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Monday, November 26, 2012

Our after Thanksgiving Tamale making party!

Did I mention yet that I was a blessed woman?  Well, if I haven't done that lately I need to tell you that is a fact, God is awesome and he has blessed me with amazing friends.  Two of these ladies joined me on Sunday afternoon after our church service to make my mom's homemade tamales.  It was an afternoon of fun, laughter and lots of work plus a glass of wine which helped to keep us going.....:)

I made chicken and pork and my friend Carolyn just made chicken, and Val made pork so we had quiet the assembly line going on my kitchen breakfast nook.  It was a beautiful day too, the sun was shining and the hubbies were watching football, folks it just doesn't get any better than this.  So needless to say I made about 7 dozen total and each of them a little less than that, especially Val's tamales, she made them HUGE!! I believe in my heart they really enjoyed the time together and learning a new mexican dish, one that I was taught as a child in south Texas.  My mom used to get up really early in the morning like around 4:30 to begin making these delicious tamales, we loved them.  I guess that is why I enjoy sharing these recipes so much because they take me back to when I was a child and I loved watching my mom make them and loved eating them too. 

So here is a photo Larry took of us all around the table making tamales.....memories I will cherish for a lifetime!  Blessings to you!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sharing ideas with you for Christmas.......

I almost forgot to post these two hubs that have some great ideas for ornaments this Christmas Season.  I do hope you will hop on over there and check them out.  These are gifts that I have personally made and are very simple and fun to do, even with your grandkids if you have a chance to do that before Christmas.

So, have fun, get creative and be sure to bless someone with a handmade gift this Christmas - you will be so glad that you did.

Here is the link to the two hubs: 

1.  Handmade Treasures for Christmas

2.  Fun Things to make for Christmas

Be sure to drop me a line if you get to make any of these gifts, I would love to hear from you!!!!

Giving Thanks during uncertain times.......

It's really tough to give thanks when you feel that things aren't going your way, or perhaps you don't have that job you have been wanting.  I know, believe me.  I have been unemployed for over 2 years now after the real estate market basically came to a halt.  I made the decision to get out of that profession because I felt like I was spinning my wheels and I was not making any sales or income.  So here I am a couple of years later and what has the Lord done in my life, well do you have a few hours?

Anyway, what I have been able to do is spend more time creating and being home with my husband who I feel needs me more than ever.  See, Larry is diabetic and his meals are very important so I have more time to prepare the type of meals that he needs.  Also I've been busy as a bee creating Angels of every kind possible for the holidays.  I am looking for work online mainly, writing or other type of work so I am busy at least.  But back to my point of giving thanks, I do have so much to be thankful for and I will explain what those things are.

Namely my family, my three grown children who I adore.  They all have their busy lives but every time they say I love you mom, well my heart beats faster, you know what I am talking about.  Then my adorable grandchildren.  I spent the day with my granddaughter Macie yesterday and we had so much fun.  We had lunch at McDonalds, then went to the park to play a bit, then came home and made cupcakes, which she so proudly tells everyone, I added the marshmellows on the top.  She is a blessing to me and I wouldn't trade those times for anything in the world.  So being unemployed, well has it's great moments.

I am also thankful for my husband Larry, he is such a great man, he cuts wood for me to make my Angels or anything else for that matter.  He is there ready and willing and loves doing it.  I love him with all my heart and I hope that we have many more years together, traveling and just being together.  Thank you Jesus for this awesome man you have blessed me with.

Then there is my friend Carolyn, she is such a beautiful person.  She has some health issues right now and I always keep her in prayer for healing.  We have coffee every Tuesday and we really enjoy the time together which is when we can vent and just share what has been going on in our lives.  We see eachother at church on Sundays to and get to go to breakfast, but it's not the same when it's just the two of us.  Thank you Jesus for sending a friend that never judges me and just listens when I need to talk to someone.  Same goes for my sisters, I have a bunch of them....he he he.  They are all my friends and I just wished that we communicated more often, but they too have busy lives.  They have a special place in my heart that is for sure, my two brothers too.

I wanted to thank Jesus for the gifts he has empowered me with.  I love taking photographs, making angels and just making beautiful things for others.  I know it honors him greatly when I do this and I will never take that for granted. My faith is strengthened when I see big smiles on the faces of those that are touched by a certain gift that I made, it brings so much joy to my heart and I know it does to God as well. 

So I hope that whatever you are going through this Thanksgiving day, be sure to look inside and find the good in you and others.  Find the things that God has blessed you with and share them, and I am sure they are many.  Jobs come and go, but what you do with what you have right now is what is important.  Make sure that you use all your God given resources to do the best you can, who knows maybe this is a way for you to start that new business that you have always wanted to, or start a new career....just look to God and he will guide and show you, if you will trust Him.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving - and God Bless you!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The day after the election.....

Top of the morning to you friends.  For the past couple of years I have been following politics pretty closely I may add, hoping that of course my candidate would win the final vote, but he did not.  My heart goes out to Mitt and Paul and all the others who worked so hard during this campaign.  But, because of the negative protrayal that the other side painted of these two, along with other issues they were not victorious.  I was sad, disappointed and very discouraged last night as I knelt and prayed to God the Father.  I truly felt betrayed and afraid for our country, still do.  But, after my prayer - I can honestly say that I do not feel those emotions any longer, because I know that there is a higher purpose - God's purpose.  God has always been faithful and will never leave us, he will always work a bad situation and turn it to the good for those who love him and are called according to His Purpose.  He was able to get that deep into my bones and I felt like even though this was not what I wanted, God has a plan.  I have a strong feeling this is a test on our faith as American's.  We have tried at every turn to take God out of our lives and our country, God maybe showing us what will happen if we keep him completely out.  Also that we rely too much on government, we are headed in the wrong direction in so many ways, economically and spiritually but only the next four years will tell.  Do we trust God or do we trust our government?  That is the question and it's as clear as a bell for me, I will always trust God. This life on earth is only temporary and it might be painful, but I am a child of the Most High God and I will trust Him with all my heart and soul.

The other thing I struggled with was "God, why did you allow this to happen".  This is a natural human reaction, because I was hurting.  Because I see so many things that this President stands for that go against the will of God.  He then showed me that I will only find a fulfilling and comforting answer when I seek His wisdom and truth. If I apply his word to my every day life, ask for His viewpoint on this situation, then use scriptural principles that He teaches, I will be able to endure these painful circumstances and grow through them.  I am not alone, He assures me of this.  So instead of feeling like a victim, even though I had tears last night, I can face today, because joy comes in the morning.  I can face it with joy, peace and expectancy, confident in His promise that He will reward my faithfulness and something worthwhile will come of this pain.

So after an evening of prayer, followed by a morning of reading scripture and more payer, He calmed my spirit and heart.  I cannot change the elections outcome, but I can change my attitude about this situation and to keep on hoping and praying that this President will follow God's will and not his own.