FOOD FOR THOUGHT - A DEVOTIONAL
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not
brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does
not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account
a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but
rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all thing, endures all things.
~~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ~~
The beautiful words of 1st Corinthians 13 remind us that love is God's commandment: "But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." Faith is important, of course. So, too, is hope. But, love is more important still. Christ showed His love for us on the cross, and, as Christians, we are called upon to return Christ's love by sharing it. Today, let us spread Christ's love to families, friends, and strangers by word and by deed.
When we do little acts of kindness that make life more bearable for someone else, we are walking in love as the Bible commands us. ~~ Barbara Johnson ~~
A Woman of Prayer - 365 Daily Devotions, Freeman-Smith LLC Publisher
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Finally, I had a relatively normal week. No one got sick, no one went to the hospital, and except for working about 75 hours at my sewing machine, it was as normal as weeks get around here. :-)
I've mentioned a time or ten that I'm trying to get a little cyber shop opened. I've asked myself at least a hundred times in the past week if I'm nuts. I never ever worked this hard when I had a real job. LOL It's hard to balance my time, but really, when you think about it, I needed to do something to help our finances and this isn't much different than if I'd gone out and gotten a job in an office somewhere.
OK. It's a little different. I didn't have to buy a new wardrobe. I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn and dress up and leave this house for ten hours. I don't have to fight traffic and I don't have to deal with a
I actually like my new boss - MOI!
Still, this is a huge life change for me - I'm accustomed to sewing and making things when the mood hits me. This is way different, but I'm honestly not complaining. I know how fortunate I am that I can do this.
So on Wednesday, Cameron finally went back to his little daycare group. In the past six weeks, that little guy has had his own things to deal with. First he got a new sister. Then his momma got very sick and went to the hospital and he and his sister stayed with me and Papa for several days. Then he got sick himself and spent four days in the hospital. And in between all those exciting events, he was cooped up inside the house all day long with Krissy and Avery. So I know he was very happy to see all his little daycare friends. It's a comfort to an almost three year old when his normal routine is reestablished.
Krissy and I took advantage of only having one kid and she took me to Red Lobster on Wednesday, for the thank-you lunch she'd promised me.
when you eat in a restaurant? :-)
You know, I could have sworn I'd shared the recipe for Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits ages and ages ago, but it's not listed in the recipe link in my sidebar, so apparently I didn't.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Mix Bisquick, milk and cheese until a soft dough forms. Drop by large spoonsful onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown. Mix melted butter and garlic powder. Brush mixture over biscuits before removing from baking sheet.
Makes one dozen Cheddar Bay biscuits
Krissy and I hadn't been to the mall in forever, so we went there after lunch. And of course we went to Jo-Ann's.
For, you know...some stuff I'm making for the shop
that I really am going to open...soon.
she gets more excited over cute fabric than I do.
She discovered all the adorable flannel - look at what she bought!
I'm not going to tell you what I'm doing with all this flannel, except to say it was Krissy's idea and I've been sewing with flannel all.weekend.long and am not half done. Sigh.
I imagine her husband is beginning to wish she'd stop going to craft and fabric stores with me. LOL
Yesterday, I asked Krissy and Cameron and Avery to come down and spend the day with me and Papa. Andy left early to go fishing with his best friend, and I knew she needed to get out of the house.
OK. I'm going to be very discreet in how I say this. OH MY GOSH, MY HOUSE WAS PANDEMONIUM ALL.DAY.LONG YESTERDAY! And then I got the bright idea to make a huge spaghetti dinner for all of us. And in the midst of all the noise and confusion and cooking, I sewed and sewed and sewed.
I think this photo of Chelsea says it better than I ever could.... I took this minutes after everyone left.
In a lot of ways, it really was a fun day. But I'll freely admit, if every day were like yesterday, I'd probably have to be committed to the closest institution for a long, long rest.
Of all the wonderful things I love about being a Nana, I freely admit that one of the very best is that as much as you love your grandchildren, it's absolute bliss when they go home at night. :-)
the new baby in his stride, but we looked up and for some crazy reason,
he'd decided to lay down in the bouncy seat.
I remember when he was so tiny he practically got lost in that seat.
Look at him now! But notice he's smiling. He's all better now.
As a matter of fact, he's right back to the happy little boy he was
before the whole diabetic nightmare and hospital stay.
SOME LAST THOUGHTS
Burp cloth sales have finally slowed a little and I'm spending a lot of time making things for my shop. You've probably given up on me, but really, starting something like this up is a lot more work than you might think. Thank goodness this is the kind of thing I've always loved to do. Not sure how much longer my little $150 Singer is going to hold up, but boy, I'm getting a lot of work out of that thing!
Krissy goes back to work on Wednesday. Can you believe Avery will be six weeks old tomorrow? And on Wednesday, she'll start coming to me every day. Fridays will be fun - I'll have both Avery and Cameron because I'm not giving up my Fridays with my little Cameron until he starts preschool.
So this week things change again. Having a newborn here all day won't slow me down. I don't expect that to happen until she's mobile and that's a ways down the road. Surely I'll get my shop opened before then!
You know, I hardly ever mention Mandy and Aaron because, well, they don't live here and I hardly ever see them. But I had some great news from her this week. For the last four years, Mandy has had to commute for at least an hour to get to work. When she taught in Montrose for two years, before she and Aaron got married, she commuted. And after they got married and he started graduate school in Fort Collins, she ended up teaching in an elementary school that's, yep, an hour away from where they lived.
So they're moving. They found a condominium in the same town she teaches in and Mandy will live five minutes from her job. They're happy to be moving out of married student housing into a nicer place. They've been happy there for the first year of their marriage, but this is going to make her so much happier. Teachers work long hours anyway, without adding two hours every day just to make the drive.
I'm expecting my child sponsorship package from Compassion in a week or so. I'm still so excited about sponsoring little Maria and just can't wait to find out all about her.
There. I've meandered quite long enough, I think. I just thought I'd let you know where I've been and what I've been doing since I've been absent from Bloggityville a little more than normal. I swear, I start sewing at about 8 in the morning and I look at the clock and it's 10 p.m. Good grief!
I hope you have a really nice new week. Our weather is finally turning around - believe it or not, it snowed here on Friday. Not a lot, but really, this is western Colorado - desert country. It's not supposed to snow here in mid-April. Still, compared to the weather I know some of you have been having, I'm certainly not complaining. I'd just like it to start getting warm around here! :-)