Sunday, November 30, 2008

I Thank God... Day 30

I thank God for my son, Matthew. I've learned so much through the years of mothering, teaching, and loving him. He's nearly grown least I hope he is. He's over six feet tall!
I thank God for my daughter, Emily. She helped me through the grieving my mother's death, just by being my baby girl. She's such a wonderful girl...a real Proverbs 31 lady in the making. She is my singer, dancer, and baker. I truly enjoy her company. She is my Wednesdays at One appointment.
I thank God for my son, Michael. He brought joy and laughter back to me after my mom's death, just a couple of months before his birth. His name was supposed to be Zachary Isaac, meaning "God remembered laughter." The night before he was born, Matthew asked us to name him Michael Gabriel, "Man of God, God is my Strength". After he was born, we prayed. His name is Michael Gabriel. He truly is the one who brings laughter and laughs the most in our family. When asked which Lane Kid he is, he can answer, "the fun one."
I thank God for my little Amy. She was truly a gift from God. We had been asking the Lord whether we should have another baby, rather than telling us, He showed us! What a thrill! We are so thankful that we were submissive to God's plan for our life. She brings so much happiness. She's my little decorator. She's going to love setting out the Christmas things.
I thank God for my husband, Lowell, who has taken me for richer or poorer (We were hoping for richer.), in sickness and in health (I'm hoping for a little healthier.), 'til death do us part (That part we're solid on.).
He's got an amazing faith in God. When I'm falling apart, he's there steadily believing God for whatever we need. He's amazing; and, he's mine, all mine.
Thank you God for giving me the best blessings, these five who share my home and my heart.
Thank you for this love that they give me.
Thank you God for my Salvation through Jesus Christ.
Thank you for Your Holy Word to us, the Bible.
Thank you for giving me a church family who loves us and challenges us to be more like You.
Thank you, Lord!
A Month of Thanks

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I Thank God... Day 29

I thank God for seasons and celebrations in our lives. Our existence would grow rather hum-drum if we never celebrated anything. I told my daughter yesterday that Fall ends in December; but, we seem to have five seasons now rather than four. The Christmas season has been added to the basic four. I suppose it helps ease us into winter. Today, fall will disappear in my home to be replaced bit by bit with Christmas.

I did go shopping yesterday morning. There were a couple of items that I couldn't afford any other way. I went to our town's
Wal-Mart. Things didn't get crazy like in the city; but, one lady actually fainted. Perhaps it was the crowd. I got the two things that I needed; but, after reading about the deaths at Wal-Mart and Toys R Us, I don't think I want to participate anymore, regardless of the sale prices. It's just not worth it. What could shoppers have been thinking as they trampled that poor man at Wal-Mart? Will they enjoy their "bargains" purchased at the price of a man's life? I'm sickened by it.

God forgive us as a people and a nation for the shameful way that we have idolized the gifts and giving above all else. I wonder that the press hasn't renamed Your birthday, Buymuch. Forgive us for the Greed that Stole Christmas. Bless the families of the men who were killed. Heal their hearts, bring them close to You.

That Not All
Have Forgotten
You in This Season

Friday, November 28, 2008

I Thank God... Day 28

I Thank God for Matthew, Emily, Amy, and Michael.
They changed my life for the better.
They have been the greatest challenge
and the greatest blessing of my life.
I love them all the best.
Thank you God!

Blessed with Four

Thursday, November 27, 2008

HAPPY THANKS LIVING! I Thank God... Day 27

I Thank God... for the Christians that went before us to prepare the way so that we can worship God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanks Living!
Blessed Beyond

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Down to the Wire...Timeline

Okay, Friends, we're down to the wire for Thanksgiving preparations. Hopefully, you've already cleaned, planned out menus, and gotten food in the house. Next, it's time to make a list of all the things you have to do from now until dinner is served tomorrow. I'm going to a friend, Mrs. Smith's, house with my family, but I'm bringing much of the feast with me.

I am responsible for the following items:




veggies for the dip she's making

2 pumpkin pies

1 pecan pie

That's nearly an entire feast in itself! I won't tell you all she's adding. You'll gain weight just reading the menu!

So next, you need to think about a time table. What can be made or prepared early?

I need to continue to thaw my turkey; it's not ready yet, though I did put it in the refrigerator 3 days early. So, I'll be thawing it in cold water in my sink, changing the water often.

The gravy will have to be a last minute thing.

The dressing will be my German Apple Stuffing that I've made nearly all the years I've been married. Many of the ingredients can be prepped early in the day. I'll put it all together tonight and bake it tomorrow.

I'll put the Sweet Potato Casserole together tonight as well.

The veggies for dipping can be cut up early today by a little pair of hands.

The pies, too can be made early today. First my hubby needs to make the pie crust for me. He's just so good at it! True confession, I'll have to make an extra pie for tonight. Everyone will have a terrible sweet tooth!

In addition to all of this, we have to eat today, too!

Get your comfortable working clothes and shoes on and let's get started! So, now that you have a To Do list, start to organize it by what can be done this morning, this afternoon, this evening, and tomorrow morning. Here's what it looks like for me this year:

Wednesday Morning:

Make coffee for hubby.

Make oatmeal.

Clean up from breakfast.

Put turkey in cold water to thaw.

Get my children busy cutting up the vegetables I'll need. I'll give them a list of sizes and amounts needed.

Make pie crusts. Hoping for My Honey's help with this one!

Make pumpkin pies.

Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chips for lunch.

Clean up.

Take a break!

Wednesday Afternoon:

Check the turkey.

Make pecan pie.

Set Cool Whip in the refrigerator to thaw.

Put together the sweet potato casserole and put it in the refrigerator. I'll bake it tomorrow.

I'll have one of the children toast the bread for my German Apple Stuffing while I'm working in the kitchen.

Wednesday Evening:

Serve grilled cheese sandwiches and leftovers for dinner.

Clean up dinner.

Put the stuffing together.

Watch a movie with the family.

Thursday Morning:

Start the turkey early in the morning. I use a Reynold's cooking bag to make it quicker and easier.

Mid-morning, add the sweet potato casserole and the stuffing to the oven.

Cut the turkey and make the gravy.

Pack items to take to my Friend Laura's house for dinner.

Leave about 11:40.

Well, my friends, there's the plan. I'll follow it the best I can. Even if I don't do it perfectly, I'll still be ahead of the game.

Now, quick, sit down and make yourself a time table and get busy!

God bless you all and Happy Thanksgiving!


I Thank God... My Mom's Cancer

Day 26... I thank God. This month has made me really think. Thank you Sue at Country Pleasures for suggesting this theme for the month. Last night, I was talking with my children and praying with them after our company left. I amazed them by thanking God for my mother's cancer. It was a most painful time in my life, in her life, and in the lives of our family members. But God!

I thank God for my mother's cancer because He used it for so much good. Here is a list of just a few of the things that I know God did with Mom's cancer.

My mother, Barbara, dedicated her life to God, and sought Him with all her heart, mind, will, and strength. She had known about God all along. Now, she gave her life to Him and set about searching the Holy Scriptures to know God. She was saved by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus for her sins and believing in Him and His word, the Bible.

My step-father accepted Jesus and was saved.
My little brother, Brent, accepted Jesus and was saved.
My mom had the opportunity to witness to people in the hospital. She was always as happy and chipper as she could be when she went for chemo. She called her doctor Eyeore and wouldn't accept his bad news that she had only a 2% chance of beating her bone cancer. She loved life and tried to enjoy even that part. She lived much longer than she was "supposed to" by pressing into God and by exploring herbal supplements in addition to the chemo.

Bless her heart, I'd been a Christian for many years, but before she died, she told me the entire Plan of Salvation. She wanted to make sure that I'd be with her in Heaven one day. She wasn't willing to leave it to chance. God bless her for it.

Mom's cancer was not a tragedy. It was a victory. She fought the good fight. She ran the race. She won. She ran into her Father's arms.

Mom's cancer gave a God fearing woman, who had been single all her life, a new husband in my step-father. She helped him through mourning and helped him continue to grow in the Lord. It was hard seeing him marry so quickly after Mom passed, but it's been a good for him.

Mom's cancer allowed two more babies to be born to be raised for God.

There are many things I'm not even aware of. In my heart and emotions, it was so painful. I miss her so much. I sometimes pray and ask Jesus to give her a message, because I don't believe in talking to the dead. I figure I cannot go wrong if I go through Jesus. I hope He'll read this post to her. ~smile~

So cancer was and is a tragedy. But God!

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28, The Bible

I used to think that meant for me personally. I'm coming to understand that God has a different overall view than I do. He's looking at what is best for all His people according to His purpose. I'm not going to necessarily feel like it's best at the time. I'm not necessarily going to like it. But God is going to work with it and use it all for His purpose. I thank God that He loves me so much, I am part of His purpose. With God, everything may not be alright in my circumstances; but with God, I will be alright in my circumstances.

Thank You God.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I Thank God... Day 25

I thank God for planes, trains, and automobiles. They allow us to see loved ones far away.
I thank God for phones, e-mail, and snail mail. They allow us to talk to loved ones far away.
Thank you God!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Getting a Little Stressed?

No, it's not mine; but, it's beautiful!

Okay, some of you may be getting a little stressed at this point. Thanksgiving is but a few days away.

First, take a deep breath. Now, go take your turkey of of the freezer. Put it in the refrigerator to thaw slowly and safely.

We have a lot of control over how much tension we have in our own minds over holiday dinners. Planning is so very important. Here are some ideas that might help you:

Sit down with paper and pen right now and think think think.

Start with today.

Plan your meals for each day from now until the end of the weekend. Try to use the food you have on hand as much as possible to save your money for special items you will need to celebrate. Plan for a few impromptu snacks as well.





Snack or Dessert

Write this out for every meal. Then make a list of every item you will need.

Now, ask yourself a few questions.

Where will you be for Thanksgiving?

Will you be providing the meal? Bringing something to a dinner?

Traveling? Needing snacks for the car? Candles? Decorations?

Jot down any notes you might need.

When you're done with all of this, you should have a grocery list. First, shop your pantry and freezer. Check off what you already have. You should be left with a grocery list. Check it twice.

Now, plan to go to the store as soon as possible. Take your list!

More to come!


Loving the Holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas

I Thank God...Day 24

Thank God it's Monday! This is an odd week for a sales executive. My hubby will work regularly for Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday will be strange because no one really wants to buy advertising or anything else on the day before Thanksgiving. So, I think he'll have a meeting with the boss and tie up some loose ends, etc.

I thank God for Lowell's employment. It really seems to be something he enjoys, his boss seems to be pleased. I'm also thankful for regular paychecks again. Some of you know that Lowell was out of work from last November until August. Those were really growing in faith and creativity months. We've learned so much in the last few years. I thank God for bringing us through these hard times and building our faith in Him. I also thank God for protecting our marriage during the very worst of times a couple of years ago. He sent us to Marriage Encounter right before we lost our business. Thank you God!

Thankful to be Regular

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

I Thank God...Day 23

Twenty-seven years ago today, I said a three letter word that changed my life. Yes. My Honey Lowell asked me to go steady with him. ~smile~ We had only known each other a little over a month at the time. Honestly, I didn't expect it to last this long. The kids I knew usually went steady for one to three months at most. When we got to three months, I remember thinking that it was really a long-term relationship. By six months, I started thinking about marriage! Mind you, we were only 16! I found an old diary where I had planned out how we would get through college and the steps toward marriage. I forgot about it; but, we ended up following "the plan" almost all the way. Oh, how I wish I'd know God better back then. Even then, I was leading. It would have been so much better to let God and my future husband lead. It's taken 27 years; but, I'm doing much better at letting them lead.

I thank God for my husband Lowell. He's the best part of my life. He's so loyal and committed to me. I feel so blessed to have been his girl through all these years and all these stages of our life. We've both grown so much in the Lord. The Lord has taken us down paths we never thought we'd take. For instance, who would have believed that God would have taken 2 big city college kids and made them happy living in a little town of 11,000 people? When we moved here to Carthage, we thought everyone should know everyone else; it was so small to us. ~smile~ Now we love it here, even with the changes.

Enjoy today!
Spoiled and Blessed with a Faithful, Loving Husband

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without... Jeans

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without is one of the phrases and philosophies by which I live my life. It's one of the blessings of being a stay at home momma! It seems that my children are always wearing out their jeans! My first son didn't do this; but, my two youngest children seem to have made a hobby out of it! Standard square patches are fine for boys; but, I thought I'd make my little girl's patch a little prettier. She is an "almost always dresses" girl; but, sometimes she wears jeans while playing outside. Some of my friends are "dresses only"; some are "It doesn't matter." My husband made the decision for us girls in the family to follow this "almost always" dress code.

Anyway, the reason I wrote was to tell you what I did. Had I thought ahead, I'd have made this a tutorial. Ah, maybe next time. For now, I'll tell. First I cut the hole into a heart shape. Next, I used a seam ripper and opened up the side seam. I then took a rectangle of darker denim and placed it behind the heart. With a small book under the patch to make sure I didn't go through both sides of the pant leg, I pinned the heart in place. I removed the book and stitched a zigzag around the heart, going around twice to make it sturdy. After I trimmed the denim close to the stitches, I sewed the side seam back up.

My little girl, Amy, was delighted.

Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without!

Blessed with Resourcefulness


I Thank God... Day 22

I thank God for my church family. I've attended several churches since I was saved. This is the first church in which I have been part of such a close-knit, living life together group. It's small. It's relatively new, only a little over a year old. We meet in the YMCA building. Most of the parents of school age kids teach their children at home. There's an understanding and kindred spirit feeling here that I've never had anywhere else before.

Is it perfect? No. Am I perfect? No. I'm just thankful for the time God is giving us in this body of believers. It's so much easier taking the hard way with companions in The Faith. Jesus Christ, The Living Word, is the focus of this body. I thank God for this privilege.

Blessed with Companions

Friday, November 21, 2008

I Thank God... Day 21

I thank God for my children, Matthew, Michael, Amy, and Emily. They have brought depth to my prayer life. ~smile~ I never imagined myself living this kind of life. Even as a girl, I didn't think I'd be a stay-at-home mom. I was a child of the 70's and grew up with feminism as the norm. Blech! God's way is so much better! I know lots of women who work for a variety of reasons. I work too—at home.

When I was a working outside the home woman, I worked in customer service at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Lots of women worked there. Nearly all of them came back to work after their babies were 6 weeks old. I remember one expectant mom telling me she was going to work until her child was two years old because "nothing important happens before then." What a chilling thought! Even then, I realized that wasn't true.

When asked if I was going to work after my first son was born, this very pregnant momma would say I didn't know. My husband and I went in to talk to our pastor about it, because my husband was considering changing jobs, too. I remember my pastor telling me to do what God was telling me to do. Back then, I didn't know anything at all about submission. I hadn't even heard of it. I wouldn't have taken too well to it either! God has perfect timing!

Well, five weeks into my maternity leave, I realized that I had made my decision. Was it an active decision? No, I just realized that my baby was five weeks old, and I hadn't even looked for a babysitter! I couldn't imagine giving him to someone else all day!

Well, the rest is history. There's been a lot of financial hardship, but my children have been worth it. I realized that God was gently leading me, because I was too young in the faith and stubborn to just do what He told me to do at that point. The result has been a blessed life, really knowing my children in a way that I don't think I would have been able to under different circumstances. 

Can we afford for me to stay home? No, not by a long shot. Are we blessed by God because I'm home? Absolutely!

I thank God for my children and for the privilege to be their momma full-time and their teacher part-time.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

I Thank God... Day 20

I met my Mother-in-Love Judy
twenty-seven years ago today.

My Lowell invited me over to his house to meet his family and celebrate his birthday. What he didn't tell me was that they were having a family reunion! Well, sort of. All I know is that there were a whole lot of people in that little house! ~smile~ Talk about awkward for a 16 year old girl. Everyone wanted to meet the little girlfriend. I wish I was still the "little" anything. Ah well, that's another post and another project!

Well, his momma decided that she liked me. She really talked me up to Lowell. Believe me, that's a great way to start a relationship with your mother-in-law. Of course, I had no idea she was my mother-in-law at the time. That would come almost five years later. The interesting thing is that almost from the beginning, she insisted that I call her Mother. I called my mother Mom. In fact, I cannot remember calling her Judy. She is a very loving lady. She just adopted me into the family lickety-split when she met me.

Consequently, I've had a mother-in-love all these years. I'm not her son's wife. I'm her daughter. She takes pride in the fact that my dark hair and eyes make people think that I'm her daughter when we're out. She has certainly done all that she can to love me and help me to love my man, her son. She is a gem to me. I thank God that she made a decision almost twelve years ago now to come and live in our little town and be our hands-on Grandma. It's been a great gift to our family. She is a blessing to us.

Thank You God!

Blessed with Family

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I Thank God... Day 19

My parents divorced when I was 9. My dad had moved to a little town half way across the state, so we didn't see him as often as I wished. We did see him as often as he was able to come, however. I'm thankful for that. We always looked forward to seeing him. My little brother, John, and I would drop everything in excitement when we found out he was in town.

One night, when I was in junior high, we had a little surprise. Dad took us out to dinner at Red Lobster. In our town and our experience, that was a pretty fancy place. He introduced us to his friend Annie. I liked her. She was cheerful and friendly. Well, he'd never introduced us to a girlfriend before. So, in my junior high romantic mind, that meant he wanted to marry her. When Annie and I went to powder our noses, I asked her something like, "So, when are you and Dad getting married?" I'm sure she nearly swallowed her teeth! I don't remember what she said; but, I do remember shock registered on her face. Ah, the pleasures of childhood. ~grin~

Well, I was right. Annie joined our family. She's now our Granny Annie. First, however, she had to rub off a few of my rough edges. She is the one who introduced me to exotic vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, my favorites. She is the one who took me shopping as a senior in high school, and again during my freshman year, and helped me choose a wardrobe that was more grown up and pretty. She's the one who helped me make my veil and plan my wedding. She's been a wonderful part of my life, a refining part of my life. I'm more beautiful as a woman because of her efforts and influence she's had on me.

So today, I thank God for my Annie. Thank you Annie for touching and changing my life. I love you. Thanks for bringing her to dinner, Dad!


Blessed with Love

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I Thank God... Day 18

I thank God for the many ways He's taken care of us.

Last year, at this time, my husband was out of work. It was a long unemployment, about nine months. God miraculously provided for us in many ways during that time. After he'd only worked for three months for his previous employer, the owner decided to pay him for an additional three months. Miraculous! Then, he was able to get unemployment benefits even though the person he talked to at the office told him he probably wasn't eligible. Then, our tax refund came just in time. 

We were able to buy a second van for $750 so that Lowell would have dependable transportation for work. Then, Lowell's brother came and worked on both vans to get them in running order. Then, the economic stimulus check arrived. Food stamps were available to us in varying amounts during this time. A local ministry helped us to get food, clothing, shoes and a pair of pants or a dress for our kids when school started. They also helped with some school supplies. 

My dad showed up with coolers full of meat and boxes of food, not even knowing the extent of our circumstances. Friends donated items to us when I decided to declutter and have what ended up being a total of three yard sales. I have been able to do some freelance transcribing, some sewing and crocheting to order, and have sold a few things in my on-line shop, Harvest Lane Cottage

We were able to help sell our friends' van and they graciously gave us some school books we needed and some money to help get tires for my van. I've sold a bit on ebay. We picked up black walnuts to sell. Two kind ladies allowed us to pick apples and pears in their yards. Recently, our church gave us a check to help buy some gifts for our kids for Christmas. 

God has been very good to us. 

Lowell has been back to work for a few months now. We're still trying to catch up on bills; but God is so good. I realize that I really need to have faith for a miracle to get all of our bills caught up and then paid off.

I thank God not only for the provision that He has given, but also for the faith that He has created in me. I know that "we're gonna be alright," even if things are not alright. It's gonna be alright because He is alright; and, He is our strong tower. The righteous run into that strong tower; and, we are safe. 

If you're reading this, and you've had a hand in blessing and caring for us this year, thank you from the bottom of my heart. God will give you your reward for your mercy and kindness.

Thank you Jesus!
Blessed Beyond the Stress

Monday, November 17, 2008

I Thank God... Day 17

Phelps House, Carthage, Missouri

He has put so many people in my life to teach me things along the way. I think of my friend, Debbie. I met Debbie when I was in my early thirties. She is one of the most gracious, kind, caring ladies I've ever met. She helped me learn to be a good friend. I've developed many good friendships through the years since. Debbie continues to be my chosen sister in Jesus. She is my lifelong friend, even though we don't see each other often enough. ~smile~
I thank God for Debbie and for other friends that I've made along the way. He is so kind to teach me and give me the gift of friendship.

God bless you my friends, all of you!

Blessed with Friends

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I Thank God... Day 16

I thank God that He smiled indulgently when I said, "We are confirmed one child parents." Three more blessings came in His timing, according to His will, to our great delight. I will tell the story sometime. It's really a miracle in more ways than one.

Happy Thanksgiving Month!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

I Thank God... Day 15

I thank God that my husband has encouraged me to write. Just sitting here, clicking away, feels so There's something about writing that is so much easier for me than talking. I've often thought that my hands know what to say better than my mouth. ~smile~ Seriously though, I just wonder if one uses a different part of one's brain when writing. Ah, well, either way, I'm glad to do it. I hope that one day, when you read my blog, you will find a pearl of wisdom, an idea, a recipe, or friendly encouragement just when you need it. Most of all, I hope that my love for my savior Jesus Christ comes through. I hope that you know that God loves you and has made a way for you to be saved from your sins, both in this life and the next. This is my prayer for you, my friend.
Thankful for my Salvation, my Jesus, my God, and for forgiveness,

Friday, November 14, 2008

I Thank God...Day 14

I thank God for my CD player. It brings music to me that I would have had to be rich to enjoy just a few generations ago. I enjoy music so much. It calms me. It energizes me. It motivates me. It soothes me. It helps me to enter into worship. It helps me celebrate. It brings back memories. It fills a void when it just feels too quiet. Yes, contrary to popular belief and the normal activity and noise level in my house, it does occassionally seem too quiet.

I enjoy instrumental music the best. My favorites are hymns, Christmas music, hammered dulcimer, and worship music.

Think about the Christmas season. Wouldn't it be different without the familiar carols?

May God bless you this Thanksgiving Season. It brings our focus to the reason for the Christmas Season. Start now to think about new ways to show thanks and kindness to those whom God puts into your path and your life.

Enjoying the Season

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Peer Pressure...Sort of....

Okay, I've succumbed to a bit of peer pressure. I've added the Christmas music to my blog. I've been listening to it as I work on my Christmas projects anyway. I had planned to wait a little longer; but, everyone else is doing it!

~sheepish grin~

I figure it's okay because I'm trying to get as much done in preparation for Christmas as possible before December 1st. I want December to be left free for friends, family, traditions, fun rituals, and Advent. At least, that's how I'm justifying it to myself!

Happy Holiday Preparation Time!

Thinking Ahead

I Thank God... Day 13

I am taking my children three places today. The first is the grocery store. I thank God that when I need food, I have the privilege of shopping in a place where the food is fresh or well preserved. I don't have to pick through rotting food and garbage to feed my children.

The second is to a Geography Bee with fellow homeschoolers. The Third is a little co-op Thursday school where my children will have art, music, dancing, geography, chess, and bug classes. I thank God that I have a group of friends and acquaintances who share my values, my interests, and who support each other in our efforts to teach our children.

Thank you friends and thank you God!
Blessed with Fellow Teaching Moms and Good Food

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I Thank God... Day 12

I Thank God for clean water, plenty of food, a warm bed, enough clothes for my family to create a laundry problem, pretty things to decorate my home.

Plentiful Abundance

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I Thank God... Day 11

I thank God for a heater that works! My family went a year and a half with a furnace that didn't work. Thank the Lord, the winter was mild and we had some oil space heater. I always knew that we'd go somewhere if it got dangerously cold. I thank God that we don't have to worry about that this year. I can turn up the heat if I want to. Keeping the thermometer low is one way we are trying to keep our bill low. God is so good!
Thank you God!

Chilly by Choice

Monday, November 10, 2008

I Thank God Day 10


Today, I'm thankful for my family who took care of me all day. I spent two days in the cold with a friend who has a cold. We were having a yard sale. Yes, in November. Yes, it was 38 degrees at least part of the time. Yes, I have a cold. But it was wonderful to have that time together and to make a little extra money. I hope you are well. Thank you God for my family.

Blessed times 5.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I Thank God... Day 9

I spent the day today with my dear dear friend Joyce. We've been friends for at least a dozen years now. She is a Titus 2 woman to me even though she is just a couple of years older. Why? She encourages me to love my husband, love my children, love my home, train my children, teach my children, and to love my God. She's a real gem to me. She practices hospitality and has a happy marriage and 8 beautiful, well-behaved, hard working children here, and 4 little loves waiting for her with Jesus. If anyone deserves to have a dozen children, it's Joyce and her husband. They're great parents who love the Lord. I'm so thankful for the influence and friendship that Joyce has given me over the years. She's a chosen sister in the Lord.

Blessed blessed blessed

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I Thank God... Day 8

I thank God for yard sales. My friend Joy and I had one Friday and Saturday this week. Boy are we tired. We also found a few bargains at a couple of other sales. I have to admit we did a little trading among ourselves, too. Joy is one of my newest best friends. We've not known each other a whole year yet; but, I just know God brought us together. We have so much in common; but, most of all we have a love of God, a love of our husbands, a love of our families, and a love of hearth and home.

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, November 7, 2008

I Thank God... Day 7

I thank God for my Friend Sherry. I could write about her all day. She's so precious to me. I can share my thoughts, my fears, my worries, my hopes, my joys, and she always finds a way to point me back to God, to Jesus. She's not preachy, she's compassionate. She's walking the journey, too. She is a true gift from God to me. Best of all, she's fun! She brings out the fun side of me. We always have a great time together. She's silly and serious, a great combination. Thank you for being my dear friend, Sherry! Thank you God!

Blessed Beyond Measure

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I Thank God... Day 6

Sue of Country Pleasures has been so supportive and helpful to me as have learned to blog. She created the banner for my shop, Harvest Lane Cottage, she has encouraged me often with her comments, she has shown a sweet spirit on her blog, I have just enjoyed her friendship. I thank God for Sue's friendship.

Blessed Beyond Measure

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I Thank God... Day 5

I've just finished reading the book, A Child's History of the World, by V. M. Hillyer. In one of the last chapters, I read of how when the Communists came to power in Russia, it was illegal to disagree with the government. In fact, you could be tortured or shot for disagreeing with the government. The same was true during the rise of the Nazis in Germany.

I thank God that I live in the United States. I am free to disagree. We are in God's hands. He raises up the leaders and countries. So, to those who support President Elect Obama and Vice-President Elect Biden, I congratulate you. To those of you who do not support them, realize that this is God's will for our country at this time. We are in His hands. May God bless you; and, may God bless America.

Free to Disagree

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I Thank God... Day 4

I thank God that I am free to vote for the candidates I wish to rule our country.



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I Thank God... Day 4

I thank God that I am free to vote for the candidates I wish to rule our country.



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Monday, November 3, 2008

I Thank God... Day 3

I thank God for my 4th and 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Higgs. Mrs. Higgs was my teacher at the time of America's Bicentennial celebration. Mrs. Higgs introduced us to many different things that I've enjoyed over the years, embroidery, needlepoint, macrame, Laura Ingalls Wilder, reading for pleasure, butter making, and she inspired an interest in the way the old timers made do with what they had. She helped me to develop my trait of making it myself. It's been many years now. I've forgotten most of my teachers; but, I thank God for Mrs. Pamela Higgs. There was a reason I kissed her good-bye each day as I left school.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

I Thank God... Day 2

I thank God for my dad, Jim. As I was growing up, he answered every question, no matter how complicated it was. It was he who explained the electoral college and how presidents were elected. My parents were divorced when I was nine. My dad moved clear across the state. He made sure that he saw us often. He would either fly or drive across the state to come and pick up my brother and I. Then, we'd either spend an afternoon or evening together, or he'd take us home with him. He made me feel special and loved. I missed him a lot; but, I enjoyed the special treatment when we got to see him. ~smile~

It was my dad who encouraged me to go to college. It was my dad who drove me all over central Oklahoma to look at all the campuses near Oklahoma City. It was Dad who went with me to enroll me in the college in Edmond where he lived. He helped with all the paperwork, choosing classes, and gave me a home to live in while I was in college. He gave me something I hadn't had for a very long time- security. He also gave me freedom to grow up, to make mistakes, and he loved me anyway. He paid my way through college and bought me my first car. I'm very thankful for that; though, at the time I think I didn't show it enough.

We live several hours apart now. I miss him terribly. I wish we could see each other often; because, it seems that since I became a mom, we've grown more distant. He was busy with work. I've been busy with kids. He's retired now. My kids are older. I hope we'll grow closer and closer.

If you read this Dad, I love you; and, I thank God for you.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

I Thank God... Day 1

I thank God for my Mom, Barbara. She helped me to be creative, loving, and kind. Although I was not raised in a Christian home, she did teach me to "be good". I grew up with a strong sense of right and wrong. She did send me to Bible classes after school when I was in first grade. That's where I asked Jesus into my heart. She also sent me to VBS a few times. It was enough to plant the seed in me. In 1980, I gave my life to Jesus, thanks to her sowing those seeds in me. She did the best she could raising me and my brothers. I'm so thankful that in her last years, as she battled cancer, she fully gave her life to Jesus and pursued Him with passion. Thank you Jesus! Jesus, please tell Momma, that I miss her, I love her and I'm thankful for her love, protection, care and just who she was and is in Christ Jesus. Thank you Lord!

Who are you thankful for in your life?

Missing Mom