Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Favs...Refinished antique for the spare room AND a watercolor giveaway winner!

Some of you long time readers of my blog may remember that in our spare room I used to have an antique rocker that a friend and I did a makeover on quite some years ago.  I loved it, but truth be told it was a bit big for the spare room and no one really sat on it.  When my youngest daughter asked if she could have it for our soon to be born grandson's nursery, I negotiated a trade.
You see, she had the antique nightstand that goes with the antique dresser I refinished last fall.  So, she happily traded me the rocker for the nightstand, which she wasn't currently using anyway.  A win for both of us!  The nightstand was in pretty good shape except for some water damage on the top. Nothing that some sanding and a couple of applications of natural color danish oil couldn't cure! I'm loving it!
The winner of last Friday's giveaway for a watercolor painting of their favorite cup is Gramma Grits. Simply click the envelope icon on the sidebar of my blog and email me your contact information and a closeup photo of your favorite cup!

Have a safe and blessed weekend everyone!


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A "Nana field trip" to Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge...

On Wednesdays I help my oldest daughter by homeschooling my granddaughter.  This gives my daughter a break and my granddaughter a nice mid-week change of pace.  If all goes well and we get our schoolwork done before too late in the day, then we have some fun.  We may bake something, do an art or craft project, go on a walk to the park, or go on a field trip.  On a recent rainy Wednesday, we were both tired of being indoors but couldn't think of anything to do in the wet weather.  Suddenly, I recalled a drive through wildlife refuge that a friend had told me about. Since it was only a twenty minute drive from my house, my granddaughter and I decided to check it out.
My granddaughter loves the outdoors and nature as do I. Though we were inside of the car we rolled down the windows to see what we could see.  At first we just saw an abundance of geese and ducks, but then we spied some deer.

 There were dozens of white swans as well.

We saw two bald eagles perched in a tree.  Next time we will bring some binoculars to get a better view and I will bring my zoom lens for my camera.

 At several spots I saw ferns growing right out of a tree.

 And more deer...
 And more swans...

 We saw a beaver splish splashing around his home.  Like I said, next time I will bring my zoom lens.
We loved our rainy day field trip to the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge and will be going again.  In the summer there is also a part of the refuge that you can walk through, so we look forward to doing that.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Still finding reasons-

Since the fall of 2009 I've been trying to notice and write down at least three blessings from each day.  They may be as ordinary as an afternoon walk or as extraordinary as an answer to a prayer I've prayed for years and years. The point is that learning to live a life of gratitude and thankfulness is something you can make into a habit-a habit of noticing, recording and counting God's blessings. And when you choose to do so, your whole perspective about life changes.  You see God's faithfulness in big and small ways throughout all of life's ups and downs.  I can't recommend this simple, little habit enough.
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 journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)


-starting the day with snuggles
-a walk in the rain
-my youngest grandson loving to listen to stories that I make up 
-hot Pho soup for dinner

-watercolor painting-the joy of creating
(enter a giveaway for one of these watercolors in this post)
-making homemade rolls and homemade soup-two of my favorite things to make
-another great time with our small group

-talking to my second grand granddaughter about God
-a walk together-running and giggling when a sudden gush of wind and rain started
-her wanting to go on a second walk with Papa when he got home from the office
-flowers "just because" from my husband

-morning blue hour followed by a deep pink sunrise
-tiny green leaves on forming on bare tree branches
-a serenade of frogs
-sweet worship and the presence of God at our weekly night of worship and prayer

-Friday date day with my guy
-cute photos of my granddaughters with their pink St. Patricks shirts and headbands on
-going to the two oldest grandkid's spring program

-a sweet moment with Jesus as I wrote about His faithfulness in my life
-a fun day of baking and cooking with my oldest granddaughter and her friend
-my oldest brother coming for a visit
-a fun evening with family and friends

-such amazing worship
-God's working in and through our lives and church
-spending the evening at our oldest daughter's so my brother could see them and their farmhouse

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Knowing the love of Christ...

Perhaps, I was just born with a leaky love bucket.  Some of my earliest memories are of inner loneliness and longing for loving words and touches from my Mama and Daddy.  I would day dream scenarios of Mama lovingly fussing over me or of me finding a little note written to me by my Daddy. I was the second from the last child in a family of seven kids and Mama and Daddy did their best.   But, my heart just couldn't seem to get enough love and I couldn't seem to retain the love that I was given.

My husband and I married young, the first summer after our freshman year of college.  I subconsciously thought that he was the answer to my inner loneliness and longing for love.  We were married less than two years when we ended up in our pastor's office for marriage counseling.  In my opinion, he was failing as a husband.  He wasn't filling up my love bucket and wasn't that his job?  I was hoping that our pastor would straighten him out.  What actually happened was like a splash of cold water in my face, but it was a life changing moment for me.  The pastor told me that my husband would never be able to meet all of needs.  He said that no human would be able to fulfill all of the longings of my heart.  He explained that if another human could do that, then that person would, in essence, become god to me. He encouraged me to go on my own spiritual journey to discover the love of God, to find out what it meant to have a deep and intimate friendship with the Creator of the universe.  And so I did. (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, March 19th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Friday Favs..."My Favorite Cup" watercolor

I have a whole cupboard shelf dedicated to my many favorite cups.  I love having my morning coffee or my afternoon tea in one of my cute cups.  The other day I had an idea to do some little watercolor drawings of some of my favorite cups paired with a cute saying.

These are my watercolor interpretations of three of my favorite cups.  They are not photographs, so I didn't try to make exact detailed replications, but I simply relaxed and drew "close enough" representations of the cups, then painted them with watercolors.

I thought it would be fun to have a little giveaway of one 8x10 unframed "my favorite cup" watercolor painting on high quality watercoloring paper.  The winner can choose to send me a close up photo of their favorite cup and I will attempt to paint it, or they can choose to have me paint a copy of one of my cups.  To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me whether you are a tea or coffee lover.  I will pick a winner from the comments and let you know who wins in next week's Friday Favs post. Be sure to click subscribe by email when you comment so that I can reply back to you!

It's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a safe and BLESSED weekend!


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