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, December 28, 2017

Thankful Thursday

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Things I am thankful for this week.

*  I got to see my grandson twice over the past week.  It was so great to see him and hear him say Gigi.  Just lit this grandma's heart up.  I love this little boy.

With his Papaw

In the car traveling to see us the second time.
I've got several pictures here and they are not in order, but I'm going to use them as they are.  I'm so thankful for these people and these times.

 *  Thankful my sister was well enough to be with us on Christmas Eve Day.

*  Time to crochet while out in the car - driving to Indiana to see Colton the first time this week.

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*My brother and his two sons and playing with my sister's new puppy on Christmas Eve Day.

*My sister and her husband and that they opened their house for all of us to come in and have fun together.  They are so awesome.  I'm definitely blessed with wonderful people in my family.

Colton running around.  He'd just taken a bite of banana pudding and seems to be wearing it on his face.  lol

Playing with a new toy and he kept trying to sneak and play with the ceramic snowman behind him. 

what a little dynamo!!
I'm so thankful for my husband's parents.  Again such wonderful people and they were so thrilled to see their one and only great-grandson!
Colton with hubby's parents.
*  I ended up in the emergency room for about 6 hours on Christmas Eve with a viral-gastro-intestinal thing going on.  I'm so thankful they were able to help me and 48 hours I was doing pretty well and now I am almost back to normal. 

God has richly blessed me this week and I am so thankful for all He's done.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's time for the Hodgepodge.  Be sure to click on the button above to join in with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.  Thanks Joyce for another year of fun with Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. Where have you found unexpected magic or delight this holiday season?
I have found delight in my grandson's sweet smile and that he actually called me Gigi on a video chat the other night.  He was so proud of himself.  Just look at this smile.

2. What's your favorite type of holiday gathering? Will you/have you gathered in your favorite way this month?
My favorite is one with my family.  We will be gathering with my brothers and sisters at my sisters house on Sunday.  Will get the opportunity to see 2 nephews I haven't seen in quite a while.  Also, we'll be going to my husband's parents on Christmas.  

3. Time has named 'The Silence Breakers' (women who came forward with stories of harassment)  'person of the year' for 2017. Would you agree? If not, who do you think deserves the title?
I really don't have an opinion on this right now.

4. How did you spend your time this year? Are you happy about that? Elaborate
Working and living life.  Yes, after last year, I'm just so happy to be alive and well.

5. Bid farewell to 2017 in ten words or less.
You've been good, but let's make room for 2018.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Can't wait until Friday.  I get to see Colton! Haven't gotten to be with him since August!!


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Things I am thankful for:

* First of all, I am thankful for my health.  A post showed up on my Timehop App yesterday from last year that said I was on my way for my final radiation treatment.  I thank the Lord for how far I have come from then.   I can hardly believe it's been a whole year.   God has so blessed me and I think I appreciate life more now than I did before cancer.  Thank you God.

That's my biggie for this week.  Now here are some little things I'm thankful for.

*  Every opportunity to have hot chocolate.  There is nothing much better when it's cold out.

*  I'm thankful for every opportunity to watch Hallmark Christmas movies and knit or crochet and just spend time with my hubby and dog at home.

*  I'm also thankful for Christmas music.  I'm listening to Pandora at work and enjoy some of my favorite Christmas music.  Here is one of my favorite this year.

So what are you thankful for this week.  If you'd like to link up, click the button at the top of the page to join in with Rebecca at Knit by God's Hand.


Monday, December 11, 2017

This Weekend

We had a really nice weekend.  Some busyness, some housework, some movie time, some playtime, etc.  It was just a really well-rounded weekend.

After work on Friday we stopped and picked up some dinner from Bob Evans to take home.  It was delicious.  I also picked up some of their chicken noodle soup to eat at a later time.  It came in real handy for dinner on Saturday.  After dinner we did some laundry and watched a Hallmark movie and I loom-knitted a little bit.  Hubby started not feeling well (sinus), so we went to bed early. 

On Saturday, hubby woke up pretty light-headed so we just relaxed at the house that morning.  He slept and I watched a movie on my computer so I could wear the head-phones and not disturb him.  I also knitted some more. I also took the dog out for an early morning walk.  It's not often we start a Saturday like this and it was very pleasant for me (although, not so much for him). 

He woke up feeling a little better so we grabbed some lunch out at Fazoli's and then I went to the grocery and he sat in the car.  We had to pick up items to cook for our church dinner on Sunday and I also took advantage of the Kroger 4x fuel points and bought a bunch of gift cards for Christmas presents.  Most of the Christmas shopping is done now and we made quite a bit fuel points to.  Total win-win situation. 

While we were out the snow really started coming down and I was driving due to hubby's dizziness.  But fortunately, it didn't get too bad while we were out.  But I was sure glad to get home.

 Again, we spent a quiet evening watching Hallmark and doing some laundry and cleaning, etch.

Sunday morning I got up early and got cleaned up and had to put together the dish I was taking for the church dinner.  Got it all put together and in the crockpot so it could actually cook at church during Sunday School and morning service.  Hubby made his dish (meatballs) and they also went in a crockpot to cook at church.  We've found that's the best way to make sure they are warm for the lunch.

We had a great service and then a wonderful lunch and also a white elephant auction with the proceeds going to our missions fund to help whenever and wherever needed.  After that we went home and I took the dog for a walk and then more knitting and movies and even a short nap.

Our annual watching of "White Christmas"

I also, took some pictures of our Lucy in her little pink party dress.  She does not like to wear it, but I felt she needed a Christmas picture.  As you can probably tell, she's doing a little pouting.  lol

So that was pretty much our weekend.  Just the way I like it, except for hubby not being quite up to par.  I hope you had a great weekend.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Foto Friends

Click the button above if you'd like to participate in Friday Foto Friends.  Here are a few pictures from my week.

Our Nativity

I love my snowman

I took this while out walking with the dog.  I just thought it was pretty.  Love that red mailbox

Christmas Tree Park in our town

Little tree in my office

Little Lucy sad that mommy and daddy are leaving.  She loves laying on these blankets.
Hope you have had a great week and that you have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I am so thankful for Jesus and He is what Christmas is all about!  I've posted this video before.  But I love it, so here it is again. Linus really knows what Christmas is about!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?
Life Sure Is Moving Fast

2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what's the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave?
Leftovers would be what I use it for mostly. Yes, I could live without it, but why would I want to?

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why?
Well, since it’s make believe, how about Rudolph. I’d love to see Santa’s place and see the reindeer flying and talking and playing games.   Away in the Manger wouldn’t be bad either. I’d love to be there to see Jesus as an infant and to talk to Mary and Joseph. 

4. Describe the most beautiful drive you've ever taken.
Any drive in the Smoky Mountains. Here are a few pictures from there. I think they can show the beauty much better than I can describe it.

5. What's something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)
I don’t have a list. But good health for my family would be what I want the most. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.
There is a church in a nearby town that does a Bethlehem Village every year. We hadn’t been in several years, so we went Friday night. It was so awesome.  There was a place where they were making olive oil and they had a real working millstone pressing the olives. Then they told you all about making it and what it was used for. The had a real stone oven and we’re making bread. They had a potter’s Wheel and weaving looms and they taught about flax and linen and they had an apothecary. Then of course they had sheep and other animals and then a live nativity. I learned so much and loved every second of it. Here are a couple pictures.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Here is just a small list of the things I am thankful for this week.

I am so thankful for my grandson.  He is such a joy.  Even though I don't see him in person real often, I am so thankful his mama sends me pictures and we video chat a lot too.  I know I list him on my thankful list a lot, but I am just so blessed by him.  Thank you God.

There was a beautiful rainbow this morning.  I just love God's creation and this sign of His promise.

Here's the other end.  Love it.
I didn't know until I saw this picture that it was actually a double rainbow!

God continually amazes me with His creation and His love for me.  I am so thankful to know Him.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1.  What's something blogging has taught you about yourself?
I've learned I'm definitely not a writer, but I like blogging anyway.  I've also learned I love taking pictures and sharing them.  I've also learned I can be friends with some people I have never met in person, but really like anyway.

2.  Leftovers...are you in the 'reheat and eat' camp or the 'put them in the fridge until they spoil and then toss them' camp? What's your favorite thing to have leftover? What can you not abide as a leftover?
I'm more of a 'put them in the fridge until they spoil and then toss them' camp.  In general, I do not care for leftovers, but mashed potatoes and pizza aren't bad as leftovers.

3. 'Me time'...your thoughts?
I love "me time".  But I usually don't need a lot of it.  Actually, our trip had plenty of "me time" and even more "us time."  It was the best ever.

4. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Probably a ride somewhere.

5. If your childhood had a smell what would it be? Tell us why.
I have absolutely no idea at all.  lol

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Has anyone else read any of Karen Kingsbury's books.  I love her writing and have read quite a few of her books.  I'm currently listening to the audio version of  "A Brush of Wings".  So very, good!!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday

It is Thanksgiving Day and it is Thankful Thursday. So what better time is there to be thankful.

Today I am thankful for:

-  living in America.  I don’t know why I was so blessed to be born here,but I am so glad I was.

-  my husband, who is always there for me.

-  my girls.  I won’t be with them today, but. a I am so proud of them and how brave they are to go out and live their life and go after what they want. I was never that brave.

-  my sister and brother-in-law who are having us over for lunch today.

-  all my family

-  my church family

-  the beautiful trip we just had.

- and most of all I am thankful for Jesus.

What are you thankful for this week. Click here if you’d like to link up.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Foto Friends


Some pictures from this past week while on vacation.

Pink clouds Thursday evening

View from balcony

Another balcony view.  This is my happy place.

It was too cold on this morning to be out, but this is the view from inside our room.  Gorgeous sunrise!

My husbands parents who are down here with us.  So much fun spending time with them and making memories.

Cloudy day but still pretty.

I love it when God paints with pink.

One of the many marshes we've been to.

The most delicious cup of hot chocolate I've had in a long time.  I think hubby is going to have to take me back to IHOP before we leave.

So how was your week?  Click here or the button at the top if you'd like to join in with Friday Foto Friends or just to look at some more pictures.  I think you'll enjoy it.