Monday, November 24, 2014

"Tis the Season!"...well, almost!

(edited with Kim's 99 texture, lighten, 20% opacity, and just a light touch of PicMonkey's dusk)

Since we're using a friend's vacation home for Thanksgiving, 
I went ahead and decorated our house for Christmas,
(all but the tree, since we get a real one).
I usually start decorating the Saturday after Thanksgiving, 
but we'll be traveling home that day.
It will be nice to have the decorating all done, 
well, except for the little changes here and there I'll inevitably do.

 (edited with Kim's day texture, hard light, 30% opacity)

It will be relaxing to be away from home for the holiday,
but it was quite a challenge to pack up everything needed to make Thanksgiving dinner away from home.
I had to make my list and check it twice!

I hope you enjoy the photos of some little things around my home.
I thought it would be fun to edit the pictures as though I was going to use them for a Christmas card.

(edited with Kim's simple texture, hard light, 40% opacity)

I hope each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving spent with friends and family,
good food, much fun and laughter, and a heart full of gratitude.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014


It's Thanksgiving week!
An attitude of gratitude is a life changing spiritual habit to develop.
In life's highs and in life's lows,  there is always something to be thankful for.
Thanksgiving should be our lifestyle, not just a day!

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)


-the undergirding of God's Word, prayer, and words of encouragement
-youngest grandson's giggles and snuggles
-my daughter and son-in-law's help getting our friend medical help
-dinner and lots of cups of hot tea shared with my hubs
-going to bed early for a change

-an encouraging phone call
-homemade chicken and rice soup with homemade bread for the two youngest granddaughters, (and the way our granddaughter ate a HUGE piece of bread 
smothered in homemade jam with such gusto!)
-the cute way our almost three year old granddaughter mispronounces words,

-good news via text
-our youngest grandson's easy going temperament
-getting out some Christmas decor since we'll be out of town for Thanksgiving

-my buddy who helps me
-us, the hubs and I, with all of our faults and foibles
-late evening devotions, not ideal, but God still spoke to me deeply

-coffee with a friend who asked me to mentor her, 
(but I think I get as much out of our relationship as she does)

-getting work done at the church
-a really encouraging prayer meeting

-the hubs taking me to the Christmas event at one of my favorite antique stores on our day off

-seeing a good movie together
-heart talks over dinner
-getting the groceries for Thanksgiving dinner
-watching an old Doris Day movie

-sweet time in the Word
-getting rid of "junk"
-getting a video via text of our youngest grandson army crawling

-the name of Jesus, Who He is-knowing that I can trust Him
-celebrating Bishop F's 60th birthday, (our Ghanaian brother in Christ)
-our church family

gratefully yours,

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Friday's Favs...Counting down to Christmas in a meaningful way

I'm pretty set on Thanksgiving having its day in the sun.
(In reality, we should have an attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving every day!)
To have a day that we set aside to give thanks as a nation is not one we should take for granted.
For that reason, I don't start decorating for Christmas until the weekend after Thanksgiving.

This year, however, we will be out of town for Thanksgiving
 and won't be back home until sometime the Saturday right after Thanksgiving.  
With the idea that I would come home tired of traveling and not in the mood to go through Christmas boxes,
 I did begin to decorate the house.
If Thanksgiving was going to be at our home, I would have definitely waited.

Here are some photos from Christmas last year.

One of my traditions that I have shared on this blog before is my version of a Jesse Tree,
an advent tradition.
I call mine a Jesse's Branch, based on the scriptures from Isaiah 11:1-4
I made 25 tags with a title of Jesus on each one,
and the reference of the Scripture that title is found in on the back.
The full scripture is written out on spiral bound index cards.
Starting December 1st I will hang a tag on the branch, 
one for each of the days of December through Christmas day.
I'm sharing this idea with you again, in case you want to find a branch and make some tags yourself,
before December begins.
It's a simple way to keep the focus on the Christ of Christmas.

Here are the 25 Names/Titles of Jesus I chose with the scripture reference.
Jesus -Matthew 1:21 
Savior-1 John 4:14 
Son of God- Luke 1:32-35 
Son of Man-Matthew 18:11 
Redeemer-Job 19:25 
King of Kings -1 Timothy 6:14-15 
Lord of Lords-1 Timothy 6:14-15 
Bread of Heaven-John 6:51 
I Am-Exodus 3:14 
Alpha and Omega-Revelation 1:8 
The Word- John 1:1 
The Way- John 14:6
The Truth- John 14:6
The Life- John 14:6 
Lamb of God- John 1:29 
The Door- John 10:7-10 
Good Shepherd-John 10:11 
The Deliverer-Romans 11:26 
Friend-John 15:15 
My Beloved-Song of Solomon 7:10 
Bridegroom-Isaiah 62:5 
Faithful Witness- Revelation 1:5-6 
My Righteousness-1 Corinthians 1:30 
Wisdom of God-1 Corinthians 1:30 
Lion of Judah- Revelation 5:5

Well, it's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
 a SAFE and BLESSED weekend!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Every bitter thing...

I have a hunch that God has already given me my word for 2015.  It seems to be popping up everywhere, appearing often in the passages in my She Reads Truth devotional plans, in the scripture texts used in the sermons at church, in the book of the Bible that we are studying in a class at church.

This year my word was joy.  It's such a happy word to focus on for a year.  And this year truly has been a joyful one!  We had a very unexpected, very wonderful, surprise from God with the birth of our grandson when my daughter had never conceived before in 13 years of marriage, and we've experienced the joy of other blessings and answers to prayer as well.  That's not to say that this year has been trouble free, but overall, it's been a great one. Very joy-full!

Hope was my first ever word for the year.  That was a good one, too.  Delight followed as the word for the next year.  Trust was my word the year after that, and truly, I was stretched that year in trusting God.  God gave me that word, and the scriptures He used to bring it to my attention,  to fortify and prepare me for what I was to face.

The word I think God is asking me to embrace for 2015 isn't an easy one, it isn't a light one, it doesn't have a beautiful ring to it.  In fact, it sounds like grit your teeth, put your nose to the grindstone, hard work.  But the promises God gives to those who embrace the qualities that this word describes are wonderful.  The end result is something I desire.

I'm not telling you what my word is yet, (you know, just in case God changes His mind and decides to give me an easier one).  Why I even brought it up at all has to do with a little verse in Proverbs.  Proverbs 27:7 says that to the hungry, every bitter thing is sweet.  I'd rather God gave me a bowl full of ice cream word, but it appears that He just might be leading me to embrace a brussel sprout word.  The question is, am I hungry enough to embrace whatever He's saying to me, even if at first taste it's bitter?  I know that even the hard, bitter  things in God's Word are sweet, satisfying, and have rewarding results in my life.  And, looking on the bright side, I actually am quite a brussel sprout lover.  

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Monticello Antique Marketplace!
I couldn't resist popping in for a quick peek, 
but there's a whole back section of the building that was all closed up.
That's because this Friday their annual Christmas show begins, 
so what I'm showing you today is in the main part of the building.
The back of the building will be opened up on Friday and the bulk of the Christmas goodies will be revealed!

I love these glittery neutral colored decorations.

This Christmas stocking topped in lace is pretty.

"Joyeux Noel" glitter garland, what's not to love about that?

The little flocked tree in the bucket is tempting me.
If only I had a bigger house and unlimited funds that hutch would come home with me!

Look at this stocking made from an old wool blanket!

Old Shiny Brite ornaments...

This chippy old green cabinet would look so great filled with Christmas dishes.

This small child's hutch caught my eye.

I managed to get some antique Santa mugs on sale after Christmas last year, 
but they still catch my eye every time I see some.

Cute old fashioned glittery snowmen.

Lots of vintage ornaments and more Santa mugs!

This vendor's space was amazing!

Look at this ornate Victorian style wreath!

And some more kitchy style decor in this vendor's space.

My eyes can't take in all of the goodies on these shelves!

I remember when aluminum trees were all the rage when I was a kiddo.
We always had a real tree, though.

I really liked this window frame and box!

I hope you enjoyed visiting Monticello Antiques with me.
I think I'm going to have to go back this weekend for their big Christmas show!

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