Sunday, September 19, 2021

See You Again Soon!

  

Hello There!
As I've been sharing in previous posts, for the last several months our family has been preparing for a major change.  This week we are implementing the changes.  Afterwards, I'm sure we will all need a period of adjustment and recuperation in the coming weeks.  I wish I could be more transparent, but I am trying to respect the privacy of our family.  I'm sure you understand.  
As we move forward, I've made the difficult decision to take at least through the month of October off from blogging.  I actually have a lump in my throat as I pen these words...
Though I will not be posting, I hope to dropping in on your blogs.  For those of you with Instagram accounts, you can see updates on Scriptures that have spoken to me, my reading life,  new fiber acquitions, progress on various projects as well as my digital gratitude journal on my private account:  miaismine22.  All you need do is request to follow me.    
Chico wanted in on tonight's post!  This is the QAYG Hexagon project that has been giving me some sanity!  :)

For now take care, God bless you and see you again soon!  



Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication (Wednesdays)

The Loop Scoop hosted simultaneously by
Petals to Picots and Moogly

Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation

I Like @ Not Afraid of Color (Thursday)

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict (Friday)

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Jeremiah, Reading, Stitching and Gratitude




Hello There!
A Bit Overwhelmed
I hope you're doing well!  Life has been quite hectic as we move into the final phases of familial transitions (more on Instagram).  We are quite busy and exhausted -both physically and emotionally.  This fibromyalgia warrior is hurting in more ways than one.    
I am somewhat successful keeping up up with commenting on link ups and responding to comments.  My apologies if I am delayed in these areas.  To the many hostesses of link ups, "Thank you!"  To the party attendees, I will respond and comment as soon as I can.  I know my loving blogging community understands!  💓
Housekeeping Stuff
Writing a lengthy post once a week vs. three concise posts a week is certainly helpful, but I wonder if it is cumbersome for readers.  
To address this and respect your precious time, I have added links within my posts, akin to a table of contents.  (This website was very helpful.)  I'll include it in my weekly posts.  If you're short on time, simply click on the section you wish to read.  Conversely, you can also read the whole post if you like.  
I hope you enjoy this new format!  

The Weekly Word - is a short devotional that sometimes becomes a Bible Study series.  
My Reading Life - is filled with current, completed and upcoming reads as well as short reviews.      
My Stash Report and To Do Tuesday is where I'll share share stats regarding my fiber usage and acquisitions, goals met/lack thereof and photos of my projects. 
Gratitude Journal - Sometimes I get lost in my own stinky thinking.  This digital journal reminds me to count my blessings!    


My sweet reader, if this verse is true and I certainly believe it is, then God knew us since the time we were in the womb!  He knew Jeremiah and had a plan of his life – which Jeremiah accepted.  I truly don’t know enough theology to get into predestination and free will.  But I do know that God formed me and knew me in the womb.  He has to have had a plan for my life – and yours.

Jeremiah was being called as a prophet, yet he felt inadequate - as do many of us who are called may feel.  Perhaps, especially in challenging times, we feel inadequate or ill-equipped to handle the situation at hand. But, let us remember that God not oly formed us, but He knew us in the womb.  He knew our current situation would happen. And, just as he provided for so many in the Bible, He will provide for us!  

Can you imagine God – GOD – touching our mouths with His very hand!?  The LORD saw Jeremiah’s heart and reached out with a touch and words of reassurance: “I have put My words in your mouth.”  Oh my God!  Let this be our prayer!  May Your words be in our mouths!  As we go through challenges, if God’s words are in our mouths, they have to be in our minds as well!  If we can only remember this verse, then how much stronger will we be able to stand against any challenge life throws at us? 

If we take verse 18 literally, we are fortified, we are an iron pillar, we are a bronze wall! Through God’s touch, we can stand against situations and people that seem so much more powerful and numerous than us! 

Even though we will still face our challenges, we will not be overcome! Why not? Because God is with us and will rescue us! He declares this!

At this point in my devotionals, I usually exhort you to forth with confidence in our LORD, but sometimes this is excruciating. And that’s ok. Remember, God is the God of all comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

As one of my loved ones recently said:  I’m on my knees with my hands up.  It’s ok.  Sometimes we face the battle with broken hearts and tears running down our cheeks.  But joy comes in the morning.  (Psalm 30:5)

We draw strength from the confidence we have knowing that God has known us since were in the womb, He knows the challenges we will face as well as how inadequate we may feel.  But remember:  Feelings are not fact.  Draw strength that He has touched us, given us His words to speak and made us strong.  Perhaps, even more comforting is the fact that we know even as we fight our way through the battle, He is with us and will rescue us!  My dear reader, today I’m writing to myself as well as to you.  Blessings to you!



My Reading Life


Currently Reading


Finished
Three of my four finishes were audio books!  They have kept me company as I go about my daily chores, sew and crochet and travel from my home to Daddy and Mama's home.  What would we do without books?  


Kindred gripped me from the very beginning.  Octavia E. Butler, where have you been all my life?  I will be reading more of her works.  ★★★★
Truth be told, Not Perfect drove me nuts in the beginning.  As I began to see Tabitha with compassion, I was able to appreciate her circumstances and even sigh at the end of this read.  ★★★
Fredrik Backman Anxious People also confused me in the beginning, however, I persevered and fell in love with the book. ★★★★★ 
A Man Called Ove was the first book I was fortunate enough to read by this author.  After reading Anxious People, I have definitely found another author whose work I enjoy so much that I have begun collecting his past books for my personal library. 
The Giver of Stars was another phenomenal read that hooked me on the author.  ★★★★★ 
Next few books 
 

I just heard about The Clutter Connection at Colleta's Kitchen Sink and had to add it to be started very soon!

Yarny numbers
I've purchased three more skeins of Tranquil for my afghans in progress as well as this wonderful yarn by Yarn Bee to make my daughter some new dishcloths.  Combined with 1" strips of tulle that I had on hand, these will make great scrubbers!  


Fabric numbers
Look at this oh-so-pretty 30's Playtime layer cake I picked up from Nancy at Treehouse Fat Quarters.  She has fabulous prices and is extremely helpful, kind and professional!  
My sweet daughter immediately kitted it for me to make the Step It Up quilt found in The Jolly Bar Volume 3.   I already finished the first step - it literally took about 20 minutes!  
Now I will sew through the layer cake in no particular order, attaching the "T" to the blocks.  Then, again in no particular order sew up my rows, join them and the flimsy should be finished!  This is exactly what I need, a bit of mindless sewing!  
I was so grateful to my daughter that she told me all I need do is visit her and she would be happy to kit quilts for me!  How sweet is she?!  

Productivity Stats

Last Week's List
- Sunday Slow Stitching:  Get through at least 2 colors of this mitten set and continue with my daily QAYG Hexagons.  I also want to pick my Slow Stitching Christmas project/next project.  I kept up with my QAYG Hexagons, but not with picking a Christmas project or my mitten set.  
  
-   Crochet:  This will be my long-term goal:  Progress on both Tranquil afghans and make more dishcloths.  I've made a bit of progress on one of the Tranquil afghans and dishcloths.  
- Machine Sewing:  Prep Melva's next block:  Grandmother's Block.  Who knows?  Maybe I'll even have time to get her stitched up?  :)   This goal wasn't met either.  
Part of this week was spent with my parents and the rest was spent resting and catching up on chores at home.  This month I've chosen to set goals, but be gentle with myself.  
This Week's List
- Sunday Slow Stitching:  Keep up with my daily QAYG Hexagons.  Work on my mittens.  
-   Crochet:  This will be my long-term goal:  Progress on both Tranquil afghans and make more dishcloths.  
- Machine Sewing:  Prep and stitch Melva's Grandmother's Block.    
- Machine Sewing:  Finish Step It Up flimsy.   

Gratitude Journal

Here's a few songs that have encouraged me this week!
Cindy from Cindy's Book Corner shared this beautiful song, My Jesus,  with me.  Isn't it lovely?  
I've been listening to Be Alright a lot this week.  


This is a Mini Mondo Bag 
I picked up years ago at Be Sew Creative.     
My daughter showed me this meal in a box that her family likes.  She simply adds the sausage for an easy meal!  

My little sister makes sure Mama always has fresh flowers.

Doesn't this look like a fun, delicious breakfast?

Great ideas...if only I could remember to implement them!  🤣🤣

This bookazine is a relaxing read for us bookaphiles! 
 "Oh Reader is a magazine about reading, for and by readers. It looks deep into the art of reading—why we do it, how it affects us, who we are when we read, and how we’re all connected through words.."
  

My family tells me I keep my home too cold.  My thermostat is set between 72 and 74 degrees. 
Maybe they're right? 
Chico is snuggled in with a cuddly blanket
my son gave him!  
I hope you all have a blessed week! Until next time, take good care!
Perhaps you'll visit these linky parties I sometimes link up to when I have quilting/crochet/books to share:  

Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication (Wednesdays)

The Loop Scoop hosted simultaneously by
Petals to Picots and Moogly

Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation

I Like @ Not Afraid of Color (Thursday)

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict (Friday)

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

How Do YOU Make Decisions?, Reading, Stitching and Gratitude

  

Hello There!
I'm so glad you're here!  In The Weekly Word we will look at the three ways I make decisions and, hopefully, you will share how you make decisions in your life!  In My Reading Life, I've actually finished several books and starting some great new ones!  I'm changing a bit about My Stash Report as I've started a new project that merits changes!  I'm glad to check off items from To Do Tuesday!  You know, Kathy's Sunday Slow Stitching link up fuels my love for hand sewing!  
What would we do without finding a bit of joy and gratitude?  I hope you enjoy this week's Gratitude Journal !  After I respond to your comments, I look forward to visiting your blogs as well! 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Choose This Day, Reading, Stitching and Gratitude

 

Hello There!
I'm so glad you're here!  In The Weekly Word we will look at who we choose to serve - our present and future or the demons of our past.  In My Reading Life , I've actually finished several books and starting some great new ones!  I'm changing a bit about My Stash Report as I've started a new project that merits changes!  I'm glad to check off items from To Do Tuesday!  You know, Kathy's Sunday Slow Stitching link up fuels my love for Sunday Slow Stitching!  
What would we do without finding a bit of joy and gratitude?  I hope you enjoy this week's Gratitude Journal After I respond to your comments, I look forward to visiting your blogs as well! 

The Weekly Word
Joshua 24:14 has so much wisdom to offer us!  As I re-read it, this first part stuck to me:  choose this day who you will serve.  
In this instance, I chose to look at Joshua 24:13a as this:  Who will I serve? the demons of my past or the God of my present and future?  

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Foreigners, Reading, Stitching and Gratitude

Hello There!
I'm so glad you're here!  In The Weekly Word we will look at what the Bible says about foreigners.  In the Reading Life  section I'm excited to share some great books.  My Stash Report remains, but I am sewing again!  I met some of my To Do Tuesday goals and am making progress on my Sunday Slow Stitching mittens.  My Gratitude Journal continues to ground me in gratefulness and the art of seeking joy in everyday events.   I hope you enjoy your visit!  After I respond to your comments, I look forward to visiting your blogs as well! 

The Weekly Word

I wrote about a book, Barrio America by A. K. Sandoval-Strausz here, but wanted to share a Scripture he shared as a beginning quote that has inspired this post. 

As a Latina, as a woman, as a person, I have been shocked, hurt and angered by the intolerant, racists comments I've heard on the news spoken by our leaders, heard in my community, even spoken by my neighbors and friends.  What is so sad is that most of these people are even unaware of their biases!  This post may anger some of you, but that's ok because I've listened to so many speak their truth, now it's time to speak mine.
Some foreigners, refugees are hurting people who are fleeing their countries seeking safety, shelter and a future for themselves and their children.  Or perhaps they have all these things.  Perhaps there basic needs are met and they are simply seeking a new, improved life for their families.  Whatever the reason, they are to be treated with Christ's love.  In face, Jesus was a refugee!  

People who look different from us are not weaker. Nor should we lump them into one characteristic. We are all created in God's image, so when we make racists comments, what are we saying about God himself? When we refuse to show love and kindness to foreigners, refugees and those who look different from us, what are we saying about God Himself ?

When I read Leviticus 34:19 I was pleasantly surprised that God Himself would address this topic.  Then I realized there are many verses welcoming immigrants, refugees with the love of Christ (If you're interested, explore this page, or here).  
As I explored sources for this post, this post from Natalie Regoli at Connect Us stood out.  In fact, I wrote many drafts for this post, but Regoli's article is very well written, explaining my heart completely.  
Though this post may not be as eloquent or fully explain my heart, I do pray we, as foreigners on this earth learn to treat foreigners, refugees and those who look different from us, with compassion and grace - much like the grace our Father has shown us.  
Will we be His army?

Reading Life

As  you can see from the list at the end of my posts, I link up to several reading linky parties!  
You can click on the books' images to be directed to a review page on  Goodreads.  :)
Currently Reading
With all the changes in life these days, my granddaughter and I have skipped a week/two of our book club.  However, we were able to meet yesterday and had a blast playing "Guess the Capitals of the States" game as well as discussing our book, Island of the Blue Dolphins!  
The Midnight Library came in from my own library, so that one has priority to finish as there are others requesting it.  The Invisible Husband of Frick Island has been such an entertaining read for my Buddy Read!  I picked up another audio book from Libby, Whose Names Are Unknown and am already pulled into the story.  
Finished
It was nice to switch to a lighter read this week!  Alice's attitude about living adventures rather than simply reading about them was refreshing.  I enjoyed reading about her growth as a person, Lillie's guidance and wisdom were a fabulous addition to the book.  A definite four star read!
Next few books 
I am slowly working my way alphabetically through my TBR list at Goodreads  by finding audiobooks available on Libby.  With my trips to see Mama and Daddy, this is a great opportunity to read.  😉 We Hope For Better Things is one of those golden finds!  

My Stash Report

 is a Sunday Stash link up at Quilt, Paint and Create where we share our stats regarding our fiber usage and acquisitions. The Slow Stitching Sunday link up is a place where we share our hand sewing projects.  I find I need some slow stitching  every day!  
  
Yarny numbers
 No real changes here -
or here.....
Productivity Stats
I've almost finished my second set of mittens!  
The final Qube Crush blocks are finished! 
 

To Do Tuesday

 is a link up party in which we cheer each other on as we share the progress/lack thereof regarding our weekly goals!  Thank you Chris @ Chris Knits for hosting!  
Last Week's List
-  Sunday Slow Stitching:  Finish the mittens.   Almost there!  Perhaps by next week!
-  Crochet:  Progress on my afghan/s and dishcloths. Goal completed!
-  Machine Sewing:  Prep for Melva's Pieces of the Past Sewalong. Barely finished in time for this post! 
This Week's List
- For my Sunday Slow Stitching I'm hoping to finish my mitten set!  
-   Crochet:  This will be my long-term goal:  Progress on my afghan/s and dishcloths. 
- Machine Sewing:  Stitch up and link Melva's Pieces of the Past Sewalong
Except for Melva's Sew-a-Long and the final mitten set, I'm considering putting all my other projects on hold to begin focusing on Christmas sewing and crocheting.  Hopefully, that will stay the December sewing crunch!  🎄

My Gratitude Journal

I've always loved this corner art in my neighborhood.
This same person made good use of these beautiful bottles.
I wonder where they came from?
Our recent rains have lead to many beautiful blooms in our neighborhood!
I love this cute little burro that was by the register at a restaurant!
Poor Mia!  It's late afternoon and she's worried
about my husband as he's not home. 
She doesn't understand that he's working night shift tonight.....  

I hope you all have a blessed week!  Until next time, take good care!

Perhaps you'll visit these linky parties I sometimes link up to when I have quilting/crochet/books to share:  


The Loop Scoop hosted simultaneously by
Petals to Picots and Moogly




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