Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas on this Joyous Day!

The house is quiet... it seems strange. No hustle, no hurry... just a Blessed day to celebrate the birth of our Savior. We had quite a Christmas Eve. Our family that lives 5 hrs. away made a mad dash to our house for Christmas Eve. We opened presents and had a great time with all three grandkids here! Then we packed everybody like sardines on air mattresses for the night, and then they packed up after breakfast this morning and made another 2 hour drive to see the other half of the family. That's the way we've all seemed to be living lately- at a dead run. I was almost ready to snap last week, but sometime early this week, I stopped everything and earnestly asked God for some peace in my heart and mind. It washed over me like a wave, and the last four days have been such a blessing- even with last minute gift making, and two whole days spent in town (that's usually enough to send me over the edge anytime... much less at Christmas) I must say thank you, Lord. His Grace is amazing.

Oh, you've just got to see my favorite present I got last night from Dixie, our dog. Gayland did have to drive to every antique/junk store in town to do her shopping for her! I'm so lucky!!

Come on in to my new pantry, and I'll show you. I just love this room!!!! I catch myself standing in there gawkin' all the time!

Look at all of these old jars to store my drygoods in!!! Aren't they fantastic!!!!!

Have you noticed my shelves are a little bare? I took all of the canned goods out of the cabinet, and this is all the space they took...

I thought I had a lot of canned goods, but not so much!

I've also got to show you my treasures I found at the antique/junk stores while on the hunt for stocking stuffers for Gayland and his chuckwagon. Hmm... seems we both do our shopping there. I could not pass these to finds up when I came across them. The quilt, which is very tattered and frayed was $16 and the bear was $6.50!!! LOOK!!!

My granddaughter and I managed to make a some Cowgirl Bling for my step-daughter and daughter-in-law. I forgot to take pictures of most of it, but here's some of what we came up with.

We made several of these cross pendents and the big, chunky necklaces to go with them. This one was left over, so I managed to get a photo.

Here's one of the necklaces we made. We also made a cross for it similar to the one above, but with colors to match these stones. I took a photo with another of our trial pendents we made with an old cowgirl photo. It didn't turn out just like I wanted, but we'll keep trying. My sidekick granddaughter will be back to stay again on Monday, so there's no telling what we'll be making!

Well, enough flappin' my jaws. I've got trim to sand and seal!

Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

It's a Birthday Celebration!

Matthew 1:21"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

Top that Christmas present!

Happy Birthday to my Lord and Savior! I hope that in all the hustle and bustle of this time of year, you are finding peace in Him and remembering why we celebrate this special birthday.

Last I reported, I was tiling the kitchen floor for Thanksgiving with the kids. I did get that done, and we've tackled several more projects along the way. We had our neighborhood hayride and Christmas party last night, and I was frantically trying to get everything done....didn't happen! That's ok, though. I think I was the only one who noticed. I've taken several pictures along the way with intentions of posting them.... again...didn't happen, so here's what we've gotten done.

Gayland just sanded down and finished our new island Friday evening. I LOVE it!!

Here's the tile I finished laying the week of Thanksgiving. That wall there still needs sealing and trim put on.

I've been working on the pantry since then. Here are the walls. I'm not sure you can tell much from the photo, but I tried to get somewhat of a leather look. I'm not sure what it looks like, but I like it, anyway!

Gayland got the ceiling and floor put in, and I've been working tonight to get the floor stained.

Now for the shelves!! I hope everyone is having a blessed Christmas Season!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them...

I couldn't pass up sharing these photos of our granddaughter, Madison. She's been practicing for the upcoming longhorn show in February. She has to compete against the adults because they don't have a trophy steer division for the kiddos. I just love to watch the two of them... sweat pea and the gentle giant.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a houseful! We ate too much turkey and ham, and had a whole lot of fun! We had all of our grandkids which fills my heart with joy (and wears me out plumb to the bone!). We had our annual family tree decoratin' and light hangin' shindig, and everyone had lots of fun. I even managed to get all the tile done on the kitchen floor before Turkey Day!