Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Is On It's Way

As I sit and listen to "Baby, It's cold outside" on the tv, I think about how Christmas is truly on it's way.  

The cold weather, the snow, the cozy warm feeling I get just thinking about it...makes me smile!

I started decorating early as usual, before Halloween.  It's my most favorite time of year so I want to enjoy the twinkling lights and the pretty decorations for as long as I possibly can.

I love night time, when the lights are all aglow...

Pine is a staple for me and of course snowflakes.  Something I love using to make bows from are ripped strips of sheets.   I'm all about simplicity and a tight budget.  The little snowflakes were found at Dollar Tree.   I bought every package they had. Each package had 6 snowflakes, making a total count of 60.  
I could have used more!

I decided to do all white this year.  At first, it felt a little odd with the tree.  But then I visited Pier One one evening, they had all white decorations on a flocked tree and that's when I knew I had done the right thing.  I actually saw our tree in a whole new light when I came home.

We've had this star ever since our oldest was little.  It finally bit the dust, so I took it apart and just stuck it down over the tree top putting the tree lights inside.

I found some new ornaments at Home Goods and Goodwill.  Using them with some of our old ornaments did the trick with not costing a fortune.

The flocking on the tree looks gorgeous with the all white theme!

This lantern came as a set of 3 from a yard sale site on fb.  I painted them white of course!  Lanterns and snowflakes seem to be a theme throughout our home.  It's funny how things aren't planned, but end up coordinating nicely together.

I've debated adding lights to the window wall, but am a little hesitant thinking it will take away from the tree.  I do love how the tree glows behind it looking from the kitchen.  The reindeer head was one of those finds that actually made me giddy!  Adding the wreath and white bow to the window wall was one of those brilliant mishaps, lol.  

The little lamps that are attached to the window wall look so pretty with all of the decorations and lights.  

 I think one of my most favorite things is this armoire with the wreaths.  The green pops against the white and the white bows and snowflakes give them enough "umph".

I've loved spreading touches of lights all around the room. The mirrors reflect the soft glow at night perfectly.  

But the most important staple to Christmas is little baby Jesus.  Can you imagine what Mary and Joseph felt?

Their first little baby...that would give us all HOPE.  What a true blessing!

I pray my girls always know the true meaning of Christmas.  It's a fun time, but in reality, what was given to us was truly the best gift of all.

Our home is filled with memories, sweet memories.  The flower arrangement was bought the last weekend I spent with Mammaw.  She thought it was so pretty.  The last days I spent with her are tied to that arrangement.  When I see it, I see Mammaw smiling and laughing.  Talking about buying Christmas presents, making plans.  I am so thankful the girls and I had that time with her.  

The little pink "Letters to Santa" tin is full of sweet memories from my little babies long ago.  The dreams they wrote down and put in it makes me wish they were little once again.  Maybe one day I'll have sweet little grand babies that will fill it with their dreams!

I've bought tree toppers through the years but have never used them for their true purpose.  This angel is so pretty paired with a poinsettia and some pine.

My sweetheart still has no job.  But you know what I keep telling him?  Just enjoy the holidays.  Enjoy Christmas.  The valley will come soon enough.  Let's enjoy the mountain top for now.  I love having him home.  No amount of money will ever take the place of having him with me and our daughters.  I am enjoying the blessings God has given us, no matter how small they may be.  

We have a warm home, food in the cabinets, this months bills are paid and presents are under the tree.  We are fairly healthy (giggles) and happy.  Honestly, how many people have that?  We can lay our heads down at night and sleep.  We have it all with God, we are truly blessed!  No one knows if they will see tomorrow and what it will hold.  Today, I smile and feel loved.  I want my family to feel that all of the time no matter what we all face.

So for now, I am going to enjoy the Hallmark channel, snuggle up with my robe and count my blessings.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Reflecting back to a Thanksgiving I will never forget.   I am so thankful for where God has brought us from .  It has been a long road but boy, what miracles He has given us!

~We have so much to be thankful for~

I've spent the last few weeks decorating for Christmas.  As a girl, I always wanted to have our tree up for Thanksgiving, but back then, it was considered taboo.  Now, as an adult, 
(hard to believe I've been one for over 30 years)
I've put our tree up and it's considered a tradition now with my girls.   
Decorations are all finished inside and out so  stay tuned for after Thanksgiving because I will be sharing A LOT of photos of everything!  Here is a peak at outside. 
All in blue and more beautiful in person!

I decided to go with red bows and pine.  
Now only if it would snow!

The leaves are ok, lol!  But I want snow!

As my family gather at our home this year to eat some turkey, I want to make sure they all know my prayer is this....and for you too.

 I pray you're all blessed with family, friends and fond memories.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

It's Sunday

It's a cold Sunday and I am warm and toasty in our sweet little home.  Christmas music has been on along with the twinkling Christmas lights.  

I have so much fun decorating for Christmas and am actually a little late this year.  I know, gasp, is she being serious?!

Yep!  Christmas is something that I think about all year long.  The feelings it evokes deep within my soul keeps me going and gives me hope every day.  Not just with decorating, but what it truly stands for....HOPE.

God never ceases to amaze me with his gentleness.  For someone that could smite us all, He gives us so much love and tolerance.

If only we could all see this and just accept it....we could all come together in peace.

And just think, we'd all be HAPPY!

Everything would be peaceful and calm.

Oh how I wish one day we will all come together and actually love each other.  What a day that will be!

God holds the keys to it all and will have the last word.  Not mine, not your's, but HIS.

Happy Sunday to you all and remember.....God loves us ALL!

Friday, November 11, 2016

God, Please Bless America

When I pass away, what will be left of me for the world to see, are my blog and my fb page. My daughters will be the light of what I tried to teach them.

 I want to leave goodness and love that will live on. 
Instead of looking for the bad, try to see the good. 

That goes for everyone.

The beggar on the street, the person dealing with cancer, the widowed and divorced, the raped and molested. 

No matter what life has dealt you, hold your head up and look to Jesus.

 This world needs Him more now than 

I pray for myself, my family,friends and my country to find Him and keep Him. God, please bless America.

Please join in with me to pray for this country.  Thank you....

Monday, October 31, 2016

A Roof Over Our Head

Life has been super busy for me and my family.  As you all know, my sweetie is unemployed.  Losing his job seemed like such a bad thing but in reality, it has turned into a blessing...for now.  We've needed a new roof for the past year, but the hours he worked, made it practically impossible.  The roof needed repair in a few spots and we needed to address some issues in the attic that weren't accessible due to space.  Then a new roof could be put on....but until we fixed all of that, the new roof couldn't be done.  Of course our budget prohibited any hiring out to have it done. With our new time frame, we decided to do it.  We definitely need a roof over our head!

To finally get it completed and know that all is well, has definitely made us feel so much better!

I was so happy to say goodbye to the old black shingles and hello to the black metal roof!  I have fought with the colors of this house from day one.  I didn't choose the color combination and it's never made sense to me.  But my mom picked them out it and she loved the blue siding with black shutters and the tan brick.  So when we bought the house, I immediately began trying to make them work.  I thought about painting the siding since new wasn't in the budget.  Maybe painting the shutters a taupe would tie in the bottom?  Then I thought I'd paint the brick white.  But it always came back to defeating the purpose causing more painting.  Believe it or not, I'm tired of painting!

And then the day we had the new roof put on, it all finally came together!  It made sense and I actually saw something pleasing to my eyes.  I saw a cottage look that I've wanted for so long.  Then my head began to think when I saw the metal that was left over.  Nothing goes to waste at my house!

The side entrance by the garage door has always bugged me with no roof.  We had talked about making a little roof for just over the door, but water pours in and puddles on the floor.  
(the builder did a dumb thing by sloping the concrete making it lower than ground level) 
The brick wall has come apart in sections that was supposed to block water....another dumb thing.  So this is what I came up with.  

Look at that face...he wasn't happy that I put him to work.  But he sure is proud of how it turned out.  He said, "for it being leftovers and us not knowing how to lay a metal roof, it looks pretty good."

We built the roof inside the garage and then had our youngest daughter help us lift it up so we could attach it to the side of the house then add the posts.  Let me say....our muscles and backs were messed up after that!

But we did it!!!

What a difference it made!  And ya know, it actually feels bigger in that space bow.  Go figure!

Nice and dry and shaded!

A few years ago, I made this for over the back door.  It was so cute. but the fabric didn't serve as water resistant.  I had always wanted to put a roof over to the other roof we made over our deck to allow us to walk out when it is raining.  But again, the time we never had, we couldn't do it.

So, guess what we did?

I know my husband just loves me so much, lol!  He and I put this up by ourselves...just call me muscles!

I would have loved for it to be the  total width of the deck, but we only had enough white fiber glass left over from another project to complete this.  So we made it 48 inches wide and 12 feet long.  

We tied it in to the other roof on the deck, making it nice and dry to walk out in the rain.  The posts may look like they are in the way, but really, they aren't.  We carry furniture and appliances through this door for upstairs, so we couldn't use a post on the end.  That's where we made a brace.

The back of the house gets a lot of sun, so when I painted it all white, it really helped to keep it cooler.  We could never use this space due to the heat until we added the roof.  Walking on the deck barefoot before painting, well, you scrambled to the shade before your feet would scorch to death!  I never got around to painting everything this summer, so please over look the chippy paint.

Later, I will add posts to take place of the picket garden fence.  That was put up hastily to keep Bella off of the deck.  She chewed up everything in sight!

Now, with the shade, I have more space for flowers!  These have done so well all summer long.  Now that the temps are getting low at night, it won't be long before they die.  But aren't the pretty?!

Did you notice the  huge ferns out front?  I recently started working at a golf resort, and after a wedding had taken place, they gave us 4 of them!  Talk about a perk!  Shoulda saw me and my daughter bringing them home in her looked like a jungle!

My hydrangea bush has bloomed so much, these are the last blooms, I'm sure.  I'm so glad they have stayed blue!

I apologize for talking your heads off, but I feel like I haven't shared anything with you all in so long.  We needed to catch up!

I'm starting on my Christmas decorations tomorrow.  With my work schedule, I won't have all of the time in the world like I used to. 

I pray all of you are healthy, blessed and loved.  I know I sure have been even after what has happened.  Have a blessed week and hope to talk to you, again, soon.