work. It was just frustrating.

After carefully watching all of the videos and reading the size information once more, I tried purchasing a clip again. I took into account not only the length and thickness of my hair but also what style I wanted to use it for. I love to wear buns. A bun is not one of their listed hairstyles, but I thought it would work. So I pulled my hair into a bun and looked at the videos to see what size I thought would hold that amount of hair. I got an extra large.

The flexi clip came after twenty three days. (I had ordered during a sale and my order had some how gotten lost..)  But though it was a long wait, I tried it on and it worked just how I wanted it to.

The clip works very well in a bun style and it especially works best when my hair is a day to two days old from my last wash. I like this, because my greasy hair can look nice even when I need a shower.

My only complaint is that the clip can only do this one style. I'd have to get a different sized clip for every style that I want to do. That could end up being pricy, but I think this clip will outlast any hair clips out there. (Before I bought this clip, I bought a Walmart claw clip and it cracked in about two and a half weeks!)

So, I am overall very happy with my purchase. The key is getting the right size. Lilla Rose has many different designs to choose from and their products are well made.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy Birthday Honey!

Our Labrador retriever is one! She has been a joy and a handful. She requires two walks a day, lots of love and a close eye. She'll eat anything from dog food and peanut butter to socks and tissues!

But we love her. A lot. She lets the kids lie on her, pinch her, hug her and kiss her. She's the perfect companion if you're sick in bed, though she is a bed hog. She is full of energy and fun. Her tail is impressive and she wags it often. We are blessed to have such a sweet friend in our family.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Soldiers of Christ, Arise

Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies through His eternal Son.
Strong in the Lord of hosts, and in His mighty power,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.

Stand then in His great might, with all His strength endued,
But take, to arm you for the fight, the panoply of God;
That, having all things done, and all your conflicts passed,
Ye may o’ercome through Christ alone and stand entire at last.

Stand then against your foes, in close and firm array;
Legions of wily fiends oppose throughout the evil day.
But meet the sons of night, and mock their vain design,
Armed in the arms of heavenly light, of righteousness divine.

Leave no unguarded place, no weakness of the soul,
Take every virtue, every grace, and fortify the whole;
Indissolubly joined, to battle all proceed;
But arm yourselves with all the mind that was in Christ, your Head.

But, above all, lay hold on faith’s victorious shield;
Armed with that adamant and gold, be sure to win the field:
If faith surround your heart, Satan shall be subdued,
Repelled his every fiery dart, and quenched with Jesu’s blood.

Jesus hath died for you! What can His love withstand?
Believe, hold fast your shield, and who shall pluck you from His hand?
Believe that Jesus reigns; all power to Him is giv’n:
Believe, till freed from sin’s remains; believe yourselves to Heav’n.

To keep your armor bright, attend with constant care,
Still walking in your Captain’s sight, and watching unto prayer.
Ready for all alarms, steadfastly set your face,
And always exercise your arms, and use your every grace.

Pray without ceasing, pray, your Captain gives the word;
His summons cheerfully obey and call upon the Lord;
To God your every want in instant prayer display,
Pray always; pray and never faint; pray, without ceasing, pray!

In fellowship alone, to God with faith draw near;
Approach His courts, besiege His throne with all the powers of prayer:
Go to His temple, go, nor from His altar move;
Let every house His worship know, and every heart His love.

To God your spirits dart, your souls in words declare,
Or groan, to Him Who reads the heart, the unutterable prayer:
His mercy now implore, and now show forth His praise,
In shouts, or silent awe, adore His miracles of grace.

Pour out your souls to God, and bow them with your knees,
And spread your hearts and hands abroad, and pray for Zion’s peace;
Your guides and brethren bear for ever on your mind;
Extend the arms of mighty prayer, ingrasping all mankind.

From strength to strength go on, wrestle and fight and pray,
Tread all the powers of darkness down and win the well fought day.
Still let the Spirit cry in all His soldiers, “Come!”
Till Christ the Lord descends from high and takes the conquerors home.


Words by Charles Wesley

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Autumn or Fall: The Favorite Of Seasons.

Though we still have yet to make the first smores of the season I have been enjoying the pastimes that fall brings. My family and I really enjoy this season. There are the cool and crisp walks, the baked goods to prepare, and the countless things that are a trademark of autumn. We've enjoyed canning applesauce, yummy fresh greens, and golden sunsets and blue skies. (We look forward to processing five pumpkins...very large pumpkins too. But there is nothing better than fresh pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds!) Tea is a staple on cold mornings and the colorful leaves bring me happy delight. Then there are the sweaters, the boots and the scarves to add to the list. Though I seem to end up posting about fall every year I never tire boasting in the joys of autumn and this season makes it even more evident of the creativity of our Creator. What inspiration and happiness God brings and shares through his creation. What an awesome God and Savior we serve who gives us so many blessings and joys! What do you like best about autumn?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Dew From Heaven


His heavens shall drop down dew. Deuteronomy 33:28

 

"What the dew in the East is to the world of nature, that is the influence of the Spirit in the realm of grace. How greatly do I need it! Without the Spirit of God I am a dry and withered thing. I droop, I fade, I die. How sweetly does this dew refresh me! When once favored with it I feel happy, lively, vigorous, elevated. I want nothing more. The Holy Spirit brings me life and all that life requires. All else without the dew of the Spirit is less than nothing to me: I hear, I read, I pray, I sing, I go to the table of Communion, and I find no blessing there until the Holy Ghost visits me. But when He bedews me, every means of grace is sweet and profitable.

What a promise is this for me! “His heavens shall drop down dew.” I shall be visited with grace. I shall not be left to my natural drought, or to the world’s burning heat, or to the sirocco of satanic temptation. Oh, that I may at this very hour feel the gentle, silent, saturating dew of the Lord! Why should I not! He who has made me to live as the grass lives in the meadow will treat me as He treats the grass; He will refresh me from above. Grass cannot call for dew as I do. Surely, the Lord who visits the unpraying plant will answer to His pleading child."
C.H. Spurgeon

This meditation by Charles Spurgeon refreshed and encouraged me.
Lately life has been busy and different. God continues to teach me each day. Each new season and each new task reminds me how much we need a loving Savior to guard and guide our fragile lives. When I am weak He is strong, when I am discouraged He brings me joy. What a comfort we have in Jesus! There is no greater joy than what we find in Him. He is our love, our life, our salvation!

What has God been teaching you?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Why?

The question must be asked.

Why? Why do I have a facebook, a pinterest, an instragram, a blog?
These questions are what I must ask myself so very often.

Am I seeking attention or fulfillment when I blog? Or am I trying to bring more focus to Christ? 

Am I making my computer time and social media time an idol? Or am I giving Christ my all?

Am I engaging in idle chatter? Or am I building up those around me with words of wisdom?

I have countless ideas for posts. I have many photos and cutesy little words that I could share, but almost every time I'm about to post something my mind goes to the million other productive things I could be spending my time doing.

I must ask, each time I roll my chair up to the computer is my focus on vegging, or is it focused on my Lord and Savior?

When I string a few words together and add a vintage or dreamy picture am I focused on boasting in God or gaining popularity? 

Why is it so difficult to battle against idle things and time wasters?

I read a very convicting, very thought provoking and encouraging article the other day.
I really needed to hear it.

I'd encourage you to read it, too.

It's from an online magazine called Set Apart Girl. The article is called "Living For Eternity: Honoring Christ On the Internet".


Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way.
Psalm 119:37

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Altering a Kimono Sleeve

I was at Walmart and saw a nice blue dress on sale. It was $9, which is what I usually pay at goodwill. (My all time favorite place to shop!) The sleeves were a little weird, but I thought I could probably fix them. I was itching to sew something! Since sewing as a hobby seems to be getting more and more expensive, I jump at a chance to alter. The sleeves are basically kimono sleeves. I didn't like them for two reasons. First it made the dress look like pajamas. Second you could see too much skin when moving my arm. I brainstormed and finally decided to just gather the entire top two shoulders. This worked great! Then I sewed the bottom edge of the armholes.

Here's how I did it. Decide your seam allowance and how much you're going to hem in the process of gathering. (I hemmed one inch on the top.) Also remember the more fabric you take off at the top, the shorter the finished dress or shirt will be and the smaller the head hole. (I learned this the hard way and had to stitch rip my seam.)


#1.Turn the dress inside out and run two gathering threads on the top of each sleeve.

#2.Then pull the threads on either side of the seam. Gather as evenly as possible and as much as you want the length of the sleeve to be. Do this on both sleeves.

#3. Now sew a straight line right below your gathering threads. Make sure the gathers are flat.

#4. Trim the excess fabric and zig-zag stitch the edge.

This is what it should look like right side out.  

Because the dress was a little large on me, I stitched the armhole an inch on both sides. 
Before
After 



Have you altered anything? I'd love to hear your adventures!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

How to eat a kiwi...

Cut it in half and scoop out that kiwi goodness with a spoon!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Latest Sewing Endeavor...

So I started a skirt back in December and I finally finished it! Time really got away from me. I finally hemmed it on Saturday. I got the fabric from a friend and I made up the pattern. (Sort of)

One of my other skirts was too wide. For a while I wore it with a safety pin. Finally I decided to see if I could take it in. As I measured it I realized it was one panel too large! So I took out a panel (Lots of stitch ripping...) and used it as a pattern for another skirt. I added a zipper and a yolk for the top and then I was done...well almost. I realized after putting all the panels together that it was too big. The panels on the first skirt were two different sizes. Thankfully I was able to fix this by taking out one panel. Then I over stitched the seams and hemmed it. A simple but feminine skirt. But enough about the skirt, here it is...


 Have you made any sewing endeavors?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Metaphorical Shelf

I have many childhood memories of playing dollhouse with my sisters. We had huge imaginations. We always had new stories to capture through our dollhouse people. And when we weren't playing dolls we would pretend we were princesses, spies, cashiers, mommies, waitresses, and babysitters. We had picnics, frilly dress up clothes, fort houses, too many dolls, and too much fun. We were girls. We've grown up and our childish play has been put on a metaphorical shelf. We kept memories of our youths in our hearts and we've kept the dollhouse. 

Now that our two-year-old sister is old enough we took the dollhouse out again. Since she has three older brothers we weren't sure what she would enjoy playing with. Some have said that she'd be a "tomboy"; tough and ruddy. Although she's always been determined even through her traumatic birth she's a very happy, healthy girl. She learns fast like Abby, is neat like Maggie and loves dolls like I used to. She'll sit for hours putting together her house. Positioning everything just right. It's so neat to see her mommy instincts show through. She brings her babies to lunch and to nap time. She pretends like my sisters and I used to. She loves to prepare pretend food and clean the dishes. We're so blessed to have her to brighten up each day. You could say that we have encouraged her to be a mommy, not giving her a chance to "be herself". But that wouldn't be the whole truth. She's a girl, because that's what God made her.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:3-5 NASB

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Gluten Free Oat Muffins



 I made some gluten free oat muffins using this recipe. I used zucchini instead of apple and I also added flax seed and chia seed. I've made them twice using different sweeteners and a different veggie or fruit. (First time was pumpkin) It's fun to experiment with this base. Although they don't rise quite as well as gluten muffins I still think they're delicious. Plus, I don't have to get any expensive or different gluten free flours to make them! I've been going gluten free for three weeks now. I hope to tell you more about it soon. It's been a neat journey.

Do you have any fun, healthy recipes to share?