Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Five Minute Friday :: W. A. I. T.

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She was consumed by a single thought.
She couldn't wait for the adventure to begin.

~ Karen Kingsbury, Leaving

Years ago, I worked as a nurse assistant.  One night - while sitting with one of our little patients, long story, (I worked on pediatrics, at the time)... I had plenty of time to think and pray.  I was going through a trying time in my personal life... lots of waiting ensued.
I remember asking God - what I needed to know or learn through this...season,
and before long a few acronyms came to mind.


Wrestle against impatient thoughts.
Worry always increases tension.
What an interesting time!
Whoa! am I trusting?
Who am I trusting?
Worship Awhile Instant Time ...well-spent.
Waiting always increases trust.
Waiting always involves time.  (duh!)


Over the years since this time.  I have come back to these statements, these questions over and over and even sharing with others when or if they found themselves going through similar hard times.

Sometimes we just need to wait it out and trust in the moment of "silence" that God is molding and shaping us for HIS good.  I'm so glad He gave me these things to ponder... and for you to!
I'm glad good things take time!

Wait my daughter until you find out what happens...for the man will not rest until the matter is settled today. ~ Ruth 3:18
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Joining up with Kate from Heading Home for her Five Minute Friday link up.
Click the button for details for on how you can be a part.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mugs & Muffins :: Would you come - if you could?

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With one month down into the start of the New Year, It has dawned on me that I've been holding out on an idea that I've been wanting to implement for awhile and well...here we are! The saying is true: Time flies when you're having fun!
 Let's not wait any longer.  I just need to take a deep breath and give it a chance - to see what may come of it!

You all know that this is the home of the virtual Mugs & Muffins...and I know it is a post that is thoroughly enjoyed and mostly well received... for which I am grateful!  

***If you're new here, you can read HERE to learn more if you feel you don't know what this is all about!!
What if we could do this for real??
This idea (with some reservation, still) came to me one day that I should really open wide my front door and make it a true-to-life experience. An actual set aside time of "living this out"... and yet it makes me nervous-giddy to think of this.  That level of vulnerability and humility - if you know what I mean?  However, it is exciting... and if I must, I'll be the first to let you know... I still have room (a lot of room!) to grow in the realm of hospitality.
I'm a little out of practice.  And, we are called to practice... aren't we?
(Romans 12:13b)

The thing is, is that seating is limited.  I can only comfortably host 6-8 ladies at most (Okay, maybe 10, if we squish!) and childcare is limited, as well...if even available at all.  I'm still working on all the fine details - regarding the time and date, etc.  I can't decide if I would want this to be a morning, an early afternoon - over lunch for a lite lunch, or an evening. I'm leaning towards during the day; during the week!  Muffins work best in the AM - yes?

My house may not be ready, but my heart is.  Come on in!!

Obviously, this would only be open to local friends and readers on a first-come, first-serve basis.  I will inform when the space is filled...as well, please know...I will not like the idea of having to turn anyone away - due to space limitations.  AHHHH!!
What is local?  I'll let you decide what you deem as local.  If you feel 1, 3 or 6 hours away is "okay" with you - then by all means, feel welcome to come!
 However, I will say this... and this is important!!

One of the stipulations I would have is that I would have to at least "recognize" you as a regular reader/commenter on this blog and, or know your face personally.  And - any fine details (meaning travel directions and address, etc.) would only come via email... never, NEVER here on the blog!

I'm just looking for a time of sitting down and chatting it up over a cup of coffee or hot tea and literally passing around the plate of muffins (plus!!) ...sharing the pulse-rate of stories that matter ~ whatever is on our hearts for the day.  There might even be a GIVEAWAY - here, too!!  Oh, the possibilities...are endless.

Would you do me a favor?
Let me know if you would consider coming to something like this.  I am thinking of doing this sometime soon and want to know if I should take the idea and run with it, or if I should just let it go.

The next online Mugs & Muffins will be hosted on Monday, February 16th!

It is after Valentine's Day but, we'll still be having a Valentine theme with
a red & white Giveaway to go along!  I simply cannot wait...

In the meantime, I would love, LOVE to hear your thoughts regarding having an
in real life Mugs & Muffins event.  Would you come - if you could?
Thank you, so much!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Winter's White Quilt :: Quote

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Oh, Winter White you came to call after all, didn't you?  Yeah!!

This was Saturday...and while we could, we threaded some color into this wonderful white world!!  The girls had a blast (big brother was off to the YMCA for swim lessons).  There is more snow to come over the rest of today and into tomorrow, which most likely means little to no school!
We'll hunker down and enjoy this white blanket of snow whilst reading books, cozying up and keeping up with 'learning' activities where we can.

I love this quote, I found...sometime ago!

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and the fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quiet quilt; and perhaps it says, Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again. ~Lewis Carroll

Nothing spells comfort and cozy like a pot of simmering hot Ham and Bean Soup (yes! I'm making this again... cause it's so good )with a side of fresh from the oven homemade bread slathered in butter which melts all over the place and down the fingers...


Enjoy your family and the comforts of home!  Stay safe and be warm!!

 Until next time...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Five Minute Friday :: Share

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Joining with Kate @ Heading Home - for the Five Minute Friday link up. :)
This community and stretch of writing on one word for just five minutes does my heart good!
It's fun.  And you're more than welcome to join in, too!
Read HERE for more of those details on how you can be a part.

Today's word is:  Share

Do I have to share?
We hear that all the time... as kids... and even adults.  Sometimes, that is the wave of thought we go through.  Isn't it?

all of that can be challenging - especially if you're anything like me... believe it or not.

However, to share is necessary.
We need to share!

Today I had the fine privilege of sharing my day with a dear friend who recently had a new baby.

We're old friends and have lack of nothing to talk about.
We take turns going to each other's house.
Have a brunch or lunch together.
Talk books.  Exchange books and talk recipes...
Family life.
Share ideas and dreams.
Of course, playing catch up with our lives...

I always enjoy the coffee.
the conversation.
the quality of time well spent with her!

And her kids and mine are good friends now too!

In fact.  My kids will be upset to know my youngest daughter and I spent the afternoon at her/their house without sharing the day with them, too!
Unfortunately, this sort of day doesn't happen often enough.

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Who will share life with, this weekend?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

{Bags by Bevy} Grace Amazing!

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I have one very amazing and patient Aunt - named Grace!  People tell me that I look a lot like my Aunt and, in my humble opinion, that is such a compliment to me.  I only wish I had more of her sweet disposition and her patience.  (sigh!)

Back over Thanksgiving - it was my Aunt Grace and her family who hosted the extended family's Thanksgiving Dinner.  It was then that my Aunt had asked me to bring along all that I had in stock in and from my etsy shop so she could shop...  (smile!)

Well... nothing seemed just right for her taste (which was fine, with me!!) - however, she was able to articulate an idea for what she was looking for.  So, she placed an order with me - for a classic small bag - for whenever I could get around to it.  Nice!!

I knew I would have to wait to get to it until after the holidays and she totally understood... and then we received word that my Aunt Grace was VERY, VERY sick and hospitalized.  That her condition was "life-threatening" and well.... this was such a shock to us as we had just seen her a couple of weeks ago and she was in good spirits, doing really well - we never suspected a thing! Apparently, it was a surprise for everyone...

Needless to say, It was a very scary time for her family and for all of us...for that matter.

In the meantime, she had sent me a couple of bags of buttons and some fabric that she thought might suit in my bag making and it was a win-win for both of us.  Grace was cleaning out; going through her sewing stuff... and I was able to incorporate the use some of the fabric and buttons into the making of her bag.

Good News!!

My Aunt Grace is okay.  She's home and healthy - once again, as far as I know!  I guess, she has been for most of the month of January, which is comforting.

Her bag is finished now, too!! and I'm so grateful for her patience in waiting for this bag.  Hopefully, it will be sent out to her either later today or first thing, tomorrow!!

I named her bag - Grace Amazing!!  Maybe, I should have named it  ~ Patient Grace.

:: Grace Amazing ::
classic, small bag
(made to order)

Thank you, for sneaking a peak into my etsy shop, at your leisure, and for thinking of me - should you need a gift for yourself or loved one!  Let me know - how I can help!

I appreciate it - greatly!
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