Wednesday, September 30, 2009

God's Bounty

This last weekend I ran over to our local farm stand for some fresh, organic veges and came home with a couple of ears of corn. The corn was the sweetest I've tasted since living in Colorado and I immediately knew I had to have more to freeze for the winter. Many of you know that one of my only disappointments since moving to my new home state is the lack of sweet white corn like we had in Ca. Our friends have been very gracious to me over the past two years but I'm sure they got tired of my whining. So yesterday afternoon I grabbed my good friend and neighbor and we headed to the farm stand which closes this weekend for the year. I came home with 26 ears and after following the advice of my friend(who happens to be a Prov.31 lady), Sue @ I was able to prepare 11 bags of corn-enough I hope to last hubby and I several months. I do not buy frozen veges but I am going to enjoy the sweet taste of corn when the snow is piled up outside my door.
I am also looking forward to next spring and planting our own vegetable garden, even if it is a relatively small one~maybe our oldest daughter and her family will plant sweet corn for us.

May you enjoy His bounty.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Little One

In our family, birthdays seem to occur for several people in the same month so it was no surprise last September that our youngest grand daughter made her entrance into our family two days before her cousin's birthday. It is hard to believe that this sweet baby girl is already one; she brings so much life into our family. She is truly a mama's girl who loves to snuggle-just like her mom when she was little. She has the sweetest temperament, a requirement with two older sisters and she is so active that it makes us shake our head and wonder what the world will hold for her and what types of adventures she'll participate in.
Cousins looking on.

Our dear son-in-law is very gifted artistically and decorates all the cakes for his family. He made the leaves and pumpkins from Marzipan...doesn't this cake just scream "fall".
Hubby and I are so incredibly blessed by our daughters, their hubbies and of course by each and every grand child. What a wonderful life we have!
Happy Monday to you.
Hugs, Noreen

Friday, September 25, 2009

One More Praise

Twice since yesterday the verse has come into conversation about a thousand cattle on a hill and the Creator knowing each of them and watching over each of them; forgive me for not quoting it here. This morning my daughter got a phone call from Children's Hospital with results on the genetic testing that was done several weeks ago and Praise His Name because they turned out perfectly normal. Once the holistic doctors get insight into underlying problems that might be causing GERD and how to treat it naturally our Peanut will be one the way to health. Again, thank you all for your continued prayers for our little one.
Weekend Blessings to you.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hugs from our house to yours

To each of you who upheld our Peanut yesterday, please know that I'm sending hugs your way.
The appointment was the first where our daughter and sil actually came away feeling hopeful.
The doctor was detailed and has treated children with GERD before; it would seem there can be reasons such as an imbalance of bacteria in the intestines or even Candida that can cause these problems. He ordered in depth tests and will see them again in a few weeks. The cost was sky high but if they can help our little one get well it will be worth it!!! Even as the Lord heals, He provides.
I hope, in the very near future, to be able to post the details of Peanut's journey to health.
Blessings to each of you!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dear Friends, In the past I have shared the ongoing trail that our grand daughter "Peanut" has endured with GERD(Acid Reflux Disease) and asked for prayer for her mom,Kim, and dad, Eric. The specialists that have seen her at Children's Hospital in Denver are at a loss on how to control her production of acid and how to treat it. They feel that the last choice is surgery and our Peanut is only 2. Today Kim and Eric take Peanut for a consultation with a doctor who is a team member with two others who specialize in a holistic approach, they work along side of the primary doctors. Unfortunately, the one doctor we were referred to didn't have any openings until next year and the doctor they are seeing is geared more towards traditional medicine. Would you join me in lifting our little Peanut up before the Throne of Jehovah Rophe and ask for wisdom and healing for this child. She has gone through so much and the doctor's in Denver do not feel surgery would work for her. There has to be a natural alternative out there to stop the production of acid and to stop these episodes which occur at an incredible frequency and last sometimes over an hour.
Bless you as you lift up our little one, may He be glorified by her life.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuedsay's Truth

This morning I awoke with the song "Praise the Name of Jesus" on my lips and it was so timely since I had these verses on my heart since Sunday. When God has done so much for me, I can never write someone else off. We can't let self-sufficiency creep into our hearts; We must never leave the posture of an all-consuming need for Jesus. When God has forgiven us so much, paid so much for us, how can we do any less for others. We need to continue to taste and eat, to abide and depend on Jesus each second of every day. Reminds me of another song "I need Thee".

Romans 5:1-8 says:

"1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

3And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

4And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Isn't this amazing, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for you and I. May you walk in Him today and be blessed.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Greatest Husband Award

Yesterday hubby and I decided to add some more shelves in my sewing room closet to hold all of my bins for my stash. Unfortunately, I ran out of time organizing my fabric and left it in a huge pile on the floor so I could go to church. I closed the door to my room and when I got home looked what I found. My hubby, the best ever, not only finished installing the shelves but also put my bins away and straightened my room and closet.

One side of the closet.....
The other side; I was so surprised and overjoyed that I quickly served him apple bundt cake with vanilla ice cream. I am hereby awarding him the "My Husband Rocks" award.!!!!
I still have lots of organizing to do before I begin all my quilting projects but he certainly helped me, more than he'll ever know. I am so blessed by him!
Have a wonderful Monday!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fall Blessings To You

For many in our country fall still seems like a long way off~especially in northern California where temp's are hitting the high 90's in San Francisco but here in beautiful Colorado fall is definitely in the air. The nights are cool and the mornings crisp but the days are still so comfortable. The Aspens are turning a golden hue and the Elk are frolicking in the high country. Front porches and yards are displaying fall decorations as well as homes. Sweet smells
fill the homes, candles are lit and days grow shorter. When we home schooled, fall meant a time for Yankee candles to come out of the closet and we would spend out days reading and learning while enjoying lots of apple goodies. This time of year brings so many wonderful memories to the surface that I can't resist filling our home with autumn scents.
Yesterday dear hubby was mowing the lawns at our home and the rental we had been in~we won't turn it over to the landlord for another week or so. After he had mowed two lawns across the street, I offered to help him with our front lawn; which isn't huge and looked do-able for me. He declined and I went back to house cleaning but a short time later he came in and asked if I still wanted to mow the lawn. Now ladies, my mind still thinks I'm 15 years younger than I am so I quickly said "of course". Our back lawn is huge and I haven't mowed it before but let me tell you it about did me in! I got through about 2/3 of the way and hubby sweetly took over; when he finished I told him I think we should look at a self-propelled mower or a riding lawnmower. In all honestly, he did say it was harder because the grass was wet but I tell you I felt like a wimp! Our sil said, after laughing about my comments, that we can use their self-propelled one since they now have a riding one. Yippee!

Yesterday one of my favorite songs kept floating through my head but I couldn't find the lyrics. I mentioned it to one of my blogging buddies and see passed them onto I want to share them with you.

REFINER'S FIRE (Brian Doerksen)
Purify my heart
Let me be as gold
And precious silver
Purify my heart
Let me be as gold,Pure gold
Refiner's fire
My heart's one desire
Is to be holy
Set apart for You Lord
I choose to be holy
Set apart for You my Master
Ready to do Your will
Purify my heart
Cleanse me from within
And make me holy
Purify my heart
Cleanse me from my sin
Deep within

Be blessed this weekend, seek Him first!
Hugs, Noreen

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Here we are again celebrating reasons and blessings in our lives, cultivating an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness. In my life, focusing on my many blessings helps me have such a better attitude.

Today I am so thankful for the love of God, His Son and His Spirit that loves unconditionally. I am thankful that I know Him personally and that we have the freedom here in the U.S. to worship without fear of persecution.
I am thankful that we have been in our home now a week and despite some disorganized areas it is now feeling like our own nest.
I am thankful for my beloved hubby who worked days upon days to get it ready for us. What a man I'm married to, such an incredible blessing to me. I am so appreciative of my two daughters, their hubbies and each sweet grandchild.
I am thankful for being able to get out and walk again almost every morning; exercise feels so good.
I am thankful for the sister in Christ, who happens to be one of my closet friends here, who met me to walk and pray yesterday and who I got to spend the morning with. She is like a breath of fresh air to my spirit.
I am so grateful and thankful that our youngest daughter got an appt. for our little Peanut with the holistic doctor in the neighboring town. I am thankful that he has been trained as a traditional doctor but called into more natural healing. I am trusting and thanking the Lord that there has to be some natural cures out there for a two year old with severe GERD. I am so grateful for my brother and sil for their constant support and encouragement to our entire family.
I am thankful for sweet blogging friends who are faithful prayer partners; especially Carol and her encouragement and Quilts for the North, Becky who is such a ray of sunshine, Debbie in Arizona, Lisa Shaw, my prayer pals from Spiritually Unequal Marriages, Nellie, Sue, Marlene, Pam and so many others.
I am thankful for another beautiful day in which to live and worship my King.
I am thankful that the Lord has assigned me my portion and my cup and made my lot secure.

Blessings to you this day, may your life overflow with love.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Welcome To My Home

It's been a journey in progress as we got our home ready for us but we are, for the most part, finished and I'm happy to be able to share it with you. I just wish we could put on a pot of tea and sit and visit but this will have to do.

This is a "memory"chest my father-in-law had gotten while in WW2 and he gave it to me shortly before his death. It brings fond memories and I plan to begin to place reminders of all the Lord has done for me inside of it.
The chest below the memory chest is a cedar chest that my dad gave my mom as a wedding present. I grew up loving it and polishing it and love having it in our master bedroom. When I open it I am transported back in time to days when I was a little girl and would gaze upon my mom's wedding dress and other treasures.

This is our guest bedroom-come stay awhile with us!

I bought this chair for a reading area in our old home and new it sits in my sewing room(which is still under construction and organization); but it is where I will sit reading the Word and spending time with my Lord.

Our living room~finally completed.

This is my dream kitchen and although it needs updating it is just fine for now-I love this space.

Our master bedroom-nice and comfortable for us and our dogs.

This is my antique quilt that my hubby's grandmother made in the 20's. I received it when I was 20 something and did the piecing before shipping it to Tennessee to be hand quilted by a cousin. I love the colors and have grown to love this show piece over the years; it is nice to be able to hang it in my sewing room.
Well I hope you enjoyed the tour!
Hugs to you today,

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Simply Saturday

Hello dear friends, I am back online~at least on my hubby's laptop so I plan to be able to most again on a regular basis. Yesterday we had a IT from our phone company come out to check out our internet problem. What a nice fellow he was and he got the internet connection working and even gave us some advice on free spyward for my computer. However, today our printer won't work, even though I've reinstalled it and now I'm having trouble with my p.c. Honestly, my p.c. is old and needs to be replaced but I was hoping to wait awhile-can you hear my frustration!
We are settling in and I promise to post pictures this coming week. Today hubby and I organized our closet and I got a large bag of clothes for a charity to pick up-it feels good to get rid of some of the clothes I wasn't using. We are having a rainy day here in Colorado and so later will enjoy watching a movie together. Our youngest and her family, hubby and myself were supposed to go to Longs Peak Highland Games today but due to weather and the crowds we decided it wasn't a good place for our little Peanut; we don't want her getting a bug on top of all else that she has gone through lately. The doctors are still trying to figure out how to help her GERD and it is looking like a renowned doctor locally who also specializes in holistic medicine might be the next step.
I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday filled with lots of fun activities.
Blessings and hugs,

Thursday, September 10, 2009

In the midst of moving and getting our phone/internet service transferred, we are currently without internet so I'm at my girl's house using theirs. Tonight will be our first night in our new home and hopefully our two tech-savy sil's will figure out the problem with our DSL and fix it so I can be back online tomorrow or the weekend.
To all of my dear friends, have a blessed day and until we meet again May His Face Shine Upon You.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fabulous Friday

Happy Friday to you friends. It is so hard to believe that it is already September 4th-I know where my days have gone but it still amazes me how quickly each day passes. We are in the final stages of finishing up trim etc before we move in; each day as hubby works around the house I am busy at work unpacking dishes, setting up the kitchen and in general fluffing my nest. We are gearing up to be moved in by next Thursday and I'd love to say we can then kick back and just relax but we will have to thoroughly clean the rental home we've been in and also finish getting things into the right rooms etc. Every time we drive west we gaze up at the Rockies and look forward to the days that we will be able to spend up there taking photos of the changing season. If you noticed my small photo of golden Aspens-it was from last year and I don't believe the colors have turned yet. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac we are in for a very wet and cold winter with more snow than we had last year.
This weekend is already jam packed with activities and next week will be equally busy.
Enjoy your weekend-go enjoy the outdoors.

Blessings, Noreen

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Touch of Home

As you can see, we are still trimming out the windowsills and doors but wanted to give you a glimpse of how things are coming along. Once things are together there will be more photos of a better quality but thought I'd give you a peek. Above and below-our living room.

Our dining room and eating area.

Thanks for coming by!!!

Tuesday Morning Praise

Good morning sweet friends, Just wanting to share a song that we sang Sunday and that my heart awoke to this morning.

Love Crucified Arose by Michael Card

Long ago He blessed the earth
Born older than the years
And in the stall the cross He saw
Through the first of many tears
A life of homeless wandering
Cast out in sorrow's way
The Shepherd seeking for the lost
His life the price He paid
Love crucified arose
The risen One in splendor
Jehovah's sole Defender
Has won the victory
Love crucified arose
And the grave became a place of hope
For the heart that sin and sorrow broke
Is beating once again

Throughout Your life
You've felt the weight
Of what You'd come to give
To drink for us that crimson cup
So we might really live
At last the time love and die
The dark appointed day
That one forsaken moment when
Your Father turned His face away

May you enjoy this song if you know it; if not, why not look it up and listen-it will lift your heart.
Each day I hope to get pic's of the new nest but somehow the hours just fly by and once again I blog without anything to show you. All I can say is that it is beginning to look a lot like home.
I am slowly taking things over; you know like dishes, food, some clothes. I am hoping that my next week at this time we'll have taken up permanent residence there. May our Lord richly bless your day!
Hugs, Noreen