Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Emotions are so crazy! I hate how easily they can sway me if I let them.  I can watch a romance movie and be swept up in the drama or watch a sad movie and my emotions get so tied up in that perceived reality.  I watched a movie about a woman dying of cancer last night and went to bed feeling so sad...but not knowing why.

I think I've watched too many romances lately.  It causes me to dwell on my singleness in a mournful way.  I sometimes just let it steal my joy and begin to think that a romantic relationship is the only thing I need that I don't have.  It is that easy for the Satan/the world to alter my thoughts.  Arg!
Human love will not fix all the cracks and broken parts of me.  I look around at the REAL romantic relationships around me and I can quickly see how hard they are!  A love relationship, a boyfriend, a husband, none of these will fulfill me and it is NOT my life goal to get one.  I have to remind myself once again.

In the Bible study I'm in we are talking about the early church and how they helped one another.  We were to look for ways to help others and also ask for help in a recent week.  I struggle so much with asking for help.  This, here is what I have been struggling with and how can anyone help.  I hate putting myself on others, they have enough to worry about, complain about and fix.  My problems seem so small and repetitive.  I'd love to have this struggle over, because it seems like it is such a repeat in my life.  I feel safe sharing it here, though.  Here, where I don't really know who reads it or cares.  It is off my chest, shared without the need to feel guilty for weighing someone else down.
I hate how society, movies, music, even the way we talk about love relationships is portrayed wrong.

  Yes, God created us to be in relationships, to love each other and care for one another.  But, first we were created to have a right relationship with him.  He is the answer to the ache inside!  I've been letting the lie slowly back in, the lie that man's way is better than God's way.  It has brought me NO joy, only worry and discontent.  He loves me and desires such a relationship that I've never imagined or seen in a silly chick flick.

I still want to be loved by a man, to be cherished, desired and called beautiful.  And I will continue to pray that God might send such a man into my life.  One who will reach out and choose me.  I believe in his love for me and his care for all that is in my life.  And as the men in the fiery furnace in Daniel 3 said, even if he answers differently than I like...I will still stand with him, I will still believe.  My purpose in life is more than just sitting here waiting for a man to love me.  I want to know my God, my Jesus, the Savior who gives me life.  I want my life to reflect him for others.  I want others to experience the joy and freedom of knowing Christ and living in his love.

I miss out on that when I wallow in my own self pity and limit my desires to those of the world.  So most of this is spoken to myself, that I must picture the cross and see my sins, each and every thing that is contrary to God in me, and see how he suffered by taking it upon himself.  He suffered COMPLETE separation from the Father...for me.  He loves me and He is more than enough.  He loves me, he loves me, he loves me.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”  Daniel 3:16-18

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.    Jeremiah 31:3
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.    John 3:16-18

 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:4-5


Friday, October 14, 2016

Finish It Up Friday...Strawberry Fields Double Wedding Ring

I have a big finish to share this week.
My double wedding ring quilt is DONE!  It is even off to its new home :)
I finished up the basting in the middle of packing and working at my house.
 I hated not being able to get work done on it while I was in house limbo.
 It was an exciting day when my sewing machine arrived at my new house and I could begin the quilting of this beauty.
 I've noticed that big projects begin to get "old" and I'm ready to start something new as I get to the end.  I've found that they go smoother, quicker and more enjoyably if I pray for the recipient as I work.
 My cousin chose her fabrics and I loved working with them, Strawberry Fields Revisited by Moda.
 It is a large queen size which made it hard to get pictures by myself.
 Most people might groan at the sight of all the inside corners I had to do with that binding but it was a good, fun challenge at the end of this project!

 I used her favorite fabric from the line for the backing.  My mom was astonished that I managed to do a single fabric for a backing ;) I like to get scrappy with the leftovers usually!
 Hand sewing doesn't like my hands or else the other way around, so I did machine bind.

Hurray for finishes! I love how it turned out!


Friday, September 23, 2016

Finish It Up Friday...Almost Chevron Baby

Hurray, I get to post about quilting again!! Oh, how I missed my sewing machine for the good month of house prep, packing and moving.  Not all done yet, but glad to be able to have some sewing therapy again.
Babies are wonderful! And making baby quilts is awesome when Joann's has a fabulous sale and the colors work for multiple quilts!!  Love the colors my friends picked.
 Not only am I getting to sew, but I have a FINISH!
A friend from my time living in Omaha is expecting a precious bundle soon.  We've kept in contact over the years since I lived there and I was so blessed to be asked to make a baby quilt for her.
This is the inspiration she had for the baby room and quilt.
This is the inspiration I found using what she gave me.
It is a very simple pattern so I just picked a size of half square triangle block that would give me a crib size quilt.  It went together pretty quick. 
 I worked hard at getting my points to match!
 I liked my inspiration quilt, but felt that borders would make it more to my liking.
Yay, for a finished quilt top :)
 I toyed with the idea of appliqueing a few clouds on to bring in that element of her inspiration, but just didn't want to go that route.
 And so, here it is finished!  A lovely 36 in x 42 in finish!
 And I got the clouds in there.  I quilted them in!  I was brave again and went free motion.  Much easier on such a small quilt.
 I used the remaining squares and strips already cut to fill in part of the backing.  It almost makes it reversible...if you ignore the triangles in the corner for hanging.
 More clouds :)
 Here is a "I'm going to try and be creative" shot with my teddy bear.
 I have had these two little plain onesies floating around my sewing room for a few years now.  I decided to applique some little features on as a gift!

So excited for this little guy to arrive! He has an amazing momma :)


Friday, September 09, 2016

Floored To Be Finished With Floors!

Let me share the process of floors.
Both upstairs bedrooms looked like this under the carpet, ugly brown painted wide floor boards.
 This is where my little hand sander and I came in!
 Many hours upon hands and knees.
 I wanted just a nice, airy cottage feel upstairs so I painted the floors white.

 Then it was on to the sewing room floor.  It was mostly sanded down, but had paint and plaster splatters all over.
 My sander and I were back at it.
 There happened to be stain that matched the closet here in the house when I moved in.  I used it to stain the lovely wood.
 Poly down and it was looking gorgeous!
The rooms upstairs needed quarter round, the sewing room needed the gap covered and the living room needed baseboards.  Paint, paint paint.

 When I started with the house I thought the living room floor looked great and wouldn't have to be touched.  Not so after I saw it next to my beautiful sewing room floor.
 Back to the rhythm of sand, stain and poly.
 It is so shiny!!

I'm done with flooring...well until I figure out what to do in the bathroom, and the back porch.


Monday, July 18, 2016

And The Work Goes On!

It seems like forever ago that I was working away at completing my kitchen floors.  People continue to ask how the house is going.  I have also discovered most people think I'm already living there.  Not yet.
 My crazy fun drawer liners!
 New bright blue roof!
 The tin on the left is the way it came, shiny, shiny.  The tin on the left I "aged" with toilet bowl cleaner.  Crazy science experiment right there!
 Dad and I had a lot of "fun" with this wall.  The studs are in there...somewhere...we think.
 We've put in a lot of hard work ;)
 The special rust primer looks as bad as the rust did.

 Hurray! The sink is in, the hot water is functioning!!!
 The latest project has been getting these doors in.  I bought them over a year ago when I thought I might be buying a different building.  They are so cool!! I have five in the house!!
 A couple of wonderful things have slowed down the house project.  First, I spent part of a week at primary camp again this year. SOOOOOO awesome!  God is so good and these kids were so wonderful!  We had lots of fun!
 I was a dorm leader/counselor alongside some fabulous women!
 Not only did we do fun things and enjoy different activities, but we got to share Christ with these kids.  What a privilege!  Praying for the impact it will have on their lives!
 After camp it was home for a week of evening VBS!  I taught the Bible lesson each night to the different classes and was blown away by them.  They were attentive and excited to find out what happened next and to learn their verses.  So amazing to hear little ones hiding God's word in their hearts :D!!
Summer is flying by!  Hope yours is blessed!