Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Son!

My son is 26 today! Here's a recent picture of him with his daughter Allessa~~who is looking mighty cute in her Halloween costume. :-)
Robert has impressed me with his love and caring toward her. And he works hard at his temp agency job. May this coming year bring him good and steady employment with benefits! (and I KNOW I'm not the only mother sending up this prayer!)

I LOVE turquoise, carnelian and copper, don't you? The colors just pop out and make you smile~~

May you have a solidly good week. As we recover from Thanksgiving feasting, family visits and travel, may you feel His presence and anticipate the celebration of His birth!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thank You God

Father God thank You for this day! It's early now, and soon I'll be immersed in the hustle of Thanksgiving with a big family. Thank you so for my kids. I may not get to be with them all today, but you know that I'll be thinking of them...and enjoying the ones who could be with us.

Thank you for my husband. And his good health this year after the kidney and prostate surgeries of last year. It's been so good. Quietly and wonderfully good.

Thank you for my job. It may give me buckets of stress and challenges, but I'm glad to have it, and am so grateful for my coworkers.

Thank you for my country. May this next year be one of healing and strengthening.

Thak you for my church family! They continue to support me, bolster me, help me focus on You.

Thank you for my home. So many people have lost their homes. One of my patients last week worked for the mortgage industry. She's lost her job and house. She wasn't sure if she'd be able to pay her apartment rent this month. Be with her and all who are in similar situations.

Thank you for my friends~~~and I've been blessed with so many! Especially since I've started blogging. This medium shows me that we love to reach out and encourage. I know that You reach so many this way. I thank You. And praise You!!!

In Jesus' strong and holy name, I pray. Amen.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Random Facts Post

Sue, my dear friend from work, has posted on her blog for me to divulge seven random facts about myself. OK, everyone go to sleep right now!! I am so not exciting.

1. I'm half Polish (my Mom) and half Czech (my Dad).

2. I hate corn on the cob.

3. I talk to myself frequently. And answer myself. But I never argue with myself!

4. I'm a faithful flosser. ( I told you I'm way way boring!)

5. I weight train and my biceps are pretty durn impressive for a 51-year-old bookworm.

6. I'm proficient in building a fire in our woodstove.

7. I can make my dogs do almost anything for peanut butter spread on dog biscuits.

Now that was SOOOO fascinating! You may all wake up now and promise me you will have a great weekend. OK?


A resin pendant that is now at Studio 41 Galleryand I hope that it will be a special gift for someone this Christmas. I really pondered for days what three words I wanted featured on this pendant. Words are powerful. I wanted to use them to inspire and lift up.

We saw the movie "Twilight" today! Since I'm a big fan of the books, I followed along with no problem and I loved it. My husband, who had read 6 chapters in the book said that he had no problem following it, but he preferred the James Bond movie we saw last week~lol! He did enjoy Twilight, just not enough secret agents and bombs!

May you all have the most wonderful Thanksgiving week, my friends. I have so much to be thankful for. I pray that you do too.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dr S Visit

Dr. S is my endocrinologist. She's an amazing Dr who listens to me and has worked with me to fight my Graves disease~~a hyperthyroid disorder. She's been letting me take medicine for 4 years to calm it down, and recently encouraged me to go off of the meds to see if my thyroid could handle things on its own...3 months ago! So far, so good. Woo hooo!!!

Dr. S likes my earrings, so every visit I bring her a new pair. It's the least I can do for a great doctor.

I hope you all have great doctor(s) in your lives~~and may this weekend be a weekend of renewal as we get ready for the Thanksgiving feast. Bless you all!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Have a Blessed Week~

May you "Dream" and "Wish" this week and see miracles occur!

Peace and joy to you all~

Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy Bday Earrings

My niece Allie had a birthday this week! Hope she likes this present~~~

Have a blessed weekend, my friends. I'm getting my mammogram on Saturday~~woo hoo!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

May You Be....

Hello All!
Had the bestest time at Studio 41Open House Friday night. Sold two pieces (!) and talked and laughed and had fun all evening~~what a blessing.

Here's the latest pendant, inspired by Cindy Forrester. I know it's not the same as the pieces she makes, but her fearless way of soldering organic quirky jewelry inspires me to "move out of my box" a bit. And I had fun with this. The inscription around the jasper rectangle reads "May You Be The Song In My Heart" and that was inspired by a favorite Tim Hughes song, "When the Tears Fall".

Here are the words to that song:

I've had questions, without answers
I've known sorrow, I have known pain
But there's one thing, that I'll cling to
Your are faithful, Jesus You're true

When hope is lost, I'll call You Savior
When pain surrounds, I'll call You healer
When silence falls, You'll be the song within my heart

In the lone hour of my sorrow
Through the darkest night of my soul
You surround me and sustain me
My defender, forevermore

I will praise You, I will praise You
When the tears fall, still I will sing to You
I will praise You Jesus praise You
Through the suffering still I will sing.

Beautiful song. Beautiful words. May your week be blessed~~~~

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Two Lunches~~

I've had a full fun day today! My friend Kate and I went to the Carnelian Tea Room in Benicia and had a delicious early lunch~~Butternut Squash soup and Ginger Peach tea! Oh yeah~~

Then I went to Applebees to have a later lunch with my friend Dianne~~I'M STUFFED!

Boy was that fun~~~!

Here's a pair of earrings that I made for the gallery~~~

If anyone here is in Benicia, CA tommorrow night from 6-9 PM, stop by Studio 41and say hi to me, OK???

I hope you all are enjoying good fall weather~~already November 6 and time is flying by! God bless you~~

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Awesome Saturday

We had an wonderful Saturday! First, we worked at the church work party. Here's a pic of our Fellowship Hall with my DH and his friend high high high up on ladders taking down a heavy speaker. Gulp. It all went OK, thank you Jesus!

Then we went to the Post Office to order our passports. One of my DH's daughters lives in Alcala, Spain, which is near Madrid. She's been asking us to visit her for 5 years, and we get the chance this spring! wooo hooo! I've never been any farther away than Mexico, so this is big. Except I found out that my birth certificate isn't legal for a passport~~~rats!!! So we have to order another one from North Carolina! Yep, my Dad was a Marine at Camp Lejeune when I was born. Anyway, wish me luck that we get everything in time!! We already bought our tickets for Spain!!

Later we had a wonderful dinner at Fresh Choice~~yummy salad and more place.

Wait a second! Who are these boorish louts?? Disgusting! Revolting!! I'm calling the management...oh wait, that's my DD and SIL!! They are a bit nutty~ They had dinner with us--how fun!

A wonderful Saturday, if I do say so myself!
May your week be blessed by He who we love and follow. And be sure to VOTE!