My One Word 2014

My One Word 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Kris's Spotlight

I am off line for a much needed rest
Below is the post I wrote for Kris'
Saturday Spotlight 06/28/2014

When I first received the email from Kris at Junk Chic Cottage asking me if I would be interested in being featured on her Saturday Spotlight, Life Behind The Blogger, I thought she had gotten the wrong email address. I fly my blog way under the radar so I was, quite frankly, shocked that she would ask. Thank you Kris for extending this honor to me and my little blog, I appreciate you so much!

My name is Cindy and I have been blogging at Consider It All Joy for 6 years.

Born and raised in Southern California you might say I lived a fairy tale kind of life, spending all of our free time at either, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm or the beach (Huntington, Newport or Balboa).  If I was afforded the opportunity now, I would definitely make my home on a beach somewhere in California.  But for now, I’ll just be happy to hang out in my own little piece of Paradise.  This fall I will be painting a full mural on the back wall behind the pool
(now that I've announced it, I HAVE to complete it)

At 21 my family purchased a restaurant in a small town near Lake Tahoe, CA where I eventually met and married the love of my life. Because his family came from and owned a large portion of Bodie, CA he wanted to get married there, (it is now a State Historic Park), so on May 16, 1981 that is exactly what we did.

Just 6 months into our marriage I found out I would not be able to have children. After numerous tests, sleepless night and months of tears, we decided that adoption would be our option. Our oldest son came into our lives when he was 21 months old; we were his 4th home and gratefully, his final home. Our youngest son was 4 months old when he came to us; we were told he was deaf, blind and paralyzed on his right side. We were told he would never walk, talk or live beyond a year or two. We were asked if we would just take him until they found an institution who would take him. Please, don’t get too attached they said, my heart was hooked, he is now 29, and even with all of his ‘deficits, I wouldn’t change anything for the world. 

Eventually life led us to Phoenix, AZ where we purchased our 1st and only house together. It’s a tiny 1100 sq ft (vintage~lol) 1979 tract house. It’s nothing special, except for the fact that we purchased it together and made it home.

I first began blogging as an outlet for a tough season I was walking through never thinking anybody would ever read what I wrote, however I began participating in on-line Bible studies and met some amazing women whom I can honestly say have become great friends, even in real life friends.

On Christmas Eve 2010, I awoke to find my husband of nearly 30 years, had passed away early that morning and my life changed forever. My world, as I had known it, fell apart and everything I had grown to love was turned upside down, including my blog.

During that season of grief it was my son’s and My 3 K’s (my granddaughters) who kept me semi-sane and able to put one foot in front of the other.

It has only been in the past 6 months or so that I have begun to actively pursue new hobbies which include, writing, photography, junkin’ and reviving my blog.  Those are just the types of things you will find on my blog. Family, photography, junk finds, decorating attempts and the like. I love the #3, C’s and K’s and pick them up when I find them. 

In the months ahead I do plan on updating my blog and re-naming it, it's a work in progress, as am I.  I do hope you will stop by and allow me to get to know you.

Kris, thank you again for this amazing opportunity! You are a Gem...

Monday, July 14, 2014

My K~Bug Turned 10

It's hard to believe that my sweet K~Bug
Turned 10 over the weekend
It seems just yesterday we were anxiously
Awaiting her arrival 
And now she's 10

It was such a treat for me to be able to host
Her 10 birthday party for our family
She wanted an Aqua Luau
And that is exactly what she got

Preparations were so much fun
I loved every minute of getting ready
To make her day special

This is just one of the many, many fun photos 
We took of the cousins that were here
We sure miss the 6 that live out of state
(Hint, Hint, don't you want to move to AZ?)

The pool was used for several hours
Even the adults had a blast

My K~Bug getting ready to open her gifts

Her new glasses case was a Hit!
Of course, anything from Justice is....

But those converse tennies
Brought some really Big Smiles too
She was so Happy with ALL of her gifts
Such a sweet, gracious, thankful and appreciative girl

Must have ankle bracelets for luau's
Thank you G for making them

Super Cup~Cakes 
Yummy :)

Showing off just a few of her many gifts

And at the end of the day
I think many of us
Felt just like my little K~Baby

Miss K~Bug
Your Nana loves you SO much
And I am SO proud of the lovely young lady you are becoming
I am also SO honored to be your Nana

Happy Monday Everybody!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Love Cousins

Don't you just LOVE when cousins 
Have the opportunity to hang out together?


These 6 cousins got to spend some time together today

And when I asked:
"Who wants to go swimming?"

We all had a Great day

And Saturday
We get to do it all again
To celebrate somebody's 
10th Birthday!!!

Happy Thursday

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I Created Today...

I'm not quite sure what got in to me today
But I decided to create
Just a little bit

Remember this photo from my kitchen failure a couple weeks ago
Well, I finally decided to take a different path

I was doing a bit of junkin' yesterday and found these great spoons
And this sweet wooden harp thingy
They fit nicely over the stove
So that is where they will stay for now
I may add a piece or two
But I kind of like the simplicity of these pieces

The above space has Never had 1 piece of decoration
On it in the nearly 20 years I have lived in my home
I just never thought about adding anything 

Last night I had an idea and stopped by Hobby Lobby
To purchase a few supplies
I am NOT an artist and don't consider myself very creative
But I thought I'd give something a try

I started with a blank canvas and came up with this
It is pretty much what I had in mind
I actually had fun and I like the end product

Before I hung the canvas I tried another new venture
I used Mod Podge (for the very first time)
And covered the wall with sheet music

I put the canvas up 
And then added these two bird hangers that I
Found at Hobby Lobby awhile ago for $1 each
For now I just added a couple of red heart pot holders
But I will probably add something else later

I do like the finished project
However, I just walked into the kitchen 
And felt a little over stimulated
I think I am more of a minimalist than I'd like to admit

The sheet music may possible get scraped off 
One of these days
I'll see how I feel in the days ahead

Now on to other news:
When my son walked in the kitchen he said:
"Mom, I want an all white kitchen"

Me too!!!

Yet, One of the last big home projects my husband did
Was to sand and refinish our kitchen cabinets
They are a beautiful light oak
And I do love them

I really do want an all white kitchen!

What do you think?
Is there any possible way you think I can put
Emotions aside and paint my cabinets????

Sharing at: Revisionary Life

Saturday, July 5, 2014

LuLu's Miracle

Do you remember when I asked:
Do You Believe God Can Answer Prayer

Here is an Update

On May 27, 2014 Lulu Martinez entered the hospital for another round of chemo
The family knew this would be a tough round
But they had no idea of the fight they would be in for

As Lulu received her chemo her numbers began to drop
This is typical for anyone going through chemo
Unfortunately for Lulu during this time of being
Totally immune suppressed
She got strep, high fevers and pneumonia

Doctor's did everything known to the medical world
With antibiotics and other treatments to help Lulu recover from these infections
Lulu did not respond and in fact got worse

Between June 15 and 16
Sweet Lulu was sedated and placed on a ventilator
In the days following Lulu got worse
She was on Full life support with absolutely No response

On June 18th Lulu crashed but was revived
Lulu's life was truly and fully in God's hands

For 18 days, hundreds, probably thousands of people
Most of whom have never met Lulu
Prayed, night and day
Prayed and believed for Lulu to wake up, move, respond

I am SO SO SO Grateful to post these words from Lulu's mom

July 3
Lulu Ysarua Martinez is off ventilator, talking to me and breathing on her own
July 5
Lulu Ysarua Martinez is being called a miracle. ..her strength has doctors in awe....we had doctors come meet us because they wanted to meet our girl...sisters are here talking her ear off...she is weak but determined to get home. ..laughter and love from the icu #lulustrong

I am in tears at God's Answered Prayer

Prayers are NOT always answered in this way
Sometimes the answers don't end up like this story
Today, I am so grateful for another amazing testimony
That I have the Privilege and Honor of sharing  


Let's keep praying for Precious Lulu
She still has a journey ahead of her