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

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Road Signs, Boundary Lines

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Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely, I have a delightful inheritance.  ~ Psalm 16:5-6

Little boys, especially six year old's - like mine! - think they get cars.  Not meaning in necessarily "the movie" - CARS! (although that, too) as this photo would possibly make you think.  But, for the photo's illustrative purpose of today's post, I choose this particular photo to help share my thoughts today.

As mentioned, my son likes cars.  He loves and uses the word "speed" (as does my daughter) ... as in , "MOM, go faster". (Said a lot while I'm driving!).  And lately, he has taken to all the road signs a long the way (since he now can read!) and in turn that has helped in a lot of recent conversations we have had here of late.

He's a boy!

And.

I've been praying, as a Mom, for helpful ways to get inside his little head and heart and incorporate any and all of this into teaching moments.

Okay.

Here's what has been going on.  Behavioral issues. Typical and expected, I suppose.  But the analogy has been great.  

"Look son", I'll say.  "See the lines on the edges of the road?  They are there for a reason.  They are called 'boundary lines'.  And, the signs you see a long the side of the road - they help Mommy to know what is ahead. The signs tell me that there is a curve in the road, or 'watch for deer', there is a stop light ahead...etc.  If I were to cross the line over here on the right... I'd get into trouble.  See all of the trees, the ditch, the embankment, the mailboxes?  If I get out of the line or cross over it, it could mean a real problem. I could hit any one of those things and we could very well get hurt.  If I were to cross the line on the other side - that could be a problem too.  There could be cars coming my way and we could easily have a crash!, an accident.  It would be/could be a BIG mess.  And, a lot of pain."

I pause for affect.

At the moment we were driving on a two lane roadway that had the double yellow line and the broken line from time to time and so I pulled that into the conversation.

I said, "You know Caleb?".  Sometimes the rules of the road allow for me to go into the oncoming traffic lane only to pass someone, who is going slow(er) than I, in front of me, BUT only if I absolutely had to.  But, Mommy still has to/should still obey the rules..."  And, I remind him - how even sometimes I fail at this.  It's hard!!  It's hard to stay consistent to "road rules".  It's hard to keep it in between the lines - at all times.

I told him,  "I could just go over into the other lane whenever I wanted to - carelessly - but I would probably (eventually) get caught...". (and that led into a whole other course of topic.)  I had to explain careless... and being "stupid" or goofy.. as I probably termed it.

"It is very important that I stay in my BOUNDARY LINES (even when it seems no one is looking)... that is where it is the safest.  I'll stay out of trouble that way and get me and you to where we're going ...safely".

I think the rubber started to meet the road in his little brain - when I started to say things like, "pretend, you are the car. Okay?   The rules that Mommy and Daddy put into place, for our home, are for your good.  They are like the yellow lines on the road.  They are also boundary lines... because we love you and want to keep you going forward; safe and headed straight."

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(Shew!!) This driving course - I mean this parenting thing can sure feel like an all out crash course, sometimes.  Can't it?  But with God's help and his Word - as our road map! - we can get places.  Safely and in one piece, too.

I do daily remind my son of the same thing... It's hard.  And, you can't do it! Not by yourself.  Not without Jesus' help..

Monday, July 29, 2013

Not in One Day?

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Home was not built in a day!

"Having a heart of sympathy for your children will mean, by necessity, choosing a less busy lifestyle. It will mean lowering your expectations about what can and must be accomplished in a day. If it means winning your child's heart, though, the trade offs are well worth the results."     ~Sally Clarkston


Home was not built in a day.. nor, does it take one day for flowers to be in full bloom.  We all know... It takes time!
Planning. Patience.  Perseverance. People.

People?

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 I'm choosing to remember this today.  I have a friend here today - actually, she volunteered - just to come and help out.
Sometimes, in order to keep a HOME running smoothly.  Intentionally.  On purpose, with purpose, we need others to help a long the way.

(In dealing with this Lyme's...)
It's going to be a SLOW week...but, I'm going forward.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
 
 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday's Finds :: Guess Who I Found? (in Belle Armoire)

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{For those of you who are new to this blog and/or just poppin' in - Hello and Welcome! Often on Fridays I like to try and feature "a find" of no particular value or sentiment, no reason or rhyme and yet, exactly for all of those reasons I just mentioned.}

Although, this hasn't happened in a long while.. this is what I mean by a ~ Friday's Finds.

Guess who I found in and among the pages of here... 


Two of my really good friends... Sarah and Staci...both very local to me...both super sweet girls... they are both in this magazine and I am so super-duper excited for them.  Can you tell?  Just a little??   It's hard to see and I think one of my little girls tried to copy her... but I have even got Sarah to sign her autograph... ha!


Actually...the truth is.  The one friend had to show me that SARAH CLEMENS was featured in this magazine, along with herself...Staci L. Smith.

Otherwise, I would have never known.  

Staci is a jewelery artist.  And is super, super awesome to work with.  I tell you!!!!!
I own several pairs of earrings and pieces of her jewelry... different style than what you see here.  What is featured here in this magazine is a collaboration with another artist and they each made beads to make a "new line" of jewelry.  I think it is still really cool.  Staci was even kind enough to make all the jewelry I needed for the girls in my wedding.  I love Staci, so much.

Check out her Etsy Shop, as well.

I tell you what!  What a treasure... to now have this magazine in my possession. Although, to be honest, I have never even heard of Belle Armoire before...and, I'm not so sure that ALL of it's content is all that "modest"...I'm just saying. I had to be real with you.  Okay?

But, right now... I only love it, because two of my friends are featured in it - at the same time.  Isn't that sweet??  I think so..

I heard that Belle Armoire only comes out twice a year!  So, look for it... it's available in several different locations: JoAnn's, Walmart and Barnes & Noble, I believe.

By the way.

This skirt...


Is a Sarah skirt!  You can't see them... but I'm almost positive I am wearing a pair of Staci's earrings.. to match.  ;)

This skirt was given to me, by another friend.  Which makes it even more special - if I should dare say so myself.
 (Psst... Sarah has been commissioned to make me two more skirts... when she finds the time!  Seriously.)

Check out Sarah's Etsy Shop, as well.

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So, there you have it.  I just wanted to brag up on a couple of my friends.

I want to also wish you a wonderful, wonderful weekend.  And, God bless..

Oh, and thank you for your continued prayers... I appreciate it greatly.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Itty Bitty Issue (that makes me tick! ;)) and, Giveaway Winner Announcement

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In the meantime... this is what I've been dealing with...

Some of you may have caught on in my last post that I was headed to the Doctor later that afternoon.  I went, on Monday, because I was feeling so "not right" - most of the weekend - and, also, for the fact that I had developed this red, spotty (large) rash all over my body.  My stomach really hurt and I had been having pretty bad and frequent headaches..earlier in the week.

I had first thought it was a flare-up to my past, but recent, Phlebitis issue, with my leg.  Not too long ago I woke up with a leg cramp in my lower calf where I had had surgery - so I figured because now I had a couple of suspicious (red) areas on my leg, that this was it.  So, to be comfortable I took an Aleeve a couple of nights in a row... just to keep any inflammation at bay.

 Because these spots starting coming on so strong... everywhere!!... I thought maybe - at first it was Hives or an allergic reaction to something.  I even tried Benadryl.  It didn't touch it.  So, I knew it wasn't that.

Then, because it was so hot, I chalked up shortness of breath and the above said headaches and nausea to the recent heat wave.  Maybe it contributed...however, along with all of that came what I figured was just one HUGE heat rash near my groin due to being all hot and sweaty.  I'm sorry, I know... to much information..

And then I remembered!
OH YEAH!!!

About two weeks ago... I had pulled a tick from that very same area on my upper leg.  (Grateful that I found it.., because it was buried deep into me.  I made sure it was all there... and it was a deer tick.)
Photo Source
**Don't check out the photo source - unless you want to be grossed out..  Just sayin'.  I needed a photo..
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In talking to several folks, over the weekend, about why all of a sudden I was getting this rash and what have you...
They encouraged me to PLEASE! - go see a Doctor.  LIKE as in MONDAY!

 I'm so glad I went.

I don't go to doctors for every little thing...and so the Doctor and I both agreed.  We're so glad I actually had a rash to make me come in...otherwise I'd still be home trying to figure out what was wrong with me.  Myself.

Off course, blood work was taken and I won't hear the true results of that for several days... but she (the Doctor) was REALLY certain that I have LYME'S DISEASE.   The rash I have all over, everywhere, is/was a dead giveaway.**  So, this explains so much of my my other "horrible" feelings...over the past several days.

Things such as: fever, chills, swelling joints with pain, extreme fatigue, foggy brain, tender and sensitivity to touch...

Wow!!

Absolute Horribleness.

All from one teeny, tiny tick.
It kind of ticks me off (I had to use this pun!) that I got this sickness now, all from one Itty Bitty Tick.

Yet, it is one of God's Creation.  And having this (now) is part of God's plan for me.

But really?  How one thing so small - can cause such an array of "nightmare" and trial??

Makes me think of another analogy.  

Sin is like this, isn't it?

Just one tiny thing can really have a rippling, crippling affect in one's life and before you know it... it's devastating and out of control.

It's a slow thing.

Sometimes it can be caught early and the signs are apparent that something is wrong and out of line and be "restored" (as in my case, Lord Willing! with this tick bite) hopefully quickly... but, sometimes it is a force to be reckoned with for a very long time.

Sin is ugly like that.

It proves that we are vulnerable; no one is certain or sure to be free from sin and effects.

Only the BLOOD of JESUS can do that.  It is pure!!  And thank God, it covers...cleans... restores...heals!

Any contributing thoughts, you would like to add, to this?

I would love to hear from you..

I did hear from one friend, yesterday, via email with a verse, which was timely and so appreciated:

"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." ~1 Peter 5:10 
** Yes! I am currently prescribed a 30-day dosage of Antibiotics...

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Announcing the GIVEAWAY winner, from Monday!

But first...I just want to say - wow!!!!!!!  - to all the thoughts, feelings, and comments shared regarding my last post. I loved reading each and every single one.

:: Summer, Skirts and Modesty ::

Never expecting such a response, I really appreciated each of your thoughts that was shared.  I know "fear of man" is HUGE at times and has been present, for me, in me, regarding this topic.  But, I just wanted to be faithful to share my story... and to, if needed to be taken this way... then, to present the challenge, as I saw it.

To me, it proved to be a topic that is very personal in nature.  One to discuss, just the same.  One to sharpen and refine; to challenge (our hearts) if there are any "grey" areas and to hone in on our gratitude to GOD for making us in his image.  Each one of us is special, unique and different - yet designed with a virtue and a value to cherish and uphold.  Biblical Femininity.
A call for Modesty - I feel, all the more, means being set apart and as unto HIM.

Not just in dress.  But in our speech, our mannerisms, our conduct.  True.  It does start in our hearts..

I like the definition I  find in the American College Dictionary
(mod-est) adj. 1. having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
2. free from ostentation or showy extravagance..
3. moderate
4. having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech or dress, etc.; decent.

(mod-es-ty): n., 1. the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.
2. regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
3. simplicity; moderation


And, what a privilege it is.  Amen?

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The winner of the bag giveaway is: 
(chosen by a Random  Number Generator)

~ Little Grannie Greene ~
(small bag)

Congratulations goes out to...

::  Rachelle ::

I couldn't think of a better person for this bag to go to.  Rachelle is truly one of my IRL bestie's ... and because I know her personally, I can say this for real.  She is one of the most modest gals out there... in all areas!  It comes through in her speech, her conduct and in her dress.   

I'm so excited that you won this Giveaway, today, Rachelle!
 Congratulations, again!!

I'll get the bag out to you - ASAP.
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And, darn it, if that little ole bugger didn't go ahead and crawl up my skirt...;) (ticks me off! haha.) ... know what I mean?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mugs & Muffins :: Summer, Skirts & Modesty :: Giveaway! (NOW, CLOSED!)

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“One of the first evidences of a real lady, is that she should be modest. By modesty we mean that she shall not say, do, nor wear anything that would cause her to appear gaudy, ill-bred, or unchaste. There should be nothing about her to attract unfavorable attention, nothing in her dress or manner that would give a man an excuse for vulgar comment. When we dress contrary to the rule of modesty we give excuse for unwholesome thoughts in the mind of those who look upon us, and every girl who oversteps these bounds makes herself liable to misunderstanding and insult, though she may be innocent of any such intention.”  ― Margaret Hale

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Welcome back to another Mugs & Muffins "event".  Nice having you stop by.  If you're curious what today's topic is all about ... then hang around.  I hope you'll be comfortable to add your thoughts in the comment section below. Positive or Negative...it's all good.   First off though,  I would just like to ask you make yourself comfortable and be sure to have your mug of coffee or other beverage of choice, in hand before we start.

Oh, and since blueberries are in season, right now...I just knew I had to share this.  I chose to make a Blueberry (Cream Cheese) Coffee Cake instead of an actual muffin, for today.  (The recipe is HERE, as I've posted it before,  if you would like it.) So, go ahead, and help yourself...


Have a piece.  It's worth it!
(smile!)

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SUMMER, SKIRTS and MODESTY - by, yours truly.

It's pretty much been one year, now, that I have decided to go back to wearing skirts full time.  You read that right!  And, some of my local (in-real-life!) friends - may have wondered about this and some have found the courage to even ask me about it - already.  For those who haven't asked, but wondered...here is the scoop!

I think it's interesting how this decision (for me!) came about...let me share "my story".  Okay??

But first, a couple of quotes, to help me get started...

 “It seems to be the fashion nowadays for a girl to behave as much like a man as possible. Well, I won't! I'll make the best of being a girl and be as nice a specimen as I can: sweet and modest, a dear, dainty thing with clothes smelling all sweet and violety, a soft voice, and pretty, womanly ways. Since I'm a girl, I prefer to be a real one!” ― Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
“Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error…”
― Tasha Tudor

It was a hot July day, of last year.  My husband and I (and our kids) were headed off to a picnic at my sister's place.  But, we needed to make a stop at the local Wal-M*rt.  I waited in the car with the children while my hubby ran in for whatever it was we needed.  It was there, I noticed a random lady (a Non-Mennonite) (you'll understand, in a minute, when I explain why I said that..) getting out of her car - wearing a long and pretty dress.  I thought to myself - "Wow! she really looks beautiful in that skirt/dress...".  I wondered about it some more as I noticed other "ladies" and gals, coming and going, in their short shorts and barely-there tops... and back to that lady, in the dress, who in my opinion, stuck out above the rest... as classy, put-together and looking rather pretty, not to mention comfortable.  It had been over the course of time that I had already been wondering what my husband would think or say if I did this - too?  You see, I have some pretty good friends who have chosen to wear (modest) skirts on a regular basis and it always intrigued me.  And, they are non-Mennonite gals, as well.. (again, you're puzzled!)

Scott came back into the vehicle.  We went on our way and enjoyed our picnic. I didn't say anything about the lady wearing a skirt..  This whole incident was left to mum.

On the way home, that very same evening, out of the blue...my husband reaches over, puts his hand on my lap (like he often does when he wants to say something important and have my full attention for it. ;)) and he simply asked me, this question... "What would you think about wearing skirts - all of the time?"  I think, I gasped.  Mainly because of my own thoughts earlier in the day (and remember, I hadn't said anything)..but, I wondered,"Was he for real??"

My thoughts went back to a dear cousin of mine, Carmen - who really presented and challenged me with the idea of growing or embracing God's Spirit of Femininity in my life.  She bought me this book as a gift.  Spirit of Loveliness, by Emilie Barnes.  Honestly, I can't encourage or recommend this book enough.

When a  friend of mine recently encouraged me to share my thoughts on this subject - it struck me that subconsciously I had already been thinking about doing a post on this- this idea of Modesty, and obviously, it hadn't happened yet.

Trust me!  This is not an easy discussion to have, because it is one of those matters that is very, VERY touchy and very personal in nature.  What is modest and appropriate for one may be totally and entirely different for someone else.


This is coming from a gal who wore dresses and skirts all of her life and even made most of them herself. I grew up Conservative Mennonite (although I don't profess to that, anymore - another long story).  You can see why, depending on who is reading this, one could say, "she's returning to her roots".

(If you're a professing Mennonite - reading this - take no offense.  I am way more Mennonite, in my soul, than I let on...  Those roots really do run deep.  What the truth really is, is this.  This topic, of Modesty, has absolutely not one thing to do with Mennonites. Period.)  Moving on..

But, if you knew me when and while I was in a season where I would wear, a combo, out of my wardrobe, of skirts, Capri's AND Blue Jeans, then, to see me now, you might think I am -now- being legalistic, in just sticking primarily to skirts.

Skirts!  They're so useful..

Ladies.  I get it that it's summertime.  But trust me... because I know from personal experience... shorts are not necessarily cooler.  Actually, I couldn't stand wearing shorts... so I have worn Capri length shorts (in the past) and I'm even talking about them. By the way... I must be honest.  I still do own one pair of Linen Capri's...for when I'm out working in the flower beds, etc. But, people that think wearing tank tops and spaghetti strap tee's, much less bikini tops,etc. etc. will allow them to be cooler... well, think again.  It's really not true.

I remember in the past...as I was considering this skirt only thing - (on my own, at that point) and I absolutely thought I COULD NOT imagine my life without wearing a pair of jeans.  I mean - I LIVED in them.  Loved them... yadda, yadda...  But I did it.  I made the decision.  I got rid of all my jeans - except for one pair.  And, those are in the works to be made into one of those turn-your-jeans-into-a-skirt kind of deal.  (I just have to find time to do it!)

Anyway... so, over the winter, I wondered about this?  Would I be able to "hang in there" and continue to wear only skirts?  Well, the Lord took care of that one for me.  I had to wear Compression Stockings for my leg issue anyway and so wearing a skirt was really the better option after all.

His kindness.

Listen.

There are several benefits to this whole thing of wearing modest skirts articles of clothing..besides the fact; the privilege and celebration, it provides in advocating of our (biblical) femininity, as women.

First off, I get to use it as an opportunity to teach and encourage modesty indirectly, by example, but because for sure, there is always that conversation that goes along with it in regards to modesty, with my children...in particular my young daughters.  I do want to say this, real quick.  My daughter Aubrey, back when she was about 2-3yrs old, only wanted to wear skirts or dresses when she was first "able to dress herself"...plus, along with potty training, it helped make things so much easier. In all honesty.   The reality is... She convicted me!!

And secondly, wearing skirts, modest skirts clothing...it honors my husband for a couple of reasons.  One.  He asked me to do this. But two, it shows my respect... not just to him - but to and for other men (primarily godly men) as well.  In particular, my young growing son, my brothers...etc.

I came across this quote and a couple of bullet points while reading Shaunti Feldham's book: For Woman Only. (pages 109-112) that have shocked me.  I don't think I ever before fully realized the implications that these next thoughts can have...

"Even happily married men struggle with being pulled toward live and recollected images of other women".

  • First, a woman who is dressed to show off a great body is an "eye magnet" that is incredibly difficult to avoid, and even if a man forces himself not to look, he is acutely aware of her presence.
  • Second, even when no such eye magnet is present, each man has a "mental Rolodex" of stored images that can intrude into his thoughts without warning or can be called up at will.

And, this makes me go, WOW!  Okay.  If this is the deal - for them, men?  Then, I have to ask myself, why in the world do I want to be held accountable for contributing to... THAT?!?!

I don't.  (Which is another reason why I appreciated and wanted to share those two quotes, there at the beginning..)

Without getting legalistic... Scripture doesn't talk specifically - a lot - about Modesty...(correct me if I'm wrong) but the undertones of the subject are pretty clear and strong. I think it's safe to say, that as a whole, our society, (Christian and non), has fallen long off the wagon of decent apparel and godly living.

Recently, I have been reading and meditating on 1 Timothy 2:9-12...
I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
And, then I came across this interesting read and thought...
“Nakedness is shameful, but what constitutes being naked? Try this food for thought: Adam knew he had sinned and tried to cover himself with the loin covering of fig leaves, yet he still said he was naked – an assessment which God did not dispute (Gen. 3:7-11). There is obviously more to being naked than being without any clothing. Thayer says it is “scantily clad” and Arndt-Gingrich include “poorly dressed.” Take another look at what God made for man to wear in Gen. 3. Adam made a “loin covering” which God replaced with a “tunic.” Wilson and Gesenius define the word as generally covering from the shoulder to the knee. The priests where told to cover their thighs or they would be naked (Ex. 28:42) and the figure of shame in Isaiah 47:1-3 includes uncovering the thigh. Peter recognized that though he could fish in the relative privacy of his boat on the sea without outer garments, he reclothed himself before going ashore to meet the Lord. (Proving that you can swim just fine with some clothes on.) I have a very hard time dismissing these precedents when attempting to make a biblical definition of sufficient clothing.”
― Laurie A. Moyer
I don't know about you.  But...for me,  I'm simply praying that I can & will simply be a Woman of Influence and that might just mean starting right here  ~  at home and with my own heart ~ all the more.

Thank you, for reading along today. I appreciate it.

 More Thoughts on Modesty- (by Stacy McDonald)... to take home, if you would like!!

I wonder... 
Would you share your thoughts, or your favorite quote or Scripture.. regarding this topic, today??

I hope you'll be comfortable enough to share your thoughts, your opinion and feedback in the comment section below... or if it's too personal, feel free to email me!  I would love hearing from you.


Each comment, posted below, counts as an one entry for the giveaway, today!  I will consider Facebook comments as well.

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:: GIVEAWAY ::

While this giveaway, today, is not a skirt...(ahem!)... I still wanted it to be something special from my personal hand to yours!  I'm giving away one of my most absolute favorite bags today.


::LITTLE GRANNIE GREENE:: ~ small bag, clutch handle style  (valued at $35.00)
Made by me! Bevy.  Please feel free to visit my etsy shop, at any time.

This GIVEAWAY ends Wednesday evening at 10 PM, EST.  The winner will be selected via Random Generator and revealed sometime on Thursday.

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Well.  Ladies.  I hope you enjoyed today!
Thank you for coming out - to my Mugs & Muffins.  I wanted to ask...If you would be interested in writing a guest post (for a Mugs & Muffins) sometime or in donating an item for/towards a Giveaway, you are more than welcome to join in and do so.

I would love to hear from some of you.

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Now off for another bite of the Blueberry Coffee Cake, eh??  Enjoy the rest of your day!

I most likely will be heading off to the Doctors at some point today.  I have something really weird, strange going on ... I'm hoping to get a confirmation.... yay or nay... I'll let you know what's up as soon as I know.

Thanks, in advance, for your prayers!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

“Modesty answers not the crude how of femininity, but the beautiful why.” ― Wendy Shalit

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I want to give you a heads up, for Monday, and invite you all to come back and join me in my next Mugs & Muffins!

:: Summer, Skirts and Modesty! ::


 I'll be sharing a bit more of "my personal story"...there.

I hope to have you come on out. Ask a friend to join you...
 There is also in the plans for another great GIVEAWAY, as well!!

Can I give you a teeny, weeny hint??

Okay.

Well, I have a crazy - busy - day slotted, in my kitchen, today.  And three little nieces coming overnight, tonight.

We'll see you back here, Monday, Lord Willing! and you have yourself a FABULOUS weekend.  Deal??

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Daybook in July

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FOR TODAY 

Outside my window... 
It's a hot one out there, already, this morning.  I was up early to water the plants and shew.... they say, we're in a heat wave!!

I am thinking...
I just broke my little girl's heart.  Ouch!  She just came to me crying because a picture she had drawn and cut out (and taped to the wall) was missing.  I remembered what happened.  It had fallen down at some point during the day yesterday and in cleaning up/tidying up the Living Room - I (know) threw it away.  I had to sincerely apologize..

I am thankful...
Little Ones (especially her!) forgive easily.

In the kitchen...
I think a Peach Pie will come out of it today - at some point.  If they all don't get "swiped" first... ;)
 ... and Blueberries!  There have been several Blueberry Coffee Cake or Muffin recipes made this month so far.  It tis that time of year!!  Yes, indeedy...

I am wearing...
Brown Linen Capri's and a nice (well, that's relative) Pink & Yellow stripped Tee.

I am creating...
(working on!) my next and upcoming Mugs & Muffins Post... stay tuned!  It should be ready for Monday!  You won't want to miss it..
 A great Giveaway, too!!!!

I am going...
Will be taking Caleb to Camp - again today.  He has the rest of this week to finish out and one last full week...and then Day Camp is over for the Summer. (for a total of five weeks.)  The kid has loved every last bit of Camp...

I am wondering...
and praying over... all the Seeds that have been planted in that boys heart, of mine. 

I am (still) reading...
Give them Grace - by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson

I am hoping...
to sew at some point today.  I have a few things I would like to get finished - this week.  Another pair of Baby Shoes and a Pocket Pouch or two.

I am looking forward to...
Meeting with my sister, my 3 nieces and my Mom, tomorrow, for a little while.

I am learning...
Some things you just have to blame on the weather!!  Period.

Around the house...
We're renters and so to have a Landlord who consistently goes above and beyond, (around the house!) is so, so wonderful.  We are very grateful to be able to live here - where we do.

I am pondering...
I was reading out of 1 Timothy chapter 2, this morning.  Particularly pondering verses 9-15

A favorite quote for today...
"The right temperature at home is maintained by warm hearts, not by hotheads". - Anonymous

One of my favorite things..
Handfuls of Hydrangea picked, too short, off the bush - "just for Mom"

A few plans for the rest of the week: 
We have "Care Group" this evening... a small group gathering of folks from Church - for a midweek meeting. 
We have a Family Reunion on Saturday, with my Mom's side of the family.  This one is working on it's 75th year of gathering together as a family.
We also have a Pizza Social on Saturday with the same Small Group folks.
We also have a Church Wide Picnic on Sunday - after Service - at a local park...

A peek into my day...


One of our first bouquets to grace our dinner table, so far, this summer!

Thanks for reading along today.

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Joining up with Peggy from The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Monday, July 15, 2013

First one foot, then another...

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To any and all that care...

You know that Fishing Trip??
Well, I'm back up and running again.  Special thanks to that awesome Husband of mine...  ((I told you so!)).  I told you I am Blessed, and I mean it.

However.

I think I'm going to be taking it a bit slow(er), in the blogging realm, for now.

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Enjoying the Summer, with you!  One day at time... first one foot, then another.

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::  Photos are of my daughter, playing with camera, while running out our sidewalk.  I just love kids perspectives - especially when it comes to photography.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Gone Fishing!!

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I wish I could say I've "Gone Fishing"... but I can't.  Instead, my computer - the one I use all of the time - has gotten VERY wet.  Let me say it again... VERY, very WET!
(Loving thanks to my youngest daughter...)

I think it's a true blue goner.  As in fried.  

I have a lot of hope and faith in my computer techie husband... to get me back up and running. So, we'll see what happens.  He is the Man!!!!!

Currently, I'm typing this post on borrowed time and on my hubby's School computer which he has "nixed"
 me from using.  Eeeks!!

So, I can't say when I'll be back... for REALs.

Until then, have a wonderful weekend.  Love to all!!!


:: Photo is an oldie - left in a draft post, from a long time ago - a photo of my BIL and my niece.  I've always loved this photo.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Homespun Baby! Shoes

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Remember me saying this yesterday...??
I realized, this morning, I have another pair of Homespun Baby! Shoes I was to make - which I had completely forgotten about (long story!) -  due sometime this week.  Oops!  (that makes me feel and look bad..) 
(AND, I should be working on them right this instant...but, it doesn't take me long to whip them up! I'll get to them.  Little secret, about me... I work best under pressure!)

Well, here they are!  I finished them up, late last night.



:: Reserved for Karen K.
(Not for Sale!)

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You know, there'll be some more sewing today.  Right??

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

:: Warm Summer Day :: (a Bags by Bevy update)

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I haven't posted anything regarding my etsy shop, for a long while!!

So, I wanted to let you know that it is still there!

It's kinda been quiet around the fringes and on the edges - but let me tell you, it's heart beats strong (and cattywampus like - all at the same time)!

In fact.  Just today, this morning - I ran into JoAnn Fabrics... you know to kinda stock up on some stuff and have a look around.  And, I always, always come out of there (or places of the like!), feeling "overwhelmed", inspired and determined... to hang in there and keep going.

I have an over-the-shoulder bag in the works, right now, whose details/clarifications just got confirmed and given the okay on, just the other evening... that I absolutely HAVE to FINISH! In my opinion - yesterday.  But Annie assured me... it's all good!  In her words... "I just want you to have fun while making it.  Whenever... it gets done.  It'll get done."

I realized, this morning, I have another pair of Homespun Baby! Shoes I was to make - which I had completely forgotten about (long story!) -  due sometime this week.  Oops!  (that makes me feel and look bad..) 
(AND, I should be working on them right this instant...but, it doesn't take me long to whip them up! I'll get to them.  Little secret, about me... I work best under pressure!)

However, with all the worry of them not being done in time - I just hung up the phone with the lady who ordered them and GRACE she gave..she doesn't actually need them until Sunday.  Shew!!

And, with all of this talk regarding all of this stuff... the gal who was watching my little ones for me this morning ended up purchasing this one... on the spot!  Because she said, she couldn't resist.

EEeekk!!
SALE ITEM - Summer Day -  Large Tote Bag

Thank you, kindly! - Danielle.  I greatly appreciated your help today, never expecting you would make my day, my "Warm Summer Day", with a bag purchase.

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Sew!!  You know what I'll be doing this afternoon..

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

books on end


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 A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.  ~Author Unknown

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 I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things.  ~George Robert Gissing

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 "Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread.  ~Fran├žois Mauriac

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To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.  ~Chinese Saying

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Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me.  ~Anatole France

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“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”  ― Emilie Buchwald 

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Tell me.  Which is your favorite (book) quote and why?   or, Send me your own..

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Day My Sister Pretty Much Saved My Life.

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Photo courtesy of my Sister Lorene!
On hot days like these last few have been - I think of water.  Naturally.  However, I must be true and say that I do not like to go swimming.  At least, this: Don't make me go under water if I don't have to.  I've had one too many close calls...

Today, I shall tell you about one of them. As, I have once promised, a long time ago...oops! 

A couple of years ago, now, we were at our usual Summer Vacay place - a cabin ~ Dutchman's Paradise ~ that we as a family have gone to pretty much since I was two years of age.  The one small river nearby, similar to this above photo, was pretty full that year.  It made great the idea for going tubing.  There was a small group of us.  Myself, my Uncle Roy (who has since passed on), my sister Lorene, and another cousin or two.  We started out from the one bridge, about 3 miles down the road from our cabin, and our plan was to go on downstream, over to the next road where we would get picked up via a vehicle to come on back to the cabin.  This was probably a two mile tubing trip - I would guess..

Keep in mind,  I was newly married at the time.  My husband had just left, that morning, to get back on the road.  (At the time, he was a Truck Driver). We had just said our Good-byes.  This "day of fun", here at the cabin was just getting started, for everyone...

Our little group.  We were off ... happily aboard our tubes; we set sail.  Lollygagging downstream...it was a beautiful morning, a lovely scenic float all along the way..trees on all sides.  Parts of the river were shaded, water sounds rippling over rocks and the birds singing made it even more peaceful.  I loved it!

This was the day my sister (Lorene) pretty much saved my life.  And, I'm forever grateful.

The group was ahead of me.  I saw the way the river was looking... coming up.  One side was pretty shallow, the other side nice, deep(er) and running pretty good.  It had rounded a bend and the other tubers were soon outta sight.  My turn.

As I was going toward this faster water coming up... I "planned" my maneuvers through there, so I thought.  It looked like a HUGE tree must have uprooted itself over onto the bank and all of it's root system was exposed..I figured I would maybe bump into that, twirl around and keep on floating downstream...naturally, going with the flow.

Except that I hit that root system pretty hard.  I flipped off my tube and could feel nothing below me, around me, above me. I was in a major whirlpool...twirling and swirling... my arm was stretched as far it could go above me.  I came up chocking and sputtering and (I still) absolutely cannot believe it to this day that my glasses stayed on my face. I reached out and found a root to hang onto... and hang on I did!!   While in that churning water - my life was going before me... my newly wedded husband off in a truck somewhere... I was praying... Lord, Jesus!  Help me!  I just knew I was...I WAS GOING TO DIE!!!  I remember telling myself over and over to "not panic" and to keep calm.  To deep breathe.. and to continue praying..

From my sister's point of view at this point   My tube came around the bend, but I wasn't on it.  She leaped into action.  I guess the others had kinda all gotten back over onto that shallow area and stopped to take a break.  Because they, too had just come through that "FAST and FURIOUS" area.. 

All I can remember is hearing my name being called, repeatedly and intensely; telling me to let go and grab the tube!!!   Little did I know that she was in the water herself, at this point - not being able to touch bottom.  Her "screaming" at me - snapped me enough to where I literally had to decide to let go of the root I was hanging onto (for dear life) and grab the tube she was holding out to me.  That right there was probably one of the most important decisions of my life where I HAD TO CHOOSE who or what to trust in, in that moment.

I let go.

I grabbed the tube and she miraculously pulled me out of that torrential whirlpool... My Uncle was now in the wings.  I think I sat there on that stony bank - opposite of the river - for a long while.   The problem was.  We were what? two hours into our float? We HAD TO FINISH.  People were waiting for us - or would be, at least.  And, THERE was NO WAY I could walk anywhere.  This was in the middle of absolute nowhere.  Literally.  I had to face it and keep going.

The rest of the 2 hours, floating downstream, was pretty non-eventful.  Thank God!  And beautiful...I truly was one Grateful Soul.. that my sister had presence of mind in knowing what to do in that moment.  The Lord was with us, for sure that morning.

My nose still burns of water, in the memory...

One of the funny things of that morning is that I can distinctly remember my Mom - jokingly, looking my way, while holding out a yellow rope, and saying something about, "Are you sure you don't want to have this along with you, while your tubing?".  I remember kinda blowing her off - as if to the fact that we would be fine..
Little did I know ... it would be me who needed it.

I guess that isn't very funny.  But we could have used the rope, too!  I suppose.

I just know this one thing, for sure.  You probably won't ever find me out there tubing again.  At least at this point - I don't think so. 

Unless...of two things.  One, my sister must be along and two, we take along a strong yellow rope!  haha..

This incident  and neardeath experience aside... I really did enjoy myself.



::  This photo is not of where this actually took place.

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There are so many things I could pull from this.  So many analogies.. but I think if you read in between the lines, you know what they are.

What are your thoughts?? 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday ~ America!

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Live decently, fearlessly, joyously ~
and don't forget that in the long run
it is not the years in your life
but the life in your years that counts!
                                                             ~ Adlai Stevenson

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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin 
and I will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
 




Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Our Weekend {away} in Photos - Part Two!

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Remember, that weekend{away}?  Here is  Part One!


Here are groupings of photos - promised - to you, of the rest of our recent Weekend Away at my sister's husbands family's cabin. Got that? ;)  We took the day (actually, just this particular morning) to visit this Rolling Hills Red Deer Farm...a very interesting place! And, then we spent the rest of the day at Knobels...

We really enjoyed ourselves.  I hope you'll be able tell through these photos.


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 Next...here we are at Knobels.  We're pretty certain this place will become a regular place to visit, for a day, each and every upcoming Summer!

I just loved this photo of the Ferris Wheel and wanted to make it a special photo.

Here a few more of Knobels..
(My sister sent me some GREAT photos from her camera and I'm still working on getting them together.  I'm having issues.  So, I'll show you what I've got for now.  I'll add later as I'm able.)



That's it, for now.

Hope you enjoyed "OUR WEEKEND AWAY!" as much as we did. ;)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

{about those} Mountain Pies

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Coming from a Non-Professional Mountain Pie Maker (that would be me!)... here is how it is done.  Or, at least, here are just a few possibilities of how to make, and what to put into a Mountain Pie... as they {the possibilities} are endless.

Obviously, the outdoor fire needs to be made, burning pretty good and left to die down just a bit.  This part of it and it's technicality... I will leave to the Professionals.  (I didn't do this part of it..to be honest.)

But you take the pie irons...

Make sure they are good and hot and ready.  But BE CAREFUL in the handling of them...and watch around you to be sure no one is in your surroundings that they might get burned.

Take the pie irons... and go ahead and take (already buttered) two pieces of (white sandwich, works the best) bread... and place butter side down on to the Pie Iron.  Fill with your favorite combo of ingredients...

You'll work great as a team with someone manning the fire and doing the grilling while someone else butters and fills the sandwiches.  Grilling time, I would say, takes approximately  4-6 minutes - until nicely toasted and heated through.  (I'm waiting for a Professional to correct me if I'm wrong..)

Once the Sandwich or Pie ingredients are in place, the two sides come together and clamp and basically you almost have what one would call a Panini ... except that this is done over an open fire...outdoors.  Another hint to be aware of is that you are to be careful not to get any of the filling on to the actual iron.  Otherwise it will burn and char and you'll have to "re-season" the griddle. You might also want to take a knife and trim any excess of bread or filling that has been squeezed out through the two pieces of iron.  Again, that will give you a clean sandwich/pie and no excess burning.


Here are a few suggestions:

Peanut Butter and Jam or Preserves.  (Preserves is "heavier" than a jelly and will hold up better in the sandwich..)

Any sort of Pie Filling... (1-2 Tablespoons, your choice)
but try mixing Apple Pie Filling and Cherry Pie Filling.  Adding with that, a knife-swipe of softened Cream Cheese.  YUMMM!!
 **  Somewhere I read to try using Angel Food Cake slices instead of Bread and filling with a Tablespoon or two of Cherry Pie Filling...sprinkling the finale with Powdered Sugar, to serve. 

Pizza sauce, cheese, Pepperoni, etc.

Different hard salami's, ham and cheeses..

My favorite one -
Roasted Turkey lunch meat (thick sliced), Provolone Cheese, Tomato Slices with a sprinkle of Italian Seasoning.. some crisp bacon slices in there would be a nice addition as well.

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One more tip!  Don't ask me how I know this..
Be sure not to flip HOT PIES out onto Styrofoam plates.  They kinda melt..

Have you ever made  Mountain Pies?  If so, what are your favorite combo's and or suggestions?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Take this job... for example.

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"This job has been given to me to do.
Therefore, it is a gift.
Therefore, it is a privilege.
Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God.
Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is to be done for Him.
Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God's Way.
In this job, not in some other,
God looks for faithfulness."
~ Elizabeth Elliot

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Talking here about Mothering!

Just this morning I read this post from a fellow blogger, on Mothering. And, I reread of a couple of my own thoughts on HOME and Mothering...
Here. and Here.

I just want to sit here, with my hot cup of coffee, on this rainy morning.  BEAUTIFUL - heavy rainfall - this morning, I should say, and soak it all up.  My heart is/was a sponge this morning... and reading these above thoughts (and other posts) really blessed me this morning.


Let's get this day going...


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