Thursday, February 4, 2016

Full Hearts

Hi Sweet Friends

It's been a busy season around here
Having Madi home has been good
But challenging as well

Trying to balance medications and moods
Lots of restless and sleep deprived nights

But, my heart is full
And I'm thankful for all that my Lord
Is teaching me during this time

Last week I ordered a sweet heart
From Stephanie's Etsy shop
It arrived and is making it's debut in my LR

It's hanging on one side of my entertainment center
I love looking at it

On the other side of the entertainment center
I hung some smaller hearts
That I handmade last year
I just added them to ribbon so I could hang them this year

I love little plant sticks
And have had these two for years
I love hearts so these get two votes for loving
I just added them to a vintage glass bottle
And used red/white candy to hold them

Candy is a fun way to decorate, I say
You get to have a snack now and again
AND, you don't have to find a place to store it

A small heart wreath on the front door
Just a sweet little welcome
I love the two little birds
But just realized that they are facing away from each other
Hmmm...need to change that tomorrow :)

My Heart was FILLED the other day
When I had unexpected guests
They were only in Phoenix for 30 minutes
But my friends from Texas stopped by
On their way to CA
Madi wasn't sure about the 'camera' being used
But at least I got a great photo of my friends

Although we only had a few minutes to share
My Heart was Filled with Love and Joy
For these moments
Thank you Bill and Susan for the HUGS!!!

Susan told me that everybody needs
At least one 20 second hug a day to stay healthy
Well, I don't often get any hugs
LOVED that I got several on Saturday!!!

Another unexpected 'hug' came in the mail today
My blog friend 'DEB' surprised me with
A sweet package filled with Valentine JOY

Thank You Deb
I felt that hug as well

So, I have a full heart
A heart full of Love

And, although I didn't take a photo
I made myself a cake last night
(Haven't made a cake in ages)
Now, I'm going to have myself a piece

May you have a blessed weekend ahead

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I'm A Plumber...

Hi Sweet Friends

It feels SO good to be back
My kiddo is home
Update HERE

Over the weekend I noticed that there was water
On the floor in my Master bathroom
I realized it was coming from under the toilet
I knew exactly what the problem was
However, I didn't have time to repair it immediately

On Tuesday morning
I got up and ran over the Ace
Picked up a wax ring
And came home to repair the problem

I watched a couple of YouTube videos
Just to make sure I knew how to replace the ring

Let me just say here
Toilets are Heavy
Nuf said :)

After turning off the water
Unscrewing the bolts and the water supply
From the bottom of the tank
I lifted the toilet and moved it off the seal

I spent several minutes
Cleaning off the old wax seal
Cleaning the area around it
And cleaning the floor

(How do things get so dirty when they are not open to the air?)

I replaced the wax ring and cup with a new set
Then came the hard part
I had to lift the toilet again
Get is set correctly on those bolts
This was a bit of a challenge
Because I had to hold the toilet until each
Of the wholes were centered over the bolts

My suggestion:
Have a bit of help when you do this part

After resetting the toilet
I cleaned everything up

I reconnected the water and bolts
40 minutes and the job was Done
I hope I don't have to do that again
For a long while

You all know I have a little shopping addiction - LOL
I purchased a sweet heart on an etsy site
And it arrived today

Is one of my favorite Etsy Sites
You can see her beautiful items here

Not only did I receive the hand made heart
Stephanie added a sweet journal
Just in time for me to start writing
Down all of the wonderful Blessings
That God has blessed me with

1. Madi is Home and safe
2. My toilet is not leaking
3. I have a Terrific Job that I Love

Those will be the first blessings I will write in my new
Blessings Journal

Thank you Stephanie

May you all be blessed
And find JOY in the little things

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Thank Yous, Clarifications and Prayer Requests

Hello My Dear Blog Friends

It is hard to believe I have not opened my laptop
Since the 9th of January
The past two weeks have been
Scary and Busy

1. Thank You:

     I would humbly like to thank each person who has contacted me via email, text, phone, FB or through my blog to offer prayers and good thoughts. Your encouragement is what is getting me through this terribly difficult season with my youngest son.
I honestly don't know how people get through a crisis without prayer, family and friends. I know I covet your prayers and especially your encouraging words. So, thank you again and always!!

2. Clarification:

     It is a difficult task to relay my heart through the written word.  On my last post (at Loving Madi), I shared that I would attempt to use female pronouns when referring to my son, as that is what he would like. Also, I mentioned that I would try to call him Madi.
     I realize that many may have misunderstood my intention and my stance on the subject of having a son who would like to be a girl. Please let me clarify, if that is really possible.
    My son, who is 30 years old, has recently told me and the world that he is transgender and wants to go through the process of becoming female. I have been a mess since that day, September 21, 2015. I have prayed and cried out to the Lord to help him see that his choice is sinful and, in my opinion, will cause him a life of pain. Yet, so far, he has not changed his mind, in fact, he is stronger and more determined than ever.
     In my attempt to help him through his pain, I decided to show love (God's love and Grace) to him by using female pronouns and his new chosen name of Madi.  This does NOT mean that I have changed my opinion about him being transgender. I do not agree with it, I do not understand it, I do not condone it.  My heart is still broken about it, I am grieving, and praying, no pleading with God to help him, I cannot change my opinion about his choice. BUT, I can choose GRACE! I can show love and respect for his choice.
     He will always know that I am here for him, that I will always be truthful with him about my thoughts, he will always see God's love for him and God's grace for him through me. I will never turn my back on the truth's I believe are written in God's Word, yet I have to find ways to have peace in my home and keep my son from ending his life because of the pain he is in.
     It is possible that you may not agree with me or the way I have chosen to face this trial, but at least you know where I stand and why I am making the choices I am making.
     None of us has any idea of how we will handle a situation until that situation is staring us in the face. When the rubber meets the road, so to speak.
     I Never thought I'd have to face this, but it is here, in my home and I have to walk it out the best way I know how.  I may be wrong, but I'm praying through it and will listen intently for my Father's voice in the midst.

3. Prayer Request:
     Madi has been in the hospital for 9 days, 'She' was suicidal and homicidal. Threats were made and she needed to be in a place where she is safe. 
      a. Prayers are requested for a proper diagnosis (right now schizophrenia is a possibility)
      b. Correct medication and dosing for treatment
      c. Wisdom for her medical team
      d. Wisdom for housing and living arrangements
      e. Peace for me and for her
      f. God's protection and Grace

Thank you Again!

Now, I am hoping in the days ahead, I will feel more awake and at peace so I can start blogging happily again!

May you have a Blessed Week Ahead

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Post Holiday Re~Styling

Hi Sweet Friends
And Welcome to my first post
Of 2016

Christmas d├ęcor has finally all been
Packed and put away for another year
And it's time to start
Cleaning and re~styling the house

Today I started in the Living room
Dust is something that I try not to collect
But there certainly was a lot of it to wash away

I'm not able to get a full width photo of the
But these three give you the idea of what it looks like

With the exception of the quilts
I tried to keep everything light and white
I'm pleased with the top of the area for now
I'm sure spring will bring more changes
But for now ~ it's a good thing

The quilt above was made and gifted to me
By a friend a few days ago
It does have special meaning
Which I may share another time
But for today
It became inspiration to re~style
The opposite side of my LR

I'm am putting myself on a spending freeze
Due to some upcoming changes in my life
So I really had to be creative
And shop my house to find the best pieces
To use in the entry

Pulling in white and bits of blue
Is a challenge for me
But I was surprised at how much I do have

I've had this IKEA Expedit for many years
It has been serving as storage for
My 3 K's toys and books
However, now that they are older
I can start to use it for more display items

I purchased the above art from my friend Melanie
And love how it works with the quilt and theme

I'm not super experienced at styling
So gentle suggestions are always welcome

I'll be heading to my mom's on Sunday
To help her clean and decorate her bedroom

Praying you all have a blessed weekend
I'm hoping to blog more on a regular basis
And definitely looking forward to visiting you
More often!!!

You bless my heart
And keep me headed in the right direction
And in 2016
That is Forward!!

Thank you for stopping by
I am praying for you this week


Sharing at The Enchanting Rose

New post at
Loving Madi

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Birthdays, New Year, and Letting Go

Hello Sweet Blog Friends
Can you believe that it is time
To Celebrate A New Year
And New Beginnings
Isn't the saying true:
The older I get
The faster time goes by
Today would have been my hubby's
66th birthday
He has now celebrated 5 birthday's in heaven
(if they do that there)
But mostly
I have remembered him
For 5 birthday's here on earth
This year
My heart is ready to let go
Not of the precious memories that we created together
But of the 'holding on'
J. C. Watts once said:
"It doesn't take a lot of strength to hang on,
It takes a lot of strength to let go".
I believe that is very true
As I have prayed my way through
The past 5 years
And especially this past Christmas season
My heart has been strengthened
And is ready to 'Let Go'
My dear Mark,
I will always carry the precious memories
Of your smiling face, your silly grin
And your quiet voice
The 30 plus years God blessed us with
Are treasured and tucked away
In the depths of my heart
The tender moments
The crazy adventures
And even the silly disagreements
Our secrets are held together by God's love
Our hopes and dreams for the future
Securely locked in His Plans
You my Love
Will never be forgotten
But it's time to let go of the
Pain and Grief that have held captive my
Earthly future
The plans I know God still holds for me to take
You my Love
Are safely in your eternity
And now it is time for me
To live out God's plan
I have no clear view of this road ahead
I know that I have challenges to face
But I also know
I do not walk this journey alone
"The Lord has gone before me
And He will be my read guard".
Isaiah 52:12
I trust in Him
Happy Birthday My Love
Happy New Year to You
My Sweet Blog Friends
I'm letting go
I'm trusting God
I cannot wait to see
What HE has planned
Prayers to you All
For a Wonderfully Blessed
Creative, Healthy and Happy 2016