9/30/18

When All Thy Mercies, O My God

O give thanks unto the LORD;
for He is good:
for His mercy endureth for ever.
- - Psalm 136:1 - -


When all thy mercies, O my God,
my rising soul surveys,
transported with the view, I'm lost
in wonder, love, and praise.

Unnumbered comforts to my soul
thy tender care bestowed,
before my infant heart conceived
from whom those comforts flowed.


When worn with sickness, 
oft hast Thou with health renewed my face;
and, when in sins and sorrows bowed,
revived my soul with grace.

Thru every period of my life
Thy goodness I'll pursue,
and after death, in distant world,
the glorious theme renew.
- - Joseph Addison - -


I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: 
with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness
to all generations.
- - Psalm 89:1 - -

The Lord is merciful and gracious, 
slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
- - Psalm 103:8 - -


A reflection upon God's blessings
will always result in a response
of worship and praise;
a neglect of gratitude will eventually produce
a lifestyle of selfcenteredness.
- - Kenneth W. Osbeck - -


If gratitude is due from man to man,
how much more from man to his Maker.
The Supreme being does not only confer upon us
those bounties which proceed immediately from His hand,
but even those benefits which are conveyed to us by others.
Any blessing which we enjoy,
by what means soever derived,
is the gift of Him who is the great author of good
and the Father of mercies.
- - Joseph Addison - -


But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, 
then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, 
full of mercy and good fruits, 
without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
- - James 3:17 - -


Joseph Addison, the author of this hymn,
was recognized in his era as one of England's literary greats.
He was not only a writer and a moralist,
but a man of affairs in his government.
These words were thought to have been written
following his rescue from a shipwreck 
during a storm off the coast of Genoa, Italy.
The hymn originally had 13 stanzas.
It was published on August 9, 1712,
in a London daily paper.
- - Amazing Grace - Kenneth W. Osbeck - -


Have a beautiful and blessed Lord's Day!
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9/26/18

Falling Leaves Embroidery Hoop

Take time to catch
the falling autumn leaves.


Hi, sweet friends!
Autumn is "officially" here.
The leaves are changing colors
and there is that oh-so-sweet nip in the air.
This is such a beautiful time of year.
In honor of fall 
I created this charming embroidery hoop art.
It's a tree made out of buttons
and you will see the buttons, or "leaves"
are slowly drifting to the ground.

Life starts all over again
when it gets crisp in the fall.
- - F. Scott Fitzgerald - -

Join me, dear friends.
I've laid out a quilt under the crab apple tree.
The warm autumn sun is shining
and there is a soft breeze blowing through the leaves.
The perfect day to spend outside creating something beautiful.


I placed a piece of felt in between an embroidery hoop
and hand stitched a tree shape onto the felt.


Then I sewed on a bunch
of pretty little buttons.


After sewing on the buttons
I trimmed the felt to fit the hoop
and added a piece of fabric to the backside.


Finally, I hot glued some cute decorative trim
to the edge of the embroidery hoop.


Oh, I also added a loop of lace to the top of the hoop
so that it can hang anywhere.

Now how cute is that, my friends!?


 Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead
has never watched them dancing
on a windy autumn day.


Thanks for joining me under the tree,
my lovely friends.
Now I think I will simply lay here 
and listen to the wind rustle the leaves.


Enjoy 20% off your purchase
plus free shipping in my shop.
Enter the code:
AUTUMN20
when you checkout.
Offer good until the end of September.

Love and hugs to you!
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9/24/18

Everything She Didn't Say - Book Review

In 1911, Carrie Strahorn wrote a memoir entitled 
Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage, 
which shared some of the most exciting events of 25 years 
of traveling and shaping the American West with her husband, 
Robert Strahorn, a railroad promoter, investor, and writer. 
That is all fact. 
Everything She Didn't Say imagines Carrie nearly ten years later 
as she decides to write down what was really on her mind 
during those adventurous nomadic years.
Certain that her husband will not read it, 
and in fact that it will only be found after her death, 
Carrie is finally willing to explore the lessons she learned along the way, 
including the danger a woman faces of losing herself 
within a relationship with a strong-willed man 
and the courage it takes to accept her own 
God-given worth apart from him. 
Carrie discovers that wealth doesn't insulate a soul 
from pain and disappointment, 
family is essential, pioneering is a challenge, 
and western landscapes are both demanding and nourishing. 
Most of all, she discovers that home can be found, 
even in a rootless life.


My Thoughts
Everything She Didn't Say
is a memoir within a memoir.
It is a fiction story 
based upon the life of Carrie Adell Strahorn
and her many travels and adventures with her husband.

Here was a woman newly married 
with dreams of having children and a home to call her own,
but after saying her vows,
Carrie's life was completely different from what she dreamt of.
Carrie, also called "Dell" by her husband,
traveled across the West for twenty-five years,
and during those years Carrie remained ever the lady
with her feminine attire of long skirts, high necks,
bustles, and hats with feathers.

Carrie made the most of her life
and was a constant companion to her husband.
She was incredibly dedicated and committed to her marriage
even when it wasn't always pleasant and pretty.
As I read Everything She Didn't Say
I couldn't help but admire Carrie's tenacity.
She was amazingly courageous 
during a time that was difficult on both men and women.
She made the most out of what was given her
and she made it count in the lives of others.
Carrie was a rare gem
that touched the lives of many.
Everything She Didn't Say
is an enthralling story filled with rich history.
The reader will be touched and inspired
by the lives of the pioneers
who helped build the western part of our country.
If you enjoy historical fiction
than this book is for you, my friends.
The author, Jane Kirkpatrick,
does not disappoint.
Her stories are well-written and thoroughly researched.

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

About the Author
Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling 
and award-winning author of more than thirty books, 
including All She Left Behind, A Light in the Wilderness, 
The Memory Weaver, This Road We Traveled, 
and A Sweetness to the Soul, 
which won the prestigious Wrangler Award 
from the Western Heritage Center. 
Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, 
USABestBooks, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, 
and the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. 
Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. 
Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.
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9/23/18

Nothing But The Blood

Come now, 
and let us reason together, saith the LORD: 
though your sins be as scarlet, 
they shall be as white as snow; 
though they be red like crimson, 
they shall be as wool.
- - Isaiah 1:18 - -


What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

- - Chorus - -
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
- - Robert Lowry - -


. . .and without shedding of blood 
is no remission.
- - Hebrews 9:22 - -

Being justified freely by his grace 
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation
through faith in his blood, 
to declare his righteousness 
for the remission of sins that are past, 
through the forbearance of God.
- - Romans 3:24, 25 - -

Forasmuch as ye know 
that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, 
as silver and gold, 
from your vain conversation 
received by tradition from your fathers; 
But with the precious blood of Christ, 
as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
- - 1 Peter 1:18, 19 - -


The Father's gift of salvation to man
required His Son's lifeblood.
Now when God looks at us,
He sees Christ's shed blood
and declares us righteous for Jesus' sake.
Our acceptance with God the Father
rests completely upon the merits 
of the blood of Jesus Christ.
- - Kenneth W. Osbeck - -

Not all the blood of beasts on Jewish altars slain
could give the guilty conscience peace,
or wash away the stain.
But Christ, the heav'nly Lamb,
takes all our sins away;
a sacrifice of nobler name
and richer blood than they.
- - Isaac Watts - -


Have a blessed Lord's Day!
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9/21/18

Fashion Friday & An Autumn Sale

Style is a way to say
who you are
without having to speak.
- - Rachel Zoe - - 


Hi there, my wonderful and beautiful friends!
I thought it would be fun to do something 
a little different on my blog
by sharing on Friday's
{probably not every Friday}
an outfit I wore during the week.
With fall just around the corner
I have been pulling out my cardigans and booties.
I have to confess that I love loose fitting cardigans
You know, the kind that just wrap around you in a cozy way.
And I have a weakness for booties.
Yep, I do.
Okay, let's be honest. . .
I have a weakness for shoes in general.
There, I said it.


So let's dive in to this "fallish" outfit,
shall we?
I have been drawn to the mustard yellow color this year.
Before this autumn I didn't have anything mustard color
and now I can't seem to get enough of it.

Let's go from head to toes,
okey dokey.

- - Cardigan - - 
Old Navy

- - Shirt - -
Old Navy

- - Girlfriend Jeans - -
White House Black Market

- - Booties - -
ModCloth


 - - Necklace - -
Gift from a friend

- - Earrings - -
Old Navy


I got the jeans on sale at White House Black Market.
The embroidery work is exquisite,
don't you think?
And the colors are simply perfect for fall.


Never underestimate the power
of a good outfit
on a bad day.


In honor of autumn officially arriving on Sunday
I am having a sale in my shop.
Enjoy 20% off your purchase
plus free shipping.
Enter the code:
AUTUMN20
when you checkout.

Thanks for stopping by, my friends.
I hope you have an amazing weekend!
{{{hugs}}}
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9/18/18

Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars

You're the apple
to my crumble.


Hello, lovely readers!
Shall we bake something with apples today?
The recipe I'm about to share 
is sure to make you and your tummy happy
because it's simply delicious!
Let's get to baking, my friends! 


- - INGREDIENTS - -

For the crust:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

For the apple filling:
3 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the crumble:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter – softened

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F 
and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. 

For the shortbread:
Add butter to your mixer and beat for 5 minutes.
Mix in the sugar, vanilla, and salt. 
Once combined, add in the flour and stir well. 
Press the mixture into the parchment lined pan 
and bake for 15 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the apples, 
flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg 
and stir until the apples are well coated.

In another bowl, 
mix flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar. 
Cut in the butter and mix until everything is combined.

After the shortbread has baked for 15 minutes,
remove from the oven 
and turn the temperature up to to 350 degrees F. 

Sprinkle half of the crumble over the short bread.
Add the sliced apples. 
Top the apples with the rest of the crumble.

Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully 
before placing in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours. 
Simply lift the parchment paper out of the pan
and slice into bars.
You can find the original recipe here.

Enjoy this delicious taste of autumn!


What is your favorite apple recipe?

Love and hugs to you, friends!
Have a beautiful day.
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9/16/18

Sweetly Resting

Once my hands were always trying,
Trying hard to do my best;
Now my heart is sweetly trusting,
And my soul is all at rest.
- - A. B. Simpson - -


In the rifted Rock I'm resting;
Safely sheltered, I abide.
There no foes nor storms molest me,
While within the cleft I hide.

Long pursued by sin and Satan,
Weary, sad, I longed for rest.
Then I found this heav'nly shelter
Opened in my Saviour's breast.


Peace which passeth understanding,
Joy the world can never give,
Now in Jesus I am finding;
In His smiles of love I live.

In the rifted Rock I'll hide me
Till the storms of life are past;
All secure in this blest refuge,
Heeding not the fiercest blast.


- - Refrain - -
Now I'm resting, sweetly resting,
In the cleft once made for me.
Jesus, blessed Rock of Ages,
I will hide myself in Thee.
- - Mary D. James - -


For in the time of trouble 
he shall hide me in his pavilion: 
in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; 
he shall set me up upon a rock.
- - Psalm 27:5 - -

God is our refuge and strength, 
a very present help in trouble.
- - Psalm 46:1 - -

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: 
for my soul trusteth in thee: 
yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, 
until these calamities be overpast.
- - Psalm 57:1 - -

In God is my salvation and my glory: 
the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
- - Psalm 62:7 - -


Evangelist D. L. Moody once observed
that there are three kinds of faith a Christian can have:
a struggling faith, a clinging faith, or a resting faith.
A resting faith is not some mystical feeling
that we might experience at times in a church service
or during a spiritually high moment.
It is simply the daily repose of a life
that has learned to relax and be comfortable
in God's providential care.
Such an attitude is the result of ceasing to live for self
and starting to live solely for God's glory.
- - Kenneth W. Osbeck - -


The eternal God is thy refuge, 
and underneath are the everlasting arms: 
and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; 
and shall say, Destroy them.
- - Deuteronomy 33:27 - -

Have not I commanded thee? 
Be strong and of a good courage; 
be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: 
for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
- - Joshua 1:9 - -

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: 
but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
- - Proverbs 17:22 - -


Have a beautiful and peaceful Lord's Day.
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9/13/18

Simply Blessed

And all at once
summer collapsed into fall.
- - Oscar Wilde - -


Week by week,
day by day,
hour by hour. . .
it's getting that much closer 
to being "officially" fall.

Don't you just love it, my friends?
I know I do.


Add some pumpkin flare to your home
by making this easy peasy pumpkin centerpiece.

I found the cute wood boxes at Hobby Lobby
{good ol' Hobby Lobby}
along with the pine cones and sparkly acorns.
Who doesn't love a little sparkle!?


Hobby Lobby had a few options for the wood boxes,
but the "Simply Blessed" and "Give Thanks" 
boxes caught my eye.


I added green Spanish moss to the box
and along with the pine cones and acorns
you will find a velvet pumpkin tucked in the middle.

To make a pumpkin
simply cut out a circle from scrap fabric
{it can be velvet, cotton, burlap, or whatever you desire}
and sew a gathering stitch along the edge.
Fill with batting, pull the thread tight,
and sew the pumpkin closed.


For the stem I used some fake green berries
and on the front of the pumpkin is twine,
a shabby flower, and a velvet flower.
And for the finishing touch
I tucked a sign into each box with an autumn quote.


Every year I fall for
pumpkins, bonfires, s'mores,
autumn leaves, apple cider,
and YOU!

Enjoy your day, friends!
Your visits are always a blessing.
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9/11/18

Burlap and Lace Pumpkins

I never met a pumpkin
I didn't  like.


Autumn is coming, my lovelies.
Don't you love that little "nip" in the air
that tells you fall is just around the corner?
Well, we are feeling that change 
here in the mountains.
It gets me excited and ready for fall.
With the changing of each season
comes the changing of decor
and these sweet little pumpkins will add
the perfect shabby and fall look to your home.


You will see the pumpkins are made with burlap
that has lace on it.
Tucked inside for the "stem"
is a feather with gems.
And the finishing touch is a pink glittery rose.


On the teeny tiny wood caddy
{found at Hobby Lobby}
I added some burlap trim
and a velvet pink flower.

And inside the caddy
is some green Spanish moss.


I made some different pumpkins
with linen instead of burlap
and the stems are "puffs" of tulle
with pearls tucked inside.
I found these stems along with the feathers
at Hobby Lobby in the wedding section.


The pumpkins themselves are very easy to make
and you can visit an old post
where I will show you how to make them.
Simply click HERE.


If you don't have a wood caddy, my friends,
use your imagination.
For these little pumpkins 
I put them in a vintage tart tin.


You can find these little cuties
in my SHOP
which is now located on my blog.

You can also find other fall goodies


What are you looking forward to
when autumn "officially" arrives?

It's always a pleasure to have you visit.
Hugs and blessings!
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