Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I am using a book from the 50's. It has very nice heavy weight pages and a bookcloth cover. I have never done anything like this before. The finished product will be an encouragement and inspiration journal, where I can refer to themes like happiness, God's power, simplicity, grace, joy, my family, my little home, prayer, Jesus is Lord, contentment, vision, etc. I am using colored pencils, magazine cutouts, clip art, handwriting, drawing, photographs, bible verses, famous quotes and poems. Whatever inspires me.
Eventually, I will name the journal and decorate the cover. I happen to love the cover, the title of the book is "Lightning and Thunder" which symbolizes, to me, God's immense power. So maybe I will just leave it and add a bit of personalization.
Well, that's it so far. I pray that when it is finished, the journal will be a place for me to visit for comfort, inspiration, and encouragement. A reminder of all the gifts that God has given me, and the greatest gift of all, Himself.
One day I will share it with my children, with hope that they will be inspired too.
Have a restful night and a peaceful and productive day tomorrow.
In God's Love, Tami
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Yesterday, though, was a whole different story. It felt like a warm and sunny day in June.
As soon as my dear husband arrived home, the talk of a long walk began. We quickly headed out to enjoy the glorious weather that was our gift for the day.
In God's Love, Tami
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The dolls came together very easily and my kiddos are clamoring for more.
I made a 4" tall Mama and decorated a peg doll for the daughter. The book does have directions for the smaller sized felt doll, but I had the pegs already, so I thought I would give them a try.
Monday, October 22, 2007
- I am a child of God (John 1:12)
- I am Christ's friend (John 15:15)
- I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of Christ's life (John 15:1,5)
- I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear his fruit (John 15:16)
- I am a son (daughter) of God. (Romans 8:14)
- I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him. (Romans 8:17)
- I am a temple-a dwelling place-of God. His spirit and His life dwells in me. (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19)
- I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
- I am a member of Christ's body. (1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 5:30)
- I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- I am reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18)
- I am God's workmanship -His handiwork- born anew in Christ to do His work. (Ephesians 2:10)
- I am righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24)
- I am hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)
- I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life. (Colossians 3:4)
- I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. (Colossians 3:12, 1 Thessalonians 1:4)
- I am a holy partaker in a heavenly calling. (Hebrews 3:1)
- I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns. (1 John 3:1-2)
- I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me. (1 John 5:18)
- I am free forever from condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
- I am a saint. (Ephesians 1:1)
- I am complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10)
- I am confident that the good work that God has begun in me will be perfected. (Philippians 1:6)
Have a wonderfully blessed and healthful day.
Remember who you are.
In God's Love, Tami
Friday, October 19, 2007
There so many blogs that make me think. Amanda's blog is definitely one of them.
Here's the fine print:
There are rules for those receiving the thinking blogger award. As always, you have the option to not participate. I completely respect that.
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
3. Optional: Proudly display the Thinking Blogger Award with a link to the post that you wrote
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
As a child I can remember being mesmerized by "The Borrowers" books. Everything they had was tiny and re-purposed from something else. (Another reason to love them).
When I played dolls as a young girl, I would pretend to make tiny pies in bottle caps and used all sorts of re-purposed household items to decorate my doll house.
Last week I came across this tiny vintage tea set while I was out treasure hunting with my mom. Isn't so sweet? It must be from the 1940's, because the stamp says "Made in Occupied Japan". The second photo shows how actually tiny it is compared to a regular tea cup and saucer.
This morning she brought it out and very gently and sweetly played with it, then put it back until next time.
Oh, the joys of being a child. I relive it each day with my children during their wondrous adventures and playscapes. I may even enjoy playing more now as an adult, than I did then.........:~)
I pray that you all had a joyous time playing with your children today.
I'll be on the look-out for more tiny things, as it seems, Lisa-Marie is fond of them too.
Blessings to all and sweet slumber.
In God's Love, Tami
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
We had a lovely late morning, doing all of those outside chores necessary to prepare for winter. The weather this last weekend was such a blessing, the sun was perfectly warm and so energizing. Weeding, mowing, putting the garden to sleep for the winter. We also did a few little maintenance repairs to the house.
I love the act of "buttoning up" the house for the winter. A small taste of what generations of families have done and continue to do, to keep warm, dry, and safe. These preparations, made so much more sweet, by doing them together.
We took off for some fun, to our "secret" park. This park is situated inside a neighborhood. The perimeter of the park is formed by the backyards of these homes, and it only accessible by 2 pathways. It is a city park, but is so private and special. My kiddos love it. It was snowing tiny Maple leaves when we were there. There has been no rain for several days, so the leaves were dry and light and wonderful for laying on. The picture above is Michael, all buried in the Maple leaves. He was quite pleased.
We headed home near dusk, and gave the kiddos a much needed bath. After lots of wonderful stories, we got them off to bed.
I will always remember this day. It is forever etched on my heart. All day, I was overcome with such gratefulness to our Lord God, for making me a wife and mama. I do love it so.
I pray that each of you had an equally special weekend with your family. Have a blessed Monday, too. In God's Love, Tami
Sunday, October 14, 2007
"Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.
Sorrowing I shall be in spirit, Till released from flesh and sin,Yet from what I do inherit, here Thy praises I’ll begin; Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I'm come; and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God; he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood. How His kindness yet pursues me. Mortal tongue can never tell, clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me I cannot proclaim it well.
O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
O that day when freed from sinning, I shall see Thy lovely face; Clothed then in blood washed linen how I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace; Come, my Lord, no longer tarry, take my ransomed soul away; Send thine angels now to carry me to realms of endless day."
Last week was so very full and lovely. I hope to have more time to write this coming week. I pray that you are all having a blessed and restful Sunday. In God's Immense Love, Tami
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
This little fella is "Blue Pirate Boy", J.D.'s very newest and very best friend. It seems with all the doll making that has been going on, my little men want in on the action. As I did with the last doll I made, all the materials were scraps and things I had on hand. J.D. is *so* pleased, and would now like very much, a little wooden bed for his pirate guy. It's a good thing he has a birthday coming up next month.
We had a full and wonderful day today. We had roasted chicken, steamed broccoli, and green salad for dinner. The house still smells so good.
I pray that you all had a blessed and productive day. In God's Love, Tami
Monday, October 8, 2007
The recipe I have for it, is handwritten by her, and a treasure to me.
Her handwriting is so beautiful, graceful, and precise. So much like her.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup iodized salt
2 t. cream of tartar
2 T. vegetable oil
1 cup water mixed with coloring of choice
Mix all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantly. As it cooks the mixture will get VERY thick and form into a ball. It will be very hard to stir, but keep going until the ball is formed. Remove from the pan and let cool a bit.
Knead the playdough while it is still warm. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
I pray that you all had a blessed weekend. Have a wonderful and productive Monday. In God's Love, Tami
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Each child gets measured and marked on the door frame. They love to see how they've grown. We also have a vintage cotton tablecloth that we write birthday wishes on with a laundry marker. Over the years, it will be so fun to look back on each person's handwriting.
Normally we do not buy processed cereals, but come your birthday at our house, you get to choose a box of *the* worst one possible to savor for your birthday breakfast.
This is the birthday banner, that the children and I made. We use it every birthday. We have rid ourselves of disposable party decorations, in favor of the kind that are created with love and lots of imagination.
Meet Corduroy. This is Nolan's favorite gift. I fashioned the sweet little green overalls, and my dear husband made the cute little bed. If you have a copy of the book "Corduroy" you can see where the inspiration for the bed came from.
We had such a wonderful day of celebration. We have made a conscious effort over the years to make festivities and family the focus if our birthday celebrations. We really enjoy making and giving gifts to one another, but try not to have gifts be the main focus. I just love making my loved ones feel special on their birthday and everyday.
I am off now to an early bedtime. Today was full and lovely. I pray you all had a wonderful and peaceful day. In God's Love, Tami
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
The napkins look so beautiful set next to a few of my favorite friendship cups. I can't wait to use them for tea.
Thank you so much Elizabeth. I hope that your package arrived today, too. A BIG thank you Rhonda Jean for organizing the swap and for graciously including all of us. (Even the very late-comers, like me:~)
I pray that you all had a productive and peaceful day. In God's Love, Tami
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I have found that if I put my sewing machine away, I never use it. If my knitting needles and yarn are tucked away, I lack inspiration. I do tidy up my area every once and a awhile, especially after I have completed a big project. (right now would be a good time for me to tidy...)
Here are the fabric napkins and a few little extras that I mailed to Elizabeth yesterday. We had such fun participating in Rhonda Jean's napkin swap.
I have so enjoyed having a little corner for my many creative endeavors. There have been seasons where I don' t have the time to spend there. My little corner waits for me. As we enter the "birthday season" and Christmas season, I am so thankful to have a place where I can make "handmade with love" gifts for friends and family.
Have a blessed and productive Tuesday. In God's Love, Tami