Giving Thanks Framed List

2014 Gratitude List

I’ve been working on another project for a couple of days now. This is my framed list of just some of the things in my life for which I’m grateful. I’m sure I’ll think of many more that I can put on a new list for next year, the Lord willing. I think I’ll make this a new tradition – write a gratitude list every autumn, for our Thanksgiving celebration.

Giving Thanks List

Giving Thanks List closeup

Giving Thanks detail

Giving Thanks

I drew pencil lines on the paper so I could write in a straight line. I used beige paper because I thought white would be glaring in the frame that I picked out (Walmart). I used a brown ink pen to write the list. When I finished writing the list, I let the ink dry completely and then I erased the pencil lines.

I bought a large tip orange marker because I wanted to be able to read through the words on the glass. I printed the words “Giving Thanks” in the font that I liked best from my computer and sized it to the largest size, and laid the paper behind the glass so I could trace the words on top of the glass with the orange marker. I don’t have the prettiest hand writing so I cheated on that, though I did hand print the list. I wanted to have something in my own printing because I think that adds to the charm of a project like this. I could have printed it on the computer but I liked the hand printing better.

Lastly, I tied a sheer bow around the frame with a coordinating ribbon. I thought about an orange or brown sheer ribbon but I think the beige sheer worked best.

And, of course, I found this project on, you guessed it, Pinterest. I am so grateful for God’s blessings. He is so good to us.

1 Chronicles 16:8 Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.

Psalm 7:17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

Gotta go. More projects to organize. Talk to ya later!

Karen

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A Quick Fall Project

I found a quick fall project that took just a few minutes to put together.

I plugged in the glue gun so it would heat up while I gathered my supplies.

A glass container that I already had in the pantry.

Some pine cones and acorns.

A reel of fall ribbon from another project.

A silk leaf.

A pair of scarecrow figurines.

glass container of pine cones 02

glass container of pine cones 01

fall ribbon

pine cone container decorated 01

pine cone container beside fall figurines

And there I have another fall decoration for my kitchen counter.

I do love fall. And today it actually felt like fall, 60 degrees. I got to wear a sweatshirt jacket. And now I am going to fix myself a hot apple cider and sit down with a book to enjoy the rest of this Saturday evening.

I just want to share with you that God is so very good. We prayed in church last Wednesday for my brother to get a job. Well, we’ve been praying for awhile. Not only did he get a job but his wife and their son also got jobs. God does answer prayers. Especially when you pray in faith.

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be thou removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever  things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.  Mark 11:22-24 NKJV

If you are going through some tough times, take it to the Lord and trust Him. He loves you and cares deeply for you. Have faith in God, just like Jesus said.

Praise the Lord! We are so thankful for their jobs.

Hope you all are enjoying this wonderful autumn. I sure am.

Love,

Karen

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A Quick Hello & Promised Pics

This is just a quick hello. I promised some pictures of a project that I was working on. I found this on Pinterest and adapted it to suit myself. We all do that, right? I do it with recipes too. Anyway…

Burlap fabric cut to size
ribbon in autumn colors
leaf cut-outs
pinecone jewelry trinket
sheer ribbon for bow
tags to write words on
orange sharpie
list of Thanksgiving words

glue gun

silverware pocket supplies

silverware pocket

silverware pocket close-up

silverware pocket close-up 02

silverware pocket 02

This is one of my autumn bucket list items, to make these silverware pockets for our Thanksgiving celebration. One down, 11 more to go. That is, 11 more pockets to make. Lots more autumn bucket list things to do yet.

I’ve never written a bucket list before. I always thought a bucket list is a list of things that you know you are going to do, eventually. Not the same as a wish list where you may or may not achieve the list. But a list that you fully intend to do. So I made an autumn bucket list because I intend to do the things on my list. I might or might not get them all done but it’s a list that I can  accomplish, if I can make the time for them. And I want  to do them all.

The past 6 months I have been even busier at my job and I want to start making time to do some things that are enjoyable. I love the fall and I’d like to have some restful time to do some fun things, get my mind off of work. Learn to enjoy life again.

Maybe next time I’ll share my autumn bucket list with you. Have you ever written a bucket list?

Tonight is the second of a tetrad (4) of eclipses (solar and lunar) that are blood moons. One in the spring and the fall of this year and next year, all on Jewish feast days, Passover and Tabernacles. The 2015 fall blood moon is supposed to be a Super Moon and Israel will be able to see it clearly over Jerusalem. You can check it out on the NASA site. I recommend this book to read more.

That’s another bucket list thing, take a picture of the blood moon.

So, I need to get to bed. The blood moon is early in the morning. Talk to y’all later.

Karen

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Autumn is Officially Here!

Autumn! My most favorite season is officially here. It might not feel like it yet but it soon will.

Weather Bug says that the highs will be the upper 80′s in the next 10 days. That’s way better than the upper 90′s. I so envy all of you who live in northern climates. I have to use my imagination for what it’s like in your area now. All my favorite colors of leaves falling. Temps in the 70′s and 60′s and even 50′s. Sweaters and boots weather, right?

Time for hot cocoa and hot apple cider.

And time to bring out the autumn decorations.

I’ve been bringing mine out, a few here and there.

orange bead pumpkin

Count Your Many Blessings framed print

pumpkin and fox

pumpkins, owl, fox

I think I have as much autumn and Thanksgiving decorations as I do Christmas. I keep the breakables in the house and the rest out in the shed. I should ask my sweet husband to bring in the orange totes from the shed so I can put out some more pretty’s over the next few weeks. Tomorrow. He’s been working hard this weekend at tidying up the garage.

Not all of my autumn stuff is house décor. Sometimes it’s edible décor.

fall cookies

Fall cookies and owl trivet

That’s another thing I enjoy about autumn. The comfort foods and drinks. I love hot cocoa with a bit of instant coffee and Redi Whip. And I am partial to vanilla latte with a caramel drizzle. And homemade soups. Do you like comfort foods and drinks too?

I’m working on making some things for our Thanksgiving celebration. Silverware envelopes (I don’t really know what else to call them), my own version, and dinner napkins. Just a bit of sewing, nothing too hard. I’ll show you when I get them done.

I love dragging out the autumn lap quilts too.

We’re having a family get together this year. One of my sisters and her husband and son will be joining Mom and husband and myself. My brother might also be there with his wife and son and possibly grandson. We’ll have fun down at Mom’s. She lives in the country with lots of trees. It’s so peaceful and quiet there. It does my soul good to get away from the city to peace and quiet and family.

Almost every year since I left home to go off on my own, I’ve gone home to Mom’s for Thanksgiving. Mom bakes the best turkey and dressing. I love Thanksgiving at Mom’s. We spend hours preparing the meal, talking and laughing, and playing cards or dominoes. Sometimes walking around the property, shuffling in the leaves, enjoying the cool, and sometimes sitting on her big covered front porch just visiting and talking about Christmas coming.

Can you tell, this is my FAVORITE  time of the year. There’s just 67 days til Thanksgiving and I’m going to savor every waking hour of every day till we get there.

September 22, 2014 is the first day of autumn!!! Yay, it’s here!

Y’all have a blessed and wonderful week!

Love ya,

Karen

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9/11

I cried today, as some of you might also have done.

I didn’t turn the TV on before I went to work this morning.

I was fully aware of the importance of the date.

~~ Nine-Eleven ~~

Sadness remembering the loss of all those lives.

Sadness at the injuries and wondering how all those people have dealt with their injuries and handicaps from that terrible, nightmarish day, 13 years ago.

Deep sadness at contemplating all those families and friends who were left behind to deal with the loss of their loved ones. Forever separated from their loved ones.

I didn’t cry until I was on the way to work.

I drove past 5 car dealerships, on my way, with those huge U.S. flags…

at half mast.

Then I lost it.

I cry for those lives we lost.

I cry for America because she has left her God.

I’m sad for the days, weeks, months and years ahead of us, living in a nation where the majority of citizens and foreigners are so liberal that they don’t want to hear the mention of the name of our God. They don’t want to be reminded that they will have to answer to Him for their sins and why they rejected the Savior of the world. They don’t want to be told that they can’t do this or that. They live in defiance of God’s laws. They don’t understand that laws are there to benefit us and protect us.

Yes, Jesus came to die for us and save us from our sins. We do not earn our salvation or have our sins wiped out by keeping the law. But Jesus said He did not come to abolish the law, He came to fulfill the law.

We have laws to protect us from each other and from ourselves. If we didn’t have laws, society would be in complete chaos. God’s laws also benefit us spiritually and physically in health.

The liberals kicked God out of the public schools back in the 60′s. They kicked God out of government, which is totally against our Constitution. They kicked God out of the military. They legalized the murder of unborn children. They embrace the sin of homosexuality. They have turned their backs on Israel. They have legalized every sin that God hates. They don’t want God here at all.

It looks to me like God has left America to her own demise. He removed His hand of protection and favor and blessing.

There are a lot of theories about why God allowed the attacks of 9/11 to happen. I believe it was a warning for America to repent and turn back to God. If those liberals in Congress and the White House don’t repent, God is going to deal with them and there won’t be any place in the country or on earth where they can hide from the Almighty God.

Throughout the Old Testament, God gave His people warnings through the prophets to stop and turn back to Him. He gives us warnings even today. I hope America will heed the warnings and repent and turn back to God. He is not going to continue to give warnings and turn a blind eye to the sins of America. The Bible says that one day He will judge the nations.

I didn’t start off to write such a heavy post. I just feel such an urgency about where America is headed.

I hope we NEVER forget what happened on 9/11/2001. I hope Americans will get out of their complacency and repent. I hope Americans will do what is right in God’s sight and undo the damage that the ungodly have done in our public schools and in our government. I don’t want anything else like 9/11 to happen to our country. I believe our enemy is already here, planning more attacks. If America repents, God can stop those attacks.

Pray for America! Pray. Pray and keep praying.

Karen

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Encouragement

To encourage you and myself, because looking at the things that are going on out there in the world, especially when we hear of the middle east and Israel, we can be filled with fear. But we know this, that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7 Fear is a spirit from the devil. God does not give us fear. We have our confidence and trust in Him.

One of my very favorite verses. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. NIV

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. NKJV

So if we will stay in the Word and meditate on it continually, our faith will be strong in the Lord and we can survive the storms of life.

Deuteronomy 30:19

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live… NIV

Psalm 42:5

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance. NKJV

Isaiah 59:19

So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. NKJV

Isaiah 54:17

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. NKJV

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. NKJV

Numbers 23:19

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and then not fulfill? NIV

Isaiah 55:11

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. NKJV

We can trust God’s Word. Every promise He keeps, unlike people here on earth. We can pray the Word back to the Lord and remind Him of His promises that He made to us. Not that God forgets His promises, but that we know He will keep His promises.

1 John 4:4

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. NKJV

Mark 11:24

Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye will have them. KJV

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. NKJV

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. NKJV

Psalm 139:17-18

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand… NKJV

God loves us so much and He thinks about us continually. Good thoughts. Loving thoughts. Kind thoughts. Fatherly thoughts. Caring thoughts. Favored thoughts. Merciful. Longsuffering.

He really and truly LOVES us. He doesn’t want any of us to perish and be separated from Him in eternity. He also wants to meet our needs and our wants, right here and now.

Most people think God will only supply our needs. But His Word also says we can have whatever things we desire, if we believe for them when we pray. True, He’s not going to give us anything that is evil or bad for us, that would harm us or cause us to fall into sin. As long as we pray for and believe for things that are in His will.

We do not have to live in fear when we hear of those things that are happening in the middle east and Israel and other parts of the world. We believe in God. He told us these things would happen. He also told us to fear not, neither be dismayed.

He is our God, and we are His people. He promised to never leave us or forsake us.

This sure helped me. Hope it helps you too.

Love,

Karen

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A New Season

I’m so ready for a new season. Though it really hasn’t been a horrific summer this year. We have had several 100+ degree days this past week, and will probably have some more during August. We have had a number of years when we had 100+ temps for 2 straight months and 90+ lows in the nights. And we fortunately have had more rain this year. I yearn for more rain. Today it got dark and we even heard thunder, though we didn’t get a drop of rain.  :(

My calendar shows that Autumn begins on September 22 this year. I’ve been reading some of my favorite blogs and they are already blessed with fall like weather. Well, they might not consider it such a blessing, but I envy them. Is it a sin to envy some who have a new season of fall arriving? I repent of that, if it is, but in my defense, I absolutely LOVE autumn. Especially since I live in Texas and we usually have brutal summers, being that we have been in a drought for a few years now.

I told you in my last post that I planted pumpkin seeds. They are coming up very nicely. And there are five mounds, instead of the four I mentioned in the last post.

 5 pumpkin mounds

5 pumpkin mounds in a row

pumpkin mound 1

pumpkin mound 2

pumpkin mound 3

pumpkin mound 4

pumpkin mound 5

I’ve never grown pumpkins before. I sure hope these produce a good crop. I don’t plan to actually use them to cook but I will use them in decorating. Mom always bakes pumpkin bread for husband and me around Thanksgiving. I wonder if she will want to use fresh pumpkins. She has always used can pumpkin. We’ll see. The only pumpkin I like to eat is Mom’s pumpkin bread. I saw a pumpkin soup recipe on line last week. It didn’t interest me. Have you ever used the pumpkin meat to cook with or do you just decorate with pumpkins? Do you use real pumpkins or the styrofoam or ceramic pumpkins?

And lastly, before I say goodnight, one other of my favorite autumn delights, the Cottage Journal, Autumn issue, which you can pick up at your favorite bookstore or superstore. I love getting fall decorating ideas in it.

The Cottage Journal 2014

Goodnight and have a blessed week!

Love ya,

Karen

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Sharing With You

This n That

I just wanted to share some things with you. Random stuff, hodge-podge things, some with links for you to click on, so here goes.

I planted the pumpkin seeds that I ordered awhile back. Kinda silly actually. I’m sure none of you have done this. I ordered seeds and put them in a safe place because the instructions said to plant pumpkin seeds in July and I got the seeds back in June. Well, I put the seeds in such a safe place that I scoured the entire house and couldn’t find them. So, I ordered another batch. While waiting to receive the second order, I found the first set of seeds (kinda sorta right under my nose in my china cabinet, you know how that is?) so I went ahead and planted them in 4 hills. They’re already coming up. Yippee! I plan to use what few I need and donate some to our church ladies. I saw this Pinterest pin that shows to turn the pumpkins 1/4 turn every week to twist the stems and make them more decorative. Pretty soon I’ll need to get some straw to lay the pumpkins on while they grow.

Are y’all anticipating autumn as much as I am?

If you homeschool or want to homeschool here in the U.S. and you need legal assistance.

How to cure depression naturally, without drugs. Depression seems to be epidemic and it’s probable that you know someone who suffers from this.

If you’re one of the few that haven’t seen this no bake energy bites recipe. I think I might try adding rice krispies to mine for some crunch.

7 reasons why God wants to make entrepreneurs wealthy.

10 backyard games. If it’s not too hot where you are, some of these look fun for the family.

Letters of note from C.S. Lewis.

DIY headboards. After all these years, I still don’t have a headboard. I have seen plenty of DIY ideas but I think I have too many projects in my “To Do” folders and just haven’t gotten around to doing this project. One day…

Here’s a garage door make-over that I’d really like to try and it should only take 3 – 4 hours.

Beautiful song, “Rooftop“.

Build a 12×20 cabin on a budget. Great guest house or office or craft/sewing studio. You could use solar panels to supply electricity.

U.S. Bill of Rights was created Sept 25, 1789. This year it will be 225 years old. I sure wish the liberals knew how important this document is to keeping our freedom.

How Jesus fulfilled the Passover.

Husband got stung twice by a hornet while working on getting Mom’s riding lawn mower running again. Double Ouch.  :(  Mom lives out in the country and has lots of trees on the property. This little varmint got him on the shoulder first and then on the elbow. The only reaction he had was that it made him sick to his stomach a little, and of course the sting spots are very sore. We put some colloidal silver on it when we got home and he took a cool shower.

Time to get to bed. Another week coming up. Hope yours is productive and joy filled.

Love ya,

Karen

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