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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

High on Goof Off...the End Product

This is the AFTER picture...after being high on Goof Off.

Our fourth bedroom in the basement is now the guest room
 The following are BEFORE pictures.
Kidlet One moved to this bedroom when she was 12 or 13.
She sponge-painted the walls purple and green.
 When she left for college, Kidlet Two moved
to the bedroom.
Stickers, stickers, stickers were placed on
the door, the walls, and the closet
 Scotch tape was used to hang posters
 A popular skateboarding symbol was spray painted
on the ceiling (sigh...permission had not been
given to do this....)
 With both Kidlets on their own in Cities-Far-Away
I decided this bedroom need a re-do.
After experimenting with several products to remove
the sticky residue from tape and stickers, I found
Goof Off
 It does remove the tough stuff after several applications
 But it is toxic smelling
even with the window open and fans blowing.
I could only work on a small section of the room
at a time before I was light-headed.
 Oh!  Besides the stickers I have hockey sticks,
autographed shirts and trophies to clean up.
Poor Sock Monkey was stuck in the corner...can you find him?

 At one point I found the words
I hate Dad and Mom as I worked slowly around
the room scrubbing the walls.
Typical kids....
 The Husband painted over the black decal on the ceiling
 After weeks and weeks of wall prep, a neutral paint
color was applied to the walls
New carpet was installed.
I had fun shopping for nightstands, lamps, a 
pretty blue/brown bedspread and pillows.
The wall hanging of blues and browns was
the final touch of pretty.
It is now an amazing, peaceful room.
A delightful end product!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Boston Creme Cupcakes


I made these Boston Creme Cupcakes recently.

Start with a yellow cake mix and follow
the directions for cupcakes
 This ice cream scoop is perfect for each cupcake
 Bake according to the directions
 While the cupcakes bake, make two packages
of instant vanilla pudding and refrigerate
 When the cupcakes are cooled, slice them in half.
Place a spoonful of chilled pudding on the
bottom half
 Put the cupcake top on the pudding 
 Drizzle chocolate sauce over the cupcake...
I bet you can't eat just one
Amazingly.....delicious! 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Night At Home

Last night I found myself at home
An early afternoon hockey game was done
My next college class hasn't started so I had no homework
Our laundry was all caught up
The house was clean

It felt foreign

It felt nice

There wasn't anything I had to do

So I watched a recorded Christmas Hallmark movie
and I crocheted

One dishcloth after another was created
Don't you love the bright colors!

It was an amazing night
What would you do if you had a free night?





Friday, January 2, 2015

Who They Are...


John 4:24 MSG

It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”


Kidlet One and Baby C enjoy worshipping God together. 

Simply.  Honestly.  In their own way.

It is who they are.

I'm so thankful and So Amazed!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Which Bus?

City buses in a line
Notice which one is first

Every time I see the bus going to the Holy Spirit
I want to run, run, run to take that bus

Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Many people are comfortable knowing
God as a Father and Jesus as the Son

But what about the Holy Spirit
or as I was growing up we said Holy Ghost

The Ghost part makes the name sound spooky

The Holy Spirit was sent to us
to be an Advocate
(see John 14:26 in the Bible)
Not a spooky entity at all

I wish we could all hop on that bus
and learn more about the Holy Spirit

When my parents were here recently
my mom saw this bus and said 
Oh!  That is the bus I want to take!
I agree.

Having the Holy Spirit in my life is
what makes me So Amazed

Which bus would you want to take in
this lineup of buses?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Warmth

It is cold outside.
I believe the temperature is -11.
The wind chill brings that number down and I just cannot say it....
My toes and fingers are cold even in the house.

The backside of my house faces north.
As I pulled a spoon out of the silverware drawer (along the north-facing wall) even the SPOONS feel cold.

I'm not complaining.  Does it sound like I am?
Guess I just want to state a fact.

It is cold.

Which makes it the perfect time for me to dig through my photos for pictures from last summer.
The perky orange flowers at the top were from a pot on my deck last summer.
Don't they just make you smile?

The color makes me feel warmer....


Just off the deck we have a bird feeder on a gardening hook.
We feed the birds year round.

Last summer one of the feeds had sunflowers in them.
Lo and behold the birds dropped seeds and we had a sunflower bloom.
What an added bonus of color for us.
It was so fun to watch the birds peck the actual seeds from the flower.

Color brings warmth.

Today is the perfect day to dig through photos looking for color.
And warmth.

If it is cold where you live, I hope these pops of color bring you some warmth.
For those of you not living in The Frozen Tundra, enjoy the heat!

Warmth...it is So Amazing.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Choose It

Those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 1 John 4:16

From the file entitled "It Ain't Gonna Happen," I...[suggest] a federal law that says everyone has to make God's love his or her home.  Let it herewith be stated and hereby declared:  No person may walk out into the world to begin the day until he or she has stood beneath the cross to receive God's love....

Don't you ache for the change we'd see?  Less honking and locking horns, more hugging and helping kids.  We'd pass fewer judgments and more compliments.  Forgiveness would skyrocket.  Wild idea?  I agree.  God's love can't be legislated, but it can be chosen....  For Christ's sake, and yours, choose it.

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The above is from Max Lucado's daily devotional Grace For the Moment.

It is crazy that we can't force a free gift on those around us.  This free gift being unconditional, unending, life-changing love.  Such an easy thing yet such a hard gift to receive because we have to choose giving up ourselves.  

So what if we don't force this love on others but choose it for ourselves.  We can change the world.  Let God's love work and shine through you.  Choose it and live it.  Amazing love...how big the change!