Galatians 2:20 & 21 "For I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lines in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Baby is Growing Up

Today, my baby girl got her drivers license! 

Like I NEED a Reason!

Buying fabricI really like #10! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lessons Learning

Here are a few lessons we are learning while helping pack the shop ~

* Some folks like to chat/visit not pack
* You can't have too much shredded paper (we ran out)
* Boxes are a great commodity (at one point yesterday, I packed something in a tissue box!)
* Dust & pollen are not a good combination
* It takes much more time than you think it will
* You can't keep some stuff from breaking
* Strong men are a necessity to the process
* Keeping  a sense of humor is good (and occasionally thinking "oh bless her heart")
* Family is awesome ~ Amy & I took this on ~ Greg has helped, James & Will went box hunting yesterday
* Lots of cold drinks are needed ~ helps cut down on the pollen & dust
* Chairs are awesome to sit boxes on so you don't have to lean to the floor
* Organization isn't in everyones genes
* Some folks are definite packrats (or have a strong depression era mentality)
* Its really ok to throw some stuff away

Some interesting stuff I found yesterday ~ all ceramic

*An Elvis Bust (he is packed in a shoebox)
*A ceramic flyswatter holder
*A loaf of bread canister
*Plates, platters, and trays ~ oh my!

Today is another day!  But first some grocery shopping is necessary!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Amy & I are helping pack up a ceramics store to move to a new location.  It is a dusty endeavor and is taking lots and lots of time & work. 

There is an old saying "you can't see the trees for the forest" ~ I changed it to you can't see the ceramics for the shelves.  All these items have been here the whole time but there is so much you look and look and can't see everything.  Picking up each item, you discover lots of things.

We have found some odd things, I would have never thought of ~  things that I see and wonder "why"?....

A Casino Santa hitting the jackpot, Mail Man Santa, Fruit Basket Santa, Hawaiian Shirt Santa ~
A Lg. Frog (anatomically correct female) wearing a bikini ~
figurines with no clothing ~
and more

Some cool things we found that we are going to do ~
old fashioned washboard
doll size tea sets
the Wall Street Bull (Greg wants)
Lots of Owls

I can't begin to count all the pieces that have been busted in the packing ~ mostly greenware (that hasn't been fired yet).  Some have been on the shelves so long, that they crumble when we pick them up.  And we don't know what the state of the items will be after the move and when we unpack.

Everything is supposed to be packed up by tomorrow night ~ I still can't see that happening.  We've worked 7 1/2 hours 4 days and 9 hours yesterday, just this week..and it isn't done.  Greg came and helped last night and worked with me all day today down there.

And then ~ once everything is moved ~ then starts all the unpacking and organizing ~ there is no telling how long that will take.  Her location will be larger.

I am looking forward to the days of just going into the shop, sitting down and working on the goodies we have.  Who knows when that will be!

As Scarlett O'Hara said "tomorrow is another day".

But first church!  Happy Sunday! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Life Was Forever Changed

18 years ago, today, I was the Mama of a 12 year old son and a 7 year old son.  Both blonde, one blue eyed and one brown eyed, both full of energy, their bedroom full of trucks, cars, legos, k'nex, books, stuffed animals & lots of Boy/Cub Scout stuff.  They loved video games, camping, playing ball in the yard, riding bikes, doing stuff with their dad & grandpa Bill.  They turned my life upside down with excitement, adventure & fear (have you ever heard feet running across your roof?  I have!)

The Lord had a new adventure in mind for me.  18 years ago tomorrow ~ my baby girl was born!  She had a head full of black hair, an olive complexion, and blue/green eyes (now green like her Grandpa Bill).  We now had lace, pink, dolls, tea sets, stuffed animals with names & personalities, and lots of drama. 

Fast forward 18 years later ~ tomorrow Amy Lynn turns 18 (gasp). She surpassed me in height about 6 years ago, has long brown hair and big green eyes.  My Amy today loves ~ baking, reading, ballet, crafting, her dogs & rabbit, animal facts (her knowledge rivals Animal Planet), shopping, volunteering, going on Mission Trips, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, going to Disney World,  swimming, traveling, jetski rides with Greg, "babysitting" her Granny, spending time with her cousins & siblings & being an Auntie.  Given the choice of any fast food place she will always choose Chick Fil A.  She started her own home business since graduation ~ Amy's Cupcake Creations ~ all made from scratch & they are yummy! 

In her 18 years she has gone on Mission Trips to Honduras, Prince Edward Island Canada, Oklahoma, Memphis, and New York State.  She leads a group in our churchs yearly Bible School. 

And I was forever changed ~~~~  I love you Amy Lynn!

Smith Mtn. Lake

bible drill


Cutting off her waist length hair to donate for Cancer Patients

Homeschool High School Graduation

she's an Auntie

crafts at Street Reach in Memphis with Inner City Kids

Amy loves riding with her Dad on the Jetski!

Amy's gift to Granny ~ Pigs In a Mud Pit cake!

Happy 18th Birthday~

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Threshold Of Glory! - Prestonwood Choir & Orchestra

This is one of the most powerful songs, I've heard proclaiming the magnificence of the Lord!  Our choir is singing this Sunday morning at church!  I found this beautiful version on YouTube and Amy downloaded it for me to share!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Simple Things

Todays technology is a great thing ~ we can send & receive messages almost instantly, snail mail is optional ~ we can find out almost any information we need at the touch of a button ~ a machine can wash & dry our clothes (I am waiting for the folding & putting away machines), another machine can wash, sanitize and dry our dishes, our stand mixer can mix up bread, cupcakes, cookie dough, etc. ~ the pressure washer can clean the exterior of the house, the driveway or the vehicles ~
But what about appreciating the simple things?
Many today, don't focus on things that don't beep, bling, or require electricity.
Here are some simple things I love ~
In person conversations
receiving a Card in the mail
pictures of my grandsons
cross stitching a picture
hand quilting
family get togethers
Sunday afternoons
floating in the pool
getting fresh eggs from the chickens
reading a book
morning prayers
family celebrations
setting and achieving a goal
spring flowers
tiny baby clothes for a new grandson
helping a friend
a home cooked meal
hugs & kisses
hearing "I Love You"
wandering through a quilt shop
the changing of seasons
singing in the choir at church
hand smocking a dress
colorful floss for projects
iced tea
Saturday morning dates
projects to work on while traveling
watching snow fall
beautiful sunsets
the beach
colorful, warm quilts
So what simple things make you happy?