Monday, September 1, 2014

Nature's treasures...

(Kim's just a touch texture, lighten, 15% opacity)

When we were on vacation last week, I gathered some of nature's treasures on our walks.

(Kim's derek texture, lighten, 20% opacity)

(Kim's play texture, multiply, 50% opacity)

 (Kim's elevate texture, lighten, 15% opacity)

Then when we get home, I put the juniper in a glass bottle, 
and added the dried flowers to an arrangement on the mantel.
It's a beautiful way to remember a wonderful time in a lovely place.
(The smell of the juniper is what the air smells like in central Oregon.  Heavenly.)

 (Kim's everyday texture, hardlight, 40% opacity)

(Kim's achieve texture, overlay, 25% opacity)

still following,


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Giving Him grateful thanks...

We arrived home from our wonderful vacation early afternoon Friday.
We had a wedding rehearsal for a sweet couple in our church that night,
then the wedding on Saturday as well as chores at home to catch up on 
and dessert and ice cream to make for our church bbq/potluck, (and our annual homemade ice cream contest).
Then today was a wonderful day at church and a great bbq afterwards.
 I invited the two youngest granddaughters to spend the night, 
since we haven't seen them in a couple of weeks due to vacation.
So, it's late Sunday night, and I'm happily worn out.
God is good to us,
like Dave Ramsey says, "better than I deserve".
I'm full to overflowing with grateful thanks,
and so I pour out the overflow on paper, and here in this place.


Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone) 

-a family of five deer on our morning walk

-the Hubs taking me antiquing
-a funny video text from oldest daughter of our five year old granddaughter trying to make a zipline down the basement stairs out of yarn and a hanger, and wearing a bucket on her head for safety

-a phone call from my big sister
-Hosea-with She Reads Truth
-a sweet vacation day with my husband
-a delicious dinner out at a restaurant by the river

-a text from second born daughter reporting on the growth of the kids 
while they've been gone to the east coast for a few weeks
-a great time with Jesus sitting out on the deck
-a fun afternoon with my husband
-sharing a delicious crabmeat chimichanga
-I got a deer!

-an evening walk with my camera

-the last day of vacation before heading home tomorrow
-hiking around Suttle Lake together

-a relaxing evening while the hubs enjoys the beginning of college football season
-a fingernail moon right over the mountain

-a deer leaping across the golf course
-a text from our daughter
-a safe drive home from central Oregon
-puttering and nesting when I got home, because that's what I do!

-a few quiet hours before a busy afternoon
-a sweet, happy wedding

- a beautiful and blessed Sunday
-Hope is Here, a book with stories of changed lives in southeast Portland because of Jesus,
(from our son-in-law's church and him coming and presenting it at our church which planted his church)

-more new faces at church, and some loved familiar ones who haven't been at church in a while
-a fun bbq/potluck afterwards
-a fun evening and sleepover with the two youngest granddaughters

gratefully yours,

Friday, August 29, 2014

2 Samuel 22:2...

What would I do without the Lord,
the Rock beneath my feet that is unshakeable, immovable, 
in all situations and circumstances?
My emotions soar when times are good
and plummet when tough times come.
That's why I need to sift past my own emotions,
why I must listen to the voice of God's Spirit and the truth of God's Word
no matter what my emotions may be telling me.
The saying, "follow your heart" is quite popular,
How many times has my own heart teamed up with my emotions and told me things like,
"you should just give up"?
In times like that God is my solid rock to stand on, 
His Word is a standard by which I can judge what my emotions are telling me against rock solid truth.
How often has He protected me from disaster when I've listened to Him 
instead of following my feelings wherever they my lead?
I'm so grateful for my Rock, my Fortress, my Savior and my Protector!

still following,

Scripture and Snapshot


Also happily linking up with the lovely Lisha Epperson.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Friday Favs...Antique Shopping in Redmond, Oregon

This is the last night of our vacation.
What a wonderful time my husband and I had last week at the Oregon Coast,
and this week in the high desert of central Oregon!
Tomorrow we head home from our wonderful time of Rest and Relaxation
and look forward to a weekend with a wedding to officiate and a Sunday full of church activities.
The third R, Responsibilities,  awaits us, 
but the three Rs together in the right measure make life rich, right???

We are staying in a dear friend's vacation home at Eagle Crest, 
which is just outside the town of Redmond, Oregon.
Redmond is an antique lovers paradise!  
I counted five antique stores in just a couple of blocks.
I thought I'd take you along with me antiquing, since the hubs declined to accompany me.
Above you will see my top favorite find of the day.
I just LOVE old wooden totes and this one is very old, which makes it all the more beautiful to me.
The price was $125.
I didn't bring it home with me, but I did send a photo to my handyman son-in-law 
to see if he might be able to make me a knockoff with some reclaimed lumber. 
Sounds like he's up for the challenge!

My second biggest temptation was an antique dough bowl, which I've wished for for a long time.
The one above was my favorite.
$125 must have been the magic number, because that is what this dough bowl was priced as well.
So, I just looked at it longingly and left it there.

What a great old cabinet and another dough bowl!

Love these old shelves and more dough bowls!  
Prices ranged from $95 on up.

Anything transferware always catches my eye.

I like this red pie safe.

What a beautiful old cabinet!

More transferware, but these particular pieces were newer reproductions.

A beautiful old glass doored cabinet full of treasures.

What a great old Hoosier cabinet!
And on that middle shelf is a pair of milk glass salt and pepper shakers I kind of wish I had bought.

Oh, if I only had a large farmhouse kitchen to bring this cabinet home to!

This blue painted cabinet caught my eye, as well as all of the treasures it contained!

I do believe a stove like this was in our kitchen growing up.

Another lovely wooden cabinet.

Another piece that belongs in a farmhouse kitchen.

And here's a farmhouse style table!

You know I love me some milk glass,
but an 8 inch hobnail pitcher that I have been searching for still eludes me.

Do you see the wooden paddles in the photo above?
The are hinged together at the top, it's an old tortilla press!
I was tempted to get this and add it to my bread board gallery wall.

I really liked the red and wood combination on this cabinet,
and there's that magic number again!

And here's another set of lovely old shelves that I wish I had the money and space for!
Well, I managed to enjoy my antiquing adventure and only spent $18 for a piece of Universal China's Woodvine
to add to my collection and a couple of inexpensive, small, old, blue glass bottles.
(Just call me St. Elizabeth for all of that resisting temptation I did! HaHa!)

I hope you enjoyed going antiquing with me and that you have
 a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a BLESSED weekend!


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