Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giving Thanks For The Blessings In Life

Now therefore, our God, we thank thee,
and praise thy glorious name.
- 1 Chronicles 29:13 -

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"This is the day {Thanksgiving} which Americans set aside to reflect
on the blessings of God which have been showered on us in the previous year.
All other holidays, even Christmas and Easter,
can be skewed into a non-Christian meaning, but not Thanksgiving.
Historically, it was a time to give thanks to God for the bountiful harvest.
and while there are those to whom we should give thanks for particular favors, 
there is only one to whom we can give thanks for the blessings of life.
Nothing else makes sense."
- John D. Morris -


We thank Thee for the morning light, for rest and shelter through the night,
For health and food, for love and friends, for all Thy goodness sends.

Our God is great, our God is good, and we will thank Him as we should.
By His great hand we all are fed; He gives our daily bread.

We thank Thee for the summer breeze, for song of birds, for shade of trees,
For stars that glitter in the sky we thank Thee, Lord on high.
- Shelly Hamilton -


Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done.
- Johnson Oatman, Jr. -

Dear friends, our lives are full of God's blessings.
We can easily look at the negative things taking place around us and in our lives,
but the blessings of God outweigh any problem we face.
The fact that we can have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
is the biggest blessing of all - a blessing that we should give thanks for every day.
To have everlasting life with the one true God that loves each and every one of us 
more than we'll ever know, that daily shows grace and mercy,
and that desires only the best for His children is a precious blessing!

O Lord, You've been so good to me;
You've always been so good to me;
My heart can never thank You enough.
To think of all You've done for me,
The victories that You've won for me,
My heart can never thank You enough.
- Frank Garlock -


God enjoys blessing us, sweet friends, but what about us blessing Him. . .

Come bless the Lord, ye servants of the Lord
Who stand by night in the house of the Lord.
Lift up your voice in the holy place,
And bless the Lord.
Come, bless the Lord.

Come bless the Lord, ye servants of the Lord;
Praise His great name in the heaven and the earth.
The Lord is good; He deserves our praise;
So praise the Lord,
Come, praise the Lord.


Let us come before the Lord with Thanksgiving in our hearts
and while we're praising Him for the blessings in our life
let us also bless Him with our hearts of gratitude.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
- Thomas Ken -


May you have a joyous Thanksgiving, friends!

O give thanks unto the LORD,
for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.
- Psalm 107:1 -


Have a blessed Lord's Day!

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I will not be posting on the blog during this Thanksgiving week
{ well, you might see a book review or two }
 I will "see" you next week :)

My heartfelt thanks to Kitty for the beautiful pumpkin that you saw in the pictures.
Yes, she made it - isn't it lovely? 

Love and hugs to you!
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Buttermilk Sky - Book Review

Weary of the expectations imposed on her by her strict upbringing,
nineteen-year-old Mazy Pelfrey left her home in the Kentucky mountains
to attend secretarial school in the genteel city of Lexington.
She was sure her life would change - and only for the better.
Everything was supposed to be clear skies from then on.

But business school is harder than she thought it would be,
and the big city not as friendly, until she meets a charming young man 
from a wealthy family, Loyal Chambers.
When Loyal sets his sights on her, 
Mazy begins to see that everything she'd ever wished to have is right before her eyes.
The only hindrance to her budding romance is a former beau, Chanis Clay,
the young sheriff she thought she'd left firmly behind.

Danger rumbles like thunder on a high mountain ridge
when Mazy's cosseted past collides with her clouded future
and forces her to come to terms with what she really wants.


My Thoughts

"Mazy tilted her umbrella against the wind. 
"I predict buttermilk skies tomorrow."
"That makes no sense, Mazy. You can't drink the sky."
"My mother used to say that - it means the clouds are fluffy
and break up easily, like creamy buttermilk."' ( pg. 129 )

Jan Watson has a gift for writing - 
a gift that flows onto the pages of her books and inspires her readers.
The first time I read a book by Jan Watson { Troublesome Creek }
I was blown away by the depth, emotion, and character of her writing.
She instantly became a favorite author of mine.
Jan Watson once again blew me away with Buttermilk Sky.
Her writing seems to draw the reader into her world of the Kentucky mountains
making you feel like you're a part of them, as if your heart beats as one.
The characters in this book are vibrant and full of life - 
they are portrayed in a way that makes you feel like you're right there by their side 
experiencing their ups and downs, the happy moments and the sad.
The humor is charming and will keep you smiling throughout the pages.

Mazy is somewhat naive as she leaves her beloved mountains 
and attends secretarial school in Lexington.
She struggles with staying because of the difficulties of her classes
and she takes into consideration that maybe she isn't cut out to be a secretary.
She has thought it through and is just about to give up and head home
when Loyal Chambers walks into her life and changes everything. . .

Loyal Chamber is everything a girl could want:
charming, handsome, wealthy, entertaining.
And he seems to fit the bill of what Mazy wants in a man.
With a little motivation from Loyal, Mazy is back on track in school
and ready for some changes in her "simple" life.

But then dear, sweet, kind Chanis shows up in Lexington 
expressing his love and adoration to Mazy.
Talk about bad timing!
Mazy has been slowly pulling away from her former beau
and has decided she doesn't want his attention anymore.
She has told herself that Chanis just isn't what she wants.
Poor Mazy, she is beside herself with decisions that need to be made.
She knows what she wants, but her head and her heart aren't matching up -
what is a mountain girl to do. . .

Buttermilk Sky has my vote - it's an impressive and enjoyable book.
Jan Watson fills the pages with love, encouragement, wisdom, and a little bit of suspense.
I truly appreciate and applaud the talent of Jan's writing and imagination - 
she does not disappoint!

** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author

Jan Watson's first novel, Troublesome Creek, was the 2004 winner 
of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest.
Buttermilk Sky is Jan's eigth novel.
She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, 
and has three grown sons and a daughter-in-law.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Pear Pie With Crumble Topping and The Winner

{ The Christmas giveaway winner is announced at the end of the post. }

Be thankful. . .
If you focus on what you don't have, you will never have enough.
Instead, be thankful for what you do have
because it's everything you need.
- Kimberly Dawn -

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Lets talk pie. . .
I love pie - pretty much any kind of pie
and pie at Thanksgiving is always a must on my list.
Pumpkin pie is my favorite holiday dessert with lots of whipped cream,
but this pear pie comes pretty close to being up there with my favorite :)
What is your favorite Holiday dessert?



Sweet pears, cinnamon, sugar, butter, and oatmeal-
how can we go wrong with these ingredients?


Lets make some pie, sweet friends. . .

Pear Filling:

6 cups peeled and sliced ripe pears
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Topping:

3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed

Pastry for a single-crust pie shell { 9-inches }

In a large bowl, combine pears and lemon juice.
In another bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
Add to pears and stir gently.
Let stand for 15 minutes.

Line pie plate with pastry
and pour mixture into the pastry shell.

In a small bowl, combine oats, flour, and remaining sugar.
Cut in butter until crumbly.
Sprinkle over pears.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 45 - 50 minutes.
Cool for several hours before serving.


Enjoy, dear friends!

I'm thankful I have a good reason to wear elastic pants
this Thanksgiving! :)
- Sara -


And the winner of the Christmas giveaway is. . .


Thank you to everyone that signed up for the giveaway;
it was a blessing to read about your Christmas joys :)
I wish I could give something to all of you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Linking up with:
Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Roses For The Holidays

Good morning, sweet friends!
How are you on this fine Wednesday?
So far this week has been filled with warm sunshine
unlike last week when we had beautiful, but cold snow falling from the sky.

Speaking of last week, I wanted to share with you these incredible
and I do mean incredible roses that I received last week.
I wish I could literally share them with you because they smell heavenly
and they look like I grew them right in my very own garden.
Although if I personally grew them they would not look this nice
because I unfortunately have a brown thumb - so sad.

Anyway, let me show you these roses. . .
By the way, these amazing beauties are from The Bouqs.
Okay, enough chit chat - prepare to be "wowed!" :)







Didn't I tell you these roses were incredible?!
Their sweet scent is delightful
and has filled my bedroom with a subtle and beautiful fragrance.
And remember how I said I received them last week?
Well, they still look like I just picked them fresh from the garden today.
The previous pictures were taken last week on the day they arrived
and here is a picture from today - seven days later and still going strong.

{ seven days after delivery }

My sweet husband surprises me with roses quite often from our local grocery store
and they always, always, always die within six days or less.
Plus they never look as healthy as these.

I have never received a bouquet of flowers from an online company - have you?
To be honest, I have heard some pretty bad stories about people ordering flowers online
only to have paid a ridiculous amount of money and gotten pitiful flowers 
that lasted maybe a couple of days.
When my roses arrived from The Bouqs 
they were wrapped up very delicately yet very well in a sturdy box.


Remember, these roses were delivered to my door when we were having a snow storm.
The day they arrived the high temperature was 22 degrees.
I was worried that the cold would have a bad effect on them,
but I believe the care and detail that The Bouqs put into wrapping up the blossoms
made a big difference and the roses arrived in perfect condition.


When I opened the box I could already smell the lovely fragrance of the roses.
I do believe I was smiling the entire time I unwrapped these pretties :)


There was some gel on the end of the stems so as instructed 
I snipped the ends off and also removed the lower leaves.
Do you see how green and healthy the leaves are?


Then, I arranged all 24 roses in a vase
and have been enjoying them ever since.


The roses I got are called Dawn and are a beautiful, vibrant orange color.
The bottom side of the roses have a yellow and pink color 
and some of the petals are streaked with a soft green.
The petals have a unique scalloped edge and make quite a lovely statement
in any room of the house.


If you have not visited The Bouqs 
than I would encourage you to take a peek at their wonderful floral arrangements.
A lot of their bouquets are grown in South America right on the side of a volcano.
How neat is that?!
The arrangement I received came from South America - maybe that's why they're so amazing.
You know what else is fantastic. . .
This lovely company offers free delivery on all of their blossoms.


My dear friends, the holidays are upon us and it's the perfect time to make a beautiful statement
in your home or as a gift to friends and family with a spectacular arrangement of flowers.
Like I said, my roses still look pretty and fresh after a full week.
I believe that if you order a bouquet from The Bouqs
you will come to the conclusion that it was money well spent.
What are you waiting for, lovelies, head on over to The Bouqs
and begin brightening up your day or a loved ones day with flowers. :)


One other thing. . .
The Bouqs offers a Concierge Service where you can schedule flowers to be delivered
on certain days of the year and by using this service you can save up to 25% at times.


Hugs to you, friends!

The Bouqs sent me these roses in exchange for an honest written review. }

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Little Christmas Giveaway - 4 Days Only!

{ GIVEAWAY CLOSED }

Happy Monday, lovelies!
Christmas is just around the corner and I wanted to spread some Christmas cheer
so what better way to do that than to have a giveaway.


Now I know we haven't celebrated Thanksgiving yet,
but I would like to send these items out to the winner in advance
so that they can be enjoyed and used during the month of December.

The winner will receive. . .

A beautiful handmade lace ornament with a stunning jewel in the center.


Three handmade gift tags.

A burlap and lace hanging pillow.



And a handmade burlap stocking.


There is a jewel hanging by lace attached to the stocking


and a sparkly "snowflake" on the bottom.


To enter the giveaway. . .

1.
Please be or become a follower of The Enchanting Rose blog
throug GFC, Email, Bloglovin', etc.

2. 
Leave me a comment below telling me what you enjoy the most about Christmas.

And that's all my friends :)
You have only four days to enter.

The winner will be announced on
Friday, November 21st.


Love, hugs, and blessings to you!
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