I’m Back!

Good Morning! It has been a very long week and I needed to take some time off to take care of things for my family.

Thank you so much, Joshua, for blogging for me yesterday! I’m such a blessed mom to have you guys!

I enjoyed so much a visit to my Mom’s over the weekend….she won’t know it until she reads this later today, but I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of her latest creation, “in the works”, of a historic home in Trussville, AL. I can’t wait to see the finished product! Homes are one of my favorite things that she paints.

When we left to go home, she ran to get a blanket to cover Emma with on her ride home. I couldn’t believe she came out with THIS:

This is the quilt, the one that started it all, my Great Grandmother’s lap quilt. I still feel a little guilty every time I see it but it will forever be special to me.

Just as an update, Joshua’s very close friend, Zach Fuchs had surgery earlier this week and is doing VERY well. He’s expected to return home from the hospital today. We are so glad for him and his family as this has been an extremely difficult time for them and his recovery seems to be right where it needs to be!

I’ve been working away on my holiday grand plan. I’ve gotten a meal in the freezer and though I haven’t done the second, I know exactly what will be in the freezer next so hopefully sometime early next week this will become a reality!

Also on the list (as suggested by the grand plan), I’ve started assembling the supplies that I need to create our homemade Christmas gifts and have started working on a few of them already. I have chosen projects that I can pick up and put away when I have a free minute or two. I’m really excited about now having any last minute rush to get things done.

Thanks, Angie (THIS, is a link to her site!), for your comment about the homemaking notebooks that I have featured on my site! I love these and I can’t imagine not having one!

This week, I was blessed to find a wonderful blog called Choosing Home (THIS is a link to their site!). If you’ve never visited this site, it’s definitely worth checking out! If I were in the corporate world, I would be constantly trying to learn new skills and become more efficient at old ones. I think that we forget that it’s just as important to do this when our job is at home. Our families depend on us to stay on top of our “jobs”!

We’re going to be adding the latest information to “7 days to a finished scrapbook” in a little while. I had to take a little break, but we’re ready to start again. Matthew is so very excited to have his new scrapbook well under way!

So, without further delay…onto the usual things!

Prayer Requests

Please pray for my Grandmother. She is now by herself in an apartment again. I’m not sure that this is the best thing for her, but all I can do at the moment is pray for her and hope that it works out.

Continue to remember Zach. He is recovering but still needs prayer as he returns to his home today.

Pray for Christy’s mother-in-law, Roberta. She, also, had surgery earlier this week.

I read an email this morning from Tanya. She and Jeremy are still having some struggles.

Today I’m Thankful For

COOLER WEATHER! AMEN!

The progress that I’m making on preparing for the holidays.

Scouts start back tonight.

The LOADS of tomatoes currently growing in my yard…who knew that there would be so many???

O.K…..part of what has kept me from posting was the toilet troubles that we were continuing to have! I am *sigh* so very grateful for the new toilet now sitting in the children’s bathroom.

Tracy’s Task

One gift that I’m working on for my little boys is animal finger puppets for Christmas. They *might* take 45 minutes to knit. I thought that they would be a cute gift to give my little boys at Christmas with a set of Lincoln Logs or wooden blocks (I’m still trying to decided which would be better…..I would love your suggestions!) In any case, I thought that this would be our next craft-a-long….to make some little critters for our little people. I’m going to start it on Wednesday of next week. (I haven’t forgotten about the rice socks…we’re still going to fit those in!)

What I’m Learning

Did you know that aphids don’t actually have to suck the life out of your plants? (Can you tell we’re studying botany? It doesn’t hurt that they have been the constant source of irritation for me in my garden throughout the summer!) As it turns out, these little buggers only have to pierce your plant leaf because the “sap” of the plant is under pressure within the plant’s “veins”. The sap basically spurts out of the plant and into the aphid’s mouth. We’ve got some pretty healthy aphids right now…all a result of my *trying* to not use pesticides on my plants.

Today’s Scripture Meditation

Jude 1:20-25
“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear– hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy–to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
(NIV)

Having A Happy Day!


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