Sunday, July 5, 2015

A New Gate

We have a new addition to our family...


His name is Bruno.  He is part bloodhound and part walker.  Just look at those ears!

He's such a sweetheart and so much fun to play with at 3 am, lol.  
Here is a little short story on why we had to make a new gate.
 Our dogs had really messed up our porch, chewing on the rugs, the wicker furniture, making messes and the hair...oh the HAIR!  So I decided to clean it all off and lock the gate that we had at the top of the stairs.  Well, Bruno could fit through the spindles.  I attached some fencing to the gate trying to keep him out but he just tried eating the fencing and yelped and whined for two nights straight.  Our oldest was so upset because she works two jobs and wasn't getting the proper amount of sleep due to his whining.  Now, mind you, he has a nice doghouse, lots of chew toys, plenty of food and plenty of company.  

So, after brainstorming, we decided to make a gate for the bottom of the stairs instead.  And so far, so good!  No upset Bruno.

My ex brother in law gave me a piece of fencing that he was going to burn.  It sure did come in handy with making the gate.  No money was spent on this project.  We had everything on hand...always a win win!


We had to account for the water hose and spout to the bottom left when we attached a 2 x 4 to the brick.  


My sweetie is such a great carpenter.  He will tell you that he hates it, but he sure is good at it!


And our dog, Gabe, can't open it with his paws.  he's our super smart dog!  You can just look at him and see his brain wheels turning.


I plan on painting it all white once this rain goes away.  It has been raining for weeks on end, every day!  But my plants are definitely loving it!

Thanks for stopping in.  I have so much to show you guys, but haven't had the time to sit at the computer for long periods of time.  

Have a blessed week!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fear

This post will be a little different than any I've ever done.  It won't be pretty photos of my home, my family or my pets.  So fair warning...


I want to start off by talking about my ordeal with Sepsis 4 years ago.  Going into septic shock, being in a medicated induced coma and on life support for 11 days definitely had an impact on me.   For 2 weeks, I became more ill.  I played it all off until week 2, finally going to the DR when I began running a fever and my body aching severely.  I didn't know if I had the flu or what.  2 days later, I was fighting for my life.  I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance with a grim outlook.  Sepsis has a death rate of 60%...that's A LOT!  So after going through all of that, being released from the hospital with barely any use of my left arm, having to go to rehab,  a fast heart rate and elevated blood pressure, I tend to listen to my body now.  Any warning signs, I get looked at ASAP.  That's only common sense to me now.  But it can definitely make you live in fear.  

What I didn't tell anyone besides close family members was that when I woke up and was waiting on them to remove the breathing tube, I could feel and see (but not really see) a word in white engraved letters on my forehead.  I had never seen this word nor heard of it.  After being home for a week or two, I was watching a Jewish teacher one night on TV.  He said a name that evoked that feeling as I lay in my bed awaiting them to take out the breathing tube.  I immediately asked my husband what that word was and meant.  When he told me, I began to weep.  That word was Yahweh.  Here is what it means:  
Yah·weh
 ˈyäˌwā,-ˌwe,-ˌvā/ 
noun
  1. a form of the Hebrew name of God used in the Bible. The name came to be regarded by Jews ( circa 300 BC) as too sacred to be spoken, and the vowel sounds are uncertain.

I did nothing but read my Bible.  Watching TV felt strange to me, on the outside I was emotionless, it was hard for me to cry even though I felt that way inside.  I wanted to be outside at all times.  To me, that was the most peaceful place to be and the closest I felt to God.  My Mother sat with me and we had many talks about life and how God had blessed us with a second beginning.  Our relationship had been strained from past mistakes and it bordered on guilt and shame.  I had forgiven my Mom while in the hospital and when I came home, she stood on the stairs, crying and looking scared to even look at me.  That's when I told her I had forgiven her...that was the day we got to start over.  What a true blessing that had come from something so bad.  But that was only the beginning.   I lived in fear....fear of death.

Many years before any of this, my husband and I had been in the Church Ministry.  Dedicated and devoted were we!  But then, somehow, we became hurt, crushed and felt abandoned by others.  So we left our church and our pastor.  For 8 long years, we wandered.  On the path, off of the path...what a tormented time that all was.  But, never did I ever believe for once that God had given up on me.  I knew it was I that had strayed.  But I still lived in fear.
The months leading up to sepsis, I had a strong fear that something bad was going to happen.  I began talking to our oldest daughter, making her understand that If we died, what all she would have to do.  I made arrangements for both of our daughters to be taken care of if that happened.  I even wrote out a will of some sorts.  That's when I started to pray again, reading my Bible, talking to God.  I remember praying "please God, let me live to raise my daughters."  I just knew something was going to happen.  My family can vouch for me, always talking about death and making arrangements.  There was the fear...

MY Grandmother passed away after a weekend visit with her.  We sat up late the night before we were to leave and talked.  We always talked.  She told me she was ready and she had even given the girls little nick knacks because she wanted them to have them.  We got to say our goodbyes and didn't even know it.  Then my Aunt, who had helped take care of me during the sepsis ordeal, had a stroke.  She passed away about a year later. Those were dark days....with lots of fear.

Now fast forward through all of the health issues I've had in the last year and a half, all of the health issues our youngest has had, and my husband and other daughter.  Never in our history have we ever been through anything like this, ever!  Talk about fear...We have had money problems, marriage problems, but never health issues.  I believe that Satan was trying to kill me and my family but God had better plans.  For what reasons?  Just look around.   Just look at what all has happened with our world these past few months.  Christians are being persecuted, told that we are spreading hate and judging because of stating what the Bible says.  Our country is trying to wipe out the bad part of history.   Crazy weather is hitting all over the United States....I am 45 and have never saw what I am seeing today.    Inappropriate things are being taught and introduced in schools to grade school children.  My two daughters have a "whatever floats your boat" attitude that we have never taught them.  As long as it isn't hurting you, then it's ok.  They tolerate things without even blinking an eye, but then want to bash something so tiny to pieces.  "Gag at a gnat and swallow a camel" comes to mind.  Things we have never taught them nor have lived.  What is happening all around me?  I turn on the news and I want to crawl in a hole.  I try to be positive and find beauty, but there is hatred all around me.  People are being divided.  It definitely can make a person feel fear.

I have so many things to say, to show, to witness about.  Most importantly, my daughters souls are part of that.  I will fight the devil until I take my very last breath for my miracles God gave me.  And yes, they were even miracles.  Both of them have a story behind how they came into this world.  God has always been in my life ever since I can remember.  One of my earliest memories was sitting on Mammaw's bed, waiting for her to come to bed, telling the devil how he had really messed up.  How he had a great thing being in Heaven and how it messed it all up by wanting more.   Mammaw always told me that there was something special that I had to do.  She always thought it might be missionary work.  But that has never been in my thoughts, lol.

I will say this and sign off for now.  Please give your hearts to God if you haven't already.  Pray for this country.  Pray for lost souls.  And READ your Bibles.  Don't listen to men and their opinions, read for yourselves and let God show you right from wrong.  The Bible says to study to show yourselves approved.  We have a big test coming up and if we do not study, we are gong to flunk.  We won't be getting a bad mark on a piece of paper, we are facing an eternal mark.  Just think of this:  You know how when you are in an argument and plead your case with what you think are valid points?  How you can win someone over to your side with proof and facts?  The Holy Spirit is pleading with us, presenting facts plainly.  It is up to us to acknowledge them and make things right.  Our opinions will not stand before God.  I no longer live in fear.  God's name was written on my forehead. 
  
"I never knew you: depart from me, ye that 

work iniquity"...Don't let these words be the 

last
you ever hear from God.







Sunday, June 7, 2015

Boy, What a Week

First, let me explain that we are a cash and carry kind of family.  We pay cash for everything and if we do not have it, we do not buy it.  Our cars are paid for, we own everything but our home...still paying for that because we aren't rich, lol.

So here was our dilemma:  We gave our oldest, or should I say, we allow her to drive one of our cars.  It has been a great car and we have had it from the beginning so we know the history.  That in itself is a peace of mind knowing we don't have a lemon.  Of course, after many years, it is starting to need some work.  Her power steering pump went out so we had to take it to our mechanic.  We normally do the work ourselves, but this entailed taking the alternator and serpentine belt off which made us a little nervous.
After getting and paying for that to be fixed, we had another problem.  The power steering was going out again.  So, back to the mechanic.  This time, we found out the rack and pinion was leaking very badly.  That meant a new one which was more $$$...lot's more!  If you know anything about cars, you'll know how expensive these things are, especially the cost of labor. 
We have been planning a vacation that we are paying cash for.  A 6 year long over due vacation!  Our daughters are so very excited, then this happens!  Our oldest could have cried as we sat at the garage. But she said her make up was too expensive to do that, lol.
Well, long story short...we came home and I began to work feverishly all the while I was praying.  I knew God would take care of the problem...He always does.


I absolutely love my ex brother in law!  He has brought me so many things where he does construction on the side...all for free!  Sometimes I wake up and there are nice little treats in my driveway...now how sweet is that?!

He brought me this hutch and I knew I could make it into something cute and different.


Now look at how cute it turned out!  Especially that fantastic guy holding it up for me...isn't he adorable?
A bench and a shelf for an entry or whatever someone could dream up.  

Then after taking our oldest to work, I spotted this on our way home. 
Sitting by the curb for free!


A little damaged on the arms, but other wise in excellent working order!  Very comfy too!


I made a slipcover for it from a painters cloth I had bought and never used.  First time I've ever used one for a slipcover.  I plan on doing it a lot more!


Just look at the transformation!  

We've sold a few  things and are 

to having the amount we need, lol!  And we are going on vacation!!!

I have painted all weekend long, worked in the garage until wee hours in the morning like Santa's helper.  Louis has been right by my side the whole time.  The good Lord knows that I truly adore this cat!


Matter of fact, I was sewing and turned around to find him lounging behind me...Guess I wore him out from running up and down the stairs all day.


I had this fame in the garage without a mirror.  it used to be navy blue when I first bought it.  Of course, everything I bring home gets painted white.
I had an old mirror in a chipped frame and it was the perfect size for this frame.  Then after completing it, our youngest said she wanted it in her room.  With her white walls, it just didn't look right.

So, I painted it once again!


The perfect shade of aqua!  


See how the navy pops through with the distressing?  Perfect!


She loves it and so do I!

It all stemmed from this piece, though.  Neither of us were thrilled with the color so I painted it first then had the brain storm about the mirror.


Now isn't this much softer and prettier in her room?


The dark color worked perfectly after doing some distressing on it as well.


We both have had fun finding things to add to this bookshelf.  
Now, it's time to enjoy the real thing...look out BEACH, we are coming soon!

Like I said, God always works things out if we only call out to Him.  He's there waiting like we as parents do with our children.  I am so very blessed to be His child and to be able to call upon Him night and day!

One more thing I must add, Hannah is feeling bad again.  We had an X-ray on her back Friday but of course no Dr is in on the weekend so no answers.  Please pray for my girls....I just want them to be healthy and happy.

Have a blessed week and don't forget to thank God for His wonderful blessings even if they are small.  They are great as long as they come from Him!





Sunday, May 31, 2015

God is the Master Crafter

I absolutely love Winter...the snow, the cold, the cozy feelings, the snuggling....
BUT
I adore Spring and how everything starts to turn green and flowers bloom!

However, I can't stand the humidity we have every year during the Summer months.  So I love to go outside when the sun is going down.


Sitting on the swing, feeling the warm breeze, smelling the sweet perfume from the flowers blooming, listening to the birds nestle in for the night...it truly is my favorite time of day during Summer.


See how the sun shines brightly on the back deck...truly hard on these blue eyes.  I can barely see through the major squinting when I first step out.


My flowers seem to be loving all of that sun though.  I can't wait for everything to get bigger!


My most favorite flower ever...the Peony.  The way they smell, it's like Heaven!


The petals are proof that there is a God and He is an amazing artist!  


The beautiful shades of pinks and whites...oh my, they make my heart swoon!


Aren't they just gorgeous?!


~They smell so good on the porch~


A dear friend of mine and I have been working on her home for quite some time.  Her words were "I want my home to look and feel like your's"...now what better compliment could a gal get?  I recently made her curtains and some shade slipcovers, so she sent me photos of them after she got them up.  As I looked at the photos, I saw just how many things we've done to her home in the past year and a half.  It didn't seem like a lot, but if I listed everything, it would take up a page or more.  I am so happy that she is happy!  We've started working on her deck and let me say, we were sweating and wishing for a pool, lol!

She had a wreath hanging on a light she was wanting to change out.  Unfortunately, a Robin had chosen that for her newly built nest.  We couldn't see in the nest, but when we took it down, she was so heartbroken.


The mommy had laid 3 beautiful turquoise eggs.  I told her I would take it home with me so she wouldn't feel guilty.  
The work she put into her nest just amazed me!  I've never looked at a nest like this...the mud, the tightly woven grass, the perfection of it all!  Once again, God is definitely the master crafter!


And one last thing to share for now...I added some garden fencing to the canopy bed the hubby and I made.  Oh how I am loving it!

Have a blessed week and don't forget to thank God for all of His blessings big and small!




Monday, May 25, 2015

Everything needs a "Refresh" sometimes

It seems like we all need a little change sometimes.  Whether it be a small floral arrangement, a different piece of furniture, new bedding or just rearranging.    Well, this past week has had all of these, lol...plus a few extra things like paint!

If I can remember correctly, it started with that old cabinet Mom brought me that became the new kitchen island.  It has domino'd  from there, I guess.


I'm still smitten with that island...and I adore the new views!


So far, everyone has been able to find the silverware just fine.


I managed to do a little shopping while picking up a vanity from a local shop that I love to deal with.  Her name is Lesa and I feel like she is a long lost friend every time I visit.


Look at this gorgeous mirror she had for sale!  I had to paint it white of course!  Perfect for the mantle in our bedroom.


Another mirror she had that fit perfectly on top of the mantle upstairs.  The newly made curtain hides the gas stove.  The stool came from our oldest's room and got a makeover too.  


Just look at the details!



I am loving the all white theme...


This is the vanity I picked up and turned into night stands.


I also had another vanity in the garage that I worked on along with this one.


I won't bore you with my handy craftsmanship, but I will say that my handy dandy jig saw and I done a fantastic job making some wood match some missing pieces.  
Maybe you can spot them.


These ended up in our oldest's room.  She definitely needed more storage.  I cannot stand to see clutter and if things aren't hidden, I tend to see RED.


I used these in our retreat.  Photos to come of them later.  


See how the first set look with this beautiful bed?  That bed definitely takes center stage.  Please over look all of the posters...they drive me bonkers because of the dust factor!

Oh, that chenille spread was a yard sale purchase and I got 2 of them, 4 shams and two white cotton rugs for $20...can you say THRILLED and doing a happy dance?!  Not one stain on any of them.


See, no clutter.  These babies are loaded down with books and stuff!  You wouldn't believe it if I opened them up....really!


I even hung up her lights that she had strung over one window.  Now this looks like a glam closet for sure!


Now I am ready to rest!  I worked all weekend long.  Never once did I get into the pool...I just looked at it through the windows I was cleaning.

I hope everyone's week is a blessed one!