Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I have loved the rain

Get up right now and go outside, yes I'm talking to you! Go outside, close your eyes and take a deep breath. I'll wait..............................

Do you have that smell in your mind? Isn't that one of the most magical scents? I love the smell of rain, when the storm is building, when it's raining and after it's over. Nothing makes the plants look greener and who doesn't love a puddle?=) The gray days are a little tiring sometimes, but it's almost as if time has stopped. It's hard to tell the season and the light is the same most of the day, it's fun to imagine that time is standing still. But, maybe that's just me!

I love taking walks in the rain. The whispered hush of the rain as it falls and the feeling of tiny cool finger tips touching your face. The merry music it makes as it plinks and plonks down upon the world. The fairies come out to play in the rain, the rain drops make perfect fairy looking glasses. If you are walking in the woods in the rain stop, close your eyes and listen. You can hear their laughter as they dance between the drops.

Into every life some rain must fall, but I will share with you a secret. If you learn to love the rain you will have a smile upon your face and a song within your heart when everybody else is looking glum. Joy during lifes hard times can only come from one place the Creater of this rainy and wonderful world! Numbers 6: 24-25 The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

When the light is within you, the joy will never leave you. No matter what the weather=)

Monday, April 27, 2009


I would like to confess something, I love infomercials. It's a good thing I don't have more money or I would have it all! The combination, hair clipper-dog toe nail trimmer-it cuts through anything and it even makes julien fries things. I will believe most anything you tell me, I believe it even more if it comes from the TV or books. Why? I have no idea! I have always been very trusting, or as my loving family calls it gullible. When that girl in third grade told me she would be my best friend if I gave her my juice box, I gladly surrendered the juice and was crushed when the next day she pretended not to know me.

I still have not learned my lesson and freely believe in most of what people tell me and I get hurt(or at the very least lose money and look foolish!). I've always put the people over me like my parents and pastors and other such people on pedestals. So, when they do something like say a bad word, or do something that I don't agree with, I'm shocked. How could they have done that! I am crushed like when I found out that Santa Clause wasn't real. It's not their fault that I put them on that pedestal, they are only human and it's not like I'm perfect! Yet, it still stings when they fall off. I used to shove them right back up there, but me and God are working on that! I should trust in what people say of coarse, but I shouldn't be so disappointed when they show that they are not perfect.

With this mentality it was never hard for me to trust in God, it is very easy for me to put my faith and trust in Him. But, when things don't turn out good, or bad things happen to good people, I'm that little kid who just found out about Santa Claus all over again. What is God thinking, this could never turn out good, my life will never be as good as it was. Then something will happen and God lets me get a peek at His plan and reminds me once again that He knows what's best and to trust in Him. As it says in Jeremiah 29:11a For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD.
This is one of my favorite verses for those times when I feel life has gotten out of hand. Hebrews 13:5b-6 Be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:“ The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
I can put God up on my pedestal! He is the one person who will always be there, never let me down and I can implicitly trust in Him and never feel like that little disappointed kid again. I've just got to remember this when times are tough, now there's the hard part!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Herman and Don Jaun

I would like you to meet two of my best friends! The friendship started about three years ago, it took awhile for the friendship to "sprout". I was encouraged to throw it out when Herman "cracked". But, I persevered and now our friendship has "grown" allot. I tell him everything, in fact I probably talk to him too much. His little friend Don Juan is kind of a ladies man, but you can't have one with out the other!

Don Juan; the frog, lives at the base of Herman the avocado plant. I had always heard that you could sprout an avocado pit in a glass of water like you can do with a potato. I tried it and it took forever, almost 2 months. He finally started to have some roots and he was saved from the trash! Now he has outgrown three pots and is a great listener........ though Don Juan is prone to gossip so be careful what you say!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Dress

I'm sorry about the side ways picture, I have tried for about 20 minutes to fix it, and it just won't show up fixed. So, my Dad will help me next time I post pictures! I made this dress in February and it just now got warm enough to wear it. I used Simplcity 3877 and made view D, with no collar because it reached up to my ears! This dress will have a belt, but I haven't bought it yet and I wanted to wear the dress before it got cold again.

Yes, I am standing on my bed, it was the least busy backround that I could find! Oh, and I'm not being vain and assuming that everybody who reads my blog wants to know what I'm wearing, I belong to a sewing forum and we share our projetcs with each other.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Spring is Here?

It was beautiful a week ago, our early flowers were up and blooming. The flowering trees started to show some color and now they are all covered in snow! It's frustrating, but I love it here all the same!

Central Oregon's weather is unpredictable at best,
It puts our peace of mind and patients to a test,
It's warm in the middle in winter,
In spring the snow does fall,
The poor weather mans kept on his toes,
Just trying to make the call!

Before the season turned to spring,
Our flowers started growing,
But now that it is April,
Of course it's started snowing!
Our studded tires we have removed,
Like good boys and girls are we,
Now we wish we had them back,
Never mind the fee!

The seasons they mean nothing here,
Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall,
Coming all on one day sometimes,
We deal with them all!
I know we get them all at once,
The sun, the rain, the snow,
But I don't care, I love living here,
Hip~hip hooray for Central O!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Library Book Sale

I love books, if you've been around me for a while you'll know! I love everything about them, how they smell, sound, feel(not taste!) and old books are best of all! Used books have lived lives, the markings give you glimpses of another life. What did that girl who spilled jam on page 309 feel when she reads these same words that you are now enjoying. It's wonderful to contemplate! From a practical stand point they are also way cheaper most of the time!

Our local library has books sales periodically through out the year and even though I've been trying to go for years now I just made it my one today. My goodness, all the people, it was in the basement of the old library(which is way better then the new one!) and very hot and crowded! But, the hardbacks where only a dollar and the soft covers 50 cents. It was wonderful! People where leaving with boxes and boxes. I sadly though; having had my fun money mostly go to taxes this pay check, had only some change. I found a copy of my favorite Cinderella movie for 10 cents. My family is quietly weeping right now, they don't quite jive with my; if it's good the first time it's even better the tenth, movie watching policy! My mom found lots of books shes been wanting for school and each of the little kids picked out a couple things, Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips, being my favorite pick of theirs! My mom even got me an early birthday present of a stack of records, for my record player which was supposed to be a surprise but then I went to go buy one...... you can figure out the rest!

All of this to say, if you love books, like books or even just like hot crowded rooms full of book loving people head on down to you local library's book sale!

Strange gods

So much for having it all under control and doing pretty good in my walk with God! I spend time in the Word and praying most days, don't have any vices(besides American Idol!) so I was pretty happy with myself.

Then while reading yesterdays entry in Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, I has a funny feeling that I had let a strange God in my life. Something that had taken a higher place in my heart and mind then God. No, I thought, I'm doing great! Then I noticed my prayer journal was about finished so I went back over it to see what God had been doing in my life, and was horrified when I saw a trend that started happening about 2 months ago. I had started praying for myself about this one issue. Just about me. Talk about teenage angst! And I'm not even a teen. I was overreacting and trying to talk God into doing what I wanted. Telling Him that this is what was best. Then looking back, most of my time was spent thinking about this one thing. It in and of itself is not a bad thing, just something you should never let get out of hand.

I was shocked. How could I, miss never has a prayer request for herself she's doing so great, have let myself get so self absorbed! Even that sentence sounds selfish! Putting aside self is hard, I've struggled with it many times. Contentment and patience have never been my strong suits, and I will have to be more careful in the future to realize what's going on.

Last night was a sleepless one, feeling sorry and trying to make up to God. Then Gods peace finally broke though that tirade. Let me help you, fill your heart and mind with me. You can't do it alone, give me the pen. I am the author of your story. I hate feeling out of control, and have wrested the pen back from Gods hand to many times to count. I like to do things my way and by myself. I always say I don't need help, it's a good thing God knows better! I feel much more at peace today. Oh sure, your thinking it's what a whole day later, she's doing great......
One day at a time, that's how I've had to learn to deal with life, don't worry about tomorrows problems today. Today surely has enough of it's own worries!