Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ February 20, 2017



The weather.... dreary... threatening to rain again... 66°. 

Right now I am... enjoying a quiet house.

Thinking... about doing a little ironing.

On my reading pile... 

  • 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart
  • The Elusive Miss Ellison
  • Grow in Grace

On my TV... not a thing. I don't have t.v. reception by choice.

Favorite blog post last week...
Wishing for a Valentine? Got One? Listen Up! by Amy at Living in Faith and Fun

Something fun to share...
Blogging for a Very Long Time by Roxy at Living from Glory to Glory

Blog hopping...
The Transformed Wife

On the menu for this week.... 
It's not fully planned yet, but I'm thinking about these things. I'll round things out with salads and veggies. I made the cocoa for my husband this afternoon. 

On my to do list...
  • Insurance and medical papers
  • school records and planning

In the craft basket...


Looking forward to this week..

  • sewing
  • reading
  • church
  • homeschool co-op

Looking around the house... Everyone is reading, studying, or working... except the dog who is napping.

From the camera...
My dear step-momma Annie and me.
On my prayer list...

  • Praying for Kristen, my friend Cheryl's niece. She's expecting a baby, has a blood clot in her lung, and has developed tachycardia. Please pray, too. 
  • Salvation for family members
  • My friend Laurie's husband, Tommy, has a horrendous case of pneumonia that was complicated because he has Asbestosis. He is home from the hospital, but his asbestos spots are getting inflamed, and he has to get CT scans daily.
Devotional... Romans 15:13

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." 

Be blessed of the Lord,
Laura


Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.

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38 comments:

  1. Dear, precious friend! You are such a dear blessing to me...thank you a million times over for your faithful friendship and prayers for dear Kristen! It just means the world to me. God bless you over and over for the precious encouragement you are to me and to so many others. I love and appreciate you dearly.

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    1. You're welcome, Cheryl. You've been a great encourager, prayer sister, and friend to me, too. Kristen's gonna come through this with an awesome testimony. Just you wait and see! To God be the glory forever and ever.
      Hugs,
      Laura

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  2. Enjoyed reading your post. Fajita casserole sounds great.

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    1. I'm getting ready to put the chicken on to cook this morning. I've got some odd pieces that were given to me a few months ago. I'd planned to make soup, but I think they should work for this just fine.

      I always love hearing from you Mrs. Chrissy. I'll be over for a visit soon.
      Hugs,
      Laura

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  3. I'm glad you had a good Monday homemaking. I did too. ❤ that is a very sweet photo of you with your stepmom.

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    1. Why thank you Rhonda. You are too sweet!

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  4. Happy Monday to you! I had a wonderful weekend and it was extra nice because my husband had today off.
    We had an art retreat morning at my church and we did a wonderful project. For those that don't know, a Mezuzah is a small ornament that has a bible verse in it. I believe it's from Deut. and written on a piece of paper by a Jewish scribe. The paper is rolled up tiny and tucked inside the Mezuzah. The Mezuzah is nailed on the doorjamb of Jewish homes and is touched on the way in, as a reminder. Now, I'm not Jewish so don't quote me on the details, but this is the basic premise of it! (My best friends are Jewish). Sooooo, from that tradition came prayer boxes as pendants on necklaces, which some may be familiar with. The project we did on Sat. was along those lines. We decorated a piece of Tyvec (not the house kind, but the sturdy envelope kind- you can probably Pinterest it) on one side and printed a bible verse on the other, then rolled it onto a skewer, like a bead. Then we heat-gunned it, which made it shrink a little and harden. We did two of them and then beaded them onto a cord for a necklace. We picked two verses.
    I chose two about faith and obedience. In between the two, I attached a silver butterfly charm. The necklace is so beautiful and I love that the bible verses are near my heart and that's known only by me. :)

    Didn't mean to ramble, but it would be a wonderful project for families or homeschoolers.

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful project! I have had prayer boxes, and know of the Jewish tradition, but did not relate the two in that way. I love handmade jewelry, that sounds like a wonderful Christmas present! Thank you for sharing here. I love Laura's blog!

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    2. This is an awesome project Debby. Faith and obedience scriptures are good ones. I'll bet the necklace is beautiful. I'd love to see a photo. I'd also love to have your email so that I can respond directly to you so that you don't miss my responses.
      God bless!
      Laura
      lauraofharvestlane at gmail dot com

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  5. Hope you have a wonderful day... Enjoy the day... It was 75 degrees here today.. so nice.. [But, I know winter is not over...we haven't had much .ha].. Love the weeks where I can just enjoy the quiet of the day..

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    1. 84° yesterday!
      84°!!!
      In February!!!
      80° is my "Yes you can go swim in the creek," temperature!!!
      What's up with this?
      I had a quiet day Monday, but it's been busy this week. I'm going to try for a quiet day for today. But... I do have five other people in my family who may have something to say about that. ~smile~

      God bless and enjoy!
      Laura

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  6. Happy Monday, my friend!
    Although, as I type it is Tuesday!
    Beautiful picture of you...
    And I will pray my rosary decade for your intention this evening.
    Have a cozy week!

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    1. You're a sweetheart Billie Jo, thank you!

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  7. Hot cocoa sounds wonderful. Of course, with the unusually warm temps, perhaps I'll have to look into iced cocoa. I wonder if that is a thing. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. We enjoy it all year long Jean! Thanks for coming by. Please come again.

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  8. Good morning Laura, my heart and prayers for Kristen and the baby. Thank you too for the additional links to great blogs. YOu are an inspiration to me and I am learning to be more thrifty at my house. I am beginning my sewing today starting with napkins. I was surprised at the price of fabric though, even with a coupon, so I ended up with some from the end of a bolt I found at walmart. We are very sad at our house, a good friend lost his wife yesterday, and the heart break is deep and my emotions are easily moved. God is good though, and that is what I will focus on. Have a great day!

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    1. Oh, G. Dazeez, may God bring comfort, hope, and grace to your friend and his family as well as to you and your family. Strange how we say we lost someone, isn't it? If they loved Jesus, we know exactly where they are. But the emptiness can tear at our hearts as we long for the time when we will see them again—alive, whole, well, and happy.

      Father God, I pray for your comfort and provision during this very difficult transition. Please help the loved ones feel your presence Holy Spirit. Amen.

      Thank you for your prayers for Kristen and baby.
      I understand about the cost of fabric. I have a stash that I've accumulated over the years at yard sales, thrift sales, 40% off sales, and gifts from others. Walmart end cuts are good, too. I also repurpose fabric when I can.

      Be blessed friend! May God bring you comfort.
      Hugs,
      Laura

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  9. Hey, I love this format for a blog post! I might do one like this! Great post!

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    1. It was fun to write. It's linked with Sandra's blog.

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  10. First off, I ALWAYS enjoy your blog. So encouraging to keep my heart in my home.

    Second, apparently I always have my sound off because WOW I LOVE the birds in the background!!!!

    Third, I LOVE what you shared here under "Happy Homemaker Monday"! You could easily make this into a blog link party thingie!! Or is it already one? I just love all your thoughts on home and what is going on. :)

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    1. First, Mrs. U, you just blessed my heart!

      Second, glad you love the birds!

      Third, this is a blog link party at Sandra's blog.
      http://familycorner.blogspot.com/

      Have a terrific week and come back soon, ya hear?

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  11. Good Afternoon, Laura ... What a beautiful photo of you and your step-momma!

    Blessings,
    Mrs.B

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  12. Great plans. Have a good week. There's a new party.
    Come over and check it out. I know you have posts to share for this one!
    This weeks theme is 'Warm Heart'. Your post is perfect to share! The party is over here:
    http://ourholidayjourney.blogspot.com/2017/02/fabulous-warm-heart-week.html
    Enjoy your week!

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    1. Hi Lynn,
      Thanks for the reminder to link up. I'll be over. I didn't feel like I had much to contribute last month. I'll try to add more this month.
      God bless!
      Laura

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  13. The sound of quiet is so comforting isn't it! We don't have TV either, life is so peaceful without it! It is raining here too! And I have some mending still to do, but am doing some fun sewing projects too. I am continuing to pray for Kristen, and will be praying for your friend's husband too, that sounds like a terrible thing to go through! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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    1. Hugs to you, too!
      I have three or four things to mend. Just need to get to it. ~grin~
      Blessings,
      Laura

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  14. Thanks for linking. I loved the 'Gotta go to the store salad'! I knew you would come up with something!
    Enjoy your week.

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  15. Love reading all the HHM. Hot chocolate sounds so good to me right now. but maybe ill wait till tonight as I'm on my second cup of coffee I don't want to be bouncing off the walls lol cute photo of you. Hope you are having a great week.

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    1. Hi Row,
      Your comment made me grin. Gotta love homemade cocoa! My grammy used to make it for me when I was little.
      I'll come visit you.
      Laura

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  16. Laura, I enjoyed this post very much!

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  17. The picture of your and your step-momma is so cute! Sounds like a great week. I enjoy the quiet now and then as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Someday I imagine I'll have more quiet than I want, but I sure do enjoy it now!

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Hello! I love it when y'all talk back!

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Thanks so much for your patience!

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Be blessed!
Laura