Sunday, December 30, 2012

Celebration

We had a wonderful anniversary celebration Friday night. 


After we got all dressed up, we headed out.


Dinner was at the Accomac Inn.  It was a Firelight Night, so all light was provided by the fireplace (which we sat right next too - wonderful!) and candlelight.

The food was fantastic, as was the company!  What a great time we had!

We first dined together at the Accomac the night after we were married.  I wore my gown (it's a formal gown, but not a typical wedding gown. )  Mister wore his tux.  On our second anniversary, we did the same thing. 

Next celebration coming up.....New Year's!  (that's a pretty low key one, for us ;))

Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Anniversary, Mister!

Eleven years ago, to the very day, and on a Friday morning, Mister and I became husband and wife.



I was pretty scared, but God told me to marry him, and I did love him so, so I did. Mister was confident and happy about us. I am happy to report that our marriage continues to blow me away and far exceed my expectations of how wonderful an earthly relationship could be.

But I know why it is that way. It's because my man is sold out to God. (As am I!) As Ecclesiastes 4 says,  

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Not only does our marriage enable us to each serve God better, but it makes us better.  It brings us closer to God, and closer in Him.  It surely is nothing we could even come close to on our own.


I have never been happier in my life.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry, Merry Christmas!

The snow arrived this evening. We're having a White Christmas!

Wishing each and every one of you a Blessed, Joyous, Merry Christmas!

Carol

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Beard

My darling Mister.  Remember, I asked him to grow a beard - something he had never done before, for me, for Christmas? 

It's coming in nicely.  This picture isn't bad, but it does not do him justice, btw.

Our 11th wedding anniversary is coming up next week.  I marvel at how every single day he loves me enthusiastically, steadily, increasingly, and thinks I am wonderful.

How great is that?  I am a blessed woman.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Note Card Party - December - Christmas at Home

Linking to Vee's December Note Card Party!!!
Join the fun with me!


Last year we strung our banister with poinsettia and garland.
This year the poinsettia have gone AWOL, so I have a few unbreakable baubles wired on instead.  A few, not lots.

One of our favorite ornaments is this kitty tangled up in lights.  We do all we can to prevent such shenanigans in real life.


Using Vee's tip she gleaned from somewhere, I took this picture last year through a kitchen strainer.  That's pretty high-tech for me, and I can't seem to replicate it yet this year.


Baubles under glass.  I'm always a fan.  This year the cloche resides in the upstairs hallway on a table, on a red Santa plate, on a lovely white runner from Goodwill.

I am so thankful for our home.  I am blessed to say it is my favorite place to be.  It is a refuge and retreat for our family.  Making our house our home is one of my great joys.

Comfort and blessings,

Carol

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas on the Porch

Mister got the lights hooked up out front this weekend.
Everything was already in place.....just not lit up!


It was a pretty easy job this year.
Two trees, a wreath and the Sleigh Bells Ring sign.


This sign is a favorite decoration of mine. I just hang it here on the bottom of the mailbox.

And there you have it.

Merry Christmas,

Comfort and Joy.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

morning quiet time

In the morning, before anyone else is up, I slip downstairs.
Brew the coffee, feed the cats.


Light a candle, light the tree.
Gather my Bible and journal.

And start my day off right.

Blessings and comfort,

Carol
(one well-fed cat in the background ;))

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dining Room Christmas

One mantel I decorate.  The faux fireplace mantel in the dining room!
(the other 2 mantels are occupied by a) Mister's TV and b) cats)
The extent of my craftiness is exemplified by the 2 trees over the candlesticks to the left.


I took a cue from Kathy at Sharing Shadymont and took an antique sewing machine drawer, filled it with mason jars, greens, and twinkle lights.  Each jar has Epsom salts for faux snow - I could also sub out tea light candles.




My 3 Santas come out every year.  A bargain buy years ago which Chickie was just a little tot.




The stockings are hung over chair backs with care.....

Blessings and Comfort, as our prayers go out for those affected in the Sandy Hook tragedy,

Carol

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jar of Baubles

The jar's contents change with the seasons.  This time of year, it is filled with Christmas baubles.


Since I am attracted to shine and sparkle, much like a magpie, it catches my eye all day long as I work in the kitchen.

This is my eye candy.

Have a shiny and sparkly day!

Carol

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Simply Savoring, Slowing Down

I am choosing to live intentionally.  To savor the process.  The process of baking, of cleaning, of working, of blogging, of Pinterest!!
A Christmas tin catches my eye.  I stack them in the kitchen.  They are empty (don't tell!) but they add the feeling of the warmth of the season.


I remember Chickie's first Christmas.  And her early Christmasses.  Making the holiday meaningful, warm, cozy and invitingly delightful for her.

I look, I see, I slow down, I savor, I serve.

What a blessed time of year!

Carol

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas in the Kitchen


The kitchen hutch always lends itself nicely to the change of seasons.


I just keep putting more things up top as I find them.



The bookcase gets tweaked, too.



I'm using the Christmas mugs for tea and coffee. Love the feel and shape of them. They are displayed where I can enjoy them all day.

 
The Santa was a treasure given to my by a client who was downsizing. I love having it here on the counter.

 Have a blessed, wonderful week!

And see the amazing vulture above??!  I WON it from Anne, who made it herself.  She makes O'Kringles too, from okra pods, and is extremely talented.  Check our her blog for more!

Carol

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tweaking, Floofing, Decorating!

Here's a picture from last year, to let you know what I've been up to today!  Mister has agreed to indulge me and set up our tree on Sunday.  (we usually set up in December)
Not sure exactly when it will be decorated, but it will be UP.

I'm out of photo storage again, so until I get that issue resolved my decorating inspiration for this year shall remain......unveiled.

I do hope each of you enjoyed a great Thanksgiving, and for those of you who dare to venture out on Black Friday, some great deals. 

Today was a great day to stay home, and we just finished a few pages of I SPY Christmas picture riddle book.

Have a most marvelous weekend!

Carol

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Winter Garden

I used to overwinter my geraniums.  I had the same plants for 6 or 7 years. 
This year, when Hurricane Sandy approached, I brought some of my pots indoors. 


The sunporch off the kitchen is not insulated for year round use, so the door is always shut.  But hopefully, it is warm enough to keep the plants surviving.


 When I work in the kitchen, I look out and see the blooms and greenery.


It's a beautiful, cheery feeling!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Just Keepin' It Real

I was laying on the bedroom floor, having my quiet time, and thinking.  Kind of feeling discouraged about some stuff.
So I looked out the window and saw the sun's dappled pattern on the tree, blue sky beyond.


 Sun lighting up the trees always lifts my spirit.


That's just how I roll.

Does anyone know why I can only enlarge the 1st photo on my posts these days?

Have a wonderful, sunny, peaceful weekend.

Carol













































Thursday, November 8, 2012

Live Like That. Grace. Love.

The election is over but emotions still run high.  As I have been spending time reflecting I have come to a conclusion.

Regardless of how each of us voted, regardless of the Electoral College votes versus the popular vote, we now have a choice.  A powerful choice.

  • I choose to extend the grace that God has extended to me.  
  • I choose to press in and PRAY faithfully for our president.
  • I choose to no longer speak negatively of him as a person - instead I will speak life and light into his life and administration.

We KNOW what God can do.  We trust Him with what we consider the good, the hard, the difficult.  How is this different?

Pray.
Press in.
Be gracious.
Love.
Incomparable  Power......  Prayer. Changes. Things.

We still can uphold our principles, we still will obey God.  I was surprised at how distressed I was with the results.  But GOD is my hope.  My refuge.  My salvation.

And I hold on to Him, and like the Sidewalk Prophets' song says, I want to be LOVE......recklessly abandoned to Him.

Am I proof
That You are who you say You are
That grace can really change a heart
Do I live like Your love is true 

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am

Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back


 Below is the link to video with lyrics, and then lyrics below.  Beautiful, beautiful. 

Sidewalk Prophets, "Live Like That "  video link

Live Like That
Sometimes I think
What will people say of me
When I'm only just a memory
When I'm home where my soul belongs

Was I love
When no one else would show up
Was I Jesus to the least of those
Was my worship more than just a song

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that

Am I proof
That You are who you say You are
That grace can really change a heart
Do I live like Your love is true

People pass
And even if they don't know my name
Is there evidence that I've been changed
When they see me, do they see You

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that


I want to show the world the love You gave for me
I'm longing for the world to know the glory of the King

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Nuthin', but some Cape May Scenes


I feel like I've got nuthin' to blog about.
Here's a picture of The Mainstay Inn, a Victorian B & B that we stayed at in Cape May, NJ a couple of years ago.
All these pictures are from that trip.


I did post for 31 days last month, does that count for anything?


Mister had a very very busy, stressful week this week. He moved his office and had a Board Meeting and was away overnight. All in the same week.



Speaking of Mister, guess what? He has agreed to grow out his beard. I don't think he has ever done this before.
He doesn't want to do it now. But I asked him to. So he started.....TODAY!
I'm excited.



Our wedding anniversary is 3 days after Christmas. One year when we were budgeting, I asked him to shave his head, rather than leave the very short stubble that he usually keeps, for my anniversary gift.
And he did!
He is so much fun.
And I am so easily entertained.  And I did suggest his current hairstyle years ago, that was basically shaving things down pretty short.  And before that, I convinced him to keep his new goatee.  So I think I know what I'm talking about!

 
I took a fall this weekend. Landed very hard on my hands and knees, out front. Mister rushed to my side. Chickie was inside, but I guess she heard it, so she rushed and put yoga pants on (backwards, in her hurry) to make sure I was okay.


Isn't that wonderful? I felt very cared for. Chickie and I have this thing that we always check on each other if we think the other fell or got hurt. Quite solicitous that way.

 
And Mister? Well, he is crazy about me, so he always wants to help me out. I am blessed.



I do have some new pictures to post. But I have to use the other laptop for that. I have 2 laptops, and if you added them together you would get 1 not-so-great computer.



Each laptop has about 10 minutes of battery time. Only one of them can communicate with our printer. Only one of them can upload pictures from my camera.



So I take pictures and load them onto the Compaq, and then sort into blog posts. The Compaq burns my leg (literally leaves marks. Laptop Leg is real) So I don't use that computer much.

 
The Gateway was resurrected by Chickie after a 2 year sabbatical, for me. Many "plug-ins are out of date", and it can't be updated.



But if you add the 2 together, you get one computer's worth of function.

 
So now you know my little secret.



And we are still touring Cape May!



Did you know....



...that I am crazy in love with my husband? We are approaching our 11th anniversary and because of God, our marriage is better and stronger than ever. We share an extravagant love, a covenant relationship, God's example to us of His relationship with us and how He loves us.



In recent months I have learned how to truly respect my husband, how to truly be kind to him, how to encourage, support and pray Scripture over him.  I've been transformed and I am amazed.



A very godly woman commented to me on the love she sees in our marriage, and how I "look at him".

 
It's a process of transformation. It's a purifying of my heart. It's becoming the wife I always dreamed of being.


"I'm crazy for you", he whispers. He looks at me and I smile. He's holding my hand, as usual. Always holding my hand. We even watch TV that way. He loves my smile - it's a gift from God for me to give away, he says. And as I smile, he can't resist. He kisses me.