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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Counting Our Blessings - Linkup!


Hello friends! It's time to count our blessings!

We've had some really cold weather here and, while I really don't look at that as a blessing, I do love when we get rain or snow because our land needs the moisture! It's cold here today again and the weather is blowing up a storm! I am so thankful because my dear husband ventured out and did some grocery shopping for us. Now that's a true blessing!

We got all our Christmas decorations put up on Saturday. While I really love Christmas and all the beautiful decorations, it was time to put them away. I rearranged my furniture yesterday and now I need to dust and decorate for every day. I also have a few ceramics I've made that I keep inside that needs to be put away but my son will help me as they go up high and I don't get up on step-stools. I also need to put my floral Pioneer Woman tablecloth on my table. I was going to decorate for Valentines but, it's so close now I don't want to have to put it away so quickly. I have to do things in spurts because of pain but I'm so thankful and blessed that I can do it!

I have been working on my cross stitch in the evenings. That's been a goal of mine for the new year. I haven't been consistent but I so enjoy my quiet times of working on my stitching. I set my Desert Santa aside for now to work on something for Easter. This little guy is from the UK magazine, The World of Cross Stitch, and came as a little kit inside. It's supposed to be made into a card, which came inside the kit, like this.


However, I'm going to frame it and put it out as a decoration instead.  Here's my little guy, almost finished.


I need to finish the rose and leaves under his ear and do all the back-stitching but I love when it gets to this point where I can see his little personality shining through!

Do you remember my stitching of the Shepherd's Bush Three Pale Eggs?


This has been a couple years back and I was at a stand still because I was missing a page of the instructions. I finally called Shepherd's Bush to ask if they could send me the missing page. They were so very nice about it and said they would pop it in the mail for me! Yay! I can finally finish up my eggs for Easter. :)

What have your blessings been? I hope you'll share on the linky below!


Blessings - Julie

Monday, February 4, 2019

Monday Promise

Sometimes facing a new week is hard. It’s exhausting.

Maybe you’re sick or dealing with a difficult health problem. 

Maybe your finances are not stretching far enough to meet your bills.

Maybe a relationship that’s important to you is faltering. 

It can feel very overwhelming.


God promises to shield us.  When I was going through my health problems, this Scripture gave me such peace.  

I could imagine God covering me and protecting me...just as He is doing for you.

He places us in the soft nest of His assurance. 

He shields us with the strength of His truth.  

He is with you today and throughout this week. 

Snuggle in, my friends, close to our Savior who loves you.

Blessings - Julie