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Friday, September 28, 2012

Halloween approaches then Thanksgiving then Christmas.....yahoo!

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, it was when I was a young child.  I loved getting all that candy and then coming home and dumping my bag on my bed, I can still remember my sisters and I trading for the ones we liked the best.  It was such fun and my kids enjoyed this holiday as well.  But as we get older and in my case ancient.....:) we don't see this holiday as something that is of much significance.

Don't get me wrong, I think it is definitely a fun holiday for children, because unlike any other day this is the day they get to pig out on candy and it's ok.  The dark side is that it's all about ghost and witches and well, I just don't like celebrating something that is of an evil nature.  But having said that it is almost upon us, and I can't wait to see my younger grandkids in their chosen outfits this year.

The other holiday after Halloween in Thanksgiving, now that is a special one because on that day we give extra special thanks to our Creator - God for all the blessings we have received throughout the year.  For me it's always large numbers because I can thank him for getting me out of bed for the last 365 days......:)  Seriously, I have so much to be thankful for, nine adorable grandchildren, two handsome and awesome sons who are wonderful fathers, husbands and hard workers. Then there are their wives who are angels to say the least.  My daughter who is my pride and joy with all her talent and sense of humor, this girl makes me laugh sometimes till it hurts.  She has such a spontaneous personality and I love her dearly.  I love all my children and believe God has blessed me beyond measure, then there are my grandkids each and every one of them are special in their own sense of the word.  I pray for God's blessings to pour upon them each and every day.  Then I was gifted with a man who loves me very much - Larry.  He is my friend and confidant.  What else can a person ask for but awesome sisters who I can call or text at anytime of the day and know they are there for me.  Thank you Jesus.

That brings me to Christmas - my favorite.  It's such a wonderful time around here because we usually have snow on the ground and that makes Christmas just a little bit more beautiful. I love the gathering of my family when they can all come over.  I am praying and hoping this year all my children and grandchildren will be here, it will be so special and the memories that will remain in my heart will be priceless.  That to me is all the gift that I will ever need or want.

So, having said that I wanted to share a new hub with all of you.  It's my third one on handmade ornaments to make for Christmas, it's called "Adorable handmade Christmas ornaments".  This hub has links to the other two where I feature  more ornament ideas as well.

I also have a website with a few "free patterns" you may like as well.  It's Artists Website, so be sure to check those out and maybe you can get some ideas on what to make for those special people on your list this year.  When you go to the website, go to the navigation bar on the left and click on "Free patterns & more" to get the PDF files of the patterns, then just click on them and download the files.  Easy!

Until next time - may God's face shine upon you and bless you today and forever!!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Some food for thought!

I found this to be very interesting in the fact that there are so many individuals who do not believe in God or Jesus or any existence of a higher power.  I thought about this and was instantly reminded that it is so important how we live our lives here on earth, because one day we will stand in front of our Heavenly Father and give account. 

Let's say you give your heart to Jesus and live a Christian life, then at the end you just die.  Which is the argument you hear from Athiest and non-believers alike.  Well the worst thing that could happen is that you lived a life blessing others, did what was right by following God's law and biblical teachings. You would have impacted more people than if you would have lived a selfish prideful life.  But what if they were wrong?  Then their spirit lives on to meet our Heavenly Father face to face, in the presence of the Creator of the universe?  What then? That is the real question and I hope and pray that there is still time for those who have not yet trusted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that they will soon.  For God's amazing grace to come over them, that their hearts will be softened and eyes and ears open to the truth of the gospel.  Let's all keep praying!

Food for thought!!! Blessings to you.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Spending time with family is heart warming........

I spent the last three weekends with family and I want to say that it was the best time ever.  The weekend of August 25th I spent it with my oldest son and his family in Arlington.  I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed all the grandkids and just being there.  I laughed and just loved on them so much.  I am very blessed to say that my oldest son Ken who has 4 awesome children is getting ready to retire from the Navy this year.  He is a pilot and has served our country in the most trying of times after 9/11 and Afghanistan.  We are so proud of him and I continue to thank God for all the protection he has given to my son during those times.  So my time with them was so precious and now my oldest grandson Kenny is getting ready to join the Marines.  I am in awe at how grown and how he is such a wonderful person inside.  He is a hard worker and I just know in my heart that he will be the best Marine ever!!.  Of course the other grandkids in my son's family are also wonderful, and I love them all dearly.  Thank you Jesus for my family and for this awesome job of being a grandma....it's the best.

The following weekend I went and spent time with my daughter Michelle in Seattle.  What a blessing that was.  Her and I spent a lot of time talking and sharing stories of politics and the like.  She took me to church on Sunday to a beautiful old church right in the center of Seattle then we had brunch at a local cafe.  I cooked my fabulous ribs for her that evening and she loved them.  We spent a lot of time just talking about things and her work.  She is a Designer at Amazon and loves it.  She is very thankful to have such a wonderful job while so many are out of work.  That is another blessing from Almighty God which I am so grateful for.  All my children have great jobs and are so blessed beyond measure.

The last weekend which was the weekend of Sept. 8th was the funeral for my brother in law Steve.  It was held at Harborview Park in Everett overlooking the water.  What a gorgeous day it was.  All the boating activity in the background and then sitting there at the funeral services with his picture on the table while the Pastor read scripture was truly a special time.  Steve's friends from Boeing went up and talked about all the pranks Steve was always pulling on his fellow workers.  It was funny and of course sad.  When the Air Force gentleman played taps on the bugle is when I lost it.  It felt like a knife just entered my heart and all those feelings of anger, and hurt come in play because I would never see my dear friend Steve every again.  I am sure it was double that for Marsha my sister in law and my husband Larry.  But all in all it was a time to reflect and remember how beautiful of a person he truly was.  Afterwards we went to Marsha's and had a potluck dinner where we spent time with their friends. 

So this completes my last three weeks, in between I am always creating, writing and just loving Larry.  Blessings to you!

Ever been at the right place where God needs you?

Hello friends,
I am an Avon Representative and deliver my Avon books and products to my very loyal and awesome friends on Tuesday. This Tuesday I met with my girlfriend Carolyn at our local coffee shop and had our mocha and jalapena bagel, which was awesome. We talked about everything that happened in each of our lives and about family all that happened in the past week.  I always cherish this time with her.  She is my best friend from Almighty God and I love her so much.  Anyway, we talked and laughed and talked some more.  When I left there I had a few deliveries of Avon orders to make, which takes me around town.  When I delivered a specific order to a photography shop owner I found myself feeling that God really needed me there.  By this I mean when I walked in the door my friend Ryan was sitting at this computer and with tears in his eyes he was very worried.  So I asked him what was going on.  He proceeded to let me know about his new computer and how he was attempting to retrieve a lot of photographs onto this new computer, and so far it wasn't working. 

Well, at that moment my faith kicked in, and I told him it was going to work, we serve an awesome God and he just needed to remember that.  We chatted for a bit and while we were talking he would look at his computer and then at me, then with a smile on his face, he said it's working, the files are uploading onto the computer.  Praise God is all I had to say.  We had a wonderful conversation and I have to say that my faith in God has been strengthened from this encounter. In the fact, he will place us at the right place when someone needs a little confirmation and reminder of what God can do when we place our trust in him.  I was so encouraged and uplifted that I believe in my heart I was supposed to have been there at the exact moment, only God can create and orchestrate these type of situations and I grateful he can use me anytime he wishes. 

Bless you all and have a wonderful week.......let us keep in our prayers the families of those who lost loved ones at 9/11. Also for the families who had loved ones at the Embassy in Cairo, our heart and prayers go out to each of them as well.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mary's Faith Nuggets: A prayer for our nation and my niece.........

Mary's Faith Nuggets: A prayer for our nation and my niece.........: Today I would just like to lift up our country to God.  We are now more than ever in need of his blessings in so many areas of our lives. W...

A prayer for our nation and my niece.........

Today I would just like to lift up our country to God.  We are now more than ever in need of his blessings in so many areas of our lives. With so much happening, the economy, joblessness, our national debt sky rocketing out of control, oh do we need his guidance and direction.  So today wherever you are take a few minutes to just reflect on His goodness as to what he has done in your life.  I also want to pray for my niece Audrey, who has been fighting this cancer in her body.  The latest results after a scan show the tumors in her liver as actually having grown.

Dear Heavenly Father, today we come as a people who have been not so great at giving you the Glory that you so deserve. We have elected leaders in our past that do not even believe in your existence.  This is shameful and for that we ask your forgiveness.  We ask that you once again bring that amazing blessing onto America and our people.  We bow down to you today on our knees and ask that you come back into our lives, our work place and our schools.  We know that you are our creator and that everything and all things comes from you.  So today and every day we want to give you the Glory, praise and blessings as we live the lives that you want us to live.  Be gracious unto us and our families and friends and heal those that are sick, lonely, abused, discouraged because they have no jobs and can't take care of their families.  We ask that you place your healing hands upon my niece Audrey, that those tumors are shrinking and will no longer be there the next time she goes in to the Doctors office.  We believe you are a miracle working God and we are releasing our faith like never before for a victory in her life.  For a victory in our lives as we live the life that your son Jesus died so we could have.  Blessed be your name - Amen.