Verse of the day...

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)



Sunday, May 29, 2011

I gave the Rainbow to my Aunt...........

My Aunt and Uncle are in town this weekend and I just have to make something special for my very special Aunt before they go back home!
They came from Joplin where they managed to survive the recent disaster from storms and tornadoes last week. So much devastation... but I'm thanking God my family was safe!
We all know the rainbow is Gods promise to us.... I want my Aunt to have something to remind her of that! She's the most lovely woman ever!!!! I love her and my Uncle so very much! She has dealt with health issues for years............. I pray for her all the time.... so having this tote bag... she will be reminded of that! And fortunately this is full of her favorite colors!
Met this morning for Breakfast before they left town to head back home .... I gave her this and I'm pretty sure by the smile on her face.... she liked it.... :)


Enjoy your new project tote Aunt Joyce.................... I love you! Give Uncle Lou a hug for me!



hugs...love & blessings

.::Tam::.




ps... prayers please for my Aunt... with her health issues... it has come that she is being put on dialysis. Please pray for her strength... and for her health to improve!



Friday, May 27, 2011

A good day for baseball...........

Patrick pitches a great game!!!!
Our boys lost..................but I love watchin' them no matter win or lose.


·´¯`·.´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸Go Angels¸.·´¯`·.´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸





hugs...love & blessings

·´¯`·.Tam¸.·´¯`·.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Weak places.........

We all have them. Weak places. Places inside that make us wonder if we’ll ever get it together like the “together people.” Places that make us feel less than. Less than victorious. Less than a conqueror. Less than strong.

My weak places frustrate me!!!

With the power of Christ all things can be made new. All broken things are subject to restoration. But sometimes I get so tired of trying and I just feel weak. Can you relate?

What is your weak place? A money situation that seems impossible? A marriage issue that frustrates you to your core? A temper that flares? An insecurity that stings? A family dysfunction that is always brewing? A food issue that rages even though you just signed up for that new diet program?

Let me breathe a little life into your weakness today. Whatever it is, however large it may loom:

“…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26).

We don’t have to have all the answers. We don’t have to make suggestions to God. It’s okay to be so tired of our weak places that we run out of words to pray.

Look at the beautiful verses written to us Jesus girls tucked in around Romans 8:26 about weak places…

“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

“You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit” (Romans 8:9a).

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31b).

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

Maybe we need to sit still for just a moment or two today. Quietly sit without the weight of condemnation or the swirl of trying to figure things out. Quiet, with nothing but the absolute assurance the Spirit helps us in our weakness.

He understands our weak places. He knows what to pray. There is a purpose to this weakness. Though it doesn’t feel good, things will be worked out in a way that good will come from it (Romans 8:28).

In that quiet stillness while the Spirit prays for us and we just simply soak in truth, there will be a flicker of light. A slight trickle of hope. A grace so unimaginable, we’ll feel His power overshadowing our weakness.

“Even the smallest drop of God’s strength is more than enough to cover our frailties, our shortcomings, the places where we deem ourselves weak.”

Dependent on the only One powerful enough to help us. The only One sufficient enough to cover us in grace throughout the process.

Our relationships may not be sufficient. Our circumstances may not be sufficient. Our finances may not be sufficient. Our willpower may not be sufficient. Our confidence may not be sufficient. But He is and has been, and forever will be.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

So instead of wallowing in my weak place, I will let the Spirit reveal the one positive step I can take today. I will wash away the condemnation with the warmth of His grace. I will receive His power. And I will rename the weak place, my strong place. “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10b).



Dear Lord, I know I am weak without You. Please help me to have just enough faith to get through the next situation I will face today. And then enough faith for the next. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.



hugs... love... & blessings
.::Tam::.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dishcloth mode............

So.................... I needed to have some simple brainless projects to do for a while. I'm way to stressed and need to relax.
What better project then dishcloths!!! They are quick... easy and fun to make! They can then be used for last minute gifts!

Here are the handful I made..............






Thanks for stoppin' in.

hugs...love & blessings

.::Tam::.



Saturday, May 21, 2011

A little Flower Power............




Just poppin' in to show off a little Flower purse I made for a friends daughter. I'll be mailing it out soon... I want to get other packages ready and take them all at once.
I sure hope she likes it!




hugs.... love & blessings

.::Tam::.







Thursday, May 19, 2011

Strength...........

Good Bible Verses of Strength shows that we can be confident in the strength that we find in GOD's glory.

Exodus 15:2
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Job 12:16
To him belong strength and victory; both deceived and deceiver are his.

Isaiah 12:2
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."

Isaiah 33:2
O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one

A great example of strength is this inspirational bible scripture found in
1 Samuel 17: 33-37 the story of David's fight against Goliath.
This is the inspirational story of David a favorite of men in the bible. David believed in the strength of his ability that he had received from God. His strength was not apparent. Those around him doubted his ability.

1 Samuel 17:33
Saul replied, You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him you are only a boy and he has been a fighting man from his youth.
David confidently tells of his past victories against the lion and bear that attacked his flock.
He tells of his victories in this good bible verse of strength.

1 Samuel 17:37
The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.
Because of David's confidence in the strength of the Lord, He was able to defeat his giant. So can we!



hugs...love & blessings
.::Tam::.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Finally Felted.................

Remember this bag? A while back I had tested this for a lovely lady...... I couldnt seem to find the time to get it felted....................


Well............... I finally got the chance!!! And here it is.............


I think it came out really cool!!!! I cant wait to make another felted bag.






hugs...love.... & blessings

.::Tam::.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Another Bag...............

Yep................stayin' busy crocheting and designing.
This is my newest design...........
Drawstring Canteen Shoulder Bag






I hope to have the pattern written soon!

thanks for stoppin' in.

hugs....love... & blessings

.::Tam::.



Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hot one day... Cold the next.....

So the temps a few days ago are ............................




Then the day of games............... brrrrrrr.....
It rained all night... rained in the morning... cancelling Patrick's game.


Then dries up just enough.......... but still really cool.......... for Patrick's girlfriend K to have her Softball game. Patrick spends time before the game helping K warm up for pitching!






hugs..... love & blessings

.::Tam::.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Finally Lined.................

and ready for the mail.................................





I sure hope my friend likes her new bag..................... :)





thanks for stoppin' by......

hugs... love... & blessings

.::Tam::.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

That's God............

From a dear friend.......................


It was one of the hottest days of the dry season. We had not seen rain in almost a month. The crops were dying. Cows had stopped giving milk. The creeks and streams were long gone back into the earth. It was a dry season that would bankrupt several farmers before it was through. Every day, my husband and his brothers would go about the arduous process of trying to get water to the fields. Lately this process had involved taking a truck to the local water rendering plant and filling it up with water. But severe rationing had cut everyone off. If we Didn’t see some rain soon...we would lose everything. It was on this day that I learned the true lesson of sharing and witnessed the only miracle I have seen with my own eyes. I was in the kitchen making lunch for my husband and his brothers when I saw my Six-year-old son, Billy, walking toward the woods. He wasn't walking with the usual carefree abandon of a youth but with a serious purpose. I could only see his back. He was obviously walking with a great effort ... trying to be as still as possible. Minutes after he disappeared into the woods, he came running out again, toward the house. I went back to making sandwiches; thinking that whatever task he had been doing was completed. Moments later, however, he was once again walking in that slow purposeful stride toward the woods. This activity went on for an hour: walking carefully to the woods, running back to the house. Finally I couldn't take it any longer and I crept out of the house and followed him on his journey (being very careful not to be seen...as he was obviously doing important work and didn't need his Mommy checking up on him). He was cupping both hands in front of him as he walked, being very careful not to spill the water he held in them ... maybe two or three tablespoons were held in his tiny hands. I sneaked close as he went into the woods. Branches and thorns slapped his little face, but he did not try to avoid them. He had a much higher purpose. As I leaned in to spy on him, I saw the most amazing site. Several large deer loomed in front of him. Billy walked right up to them. I almost screamed for him to get away. A huge buck with elaborate antlers was dangerously close. But the buck did not threaten him...he didn't even move as Billy knelt down. And I saw a tiny fawn lying on the ground; obviously suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion, lift its head with great effort to lap up the water cupped in my beautiful boy's hand. When the water was gone, Billy jumped up to run back to the house and I hid behind a tree. I followed him back to the house to a spigot to which we had shut off the water. Billy opened it all the way up and a small trickle began to creep out. He knelt there, letting the drip, drip slowly fill up his makeshift "cup," as the sun beat down on his little back. And it came clear to me: The trouble he had gotten into for playing with the hose the week before. The lecture he had received about the importance of not wasting water. The reason he didn't ask me to help him. It took almost twenty minutes for the drops to fill his hands. When he stood up and began the trek back, I was there in front of him. His little eyes just filled with tears. "I'm not wasting," was all he said. As he began his walk, I joined him...with a small pot of water from the kitchen. I let him tend to the fawn. I stayed away. It was his job. I stood on the edge of the woods watching the most beautiful heart I have ever known working so hard to save another life. As the tears that rolled down my face began to hit the ground, other drops...and more drops...and more suddenly joined them. I looked up at the sky. It was as if God, himself, was weeping with pride. Some will probably say that this was all just a huge coincidence. Those miracles don't really exist. That it was bound to rain sometime. And I can't argue with that... I'm not going to try. All I can say is that the rain that came that day saved our farm...just like the actions of one little boy saved another.



hugs...love...& blessings
.::Tam::.

Monday, May 9, 2011

A good day to pick Rhubarb.........

~*~*~*~*~*~*~Good Afternoon~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Well.... its a warm sunny day.... a good day to pick some rhubarb and make some yummy stuff with it!
My little David went outside to the side of the house and retrieved some wonderful rhubarb stalks!!!
We cleaned them up ...............and I spent some time in the kitchen chopping... cooking... and creating these two very yummy items........................

Here we have Strawberry Rhubarb Jam........................ YUM

And here is a Rhubarb Pie that I didnt get a picture of soon enough! YIKES... they dug right in!
Dont get your hands in the way of anyones fork reaching for Rhubarb Pie around here!!!! :)



I'm thinkin' I better make more pie the next time David drags in Rhubarb! :)
Thanks for stoppin' by................. have a GREAT day!


hugs... love ... .& blessings
.::Tam::.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thank you mom...........

As I look back on my life I find myself wondering.....
Did I remember to thank youfor all that you have done for me?
For all of the times you were by my side
to help me celebrate my successesand accept my defeats?
Or for teaching me the value of hard work,
good judgement, courage, and honesty?
I wonder if I've ever thanked you for the simple things...
The laughter, smiles, and quiet times we've shared?
If I have forgotten to express my gratitude
For any of these things,I am thanking you now....
and I am hoping that you've known all along,
how very much you are loved and appreciated.
love , Tam





Happy Mother's Day
to all the beautiful moms out there!!!!








Friday, May 6, 2011

Newest design..........

I'm still writing this up... but this is my "Reversible Clutch"

On one side its Rose in color.................

Flip it inside out.. and its white..................


hugs... love & blessings

::☼ ♥ ☼ Tam ☼ ♥ ☼::


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wow............ I'm spoiled..........

This absolutely beautiful blanket I won on the 'ville! Is it unbelievable or what!?! The yarn is so soft... it has a silver sparkle through it. I LOVE IT!!!!!
Thank you Dawn!!!!



hugs.... love & blessings

:::::::.:*~*:.Tam.:*~*:.:::::::::

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ready to deliver............

A while back I had made this 5-10 point round ripple baby blanket for a friend. Well................. she finally had her baby! 2 weeks late.... poor girl!
Anyway... I made a gift bag to put the blanket in.

Here's another look at the blanket..........................

And here's the gift bag I made to put it in......................



thanks for stoppin' by!

hugs... love .. & blessings

::::::::::.Tam.::::::::::::

Monday, May 2, 2011

HaPpY bIrThDaY pAtRiCk...........

I cant believe my boy is 15yrs old.................... :( sigh!
Where did the time go?

We took Patrick to Red Lobster (His FAVORITE place to eat) for dinner!
Look at all that food he ordered.............. wow... is he going to eat it all? Well... salad and two bowls of soup are gone.....................


David is shocked at all the food he has .......................... :)



Michael digs right in..........................




Uhoh.............. I snuck away and told the staff at Red Lobster to help us celebrate.......... hehehehehe they sang to him ... he loves me.... :)




Well................... he did it............. ate the whole thing. He gets dessert now.



Oh............. no waiting here................ he digs right in to his cheesecake! YUM!



Wow... must have been good.......................... :)



Time for gifts!


A new Wii system..... (ours broke). A new iPod touch... (his was stolen) and two certificates........ one for a trip to get his drivers permit and one for a new Used car. He's one happy little boy!


Happy Birthday baby!!! Mommy loves you!!!!!