Monday, February 28, 2011

In the midst of a storm


 Through a storm and through a non-literal storm, things can shake and rumble and it seems that things are coming crashing down. At times I feel I am in a storm not knowing if I'll make it out. But, it's a constant reminder that not only is there blue sky behind those dark angry clouds, but a God behind us and keeping us steady. Through rough situations God has a plan for us. Blue skies are at the end of all the rain and thunder. Although fear might grip us we have the comfort of a strong shield.


 Then Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves, and it became completely calm. 
               Matthew 8: 26

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Better late than never?



Do you remember this project? Well I never did tell you what I made. After I had finished all the gifts I made, I wanted to give all my gifts before telling you, because I wanted to make sure no one saw their gift on the blog before I had given it to them. :-)
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Any way... I made a bunch of scarves! Red, white and brown.

I started with a long, straight, piece of fabric, cut with the stretch of the fabric going length ways. Than I hemmed the scarves on both the sides and because of the stretch of the fabric, it ruffled! 
So that's what I made in December.


                           I meant to share this with you all earlier, but better late than never!

I haven't been using a scarf very recently. It has been super warm. I hope it doesn't get cold again, but at least I'll have a cheerful scarf to brighten the weather. :-)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Inspiration...

... is an unique topic.
Often when I am trying to find it, inspiration seems to hide and cringe in a corner. I struggle to see it and usually end my search by giving up.

When busily going through out my day is when I am caught by surprise with a new found joy, a new word of happiness, a musical note of color, an unexpected rhyme. Inspiration sneaks up on you with new fresh vigor and give you constant ideas, exciting reflections, abundant knowledge that greets our ears and eyes. It is always when you aren't looking for inspiration you find it; and it seems to find us at the perfect time. {The word inspiration in it's self is inspiring.} :-)
 
 My sister and I picked some weed flowers in our yard. When bunched into a bouquet, weeds don't seem as out of place. The henbit flower can be very lovely bundled together. Even weeds can sweeten your creativity.


Never underestimate the inspiration that God brings our way.


Job 32: 8
...There is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. 

(emphasis added)






What has inspired you lately? 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Amazon







Yep.

That's right.

Amazon.

I won a 25 dollar gift card to amazon when I entered a " Find the differences in the two pictures" contest. I didn't expect to win and I am pleasantly surprised to have 25 dollars to spend. The only problem is I am not quite sure what to buy... :-)

Amazon has a lot of possibilities. Electronics, clothing, jewelry, furniture, books, and so much more!
I'll probably end up saving it up for a bigger purchase. Maybe a camera lens. ;-)

I thought y'all might be able to help me out.

Do you have any suggestions? (Books suggestions?)
Do any of you have any craft book suggestions? I thought this book looked nice.


I am all ears! :-)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Driving.



 Driving has recently been taken off my back burner and I've tried to be a little more systematic. Thursday was my first time on the high way. It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be and I haven't crashed in to anything or anyone. ;-) 


Driving reminds of our steering wheel of life. I often think that I am in control of the accelerator and brake and the steering wheel when I'm driving on through my life, but at times it seems I am not really in control at all. It seems are seat at the wheel is not ours' to drive. Because God is right there guiding our car of life. We're inadvertently in the back seat, watching God drive our life. When life moves by quickly...God is with us. Carefully shaping our minds and helping us on the fast roads of life. Pushing down the brake, making us slow down, building patience in our hearts and shaping our emotions. God is steering and guiding through the twists and turns, crossings, the bends, and curves of our road. Sometimes we drive at a 100 miles an hour down distant, narrow roads, other times long stretches go by as we sit stopped at a red light. 
God is with us every mile of the way and is steering our life with overflowing care and love.

To me that's really comforting. I don't think I am a very practiced driver of my life and I make so many mistake. Knowing that God is guiding my path is such a relief. :-)


For such is God,
Our God forever and ever;
          He will guide us until death. 
            Psalm 48:14 


Are any of you driving, learning to drive or wanting to drive?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Crustless Quiche

 This delicious meal is easy and simple to make and very yummy. There are so many meals I'd like to share with y'all and this recipe is only one of my favorites.


Crustless quiche

-Six eggs
 -1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
-1/2 cup minced onion
-1/2 minced green pepper
-generous amount of cheddar cheese
 (salt, pepper & basil sprinkled to taste)

Grease a 9 in. round casserole with butter. Cover bottom of dish generously with cheddar. Break 6 large eggs into a bowl add parmesan, onion, green pepper and mix. Combine egg mixture into 9 in. dish.
Add salt, pepper and basil to taste. Sprinkle top with cheddar. Bake at 350 degrees, for 20 minutes or until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.


And a side note once again the pictures don't do the meal justice. I am not a very experienced food photographer. ;-)


Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Carnations or Roses?



The grass dies and the flowers fall,
       but the word of our God will live forever.
Isaiah 40:8

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's day.


 The fourteenth of February.
A day to meditate on. So much love is poured into my life and showered abundantly on my soul. Not only today, but on every day should I remember the love that is given to me by the Almighty.
His hands are lovingly holding my heart and guiding my path.

  Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5 1-2

Saturday, February 12, 2011

♥ Valentine Card Inspiration ♥

 
  Valentine's day is a great holiday to celebrate the love we have for our family and friends, with card making and card giving and a perfect time to meditate on God's love toward us.
Here are several tips to making cards. 
 Make sure to use a different types of scissors to make your cards unique in their shape.
Stitch cut outs on to your cards with your sewing machine.
                                                 Add lots of hearts!
Use a pen to customize your cards with simple doodles.
  Use creative paper for the theme of your cards.
 
Craft stores sell the cutest paper!
Use stencils for elegant designs.
Hearts make cute valentine-y flowers. :-)
 
Use paper animal cutouts to make your cards more friendly.

                               If you don't seem to have any inspiration, find some by
                                          searching through magazines and online.
When all hope seems lost, make your cards simple & have fun!

 Add lots of love to your cards and let your family & friends know you care about them. :-)


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Making memories...

Do you ever stop and smile when you know your making a memory that you'll look back on later in life? I thought I'd share some of my memory making.

The joy of making rice crispy treats with my sisters. Sticky, gooey, fun.
 It's double the fun when made at night... :-D
                                                  Giggles, laughs, and smiles. Yes, a memory made.
                                            All three of us together making a sweet treat.
                                    The best part?
                                              Hearts...!
                                          
What other memories have been made recently? Why, an inside winter picnic!

                        Spreading out a blanket, and eating with my family.

                                        My little brother.
                                             And yes. Eating our treats. We all love 'em.
                                          A cute, sticky, toddler hand. Precious.


                                      Having fun with the ones I love....

Have you been making some memories? What's one of your favorites?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Complete.


When it was just my Father, Mother, two sisters and myself, my life felt complete. Our happy little family. I loved being together. And as our family has grown I feel the same way. Our family feels complete with my added siblings. And when my little sister is born I'll feel my family is still complete. Sometimes I wonder how I could and can feel that our whole family was and is complete when my whole family is still not born. I didn't expect our family to grow in size and neither did the the rest of my family. Since we didn't have any expectations of anything changing we were content.

This is how I often seem to feel. Empty. Unsatisfied.
Because I don't feel that I have everything in my life that I want. If only I were smarter, if only I had more stuff, if only I were more popular, if only I weren't introverted,if only I were prettier, if only, if only.
If I didn't know anything but the life I had and knew nothing of all the extras of life, I still wouldn't be happy.
I shouldn't be thinking of my life as a bunch of ' if only's that I am expecting. I need to think of my life as a bunch of once in a life time adventures, living out my life to the fullest in the completion of God each day.

I am... we all are, broken with out God and we can only be happy, content, satisfied, and complete with God.

God... is love. (1 John 4:16)
God... is truth. (1 John 5:6)
God... is light.  (1 John 1: 5)
God... is life. ( 1 John 5:20)

Without God we are without love, truth, light, life.
If I truly want to be complete I need to turn my gaze to my Savior and not to my expectations of life, because God knows best.

 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying,  "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
 John 8:12 


 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 Romans 6:23

(Emphasis added)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cold rainy days are an excuse for....

 Drinking several cups of cocoa.....
                         ......With fun colorful mugs, mittens and gloves!
                                   
 Crocheting with cheery red yarn....
Wearing fuzzy slippers and cozy leggings....

Wearing warm stylish jackets....
Having a flower photo shoot inside...




See, you can have fun on a rainy day... :-)


                   

What do you do on rainy days?






Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Photo Contest



 ....Hop on over and enter your best winter photo!