Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Knitting~ Praying~ Marveling at His Will


Another hat evolves as I pray, knit and marvel at how God works things for His will in our lives... And somehow what seems impossible is exactly what He wants for us... From here to there may seem an odd convoluted path... And yet it is precisely the path He needs us to take to learn the lessons and open our hearts to His will...

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Cloudscaping



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Me~ Day 208



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Why???



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Cloudscaping over Union Station, Joliet, IL...

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Me~ Day 208



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Working and Planning My 'Retirement'


Good morning! Hope yours is blessed!!
What does your day hold today? I'm at work taking it one minute at a time...
And I'm mentally off in my 'retirement' and planning what that should look like. I wonder~ a small variety store? Home bakery? Hobby farm? Handful of rental properties (cottages for seniors, handicapped and veterans)? Coffee shop? What would be best for me? And I'm making special mental note of where my mind wanders as that's a strong clue as to where my heart is...
What's your 'retirement' plan?

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Day 130/ 365


Cloudscaping over downtown Joliet, IL... Looks like more rain's blowing in, folks, so batten down the hatches and start a fresh pot of coffee... Where's my flashlight???

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A Few Dishes Washed Before Work..



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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fun New Hat!!!



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I Need a Night Away!


The longing to take Matt and run away for a night at a Comfort Inn gets more overwhelming every day! What is it about a night at a nice hotel that can be so very rejuvenating??
And, as I smell keilbasa simmering in caramel chilli butter down the hall, I am comfy, warm and anticipating a nice home cooked meal.
Home is nice...
Home is safe...
Home is good...
Still, a break would mean so much right now...

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As I sit quietly knitting so Matt can have extra time at Boys and Girls Club I find myself wondering...
does anyone out there know how long it takes a figurative house of cards to finally fall? I mean, I sit back in amazement at the size of this particular house of cards and all that was invested in it's building. Can these situations really go on virtually forever?
And yet, I know deep in my heart, that eventually it will all fall.
Everything we do comes back (is it ten-fold or seven-fold?) on us. And so this house of cards will eventually collapse and many lives will be impacted.
And change will come.
Things will get better for those who follow Him.
And the builders of the house of cards? Well, we reap what we sew.

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Cloudscaping Over Downtown Joliet, IL



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Looking west on W Western Ave from near Broadway Ave.

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Knitting and watching the office...
a chance to
think,
pray,
plan...
I am blessed!!!

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Me~ Day 207



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A Clean Desk...


I am truly appreciative when areas I clean stay cleaned! I think this may be a sign my boy is growing up. It's also a sign we're both ready to take our lives to the next level...

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A Freshly Made Bed


Have you ever noticed how making a bed tends to automatically lead to cleaning that bedroom?
Making my bed in the morning makes my day 100% better!

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Day 129/ 365


Lots of rain and warm weather really bring on the green around here!!

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Joy Dare~ April 2014


*21st~ 3 gifts found in Christ~~
perseverence; forgiveness; direction
*22nd~ 3 gifts close~~
blessing of being Matt's Mom; an amazing IEP advocate; true faithful friends
*23rd~ 3 gifts reflecting~~
3 year review; attitude in tone of voice; agenda
*24th~ 3 gifts fragile~~
feelings; friendships; new love
*25th~ a gift cloth, steel, wood~~
skirt; resolve; strength
*26th~ 3 gifts moving~~
another's caring; another's hurting; son's love
*27th~ 3 gifts 'ugly beautiful'~~
full vacuum dustpan; coupons clipped but not sorted; boxes sorted for yard sale
*28th~ 3 gifts orange~~
caramel frapee; cheese; roofing nails
*29th~ 3 gifts in dirt~~
*30th~ a gift given, made, sacrificed~~

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Ezekiel 40


Tonight my Bible opened to Ezekiel 40 and my eyes fell on verse 5. I read until verse 10, went back to verse 1, read to verse 5 then on to verse 18.
I believe this chapter of Ezekiel is the answer to my question and have bookmarked it so I can refer back.

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Joy Dare~ April 2014


*21st~ 3 gifts found in Christ~~
perseverence; forgiveness; direction
*22nd~ 3 gifts close~~
blessing of being Matt's Mom; an amazing IEP advocate; true faithful friends
*23rd~ 3 gifts reflecting~~
3 year review; attitude in tone of voice; agenda
*24th~ 3 gifts fragile~~
feelings; friendships; new love
*25th~ a gift cloth, steel, wood~~
skirt; resolve; strength
*26th~ 3 gifts moving~~
another's caring; another's hurting; son's love
*27th~ 3 gifts 'ugly beautiful'~~
full vacuum dustpan; coupons clipped but not sorted; boxes sorted for yard sale
*28th~ 3 gifts orange~~

*29th~ 3 gifts in dirt~~
*30th~ a gift given, made, sacrificed~~

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Hi! Welcome back to our humble homestead!
Look what I found in the family room when I went in to hang laundry!! How cool is this?? Didn't I just cover the vines with dirt last week?
I can tell you the rate of growth amazes me. I'm seriously wishing I had bigger pots. I think I will shop around for 3-4 huge pots to grow my own potatoes all next winter.
I can say this is seriously fun and super easy! Why have I not tried this before?? I'm just sitting here shaking my head that this is my first attempt at the luxury of home grown mashed portatoes!!!
What foods are you growing in pots at home? Any successes you'd like to share?

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