Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Counting Our Blessings Linkup


Count your blessings one by one.... Yes, it's that time again! Won't you join me?

How was your Valentine Day? I know it's not always the hearts and flowers day for everyone. It can actually be hard. However, I hope you know how much you are loved by God and you will always be His Valentine!

I showed you the little bag that I made on my Sizzex machine last week and I filled it with chocolate covered peanuts and gave it to my hubby.  He loved it!


It was a fairly simple gift but it was from the heart and I'm so glad my hubby liked it.

The night before Valentines Day, my son brought over gifts for us and they were so perfect!

He gave us this basket with Sparkling Cider, Kisses, and hot drink packets.


He also gave us these wonderful muffins that his girlfriend made and they are so wonderful! I love how she packaged them! Plus, they are super delicious!


Then he gave me a gift that is so ME!


Isn't this absolutely perfect? I adore it! He said it was for our deck but I told him that it was going straight to my family room.


I love the little bird that is sitting on top. Actually, I love everything about it and was so touched by this precious gift.

He also gave us a beautiful door mat that matches my hummingbird set for my deck. I wasn't able to get a picture but, trust me, it's beautiful and will be so perfect on the deck!

Remember my big journaling Bible I got for my birthday? I haven't done anything in it before now for two reasons. One, I was nervous to make that first mark in it and, second, I needed a larger table for working in it.

This weekend, my son helped me to move things around in my craft room to make it more efficient and easier to work in.  I also decided to change out my table that I do my paper crafting on. It was a kitchen table and was square and not very practical for really spreading my things out to work on. I got a new 4 foot long table at WalMart and it's perfect! It actually gave me more room in my craft room plus a more practical surface to work on.

So here's my first page in my Bible. It's really simple but I'm pleased with it. I'll probably add other elements to the page but it helped me to just start and now I'll feel more comfortable about doing more in it.


I really like how much area there is to decorate my Bible. I don't cover the words in my Bibles when I do my artwork as I want to be able to read my Bible.  That's the point, right? I know that other's do artwork over the words but this isn't something I personally feel good about so having the extra space to be artistic with, is perfect for me.

It's been a week full of blessings for me and I do hope it was for you, too!

You can share all about your blessings or share something that will bless others on the linky below.


Blessings - Julie

Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday Promise

Are you facing something this week that fills you with dread?

Maybe you work with someone that is difficult.

Maybe there's a relationship that isn't going like you would like.

Perhaps you're facing a medical issue.

God promises to be with you, my friend.


Stand firm in your faith in God.

Remember, He surrounds you with His love and protection.

Be alert and observant about what's going on.

Ask God to give you wisdom about your situation.

Be strong knowing that God gives you all these things.

Most of all, do everything and go into all situations with an attitude of love.

Love for that person who isn't nice to you.

Love for the relationship that you're trying to salvage.

Love for those taking care of you in your medical situation.

Love others because it's shows them God's love.

You are loved!

Blessings - Julie

Monday, February 11, 2019

Counting Our Blessings - Linkup!


My goodness, it's been cold here! We have had cold, Northern winds and dustings of snow this week. I have such Spring fever, my friends! I'm anxious to step out on my deck and have the warm sunshine on my face again. How has it been where you live?

I've had some lovely blessings this week. I shared that I called Shepherd Bush for the missing page of my Three Pale Eggs pattern. I received it in the mail already! I'll be working on it next now that I have the next steps!

I finished my sweet little bunny! I wasn't too sure about the back-stitching when I first started it as I thought it might be too dark. It's what the pattern called for, but that's not always the best color, in my opinion. I decided to do at least one side of the back-stitching and, the more I did it, the more I found I liked it.


Isn't she adorable? This is from a kit that was in my World of Cross Stitching magazine. She to be made into a card to send to someone, however, I'm going to put her in the card but then frame it.

Here's what she looks like inside of the card.


I will go to Hobby Lobby and look for a little frame. They seem to have the best selection here so I'm sure I'll find something cute.

I made this adorable bag from a die I bought for my Sizzex from Peachy Cheap. When I saw it, I knew what a wonderful gift bag it would make and I was right!


You can probably tell more if you click on the picture to make it larger. I love the detail of the heart and the scallops at the top of the bag. I'll be making a few of these for Valentines Day!

Now it's your turn to share your own blessings on the Linky below! It's such a blessing to others when you share something that blesses and I thank you for being a part of my linkup!



Blessings - Julie

Monday Promise


Peace.

We all want it but it seems such an elusive thing.

Peace when we're going through the hard things.

Peace when troubles swirl around our ankles and rise steadily to our knees.

Let's get down on those knees, that feel so shaky with anxiety, and share with God those things that are keeping you up at night.... those things that make you physically ill.

Open your hands and let go of those things that you're sure you need to hang on to.

Release those fears and put them in the hands of the One who cares so much for you.

Let the Lord wash over your heart with His peace and love.

Let Him give you what you cannot give yourself.

Peace.

Hang on to the promise of peace.

Hang on to the Lord who gives this peace in abundance.

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Lord, on this Monday, I pray that you will bring peace to that person who is reading this right now. Give them your perfect peace. Help them to feel your presence in a whisper that comes to them when they feel the pressures of their world closing in. I pray that we would all bring our cares and anxieties to you first instead of keeping them in our hearts as if they were something precious. I thank you for your promise of peace and I ask that we would all cling to it. Through your precious Son, Jesus, I pray. Amen

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Blessings - Julie

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Book Review - The Curse of Misty Wayfair


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to turn-of-the-century Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin. When the clues she finds lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a postmortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother--who is battling dementia--compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman haunting the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns--and with it, Heidi's fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, they must overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jaime Jo Wright is the Christy Award-Winning author of The House on Foster Hill. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime works as a human resources director in Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and two children. To learn more, visit www.jaimewrightbooks.com.

MY REVIEW:

This book was unlike anything I've ever read and I just couldn't put it down!

We are introduced to two women in two different eras in Pleasant Valley. Don't let the name of this town fool you - there are strange things that have happened and that people believe that has put a cloud over this town for a long time.

Thea Reed is a post-mortem photographer who arrives in town at the time of  Mary Coyle's death. So much mystery revolves around this family and Thea is taken down a strange rabbit trail of intrigue and strange occurrences. The curse of Misty Wayfair is a strange thing that hangs over this family and community.

I found this part of the story very interesting as I didn't know much about post-mortem photography. I had no idea they had frames on which to prop the person up so a photo could be taken. It was quite amazing.

Heidi is a woman who is basically trying to be anyone but herself. She is a free spirit who really doesn't want to be. Her family has made her feel like she's strange and that she doesn't fit in with them. When she gets a letter from her mother that piques her curiosity, she travels to Pleasant Valley to find out what her mother has to tell her. This opens the whole Misty Wayfair curse again as Heidi starts seeing a strange, white flowing figure in the woods.

This book had so many twists and turns and was so suspenseful! I was never quite sure what was going on and there was a great surprise ending. I really love this book and highly recommend it if you like mysterious suspense. It was a great book! I give it 5 stars.

*I received this book from Bethany House.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.


Blessings - Julie