Spring has sprung!

What a beautiful day it turned out to be.  In celebration of Spring I want to share some pics and a new growing project I’ve got going.

Have you heard of the Chayote squash?  My Aunt Ree gave me one and showed me a video on how to grow them.  So I thought I’d give it a try, and I’ve been amazed so far.

First I stuck the whole squash in a pot of soil.

When it started making roots, then I was to bury it all under the soil with roots down and the plant part up, above the soil. This happened within 3 days.  So I buried the whole squash under soil as directed.

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then two days later (yesterday) this is how much it grew.

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In the flower bed, the yellow daffodils have faded away and the white ones are on display.

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Seeing the daffodils bloom is an indication Spring has definitely sprung.  Baby animals come to mind.  I have seen a lot of calves in the local pastures as I drive by.  I remember when we found some baby rabbits in our garden last year.  I finished this little stuffed rabbit yesterday.  Thought it was a good way to end winter.

Happy Spring!

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Sonia

 

Ruminate…

via Daily Prompt: Ruminate

Today’s daily prompt is ruminate.

This morning I took an old trunk out of the trunk of my car.  This trunk was made by my grandpa Stricklin.  It is a simple trunk made of rough-hewn wood, utilitarian in use, but it is a piece of my past.

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As I sanded the piece to bring it back to life, I ruminated on visits to my grandparents’ home in Alabama.  Those are precious memories indeed on Sand Mountain; from the smell of the wood stove my grandmother cooked on, to the music my grandpa and other family members played, to sailing makeshift boats in the artesian spring on the property and chewing on sugarcane from my grandpa’s sugarcane grove.

As I continued, my thoughts went to how, like this trunk, my life has been through transition too.

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Like the trunk, I started out rough, dirty in spirit and soul.

Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

It didn’t matter how much I tried to clean up, I was still dirty-Thought I could make it on my own and denied every time I heard the call of repentance and salvation.

Then one day that all changed.  I realized I couldn’t continue on the way I was, being separated from God.  I accepted the free gift that was offered.  Salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:24-26 (NIV) and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through shedding of his blood – to be received by faith.  He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Though I denied him over and over throughout my life, God never gave up on me.

Like this trunk, my life has been transformed to a much greater degree.

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Ruminating on tribulations of the past and how with His strength and guidance I made it through, coming out on this side closer to Him and strengthened in my faith.

I once was lost, but now am found. Was once full of anger and resentment, now full of joy and peace.  Once dirty, now clean.  Where I once had confidence in my own control and power, now I have confidence in God’s control and His ultimate power.

Sonia

 

 

Vivid…

via Daily Prompt: Vivid

The daily prompt today is Vivid and when I saw the word I realized how vividly aware I’ve been of God’s presence in my life this weekend.

Yesterday morning I woke with the song “This is the Day” in my mind and as I walked down the hall into my living room I saw the wall hanging my friend Kathy D. gave to me.

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Then I stepped outside and took this picture of the beautiful sunrise.

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This morning when I woke, the song is still here with me.  I stepped outside and took a picture.  This morning it is wet and rainy but so very peaceful.

So if you’re feeling down just remember this is the day the Lord has made and rejoice in it!

Love you and have a great day!

Son

P.S.  I started writing this before church this morning.   A cool thing happened that ties in with what I’ve already written.  One of the first things Br. Tim, my pastor, said this morning was “this is the day the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it”.

How cool is that!

It’s a verb…

Where to begin….

I’ve been away for a while, with no excuse for my absence, just a lot going on.   I didn’t realize how I’ve let things get behind until yesterday while at mom’s, helping her get things through and packed up, when my husband told her that I don’t quilt anymore…  I realized I had let more than my blog get pushed to the proverbial back burner.

Now that  I recognize the state I’m in,  I am going to have to make some adjustments and get back on track.   I will focus on the good things as I write to catch up.

Helping mom go through all her belongings to move from a large four bedroom home, to a tiny one bedroom apartment has been a journey.  Yesterday it hit me for the first time as a little depressing.   Going through items and deciding what to keep, giveaway, sale or just discard.  It has brought forward in my mind memories.   Memories of visits at my grandparents home, stories my dad has told in the past… Mom and I have had some teary moments and happy ones along the way.  It’s a big chore but a needed one and it will make it easier in the future.

This morning in church a memory hit me full on and tears began to flow.  We had a baptism and when the young lady who was being baptised came up out of the water and people clapped the memory of my baptism came to mind.

I remembered coming up out of the water and hearing my dad’s strong AMEN! and his clapping and the smile on his and mom’s face.  That was a good moment, knowing I was in obedience to the Lord and my family was there to share the moment with me… precious memories.

I was able to take time to do a little flea marketing on a lunch break this past week.

I found a few treasures… a very small cobalt blue “Vicks Drops” bottle, a ceramic lighthouse thermometer and a small China plate  by Konigt.p.r.Teltan, Germany US Zone.  The Vicks bottle will go in the old newspaper printer drawer that holds my thimbles and few other small items.  The China plate will replace one that shatter at my feet a few days ago and the lighthouse thermometer will go with some of my ships.

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Yesterday morning I was able to get a picture of the beautiful sunrise.

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The sunrise was a good start to the weekend.

In this week we will celebrate Valentine’s day.  I have decked my house in the valentine theme… not over the top but valentine’s theme for sure.  Here’s a wreath and a mug rug I made to use in my sewing room.

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Valentine’s is all about love.  We give cards and gifts to our loved ones in celebration of the holiday, but there is a gift more precious than anything we could ever give.

Love is a verb.  Love is what Christ did for us on the cross.

1 John gives a good definition in chapter 4, verse 10… “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.” (Propitiation=Atonement)

John 3:16 states “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Then in Romans 5:8, “But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Do you know God’s love?

Sonia

 

 

Thanks Babe!

Yesterday morning I opened the back door to see the “dusting” of snow we were supposed to  get.   Here’s what I saw.  We got around 2 – 2.5 inches of snow.

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As I left for work I took these shots.

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Today it was beginning to melt.

It has been so chilly outside that I stayed in for most of the day and worked in my sewing room.  With the holidays behind me I knew it was time to get in there and straighten it up.  After taking down the Christmas decorations, I just pushed the tote in the room and hadn’t quite finished putting the rest up.   It helped to have a shelf from another room to use as it seems I’m outgrowing my sewing room.

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So  I went to work on it and took a few breaks.  I finally finished it early this evening.

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I have to brag on my husband.  He has been busy building cabinets to update the main bathroom in our home.  Here’s what I found when I came home on Thursday evening.

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Today it looks much better.

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The bottom portion of the tall cabinet is a large drawer that holds three hampers for dirty laundry.  The towels and linens go in the upper portion.  And all the drawers he built, in the cabinet with sink, takes care of the soaps, toothpaste and other essentials in the bathroom.

Before, the bathroom had one cabinet with a sink and only two drawers.  We had a hamper system that rolled out of the bathroom and the towels and linens were stored on the shelf unit I added to my sewing room today.

I like this version of the bathroom better.

Thanks Babe!

 

Sonia