Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sunday Morning - Christmas Blessings

 I wish I could send each of you a
Christmas Card.


Sharing Christmas in such
a personal way
would be such a

Since that isn't a reality
I'm sending 
warm wishes
"My Heart's Song"

Merry Christmas to All!

(graphic by My Heart's Song)

Numbers 6: 24-26
‘May the Lord bless and protect you; 
may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; 
may he be gracious to you, 
show you his favor, 
and give you his peace.’

Blessings, Sweet Friends. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies - A Yummy Recipe

I told you I wanted to bake something 
and I did.

This recipe makes about 36 cookies ... and they're Yummy!

These Gingerbread Cookies have the spicy flavor you expect, 
only they are soft and chewy.
They go well with Coffee.

Enjoying the Season
and hope
you are too!

Blessings, Sweet Friends.

PS:  These Cookies passed the Mom and Buzz test...They Loved Them!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Decorating - Old & Familiar

The old and familiar
making our home feel like Christmas.

With our smaller space, we don't go Full Blown
like we did when our kids were small,
but as Buzz says,
 it still
 "Looks Like Us". 


Now, all I need to do is bake some gingerbread.  :)

Finding JOY in the journey!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas - A Season of Rejoicing & Reflection


We're preparing for Christmas at our house, and this one is 
extra special because my Mother is with us.

Through the years, her incredible example has been 
the guiding light for our family.

Strength and Honor are her clothing ... Proverbs 31:25

(Graphic by My Heart's Song ...Using Graphic from"The Graphics Fairy"


Her relationship with God is 

Of her, it will be said - 

"well done, good and faithful servant ... 
come and share your master's happiness!"   
Matthew 25:21

She not only knows about Him, she knows Him personally,
and the sobering words from Matthew 7:23 
will never cross her ears.

Matthew 7:21-23 (TLB)

 “Not all who sound religious are really godly people....
 At the Judgment, many will tell me, ‘Lord, Lord, we told others about you 
and used your name to cast out demons and to do many other great miracles.’ 
 But I will reply,You have never been mine. Go away, for your deeds are evil.’

As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christmas
will you join us in not only Knowing about Him,
but Knowing Him in a real and personal way;
just like my Mother.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Front Porch Progress ... Slowly but Surely

We have a cover over our porch.

It was quite a chore, but together, Buzz and I managed to get it done.

 Mobile Home Communities
generally have restrictions on what you 
can and can not do,
so we were thrilled when they approved our plans.

Since we had saved most of the metal and lumber 
from our old porch, the expense was minimal.

We may have spent an additional $200.00  
which is pretty amazing since it would have been
about $1200.00 to build one from scratch
(according to community regulations).

The boardwalk was Buzz's idea.
It extends from our carport to the shed
and cost us about $80.00

We purchased recycled lumber from
Habitat for Humanity's Restore Shop
2x4s, 2x6s & 2x8s

The lumber isn't pressure treated, so we've stained it
with an oil base stain & will maintain as needed.

Our porch is 8x16
(the largest we can have here)

With the furniture moving in, 
it feels like we've just added a room to our house.

We've weather proofed the furniture
with exterior paints/stains
and covered the cushions with drop cloth fabric.

How do you like the orange stripes?
(they match our door)

We're trying to get ready for our
Thanksgiving Guests
are feeling
that things are 
coming together.

I'll share more about what we've done on the porch as time goes by.

Thank You for Following Along.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas Advent - Free Graphic

Finding TRUE Joy in the Journey to Christmas

Free Graphic just for YOU!
(This is a jpeg graphic ... copy & enjoy)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Morning - Psalm 91:4

Our tears are the words our heart can't say.

“There is a sacredness in tears.  They are not the mark of weakness but of power.  
They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.”  
 - Washington Irving

Hope in God
He is Faithful

Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your
shield and rampart. 

Blessings, Sweet Friends!

Praying for Paris
Praying for the World

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Melodie's Little Farmhouse - Mudroom and Banquette

I hope you've enjoyed all the features on "Melodie's Little Farmhouse" as much as I've enjoyed sharing them with you.  Having a sneak peek into this very special world has been so inspiring.  This couple's "Go For It" attitude proves that great style can be achieved on a budget in any home. 

Don't you think they make a wonderful team?

Now, get ready for the final feature...
they haven't disappointed.

Melodie's Mudroom 

I know this doesn't look much like a mudroom,
but let me explain.

When I started sharing Melodie's farmhouse
with you, the corner of her mudroom looked like

It was gorgeous 

but Melodie said they wanted a place 
to have their meals besides the dining room. 

She said she'd been mulling over the idea of 
building a banquette and asked me what I thought.  
"Great Idea" is what I thought!

She said I encouraged her to go for it, 
but I don't think it took much encouraging.

Look what they did in a few short days!

New to the Farmhouse

If you look at some previous features, 
you'll notice they've rehung these doors 
Barn Door Style;
Perfect For Their Farmhouse.

They have a nice view into the
Kitchen & Living Room 
from their new banquette.

How They Did It

 You'll see this plywood planking on several walls in their home. 
It's great to see exactly how they did it.

They used a similar technique 
on their plywood floors.

Budget Friendly Furniture

Nothing has been lost ...
They still have a space by the back door
for boots and coats.

Every inch of their World
Inside & Out

 "They are,
-quoting their neighbor


We are in Awe!

Don't miss a thing in this beautiful Home!

Dining Room

Living Room

Master Suite

Guest Quarters


Want to see more?

February 2013 Features

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday Morning - Psalm 27:17

Today, I am grateful for YOU!

(graphic by My Heart's Song)


Thank You!

Even though we've never met,
you have
blessed & inspired 
me in so many ways.


 I love our little Blogging Community.

God is so Good!

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