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Every Leaf Speaks Bliss to Me

November 11, 2017
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It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

He’ll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch and he respects sincerity.”

I still have the Charles M. Schultz paperback I purchased in grade school “Happiness Is a Warm Puppy.” Who remembers watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown?”  Do you realize the story is a metaphor for faith?  You might say Linus had the faith of a mustard seed…  Read the rest of the story here.

Operation Christmas Child

The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a project of Samaritan’s Purse that uses gift-filled shoe boxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children around the world! Go here for instructions about what to put in a box and to find a drop-off site near you. I did this with my grandchildren last year and it was an opportunity to experience how good it feels to give!

LIFE

Hiking into an old-growth forest we expected to find towering trees and intertwining limbs affecting a heavy, green blanket of shade with only small slits of light peeking through. Instead, at Larch Mountain Crater near the Columbia River Gorge the devastation was quick and invasive yet, it didn’t breathe the telltale signs of a forest fire, there were no stumpy limbs and charred remains. What was it that snuffed life from here?

Rising through death and decay, green leaves sprouted vibrant against the base of pithy, bark less trees, birthing new life . . . ferns, trilliums, wood sorrel and rhododendrons. Like new twigs topped with shoots of green branching up towards light and life, I’m reminded of the new life God gives us because of Christ’s cross-shaped sacrifice. Death buried deep and new signs of life reveal Himself in me.

Quotable –  one of my favorites!

“We are born makers. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands.”   Dr. Brene Brown

What will you make this season?

Join me next month when I post photos of our 2nd Annual Sibling Craftapalooza!  Last year we made Norwegian villages and shared them with each other via video on Facebook. This year the challenge is to create a Gingerbread House. I have some creative siblings. Somehow Stacie made real smoke come from the chimney of her house last year!

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What I Love About September

September 30, 2017
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I’m sorry, this published yesterday before I was done editing…..

One of the most fabulous things in our garden this summer was the scarlet runner pole bean. It laced leafy arms around the trellis, followed by luscious red-orange blossoms! This type of bean isn’t known for its bean but for its beauty.

It’s Trendy

When we sold our home and downsized we gave away so much! I had all of my childhood 16 mm movies digitalized as well as the VHS home movies of my daughters as they grew. I had to part with things like my grandmother’s slide projector but I couldn’t part with her grandmother’s spinning wheel.

Apparently, the minimalist challenge is a “thing.” For thirty days toss or donate one thing each day.  What would it look like to live simply, to only keep what you need? Would you do it?

On the Nightstand

Same Kind of Different as Me,” a biography written by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent is the kind of book once you read it you won’t forget. The movie comes to theaters in October.

REST

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest…” Matthew 11:28 NIV

I held my littlest granddaughter in my arms while she rubbed her eyes and shook her head, fighting sleep. My Nana bedtime skills were a little rusty. I rocked, patted, sang, and paced until I was the one who needed a nap. Each time I leaned over the crib to lay precious Emery’s head down, her bright blue eyes popped open. It had been awhile since I had taken care of a 4-month old, what was I forgetting?

As I sat down to rock her again I thought of God and his desire to comfort us with rest. I’m a “multi-tasking” kind of gal. Many times I’ve rushed ahead with my own plan, forgetting that God has something better. Eventually I realize I can stop striving and trust Him. Things work out better when I admit I can’t do this thing and allow Him to take over.

Are the “have to” pressures of life overwhelming?

Pause. Receive. Talk to Him. Allow God to meet you where you’re at. Rest in Him.

Change

On a blog I follow regularly, I read, “Make your own mold, my friends. Be free!” In the world of writing, I’m doing just that.  You’ll see a new look on the blog over the next few days.

The international blogging challenge, Write 31 Days, starts Sunday. Join me for “Create. Art from the Heart!”  You’ll receive a newsletter each day with links to Home Decor projects and videos and step-by-step instructions to create your own hand bound book! This is a beautiful book you can use as a journal, collection of photographs from a favorite trip or family photographs, recipes, and more!

I hope you’ll join me!