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

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

I haven’t been online since 12/15/16 and haven’t blogged since 11/13/16.  I realized this earlier today so I will say goodbye to 2016 and Hello to 2017.

Overall 2016 was a year where I have been at peace more than the past several years.  Some will wonder at that knowing I was unemployed for nine months.  Those months were much needed rest and it gave me time to spend with my husband and get back on track with my walk with the Lord.

The year wasn’t 365 days of joy, there have been sad moments; but God had been here through it all, giving me a peace that surpasses all understanding.

I have taken down the Christmas decorations, though I’m leaving up the snowmen through January.

To end the year I potted the begonia cuttings that have rooted and I hope they survive.  This is how the begonia looked when I brought it in for the winter.  It took four mason jars to hold the cuttings.

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Today they are in two pots.  If they survive I will give one to my mom and mom-n-law.

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My husband usually took care of the plants but this winter he told me he wasn’t going to divide the begonia so I knew if I wanted to keep it I would need to take care of it.  Here is the plant the cuttings were taken from.  It looks to be doing pretty good.

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So goodbye 2016!

I have my black eyed peas soaking tonight, to be ready to cook in the morning.  I’m planning on cooking cabbage, cornbread fritters and fried potatoes to go with them.

Hello 2017!

happy-new-year

Sonia

I see Him everywhere

Reflecting on my week, I realized I see my Heavenly Father everywhere.

I saw Him in the smiles on my niece and nephew’s face as they heard and tried their hand at music this weekend.

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And in a picture my nephew drew to hang on my refrigerator.

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I saw Him in a three leafed clover my husband brought me today. Each leaf had a red heart on it.  Amazing!

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And I see Him in the super moon tonight.

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The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. ~ Psalm 145:18

 

Sonia

Fall Visitor

Today, it actually felt like a Fall day as I potted this beautiful Mum.

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I’m going to try keep it alive inside.  I have it sitting in front of a south window, so it should be 8-10 hours of filtered sunlight and if I keep it watered and don’t let it get to hot or cold it should survive.   Time will tell.

After I brought the Mum indoors I found a visitor, who rode in on it.  I turned around, taking the plant back outside to let him fly away and fortunately the little feller flew outside as the back door was opened.

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As the day progressed I noticed a glare coming through the south window.

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A new roof is being put on the house behind us.  It is a metal roof and at certain times of the day there is a glare from the sunshine coming from it and it is blinding when sitting on the couch in my living room.

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So I went to my fabric stash and found some material that will cut down on the glare but is thin enough to let the sunlight in. I used thread that coordinates with the curtains I already had hanging in the window.

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It’s a simple curtain but it takes care of the glare and making a curtain was easier than moving the furniture.

Sonia

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PS:  Go to my Avon Estore and check out the great deals for the holidays!

“Live like you’re loved”

Tonight was our 5th Sunday at church.   We had our Fall Festival.  I enjoyed everything from good food, to watching the games and a skit about the parable of five loaves of bread and two fish, to the time of the gospel being shared and prayer time, to last but not least, the Annual Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest.

Ah the pumpkin seed spitting contest… this is not a competition for me.  When asked this evening, I replied “the Lord didn’t create me for spitting seeds.”  I know that if I tried to spit the seed it would probably land on my shirt or I would suck it in trying to get enough wind behind it.  So I’m content to stand on the sidelines and enjoy watching others participate. I have to say I’m amazed at the distance people can spit a seed!

And people think Christians can’t have fun!  Believe me we do, we have joy that goes beyond understanding and we know how to laugh.

When you know Jesus Christ as your Savior it is a liberating feeling the fills you with peace, security, and joy.

It is always good  to spend time with my church family.

On the way home I heard a song by Hawk Nelson, singing about living like you’re loved.  You can check it out here.   https://youtu.be/Q_r47Xhkf20

Sonia