Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Maybe a rut isn't so bad, after all.

I have been stuck in a blogging rut this month! There has been no shortage of STUFF to write about, but none of it has been sufficiently inspirational to make me sit down and WRITE IT. The month has, actually, been very busy--more busy than we're accustomed to--which may be part of the problem. I know time is so fleeting that it is hard to do a post about a child's birthday party almost a month later. It was our anniversary last week. My birthday is coming up. Easter will be soon. . . .and on it races. Time flies, flees, is gone--whether we're having fun or not. There are so many BAD and difficult things going on in the world, it can make a person just want to find a warm, soft place to hide from it all, but we are here, in this time, for a reason.


This morning while reading Scripture I came across these verses from Psalm 78:


1Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.      5 Heestablished a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their childrenthat the next generation might know themthe children yet unbornand arise and tell them to their childrenso that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
(English Standard Version; emphasis mine)

May WE have hearts that are steadfast, grounded in His Word, obedient, and ready to teach. May we spend our time wisely, faithfully doing the things that the fathers of Israel did NOT--telling our children of the glorious works of God and training them in how to keep His commandments. May they--and we-- not be rebellious, seeking after things and fulfillment in places where it cannot be found, but may they rise and tell the goodness and might of the Lord God Almighty to their own children's children.



                                                                 May we all be faithful, our hope set on Him alone.


That's worth spending time on. 






Closing thoughts from Paul's letter to the Ephesian church, chapter 5:



15
 Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(New International Version 1984--emphasis added by me)

Sharing God's Truth with you is worth the time it takes to do so, too.

Because He first loved us,(how amazing is THAT?) 
~april














Monday, March 21, 2011

What We've Been Up To--



To begin with, a new camera! My hubby gave it to me for an early anniversary gift--I've been NOT blogging because we've been busy going and doing and TAKING PICTURES. :)
 It takes time to learn a new camera, and this one has way more bells and whistles than the last one. I am convinced it cannot take a BAD picture.  For instance, isn't THIS ONE  grand?
 I also got a new vacuum cleaner(not for my anniversary!!!!! We have a "no plug-in" rule for anniversary gifts.). A Dyson canister--I thought he bought it for HIM. :) Got to love a man who will vacuum, especially the chandelier. Hey, is he saying my house is DUSTY????


Random pictures from around the house. . .
 A sweet picture of the dollhouse.

 A few of my chickens in the kitchen. I had to DUST this shelf before taking this picture! lol.


This weekend we went to a birthday party, and the craft was tissue-paper flowers.
 J made a daffodil. Pretty clever!

 The (very pretty)Redhead with her creations.
 The cute little guy who kept the crumbs cleaned up during the party.


The fabric my bestie used to make a SUPER-sweet outfit for her little one this past week.
 (She got to use the new sewing cabinet at my house!!!!!)
Don't those colors and patterns just make you HAPPY?

 We attended a birthday party LAST weekend too--it was at the park.
Such a beautiful, beautiful day.

 Then we went through a car wash. 

Here is my car-cactus, compliments of C.

Love in a cup--half full, definitely!

A few vintage sewing things in an old Mason jar--these things all came from my grandmother's sewing basket.

And finally, the "American Girl Club" had special cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day.  

This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but it will let you know some of why I've been a bad blogger lately! This week we are CLEANING. Don't look for many pictures of that!(Not that you'd want to see!)
I hope to be back at the keyboard, inspired in a freshly clean environment, SOON!

Happy Spring to you!

~april

Monday, March 14, 2011

THIS, is Coco.


Coco is a VERY "doggy" DOG. A very BIG "doggy" dog. A very active "doggy" dog....



AND, apparently, a very HAPPY "doggy" dog.

And to keep it  nice here, that's all I will say about Coco.

~april

Friday, March 4, 2011

Whatcha' Gonna' DO?

Somebody HELP.
We have a 14-year-old bouncing off the WALLS today--why?

Excited about a birthday party. Tomorrow. Now, this is not a big party, or a much-planned party, just what we call a "cake" party with her best friend and her grandparents here. . .

Goodness. Bouncing like a two year old on caffeine. :)
I love it when the little girl pops out unexpectedly in a HAPPY way.
Pics from the party later. :)

~april

Fresh-Cut Friday

I have been blessed for at least a month now to have fresh, growing, daily-changing flowers on my dining table. My dear C has developed a love of flowers(okay, anything that is green and grows, excepting mold and vegetables, which she places in nearly the same category!). She has been forcing bulbs over the winter--using my crisper drawer(motherhood is interesting, to say the least! Did I mention my crisper drawer?).

There IS a reward, though. Today for Fresh-Cut Friday, I will just link you over to C's blog-Seriously Silly. She's got some great parrot tulips and other things posted, and her brand of fun is nothing short of--SILLY.
A tiny little preview:
While you're there, check out her other posts for some fun and more pretty blooms--did I mention that she's ENTHUSIASTIC about them?
Sweet girl. I know I'm her mom, but she's SOMETHING. :)

Happy Weekend!

~april


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spring Birds and Flowers Tablescape




Since all the daffodils are coming in and the bluebirds are nesting in the house in the side-yard, I thought of the sweet little snack sets given to me by my Aunt Linda last year. I've been waiting for spring to use them in a tablescape, so inspired by a super-beautiful and bright day, which also just happens to be March 1st, and knowing that the flower for the month of March is the daffodil, I thought TODAY would be the day to do a fun, sun-filled table with these cheerful dishes.
I hope you enjoy.

First, a view of the set from the top so you can see the happy daffodils. Aren't they cheery? My baby brother, long ago, pronounced it "happygils". As you can imagine, that name *kind of* stuck! :)




Here is a view of the front of the little cups. Again, so SWEET and SUNNY!








Next, looking kind of sideways-down at the table top--the sun was coming in through the windows at an odd glaring angle, so it was hard to get a picture without large white patches.


I used vintage handkerchiefs for napkins, a pretty printed cloth with cherry blossoms and birds in pink and blue, and daffodils from our yard in a couple of vases to tie the colors all together. The bloom-past primula inside the little case is SO HAPPY there--it is just putting on more and more leaves. C. says we CAN over-season them rather than treating them "as annuals". I will have to see to believe. :) SHE has the green thumb!

Can you see the little chalkware birds peeking out of the bird-topped mini greenhouse?



I love this little birdhouse!

I had fun playing in the dishes today--I hope you enjoyed it too!
Happy March!!!


~april


Linking this post to Tabletop Tuesday , Teacup Tuesday, Tablescape Thursday, and Vintage Thingie Thursday.

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