If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday

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Things I'm thankful for this week.

1.  I'm thankful for my hubby who took me to McDonald's on the way to work this morning.  He's such a good guy.

2.  I'm thankful for my hubby who is right now on his way to the airport to pick up our oldest who is coming in for the youngest's wedding shower this weekend.  (Actually, she is the one throwing it)

3.  I'm thankful that I'll get to see her this weekend and I think both girls may be staying at our house tonight.

4.  I'm so thankful for the verses of scripture I've seen this morning when checking out FB and Instagram.  They seem to be some of the very ones I needed to hear this morning.  Here's one of them that was on both FB and Instagram posted by Sheila Walsh.  Thank you Jesus!!



5.  I'm thankful God woke me up a few minutes early and I listened to Him and got up and read His Word and prayed.  I really need Him today (even more than normal) and He's been showing me that He is there.

So what are you thankful for today?  Write a thankful post and then click the button at the top to join in and link up.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge



1. Did you watch The Oscars? How many of the Best Picture nominees have you seen? (American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash)
No, I didn't watch The Oscars.  I haven't seen any of these movies.

Do you think actors should use their acceptance speeches as an opportunity to promote their political and/or social agenda? Does that sort of speech make you more or less inclined to change the channel?
Personally, I believe they should stick with thanks for be chosen to win.  They are entitled to their opinions and to share them in the right circumstances.  But this is an award show and it should be about the awards.

2. Speaking of the movies... are you comfortable going to a movie alone? How about dinner in a restaurant (not fast food, but an actual restaurant)? The second half of this question was posed by Carrie who blogs over at It's Not Easy Being Queen. Thanks Carrie!
From time to time I do go to the movies alone but I don't think I've ever gone to an actual restaurant alone. 

3. What's the last home repair or home improvement project you had to pay someone to complete? In hindsight was this a project you could have done yourself?
We had to raise the post  (or mast) on which our electric and cable lines attach to the house.  It was too low and was causing some problems.  No, I do not believe I could have done it.  It was very much worth paying to have it done.

4. Have you ever had Indian food? Like it or no? If you're a fan, what's your favorite dish? Have you ever prepared this yourself at home? Is there an Indian restaurant in your current hometown?
Yes, I have had Indian food and it's okay.  I would definitely not say I'm a fan.  No, I have not prepared it myself at home.  Yes, there is an Indian restaurant in our town.  In fact, Kerri is supposed to be taking her daddy there on Friday, I think.

5. A song that reminds you of your parents?
Probably an old southern gospel song called "O Happy Day".  Because mom and dad used to sing in a quartet and this is one they sang.  In fact, their quartet was called "The Happy Day Quarter".

6. The 26th of February is National Tell A Fairy Tale Day. What's your favorite, or one of your favorite, fairy tales? Do you have any childhood memories associated with a particular fairy tale?
My favorite is probably Cinderella.  I do remember as a child in elementary we acted out the fairy tale "Three Billy Goats Gruff."

7. What's a problem you solved yesterday?
Nothing out of the ordinary...just normal work issues.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Kerri's wedding shower is this weekend.  It's so different coming to this as the mother of the bride.  Rather strange feeling.  I mean, come on....she should be about 2 years old...not getting ready to get married in April.

This is from a visit before she was adopted. 




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Anniversary Trip

Hubby and I have been planning a trip to Pigeon Forge, TN ever since our November trip to Myrtle Beach was cut short by 2 weeks.  We were never really sure if we'd be able to actually go in February or not, due to the continued health issues of both of my parents.  However about 2 or 3 weeks ago, we made reservations and hoped for the best.

On Sunday afternoon, the weather reports for Monday between Ohio and Tennessee were really bad.  It was supposed to start about 4am on Monday.  We couldn't drop Lucy off at the kennel until 8am Monday and we knew we'd be driving in some really horrible weather if we left then.  We had just about decided we would have to cancel.  Hubby called the kennel to cancel and while talking to them, they agreed to take Lucy on Sunday night (which they normally do not do).  So we quickly finished packing, dropped Lucy off at the kennel on the way to church.  After church, we took my dad back home and we left town around 7:15pm in perfect driving weather.

 

We arrived at our hotel around 12:15-12:30AM.  Now our reservation didn't start until Monday, but our room was ready and we were able to move right in and unpack and not have to change rooms on Monday.  It just felt like to us, that God was working everything out and we were totally thrilled to be there.

On Monday, we had breakfast at our hotel and then took a drive to check things out.  We did a little shopping and had lunch and then headed back to the hotel.  It was sleeting pretty bad and things were getting a little slippery.  Plus pretty much everything was closing down due to the weather predictions.  We took a nap and relaxed in the room for awhile then headed out to see if we could find anything open.  Parking lots were pretty bad, but the road stayed fairly clear.  We found a Subway connected to a gas station that was open, so we picked up sandwiches and headed back to our room for the night.

This is our Mickey antenna topper which will give you an idea of the ice situation we were in.  lol

Most stores and restaurants were closed from Monday afternoon until Friday after lunch.  We were always able to find some place to eat, but there wasn't much else to do.  We took a drive each day (as I said the roads stayed fairly good).  I think the main reason everything was closed was because the employees couldn't make it into work because the roads where they live weren't passable.

Here's a picture of the roads as it was sleeting in Pigeon Forge


And this is in Gatlinburg.  No one much driving, but a lot of people out walking.  Still not much of anything opened.
 On Wednesday (which was our 26th Wedding Anniversary), hubby and I went to Dixie Stampede.  We had bought our tickets on Monday and were afraid they might not open.  I called in the afternoon and they said yes they would be having the show that evening.  I'm so glad, because we had gone here on our honeymoon and it was fun being able to celebrate our anniversary there.  We had such a great time and enjoyed the show.

We seldom ever buy the picture they always take when you walk in.

However, this time we did.  It's not too bad I guess.
However, I like the one we took in the show area ourselves better.  lol
So while we didn't get to do a lot of the things we thought we would, we really enjoyed our time together, with no pressure.  Hubby spent a lot of time reading and I spent a lot of time knitting and watching Gilmore Girls on my iPad.  We took some naps and did a lot of driving around and looking at what was around the area.  We never really got to go up into the mountains, but that's ok.  They'll be there the next time we go.

Below are some of the things I made while on this trip.  See I really did get a lot of knitting done.  lol
A headband/earwarmer for me

A child's hat that still needs the pompom




A girl child's hat
An adult hat, that I think I will probably add a pompom to,
We arrived back home on Friday and this is how Miss Lucy spent Friday night.  I think was was work out from a week at the kennel, plus she wanted to make sure we wouldn't leave here again.  haha

Laying in the recliner with mommy
Snow hit here on Saturday again and man is there a lot of it!  But I'm thankful, God allowed us this time together to rest, relax and enjoy being together.

Monday, February 23, 2015

I'm Back

I know I haven't blogged in over a week.  My lunchtime is almost over, so this will be quick.  I just want to say Hi and we're back home from our trip and hopefully tomorrow I'll download a few pictures from the past week and we'll go from there.  Hopefully, I'll be back to blogging a little more regularly then.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thankful Thursday

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1.  I'm thankful my hubby set out the fixin's this morning for chili and he is going to fix it for supper tonight.  And he makes delicious chili!

2.  I'm thankful for leftovers.  I made potato soup the other day and am eating leftovers for lunch at work today.  Yummy!  Just what I need on a cold snowy day.

3.  I'm thankful that the snow we are getting seems to be totally melting off the roadway and sidewalks.  Now that is my kind of snow.

4.  I'm thankful that when Lucy managed to get off her leash this morning, that she didn't run to far and we were able to get her back in right away!  She seems to have no fear of the road or cars and I'm always afraid she'll get hit.  Thankfully, she doesn't get loose too often.

5.  I'm thankful this is my last day to work until the 23rd.  Looking forward to a week off.

So what are you thankful for?  Why not make a list on your blog and then click the button above to link up at Rebecca Jo's blog "Knit by God's Hand."

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Winter Reading Challenge


Reading Challenge



Sarah's Garden by Kelly Long.  I listened to this book while at work.  It was a very good, sweet book about a young Amish girl that fell in love with an Englisher who had just moved into the area.  He was a veterinarian.  He had been raised in the area when he was very young, as his father was a Doctor in the area.  His parents passed and he grew up and became a vet.  Of course, there is the issue of Amish and English and that they can't be together and the pain it caused and how they both had to learn to trust God.  I'll not say more, because I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who might like to read it.  This is the first book by Kelly Long that I've read, but I really like her style and will be looking for more of her work.



His Baby Bond by Lee Tobin McClain.  I read this book on my Kindle.  This was a good story about a woman whose sister had died and she was raising her child. Then the brother of the baby's father (who had also died) showed up and wanted to take the child. The story was about them and how they could solve this. Just a light Christian romance.








Unsinkable by Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway. This is another book I borrowed from my library and listened to while at work. I've always enjoyed Debbie Reynolds movies and this was a pretty good book and she is the one who read the book which made it really fun.   She is a very interesting woman who has lived a very full and not necessarily easy life. She's a little crass at times and it got a little slow in places when she kept talking about her financial issues. But when she talked about her movies and all the other stars she worked with and jknew that was fun.

Peace by Shelley Shepard Gray.  I enjoyed listening to this light Christian Amish romance story by Shelley Shepard Gray.  I've never read anything by her before, but I've discovered I really enjoyed her style.  Very easy read and good storyline.  I'm not sure, but this may be a Book 2 in a series.  She referred several times to a past meeting between the 2 main characters.  But even if it is a sequel, it stood alone fine on its own.






Currently I'm reading reading C S Lewis "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe".  I really like it, but I'm just not taking a lot of time for reading right now because of the knitting I'm doing.  Hopefully, I'll have this finished by the next time we post the challenge.

What are you reading? Why not join up at Rebecca Jo's and let us know.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up

This has been a knitting kind of weekend. I completed a hat for my cousin. She bought the yarn and I made it. Still had some left over, so I made her a headband/earwarmer too.


This was rather strange yarn.  In the skein it looks like it's got a lot more color, but the black and while section, must be the larges.  I never did seem to get to the purple.


Again, this section of  the yarn was mostly black.  If you enlarge, you can see some of the pink thread in it.

Then I took some of my scraps of yarn from other projects and made this child's hat.  I really like this one because of the mix of colors.  Hoping some little girl will really enjoy wearing it.

Pinks and Purples
On Saturday, Kerri and I went out for breakfast and then some wedding shopping.  Bought a few things, but mostly just had fun being together.  This is the first time in a long time that just the 2 of us went out shopping.  Lots of fun!!  Unfortunately, no pictures.  I think we were just too busy talking!  lol

On Sunday, we had 2 really great services.  Love worshiping with those people!!

So, how was your weekend?




Friday, February 6, 2015

InstaFriday #1


Tori at Home Away from Home is starting a new thing on Fridays called InstaFriday.  Tori says, "So I've decided to do something new on Fridays; INSTAFriday. I'm gonna use Friday to share some of the pics from my Instagram from that week for all those who don't follow me and actually care. *WINK* "  I decided it might be fun to play along.  If enough show interest, she's considering a link-up too.

So here are a couple of my pictures.  I know at least one has already been on my blog this week, but hopefully this will encourge me to take more pictures.

I've only been on Instagram for about a year now.  So just for fun I went back and grabbed the very first picture I have on Instagram.  It's a blurry picture of Lucy last February.  She's laying by me on the couch.

This is a picture from the Time Hop App I just downloaded this week.  This was posted on FB 2 years ago.  Little Carina with us listening to Bluegrass Music Live.  I think she likes it!!  :)

This is a small evergreen across the street from our house.  I'm not a big fan of snow, but this little tree sure looks pretty in the snow.
So, what do you have on Instagram this week?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday


http://www.knitbygodshand.com/2015/02/thankful-thursday-link-up-5.html


Things I'm thankful for this week. 

1.  I'm thankful for beautiful mornings. See the moon peeking out behind the tree at the end of my street. 




2.  I'm thankful for beautiful late afternoon/ early evening skies. I know I post a lot of sky pictures. But to me they truly show the majesty and power of God. 




3.  I'm thankful for my husband who prays for me. He knows I'm nervous about the job I must do today. And I know he has been praying for me.

4.  And I'm so thankful for my God who answers those prayers of a praying husband. 

5.  It may seem silly, but I'm thankful for my iPad as that is what I'm doing this post on. 

So what are you thankful for?

Monday, February 2, 2015

My Weekend

This is my weekend in a nutshell. Chinese carry-in on Friday and lots of knitting. Saturday, morning knitting (finished a hat & started a scarf trying a new stitch for me). Lunch with hubby and errands. Visited parents, then home to laundry, more knitting and watching some TV. Sunday, picked Kerri up for church, good service, lunch with Kerri and Charlie met us too. Then home for a nap and church with a great sermon (on video) by Anne Graham Lotz. What a wise woman. She talked about right where I feel I am in my life right now. And this was a sermon from June 2014. God knows I needed it now because it wouldn't have meant near as much if I'd heard it back when she preached it. Then home for the evening, just relaxing.

So there you have it. That was my weekend in the quick version. Here are a couple of items that are now in my Etsy shop.




Oh and we are now starting verse #3 of the SSMT on Beth Moore's blog.  My verse is:  You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. Psalm 139:3 NLT

How was your weekend?  Are you participating in the SSMT?  Inquiring minds want to know.