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.

💕God loves you!💕
~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!😊
* 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! ~*~