Tuesday, May 19, 2015

God Called Him Home. . .

Hello, friends!
As many of you know my family and I headed out to Arizona on Saturday
to see my precious Grandpa Don who was in the hospital
because of open-heart/bypass surgery.
My husband, son, and I spent Sunday and Monday with Grandpa.
I held his hand and whispered in his ear that I love him. . .I love him so much!
He squeezed my hand and looked into my eyes -
I could feel his love shining through.
As I sat by his side the memories flooded my mind and heart. . .
 
I could see Grandpa calling me to his side asking for hugs and kisses,
he took me to baseball games and we ate hot dogs.
Grandpa loved music especially old country and 50's music
and often he would sit on an old stool for hours
recording music for family and friends.
Grandpa was always so full of life -
if someone told him he couldn't do something
he proved them wrong and did it!
He was full of love and always had time for his family - family was his life.
He had many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren
and each one was important and special to him.
He had the best laugh, the brightest smile, and the greatest stories
{ I will miss those stories }
He loved old cars and as a young girl I remember riding around in many of them -
I always felt so lucky and special :)
Anyone who met Grandpa always fell in love with him.
Grandpa Don was extraordinary.
 
 
 
 
Due to complications. . .
Grandpa Don passed away this morning at 3:30.
He is now home with his heavenly Father - free of pain.
 
My friends, how I appreciate each one of you.
Your love and support and especially your prayers meant SO MUCH
to my family and me.
We told Grandpa he had people praying for him from all around the world.
Thank you for blessing not only us, but him.
 
He is gone and I will not lie. . .there is a hole in my heart
and the hearts of his family - the pain is great.
Yes, he is with Jesus and we would want nothing else for him,
but we miss him. . .oh how we miss him!
 
May I ask, dear friends, that if you think about the family
please pray for them.
Please pray for Grandma Dee Ann as she has a lot of decisions to make.
Thank you. . .thank you from the bottom of my heart.
 
I am still away and will write again when I return home.
My love to you!
 


Roses Of Inspiration Linkup #20

Hello, my friends!
May I warmly welcome you to another Roses of Inspiration.
My heart is so blessed to have you here
and I hope you leave with some extra beautiful inspiration.

I posted on Sunday that I am currently away in another state
visiting my Grandpa Don in the hospital.
I will more than likely be gone this week
so if you don't hear from me right away that's why :)
I will eventually stop by and visit you when I return home.

Also, I am going to change the party time to Monday afternoons
so that those of you in different countries will be able to link up 
when it's actually Tuesday in your country.
The new link up time will either begin next Monday {the 25th} 
or the next Monday {June 1st}.


Let's start with some beautiful features.
All of you are full of inspiration.

Roses of Inspiration Features. . .
If you were featured than please feel free to take the "I was featured" button.
Simply copy the HTML code and paste it onto your blog.

The Enchanting Rose

Please do not pin from my site!
Go to the original source and pin from there IF it is okay with the blog owner!

The most viewed link was Everyday Living
and her beautiful Mother's Day post.



. . . { Sewing Inspiration } . . .

shared her delightful curtains made from flour sacks



. . . { Recipe Inspiration } . . .

shared her incredible recipe for Mahogany Chicken.



. . . { Lovely Tea Inspiration } . . .

shared her pretty in pink tea party.



. . . { Spiritual Inspiration } . . .

shared a few lessons in mushroom hunting.
She wrote a very encouraging post - if you have time, please read it.



. . . { DIY Inspiration } . . .

shared a fun and easy tutorial on how to make your own apothecary jars.



. . . { Just Plain Sweet Inspiration } . . .

shared her adorable pictures of the Morning Doves.
Her images are incredibly sweet!



. . . { Fun With Kids Inspiration } . . .

shared this delightful family library idea.



If you are new to our party than here are the basics. . .


{ 1 }
You can link up anything that your heart desires. . .
crafting - recipes - encouragement
Scripture - devotionals - photography
healthy living - gardening - home living
sewing - crochet/knitting - fashion
beauty - tea time - home decor - etc

{ 2 }
You can linkup as many posts as you want
and they can be posts you have written today, last week, last month, or last year.

{ 3 }
There will be fun giveaways throughout the year.
I will simply add up the amount of people who participated in one of the link ups,
write the numbers down on paper and draw the number of the winner.
So if you link-up more than one post you will have a greater chance of winning.
These giveaways will be random

so you never know which link up I will choose for a giveaway.

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Below is a button available for your sidebar
to let others know about Roses of Inspiration.

The Enchanting Rose

If you are new to link up parties than please click here
to see how to share your blog post.

Please have fun, my friends!
I am always excited to see what you share 
and will be around to visit each one of your blogs throughout the week.
And speaking of visiting,
please take a few moments to visit at least two of the posts shared-

everyone loves visits and comments.
Have a lovely day!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Prayer + What? = Peace

If we were sitting across the table from each other,
you could probably tell me what's stealing your peace right now
without having to think too hard.
You may be grieving a longtime loss
that never settles far from your conscious thoughts.
You may be crying yourself to sleep at night over a situation
with a son or daughter who is beyond your ability to control - a failing marriage,
a grandchild undergoing diagnostic tests, 
perhaps open rebellion against your parenting decisions.
Maybe you're facing some health issues of your own,
or your income just isn't meeting your monthly bills,
or your church is in turmoil over some hot-button issue.




You can {and should} pray about these matters, of course.
But praying is not all you can do.
"Do not be anxious about anything," the apostle Paul wrote,
in a much-loved passage of Scripture,
"but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God"
{Philippians 4:6}.
Then what?
"The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" {verse 7}.



When prayer teams up with gratitude, when you open your eyes wide enough 
to look for God's mercies in the midst of your pain,
He meets you with His indescribable peace.
It's a promise:
prayer + thanksgiving = peace.




Prayer is vital, yes.
But to really experience His peace in the midst of problems,
you must come to Him with gratitude.
Costly gratitude.
The kind that trusts He is working for your good even in unpleasant circumstances.
The kind that garrisons your troubled heart and mind
with His unexplainable peace.
{ Devotion from The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss }




Sweet friends,
my family and I are headed to another state to see my Grandpa Don.
As of right now his kidneys are not doing well
and Friday night he was put on dialysis.
Also, as of Friday night my Grandpa has not woken up.
He is not on any pain medication because the medical staff wants him to wake up on his own.
Because his kidneys are not functioning properly 
his system is not flushing out the anesthetic that was put in him for the surgery 
so he is in a semi-coma.
Hopefully the dialysis will do the job and clean him out
and Lord-willing he will wake up soon.
Also, the neurologist confirmed that he had a stroke 
and it happened in the front part of the brain.
We will not know the extent of damage until he wakes up.
Thank you for the continued prayers!
My family and I have been so blessed by you
and we can feel your love and prayers.

I could be gone for up to a week so I will talk with all of you when I get back.
Much love to you!

Roses of Inspiration will be up on Tuesday
for all of you to enjoy.
I look forward to visiting you when I get home.

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Two of the items in my photos today were from dear blogging friends. . .
The "Peace" box was handpainted by the lovely Celeste.
And the stunning lace heart was created by the wonderful Linda.
Both of these women have delightful Etsy shops.
Click on their names to visit their blogs
or click on their Etsy shops below:


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Raspberry Danishes. . .Made With Frozen Bread Rolls

Sweet bread, juicy raspberries, cinnamon and sugar,
melted butter, and delectable icing - here is a tasty treat for you, my friends.
These danishes are made with frozen rolls. . .can it get any easier than that?


Ingredients:

8 frozen rolls
1 container of fresh raspberries
cream cheese
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Lightly grease a cookie sheet and place the rolls on the pan.
Lightly spray the tops of the rolls with oil and cover with saran wrap.
Allow the rolls to rise for 2 - 2.5 hours.




Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Using scissors, cut a slit in the top of the roll 
and spread out the dough to create a pocket.
In the pocket add a spoonful of cream cheese 
{you can add sugar to the cream cheese for a little extra sweetness}
and top with 4 - 5 raspberries.
Once all of the rolls have been filled pinch the sides together to close up the roll.
Mix together brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon
and sprinkle half of the mixture over the rolls.
Bake for 25-minutes or until rolls start to turn a nice golden color.

Remove the rolls from the oven
and immediately brush the melted butter onto the tops.
Sprinkle with remaining sugar and cinnamon.

For the glaze:

1 cup confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla flavoring

Mix all of the ingredients until smooth
and drizzle onto the danishes.



Brew yourself some coffee or tea, grab a book,
and simply enjoy some quiet time and a tasty treat :)



Happy day and happy hugs, my friends!

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The prayers and encouragement continue to roll in for Grandpa Don and my family.
Sweet friends, thank you for expressing such love and concern.
The latest is. . .
Grandpa had not awakened from the open-heart/double-bypass surgery 
that took place on Tuesday and he is only responding with one hand 
and it's a very gentle squeeze.
Mom can ask him questions and he will barely squeeze her hand.
The doctors are afraid that he had a stroke during the process 
since most of his body is not responding. . .
Today, Lord-willing, he will see a neurologist to find out if he did have a stroke.
The internal bleeding has slowed down by a considerable amount 
and as the doctor said, is normal for after surgery which is a huge praise and blessing!

Thank you for the continued prayers!
The fact that you care enough to be interested in a man and his family
whom you have never met speaks volumes of your character and kindness!

Much love to you!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

UPDATE On Grandpa Don

Good day, sweet friends!
You have once again left me speechless with your love and kindness.
The blogging community is truly a beautiful place. . .
it's a place where people from all over the world can come together
and support one another in all things.
Many times a prayer request will be sent out across the Internet
and within seconds blogging friends are responding.

You, all of you, have created a world that cares
and shows genuine concern for a friend that is hurting.
Many of us have never met face-to-face
yet many of you have become very close and special friends.
Thank you for being there for my family and me.
Your words of encouragement have touched each one of us
and your prayers have greatly touched our hearts.
Your comments and private emails have been like a balm to our anxious hearts

Grandpa went back into surgery late last night
and the doctor opened him back up.
There was not a main source for the internal bleeding,
but rather he was bleeding all over inside - in a sense the blood was oozing out.
The doctor said they "washed" him out 
which was needed and should help.

As of this morning we were told that Grandpa did well through the night
and he is responding by nodding and squeezing of the hands.
He was losing 300% of blood every 15 minutes last night,
but this morning he is only losing 24% so that is a huge improvement!
This is all the information I have right now.
God is the great Physician, my friends, and my Grandpa is resting in His hands
which is the perfect and best place to be :)
I am thankful to know God has a plan and whatever that plan may be 
I am going to trust in Him. . .

I and my family are so grateful for your concern and love.
I can't tell you how much it means to have your support during this time of uncertainty.
Each and every one of you are a blessing!

{ Image of Bluebonnets taken by my aunt-in-law }
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