Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday's Finds: {no. 15/10}

Today's Friday's Finds ~  marks the ONE year anniversary of moving into this home.  Actually tomorrow is the official date.  I cannot believe how fast time has flown.  But with a blessing such as this house...I've enjoyed every minute of it.  We all have.  I can't tell you how many nights we've lain awake in our beds, talking and thanking God for the blessing of this home.  We couldn't have asked for a better situation ~ in the interim.  Meaning between now and the unknown. ;)


We love our neighbors...


Some are really friendly...


Some neighbors have moved on and new neighbors have taken their place... some have not fared OR are still not fairing so well.  ;( I'm also referring to our Human/People neighbors! ;)  Though not on our account, unless you're talking about "Hamburger" - I just wanted to clear that up.  Okay.  You're all still very confused...

We love finding all the "little secrets" out and around the place, such as...the multitudes of household ants, beautiful birds, some-not-so-small-rodents, and even well established flowers/plants...just to name a few.



Like this!  This is the largest hydrangea bush I've ever had the privilege to enjoy, up close and personal.  By the time we moved here, last year, it was already covered in leaves.  This spring it's been fun to watch the leaves just explode out of this bush ~ every day there is more & more.


This picture is of last year.  With the size of the bush, I only got a couple of actual hydrangea flowers.  I must say that, that disappointed me a little.  I am trying to think of all that I can do to help it along for this year.


And the peony bushes!  I love that I have two mature peony plants, budding like crazy right now, in the back corner of our house.  It's my little treat ~ to peak out of the downstairs bathroom window every time I'm in there... just to see if there are more buds or actual peonies blooming.  I love peonies... but not the above mentioned ants.  However, ants seem to naturally be a part of peony bushes.  Anyway.  They have their reasons; like, if we didn't have ants we wouldn't have peonies.  I've heard that is the only way the buds will open. 

But let's just say when they (ants) make they're uninvited presence into my kitchen and beyond...then it becomes a problem. 

I realize this post seems somewhat sketchy, random and vague.  But step right on inside... Our front door is always open (figuratively speaking, of course,  because we do lock it at times) ;) 




I still believe the kitchen is the heart of the home.  Here are a few of my favorite Home sayings...

"The beauty of the house is order, the blessing of the house is contentment, the glory of the house is hospitality." ~ Anonymous
"Every house where love abides and friendship is a guest is surely home, and home, sweet home for there the heart can rest." ~ Henry Van Dyke

"May it's doors be open to those in need, and it's rooms be filled with kindness.  May joy shine from it's windows.  And His presence never leave it." ~ Jewish Home Blessing


This picture is "one of the first pictures" taken inside - the house. A lot of details to my current kitchen are still packed up in boxes - according to the likes of this picture.  I'll have to (obviously) take a more recent photograph to share with y'all one day.

To see more Corner's of our Home, just click on that label in the label cloud and you are more then welcome to read up on more of what our home is like -inside.

 I hope you chose to stay awhile and that you felt right at home. 
Thank you for Celebrating with us on our Friday's Finds - for this round.


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 
Oh, and you all come back on Sunday - May 2nd-  for Scott's Second Sayings - it will be lottsa fun!!



Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"Sweet moment"

Several years ago, I encountered a sweet moment with the Lord where, when I wondered what the purpose of my life was; Why was I here?; What did I -matter- for?  You're familiar with those sorts of feelings... you've all had them.

I say "sweet moment" because He answered.  Immediately.

{I was a young twenty-something, single woman with lots of questions, prayers and desires.  I really couldn't get a sense of who I was and where I was going.  I was left to ponder this and so I asked...}

I can remember where I was the night I asked the Lord these questions.  I can't remember it, exactly, word-for-word, but this is the answer that (I believe) I received.

"Your life, to me, is as a vessel - a jar- meant to hold and be used for these four things (not all at once)... but in it's purpose to be functional, as such.  These four things are:
  • water
  • oil
  • wine
  • grain
Say what?  Excuse me? 

I thought about this answer and these four things and not quite understanding - fully- I asked again.  Show me (deeper), what do you mean?

It was then, the Lord reminded me of what these four things exemplify. 
  • Water for refreshment.
  • Oil for nourishment.
  • Wine for satisfaction.
  • Grain for substance.

It was like he said to me, "Bevy ~ you're life is meant to be for these things (and, among many other reasons - just wait!) You do matter! You have a purpose.  You, as a unique person, are refreshing.  You will nourish others.  You will bring satisfaction to one.   You certainly have things to offer..." 
I sighed... I understood.  I could relate.  This vessel was full and running over.  I fell asleep... peace-filled.

Although that was many years ago... I still ponder that "sweet moment" with the Lord.


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 Today.  This is one reason why I love blogging so much.  I should say "enjoy" - not love.  I don't love it, love it.  One reason, that I don't love it,  is that through different blogs I have discovered "discomfort".  I see myself being "challenged" and "exposed" ...but, growth is always good.  So, as often as it 'hurts' to change for the better, I say that I enjoy blogging because in it I've met some wonderful ladies, turned friends.  I enjoy the kindred spirit attitude that is expressed.  I enjoy hearing from fellow bloggers whose words of encouragement and insight have blessed me - much. 
There are many "sweet moments" in the world of blogging.

I only hope and pray that my life is showing signs of refreshment, nourishment, satisfaction and substance in return.



Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Homemade Cream Cheese Danish!

Yeah!!  I've recently been led into temptation and I had to take you there, too. ;)  Come on! You know - you want some.  Here is the recipe.  Homemade is ALWAYS ten times better then store bought.  Amen?

 Nice thing is, is that this recipe makes four danishes.  They work well to freeze (only, without the glaze).  Which is wonderful to know... and as hard as this may look to do, the recipe is really not complicated at all.  Very delish!


~ Cream Cheese Danish~

Dough:
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. salt
Cook together over medium heat.

2 pkg. yeast
1/2 cup warm water
Dissolve together and add to to sour cream mixture; then add
2 eggs, beaten

Then using dough hook (making it so much easier) gradually add
4 cups flour
(I used half whole wheat and white)
Dough will be soft.  Place in the refrigerator while making the filling.

Filling:
16 oz. softened cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt

Combine until smooth.  These filling ingredients can be doubled for a thicker danish.

Turn dough out onto floured surface and divide it into 4 equal parts.  Roll each section out into 12x8 rectangle and spread filling to within one inch of sides.  Roll up - long side- jelly roll style.  Pinch ends and seams.  Place seam-side down on a greased cookie sheet.  (I used my P. Chef stone and had no need to grease it).  Cut 6 X's into the dough.  Cover and let rise until doubled.  Nearly one hour.
Bake at 375* for 20-25 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.  These can be frozen -but not if you glaze them.

Glaze:
10x sugar (less then one cup)
milk (Tablespoon or two)
Use amounts enough to make a runny paste consistency.  You can add some vanilla. But it's very sweet already.  This amount covered/drizzled two of the danish.

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: : You know ~ the other two danish wrapped up in my freezer can hardly wait for guests coming to visit, from TN, in just a couple of weeks. ;) 

I can't either.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Deep

Think about this verse.  "Deep calls to deep..." ~ Psalm 42: 7

It's rather interesting (to me) that this word (this theme, this thought) has been brought to my attention several times in a matter of hours -while at church, yesterday.  I think it's a God-thing... and I want to pay close attention.


If you read through the whole of Psalm 42 you'll find the ebb and flow of boundless depth.  First in a soul that feels downcast and in utter despair.  Then you read how and where the Lord's boundless supply of mercy and grace are present.  Deep calls to deep. Overwhelming...

The first couple of verses say, "As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, the living God...".

This is the desire of my heart; to be dwelling in his endless supply; his depth of grace.  Rather, then letting the depths of my soul slip further into this sinkhole of doubt and fear. 

I could easily let myself get buried in this "depressing unknown".  There is a lot to be faced this week.  This coming Wednesday is the day that I go for this test called a Colposcopy/Biopsy.  (I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, in this post, titled - "Just Clinging", that I recently had an abnormal PAP test - and this is the second one in a matter of a year or two).  The results are in HIS HANDS!  God knows the outcome. 

I can pray.  We can all pray for "good results" and utter and complete healing.  But, I also know that the depth of this unknown is nothing compared to the depths of his grace that will accompany me along the way - whatever the results. 

If you think of me this week... you can be praying for a continued peace to abound.  I so appreciate those of you who have recently emailed me to ask "what's going on?" and to let me know of their thoughts and prayers.  Thank you!

Also, this week is going to be a toughie in that Scott has a scheduled exam on Saturday.  A computer credential that he is currently working on ... building it up with a couple already under his belt - to one day - in the future, add it into a bundle of credentials to make up one HUGE one.  I don't know if I made that clear, or not.  It is honestly all Greek to me. :)

So.  There will be a lot of studying going on in this household, this week, and not a lot of "daddy-time"...although Scott does his absolute best to balance it all out.  And, I'm thoroughly grateful for that.
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Other then this... we had a pretty good weekend.  Busy as usual.  My Friday - spent with two of my sister's and mother- was fun, interesting, and looonnnggg.  It was a jam-packed day....along with a few deep, "soul-searching", conversations.  (See?, there is that word again.)

No Bags by Bevy Sales in Boston, this past weekend!  But that's okay.  No worries here.  However, that means that my etsy shop is back up and running for another week or two, until {they} head to California, for another Home school Convention.

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Nothing like "getting deep" on you all, right out of the shute, eh?? sorry.

: : What about you?  How are presently realizing the depth of your soul (and it's tendencies), in light of the depth of his overwhelming grace, in your life?  What does your week look like for you?  How can I be praying for you?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday's Finds: {no. 14/10}

Welcome back to Friday's Finds.  Today's find is a bit unusual as I present to you:

T.I.M.E.
Today.  Intentional. Memories. Eventful.


Finding time today with my mom (center) and two of my sister's, Martha (back center) and Rachel (front & pregnant).   Along with our kids  There are seven grand babies - which my mom LOVES!!.
And - oh the laundry list of activities planned. ;)  Gotta go!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!



: : This is a family picture taken at Thanksgiving almost two years ago.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Great day to be alive...

I cannot not believe that spell checker is on here now.   Have you all noticed??   I say...It's a great day to be alive! 

When I saw this *newly added feature*  I think my mouth totally hit the floor, and I quickly thought about how randomly could I write things just so that I could use it and feel justified for all of the times I floundered through posting a post, wondering if I was spelling correctly.  Of course, I had have my trusty "American College Dictionary" at my side at all times....

Now.  If only there was a grammar checker.  Is that the correct way of saying it??  See, what I mean?

I struggle.

Oh, By the way.  All of my bags are off of my Etsy and on their way to Boston, Ma.!!!  Out the door this morning, for another Home School Convention weekend, with Susan Kemmerer and her husband.

This is truly exciting to see what could happen.  Just getting my name out there - if you will.  Pray for both of our businesses, this weekend, but please pray especially for theirs. Thank you.

So, I'm off today to do some shopping with the kiddo's and Grandma Susie.  Hopefully to score the bargain of the day... and pick up a few things for Bags by Bevy. 

"It's a great day to be alive..."

Only for these reasons??  Nope.  There is more...

Even after a long night of interrupted sleep (several times ;)), with my daughter screaming ballistic (it had to be all four of her eye-teeth).

And.

Even after "pity-party moments" (several times) yesterday...and, by the way, thank you for all of your supporting thoughts and comments yesterday.

So that said, I think of these verses, this morning, from Lamentations 3...

v. 22 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. v. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. v.24  I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." v.25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.


Join with me, as I reflect on these truths, throughout my day...and sing, "it's a great day to be alive..."

**I hope you have a great day, too!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Be Willing ~ Silly!

While the idea is fresh in my mind...and although, it may sound like more of an actual confession...and it truely is...I've decided I need to get these thoughts out on "paper"...before I ain't so willing anymore. ;)

I need to learn to be willing.  Willing to be silly. And, I mean the acting or being "funny-silly".











Is it okay that I am not naturally bent towards being silly?  With my kids?  With my husband?  With my friends?  Obviously, these are staged photos...

I try.  I have ideas and good intentions.  I really don't want to be the "un-fun" mom... the "stick-in-the-mud".  I just honestly, and truly, struggle to let loose.  If I've heard it once, I've heard it a bazillion times... RELAX!

I have been thinking about this for awhile now, and waiting  praying for the day when being "silly" will just magically happen... hoping that one day I will learn how it is done. I have a feeling I know what some of you are thinking.  You're thinking; "JUST DO IT - Just BE". 

I have a friend that is... very willing to be funny-silly with her kids.  I watch her and wonder about it; how easy it is for her. I'm not jealous, I'm just saying.   And, I'm sure that personality has absolutely nothing to do with it. ;)  We talk about it sometimes but there really are no answers.

I don't even know why I'm sharing all of this.  Maybe this is just one of those "honest-confession-is-good-for-the-soul" moments, and I'm just letting you know how that the realities of life, as a mom, for me, are just a real struggle at times.  And, I'm the type that will most likely chide myself in this - forever.

I know, it's - silly. 

If you could only hear what I tell myself everyday.  It's these three little words.  Be Willing~Silly!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Family Circle


My Mother's side of the family has been doing this for quite a few years now. 
The Family Circle Letter. 
It may sound a bit old-fashioned to some of you.  True!!  But then again, when you're part of such a large family who for the most part (no offense!) is not fully "up to speed" on modern technalogy - this is a wonderful way to keep the lines of communication flowing.  ;)

Of course, even though there is the usage of phones; they're not used  nearly as often as they could be.  And, I'm known for my part in that problem.  I don't use the phone often enough.  True!!  
 Hey, is that really a problem???  I wonder....

Anyway, that being said.  I've come to enjoy *joining in* the circle. The circle includes my Mom and her three sister's, and any of the girl cousins that wish to include a letter.  Usually someone from each family participates, on average there are anywhere from 8 to 10...15 letters, at the most, if everyone included a letter that particular month.  We all send out our letter(s) to one of the niece's - my oldest girl cousin - and she and her family are the ones making sure that the packet of letters gets mailed out.  We always anticipate the fat, yellow manila envelope that shows up in our mailboxes come the end of the month.
 But it only comes to those families who have included a letter. So, if you forget to add one in - you've missed out on the family news for the past month. Which is kind of a bummer.  At that point, I'll ask my mom to read her letters or she'll ask me or my other sister's the same...

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 Over the years, time has proved it's differences and even distances with the way the family may view things and even see each other.  It's been interesting to see how those changes can affect our interpersonal relationships.  I know.  Quite recently, I've even been at the bully-ing end of some of "that".  And, it hurts.
 But that's okay.  One fact remains. 

We are (still) family!

Family.  A lot can be said about or meant behind the word family.  I have memories - both good and bad.  A heritage that honestly means alot to me, although it's very different from where I am today.   I love my family and I like being a part of this family circle.  I still want to participate. 

 And I have a choice as to how I will respond and relate to each one, as I walk the path under and around this family tree.

Will the circle be unbroken??

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Guess What!?!?  I am off to go write my letter... to send on to my cousin....it's due today!!!  Thank God, for computer's...;) although, I must say - I love the handwritten letters the best.

Monday, April 19, 2010

So, we're back up and running...

My Etsy shop, that is!!  Just for a few more days...
 

My friend Susie (and her husband) did a great job promoting my bags at their Homeschool Convention, in MD, this past weekend.  They SOLD one bag (Named; Upon the Picket Fence) and got lots of peaked interest to what Bags by Bevy is all about.  It sounded like a lot of "debating" was going on for many of their customers and quite a few of my business cards are GONE! ;)
I'm totally at peace about that.  It sounds like a good experience for everyone, all around.  **The bags are back on Etsy until about Thursday when they'll be taken off of Etsy again - and off to Boston, for this upcoming weekend.  And, in two weeks, or so, they're off to CA.  Whew!!

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Here is one of the bags that went along for the ride... I never got it placed onto Etsy, until last evening.


~Tulips, for you!~
(Large tote)


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And, here is another one I call "Corner Cafe".



~Corner Cafe~
(Medium/Large tote)

Also, introducing to you my *NEW* Pocket Pouch!   

~Little Bite~
(Pocket Pouch)

All pocket pouches have some form of hand embroidery on them.  They all include the "B" logo on the side. And their closure happens to be of an elastic loop over one single button - usually a bronzed, antique looking button, if I can.

This is great to use for just about anything you can think of...
-tucked into a locker or glove compartment
-wallet
-make-up
-travel
-iPod
-camera
-femine products
-unique little gift bag



...Sold as a Combination set...

This can either be sold together or seperately.  Details in my Etsy Shop as to how this works.

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I also sold a pair of baby shoes this weekend.  These make such a great baby gift!!
Thank you! ~ Rachelle and Kimondo ~ for your purchase!!  I appreciate it.


~Homespun Baby! Shoes~
navy/tan plaid - baby boy
(newborn 0-6 months)

: :  So, how was your weekend??

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sometimes...

Thoughts.


Sit in the soup pot of memories, ideas, intentions, dreams...

They are given they're right, and take flight....


and, somtimes they just <POP!>.  Like, where'd they go??


No other thoughts today.... and maybe tomorrow, either!  It's all good...

Enjoy your beautiful weekend!!

** Pictures from last year, around this time.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I miss my Dad...

Today is a repost from last April...{please read here}.

I know yesterday was April 13th... but I had already posted for yesterday and couldn't think how to tie it all together, so I thought I would just include it for today's post.

I miss my Dad.   April 13, 1996 - He's home in Heaven...homefree.

I'm sad in the fact that my husband has never met my dad - He will!  In Heaven, one day. ;) 
In fact. That said.  Scott's father (Gary) recently passed away, this past summer, too.  Maybe {they're} both in Heaven - shaking their heads in amazement...laughing about...that their children, met, married and blessed them with grandbabies...? Makes we wonder...

I regret that my kids don't know (really) what it's like to have a grandpa.  Even though Caleb met Scott's dad (Grandpa S.); only face-to-face as 5 month old.  I wonder what they would've called my dad?  Grandpa M, Grandpop, Pop-Pop....?  We talk about it sometimes (the kids and I ) that "our" grandpa's are now living with Jesus.  It's kinda surreal to see the expression on Caleb's face as he tries to comprehend what on earth am I talking about.  Of course, I can hardly ever talk about it without a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye...

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A dear friend called me yesterday, which she thought was "out of the blue" when really it was "ordained" by God that she call me.  You see, her and her husband were very near and dear to me the day/weekend that my dad  passed away.  So, I always associate my friends with my memories.

When she called yesterday, we got talking about something else and she starts to quote this verse from Jeremiah 29, verse 11 which reads.

"For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."
This verse in Scripture was a bedrock verse for my mom and our family as we walked out the path that God designed our family to "endure".  Even now, after 14 years, it still is hard...the tears come... the questions are asked... but God's grace is Amazing!  His faithful hand leading us along as been more then enough. 
Time does bring healing...it's true!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Rekindled" and HUGE etsy announcement!!


Imagine my surprise when an old friend, from the hospital, where I used to work, sends me a convo message through my etsy shop, the other week.  I haven't seen Kara or heard from her since - whenever!  Like, way back in the day... probably since, Caleb was born.




Kara said she just simply...completely on random... stumbled onto my etsy shop via another shop and totally recognized it as "me", an old friend/acquaintance. 
She was one of the RN's - I was a just a nurses aide.  But, hey....
We honest, to goodness, know each other. 

I just think it's amazing and I feel so totally honored that she asked me to make her a bag.  She told me she wanted "happy colors".  That her daughter is in LOVE! with hot pink... and that {now} "all things for mommy need to be Hot Pink, too!"



She wants to use this bag primarily for her kindle and any accessories that she keeps with that, such as her  reading lamp and a pair of glasses.

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This is a RESERVED BAG!!  For Kara F. 

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"Kara, I hope you love this bag!  And, as you may have already figured out, the reason that I named this bag, "Rekindled", is this, that one, it's going to be used for housing your kindle... and two, for the fact that our acquaintance/friendship has now since been rekindled."  ~Sincerely, Bevy


**I know it's me totally playing with words, again... but that's me.

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Here is a HUGE Etsy announcement!!
 In case you're wondering - come Thursday- where all of my etsy stock has gone, too?  I've decided to make it all inactive for a couple of days - which I'll explain - keep reading....

SO!!  IF THERE IS ANY ONE PARTICULAR BAG that you've had an eye on.  Today, or tomorrow, is the day to buy it!!!  You had better scarf it up - quick!!  As of Thursday - it will be out of my hands. 

Here's why.  Another friend of mine, Susie, (a.k.a  Susan Kemmerer) is taking my bags, for me, "out of state" to a homeschool convention in Gaithersburg, MD, for this coming weekend.  She will be there, along with her husband - setting up a booth selling curriculum (that they have written and published), along with other written material, etc.
She would like to introduce Bags by Bevy to a hands-on-crowd-of-shoppers and help to get my name "out there".  This is totally of Susie's initiation... and again, I simply feel so honored.  More like overwhelmed...

Of course there are a couple of bags that I've made for her and her husband to take with them that have never gotten their place or chance on etsy.  I'll show them to you, upon their return - through etsy - if they don't sell.  Any other bags that don't sell through them will also be reactivated back into etsy. ;)

So, there you have it...my biggest etsy announcment, yet.  Oh wait!  There's more.  There also heading West!  Somewhere in CA for another homeschool convention - the following weekend.  So, if all goes well in MD, this weekend, and there is lots of interest and yet, I have no bags left....uhmmm.  What will I have to send along to CA??

Babysitting, anyone???  haha

Monday, April 12, 2010

If there is one thing that I miss...

...about living at our old house...





It would have to be this...






...the largest forsythia bush I have ever seen.



The birds just had a "hay-day" in those beautiful branches. As well as the bumble bees, and other amazing creatures. 
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I liked it simply because it was so bright, and such a cheery yellow - coloring the hillside behind us and the aroma it left, with us, was so... Spring time!!

We don't have any forsythia bushes here, where we live now.  And everytime I take notice of a bush or two - out and about - I think of the house on Hendricks Rd.   But more importantly it makes me go down memory lane.  I think of the sweet, little old neighbor lady (and her husband) who lived further up the lane, above us.  If there is one (more) thing that I miss... it's that I miss her and her friendly face.  She was turning into somewhat of another grandma for the little ones... it was fun to be their neighbors.

**I think I need to give her a phone call.  Maybe she'll let me snip a few branches off of their forsythia bushes... it's time for another friendly, neighborly visit anyway.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday's Finds: {no. 13/10}


I just had to share my shopping bargains from the other weekend.  I spent less then $19.oo and saved a total of $125.oo, for three pairs of Brand Name jeans.  Isn't that crazy??  I did have one $5.oo off coupon - that I also used.

I mentioned to Scott earlier in the day that I desperately needed a new pair of jeans.  I had been planning to go to one of our local stores...at some point. One day soon!!  Because.  I was burning a hole in pocket from carrying around a gift card (still from Christmas).  It was just begging me... to get used up, you know?

Well, the time had come and this particular shopping expedition could not have come at a more perfect time. 

I scanned the LARGE woman section. ;(  Where I found a few potentials.  And even though they were also on Sale, I would've only been able to get one pair - due to the amount on the gift card.  But, I was cool with that. 

  **And then**.

I found their clearance rack. Wait! They actually had jeans, my size!!!!!  Wait a minute.  They were actually marked down 60-90%!  Could this be right?  Sure enough.  And (get this!) the best part is that the size that I thought was "my size" ended up being too big.  So, I ended up getting a much smaller size then what I thought I should be wearing. 

Please tell me that clothing manufactures are NOT changing size numbers to accomadate us larger woman - hoping we'll feel better.  Are they??

Somebody please, please tell me... that I am somehow losing weight and that this is the best news - the most encouraging thing - I have ever known in a long, long time. 

 And right here is the best fact of all for this Friday's Finds!!!  I still have money left over on my gift card.  I might have to go back for more...!

Have a great weekend, everyone.  Go find that bargain...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sausage- Potato Quiche

Need a quick and easy one-dish meal for dinner or brunch?  This just might be it for you...


~Sausage-Potato Quiche~

3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 cups shredded raw potato

Mix, and press over bottom and up sides of 9" deep-dish pie plate for crust.  Bake at 400* for 15 minutes or until beginning to brown.

1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup sausage, browned and drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Sprinkle over hot crust, in order listed. 

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup evaporated milk or heavy cream
1 tsp. salt

Combine and pour over mixture.

1 Tbsp. parsley flakes

Sprinkle over top.

Return to oven and bake at 400* for 35 minutes more, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Let set to cool for 5 minutes, then serve. 

**Delicious when served with hot baked biscuits, with butter and jam, and a fruit and yogurt parfait on the side.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Silence is golden...

But!  Sometimes... NOT ALWAYS!!  especially for mothers with toddlers.  Need I say more?  I will...

(I didn't even get pictures ... I was so shocked.)

I wouldn't necessarily call this a funny moment.  But, you'd think if all is quiet - and you hear "nicely playing" voices instead of crying, screaming and fighting - that all is well.  Right?  Well.  In this case... "helping mommy" by dusting the bedroom with baby powder is essentially a worn-off version to the story of Amelia Bedelia and her mistakenly taking things to the literal sense of the word.  Bless her heart!

Uhmmm.

Let's see.  Aubrey's hair was probably whiter then her grandmother's.

(It honestly looked like it had snowed in their bedroom.)

It was everywhere!!

the carpet (in piles)

toybox

in their beds (in piles)

on the windowsills (in piles)

on the walls

furniture

out into the stairwell

down the steps

Those of you who know the size of the room, can only imagine... how it was so spread out.  Everywhere!

**There was a cloud of Bismoline in the air.  I love Bismoline Baby Powder - probably my favorite stuff out there in baby world.  And would highly recommend it's use -to anyone.  But...


All I can say with gratitude is that THIS TIME it didn't get into anyone's eyes... like it did 2 weeks ago, when this "dusting event" took place before. ;(   Right, Caleb??


And where was I - you wonder?


Enjoying the silence...

"Silence is golden.  But sometimes it's just plain - yellow"...  Is one of my so called favorite quotes- made up by a friend of mine who couldn't stand to be bored.  And chose to be sarcastic in the face of discipline. But, that's another story.

And, in this case, the silence was deafening.  You think this momma will learn??  Anything?  From this??

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Isn't this adorable?

~Blue Bells~

Look what my son picked for me?  He came running around the front of the house (from the backyard) talking about "strawberries" that he had found.  He wanted to show me...

Awhhh!!  My first official hand-picked bouquet of flowers from my little boy.  How does he know I love strawberries (a.k.a. Blue Bells) the best?? 

I'm so glad I have this cute little ole jar - one of my little ole treasures. ;) - to keep 'treasured moments' such as this...in view!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Favorite Easter Pics!

Aubrey's first official Easter Egg Hunt. 



I, for some reason, only have this picture of Caleb, collecting eggs.  He was too fast to keep up with I guess.



~This is not the greatest picture, but it's all seven of them in a row.~

This is the all of the little cousins and two of my sister's with their husbands. 
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The Grand Finale!!  Did anyone else try this recipe for their Easter Dinner??

 It was such a wonderful day - and we literally felt like we needed to be "rolled away" from the table with all of the delicious food we enjoyed.  Our own smoked ham, the most delicious coleslaw I've ever had...etc.

There is so much more that I wish I could share with you about our weekend... but I've got to run.  Our computer is going to need to be "shut down" -SOON!- for most of the day, due to some changes going on at our house today.  It's all good!!  I'll be back to check in on all of your blogs - maybe later today. ;)  Hope your Easter Weekend was wonderful, too.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday's Finds: {12/10} ~ Good Friday!

Hi! Welcome to today's Friday's Finds and to "Scott's Second Sayings" (my husband will usually post on the 2nd of every month - just for something fun and different).  Actually, Scott says "HOWDY"!  And he said that it was okay that I take over his usual post for today.  Ya'll will have to wait till next month - I suppose - to hear from him. ;)

Today beings that it's Friday...it makes it a good Friday.  Right?!?!?!?  But in all reality today is Good Friday. 

So what, is good - about Good Friday?  That we have an evening service at church, and we go??  Is that what makes it good?   I had to REALLY evaluate my thoughts on what really is Good Friday, and what does it mean for me.  I found this great link that helped to spell out the answer to this question of what is Good Friday.  {please, click here to read}


For me.  I am simply aware of my daily need for a Savior.  I am a sinner saved by grace.  And grace alone. As one song says,  "Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails".
It was my sin that nailed him to the cross.  It was my voice that cried out among the mockers. 

Yet, he loved me.  He knew me.  He choose me from before the foundations of the earth...that I would be his child.  His daughter.  Alive - unto him.  He rescued me.  He Redeemed me as his own.  His Love (so amazing, so divine) demands my life, my soul, my all. 

May these words, these truths...rivet my heart today.  May they mean more to me today, then they did yesterday. 

Take a look - I like the meaning for the word...rivet.


riv·et (rvt) n.


A metal pin or bolt for passing through holes in two or more places or pieces to hold them together, the other end being hammered into a head after insertion.  
1. To fasten or secure with or as if with a rivet.
2. To hammer the headless end of so as to form a head and fasten something.
3. To fasten or secure firmly; fix.
4. To engross or hold (the attention, for example).


As, I was thinking how I could keep this post as simple as possible, today. ;)  A picture came to mind.  And, so I went digging through my old tool box (Yes! You read that right.  My - tool box!) and found these three rusty nails. 



This picture, right here, says it all.  This, is what makes today a
GOOD FRIDAY!!

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son.  That whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life." ~ John 3:16



Have a Blessed Easter weekend!!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Meet our Best Friends!!!

I've been meaning to introduce to all of you, very dear friends of ours...and, actually, both Scott and I would consider them to be among our "Best Friends".  Not meaning to single out friends over other best friends that we have... but, you know how that is, sometimes you just "click" (better) with some folks then you do with others.

Even though we've been friends for a really long time -we (meaning Scott and I) still have trouble deciding how to spell their last name.  Isn't that weird?  I suppose we should ask them which way they would prefer their name to spelled.

Here they are.


Introducing Mr. & Mrs. ARE  Or, is it  Mr. & Mrs. OUR?  (See what I mean?)






We love you guys!! and  we're so glad you're involved in our lives.  You are so real - (mostly) all of the time.  And, honestly, we can't imagine our lives without you in it.  You never cease to amaze us with your humility, your graciousness and humor. 

 Thank You! for all you do for us... and it's with sincere pleasure that we choose to honor you today ... on this here day.  The first day of April.

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