Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow...Snow...Snow...



I can only say that we had a dusting of snow while my friends up north are experiencing a blizzard. Cities are shut down, schools closed, grocery store shelves empty and here in the south, schools are closed, I can only assume the bread and milk are gone, but to our defense, we do have some icing and slick spots and we are just not used to driving on it.

To our northern friends, we look foolish. :)  It makes me laugh. We make me laugh. I love living in the south.

On a serious note, my heart goes out to those dealing with coastal flooding and high winds. That is nothing to joke about.

The plus side to a winter storm is the chance to be at home with your family and it's good every now and then to be able to do this, be with family, cook some good food, read, play games etc...

I love the beauty of snow.  That is the blessing. It's  pretty on the trees and on the mountains.

I know there is a flip side to a winter storm, I lived in upstate New York and lived through several snow storms. It was just a way of life and nothing shut down where we lived. It was tough on this southern girl.  Anyway, I like to think about the good side of a winter storm. Some times, we who live in the south and who  don't see much snow just want a snow day every now and then. Even the dog.













Enjoy your day! Blessings. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Encouragement...Dream Big

Good Morning! have a blessed and warm day! ♥

I think this picture is  appropriate today because of the blizzard in the Northeast.

We had a nice weekend. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend,  It snowed a few hours on Saturday morning and it was pretty but only lasted a few hours and it was gone. We did all our grocery shopping and I was excited to get it all done and put away and back in my pajamas by three.

We all needed a weekend like this. I am very grateful for the Lord blessing us this weekend.

Our verse for today:  1 Corinthians 2:9:


“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

One thing I sense coming up over and over again in my prayer time is Dream Big.

We have a big God who can do anything and yet a lot of the times we are so timid in asking Him for the things that are really on our hearts and we settle for asking Him for things we think He will give us.

The thing is, God knows our hearts and He knows exactly what we are keeping to ourselves that He wants us to share with Him.

God wants to do so much more through us because His Spirit lives in us.

I wonder what I, you, would do if we weren't afraid of dreaming BIG or asking for BIG things from God?  I wonder what we would do if fear was cast aside and we decided to trust God OR if we are afraid but we choose to do it anyway?!

So Much More...  These are the words that I am thinking of this Monday morning. SO. MUCH. MORE.

I think if you find yourself in a season of searching or struggling that God might be stirring up a new dream we would never think of on our own. Which is why, I love this week's verse. Keep asking God, He will reveal it to you in His time.

That's another thing I am learning: Embrace your place. Enjoy where you are at while waiting on God to move you to another place or season in life.

The season may be hard, dry, but even in the wilderness times, God reveals Himself and blesses each of us with beauty and gifts and provision. Some days, I have to look harder for it but it's there.

Blessings.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Fun

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!


It was  a lazy Friday and I liked it just fine.

We all slept in, and that is rare. Well, I can't say I slept in because I was up at 6 and drank coffee and prayed and read my Bible but mom and Georgia slept in until eleven.

Mom's schedule is get up, bathroom, take medicine, drink coffee, eat a cherry danish and watch Price is Right, Every. Single. Day. :)

I am not one to watch daytime tv but we sit with her and watch the shows with her.

It was a day of being lazy until two o'clock and we made ourselves get up and clean the house.


We watched a Chopped marathon. I have recently began to watch this show and I love it. There is no way I would ever be able to go on this show but I love to watch it.


After the house was clean, I had to lay down and rest my back, After a year, I can't do much of anything. The room was clean, everything polished, swept, vacuumed and the room smelled clean and I turned off the lights and turned on the fan and it was a perfect recipe for a nap. Yes and Amen.

I took a late shower and Georgia made dinner. We have had this recipe a few times and I love it.

It's Pioneer Woman's meatball slider recipe and we made it meatball subs tonight.


AND we might get snow in the morning, I have no desire to interrupt this nice day by going to the store only to find all the bread and milk gone and I'll take my chances in the morning. :)

So basically,  a Friday of fun. A needed day like this. I love days like this. I hope it's a precursor of the upcoming weekend. ;)

Happy Friday. Happy Weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Random Thursday




I'll file this post under random, lighthearted and basically, it's what's on my mind today. I'm a little sleepy and working on my second cup of coffee but I think I may need a few extra hours of sleep.

Daisy dog hurt her leg yesterday and she had a hard time walking and jumping on the bed, couch etc... she needed assistance but she didn't want the help, she just wanted to whine about the fact that she needed help but if you touched her, she was going to growl. SO, I'm tired because of her whining etc... this morning she is better and sound asleep right next to me. Figures. :)

Thanks to Jen Hatmaker, I have found my new favorite lip stick. I haven't worn lipstick in years, just my Burt Bees lip balm which works fine with me but this lipstick is amazing. It lasts for 24 hours, just like it states and I found it at the Dollar Store on sale.



My friend, Sophie has written her second book, Home is Where Your People Are:The Roads that Leads us to Where We Belong.


I am on chapter three and just like her first book, I can't put it down. It's so good. I love the way Sophie writes, when you're reading her books, you feel like you are at her home or "the Starbucks" drinking coffee and visiting with each other and it makes you wish you were one of her "people".

She talked about her memories as a child growing up in church and I could just picture it all and it brought back a few of my own memories of my church and it made me smile.

I may write a post about my church memories growing up  one day.

You should get her book and read it for yourself. After reading her blog over the last 8 years and her two books, we have a connection with  the love of SEC sports, bacon and all manner of other things and I cannot go by "the Steinmarts" without thinking of her. In fact, thanks to Sophie, I put "the" in front of  every store name and it makes me laugh and think about her. Trust me on this, the next time Miss America,  or Miss USA comes on, please follow her on Twitter. It will make your night.

And finally,

I am making a BBQ recipe that I found on Pinterest tonight, I have made it so many times and the family loves it. I have tweaked it to make it more flavorful but try it, you'll like it. It's so easy.

Slow Cooker Pork BBQ

Recipe found here, at Random Mommy, which I had forgotten the name of the blog until now and that fits perfectly with my Random Thursday.

Blessings.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Relax and Seek



I know it's hard to relax when things are going wrong or on some days it seems like nothing but chaos.

I can look at the picture above and shake my head in agreement and then turn right around and spend my day in worry or being frustrated or wringing my hands and wondering, what in the world are we going to do?

The fact is, we can't do anything but God can do everything.

The answer or the help may not come when we want it to but trusting in God and trusting that even though we can't see Him working, He in fact, is working.

When we are seeking God, He promises we will find Him.

From my own personal experience, God moves in His time and not mine. I can worry, fret, dread all day long but that does not move God to work any faster.

This is where we are to trust in His Sovereign hand. In His timing.

You know the saying, Be a Warrior, not a Worrier?  Trying not to worry about something is still a struggle for me. I do know this, anytime we worry and struggle with it, we can go to God and ask for his help to increase our faith and to help us not to worry.

Even if we have to ask every minute of the day. :)

Blessings.

A Beautiful Adoption Story

For a year now, I have been reading a blog called, Mix and Match Mama. The blog author Shay shares her recipes and fashion and about life in general. I love her blog, it's so much fun and she gives great advice from working out to jewelry, nap time for kids etc....

Her and her her husband just adopted a sweet little girl from China. Shay is talking about adoption today on her blog. If you have ever thought about adopting and have questions, I suggest you reading her blog today.

I know you will love her and her family and enjoy visiting her blog each day. :)

Have a great Tuesday.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Simple Thing...Sunshine

For the last few weeks we have had our fair share of cloudy, gray skies. After a few days or weeks of this. it really makes you appreciate sunshine. In fact, I started praying for God to bless us with a few sunny days.

Yesterday, we finally had a sunny day. Thank you God! It's amazing how that energizes people to get outside and do something, anything just to be outside enjoying the sun in 40 degree weather. ;)

I got nothing done yesterday but cleaning the house and picking up pizza for dinner last night.

I think my whole point of this post may be a few reasons: I am thankful for the sun, sunlight, sunshine, sunrises, sunsets AND I need some color. Winter can seem long when it's been cold and rainy (like here) and I begin to crave sunshine and color and spring etc..

Simple things in life are the best.










Flowers in polka dot green pitcher.

.Crete Greece - sunset

BUT...

Winter can be fun too.


sledding

Our Daisy


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Winter has its own color and beauty

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Plus, snowmen are cute.:)

:)

Happy Saturday!