Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Happy Scrappy Quilt Giveaway!

Don't miss this! Over at marie-madeline studio they are giving away a beautiful, machine quilted, twin-sized, happy-scrappy quilt made by their little ol' selves from some of their favorite Jennifer Paganelli fabrics! Now, how's that for some fun news?

Hop on over there to enter because this happy giveaway will close on August 8th! And they'll plan to choose the winner by random number generator the next day.


I thought that yesterday's Daily Bread went well with my "Home theme" this week!
Psalm 73:24
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

One of my favorite pastimes as a boy was walking the creek behind our home. Those walks were high adventure for me: rocks to skip, birds to watch, dams to build, animal tracks to follow. And if I made it to the mouth of the creek, my dog and I would sit and share lunch while we watched the biplanes land across the lake.

We’d linger as long as we could, but only so long, for my father wanted me home before sunset. The shadows grew long and the hollows got dark fast in the woods. I’d be wishing along the way that I was already home.

Our house sat on a hill behind some trees, but the light was always on until all the family was in. Often my father would be sitting on the back porch, reading the paper, waiting for me. “How did it go?” he would ask. “Pretty good,” I’d say. “But it sure is good to be home.”

Those memories of walking that creek make me think of another journey—the one I’m making now. It isn’t always easy, but I know at the end of it there’s a caring Father and my eternal home. I can hardly wait to get there.

I’m expected there. The light is on and my heavenly Father is waiting for me. I suppose He’ll ask, just like my father used to, “How did it go?” “Pretty good,” I’ll say. “But it sure is good to be Home.” — David H. Roper

He will be waiting for me—
Jesus so kind and true;
On His beautiful throne He will welcome me home—
After the day is through. —Vandall
© Renewal 1962, N. B. Vandall.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Our Nest is Blessed pt 2

Here are current pics of our little nest with the flowers blooming...summer is grand!

Another nest in our yard...a Mockingbird...

I just love these Asters!

Don't sunflowers cheer you??

Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,

A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.~

Robert Montgomery

I've always wanted to live on a farm. But, even if I never do, my home here brings me lots of joy!

Monday, July 27, 2009


It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. ~Author Unknown

Well, over at my dear friend Marci's blog today...she has Count Your Blessings Monday

So, today I am listing my home as the blessing I'm most thankful for today...

Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserve; it is life's undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

Where we love is home,Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~Jane Austen

My home isn't fancy. (I call it my little dollhouse, or my little nest) But it sure is comfortable. It is safe, and pleasant...a refuge and a haven. I am a true homebody ( as are my whole family!), so having a place like this is perfect balm for my soul.

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

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Its Time to Rethink Church Youth Culture

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More Summer Snippets

Here's a little Summer tour of our garden, yard and home...Asters (a first for me!) Clematis
Another yardsale find--$1
Roses (what would summer be w/o them!?)
HollyhockI always wanted to grow white marigolds--another first!
Playing Games
Brad and I recovered the picnic table
Butterfly Bush
Snowball Bush
Another type of Sunflower

Grape tomatoes and Nasturtium

A smoothie made from blueberries and more...Yum!

I hope you're having a marvelous summer!
Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

Psalms 74:17

Friday, July 17, 2009

Some Summer Shotz

Someone who wanted to check out our game...
Something Brad grew...

Someone who's spoiled...

Someplace to relax...
Something Brad hung for me...

Someone who visited our birdbath...

Something Bri is working on...

What's going on at your house this summer?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Big Bargain!

I went to a yardsale on Saturday, and got this whole box of dishes for $1!
This is my pattern, and I figured I could use the extra dinner plates....I think there were 8!

Don't you love a good bargain!?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Phase


Monday, July 13, 2009

Wonderful Quote!

"There is nothing - no circumstance, no trouble, no testing -- that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a GREAT PURPOSE, which I may not understand at the moment.
But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will cause me to fret, for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is. That is the rest of victory."
~Alan Redpath
I read the above quote on a blog, and thought it was excellent. Hope it touches you too.