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

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

~A lovely... peaceful... thankful day here!

~*~Thankful for........
~New Years Eve in Florida!
~Michael's protein levels coming back down ....heading back towards remission!
~Swimming this afternoon!
~Trying new foods!
~Wonderful peaceful time of crocheting!
~Being able to really give thought to what I want to do when we get home!
~The boys having unlimited Internet to be able to ge...t some serious work done on their server so they can get their business up and running!
~That although my Uncle still has a lot to go through and is still quite ill.....he came through surgery good today!
~Spending time in Gods word!
***Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)***

~Love you all! Be safe and have a great time ringing in the New Year!
hugs... love... & blessings...

Monday, December 30, 2013

Staying busy even on vacation.....

This is my little crochet corner here in Florida.....

Made this little granny stitch clutch.... just for the fun of it.

Made this Comfort'ghan for one of the families of the girls killed in the accident back at home.

This is the other comfort'ghan in progress for the other family.

hugs... love... & blessings...

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Deep in thought and prayers.....

~ Good Morning.......
Hope everyone slept or is still sleeping well!
The Lord never said life would be easy....but He did say it would all be worth it. I tell ya...the "not easy" part sure has shown itself lately!  Through difficult times it can be hard to be thankful!
*How can we be thankful for the death of 3 beautiful teenagers in our community in the last 6 months? Somehow...someway......they touched our lives while they were alive with their friendship. They said just the right thing to make a difference in something that was going on in our lives! So thankful for those words! Or....through their death some have become closer together through grief or forgiveness. While some have found God ....either for the first time or gotten closer. Thankful for those relationships with you God!
*How can I be thankful that my son is sick again?
He is here safe and sound with me ... Not in a hospital! He continually teaches me how to love and trust our Father in heaven through his faith and unshaken trust! Thank you Lord God for blessing me with Michael. Thank you for picking me to take care of him for you here on earth!
*How can my family be thankful that my Uncle has fallen ill?
If it wasn't for him...his children wouldn't be who they are today.....beautiful - awesome people! Always sharing that head full of knowledge with everyone...his way of making sure no one goes uneducated about matter how big or small! Thank you God for making my Uncle they way you did! He put a smile on Everyone's face!! I love you Uncle Lou!
***How can we be thankful for everything? By celebrating the blessings....not dwelling on the trial!***
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38, 39)
hugs... love... & blessings...

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tried something new..........

~Fried Gator~
boys and I shared this and it was soooooooo good!!!
We're going to go get more.... heheheee

hugs... love... & blessings...

Friday, December 27, 2013

~Evening everyone........

Being thankful can be so easy...yet be hard at times!
This week has been so full of sadness! But The Lord tells us to be thankful for everything!
So.... I'm Thankful for.....
> memories that we can all hold tight to forever!
> Michael hanging in there through all his grief and now re-relapse.
> our small community that looks out for each other...that cries together ......laughs together and prayers together!
> my crocheting talent that I was blessed with by God and taught to by my precious Aunt!!
> true friends!
> unconditional love!
> today's Bible verse......
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. (Romans 12:9, 10, 12, 13)


Made this Infinity Scarf today.... I really like making these and this stitch!

After a long day..... relaxing in our awesome pool is the perfect way to end the day......

hugs... love... & blessings...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

~Christmas 2013~

Yesterday was a good day.................

Santa was here......

Santa sure loves these boys!!

XBOX ONE...............

PS4 and Powerbeat headphones.........

Monkey Bread for breakfast!!!  YUM!!!

Merry Christmas to everyone from the boys!!!

hugs... love... & blessings...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

~Good Moring...... we are.... Christmas Eve. Tomorrow is the day we all celebrate our Saviors birth. I can't even begin to express how thankful I am for the birth of Gods son....yet so many of us are struggling with being thankful and celebrating right now with the most recent tragedies that has ripped through our small community!
But.... This is what I'm thankful for........
~ my... sweet Michael having the biggest ...tender...God trusting heart! He comes to me trying to understand why God didn't save one of his friends who was on life support. I explained the best I could how God did save her and from her... Others!!
~ my dear friend David! He is a good strong man and though suffering himself right now...will be the biggest pillar of love and support to our children. I wish I was home to give him a hug!
~ all the rescue folks that volunteer their time to help others!! May God hug you a little tighter today! 
~ my sweet family Sheri and Megan for tending to the Carlton kritters during all that is going on in their own lives! Love you two!
~ Ken being cancer free this Christmas and us being able to spend it outside of a hospital room!
~ our Heavenly Father who is the best parent of all.... Knowing what is best for us and loving us the way He does!

~*~ Merry Christmas Eve friends and family! I love you all and am very thankful to have you all a part of my life! ~*~
hugs... love... & blessings...

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Show & Share.....

~Boys new Christmas stockings~
Made these on the ride to Florida!

hugs... love... & blessings...

Sunday, December 22, 2013


~*~ Praying for family and friends in our community today!~*~
 Two sweet angels were taken home to heaven this morning!
Hugging my kids a little tighter today!

.:: Hugs & Prayers ::.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Please Lord God heal my Michael from this cold so that he doesn't relapse again! Father please let my baby have a healthy and fun Christmas holiday!
I love you Lord..... Thank you for taking such good care of this precious boy you blessed me with to care for here on earth for you!
~ In Jesus Name....Amen~

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Good Morning.....

~ Thankful ....
* for oatmeal when your headache is so bad it hurts to chew.
* for friends that check on you when you're feeling bad!
* for Coffee!
* for Christmas break getting closer!
* for today's Bible verse....
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. (2 Corinthians 5:1)
~Oh this sounds wonderful!~

God Bless you all

Monday, December 16, 2013


~ Thankful....Thankful.... Thankful.....
.:: for getting some serious Christmas shopping done!
.:: for my hip and shoulder hurting worse from falling on the ice than my headache!
.:: for coffee!!!!!
.:: for getting some crocheting done!
.:: for getting ready for Christmas break!
.:: for my College boy Patrick ... I'm so proud of you baby!
.:: for Michael holding steady on his road to remission!...
.:: for David working so hard in school to have great grades!
.:: for today's Bible verse....
A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. (Proverbs 15:1) ~ oh how true....Amen! ~

Hugs... Love & Blessings

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The official letter.......

I am so proud of my baby!
I cant believe he's graduating this year and going off to College!
He grew up way too fast!

God Bless

Friday, December 13, 2013

Show and Share moment....

Had a great time!  Got to share my talent... make new friends and spend time with an old friend!!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A new day.............

Every morning, you can count on the sun's glistening rays to brighten the day.
Jeremiah.... the weeping prophet ....discovered a ray of hope in his trial. He found comfort knowing that God's loving-kindnesses make new appearances in his life every morning. David poured out his prayers before God in the morning and then eagerly watched (Psalm 5:3). Why was David so eager to watch and wait talking with God? He had discovered God's amazing response.
Even in great trouble you can look forward to new expressions of God's love...kindness... and compassion. Just when you think life may be over... God surprises you with unexpected answers. You may receive an encouraging phone call or a word of comfort from a verse in the Bible. Look expectantly each morning and keep your eyes open for God's love. His compassionate heart can't help but pour out blessings on His children. He promises.

๐Ÿ’•God loves you!๐Ÿ’•
~David's baby! We had her out playing tonight.
She was being a stinker and wouldn't sit still long enough for me to take a picture

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Praying through rough times.....

~Wow....what a day!
I'm finding myself struggling to be thankful for some certain things......BUT........ God does tell us to be thankful and find good in all.
So...... While I pray for those things I'm having trouble with...I will and am continuing to be thankful for my sweet Michael still doing well.... Today was the first day of really heading back towards remission!
I'm thankful for... the new Hy-Vee !
I'm thankful for crochet orders!
I'm thankful for COFFEE!!!
I'm thankful I don't "need" my job! Makes some of my decisions easier! I pray for the wonderful folks I work with that do need their job. Painful situation of our hours and pay being cut!
I'm thankful for another craft boutique...thank you Amy Goodman Kavan!
I'm thankful for today's Bible verse....
The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

God Bless you all

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


~Homemade Deer Summer Sausage~
With the help of Patrick's girlfriends dad. ... Patrick made the most amazing summer sausage!
~*~Wow~*~ and blessings

Monday, December 9, 2013

A Lovely Day......

Gooooood Morning and Praise God!
Thankful Thankful Thankful!
~ for Michaels protein levels being back to normal for 4 days in a row! Just talked to his nurse....tomorrow starts the weaning process to get off the meds and officially be back in remission!
~ for a fresh pot of Coffee!
~ for beautiful snow covering our land. Makes everything so darn cozy!
~ for getting some more crocheting done!
~ for my getting some laundry done!
~ for my dear friend Angela...making it easy for me to purchase ALL of Patricks Senior pictures! I couldn't decide! LoL
She is the most awesome photographer and sweetest lady! Go check her out!
~ for making our plans for our Christmas vacation!
~ for possibly selling at another craft show this next weekend....waiting to find out for sure!
~ for 3 day weekends!!!
~ for prayer!!!
~ for today's Bible verse.....
Be good to your servant, that I may live and obey your word. Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions. (Psalms 119:17, 18)

~*~ hugs ... & blessings!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Busy decorating Kindergarten Doors....

Mrs. Gocke's Classroom Door!

Miss Vicki and I had a blast creating this!!
Christmas is getting close!!!

God Bless

Thursday, December 5, 2013

So Very Thankful......

.....for prayer!!!
Prayer is an awesome way to comunicate with our Lord God!!! Its such a wonderful feeling to be on the receiving end of prayer.... knowing that you have folks that care enough about you and your issue to take time to speak to God on your behalf is just amazing!!! It's the peace that helps me get through it no matter what God plan is!
So tonight I prayer for some very dear friends with some very real issues in their lives!  I want them to know that I care!  I want them to have peace knowing God is there with them!  That they will get through this no matter what Gods plan is for their lives!!

I love you all.... and so does God!!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

~*~Whew... What a day!

So thankful to be home where it's warm and quiet!
- for hot Coffee!
- for quick pizza dinner!
- for my crocheting!
- for Michael getting rest he needs! Poor guy is hurting this week. Shhhh...he's sleeping so peaceful!
- for my glasses! My poor eyes strained enough today!
- for my space heater in my sitting room to really warm me up! It's seriously toasty in here!
...- for today's Bible reading...
><>Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. (Colossians 3:12-17)<><
~ Wow! Right to the point! Thank you Lord for this! ~

~*~Love you all~*~

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Praise You Lord!

My Michael lost another 6lbs this morning. 20lbs in 3! Need his protein levels to get just a bit better.
So thankful to have my Navy boy home for the week!
Blessed to have a beautiful warm home!
Happy to have all 5 of my boys home for dinner tonight!
Thankful for Coffee!
Excited to start 'Secret Santa' at work next week!
So proud of Patrick! We're off to UNO for a College visit next Friday!
Thankful for spaghetti dinner and pudding poke cake for dessert!
Blessed by today's Bible verse...
You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. (John 16:24)

~*~ hugs to all....sleep well!~*~

Monday, December 2, 2013

WooHoo......Praise God!

* for Michael losing another 6lbs today! Thank you Lord!
* for a great day of errands/shopping with my boys and my mom!
* for our mechanic! Love those monthly oil changes... Our Jeeps get good care!
* for Coffee!!!
* for ice packs! My wrist gets a little relief for a while!
* for extension cords to help make phone chargers easier to reach in our bedroom so my poor husba...nd will see his phone and stop forgetting it.....or wait.....he may still forget....LOL....sorry Ken....U....LOL
* for my Navy boy coming home for a visit!!!!! ~happy mama!~
* for steaks on the grill for a late night dinner!
* for relaxing with my crocheting!
* for my washing machine playing nice so I can get the last couple loads done!๐Ÿ˜Š
* for my cat tearing at my carpet....means I'll get to replace the floor covering sooner and easier.....LOL
* for excedrin migraine to at least dull some of this darn headache!
* for today's Bible Verse.....
And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. (1 John 5:14, 15) ~*~ true!~*~

~Have a lovely evening....sleep well my friends and family!~

Sunday, December 1, 2013

God is good.... a Thankful Day.....

~ Praise God....
Michael lost 8 lbs over night....his levels are looking better and better....Remission here we come!!!
Thank you Lord for taking such good care of my baby!
Thank you God for this beautiful Fall day! For getting my crochet projects done! For the guys getting things done on the Minecraft server so they can get their business up and running! For plenty of Coffee! For the lovely... batch of low sodium brownies cooling on the counter! For keeping my ambition up today to get things done! For a nice snack of crackers & cheese with a sweet glass of wine! For plenty of yarn! For pumpkin spice coffee creamer....that was awesome this morning! For my boys being so helpful with chores first thing so our days can be fun and relaxing! For your love for us God!!!

~*~ have a fabulous day everyone! Hugs...Love & Blessings! ~*~

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Day #30......................

.::Oh so very Thankful........
> for a beautiful Fall Day!!
> for Michaels protein levels looking great....he's heading toward remission!!!
> for Coffee!!
> for a lovely visit from my daughter (Jamie) yesterday! Charades was fun!
> for having my voice back! Stupid sickness that I was NOT sick with..... LoL
> for more Coffee!!
> for having another day to crochet! Have orders to do!
> fo...r Michael heading toward remission...... Did I mention that already? I'm so thankful!
> for today's Bible Verse.....
And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. (James 1:13, 14) ~*~ Amen ~*~

~*~ have an awesome last day of November! God Bless you all!! ~*~

Friday, November 29, 2013

Day #29...................

.::Thankful .....
} for lazy day at home!
} for Coffee!!!
} for Patrick & K. relaxing downstairs with a movie!
} for Michael and I sitting in the livingroom together while I crochet and he plays games on his iPad!
} for David and Ken working on the boys Minecraft Server to get it up and running soon!!!
} for Coffee!
} for sleeping alone last night ... I was the only one I kept awake with m...y cough!
} for a sun shinny Fall day!
} for family and friends!
} for the 63 years I got with my daddy! Some folks aren't that lucky. I miss him!
} for memories!!! Making them and remembering them!
} for today's Bible Verse....
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalms 19:14)

~*~ Happy Friday everyone!~*~
Go Big Red!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Day #28..............

~Happy Thanksgiving~
Total sodium per plate. ..180mg
Thank you God!
Perfect Thanksgiving for Michael ... Pretty darn good for the rest of us!

Thanksgiving Day!
*Thank you Father for the blessings you've given this day
*Help us to remember, Thou has shown us the way
*And give us strength to help those in need
*Never letting us forget, Thy merciful deeds
*Keep us in Thy tender loving care
*Save us, O Lord, when we are in despair!
*Give us grace as we walk through life.
*Inspire us to seek our brothers amid the strife
*Victory i...n Thee will be our guiding star.
*In courage we march not caring how far
*Now we ask for the most important thing.
*Grant us salvation to escape death's sting.
I am so very thankful today! Love you all!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Day #27...................

 So Thankful...
:: for 5 and 1/3 days off from work!
:: for a great food day with friends at work!
:: for selling another crochet item!
:: for getting a check in the mail for yet another crochet item!
:: for Mucinex!
:: for COFFEE!!!
:: for my friend Sarah...who just makes me smile!
:: for being able to hug my Navy boy one more time before he had to go back ..... So glad he stopped by ...the school before he headed out!
:: for my wonderful yarn supply!
:: for Michael having a really good day! His tummy didn't bother him and he had a great workout tonight at home!
:: for David having a peaceful day at school today! Thank you Mr David Friedli for tending to the issue!!
:: for my guys enjoying my chocolate chip cookies....makes my heart feel good to know they like them so much!
:: for having my menu ready for tomorrow!
:: for my Origami Owl necklace coming in today! Love it Stephanie....thank you!
:: for today's Bible verse......
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. (Ephesians 1:18)

~*~ God Bless....have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow everyone!~*~

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Day #26.....................

**** Thankful....
~ for my Navy boy coming to Nebraska to fix a military plane. (He'll at least be able to stay the night here at home.....would be cool if he could work staying to have Thanksgiving with us.)
~ for my 6 awesome kids!!
~ for my 8 beautiful grandbabies!!
~ for Coffee!!!
~ for our mechanic fixing Patricks Jeep!
~ for food day at work tomorrow with all my teacher aid friends!
~... for crocheting!
~ for 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies coming out perfect! (may make 3 more to take to work.....hmmmm?)
~ for Mucinex keeping me from being sicker than I am!
~ for Michael feeling pretty good today! He's starting to feel the meds which mess with his emotions...but he's hangin' tough!
~ for more Coffee!!
~ for comfy/sloppy clothes!
~ for being able to crank up our favorite Christian Radio station and sing and dance with my boys!
~ for today's Bible verse....
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. (Matthew 7:1) **** Great reminder ****

~*~ God Bless you all!~*~

Monday, November 25, 2013

Day #25..............

> for 1 & 2/3rds days left of work this week!
> for mucinex!!!
> for Not ruining ALL the chocolate chip cookies!
> for the car wash down in Plattsmouth being open!
> for Ken finding 6 awesome Cornish game hens for our Thanksgiving meal!
> for being able to plan and have a *Michael friendly* thanksgiving meal!
> for Coffee!!!
> for my crochet projects!
> for friends!!!...
> for Family!!!
> for warm fuzzy socks!
> for Michael being so faithful and trusting of God during yet again another uncomfortable relapse!
> for today's Bible verse....
๐Ÿ“–Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39)

~*~ Hugs...Love & Blessings to you all!~*~

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Day #24.....................

 Super Thankful Sunday!
} for the awesome weather!
} for Coffee!!
} for Patrick getting his first Deer!!
} for Ken being such a good dad .... Got Patrick all set up for his first hunting season (new riffle - clothes - and tags) which turned out successful ....took David and Michael and their friends to the movies last night.....for running to the store to buy a couple nice steaks and gri...ll them up just for Michael just to make him feel better!
} for having a nice day to relax and crochet!
} for more Musinex DM
} for today's Bible verse...
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

~*~ God Bless everyone! Have a wonderful rest of the day! ~*~
~Proud Mama!~
Patrick got his first deer ever!
Good job baby!!!!!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Day #23....................

           So Thankful...
** for Ken taking my Jeep to get my tire fixed this morning.
** for my boys helping me get Saturday morning chores done so we can relax the rest of the weekend!
** for Coffee!
** for laundry getting done...slowly but surely!
** for Tyler Huckleberry helping Ken get Patricks Jeep to the mechanics for a new alternator.
** for chicken done cooking so I can start working on g...etting the Chicken noodle casserole done! (Nice and low in sodium for Michael.)
** for my crocheting!
** for good weather for Patrick to hunt in! Good luck buddy!
** for David being such a good helper around the house! Making several trips outside in the cold wind to throw trash away!
** for today's Bible verse....
“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. (Luke 6:27, 28)
Tough words....but needed ones to be heard!

~*~ Have a wonderful and safe Saturday!~*~

Friday, November 22, 2013

Day #22.....................

* For ....the weekend
* For ....Coffee!!
* For ....musinex DM
* For ....Michael having another good day! His levels are still high and he's still dealing with the edema... But he's still smiling and praising God!
* For ....Mr. Collin Warren getting a gig for the High School Choir to sing the National Anthem at tonight a Mavericks hockey game!
* For ....another sale of my cr...ochet items!
* For yarn stash!!
* For cozy home!
* For piles of laundry ready to be washed means we have plenty of clothes to wear!
* For ....crackers and cheese and a nice glass of wine!
* For's Bible verse...
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. (Psalms 107:1)

~*~Love you all~*~

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Day #21..............................

I am so happy and Thankful to be home safe and sound!
***That my boys made it home safely in this cold icy weather!
**To have the good friends that I do who help scrape the windows on my Jeep. (Jennifer and Vicki) love you girls!
*For having my friends worry about me getting home safe! (Darla - tire pumped up...thank you! Vicki - we're home safe!)
***Michael having... a good day! Packed him the best low sodium lunch I could....he seemed to like it!

~*~Thank you Lord God for keeping my friends and family safe! I pray deeply for the people and their families that were hurt in the accidents I saw all over the news today!~*~

.::Stay safe and warm everyone! Love you all!!!::.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day #20............................

*For...fuel in the tank for the heater!
*For...a cup of fresh coffee with pumpkin spice creamer.
*For...Michael doing his best to not have to be put on meds... But as it turns out -tomorrow he starts on the meds but he is still praising God!
*For...plenty of yarn! The orders I'm working on keeps my mind busy!
*For...low sodium foods and recipes to help me be able to create the best Thanksgiving dinner I can.
*For...more coffee!

~*~Thank you Lord God for taking such goo care of my family! Thank you for all our trials!! And thank you for all our blessings!~*~

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day #19........................

What can quiet your heart when everything around you changes?
Run to God...your refuge and strength. He will help you in your trouble!
~Imagine walking along when suddenly dark clouds fill the sky and rain begins to fall. Soon the storm is so great that you must find shelter before you become completely drenched. Many changes in your world come upon you like an unexpected rainstorm. I...n the storms of life...God is your shelter...a safe place to hide when the winds and the rain threaten to wash you away. He is always with you to help whenever you need Him. God's knowledge is infinite...and His plan is perfect. So if you encounter any surprising changes in your life today...remember to take shelter in your perfect refuge and find a quiet place to rest.~

~*~ Lord....thank you for being my refuge and strength....a very present help in times of trouble. I take comfort in Your protection and security today! *Amen~*~

Monday, November 18, 2013

Day #18...........................

Blessed and Thankful!
*What a good day!  Thank you God for giving me a great morning with my mom and daughter!  Girl time getting manicures is fun and relaxing!
*Thank you Lord for Michael still being stable!  Wrestling practice was really hard for him tonight ... But he did it!! (Only with you Lord was he able to do that!)
*Im so thankful for awesome wrestling coaches!  They push Michael ... But know his limits!
*Although Patrick came home empty handed from his hunting trip.... He had fun and stayed safe!
*So thankful for coffee!
*Thankful for lots to crochet this weekend!
*Thankful for my rice cooker!  Being able to make Michael rice quickly and easily is such a blessing!
~*~Dear God....thank you for communication with you!  Whether it be through prayer...a friend sharing their thoughts or feelings....a song on the radio...or by reading the right verse in you book!~*~

~God Bless you all!~

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Day #17.................

Goooood Morning!
What a beautiful Fall morning! So much to be thankful for today and always!
*So thankful for another fresh pot of coffee brewing!
*Thankful Patrick is having a fun hunting trip with K. and her dad! (Good luck buddy get a good one)
*Thankful for Michael still feeling good!!! Still praying hard that Gods will is for Michael to be healed and our lesson is to be brought clo...ser to Him!
*Thankful that David is being a good ...supportive younger bother to help Michael get through this!
*Thankful for my super fun day out with my friend Vicki yesterday! I could have easily spent way too much money...I'm so glad I didn't....LOL (thanks for lunch my dear and just time out together!!!)
~*~Thank you God for giving me so much to be thankful for!!!~*~

***Have a super Sunday everyone!***
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Day #16...........................

The more thankful one is, the more there is to be thankful for. A person cannot be complaining and thankful at the same time, nor can they worry about money or health or anything while being thankful. To dwell on political or economic woes, international crises, personal problems, or even someone else's problems, will invite irritability, confusion, mistrust, disgust, depression, a sense of helplessness, hopelessness and futility.
Better to stop and take into consideration what and who is truly valuable in one's life. There is always something to be thankful for. “Better a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:6)
Life is not all about accumulation of things. He who dies with the most money or the most toys, still dies. No one can take their friends or their collections with them to the grave. Job, in Job 1:21 said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”)
A very well-grounded perspective. Solomon repeated the truth in Ecclesiastes 5:15. “As he came from his mother's womb, naked shall he return, to go as he came; and he shall take nothing from his labor which he may carry away in his hand. Jesus asked the rhetorical question, “Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25) And Jesus taught clearly in Luke 12:15 to “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
It's settled then. Life is more than food and clothes and houses and cars and stuff. Life is about loving God and loving others, and introducing people to the Lord Jesus Christ. People are to be loved and things are to be used, and never the opposite. All things considered, life is precious and fleeting and fragile, and we need  to take time often and just be thankful. Make a list of things to be thankful for if necessary, but part of obeying God's Word is taking time for thanksgiving.
Many verses in the Bible teach God's people to be thankful, regardless of circumstances. No matter how unpleasant a situation becomes, it is good to remember that it could always be worse.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

~*~Have an awesome weekend~*~

Friday, November 15, 2013

Day #15...........................

- So very thankful!!
*Thankful for COFFEE!
**For super duper good friends!
***For my back feeling lots better!
****For Michael holding steady! Thank you God for holding true to your word!
*****For more coffee! It was a rough day! ~Whew
****For my crocheting! It keeps me focused ... It's the gift God gave me and I thank Him for it!
***So thankful for my 6 kids and 8 grandbabies ... I love them all so much!๐Ÿ’•
**Thankful for the weekend! What a week...... wow
*Thankful that God takes such individual time with each one of us! How He uses just the right method to communicate!

~*~Hugs ... Love ... & Blessings~*~

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Day #14..................

- Wow what a day!!!
Thankful for many things!
*Thankful for the decent weather made being outside okay!
*Thankful for Michael holding steady with his weight and feeling a bit better! Praying for tomorrow to be the same! He's such a strong boy! We all can learn a lot from him!
*Thankful that my dear friend Jennifer is home relaxing after an allergic reaction scare today at wo...rk! We do need to mark her epi pens with (this side up) !
*Thankful my sweet friend Vicki was able to drop everything and take care of Jennifer! (ER run) yikes
*So thankful for the day all ending well!
*And .....well..... Thankful for coffee!!!! And a small glass of wine tonight!

~*~ Thank you Lord God for everything! Thank you for showing me what real friendship is and allowing me to be part of it!! Thank you for keeping Michael safe! Thank you for your love!!!~*~

Hugs... Love... & Blessings to everyone!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Day #13..........

   oh so very thankful today!!!
*This morning Michael weighed 2 lbs less than yesterday! Praise you Lord!! Thank you for hearing our prayers!
*Patrick getting a very nice ACT score this time 'round. He wants one more shot at it though!
*Finding Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer!
*Shopko having one last pair of compression socks for Michael.
*Ken making eggs for dinner for the boys!
*Michael ha...nging in there for wrestling practice!
*My sweet friend Darla for letting Michael borrow her aromatherapy heating pad/towel for his sore legs!
*for getting more orders for my crochet items! The extra money is nice right now!
*For my sweet David helping me pack lunches tonight for tomorrow!
***And thank you dear Lord God for being so true to your word! Thank you for keeping Michael close to you during this time for him! Thank you for hearing our prayers...for blessing Michael from our prayers! Thank you Father for you love!!!***

Hugs... Love... & Blessings to everyone! Sleep well!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Day #12........

What a day!
Today's bible verse .....
***In that wonderful day you will sing: “Thank the Lord ! Praise his name! Tell the nations what he has done. Let them know how mighty he is! Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world. Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy! For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.” (Isaiah 12:4-6)***
* No matter what trial you may be going through....praise The Lord!
* When a blessing comes your way....thank The Lord!
* When the worries of your world seem to cloud your thoughts ...keeping you from seeing the and praise The Lord!
*** I thank you Lord for everything!  For your love...your protection...the lessons taught...and lessons learned! ***

Monday, November 11, 2013

Day #11..................

Good Morning and Happy Veterans Day!
*Today I am so very thankful for the Veterans ... past and present! Thank you for our freedom! Thank you for putting yourself in danger for not only your loved ones...but strangers! God Bless you all!
*Thankful for Ken pretty much being over the flu...just an annoying cough hanging on.
**Thankful for my friend Darla for her little bag of tricks thi...s last week to help my back! I was finally able to use my neck brace and not be in too much pain! Thank you!!!
***Thankful for the positive ...faithful ...and thankful attitude my sweet Michael has! Even with knowing what is ahead for him with being sick again.... He knows God won't let him down. (He's going to wrestle in the Cougar Classic)
**Thankful for a fresh pot of coffee! (And my fuzzy socks! brrr)
*So thankful for this new day! A new chance to continue to learn and practice what being thankful really is!
~*~Thank you Lord God for your love and patience! Thank you for the lessons we are to continue learning! Thank you for being there with us the whole way!~*~
Have a marvelous Monday everyone! Don't forget to thank a veteran today!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Day #10....................

Good morning!
Struggling through my thankfulness as my heart is so very sad this morning. My sweet Michael has relapsed.

So because I have the best family and friends ever which I am so extremely thankful for....I ask for your prayers!
Like I said.... I'm struggling with being thankful this morning... Not because I'm not thankful...but because my emotions of frustration, heartache, and ...even anger are clouding my head!
*** But... I am thankful there is medicine for Michael and that he is the strongest kid I know to be able to get through this yet again!
** I'm thankful my boy is safe and sound at home...not in the hospital!
* I'm thankful for my crocheting! I can get a lot done when I'm upset!
** So thankful for coffee! I know I'll be drinking a lot more than usual now!
*** Thankful God is watching over my family! He is the one and only real physician...who will continue to guide Michael's doctors and nurses to help him best!
~*~ Have a super Sunday ... God bless you all ~*~


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Day #9...............

 Goooood morning!
*Today I am thankful it's the weekend!
*Thankful the sun is shinning!
*Coffee is fresh!
*Heating pad is plugged in...warming up...and ready to comfort my back!
*Boys that will do the chores the best they can all by themselves so mom can pamper her back in hopes of it feeling better!
*So very thankful that through years of continued sweet son still turns the o...ther cheek and prays for those bullies!
*That my boys not only stand tall for themselves and what they believe in.....but they stand in protection of others!
***Oh so very thankful for a new day with my Heavenly Father to continue to learn to be thankful!***

~*~ Have an awesome day everyone! Hugs....Love & Blessings! ~*~

Friday, November 8, 2013

Day #8.................

People with a strong sense of gratitude, love and appreciation don't necessarily have more than others; they aren't "luckier". They simply recognize and see more beauty in their lives.......people who count their blessings are generally happier and healthier than people who don't. If you ever feel as if anything in your life isn't "enough", try practicing an attitude of thankfulness. You might realize how good you have it after all.
*Relax. It's hard to cultivate a sense of gratitude when you're angry, frustrated, or anxious. If these are issues that you struggle with, it's important to resolve them, as they're formidable barriers to thankfulness.
*Live in the Moment. If you're too busy dwelling on the past or thinking about the future, you won't be able to fully notice how fantastic things are right now. Plus, thinking about the past and future opens the door to comparison, which is the only way you can perceive something as not good enough. What you have now is all that exists, and comparing that to something that doesn't exist anymore (or yet) is an easy way to foster dissatisfaction and torture yourself. Like the old saying goes "Past is History, Future is a Mystery and Today is a Gift and hence it is called the Present". Enjoy today, this moment and don't postpone your enjoyment.
*Start with your senses. The most basic pleasures in life are usually accessible to us all the time, but they slip out of our consciousness because we get so used to them. Learn to notice the little things, and deliberately appreciate them.
*Cherish any kind of lightheartedness in your life. Things like laughter, affection, and playfulness are fleeting. Once a relationship has degraded so that those things don't spontaneously occur anymore, it's very hard to get them back. You might know that from experience. So treat those moments with care Don't be the person who takes life too seriously, who doesn't have time to have fun, or who has no sense of humor.
*Take a vacation. There's some truth to the saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder". Ideally, you shouldn't have to separate yourself from something (or someone) in order to appreciate it or them (that can lead to a vicious cycle). But it can be a good way to trigger your sense of gratitude just once in a while.
*Keep a gratitude journal. Challenge yourself to write down five new things every day that you're grateful for. It'll be easy in the beginning, but soon you'll discover that you have to increase your awareness to keep on.
*****Thank you Lord for everything and everyone in my life!!   Thank you for all the good things and all the trials!!! Thank you for loving me!!!*****
~Have a wonderful weekend everyone! ~

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Day #7....................

 - just simply thankful today is an hour from being over!
Been a rough day!
Thank you Lord for a new one tomorrow!

~*~God bless everyone!  Sleep well!~*~

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Day #6.....................

Thankful......what does that mean?
~1. Aware and appreciative of a benefit; grateful.~

~*~ So......I am aware that I have some pretty awesome friends! And I absolutely appreciate all they do for me!
* I'm very grateful for for my family...who loves me no matter how cranky I get!
*Very thankful for my coffee! (Think of my poor family if I didn't have coffee.... ๐Ÿ˜ง)
*So thankful for advice f...rom friends and family that reinforces what God is telling me about situations in my life that I find to be stressful!
*Very very thankful for orders I'm getting for my crochet items!
****Thank you dear Lord God for EVERYTHING! For your long walks you take with me when I seem to keep moving with no real purpose through an issue.... For your patience as you wait for me to stop looking down and look up....and for you everlasting love.... That no one can give me like you can!****

Sleep well everyone

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day #5........................

 Very Thankful today!
 *Thankful for my friend Darla for caring about me to bring her handy gadget to help my back! I'm trying anything these days.....LOL
*Thankful Ken was able to eat a nice big bowl of soup today! The flu is trying to kick his backside....
*So very thankful for coffee! Keeps me warm on this cold rainy day!
*Thankful for my sons principle caring enough about them to help ...when he sees them struggling.....thank you David Friedli!
*Thankful for the teachers that care enough about kids to communicate with them and their parents! Wish they were all like that!
*Thankful for the meeting after work..... I now know exactly where I stand!
*Thankful for that fresh pot of coffee as soon as I get home!

*****And oh so very thankful for my Heavenly Father who loves me like does to put just the right song on the radio and the right verse to read to help me be forgiving....kind and patient!*****

 Hugs... Love... & Blessings to you all!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Day #4.........................

 So very Thankful it's still my weekend! So I can continue to sit with ice packs and heating pad.
*Hot showers
*Fresh coffee!
*Quiet ...beautiful Fall morning!
*For my sweet friend Angela aka Annabelle LOL for all her encouragement and be brave enough to open a FB store.
*For my crocheting "to do" list continuing to grow to keep me busy!
*For more coffee!!
*for back's helps me forget about my headache.
*For the most awesome God who blessed me with a crafting talent to keep me busy and bless others!

*****Have a marvelous Monday everyone!*****

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Day #3..........................

         Thankful for the extra hour we get....didn't sleep....but makes for good crochet time!
*Thankful for our church on video....Ken has the flu and my back is .....well... Not better!
*So very thankful for Coffee!!!
*For my boys helping me do the laundry....thank you for all the lifting and hanging up of clothes!!
*For the awesome view from my sitting room in my bedroom!
*Did I mention how thankful I am for Coffee
*For ice packs and heating pads!
*For God! The most awesome Heavenly Father ... who slows down my physical state to work on my emotional state!
*****Have a wonderfully blessed and thankful day!*****

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Day #2.............

Thankful today for beautiful weather. .. gorgeous Fall day.
*The trash guy taking at least one of our cans.
*boys helping with chores! We can relax the rest of the day!
*Patrick breaking my most favorite stone pan in the sink and not on his foot. ...
*a nice little chat with a friend I haven't heard from in some time.
***God giving me extra patience. . forgiveness. .. and love today!
**Time to crochet my day away!

Friday, November 1, 2013

30 Days of being Thankful..........Day #1

*Today I'm Thankful for my dear sweet friend Vicki for taking good care of me at work as I pushed through the day with my back hurting!
*I'm thankful for plenty of coffee!
*For leftover bean soup so I didn't have to cook tonight.
*For the beautiful weather today!
*For a wonderful chat with my cousin Kelly!
*For God loving me like He no one else can....being patient with me as I struggle with different situations and decisions!
~*~ God Bless ... Love all my friends and family!~*~

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Prayer Request............

Need a few little prayers please! I don't know what's up with my back.... But I'm in some super-duper pain tonight. Yeah yeah.....old age....I get it! And I appreciate the fact that this pain is distracting the pain from my headache.... But would still love a few prayers for this to let up a bit!

Thanks so much!
Love you all

Monday, October 28, 2013

Vala's Pumpkin Patch..................

 What a great day!!!  Lots of exercise walking around.... enjoying the shows... and the activities... and not to mention.............. the Awesome smoked turkey legs .... kettle corn... and succotash.

Then we ended the day by taking the boys to a Haunted House..................LOL.... they were so funny! 
(and a little scared...LOL)

Hugs... Love... & Blessings
Have a fun and safe Halloween everyone!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Busy day......

Good afternoon friends and family......
Hope all is well with everyone!  Busy day here at the Carlton's!

Patrick passed his Hunter Safety Training Class!
Good job buddy!  Super proud of you!

 Yum!  Fresh baked Brownies for the family! 

Finished this pair of  Boot Cuffs for a friend!  She ordered these and two other pair that are more on the "simple" side!

God Bless you all

Friday, October 25, 2013


Flowers delivered to work from Ken!  He sent them to cheer me up from my not so good week!  Been kind of stressful!   Thank you Ken!!!

On a good note:

Hope you have an awesome day today!
Love you!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Beautiful site......

What a wonderful thing to see......home!  After a NOT so wonderful day! blessings

Trust the Lord?

~*~Do you trust The Lord?~*~

Lets see if I can help by putting it like this....
***A tightrope walker stood on a tightrope high above a crowd of onlookers. He yelled down,"how many of you believe I can walk across this tightrope?"
They all screamed,"you can do it!"
"How many of you believe I can walk across with this wheelbarrow!"
"You can do it" they all shouted again.
Then he asked, "who will the first to get in the wheelbarrow?" Silence! The crowd had said they believe but no one trusted!
Maybe you feel as though God is asking you to get in the wheelbarrow. Your situation may appear impossible. Choose to trust....and watch God take you through the trial!
~But as for me, I trust in You,O Lord! - Psalm 31:14~ *** & blessings

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Show & Share........

Just a Simple Lace Beanie.   Really easy to make .... and is nice for the ladies with that little extra design!
I'll be making more of these!

Thanks for stoppin' in
have a great day!
God Bless

Monday, October 21, 2013

Permit even this...................

~*~ Jesus answered and said,"Permit even this." ~*~

***Have you ever come face-to-face with a circumstance you really hoped to avoid? Or have you ever felt God leading you down a road with no clear destination in sight? When you don't understand what God is up to in your can be encouraged y looking at Jesus in His dark hour of suffering.
Judas and the religious authorities arrived to... arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. As King of kings and Lord of lords... He could have commanded their death with one word. Instead...with a strange surrender and a heart fully abandoned to the will if His Father... He said to his disciples, "Permit even this."
When the Lord takes you in an unusual direction...don't resist...wrestle...or rebel. Instead...lean into His embrace and whisper, "Permit even this." Heave will tell the magnificent story of all that happens as a result.***

~~help me have a willing heart! help me to say..."yes Lord permit even this." Amen~~
God Bless everyone!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Love our pets..............

Buster............our bunny.... the little seat stealer!   He stole my chair!   LOL
He sure is lucky he's cute and I love him!!

Have a 'hoppin' day everyone!
God Bless

Thursday, October 17, 2013

God is aways there...........

When you feel like giving up... find comfort in the promise that God will carry you and deliver you. Always take the high view of God's Word as the authority for your beliefs... attitudes... and actions. When you are discouraged by an overwhelming trouble... turn the eyes of your heart to the promise of God's help and strength for every need you have. He promises to carry you always...not somet...imes.
Don't stop with this one promise. Grasp all God's words every moment of your life. Underline His promises in your Bible and hold the words close to your heart. And then know...more surely than you know the sun will rise and set each day...that He holds you close and carries you.

~*~ even to your old age, I am He. And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you! - Isaiah 46:4 ~*~
God Bless you all

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

School Project.............

~Toothpick Bridge~
Takes first place in Physics class
*bridge weighed .19lbs
*bridge held 52lbs
Great job

Patrick and a buddy had to make this for Physics class.  His buddy designed it... and Patrick built it.
Good team work!!!  

Thanks for stoppin' in.
have a great day
God Bless