Thursday, November 26, 2009

"In thankfulness and humility, we acknowledge,
especially now, our dependence on One greater than ourselves."
President George W. Bush - Thanksgiving proclamation two months after 9/11

Friday, November 20, 2009

Discovering Yummy Things

One of best things about blogging is discovering so many fun and beautiful blogs (so many creative ladies out there!)....reading encouraging posts, seeing how similar life is even when individual lives can be so different....and getting new recipes:)

My friend, Donna has been sharing pumpkin recipes this week. Did I mention pumpkin is one of my favorite foods?? She has several yummy ones here and I thought I would throw in my two sense...or one I would love to try. I found this recipe at a new blog I discovered this morning - such a nice site with an etsy shop and even a country store. It was here.

This looks similar to what my mom used to make and call dump cake. But Pumpkin Crunch Cake sounds so much tastier!:) I know this will remind me of her. Hope everyone has a yummy weekend.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake~
1 yellow cake mix
1 can pumpkin
1 can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup melted butter
whipped topping

Combine pumpkin, milk, egg, sugar,pumpkin pie spice, and salt in bowl. Pour into pan.
Sprinkle dry yellow cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle pecans over top. Drizzle melted butter over everything. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool completely and top with whipped topping.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

At Last........

THANKFUL THURSDAY....and just one week before the "big" Thankful Thursday!! A few blessings from this week for today, though.

**Thankful for my friend, Hannah, and her husband having Hubbie and I over for dinner Tuesday night. What an enjoyable evening - and the london broil on the grill was beyond yummy. I really don't cook alot of beef but Hubbie SO loves it and, yes, he had about three helpings...totally lovin' life at that meal!!

**Thankful for Donna who so helped me focus and organize my thoughts this week. She is such a sweet friend - and my brain is total mush lately?!?!?

And LAST, but not least....

**This is the LAST week we will be in our cozy apartment. If all stays on schedule, we go to settlement on Monday. Hurrah.

**Last night was the LAST time we will have to trek down to church (from the apartment) for the mid-week service. With our area's traffic, it is a LONG trip. Grrrr.

**Today is the LAST treatment in this latest round of maintenance treatments to keep my lymphoma "away"! Praying for clean scans in a few weeks.

Hope your day is blessed as well!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Its Almost Time!!

Turkey Time, that is!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Favorite Season is.......... it is Tuesday evening and I've almost forgotten to answer my own question. What a goof - on Tuesday mornings, I'm out the door earlier than most days for Bible study and, then, well the day gets away from me. I did like reading everyone's comments about the seasons - isn't God so good to give us all the different seasons?

I do like fall. I love: flannel sheets (and flannel jammies), the smell from fireplaces when I go out to walk the doggie (and how cute he looks in his little argyle sweater), all the yummy-flavored creamers that make me want to keep drinking coffee, and I like my fall/winter wardrobe so much better than my summer one.........but,

I have to admit, I LOVE spring the best!! The daffodils (and yellow forsythia) beat out even the beauty of fall leaves any day for me! Its no secret that I really don't like winter but knowing - because of God's great faithfulness - that spring is just around the corner helps me survive those long, too cold months. Spring totally renews me...emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Now...I just have to remind myself of that when winter digs in its heels all too soon around here!! Thanks for all your comments.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Leaves or Daffodils

I was just curious...........I was reading my recent issue of Country Living magazine this weekend and came across this quote:

"Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils." - Cyril Connolly

So I was you agree or disagree?? Not that I'm getting too deep...just which season is your favorite? I'll share mine tomorrow! Have a beautiful Monday:)

Friday, November 13, 2009

A thought to ponder over the weekend - hoping it is a great one for everyone.

The LORD hath done great things for us;
whereof we are glad.
Psalm 126:3

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Random Blessings This Week

Thankful Thursday.....and today I am thankful

*for sweet little Sarah's first birthday yesterday! She, her brother and sister and her mommy and daddy are among our dearest friends - and what a sweetheart she is!

*we finally have a settlement date for our new home....there could actually be light at the end of the proverbial tunnel!

*the group of 6-8 tiny birds that gather on our small balcony every morning - they are so pretty with their pale yellow heads (no I don't know my birds at all) and just remind me of God's faithfulness.

*we have over 20 ladies signed up for our first ladies' day trip at church (that, yes, I am organizing and so did not want it to be "a flop"...little faith, I know)

*my best friend is going to be a "Mimi" in just six days - baby Sophie is on her way - and now I won't be the only grandma among us:)

*my Precepts Bible study this semester - very intense and, yes, a bit more of a commitment than I had realized..but so rewarding and exciting - digging deep into the word on your own!

*that life is just plain good!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Honoring All Those Who Have Served.....and Those Who Are Serving Now!!

I am so proud of you!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Grateful in the Waiting

What a blessing it was to open my blog and find so many had lifted prayers on my behalf yesterday. I sincerely thank each one of you. My day spent with Paul and Nellie was not without its struggles but it was a day well spent and much enjoyed. These two have been married just a month shy of 63 years...and what a pair! We laughed a lot and shared some tears (things did not go exactly as we had hoped with the testing..but there are still chances to get some limited driving privileges) but I just enjoyed being with these sweet Christians.

I also heard that Carter was able to go home from the hospital. I'm not sure all that is happening regarding treatment, etc....but, at least, they are all home. The hospital is just so yucky!!

I started last week with some thoughts regarding thankfulness....if for no other reason, than to keep my own perspective. As Christians, we are to be thankful - always. On Thursday, I mentioned how clearly the Lord has been leading us - but, of course, not all days are like that. In fact, just recently it seems that the clear path we were walking so confidently suddenly came to an end. I found myself thinking more often than I had in a long time, "Which way now?"

When this happens, we are often quick to think there must be a mistake (on our part...or even the Lord's??) Did I misunderstand His leading? I know, personally, it doesn't take long for me to become anxious, fearful....even cranky! And so soon after the confidence of the day before. Then I received an email from a casual friend. It wasn't even specifically to me but to a group of us but it so taught me. She was also in a time of waiting to hear God's voice - to sense His direction. She said, "I often ask God why I can't hear him. (That is a definite WAIT). So I am waiting, hungry for instruction and direction. Exactly....the silence isn't a mistake or God's leaving or any such concept but was simply a time TO WAIT.

And, even in the waiting - maybe especially in the waiting - we are to be thankful. Thankful for past direction and victories. Thankful that our God is faithful and we are never alone. Thankful that His timing is always best and that as our Heavenly Father is only wants the best for us. I came across this quote in an on-line devotion...and this week, its my motto.

Learning to be thankful - even when we cannot see, hear or understand what God is doing or how He is working - is authentic thanksgiving.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday Morning Request

It has been a beautiful morning already this Monday morning...and the forecasters are promising a beautiful day today. I don't have much time this morning and today should be a long one but I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a beautiful week - and, if you should think of me today, I'd ask that you whisper a prayer on my behalf. My heart is heavy-burdened today...particularly with five requests. Most I cannot share.

I would mention a little guy named Carter - five years old and has the same tumor, a brain stem glioma, that my Tyler had. He was admitted to the hospital late last week with pneumonia. His latest scans show a significant, and quick, growth of his tumor. Please pray for him and his family - all Christians.

I'd also mention my "senior friends"...Paul and Nellie. They have many different needs and concerns - particularly with their health but others as well. Nellie had her driver's license taken away until her health and ability to drive could be evaluated and this loss of independence has been devastating for her. Today I take her for the first step of this evaluation process. Honestly, I do not know the best outcome for this but I pray for real wisdom as well as compassion for all those involved in this process.

My other requests are much more personal...and very heavy. We are privileged to bear one another's burdens. And, as I am able, I will give the Lord all the glory as prayers are answered. Have a wonderful Monday - and a wonderful week, too!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The New House!! it is.........our (soon-to-be) new home-sweet-home!! We are so excited!! Praying this week goes smoothly toward closing next Friday. Have a happy weekend!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Leading to Move

THANKFUL THURSDAY...and first of all I'm so glad I posted those chubby cheeks yesterday! I received notes from several friends who said they will pray our Thanksgiving trip works out - well, yeah!! Thanks.

Today I am thanking the Lord for His clear direction and leading - especially during this move. Actually, we were not specifically looking for this house or even to move. Hubbie and I are (or WERE) professional house hunters - we just made a bit of a hobby out of looking at homes for sale. It's fun. Along the way, I've fallen "in love" with lots of homes but Hubbie not so much. We were out looking at a cute neighborhood and the for sale sign had gone in the yard just the evening before when we first saw our new home......yes, I loved it - and, this time so did he!! And we had a contract 48 hours later!

From the first phone call and through out the following weeks.....during each decision and every phase....we so clearly saw God's hand in deciding to move. His timing has not been exactly our timing :) (did I mention, I'm somewhat impatient and I hadn't thought we would need to rent for a few weeks) but His blessings have been adundant all the way.

Our new home is still local - far enough away to sense a "new beginning" but we will still be able to attend our church and keep in touch with our friends and family. It is the perfect house for us - a single family house with a townhouse size yard! And, did I mention it is so absolutely cute! :) We feel beyond blessed - and we are anxious to see how God is going to use this move and this new that we can be a blessing to others as well.

Hopefully - a picture tomorrow! Have a terrific, thankful Thursday!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chubby Cheeks!

Wordless Wednesday.......

I'm praying that all works out so we are able to go away for Thanksgiving...and smooch those chubby cheeks!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Thankful Season

When I flip the calendar to November (or should I say IF I had a calendar not in storage to flip), I think of two things:

1 - It is no longer that the holiday season "is just around the corner" but, in reality, the holiday season is here! How can that be?? I'm not sure if I missed its approach because I couldn't set out any of my decorations..and help set the mood - or if my mind is totally over packed and the fact of the holidays was pushed too far back in some corner of my brain. But, nevertheless, I am completely unprepared!! and,

2 - This is the thankful season. I know that every season (of the year, of life....) can be and should be one to be thankful - but I'm glad we have a time to purposefully reflect and be grateful. With all that has been happening in my and Hubbie's life (and family), we have seen God working, providing, leading/directing and blessing - and I want to be careful to be thankful.

I came across the quote from Dr. Stanley that I shared yesterday and thought it was the perfect place to start. No matter what else I may give thanks for....all is nothing without God's gift of salvation that "absolutely transformed my life." As a christian, there are still stressful days - some very stressful days - there are still hurts, sorrows, worries and challenges. The difference is a Heavenly Father that goes with me through each day, whether sunshine or guidance, encouragement, hope, peace and confidence. I thank Him for loving me, dying in my place and for walking with me each step of this way.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Welcome November - the season to be thankful

Phase one of the move is done! The boxes are out of sight...if just for a few weeks! We had a busy, yet productive, weekend and are already enjoying our homey (temporary) condo. There were a few questions about our move which I want to answer and share with everyone this week. We just got our internet up and running - so, not much for today...although I have much on my mind and heart. God has been so good!

Just a thought to reflect on today....and more about His goodness and my gratefulness tomorrow!

A person with a thankful heart
is one who's had an experience with the Lord Jesus Christ
that has absolutely transformed their life.
- Charles Stanley