Rejoice in the Lord always. Philippians 4:4a
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"The Lord be with you! The Lord bless you! ..." ~ Ruth 2:4 NIV
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"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~ A. A. Milne
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"Never place a period where God has placed a comma." Gracie Allen
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –e.e. cummings

Don't let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Flop, Success, and a Happy Heart

We want to serve cupcakes at the wedding so practicing and testing ideas now is a good thing. First FLOP! I remembered reading about a recipe for Empty Tomb rolls--the ones for Easter morning that are made with a marshmallow that melts inside, leaving a hollow in the middle. I thought that idea would work to make a hollow space for yummy filling to be piped in. WRONG!!
Sticky mess all over, not really bad to eat, but NOT what I had in mind. Williams-Sonoma to the rescue...a cup cake corer! Now for another test later this week.

Thrift shop success was finding this sweet tea pot for $2. Half off day at GW!! I think it is just so cute and perfect for spring.
And a Happy Heart came in the mail last Friday for me. I was one of the first five people to comment at Evelyn and Rose on Pay it Forward. Susan made this heart for me with Wally's and my initials after she read about us. It is a perfect gift as I collect hearts and counted over 45 in the kitchen this morning and will be finding a perfect spot for this one as well! Now I need to mail out mine as soon as they are finished. Warning: Sarah don't read under the picture!
Because Susan is so sweet, she also sent one for Sarah and Alex, but I won't post a picture yet because they haven't seen it yet. Last weekend was a hectic one for Sarah as she moved out of her apartment and moved things into storage. Ali's house isn't ready yet, but someone needed to move in the apartment, so Sarah and her room mate moved out a bit earlier than planned. For now she is staying with friends in Denver, but may be driving from here twice a day during part of April.

Monday, March 28, 2011

One Verse.11

As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you.

Isaiah 62:5b

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pay It Forward

It's always a good thing for us to stop in at Michael's when we make the 40 plus mile trek to "town". Lucky for us there were some bargains when we went last weekend.
After seeing pretty ribbons added to spiral notebooks SOMEWHERE(?) last week, I had to try it out. Sarah and I decided we liked the pink one better with the wider ribbons. I tied the pink ones with regular double knots and liked them better than the loops on the green and purple one.
I finished the green and purple one before Sarah went back to Denver and she is using it for wedding notes. (happy sigh!) ;D


"The expression "pay it forward" is used to describe the concept of asking that a good turn be repaid by having it done to others instead." from Wikipedia

When visiting a Colorado blog, French Laundry, I read about this idea going on in the Land of Blog. It sounds like a lot of fun, and I must be crazy to want to be doing this, but it does sound very easy to participate because you don't have to send anything out today or tomorrow, but you MUST send something. And since it is something handmade, you know this takes some time to do. Please note: I am a teacher (very little free time) and a slow worker, so the wait time may be a little longer. So if you are wanting a speedy pay it forward, you may want to visit someone else.

The first 5 people who comment on this post will receive a gift handmade by me, Marilyn. In return, you must write a blog post explaining Pay It Forward 2011 and send your first five commenters a gift handmade by you. I am hoping there will be five people wanting to join the fun.

"It's not the size of the item that matters, but the spirit of paying it forward."

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Sarah and Ali will live here when the house is handicapped accessible for Ali.
Lots of changes inside and out.
Down and up. This stairway will be safer.
French door to backyard.
New front door where the window is so Ali can navigate in and out with her wheelchair.
New door meant changing sewer lines!
Muscle power to move the dirt.
New layout for Ali's suite. Hmm...wonder where the furnace flue will go?
Haven't seen blue prints for the main floor. I am experiencing this remodel through Ali's mom's pictures. I was able to see the "before" any changes in December. We've been waiting for all the permits, drawings, planning approvals, etc. I have all the fun and none of the responsibility of this whole process.
Demolition of walls and ceilings means carpenters can get busy.
Sarah works for an amazing family and loves Ali like a little sister! They are going to be roommates and Alex will be joining them. The three of them will be a fantastic family together. Between decorating a new home and planning a wedding Sarah is going to be such a busy girl! And I will be happy to help!! ♥♫

One Verse. 10

Weeping may endure for a night, but
joy cometh in the morning.

Psalm 30:5b