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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Father in Heaven, We Thank Thee

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We're spending a quiet day at home today - just our family, and we're thankful for that!  With hopes and plans for gathering as a larger family - on Sunday.

We have so much to be thankful for!  If I could only begin to count my blessings!!!
This simple prayer came to mind today, as I think of Thanksgiving Day - and all that means for me!

We Thank Thee
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,
Father, we thank Thee.

For the song of bird and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky,
Father, we thank Thee.
For pleasant shade of branches high,
Father, we thank Thee.

For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light,
Father, we thank Thee.
For rest and shelter of the night,
Father, we thank Thee

Pumpkin Dip

For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.


Enjoy your family and friends today!  And remember, if you think thanks... you'll live thanks!
Count your Blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I just thought I would close this post by sharing with you this simple recipe for Pumpkin Dip.  Something for you and yours to enjoy over this holiday season...

:: Pumpkin Dip for Gingersnaps ::

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup pumpkin (canned)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spices (combo of cinnamon, cloves and allspice)
1 Tablespoon maple syrup


Using an electric mixer, whip together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream for about 2-3 minutes.
Add the pumpkin, spices and maple syrup - whip again for 2-3 minutes (the longer you whip, the more fluffy it becomes).
Add a drizzle of maple syrup and crushed gingersnaps crumbs on top for looks.  Dip with gingersnaps or apple slices.

* I've also found this dip to be a delicious topping for pancakes or waffles.. enjoy!!!

I'm sharing this post with Tuesday @ Ten

Monday, November 23, 2015

{Bags by Bevy} Ladies Breakfast and sales update...

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“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside."― Stephen R. Covey
I've been quiet here - lately - on the blog, in this little space,  I know.  Simply because life has been happening the way it should be!  Busy, sure!  But - living it well... saying yes to different things!!

Some of that busy involved this...

Several of you have been wondering just how that Ladies Breakfast and Home Goods sale went this past Saturday... for me, with Bags by Bevy!

To answer your question - I would have to say it went pretty well.  I mean, I feel pretty good about it. ;)

Several items never got updated into my etsy shop and well... a majority of them sold - first thing!!!

Listed below are the items that sold.

:: Smoke and Mirrors ::
Classic Medium Tote
Sold to Kathy M.

:: Autumn Bloom ::
Classic Medium Tote
Sold to Julie B.


:: Tea Wallet ::
holds two tea bags
Sold to Gwen K.


:: Black Lace ::
Overnight Bag
Sold to Lori H.


:: Tea Wallets ::
 both hold four tea bags each - can be used to carry business cards, etc.
One sold and one as a gift (given away)!

 :: Figgy Pudding ::
Pocket Pouch
Sold to Julie B.


::Homemade Goodness::
Cookbooks... for sale on behalf of my sister, Gladys - with proceeds of cookbook sales 
to Bald Eagle Boys Camp
Total of 3 sold - with two more sales pending...

Here is my table display, for the morning!!

We were asked to sign up to bring a dish - if we desired.
I chose to make an Overnight Caramel French Toast.  No photo, though. :( Sorry!

Albeit to say - there was quite the selection and yummy goodness...all around.  
No one left hungry, for sure!!  If they did - it was their own fault. 

I wish I had a few more photos of the time together... the fellowship of over 50 ladies, in attendance, was so sweet! And so was the "message" truly shared from the heart!  A message on  God's Faithfulness - through some really difficult seasons in one dear sister's life.  The worship time was moving - with the songs chosen - and I, for one, could have kept on singing.

There were tears and smiles and many hugs of affirmation, throughout the time, with many of us being able to relate with one another...

It was wonderful!!

I'm really thankful to feel this sense of belonging with these dear ladies from our local church!!

My prayer is that it will only continue to grow and strengthen in the years to come!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

{BagsbyBevy} breakfast, sneak-peek list and cookbooks for sale...

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Head's up to all my local friends...

I'm excited to say that I've been a busy little bee - anticipating a Ladies Equip Breakfast and Homemade Good's Sale - for this upcoming Saturday AM - with our church family.

Ladies Equip Breakfast 2015

Have you signed up - yet?  If you're interested in attending - there is still room!!  Message me and I'll be sure to add you to the sign-up list.  All ladies, 13 and older, are welcome to attend!

Here is a "sneak peek" list of what I'll have with me...
  • Classic Medium tote bags
  • Overnight Bag
  • Tea wallets - 2  & 4 count
  • Pocket Pouches
  • For the Love of Laundry/clothespin bag, with pins
  • little girls skirts - clearance sale
  • CoffeeMate Mug Warmers
  • Homespun Baby! shoes 

Basically, it is everything that is available in my etsy shop plus a several additional items that have yet to be added to inventory. :)  As well - I'll have along a fine stack of these cookbooks.

:: Homemade Goodness ::

Come and see for yourself!

My sister, Gladys,  has had her hands all over this wonderful cookbook, in its making, and is hoping to sell off a few more to bring is some more support for Bald Eagle Boys Camp.

They are selling for $16.95 a cookbook.  Cash or check only - for payment.

The cookbooks are for sale regardless... if you're interested in one - please follow through via comment and email...

Think christmas gifts, teacher gifts... or as a gift-to-yourself!!

This really is a nice cookbook - with hundreds of recipes... 
All consist of homemade goodness, for sure!

Hope to see some, if not all, of you on Saturday!!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Weary, Worry and Worship!

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Come unto me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest! 
~ Matthew 11:28

I want to share with you a little story out of Our Daily Bread - a humorous story, as a matter of fact, that I thought would illustrate... this thought I have of worry, weary and worship!

A man worried constantly about everything.  Then one day his friends heard him whistling happily and looking noticeably relaxed.  "What happened?" they asked him in astonishment.He said, "I'm paying a man to do my worrying for me." "How much do you pay him?" they asked."Two thousand dollars a week," he replied."Wow! How can you afford that?""I can't," he said, "but that is his worry."

This past week has been nothing but long lists and "busy" demands.   Particularly the past couple of days.
Each night, I would fall into bed exhausted.  Weary.
Worried that it'll not get "finished".  Worried that I'll not have strength to muster through another moment.  Feelings of anxieties so large...

However, I am so comforted with the fact that it honestly is not for me to concern myself over, with these things.  I still do though - because I'm human.  But comforted for sure that Jesus says  - Come!
Come to me - child.  Weary, heavy-laden and worried soul!  You need rest!  Only give it over to me and I will do this for you.  And, He asks.  Can I carry you?

Yes Lord!!  I surrender.

I am so grateful that the LORD never grows weary.  He never is tired.  Always faithful to meet our every need.  I can depend on this - truth!  I can rest in this.
And when this happens...
I can worship my Maker.... with spirit, soul and body!
I will worship Him - and praise Him through this storm.

Linking with Kate @ Heading Home for Five Minute Friday!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Letting Go {Tuesday @ Ten}

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Saturday.... what a wonderful, wonderful day, it was - living, loving and pulling together as a family.
To work as a team both indoors and out.  Some of which to bless our landlord, Mr. A.
The thing is, is he doesn't know it (yet); nor does he have to necessarily.
These are things, around the farm, that he would have tended to  - but now that he is in this place - 
dare I say it?...  of letting go...
Oh, how I hate the thought of it for him.

I can't imagine day in and day out.  Brain clear and mind brave but physically the challenge remains.
The letting go of 
dreams, passions, 
of dignity and will.

Having hope but not being able to fulfill and hold on.

The feeling of life... fleeting!  F a s t - in its ebb and flow.

For me?  For us?
This affects us too.
This change dribbles down to us in a way that only changes like this can do.
Life - the daily day-to-day - goes on.  Yet, we must decide to let go.
For whenever that day calls.

We're hoping to go visit with our landlord tomorrow... just to let him know - we're okay.  We're praying for him and that we miss him terribly - around the place!  Mostly - just to say "hello" and to bring him some encouragement... as best we can!

Linking this post with Tuesday @ Ten - Finding the Grace Within.
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