Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Great Cold and Gray Day


I don't know about you all
and all the wonderful places you live
but...here in SW Michigan it is
COLD!!! and GRAY!!!
and has been
COLD!!! and GRAY!!!
for awhile.
Because it has been
COLD!!! and GRAY!!!
I have done a lot of
cooking, reading, and cleaning.
Exciting, isn't it?

Today however, I shook things up
and ventured out and about town
and took you along for the ride!
Have I mentioned it has been
COLD!!! and GRAY!!!

First, I had breakfast with
some great friends.
This place makes the best cinnamon rolls!
(sorry Jen, next time your home we will go)

After breakfast
I stopped by the quilt store
(my home away from home)

and then I had to get some seeds for the birds
(they are eating us out of house and home)

Libby, my faithful gardening
buddy helped me feed them

It was so nice to get out
on this
COLD!!! AND GRAY!!! day
To my sweet surprise
I hopped on this ole blog
of mine tonight and
noticed a few new followers.

Thanks for stopping by!

I must say that you all
have left some of the kindest
comments and I
have been blessed!!!


all in all
it was a great day!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Plea Bargain

A plea bargain has been made!
God is sooo GOOD!
Let me explain...

On April 8 of 2010
a close family friend was on
his way to work
when his car was hijacked.
Tom was forced at gun point to drive
to another town.
They stopped at a gas station.
From what we understand
Tom told the hijacker to
just take the truck.
This did not sit well
with the hijacker
(he didn't know how to drive a stick shift)
Tom then made the decision to try
and get out.
He was shot.
Tom made it into the station
911 was called
Tom did not live.

We, his family and friends
are so thankful for
this day!

The hijacker has
pleaded to
2nd degree murder
and will receive 40-65 years
without the possibility of parole.
He will be sentenced in Feb.

God has never left our
sides through this trial.
We have been the recipients of
compassion, love, kindness,
strength, gentleness, support...
we have cried our fair share of tears
and asked "why"
more than once.
God has been faithful
and met us where were.
One night, while looking
at old pics and reflecting on the memories
we had the sweet blessing
of laughter.
(Tom would have loved that!)
We also have learned
just how freeing
forgiveness is.

We still have days when sadness fills our hearts
and yes there are days when anger gets the better of us
Just being honest,
Let me tell you...
and I for one could not begin to imagine
walking through this with out Him!

"Not to us, O LORD,
not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness."

Psalm 115:1


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Once Upon a Time...

Once upon a time
I visited Sue and her lovely blog, Country Pleasures.
She was doing something really fun
and I wanted to join in.
So, I joined the fun
and swapped
aprons with

Do to some e mail difficulties
LeAnne and I
were a little late
in swapping
(plus I took that unintended blogging break)
but I still want to show you
the cutest apron and "tuck ins"
LeAnne sent to me.

Look at all that cuteness!

I love the apron and have
used the Christmas note pads a lot!
and do you see that adorable snowman?
it was filled with
yummy chocolate kisses.
Needless to say they didn't last long Ha!

Thank you LeAnne!!!
I loved everything!

The sweetest thing about the swap...
I now have a new friend!

Have a great day!


Monday, January 10, 2011

Missed You All!

I have missed you!
Thought about you whilst I was away.
I have so much to catch up on.


sharing the cutest apron
LeAnne sent me.

(missed you all!)

I also received a blog award
from Carol
Thank you Carol
but the thing is
I don't know how to do
all the link up things
sad, I know!
Can any of you help me?
recommend a good blogging book?

(missed you all!)

We, went on vacation
to Missouri.
Stayed in a
condo and did many
restful things.

(missed you all!)

Celebrated Katie's
22nd birthday!

Did I mention that I missed YOU all!

And because we were gone
for awhile
and did some
birthday celebrating
I now need to take care of this!

It's going to be a long day!
Watch out
I'm going in!