Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Lot Can Happen in ONE Year

I've said this to many over the years because I have found it to be so very true.

It is hard to believe that it has been almost one whole year since I posted anything here, not because I haven't had anything to say....I've always A LOT to say....but, well, I don't really even know why.  Guess I just lost interest in blogging as other things took priority.

I don't even know if anyone cared or even missed my posts.  I've never really written anything that's gone viral or is earth shattering.  Just posts about me, life,things I'm learning, doing, making....basically an online diary of my life.  

As I was reviewing some posts that I've written I decided that I was going to get back to it for ME cuz even if no one else reads this, it's really fun for me to look back.  So here goes.....

This last year has been a transitional year for me.  I have struggled a bit with where I am all grown up, back to an out of the house work environment, people-many people-in and out of my house, sick family members to care for and more.  I've certainly learned that attitude plays a major role in how I can adjust to these changes.  Honestly, some days I handle it well, other days, not so much!

Come with me as I remember the best times of the past year, these are the times that help me through the hardest of days......

  •  Thanksgiving 2014--Time with times ever!!!

  • December 25, 2014 - serving at a community meal with my son and daughter. It was awesome....we hope to make this a yearly event :)

  • January 2015 - Annual New Years Eve celebration with family and BEST friends!
  • February 8, 2015 - My baby's 17th birthday  (cue lots of crying)

  • February 17, 2015 - My sweet MIL comes to live with us due to illness 

  • February 20, 2015 - My granddaughter came to Gramma's house to celebrate her 2nd birthday!

  • March 2015 - Sold my quilter :(

  • April 2015 - Selling the quilter didn't stop me from quilting!  Spending much time making quilts while I not so patiently wait for the warmer weather to arrive and stay!

  • May 12, 2015 - Introducing my newest granddaughter!!!!!
7.5# - 20 "

Definitely the best day of the year

  • May 29, 2015 - 33 years with this handsome guy ;)

  • June 2015 - Sadly doing my final homeschool paper work....where did the time go?
  • June 12-15, 2015 - Family vacation!  Winning mini golf team: 

Team Jammer

  • June 22, 2015 - Celebrating 90 years young with my MIL

  • July  2015 - Volunteering in the kitchen with my mom and friend, Renee,  at ROL
  • August 11 -13, 2015 - Vacation in Maine with my mom before she returned to Florida
  • August 23, 2015 - My son, Ezekiel's, graduation from Word of Life Bible Institute in Pottersville, NY

More to come.....

Monday, November 24, 2014

Non Dairy, Sugar Free, Strawberry-Banana Ice Cream that tastes FANTASTIC

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I love ice cream, but a lot of times, it doesn't love me. So when I'm craving ice cream-this is my go to solution.

You won't believe how tasty it is until you try it! This is super, super good! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Time Still Passes.....

I wrote this on September 8, 2011 after leaving my ailing dad in the hospital with a broken hip.  

it racks the warrior's body,
 weakening him.

BUT he fights back,
 with a vengeance because the warrior has seen what illness does, 
many times before.

Each battle wears down the warrior, day in and out.

The bystanders watch, cheering for the warrior. 
 Praying for the demise of illness.

The battles come and go, some fought longer than others...

The bystanders can see the weariness in the warrior's face.

One bystander decides to take the pen to change the story....
She knows a better easier way

But the pen doesn't write for her.  
She doesn't give up and continues to try again and again.  

With no success, she helplessly gives the pen back to the Master Writer, 
begging for Him to have mercy.

His hand forms the word:  

The warrior screams in pain as he falls to the ground...
the bystanders gasp

 Frantically, she reaches for the pen but 
the Master Writer shakes His head

She bows her head knowing He will only write what is perfect, 
what is right 

And she waits........

But she knows the truth

it is always the same

The warrior has fought his last battle

The final hours may be long and last for a while....

But the time will come 


The warrior reaches for the Master Writer's stretched out hand

His battles and pain are over

But for her, the pain continues..
only for a little while

Until the Master Writer
pens her last line

And she joins the warrior 
and the Master Writer


*dedicated to the warrior in my life a man I call  Dad

"here, there, or in the air.....Love you, Dad!"

Then 6 weeks later, this blog post

3 years have passed and I still struggle in some areas of my life that make me think of my dad.  

I cry less, accept more...but I've still got a ways to go before I can smile every time I think of him.

But I expect that will time.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Chicken Pot Pie Biscuits - DELICIOUS

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I saw this recipe online a few weeks ago and thought I'd give it a try.  

This is my variation of it as there were several ingredients in the original that I don't use.

Come back and tell me how you liked it if you try it!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Crunchy Oriental Salad Recipe

I shared this picture on my FB page yesterday and had several people ask for the recipe

No better way to get traffic to my blog than to post the recipe here and the link on my FB page :)

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I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Noah in Pictures....No not the movie!

Mark Ludy is a very talented artist as his new book clearly demonstrates.  

At first I was unsure if I liked this book, but the more I looked, the more details I saw and the more I wanted to see.  

Here is a sampling of the vivid colors, amazing details and awesome story-telling in pictures:


The fact that it is a wordless book could be the best part of it or maybe the worst.  

Best:  YOU tell the story with as much or little detail that you choose.  No more wondering if the author gets the account correct because you are the author!

Worst:  YOU tell the story....but you may not know the TRUE account.  You may have only seen the movie which isn't an accurate account of what the Bible teaches....which brings me back to the

BEST:  YOU can pick up your Bible, turn to Genesis 5-10 and read the Author's account of this historical event that has been told and retold throughout generations in every known culture.  After you've read what the creator says, you can go back to this picture book and retell to your eager listener accurately.  

Anything that lends itself to Bible reading is a plus in my book!

The only thing I didn't like in this book is the portrayal of the people.  Honestly, the faces creeped me out a bit :/

I tried to look this over with my 20 month old, book-lovin' granddaughter, but I think she is a bit young for it as her interest did not last long.  

My recommended ages would be 6 and above.  

You can purchase the book directly from Mark Ludy here.  

Or if you are an Amazon shopper, like I am, you can find it here.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing for my honest review.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Chocolate Yumminess

Who would think that you could have something cold, smooth and chocolately that tasted like a chocolate milk shake without the milk and ice cream?  

Not Me

But that is what I have here!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cutest 'lil kitchen towel dress

I saw one of these at a friend's house a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it!  So I decided I'd whip one up for myself.

It's really easy to make.  Probably took me about an hour to put this one together.  

I kind of followed this tutorial.  When I say 'kind of' it's because I think she makes it a little more complicated than it really is.  

Thumbs up or thumbs down....what do you think?


Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's a SCAM....don't fall for it!

Yes, this is how you will feel IF you fall for that scam that came in the mail.

A few years ago my dad told me how he was going out to eat for free in exchange for a review of the service etc.  

There were words in his explanation that caught my attention.....






Monday, September 22, 2014

The Secret to Knowing God's Will

There are many, many people seeking God's Will.

There have been countless messages and books written with numerous ideas and strategies on finding God's Will for your life.  

What job is right for me?

Who should I marry?

Where should I go to school or should I even go to school?

Is this the right choice?

Should I buy a house or rent?

The questions are never ending....every day there is a new one...and every day we wonder

Am I doing the RIGHT thing?

I have found the answer for you and it is surprisingly simple.  
(don't we always make God more complicated than He really is?, I know I do)