Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanks Giving

I'm praying that today will be magical to your family in giving thanks! Thank you for reading this blog! Blessing to you all and enjoy the day!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Craft Show

Yesterday was my annual craft show at the American Legion hall in Spooner. We always have fun and this was no exception! The weather had turned ugly the day before in the late afternoon and the roads were awful for most of the evening before and icy in the morning, but people came out and we had a nice crowd! Here is a few photos of what was there


I took my fudge as usual, I had better not retire from doing that for a while as people start asking me in April if I will be there in Nov. It was a blessing and a great day as the sun came out for a few hours ! Blessings!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hope

 Have you ever needed to be hopeful??? Have you ever needed to be encouraged and no one around to help you out except yourself! I have been there too many times over the years and you know what, I think I am okay and very hopeful for many reasons!
  I've learned to depend on my heavenly Father for hope, joy and peace! They come as a package set! I love package sets, don't you??
 Proverb 13:12 says " hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled brings life and joy." Hope through believing in the life giving joy of knowing Jesus brings joy! It may not always be the joy you want it to be or thought it should be, but when you look back there's joy and hope looking right back at you! Over the years this is one of the many lessons I've learned!
 This time of year should bring us so much hope! Hope if the giving of thanks next week for all that has been given to us. Then the Christmas season brings us more hope in believing in what happened so many years ago for us in a lonely stable! Find hope this season and enjoy the time with family/ friends! Blessings!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Challenge

Well, I'm a huge fan of good challenges. so when I found this Bible challenge I in! I bought myself another Bible, I think this number 6. But this is a journaling Bible and I plan to doodle in it, not just write in with notes. I think the website is movethemountains.com I've started, but behind already just because I am!
I had a great weekend. Made black raspberry jam for gifts and Italian beef in the crockpot! It was actually hot here this weekend and I had the car ac on! Go figure! Have a wonderful week!! Blessings!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Joy

I have a friend Chris who has a great blog called betterthoughtmedia.com. Today she posted a great one. so please go to her site and check it out.
 I read Ann Voskamp's book on 1001 gifts  a few years ago and it made a BIG impact on me. I started a journal for a year and filled it, then I started a different prayer journal as that is what I needed to do and knew it! Learning to listen and be grateful is hard after number 20.
 I bet most of us have 20 things we can and are grateful for, but after that going the distance can be rough some days. So, now I'm thinking and praying if I'm to combine the two journaling issues.
 My prayer journal now is all on my son's family because his family needs prayer, well we all need prayer, and I feel called to pray for them, so since there is 7 of them, each one has their own day that I write down a prayer for them or scripture verses that the Lord leads me too for them! It may sound complicated, but it's pretty easy!
Joy comes in so many ways and to acknowledge them is so important to you and the Lord! When we acknowledge the everyday joys, we are drawn closer to God!
Blessings to you all!!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mini Vacation

So Gordon made an executive decision about a month ago to take me on a 36 hour mini vacation.
We went to Chanhassen Dinner theater in the Twin cites area and saw Came lot, stayed the night, went to Cabela's and found a Trader Joe's for me! Had supper with Kate, Kurt, Olivia,  Lily and Kora at "Buca". It's an Italian restaurant that serves family style meals!  Very good food!We got lost and turned around about 5 times, but we got there wherever there was and got home safely! It was pretty funny at all  the turn around time we spent being lost! You see I was driving, I'm the co pilot, the navigator and Gordon was the passenger this time! He gets car sick if he can't see the road so reading the map was out or my phone, so there we are!! It was pretty funny and exciting, we didn't get hurt and that's all that counts! But next time we will be better prepared as we are getting new iPhones and can have the directions spoken to us!
at Woodbury, Mn
Dessert at Buca

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Book

So I finished reading "Almost Amish" By Nancy Sleeth, it was interesting. She is into more of less is more attitude which I feel can be helpful for young married people, single people or like me people with too much, which I am continuing to get rid of things. Cleaned out the pajama drawer today, next on my list is my earrings. Then, the drawer with odds and ends of Christmas items that have no meaning to me.
Nancy did say some interesting things though so I don't want to brush over them lightly. She did talk about making relationships that are meaningful is much more important than stuff and they were able to teach that to their children. They have downsized several times and eliminated more items in the process. I am awed by that, I get overwhelmed and stop when I can't see the big picture. My friend Chris is a life coach and I should hook up with her in how to reach a happy medium and not quit this for weeks in getting rid of stuff that has no meaning to me ! Help Chris if you are reading this. Stuff is stuff and I keep telling myself that, but sometimes it doesn't translate to my brain!
 But here's to a better week and more purging when I find time. This week Gordon and I are going in to the twin cities to see Camelot which is playing at Chanhassen Dinner Theater. This is last years Christmas gift to us! Staying the night and seeing the kids, going to Cabela's and getting away from here, YAY!!!!! Blessings, Earlene