The Creator Of It All

English: Wind chime close-up

The drive was slow and meandering.

Stopping the hurry, allows the eyes to see the still life.

White, Amish farm houses and bright red barns.

It looked like a picture from a magazine.

Golden grass swaying under a clear blue sky.

Rain, blessed rain…falling on dry parched ground.

Summer heat giving an appreciation for the cooler temperatures, when they come.

Ice cream cones that must be licked quickly.

Sitting out on the front porch.

Listening to the breeze stir the wind chimes.

So much to be thankful for, so very much.

And God, the Creator of it all.

 God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1:31  NIV

Every Bit Of It

Last night I was pondering my life….. nothing life changing, mind you, but just thinking….

Wind chime close-up

The life I have now, might never have been. I am keenly aware of that fact.

I believe, understanding that,  helps me to keep things in perspective.

Sure, I have my good days and bad days just like anyone else. Life isn’t perfect…..

but, how could I expect it to be? Since we, the imperfect, all live in this imperfect world.

With all that said, life can be and still is, pretty good.

I’m getting ready to celebrate my 44th birthday this week. I can’t believe it. Where did the time go?

How can I be 44? The river of time speeds along, carrying me with it.

I want to enjoy my time. Really enjoy it. Not perfectly….but, wholly.

And, Holy………celebrating the moments that God has blessed me with.

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Today I give thanks for:

* a great Mother’s Day weekend

* Mexican food

* the sound of new wind chimes

* the wind mill from Tractor Supply

* clucking chickens, and crowing roosters

* walking the dog in my pajamas and rubber boots

* dew on the grass

* crisp, early morning stillness

* egg salad and iced tea

* cards that say I love you

* a mother that is my strongest advocate

* sister’s words of love

* an aunt that gives her time

* touching feet under the blanket

* laughing with hubby

* hugs from my children

* a deck that needs washed

* a yard that needs mowed

* a life that is lived…one day at a time…thankful for it all.

Every bit of it.

Savoring Time

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Weekends are made for wandering…

enjoying a slower pace…

savoring time.

Touching— I’m attending the holiday open house at Finders Keepers, in town.  I love home decor and so this place is right up my alley. Everyone has been telling me that I need to check this place out. What better time than when it’s decorated for Christmas?

Tasting— When it’s cold outside, there is nothing better than some homemade cocoa. Chocolate and marshmallows. I mean, really, is there anything else?

Smelling—  I bought some new candles that smell like sugar cookies. This is a win, win situation for me. I can enjoy the yummy smell of cookies even when I’m not baking.

Hearing— The wind blowing against the house. I like where I live, but had no idea when we were building our house just how windy it was here. I used to have eight different wind chimes. Beautiful wind chimes. Lovely wind chimes. I do enjoy my wind chimes. After two years here, I have one wind chime, with all its pieces still intact. I need to create an indestructible wind chime that can withstand gale force winds. Just sayin’.

Seeing —Okay, I admit it. I love The Hallmark Channel. They are starting the countdown to Christmas this weekend. I don’t really like to “start” Christmas this early because I enjoy Thanksgiving and don’t want to rush things….but, I do love the Christmas movies, even with my husband’s rolling of the eyes. I don’t care how cheesy the movies are either. So there.

 

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends…..

slow down and enjoy your moments.

 

Take Me Home Country Roads…

There is just something about those round bales of hay…

I love lavender. I’d plant my entire flower garden with it, if I could.

Country in the kitchen…

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The morning is starting out quietly, with the exception of the wind chimes blowing in the breeze.

A peaceful morning bodes well for the rest of the day.

Summer Begins At Home…

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer…

I love wind chimes. I like to hang them on the deck, of course we live in a wind tunnel…so my poor wind chimes take a beating.

Summertime is much more laid back…peace and serenity is sitting on the front porch on a quiet summer evening.

My husband put our new flag up yesterday… Looking at the crisp red,white, and blue flapping in the breeze made me so happy.

This is where you will find me in the evenings. My favorite spot. I thought the red pillow just made the sitting area “pop”.

Yesterday, my son pulled out a birthday present from a couple of years ago. Now we have a big yard (since we moved) and he practiced shooting off his rocket last night.

America, America, God shed His grace on thee.”

I got these windsocks on sale at Wmart. I thought they looked festive, but they also remind me of the beach. Perfect for summer.

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What makes your house feel like home? Do you have a favorite spot?

It’s All Good

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God is great

God is good

Let us thank Him…”

Here I am on yet another gray and drizzly Monday. Spring of 2011 will go down as one of the wettest EVER. I am learning to become one with the rain. Even though it isn’t sunny and bright this morning, I can still give thanks. Thankfulness is a choice.

I choose to give thanks. God has blessed me in so many ways. He deserves all my thank you’s, because all good things come from Him. Without Him there is nothing.

*the sink full of weekend dishes (this means the family had food to eat)

*a dishwasher that needs emptied (this means I was busy having fun this weekend and didn’t have time for unloading the dishwasher)

*a pile of towels on the laundry room floor (we have plenty)

*being able to hear my wind chimes outside the kitchen window (the chimes play part of the song, Amazing Grace)

*a bowl full of oranges (just pretty)

*the smell of cinnamon (even if it is because we’ve sprinkled cinnamon around the window sills because supposedly ants don’t like cinnamon…and we are trying to stave off the migration)

*some good deals at local yard sales this past weekend (a collector Boyd’s bear, in excellent condition is pure gold)

*birthdays (mine is Tuesday and my son’s is Thursday….each time this week rolls around, I am so thankful. I remember what a wonderful “late” birthday present I got in 1995.)

*the year I turn 43

*times to celebrate

*a busy, but happy week ahead

*good news

*God’s amazing grace

*I am loved by the King

*He sees me…really sees me. I am known.

*family that I love

*starting a woman’s book club

*an opportunity

*summer around the corner

*it’s all good

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV

Won’t you join us in thanksgiving?

There Is Beauty In The Simple Things

Sunrise on Vanha Porvoontie

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1. Warm candle light spilling  from the windows on a dark, chilly night.

2. Opening the mailbox to find a letter addressed to you.

3. Breathtaking sunsets where all the colors melt into each other.

4. Small churches with stained glass windows and steeples.

5. Lantern style street lights.

6. The very first snow of the year

7. Hot chocolate with gooey marshmallows.

8. Flavored coffee in a favorite mug.

9. The smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree.

10. Thanksgiving with family and friends around the table.

11. Having plenty to be thankful for.

12. The laughter of small children.

13. The silence on Christmas Eve.

14. The clank of wind chimes.

15. Driving down a country road.

16. Finding a great coffee shop in town.

17. The smell of apples and cinnamon.

18. A day off

19. Snuggling on the couch with a the TV remote and a bowl of popcorn.

20. Having friends over.

21. Laughing at something stupid.

22. Music that touches the soul.

23. A much loved and well worn bathrobe.

24. A loyal pet.

25. Friends

26.The beauty of nature

27. Holding hands

28. Smiling

29. Memories of happy times

30. Knowing that you are unique, no one can ever take your place.

God blesses us every day with the simple things.