Autumn Is A'Comin'

One of my favorite seasons~
There's really nothing I don't love about it.
When that first crisp cool breeze crosses my face
My whole being takes a deep breath
And whispers, "It's coming! Fall." 
Below are two outdoor ways to decorate an entry~
Either one will be easy & help usher in this colorful season. 

It's Hot In the South!

Is this not too cute!!
Paint or buy a happy flower pot, some ribbon in colors you love, a few silk flowers to match and cheap-o flip flops! There you have it ~ an adorable table centerpiece for a foyer or table. Just think of the ooh's and aah's you'll hear, along with, "I'm going to make one of those!"
Many things I love about this tablescape ~ the double skirting, the napkins extra large and folded as placemats until used, happy centerpiece in a wooden bowl with either silk or fresh flowers and fruit. Just a simple but happy and casual setting for your family and friends. Bring in some good food and lean back and listen to the chatter and laughter. 
One of my best friends actually made these one Summer and they were too cute! And very easy. Nutter Butter cookies with a bit of icing from a tube, edible candy flowers, and there you go ~ 
Talk about easy. Who doesn't like Mason jars, burlap, & plaid?!
And a FREE printable to run off and frame!! Right click & save to your computer!

Our Summer has been busy, as I'm sure yours as been. We are very thankful for the gifts He continues to rain upon us and our family. With current events threatening to surround us with doubt and worry, it's easy to let satan drape us in fear for the future. But you know what?! God's already there! And He promises to always be there for His children. We don't need to do anything more than remember who the Victor is and Who holds our hand and promises Eternal Life. Now, if we could just get the temps down to around 65 degreees tops, I'd be doing my happy dance! {Giggle font}

Summer Wreaths

These can be found on my Pinterest board under Summer or the board titled Wreaths. I noticed many of these are no longer available, but here are ideas to your own! Summer is coming fast ~ complete with afternoon showers and plenty of sunrays. Use sunscreen! And have a great time wherever you choose to spend your Summer days~ 
Love the beachy theme of this one!
Who doesn't own a pair of flip flops!
Too cute!!
A girlfriend actually made one of these.
Turned out cuter than the photo! 
Blessings for a safe and happy season ~

Easily Made ~ Smiles Galore

You can make your drawer or find an old one in a flea market ~ a sewing maching drawer! New, or original handle; distress it; and arrange your clear bottles with sweet blossoms for a simple and adorable look. Cozy home ~ 
Shadowbox. Heart memories of a time at the coast. 
How colorful and cute is this?! Cheap sandals with scraps of ribbon tied on! Yeah, I could do this and if I can, I know you can {wink font}.  
Monogram a Mason jar with glitter; simple twine tie; tulips or your favorite flower. Too cute, too simple! 
Last but not least from Pinterest, a silk green wreath with silk hydrangeas cut off  close to the flower and hot glued to the wreath. Attach a ribbon and voila! {Tip: If your door faces the West, beware that the sun will melt your hotglue. A fact I found out the hard way recently. MESSY!}

Reconnected With an Angel

Through a dear friend going through knee surgery, Johnny and I have reconnected with an angel from ICU at St. Vincent's. Our hearts are overwhelmed for we grew to love and depend on her greatly. She was a source of strength for my family and became my favorite nurse. God works in mysterious ways and we are so appreciative for this gift of reconnection. It was nine years ago April 21. It's easier now but Johnny and I still lay low on that day and pray and give thanks~

Sadly, when Kim knew me I was going through an emergency traumatic issue that only got worse before things began to get better. This is how I'm sure she remembers me ~
or this
A very difficult 77 days, from a terrible mistake an impatient doctor made. BUT the other staff at St. Vincent's are superior to any hospital we've ever had to spend much time in. They became family. God is so good. In fact, He is awesome. Here's a photo a year and half later, when we went with Nelson and his wife, Glenda, to our favorite vacation spot, Gatlingburg TN.
Thank you, Kim for being good not only at your God given gift but for going the extra miles during those long days and longer nights when I only wanted you. What I remember and what actually took place are so vastly different! One day soon, we will get drive up your way, meet and catch up. And thank you, God, for working through dear Wilma ~ even though she had to have surgery. If Kim was her nurse, she had the best ~ thank you, Kim. For so much {heart font}
Below, Thanksgiving 2014

Abandoned, Loved & Forgotten

Trumbull County, Ohio
An abandoned doctor's office

Once there was life here
Children, folks of all ages
Country doctor, paid in cash, livestock, vegetables
God bless those that tended to these folks
God bless the ones that needed a 'doc'
Old School House in Bannack, Montana
It used to house the oldest Masonic Lodge on the 2nd floor.
~ Ben Pierce Photography
Abandoned Roadside Cafe
"Madge's Cafe' in Millerton, Wayne County, Iowa

Just imagine homemade pies, cookies, and soups
Hungry mouths and the smell of frying food
Laughter, loud talking, hungry babies
Days of another time, another era
Cotton Plant, Arkansas
An old store in this small rural town
An old forgotten church

Can you hear the hymns being sung?
The preacher talking of fire and brimstone,
Only to chat quietly as he shakes the hands of those as they leave
Train rumbles by and the pianist waits before finishing the song
Good folks. Hard days. Legacy left by those raised in the Lord's Word.

Doors, Portals to Lives

 i love doors
who lives here
what are their dreams
are they happy 
Seven generations walked through your door,
Which stood so strong & always welcomed in.
You said goodbye when boys headed to war,
Your kitchen always busy as a bee.

Two soldiers lost to battles they can't win.
With canning, baking apple crumble cake
The table decked with riches to partake.
Stone hearth, a place for warmth and drink some tea.

The living room a place to sit and chat,
With pictures hanging for one hundred years.
With bassinet where ev'ry child did lie.
A chair still sits where ancestors once sat.

This room for laughter and at times for tears.
Your nursery where many babies grew,
The paint would change from pink to blue.
You watched the aging gently rock.

A place where time would always quickly fly.
The floors within have each child's first walk,
Their worn out wood drowned many times with stain.
Your children now all scattered far and wide.

You've heard and felt the tapping of a cane.
I stand and listen in your sacred halls
And feel that you're a part of everyone.
Each breath we took embedded in your walls,

Old house of stone your warmth embraces me,
The house my children grew up in.
You still stand proud for all the to see,
The thoughts of you, sweet memories.
~by Brenda Meier-Hans
looks like someone is home
and waiting for someone else to get home

Another Great Read

I followed Angie's blog, Bring the Rain, when one of our daughters mentioned it was one I needed to read. It would be a tough, draining read but it also glorified faith in our Lord and I learned so much from her heartbreaking words. If you've not read this, I encourage you to do so. There are many of us that have endured miscarriages, or lost a child after birth. And there are millions we never learn of for privacy is what they chose. Below is a song written and sung by Selah, the group that Todd Smith is member of and lead singer. Praying you are blessed and encouraged by the words of the song and that you take the time to purchase, or check out, Angie's book, I Will Carry You.

A Great Book! A Lousy Virus.

while searching Amazon for a journaling bible, i ran across this and recognized the author's name. i've heard our daughter and some of her friends mention jennifer. the book intrigued me so i promptly hit 'put in cart'. it arrived yesterday and i read the first two chapters twice. TWICE! it's that good. and it's not just for young women. i'm 60 and i totally identified with it and know i'm going to be blessed for reading it and implementing her suggestions in my bible studies. i encourage you to do the same. this is strictly because i like her book and intend to purchase others. i didn't get it free. buahaha

jennifer is down to earth, wife, mother, sister, daughter, child of the King. she knows the ups and downs of life and shares them with her readers. she uses words that are easily understood and, with scriptures, she reminds of His love and promises that will stand for eternity. money well spent.

here's the link for jennifer's blog ~ jen hatmaker

and in yucky, nasty, barfing news,
i've had a virus for the past 15 days. it's been horrid. never, ever had one to last so long but count myself blessed as my brother and his wife had theirs to last three weeks. for the first time in 15 days i awoke with no headache, no chills, no nausea. after getting up very warily, i decided to take it easy, rest and try to stay this way. it's worked. praying it's gone, gone, gone. and i feel, and pray, for those i know that are still in it's throes. there's no antibiotic for it, you can only treat the symptoms. stay hydrated. light diet. no dairy! cough drops. tylenol. generic dramamine. immodium ad. too many days of wrapping up in a quilt while still in jammies. too many days without makeup and hair that really needs a cut and highlights. what a blessing that love isn't based on how you look when sick.

and to end on a happy note, since i began with one!
oh, how i love my Lord.
and oh, how i look forward to eternity
with Him {heart font!}

It's Spring 2015!

First day of Spring, ya'll!
and I'm one of those I LOVE WINTER girls ~
however, this has been the sickest Winter
not just our household, but other family & friends
so yes! I'm happy this year to see Spring!!
may it be a season of rebirth, return to good health,
eating healthier, and enjoying the outdoors & His creation ~

It's St. Patrick's Day, 2015

Here's a look through past posts on this Irish holiday ~
St. Patrick's Day, 2015
St. Patrick's Day, 2014
Celebrated with Deborah & Richard by driving to Fairhope and joining in with the Arts & Crafts Fair - which was HUGE - then having a traditional meal at McSharry's Irish pub. Yum!!! Below is a precious model for her mommy's talents! Elle says, "Happy St. Patrick's Day!"
An awesome Pa & a precious Noah, 4 yrs old
A girlfriend and I visited another girlfriend that had recently
relocated to the Gulf Shores area! We had a great time~
Our bestie and hostess, Deborah. I heart her.
St. Patrick's Day, 2009
St. Patrick's Day, 2008
It won't be long before Spring arrives!
And Easter!
Then Memorial Day & school's out for Summer!
Does time pass quickly for you, too?!?!?!

It's Spring!

Ah, rebirth. Budding limbs
smell of Spring on the wind 
Just some images to get you ready
Easy to duplicate
Sure to delight ~ 
Happy Spring
Look around
and be thankful ~ 

~ from The Letter Writer ~

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