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 ~


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!

Monday, January 7, 2013

What are you doing today????



anne lamott shares how to find time.... blog post here

So insightful just wanted to share it.

Have a wonderful winter day! 


Saturday, January 5, 2013

WEEK #1 of 2013

 Yes Momma dear it is Saturday already!   I'm loving a new start as always in January. There is such optimism to say lets give this year our best ever! I want to be better in so many ways on a personal level , do better to serve others on a horizontal level here on earth and be more of a blessing to this world.  So much HOPE  in January ,  but it is not looking like the days of 2013 are going to go any slower than the days of 2012.  I NEED HELP!  My good intentions need  some accountability because in reality each day slips away way too quickly and I seem to accomplish so little.  My 24 hour days here need some serious  evaluation.  Too much wasted  time......... enough said! 

 I'm not doing resolutions but I am joining the WORD for a year band wagon.   


These are areas of my life i am going to look at this year in light of this word.









 The first week...........I give myself a letter grade of D-

My husband has pneumonia and I knoked my head on a brick wall..... It has slowed us WAYYYYYY down.....  Next week I'm hoping for at least a C+ 

I could use your prayers....... Teaching an old granny new time management will not be easy!

"So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the LORD had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands.  Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD.  and he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming,  "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and FAITHFULNESS,  maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin."   Exodus 34: 4-7

If God is FAITHFUL in the big things .....  I can learn to be FAITHFUL in the little things!   Perhaps that will include a bit more faithfulness to this blog. I'm Hoping for more posts in 2013.      And now because I love spring.... more than winter..... and my computer is not cooperating to add new pictures, I'm leaving you with the best of 2012.

favorite pictures taken in 2012 of my little sweethearts

truely we love PINK here!

May the Lord bless all your days in 2013.




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