Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

Black Friday shopping. How did it go for you? I started out this morning shopping with my friend and her daughter. We where at Joann Fabrics at 5:30 AM, we where the 3rd -5th people in line. I spent a whole $1.05 there. I got some picture hangers that I needed to hang my cork/bulletin board. I wanted to get a bolt of their 50% cotton/50%bamboo blend fabric but they didn't have any. So they didn't get too much of my money. Then we headed to Dunhams, I picked up a Christmas present for DH. Spent $9.99 there. At K-Mart I did part with a little more of my money. I got a new mattress pad cover and new sheets for the office/guest bedroom. I also picked up a shirt for DH. Next we went to Big Lots. Saw some really nice electric fireplaces there but didn't buy a thing. We went to breakfast after that and met up with some other friends of Tina's there. They were quite busy. It took quite some time to get to order but most of all the coffee that we all so desperately needed. After we filled our tummies, we headed on up to Wal-Mart. I bought 2 boxes of tea, for me, the check out clerk asked me if I braved all the crazy crowds just to get 2 boxes of tea!?! I said that was all I needed. I got the most of my shopping done at Salvation Army Thrift Store, otherwise known as "The Boutique". I have been looking for a pair of jeans and a white long sleeved button down front shirt for me. I got both, a pair of shoes, 2 outfits for Brianne,and 1 for Avery. I also got a black plaid wool jacket with suede collar all for $14.06. Not too bad. On the way home I stopped at Time and Again Antique Shop and got a cute cutwork tablecloth for $12.00. I spent just $100.00 today. Not bad. I might go out tomorrow and shop small business sales but I don't know for sure. We will see what tomorrow brings. It was a great day. Hope you had a great one too and didn't run into any rude shoppers.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I pray that you all have a wonderful day. Don't forgive to thank those people that you take for granted all year long. Think about it for a while and you will know who they are.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Love, thanksgiving, sharing?

Love, thanksgiving, sharing. What do these have in common? Do we exhibit these qualities frequently? Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, the day that traditionally we get together and share a meal. How often in the busyness of cleaning the house, preparing the perfect meal, getting everything just right do we forget to be thankful for the opportunity to host or share in this celebration? Are we thankful that we have all these members of the family to feed? Are we thankful that we have a home in which to serve up this feast? Do we prepare everything with love? Do we greet our family and friends with love? I read a great post this morning from Biblical Homemaking about love and sacrifice.
It reminded me of showing love and mercy while serving. While sacrificing time, energy, provisions, our gifts and talents, do we do it to earn others admiration or do we do it out of love? This Thanksgiving, ask yourself am I doing this out of love? Or am I too caught up in proving something to someone that I forget the whole purpose of Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is a celebration based on thanking God for providing food, shelter and friends that helped the first settlers, the Pilgrims, make it through their first winter and year here in America. The new beginnings for them and the great harvest that they had thanks to the new friends that helped them to adjust to their new homeland. We all need friends to help us survive the cold hard realities of life. Are we thankful for them everyday? Do we share what we have everyday along the way, as we have the ability? Do we love our neighbor as ourselves? Do we love ourselves enough to be able to love our neighbors? Do we offer our thanks giving to an awesome God continually? This world needs LOVE, that is acheived by being thankful for what we have, sharing what we have and giving of ourselves, showing mercy and forgiveness when we are done wrong. Love is a seed that when planted in the hearts of man will grow an abundant harvest of love. The seeds that we plant in the ground will grow that fruit, so it only makes sense that if we plant love, love will grow. What does your Thanksgiving look like? May God bless your celebration table with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. These are the fruits of love. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It has been a slow morning. My brain hasn't begun to function yet. This post might be a short one. Let's begin with what I got accomplished yesterday. I mailed off a birthday present for a sweet little girl who will be turning 2 on the 27th. This sweet little thing.
When I talked to her on the phone the other day she just shattered away with such expression, you could tell she was telling you something very important but I couldn't understand any of it. She is such a sweetheart. Happy Birthday, sweetie. I also got a lot done from my list I made in an earlier post. I got 7 casserole carriers done. I have an 8th one almost done. I need two more metal rings to add to it to make it functional but the rest is done. I also finished up the last 2 backpack/tote bags. They turned out really cute. So I now have 4 of those. Then I made one of the two chenille scarves. I will do the second one today most likely. I am making all of these things for the annual craft sale that we have at our church. It is Dec. 3 rd. Oh, I forgot I also made 2 pillows that are decorated with colorful zippers. Really cute. I got a lot done yesterday. Now for today, what are my plans. I plan to finish that last chenille scarf. I have 2 pieces that would make a great journal cover. I should go get the notebooks that will go inside so that I get the dimensions just right. I have one wallhanging that I also need to finish quilting so that I can have it to take to the sale. I have a customer that loves oriental pieces and buys something each year from me that is oriental. I need to get that done. Well that is what I have planned but we will see what the day holds as anything can happen to change those plans. (If I get all this done, I might just surprise a little lady by showing up at her birthday party.) Have a great day and remember to be thankful for all your many blessings.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving week

Here we are. It is Thanksgiving week. How has this year gone by so fast? I remember as a kid it seemed to take forever to get from one Christmas to the next, or through one school year to the summer. The days are flying by so fast that I think we forget to take a moment each day, not just on Thanksgiving day, and give thanks for all we have. This morning I have thinking about all the things I am thankful for. I am not going to list them here since I already did in my journal. The point is not for you to read what I am thankful for but to think about what it is that YOU are thankful for. Especially all those little annoying things, like a messy house because it means that real people live there, that annoying alarm clock that goes off to get you up to go to the job you have, not wanting to get out of bed on a cold morning because you have a nice warm comfortable bed. These are just a few things. Can you think of something to be grateful for when you are gritting your teeth due to some annoyance in your life? Here is a photo of something I am very grateful for.
My family. I hope that you all have a very thankful Thanksgiving and may God bless you abundantly.