You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.
Psalm 23: 5-6 NKJV

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The new refrigerator

Life seems to be racing by since we came home from vacation October 3.
October - our Fall festivities pumpkin month. November -filled with Thanksgiving. December remembering His Birth- Christmas. January - WHAT !! it's a new year.

And here is February already?

This song reminds me it's going to be o.k. ;o) Just Breathe :o)


Our last refrigerator was a dud. We bought it 20 years ago after a storm sent a power surge through the house killing almost every appliance we owned. I never like the replacement refrigerator. I did like that it was the first we ever owned that had ice and water...........that leaked for 10 years.

So I searched the internet and found a great one at Home Depot. The price was great!

While searching I heard on the news that big stores charge more if you buy on your pc rather than your smart phone!? So Tom went to Home Depot in cognito and sure enough it was the same terrific sale price! LOL!! So we bought it. Bad news- it would take THREE weeks to deliver. :o(

We've had great luck with HD. They have Free delivery. They took away our old dishwasher (from 1982) away for free. This time we had to pay $25 to have the old fridge taken away. But it was huge. So that was still a deal!

Our very old kitchen has no built ins so there's lots of wiggle room for size. I didn't know it but my mom had bought a similar style new fridge at the same time! But she has a "built in" space and had a devil of a time finding the right size fridge to fit.
The double oven stove on the left looked huge until this came!

The kids filling it up per my instructions. :o)
We have a 2nd very old ready to die fridge in the basement for the over-flow. I hate to think of that one dying.
The bowls on the bottom right were moved to the drawer below after I saw them there.

Way cool drawer so you don't have to keep opening the fridge. Leftover bowls and fruit go in here. So easy to grab. No more spills!

Freezer drawer. WAY COOL!

 Basket in the freezer drawer.
Two frozen frappes. (mine in case of emergency, aka bad day ;o)

I begged Tom to get a plumber to hook up the water/ice again. He did. Now THAT (plumber) was expensive, but no more leaks!
Kitty and Zay took the photos. They even video'ed water pouring into a cup- LOL!

The "night" light setting. Last time we had no lights! I tell them this is how the rich people live- ROTFLOL!! The oldest children raised here hated it when I said that. These "4" think its funny and have my sense of humor! ;o)

 I'm sparing you the water video- LOL!

 My price is right model ;o) and photographer.
They have since decorated the front with their magnets.

 When I first told Tom I was looking for the new refrigerator, (because I can only live with wet floors 10 yrs max) he started looking too.

I looked on my pc in my bedroom, he looked on his laptop in the living room. Zay ran back and forth up the stairs to "see".

He told Tom that surely I was going to buy a chrome colored one to match the oven! Tom said I'd never choose chrome- I hated chrome. Well I did order chrome because the old white fridge  showed every speck of dirt and drip, and I hated that!

Zay told Tom I'd buy one with the freezer drawer. Tom said no way- she hates freezer drawers! But I did because in the last 20 years they are much nicer!!

After 47 years, (he was 16, I was 13 when we met) don't you think he'd know me by now? OY!

As for Zay what can I say, we think a lot alike. Which is great fun. And a very special gift from God!
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(NKJV) Matthew 10:34-39

Christ Brings Division

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[e] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Thank You Jesus, You told us, You tell us, we understand. We hear You! We believe!
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

God's Great LOVE and my super heroes

He Will Never Let You Go

(Max Lucado)

Then the Lord said to me (him), “Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover[a] and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.” Hosea 3:1 NKJV

GOD WILL NOT LET YOU GO. 
He has handcuffed himself to you in love. And he owns the only key. You need not win his love. You already have it. And since you can't win it, you can't lose it.

As evidence, consider exhibit A: the stubborn love of Hosea for Gomer. Contrary to the name, Gomer was a female, an irascible woman married to a remarkable Hosea. She had the fidelity code of a prairie jackrabbit, flirting and hopping from one lover to another. She ruined her life and shattered Hosea's heart. Destitute, she was placed for sale in a slave market. Guess who stepped forward to buy her? Hosea, who'd never removed his wedding band. The way he treated her you would have thought she'd never loved another man. God uses this story, indeed orchestrated this drama, to illustrate his steadfast love for his fickle people.

Then the Lord said to me (him), “Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover[a] and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.” Hosea 3:1 NKJV

This is the love described in John 3:16. Hasaq is replaced with the Greek term agape, but the meaning is equally powerful. "God so [agapao] the world ... "

Agape love. Less an affection, more a DECISION; less a feeling, more an ACTION. As one linguist describes, "[Agape love is] an exercise of the Divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself."

Stated more simply: junkyard wrecks and showroom models share equal space in God's garage.
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We had great plans to make our own super hero costumes.
(Kitty's design above)

Some of the adult kids who were raised here continue to criticize me for my failures and promises that never came to fruition. But these four are different. They forgive me. A gift I cannot repay. This was Kitty's drawing above of the costume she wanted to make.

Altho; (pausing and reflecting here)
broken promises are not the sign of bad parenting. (I cannot escape being human.) Ignoring their spiritual life is a sign of neglectful parenting. And I have been shamed by those same adult children for being "too religious". They've also said that I shame and use the bible to guilt them. If you read the story by Max above I think you understand the true way I use my faith to encourage those adult children who chose to wander into dangerous places. I have prayed daily. I love them.

                 This is Lysa's superhero costume design above.
They drew these 2 years ago. I can't believe how their artistic talents continue to grow.

      Faith our Steve Irwin fan's superhero costume design above.

Zay is a minimalist when it comes to drawing. So he just wanted a tshirt cape kind of thing. :o) Easily found on aM*az*on. No drawing needed.;o)

In the meantime I homeschool 9, care for the 10 children at home  AND work 24/7 full time with my 2 Group Home gals. All that I absolutely love- but time escapes me.

We had the costume pattern, I just never got the time.

BUT we did have the internet. ;o) So in my spare time I got to work searching for each piece of the costumes.

I found tutu skirts, tights, dance leotards. (ordered in larger sizes to go over a tshirt, and for modesty purposes) I even found superhero cape socks! There is fleece patterned with different super heroes, I ordered some in 1 yard pieces for capes. Masks were ordered blank, they decorated them themselves.

Each costume cost under $25.00.

The older two wanted to have a superhero tea! LOL! The younger two wanted a "full dress" tea. :o)

                                     Lysa to the rescue!
Lysa's superhero fights for- verse 1Tim. 6:6 "Godliness with contentment is great gain."
Definition= "ease of mind, a being pleased, and satisfaction." Lysa is fighting for thankfulness.

             Faith's super hero is "Victory and Justice over evil".
                     Faith is fighting for Victory in Christ!

Faith tucked her cape socks under her tights! LOL! Crazy kid! We are making the hero designs in felt, to glue on the front. But that project is on hold as life throws curve balls. :o) The designs are drawn and ready to cut.

                   Beautiful Katherine in her tea party finest.

Hmm, well this is the "boy" version of everything.

Oh how I love boys! 
Zay is in full dress for the tea party. Since everything is black you can barely see his bow tie :o) 

His superman cape shirt is somewhere in a rumple on his bed. 

Getting him to "dress" up with us is difficult when he has other interests like building electronic circuits! And he never spends more than 2 minutes contemplating an outfit. :o) 
In fact he thinks dressing up is putting a camo shirt with matching  camo pants on his brother Julius. Or helping his big brother Samson match all his clothes for the day in the same color!! LOL! Love it!! 


Kitty's superhero uses Proverbs 23:26 "My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways." She wants to fight to be the best Christian example to others! 

LOVE-LOVE-LOVE my superheroes! PRAISING God!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Making a DIY "Busy Blanket" for my Love MA

You can see it here :o)
http://theroaddownhome.blogspot.com/

And this is how I made my version of a "Busy Blanket" for MA. ;o) I wanted to share in case you have a Love to make one for too.
I had 2 pieces of pink fleece left over from other projects.
I used pink because MA loves pink. I used my olfa scallop blade to cut my pieces.

The thickness of the 2 pink rectangles were ideal to sew on. The thread/knots held better. I used silver sparkly thread. If I'd had more fleece I would have made the blanket with 2 pieces back to back instead of one piece.

I raided my bits and bobs sewing/craft boxes and pulled out what I knew MA would enjoy fiddling with.

This is the whole finished blanket. Zay held it up for me. Three edges were "finished" with darker pink fleece. The bottom was left "raw" with just the scallop. That scalloped edge is her favorite.

I sewed the rectangles on with pink baby yarn. I always tie off yarn with a bow. (right corner)

The little "dots" are seed beads, scattered to hold the back of the finished edges, on the backside.

I wrote my name on the tag so she can "see" I made it. She forgets.
That's a little pewter lady bug on the right corner of the "label".

This is the unfinished edge. Each corner has a little something to catch her eye.


 I HAD to add the googly eyes! I knew they'd crack her up! I fabric glued them on.

A little snow flake with lots of bling!

 A sheepie, flowers, a pearl, and a heart.

 I had this leftover piece of fleece with hello kitty. I embellished her.

 The back side showing the 3 finished edges and the one unfinished edge.

Little stitches from front to back holding the fleece down.

You can't make mistakes when you are creating for someone you Love. Fleece is a very forgiving fabric. This can be washed on gentle and air dried.

I hope and pray it inspires your creativity!

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I found this quote recently and loved it! So true isn't it!
"Conversion is not the smooth, easy-going process some men seem to think… It is wounding work, this breaking of the hearts, but without wounding there is no saving… Where there is grafting there will always be a cutting, the graft must be let in with a wound; to stick it onto the outside or to tie it on with a string would be of no use. Heart must be set to heart and back to back or there will be no sap from root to branch. And this, I say, must be done by a wound, by a cut.”
― John Bunyan

Friday, January 6, 2017

Freezing temperatures and home made scarves

(photo above, my trusty olfa cutter, a must have. Also my trusty cutting board, bought with a 40% off coupon over 20 years ago! Its been beaten, abused, painted on, chipped, still going strong!
This scarf was cut first using an old scarf as a pattern. Edges are choppy on the end not re-cut yet with the olfa.)

It has been -18 below here today. It is so COLD!

This December we went through our snow pants, gloves, scarves and coats.
The 3 teen girls got new coats for going out, and now use their old coats to play in the snow. They outgrew their old snow coats.

We shopped online for gloves and hats since the stores were so crowded with holiday shoppers. Gloves we had great luck finding. Hats not so much. But we did find enough of those for now.

Scarves online every where were overly priced and that was ridiculous.

So I made us new ones~
All scarf edges above were cut with the olfa scallop blade.

I had a surplus of fleece. I was going to make the kids blanket/throws. But we already have more than we need. So I was going to make the boys pajamas. But the boys don't need pajamas right now. Their growth spurts have slowed. The bigger boys now fit in Zay's hand-me-downs.
Scarves are perfect from this fabric! The fleece above are snowmen and reindeer prints.

I've had this brown and blue fleece forever. Always planning to use it, but never finding time.

I also crocheted 3 adult sized scarves. They turned out nice too. But much more time consuming. Scarves are not my favorite to crochet. :o)

I was able to cut enough fleece scarves to take up north too, and still have enough here so the boys can get a clean scarf each outing. Scarves tend to get quite dirty after each boys use.

This is a wider scarf made for Lysa. It fell on Sassy as I carried it to the bed. Lysa loves sheepies.

 On the left you can see my olfa cutting blipp. But you can't make mistakes on these. I don't have time to cut them perfectly. When the scarves are worn blipps don't show! :o)

I didn't have time for making tassles on the ends. :o) A few boys would chew them off anyhow! So I did a running stitch around the whole thing instead. I used baby yarn.

A blanket stitch would have covered the pretty scallop.

 They are long enough to wrap around well and tuck in coats.

 Pretty fleece patterns for my 4 girls ages 9,13,14 and16.

 For Zay and Samson I freehanded a wavy cut on the end with the olfa. I could have done some "fringe" on it with the olfa too. I did this to save time and "look" finished. :o)

I have them all in a pile next to my bed. I sit stitching them in between correcting Homeschool books for the teens. It's always nice to have "mindless" work to do while you wait in between their school tests. Most often I crochet. This is a fun change. After my cancer surgery I got quite a few done. I was "off" my foot 6 weeks.

I leave you with a poem my Faith wrote me. She just turned 16. She has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. (FAS) She has social issues like giving out personal information on herself and all of us to anybody!! Yikes!!. She tends to tell others what she thinks they want to hear, which could also be called lying, except she can lie as well. With FAS her telling people things to make them happy without intentionally lying is a bit of a gray area. OY! LOL!! Make sense?? ;o) She also has learning issues. Her IQ scores are extremely high but she cannot apply it to her benefit. I can't imagine having her challenges. I adore her from head to toe. Her heart is HUGE! She wrote this poem about a rough patch I was going through. She asked me to share it.
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To the best Mom ever

When they laugh and criticize you,
you will remain strong.
Then you ask for God's help,
to keep on holding on.
You're true to yourself,
shielded in His Grace.
You even help the little ones,
to help them find their place.
Your faith in God is precious,
just like the love you bring.
You'll know the way to Heaven,
let all the angels sing.
You're a virtuous woman,
who works to follow God's rules.
While others be mean and selfish,
and not to mention mean and cruel.
But I say now it's time to shout,
and celebrate your name.

Because in God's eyes He sees you,
like a shining, burning flame.
We pray for all those listening,
to come out of being bored.
And like my Mum who says it well,
Come and join the Lord!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Goodbye December 2016

                                 (Violet looking for trouble! ;o)
Welcome to our new blog!

We have 4 teens (1 boy, 3 girls) ages 13,13,14, and 16 who want to "share" their photos, their lives and their Beliefs. It was time for a change.

Our "old" blog was a history of the last 5-6 years of their lives. Unfortunately it was abused by readers who were not invited. And those "creepy" readers ruined it for everybody. I had 2 choices. Shut down or start a new.
The "4" wanted to keep posting, so here we are. United in Christ, Giving God the Glory!

I hope everyone had wonderful Holidays. We sure did! JOY was the biggest part of everyday! Above was our Thanksgiving Duck. I do not care for duck. But this duck was the most delicious that I've ever eaten! We ordered one for Christmas too, but sadly the distributer dropped the ball and we had to have leftovers Christmas Day.
But its the company you keep, not the food you eat, and we were surrounded by His LOVE eating our left overs!
 
Since we have been de-cluttering and donating things from the last 40 years of kids growing up here; we found some fun projects the "4" teens wanted to do now!
One project was decorated clothing with "gems", silver and gold studs.



C decorated a Star Trek New Generation design on a shirt.
C likes Captain Picard. ugh! ;o)

 Z did his initial on his cooking apron.

They were very creative. This is a craft I would not enjoy. I could never have come up with such creative ideas for this tool.
They also worked on foam crafts and decorated around the house.
Since I had surgery I could not get the winter themed decorations out.

Thank You for visiting our new blog. (((HUG))) Please visit often!
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There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing;
And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.
The ransom of a man’s life is his riches,
But the poor does not hear rebuke.
The light of the righteous rejoices,
But the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
10 By pride comes nothing but strife,
But with the well-advised is wisdom.
11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished,
But he who gathers by labor will increase.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
13 He who despises the word will be destroyed,
But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
Proverbs 13:7-13 NKJV