Thursday, September 30, 2010

I Made My First Fall Wreath!

I made my first fall wreath!  I love that it is not the traditional "orange and red" autumn-like wreath.  It's a rainy day here in Upstate, NY and it was the perfect time to make this lovely creation! 

I got everything to make this wreath from Walmart!  Here's how you can make one:

1. Grapevine Wreath (Better Homes and Gardens)
2. Gardens White Pumpkin & Grapes Box (B H and G)
3.  Berries and Leaves selection (B H and G)
4.  Silk Floral bunch
5.  Wire
6.  Wire cutter
7.  Glue Gun
8.  Wreath hanger

Have you made a wreath for fall yet?  I'm linking up with Sarah Mae's 12 New Things.


When I Don't Want To Smile

The busy life can choke the soul.  It breaks down the strong and causes her steps to become shaky underfoot.  It resonates throughout her body, this shaky, unsettled feeling.  Where did it come from?  When will it leave? 

She wants to smile, so she tells herself to be positive, to stir up some happiness and catch a glimpse of what it means to see glass half full.  

Her days seem long, full of mundane moments that tempt the heart-strings to doubt.

She prays.  That's all she can do.  She opens the Book of the Living.  She must.   

It's not just nice thoughts of sweet devotionals and quiet times...

It's a NEED to be with HIM.  A gut-wrenching, desperation! To be with one that walked before her.  The one that was tempted in all ways as her, yet without sin.  The One who experienced pain on the Cross of Calvary, if only for her alone.

Oh yes, we NEED Him!  Until we recognize that we need Him, more than our very next breath, we become self-sufficient.  Dependent upon self to get here and go there.  

We need to be dependent upon our Heavenly Father alone.  I need to.

So if He sees fit, to allow me to walk through these momentary paths of thorns and thistles, for His Glory, I must.   

These paths that leave blisters on my feet, scratchy scrapes on my arms and legs, a tired, weary body... 

I must. He wants me to become more like Him, for His Glory.

And through it all... the pain and the turmoil of the daily hurts; the kind that cuts knife deep within...

My Jesus, arm around shoulder, pulls me into His side, the one that was pierced... and whispers, I love you child.  He takes my hand, and I touch His side.  He gently leads me to the wounds in His hands.  He reminds me of the cost it took Him to bring me life.

Lean on me... don't ever stop leaning on me.  I will be your strength.  Joy comes in the morning.

He is Sovereign above all... 
I will trust Him.

 JOB 38:4-12
4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
10And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
12Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

20 Ways To Enjoy Your Children

1.  Laugh with them, often.
2.  Don't wish your day away.
3.  Don't wish they were older/younger.
4.  Tell them you love them all the time.  Show them even more.
5.  Listen to them; really listen to them.
6.  Look them in the eye when they talk to you.
7.  Don't compare them to other children.
8.  Love them where they are at.
9.  Give them lots of hugs and kisses.
10.  Don't be their best friend, be their parent.
11.  Stick to your rules, be consistent.
12.  Show them love by your careful discipline.
13.  Speak kind words, don't yell.
14.  Read to them/let them read to you.
15.  Smile at them.
16.  Pray for them specifically, daily!
17.  Play with them.
18.  Don't give them everything they want.
19.  Sit together in church as a family.
20.  Worship and serve together.

; Share | bbnn

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Go Apple Picking & Recipes To Prepare You!

Apple picking is one of my very favorite autumn adventures!  Sadly, we won't be going for another couple of weeks. 

I thought I'd be a step ahead of the game this year, and found some yummy recipes to prepare for and share with you.

Here are some that looked good to me:

I actually do not like... are you ready for it... apple pie!  I know, what kind of American am I?  But Apple Crisp... now your talking my language!  This recipe looked great because it had graham crackers in it!


I love the combination of Pork and apples!  Sounds scrumptious!

Doesn't that sound great!  I've never heard of an apple pie dip before.


I hope you found some yummy recipes that caught your eye!  Which one looked the best?  Have you gone apple picking yet?  Linking up over at Beauty and Bedlam

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Our Date To Niagara Falls Canada

Psalm 19:1-4
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
 Day after day they continue to speak;
 night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
      their voice is never heard.
  Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
      and their words to all the world.

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge...
 Just in case you get the urge to jump...
 It was so windy and the mist clouded the camera lens:


200- Taking in God's beautiful creation.
201- Having a best friend named Husband.
202- Being blessed with parents to watch our kids.
203- Having 2 days to spend with just best friend and reconnect.
204- Smiling and laughing together.
205- Being away from the kids, and still finding our hearts talking of them.
206- Walking hand in hand down the street.
207- Telling each other how thankful we are for the other.
208- Beautiful weather in the 80s.
209- Enjoying brunch together at Bob Evans and Cracker Barrel without the concern of feeding our own little baby birds first.
210- The joy of being away... yet the joy of returning to complete family.

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