Verse of the day...
~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
Thursday, December 24, 2009
We're off again to the beach here in a few minutes. We're having a great time! The weather has been beautiful! Our condo is wonderful! And the boys are having a wonderful Christmas vacation!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
We walked along the beach for a while... enjoying the sun... sand and water! The boys were so excited to be here.. yet so darn tired of being in the van! 1400 miles will do that to ya!
This is a picture of the beautiful beach... the awesome ocean... and some cute little birds walking along the sand.
This is my tired boys! With the sun blasting them in the face... they find just enough energy to stand for a picture for me!
The boys are sound asleep... Ken it relaxing and watching TV... I'm catching up on email and posting here :)
We went to the store today to stock the kitchen with food. With all they have here in the building ... we wont have to leave here the whole time we're here.
They have hourly activities every day.... pools inside and out to play in... shops... restaurants... and of course the OCEAN!
I'll take pics tomorrow of our condo and the boys enjoying their day. We have our little Christmas tree all set up with a few gifts already under it and the boys stockings laying empty.... waiting for Santa to visit and fill them!
okay... off I go. I need to get some rest... busy day tomorrow!
hugs... love & blessings to you all,
**In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. ~John 1:1-3**
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Stay safe everyone........ have a wonderful weekend and a Blessed Christmas!!!
hugs... love & blessings,
.:: Tam ::.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
What a weekend!
It all starts out with my daughter and son-in-law locking their keys in their car with it running in our driveway Saturday morning... which with the big snow fall... has us all trapped until we get their car moved.
after about 20min. The guys get the car unlocked with alot of muscle power and a very strong piece of wire. Okay... now we can all leave...but we're now late to Patrick's basketball game. Good thing Ken took him to the bus bright and early!
No biggie... watched the rest of the first game and all of the second! :)
Sunday morning........ printer is acting up while trying to print the church bulletin....... paper jams every 3rd page... claims of paper tray empty when it wasnt.... etc. So what would have been an early leave of the house to get to Church for Breakfast... ended up getting there just in time!
Monday morning....... received a lovely gift (RAOK) in the mail. This beautiful and soft 12"granny square to help make my friendship'ghan for myself..... this very pretty snowflake ornament and a sweet card.
Then Monday afternoon........ Ken and I went to the Verizon store to see what we could really do to upgrade the family... house... etc. Well......... we went a little crazy! But I think in the end.. we are all going to be happy!
This is my new toy........... a BlackBerry Smartphone Tour. Isn't it cool!?!
I'll post pics of the other goodies after Christmas........... :)
Then it all get more fun... with Ken getting stuck in the drive this morning with his van!
while trying to get out... he notices a tire that is bald. So.... gets the boys loaded in my van... takes them to school and comes back to take his to the station in town to get a new tire.
While he was gone ... Christopher shoveled a nice clearing for him to be able to get out with.
Poor Patrick was so worried he was going to mess up his perfect attendance! He has had Perfect Attendance since 2nd grade. But they left in my van with plenty of time and made it to school with no problems and time to have breakfast and visit.
Now see.... this is the hand of God.
I had encouraged (in my wifely and motherly way) Ken and the boys out of the house early so they could take their time driving on the slick roads. God stops Ken from driving his van on a dangerous tire by getting him stuck in the drive. Ken takes the boys to school in my van instead...which ends them leaving what is usually regular time... and getting the boys to school at the same time they do everyday.
Kens tire is fixed now... the boys made it to school without any issues... and all is good!
Everyone is safe.... How GREAT is our God!!!
Mystery Project update:
Well... this is what I have so far. I have 5 rows of 4 all sewn together... and 2 rows of 5 sewn together. I almost have a second ... 2 rows of 5 together.
hmmmm? wonder what it is?
I've never made this before.
hugs... love & blessings,
**But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. ~ Titus 3:4-7**
Friday, December 11, 2009
This is a picture the owner of this condo sent us of the view from our balcony! AMAZING!
After spending last Christmas in Arizona & LasVegas... we've decided we are going to start a new tradition for the family. We're taking a new adventure every Christmas!! This Christmas its Florida....... wonder what next year will hold!
So this is what it looks like in Florida.............. ( sunny and 70*)
hugs... love & blessings,
**“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16**
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week.
As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk.
Just then an army sergeant came in and said, 'Why aren't you with the rest of the platoon?'
The soldier replied, 'I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord.'
The sergeant said, 'Looks to me like you're going to play cards.'
The soldier said, 'No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country, I've decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards.'
The sergeant asked in disbelief, 'How will you do that?'
'You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.
The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments
The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John .
The Five is for the five virgins there were ten but only five of them were glorified.
The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.
The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation.
The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives -- the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth.
The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.
The ten represents the Ten commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.
The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God's first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell.
The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.
The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.
When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year.
There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week - 52 weeks in a year.
The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
Each suit has thirteen cards -- there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.
So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for.'
The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said, 'Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?'
Please let this be a reminder and take time to pray for all of our soldiers who are being sent away, putting their lives on the line fighting
Mystery Project update:
I'm starting to assemble it! I have 5 rows of 4 squares going. hmmm... Wonder what its going to be.......? :)
Its a Christmas gift.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Anyway... wanted to take a few minutes to post a few pics of things I've received... things I've made and an update on the Mystery Project.
Here we have some very yummy coffee and two lovely dishcloths that I also received as a Holiday RAOK.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wallet ~ FREE
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
What a picture of my life lately. It's been a little over year of unexpected rain. Some just drizzles, but others, like the storm hitting me ... rattled windows with wave after wave of thunder and bursts of lightning.
What about you? Is there stormy weather in your life right now? Where are you finding shelter from the storms?
As I've turned to Scripture recently... I'm amazed at the number of times it reminds us God is our shelter. God knows that we will encounter hard times and His Word reminds us that the strongest and safest shelter is God Himself.
As always we have a choice: get drenched in the rain or seek shelter. You see, the storms of life can cause us to run toward God, but just as easily they can cause us to turn away. A whole range of emotions can leave us standing in the rain to get drenched: bitterness, anger, confusion, helplessness, or hopelessness. If you can relate to these emotions, you might feel badly for having these emotions, but don't let these feelings keep you from God.
Read the Psalms and you'll see that God can handle every emotion. Negative emotions are not a reason to turn away from God. They're the very reason to turn to Him, desperately wanting the kind of faith and strength only God can provide.
Keep turning to God, continue to tell Him in prayer how you feel, and leave your emotions with Him. As you do, you'll start to feel His nearness, His hope, His promise, and His comfort. If you find yourself returning to feelings of fear or hopelessness, just go back to God. Be honest in your prayers. Acknowledge that you're having a hard time, but that you want to trust Him in your circumstances. Know that He loves you and will consistently and constantly be your shelter from the storms.
Dear Lord, "Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings" (Psalm 61:1-4). In Jesus' Name, Amen
hugs...love & blessings
**"Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." Psalm 62:8**
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Well... here's an update on my project. I received an email from my Aunt the other day with a list of guesses as to what I'm making (No... not a car seat cover... heehee) and asking if I was going to give hints as I go along. I didn't really think to give hints... but it seems like it would be more fun. Here is a pile of 25 squares I have done so far. I'll give you two hints as to make up for the first post.
1)The yarn I'm using is Simply Soft Caron ~ Autumn Red
2)The pattern is a Vintage Pattern from the 1950's
Friday, November 20, 2009
Yarn: Peaches & Cream Cotton
Hook size: I
Stitches used: chain (ch) , single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc) slip stitch (sl st)
Rnd 1: Ch 4… 2dc in 4th ch from hook… *ch 2 … 3dc in same sp as the 2dc.* *repeat* 3 more times. hdc in top of ch 4 ( 5 sets of 3dc)
Rnd 2: ch3 … 2dc in hdc sp. *Ch1 … 3dc, ch2, 3dc in ch2 sp.* *repeat* 3 more times. ch 1… 3dc in hdc sp….. hdc in top of ch3.
Rnd 3: ch 3.. 2dc in hdc sp. … *ch1 , sc in ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3dc,ch2,3dc in next ch2 sp.* *repeat* 3 more times. ch 1, sc in ch 1 sp, ch 1, 3dc in hdc sp…. ch2 … sl st to top of ch 3… finish off.
Created & written by: ©Tammy Carlton - March 2011Do not sell pattern. Do not post pattern without link back to original.Coffeen’Crafts
* you can also make this pattern using Red Heart yarn in Christmas colors for fun tree ornaments and room decorations!*
hugs ... love & blessings,
**The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
~ Proverbs 10:22**
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Being the grandma I am... I cant have my babies with out blankies... so I dived into my stash and immediately got to work on a replacement! Two days later ............ *whew* it was done. I made him a cover for a box of 24 crayons too. He's big into coloring right now. Its off in the mail and I'm hoping they get it today! I hope he likes his new blankie... its just like the old one .. just not broke in yet! :)
This is Guinea. Isn't he just the sweetest thing?!
You want to talk about cute............ check this out. Guinea and David fell asleep together!
Just a little show & share........... Another fish dishcloth. I think these are so cute and each time I make them in a different color.. they just get more and more cute.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Although through the years of us growing up and moving away we didn't get to know each other like I would have liked.... that doesn't change the fact that she was my family and I loved her!
hugs... love & blessings,
Oh God, who brought us to birth,and in whose arms we die,in our grief and shock contain and comfort us;embrace us with your love,give us hope in our confusion and grace to let go into new life;through Jesus Christ
In Jesus Name ~ Amen
Monday, November 16, 2009
Yep................. we cooked our hot dogs on this really fun cooker! There was bowls of chili on the table... chopped onion... shredded cheese... sour cream... and good ol' ketchup & mustard. We had Frito's with our hot dogs.... and big glasses of milk. :)
It was Wonderful! Michael ate about 3/4 of his hot dog and a handful of Frito's... his tummy was still not quite back to feeling itself.................... but later in the evening... he came to me asking for a hot dog... he was hungry... really hungry............ :)
We warmed up the cooker and put on a couple hot dogs... he ate the whole thing and was one happy boy!
God is so Good!
Trust... and Faith!!! No matter what the issue in your life.............. Trust that God is in control... and have Faith that He will guide you through it safely!
hugs... love & blessings,
**Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials ~ James 1:2**
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
God Bless you all!!!
hugs... love & blessings,
**And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5**