Blessed by everyday blessings

these are a few of my favorite things

~smiling faces~

~hugs and kisses from grandchildren
and hearing the name Nanny from far away places~

~mostly old sometimes new~

~quilts with love stitched through and through

~Babies and butterflys and all things created~

~To know you are loved makes life sweet with grace traces ~


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tip - Toe through the TULIPS with me!

This is
little miss EMERSON
and this is a yearly tradition with her nanny.
Taking Time for the Tulips!
I think this was after the SNOW on May 3.
just in case you missed Tulip Time
because of the unusual weather,
let me make it up to you.
Peppermint Pink

Pink and Purple


In the Garden

Pink and White
I  love PINK!
Emmy's Favorite Pose 
Sunshine on a misty day.
In the Square
Purple with fringe
Tulips at every turn.
Spunky with orange in the mix.
Precious pink
Touching tulips is allowed!
Girlfriends in the Garden :)
A little bit Dutch!
 Follow the Yellow brick road.
 Peppermint Pink In the Sunken Garden.
with a stuffed horse named
More peppermint.... I think these were my favorite
Catching a Ride!
These are for you Opa.... Go purple and gold panthers.
Tulips courtesy of Pella, IOWA
Where anyone can be Dutch for a Day!
Dutch letters and donut holes were the treat of the day.
Back home to my Back yard Tulips.
Not quite as bountiful but still make me smile. 
front door welcome....
And I wish spring would last a bit longer...
but Summer is nipping at our heals.
Do you love Tulips?
It is my favorite spring flower.
Have a wonderful day!
Thanks for sharing the day with me.
Leave me some comment love down below.
I would love to stop by your blog and get to know you :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Low tech woman in a high tech world.

I wonder how so many of you keep up with it all??? 

Wow it has been a long time ago since I really posted.   The last time I posted  was in January ...... where there is always a Fresh New start  filled with new motivation to do better and be better.  I was going to try and be FAITHFUL in so many ways.   Now it is MAY and I am not so fresh and motivation seems to come and go. I have been FAITHFUL in a few things but finding it hard to be faithful in all the areas in my life where I need to be faithful.  If I focus on one thing then something else lags behind.  For now getting more exercise has taken over as a priority.   I have been faithfully exercising but it has been hard.  I have let this old body go for way too long because exercise and I have never been real  buddies. I would rather do anything besides exercise.   Are you young?????   Let me encourage you ,  find time to exercise today, tomorrow and the rest of your life.  It may not see important today but  when you are 54 you will be greatful you did not let yourself go.   Stay Strong your whole life long!

FEBRUARY, MARCH and APRIL......I know you were here but how did you pass so quickly.  This is the story of my life; living the days , weeks and months wondering how to slow down time. There are always so many things I want to do  but find I just don't have time or energy to do it.  

This is what has been filling my days for the last 3 months.

EXERCISE:  It's happening only because someone is keeping me accountable.
I have been swiming, riding the exercise bike , and walking.   I am feeling stronger, the old, granny syndrome is somewhat lessened (I don't feel quite as creaky and stiff all the time) and my husband is proud of me that I am actually exercising but the excess weight is not coming off as quickly as I would want so that has been a bit frustrating.   But rather than be discouraged I am fighting on and not letting the fat win.  I am able to swim 20 laps in the pool without feeling like I am going to die!! For me, that is an accomplishment!  And thank you Pat Sloan for your weekly interviews,(listen here) without you and my I-pod  the fat burning miles on the bike would be pure torture.

I have memorized 8 verses in Romans 12 .  Slow and steady wins the race right :)

DRINKING MORE WATER: It is a constant effort to remember.

REACHING:  We are sponsoring a compassion child.  http://www.compassion.com/
I have found it to be enlightening.

Everything else...... keeping my kitchen clean, reading my Bible, OPAM(one project a month)  etc..... I have been on and off the bandwagon... I have not been faithful.  Life pulls me in so many directions daily.  I will Always be a work in progress and will continue to keep trying.  Thank you God that you love me anyway.

sweet little Addilyn Grace
And now lets have a little fun catching up with photos.

addilyn and emmy

I made valentines day pillows for my daughters....  this is how Ariann has hers displayed.  I am a pinterest copy cat..... I created my own pattern.  They were a huge hit with the girls.  I made 4 total.

I made one for myself  :)

I love the ticking back
Happy Easter

MARCH....   trying new things.
STRING BLOCKS for the 2012 Craftsy BOM

Made mine mini.
 Lets just say it was a learning experience. 
I am not totally happy with it.
  I tried to conserve on fabric and the star is a little puckered. 
 From a galloping horse no one will notice so it will be used in the quilt.
I tried to make others and they didn't exactly turn out either.
I forgot one minor point in the directions when I was marking my lines to sew on.
I didn't allow for the seam allowance.  OOPS!
So for now I am not planning to make a big quilt in the
 spider block pattern any time soon.
I like the look but I am a bit frustrated by the process.

The little blocks are my little oopsie- daisies

You can see the seam allowance is a little chunky.
Which makes the webs overlap a bit.
And I've still got puckers :(
I wanted to use 4 little spiderweb blocks together in one block.
 Looks like I'm going with plan B! 
Might use them on the back or in the border as cornerstones.
These are the blocks I have made so far.
Jan, Feb, March
APRIL ...... UFO Busting
I finished the top of a charity quilt.
I hope they like penguins..... cause there are some in this quilt. 
Unlovelies turned lovely. Anything goes.
Fabric is donated to my quilt guild.
I started this a couple of years ago.
(So much more fun to start a project and much harder to finish Projects)
I think I might be a Queen Candidate for UFO's :)  (Un Finished Objects)
I decided it was time to clean out the sewing room
and get some projects out the door.
SO......HURRAY for a finish!
I designed the lay out.
Used lots of charm squares.
It fits a queen size bed.
and Now it is  
Unbelievable!!! SNOW!!!  That was a first for me. 
Thankful it didn't last long.

Stay tuned for tulips!!!!   HURRAY!
Thanks for stopping by :)



Saturday, March 30, 2013


Tomorrow is EASTER! I have so much to be thankful for!

Time is running out..... and she is SOOOO close to her goal.

So for the 10 people who come and read my blog I am asking you to help a girl who is trusting God to make this happen.  If you could donate $10.00 or stretch and donate $20.00 or more,  you would make this such a blessed Easter for her.


Click on the link above to read Pam's story it will touch your heart.    Pam has taken a step of faith allowing God to use her in a big way.   She is so close to her goal of raising 7,000 for clean water for those who need it.  I donated not so much because I want to win the quilt  but because it is for such a great cause and I understand her heart to give something you love  for something so much bigger!

watch a video here.....



Can't imagine life without MY SAVIOUR  who died to save me.



Sunday, January 27, 2013



as in Triple Layer Chocolate PIE
Not so pretty but so soothing for the soul.
And it couldn't be easier to make!
Don't be shocked it is just pudding and COOL-Whip,
but it will brighten your day and make you feel special because
IT IS PIE after all!
Triple Layer Chocolate Pie
1 OREO Pie Crust (6oz. )
2 Pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate flavor
 Instant Pudding and Pie filling
2 Cups cold Milk  (2% recommended)
I use skim and use a couple TB less milk 
1 Tub 8oz. COOL WHIP whipped topping
Pour cold milk into large bowl.
Add pudding mix.
Beat with wire whisk 1 minute.
Let puding set for about 5 minutes to thicken.
Spoon 1 1/2 Cups of pudding onto bottom of crust.
Gently stir in 1/2 of whipped topping into remaining pudding.
Spread over pudding in crust.
Top with remaining whipped topping.
Refrigerate 3 hours or until set.
It is a good day to be home....
It is so icy out church was cancelled today.
 Yesterday I finished another block for the
2012 Craftsy BOM
Made mine mini.... each little HST is 1 1/2"
 6" center block  
Technique.....Half -Square Triangles (HST)
I think it looks like snow on the mountains.
I'm doing all my blocks with a winter theme.
In the 2 color scheme... blue and white
I am however feeling like a bit of a rebel
as neither of the Feb. BOM looks like the
suggested layout.  A happy rebel however,  as I know
it is OK .... there are no rules!
The CREATIVE spirit lives in ME.
Making snow because we hardly have any snow.
Life is GOOD!
I joined the YMCA last week.
I am taking this day to enjoy
Just a little bit of Choc. comfort
 before I die exercising!
stay cozy.
P.S.     If the above mentioned pie sits in your fridge for a day or two you will notice it getting more delicious as the days go by.... the crust gets kind of
 oooy- goooy- fudgy- like
 as it absorbs some of the moisture from the pudding. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2013 JANUARY COMFORT- GOD and the Gift of His Word

I have been working on my word FAITHFULNESS  In 2013

Specifically faithfulness in reading my Bible every day  and putting God's word in my heart by memorizing it.  Reading the Bible, Memorizing the Words of the Bible and Living the Words of the Bible changes me.

I am not really good on Change.... some days are better than others but for the most part Change is HARD!  I live a pretty good life... really what needs changing??  Can't we keep life nice and comfy and just go with the flow? Stay right where we are??

 CHANGE...  MOST DAYS I just don't like it unless of course it involves changing someone elses behavior.  But me, please don't say I need to change.

 I read my Bible, sometimes I just don't understand how I am suppose to do what God is asking me to do or even what am I suppose to do....

I am beginning to understand that taking time to THINK about is the first step.

The second step... When you say to God... "God I don't get this, Help me to understand this." , write down what ever he reveals to you because the process of it all is not usually one grand day of understanding but step by step,
     day by day FAITHFULNESS to God.

God loves me more than anyone else ever will and he wants me to be all that i can be .  I know that in this world I am easily persuaded to take the path of least resistance and not all paths are good.    It is a daily fight... You and me God against the world.  I need to be present in the me part of the relationship knowing that He will help me. 

When I think about ONE VERSE in my Bible for a long period of time by memorizing it..... It makes me ask myself, ok what does that really mean.     I have memorized Romans 12:1-2!  Check it out here. I am  MOTIVATED by Beth Moore to memorize 24 scripture verses this year.   YOU can join the siesta-scripture-memory-team HERE    Memorizing was the EASY part..... Living it is going to be the HARD part. In the very first verse of my own choosing because I am using this book Growing by heart by Scharlotte Rich to change me... it says," Offer MY BODY AS A LIVING SACRIFICE....."   HOW DO I DO THAT???

I headed to Matthew Henry's commentary.... here I found things to think about today.
We receive from the Lord every day the fruits of his mercy.  Let us render ourselves:

All we ARE,  All we HAVE, All we CAN DO, and after all , what return is it for such very rich receivings?     Being Thankful - the first step to giving God more of me.  

Thank you Lord
for the fruits of your mercy...
 you chose to save me

Thank you Lord
for the fruits of your mercy...
 you are a forgiving God

Thank you Lord
for the fruits of your mercy...
 your love blesses me today, tomorrow and forever

So richly blessed by the mercy of God.....
Surely  Today I can pass that on to someone in this world who needs some of God's comfort today. 
 offer your body... Yes Lord you may use my life to pass the baton of your mercy...
 as a living sacrifice, i may not think i have time but it will be  holy and pleasing to you.

I'm sorry I have said NO to the everyday process of  Change for so long, I have said No to Taking time out of my day to read your Word, busy by things of this world .... I'm sorry for fighting the process that what you want in me is to be more like you and a sharper tool in your hand. The whole process of renewing my mind by reading my Bible daily ... something that has great blessing... Why have I said NO so often?

 Reading my Bible, is the road that helps me to die to

 s-I-n... everything that is about me and not about you.  Note the Capital  I.

Being a Mary (sitting at the Lord's feet, allowing him to teach me) in a Martha( busy) world.

Help  me Lord to be renewed so that I may live to righteousness more and more  in 2013.  AMEN

Today I learned that the great enemy to this renewal is .... conformity to this world.
I should have guessed that already.  I am a slow learner.

Happy Wednesday!

I think it is going to be an awesome day with God in it!



Monday, January 21, 2013

week #4

Wow the weeks sure do fly by.  I am trying to make my days a bit more intentional in 2013.   FAITHFUL(my word for the year)...  How is that going you might ask???  
Seems like if I gain in one step, I 'm  lacking in others.
Daily Bible reading....  not so good...see next step
Scripture memory- motivated by Beth Moore.... YES MAMM! Gold star here!
As Beth reminds us your brain is going to fixate on something...
YOU get to choose what that will be. 
I have 2 verses hidden in my heart. That is a extra one to boot.
Romans 12 :1-2
 "Therefore I urge you brothers (SISTERS) to offer yourself as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then your will be able to test and approve what God's will is,
 his good , pleasing and perfect will."
Living each day as an act of worship and living each day pleasing to God.
It is changing my attitude about a few things.
I'm blessed because of it!
With all I am.

Exercise..... NOT Happening :(   BUT  I just became a winner tonight for
 2 free weeks at my local YMCA. 
 God  is moving me in that direction. 
Heaven knows I need it! 
Water.... here is the plan.... at least 5 glasses a day.
I'm having  a hard time with that.  Average 1-3.
Dishes/ Kitchen ....  I am so proud of myself!  I have lived the last 30 years of my married life waking up to dirty dishes in the sink- it was just too much after making supper to clean it all up also.  Insert bad parenting there.... I have 3 girls who should have helped me  and a husband who should have said you cooked... I'll clean  up.
No more excuses...
Here is what changed ....
I made a new curtain for my kitchen window....
I wanted to keep my kitchen clean for Christmas season.
I have changed my thinking.....morning time is precious time.
I have decided that I would rather do dishes when i'm tired at night..
3 girls are now doing their own dishes at their house
husband is still here... and still hates doing dishes.
 I still don't have a dishwasher or a maid
NOW i'm waking up to clean dishes on the counter.
It takes just a minute to put them away and....
 I  LOVE  not wasting precious creative morning time doing dishes. 
NOTE..... it took 28 days to make this a  good habit.
OPAM (One project a month)   I got DISTRACTED but hoping to make some progress tomorrow.
I taught my self to finger knit.
My hot chocolate station.... for now graced in garland.  Next year this is going to be on my christmas tree.... all 11 yards of it!
And  I wanted to work on some sewing techniques so.....
I'm late to the party but doing the
2012 Craftsy Block of the Month(BOM)
It is FREE
slashing JANUARY blocks---
Should I tell my husband that I cut up his white dress shirt???
I am going to see how many blocks I can get out of an XLT!

WONKY  #----using scraps
Added the snowflake to the pattern.
Embroidering the snowflake but ran out of floss :(

FEB---- using old shirts
My windblown star is now a stary snowflake.
I sew much like I cook. I  Don't usually follow the recipe exactly.
This arrangement just put a smile on my face.
SO it is a star but different than the suggested arrangement.
You can do that right : )????
I Love that Creativity has no rules!
I am making all the blocks in blue and white,
and trying to not buy any fabric for this  although
I already broke that pledge and bought a half a yard to add to my blue and white stash.
I Added some Black and white pictures to my WINTER TREE

Yes this tree will stay up until FEB!!!
Today we are getting snow!
It is a nice surprise.

One little snowman said
"I'm Hungry"
and this Nanny is saying I'm tired 
 and I still have to do my dishes
I'll post another day on January comfort Food!
If you are visiting...
I'd love for you to say hello down below!
Stay cozy@ home!


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