Jan 16, 2018

{Winter White and Copper Delight and Questions}

Since it seems that Florida is actually having a little winter weather I thought I would do a little tablescape to celebrate. YES, I said celebrate because I can already see the heat coming and with that in Florida comes those dang mosquitoes! 

It seems that everywhere I turn, something I read whether it's in devotional book or someone posting on Facebook, or through an email I keep seeing "Keeping it Real" type of posts or readings. So for this post we are going to "Keep it Real" with answers to our questions. While we have some REAL talk I want to share with you my Winter White and Copper Delight tablescape. 

1: The New year is a time for New Beginnings. What New Beginnings do you see or hope for for 2018?

The phrase "New Beginnings" can mean; letting go of the past and moving forward; turning over a new leaf; embracing something new; the act of starting something new. 

There’s something in the human spirit that naturally draws us toward new beginnings, new things, new quests and well, for each one this can mean something different. For me this year my new beginning is reading through the Bible.  Our pastor is doing this with the church and has made it to where we all have access to the daily readings along with a short devotional. Now let me go ahead and say, I have had to go back and catch up. But, I am making an effort and I truly want to do this.

 2: Do you have a list for things you would like to accomplish in 2018?  If so, what is something from that list that you would like to share.

I always have things I want to do and hope to accomplish and I have several things on my list but I will share one thing. Redoing some things in my kitchen in on my list. We have put in new counter tops, bought a few things that I wanted for the kitchen but I am ready for a fresh paint job and a makeover so to speak. We shall see.....

3: What is something that you have made a change in over the past year that you have been happy about? This can cover a wide spectrum for all of us.
For me, there are several things I could share that I made a change in last year but I will share one thing. Before I share this I need to tell you that this change is STILL a WORK in progress for me. BEING A PEOPLE PLEASER. I could write a book on this. I could share the reasoning's that sparked this change for me and I could talk about everything from history of my personal life, to church activities, family, friends and well, my list could be quite lengthy. But, this has been a change that I desperately needed in my life and though I struggle at times I can say that the DIFFERENCE has been for my best. 
4: Speaking of the New Year, New Beginnings, New Goals and well, everything new. Finish the sentence: 
I hope that in this brand new year that I can
 I hope that in this brand new year that I can purposely with intent, listen to others, hear them and not merely be listening just for the sake of listening. (if this makes any sense at all) 

Well I can't end my time with you without sharing the latest sonogram of my grandgirl that is on the way. Isn't she just adorable? 

Hope you have enjoyed my Winter White and Copper Delight tablescape as you have pondered some of the questions for yourself as well. The thing is y'all, we don't know what 2018 holds for us. Probably a good thing we don't. But we can dream, we can hope, we can challenge ourselves, we can be the change for new beginnings. I don't know what tomorrow holds but praise the Lord I know who holds tomorrow. 

 Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jan 8, 2018

{Mondays Musings, Thrift Store Deals and Food for Thought}

Wow, seems that the holidays have almost been a blur to some extent. I had all of my Christmas placed away except for some "After Christmas sales" sitting in a bag in a spare room.  I am one of those women that after Christmas is when I buy all my ribbons, gift boxes, gift tags, gift bags, gift wrap and tissue paper for the next Christmas. It is a great feeling to walk out to my shed and pull out that BOX and BAM...there it is for another Christmas and I don't have to go out and buy it. However, I have everything put up and away and y'all, I miss my Christmas. But...it's time to move on.

I have about decided I need a TEA ROOM! I just love my teapots and teacups and all that girl stuff.

Speaking of TEA look at this darling Tea Set I found at a wonderful thrift store that I found as well. This will be perfect for having a tea party with the grandgirls. I actually found several cute things while browsing around at several thrift stores. I haven't been thrifting in a while so I needed wanted to go. When it's in your blood you just can't help it! 

I found this cute basket that you can write on with chalk. I will probably spray paint it but for now it's packed away. I plan to remodel a few things in my kitchen and it will be put to good use. As most know we put in all new granite counter tops which I absolutely love! Well, that is until you drop something that will break because I can assure you whatever drops that's breakable will shatter if dropped hard enough! Several new things went into my kitchen but I have some things I won't to redo. The basket will be perfect for my plan. 

I love Biscotti jars. This makes my third one that I have been able to find thrifting. If you know anything about Biscotti jars then you know that you can find some inexpensive ones and you can find some that COST! It's rare that you find one at a Thrift store or a yard sale. 

You know what they say, "Someones trash is another person's treasure". 

I picked up several cute things. I have really got to start thinking about cleaning out my She-Shed and get rid of some things before long. Y'all might need to pray for me! I have a hard time parting with things! LOL! 
I did have a few productive days as well. I had so much fresh dill from my little herbs that I was able to share with a friend that loves herbs like me and freeze some for future use.

My husband and I processed meat one day. Yep, I was one tired lady but as long as my freezer holds out I won't starve! Thankful for the blessings that God has given us to enjoy. 

My daughter sent me a picture of this cutie in her new Chef outfit playing with her new kitchen things she got for Christmas. I love the cooking shows about as much as I do the Hallmark shows so we might have a little chef in the family. Who knows? Right? 

I shared last week that my new word for 2018 was Hope. The Lord never ceases to amaze me at how He can and will use one little word to minister to us or allow us to use that one word to minister to another.  Speaking of the word HOPE I humbly ask that you would take just a minute to list up my BIL & SIL (Mike and Lisa) to our Lord I would appreciate it. On Friday of last week they lost their home to a fire. Everyone is safe and the Lord is already blessing. My husband and I have experienced this tragedy and it is a like dealing with a death. So many emotions and so many more to come. 

I don't know a whole lot but I know this, OUR HOPE is in Christ and Christ alone. And oh yes, His mercies are new every morning. 

Wishing you all a great week as I leave you with with this...just some words that you might need to hear today for whatever reason.

If we do what is right, then God will take care of whatever is wrong.
No matter what the wrong is or who is doing the wrong. No matter whether that wrong is done in words, deeds or thoughts.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy


Jan 4, 2018

Happy New Year

I do hope that you had a wonderful Christmas holiday season. Our family sure did. 

And I have done lots of baking, so much so that I have put some goodies in the freezer to pull out for a later time of enjoyment.  AND, I have watched lots of Hallmark!  

Our Family sure enjoyed the holidays. Even in the midst of busyness I truly tried to savor the moments of Christmas. 

There is nothing like "Family" and the holidays makes things even more special. 

We even have Santa come to visit and needless to say the children love it. AND, some of us grownups too! LOL!

We shared together a wonderful Christmas Eve service at our church. It just doesn't get any better than when your children worship together at the same church. Just melts this mama's heart.

I got such a precious necklace with all my grandbabies initials on it including the new grand that will be arriving late Spring this year. 

Part of my Christmas from my man this year was a trip to Charleston SC. Needless to say I was excited and I am so thankful for the opportunity to go and visit there. Christmas was everywhere. 

 It was some kind of cold. We actually missed the snow by about two days. But, still Charleston was lovely. We hope to go back. 

 We took a tour around the harbor which was beautiful. The tour boat was lovely. Had Christmas decor along with a snack and drink bar. Our tour guides was the best. 

We toured Fort Sumter. My husband loves history and he was in his element.  

We enjoyed yet another tour with horse and buggy and we discovered the the richness of Charleston as we visited some old churches and antebellum homes. 

We even caught Santa slipping in someones home! LOL! He must have forgotten to leave a gift! 

Rainbow Row has house after house and each one is a different color. 

Downtown Charleston is a happening place. We parked and walked everywhere. And, I mean WALKED! I got my exercise for sure. Great places to eat and shop. The City Market reminded me of the market I went too in Nicaragua except it wasn't nearly as congested and way more organized. Also, there were several places that women would be making baskets and young kids would make roses out of palmetto's which reminded me a lot of what we saw in the Bahama's on the islands.

We went to see the famous Oak tree and all I can say is that my grandson would have a ball in that tree. It was around 65.5 feet tall and 28 feet around and estimated to be over 400 years old. 

We had a great time in Charleston. It's city is filled with such rich history. I've never been a history buff like my man but I gained so much knowledge. 

So grateful for the opportunity to go and enjoy some after Christmas festivities. 
We wish you all dear blogging friends a very happy and blessed New Year. I have praised God for 2017 and for the opportunity to enjoy life. You know, even when things doesn't go exactly as we planned or thought or even hoped for, God is still good as He never leaves His children. No matter what! My word for 2017 was BELIEVE.

 It would take me all day to tell you how I have seen the Lord's hand by focusing on that word this past year.  For 2018 my WORD is  
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Happy New Year!  

Hugs and blessings, Cindy