Our conversation…

I took this picture yesterday.   Freedom is the word that comes to mind when I look at it –  freedom as a citizen of the United States and freedom as a citizen of Heaven.

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.~ Philippians 3:20


taken 9/25/16



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Yesterday I spent the day with my mom.  We took care of a task that needs to be done from time to time.  Paring down, going through your items and getting rid of things you no longer need or use.   We were going through her Christmas items and we came across an item from when I was in kindergarten.  Reminiscing, we talked about our walk home from school one day, and my telling her I made her something for Christmas.  Then I very simply stated “it’s not a rock though”.


1976 kindergarten Christmas gift made for Mom

She told me as soon as I said, “it’s not a rock”, she knew it had something to do with a rock.

She sent it home with me and now it sits proudly on a shelf with my thimble collection.

That memory was still with me this morning and I began to watercolor.  It’s not great, but this is a rendition of my memory of that day.


Precious memories, they come to us once in a while and are a treasure to keep stored in our hearts.







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Happy Autumn!

This is my favorite season of the year!

Last night I caught the last sunset of summer.


I start thinking of Christmas gifts and decorations when Autumn is here.

This morning, as I was organizing my Avon for the next campaign, I realized there was a brochure from several campaigns ago that is no longer active.  So I began to fold the pages and ended up with this angel form.  It needs to be painted and a head and halo added to it.


This could be an Autumn Angel, but I’m leaning towards a Winter Angel instead.

“While the earth remains, seed-time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” ~ Genesis 8:22



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Daily Prompt: Slog

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Slog through the fog, one heavy step after another.  Up ahead, you’re not sure what you’ll find but keep on going. You’ll soon see the light.

“I have wiped out all your transgressions like a thick cloud and your sins like a heavy mist, return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” ~ Isaiah 44:22



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Daily Prompt: Silence

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As I sit in silence, I pray thanking God for each day and the many blessings.  I had a phone call today that is an answer to prayer and I want to thank everyone who has been keeping my employment opportunities in prayer.  I will start work on Monday.

I have enjoyed my 9 month temporary retirement, or vacation, whatever you want to call it, but I’m ready to go back to work.   I know I will miss the free time, but the paycheck will be nice to have again too.

As I sit in silence, I reflect on the way God has used this down time to draw me nearer to Him, through bible study and prayer.   I’m trusting Him more now than ever and believe this new job is a door He has opened.  I’m trusting Him to continue to lead me as I begin this new journey in life.   I think it is a good way to start Autumn out.

Speaking of Autumn, when these little beauties bloomed I knew Autumn was close.


And it seems this time of year, like spring fever, I get Autumn fever and start crafting or sewing new things.  For example, I pulled out my vintage Weave it Loom and tried to weave a little coaster…. it looked good in the loom but not so much, out of the loom. I will have to keep trying until I get it right.

The Autumn wall hanging I was working on is finally finished.


So as I sit in silence and reflect, each day is a new beginning to do and live better than the day before.




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I turned 49 today.  Now days when I celebrate my physical birthday, I think of my Spiritual birthday.   It was 20 years ago this week that I became a child of God.  I turned from just talking the talk and playing the part of a good Christian girl in front of those who I thought it mattered to, and from actually being filled full of anger on the inside which usually showed its ugly head to my husband and kids, changed to a person who is forgiven for my past and is changing daily as I grow in my walk with the Lord.   So when I celebrate my birthday, I also celebrate my birthday in Christ. That was when my life truly began.

I’ve been wanting a chocolate cake for over a month.  It’s one of those things you think of but then don’t get around to making one.

David made me a home-made chocolate cake today. Mmmm…. chocolate….  and he frosted it with dark chocolate frosting.   Yes, I was in chocolate euphoria, as I ate a slice.


It has been a good day – finished up decorating for Autumn, finished the baby quilt top and started on the Autumn quilt.


baby sized quilt top      


sneak preview of the Autumn quilt

Tomorrow I hope to piece together the rows that will go around the center section that was completed today for the Autumn quilt.  Then possibly get it quilted over the weekend.  It is going to be around 40″ square.

Here’s wishing you good night!


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Have you ever?

Have you ever had trouble getting your thread started, off a new spool?  I did, this week. No matter how I tried, I could not get the thread out of the notch in the spool and unwound. But I think I have the solution. If this happens to you take an old pair of tweezers or by a cheap pair and very gently grip the thread and work it out.

Walking into my craft room this afternoon, I knew I needed to stop, gather my thoughts and decide what I’m going to finish. You see, I have started 3 quilt tops this week and plan to start another in the morning. So taking a deep breath, I put two of the quilt tops aside to finish in a few weeks, and will finish the one closest to being done and start on the I planned today. It is an Autumn themed quilt.


Now that we are past Labor day and school has started, it’s beginning to feel like Autumn to me.  So I started swapping out decorations today.  There’s still a little to be done, but I accomplished a lot today from the wreath on the front door and a few inside.  Here’s a short slide show of some of it.

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So, that’s been my day today, for the most part.   Tomorrow, I will get everything finished and then start on an Autumn quilt to hang in the living room.

Hope all is going well and hope to hear from you soon.


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