Monday, November 18, 2013

Triangle quilt

IF you take a look at my pinterest  Quilting board 
I have pinned a lot  of very interesting triangle quilts. 
I knew I wanted to make one with solids and one print. 
I wanted it to be soft and cuddly for the sofa. 

The cutting of all the triangles took the most time. 
I kept hitting the ruler with my blade and went thru a few blades in the process. 
I tried to use fabrics I had on hand. 
And the print came from my friend. She brought me some fat quarters from a trip to Niagara Falls.
It was perfect. 

In the quilt I used some blue  cotton couture. It was incredibly soft and I knew it would make the perfect back for my cuddly quilt. 

 I just kept it simple and echoed all the seams by 1/4 inch on all sides.
 I absolutely love the back.
Where the triangles all intersected it made a perfect star. 

For the binding I went with a Denyse Schmidt. 


It is just as soft and cuddly as I had dreamed it would be. 

I also treated myself to Sunday Morning Quilts. 
I love all the inspiration in this book. 


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

You never know

I met someone today and shared with them what was happening in my life. How God is working in our Emily's life and what amazing things are beginning to take place. When I was done sharing with her and praising God she looked at me and said, " you'd never know. Your smiles and happy every week when I see you." Man, I have to say that made me happy. It made me feel that I am trusting in The Lord to take are of Emily. I am not taking on the stress of the situation I instead and giving that to The Lord. Praise God. I don't want to wear the stresses of my life. I don't want them hanging heavy on my shoulders. I want to follow God and what his word tells us.

Psalm 55:22 

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

1 Peter 5:7 

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Isaiah 41:10 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Philippians 4:7 

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:6-7 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 John 4:18 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Romans 8:28  

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

James 1:12 

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:2-4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Monday, October 7, 2013

a resume

This Sunday, in church our pastor was talking about a resume. In particular Paul's resume . 

It was impressive. 
He then asked the question. What's on your resume. 

When He was talking about that I started to feel things. 
Things stiring inside me. 

Someone had asked me the day before, 
"What did you do before you were a Mom?"

I answered, " I have been a Mom since the age of 19. " 
I don't think she was expecting this answer, as she had had a professional career 
before being a mom.
For some crazy reason in this society we live in this answer just doesn't seem to cut it. 
it should, but women tend to look down at other women for this very answer. 

If I had to write a resume,
I could put down a lot of different jobs. 
I could but down Wife, Mother, Friend. 
Blogger, Quilter, Crafter, Photographer. 
Oh I might just put down Artist... 
I can add Home schooling Mom to that list and 
interior designer. 

But whenever I think about myself, I often feel I can do many things
but I don't excel at any of them. 
(now I know that the thought is straight from the Devil) 

I want to see myself as a child of God. Beloved. 
I want to be a nurturing  person who lives for the Lord. 
I want people to see his light in me. 

I want people to see the miracles that God has so graciously
preformed in my life. 
Like Restoring my Marriage. 

I want to shout it from the roof tops. 

GOD is the only reason my marriage is alive. 
God restored my marriage. 
God healed our broken hearts .

I want that to be my legacy. 
I want people to know that God wants to heal them
no matter what the circumstance, 
failed marriage, adultery, feeling betrayed. 
God can heal it and make it new. 

Our daughter has walked away. This summer she walked away. 
I was so angry. I was mad. 
God. Please don't tear my family apart a second time. 
I can't bear it. 

I cried that on my knees. With all of my being. 
I cried it out to God. 

I felt as if I had failed Emily. 
I felt like such a failure as her MOM. 
I was so sad and heartbroken for a few weeks. and then God gently reminded me
"I love her more" 
"I love her more then you could ever love her. I have her. She has turned her back on me.
Let me handle this. Give it over to me"

I can not tell you the peace I felt about her when I pray this.

I pray that God will use these circumstances to give her 
a heart for the Lord.

back to my resume.
I think my ultimate resume would be this

Proverbs 31:10

10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

My Favorite part of that scripture is

Her Children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

Oh How i have to read that over and over again. My job is to
 1. Live for Christ so that others see him in me.
2. Be like this Proverbs 31 10: 31 woman.

And someday when I stand before my Judge I want to hear the words.
Well, done, my beloved. Well done. 


Funny and sad how instagram has changed blogging. 

I have been so busy with life and everything else that goes along with it that
I don't really feel like devoting time to blogging. 

That last statement is both true and sad to me. 

I LOVE homeschooling and I am so very happy and blessed that 
my kids are loving it as well. 

I finally found a church I am being fed in. 

I am so happy that Sara is thriving in this home environment. 
She even got a job at the local hardware store twice a week. 
She is loving her youth group as well. 
It is good. It is wonderful. 

We are adjusting to this life, Summer had some of the strangest 
craziest things happen. We are adjusting. 

Ww lost our puppy LULU  (11 1/2 years old) 
the Second week of September. 
It has been so sad without here. 
I miss her. 
I miss her barking. 
I just plain miss her. 

Maddie keeps asking when we will be getting a new puppy. 
My husband and I want to very different breads.
I would like another female bearded collie
and he wants a male german shepherd. 
We may just end up getting 2 puppies and raise them up 

People think we are crazy. 
We are. 
I don't care what people think. 

Even though there is a lot of craziness going on
God is good. 
He blesses us. 

He continually blesses us. 

I will end with some lulu pics. 

the day we brought her home. 

Here she is about 10 months old. 
Em is probably around 8 and sara is 3

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

what lies ahead.

A day before we left. Sara Shared with us that she had been thinking about being home schooled. 
she thought it would be a great idea for her. 
She will be entering 9th grade. 
(in 2 weeks) 
oh boy. part of me was yelling HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY. 
while part of me was saying... OH NO this kids smarter then I am .... How will I teach her.
Oh that devil he tells us lies. doesn't he..... 

but rest assured... I spoke to a good friend that home schools her 4 girls
(1 in high school) 
and I am confident.


I love that this girl of ours wants to be HOME. 
Home to build Character. Morals. Christian Values. 
I love that at such a vulnerable time in her life when 
most 14 year olds want nothing to do with their parents, 
well, mine does. 
Man I am welling up inside.

I am so happy and feel incredibly blessed that I 
will get to nurture and shape her just a little longer. 

You see as I am writing these words 
God is making me think about some things. 
Sara was only about 2 when I had to go to work full time 
crazy hours. 40 plus a week. 
My sister watched her. 
What a BLESSING that was and still is.
But I missed out. 
I have always felt that I missed out. 

and now God is granting me this extra time with my little girl
while she is growing into a incredible young lady. 

I can't be more excited. 
I can't even begin to tell you all that this means to me. 
Especially at the season in my life 
where so many changes have been happening 
in our lives / family / work 

Sara, she makes me smile. And laugh, and think. 
She makes me twitchy with her love for MATH. 
she makes me sing praises for the gifts that GOd has given her. 
and she is humble what a beautiful quality. 

It is going to be an exciting and wonderful journey we are about to begin in 
a short few weeks. A journey that is going to be hard at times and lovely at times. 
I can not wait. 


Friday, August 23, 2013

a camping we will go, a camping we will go....

 Here we are in front of our humble camper. 
We love it. It is just perfect for us. 
(yes, I secretly wish it was our little vintage travel trailer)
Someday. It will come. 
But for now this is what we are lucky enough to have. 

 We Camped one night in Lancaster... I have zero 
pictures from there b/c we pulled in and set up in the pitch black at 11:30 at night...
light shining only from my phone and neighbors far to close.. every squeal or squeak seemed to
be magnified 10 fold. 
 and we took down and moved to our destination the next afternoon. 
so no time for any photos there. 

The final destination was the KOA in Elizabethtown, PA
It was lovely. we set up our pop up 
plugged her in and relaxed. 

 We had the most beautiful weather.
warm enough for swimming and cool at night. 
you know, sweatshirt at night cool. I love that. 

We swam in the beautiful pool.
Sara was warming herself in the sun. 

Maddie became braver and braver by the end. 

I had booked our site kind of last minute and i they had left was this deluxe site. 
it was DELUXE. we had our own patio / firepit / grill.
One of the things I love about maddie is that 
she finds entertainment where ever she goes. 
Its a gift. she played like this for a long while.

one day we visited Hershey Chocolate world. 
We decided not to go to the park and add over 200 dollars (for 4 of us) 
to our day. 
So we had a blast on the free ride at Chocolate world and 
we went to the 4D movie there. 
So much fun. 
Maddie picked out a hershey bar stuffed animal 
that she now calls, What else, Hershey. 

We had the best corn I have eaten all summer
from a farmer down the road. 

We bought delicious home made root beer 
from an Amish road side stand in Strasburg. 

Maddie decorated the front of our camper with a streamer she got at Hershey.
People go all out with lights and flags and things for the campers....
man I have a banner I should have brought... 
oh well next time. Maddie was happy as can be with her
little gold streamer. 

She also wrapper herself in it. 
and while we packed up she found a caterpillar who 
she became fast friends with.

It was lovely to be together. 
We missed Emily very much. 

it was kind of sunny in this one but I loved it... 

The End. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

my love of cows and my possibly fatale electrocution

I love cows.
just do and always have. 
I remember begging my father to stop and allow me to pet them. 
"please Daddy, please just stop the car and let me pet one" 

(he never did stop...)

Well my love never ceased and I grew up to be a girl who 
still LOVES cows and has a camera. 

So here is how it usually  goes....
me:  Oh, look at those moo cows. Are the not just the loveliest of all creatures? 
Dom : silence
 me: Oh, would you pull over maybe so I can get a quick shot? 
Dom: silence
me: Oh, I will be really quick...
Dom: pulling over the truck.... 
me: hopping out and snapping a few. 

that is how it usually plays out. 

except on the day I captured these beauties....

me: Oh dom those cows are perfect would you pull over?
(mind you we are in a BIG truck on a very small back road in Lancaster County..
did I mention the road is small? ) 
Cars of course are whizzing by at about 80 mph... 
my husband pulls off the road into a ditch... to be as far off the road as possible. 
Dom: hurry up.
me: OKAY, I Will. 
as I swing open my door. the door is touching the fence.... (now lets just stop for a moment I really was thinking that the farm was amish... and I will just leave it at that) 
 grabbing onto the door to jump out and capture the beauty....
me: putting my foot down on the ground...
Ouch I am getting shocked... 
pick my foot up
put my foot back down 
me: ouch I am getting shocked.... 
from inside the truck you hear gut busting laughter.....
It was pretty hysterical.... 
and my foot did sting a bit for a while.

I finally get out and try to get a picture 
(the next 2) 

 As I got closer the cows all bolted away from me..... 
Electrocuted and not even a fabulous picture to show for it. 

There is always next time. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

happy color

Color makes me happy. I took these pictures last fall and just rediscovered them 
this yarn was all hand dyed and hand spun and all that... 
Its just makes me a happy camper. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

summer summer summer time...


How could it be  only a few more weeks till sept? Where on earth did that summer go?

i have been very happily doing Hot Yoga all summer. It is amazing. 
the best I have ever felt. Yup. Not kidding. 
Love the intensity of it. Pushing myself and being able to watch my
body adapt and become more able to do more and more. 

It has been a hard summer to say the least. 
But on the flip side I would say that I  have grown closer to God in 
a way i never thought possible. 
Even when things look the darkest He is right there to hold you and 
guide you. (if you allow him) 

I have seen God do some amazing things for me this summer. 
I hope and pray that one day I can share them with the world. 

IF I had a verse for the summer it would be 

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 

                                        Romans 12:21

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

we have decided...

We have decided to Homeschool

Yup. Probably why I have been such a terrible blogger. I have been in fact researching 
and looking at millions
of things Regarding homeschool. 

I actually am incredibly blessed to have met an amazing Homeschooling MOM. 
who I am gleaning from. 

So I am pretty pumped. 
 I have chosen our curriculum, WE are going to be using My Fathers World. 
I have joined 2 co ops for Maddie next year. 
One is a Fine Arts Co OP that is AMAZING.
it meets once a week and is just an incredible 
the other meets every other week. 
SHe will have gym, music, art and  lots of socialization there. 

This is something that God put on my heart years ago with Emily and Sara. 
But my husband never agreed with me on it. 

I have to tell you that this year it was a stress thinking about sending
Maddie to Kindergarten in public school next year.
I literally was unable to sleep thinking on it.
One night as I lie there wide awake...
i turned to my husband (who was sleeping)
and told him I just couldn't send her.

He said fine.
Homeschool her.

Praise God.
serious answers to prayers here.

I get all sorts of reactions from people but the most surprising to me
is the women who ask Why? Why do you want to do that?
How could you?  I get all the time, I could never be with my kids that much.

Maybe its because I see just how quickly life is going,
our oldest will be turning 20 this summer. How did that happen?
No, really, where is time going? She was just a little girl riding her bike,
playing outside with her bunnies.. and now she is a woman.

So to answer all those Mom's I say,
I want to be with my kids as much as I can, I want to teach them all
that God needs me to have them learn because in the grand scheme of life
we only have our little ones for a very short time and I want to savor every single second
of that time we are given.

I also see how liberal  our public schools are becoming and I don't
like the path they are taking. Further and further away from God.

Its funny, the other day when we were taking Sara to school,
Maddie asked her  if her teachers have Jesus in their hearts.
Sara said I don't know.
I then explained to maddie how they don't talk about Jesus in school.
Why are we not more Horrified? We absolutely should be. anyway.

I am sure there will be good days, GREAT days &
some really hard days as well. but
I am so glad God has put this in my heart.
I am so glad my husband is behind me with this decision.
And we are so excited for the future.

Oh and By the way Maddie just had her very first piano recital.
God has given this child the gift of music for sure.
Here she is in a lesson 

and here she is at her recital. 
She played "Mary Had a Little Lamb" 
She had the Best curtsy of anyone in the entire show. 
What a blessing this girl is. 
Her Piano teacher Ms. Karen always tells me
"I am excited to see What  God Does with  Maddie."
I am excited as well. 

Go hug your kids. 

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