Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Brand New Year With No Mistakes In It

Every day is a new day with no mistakes in it.

That is a quote (not word for word but the meaning is there) from
one of my favorite movies "Anne of Green Gables".
I was perusing Facebook this morning while waiting for my
coffee to be ready, and someone had posted something along those
lines but talking about a new year. And I thought it was a great thought. 
Every new year, people from all over, make new years's resolutions.
And there's nothing wrong with that. We all want (or should) to make improvements.
After all, no one is perfect, there is always room in our lives to do
better. Whether it's for better health physically(like exercising more and eating better),
or spiritually (like spending more time with God in our devotions and prayer time)
I always have these in mind at the new year. I always start out with such good
intentions. But, as the year goes on, and life gets back into the normal busy
day to day rountine, my lofty goals somehow get less important. 

But, I love the idea of a brand new year, with no mistakes in it.
And breaking it down even more...a brand new day with no mistakes in it.
Rather than look at whole year, all I really need to do is take it one day at a time. 
That is really all that we know we have anyway. So, with every new day, we
can make a new resolve. Did I do all I wanted to do for my Lord yesterday?
I have a brand new day do my BEST for Him. 
So, this morning as I am pondering a brand new year...I pray
that I can once again make some improvements.
I do need to get back to eating healthier (on a regular basis), get 
back to walking daily (if my heel spur will cooperate), and most
of all, I want to use this new year to get ever closer to God.
I want to help my heart to become softer toward Him. I want
Him to be able to use me to be a blessing to those around me and
to help those around me see HIM in me. 

With all these thoughts in mind, here are a few stanzas of one of my favorite hymns.
(I don't believe these are all the verses, just the ones on our church hymn book)

Take My Life, and Let it Be

by Frances R. Havergal

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord to Thee
Take my hands, and let them move 
At the impulse of Thy love
At the impulse of Thy love

Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King
Always, only, for my King

Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with praises, Lord, to thee
Take my silver and my gold
Not a mite would I withhold
Not a mite would I withhold

Take my love, my Lord I pour 
At Thy feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee
Ever, only, all for Thee

A brand new year, with no mistakes in it. A new year to live every day
for God's glory and give Him my whole heart. 
I am looking forward to it. I don't want to waste one minute of it. 

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Random Catch Up in No Particular Order

It's been WAY too long since I blogged but honestly, it's
so hard to do everything that I want to do
and I never get it all done. Since it's been so long since
I posted, I just chose some random pics from my phone
to try and document some of our lives around here. Lol!

I had a birthday in August! I have found that the older 
I get the more I like "old" things. Haha! When we
were first married, my husband and I bought an old
house that had ALL the stuff in, glassware,
EVERYTHING still in it. And, I TOTALLY did NOT want
ANY of that old stuff. I wanted "country blue and ducks"
(which was ALL THE RAGE back then)
So, as soon as I could, we had a yard sale and 
practically gave that stuff away. 
Oh and learn.
I said all that to say this...I have recently began
getting into "vintage" stuff. Look what my
hubby found for my birthday! We got
it at a thrift store (which is our favorite hang out btw)  ;)
It's called a deacon bench. Not sure of it's age...from
my research, I would say it's from around the 30's.
It's in very nice condition (solid) and just
the right amount of patina (scratched up) lol.
I love it! And he got it for a song really.

Emily has recently developed some new loves.
She has always loved musicals. But, I found her a
few old Broadway musicals on VHS at...wait for it....the thrift store! 
And that started a whole new thing for her.
She has been watching Broadway stuff and getting all carried
away for weeks now.
Her absolute favorite is "Phantom of the Opera"
and more specifically the 25th anniversary edition
at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Mostly because she really LOVES
Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo.
I never thought I'd say it, but she's even
got me loving it and I HATED it at first. 

Here is a scene from her favorite version.
She's watched three or four different versions and
read the book.

Here she is in a mask she got for her "Phantom Shrine" in her room.
Didn't get a picture of that, but I need to. You wouldn't believe her attention
to details.

And of course, all these items are for the shrine.

And she also really loves Les Miserables...not as much as Phantom
but it HIGH up there on her list of loves.

My hubby and I were out "picking" one day
and saw Batman! How cool is that!?!
My honey is the one on the left. ;) (just
in case you had trouble making it out) Haha!

 One of Emily's newest additions to her "Princess"
business. The kids at the library loved Snow White.

This is Ramin Karimloo...Emily's favorite Phantom.
He now plays Jean Valjean in Les Miserables
on Broadway.

And you know, Emily has always LOVED
getting autographs from her favorites.
She had Kirk Cameron's and Amy Adams
plus ALL the autographs from the actors
in the Mandie movies.
She decided to try to get some of her
favorite Broadway actors. Here is 
a t shirt signed by all the cast of "The Little Mermaid"
on Broadway. Ariel (Sierra Boggess) is on front
and all the others on the back. 
And she also sent a letter to Sierra Boggess requesting
an autographed picture and she recently received that in the
mail (failed to get a pic of that too)
It has a prominent place in her shrine.

I found her this cool Broadway shirt at a thrift store.
It has almost every Broadway show you can think of.
She loved it!

Here is of the little sweeties
that our friends from church, Jonathan and Becky, are
fostering right now. Pray for them as they
care for these sweet darlings.

My husband loves putting trail camera's out
in the woods where he hunts. Look what he got
on camera last week. YIKES!!!

Here is Snow White at the library. We had a super great turn out. 

And look at all the "little" Snow Whites! So cute!

Emily and Kyeli

 Emily with Kyeli and Zidane

Emily's most requested...Queen Elsa!
She has had three parties this month
and all were for Elsa.

Here are some pics from one of the parties.

Emily found this "Phantom" hat in Family Dollar one day. 
Don't worry...I didn't let her waste her money on it. Lol.

My husband bought me this at an estate sale recently.
It's a vintage floor lamp. Isn't it so pretty? 
It's right behind my deacon bench. Makes
that corner so pretty. And ain't that deer head
pretty too????? 

Here is another that shows a little more detail
.The lighting sometimes messes me up.
And here is a cute little hand made quilt I also
got a thrift store to go on the bench. 

Well, that's about all really.
We have started back with school.
Emily is in tenth grade this year.
She is doing Algebra II (Abeka),
English II, World History, Physical Science,
and New Testament Survey...all ACE...,
Spanish II (Rosetta Stone), and one more
semester of Computer Literacy. She also does
music practice every day as a part of her work day.
Also, we found a lady who had just recently retired
from a local community college here who taught Comp.
She has very graciously offered to teach a class to a group
of home school students. The class is called English Literature and
Composition. It is a college prep class. We have chosen
to just do one semester so that she can still do her ACE English paces.
It makes for a pretty tight and challenging 
schedule but she is doing very always.
 I am excited about her getting to do this class...she is very gifted
in writing...although for the most part, she only writes stuff that
doesn't really matter (as I guess all teenage girls do)
Anyway, I am excited to see how her writing is expanded and improved
during this class. Her teacher is great...she is demanding...which
is good...that in itself will greatly prepare her for college.
That's it on the home school front.

There's not much else new right now. I am so looking
forward to fall days, cooler weather, scarf-wearing weather, 
and just the general slowing down of things.
And of course, I am REALLY looking forward to 
my first pot of chili...(which I always save for fall and winter)

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Wow! Summer is almost over...BOO! I think that this
has been the fastest summer ever. And I had such big plans
to blog...but quitely frankly, we've been living our lives
and doing soooo much that I just haven't had TIME to. 
But, I had a few extra minutes this morning (not because
I don't have anything to do but just because I wanted to)
So, here goes...get ready for MAJOR PICTURE OVERLOAD!!

 Of course, our first big summer project is VBS 
(but you knew that already, didn't you?) Lol!  ;)

This was a picture of my classroom.
(my extreme gratitude to Mrs. Cheryl who does
almost all the VBS decorating~ a few exceptions
are some of the teachers who choose to do their own~ but
since I am very much "creativity-challenged", I am so happy
to have someone who is good at it to take care of it for me)

Mrs. Missy Longmire had the job of registering all the kids
and getting them where they needed to be. 

And we had some fabulous help in the kitchen this year. 
Mrs. Barbara only had to give directions and her help
was right at her fingertips. 

Meet "Tracker Jill" who dropped in on us each night.
She was really BAD with directions, but she found 
her way in to pay us a brief visit nightly.

Mrs. Amy~ Our hard-working VBS administrator and Mrs. Missy.

What in the world is "Tracker Jill" up to now, I wonder?

A picure of my teen girl class. We really had a good turn out 
this year. (note my Emily is missing..  :(   She opted
to be a teacher's helper this year instead of a student).
She so much enjoys working with the little kids so she
assisted Mrs. Teresa in the 2-3 year old class.

Here we were playing a game.They had to pick up an M&M with a straw and
drop into the cup. The one who got the most in 30 seconds won. It was
a fun game. We played little games like that each night. 

Mrs. Darlene was my assistant again this year. I did
the teaching part and she did the craft. This year, she 
had them make a macrame plant hanger. The kids
did great. 

And here is another picture of our group. 

Oh dear, here she comes again! lol

Our church was blessed to be able to purchase an "ark" for
a new play area for our little guys. We do have a small gym
but usually when we have dinners and such, some of the older
ones like to play basketball in there. So we really needed
a place for the little kids to go. Emily just had to
do her "Titanic" pose. Silly girl. We now have the
area fenced and are getting ready to put down rubber
mulch. So we should have a nice area for our little
guys for a good long time.

Our family isn't planning a vacation this year, but we did
take a family fun day to visit The Little Ponderosa Petting Zoo and
Rescue. We had so much fun. It really is a super nice facility
and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a nice
day outing. Emily's friend Toni was able to go with us. 

Emily wanted a selfie with a Llama. She said "Smile, Llama" and
it looks like he cooperated nicely.

The next BIG project we planned for summer was
to switch and redecorate Emily's room. She had a small
bedroom and the bigger room next to it that used to be
the playroom. Since she no longer needed it for that purpose,
and could greatly use more space, we switched. She wanted
to decorate in a Paris theme. Now, we plan to make my husband
a new study in the room that used to be Emily's. We are currently
in the middle of that. Pictures will come when it's is completed. 

I really wanted to find Em a new dresser with a mirror
and we were able to get one at a yard sale along
with a matching chest of drawers. It is really nice.
And it gives her way more space for her stuff.
Her little tv is now mounted to the wall.
We found a wall mount on Amazon for ten bucks. That
frees up the top of her chest now. We also have some
Paris removeable stickers ordered that she will place
randomly around the room...but they are en route.

The tropical mural is left from when this was the playroom
but we payed a ton of money for it so we told her she'd just
have to go with it. We didn't want to just rip it down. 
(besides, when we hung it, the directions said NOT to use
sizing which means it is going to be a PAIN to remove~so the
next family who lives here will get to do that) Lol!

Cute border

A friend got her this cute box.

The Paris picture we picked up at a thrift store and the London
picture (which Emily loves too) we found at a yard sale.

Got two of these little cuties at a yard sale for 50 cents each.

Got this decanter (missing it's top) at a yard sale for 50 cents.
When you lift it, it is a music box that plays "The Last Time I 
Saw Paris". It is a vintage decanter that...IF we had the top to it,
would be worth over $100. Imagine that...I told Emily we could
paint it if she wanted to, but she likes it the way it is. 

Cute picture frame. Just need a new picture for it. 

Jewelry tree that says it at a yard sale. 

Just love her bedding. And of course, Marie, from the Aristcats
fits right in with her theme. 

I totally love this little Paris suitcase box. Also, got 
it at a yard sale. 

Almost all ( the exception being the box from a friend) of the accessories
came from yard sales or thrift stores.
It was really fun keeping an eye out for "Paris" treasures.
We got her bedding on Ebay and I bought the curtains at
Family Dollar for very cheap. 
She totally LOVES her new room.

And of course, she is still doing StoryTime at our local 
library one Saturday a month. This was the first time
that "Elsa" got to visit. We had a REALLY good turn out
this time...around 35 kids present. That is the most yet.
Of course, everyone loves Elsa and they were so excited to get
to meet her and get pictures with her. 

And it never ceases to amaze me how GOOD she is with these kids.
She knows just how to get them to sit quietly and listen.
She's really quite gifted...if I say so myself. ;)

Huge group...this is not all of the kids. Some were too shy for the 
group picture. 

This little sweetie came as Anna so we had both of the sisters. :)

So, we've been super busy. I am fixin' to get covered up in canning
so I have no idea when I'll blog next. But, whenever it is, hopefully, I 
won't have QUITE as many pictures. (but who knows?)
I wish we made a couple more months of summer.
I sound like the kids, don't I?