Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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Sunday, January 27, 2008
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Polka dots: in life the special occasions, main events, everyday happenings. Stripes: the lines of routine occurrences, schedules kept, consistant love shown to others. The lines connect the dots...the shape of life!
Yesterday while rubbing lotion on her red chapped hands, our little one said with a dejected tone in her voice, "My skin is all worn out." Her 4 year old skin ALL worn out!!! Of course, I laughed inside as I rubbed her hands, and contemplated what she had said. She'd been busy living! ... "let me do it now! Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Have a full and happy day!
P.S. Have your children or grandchildren or any child for that matter, said something that made you laugh? I'd love to hear it. There's nothing cuter that an innocent voice speaking their perspective.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Until we complete the restorative process of the chimney, we don't burn an actual fire in the fireplace. For many months I sat jars of candles inside the firebox, because it's just so much more cheery to see the reflective glow of the flame through the grill of the insert. This winter I thought to use this string of Christmas lights instead of the jars of candles. I purchased them from a yard sale for 25 cents, brand new still in the box! I'm thrilled with my "faux fire". It's not very warm in our frigid temps, but it is super high on the cozy meter! I'm enjoying it immensely, and I don't have any candles to light or ashes to carry out! What do you do in your home for cozy?
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This picture also makes me think about Hope at Second Time Around. She tagged me. I guess if we were sitting together doing needlework, she'd be interested in knowing 7 random things about me, so I'm gonna see what I can figure out to say that might be of interest to the rest of you. If you're not interested, it's OK to stop reading here, and have a fun day! For those who do want to keep reading, here goes!
1) I'm the youngest of 5 daughters. All 5 of us have 5 brothers, and I'm the youngest of all of those too! Make sense? Think about it. One of my brothers made that riddle up!
2) I learned to spell my middle name in 2nd grade. It's Ernesteen! Ever heard of it? I love the little ring that it makes, when you say it, NOW that I'm an adult. Well, say it! Rachel Ernesteen. See what I mean. I am proud to be my mother's namesake. Her first name was Ernesteen.
3) I was born and raised in Arkansas. Gotta love a place with a Spring and Fall like no other.
4) Because I was raised in Arkansas, I'm really, really good at milking goats!! Yes, I promise.
5) I made my first "doll" when I was four. 2 pieces of fabric cut in the shape of a person, stuffed in the middle with more fabric scraps and sewn around the edges by hand with several strands of red embroidery thread. Well the thread HAD to be red because the fabric was white with red flocked cherries on it. I still remember sitting under the dining room table working on it, while mother cut out another sewing project for herself. My intense desire for creating and designing, has never gone away from that time till now.
6) I love puppies!
7) My favorite colors are pink, pink, pink, pink, and green, green, green, green.
Whew, yep, that's 7. Hope, now that is hard. Makes me think, "who am I really"? I'm supposed to tag 7 more people, but since I'm so new to this, I've got to figure out who I want to do.
Until I have more to say, have a super fantastic day!
Monday, January 21, 2008
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The reflection of words never ceases to amaze me. I have enjoyed writing my thoughts for a long time. In high school, my English teacher (I had the same one 9-12 grade) required us to keep a journal, EVERY DAY. Several years ago, I felt the need again to get my thoughts on paper. Now as an adult I have notebooks full of writing and when I go back and read the words, they are a reflection of the thoughts, emotions and plans of when I wrote them. I keep notebooks (I call it a hug book) for my children and write in them from time to time, so they will have some of my thoughts about their lives as they grow.
Hopefully I will never outgrow the excitement of the miracle of words...as I type, small images appear on the screen, and as you read it, your brain translates those images into sounds that become words which enables you to know what I'm wanting to say today. And in other languages those small images will appear in a different sequence or may even have a different shape, but it all translates to the same thought...hhm, the reflection of words.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The long narrow picture in the collection above says, "Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much". In this process we call life, it always amazes me to see people who go around laughing at everything. Makes me wonder, do they automatically see everything as funny and humorous or do they have to work at seeing the humor? I have no problem seeing funny and humorous situations, however today, I will laugh about them.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) ...uugh, I need 'dem bones, NOT dry bones!
P.S. If you see me bent over slapping my knee with my hand, my mouth wide open, tears running down my cheeks, just give me a minute. I'm laughing.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Does anyone know anything about these china patterns? The blue platter is marked "Homer Laughlin", but there are no other markings on the blue or green pieces. Dear Penny at Lavender Hill Studio may be able to tell me something. Visit her too, you must see her amazingly beautiful mosiac artwork.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Today I will worship and rest and be thankful for a healthy family. Have a Happy Sunday!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
....hhhhmmmmm, this summer, when it's 100 degrees, and the farmers are discussing their amazing yields of corn, maybe I'll show 'em this picture, and say, "EVERYTHING grows big in Indiana."
Snowball fight, anyone??
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, latte in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO, what a ride". author unknown
Now, who said diets were necessary anyway?!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Each morning when the sun shines through the old beveled glass window in our foyer, splashes of rainbows dance across the floor and walls. If I want a picture, I have to snap it in a hurry! They move quickly and are gone. Makes me think of life...each moment is a distinct opportunity to shine, seek adventure and change...moving along at quite a fast pace, it seems.
Rainbow, pronounced "bainbo" in toddler talk, is one of the first words all three of our children said. They were greeted with cheery polka dots of color as they sleepily dragged their "blankey" downstairs to meet the morning!
Laura, Happy Birthday, we were overjoyed with your arrival! Have a super duper day!
Esther, I love, loVE, LOVE the pictures you have taken. Thank you so much.
Monday, January 7, 2008
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008
At 90 years of age, isn't that an inspiring thought? I want to face this new year with excitement! So...this year, I will be doing several things I've never done before, such as entering this big amazing blog world. I've had several new friends and some dear family members, who already blog, encourage me to start my own.
Just look at me! I'm standing at the door of 2008, and here goes! I've stepped through to your world. Happy Birthday, 2008.