Friday, November 17, 2017

Feminine Friday

I'm late to the game today so I will just saying one of the things that a godly woman will do is to dress the way she would other women to dress around her husband, son, brother or father.

The original quote : "Dress the way the way you would want other women to dress around your husband" - Kim Doebler

Friday, November 10, 2017

Feminine Friday

Ladies today instead of posting a picture I want to talk about being a godly feminine woman/ young lady.

Being feminine is not just about what you wear but it also includes have a meek and quiet spirit(1 Peter 3:3-4)

Being feminine doesn't mean participating in women's marches wearing(yes I'm going there!) vagina hats demanding your rights to kill your unborn baby.

Being feminine means having a thankful and submissive attitude.

A feminine woman gladly accepts her role as a woman and rejects the notion of wanting to do jobs reserved for men.

A feminine woman will reverence her husband and submit except when it violates scripture.(1Peter 3:1-6, Ephesians 5:22)


Being feminine is not flaunting our bodies by dressing in clothing that makes us look like harlots or posting pictures online of ourselves in harlot attire for all to see.

Being feminine loves her husband, children and being a keeper at home(Titus 2 :1-5)

These are a few things I wanted to share. Scripture is full of teaching aimed at us women. Now I'm not perfect by no means. I've definitely come short of being the wife God wants me to be.

Resources  I recommend
The Bible of course
The Excellent Wife- Martha Peace
Daughters of Sarah-Genevieve  M. White
The Transformed Wife- Lori Alexander
Any books by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies
Created to Be His Helpmeet- Debi Pearl

I'm still in the middle of Created to Be His Helpmeet but so far it's been very encouraging.




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Better Picture of Tea Cup

Here's a better picture of the teacup and saucer I recieved and there is a handmade doily. I want to examine the pattern to figure out how to crochet one.  I've never made a doily in my life So I hope to be able to do this pattern.


Completed Shirt Apron

Here's a picture of me in the completed apron after I disguised the shirt pocket I forgot to remove before I started sewing.


A Lighter Post-Tea Cup Exchange Reveal

I've posted in the past about the wonderful teacup and mug exchange that Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose hosts at least twice a year.  I participated for the first time in the spring of this year and was blessed to do it again for the fall.
So for the fall exchange I sent a package to JoJo over at Through My Hands. She is a very talented craft lady. I didn't snap a picture of her goodies because I wanted to get her package out.

I recieved a lovely package from Kim and I just love it! I love having tea time and this just makes it all the more lovelier!
If you would love to see more pictures of tea loveliness check  Stephanies post tomorrow at The Enchanting Rose reveal and information for the next exchange.

Being Fearful

This was in my inbox today and it is just what I needed today. I realize that not many agree with the things Lori writes but this post is important for all of us who may be experiecing fear .
The Transformed Wife
If the link doesn't click or copy and paste.
https://thetransformedwife.com/the-fear-of-being-shot-in-church/

Monday, November 6, 2017

One More Confession

I really don't like confessing this but sometimes I get fearful due to the recent shootings. When I heard about the shooting at a church in TX yesterday , that made things much worse. Twenty- six people(including a 18month old baby) as of the time of this writing died for no reason.

Here in AZ people are allowed to carry weapons.  I get nervous someone is going to go on a shooting rampage. I get fearful at church or Bible study that someone who has a beef with God or Christians in general and come in shooting.
I know this is not how God wants His children to live but yet the fear is there.

Confession Time- Last Night I Whined to God

First of all I want to thank you all for your kind comments regarding my oldest daughter Miranda leaving on a long missons trip. They are very comforting to me. She and the team from YWAM Bishop, who are friends of our since all our kids were little, will fly out on the 16th.

So now I will explain why I whined to God last night. Yesterday we drove Miranda to Las Vegas to meet up with our friend from Bishop who was housesitting so they can drive back to Bishop together. That was fine.
So we drove back to AZ and we stopped in a small town outside of Kingman,AZ for gas and potty break. That was fine. It was fine until we were leaving the parking lot and Tim says "Really?" I'm thinking perhaps the driver in front of us did something silly because we saw alot of that during the drive. Tim says "Why isn't the alternator alternating?" I'm thinking this is not good and so I'm praying that the car would continue to work but the car wasn't having it. The headlights were starting to dim and the car was starting to die. I kept praying that we would get to Kingman where it was well lit but nope that didn't happen.
We ended up pulling over to the side of the road in the middle of no where it was dark and all we could see were the lights of Kingman which was an hour away. That's when the whining started. (Cue the violin music) "God why didn't You honor my prayer?" "How can I trust You to keep my daughter safe while on her mission trip  when you won't honor a simple request to keep our car running?"  I was very much pitiful.

After we pulled over Tim called our friend(praise God for cell signals despite being in Nowhere Land)  who are three hours away. So making a long story short, we got around rescued 11:30 last night. Our friend had a trailer to load our car on and off we went. We got home around 3 this morning,.
So these are the things I was thankful for last night:
We were kept safe from cars because our hazard lights quit working
Thankful there were signals on our cell phones because usually in remote areas like that there is no cell service
This one might be tmi but were girls were grateful for empty drink cups, napkins and hand sanitizer because there wasn't a potty around
Thankful for the bright moon which shown on our car after the hazard light dimmed out
Thankful for our friend who we think is an angel in disguise who came to get us
Thankful God got us home safely even though, it wasn't the way I had planned.

Ladies, I confess I'm still a little troubled that God didn't answer my prayer to keep our car running our whole trip. And yes I'm worried that God won't keep Miranda safe as she won't be in  very safe places.
This is a hard thing for me to admit because I always thought my faith was strong. If last night was a test, I failed miserably.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Questions

If you have any questions about the shirt apron, please let me know. I did rush through the apron and tutorial.
Also I will be mostly absent this week as we will be spending time with our oldest daughter. She will be gone a whole year and this mama's heart is breaking but I know that the Lord will be using her in a mighty way. I just need to put my complete trust in Him and no that He will be watching out for her and keeping her safe.

Shirt Apron Tutorial (Finally!)

As promised I'm going to show you how to make a apron out of a man's shirt. You can either ask your husband if you can have one of his shirts that he doesn't want anymore or you can get one from a yard sale or thrift store.

Supplies you will need are shirt, chalk or fabric marker,needle and thread, scissors and a sewing machine.
Step 1. Remove cat from shirt and cutting mat
Step 2. Draw an angled line from shoulder seam to the underarm seam. I used a blue fabric marker that I hope you can see. Do this for both shoulder seams.

Step 3.Remove cat again and starting at bottom of shirt and cut at seam all the way up to where you drew the line and keep cutting on the drawn line.


Step 4. Flip up the collar and cut along seam to remove the back of the shirt. Here what it should look like.


Step 5. At the shoulder fold over raw  1/4 in and press. Then fold over 1/4 in again and press.  I used pins to help keep the folds down

Step  6. Sew along pressed edge and then press again.
Step 7. Sew the shirt up the button line but not too far up. Leave about two buttons open so you can get shirt over your head.

Step 8. For the ties I wanted something different so I found two scraps of fabric that were 19 x 4 inches long.


Steps 9. Fold over 1/4  and press all edges of strips. Do this twice.
Step 10. Sew along all four edges and press.
 Step 11. Attach ties to the "v"  sides of your apron and sew across.


Step 12.
Remove cat


Step 13. Your finished apron!


Notes: I forgot to take the pocket off so I'm going to cover it up with something. Also I'm going to attach a pocket on the lower right side of apron.
Many thanks to Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose  for her original tutorial on making a shirt apron.
 Thank you to my  daughter Shannon for helping with the photos and lending me her sewing machine.
And a special thanks to Kirstie the cat for her "help" in making this tutorial.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Slight Delay in Tutorial

Good Morning Ladies,
There will be a slight delay in getting the tutorial up. First of all my daughter from CA is visiting before she has to leave next week for a extended missions trip on a ship with YWAM. It ill be a long time before we see her again so we want to spend as much time with her as possible but that is for another post. Second, I'm having trouble with my tablet where all the pictures to use for the tutorial are stored. I hope to get it up later today or tomorrow.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Taking a One Week Break and a Tutorial Coming Up

Greeting Sisters! I'm needed to take a week off from my blog. I'm a little overwhelmed with too many things but when I return I'm going to give a tutorial on how to turn a man's shirt into a functional apron.
Below is the shirt I will be working with and the other picture was my first attempt at making one.
See you in a week!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Simply Woman's Daybook -October


For Today



Looking out my window-It's windy out and the sun will be setting soon

I am thinking about how delicious dinner will be

I am thankful for my family and our cat Kirstie

One of my favorite things is watching my daughters be silly

I am creating nothing this week

I am wearing yellow dress with blue flowers and a slip on headcovering I made years ago

I am reading Created to Be His Helpmeet still.
I'm listening to a You Tube video my daughters are watching

I am hoping that our oldest daughter will be able to come visit at the end of the month

I am learning to keep my faith in the Lord and to always be open to what the Holy Spirit is telling me

In my kitchen
Slow cooker pork ribs


In the school room
I gave my daughter the day off from school today.




Post Script
Here's a link to upcycle an man's shirt into a cute apron
http://theenchantingrose.blogspot.com/2014/04/upcycled-shabby-apron.html

Shared Quote
 When my girls were little one of them misunderstood me when I  told one of my other daughters I  was reading a list of sermons and she asked" Who is Allisa Sermon?"

A moment from my day
A jar of over browned granola I made this morning.



Closing Notes
If you want to do your own  Simple Woman Daybook
Here's the link to the guidelines The Simple Woman's Daybook

Feminine Friday

Here is this week's Feminine Friday. Today is a yellow dress with light and dark blue flowers.



And my trusty slippers!


 I'm linking with Renee at 
http://thereisbeautyingrace.blogspot.com/2017/10/feminine-friday_20.html


Saturday, October 14, 2017

One of Those Days

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you are doing everything wrong? Not only that you feel like " What's the use?".
I was having one of those days yesterday morning. I was clearing off the kitchen counter as it has become a "catch all" for mail, empty boxes from mail etc.
As I was doing this several thoughts started to go through my mind. " Why are you doing this? It's going to get messy again" " Why are you trying to be a better helpmeet to your husband?" " He probably doesn't even appreciate it anyway!" By the time I was done cleaning the counter I was nearly in tears.

I then realized those thoughts did not come from God but from the enemy. I made myself a cup of tea, sat down and there was this quiet still voice that said "Be still and know I am God". Oh such refreshing words from Psalm 46:10.

More in the next post.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Feminine Friday

First of all thank you ladies for your kind comments and prayers regarding my concerns about relapsing the TTP. I feel undeservingly honored by your prayers.
Anyway, I'm joining Renee over at her blog http://thereisbeautyingrace.blogspot.com for her weekly Feminine Friday.
Today  I'm wearing one of my favorite dresses and slippers because I didn't feel like putting on real shoes.
I do that alot because my slippers are much more comfortable than shoes. If I could, I would wear them out in public.








Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Feeling a Little Better

Thank you ladies for your kind words. I'm feeling better but I'm tired. The thing is I need to to pay close attention to my symptoms. Many of you don't know this but several years ago I was in the hospital for three and a half weeks for a blood disorder called TTP.  TTP  stands for Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. It's a rare disorder that causes very low platelets due to blood clots in the body. The doctors aren't sure what caused my case but it was very scary.  I was treated through plasma exchange and regular blood draws. So anyway, I was afraid I might have been relasping as I started to not feel well on Friday night which lasted through the next few days.

So for the next few days I need to watch out for any odd bruising, unexplained fatigue and sorry if this is TMI blood in my urine. All symptoms I had and ignored with my first go around with this because I figured the symptoms wòuld go away.
Now I'm older and wiser and definitely know better.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Feeling Under the Weather

Hi ladies.  I'm feeling yucky but I hope to feel better soon. My sister who almost won tickets to the Las Vegas concert  lives in CA will be calling me later today or this evening. It will be good to talk to her even though I'm sick.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

With the recent sudden passing of Tom Petty at age  66. I thought it would be a good idea to alert you to the signs of a heart attack. Most of you know my husband Tim had a heart attack in January. He knows it would have been a different story if he chose to ignore the symptoms. My dad passed away in 1984 from a heart attack he didn't realize what was happening.

Signs of a heart attack from The American Heart Society:
1. Chest discomfort often described as squeezing, pressure, fullness or pain that lasts for a few minutes and comes back.

2. Discomfort in other areas of the body such one or both arms, back, neck, and jaw

3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort

4. Lightheadedness, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or vomiting

It's also very important to know that women's heart attack symptoms may not include chest pain but the above symptoms are there. They may also  experience fainting ,upper back pressure or extreme pressure.

Make sure you know these signs and your loved ones too.  Even if you are not sure  its a heart attack call 911 anyway. It's better to appear silly than to just ignore the symptoms and suffer loss of life.

Good Morning!

I hope this morning finds you all well. I decided to take time away from the blog  and try to make sense of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas.
I'm thankful for the Lord's hand on my sister. She almost won tickets to that music festival. My sister, whom always has a knack for winning tickets to concerts, somehow lost out on winning and oh how grateful we are.
My heart and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones due to that evil person :(

Friday, September 29, 2017

Homemade Granola Recipe

These ingredients or amounts are not set in stone. You can add all you want to make a delicious granola. Just experiment to see what you like.
Preheat oven to 300°

2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup dried unsweetened or reduced sugar cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup unsweetened carob chips
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raw chopped nuts of your choice
2 T raw honey
2 T coconut oil
1/2 t. vanilla extract
Pinch of fine sea salt (regular salt should work fine)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Spread on a foil lined cookie sheet.( I used nonstick foil). Bake for 10 minutes to lightly brown. After 10 minutes give it a stir and if you want it a little browner, then bake for another 10 minutes or so.  Watch carefully that you dont burn it. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
This is really good mixed in yogurt, straight from the container or as a cereal with milk or almond milk.

National Coffee Day

Found this cute picture by Matt Hoffman in honor of National Coffee Day. To bad it's  not National Take Regina to Tea I mean National Tea Day 😆

Feminine Friday

Later in this post, I will go slightly off topic. I'm participating in  Renee's Feminine  Friday today
http://thereisbeautyingrace.blogspot.com/2017/09/feminine-friday.html
This dress was made by a friend from California and it is a common style of many Conservative Mennonite ladies. I wasn't always a headcovering, dresses only woman. I have been dressing this way though for several years. It is my standard of modesty. Not every Christian woman needs to dress this way to be modest. Yesterday on my daybook I put a quote saying we should dress the way we want other women to dress around our husband and it's so true. Sure, we can say "Well he shouldn't be looking!" Really? So if  is Miss Queen of Immodesty dressed in a low cut see through dress and your husband or boyfriend looked , who are you going to blame?

I read this morning that Hugh Hefner passed away.  It's sad that he passed without Christ. It's sad because he became extremely wealthy off a sin that has destroyed so many lives. Sadly he is going to have to give an account to God. It really makes me shudder to think about that.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today


Looking out my window I see the grasshoppers are awake
the cicadas are still sleeping

I am thinking how fun this Simple Woman Daybook will be

I am thankful that we have been living in this house a year now

One of my favorite things is sipping afternoon tea

I am creating well actually coloring in my coloring book called
"I Love My Hair"

I am wearing my red plaid flannel nightgown 

I am reading Created to Be His Helpmeet

I am hoping my friends who have cancer are healed

I am learning how to be a godly wife

In my kitchen, well I think we will have leftovers for dinner


In my garden I need to harvest some mint. There is chocolate mint as well as spearmint and sweet mint

Post Script
My favorite Etsy  https://www.etsy.com/shop/RosePetalBlessings

Shared Quote


A moment from my day

Homemade granola

(The Simple Woman's  Daybook was started by Peggy at www.thesimplewoman.blogspot.com)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

"Sneaky" and Not So Ways to Get Exercise In

I confess I hate to exercise. Never been a fan of jogging, sit-ups or any of that stuff. So since my doctor diagnosed me with pre-diabetes and told me the importance of watching my diet and exercise I have been trying to figure out something to get exercise in.  One thing she suggested was walking though she recommended brisk walking she said any walking is better than nothing.
She also said you don't need to join a gym but use what you have at home so here are some ideas I have come up with:

1.Do a prayer walk around your neighborhood. Even if you live in a rural area like I do this can still be done.

2. Walk around your property or your house if the weather is bad and you can use this also as a prayer walk.

3. Get an exercise bike. You can probably find some nice used ones at a yard sale or thrift store.

4. Get your family involved. It's more fun to exercise when our family is involved and supporting us.

5. March in place. I used to do this for awhile when we lived in CA.

Those are all I can think of at the moment. I have a slight cold so I can't think very clearly. I hope this has encouraged us all to get some sort of exercise.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Healthy Eating Part 2 and Lessons Learned

Some of the lessons we learned while we were on this fast were:
1. Healthy eating can be expensive. We ate a lot of organic fruits and veggies, whole grain foods like brown rice, black bean pasta and the like. There really isn't a reason for healthy food to be expensive.

2. Plan menus. Because I didn't do my complete research on the Daniel Fast we were stuck eating a lot of the same meals with no variety. I didn't make the meals enjoyable.

3. Read labels. I didn't do that well with reading labels during the fast but we still managed to eat very healthy and still avoid most added sugar in foods like dried fruits and salad dressings.

4. Pray. It's important to take time for prayer which I managed to do.

That all being said I don't want to tell you ladies what you should or shouldn't eat. Truth be told I don't like being what to eat. Perhaps in a way I'm a bit of a rebel. After Tim's heart attack we did lean towards healthy eating but somehow slowly started going back to our old eating habits.

So instead of telling you all what to eat, I will share some of our family's favorite foods:

Plain greek yogurt mixed with fruit, homemade granola, and or honey
Homemade granola
Almond milk yogurt mixed with homemade granola( can you tell we like homemade granola?)
Brown rice with sauted veggies
Stir fry veggies
Fruit salads
Turkey meatballs
Healthy homemade peanut butter cups
Chicken and Dumplings
Curried tofu and veggies
Fruit smoothies made with unsweetened almond or coconut milk
Chicken tacos seasoned with homemade taco seasoning
This is just a few of our favorite foods. We will be trying to reduce the junk foods we eat which means, if I don't buy it, we won't eat it.

We will have another family meeting to discuss our feelings about the fast and if we would like to do it again in the future. I personally would like to do it again in the future. I just bought The Daniel Fast book which has some interesting recipes to try. If I had bought the book sooner I would have avoided the problems of meal planning for the fast.
Some of the dishes I plan to make for meatless meals which I hope to do at least twice a week.
Well I have rambled enough. If you managed to read this far, thank you. Maybe you might want to try some of the foods listed. Perhaps you have some favorites you like to share.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Our Family's Healthy Eating Plan(Part 1)




Recently our family decided (with a little prodding from Tim and I) to begin an adventure of a 21 day Daniel Fast.  If you are not familiar with the Daniel Fast it is taken from the book of Daniel chapter  and 10.  Daniel had requested only to eat fruits and veggies, with only water to drink. No sweets, meat,dairy, not even a cuppa tea!

So we explained to our living at home girls that basically we would be eating vegan for 21 days. Well the girls were on board with but we failed to explain about Daniel diet and what he might have eaten. Many recipes they researched would be considered a no-no for the Daniel fast.   So we decided to just not make a big deal about it but to concentrate on making better food choices. We are still following the basic idea but we are avoiding junk food because we haven't bought any since we started the fast.

My youngest daughter did make some  peanut butter cups using carob chips, coconut oil and natural unsalted peanut butter. They help satisfy our desire for something sweet. These are much better for us than Reeses peanut butter cups.

The hardest for Tim and I is fasting from coffee. We both love our morning coffee. As an alternative to coffee we found some chicory at Natural Grocers.  It's caffeine  free  and it's actually really good but not as good as coffee. I put almond milk in it instead of 1/2 n 1/2 since we are fasting from dairy.   I miss my Lady Grey black tea so I have been drinking herb teas. Good thing I enjoy drinking herbal teas otherwise I might be rather cranky.

As I mentioned earlier, the idea we had for the Daniel Fast was more for learning to make better choices for eating but I really want it to draw us closer to the Lord. That was the original way it came about.
Anyway by the end of this fast I hope we have a better understanding on how to treat this temple (our bodies) the way God wants us to.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

11th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange

Hello friends!
Next Wednesday the 11th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange signup begin over at The Enchanting Rose. My girls and I did this in the spring and it was so much fun! If you are interested in signing up or just curious just click on The Enchanting Rose link above. The image isn't clickable for some reason.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Taking Care of Our Spiritual Health







Ladies I apologize for my absence from blogging. I had "blogging block" and couldn't figure out what to write about. My heart has been heavy over the victims of Hurricane Harvey, especially those families who lost loved ones. Now there's Hurricame Irma which is forecast to hit next week. Prayers for those affected by both these hurricanes will be appreciated I'm sure.

So many of us want to be healthy.  As a result we decide to eliminate or reduce certain foods from our diets. We commit to more exercise more. While these are actually important things our spiritual is even more important. So I want to share some ideas that I hope will encourage you.

1.Get into God's  Word. I can not stress to you enough about how we must read our Bibles daily. I don't mean just doing a daily reading and be done. I mean really reading His Word and meditating on what God is saying to us.
Highlight verses that speak to you or you want to study more. I really like the Thompson-Chain reference Bible which allows you to study a particular subject further.
You can also use a devotional to help you get in the Word. I use Beside the Still Waters published by Still Waters Ministries.


2. Pray daily. This is our time us to communicate with our Lord. It's also God's time to let the Holy Spirit speak to us. But we need to LISTEN! I know I'm guilty of going on and on when I'm praying and not letting God get a word in edgewise. There is a lot going on in the world now that needs to be committed to prayer.

3. Try to avoid people or social media that discourages  you. This is a hard one because often times the ones doing the discouraging is a family member.
Be very careful of the social media sites like Facebook, Instagram or blogs.
I've been following a particular Christian blog for awhile but unfortunately because the blog authors want to allow all points of view  as a result there are many negative and downright mean judgemental comments. It's really not enjoyable to read anymore. I even find myself even questioning my beliefs because many of the "trolls" are non believers  they say the most blasphemous things about the Bible and God.

All that to say just be careful. There are a lot of lost souls out there who don't care or truly understand the love of God.

There's more I'd like to say but I started this post on Labor Day actually. And it's taken me this long to finally post the little bit. I hope it has encouraged you in a small way.

I will talk next time about healthy eating and exercise.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bread Pudding and Tea

A few days ago Stephanie at TheEnchantingRose posted a delicious recipe for bread pudding. It goes great with afternoon tea!
The recipe didn't call for raisins but I topped mine with some raisins I had on hand. Also I used hamburger and hot dog buns. I had never made bread pudding before. I couldn't believe how easy it was and that I actually liked it!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Forgot to mention

I did this tray in honor of Afternoon Tea Week in the UK which started yesterday and runs through the 20th. There's a bunch of us bloggers  and non bloggers who aren't in the UK joining our fellow tea lovers in Afternoon Tea this week.

DIY Dollar Tree Tea Tray

I wanted to get a tea tray but nice ones are too expensive. I decided to do my own using all Dollar Tree items. All I did was get a 13 x 9 sheet pan and some stickers. In this case I used wall stickers because they were the prettiest. My daughter got some paints and Modge Podge, again Dollar Tree.
Basically all we did was painted the tray, let it dry and put the stickers on. We painted a couple of layers od Modge Podge, letting dry between layers. Easy Peasy!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Interesting Radar

We are having a thunderstorm and I wanted to see the radar. It gave me the giggles because it looks like a bird.

Reflections

As I'm sitting here reflecting on memories of Dodie I remembered that a year ago today, we crossed the Colorado River out of California to start our new lives in AZ. We didn't have a home. We didn't have much money because the funds from probate hadn't been released. We spent two weeks cramped in a nice but not very large hotel room. We didn't eat the most nutritious meals, which consisted of microwaved foods from nearby Dollar Tree or the market. We occassionally had a pizza delivered. But we also ate out alot during that two week hotel stay. After two weeks of hotel living, our real estate agent and his wife (who are now our friends!)offered their RV for us to stay in while he helped us find a home.
Sometimes I find it hard to believe that we left CA totally on faith and trusting  that God would 1. Show us the house we are to buy and 2. Provide the money to buy our house.
In September we will have been in our house a year. We are so blessed to have been led here.

Pickles

Here's a more upbeat post. I made 7 quarts of pickles a couple of days ago. I made 7 quarts but my youngest wanted pickles so we stuck that jar in the fridge so that's why only six are shown.
This was my first time making pickles and I had so much fun, I want to do it again!

Dreaded Update on Dodie

We ended up putting our kitten Dodie down yesterday. It was one of the hardest things we had to do. She was not eating as well as she should, she started to stagger when she walked and we think she was losing her sight. The FIP disease was just too hard for her to fight.6
I think some of her habits such as putting her toy in the water, jumping on the couch with her wet toy, and talking to me while I made the morning coffee (things she stopped doing when she got sick) were possibly her way of saying goodbye and to remember the good times. We also believe the Lord knew this was going to happen and He needed someone to care for His furry creation because her time was limited. Dodie actually chose us at the shelter. She climbed on my husband Tim's lap and made herself comfortable. Her sister Kirstie did the same for my daughter. We knew we couldn't separate those two.

  We are sad for ourselves but we are even sadder for littermate sister Kirstie.  She sensed something was wrong with Dodie because she was always grooming her and she was gentle (sometimes!) when she wanted Dodie to play with her but Dodie was just too sick to play.

Yesterday Kirstie watched us carry Dodie in her crate and she became very alarmed when we arrived back from the vet upset and empty handed.  She has been looking for her and the poor thing thing didn't even want to come out of my youngest daughter's room to eat this morning but stayed hid. The kitties usually sleep in my laundry room but we didn't have the heart to put her in there alone. She finally came out but she is very subdued. She keeps looking for Dodie hoping to see her.

We are not sure how to help  Kirstie other than to just love on her and give her lots of attention. She is still a kitten herself so losing Dodie for me makes all the more sad because she was only nine months old.

It's easy to think, oh it's just a kitten and we need to just " get over it" but it is just not that easy since we have never gone through this as a family before.
Not to mention Dodie was perfectly created for us and it was our pleasure to have her for such a short time.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tea With God

One of my favorite things is to have tea. I love my afternoon tea and  there's nothing like a nice cup of tea before bed. But I also love my time with the Lord. I have my usual time with Him in my "War Room" that consists of devotional reading from Beside the Still Waters, scripture reading, singing hymns and prayer. Then there's the extra I get to spend with God. Those middle of the day times when God puts someone on my heart to pray for or if I'm needing a boost of encouragement.
I hope you too have your own "tea with God."
This is my absolute favorite tea for one!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Dodie

This is one of our precious kittens Dodie. She is such a sweet little thing but we will have to say goodbye to her though we don't know when. She has a deadly disease called FIP. FIP stands for Feline Infectious  Peritonitis.  I haven't wanted to post about it but I think writing about it may help.

There is no cure so for now we are giving her Predinsone to help give her a appetite and give at least a better quality of life. She has mostly good days. She will meow and beg for treats which is her favorite thing to do. She takes her toy and puts it in her water dish which drives us crazy because she will bring us the wet toy.  We think she does that to keep her sister Kirstie from playing with it. It doesn't work.

Anyway, back to FIP not only is it fatal but it is contagious so Kirstie has also been exposed. FIP  apparently is very hard to diagnosed apparently they already been infected when we got them from the shelter.  We know the shelter did nothing wrong because it not always apparent that something is wrong. They had no idea anything was wrong. Dodie seemed to get sick really fast.  They were both didnt have any signs of FIP when we adopted them in January. FIP  can be in the cat's  body for years before the symptoms  appear. We have no idea if Kirstie is going to get sick. Currently Kirstie is not showing any signs of the disease for that we are grateful.
We are sad for ourselves when Dodie passes away but we are sad for Kirstie because they are sisters.
I apologize this post is sort of rambling but I have so much on my mind. We hope the medicine will give Dodie more than a few weeks. I think she is trying to fight this thing. She sleeps alot but cats do that.
She and Kirstie even get into trouble together giving us the "I didnt do anything" look. 😇
I guess that's all I have to say. I'm sorry this post is so sad. I just really needed to get my feelings out about this.
My poor daughters they are trying to be hopeful. Shannon who is 20 and is Dodie's human "Mommy" has been feeding her and giving  medicine.  Kaitlyn who is 16 is Kirstie human mommy has been helping with Dodie too but also making sure Kirstie isnt feeling left out.

I will have to contact the cat shelter to let them know what is going on so that they are aware that any kittens that were there when our kitties were have been exposed to FIP. I'm  not looking forward to that.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Some Slight Changes in My Blog

Hello ladies! I've been wanting to make on or two changes in my blog just to make it less boring look when it comes to posting.
One of the things I've always wanted to do is add a picture related to my post. I didn't know there are websites that have stock photos you can put on blogs until recently. The picture on my last post came from Pixaby.com
If any of you know other sites let me know in tne comments.
Which brings me to my next change is, I'm going to to my bezt to reply to comments starting with my last post on children and hot cars. I've gotten into the habit of approving comments but I haven't replied back so that's what I need and want to do.
I might not reply right away but I reply before I write a post.
Take care my friends!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Correction

I thought I wrote the post "Where's  Your Baby?" last year. It was actually July 8th, 2013. The correct  title of the post is  " Where is Your Baby?"

Don't Turn Your Back and Mind Your Own Business!



Hello friends! I started to write a post before this one but this topic is too important to ignore. Last summer I wrote a post with a odd title called "Where's Your Baby?" I wrote about the dangers of leaving young children alone in hot cars.  Today I read in our local news  that a child died after being left alone in a hot car.  This is the second one to die in two days according to the news report. That's two babies too many! One baby is too many!

So ladies  I'm encouraging you to not mind your own business! If you are walking in a parking lot don't be afraid to look at the cars you walk by. I'm not saying you need to go look inside each car. If you see a car seat make sure it's empty. If you see a little one alone in a car, call 911 immediately and get help from a passerby.  If the parent shows up before help arrives, let them know the authorities have been notified. Take their license number if needed especially if they are angry about you "Getting into their business ".

 Remember! There  is absolutely NO EXCUSE for leaving a child in a car by themselves! None! Zero! Zip!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Michelle Duggar's Post on Bitterness

Michelle Duggar recently wrote an excellent post on the root of bitterness. Here's the link: 

http://duggarfamily.com/2017/6/the-root-of-bitterness

Bitterness and God's Grace

I apologize for my sporadic posts. Summer has been somewhat busier than I had anticipated.

Bitterness! Ugh it's such an ugly word. Bitterness can cause a person to act ugly, do ugly things. It just makes the person" bitterugly". And no one wants to be around bitterugly people.

Ephesians 4:31-Let all bitterness,and wrath,and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you,with all malice.

Hebrews 12:14-15-Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man can see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.

 There's many more scriptures that deal with the subject of bitterness.
Why am I'm posting about bitterness you may be wondering?
Because I'm harboring bitterness towards a group of Christians mainly the  ladies in our community. The reasons are rather dumb but after doing some research, listening to a topic about them, reading other people's experience with this particular denomination, I sort of understand why they behave the way they do. But it's rather hard when you come across one of the ladies and they either act like you don't exist or they try to avoid you at all costs.

I have had to repent several times because it is not Christlike at all to have such bitterness toward them. I don't want to have the "I don't like those ladies" attitude but instead I need to pray for them because they believe they are the "true church" of Christ. As a result of this belief they don't appear to be very friendly.
Another reason I want to watch my attitude is because when people see me, I don't want to be mistaken for this group and because of our similarity in dress. When I'm out I try to be friendly and let the love of Jesus shine. You can't point people to Jesus if you act like they have "cooties"

Well I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Stay in the Word and be nice to those you see when you are out.  You may be the only "Bible" people see.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Sweet Hour of Prayer by William B. Bradbury

I sang this hymn this morning during my prayer time and I just love it so much I want to share it with you all. This is from The Cyber hymnal.





Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight:
This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise
To seize the everlasting prize;
And shout, while passing through the air,
Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Make Singing Part of Your Praying Time

Good afternoon dear ladies! Summer is going strong here witn temperatures in the mid to upper 90s.
Lately I've been singing as part of my devotion/ prayer time. I have several hymnals that I like to sing from. My favorite one is Hymns of the Church compiled by John D. Martin. There are many classic hymns and the text is large.  I appreciate that the most! I also use The Christian Hymnary compiled by John D. Overholt.

Anyway, I  think singing is a wonderful way to start your private time with the Lord. The nice thing about it the Lord doesn't care if you sound like a cat in pain! Just sing for Him!
I've found that by singing, it really gets me focused on God and what He has to say to me. As I mentioned I have hymnals because I personally prefer hymns over today's contemporary Christian music. Don't get me wrong, there are a few really good contemporary Christian songs out there. I love Ten Thousand Reasons and In Christ Alone. But the old hymns just has sometning today's Christian music just doesn't have. Even today's black gospel music, which I grew up listening to, just can't compare to Mahalia Jackson, Rev. James Cleveland and others of their era.

I hope you dear sisters will include whatever style of Christian music you like in your prayer and devotion with God. I really believe it helps to prepare your heart for that special time with Him.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

When God Seems Slow

Lately when I've been going into my war room, I look at my prayer board and I get discouraged. On one side I have all these sticky notes of prayers requests. That side is practicully full. I've had to crowd some of the sticky notes for everyone I'm praying for.
The other side is answered prayer sticky notes. The answered prayer side is though not empty, it is noticably less full. Actually there are only about six answered prayer sticky notes.
When I see that, I  wonder why is God taking so long to answer my prayers or if He is even going to answer them.
 I confess at times I feel like Veruca Salt from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She always wanted things NOW! Okay perhaps that's a bit extreme but I you get the picture.
I'm afraid that patience is not a fruit of the Spirit I possess. I hear people jokingly say  "Never pray for patience!" But I genuinely need to pray that way.  I want to pray with expectation but avoiding the whole "Name it! Claim it" doctrine or even worse Word-Faith doctrine.
So I wait. I wait patiently for the Lord to move according to His will. I think that is something we all need to do.

Monday, June 12, 2017

New Pictures of Kittens

Here are pictures of Kirstie in the cat bed and Dodie in our  computer chair. They have brought us all great joy since we adopted them. We can't believe how big they are and they aren't even a year old!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer Reading List

Hello friends!
I hope you are enjoying your summer. In an effort to motivate myself and perhaps some of you to read this summer I decided I would compile my summer reading list. It's a short list but Lord willing, I plan to complete my list. This is not in any sort of order.

1. Summer issue of Keepers at Home magazine. 

2. The Power of a Transformed Wife by Lori Alexander. She's a sweet woman of God who runsThe Transformed Wife.

3.Lord, Give Me a Heart for  You by Kay Arthur.  A devotional study on having a passion for God. I did a study by Kay Arthur about 25 years ago and I liked it. I'm trying to be more discerning when it comes to women teachers of the Bible.  I don't know much about Kay Arthur. As I go through this devotional if something is amiss then this book will go in the garbage.

4.When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steven Estes. God understands our suffering, especially when it doesn't make since. I thought I would read this book because I just love Joni Eareckson Tada. I'd listen to her radio program when we lived in CA. She seems like a sweet lady!

I hope you share your reading lists if you have one! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Distractions, Distractions, Distractions!

They are everywhere and if you are not careful distractions can steal your time away from the Lord. That's what happened to me last week.  I allowed the distractions of canning, gardening, errands etc to put off precious time for praying and getting deep into God's Word.
And it starts off innocently.  I tell myself I will do my quiet when I'm done doing this thing or that thing but it doesn't always work like that. Yes I did pray but not my usual deep going to war and don't mess with me devil sort of prayers.

I want to encourage you my friends to watch out for those little "innocent " distractions that can and will rob you of your time with the Lord.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Update on Me

I apologize for not being  active lately. I have had a writers block of sorts.  Anyway, it's been rather interesting since I have made a war room. The first week I suffered depression for no particular reason. That was very odd. A long time homeschooling mom I knew in Santa Barbara passed away, I discovered two people I know have serious health issues, a blog  I follow has been inundated with terrible anti-Christian comments over a recent post and it the list goes on.
I guess I should have expected weirdness to happen but all this just makes me more determined to pray.
Tomorrow is canning day for me. I plan to put away a few jars of pinto beans. They are great for making homemade refried beans. I hope to get over to Walmart and pick up a few pounds of boneless chicken. I want to put away some for chicken salad in the summer and soup in the fall.
I hope to plant some green beans this weekend or perhaps next. Well that's it my friends.
Until next time!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Can Be Difficult

 First of all I want to wish you ladies a Happy Mother's Day.
But Mothers Day can be very difficult for many reasons. There are women who desperately want to be mothers but God hasn't  given them neither biological children nor through adopted children.
There are  mothers who are estranged from their children so they will not get calls or cards on Mother's Day. There are mothers who have children who have passed away so there is a hole in their hearts. Some of us have moms in heaven and for some people this is their first Mother's Day without their mom. I'm reminded of blogger  Mandy Kelly as some of you know died in a house fire on March 21st including  her husband Scott, and two youngest children, Lizzie and Judah. They left behind two young teens Bekah and Jared. Let's remember them  today in prayer because these teens will also experience Father's  Day without their dad.

Today let's remember to be thankful for the blessings God has bestowed upon us.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Meet Little Bertha

  That thing  called a pressure canner. I had never pressure canned before because they look so menacing! Remember  on I Love Lucy when Ricky tried to pressure cook two chicken and the thing exploded?😦😄
Well I did a test run to familiarize myself with using Little Bertha(my name for the canner) scared me half to death when it was making strange noises. After watching another canning video I realized it was actually behaving itself the first time.

Anyway, my first pressure canning was a success. (After I got over the initial dear of the thing!) I canned three pints of beans and now I can't wait to try again!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Feeling Slightly Nervous

Since I made te space in my payer closet I'm sure my husband is thinking I've gone off the deep end. I too wondered as I was clearing space if I had finally lost my mind. If that is what it means to go to war for my family then I welcome "losing my marbles". My family is worth fighting for.We Christian wives and mothers must pray daily for our husbands and children. And we must always get into the Word. In my earlier post I mentioned having your Bible in your prayer room. I recommend a actual hard copy instead of the smartphone Bible app. I say  this because it's too easy to get distracted by the other apps on our phones like texts, Pinterest, etc. And besides there is nothing like the sound of Bible pages being turned!

My "War Room"

This is my small space in our master closet  that will be my war room prayer space. It's not much but  when you go to war with Satan, you don't need a lot of space. I have on the wall which isn't shown a label for requests and one for answered prayer. This means however God chooses to answer.