Saturday, April 28, 2012

Spring Tea Party

Because Spring is in the air, let's have a little Spring Tea Party.

Let's start out with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

May I serve you some French Onion soup?

I will get the water hot.

Please enjoy your tea.

One lump or two?

Thank you so much for joining me today for my Spring Tea Party.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thrifty Things

Today my daughter and I visited a couple of Antique Malls.

We enjoyed browsing the shops and looking through so many vintage things

and picking up a few little goodies.

We did very well in finding great prices. Each item was less then $5. These Johnson Brothers dishes were $5 for 5 pieces.

Joining The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday.


I would like to express my thanks to each one of you that sent words of comfort and encouragement during this time of loss to our family. We appreciated your thoughts, prayers and gentle words. It's been a difficult couple of weeks, but you have ministered to us as we have walked through these sad days.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Celebration

"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying.... for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4

This week I have said good bye to two women who have had a huge impact and influence on my life. On Tuesday evening, my dear Mother in Love took the hand of Jesus and left her earthly body to walk the streets of gold. She was one of the most giving and gracious ladies I have ever known. It has been a sorrowful tear filled few days, but we are in fact rejoicing in knowing that she is not in pain anymore and praising God that her faith has been made sight and that she is with her Savior.

Then on Thursday morning, my husband's aunt joined her sister in law as she too left us to reside with Jesus. And although we were not blood relatives, she stepped into my life at a time when I was grieving the sudden loss of my own mother. She has been a substitute mother, a grandmother to my children, a friend, a mentor, a beautiful example of how to love people wholly and unconditionally.

Few of us have the privilege of knowing one person in our lives who sets a course of integrity and honor and who fills you up with their unwavering love. I have been blessed to know and love two such women.

Absent from the body

Present with the Lord

Friday, April 13, 2012

Wrestling Prayer

I don't usually do book reviews, but a couple of months ago, I came upon this book in my daughters room. The title was intriguing, so I picked up the book and started reading it. Started reading it is putting it a little mild. I was riveted.

I had never heard of these authors before, but apparently they have written several books, together and separately, and all I can say is WOW!!! This book impacted me as no other has since reading "Knowing God" by J.I. Packer 25 years ago.

Read these words from the back cover -

"Do you long to pray more effectively? Are you ready to pray with real power and experience real results? Powerful prayer leads to powerful living. "

Does that capture your attention??

"Wrestling Prayer is the key that unlocks the supernatural strength that moves mountains and calms storms. It can radically transform your life and unleash God's power in ways beyond what you can even imagine."

Eric and Leslie Ludy have a contemporary writing style, and at first I was not quite prepared for their easy going manuscript. However, this young couple opened my eyes to the power and magnitude that powerful prayer can unleash. They share about the Mighties of scripture and how God used these men and women and desires to work through you and me in the same ways.

Here is an excerpt -

"There is a vast shortage of believers who simply believe with childlike faith that God even desires to build such super heroes in our modern day. We have far more faith in the power of the enemy to defeat us then we do in the power of our God to deliver us, change us, empower us, and demonstrate His mighty nature in and through us."

I was overwhelmed with the account of David and the faith that brought him through his trials, sorrows, victory and miracles.

"Seek to know your King in such a way - to lean your head upon His chest, to know His most intimate thoughts. For this is where the Mighties are made."

"To pray is the ultimate wisdom - the highest act, the most brilliant behavior, the most perfect expenditure of the human life."

"Effectual, fervent prayer is how God changes this world and bestows upon it the beauty, grace, and power that HE purchased at the cross."

This book is powerful, not a formula for prayer, but a testimony of God's power and His desire for us to KNOW HIM.

You can find it on Amazon.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vintage Thrifting

I recently headed out to the Goodwill and found this darling bowl -

I don't think it is milk glass, but I've seen this kind before. It is shaped like it might belong to a mixing set. Nice size too. And only ONE dollar!

I also love to use these little dishes.

There were five of them, all taped together for, YES ONE dollar. And they all say Fire King on the bottom. Yipee!!!!

The last time I was in the Goodwill I found these lovely candlesticks.
What I really love about these candlesticks is the wider bottom. The second one actually still had the sticker with the marking on it -

24% Lead Crystal Made in the USA!

And as I am always on the lookout for vintage linens, these sheets fit the bill perfectly.

I am over the moon about the pink one. It did not have a price on it, so I put it back, then picked it up again, saw a worker and asked about the price. She went to the back, and I was thinking, yea, they are going to sock it to me. She came back and it was marked $1.99! Woo-Hoo, great for me!!! One of these days I am going to make a quilt with the vintage sheets I'm collecting and I'd LOVE to use the pink sheet for the backing :-)

Isn't it fun to find treasures on a thrifting day??

Joining these fun Vintage and Thrifting parties

Monday, April 9, 2012

White Roses

My son brought me the sweetest arrangement of white roses for my birthday last week.

So I just had to sit and enjoy them with a warm cuppa, and a small slice of sweetness.

Happy Birthday to you♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday...♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Dear Mama, ♥ ♥ ♥
Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪♪♫•

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Easter

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world." (John 11:25-27)

"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said" (Matt. 28:6)

May the light of the Savior's love shine on you today.

Happy Easter!

Spiritual Sundays

Won't you join me?

Breakfast always seems to be a rushed time. But once in a while, it's nice to gather around the table and enjoy each others company.

All of the dishes, glassware and service on the table except the salt and pepper (wedding gift) and the tea pot were found at thrift stores.

This gorgeous fruit bouquet was a Birthday gift from my sweet son.

Grab and plate and pull up a chair. We'd love the company.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Strawberry fields.........

....... forever........

Our strawberry season is over, but the fields are still laid out so pretty.

It means enjoying making some of this..........

Monday, April 2, 2012

He is Risen.........

Easter is a time of celebration. Christians all over the world celebrate the resurrection of our living Lord and Savior.

I wanted to host a table that was giving honor to this special day.

I found the scripture china at Ross last year.

My sweet son gifted me with this beautiful clear glass tea pot and warmer for Christmas. He purchased the pot, warmer and some very delightful loose tea from Teavana.

Rejoice in the Lord, again I say REJOICE!

HE is Risen INDEED!