Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Pleasant Interuption

No pictures today. I am headed out on a little post Christmas break. I will be taking off for a couple of days to the beach! A friend of mine called with an invitation to join her at the beach for a few days. If my camera arrives before I leave, I will definitely return on Monday with some pictures. Some of you may be thinking, the beach in the winter? Well here in the south we had about 80 degrees on Christmas day. It is a little cooler now, but I will be curling up on the beach with sweats and a blanket, and a good book, and perhaps getting some blogging thoughts and projects together. I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful new year! So for now Happy New Year, and don't forget, there will be a giveaway when I return. Looking forward to that 100th post. Blessings! Jackie

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Belated Christmas Present

No pictures today, but thought I would tell you that I am getting a fantastic late present from my wonderful husband. It is a new CAMERA!! I can't wait. It is on its way to me, so hopefully I will be sharing much better photos in the future. The cleaning is continuing here with packing up Christmas decorations today, and some much needed cleaning. My sweet son the artist has agreed to help today. We will be taking a little break to visit some shops that have lots of handmade stuff. He is checking out some more ideas to incorporate in his art work. We are making the most of his last few days here before he returns to school. Have a wonderful day! Jackie

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Cleaning

I am praying that each and everyone of my blogging friends had a wonderful and blessed Christmas! We did at this house, now it is time to start some of what I call my Christmas cleaning frenzy! Something about taking down the decorations, looking forward to a new year, makes me want to clean!!! Maybe I feel as if I am making a fresh start for the upcoming year.
I thought I would share with you a few goals for the year and look forward to getting inspiration from each and every one of you.

I will be coming up on my 100th post in the next week or so, so stay tuned for a giveaway. I am not sure what it will be yet, but I have a few things in mind.

I would like to share more recipes, budget decorating ideas, and hopefully be sharing a few crafts that I will be making. I know I am planning to get back to the basics, and try to keep myself a little more focused on truly important and lasting things in the upcoming year. I need to be more about doing things that have some eternal value as opposed to the temporal.

My daughter will be coming up on her first anniversary at the end of January, so I will be taking a look back, and remembering all of the fun we had preparing for a wedding on a modest budget. Stay tuned if you are in need of some ideas. I hope that each of you have a blessed and restful week after Christmas! Looking forward to hearing from all of you in 2009.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Keeping It Real!!!!

This Christmas will definitely be one to remember, that I did not have it all together. I think we could safely say that this is may qualify to be the Christmas that I was least prepared!

This would be the scene in my kitchen at this very moment.....
so I can prepare these for friends.

A quick but delicious gift to give.

Remember, I won this a while back from Kate at My Messy Nest.

It has been the inspiration and instruction,so I could make these for my sweet daughter to give as gifts.

Lastly I will leave you with this recipe for the Cranberry Almond Coffee Cakes above. A classmate of my daughters mother made this for us one Christmas probably about 12 years ago, and I have been making and giving them at Christmas every year. They are simple, delicious, and relatively inexpensive to make.
Cranberry Almond Coffee Cake
1 Cup Margarine 1/2 Tsp. Almond Flavor
1 Cup Sugar 2 Cups Plain Flour
2 Eggs 3 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Cup Sour Cream 1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 Can Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds

*Cream margarine & sugar until fluffy *Add eggs and almond flavor*Continue beating*Sift together flour, baking powder and salt*Add to creamed mixture alternating w/sour cream *Pour batter evenly into 2 pans*Spoon cranberry sauce on top*Sprinkle w/ almonds. Bake 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.

Top with the following glaze: 1 Cup Powdered Sugar * 1/2 tsp vanilla * 2 Tbs. Milk

Drizzle over cooled coffee cakes.

It is may prayer that each of you have a blessed and wonderful Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour. I will be away until Monday. Jackie

Unexpected Break!!!!

This is how I have felt for a large part of December! Please don't misunderstand, I love the REASON that we celebrate, but expectations of myself and others tend to overwhelm me. I miss the traditions that were in place when I was younger, because those I love are no longer here. Definitely a much simpler time, but they are experiencing a continual celebration. I have learned over this past year.... I have not learned to do the Empty Nest thing very well at all, and that has to change. God has been showing me this very clearly, so I will be listening to HIM more carefully than I have in the past month. It is definitely not about me but about HIM.

The tree is finally up, but I will not reveal the actual date this finally happened. Let's just say my wonderful son, the artist helped me. After several set backs while stringing lights we finally have a Christmas tree, with some presents!

One of my favorite ornaments. A little blurry, but it depicts the wise men. My sister gave me this several years back.

Another favorite.

This is what my sewing machine looks like right now, so I had better run! Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas week. I will be back next week to hear about all of the wonderful ways you celebrated the birth of our Lord and Saviour. Blessings to you all and Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Cheer

I am finally getting with the program, Christmas that is. Yesterday and today, I have cleaned and began adding some little Christmas touches here and there. This little wreath is hanging above my kitchen sink. The pictures seem to be extremely bad today, you see I spent all my camera money at the vet. Stella is still on the mend and is slowly coming around. She is still not quite herself, and sparing you the details some things are not quite like they should be.
This is in the corner of my counter in the kitchen.

I love these acorns that I found at HL for .29 each after Thanksgiving.
Remember that 90% off day.

I stitched up these little red and green napkins to go with the red place mats on the breakfast room table.

I promise my mantel looks much better in real life!

A close up of my garland.
I added red berries, bird nests and feathers to this wispy pine garland.

I promise that mirror is not dirty, the glare just makes it look that way.
Hopefully by this evening a tree will be joining the other decorations.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 8, 2008


Stella is HOME!!!!! She is still a little under the weather, and it is probably going to take at least a week before she starts feeling normal again. Thanks again for all the well wishes for her. The Vet says she was a real trooper as much as she had to be poked and prodded on. Now we are going to try and get some Christmas decor happening at this house. I am working tomorrow and Friday, and worked today, but I plan to spend the other two days decking the halls and making some Christmas gifts. I have finally gotten around to putting all my fall decor away. A little clean up is needed and we will be getting the tree up. Just a little later than expected! Have a blessed week. Jackie

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Stella is still at the vet, and has been since Thursday AM. She got hold of some bone and it has hardened in her colon. They have cleared about 90% but she is still very pitiful. I have been over there trying to feed her and get her to drink. My hopes are that she will be able to come home this afternoon. I know this sounds gross and the vet has been very honest that he has had a dog to die from this. Thanks for all the well wishes . We are missing her here. Have a wonderful weekend! Jackie

Thursday, December 4, 2008

One of Those Days!!!!!

You know it is going to be a tough day when.............
The dog jumps in the shower with you!
The dog is in obvious pain.
She throws up we are on our way to the vet. Update later.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What do you do.....

.....when the tree needs to be put up, the mantel needs to be decorated, the house needs to be cleaned, the Christmas cards need to be sent, and everything seems to be piling up around you?

Why you defrost and organize the freezer!

Of course you also see if you can get the water dispenser to start working again,

and I did!and you make a pot of soup from the ham bone and tomatoes you found in the freezer, that you feel need to be used before they get any older!
Do any of you have any moments of what seems like total insanity? Now you know I have these moments, thankfully not too terribly often. Something about the new dryer(that is not the same color of any of the other appliances in my laundry room) just seemed to do it to me today. This is definitely keeping it real. Jackie

Monday, December 1, 2008

What I Didn't Want for Christmas

We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving with our daughter and son-in-law. My son was with us also and we had a wonderful family weekend! Ours was blessed with family and friends, and I hope yours was too!

We had so many PUMPKIN desserts! Pumpkin bars, pumpkin cheesecake,a pumpkin roll, and a pumpkin caramel pie!

Now on to what I didn't want for Christmas......We returned home with lots of dirty clothes. I immediately started washing. I was checking a load in the dryer, when I detected a slight smell, and then when pushing the button to restart, NOTHING. Time for my handyman husband to step in. He checks everything with his little checking tool and everything is checking out OK. This just can't be! How can a 20 year old dryer be conking out now? We try again and it starts, so I am convinced the praying did the trick, only to open it, and have it happen again. A little further checking has led to the conclusion that the motor is truly dying. He says it will work for now, but I had better start looking. FAST! Not exactly the purchase I would like to be making, but hey it can't run forever. So there you have it.....what I didn't want for Christmas! I am still blessed and thankful! This week I hope to share about some of my Christmas preparations, and what I am checking off my list each day to insure an unstressed and blessed Christmas celebration! Have a blessed week. Jackie

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Thanksgiving and Christmas Story in One

This little boy............. now this young man!
I am so thankful for the wonderful children that God has given me. They are as different as night and day, and have their own unique and special talents. I am thankful for the adults that they are becoming, and their desire to walk with the Lord in all they do.
Now for my story. My boy came in last night and we were talking, and out of the blue he says." I was thinking about giving away the sofa and chair at my house." To which I replied, "what are you thinking, absolutely not!" Now keep in mind we have gone to great lengths to furnish his place on a budget, but these are two nice pieces that were given to us in like new condition, from friends. We won't happen upon a bargain like this again. Then I asked,"What would possess you to just give away your sofa and chair leaving you with no furniture in your living room?" Then he says,"Our church is getting together things to help a family this Christmas. A grandmother raising four grandchildren and they have nothing. They need my sofa and chair much worse than I do." Still thinking there are surely other things we can give besides the sofa and chair, I said we needed to think about this a while. I had definitely burst his bubble. After I settled down and went to read a while before going to bed, the Lord quietly spoke to me and said do you think it is too hard for me to provide you with another sofa and chair? I am then thinking to myself, O ME of little faith! I have been blessed to raise a child with a heart to give to others and I am discouraging this opportunity. When my husband came in this AM and I told him about it, he said " let him give it". He reminded me, that we have plenty of other things that we can give too. Would I dare miss this opportunity to truly be a blessing to someone else? I think not.
We will be calling this afternoon to see what items on the list we can provide, and I am excited about being able to have this opportunity to bless someone this Christmas season. After all God gave His most precious possession for me, His Son. I do not deserve to be so blessed with a wonderful son, material possessions, good health and so much more!!!!! A chair and a sofa is a small thing to give!

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
Matthew 6:33
Just a note.. I had things underlined in my Bible and the note I had written was ...things we need to live.
Have a wonderful, safe and blessed Thanksgiving. Jackie

Monday, November 24, 2008

GOOD NEWS!!........ more ways than one. My mammogram was fine this time, so now I am on the yearly rotation again. Thanks for all of your prayers. My husband was wanting to go with me, but he has been on night shift unexpectedly, so I told him I actually had a real peace this time, and whatever the outcome, we would cross that bridge when we came to it. I know many were praying. Both of my appointments were actually the quickest they have ever been. Which meant I would spend the remainder of the day shopping. Actually I bought very little. Sams club groceries was my largest purchase. OK That was my first good news.

Here goes for the second. When I talked to my husband as he was on his way to work, I was going over things with him, when I said," and you put Chloe in her kennel?" and his reply, "Oh nooooh, I left her out. She was just laying on the back of the sofa when I left, I forgot all about that." to which I replied,"Oh noooooooh! I hope everything will be OK." Remember Chloe is my daughter's puppy, and hasn't done ALONE very well in the past. My next good news, I arrived home 2 hours later, and everything was in order! A major accomplishment for her!

Third, my boy will be home some time tomorrow, and we will be headed to my daughter's for Thanksgiving. It will be a different Thanksgiving, but we will all be together, and for that I am very thankful. Again thanks so much for all of your prayers! Sorry no pictures 2 days in a row. I'll try to do better. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Jackie

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Prayer Request

I know many of you are willing to pray , so I am asking for your prayers as I go to the Dr. Monday. This is that yearly check-up, YUK! But also, I am scheduled for a mammogram. I have no reason to worry, but it has been 2 years since I got word that I would need to have some biopsies. I was not in the least prepared for what this would be like, and needless to say was a nervous wreck afterward. The biopsies came back fine, and then I was scheduled for a routine yearly mammogram. I was sure there would be nothing out of the ordinary, until I received notice, that I needed to come back in 6 months for an area that needed to be watched. I went back for the 6 mo. app and it too was fine. I have some microcalcifications that I would never even know were there, and this makes me a little nervous still. Please pray that I will have a perfect peace as I go for what I am looking at as a routine mammogram. I know God is in control. Also please pray that I will take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, as I wait for the results. I have often battled with fear, and the enemy would like nothing more than to see me full of fear once again, and with God's strength I will not give in. Thanks so much for all of your prayers. Have a blessed week! Jackie

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Little Show and Tell

Just a little show and tell for today. These are a couple of the items that my husband and I found at an estate sale last weekend. The basket is old,again reminding me of days on my grandparents farm. I am thinking of lining it with something pretty to hold some of my small crafting projects. I love the old Bingo game with wooden pieces. Again some nostalgic purchases. Reminders of a simpler time.

Look what I found at TJMaxx half price!! These acorns are huge! I actually bought 3 of them and I am thinking they will possibly be added to my mantel for Christmas decorations. I have nothing silver in my house, and I am thinking about spray painting them. What do you think?
Made a stop at Hobby Lobby also and they had some deals! All of their fall decorations were 90% off!!!! I purchased two ceramic pumpkins at 1.29 ea. Fall treat bags @.19 for a pack of 20. Two large ceramic leaves .79 each, scrapbook paper and stamps were 50% off. If I had arrived just a little bit earlier I probably would have had a better selection, but I was excited about the bargains I stumbled upon. Needless to say the ladies were excited and were piling up the buggies. I tried to only choose things that I knew I would use. Remember it's not a bargain just because it's on sale. Have a wonderful evening. Jackie

Friday, November 21, 2008

More of a Homemade Christmas

For all of you that are having a Handmade Christmas, I would like to share a wonderful blogger that I have found who will definitely have some creative ideas for you. Simply Vintage Girl is sharing a new project every Thursday, and they are unique and different from many of the other projects I have seen.

Also be sure to go HERE and vote for her in the Homeschool Blog Awards. She is great and second place so lets all help her out today. Voting ends today at 12:00 midnight. Hurry! I know she would be blessed! I am a former homeschool Mom, and I know from experience that this would encourage her. I think I am off to Hobby Lobby, so have a wonderful weekend! Jackie

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Goodbye and Getting Busy

My daughter came for a visit on Monday. It was much too quick, but still ,we had a good time together. I had to work Tuesday, but she did some visiting while I was subbing, we then fixed a great dinner, and watched as she puts it, "some cheesy, but good movies". It is very easy for me to get the doldrums when my kids leave, but hey I still have Chloe(my daughters dog) and she left me with some projects to get busy on for Christmas. I am trying to help her with handmade gifts for Christmas, as they are still very busy, trying to get the house finished, and moved in before Christmas. If possible we will try to go down to help over Thanksgiving. Thought I would leave you with a little peek at what this amateur seamstress will be working on.Hopefully some soon to be beautiful little aprons!
How do you like these Amy Butler prints?

Another Combination.

This is a pretty pink and brown, that did not take such a good picture.
Now I am off to try to make some rice Krispie treats for church tonight.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


I have actually had this post prepared for several days, and intended to post last week, but lets just say life happened. I subbed every day except Wednesday, which is church night. I got busy trying to get everything caught up, and in order for my sweet husband's return home. Remember he has been gone for a month!! He is back now, and I am resting better. As you can see from the picture, this was an occasion for me to buy some fresh flowers. Nothing really feels totally normal when he is gone. This is the first time I have been without at least one of my kids while he is gone, so it was just me and the dogs.

I may be away for a couple of days this week because my sweet daughter will be here tonight or in the morning. I have not seen her for about a month and a half, and that was just briefly to pick up the dog(we met half way). I had already committed to sub on Tuesday, but we have plans to get some Christmas gifts in the works. Hopefully I will be posting some of those pictures. Now on to what I had prepared earlier.

I have been thinking and wanted to share some thoughts on "An Attitude of Gratitude". A couple of weeks ago I received a Gratitude journal from my Thanksgiving swap partner. This challenged me to really begin focusing on all that I have to be thankful for. I have begun to make a conscious effort to remember these things daily, and what I have found is that I am sensing a change in my attitude daily.
One night I was walking the dog, there was a slight breeze blowing, stars shining, and almost full moon. I suddenly found myself thinking how blessed I am to even be out walking around my neighborhood, I have good health, a loving family and an amazing and awesome God who love ME! This is a season for Thanksgiving and I am feeling truly overcome by "An Attitude of Gratitude". I encourage you to give it a try. Start that journal , focus those thoughts on how blessed you are and see what happens. Have a blessed evening. Jackie

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him." Psalm 28:7

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thoughts and a Recipe

I have been in a blog block lately. So I figured it would be best for all that I take a little break, rather than rambling on about nothing. Today is the only day I am not subbing this week, so I plan to spend the day doing some intense cleaning, rearranging fall decorations and getting everything prettied up for my sweet husband to return home. I will share several random thoughts I have been having, and then a recipe favorite of my family. It will be time to start some cooking here again, as I have to confess that I hardly cook at all when my husband is away. Sadly enough I think my body is beginning to feel the effects of that.
~My first thought to share is, in spite of the way the election turned out, bad economy, high gas prices, and the list could go on,I am feeling so thankful! I am blessed to live in a country where I can go vote, I can share my views with the students I have come in contact with, and in general, God has blessed me with so much more than I ever deserve! I encourage you to take some time to be truly thankful today.
~My next thought is a convicting one. How many times have I prayed specifically for our President, our President elect, and our country since the election. The answer sadly is not nearly enough! We are to pray for those in authority, so I want to encourage you,beginning today, to choose something specific each day to begin praying for our President elect and newly elected officials. Remember God hears the cries of His people.
Now here's a quick and easy recipe, that I usually double, and it also freezes well.
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion,chopped
1 env. taco season
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
6 to 8 flour tortillas
Green or black olives, chopped
1 1/2 c. shredded, sharp cheddar
1/4 to 1/2 c. water
Sour Cream
Taco Sauce
Brown hamburger and onion. Add taco season package and tomato sauce; simmer together 5 minutes. In a 2 quart casserole, layer alternate tortillas, meat sauce, olives, and cheese. Add water around outer edge. Cover tightly and bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Top with sour cream and taco sauce. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Enjoy! Jackie

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thoughts for Sunday

"For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth, Over and around us lies;
Christ our God, to Thee we raise, This our hymn of grateful praise.

Folliott S. Pierpont

Friday, November 7, 2008

Dinner Conversations

This will be a different post for you today. I actually didn't have a post until a little while ago. I have been a little busy this week subbing. I have ended up subbing at least 2-3 days almost every week. This week I am realizing more and more, that if I can make even the tiniest difference it is worth it. I did not realize how attached I would become to the children almost instantly, but I have. I want to be available for God to use me there, even in small ways.

Now on to the subject of "Dinner Conversations". This has made me very mindful of the conversations that I might have in public, that can be easily overheard, and be aware, because you never know who might be listening.( I might add, that it was definitely not my intent to listen, but it was unavoidable to say the least).Hopefully this will be the last weekend of eating alone. For one thing when you are in a restaurant, and you are alone, it is way too easy to hear conversations at the other table. I decided that tonight would be Chinese night, so out I went. I really thought it would be fairly quiet, because most folks would be at the football games, but I was mistaken. That was OK until I was seated in a quiet little booth(so I thought), next to a table of about 8. That was fine too, until everyone at the table decided to see how unpleasant the dinner conversation could be. It went a little like this...........

As soon as I sat down, a girl jumped up, holding her mouth as if she were going to throw up, over a plate of frog legs that someone had brought to the table. I listened to the drama over this for several minutes, and then it worsened. Several started talking about the emergency room visits they had experienced. It went from that subject to discussing someone they knew that ate raw hamburger meat, and how you could get tapeworms from eating raw hamburger. I could see that it wasn't getting better, and being the person that stops anyone at our table engaging in a conversation that might make my stomach feel a little queasy, I was desperately trying to figure out what to do without causing a scene.

Seeing the opportunity at an empty table at the other end of the room, I quietly picked up my plate, drink , silverware and pocketbook and headed to the other table. Thankfully the conversations around me were much quieter, and seemingly more pleasant. Have you ever experienced something similar? It was definitely a reminder to me to make sure that my conversations are pleasant and not disturbing to those around me.

I stopped to get a couple of girly movies to watch, took the dogs for a walk, fell flat out in the road while walking the dogs and quite sure I will be sore tomorrow. It is finally time for a movie, and I am headed to the big church yard sale tomorrow, and maybe a couple of smaller ones. Have an absolutely wonderful weekend! Jackie

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Thrifty Finds for Tuesday

This post was intended for this morning, but I was called to go in to substitute. God knew I did not need to sit pondering over this election all day. He is in control, so I am choosing not to even check CNN. I have about had enough of biased news reporting anyway. I know that is my opinion, but it has seemed blatant in this election. Enough political stuff.
Look at the cute rug I won from Victoria and Christina at As Time Goes By. A cute and welcoming addition for my porch. They are two sweet sisters, so head on over for a visit if you haven't already.

Now for some great yard sale finds from Saturday. This past Saturday one of the local churches had a yard sale for missions. Many of these finds were from that sale.

Liz Claiborne Bag, like new $5.00, also had a Vera Bradley bag to show you that I got for $1.00 also like new, but it got lost in my re-arranging the pictures, and I am just too lazy right now to load it again. But trust me it is black, and cute!

Set of alphabet stamps $1.00, and this is a great brand.

This cute little lamp was from an individual, and it will go in my bathroom, 75 cents.

Assorted frames, all 50 cents and 10 cents each.
This weekend the Methodist Church is have a huge sale, or at least it used to be in one of the warehouses here, so that will be fun to check out. Several of these things will be used to make Christmas gifts. Have a wonderful evening. Jackie

Monday, November 3, 2008

Whose Side is God On?

Today I wanted to share some points from our message Sunday. We received a letter from our Pastor earlier in the week letting us know this would be the message Sunday morning taken from Joshua 5:13-15.
"Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold , a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him,"Are you for us or for our adversaries?" He said "NO; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him,"What has my lord to say to his servant?" The captain of the LORD's host said to Joshua,"Remove your sandals from you feet, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so.

Now after I read the scripture, I wondered how he was going to share that God was for us, because this scripture says nothing about it, and I was sure that must be the answer. Surprisingly enough, that was not the answer. He pointed out when Joshua asked the reply was NO, strange seeming answer to what seemed like a multiple choice question, and that wasn't one of the choices. Us or Them? To try to keep this a little shorter, I will share some of the points.
*God is a side in and of Himself. He is the sovereign Lord over all. He is in control of everything.
*God is not a part of the plan. He has the plan, He is sovereign.
* Our hearts must be anchored in God's sovereignty to keep us in place, otherwise we will be tossed around by every wind of doctrine.
*God is not America's mascot. He is not a symbol to bring us good luck, prosperity, etc (part of the definition of a mascot)
*We cannot wait until times of calamity to call on God.
*God is more concerned with his holiness than our comfort and ease.
*God will allow enemies victory to discipline nations that have forgotten him. Think of where we are as a nation.................we kill unborn children by the thousand, sexual immorality is rampant, we no longer hold fast to the belief that God meant for marriage to be between one woman and one man for life, we have become very materialistic..drawn to things and money more than God.
*God is preparing a Bride not a government.
*The power of the church does not rest in the presidency of the United States, it rests in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to be the church regardless of our circumstance. God is sovereign and can change the heart of those in authority. We are called to faithful obedience.

Sunday evening we were called to come to pray for our nation. We confessed personal sins, and sins of our church and nation and asked for mercy and that we as a people would have a heart of repentance. It was truly a humbling and blessed time. I hope some of this has spoken to you, and that you would diligently seek much time in prayer for our nation as we elect new leadership tomorrow. I know this has been long, but it was pressing on my heart to share. Have a wonderful, blessed week. Jackie

Friday, October 31, 2008

Something to Warm You

Stacey at Poofing the Pillows is having a soup recipe exchange today, so I am joining in. This is a recipe for a quick and economical crab stew. Great with some yummy cornbread. This is guaranteed to warm you on the chilly fall evenings that we have been having lately.

Crab Stew

2 Potatoes & Onions boiled until soft
Add 2 small cans of crab meat
1 Can Cream of Potato Soup
1 Can Cream of Celery Soup
Add enough milk to reach desired consistency.

Sometimes I do more potatoes and you do not drain the water that you boil the potatoes in. I hope you all enjoy this quick and easy recipe. I'd love to hear if you try and like this one. Have blessed weekend all! Jackie

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Swap

Today was another day of subbing. I am enjoying it so much! I've had 8th graders today, and I think they may be my favorites. They ask a lot of personal questions, like who I am voting for and hopefully my honesty will speak to them in some way. Today I made it clear that the color of your skin should have nothing to do with the way you vote. "For God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." I Samuel 16:7b

It has truly been a blessing for me to have the opportunity to do this.
On another note, when I arrived home today my Thanksgiving Swap Package was waiting at the door. What a fun surprise for the day. Some very sweet and thoughtful items.
Everything will be added to my collection of favorite Fall decor. A cute little crate of pumpkins and pine cones, stalks of wheat, my favorite chocolates...Lindt Lindor Truffles, which needless to say will not be around long. I am not a real chocolate lover, but these are truly a favorite treat of mine. Another favorite item is the journal you see, custom made by my swap partner.

It came with this little tag on the inside with a note from my swap partner that she had received one years ago from her mother, and that every night before she goes to bed she writes down what she is thankful for. Anything as simple as a warm bed to sleep in to a thoughtful thing that someone did that day. She said looking back makes her really appreciate how much God has given us, and that when our day seems bad there really is something to be thankful for. I will start using it tonight.

Isn't this little felt pillow wonderful! My photography is lacking a little, but I love it!
Thanks so much Amy!

Have a blessed evening! Jackie

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One of Those Days!

Monday was just one of those days!
I will be subbing today.
Have a blessed day! Jackie

Monday, October 27, 2008

What Do You Buy?

Today will be another day for some of my random rambling. I seem to do a lot of that these days. The weather outside today is wonderful, and definitely FALL! I have been in sweats and a long sleeved Tee all day. The wind is blowing lots of leaves around, and you can't even tell that I did that yard work last week.

My son was home this weekend to keep me company and we attended a wedding on Sunday. It was a 2 hour drive away which I had been dreading, but ended up being a great time to talk and visit. The wedding was a beautiful outdoor wedding and the weather was perfect. They chose mostly contemporary christian music and a young man sang solo unaccompanied and did a great job. Very worshipful.

Today has however been a lonesome day with just me and the two dogs, so I have been slow about getting it together. I have Bible study tonight, which I am so looking forward to! I feel the need to be continually hearing from God these days.

On a more fun note I thought I would show you some of my thrifty finds the past several weeks. Got this little guy from a yard sale,
and even though it is not yet November he is sitting on top of the pie safe in my kitchen.

10 of these never used napkins from the thrift store for 1.59
Great fall colors!
Now this is in keeping with my question title "What Do You Buy?"
I told the lady at the thrift store, "I buy nostalgia". Which is mostly true. I buy a lot of things that remind me of my grandparents, and simpler days. This little bowl is one of them . It is old, chipped and cracked, but reminded me of my something my grandmother would have had.

This little old scale reminds me of the scale my granddaddy would weigh his vegetables with. See he was what I called a truck farmer. He grew vegetables and had a route that he traveled to sell them. This is how he made a living. He had an old pick-up truck with a homemade cover. One day he would pick the vegetables, and the next he would travel his route to sell them. That was a time when he sold to all of the local grocery stores too. This is not exactly like his scale, but it still reminds me of him. So my question to you what do you buy? Mine is mostly a hodge podge of memories. Have a blessed week! Jackie