Thursday, July 28, 2016

A WORD FROM THE LORD, AND A MIRACLE!

I decided today that I would TRY and finish up my postings on my children.  All I have left is my last child, my only daughter Melody.  If you read my blog at all for any length of time you will no doubt here me mention her frequently,  telling stories and making references to her.  Let me start this though back in the beginning.

I was one of those girls growing up who made no bones about the fact that I wanted a daughter of my own some day.  It was something I gave a lot of thought to as I was growing up, just assuming I guess that it would eventually come to be. However, after having given birth to 3 boys, I was honestly wondering rather or not this particular dream was to ever come true.  Now don't get me wrong...I both loved and enjoyed my sons, but I just wanted a girl soo badly.  Not only to have and enjoy as a little one growing up, but as an older woman some day that could serve as a female friend to me as well. When I had turned 31 and we still did not have a daughter, we began to give some serious thought as to rather or not we should just throw in the towel and permanently close the door to the possibility of another child.  In my research about permanent birth control methods I came across an article [which why these articles were together or intertwined might be a good question?!]  which suggested ways to conceive a girl baby.  It's WAY too long to go into here, but let me just say this.  We tried this method, and it worked! I feel like I do need to mention that it will only work if your cycles are VERY regular, and you have a pretty good idea of when you ovulate every month.  Of course these days there are little tests you can give yourself that TELL you when and if you are ovulating, but in those days there was no such thing.  These things were both working just fine for me, and made sense, and after giving it some considerable thought we decided to go ahead and try it.  It's supposed to mean a much longer period of time of trying to conceive, but it didn't for me.  I was pregnant the first time we tried this. Which of course only made me think it hadn't worked at all. I am not going to lie...when I first discovered I was pregnant my immediate emotion was regret.  Whatever was I thinking?!  I had my hands very full with 3 WILD boys, including one who was already a teenager, and now more then likely I would be adding yet another boy into the mix, and starting all over with diapers, night time feedings, and the whole routine.  On top of that, I was the sickest I had ever been with any of my other pregnancies, and could hardly keep a thing down, and yet I still had SOO much to do with the taking care of our household and other children.  I was SOOOO emotional.  Honestly not like me at all.  Hormones were just running wild.  I was 31 years old but felt physically and emotionally MUCH older.  One morning after dropping my boys off at their various schools, I came home and made myself a cup of tea to try and calm my queasy stomach.  I found myself in tears [for the umpteenth time] and picked up my bible and began praying.  I felt I heard the Lord telling me to read a certain scripture, but honestly I was soo emotional I didn't know if I should trust myself.  Was this really coming from God?  I continued to pray and continued to feel I heard a scripture number coming to my heart.  I decided to go ahead a look it up.  It was Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desire of your heart.  I felt a peace wash over me as I felt that from that moment on I KNEW I was going to be blessed with a daughter...the desire of my heart.  Now I am not one of those people who feels you can pull any verse, in or out of context, and MAKE it mean what you want it to mean.  But for some reason I just knew He was talking to me here and telling me just that.  I'd love to say that the rest of the pregnancy was a dream and there were no more emotional roller coasters, but it really wasn't the case.  The pregnancy was a hard one.  Doubt crept in from time to time.  I told NO ONE, not even my hubby, what I felt the Lord had told me.  It finally came time to put the nursery together and naturally I wanted to boldly paint it pink, and make it as "girly" as I could, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.  They were just starting to be able to do ultra sounds that could determine the sex of a baby in those days, and yet neither one of mine had told me a thing. I actually went to a place that promised they would do whatever they could, take as long as it took etc, to determine the sex.  I paid 200 dollars for this!  And in those days 200 was a whole lot of money!  Not that it isn't these days too, but back then trust me it was huge.  But NO LUCK.  Her legs were firmly crossed, and they just couldn't say.  I painted the room in a soft, safe yellow, and put up Precious Moments wall paper.  Kind of girly I guess, but I felt like for a baby it would work.  If it was indeed another boy, I told myself I'd change the paper out by his second birthday.  She was due the 21st of July, and by the 4th of July I was hot, miserable and sooooo done, lol.  After examining me the doctor told me I was dilated to 3 and would no doubt have the baby that week-end.  Well she was wrong.  I carried the baby 3 more weeks to July 24th.  I feel I have to tell you this part too.  I felt like after having 3 healthy, pretty easy deliveries, I was a seasoned pro.  So when I began having contractions on the 23rd I timed them and felt like I knew it wasn't time to go to the hospital.  Soo I waited.  Even ended up going to bed that night not sure if I would make it through the night, but wanted to try and get a little sleep.  I slept wonderfully which must have meant the contractions stopped of course.  But when I woke up at  6 am I just felt "funny" and told my husband, lets go, and off we went.  All of my labors were soo short and quick everyone knew I didn't have much time. This was no exception.  I was dilated to an eight upon arrival, and the baby was fully effaced.  I was good and ready.  HOWEVER, the baby's heart rate was slow, and the water when broke was showing signs of definite distress.  I began to panic, and also quickly found out that I was not to get an epidural.  I was to do this naturally.  Now I had epidurals with all of my boys, and had no desire what so ever of doing this without some drugs.  However, the doc did not believe in them and everything was moving soo quickly it was really not an option.  I was wheeled into the delivery room very quickly after arriving.  I have to say I was NOT a happy camper and did do some screaming.  I really couldn't help myself.  Meanwhile the baby's heart rate continued to plummet, and yet things were moving soo quickly there was no time for a c-section.  As she was being born, the doctor counted aloud and the chord was wrapped around her neck 3 times, AND tied in a complete knot!  My doctor told me plainly that she felt it was a miracle.  In all her years of practice [and it was at least 20] she had NEVER seen such a long umbilical cord.  And if it wasn't as long as it was, we would have surely lost her!  IF I hadn't been such a "know it all" the day before and had come to the hospital to just be checked as everyone had wanted me to, we would have no doubt discovered the baby was in distress in plenty of time for me to have had a c-section, and not put her in such danger.  My gratitude was overwhelming needless to say, and I believed even more firmly in my heart that God had blessed me with this precious baby girl.  I had lots of blood pressure issues after her birth, and excessive bleeding etc., and my doctor told me when it was all over that she firmly felt my body had reached the end of it's safely having babies time.  I had to remain in the hospital for 4 days while they got everything stabilized, and we began to dwell on a name.  We had a boy name all picked out [another one starting with a J... Joshua] but had not settled on a girls name.  I really wanted to name her Summer Joy.  She had been born in the middle of summer, and it just seemed right.  But in my mind, a Summer needed to be a blonde, and Melody had been born with lots of super dark hair.  Little did I know it would all fall out by a month and she wouldn't get her totally towheaded hair until she was a year old, lol.  But there was no swaying me away from a dark haired baby named Summer.  Then it was going to be Melissa.  Or Melanie...but then Melody occurred to me, and that's who she became....our Melody Joy.
I am going to stop here considering this is plenty long enough for a single post, and she's only just been born, lol.  I will try not to go into so much detail as I finish up this story, though I am not sure when I will get to it.  Maybe Monday?  Though we do have another visitor coming this week-end, and lots coming up after that as well.  Hope you are all had a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie



Monday, July 25, 2016

A WEEK-END GUEST AND A BIRTHDAY!

Well we spent our week-end with a little guest, and let me tell you she kept us on our toes!  lol.  I met her family 1/2 way and picked her up on Friday afternoon.  What a good time we had!  Lots of board games, snuggles, special food, [all her choice of course!] a movie date, a trip to Chuckie Cheese, and SOO much precious conversation.  How I love the one on one summer visits!  We took her back on
Sunday afternoon at our afternoon Bible fellowship.  OF COURSE I got some pictures.

SWEET LITTLE DONATELLA

OUR LITTLE WEEK-END PANCAKE MAKER

FUN AT CHUCKIE CHEESE

SHE PICKED OUT A NEW WATCH AT OUR TRIP TO TOYS R US

SHE HELPED HER BELOVED "GRAMPY" TRIM UP AND CLEAN UP THE PORCH POTS SAT MORNING BEFORE IT GOT TOO HOT!  SHE WAS HONESTLY A WONDERFUL LITTLE ASSISTANT!



HARD TO FIND A HAPPIER, MORE FULL OF LIFE LITTLE GIRL THEN THIS ONE!


And then....my youngest, my only daughter turned 30 years old yesterday.  I am not sure honestly how that can be.  NO MORE kids left for me in their twenties.  I was only 31 when I had Melody but for some reason I always felt soo much older, lol.  Probably because I already had a teenager in my house by then!  It was REALLY hard not being with her on her birthday, especially such a milestone one, I am not going to lie, but she will be here on August 5th, so not much longer now.  I am sooo looking forward to seeing her and her sweet little babies.  Her husband is super busy right now so he won't join them till later in the week, but I am so glad he is getting to come even if it is for such a short time.  She is going to be flying ALL BY HERSELF with 3 little ones 4 and under and truthfully I am somewhat afraid of how it might go.  This gal is going to spend some time on her knees praying all goes well that's for sure.  I am hoping to get her "story" up this Friday as she is the only one left in my series on my kids.  I can't leave hers out that's for sure.  OF COURSE I will leave you some pics of my girl.  Hope you are all having a good week!

MELODY JOY

HOW I MISS THIS GAL

LITTLE PARTY YESTERDAY AFTER CHURCH WITH HER HUBBY AND HER BABIES.  SHE AND HER HUBBY ALSO WENT OUT TO DINNER THE NIGHT BEFORE TO CELEBRATE WITH THEIR FRIENDS, AND SHE WENT AND HAD A PEDICURE WITH HER GIRLFRIENDS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON TOO. I WISH SHE HAD BEEN HERE SO I COULD HAVE THROWN HER A BIG TURNING 30 BDAY PARTY LIKE HER BROTHER'S GOT ON THEIRS, BUT I KNOW SHE WAS WELL CELEBRATED

LOVE THIS RECENT PIC OF THEM

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PICS OF HER.  PREGNANT WITH HER FIRST BABY ON HER WAY TO HER BABY SHOWER

REALLY OLD ONE BUT CUTE

AND MISS CLAIRE JUST HAD HER 15 MONTH CHECK UP.  ALL LOOKING GREAT!  CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HER!




 




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY


Can it possibly be Wednesday again and time for another HODGEPODGE.  I am on a roll....two weeks in a row.  Join us by clicking on the picture below.



1. Pokemon Go....your thoughts?  Are you playing?  Do you even know what it is?  Well until yesterday I had definitely heard of Pokemon, but not of Pokemon Go, lol.  But I spent the day with my nine year old and twelve year old grandsons, and they told me all about it.  I am not playing needless to say, and even after their animated description, I am not sure I could still tell you what it's all about, lol.  Definitely not my kind of thing.

2.  What was something you collected as a child?  Do you still have that collection?  If your a parent, what's something your own child collected?  Have you ever camped out, stood in a crazy long queue, or paid a ridiculous sum for a collectible?  Honestly I did not collect much of anything as a child. My kids did not collect much of anything either, though my middle son did collect baseball cards for a while.  I did collect a few things when I was MUCH younger.  I have a small collection of Precious Moments figurines, Gone with the Wind paraphernalia, and I have a few Thomas Kincade paintings [5 altogether].  As you can see, it is not something I have given much time to in my life, lol.

3.  "Collect moments not things"  Tell us about a moment you have added to your collection this summer.  Honestly I think it was just yesterday.  I had my 9 year old grandson JD over for a couple of days to just hang out and spend some one on one time with us, and he and I got involved in a marathon double home base game of Sorry together.  We played a tournament which I won [despite my BEST efforts to let him win!] He was sooo fun on the whole experience, and I enjoyed every moment of it.  I hope he remembers always the summer he played those games with his grandma.


WE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME

4.  What's something collecting dust in your home right now...any plans to do something about it?  hmm, maybe I will go with my piano.  Though strangely enough I am giving lessons to one of my nieces this summer.  But as a general rule it sits here in our living looking pretty, but serving very little purpose.  And yes, we have kicked around the idea of having Melody [who desperately wants it] ship it to her house.

OUR FIRST LESSON


5.  A favorite song relating to time...Oh this is an easy one...it would be Turn Turn Turn by the Byrds which is actually taken from a passage in the Bible...Ecclesiastes 3;1-8
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.


6.  What's one of your most frightening or your most interesting moments in wild life?  Well, as embarrassing as this is it would have to be on a recent trip to my daughter Melody's house [she lives on a dairy farm in the country of New Mexico/Texas border] I was sitting on the toilet in the middle of the night, when a mouse ran under the bathroom door.  I didn't want to scream [though not sure HOW I refrained??!] as the baby was asleep in the room right next to me.  It ran out of the bathroom as quickly as it ran in [as if realizing...oh, it's occupied] and I quickly got out of there and back into my bed.  They did catch it the next day...guess this is just part of a life on a farm in the country...but I haven't forgotten it, and think of that moment every time I sit down in that bathroom now, lol.

7.  On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong set his foot down on the moon.  If you could travel to the moon, would you or would you not go?  Why or why not?  Soooo easy...there is NO WAY I would do such a thing.  I don't fly in regular airplanes, let alone rockets.  I get claustrophobia just thinking about it, lol.  And if I had to have something on my head for air, well there is just NO WAY.

8.  Insert your own random thought....Just thinking about how grateful I am for the little moments in life sometimes.  Like I mentioned earlier, my grandson spent a couple of days with us this week.  We try to get as many of our grandkids as we can in the summertime, to come and "hang out" on a one on one basis.  Just not much like it as good in my opinion.  Anyway, yesterday as per JD's request, we picked up his cousins, two of my other grandsons, Jeff and Cody, and I took them to lunch and to see the movie, The Secret Life of Pets.  We sat at lunch for well over an hour and chatted and ate and just generally enjoyed ourselves.  I love listening and watching how they interact with each other.  Those are the kinds of times I just honestly can't get enough of.  Hope they look back on them someday as cherished times as well.  We are picking up 7 year old Donatella on Friday and she and I have tickets to see the play Mary Poppins on Sat.  I am really looking forward to that.  Hope you are all having a blessed and wonderful summer!  Oh, and BTW, JD LOVED his Kirby robot, though he did mention in his child like innocence, "he looks a little funny grandma, but it's OK, I really like him anyway," LOL

JD, JEFFIE AND CODY


















Sunday, July 17, 2016

SOME "DIFFERENT" TYPE SEWING PROJECTS

Well I have a little bit of time before we have to leave for our Sunday afternoon bible study, so I decided to try and put a quick post up...though truthfully it is going to be a challenge, as everyday I add a little bit to the list as to why this computer  belongs in the trash can.  I am doing the best I can, but some of this is being done "blind" is the quick and easy way to describe it, so if something is off, spelled wrong, or not quite right, know that I had NO WAY to fix it, lol.

I really did not do much of anything last week.  It seemed like a slow and restful week, which is fine, but goes against my nature too I guess, as I felt like I should have "done" more, lol.  But let me tell you about the little things I did do.

First of all,  my 9 year old grandson JD had asked me if I might make him a "Kirby the robot" stuffed figure.  I guess he is a video game figure.  Well, having NEVER heard of such a robot, and having NO idea if it would be even remotely possible, I told him I would "goggle" it and do the best I could. Well, it didn't take me long at all to find out what this Kirby looked like, and not a whole lot longer to find a free pattern to do so.  I downloaded and printed out the pattern and instructions, gathered the necessary materials and finally last Wed. sat down to ATTEMPT doing so, lol.  Let me just say a few things...  First, I really, REALLY hate doing things like this.  I would have considered something like this WAY more of a craft then a sewing project, and definitely what I consider "fiddly" as well.  And I hate "fiddly" too, lol.  But honestly there is not much a grandkid can ask me to do that I won't do, even if it is on my most hated list.  And then second, I have noticed that FREE patterns, instructions, and downloads are generally NOT of the highest quality.  Thus why they are no doubt free. The instructions on this project were VERY VERY poor to say the least, and honestly I considered them almost worthless, but then considering they charged me nothing for them, not much more to say then that.  So having said that, this was NOT  a fun project in any way shape or form, and my final result looks hysterical, lol.  No matter what I did, something was off.  And I was trying to do it with "on hand" supplies, which did add to my dilemmas.  All I can say is.....this is as good as it is getting.  One foot is WAY WAY bigger then the other, and I've no idea how it happened, and he will no doubt fall apart the first time he plays with it, but all I can say is, I did try, lol.  Let me show you Kirby!

HERE HE IS....ONE FOOT BIGGER THEN THE OTHER....A BODY THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE ROUND AND REALLY ISN'T....A MOUTH THAT IS CROOKED....EYES THAT ARE UNEVEN...AND ARMS AND LEGS THAT ARE PRECARIOUSLY SEWN ON, BUT DEFINITELY MADE WITH LOVE!

Then!!  [since that was soo fun, lol] I decided that I was going to go ahead and make myself a cover for my Bible.  My bible is old and the cover [though leather] is falling apart, but honestly there is NO WAY I wanted to replace my Bible.  I don't know about any of you, but mine is marked up, highlighted, and written in etc. in ways that REALLY help me, and there is no way I want to start all over with that.  Soo I searched around online for tips and patterns and ideas and put together my own pattern to get it done.  I had enough fabric left over from the make up bag I made for my DIL that I really liked, so I decided I would just use that.  I wish I could say that this project went perfectly, but there is NO WAY that it did.  It was WAY WAY better then the Kirby project though so I am really not complaining, AND it ended up finishing up REALLY well.  I am quite pleased with it.  I even added on little handles so that I could carry it around like a purse.  I think if I were ever to make another for any reason, it would go much quicker and better as I discovered many little things along the way that would have it easier.  Anyway, let me show you that...

HERE IT IS!

INSIDE PANELS AND THE INSIDE OF IT I DID IN ANOTHER FABRIC, AS IT DOES COORDINATE, AND I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH OF THE OUTSIDE FABRIC

I USED MY GOLD METALLIC THREAD TO QUILT THIS, AND USED A 2 INCH GRID LINE PATTERN.  THOUGHT MY BUTTON HAPPENED TO MATCH PRETTY WELL, AND HAD YET ANOTHER FABRIC FOR THE BUTTON TIE THAT COORDINATED TOO I THOUGHT

ADDED EXTRA DECORATIVE STITCHES TO THE HANDLES
THEN! feeling like I was on a roll with different type "projects", I decided to finish off the week by making the overnight tote bag that my 15 year old granddaughter Lindsey asked if I might make for her.  The only problem I knew I was going to have with that was going to be in the deciding of the fabrics to use, and the pattern or style and size of the bag,   Soooo many choices....Sooo many decisions.  I am not sure why I always deliberate so on these things, but I just do.  I don't want to have her get too specific either in what she might like, because then I think it stresses me even in trying to find what she has pictured, lol.  Dumb I know, but this is just the way I am. Truthfully, she is really pretty easy to please, and I know I way WAY over thought this as usual.  I looked around online at tutorials, pintrest, etsy, and few other places looking for inspiration and ideas. I had some ideas in my head and headed for Joannes where I ended up going with some outdoor fabric so that it would be a little sturdier, plus it was on sale.  I finally settled on some fabrics and headed home.  I knew that I wanted to keep it simple [after my other "projects" this week], but on the other hand I wanted there to be both a big open pocket, and a zippered pocket on the inside of the lining.  So considering I had never added a zippered pocket to an inside lining before, I began to look around online for tutorials on how to do so.  Believe it or not I couldn't find a thing!  And I can usually find ANYTHING I type in online, lol.  And this seems like such a basic thing, I just couldn't believe I could not find anything.  But I decided to start putting the bag together and just see what I could come up with on my own.   I did use a fusible fleece to make it even sturdier, and because I did I decided to go ahead and quilt the top portion of the outside to just to add some more detail to it.  That part went together quickly.  Then, I got to the lining and actually deliberated putting NO pockets at all in it, as I really didn't feel like messing around with something on my own in fear of ruining and therefore wasting fabric.  But then I figured a big open pocket was a no brainer, so I quickly added one of those.  It was a non event.  Feeling bolder now I took my scraps and just kind of sort of started messing around with it, and the next thing I knew I had fashioned a zipper pockets of sorts and put it in.  I was downright giddy, lol.  This is just not me.  I am pretty good about following patterns and other peoples ways of doing things, but making it up on my own? Yeah, not so much!  lol.  I even thought, Hey, maybe I should make a tutorial on this and put it online, lol.  The problem with that would be though, that I am not sure what I even to did to arrive where I did.  Anyway, let me show you this....

AND HERE IT IS...I BOXED THE BOTTOM OF IT SO IT WOULD STAND UP ON IT'S OWN

THE LINING.  THIS IS A SOFT QUILTERS COTTON NOT THE HEAVY OUTDOOR FABRIC, BUT IT MATCHES IT ALMOST IDENTICALLY

CLOSE UP LOOK AT THE QUILTING, THOUGH THE COLOR IS KIND OF OFF IN THIS PICTURE.  I USED YELLOW THREAD FOR IT TOO

THE BIG POCKET

AND THE ZIPPERED POCKET!

JUST ANOTHER VIEW
Well that's about it from my creative table this week.  Today, we will bring my grandson JD home with us for a couple of days.  The first of this group to come for a little summertime sleep over and I am really looking forward to it.  We have a few fun things planned, and I have a hair appointment somewhere in there next week too, so I will be pretty busy no doubt.  Hope all of you are enjoying your week-end.  Blessings to you all, Debbie.  Enjoy the following grandchild pics as always, lol

GRANDSONS LUKE AND SAM CHECKING THE CORN FIELDS WITH DADDY RIGHT BEFORE ANOTHER DOWNPOUR...LOOKS LIKE WIZZARD OF OZ TO ME, LOL.  KIND OF SCARY

AND ALMOST 3 YEAR OLD VINNY PUT TO WORK MAKING HIS OWN PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH.  IS HE ADORABLE OR WHAT?




Wednesday, July 13, 2016

HODGEPODGE



I've decided to participate in the HODGEPODGE this week.  I always enjoy doing so.  You can join the others by clicking on the picture...ENJOY



1.  Do you find yourself influencing your world, or is is the other way around?  Hmm a real thought provoker right off the bat, lol.  I guess I like to think that I influence those in my world to one extent or another every day.  I certainly do my best to do so in a positive way that's for sure.  But of course there are also those times when everything going on definitely influences me as well.  How could it not?  I have a feeling I am going to be giving this A LOT more thought over the course of this day.

2.  July 11th is National Tape Measure Day....the device was patented on this date in 1868.  When did you last use a tape measure?  Do you always know where to find one in your house?  Tell us one way you feel blessed beyond measure.  Well first off, who knew?  lol  Beings how I spend so much of my free time sewing, I am sure no one would be surprised to hear I use one frequently.  I used one for sure last week as I was measuring my latest quilt so I would know what length to cut for the bindings.  I own a couple of tape measures and I keep them in the third drawer of my sewing cabinet.  I have several ways I feel blessed beyond measure, but if I had to pick just one I guess I would say I have been blessed beyond measure in the marriage department.  My hubby is just hard to beat.  He loves and cares for me beyond what I deserve, and does his very best to keep me happy, safe, loved and protected.

3. The Plaza Hotel [Eloise}, The Land of Oz [the Wizard of Oz], Narnia [the Chronicles of Narnia], The Hundred Acre Wood [Winnie the Pooh], Wonderland [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland], or Never Never Land [Peter Pan]...which storybook land [on THIS list?] would you most like to visit and why?   I guess I would go with Narnia.  I love love LOVE that series of books and the whole feel of it.  I've read the whole series a few times with my kids years ago, and was always transformed into a completely different place.  Almost feel like I have been there...smile.

4.  Where and when do you get your best ideas?  Don't know if I have ever given this much thought...so I guess thinking about it now, it MIGHT be when I am in bed and thinking and praying back over my day and what is on my heart and mind etc.

5.  What are you watching on TV this summer?  Anything good?  I can honestly say we rarely if ever watch regular TV.  We do alternate between Netflix and Hulu and watch MANY TV series this way.  It has almost ruined regular TV for me.  We both love watching things this way.  We watch a couple episodes or so a night until we've gone through an entire series.  It's wonderful really.  No commercials and NO forgetting what was going on from one week to the next.  We have watched SOOO many this way I couldn't even tell you.  Right now we are watching Cedar Cove.  It's definitely entertaining, but I have seen better, lol.  We've watched ALOT of mysteries.  Loved Call the Midwife and many others, lol.

6.  "Don't swim for an hour after you eat", "Dog days of summer", "Knee high by the Fourth of July"...choose a summer saying from the list or share one of your own, then tell us what image or memory comes to your mind when you hear it spoken.  Well I can honestly say it wasn't until my daughter married a diary farmer and moved to New Mexico that I ever thought much about "knee high by the fourth of July", lol.  But they also also own a few farms where they grow their own feed for their cows.  Corn is a big part of it.  Her hubby is very busy with all of their crops, and she literally sent me these pics a couple of days ago taken in July of course,   The boys LOVE to go to the farms to check on the water spigots.  By the time the corn is ready to harvest in September it is well over six foot.

SEE THEM THERE?  CERTAINLY OVER THEIR KNEES, LOL

CUTIES

THIS WAS TAKEN LAST SEPT.  OVER HIS HEAD AND HE IS SIX FOOT THREE
TAKEN A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO...LOVE THIS ONE OF SAM

THIS WAS TAKEN WHEN SAM WAS A BABY AT HARVEST TIME A FEW YEARS AGO.  THEY GET ENOUGH CORN TO FEED THEIR COWS ALL YEAR, PLUS MORE TO SELL MOST YEARS
7.  In a single sentence, sum up one life lesson you've learned.  A thankful heart is a happy heart.. In some sense, you could say a thankful heart is the the greatest virtue, because when our hearts are truly thankful, we will obey God and seek to please Him in all we say and do.  Seems simple enough in some ways, but I have found this to be soo true.  When I find myself down, or blue, or depressed, I begin to list all of the things I am most grateful for, and it becomes almost impossible to remain down long.

8.  Insert your own random thought.  I will be honest and say that a lot of the time I feel like almost EVERYONE [myself included of course!] has become soo obsessed with electronic devices and social media etc. that it is hard to go anywhere without finding people with their noses in their phones.  A constant connection so to speak.  However, I have to say there are those times when I am SOO grateful for it all as well.  My daughter who lives in another state [in case there is anyone out there who has not heart me whine about this before!] sends me a little video almost daily with some cute little something or another with my grandkids on it.  We facetime etc. once in a while too. Truthfully it doesn't work well with the connection they get out there, AND the kids all want to control the phone making it difficult for my daughter, lol, but we do it when we can.  However, for me, it was a REAL bonus that her church broad casts their services LIVE online.  I've not given it much thought before that many churches these days do, as we have listened to our pastor MANY times live online when for one reason or another we couldn't get to church.  But this last Sunday for the first time I tuned in on their service so I could SEE my daughter singing with the worship team. She has just joined this ministry for the first time and is really going to enjoy it.  Of course as her mother I wanted to see her and just figured I never would.  Mainly because it seems whenever we are there we are always leaving super early on Sunday mornings so that hubby can be home for work on Mondays.  Plus she only does it every other Sunday.  They have it for 3 services plus Monday nights as their church is quite large.  Anyway, all of this to say I got to see her this Sunday online and I can't really tell you how much it blessed me.  I felt myself almost in tears for some reason.  To see her LIVE as she was singing praises to our God just got to me.  I video'd a tiny section of it with my phone, and I will attempt to show you here.  Please try not to notice that my legs pop onto the end of the video, lol.  I would have deleted it if I hadn't been afraid I would delete the whole thing.  Hope you all have a GOOD week!  My daughter is the blonde singing the harmony.  Not the lead singer, lol












Thursday, July 7, 2016

ANOTHER WEEK....


Well here it is Thursday July 7th already, and I seem to just be getting worse about getting up a post.  PART of the reason is because I am desperately needing a new lap top, and this one I am using is just getting harder and harder to work.  I recently purchased a mini I-pad and I honestly thought I might be able to just do my blogging from it.  But there is an entire list of reasons of why I don't like to, so it really did nothing to help out in my blogging.  Plus, when it comes to downloading an embroidery design for my sewing machine, I really need a computer for that too.  And turning into one of my favorite things to do is listen and learn from the HUNDREDS of tutorials that are online about various different sewing, embroidery, quilting and etc. projects, and nothing is as convenient for this as a computer sitting on my lap.  So there are a few of my pathetic excuses....

So now then, what have I been on?  I bet you can all guess...that's right, MORE sewing.  I did get the blanket made for Sophia, and I made the make up bag for my girlfriend as well.  I'll show you both of those first....
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REALLY HAPPY HOW MUCH  EASIER THIS FABRIC WAS TO WORK WITH  BOTH A WALKING FOOT AND LOTS OF PINS...

MADE TOTALLY OUT OF LEFT OVER JELLY ROLL SCRAPS....I REALLY LIKE THE DECORATIVE STITCHES I FOUND FOR THIS ONE.
And then I got Sophia's 4th of July outfit made including the little shoes...Let me show you

BOTH THE BOW AND THE ONESIE WERE PRETTY QUICK AND EASY TO MAKE.  AND SINCE I HAD EVERYTHING I NEEDED ALREADY AND A LITTLE TIME TO SPARE I DECIDED TO MAKE HER A LITTLE PAIR OF MATCHING RED SHOES OUT OF RED GLITTER FELT.  I HAVE COME UP WITH A WAY TO MAKE THESE EASIER TOO WHICH WORKED REALLY WELL.  I USED LITTLE MINI WONDER CLIPS TO ATTACH THE SOLE TO THE SHOE PART TO HOLD THEM IN PLACE WHILE SEWING INSTEAD OF PINS, AND IT WORKED REALLY,, REALLY WELL

CLOSER LOOK SO YOU CAN SEE THE GLITTER

AND THE APPLIQUE BETTER

SOPHIA IN HER LITTLE OUTFIT, THOUGH I NEVER DID GET ONE OF HER SHOES ON HER, LOL

SHE WAS MESMERIZED BY THE FIREWORKS....SOO SWEET
Our week-end was a really nice one.  On sat. hubby and I picked up my quilt.  OH MY GOODNESS is all I can say!  I just couldn't have been more pleased.  She does SUCH a wonderful, wonderful job with the quilting.  Everyone in the shop ooo and awed over it as well, and I left SUPER eager to get it finished up to see the final results.  I will get a little out of order of things here and go ahead and show it to you now, though it was just yesterday before I finally had the chance to finish it up.  It is REALLY REALLY heavy as I backed the whole thing in Minky. But it is every bit as soft and cozy as I thought it might be, and the quilting just shows up beautifully on it.  But it did make it extremely difficult to work with.  I decided to machine sew the binding on though I usually finish up the final step by hand. But the quilt is soo heavy and I think it will have LOTS of use, and I wanted the stitching to be more secure.  I haven't put one on by machine before, so that was new, but was really no big deal at all, and I guarantee you cut at least 4 hours [maybe more] off the time it would have taken by hand.  As usual, I didn't take very good pictures.  I intend to have hubby help me take some pics of it outside this week-end so that I will have better ones, and because the ladies at the quilt shop want a pic of it so that they can put it on their facebook page.  These pictures DO NOT BEGIN to do the quilting justice.  There really is no way to SEE a quilt well, except for in person in my opinion. But here's what I have got right now.

I COULDN'T GET UP HIGH ENOUGH TO EVEN GET THE WHOLE QUILT IN THE PIC AND STILL GET CLOSE ENOUGH  SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THE QUILTING.  THIS IS THE BEST I CAN DO, BUT YOU GET THE IDEA

I USED THE NAVY FOR THE BINDING WHICH YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BETTER HERE, AND THE QUILTING IS A LITTLE EASIER TO SEE FROM THIS ANGLE TOO

HOW THE BINDING LOOKS ON THE BACK NEXT TO THE GREY MINKY

LOVE LOVE LOVE THE QUILTING
I told my hubby on the way home that day to remind me of this moment in the future when I ask him WHY I took up quilting?  I still find parts of it fiddly, and time consuming, and OK, downright ANNOYING to cut out, and even boring at times if I am being totally honest, BUT!!!  the final results are SOOOO worth it.  I love quilts.  And being able to create them myself is very satisfying feeling.  So hopefully in the future I will do less complaining when I am in the midst of one.

I cannot seem to remember if I have mentioned what we are doing on Sunday afternoons for now,  or for at least this summer anyway.  I don't want to take the time to go back and check several of my blog posts to see if I've already mentioned this or not, so if I have I am sorry and do feel free to skip ahead, lol. It's kind of a long story so honestly I will try really hard to give you the condensed version.  The bottom line is that my son James is starting an in home Bible study fellowship at my niece Jessica's house on Sunday afternoons.  He lives in Escondido down in San Diego, and my niece lives in Rancho San Margarita about an hour up the coast from him.  So he finishes up his regular Sunday morning services at his church in Escondido, and then has a quick lunch with his family and then drives up to my nieces house.  He is bringing his worship leader Amy and her sisters with him as well to lead in some worship time.  Jessie meanwhile [and my sister Danae [who is Jessie's mother] and I as well] have invited as many friends, neighbors, and family as we could think of who might be interested in attending this, and truthfully the response has been somewhat overwhelming.  We had close to 30 adults [not counting the babies and kids] attending last Sunday, and afterwards we had a 4th of July of sorts bbq as well.  There are several more who are planning on attending in the future, so this may have already outgrown Jessica's home.  There is a plan in place should this be the issue, but guess we will have to get to that bridge before we cross it, lol.  This works REALLY REALLY well for us, as Jessica's house is only about 30 minutes from us, which is MUCH better then the hour and 20 minutes it takes us to get to his church.  I've SOOO missed his teaching every Sunday, though as you probably recall we did drive all the way down there for almost 4 years, and still do on occasion as well.  My son feels the Lord has been leading him in this direction for a while now [over a year] so he felt like it was just time to step out in faith and see what God has in mind.  He is still very unsure rather or not this will result in his starting a whole new church in this area, or if it is just supposed to be a summer thing for now.  We have only had 3 meetings so far, and truthfully God is already at work with some of the people who have drawn to this.  People none of us even knew either.  It is VERY exciting to be part of this and I look forward to whatever it is, even if it ends up being just an extra summer Bible study.  I LOVE listening to the guitar music fill the air and the sound of voices raised in worship in her home.  It's working especially well for all the young mom's with babies and small toddlers to work their babies and yet be attending a service.  Guess time will tell.  Anyway, the service and the bbq went very well, and it was a really good time.

On the 4th we were supposed to go to my oldest son's house for another bbq and swimming and fireworks, but my poor DIL woke up sick that morning and so we had to cancel it.  Hubby and I were perfectly content here just puttering around.  We did catch a movie in the afternoon, and came back here and bbq some yummy salmon for dinner.  We had planned on catching a local firework show, but decided to watch Disneyland's display from our front porch with neighbors instead, lol.  We can see the fireworks pretty well from here, lol, which they do EVERY night all year round.

Tues I spent over two hours sitting and visiting with my girlfriend, and giving her belated birthday presents.  And then yesterday like I said, was spent finishing up my quilt.  Today, I ran a couple of small errands this morning, and since my cleaning woman is here today I finally got the time to do a post.  I have sooo many things on my "to do" list for sewing I might never get to it all.  And pretty soon here I am going to have several of my grandkids come and hang out with us for a few over nighters.  And somewhere here soon Melody and her family are coming for a week as well.  Soo lots on the horizon for this summer, and I know before you know it, it will come and go.  But in the meantime I intend to make the most of every moment the Lord grants me here.

Hope you are all having a good summer.  I'll leave you with the usual kid/grandkids pics.  Blessings to you all, Debbie
GUESS WHO GOT HER TOE NAILS PAINTED FOR THE FIRST TIME?!  LOL  GUESS SHE JUST SAT THERE QUIETLY AND WATCHED

NEW MEXICO CREW ON THE 4TH

LATER IN THE DAY FOR CLAIRE....JUST HAD TO SHOW YOU THE BACK OF THIS DRESS.  HOW DARLING IS THAT?



THEY GOT A NEW SWING SET.  THINK THAT WILL BE GETTING LOTS OF USE

NEW TENNIES

SOPHIA WAS WEARING THIS ONESIE I MADE HER WHEN WE DROPPED OFF HER 4TH OF JULY OUTFIT   SOO CUTE



JAMES AND VINNY

TELLA AND LARRISA [JAMES'S WIFE AND YOUNGEST DAUGHTER]