Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thorns and Thistles

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them.  The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.  ~Voltaire
Today as I contemplated how to begin again I had to pause to think exactly what it was I was to begin again-which life event to address first.
My oldest son and his wife have just lost a baby,they are in the process of moving back home, and the funeral is pending ,as a new job awaits him here.
My daughter and son in law,coincidentally ,are moving from our guest house  to a house nearer his job,about an hour away.
My youngest  received word just  last night, that his long awaited dream of enlistment as a Marine has been denied due to a minor heartbeat issue . 
My husband is struggling with health issues again and also pursuing retirement in the very near future.

As I reflected on each of these ,I was amused at myself for thinking I had some power to do anything about any of them!How absurd of me!!!!
Even the day to day issues of my other two children who are struggling through marriage issues ,financial difficulty because of the economy and all the other issues involved with those things,are beyond my control.
Honestly,what CAN I do about those things?

If I believe what I say I do ,then I need to leave those things at the feet of Jesus and trust Him to work them out for the good of each of them. 
I also need to get busy with the things that I can do ~ one of those things is sewing. 
I can begin again because I need to be busy,productive and ...ok ...I admit it...- I need the distraction so that I can continue on with what promises to be another exciting,eventful few months.

SO today,while life is at times unbearably difficult, I am determined to begin again in my sewing room and create clothing that I enjoy and my sweet clients enjoy.

I am determined not to dwell amongst the thorns in the way long enough to allow them to harm me.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according tohis purpose.
Romans 8:28

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friends & Family of Declan Jace Carroll

Our focus just now is to stand with my son and daughter in law and help them through this time of sadness -

Thank you all for bearing this with us all!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Gathering Evidence....

Dishes stacked all over the kitchen...
 Half-eaten birthday cake....
 Overturned cups.....
 A wrecked living room...
 A very "played in" playroom....
 A lonely rubber ducky.....
Looks to me like we had TONS of fun!!!!!!!!

My daughter in law would be horrified to think she had not left things perfectly in order-she always does.

Actually all my girls are VERY good at putting things back in order after even a short visit-but sometimes it's 

just more important to have fun than to clean up -and this was one of those times.

So the evidence suggests that we ALL had a great time!!!!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I LOVE Giveaways!!!!

This just looks SOOO inviting!!!!

Click on this link to enter the giveaway for this great little copy of 

Romantic Prarie Style.

All you have to do is leave Sonia a comment 

and BAM! you're entered!

Friday, August 5, 2011

O Happy Day!!!!

A life as busy and full as mine has been doesn't see many "firsts" at this point. 
I've seen and done an awful lot of things in my 50-something(I honestly don't remeber 50-what!!!)years-some by choice and some of necessity.
 Some of it  fun and some...well, not so much. 


But today, is a first for me-a REAL first!  
  Creating Vintage Charm Magazine has a little portion with MY name on it and it was released today online!

I've already shared what a surprising and exciting year this has been for me- but honestly, this is icing on the cake!!!! 
And you all know how I LOVE icing!!!! 
TO celebrate I am giving a copy of this newly released mag to someone FREE! So now this is officially a PARTY!!!!WOO!HOO!!!

Just go here  and scroll down to the post with the Creating Vintage Charm picture and post and click LIKE before 8pm tonight and YOU can be entered!!! 

Hey! Wait a minute!!! 
Ya'll need to help me clean all this confetti and cake up! You can't just run off.....
Oh well...guess I'll just sit down with some cake