Monday, March 30, 2009


how do you know the answer? I mean when you are praying for guidance and help with a decision, how do you know that you are hearing God's answer or just what YOU want to hear? I have to make a decision, but I need help. I need God's help.

I think I know what to do, but am I thinking with emotion only? Does it make sense to take this road or am I just to pigheaded to hear anything else, but my own needs?

I don't think there is a right or wrong way to prayer, as long as you are speaking honestly to God. How do you hear the answers? or advice? or suggestions? or path to follow?

Any and all opinions matter, please leave me yours.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Gifts and Donations

Let me start by saying that I am not a good seamstress. My Mom is AWESOME, but I never wanted to learn. So a few years ago she bought me a machine and I took lessons. I will never make big bucks, but I can sew a basic straight line (as long as you don't get a ruler out:-))

I decided to make some blankets for babies/kids. The have chenille on one side and cotton on the other. The finished size is about 30 X 34, in that range. Again, not an exact science for me.

These two shown are gifts for dear friends of my who have little ones. I have lots more fabric to make additional blankets. We will see how skilled I get before I decide if I can charge for them, but for now they will be gifts. I also plan on making up a bunch and donate them to the PICU department of the hospital where Walker was. The day we lost him they wrapped him in a quilt that had been made and donated. Although we didn't take it home and didn't need to, it was alot nicer than a hospital blanket to hold him in that last time he was in my arms.

So I will make some and donate them. If they are lucky enough to get to take their babies home they can have them. If not, they will be there for the next family to use. Whatever the hospital decides the best use for them is fine for me.

I am thinking of having some tags made to sew on the blankets in memory of Walker. I dont want to put Made in Memory of Walker because I don't want other people to feel the stress of that while they are in their own situation. Any suggestions???

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Has Sprung

When we moved into our house it was late January and this was cut down to a stump. We thought they had cut down a tree since it was so close to the pool and didn't grind the stump. Within the a few months, this is what we saw.

The casual name for it is "Tulip Tree", but we think it is some kind of magnolia bush. Anybody know what this is called?
Hope Spring is coming to your area soon.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


I haven't been around much lately, but I have been thinking of you all. I have alot weighing on my mind lately. I am not ready to discuss it all out in the open yet, but I appreciate everybody praying for some peace in my mind. What has seemed to have happened is that I have been spending alot of quiet time praying. I feel lost and can't seem to find the right side of up on anything. It was so wonderful having my parents here for a few weeks, but it is always so hard when they leave. I wish it was easier to be closer to them. I am really dissatisfied and unhappy at work, but feel stuck and unmotivated to find something new. This economy has really put a damper on the environment we are used to living in. There is this pull in me to do something new, something creative but I haven't put my finger on it yet.

My dad spotted this in our neighbors tree. I cannot believe from that distance he could tell it was a groundhog, but here it is. I have never seen a live groundhog before let alone in a tree. Interesting.

My crazy dog, Doc. Since he is now the solo dog he is actually much better behaved. He doesnt feel that he has to compete with the other dogs for attention. It is really amazing that he has always been at least 1 of 2,3, or 4 dogs that he would be so jealous and competitive. He is much calmer, almost like a different dog. We had fun playing with him on the floor and snapped some funny shots. Hope you get a good laugh at our big man, doc.

He thinks he is a 110 lb lap dog. This is new behavior, wanting to climb up into our laps. One of the only traits of a lab he posseses is ALWAYS haing something in his mouth. He doesn't fetch, but he doesn't let go of anything.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


This is not a great picture since it is in my hallway and I could not get a straight on picture. Hopefully, you can read it all.

is the strength by which a shattered world
shall emerge into the light

I feel that is exactly where my life is right now. Which is a nice refreshing turn.

Have a happy week!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Let it Snow

Since I am unable to figure out how to load pictures in the correct order, here is this morning.

The front of my house last night during the storm.
Me outside in the midst of the storm with my dog running around.

This was about 1/2 hour into the storm.

Just a view of our yard. Let is snow!!

It is hard to believe that this is South Carolina, I was used to this at home in Michigan. The good news is that it will be in the 70's by the end of the week.
Hope you are all staying warm where you are tonight!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snow in South Carolina

Hey! Just a quick update my parents are here from MI and have been excited about the warmer weather here. It SNOWED today. I will post pictures later.

How is the weather where you are?