Friday, September 23, 2011

Birthday Wishes

My baby girl is 17 today.  Oh my,  Here she is at her special guy's soccer game.  So glad I was able to be there that day.  This one here, she's a feisty one.  Sometimes I'm not so sure that we will survive each other and most days she has me laughing till I cry.  Love her all the time!  Happy Birthday, Maddie!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mollie Makes Video

Yesterday, after posting the apple cozie I made, Lisa from Hospitable Pursuits shared this video of the new magazine with me.  So fun to see the apple cozie in action.  Isn't this cute?


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Apple Cozies

Last night I was watching t.v. and decided I needed a little something to do with my hands.  I remembered that I had purchased a magazine with the cutest apple cozies on the cover and went in search of it.

I think that this would make wonderful place cards for a dinner.  You could attach a ribbon to the stem with your guests name on it.  It would be a fun gift for a child to take to a teacher.  It took me less than an hour from start to finish.  I'll be tucking this pattern into my purse for when I need a little project on-the-go.  It makes me smile whenever I look at it!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Sewing Christmas

Welcome to our ninth installment of "Sewing Christmas".  By now, for everyone who has been following along, you should have a nice little stash of gifts.  Doesn't it feel good to head in to the Christmas season with some gifts already prepared?

This oven mitt and kitchen towel may just end up in my stocking this year.  The colors match my kitchen perfectly.  For the towel I drew the snowman, freehand, using the fabric as my guide and embroidered it with a running stitch.

Tuck the towel inside with a pretty spatula, add some festive Christmas finery and I think you have one great teacher or hostess gift.  No wrapping required.  To share your Christmas gift ideas, please use the link below.  Blessings!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can
take your stand against the devil's schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the 
heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full
armor of God, so that when the day of evil
comes, you may be able to stand your ground,
and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled
around your waist, with the breastplate of
righteousness in place, and with your feet
fitted with the readiness that comes from the
gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take 
up the shield of faith, with which you can
extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil
one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the 
sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

Ephesians 6:11-17 

Friday, September 16, 2011

arrangement for tonight's dinner

I want to thank you for all your
encouraging words over the past few days.
I'm amazed and humbled that you
still leave comments when I have
been too busy to visit blogs and leave
comments for you!
Even my family is feeling neglected.
Asking the Lord to bless the
work of your hands today~

Leaving soon for the farm...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Think I Can...

gift of a wall pocket from Joanna

When I got in the car this morning to take Maddie to school, the thermometer read 41 degrees.  Fall is upon us here in Michigan.

vintage children's hankies from Char

The cold didn't snap me out of my mood today.  I want to go back to bed and pull up the covers.  I want to sew, I need to sew...but I have to meet with a bride at noon who's dropping off supplies for her wedding this weekend.  The tent is going up as I type this.

How stinkin' cute is that?

I'm officially burnt out.  A big meeting tonight, a dinner tomorrow and one more wedding this weekend and then things will slow down drastically.  My mind today is struggling with all the details.  Is that a light I see at the end of the tunnel?  Nope.

favorite new pencils from Etsy

Even the fun and the good can be exhausting, but the sun is bright and the sky is blue and I'm thankful for a chilly day to wear a soft sweater.  A young girl is getting ready to say "I do" and I know her excitement will be contagious.  Have a wonderful day, dear blogging friends!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Sunday Picnic

Sunday was a special day at the farm.  My husband hosted a family picnic for the baseball team that he coaches.  These boys are nine and ten years old and some of them had not been born when 911 occurred.  

My friend and employer, Nancy

It was so fun to surprise the families with a candy bar, a cotton candy machine, cupcakes and delicious food.  We had games for the kids so that the parents could meet and talk about the coming season.

For me, my favorite part was my husband (in the yellow) teaching the children about 911 and then sharing a prayer that Franklin Bell Graham gave the day after 911.  He loves his players and I enjoy watching him teach and grow them in ways that will shape them long after the glove and bat are put away.

With joy,

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wedding Day

It was a very busy weekend, but everything got done and a happy couple began their new life as husband and wife.

It rained off and on all day.  Right before the ceremony a large black cloud formed over the barn and I held my breath, just waiting.

But the rain held long enough to finish the ceremony.  Guests entered the barn for refreshments and appetizers.

This little guy was the most excited ring-bearer to date.  He marched up the aisle with a broad grin and determined stride.  What a cutie-pie!

This is the last shot I took before my camera died.  In all the preparations, I forgot to charge the battery.  Alas, no picture of the groom to share.  I can assure you he was standing at the other end of the aisle, with a wide grin on his face!  


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"I will remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord's great love
we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself,
"The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."

Lamentations 3:20-24
In Him,

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Gardener's Morning

The Gardener's Morning
by Howard Dolf

The robin's song at daybreak is a clarion call to me.
Get up and get out in the garden,
for the morning hours flee.

I cannot resist the summons,
what earnest gardener could?
For the golden hours of morning
get into a gardener's blood.

The magic spell is upon me,
I'm glad that I did not wait;
For life's its best in the morning,
as you pass through the garden gate.

Have a blessed day~

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wrapped in His Love

School started for my kids this past Tuesday.  My son loaded his car and mine and we made the trip to his apartment on campus.  He starts his junior year of college and my daughter started her junior year of high school.

My daughter, the organized, everything has a certain order, life is best lived a certain way, not one for surprises or unexpected changes in routine, was feeling a bit anxious about her first day.  I wanted to remind her of the one she can depend on when she's in school and stressed and I found these wonderful sandwich wrappers here.

I have quite a busy schedule for the next few days.  A wedding this weekend as well as a big luncheon at the farm.  I watched the most beautiful tent get put up at the farm today.  I also watched my stress level raise as I looked at all the things that must be accomplished in the next 72 hours and felt that familiar knot in my chest.  That pang of doubt, that nasty little voice that says you'll never get it all done, you're just not good enough.  Well, I thought, I don't have to be good enough because I know the One who is and who can see me through it all.  So I place the next 72 hours in His capable hands and I'll follow His lead because "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil.4:13

With joy, 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


I made cupcakes, wow are they bright!
Is there such a thing as too much pink?

This is my go to book for cupcakes.
I always make vanilla with vanilla buttercream frosting.

I saved one for you!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fun at the Diner~

When our friends, Debbie and Paul, call and ask us to come over for a cook-out, we don't say no.  We never say no.  Going to their house is always fun, always special and the main thing served is love and laughter.

Recently they put a diner in the basement of their home.  An authentic diner, complete with a picture of Elvis! 

The details are amazing, right down to the napkin holders and tableware.  Each piece was planned with the idea of how to best serve their guests.  

The group of people that came yesterday are quite special to me.  It's the group of people that have been there for each other for many years.  We've seen each other through some difficult times and have been joyful together through celebratory times.

We're quick to help each other when needed and lovingly call each other out when we need that too.  These are the people that know the good, the bad and the ugly and love you anyway.

The common thread that ties us all together is our love for Jesus.  Rare is a conversation that doesn't involve God and his plan for our lives.  Christ is the driving force behind all we do, the foundation of our individual lives and the foundation of our friendship.

We shared good food, enjoyed watching our young adult children make sundaes for everyone.  Observed a competitive game of bocce ball with our husbands and talked of life over a bonfire.

my daughter and her sweetie

We showed our children how richly blessed we are, how thankful we are for one another and left happy and content.  Thank you Lord, for the good gifts you bring us in the people you place in our lives.