February 14, 2017

Search our Hearts Oh Lord...

It's the day of roses and chocolates.
Isn't that what everyone thinks of when they think about Valentine's Day?

Teddy bears, cards, hearts and flowers...
all that fun romantic stuff.

Hubby and I don't normally do much for Valentine's Day.  We did earlier in our relationship but after 25 years of marriage a hug and a kiss is enough.  We have our usual date night every week so I suppose you could say we celebrate our relationship more often than most. 

The older I get the less I'm concerned about the material things.
Those are all nice and I totally understand that those are merely ways of expressing love.
However, I am more concerned for the inward. 

What is the state of my heart?

What kind of person am I?

Am I kind?

Am I compassionate?

Am I loving?

How do I treat people on an everyday basis?

These are also ways of expressing love.

My behavior is a direct reflection of my heart.  Out of a good heart comes forth good things.  Out of an evil heart comes forth evil things.  So...

What does my behavior say about my heart?

What does your behavior say about your heart?

Are we mean and hateful?

Are we petty and nasty?

So while we enjoy our box of chocolates today,  let's also take a moment to check ourselves inwardly.  A little bit of love can do a whole lot of good.  People always want to make a difference in the world.  Well I don't know if we can change the world but we can certainly make a difference in our own home, in our neighborhood, in our community, among our little circle of friends. 

One small act of kindness can go a long way.  I don't know about you but I'm so tired of all the ugliness on social media over recent political matters.  Sometimes I think, when is it going to end?  So someone has a different opinion than you.  So what!  Love them anyway.  Be kind.   

So on this Valentine's Day I challenge all of us to search our hearts.  Let's do a little pruning and weeding.  They say a smile is contagious.  Can you only imagine what a happy heart can do?

Happy Valentine's Day my friends.
Let's make someone feel loved today, Shall we?

January 30, 2017


Hello there!
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.
Mine was good except it went by way too quickly which always seems to be the case.  I'm excited though because on Saturday we spent a couple of hours at Ashley's picking out some bedroom furniture.

 Talk about a big purchase.  Have y'all priced furniture lately?  Woah!  But it's been something we've been wanting to do for a few years now.  More so me than my husband.  It's more of a need than a want really.  What we have now is okay.  Mostly it's pieces we've acquired here and there over the years but it's nothing special.  I've said over and over through the years to my husband, I want a new bedroom suite, but we've just never made it a point to go and get one until this weekend.

 It was a HUGE purchase but we did get temperpedic mattresses.  The ones with the electric base so they can go up and down.  That's what happens when you tell your husband he can pick out the mattresses.  I told him since I picked out the furniture he could pick out the mattresses.  Well wouldn't you know it, he went for the ones with the motor and the hydraulic lift.

It's ok.
Sometimes it's fun to just spoil yourself.

What I've been working on:

I was going through some of my things and I found this piece of fleece I had bought a couple of years back.  Sometimes I buy things, put them away and forget about them.  Does that ever happen to any of you?  Well, such was the case for this one.  

These make great blankets.
All it needed was a crochet edge to finish it off.

A bright sunny yellow compliments the gray tones of the blanket nicely.
 It livens it up a little I think.  It's not boring anymore.
I love color.  Don't you?

It's already being used and loved in the Fox home.

Something else I've been working on is this knit lap blanket.  It's been in the makes since July.  I started it when my father was in the hospital recovering from his stomach surgery.  I have found that needlework can be very therapeutic when the heart is grieved.

Here we are six months later and it's close to being finished. 

Some apple turnovers I made this week.  My kids are sort of weird in the sense that they are health conscious.  They don't eat very many sweets or junk food.  So....I think I ate most of these myself over a couple of days.  Can you say Yum?

Linking with Keep Calm Craft On

Til next time friends,

January 6, 2017

A Merry Heart...♥

Oh what fun whipping up a frock of the wee little kind.

This little sweetie was in dire need of a wardrobe.
Upon acquiring her I knew that's exactly what she needed...
a little yarny goodness.

January is off to a good start. 

Stitching clothes for this little bunny has me thinking about Spring even though we're right smack in the middle of Winter.  

It's only our second snow of the season.

It's kind of nice to look at from the window inside where it's nice and warm. 
I don't think it will last long though.  We didn't get very much.

Instead of a new year's resolution I'm adopting a thought.
This is my theme for the year.

My goal is to squeeze in as much "happiness" as I can every day.
Some days it might only be a little.
Other days it may be more but at least that is what I will strive for.
Aspiring for a little more creative time in my future.

December 28, 2016

The End of December...

Well the craziness of the Christmas season has come and gone.

The rush has been replaced with a restful calm and the days have been a bit quieter around here.  

The kids are still home on holiday from school which has been nice.
I hope you all had a nice Christmas as well and are enjoying some much needed tranquility.

It doesn't seem possible that another year has come and gone, but none the less here we are at the end of December already.

It's amazing how fast the days and months slip by.
I'm always a bit sad to see the year come to an end.  It makes me a little nostalgic.

2016 will be a year I will remember always as the year my Dad died. A year full of memories that I will think back on often and carry in my heart forever.

The wonderful thing is that with the new year comes

 ...new hopes

 ...new dreams

...new goals

...new wishes

...new adventures

 ...& new blessings.

I pray that 2017 will be all that you want it to be and that the good Lord will bless abundantly with his goodness and mercy.

Here is to new beginnings.

Happy New Year!