Saturday, June 25, 2016

Thunderstorm & Grandma

Our first real thunderstorm of the summer! The lightning leading up to it last evening was spectacular. It was full of orange hues and sheet lightning. It looked to be leading up to a powerful storm; I was gearing up for thunder throughout the night, but if there was any I didn't hear it, as I slept like a log. This morning I was sipping my coffee and I could hear the thunder rolling. It rained for all of 3 minutes. Just enough to water my plants for free and the children to dance in the rain.

*update* more rain showers throughout the day. It was refreshing!

Thank you God for the rain! Thank you for the rainbow that follows. Thank you for the promise of your rainbow.

"Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth". Genesis 9:16

Today marks my Grandma Lois' 73 birthday. She left this earth twenty years ago. I was 10 when she died. I'll never understand how someone that young is taken away from loved ones. I would have loved to have her around to share in this part of my life. There have been times where I wish I could pick up the phone and ask her a question about what I should do, or how I should handle something. I wish my children would have had the chance to meet such an incredibly self-less, & strong woman. 
Happy Birthday Grandma. We miss you.

This is the only photo I can find
of my grandmother.
I'm on a mission to find some more.
{Circa 1970's - Photo Permission
 from her daughter, my mother, Anna) 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Creative Corner Challenges - Glittermania - SPONSORED

Hello my crafty friends!

Today's Creative Corner Challenges by Team Jess is GLITTERMANIA! Get those jars of glitter out and show me what you got! It is also sponsored by the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps!

You can find the digi stamp I used here.
Thanks for joining us today!

Friday, June 10, 2016

My Purpose for Today...

I often wonder what marvelous purpose God has set me up for! Ok God, how can you use me today? 

"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord,' plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

So often I go against the grain of God's will and purpose for my life. Right from the time I was a toddler I was turning my mom's hair grey! I remember (or think I remember) packing my bags to "run away"; or getting lost in the mall because I was riding the escalators. I've tried to forget about a lot of stuff that happened in my earlier pre-teen/teenage years. But as I'm getting older and now raising a teenager of my own, I'm finding my baggage has caught up with me. I have been forgiven and set free, so I know this is just Satan digging up dirt. But it hurts. And I don't want my children to be hurt. I know they will make their own choices and have their own paths, so my purpose for today, is to pray. 

My children need me home & God will provide. He placed in my care 5 precious lives, and I am here to raise them; to raise them up to be a generation of people who turn to God for decisions, choices, in their good times and in their trials. I pray for their futures, their health, their schooling, their husbands and wives, that they will grow up to be God-fearing/God following individuals. I cover them in prayers and try to lead by example - that is all I can hope for. 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control..." Galatians 5:22-23

This seems like a good place to start in prayer...for my children, but also for myself.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Creative Corner Challenges - Just for Men

Hello & welcome to a brand new month...JUNE! Holy smokes, half way through 2016!! June is my favorite month. But I'm a bit biased because it's my birthday month!

This week at Creative Corner Challenges our challenge is Just For Men! No sponsor this week so it's  a free for all!

Here is my creation for this one. The fun little bbq is from the 'My Kitchen' Cricut cartridge. The sentiment is a super cute wooden letter stamp set from Michaels ($1.50!) The red picnic paper in the background is from AMBillustrations I found on Etsy. Super cute digital paper!
I hope you enjoy and will play along!