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Easy Thanksgiving Day Crafts

These Thanksgiving ideas from Kelly’s diy are so cute , I just had to reblog !

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Cross – Stitch Your Photos ?

Hello everyone!  I realize that it has been a while since my last post.  Today  I  want to share with you a site that a friend told me about, a cross – stitching  site.    The  link   is  http://www.myphotostitch.com    I  am  so  impressed  with  it that I decided to  share  it with my readers.  The unique thing about the site is that you can upload  a  photo and have  it  made  into  aDVC00049  cross – stitch pattern.    I’m  very excited about this because I am currently in the process  of  making  a cross-stitch of the picture on the left.  This  is  a  picture  of  my father holding my now 15 year old son.  My plan is to give it to my Mom for mother’s day.  I am hoping to make it into a pillow to be placed on the sofa, in memory of my Father.  If anyone is interested  in  transforming  a  photo  into  a  wall  hanging, a pillow, or a simple cross – stitched image, then I encourage you to try it out. I have found that using 18ct aida gives the best results.

Once again, the site is http://www.myphotostitch.com/     The best part, it is completely free!  Have fun cross – stitching, and good luck!  Please feel free to post your chosen photo – I’d love to see what you decide to create!

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Headaches!

The year was 2014.  It was April and had been a very rough year right from the start, the worst being that my father had just passed away.  April 15, 2014 at exactly 4:15pm, I watched helplessly as my father slipped away from this earthly existence.   I remember holding onto his hand, desperately wishing that there was something I could do to ease his pain.  As I sat there beside him, along with my mother and four siblings, I silently prayed, “Dear God, if it be possible, please let me take on some of his pain.  Later that same night, I was awakened by the most intense pain I had ever experienced.  My head.  I couldn’t even budge it without excruciating pain.  I lay there letting out a soft whimpering sound, as I dared not move my head.  I had had migraines before, but nothing like this.  The pain lasted for days. My husband took me to our regular physician, but nothing helped. After eight days and no improvement, he took me to see a naturopath doctor in Alabama.   His name was Dr. Reed Sainsbury.  We had seen him before several times, and by now he was also a good friend.  Once in his office he gave me some drops to take.  On the bottle was simply the word, “Headache”.  He told me to take 8 – 10 drops every hour.  I was taking them the whole ride home.  (the drive was several hours)  Before reaching home, my headache went from a ten to a two.  No joke.  The pain dropped rapidly.  By the time I reached home, the headache was completely gone!  After more than a week of intense pain, it was finally gone!  I was able to move without pain for the first time in days!!  By now it was Holy Saturday.  It wasn’t until Easter Sunday that I realized that God had answered my prayer!  He allowed me to suffer with my father, and by Easter Sunday, He had relieved me of that pain.  That Monday was my father’s funeral.   I’ve used these drops for my headaches ever since, and they always help.

 

Those drops can be purchased from   https://www.vitaliving.com/standard-enzyme-co

and they are called “Headache”    I hope this information can help someone else who also suffers from headaches.

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Cakes, Cakes, Cakes!!!

Okay, everyone – lately I’ve been getting into CAKES!  Baking cakes, decorating them, using fondant, and creating awesome cakes that would just blow your mind!  Yep, I’m really getting into that…one day…maybe ?  Okay, so I would love to learn how to make some of these amazing cakes that are just so eye-popping that people can hardly believe they’re really cake until you cut into it.  But in reality, my cake decorating skill – well, let’s just say it needs work!  But after watching some of the videos on youtube, I’ve really become inspired to try my hand at it.  Fondant and all.  Maybe it’s because my son’s 15th birthday is coming up soon and he wants something different – he wants a Fidget- spinner cake – that really spins!!  So, I’m not sure how it will come out, but I’m going to try my hand at it.   I’ve been watching videos to learn how to do this.  If anyone has suggestions or pointers, I’d really appreciate any advice you have.  The party is on September 1, so I have some time for trial and error .  Wish me luck!  Here is the video on how to make the fidget-spinner cake.  Oh, and if you don’t know what a fidget spinner is, don’t worry.  I think you have to be the mom of a teen or pre-teen to know.   Without further ado, here is the video:

 

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July Fourth Freebies!

Every July Fourth (Independence Day) our family celebrates by having a big family gathering at our house with lots of fun and food.  We usually pick up Popeyes chicken and sides for the lunch, and I always make my famous “Flag cake”.  This year we will be having some games as well, with prizes of course.   You know, the classic,  “Guess how many    M & M’s in a jar (or whatever candy I decide to use)  The winner of that one wins the jar of candy.   I am also planning on having a door prize.  I haven’t yet purchased the prize for that one.  I plan to simply have everyone write their names on the provided Flag cards which I’ve made, (link for that below) and then will have them put them in a bowl for a drawing.  I just love doing stuff like that!  I love to give and to bring happiness to others.  The best part of all is that no one has any idea that these things will take place!

The above video brings home the real reason why we celebrate on this day.  Games, fun, and prizes are all okay, as long as we remember why we are celebrating in the first place.  I will be showing this video at the party so that everyone there will remember why they have gathered together on that day .    People have given their lives so that we may be free.  How awesome is that!  I hope you all have a wonderful July Fourth, however you choose to spend it!

Now for the link to those flag cards:

July Fourth namecard

Printable Fourth of July party invitation:

Fourth of July Invitation

And to conclude, a printable word search puzzle :

Independence Day

 

Happy Independence Day!  Keep that Flag flying high, America!

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Life’s Puzzles

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“I can do it myself.” My two year old son proudly announced as he attempted to snap the giant, brightly colored, foam, jig-saw puzzle – shaped play-mat into place.  I watched as I saw him struggling to put the piece in the wrong place. I was about to go and do it for him, to show him that he had it in the wrong place, when my husband gently placed his hand on my arm. “He’s got this. Let him figure it out.” he whispered to me. I stopped and stood there next to my husband as we watched our son struggling with what must have seemed to him to be the biggest puzzle in the world. I watched as the puzzled, yet determined expression on the face of my son was transformed into a beaming smile as he realized the correct way to fit the puzzle together. “I did it myself! I did it myself!” my son said over and over as he celebrated this victory over the puzzle.

My son is now fourteen.   Since then, there have been many “puzzles” to solve in his life, and with each one, I still had that inside desire to solve it for him. Yet, I gratefully think back to my husband’s wise words that day so long ago. “He’s got this. Let him figure it out.”  My son doesn’t need a “helicopter mom” .   He doesn’t need someone to continuously do things for him, show him the answers, or tell him how it’s done. These things will only hinder him in the long-run. What he needs is room to grow; room to figure things out and learn and discover this big wide world and all of the many puzzles which he will come across in the future.  I’ll be there for him, to help him when he needs me, but I cannot – I must not “do it for him”, for he can “do it himself” !

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July Fourth Freebies!

Every July Fourth (Independence Day) our family celebrates by having a big family gathering at our house with lots of fun and food.  We usually pick up Popeyes chicken and sides for the lunch, and I always make my famous “Flag cake”.  This year we will be having some games as well, with prizes of course.   You know, the classic,  “Guess how many    M & M’s in a jar (or whatever candy I decide to use)  The winner of that one wins the jar of candy.   I am also planning on having a door prize.  I haven’t yet purchased the prize for that one.  I plan to simply have everyone write their names on the provided Flag cards which I’ve made, (link for that below) and then will have them put them in a bowl for a drawing.  I just love doing stuff like that!  I love to give and to bring happiness to others.  The best part of all is that no one has any idea that these things will take place!

The above video brings home the real reason why we celebrate on this day.  Games, fun, and prizes are all okay, as long as we remember why we are celebrating in the first place.  I will be showing this video at the party so that everyone there will remember why they have gathered together on that day .    People have given their lives so that we may be free.  How awesome is that!  I hope you all have a wonderful July Fourth, however you choose to spend it!

Now for the link to those flag cards:

July Fourth namecard

Printable Fourth of July party invitation:

Fourth of July Invitation

And to conclude, a printable word search puzzle :

Independence Day

 

Happy Independence Day!  Keep that Flag flying high, America!

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Misunderstandings

Has it ever happened to you ?  Has anyone ever been misunderstood – misunderstood by the ones closest to you ?  I have. A lot.  It’s funny, really – how life works; how relationships work.  I have come to accept the fact that being misunderstood by those closest to me is just going to have to be one of the crosses I must bear in life.  It hurts.  But trying to explain often makes matters worse, so sometimes it’s just better to allow the other person to continue in their belief that my intentions were not good.

So, what is all of this babbling about ?

Why is this post not making much sense ?

Am I just someone who wants to complain ?

No.  I don’t want to complain, and I’ll tell you what this is all about.

I smiled.

It wasn’t a big smile – just a quick, little, flash of a smile.  I smiled because I had just told my husband that the smell he was commenting about was not his dinner burning, just a spill on the hot stove.  After I informed him of that, I flashed a quick smile to show him all was well.  Ooops.

Suddenly all was not well.  “I saw that. I saw that smug little smile.” he said to me.  I was surprised.  He had totally misunderstood my intentions.

“No.” I said.  “I wasn’t – I didn’t…”

“I know what I saw.  Don’t be like that.”

Well, I could have done one of two things.  I could have stood there and defended myself, and continue to insist upon my good intentions, which would only bring about an argument.  OR  I could just allow him to continue believing that I was being smug – after all, he knew what he saw.  Well, I chose the latter.

I chose to continue to be misunderstood, rather than to get into an argument with my husband – especially since all of this was taking place in front of my son.

I later practiced that little smile in front of the mirror. Oh boy.  It did appear smug.  Wow.  I will never use that expression again.  I really didn’t intend for it to come off like that.

So, I ended up apologizing to my husband – as always.

I guess being misunderstood is part of life.  After all, Christ was misunderstood more than anyone else ever was.  He didn’t defend Himself.  I should try to be more Christ-like, even if it hurts sometimes.

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A Life-Changing Book

I recently read a book that changed my life.  It changed the way I see myself, and the way I see others.  It is called, “Get Motivated!” by Tamara Lowe, and it’s awesome.  I highly suggest this book to everyone.

Through this book, people have learned how to advance in their careers, improve their relationships, and to achieve their goals.  This isn’t just another book.  This is a life changer.  In addition to the book, Tamara Lowe also hosts her Get Motivated! seminars.  Below is a link to a video of the author as she talks about her experiences and her book.

http://cbn.com/tv/embedplayer.aspx?bcid=1410464980001