Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mosaic Monday: Smart Kids and Smart Phones

Spending time with one-year-old Ainsley (my niece's little girl) works magic on me. She is such a delight, and is in the process of learning everything about everything. In no time at all, she'll be sending text messages and surfing the web. I have no doubt.

Linking to Mosaic Monday.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nanna Is Coming To Town

I'm beyond delighted that my big sister and her hubby are moving back to Houston. Although I'll miss their peaceful place in Tyler (along with the cows and pastures and pond), I am thrilled they're coming home....where they belong.
Don't tell anybody I said so, but I think a little girl named Ainsley, who calls my sister "Nanna," is a big part of the drawing force bringing them this way. I don't have a grandchild, but I hear that being a grandparent can make you behave in unexpected ways. At any rate, I'm happy Big Sis will be closer now, and I'm looking forward to us sharing lots of laughs, love and hazelnut coffee. ♦

"It's a fine thing when sisters love each other." Lorna Landvik

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My $18 Mantel Makeover

After putting my Christmas decor away last month, I decided a mantel makeover was in order. I wanted an eclectic look of something old....something borrowed....nothing new. Thus, I dug through drawers and closets and cabinets, looking for unused, usable goodies.

Although not of great monetary value, the framed picture on the left is a priceless piece to me. It was my grandmother's, and I admired it as a youngster many times in her home. When she passed away, I was honored to bring it home with me. However, I never found the right spot for it...until now.  I've recently integrated pops of orange into my living room, and the blues I already had blended perfectly. Needless to say, I was delighted to bring this out of the closet and put it in a prominent place.

The gold birdcage in front of Grandmother's picture was a wedding gift from a special friend 30 years ago. I've hauled it from house to house through the years, making it a standard part of my decor.

I had some extra candles, so I put three on a white ceramic dish and poured colored stones and river rocks around them. I love how the stones almost glow in the candlelight.

My one and only purchase was the old window on the right. It came from my favorite neighborhood antique mall and cost a whopping $18. As the "before and after" shots below clearly show: You don't have to spend big bucks to make a BIG difference. I don't know about y'all, but I'm loving the change.

Before                                                                             After

I'm reposting my blog from yesterday, linking up with Tabletop Tuesday. My first time at this party, and I'm always late. Always. Instead of getting out more, I guess I need to stay in and blog more.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Looking Back Can Be A Good Thing

Sometimes you have to look back and see where you've been in order to truly appreciate where you are. I did a little "looking back" this week, thumbing through old journals, page by painful page. A prayer I wrote during a dreadfully bleak season reminded me of how faithful God has been. The prayer was one sentence: "Lord, my world is changing, but you stay the same."

Truth is, nothing is secure in life these days. Not jobs. Not friendships. Not finances. Not family. Not mortgages. Not marriages. Indeed, life is one big pile of shifting sand. But God... God remains the same. Day, after day and year, after year, we can place our trust in Him, knowing the Rock beneath us will not move. ♦

"He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; he that keepeth thee will not slumber." Psalm 121:3

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Smoky Mountain Rain

My twin and I spent a week atop a Smoky Mountain recently. I've been daydreaming of returning ever since. It was a true paradise. We discussed buying a cabin and becoming recluses in our old age. It sounds promising, but until then, I'll look at my photo albums and dream on. This particular picture was shot one morning after a foggy rain moved in. It was perfect weather for hanging in our pjs, drinking hot cocoa and playing Scrabble. We did all three, of course.

I'm linking up today with Outdoor Wednesday. I love browsing the bloggers who post there, and I'm sure you would, too. Join me?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

He Cares

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Capturing the Common

Today, I'm joining Mary for her Mosaic Monday. Her mosaics are always sensational.

I've chosen to do a mosaic highlighting common things that brought me joy this past year. I'm not privileged to spend much time away from the office, so each day, I look for something unique and beautiful to brighten my world. I'm a firm believer that beauty exists wherever we are. All we have to do is take time to look around. ♦

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Beautiful Beginning

What a gorgeous first day of 2012! A stunning blue sky with a majestic half-moon, looking down among the pines in my backyard. I couldn't resist snapping a picture. ♦

Dear Lord, as a new year unfolds, help me to realize that life isn't always fair and storms come to us all, but beauty can often be found within my own backyard.