Sunday, January 12, 2020

Coincidence?


Do you believe in coincidence?
I don't.
I believe we are exactly where we are supposed to be at just the right time.
Maybe it's for a lesson in humility, or to be used in some other capacity..... to show God's love and mercy at a time needed most for someone else's benefit. 

Have you ever found yourself clothes shopping in a place that you rarely shop at for clothing?
Surrounded by people that you don't necessarily hang around with?
You could hear the conversations of the people around you....their needs.
You realize the lack in their wallets, and pockets, and purses.

You become thankful for what you have, and humbled by the lack all around you.
As an elderly woman counts the change in her purse to see if she can afford the shirt she would like to purchase hanging on the rack at the thrift store.....you are aware of her dire situation.
The woman is excited that she has just enough money to pay for the shirt.

If she buys the shirt, she will have no money left in her pocket book.
How long before she gets more money? for the bus, for food, for.....anything?

$4.68.
That's all she had.

When she walked out of the store with her second-hand shirt, she still had the $4.68  in her purse.
God put me in that thrift store at that very moment, for that very purpose......
It wasn't a coincidence....it was His plan.
God's timing is perfect. He takes care of the smallest details to care for His children. 
Sometimes He will work on one's pride, putting us on our knees, to reveal what it is to be used to bless a brother or sister....even in the smallest ways.
Debbie 
xo

Thursday, January 9, 2020

So many things.......

As I sit and reflect over the past year, and beyond.... I am thankful for the blessings I have been given.
There have been many BIG things I am grateful for! and so many things that I don't want to take for granted.
When we were kids, our grandparents lived on a lake. Spending Summers with them gave me some of my best memories as a kid. Our grandparents were kind, giving people. My grandma was like the woman in Proverbs 31, and I was determined to grow up and be just like her!
Even as I grew into adulthood, I spent a lot of time with my grandma and grandpa.
We would all bring our children up north on weekends to stay at the lake.
Now I wonder how fun that was for poor grandma and grandpa....lol.
That is a huge reason Jim and I chose to live up north on the water. We wanted our own grandkids to have those same memories that I had growing up at the lake.

As the grandkids are getting older, they are more involved in sports. It's difficult to have them come up like they used to when they were little.
Some still come up and stay over Summer, and we LOVE having them here!!
We hope their memories are filled with fun, laughter, and love.

I still hold the trips to France dear to my heart.
So long ago, yet still fresh in my memory.


I cherish all the times spent learning to sew at Grandma's house.
She even gave me her little Singer sewing machine when she couldn't use it anymore.
Now, my granddaughter, Charlotte, is a lover of sewing. I bought her first machine, and she has already graduated to another!
She is also a baker...of course, we had to get her a Kitchen Aide mixer when she was seven.

Going to thrift shops, and flea markets are favorite things to do.
I am blessed to have my youngest daughter that loves to do those same things.
If she finds something that she thinks I will enjoy, Melissa will pick it up for me....how wonderful is that???

I am happy to have a husband who accepts my quirky likes.
I bring home the silliest things sometimes.....yet my hubby will pretend to be excited for me as I empty a bag of treasures found at a flea market.

My children, and grandchildren are so sweet to me, as well.
Our family likes taking trips to Frankenmuth.
When we go, we always take photos.
For Christmas this year, sweet Sadie gifted me with one of those photos in a lovely frame for a keepsake.

Another thing I am thankful for is finding a church family.
We searched for many years of living up here, met some really nice people....yet didn't find that one place to call "home".
Until this last year.
I was apprehensive, at first. I kept things low key....not wanting to get too involved.....but the Holy Spirit was pulling at my heart, and I could not resist His calling.
The more I went to church, and Bible study, the more I wanted to hear.
My spirit was hungry, and HE was feeding me.
I finally surrendered, and gave control to God. 
It is wonderful to be involved.....even in the smallest ways.
It is my desire to be used, by God, for the Kingdom...in whatever capacity HE DESIRES.

It's been such a great thing to have our friends from back home here.
They moved to their place up north.
We are overjoyed to be able to fellowship with them on a regular basis again!!

I am hoping I don't take anything for granted in the year ahead.
From the big things, to the little things.
God has blessed me throughout my whole lifetime....and I have not recognized His love and mercy enough.
I pray my eyes are opened to see, and ears to hear all the things the Lord does!!!

The new friendships being born of the Holy Spirit these past few months have helped me beyond measure.
Reconnecting to blogging friends has been remarkable!
The support here is heart warming.
My girls and son, and their families are the loves of my life.
What would I do without Kelly, Erin, Melissa, and Todd?
Each and every grandchild is a precious gem.
I would like to have a more positive outlook this year. See the good, instead of dwelling on the negative.  Seek joy, in all things. Realize the blessings. Be humble, not prideful. Most of all....walk in love...….even when I don't feel like it!!!
Debbie
xo

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Christmas memories.

The memories from Christmas are still fresh in my mind.
The parties.....so many parties.
Family.
Laughter.
Gifts from the heart.
Time spent with the people that mean so much to me.

Sitting in front of the fire, with the Christmas lights on, listening to Christmas music.
Appreciating the Reason for the season.
Basking in the Joy of the holidays.
Holding on to the moments, one at a time.
It all goes by so quickly.....so quickly....you cannot relive the moments.
They are fleeting.
Then, they are gone.

Christmas morning you get the news.
A young family member is gone.
A life cut short.
No advance notice. No note. No illness.
Found Christmas Eve. 
Leaving a young wife, and two babies...…..shattered.
A whole family, lost and torn to pieces.

How can you make sense of what people choose to do?
Who can answer the "why"?
The ripple effect from one act goes out farther than what anyone can imagine.
It's just too overwhelming to try to figure out.
So where will we find healing?

Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me;  for I am meek, and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light .Matt. 11:28-30.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phillip. 4:7
Through all of the grief, the questions, the confusion....there is one constant.....The ONE that understands the pain.  The One that never leaves us ,nor forsakes us.
As we move on from the holidays, and family members slowly heal from the loss of their loved one, hopefully we will keep each other lifted up in prayer.
Love to all.
Debbie
xo

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

NOW I'm ready for Fall....

My snowshoes arrived today.
These will help me get through those long months of Winter.
Having something new to look forward to, helps the dreaded season ahead seem a little more bearable.

In the meantime, I am having fun adding some charm to the miniatures here at the lakehouse. Using some pumpkin pods, and ideas I gleaned from the last post at Whitewood & Linen.
Isn't the hydrangea petal garland the sweetest little thing ever?!

She showed how to make tiny wreaths, for Fall, using hydrangea petals.
These were the smallest ones I could find.

This baker is trying to decide on apple, or pumpkin pie....I think both were made.

These wreaths are so sweet, I don't think I will be putting them away after the Fall season.

I couldn't stop making them!!! lol
It took some time for me to get into the Fall mood....but now that things are put in their places....it's all good.  Some of us just take a little longer than others.  
HA....NOW I'm ready for Fall.
Debbie
xo

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Leaves and sleet balls are falling.....

As I'm looking out the windows, I see some of the trees have lost half of their leaves already.
One more windy day, and those trees will be bare.
Yet, there are trees that still have green leaves.

We've had a hard frost, so the flowers are all done for the season.
Hopefully, we will have an Indian Summer....that would be nice.

The flavors of Apple Cider this year are wonderful!  Apple pie, salted caramel, and pumpkin spice. They taste great with the donuts!

I know most people hang Fall signs this time of year....but the pieces I have from Christie are so beautiful, I just cannot take them down.
I am decorating around them.

Since it's "Harvest" time, I thought this was an appropriate chalk board sign for Fall.
At the very bottom, it says, "it's time for the Harvest". 

This year I've incorporated traditional Fall colors into my décor.
Sometimes, change is good.
It's not everywhere....but there's "just enough".
Mr. Lakehouse ordered my snowshoes. They should be here in about two weeks. No hurry!! I can wait for the snow!!  
I am still adjusting to the colder weather we have been experiencing lately. The large sleet balls that were falling from the sky three days ago were enough of a shock to my system!
Have a nice weekend.
Debbie
xo

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The season of changes.

The nights are chilly.
We had frost this morning.
The boat came out of the water today.
It's dark by 8:00 p.m.
and I am baking constantly....

Hunters are getting excited about buck season.
Clothing and décor has changed over to heavier fabrics, and darker colors.
The markets are packed with pumpkins and cornstalks, apple cider and donuts.

You see canning and freezing supplies in all of the grocery stores.
Scented candles are everywhere!

People's yards are void of lawn furniture.
The canals, and docks are being emptied of boats, jet skiis, and pontoons.

Gardens are being cleaned up, and bushes are getting cut back.
Urns, and birdbaths are emptied, as well as flower pots and containers.

People are preparing their motor homes for the long trip south for the Winter.
Homes are being winterized. 

The season of so many changes.
Fall, here, is a time of preparation.
Hunkering down for "what's to come".
Living in the upper portion of the lower peninsula of Michigan means shorter Summers, and longer Winters. We get lots of cold, wind, and snow....for what seems sooooo long. You learn to adjust...or go south.  
I am going to try something new this year. Snowshoeing.  Hopefully, that will help give me something fun to tackle during the long Winter months.  Plus, working on some miniatures should keep me busy.
In the meantime, I will take my time, and enjoy Fall.....trying some new recipes, and looking forward to the upcoming holidays with my family.
Have a great week!
Debbie
xo

Friday, September 27, 2019

Ya Gotta Love Bunnies.....

I love bunnies.
We had them when we were kids.
My kids had them when they were young.
My youngest daughter's kids had them, and I have two of their hand raised bunnies.

I found a fibre artist on Etsy that does needle-felt sculptures.
It takes about three months for the artist to complete an order...but it's worth the wait.
When I received my order, I was very impressed with the work that went into the bunnies.


These bunnies made my heart sing!
Their faces are so sweet, and the detail is perfection.
They are whimsical, yet the expressions are so realistic.
What's not to love?

They are pieces that will be cherished, and handed down.
They won't be saved for Easter, but will be enjoyed everyday.
Ya gotta love bunnies.....
Have a happy day!
Debbie
xo