Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Embroidery and the Steal of the Year

    I am fascinated by hand embroidery (well any needle work to be exact), the tiniest details and the intricate stitches that are used to form a stunning piece of art just amazes me. I dabble in hand embroidery, I don't know a lot of the different stitches but for me it is a simple, quiet moment of meditation for me where I can escape the chaos of the house! I like to sit and embroider with my headphones in listening to my worship songs, I feel closer to God in those moments for some reason. I am forever researching and finding new ways to embroider.
    Just this past weekend while I was out thrift hunting I ran across a large package of embroidery thread neatly wrapped and color coordinated. Upon further inspection the containers underneath actually held different gorgeous colors of pearl cotton!!!! Oh I was oozing with excitement, I know the other women around me must have thought I was crazy; but this was the steal of the year and I had it in hand for only $6.96 (and I got 15% off military discount!!!!) 1 container of embroidery floss, 3 containers of pearl cottons, 4 standard punch needles and 2 brand new never used Cameo Ultra Punch Needles, a book on punch embroidery and a stack of iron on designs with fabric!! I'm telling you I was so very excited to try my hand at Punch Embroidery. I am working on a project now and will show the completed piece very soon!!! Until then I am still working a bit each day on this piece, it isn't anything fancy just a simple piece I am doing for a precious neighbor of mine!!!


Can't forget my photo of the Great Find!!!







Monday, January 19, 2015

Feeling Inadequacy

     Over the last year I have been working toward a closer relationship with God and I believe through this time of gaining more control of areas in my life that Satan has come in and really pressed down hard on me. We all have a weakness whether it be feeling inadequate, a secret addiction, you may be a control freak, a worrier, I could go on but I know you get the picture. Mine is most definitely feeling inadequate! Wow! I've never written that out loud, or confessed it really! Maybe this is an effective way to help conquer this feeling......This inadequacy has hindered me so much in life to the point I would think it all the time. I felt like I saw all these women who had their lives on the straight and narrow not only with God but their marriage, children, their homes and more. I always knew I was a good mother to my daughters but there would be days where I would have other daily pressures of financial stress, the house, family members and so forth where it would cause me to snap. I would yell or say something I didn't mean in the heat of the moment and then here it was again.....you are not adequate! The looks on my daughter's face and I knew I had hit that part of her heart where it stung. I immediately stop and grab her and apologize and say "mommy is just having a hard day, I am so very sorry for reacting that way." She always kisses me and says "it's ok mommy, we all have bad days. I love you!" How does my 6 year old have better control and understanding with me than I do?  She is so forgiving and showers me with love no matter what. First, I had to learn to understand how God sees me. Then, when thoughts of inadequacy came, I would cling to His accurate assessment rather than my faulty views of myself.  He showers me with His grace and love every single day and says to me "It's ok, we all have bad days. I love you!" Much like Him, my daughter doesn't see my inadequacy or my fears. She just sees me as her mama, the most fun doll talker, baker and friend.
     I am so very thankful my God sees the good in me and shows me daily I am not inadequate. I will continue to stomp down Satan if he tries to make these feelings arise in me by continuing to pray and take each day as it comes. I pray if you ever feel inadequate that you will remember Eph. 2:10 
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
     We are each specifically and uniquely designed by God for His purpose. Many of those differences that we use to compare ourselves to and feel discouraged by are the very qualities that God "programmed" into us to bring Him glory.

Fast Forward an Onward from here........

OK, so  a quick catch up post. It is now 19 January 2015, let's just say it has flown by between the arrival of our Pennie Jo, Zoe starting Kindergarten, through the holidays and new year!

Our sweet, healthy, beautiful Pennie Jo was born 18 July 2014 6lbs 3 oz
11:15pm. Quick and natural delivery




Meeting her sister for the first time



Zoe's first day of Kindergarten!


Pennie Jo's first Christmas



I am starting up my blog again, as I have heard God whisper my name to get it rolling again. I will be blogging about our daily life and how God whispers to me daily (Or yells, sometimes I can try to tune things out). Whether it is meant to help me gain a closer relationship with Him and learn more about myself or to touch another life of someone reading, I'm not sure yet what the purpose but I will follow. Have a blessed evening.




Monday, May 19, 2014

Catch Up....

It has been since March since the last post and I am terribly sorry for the delay. We have had so much happening and changing around here. So here is a quick update since then.

Zoe is now registered for school and is completely excited about starting Kindergarten. I on the other hand am a bit weepy lol, she is growing so very fast.



I am also growing so very fast! 30 weeks and counting......We are very excited to meet our new baby and little sister Pennie Jo!



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Window Box Craft Tutorial

      We have had some very beautiful spring like weather over the last week and today it drops to 55 degrees and ~~WINDY~~ Not so fun for us who love to be outside more than inside. So we decided to bring a bit of spring indoors with us! We have been waiting to do this little project for a while so my sweet Zoe asked to go out and get the supplies today. ( She inevitably has my same love and knack for crafts!) She has been saving her money and knew exactly what she wanted to buy with it so she then asked to take photos and wanted me to put it on the blog. Here is her little tutorial of our home made springtime window box.

Not only a fun craft, but I used it as an educational opportunity as well to teach her types of flowers and their names.


Supplies: Fake Flowers, Cardboard box (or window planter) scissors, glue gun, glue sticks,  grass, fabric for covering box



We utilized an old cardboard box and cut it down to the size we wanted.


Zoe then covered her box with the fabric she chose ( She has been taught the proper way to use a hot glue gun and I was there to supervise.)

You can see here I have horrible skills for cutting straight 

Afterward we placed leftover batting to fill the box and layered on the grass (You could also buy the floral foam to place the flowers in if you would like)

We also turned this fun craft in to an educational experience as she learned the names of what type of flowers she picked out.


My favorite flower....The Glitter Daisy. I want to know where to buy these seeds to grow them! Ha Ha

Zoe placed her flowers how she wanted them

And...TA Da.... Of course with spring come Easter and she had to get this Bunny Mouth Sucker

Her finished product



Thursday, March 6, 2014

Getting back into the swing and upcoming tut.....

     It has been quite a task getting back in to a routine for myself and our daughter since returning home. I have a very special sister who took Zoe for a few days for me so I could regroup, rest up and catch up on some much needed cleaning out. (Amazing how one man living it up bachelor style for a few weeks can have so many dirty clothes and a dirty house!) Never the less I have once again found my groove and am well on my way to being back to the norm of our little life here in the seaside town of Beaufort. I must say the weather has teased me a few days with bright sunshine and warm winds it leaves me aching for spring and summer. We even had to plant some flowers the other day because as my daughter stated "Girl, we need some color on our porch!' Seriously I couldn't make this up, my 5 year old has my husband's quick wit and sense of humor! So enough of all the chit chat.
     I wanted to post a photo of a quick little tutorial I will be writing up for you all. It is for a cosmetic roll up. I just love having my brushes right at my finger tips when traveling and this makes it easy and organized. This is a quick 30-45 minute project that could also make a great gift for someone or just for yourself.



More to come, also will do a tutorial for the pleated zippered pouch one day as well....

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

She was not a one in a million kind of girl.... she was a once in a lifetime kind of woman!

     I recently had the pleasure to go to our hometown to care for my husband's mawmaw who had just gone through surgery for cancer on her lungs. She was diagnosed last year with lung cancer and had already underwent one surgery and needed to undergo another to help remove more. She was a small 4'11" woman with the heart of gold and a sass that only a woman raised in the south could have! Small but Feisty was definitely an understatement for Mawmaw Peggy! The kind of woman no matter how badly she was hurting would look at you, smile, and ask how you were doing!? I don't believe I ever saw her frown or complain about anything she was going through. Her family is a mirror image of her kindness, generosity, love and most importantly a true example of her faith and the values she instilled into them. I am very blessed to have met her grandson and had the pleasure to marry in to such a remarkable family.
   Mawmaw didn't need a nurse but just someone to be there with her to help her with daily things. So my daughter and I went to stay with her for a few weeks while she recovered, I consider myself truly blessed to be able to do these things since I am a stay at home mom. However while we were there she was placed in the hospital for pneumonia and within a few days she drew her final breaths and went to be with our Heavenly Father. She went very peacefully with no pain, our family was gathered around her singing praises to God for the things He had done for her and for us. Although very trying, emotional and physically draining on those around her we found peace and comfort knowing where she was. In God's hands no longer filled with any cancer or pain and dancing and singing praises in Heaven. We rejoice in knowing we will see her again one day and that this goodbye was not forever.

  She was not a one in a million kind of girl.... she was a once in a lifetime kind of woman! 

We miss and love you Mawmaw Peggy...