Saturday, August 29, 2009
How cute will this be after fresh paint and new fabric? I am going to put it to use with that little desk I bought! Only $5.00!!!
Yay!!! My favorite!!! White milk glass!!! Whoohoo! Five pieces for $5.00!
Getting brave! Someone else's linens!! (They have never been used--tags are still on!) 4 for $1.00.
It was only a hundred degrees when I tried on these darlin' winter scarves! They were only a dollar each. Love it!!
And last, a cute green container for silverware to be housed on my back porch. I have seen this one at Hobby Lobby. I got mine for $2.00. Make sure to hop over to Rhoda's to see what others found around town this weekend. I think this is my last one for awhile! I have way too many projects going that I need to complete.
On a serious note, please take a minute to visit Melanie (Bella Mella). She has a huge prayer request, y'all. Her 12 year old son, Andrew, has a brain tumor. She is asking for prayers for him. Please leave her a comment on her blog! Thank you so much!! She has been on my heart all weekend long. "The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer." Psalm 6:9
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I have this lovely tole tray that I shared with you months ago. I purchased it at a yard sale my church had to raise money for mission trip to Peru. $3.00 was the total. I loved it! Then, I tried to figure out where to put it. It's a little fru-fru for my study. So, I moved it into the hallway. It's just hanging all by its lonesome! It needs some company!! Some of you wonderful people please give me some ideas! I am stuck!! The title of my post also reflects my wallet!! I do sub next week--Praise Him!!
You can see what is tricky about this area! It connects with the stairs where I have a darlin' cage (my happy birthday present from the boys!) and a lovely piece of handmade pottery (my trip to Elaine's). Above it is the trusty Southern Living at Home mirror (I was a hostess and got a deal!!), a beautiful wooden sign with our name and favorite scripture, and lastly, my babies' silhouettes. So, what would you do to jazz up the area with the tole tray? On a "bu-jay," remember!! Hop over to Rhoda's for more yard sale goodies!
Can't wait to hear your ideas!! Hope y'all have a great weekend! I have some exciting news to share with you next week!! Oh, by the way...remember that sewing table I found last week at a yard sale? I decided to use it as a little desk in the corner of the study. I actually pulled out the Pledge and dusted it!! Good as new! I am not going to paint it while it's in this room. I've broken it in by piling it up with stuff!!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
A new thing has begun....school!! New book bags, supplies, cross country t-shirts (wanna buy one?). The boys actually hopped out of bed this morning! I now have a high school junior and an 8th grader! Wow! It's so hard to believe how fast they grow up. I have kept them and the other children in prayers this week.
The third picture is a new thing--don't you love that verse from Isaiah? I cannot WAIT to meet him when I get to heaven! I just want to sit down and pick his brain! He was amazing! I begin my Precepts Bible Study next month, and we will complete the book of Isaiah! It's deep, y'all! But I love it! I am also going to be taking another study that the Methodist Church offers...Disciple 1. Both are very deep studies, but this is what I hear God whispering to my heart. Many new changes in store!!
Getting back to the last picture!!(I'm just experiencing a little ADD this morning!) I am going to see what I can do with this beautiful cross that a very talented member of our church made. I'll keep you posted as to what the result will look like. I may even sell some of these for Christmas. Need to pray a little more about this new thing!!
Y'all have a wonderful day!
Monday, August 17, 2009
I told Rhoda that I would not be doing any more yard sales for awhile! I really meant it! But y'all, yesterday, while I was out running with the group at 6:30 am, some folks were setting up in front of a florist's shop. I ran by and strained my neck to see if there was anything worth looking at. Didn't see a thing that jumped out at me. An hour later, ran back by and looked from the road again. Got in my car and drove by and saw a piece of furniture that hadn't been there earlier. Kept driving and pondering and pondering and finally turned the mama mini van around. Can you believe that? I pulled over and got out...trying to look cool in sweat drenched shorts and a shirt...the hair was beyond fixing!! I didn't even have a spare hat in the car! But for Pete's sake, I was just going to a yard sale! Then, I saw the wooden furniture beckoning me over for a closer look.
Hmm....looked like a desk. I gently took off "stuff" from the top to open a back lid. It was a huge storage area with lots of spools of thread! This was a sewing table, not a desk! Solid wood and in decent shape. Then the owner walked over (after he watched me move all of his other treasures to the ground!). He said it belonged to his grandmother who would be 100. Then, he said the table was an antique of at least 75 years. Y'all, I'm thinking "not!" I do know my wood and finishes and time frames enough to be dangerous. I asked why then was he selling it? He replied he was down-sizing from a house to an apartment. Made sense. The price was $20.00. That's all I had in my wallet--and will be all I have until I substitute in 2 weeks!! I asked if he could do any better, but he said no. He did add some pictures that I liked into the total price though. Not sure I got a bargain, but I do have nice good sized table!! Not sure if I'll keep it or paint it and sell it! Decisions, decisions!! What would you do??? Hop over to Southern Hospitality for more cool yard sale finds.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I am going to give you the recipe for this yummy pie that I tasted last year at a picnic. But first, we need to take a taste test!! One of the main ingredients is mayonnaise. Now, I know that some of you don't like mayo, but I do!! Grew up on it and love it bunches!! And I know how "healthy" it is as well! We'll just skip over that part!
Here's the deal. Let me know where you're from and which mayo is your favorite! It will be interesting to see if certain parts of the country/other countries have the same likes!! I would love to get a ton of responses for this "fun, no prizes awarded" contest!!! Help me out chickadees!! I think I know which one will win!!!! I'll let y'all know on Monday's post!
Bake the pie crust. Layer the tomato and onion. Mix the remaining ingredients and spread on top. Bakle at 350 15-20 minutes. Mine is in the oven now. Child #2 happened to see me making it. He politely asked if he could take out the tomatoes and eat the cheese and pie shell!! Y'all, I'm trying to serve them new dishes!! It's not working too well!!
Hope you enjoy this easy recipe from my friend Amy. Don't forget to let us know your favorite mayonnaise! ( Yes, I know it is the end of the summer, and yes,we are grown women having a contest about mayonnaise! It's Friday!! What can I say?)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Let me share this scripture with you.
"The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him." 2 Chronicles 16:9
This is the fresh Word I received form God last night as I read my way through 2 Chronicles. It just sorta leaped out at me! And, today, with all that is going on, it is clicking. Take a look at some other verses about our Holy Father and how interested He is in everything that we do and say.
"For God carefully watches the way people live; he sees everything they do." Job 34:21
"The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help." Ps 34:15
"Far below him are the heavens and the earth. He stoops to look." Psalm 113:6
"For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes." Proverbs 5:21
He is a caring and loving God! All that we do really does matter to Him! These scriptures don't lie! He is comforting Lee's family over the loss of Buddy. He is strengthening the Swope family for their upcoming adoption. He is giving me the peace that I crave (and no one is here except the dog and me!!) as I search the scriptures. The t-shirt design will come later! Not worried about that one!
What about you? If God's eyes are roaming the earth, what will He see in your life and in your heart? Is it something you are pleased with or something you would rather no one know about? He is all-knowing, and He loves us no matter what! I love the fact that He stoops down to see what we're up to! I have a visual of Him stooping over from Heaven way down to South Carolina to see what I'm up to! He cares so much for each one of us. What an amazing God we have!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Listening for Him!
The Nester, Lysa TerKeurst, and moi at the Blogger Drop-In
Renee Swope, Tammy, and myself busy visiting and looking at baby pictures!!
Last year, I heard God ask me to begin a Women's Ministry at our church. One year later, it is in place--we are taking baby steps. Growing it with His guidance and love is a joy to me. I have been blessed with a team of 14 ladies who felt the call to follow Him as well!! Oh, He is SO good!!
On Saturday, I had signed up to take a session that sounded really good! But y'all, God changed my mind!! God used these two ladies--Kristen Myers and Chef Dianne--to tell me that I really needed to hear Wendy Pope and her talk on "Teaching by the Book."
Even though I took this session last year, God desired my presence there again this year!
Hmm....a week before She Speaks, I had talked to my "partner in crime," Donita, about leading a study that I had earlier planned on facilitating at church. This Wednesday, she said she would love to lead it! Other folks are stepping up to help out and that is freeing me up! I am almost afraid to type this, but I think my plate for the fall is clean!! A clean plate!! Imagine!! I am planning on taking 2 Bible studies under amazing teachers who have the wisdom I desire. If I want to serve Him, I have to be filled with Him and His WORD.
If we are in tune with Jesus, He will show us His ways. On Saturday night, as I traveled to the foot of the cross to lay down my burdens and receive a fresh word from Him, He was ready! I "randomly" chose a scripture card and took it back to my table to read. "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." Proverbs 19:21
Does that speak to me? Yes siree! Was that scripture a random choice? Nope! Plans have to be for His purpose. I can plan a gazillion things, but if they don't line up with His purpose, they will be fruitless, a flop, a failure! I have to go to Him first and see if my plans line up with His will. Always first...not at the last minute! How about you?
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
When I registered for She Speaks, I thought that I would step out on a limb! Give something new a try! Last year, I focused on Women's Ministries. Most of the sessions I attended related to that. This year, I had a different goal in mind. I wanted to focus on speaking while facilitating Bible Studies at my church. Just making sure that I stay on track and don't deviate too much from the topic! When you enjoy chatting as much as I do, it's easy to move to another topic without realizing it! For example, if we were studying Mary and Martha, this could lead into discussion about Martha's cooking for Jesus and the disciples. In turn, we could ponder what would she prepare for the meal. That could lead to recipes, and the next thing you know, we'd be swappin' banana pudding ideas with each other!! See how easy it is to get off track??