July 14, 2021

Dearly Loved




 I'm Dearly Loved. 

A Short Video

INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES

A God-thing: 40 Inspirational Bible Verses to Give You Hope in Tough Times. By Martha Sorren, Kelsey Hurwitz. Woman's Day. 

Dyan Reaveley's Facebook Quotes

Quotes about Friendship by Maya Angelou. 

CARD DIVIDER: Purchased from the Dollar Tree. "Home Sweet Home. Furnish it with FRIENDSHIP, decorate it with LAUGHTER, warm it with LOVE." 

DIARY HIGH-LITES

June began HOT! The neighbors behind us moved to a retirement village several miles away. (Didn't know his last name was Allen. I have Allen's in my family tree.) Hubby had emergency surgery to remove a kidney stone that was blocking traffic. Son took us all out to eat BBQ for Father's Day.  Dress that hubby ordered for me for Mother's Day finally came in the mail. Took another bag of clutter to the thrift store. My girlfriend at church, Princess Sister, gave us a bag of shredded paper to fill up half of the galvanized tubs that I converted to large planters (Linda Vater's Bucket Brigade on YouTube). In turn, she got a bag of lettuce that I thinned out. She said she enjoyed it so much. We also have 3 tomatoes growing, one turning red. Hubby smacked his lips when he spied it -- one of his summer favorite sandwiches is tomato slices, lettuce on Miracle Whip, and bacon on toast. 

SCRIPTURES:

Psalm 56:9b = "By this I will know that God is for me."

Isaiah 62:12 = They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Long Deserted. 

John 15:9,11 = As the Father has loved me so have I loved you. Now remain in my love... I have told you this so that my JOY may be in you and that your JOY may be complete.

Romans 12:18,21 = If it is possible as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone...Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 

1 Corinthians 13:13 = And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. 

Ephesians 5:1-2 = Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

QUOTES:

"Always remember, a friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are." (~ Laura Childs, Eggs in a Casket.)

Come sit on the Porch with me. The drinks are cold and the Friendship's Free. 

"Every experience God gives us, every person he puts into our lives is preparation for a future that only He can see." (~ Corrie ten Boom.)

Gardening. 

Home is where the Herd is. 

JOY journaling page. (Dollar Tree stencil; two thrift store flowers) 

Seasoned with Love. 

Zetti Paper Doll Art Journal Page: "I'm not Bossy: I've Got Leadership Skills." Paired with a California Farms Evaporated Filled Milk can label. (Has a USA flag, cow, barn and windmill image on front). It will be posted to Flickr.  Therapist said she was glad that I'm adding a little humor into my positivity journal when I told her that my hubby got a big kick out of it. He shared it with his family on Memorial Day! You know, if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy! 😆

GOOD MEMORIES:

My Kansas grandmother had a tall glass ginger jar with a lid on it. It was full of dried rose petals and smelled spicy like cloves. It sat on the dresser in her guest bedroom. I always wanted a jar of memories too.

I asked my Kansas grandmother for a pair of grandpa's blue jean overalls when he passed away. I decorated the bib and pockets with embroidered flowers. I felt close to grandpa when I wore them. 

We went to church with my grandparents when we visited. Kansas grandparents attended the Pleasant Prairie Church of God and my Oklahoma grandparents attended the Elkhart Church of God. We enjoyed meeting cousins and old friends there. 

I shared with my pastor several weeks ago a story my grandmother told me about putting a light in the window at night out of the prairie. She said that light could be seen for miles out on the dark flat prairies of Kansas and Oklahoma and said it was a beacon to a cold weary traveler and welcomed them to shelter. She said back in those days, farmers looked out for their neighbors and helped them when they could.  My pastor used the illustration in a sermon recently -- click here -- to listen to his sermon. 

SMILE! Art Journal page of a cute smiling apple that came from a McDonald's Happy Meal box. I couldn't resist cutting it down and adding it to my journal. 🥰

PRAYER LIST: Help me to discern truth from lies in this world. Thank you, Jesus, for the creative ideas that you send my way. May those that need Jesus find my blog and/or YouTube videos. I'm not perfect, but I can perhaps influence someone to follow Jesus too or help meet a need for comfort and positivity. In Jesus name, Amen! 

POEM: Actually lyrics from a Beatles song. 

TEA: The last of my collection of tea envelopes in purple. 

IN MY LIFE. By John Winston Lennon and Paul James McCartney. 

June 12, 2021

Blooming With Grace!



My May Container Garden -- Following Linda Vater's (YouTube) Bucket Brigade.  
I have cucumbers, a tomato, lettuce and kale growing. 



Introduction to Joyful, by Ingrid Fetell Lee. Look her up on YouTube. She appears on many videos. Dr. Grace Ketterman, a psychiatrist I've mentioned before, said there is truth that color brings you joy, for there has been studies on it.

Here's another one that gives you food for thought. At least it did for me. Design hack: 10 joy-inducing aesthetics you should know | Ingrid Fetell Lee. 

And her website

CARD:

Friends Like Us Can Always Find Fun. Or Trouble. 

CARTOON:

We are more than Besties. She's my accomplice and I'm her alibi.

We celebrated our wedding anniversary this month! Hubbin took me to my favorite tea room to eat for lunch. I tried a new herbal tea flavor. It was so yummy! It's Raspberry Rose by Republic of Tea. 

Do you carrot all for me?
My heart beets for you,
With your turnip nose,
And your radish nose.
You are a peach,
If we cantaloupe,
Lettuce marry—
Weed make a swell pear.


AUTOGRAPH VERSES!

A MOMENT OF DELIGHT and JOY!

I took a photo of a Mama Goose waddling her way down our street with five goslings in tow. We have a small lake at the end of our road, however, I have no idea where she came from, but they were so cute and they stopped traffic. 

 GOOD MEMORIES:

My Kansas grandmother had bookshelves full of books in her living room. Most of them resided around the corners of her picture window that faced the dirt road out in front. I loved to read her missionary books. She used to make pretty wedding cakes for many of the young couples getting married in their country neighborhood and she saved that money to contribute to missions that the Church of God supported. My grandparents shopped most often in Satanta, Garden City, Liberal, and sometimes in Dodge City, Kansas, however, a lot of their dry goods came from catalogs that came in the mail or what we called wish books. I remember looking through some of them. Grandpa and later grandma kept them on a TV tray stand next to their lazy boy chair in the living room.

My Oklahoma grandparents had a wonderful postcard collection that they kept in a big shoebox upstairs in a closet in their old two story home. I loved looking through it  when they lived there. Many of the postcards were from extended family members that sent Christmas postcard greetings, vacation "wish you were here" notes, and some were postcards they had collected from gift shops while on vacation as little mementoes of their trips. Sadly, they discovered the whole collection was stolen from the old house just after they moved into their new house while they were shopping in town to pick up groceries. The closest town was 18 miles away, so the thief had plenty of time to get in, look round and take what he/she wanted. The new house was a next door neighbor to the old house on the farm. It wasn't long after that, that the old house was sold and trucked to town. In that part of the country, wood is scarce to come by for building and expensive to ship in, so houses are often lifted from their foundations and taken to a new site. I loved that old house with all the interesting nooks and crannies to explore.

My maternal and paternal first cousins' parents built their homes on my grandparents' farms. Two of my uncles decided to remain on the farm and help my grandparents farm their land, so when we went to visit, there was always two extra playmates around. I was the oldest of four, so they took equal delight in having somebody to play with also. We made the one way, 8 hour pilgrimage drive twice a year -- during summer and Christmas school vacations. 

One day, the youngest maternal cousin and I were bored and looking for something to do. She suggested that we go gather some of the rotten goose eggs from the farm pond and throw them into the farm trash dump to see what they would do. We got them and there -- I was standing behind her when suddenly she banged two of the eggs together hard and they exploded in her face. I got bits of rotten egg slime in my hair. The stench almost made her sick on the spot and we ran for our respective houses. It took us almost all afternoon of constant washing to get the smell off us. PU! 👃😝 

POEM:
Tutti-Frutti Lovesong,
by Mary Grace Dembeck.

You are my darling CUMQUAT,
Oh, you're my PEACHy pie,
I think you are the BERRIES,
The APPLE of my eye.

Don't make me MELON-choly,
Please be my HONEY DEW,
'Cause oh, my sweet PAPAYA,
I'm BANANAS over you!

I would be oh, so GRAPEful
If you'd just say you care,
For it takes two to MANGO,
And we're a PEACHy PEAR.

Oh, ORANGE you a little
COCONUTS for me too?
Please say you'll be mon CHERRY,
I'm so GUAVA over you.
QUOTES:

Create the life you yearn for.

"Family traditions mark time in a happy way and give a sense of both anticipation and continuity. Research shows that traditions, routines, and rituals boost physical and emotional health. And they're fun." (~ Gretchin Rubin). 

In the cookies of life, friends are the chocolate chips! 

Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace. 

SCRIPTURES:

Deuteronomy 7:6, 8a = For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession... it was because the Lord loved you. 

Psalm 61:5 = You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. 

Lamentations 3:22-23 = Because of the Lord's great LOVE we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are NEW every morning; great is your faithfulness. 

Romans 15:13 = May the God of HOPE fill you with all JOY & PEACE as you trust in Him. 

2 Corinthians 6:16 = We are the temple of the living God.

Philippians 1:3-6 = I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with JOY because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 

I've updated my old Flickr page! Here's my JOY playlist on YouTube. 

May 18, 2021

Good Friends!

I'm following Linda Vater's Bucket Brigade Planting Challenge on YouTube. Here's my April tubs. So be sure to follow along. One of the stipulations was to use food plants in them, so in the left one I've planted lettuce. And in the other one, I planted kale. On the other side of the sidewalk, we bought a tomato and planted it in a large plastic pot that I found at a thrift store and my hubby spray painted the pot to look like granite. I have another galvanized metal tub (Home Depot) that I want to set next to that pot and plant with cucumbers, but got to go get some more cinder blocks to stack it on. A girlfriend at church was looking for a paper recycler to take her shredded paper and I spoke up and said I will take it! It's under the dirt to take up space and will eventually compost down. In the smaller brown pot, I planted tulips that I had in the frig all winter. They came up and look so pretty. 

YAY! I completed:

YouTube's Crafter's Academy "Create Great Content" Workshop. 

I'm reading:

When to Walk Away by Gary Thomas. 

GOOD MEMORIES:

I remember my Kansas grandfather standing in his living room in front of the piano and just swinging his arms back and forth while he twisted the trunk of his body. Funny what you remember. He liked to do that I guess. He was a farmer and wore blue overalls most of the week except for Sunday. Sunday he wore a nice dress shirt and tie with his Sunday suit. 

He once told me to drive his pickup for him (stick shift) while he threw out hay for the cattle from the back. Then he sat down on the tailgate, just in case, he said, so if I accidently ran into something,  he could jump if he needed to. I didn't wreck it - I did good! 

My Oklahoma grandfather was a gentle man. He made pets of all his critters and I never saw him hit anyone until one day when we were climbing over the fence in his barn that separated the animal part from the garage part of the barn where he parked his pick-up. I began to climb over and my brother, impatient, pushed me as I began to swing my leg over. I lost my grip and did a face plant on the gravely dirt below. Grandpa immediately picked up my brother, gave him a good squat on the behind with his size 16 ring hand and told him that he wasn't to treat girls like that. My brother ran to mom to tattle on grandpa, crying all the way from the barn to the house and mom said to him, "If Grandpa swatted you, he must have had a good reason, so don't come crying to me." Yay! Grandpa, 1 point, Brother, none! 😁 I was always so grateful for Grandpa sticking up for me and teaching my bro some manners! 

This same set of grandparents came up to help my mom with all us children when we passed around the chickenpox one winter when we were of elementary school age. Grandma was in charge of the calamine lotion and she got to dot the itches away with the pink stuff. And boy, did the poxes itch! I also had a birthday during that time. What a way to spend a birthday! At least it was memorable!

INSERTWhen I was ten, I became a friend of Jesus. It was as easy as ABC! 

A = First I had to Admit that I wasn't perfect.

B = Second, I had to Believe in Jesus.

C = Third, I Confessed my faults to Jesus - the little white lie I knew was wrong, the fight I had with my sisters, the homework I didn't do,...

I still wasn't perfect, but my heart was washed clean!

I was baptized soon after, read my Bible from cover to cover and continued to attend a Bible believing church with my family.

Jesus and me became best buds because I knew, in my heart, he loved me!

SAYINGS & QUOTES

Card - Good friends provide each other with comfort, support, and a feeling of well-being.

Farm Fresh Sticker. 

Art Journaling Page: "I am a BBW - Big, Beautiful Woman!" 

Planted with Love, Garden notes.  (see above)

Text Encouragement Card - May you - Be Happy, Be Safe, Be Well, Have comfort, have strength, have courage, have peace, have joy. May you be blessed Today and Everyday. Good Morning! 

Text Encouragement Card - In a World Full of Roses, Be a Sunflower!

The smile on your face is the light in the window that tells people that you are home. 

"When Satan huffs and puffs and tries to blow out the flame of your joy, you have an endless supply of kindling in the Word of God." (John Piper).

"Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck. It's what you're put here on earth to do with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling." (Vincent Van Gogh). 

SCRIPTURES:

Exodus 33:14 = "The Lord replied, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." 

Isaiah 40:11 = "He tends his flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young." 

Matthew 22:37-39 = Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the 1st and greatest commandment. And the 2nd is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself."

Philippians 1:3-4 = I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy" 

1 John 3:1 = How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God.

POSITIVE WORDS: Love, Friends 

POEM:

The Friend Who Just Stands By.
By a Williams, either Bertye Young Williams or William Carlos Williams. (I've seen both names attached to this poem.)

When trouble comes your soul to try,
You love the friend who just "stands by."
Perhaps there's nothing he can do --
The thing is strictly up to you;
For there are troubles all your own,
And paths the soul must tread alone;
Times when love cannot smooth the road
Nor friendship lift the heavy load,
But just to know you have a friend
Who will "stand by" until the end,
Whose sympathy through all endures,
Whose warm handclasp is always yours --
It helps, some way, to pull you through, 
Although there's nothing he can do.
And so with fervent heart you cry,
"God Bless the Friend Who Just Stands By!" 

April 19, 2021

Cheep Smiling! -- Welcome to the Coop!



DIARIES:

Hubs had a birthday this month. 

I LOVE mason jars! 

Sent cards to my girlfriends! Found some sunflower cards at the Dollar Tree and since sunflowers are my favorite flower -- they make me happy with their sunny look -- I just had to get them and send them to each to say thank you for your friendship. 

Hubby is working on the floors of my kitchen cabinets. Filling in cracks and laying down linoleum tiles on the shelves. So nice looking! Saw the idea on Pinterest and thought what a nifty idea. Hubby is working on the third cabinet now, waiting for the crack filler to set up. I went out and purchased a small Rubbermaid tub to put my pot lids into. Measured the door opening to make sure to get one that would slide in and out easily and then I weeded the ones that I no longer use. Sure looks nice! I was getting tired of the mess under there with the old galvanized wire basket that I had been using. 

But I didn't get rid of the wire basket, for I saw an idea for it on YouTube. It's now sitting on our porch metal bistro table with a galvanized watering can and a citronella candle in a galvanized bucket inside.  Looks good! 

The flowers began blooming this month. Yay! I am so ready for spring, one of my favorite seasons of the year. I've noted daffodils, red bud trees, tulip trees, dandelions, and wild hyacinths are blooming in my journal! 

I also got a new C-pap machine. I'm so thankful for it as I was struggling during Covid with my old machine drying me out like the Sierra desert. The water tank on my new one is twice the size of the old one. And it has a heated hose -- no more cold nose and neck! The mask has foam around the rim instead of silicone. And no more bucket washing! I dump the water out of the tank and use a wet wipe to clean the mask and swish soapy water in the hose once a month and I'm outta there. 

Finally got to visit a Resource Center I had learned about some time ago called ScrapsKC. I was in gently used craft supply heaven! 😁
 
GOOD MEMORIES:

When we went out to visit our Oklahoma grandparents during the summer, grandma's youngest brother nicknamed "Babe," would come out to visit for the afternoon from town eighteen miles away. Sometimes he would bring our second cousins with him and that meant more playmates! Our first cousins lived on the same farm as our grandparents and they and my three siblings found all kinds of things to do on the farm, like go feed Grandpa's geese down at the pond in front of the barn or go play in the barn or in the old wooden granary buildings that were no longer used for that purpose (Grandpa had round metal Quonset huts that were more critter proof than the ones that we liked to play in). We also liked to play in an old cement car port next to the well-house that my Uncle used to drive his car up on two wooden beams cemented into the walls of the port to work on the motor. Us kids would make up "stew" in old 5 gallon metal paint cans with bits of leaves and water. I expect it rotted down into a smelly mess after we left it. I had never seen a stretch of land such as my grandparents had that was good for catching toads as theirs was. They were everywhere and big un's too. Although, if you were able to catch one, they had a nasty habit of watering your legs and shoes down if you squeezed too hard. smile! Sometimes we'd go gather eggs from the hen house for grandma or play with the new spring kittens or sometimes Grandpa would go fetch a Shetland pony from the barn corral or out in the pasture and we would get to ride. Sometimes all of us kids would pile into Grandpa's pick-up in the back; mom, grandma and grandpa in front and bumpety-bump, go rabbit-hunting out in one of Grandpa's pastures.

 INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES:

My Pastor Sings and Plays the Guitar! Click here and here  and hereYouTube. 

I uploaded another JOY video! And compiled all three into a playlist on YouTube.  

QUOTES and SAYINGS

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. 

Cheep Smiling! (art journal page)

"How do you get strong? You start believing in yourself, and believing what God says about you. That you are precious. That you are loved and lovable. That you do have value and worth. . . I pray that you will find your true worth." (~ Lori Frisch, author of "Out of the Fire & Into the Light.") 

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (washi tape strip)

NO STINKIN' THINKIN'! 

"The most powerful weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. Train your mind to see the good in this day." (Anonymous)

"When God was handing out looks, I thought he said books and I told him to give me a funny one." ~ Minnie Pearl.  (art journal page) 

SCRIPTURES:

Psalm 103:8, 11 = The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. .. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear (respect) him. 

Jeremiah 29:13 = You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 

Romans 8:38-39 = For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Ephesians 3:17, 18 = I pray, that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

SONG:

That's What Friends Are For. By Carole Bayer Sager & Burt Bacharach. Sung by Dionne Warwick. YouTube. 

TEA

I added a poem to the page before the tea envelopes like I did last month. This time it is a cinquain in a format I learned in my English class in high school. Apparently, according to the internet, cinquains have different formats, but generally they have five or six lines like mine.

tea
hot water
steep plant parts
many flavor blends of
white, green, black, and herbal
Yum!
~DJR~

I have green envelopes this month. Nope, none with shamrocks on the front though. 

and a Sunflower insert! Like I said previously, I LOVE Sunflowers and SONflowers! smile! 

May you have a wonderful Spring Season! And God bless. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! 

March 23, 2021

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know!


Video PLAYLIST:  

COVER: I chose a sheep to represent the Lamb of God. Baa!

CARD on Divider: Purchased at Dollar Tree in Valentine Card section. Jesus calling... reminding you you're perfectly loved. 

 INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLE

Supporting Your Friends

DIARY & PICTORIAL DIARY HIGHLIGHTS: I got a new lamp up in the kitchen over the sink and all new handles on my cabinet drawers and doors. 

My honey gave me a card for Valentine's Day and took me out to Crackerbarrel to eat!

It snowed on the 15th of February! Brr! 

And I'm thankful for my honey's raise at work. 

SCRIPTURES:

Genesis 5:12 = When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them "man." 

Psalm 8:3-4 = When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man, that you care for him.

Psalm 139:14 = I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

John 3:16 = For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

QUOTES & SAYINGS:

Grow through what you go through.

"Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and color, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day." (Winston Churchill). 

My first art journaling page says: (my paraphrase) Friendship: U Bring the brains and I the ice cream. We win! (Bob Goff).  Here's the complete quote: "That's how friendship works: we join forces knowing each of us has something to learn from the other, and both of us benefit from the relationship. You bring the brains, I bring the ice cream, and everyone wins." (Bob Goff, Live in Grace-Walk in Love.) 

Saying on 2nd art journal page: "JOY Girl" hip hip ha ray! O Happy Day!" I was thinking of that song "O Happy Day, When Jesus came to wash my sins away." By Edwin Hawkins. 

"People grow when they are loved." (Bob Goff)

GOOD MEMORIES:

I remember Grandma's pork chops. They were so good! And her homemade, from scratch egg noodles. Mom disliked cooking and I grew up making food from boxes except for dad's applesauce cake. 

My husband's grandmother showed me how to make bread from scratch and how to make mashed potatoes from real potatoes, not the dehydrated kind. She showed me how to cook turnips so they weren't bitter. My mother-in-law's homemade egg noodles are as good as my grandma's, but I have never mastered the art of making them. We used to bring home meat from my grandparent's after a visit. David's grandparents and parents sent home food with us after a visit. It was their way of loving us. I didn't understand that for a long time.

PRAYER LIST: When two or more are gathered together... a moment of silent prayer please...the Holy Spirit knows who those people are under the post-it-note and their needs. And I'm grateful for Daddy God's sweet Valentine this month. 

GLUEBOOK PAGE: Last month I had blue tea envelopes and tags and this month I have red in honor of Valentine's Day.  I can't drink or eat anything with caffeine in it, but I can drink herbal teas, so some of my collection has been given to me from friends . The envelopes and tags are so interesting to me, like Timothy's Christmas Blend tea envelope (close-up photo at link). It has a little primitive scene on it. Reminds me of a Grandma Moses painting.  The Celestial Seasonings Black Cherry Berry has one too - those cherries look good enough to eat. 

SONG Lyrics:

Jesus Loves Me 
by Anna Bartlett Warner

Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to him belong
They are weak, but He is strong.

Refrain: Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
For the Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven's gate to open wide
He will wash away my sin
Let his little child come in.

Jesus loves me still today
Walking with me on my way
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live. 

February 24, 2021

"Keep Me Sweet!"





Doing something different this year. I'm taking the best ideas of the last two year's positivity journals and compiling them into this year's composition notebook positivity journal.  First good idea was to prepare it ahead of time, giving myself 6 spreads plus one extra page per month, with three pages devoted to the requirements of good memories, quotes, and scripture and then whatever else I wanted to do in the rest of the spreads. I watched a lot of bullet journaling and planner videos to list their ideas and did the same until I began running out of ideas at the end of last year. I was late in video making last year because I was struggling to come up with more ideas to fill in pages. Then I got Covid and didn't feel like messing with either my journal or video-making. I gave myself GRACE though and uploaded them when I could. That was a struggle too - giving myself GRACE -- a foreign concept to my way of thinking since I usually beat myself up mentally for not being PERFECT! 

I felt so good though, when I finally got November and December's videos made and uploaded. But in January, I called a time-out -- to take a wee break while I recharge my creative batteries and to  learn new journal techniques. I've been going at journal-making straight for two years now. My newest idea was to work-up a Table of Contents for the whole year with assignments for each page, however, I can be creative within those page assignments. I've made up to 6 months worth so far and if by mid-year, if I've changed my mind for something else I want to remove or add-in, I can do so. Oh, and since I use a skinny elastic hairband to keep my journal closed, I've added in divider tabs at the top of my journal to keep them out of the way of the hairband. 

COVER: Baa! The Lamb of God

Here's my table of contents for the first six months:
1. Divider Page (theme "friends;" most of the cards came from the Dollar Tree)
2. Daily Calendar
3. Pictorial Diary  
4. Scripture
5. Art Journal Page 
6. Quotes
7. Art Journal Page
8. Good Memories
9. Art Journal Page
10. Prayer List (it's good to pray for your friends and family) 
11. Glue Book page (of my tea envelope collection)
12. Poem (either mine or someone else's that I enjoy!) 

INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES:

"Sandpaper people"

DIVIDER PAGE CARD: "My friends are a reflection of my good taste." 🥰

DAILY CALENDAR HIGH-LITES:

Happy New Year! 

I'm grateful to be alive after Covid! 

I doodled 2 Pantone cards for Marsha Baker's project this month. 

I participated in our church's 24 hours of prayer-time in the middle of the month. I prayed for church revival and our Nazarene missionaries in Romania. 

Inauguration of New President; Garth Brooks sang Amazing Grace.  I listened to the inauguration via the radio as I was doing chores.

 ART JOURNAL PAGE: Go back up to the top of this page and click on both the playlist and the creative stuff link to use your eyeballs and brains. 

SCRIPTURE:

Exodus 33:11 = The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.

Proverbs 4: 23 = Above all else, guard 💂 your heart 💖, for it is the wellspring ⛲ of life 🧍.

John 15:15 = I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 

Ephesians 2:10 = For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

ART JOURNAL PAGE

QUOTES:

BFF: A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart 💖 and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

Fowl moods will not be tolerated!  

"Friends fill your life with joy; your soul with sunshine and your heart with love."

Give thanks.  

"Good friends are like beautiful flowers in the garden of life." (Katrina Mayer). 

"Lord, lead me today to those I need and to those who need me, and let my life and the things I do have eternal significance." (Amy Grant).

Party till the cows come home. 

"The shape of true love isn't a diamond. -- It's a cross." (Alicia Bruxvoort)

Welcome to our Lil' Nest. 

ART JOURNAL PAGE

FARM FRESH MEMORIES:

"I remember playing in the ditch at grandma and grandpa's that ran in front of their farmhouse. It was especially fun when Grandpa turned on the irrigation well and the ditch became a muddy mess. We had a good ole mud slinging time then. We didn't dare go out to play without our shoes on though, for goat-head stickers were plentiful and hurt like the dickens to step on. 

Grandpa's big barn was the best place to be. They had barn cats that we sometimes got to feed and Grandpa kept extra eggs in a refrigerator in his farm office in the barn. We watched Grandpa milk cows and squirt milk into the barn cats mouths. 

Up in the barn loft we would arrange the hay bales into rooms and play house up there with our cousins. Grandpa helped me get up on a pony when I broke my foot in senior high before Thanksgiving that Christmas in the barn." 

PRAYER LISTI'm praying for my support team (friends) and Bible study ladies. I'm continuing to pray for our missionaries in Romania and for church revival. 

GLUEBOOK PAGE: I glued 5 blue tea envelopes to my page and 3 tea tags. I love the layout and designs of some of the envies. Since I was taken off caffeine by my urologist-gynecologist (it can make you go, go, go), I've moved to drinking dried hot herbal teas. However since some of my friends still drink real tea, they collect and save envelopes for me too, so you will see a mixture of both. 

POEM:
The Long View
By Fay Inchfawn.

Some day of days! Some dawning yet to be
I shall be clothed with immortality!

And in that day, I shall not greatly care
That Jane spilt candle grease upon the stair.

It will not grieve me then as once it did,
That careless hands have chipped my teapot lid.

I groan, being burdened. But in that glad day,
I shall forget vexations of the way.

That needs were often great, when means were small,
Will not perplex me any more at all. 

A few short years at most (it may be less),
I shall have done with earthly storm and stress.

So, for this day, I lay me at Thy feet,
O, keep me sweet, my Master; Keep me sweet! 


January 19, 2021

Birthday Memories


We had Covid just about all of December and then I had complications. Let me tell you,  coronavirus 
positively sucks! smile! Visited the ER twice, was on steroids 2 times and had 2 secondary infections that I took antibiotics for and am currently still on a blood thinner for blood clots in my lungs. The second ER visit on Christmas day, they kept me in an unplanned hospital stay overnight. So needless to say, that was a scary time. While I'll go to heaven to live someday, I'm not ready for a move in that direction any time soon, no offense, God. smile! Let's just say, I'm grateful to still be alive! 

I made note of all our wonderful church family members who brought us meals and shopped for us while we were in quarantine. That was such as blessing. And thank God for technology, as I was able to talk to a couple of doctors and friends via video chats while we were sick. 

BIRTHDAY MEMORIES:

 When I was of elementary school age, my siblings and I contracted chicken-pox. And now I can add that I've had the coronavirus on my birthday as well!

Girlfriends sent me electronic and snail mail cards for my birthday! Thank you, gals! The guys had ordered my gifts and they were delivered by snail mail. I received a Mary Engelbreit blanket from my honey and the boy gave me a Mary Engelbreit Loonacy game, a Mary Engelbreit coloring book  and a Mary Engelbreit desk calendar! Whee!

The US President who was in office when I was born was Dwight "Ike" David Eisenhower. You can read his biography here!  I wrote the article some time back. 

 INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES!

My pastor's sermon "Name Them One by One!" And below, in the comments on YouTube, I name three blessings that I've enjoyed lately. 

Truth Cards by Melody Ross. These two blog posts tell about them. One, Two.  

SAYINGS & QUOTES!

Mary Engelbreit's card = "A charmed life."

"Christmas is a season when we give tokens of love. In that house, we received not tokens of love but love itself. I became the writer I promised by Father I'd be and my destiny led me far from Walton's Mountain. My mother lives there still, alone now for we lost our Father in 1969. My brothers and sisters, grown with children of their own, live not far away. We're still a close family and see each other when we can. And like Miss Mamie Ballwin's 4th cousin, we're apt to sample the recipe and gather around the piano and hug each other while we sing the old songs. For no matter the time or distance, we are united in the memory of that Christmas Eve more than 30 years and 3,000 miles away. I can still hear those sweet voices. 

Elisabeth: "Goodnight, John-Boy." 

"Goodnight everybody!" 

~ Earl Hamner, Jr., The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, 1971

My husband's family reminds me a lot of the Spencer/Walton family. Except the Rush's lived in the Ozark hills for 150 years and the Spencer/Walton's family settled in the Virginia mountains. 

SCRIPTURES!

Coloring Sheet Scripture -- Deuteronomy 11:22 = If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow - to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him... (I'm a tree-hugger!). 

Documented Faith by Stephanie Ackerman

Luke 1:37 = For nothing is impossible with God.

Luke 1:44 = As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy! 

Luke 1: 58 = Her (Elizabeth) neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy!  

Luke 2:10-11 = Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 

1 John 3:1 = How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. 

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The middle section of my journal was blank until I began adding in photos of and then the actual cards that I received by text and in the snail mail. I also added a list of accomplishments that I did this year of 2020 to one of the pages. 

VIDEO! 

January 04, 2021

JOY-Happy!

VIDEO

CARTOONS!
I was cleaning out some old files in my email and found one that Joan had sent me for the National Mental Health Day! I doodled the email photo and then added the saying that came with it: "From one unstable person to another. . . Hope everyone is happy in your head -- we're all doing pretty good in mine!" (smile!) 

A new idea! Cartoons!

GLUEPAGE JOY! A collage page of things that have to do with JOY! Found two! 

INSPIRATIONAL ARTICLES!

Brave Girls Club: How to Start a Day-to-Day Creative Practice! I see where Stephanie got her idea to combine daily creative practice with Bible reading. 😇

Erica Arndt's Quilted Composition Notebook Cover: Easy tutorial on YouTube. I think I will be making this to cover my 2021 Positivity Journal. 

I discovered Mat and Savanna Shaw during Covid Lockdown and loved their singing together. Here's a Thankful Daddy Daughter duet on YouTube. I bet you'll love them as much as I do! Some of their songs have been very meaningful to me. 

Marsha Baker's Thanksgiving Project Round-up with a couple of lists of things you can be thankful for. Be sure to watch her doodling tutorial video. 

MOVIES! 

Watched a few movies and made a new playlist on YouTube for my friends called "Movies to Watch." 

ONE OF MY FAVORITE POEMS - The Serenity Prayer. Written by Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr. His biography and a copy of the poem are here

QUOTES & SAYINGS:

"A flame can light a thousand candles." ~ The Unexpected Gypsy. 

BE HAPPY! 

Carleta's card: Share JOY. Give THANKS! Have you watched my "Finding JOY" video and the second one?

Choosing JOY is being able to see God's goodness even when life is hard and messy. 

Find out what give you JOY and go there. 

Focus on doing more things that bring you JOY.  

"Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier." ~ Thomas Monson. 

"Of all the things you wear, your smile is the most important." ~ Kind Notes.

Private quotes from friends. 

"She turned her can't into cans and her dreams into plans." ~ Kobi Yamada

"The wound is the place where the Light enters you." ~ Rumi.

"You and I are both very fortunate to have had grandmothers who gave us their love of genealogy." ~ Susan Lohr

SCRIPTURES:

Exodus 18:9 = Jethro was delighted to hear about the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand  of Egypt. 

1 Samuel 7:12 = Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying "Thus far has the Lord helped us." 

Isaiah 6:5 = "my eyes have seen the King the Lord Almighty." (JOY Coloring Sheet!)  

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 = These is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven... a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.

Matthew 5:14-15 = You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 [Documented Faith] = We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed, perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.  

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 [Documented Faith] = Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

SONGS!

Anybody remember this song? We sang it in church!

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands! 
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!
If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it,
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!

Stomp your feet
Praise the Lord
Say Amen! 
Beep your nose -- Beep! Beep!

SMILE!