Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My First Full Year In Colorado

As I've looked at several of my favorite blogs today I see many are posting on their lives in '08. With that in mind I decided to review all the blessings we've experienced over the last year.
'08 marked our first full year here and so I am rejoicing in living in beautiful Colorado.

January marked our first full month of living here and adjusting to living and driving in snow country.
The beauty of the Rockies and fresh snow thrills me.

February we hosted a young college gal who needed temporary housing; it was fun to see life through her eyes. My dear prayer pal and friend came out to dog sit at her brother's so we spent a lot of time together over three weeks. In fact, I helped whelp one of his 16 dogs-a first for me.

March was the month we headed out to one of our favorite vacation areas-the Islands to meet dear hubby's golfing buddies. He's a snow bird at heart, actually maybe he's Hawaiian at heart because he'd much rather live there than here. Grandkids and daughters are here(plus son-in-laws)so this is home base. Plenty of trips to the Islands are planned for the future.

April came and went, celebrating two granddaughter's birthdays and hosting my brother and his wife~our favorite family members. Some of our closest friends also came for a visit~one of many.

May found dear hubby driving back to Reno for a golf tournament and then getting his brother in California for a visit here. While he was driving home we experienced our first and hopefully only tornado. We only had damage to our windows, fences and vehicles and thankfully didn't loose our homes; having said that I still prefer these to earthquakes.

June was another month of travel and also of dear friends visiting. We went back to beautiful Yosemite and met friends there. I had forgotten how beautiful the monument can be and also remembered what a long drive back to California it is.

July and August found us camping and exploring new areas of Colorado and also of Utah with our girls.

September welcomed a precious new granddaughter into our lives. Delaney Aliana was born at the end of the month, right before her sweet cousin Faith's birthday. My brother and sister-in-law also came back out for a visit.

October was marked with lots of family birthdays and also beginning preparations for a hand made Christmas.

November and December found us decorating for the holidays and also seriously beginning our search for a home. Our home in California still is leased, due to the housing market but time has come for us to find someplace here to settle into for a few years until California's real estate increases in value.

All in all we've made wonderful friends here and are loving the life we have. Being able to actively help our daughter's and their families and spend time with all the grandkids makes our lives much richer. We are so blessed by love lovingkindness of the Lord and by rich blessings He bestows to us.

May the Lord bless you and keep you as we enter this New Year.
Happy New Year's from our home to yours.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I can't believe New Year's Eve is almost upon us-where did the week go? While many have been taking down their Christmas decorations and trees I have been working on dear hubby's Christmas quilt that I didn't get done in time. It's actually coming together quite easily and I'm hoping that today I will have the top pieced and ready to pin for quilting. That's where the work slows down because even though it is a relatively simple flannel quilt, the hand stitching takes longer. This quilt is a cute flannel Snowman print that I found and loved and since we snuggle under throws while watching t.v. I thought this would be really warm. I still owe him one more quilt, which I have all the fabric for, but it will take awhile to make as it is quite intricate. I'm not even sure he remembers the other quilt and the flannel one will be great for the winter. After I finish piecing it, then I'm ready to take down all the decorations. We always have the tree down by New Year's Eve so that we start the New Year with a nice, clean living room.
We are thinking of having a special dinner tomorrow night and then will probably just stay home and watch a video.
As for resolutions, I don't like making them and there is always something I could change-like my weight, lack of exercise etc but this year my focus will be spiritual and trying to add to my life not take away.
Blessings to you this day.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Our Trip To Royal Gorge

This year for Christmas our girls, their hubby's and families gave us a wonderful gift~a train trip at Royal Gorge in Canon City Colorado. We actually got to see areas of Colorado that we haven't been to before so that was really fun. One grandson was sick so our group was smaller than normal and hopefully in the spring the other family can go. Pictured above are the newest baby...she is 3 mos old. How time flies! One grandson from our other daughter came with us and he and his cousin had a great time. As far as Shannon is concerned John walks on water. She adores him! Although it was a long drive all of us had a great day and what a great gift. We'd like to go back in the spring and see wildlife and get a different view of the area but it was fun seeing the canyon covered in snow. The weather cooperated with us and because it was a holiday weekend traffic wasn't too bad.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hand Made Christmas

Several months ago dear hubby and two grandsons, ages 7 and 5, decided to make the little girls in our family cradles for Christmas. Hubby has been teaching them wood working and our oldest daughter saw this cradle design in Pottery Barn so suggested it would be a good project. They thoroughly enjoyed the time together and the cradles are beautiful. I decided to make dolls beds and quilts for their dolls; somehow time got away from me and so this morning I sat down and got them done. The quilt fabric comes like that because I don't have the time right now to make doll quilts. In fact, due to my lack of time the sewing leaves something to be desired but I don't think two 3 yrs olds, two 1 yr olds and two infants will notice. It might have been a good idea to make each of the girls their own cradle but this way they are learning to share and take turns. I'm so thankful they are done and now all I have to think about it dear hubby's quilt. Since he's seen the fabric and choose an additional two fabrics it won't be a big surprise; that's o.k. cause I do have something up my sleeve.
Enjoy our last hours of preparation-I plan to.
Christmas Blessings from my home to yours.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas snuggle quilts

Shannon, Mackenzie and Delaney's Faith and Olivia's

My granddaughter's are all too young to read Nana's blog so I thought I would post pictures of their Christmas presents. Faith and Olivia's is flannel fabrics and very cuddly and although Shannon, Mackenzie and Delaney's isn't, it is still nice, big and will cover them while they snuggle on the couch. I've finished all but hubby's, which he now knows about, so the pressure is off of me to have it done by Thursday. He may even pick out another fabric or two which will make it it's in flannel so it will be really cozy.
I've got my Christmas baking done and now I can just relax and enjoy the next several days.
My focus will be where is should be, how about yours?

Friday, December 19, 2008

O Come Let Us Adore Him, Jesus Christ Our Lord

On Wednesday I took my girlfriend to The Master's Gallery in Loveland; she loved all beautiful art work and we both bought a few special things. Linda King is co-owner and a wonderfully talented lady. She is a weaver, story teller and photographer. I couldn't buy one of her prints so bought a bookmark instead. Enjoy this....

Lord, Make My Heart A Manger
Lord, make my heart a manger,
a place for You to live.
Lord, make my heart a manger
my life to You I give.

When so many around me say,
"I have no room,
no room in my heart for Him."
I want You to know that I love You so...
there's room, I've room, come in.
Lord, make my heart a manger,
a place for You to live.
Lord, make my heart a manger,
my life to You I give.

Please forgive all my sins, Lord, and
help me to live a life that honors You.
With You living in me, may others see
Your love, Your love, through me.

Lord, make my heart a manger,
a place for You to live.
Lord, make my heart a manger,
my life to You I give.

copyright 1988 Linda King

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Grand Old Gal

This is my girlfriends brother's home; it is such a grand old home with so many incredible qualities but a little in need of some sprucing up. It's funny cause that could often be said of me.... lol. I'll be spending two days there with my friend; we'll have lots of fun but also be working all the dogs and also cleaning the house as a Christmas present for her brother. I love visiting but can truly say it is too big to live in, especially for just two people unless you have 12+ dogs. Of course they only left 10 or 11 and most of them stay in very very nice kennels. Her brother is in his 70's and their lives revolve around dogs~breeding, showing, training etc etc. He is an avid hunter and has traveled the world big game hunting. Having said that, there are countless trophy heads mounted around the house. Most of them are animals that were shot in Africa; two adorn the grand staircase in the entry hall. It is fun to see different animals that I've never seen except on t.v. but I fear if I lived there they would give me the willies. I understand the necessity and need for hunting to provide food for a family if you live out in the mountains but hunting for sport is just not something I would do. I understand it but I think I love animals to much, unless one was threatening my life or someone I love. I do love target practicing but just not killing an animal for sport. I may take my camera and take some pictures. I can't wait for all the girl time we'll have and probably some special prayer times too.
Have a warm joy filled day.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Winters Long Ago

My sister wrote and shared this site with me because it reminded her of our lives here in Colorado and of simpler times. In lieu of trying to upload the clip of fabulous art instead I am suggesting that you go and see these pieces for yourself. The are beautiful and so reminiscent of days of old.


Monday, December 15, 2008

A Beautiful Site

One of the many things I love about living in Colorado is all the wild life; we did have wild life in Northern California but not like here. We've seen Bald Eagles both last year and this year and it isn't a rarity-in fact one development has three eagles on a regular basis. The only season we've seen them though is winter so I imagine they might move on after the snow is gone. We've seen fox in our area and of course in the mountains we often see elk and moose. So incredible!!! I want to share with all for we are blessed with such sights and I stand in awe of a God who created them for our pleasure.

Fun Times At Christmas

When my girls were jr. high and high school age their closest friends were another homeschooled family who happened to be Dutch. At Christmastime they celebrated St. Nicholas Day on Dec.5th instead of the traditional Christmas on the 25th. They spent days baking mini Almond Cupcakes for family, friends and neighbors. On the eve of the 5th they would pack presents and cupcakes to take to all those they were close to; they didn't just come to the doorbut they would leave the packages, ring the doorbell and then run so we couldn't see them. Sometimes they would even open our front door and throw candy inside. A game insued of trying to catch them but we never did. It was such a special fun activity! So that first year after they blessed us we wanted to have some fun with them and turn it around on Christmas Eve. These friends lived out in the country on a dead end street with lots of trees and bushes on their property. We had to park a street away and quietly walk up their street without being seen which was easy because there was only one street light. Thankfully the weather always cooperated with us-you've got to love Ca. weather.
The first year really caught them by surprise; I don't think anyone had ever doorbell ditched them in return. That year we ran into their back yard to hide and they never caught us. This tradition continued until our girls were married and their girls were out of the house. When we would tell other people about this they would roll their eyes and tell us to grow up. We also did this to several large families with children who did not have a lot of extras as a way to bless their children and we did it to our pastors' family as well. It was fun to hide and wait to see the expressions of glee when they would open the door and see presents on their doorstep. It could be done during the day but seemed more clandestine after dark.
Post script: When I was a new christian, new mom and young wife a dear friend told me that there are so many things our children couldn't do because of our faith that when you can let them participate in harmless silly fun, by all means do. Over the years as a family we had many "silly" pranks with our church family that all of the families would participate in, at one time or another, such at we were always there to help with clean up and also we got t.p'd in return. I am not licensing a blatant disrespectful attitude or careless destruction of property but good wholesome fun with parental supervision.
Sometimes having fun with your children is the best way to build on relationships.

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Simpler Way

Today my girl and I were enjoying a nice leisurely visit, with two of her four asleep and the other two at my house doing wood working with Grandpa. She was telling me about a book they are reading for school on pioneer life and although the life was so very hard it also brought families so very close together. This led into our talking about family life, hard work and bygone days.
We both realized how very hard that time was for families to make a life for themselves but how great the rewards as well. We contrasted it to current day and pondered on how to draw from the past and enrich our lives now. When I was growing up I was a latch-key kid and lived on t.v. but even as bad as that was the shows weren't like they are now. In today's society many children come home from school and sit in front of a t.v.,computer, video game or some other electronic game; never interacting with any one in the family. The statistics on this are staggering and so very sad. Of course there are many who have chosen a different path for their families and their children; I am blessed that my daughters and their husbands do not have cable or satellite dishes and the children are very limited, very limited, in what type of movies they may watch. Movies are a family affair and the children all have rich full imaginations. Please do not take this as a condemnation for choices others make for their children. As we talked we also looked at many families who work the land, live off the land, homeschool and don't have their children in social settings but the children learn to live, play,work, love and have fun with their family. We discussed Mennonites as well as Amish and those who farm or ranch; these children and families learn that they can have fun along side each other and that they don't need outside stimulus. Many would argue with me that these children will be misfits but if you study the homeschool movement you will see that these children are leaders and not prone to pier pressure. It made me think that for many less is more and hard work builds character. It made me hunger for a simpler way of life.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fun Times

Yesterday I trekked down to Longmont to spend the day with a dear friend from Ca. Her brother lives there and he is a dog breeder so whenever he wants to travel he has my girlfriend come out and stay at his "spread". I'm not quite sure what to call it, it's not a ranch or farm but more like a very old grand home with 250 acres and 15 dog runs. In fact, the city of Longmont is developing several lakes on the property making it a Wild Life Refuge. Last year my girlfriend was here for 2 1/2 weeks and then another week. It was so nice because I still didn't really know anyone here and I was so lonely~I missed our quilting times together and also our in depth prayer times. This year she is dog sitting for three weeks. Yippee! Of course she is taking care of 11 Springers as well; in fact one is a pup that I helped whelp last February. I had never seen any animal give birth before, let alone help, so it was a wonderful experience. Yesterday we had such a fun day~we walked the dogs around the property letting them play. There is nothing like seeing 11 dogs flying through the air trying to catch snow. Then we went into town; we stopped at a christian bookstore which is the nicest I've seen here in northern Colorado. We stopped by several thrift stores and also had lunch. By the time we got back to the house I had to leave and try to beat the traffic. Next week I'm heading down to stay for a couple of days...we just don't have enough time when I'm there for such a brief period. We may even attempt to clean the house-which would be a lot of work since it is about 6,000 square feet but it is a way to bless her brother.
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Books

When we homeschooled our two daughters literature was integrated into every part of our day.
December 1st would roll up and our school work became even more Christ centered then it already was~out went the books and in came more creativity. We used math for cooking, wrapping and budgeting our gifts. History and Bible were focused on the birth of Christ. We read books all centered around the reason for the season. So whether or not you homeschool I thought I'd list some of our favorite books for the month of December. It is such a fun way to keep our eyes centered on what's important. My daughters now have these books and they continue to read these stories.

Three From Galilee by Majorie Holmes
The Other Wise Man-this could also be read between Christmas and Easter
The Christmas Box
The Lion in the Box
The Christmas Shoes
Karen Kingsbury has several Christmas books out as well. I've also got several books by Jennifer Chiaverini about holiday quilts. These are secular books but I have met her and I love her quilt stories.

Of course there was always music playing in background.
I can't believe we are at 15 more days to Christmas and I still have another quilt to make. If I don't get it done hubby will understand...for it is for him.
Have a joyfilled day.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


When our daughters were young we began going to the Sierra's several times a year; in winter we always went cross-country skiing and in the summer we would hike and swim. We always rented a cabin or mountain home and loved the time we spent in the mountains. This continued on even after our girls got married and started families; maybe not as often but we'd always try to get up there at least once a year. Cross country skiing was replaced by snow shoeing and riding saucers and sleds. Two years ago for Christmas, hubby, our two girls and their families and I rented a large home in the mountains. It was a wonderful time for all of us for this was the first year we all were there bright and early Christmas morning. The fun of having all our grandchildren with us, 5 at the time, was amazing. To see Christmas through a child's eyes is wondrous. The picture above was taken that Christmas and although we didn't have a white Christmas that morning we did get snow. Some of our family traditions that began with our daughters were watching a holiday movie on Christmas Eve. My girls favorite was always Little House on the Prairie and of course the classics of old-Miracle on 34th Street is just one of the classics we loved. We did indeed watch movies together. Hubby and I never put out presents until after our girls were in bed and it held true this particular year as well. You can imagine the glee and giggles as 5 little ones came downstairs and found presents galore under the tree. Another tradition is that there were always brand new pajamas on their beds on Christmas Eve. For many years I still got all the grand kids p.j.'s but now have passed that tradition onto their parents to continue~with seven it gets a tad bit pricey.
One tradition we didn't do that year was traveling around our area to see Holiday decorations and Christmas lights. We did that here last year and it was fun to explore our new area looking for beautiful lights while listening to carols and hymns on the car radio. We don't have to travel anymore to be in the snow and although we aren't up in the Rockies we have a beautiful view.
There are so many treasured memories of years past and I look forward to making new traditions as the little ones get bigger.
What are some of your holiday traditions? If you are a grandparent are you still able to partake in them with your grandchildren?
Have a joyous day and remember Jesus is the reason for the season.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Winter Fun

Last week we got our first heavy snow; approximately 8" total. It was lots of fun!

Grandson John loving the tedious job of shoveling.

Grandson Ben, daughter Carrie and Grandpa all working on their driveway. We have guidelines that say we must have the sidewalk cleared and it makes it much easier to do it first thing in the morning; also helps with getting out of the driveway.
I was up shoveling our patio first thing so our two dogs could easily walk out and take care of business. The season is just starting but we still love the snow.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Peak at Christmas in My Home

This is my all time favorite Christmas decoration and although it is out of focus I hope you can see the simple beauty of it(sorry it's out of focus); it is quite old and I treasure it.

A fun wall hanging.

My LIZZIE HIGH collection

Snowmen/women line the stairs of our entry. My antique treadle sewing machine in my entry is a favorite spot to decorate.

A sleigh filled with lots of Christmas Bears, also used for photo opp.'s of grandkids


Well our little peanut is home from the hospital. This was a shot taken while Mom, Dad,Delaney and Mackenzie roamed the halls. Because she was just being tested they had the ability to go to each floor and see new sights as well as eat in the cafeteria. The hospital has radio-flyer wagons for the children and that makes travelling a bit more fun. As you can see Mackenzie does have the tube up her nose and the funny thing of her arm is called a "no-no"~it keeps her arms straight so she can't pull the tube out. Also helped to keep her from pulling the IV tube out of her arm. She did pretty well considering.... There was a complication after the procedure but the doctor's got it under control. She was released and so glad to get home.
The biopsy results will be available on Friday and hopefully will show what is producing so much stomach acid. From the initial scope everything looked normal and we even got a look at the photos. So now we just wait, wait and pray for the doctor's wisdom and insight and also that our precious little one will be healthy.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


I was tagged by Karen@Homespun Simplicity to reveal 6 things I value and 6 things I don't support; then I have to tag 6 others to share about themselves. This is a very fun and easy way to get to know others.

6 Things I Value
1. Life within the body of Christ, the Word of God
2. Family and friends, I love spending time with those that are near and dear to me.
3. Fellowship
4. Animals, especially dogs
5. Making things for others that demonstrate love
6. Living in a country where we can worship and experience freedom in our lives, especially to homeschool.

6 Things I Don't Support
1. Abortion
2. Any institution that strives to take away parental rights.
3. Social religion
4. Gang violence
5. The news media and its prejudices against Christians
6. Any group, government or lay, that takes away personal rights for property owners. When I'm told I can't paint my house a certain color or have to do such and such, it makes me mad.

6 Friends I Tag
My daughter Carrie@Our Journey
My daughter Kim@Joyfullness in Everyday
Pam @Smiling Grammy
Tiffany@Tea With Tiffany
Amy@Home with Amy
Susan @ High Desert Home

Blessings to you this day.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Let It Snow

Yesterday morning we awoke to a nice blanket of snow covering everything. It has been exactly one year since we moved to beautiful Colorado and I still love the snow. Of course it helps that I don't have to get out and negotiate driving in it to get to work. Typically, I'm told, our area only gets a light dusting unlike the Rockies and it is gone by noon. The above photo was taken yesterday afternoon when most of the snow had melted. Last year we had a heavy snowfall which we absolutely loved. We haven't yet been snowed in or experienced any blizzards so the only problem I've encountered with snow was moving here. We saw semi's jack-knifing all over the freeways and the driving conditions were terrible,I have vowed never to move any great distance in the winter.
It's hard to believe it's December already-I still have one quilt to finish hand quilting, one to make and two to put bindings on. With the colder weather I'll be spending more time inside sewing and of course setting up our tree and decorating. We had our daughter's puppy and tonight we will have our granddaughter here with us for two nights so I put off the tree in favor of a more relaxed time with both granddaughter and puppy. I will tackle decorating on Thursday.
Tomorrow is the big day for our little Mackenzie; she goes in for the battery of tests. She will be staying overnight at Children's Hospital and hopefully they will gather enough info on her GERD to help get it under control and ease her pain. Your prayers for her would be so appreciated. Her mom, dad and baby sister will be there with her but it could be a very traumatic event in her young life.
As our Christmas season is upon us may you live in the reality of a living Savior and remember~
Jesus is the reason for the season.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Day After

While many folks get up before dawn to hit the stores and make the most of "Black Friday"sales I've never been one to do that and I can't even imagine getting up that early just to shop. I know there are deals to be made but the only time I've gotten up in the middle of the night is to hop a plane for a vacation or to babysit grandchildren when one of my girls is in labor. Even now, being retired and on a very tight budget, that just isn't something I would want to do. I did go out with Kim and hit Family Christian bookstore for some sales but that was mid-morning. I love those $5.00 door busters. The rest of the day was spent at home, sewing and then getting some Christmas decorations out. I'm not quite ready to get out everything but a little bit seems just right. Last evening Kim and her gang came over and we snapped some pictures of our way to bring in the post Thanksgiving day.
The first pic is of my darling hubby with granddaughter Delaney; fast asleep after a full day of fun.
Next is our little Mackenzie, wearing her brand new compression vest. This vest is weighted and fits snug; something that helps kids with sensory issues feel safe and secure. The therapist dropped it off yesterday and we were encouraging her at how pretty it is. Truth is-she's the pretty one.
Then, although I didn't realize I'd be in the photo, comes Delaney in her Nana's lap. I'm not one for pictures-but oh well...she's just so darn cute!
Lastly is the photo that started all the picture taking: Shannon and her cousins puppy Lily. Actually we sent this to the boys for they are missing their puppy alot and I wanted them to see we are taking good care of her and giving her lots of love.
As for this weekend, well I'm not sure if we'll try and get any presents or not. One granddaughter is turning one and we need to finish up her birthday shopping and also hit out local feed store for dog food. Hubby and I are only doing stockings this year, with everyone, so that makes it so much easier to shop. We are giving hand crafted items-quilts and wood projects to all. I really wanted our Christmas to be homespun this year, simple and Christ centered. Considering that Mackenzie goes in next week for a medical procedure at Children's Hospital, I think her parents agree; there is much to much to focus on instead of buying.
Hubby and I are enjoying having daughter's puppy here but our old dog Reggie is having issues. I've resorted to sleeping in our guest room with the puppy while hubby has our two dogs in our room. I've tried every option I can think of to make this work but in order for either of us to get any sleep this is what works. Daughter and her gang should be back next Wednesday but may be delayed due to son-in-laws Grandmother being in her final stages of cancer. I never thought I'd opt to sleep in another room for a dog but a gals gotta due what a gals gotta do.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Blessings

What a busy week it's been! On Saturday some dear friends whom we've known for 27 yrs flew in from California. Their daughter lives in Vail so they came early to spend time with us and see our new area; an added blessing was their daughter came for an overnight as well. The son-in-law is working out of town so she was able to get away. We had a great four days with them, showing them our new area and special places such as Estes Park. We played cards til we couldn't stop laughing and had a wonderful time. It is always such a blessing to be able to get together with friends you've known forever, especially when you've raised kids together. They loved spending time with our grandkids and Steve was most certainly a hit!
Yesterday our oldest daughter and her family headed out for California; they are seeing family and then spending a few days in Disneyland. That means we added one little bundle of fur and energy to our home...Lily is spending the week with us. Our dog Sadie gets along fine with Lily, except that Sadie is about 10 yrs old now and gets tired after a bit; Reggie is just a grumpy old man with arthritis so we have to keep him separated from Lily. Last night was an adjustment for all of us but today seems to be going a bit smoother. I'm hoping that within the next day or two all three dogs will get along perfectly. Of course, Lily is really missing her family and I'd forgotten what it was like to have a puppy around.
We will be celebrating Thanksgiving with Kim and her family; it should be a great day. Our little Mackenzie is doing better with the chiropractic appts. and they are helping her sleep at night. Will wonders never cease! Next Tuesday she goes in to Denver's Children's Hospital for an overnight stay. They will be doing tests to see how bad her Acid Reflux is and what type of damage has been done. It will be a very hard two days while she is in the hospital for Mackenzie, Kim and Eric. Shannon will be with us, hopefully she'll be able to stay at our house verses staying at the hotel with baby sister and nana.
My days have been so full lately that I've missed blogging and also checking in on all my favorite blogs.
May you find reason this Thanksgiving to have a grateful heart.

Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Family Fun Friday

This morning I joined my oldest and her four little ones, my youngest and her three girls for a morning of Thanksgiving crafts and stories. Carrie homeschools her two boys and her middle daughter, age three, is used to "doing school" alongside her brothers. Kim's two girls love stories and art but aren't used to sitting still quite as much. Carrie had two art projects ready with cutting, gluing and coloring for the kids to do. She also had a story that involved food which centered around the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving; the little ones loved all the goodies that were in the story~candy corn, beef jerky, pretzels, bread and marshmallows which symbolized snow. After partaking of their snack Carrie read two stories for the children about giving thanks.
This was such a fun morning! It so reminded me of my teaching days in preschool. When I homeschooled my girls, they were jr. high and high school so although we did crafts and read extensively it was a tad different. I love these days spending with my dear daughters and their children; I love seeing them taught to see Jehovah in all things and to pray without ceasing.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thankful for the little things


Today was a big day for our "little peanut"~her parents and two sisters, grandpa and I trekked down to Denver's Children's Hospital for an evaluation of some conditions she's had since birth. Going to the doctors is quite traumatic for our little one due to the fact that she has had regular visits her entire 18 mos. Today was a turning point in her health, hopefully, that will help everyone to know the extent of what's really going on in her little body. Seeing the specialist wasn't as bad as it could have been but after that she had to go to the main children's hospital for an Upper GI and blood work. This is just the beginning for her and within the next month she will be admitted to the hospital for a gastro scope and other tests. Having said all of this, I will add that her parents were troopers and very strong. This nana had such a difficult time, sometimes I wish I could carry the burdens my grand kids face and allow them to be healthy.
I love them each so much and when they hurt I hurt. Now, I will tell you that the blessing in this was while waiting at the hospital for Mackenzie to undergo tests I saw children with cancer, oxygen tubes, other life threatening illnesses who may not make it much longer. I felt such compassion for these families and also realized what Mackenzie faces could be much worse. I am not thankful that any children have to suffer but I am so thankful that we have the technology that might make my "peanut's" life better.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

On Warm Days and Such

Last nights sunset in northern Colorado

Yesterday afternoon when I got home from errands dear hubby had our kayak out and I could tell by the look in his eye and his attire-sandals and shorts he was wanting to enjoy one more day of autumn before the weather turns. So we loaded the kayak into his car and headed to our local lake which happens to be right around the corner. Talk about nice; not only is the lake so close but yesterdays weather was in the mid 70's. Getting into carpi's and sandals had me a bit skeptical and I certainly didn't want to get wet-it wasn't that warm. Anyhow, we got into the kayak amidst the Canadian Geese that winter here and paddled around the lake. Of course hubby also wanted to see how many golf balls were within reach in the water as the lake is bordered on one side by a golf course, which he had played at in the morning. Although I was initially reluctant to go I was so thankful we went. Spending times like this with my beloved is so much fun and part of the time I was just able to watch the robins on trees, chirping and playing, and also look for our lake beaver that hubby has seen. What a life! By the time we headed to shore the clouds had moved in and the breeze picked up but it was beautiful to be out on the water. I should have taken my camera. If that wasn't enough to be thankful for we also enjoyed an incredible sunset last night. I am so blessed and so thankful to all I have in life.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Music and My Hearts Desire

I love music and I love to sing with all my heart. You can find me driving along singing hymns of praise and worship whenever I'm alone or have the chance. When at home alone I crank up the stereo and pick my favorite worship songs to sing with. When my girls were little we always started the day with worship songs, when in school we would walk to their classrooms singing.
I'm sure over the years I've gotten funny looks but it doesn't bother me at all, for if I'm singing to my King that is all that matters. Music and worship can make any day brighter and filled with joy. I can attest to this-when I was working in banking and was robbed(the first time it was me, the 2nd and 3rd times I was there)I would choose to sing praise to my Lord and Savior. When I was walking through the finals days with my sister and her battle with cancer, even if I was sobbing I would still sing. It is part of who I am; so this morning when dear hubby went golfing and I sat down to work on Christmas quilts it was natural to have praise music playing.
Here is one of my favorite songs...if you know it sing along.

I Give You My Heart by Darlene Zschech

This is my desire
To honour You
Lord, with all my heart I worship You
All I have within me
I give You praise
All that I adore
Is in You

Lord, I give You my heart

I give You my soul
I live for You alone
Every breath that I take
Every moment I'm awake
Lord, have Your way in me

This is my hearts desire, to honor Him with all that I am.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A Month of Thanksgiving

As I've been reading all of my favorite blogs I've noticed a theme this month-being Thankful.
It is something I've been focusing on during the last year so thought I'd share things I'm thankful for. Join me, in your life and daily find things that cause you to rejoice.

I am thankful for:
Salvation through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
A life redeemed and saved by grace
God's Word and the reality of a living Lord
My beloved husband and especially his patience
My two daughters who I cherish beyond words
My two sons-in-law who I love as my own
My precious seven grandkids and my dear one in heaven
My big brother and my precious sister-in-law(the sister of my heart)
All my dear friends, near and far
The brothers and sisters in Christ who love me as I am
Living in beautiful Colorado, within minutes of my girls and their families
Spending my days helping my daughters
Watching my girls make Christmas presents by sewing and knitting
Knowing my hubby is out golfing and can enjoy a few more days of nice weather
Having friends coming in for a visit from California
Getting to know sisters in the Lord via blogs
Learning to blog
Our community of believers who fellowship together
For sunny days, even if it is cold
For having dear Mackenzie next to me watching as I type
For the hope of relief from GERD for Mackenzie
For spending my days enjoying life

If you are reading this I am thankful for you.
Be Blessed today.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Something To Think About

The following is a poem written by Judge Roy Moore from Alabama . Judge Moore was sued by the ACLU for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom foyer. He has been stripped of his judgeship and now they are trying to strip his right to practice law in Alabama ! The judge's poem sums it up quite well.

America the beautiful,or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims' pride;I'm glad they'll never see.

Babies piled in dumpsters, Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty;your house is on the sand.

Our children wander aimlessly poisoned by cocaine, choosing to indulge their lusts,when God has said abstain
From sea to shining sea,our Nation turns away
From the teaching of God's love and a need to always pray

We've kept God in our temples,how callous we have grown.
When earth is but His footstool,and Heaven is His throne.

We've voted in a government that's rotting at the core,
Appointing Godless Judges;who throw reason out the door,

Too soft to place a killer in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill a baby before he leaves the womb.

You think that God's not angry,that our land's a moral slum?
How much longer will He wait before His judgment comes?

How are we to face our God,from Whom we cannot hide?
What then is left for us to do,but stem this evil tide?

If we who are His children,will humbly turn and pray;
Seek His holy face and mend our evil way:
Then God will hear from Heaven;and forgive us of our sins,
He'll heal our sickly land and those who live within.

But, America the Beautiful, If you don't - then you will see,
A sad but Holy God withdraw His hand from Thee.
~~Judge Roy Moore~~

This poem is a sad commentary on the state of our country. May we the people stop and realize what we are allowing the government to do to all the unborn babes~how it must grieve our Lord.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Funtastic Friday

This morning we were delighted to be met by a light blanket of snow. Although we had a slight dusting one night this week it had disappeared by daylight. It was so fun to wake up to this today. I'm sure it will be gone by late morning but it is a joy to behold. Today I am working on another Christmas quilt, I hope to get alot of the top finished. Hubby will be working on two new wood projects, cutting boards, to give to friends for Christmas.
This afternoon we are going to drive down to Golden for dinner and games with friends of ours. It is a long drive but it will be rewarding to spend time with this couple who have come to mean a lot to us. The husband was a golf pro so he and my hubby get to play together at times and they enjoy each other so much, besides loving the game of golf.
This week has been full but filled with joy and life. Our college fellow left yesterday, a week early and it is very nice to have our home back. We had a dinner, or as he put it-in his Australian accent-a "tea" one evening with three gals and James. On the family front, yesterday was a full day for daughter Kim and her little girl Mackenzie. We started the morning running her up to Fort Collins for a natural treatment trying to help with the GERD prior to going to Children's Hospital in Denver next week. Then Mackenzie has a therapy appt. and I always hang out holding the newborn. Life is good, I am so thankful I am able to help both families in any way I can. The afternoon yesterday was spent sewing while John working with our two grandsons making Christmas presents for their family. It is so wonderful that he can teach them woodworking. So that's about it; this weekend looks calm but there is a craft show in Windsor that I plan to go to.
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Work of My Hands

I have always loved textiles and creating things with my hands has been a joy even since childhood. For the last 15 years or so I've learned how to quilt and it has taken me that long to become comfortable with sewing. When our youngest daughter got married I made her and her hubby a quilt; as each grandchild has come into our family I have made a quilt for them. Now that I'm retired I have more time to devote to this hobby. I will never make perfect quilts but there is always love and prayers that go into each one. So when my daughter decided she wanted black and white toile as the fabric for her littlest ones' baby quilt, I who love traditional designs and soft colors, was a bit surprised. This is the end result, not necessarily what I would have chosen but now that it is done I love it. So does my daughter and with the red fabric with black polka dots on the back, it gives it a little punch. So now that this one is complete I only have three more to complete before Christmas and one extra that needs the binding. Maybe some day my work will be of a higher skill level, especially since I'm practicing so much, but until then my family will settle for all the hours, love and prayers poured into these loveys.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day

This morning we were surprised to hear F16 jets fly over our town. This has been a wonderful way to celebrate our country each holiday-Memorial, 4th of July, Labor day and today.
It wasn't just a once over but lasted for several hours; I imagine the jets flew out of Colorado Springs and gave our entire state a buzz. It is so good to be an American, good times and in bad, we have the freedom no other country possess and I for one am grateful.
To those who loved have served, are serving or will serve in the military I salute you and say Thank you for your devotion to our country, for your great sacrifice. I thank all the military personnel and say thank you from the depths of my heart; I don't take lightly what you've given up for my freedom.
May the Lord's Hand of Protection be upon you and yours and may He bless your life as you willingly serve us.

Monday, November 10, 2008

True Contentment

If ever you feel like your trials are big and possibly insurmountable or if you are going through something overwhelming right now I challenge you to click on the link below and watch the video of this young man. It was so powerful that it brought tears to my eyes and his testimony is amazing.

I am so thankful for all the Lord has done for me and all the many ways He has blessed me-may you find joy and contentment in Him today.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Sweet Surprise

Amidst the changing of the season and the cold settling in, it was a joy to walk out our front door to the driveway and see this little flower had sprouted up, on its own, while everything else had died away. Mind you the grass is still somewhat green but the trees are bare and even the established bushes and shrubs are dying back. Here sits this little bud bringing joy to my day, reminding me that His mercies and blessings are new every morning. I'm not sure how long this little plant will survive but it was such a surprise to me that I'll enjoy it as long as it lasts.
Blessings on your weekend. May your days will be filled with sweet surprises from the Father.

Friday, November 7, 2008

On Bread Baking and Such

My baking whole wheat bread began when I was in high school and a couple of college fellows taught me to make whole wheat bread in a coffee can. I don't remember the recipe but it was so easy and it was delicous. Then when I was pregnant with our second daughter I took a class at our church on the Prov. 31 woman and making our own breads. It was a rich time in life, enjoying life with a two year old and learning so much about the Word of God. Carrie and I would bake bread every week and she loved it as much as I did. Then a problem occurred-I gained 9 lbs in a very short period that I attributed to having fresh, warm bread in our house to which my doctor told me to stop sampling it so much. I continued on until I burnt out my mixer. When my girls were older we got a bread making machine and we made bread several times a week and loved it. I'm not sure when we stopped or why; I was homeschooling at the time and also doing childcare so it is possible that I just didn't have the extra time or energy it took, even with a machine. Now Carrie has my machine and uses it continually to keep her family provided for. Yesterday I went to a friends house for a visit and when I walked in she told me she was making bread. I can't tell you how much I loved smelling the yeast and whole wheat mixture, needless to say today I went out and bought stone ground whole wheat flour to make bread with. Now over the years I've forgotten all the little tricks I used to make the loaves look perfect but it was such a joy to knead the dough and then wait while it was rising. Maybe it is the time of year, with the cold upon us it seems natural to stay in and bake and sew. It is so much cheaper than store bought and you know what is in it so that makes it healthier than processed bread. Although I have found Ezekiel bread and that is really a healthy bread my hubby doesn't like it. So as my bread bakes I am excited to have found this pastime and looking forward to supplying Kim's family with homemade bread. I'm hoping hubby likes it as well~I don't need to eat it all by myself.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A New Direction

I didn't post yesterday because I am purposely doing my best to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and I didn't want to write anything if I couldn't be positive about the elections.

Today I am looking at two verses and reminding myself that no matter what happens in our world or our country God is still on the throne.

"Trust in Him at all times, O people.
Pour out your heart before Him,
God is a refuge for us." Ps 62:8

"Lord Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations,
Before the mountains were born or Thou didst give birth to the earth and the world
Even from everlasting to everlasting,
Thou are God".

So I will continue to trust in Him even when we are faced with a change in the direction of our nation. May He have mercy on His people.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Prayer for our Nation

Billy Graham's Prayer For Our Nation

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!'

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God.'

On this election day may our Lord have mercy on this nation. May His people get out and vote and more importantly may His will be done.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Leaves of Gold

A woman we met up near Estes Park on Saturday told us that this year the Aspens are especially brilliant with more gold and bronze than she can remember. I am so thankful for the beauty of this season.

Friday, October 31, 2008

A Fun Filled Friday

Last night we had three young men descend upon our home to stay for a conference our church is giving. Unfortunately some of the group had problems with flights and hubby and I decided to stay up to meet them and show them where they will be sleeping while they are with us.
Two of the young men are brothers and still in high school and will be with us until Wed. and the other fellow is a bit older, from Australia and will be staying with us for three weeks. Today I started off a little slower than normal due to the late night but once I got to my youngest girls house we began running errands. I could actually tell her I understood, in a limited way, how sleep deprivation is so hard on moms. Having a month old baby as well as a child with GERD who doesn't sleep all night has drained my girl of her normal energy. As we drove on our errands we just put on the Praise music and sang our hearts out and that lifted our spirits in a way nothing else can do.
Later this afternoon our oldest daughter had to take their 10 mos old in for shots so while dear hubby did wood working with their two boys I got to play with their puppy Lily. She was such a bundle of energy at 4 mos old but finally she tired herself out and dozed in the sun. I read and even closed my eyes a bit until my girl got home. Tonight we will be answering the door to give the children treats and then getting to bed at a reasonable hour; having said that I wouldn't change a thing about my day except maybe go to our church service tonight and sing some more worship songs.
What a glorious life! May you be blessed with those things that make you happiest.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


I love the simple life. I love the simplicity of the Amish and Mennonites and how they live their lives without getting caught up in the world around them. I tried to post a picture from Webshots but it wasn't showing up so I've removed the link to Webshots. However the picture was pumpkins and also hay made into the figure of a horse pulling a real Amish wagon. Someday, I may actually figure out how to post some of the photos I love so much.

I love knowing that I need not fret about tomorrow, for tomorrow can take care of itself. Yesterday I was reading a devotional that was from a book I have in my library entitled, "Keep A Quiet Heart" by Elisabeth Elliot. I don't read it on a regular basis but saw a quote from the book that stirred in my heart. She was quoting from Martin Luther "He who believes in God is not careful for the morrow, [that means not worried about tomorrow]but labors joyfully and with a great heart. "For He giveth His beloved, as in sleep'. They must work and watch, yet never be careful or anxious, but commit all to Him, and live in serene tranquility, and with a quiet heart, as one who sleeps safely and quietly."

In today's current economic and political state of unrest, many are fretting and yet all the worrying in the world will not change what happens tomorrow. May we learn to keep a quiet heart and be steadfast in spirit.

Lord, help us to trust in You, and not be anxious for anything but in everything by prayer and supplication let our requests be made known to You. Amen.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Things that make you smile

Recognize the look on Shannon's face? She doesn't have t.v. at her house so when they are over she is always asking to watch her favorite show-but doesn't understand that I can't choose what is on t.v., especially if I don't have the video she wants to watch.
Don't you just love this little outfit-but it pales in comparison to my little Mackenzie whose wearing it! I could just love up on her all day long.
Of course, today when I took my other group over to my friends to see their miniature horses, it made me smile to see Faith getting up on the back of one horse. This is the little one who is still unsure of dogs. 8-)
It made me smile today when hubby came home from the Safeway gas station announcing that he paid $2.27 per gallon....
It makes me smile to play with dogs, especially one cute little bundle of fur.
It makes me smile when I get to read all the wonderful Christian blogs out there and how they encourage and inspire me.
It makes me smile that I finished the top of the baby quilt today and my daughter Kim absolutely loves it!!!
It makes me smile to think of our Father's great love for us.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Country Life

A new friend of mine lives out in the country~it is within our city limits but each home has between 1-3 acres. My friend has three grown children and two pre-adolescent children; they bought their home 4 yrs ago because they wanted more room to spread out. Well although they have about an acre it is a wonderful place for children. I took my oldest daughter and her four little ones out there today to see the miniature horses. They all had a great time and Faith even got to sit atop one. Can you see her big smile, she is all about horses right now. So this was like a dream for her and the boys thoroughly enjoyed it as well.
They fed the chickens grain and played on the jungle gym and also swept up fallen leaves for my girlfriend. What a joy to sit on her back porch and watch the three oldest grandkids play; this is the type on home I hope hubby and I can buy within the next year. We'll see-hubby's idea of a perfect home is one overlooking a lake and golf course but I am a country girl at heart so that is where my dreams lie. Time will tell.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Family Heirlooms

Both of these quilts arrived yesterday, sent by my Mother-in-Law(Mom). I was so thrilled to get them to add to my collection of family heirlooms. Mom is getting up in age and beginning to share her things with us with the approval of all the siblings. This is not to say we are cleaning out her home for we truly hope she has many years left living there but she is wise enough to know that sometimes the gift of giving now gives more pleasure than later on. I am the only quilter in my hubby's family and the one who cherishes the old as well as newer quilts so it seemed fair that they come to us and in turn be passed onto my daughters(her only granddaughters)who would love them as well. The Double Wedding Ring was made about 20 years ago by a cousin in Tennessee for Mom and although we did have to give it a good washing with quilt soap, it looks brand new. The Grandmother's Fan quilt was made in the late 1920's-1930's by my husbands grandmother. Unfortunately it was stored in direct sunlight and in a home where there were smokers so the material has deteriorated and in places is shredding. I aired it out and now it just smells old and musty so I am sure it will not be used. I won't hand wash it for I fear the fabric would fall apart. When I showed my grandsons this quilt they had a hard time fathoming just how old 70-80 yrs is. I love looking at the fabrics and trying to see if there are any that match the 1920's Trip Around the World quilt hubbies grandmother made. That particular quilt is hanging in our basement, adorning the wall that faces the stairs-so all can see it when they go downstairs. The most important part of the heirlooms I hope to give is not necessarily their monetary value but the sentimental value-things made by woman in our family.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


From the time I was a young mother, my mission for motherhood was deeply implanted in my spirit. I can remember telling a neighbor who was a good friend my viewpoint on this huge task ahead of me. Motherhood is the most important job a woman will ever have; for not only is the child's life impacted by what you do or don't do, but every other person with whom you child will have contact with throughout their life. It will impact our home, our neighborhood, their school, their friends, their employers, their future spouse as well as any future children. If we do the job as the Lord intended us to, hopefully their lives will be filled with His love and grace. If we fail, their lives could negatively impact generations to come.
Now, that isn't to say that sometimes somewhere along the line children make wrong choices and live lives that are difficult to behold; but I truly believe this is the highest calling a woman can have.

I recently read a quote by Sally Clarkson on Touching Your Child's Heart and my thoughts resounded in it.

"The mission of motherhood is strategic in providing the next generation with wholehearted, emotionally healthy, and spiritually alive adults. It is not simply a lifestyle choice. It is a divine calling that will indeed affect eternity."
-- From "The Mission of Motherhood - Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity" by Sally Clarkson.

Just because my daughters are grown does not mean my job is necessarily over, and my joy is that I get to watch as my daughter's take the torch and rear their children in the Lord.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Beauty to Behold

Each time I drive by this street I am in awe~the beauty of the Maples and the view of the Rockies, now covered with snow, take my breath away. God has such a wonderful palet of colors that He decorates His world with. But there are so many other things that daily I want to stop and thank Him for; today a friend shared bounty from her garden, lives filled with the laughter of children(my grandchildren) who call from the top of the stairs pretending to be a Star Wars character. It needs to be noted, my daughter's family does not have a t.v. and has never had cable; they are very careful in what the children may watch and the boys saw clips about star wars on a computer program. I'm thankful for my beloved hubby and all the prayers that have been lifted up for him over the years; I am so thankful for God's precious promises concerning those prayers. I am thankful for the close knit family we have and the joy we get in spending time together. I am so thankful for new girlfriends here in our area that bring me joy~it seems like a long 9 mos in getting to know other Christian gals. I am also thankful for the good report I received about a dear friends' daughter who just underwent surgery for brain cancer. In case you were one of the many upholding Leslie-the surgeon said he got all the tumor and she is making quick progress at Stanford. Thank you for all your prayers; she still has a long, rough road ahead of her but with the Lord's help she will make it through.
I am also so thankful for all the new friends I've made in our blogging is so good to be connected even if just over the Internet.
Blessings to each of you this weekend.