Monday, October 31, 2011

Sometimes, life doesn't go as planned....

We had grand plans for the weekend!  The bags were packed, the food made and ready to go.  Fun, fellowship and shopping!  Not to mention touring and catching some beautiful fall color in North Georgia. 

But, then...yes, plans had to change. 

Thursday night I experienced the worst RA flare-up in all the 15 years that I have had it.  The pain was so intense, I couldn't move my limbs.  Slowly it eased as Bob faithfully prayed for me.  It, unfortunately, left me swollen, painful and minimally functioning.  No trip for us.  We were all very disappointed.  There wasn't even a Plan B of seeing some people on Sunday.  I still couldn't leave the house. 

The very good news is that today I am feeling much better!  I can function and certain joints no longer look like things that belong in buns with ketchup and mustard!! 

Through all of this a thought has emerged.  It seems we (some of my immediate family?) have fallen into the trap of looking for the next social engagement as the highlight of our days.  Living for the next "fun" event.   Can we, should we, be content with each day as a gift from God and enjoy the work, chores, family time and quiet of each day as much as a "social event"? 

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Yes, I believe we should!  The example that we see all around us is living for entertainment.  That we are only truly happy if we are having "FUN".   Get through the work week so we can "PLAY" on the weekend.

This verse leads me to believe otherwise!  Every day can be joyful and we can be glad  in it!  Even if that means working hard and fulfilling our responsibilities.  We can be peaceful and content daily. 

(Please don't misunderstand me, disappointment over a lost trip is normal and to be expected.  But are we balanced in our outlook on life?  Are we just as content and happy being at home as we are out at a social event?  Food for thought...)

So, sometimes life doesn't go as I had planned, and that is OK.  I am seeking to be peaceful, happy and content today as I teach my children, cook our meals, fold laundry and all the other things I do on a regular basis. 

Today is a good day!  I will rejoice and be glad in it!

Have a joyful day, wherever you are!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Just a few of the things that I am thankful for today....

...such a beautiful blog background created by my sweet daughter...

...amazing red leaves on my trees outside my kitchen window... for Bob and the boys...which means some much needed money!  :)....

...finding a much needed used wheelchair in my city for only $45...

...a chance to visit friends this weekend and spend some time with my family...

...fresh green beans from the garden...

...the ability to crochet and create fun and functional things that I can enjoy... temps and sunny days....

...fresh eggs in abundance... Heavenly Father who loves me when I mess up and doesn't expect perfection from me...and a wonderful husband who does the same!...

...great children who love the Lord and want to live Godly lives...

Well, the list could go on and on but I just had to share some of the things for which I am thankful!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Awesome Giveaway!!

Over at Unsinkable, these fine ladies are giving away a pattern for a beautiful, 1910 Tea Gown ePattern kindly donated by Mrs. Chancey of Sense and Sensibility Patterns!  What an awesome pattern!

Just hop on over to the Unsinkable blog and enter.  The giveaway is until November 12, 2011. 

Happy sewing,


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Back again...

It's hard to believe that so much time has passed since I have posted.  This last month has just flown by. 

So much has happened. 

Many things were scratched off the to-do list.  Yay!  That's always a good feeling! 

I have opened a Facebook account....I'm not impressed.  More on that in another post.

I saw old friends on Facebook...very nice but few really wanted to connect.   That's a little sad.

My sister Cheryl, rode in segments from Michigan to Orlando, FL with a group to raise money and awareness for a pregnancy help center.  It was grueling but very rewarding for her. 

God has provided work for Bob in amazing ways!  He is working with a pool company and a landscape company on a commission basis.  He has several opportunities for sales right now.  A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who prayed for us.  Keep praying that these projects move forward.  Also a landscape project popped up so Bob and the guys will be installing that in just over a week.  God has been so faithful to hear and answer our prayers!! 

Our garden started producing more beans!  This is truly amazing!  We had planted pole beans but they never produced.  Now since the rainy, cooler weather has come, we are getting lots of wonderful, sweet beans!  Also the yellow squash and zucchini are producing.  More blessings!!

Bob has mastered Google Sketchup to the place that he can use it to present pools in a 3D format.  That is a real praise as he had to relearn how to use the program and made quick progress.

I was asked to make some custom aprons and so making some more money for the household expenses.

We were accepted by the homeschool convention in SC, the one we really wanted to attend.  The kids continue to sell ebooks.

We "happened" upon a huge yarn sale at Hobby Lobby and I was able to get some yarn so I can make more slippers to sell!! 

And the list goes on...I see these things as direct answers from God to the prayers that we poured out to Him.  Some people would say this was all coincidence but no,  it is the hand of God. 

Why do I doubt, why do I fear?  There is no need.  God will supply my needs.  He will provide.  He has proved Himself faithful over and over.