Thoughts and Sewing

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Can you believe we are almost to October? I love October. Today we have real fall weather. Its lovely. The house is all open and the breeze is flowing in from the ocean. We have rain in the forecast and snow in the mountains next week. This morning while out feeding my chickens, a Flicker flew over. His bright red underside was glowing in the early morning light. It made me so happy that they will be here for winter. To listen to the calls in the trees and at first, I think I have a hawk. I am glad I saw him today. Fall is here when they return. This last week I finally finished His Eye is on the Sparrow by Beth Twist.

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I started this in January 2016 and I finished it in September 26, 2018.  Now to get it framed. I wanted to share some of the things I have learned while doing counted cross stitch.
“In life there are always mistakes. But like in my counted cross stitch, stopping right then and fixing the mistake is better than waiting for it to go away and ignoring the problem. Fix any mistake if I can right then.

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Follow the pattern. I need to repeat this over and over to myself. Quit trying to fix the problem by thinking I can figure something out on my own. Follow the rules. God gave us a book, it really is quite simple, so in life I just need to do what it says and quit trying to think I am smarter. I am not.

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Don’t give up. I have had this thought lately, I will never be a really good sewer, or hooker or crafter or gardener or even blogger or writer or wife or mother or teacher. On any day one of these pass through my brain. I keep sewing because I think if I keep ripping it out and if I keep sewing I will get better. If I am not happy with where I am then it is up to me to keep working only I can change the outcome and be where I want to be.

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Pay attention. How often I will be doing a counted cross stitch and I just sort of enter in to this place where I don’t know where I go but when I wake up, I have added too many stitches and I have to spend 20 minutes ripping out. I have to always be paying attention in life, to notice things that really important to pay attention to those nagging little voices that creep in that I need to listen to instead of turning up the music a little louder.

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Be myself. Enjoy the journey. When I am sewing or reading or even walking, I am in hurry up mode so I can say I walked 5 miles or I finished another project or I can add another book to my reading list. I need to slow down and enjoy what I am doing so what if my finished projects look homemade well heck they are and I am getting there, so why not enjoy the work of my hands instead of comparing myself to others.

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Be real. Yep, I make mistakes in my counted cross stitch that I just leave there because I am tired of the pattern and want to do something else. Stop being ashamed of what I do. Thank God that I have this time in life to sew.”

(reprinted from my other blog. January 21st, 2013)

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Thank you so much for visiting here. I wish you blessing upon blessing today,

~Kim~

 

 

Odds and Ends

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Its been a wonderful week. The weather finally cooled off and the sound of  the breeze in the wind chimes and being able to open the house is wonderful. I am thankful for the air conditioners, but having the windows open and the air moving through is just so much nicer.

I noticed while out walking that sky is blue again and by the time October gets here the light will be blue and gold. Its hard to stay in the house when the weather is like it is now. I am finally not worrying about my chickens and the heat.

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This summer has been different from the others. I have tried to make peace with change. I heard this the other day while I was listening to one of my favorite teachers, who is blind. She said, ” The circumstance God allows does not define me, but God allows it to refine me.” (Jennifer Rothchild) I think this summer I have tried to think about my place in the world and what just is it that God would have me do with my time. In that same message, she also said, ” There is power in a eternal perspective.” I want to rise above the daily challenges to be more than I am now. I want a life that seeks to put others and their needs above my own. I want to live a simple life free from my petty needs and wants. Trying to get loose from all that entraps me is hard. Because at the center of it all, I am just an idolater. My worship is about me rather than God. So having time, I think about these things.

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Going to Bible Study is nice. Different this year. I don’t know what our leader did before Bible Study, because she said she worked in a government position. I wonder if she was a prison guard. She is no nonsense sort of person. She makes me feel like I am Winnie The Pooh, all fluff and no brain. One of the other ladies, was a missionary. She seems to me to be suffering from PTSD. We have another woman who is homeless and has lots of issues, but is excited about the Lord. Another couple of ladies have never been in any kind of Bible Study before and two of them are taking care of people with early onset dementia.

I leave the group, feeling like my life is Disneyland. Having Emilie there is good, She keeps me on my toes. She said, ” What Mom, you have had two weeks without a trial and you think you have a perfect life?” She makes me laugh at myself.

So life changes and its still good. I am me in spite of myself. Have a lovely week.

~Kim~

Thoughts on a September Morning

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I think why I don’t write as many blogs here is I am still learning and a tiny bit overwhelmed. There is just so much I don’t know about this platform. It feels like its taking me so long to learn it. This year, I have had to learn to use a new camera, a new computer and now Word Press. Ron starting a new job and the two boys that are still at home are traveling for work. I feel like this year has been one of learning new things.

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I was thinking that if I was going to choose a word like I do normally in January. I didn’t this year because at the beginning of 2018 I knew it would be a year of changes. As I was thinking this morning, I thought in looking back at how there have been so many changes, I would use the word brokenness to describe 2018.

“God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.” —Vance Havner

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I started Bible Study this week. We are going to study Exodus by Jen Wilkins. One of the things that is different about her study is that she starts off by saying that we need to ask ourselves when ever we study the Bible, ” What does this text teach me about God? The Bible is about God. The Bible is about you only in how you see yourself with God.”

In all of the years, I have studied, I have never heard that. It makes me so excited to think of the Bible that way. This year, I was asked to be a greeter. I get to stand at the door where all of the new Mom’s and young children go to their classes. It makes me so happy to stand there and realize, it is my face that will set the tone of their day. I am taking my job very seriously. Making them feel welcomed and at home. As Ron always tells me, ” Be the best version of yourself you can be.”

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This quote says it best for me. ” The church is not a select circle of the immaculate, but a home where the outcast may come in. It is not a palace with gate attendants and challenging sentinels along the entrance ways holding off at arm’s length the stranger, but a hospital where the broken-hearted may be healed, and where the weary and troubled may find rest and take counsel together.” —James H. Aughey

This year I am in a group with a brand new leader, and ladies who have never been in a Bible study group before. I feel so wonderfully blessed to be apart of the group. Its going to be a wonderful year I think.

So welcome September! I am so glad you are here.

Thank you so much for stopping by today,

~Kim~

 

 

 

 

 

The Rest of the Story

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Earlier this summer, Emilie our daughter wanted to have a Bible Study at our home. She would lead and I would hostess. Which means, I cook way to much food and feed people.

I love feeding people. The study we were going to do was by Stormie O’Martian called “The Power of the Praying Wife.” I have done this book so many times and it has changed my life every single time. There is something about sitting and praying for someone each day that is just life changing.(I am doing the book, Praying for your Adult Children now.)

I am going to back up a bit. When Ron changed jobs a year ago, it was to do custom programming using a language called Ignition. About 5 years ago, he took classes and had learned and studied this, but businesses were just not all that happy to change to something new.

The place he changed jobs to, was going to be using it and he jumped on board. Then he was told, nope, nada, no way ever! The team was already formed and Ron was not going to be on it. He was disappointed of course, but he really has such a nice attitude about things, he just goes on being the best person he can be.

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There were so many things leading up to this. Our Bible study started. I started praying for him every morning. It seems like over night it happened, but they did a bunch of reorganization and next thing you know, he is working in town, on that dream team doing Ignition. I feel still in shock that God would do this for us. I must tell you though,

We are the only people in the world that he gets this huge job promotion and a pay cut too. It makes me laugh, I don’t know why, other than it keeps me from exalting myself.

I think what all of this teaches me is this quote from C.S. Lewis.

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory.

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One of the things that is different from when I was younger, which is one of the reasons, I love being 60 is that I have all of this past history with the God. He has delivered me from every trial, He has never left me one single second at any time. He continues to bless me in spite of me, because He is Good. I may not understand the whys or reasons, but He continues to be faithful in every single situation. Even when I am not. Hardly ever if you want to know the truth of things.

I have an old book by Catherine Marshall on my bookshelf. Its called Adventures in Prayer. I think if anything, I am learning to let go just a tiny bit more than I did in my 50s.

I still try more often than not to tell God his business. But there are sometimes when I do obey.

Thank you for stopping by,

I appreciate it.

~Kim~

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The Lord is my shepherd,

I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside quiet waters,

he restores my soul.

He guides me in the paths of

righteousness

For his name sake.

—Psalm 23: 1-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Morning Thoughts

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I hope you are having a nice Sunday morning. Its cooled off a tiny bit. I walked outside and I could smell that smell that I always connect with school starting. I have been reading Streams in the Desert for years and years. I think it was the very first devotional I bought when I became a Christian. I am so glad I did because it became a part of who I am today. I became acquainted with teachers that have been gone hundreds of years if not more. Some I wish I knew more about like Annie Johnson Flint. I love her poetry.

IMG_1547.JPG On August fifth each year my favorite thing to read is this poem by dear Miss Annie. (I call her that in my mind.)

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,

He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;

To added afflictions He addeth His mercies,

To , multiplied  trials His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,

When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,

When we reach the end of our hoarded resources

Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit. His grace has no measure;

His power no boundary known unto men;

For out of His infinite riches in Jesus

He giveth and giveth and giveth again.

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A long time ago, I made that into wall hanging with counted cross stitch and it has hung in my house for years and years. It still means that much to me, except now, I know so much more that these words are full of truth.

I started a Bible Study this week by Jennifer Rothchild. It is on Psalm 23. We started with one verse. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” Nine words. Those nine words have made me think and ponder all week. At different times different thoughts will come in, like “I will not want.” Every time my thoughts might stray to something I don’t need,

that will come in like a fog horn. Or The Lord is My shepherd. Not someone down the street, or anyone else, but my shepherd. Just some thoughts I wanted to get out of my head.

Have you ever noticed that about blogging? How much it helps to think out-loud?

It didn’t take me quite as long to write this post, so maybe I am finally starting to figure this out. It seems to be a very nice platform. The only thing that is hard is the operator errors that have nothing to do with the platform that is Word Press.

Have a lovely new week,

~Kim~

 

015“Never turn God’s facts in into hopes, or prayers, but simply use them as realities, and you will find them powerful as you believe them.”

—Prebendary H.W. Webb Peploe

Monday Morning

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How are you this Monday Morning? We woke up to clouds and smoke. August is almost here.

Ron started his new job this morning. He was like a little kid this weekend starting school on Monday morning. Getting to work in town is wonderful, and so it getting to sleep until 5:15. I felt like I was on vacation.

Except of course, I had my terrible dream. Some people dream of being at school and not being able to find their classes. My dream, is I am working in a grocery store, I have no idea how to run the register and people are lining up and watching me as I try to learn how to even open the register. This morning though, a man wanted to buy a pack of cigarettes. Marlboro. I had no idea how much a pack of cigarettes even cost. I was so glad to wake up. I wonder what on earth that means.

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Last week, William and Makenzie flew to Michigan to find Ben and Megan and the boys. They took a trip into Detroit to visit a museum.  I loved this picture that Makenzie got of our two oldest sons and all four grandsons looking at swords. Gosh, I never knew how bad I could miss people. What a learning curve this has been for me.

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This one is another favorite. Makenzie told me that when they walked in this area that one of the boys said, ” Oh look, its the canyon in Yellowstone.” She told him to look at the name of the painting and it says, “The canyon at Yellowstone.” Earlier in July the boys had stood on that very spot and looked at the view and to walk in a museum and see the painting. I just loved them all looking at it like that. Ben and Megan are taking the kids on a homeschooling tour I always dreamed about. I am so happy for them. This week, they also visited Laura’s house in Wisconsin. Where Laura Ingalls was born in The Big Woods.

Sometimes, dreams are realized in the next generation.

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I had to show you William and Makenzie’s dogs. Oliver is that cutie looking up at me with the pointy ears. Elsie is that cutie pie that has her head turned. Oliver is so cute. A scamp,

and Elise is so well mannered. I went over and Makenzie and William made lunch for me. They were so sweet.

I am going to stop here. I am still figuring out this stuff. I hope that you have a great start to the week.

~Kim~

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“Dumbledore to Harry,” It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. ” (J.K. Rowling, The Sorcerers Stone.”)

 

 

 

 

My New Home

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We caught this on our game cam as you can see on June 25th. I was out walking one morning and I found his tracks, so I was excited that we were able to get his picture.

This is my new blog. I have no idea which way it will go or what I will talk about.

I am still learning to operate it. I will leave it here just so if I have any visitors you will have something to look at.

I hope your summer is great.

Thanks for visiting,

~Kim~

(Not me by the way, just a guy I watched out in the ocean.)

 

 

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