Thursday, April 17, 2014

On My Path~Welcoming Spring Once Again

For almost two years now, I have been Blessed in being able to welcome Spring by sharing with you my rose garden, as it comes to life. 

This year is no exception. I don't believe I will ever get bored or cease to be amazed of the beauty Our Lord creates for us. 

What a gorgeous feast for our eyes.  This year's offerings came a little later than usual and I am aware that many of you are not yet seeing your Spring flowers.

So, it is my hope that you will enjoy the ones I have to share with you, here, until yours arrive.

                                                 (Having some fun with photo editing)

This beautiful Jasmine permeates the air on one entire side of my house. 
Wishing you all a relief from the cold weather and many beautiful days to enjoy. Many Blessings, as always!

Sharing this post with:
Katherine's Corner's Thursday Favorite Things
Rooted in Thyme's Simple and Sweet Fridays 
Posed Perfection's All Things Thursday Blog Hop 
Imparting Grace's Grace At Home 
Create With Joy's Friendship Friday 
French Country Cottage's Feathered Nest Friday 
Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday 
Delightsome Life's Home and Garden Thursday 
Natasha In Oz Say G'Day Saturday

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Hundredfold Gift & Courtney's Senior Project

Good afternoon, Friends!  I'm so glad you are here! If you are new to my Blog, Welcome! If you have hung in there with me for awhile, Many thanks!

I'm not sharing a "project" with you today 
per se.   At least, not one you can physically recreate.  Curious?

My Pastor recently gave a wonderful Sunday teaching, as he usually does.  But, what came out of this particular Sunday, really hit home with me.  He started out by asking if there was anyone with less than $10 on them,that was willing to give him one of their dollar bills. He made a point of saying that we "wouldn't be getting it back." I love my church and knew what I had in my purse fell into that category, so I held up a dollar for him. He asked me if I could bring it up to him, which I was happy to do.  He posed this question, "How much are we willing to turn over to God?"... (The dollar was symbolic, of course) He, then, did something I hadn't seen coming... He ripped off a portion of the dollar bill he believed most people were comfortable giving away.... which, I would guess, was roughly a fifth.  He went on to remind us that Bible says, in Matthew, that what we give to the Lord, in His name, we will get back a hundredfold. Then, to my complete shock and disbelief, he pulled a brand new $100 bill from his pocket and told me to come back up and take it!....
Is your jaw dropping??? Because mine was. I didn't quite know what to do. It was not my money. It didn't feel right to take it. People around me were clapping and I was waved up to come and get this $100. I told my Pastor to keep it for the church, but he smiled, that all too wonderful smile, that I have grown so accustomed to, and said,"No, that's yours".  

Okay, so you know how some comedians say, "I told you that story, so I could tell you this?" Well, that was true here.  I needed to tell you that story, so I could tell you the best part of this, God's "Hundredfold gift"

There is a beautiful  girl at my church, I should say young lady.  Her name is Courtney.  
This is Courtney.

She is a Senior in High School. She is beautiful, not just physically, to look at, but her Heart and Faith make her one of the most beautiful  young ladies, I have had the pleasure to meet in awhile.

Minutes before my Pastor started speaking on this particular story, I had read about Courtney and the "project" she was working on.  As a matter of fact, I had just marked a box, in our church's connections,  that I would like to volunteer to help Courtney with her 
"Senior Project."  Simply said, Courtney has a heart for God.  She saw her senior project as a way of making a difference, a very big difference, in the lives of some children. Not just any children, but some very specific children, orphans, to be exact. Not to build them a home, give them a trip of a lifetime , or have them as exchange students...but instead,  to provide for there most fundamental, basic, human need..... To feed them.   That's it! 

A finite amount of children at 3  orphanages, that needed daily food. How many high school Seniors do you know that are looking beyond their senior prom and pictures?  I wish I knew more!  Does that speak to your heart??  Because it spoke to mine.   So, when I was walking back to my seat with God's hundredfold gift, I knew immediately it was Courtney's. It wouldn't be enough, but I knew God had put it in my hand so that It could help empower her to help those children.

Courtney, with the help of her friends and family, organized and solicited volunteers and donations to set up and put on a beautiful dinner.  Not just a fundraising dinner, but also a very large raffle to benefit these orphans. I believe she had at least 50 different, donated, raffle prizes! Believe me, that itself is no easy task..  She, along with her friend and classmate, Julie,worked tirelessly on it.  They contacted the church and advertised in our Sunday "Bulletin", as well as, requesting people to volunteer to help with the dinner and raffle to ensure they achieved success.  Brilliant!! She went out and spoke on the radio, she spoke to classes about The Alkare Foundation's "Hungry Stomachs Have No Ears" program and pretty much answered anyone's questions and the word spread.

Her goal was this:  to fully fund 21 children in need. It was a gigantic goal! But one she didn't back away from. I'm happy to be able to share with you that Courtney's Fundraiser was a humongous success!!  With her dedication and hard work, 10 of the 21 children were FULLY funded by the end of the night . That is 10 lives that will be forever changed because of this 18-year-old girl!! Not to mention, generations to come will feel the rippled affects of her choice to do this.  Now, this is where you come in!!  I would love to continue to follow her example, and ask you to join me in funding the remaining 11 children. Courtney's donation page is still open!!  If this speaks to your heart, as it did mine, you can help her fund more children by clicking  HERE or you can go directly to The Alkare Foundation's page, Here .

The ALKARE Foundation's site explains it's belief "that orphanages are a foundational place of social and spiritual repair in any society and, as such, are a perfect place to show God’s mercy, grace and hope. Providing nutrition, allows the organization to contribute in a fundamental and critical way to these facilities, allowing the administrators, educators and care givers to meet all the other needs of the children with lower burden." 

Courtney shared, in her description of Alkare and her "project" about this fundamental need..."The Alkare Foundation is a non- profit organization that  provides basic nutrition for Christian orphanages in highly economically challenged areas of Africa and Mexico." It's just that simple.

With my single dollar bill, this girl's hope & work, and God's promise, much was accomplished. Can you imagine how far it could go with your help? How about a thousandfold? "Nothing is impossible with God". (Luke1:37)NLT 

I will be sharing this post with the following Lovely Ladies:

Heather @ Stringtown Home's Tips and Tricks , Joy and Wanda Ann @ Yesterfood's Treasure Box Tuesday Marty@A Stroll Through Life's Inspire Me Tuesday,Anita @  Cedar Hill Farmhouse's Tuesday's The Scoop,Jami@The Blackberry Vine Stephanie Lynn @ The Sunday Showcase, Susan @Between Naps On the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday, Katherine's Corner's Thursday Favorite Things , Posed Perfection's, All Things Thursday Blog Hop, Debra@ Common Ground's Be Inspired, Courtney@ French Country Cottage's Feathers Nest Friday, My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday, The Charm of Home at Home Sweet Home

I Love and appreciate your comments more than you'll ever know!! Thank you for joining me!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year and Blessings to all!!

Good Morning and Happy New Year, Friends!!  I'm so glad you had some time to stop by today. 
So, Of course, I can not just simply put up a Happy New Year sign or image. I need to share a little more than that with you!  If you have been following my Blog you already, hopefully, know that I am a woman with a strong Christian Faith.  So, as one year ends and another begins, I always feel it is a great opportunity to see how my walk with Our Lord is. Let's just say there is always much room for improvement. 

So, I am simply sharing this video with you today (courtesy of YouTube and Mercy Me) It's called Word of God Speak! It is what I pray for in my life, to hear His voice more and my own less. It is also what I pray for all of you! He has such miraculous things for us!! Far more then our minds can fathom. 

So, as I pray and wish a Happy New Year to you all, I also hope that you will see God's hand in it and that His voice will "Fall down like rain" to all of you!! Many Blessings to all for 2014! ~Theresa.

I'll be sharing this message, this week with the following Lovely and Inspirational Ladies:

Friday, December 27, 2013

Old Memories & a Recipe Updated!!

Hello Friends!! I know you probably think I've abandoned my Blog, and I am sorry about that, but nothing could be further from the truth.  I have, however, taken some time off to take care of myself, and nurture my relationships, and spend time with my Friends and Family. I am still doing that! But have found the time to share some of that with you!!

It is December!! I know you already know this, yet, I want to tell you that, for me, this is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"! Even as January creeps closer.  I love this holiday time, celebrating the Birth of Jesus,  and having "special time" to spend with my Loved ones. I truly believe, and wish people would have a little Christmas in their hearts all year long, present company Included!!

With that said, if you've  been keeping up with me on Shoestring's Facebook Page, you'll know that I have been doing alot of baking, decorating and spending time with Friends and Family! I can think of no better way to spend my time!!

This year, I called all my Sisters, Nieces, Grand Nieces, In-laws.... basically, every female member of my family to start things off with a "Begin Ladies Baking Day!" the Saturday after Thanksgiving!! (it was a Smashing success, by the way!) I want to share some of the things we made with you!  Some of the decorations and arrangements I've been working on with you over the next month. I simply can not, prepare, decorate and post Holidays and occasions a month ahead of when they actually are! There! I've said it!  Most Bloggers do this to help provide Inspiration! They all do a wonderful job at doing just that! For me, however, it is not practical (and I feel like I miss out on the here and now). I am my Blog's photographer, writer, creator, and editor. It takes a bit of work and time to share these things with you and I love doing it! But, I often find myself doing or making something fun and thinking I should have took a picture of that "before" so I could show you how to get the same end result. What can I say, "I am doing my level best!

Sorry, back to the Baking Day!! Every year My mother, I and a sister here and there make a Bounty of Christmas Cookies, Breads and Candy! This year I wanted to start our "Baking Day" as a means of having and cherishing time with my Family, but also to alleviate the pressure of all these goodies from my Mum's list of to do's! We make ALOT!

In the last couple of  weeks, I made some yummy "Shortbread Cookies", that are, wonderfully, common place for most of my Canadian Family and represent special memories, for me, of my Grandmother. Shortbread Cookies are not really as enjoyed here as much as others, and I wanted to do something about that!! I made a beautiful batch of these Nova Scotia-style Shortbread Cookies, the day before my families baking day to be decorated and include in what we all have to share. 

This week, I made another batch.  This time, with a little more dimension, to share @ A Christmas Tea with my Women's Group from Church. So here's the simple trick I did to make them more appealing to most!

They usually are a very basic 3 to 4 ingredient, no frills, delicious buttery cookie. That, in my opinion cannot be beat to have with tea!

But, to make them universally appealing and festive, I simply melted some chocolate in a double boiler, about 1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate and about a teaspoon of flavorless oil (like canola) The oil helps maintain the nice color and shine!  Then, you just take a fork, and on a wire rack OVER wax paper, have fun drizzling the chocolate back and forth over your shortbread, it couldn't be easier!! But what a difference! They were a big hit at my Christmas Tea and with friends and family.

 (Note: I never work on drizzling more than 6 cookies at a time, or you loose the beautiful way the chocolate overlaps the side of your cookie)

I'm thankful to tell you that there were a few remaining, that I can now enjoy with tea and quiet, going over the fresh memories of this Christmas just passed. Such an easy way to "fancify" a wonderful old recipe!!

This was me tonight!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying a little quiet time before the New Year begins! 2014!! Very difficult for me to fathom "2014!. As always, I wish Many Blessing for you and yours!!

 Sharing this week with:
  Kristi @ I Should Be Mopping the Floor's Inspiration Monday
Laurie @ Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday 
Create with Joy's Friendship Friday

Shauna@ The Best Blog Recipe's Weekend re-Treat

*Update!! If you are looking for the Shortbread Cookie Recipe it is now in the comments!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish , but have eternal life"!!  ~ John 3:16

Merry Christmas to you all!! Wishing you all many Blessings today and everyday!!

I pray you are all having a wonderful day surrounded by your Loved ones! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

 Good Afternoon, on this the 11th day of November, Veteran's Day.  I'm remembering with Gratitude Our Veterans today.

"I don't know your name~  
Nor for which battle you died. 
I do not know your home, 
Nor the tears that were cried. 

I do not know where you rest~
Nor the promises broken.
 I do not know your uniform
 And your fears lay unspoken.

But, I now your Spirit exists~ 
That your courage is admired,
 And your Sacrifice is honored 
By each soul that's inspired.

And, I offer you from my heart
Thank you, to Guardians unknown
For offering yourselves for us all
That we may keep Freedom...
Our Home." (Source)

There's not much more one can say, other than "Thank You". You're sacrifice did not go in vain. There's no words to express the love and respect I have for you and your families. Be well. God Bless You, though I know, He already has and does. 
~A Grateful American Citizen.

"All gave some, and some gave all..."

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ladder Display-Done with Chalk Paint, Of course!

My "new" Favorite!!
 Have you ever seen something that you knew someday, somehow you would make or get one like it?! Kinda a crazy question, I know. But, I'm going somewhere with this. About a year or so ago I saw this beautiful white washed library ladder in someone's home, and, while I really didn't want exactly that one, I remember thinking, white ladder cool!!

Which leads me to my latest project (And, I think one of my absolute favorites!) A couple of months ago, I was driving to my Mum and Dad's to do some watering for them, while on my way, I passed a yard sale. Did I say passed, yeah no...I stopped at a yard sale! (I swear I should have one of those "I brake for yard sales" stickers in the back window of my car.) LOL. 

But the reason, I stopped at this one, this time, was they had a  very old, very unstable (full of character dovetailed wood ladder)!! Of course, I checked it out very suspect, and shook it to show the salesperson I knew how much work it would require to be of any use again (HA!) You guessed it, I scored exactly what I really wanted for $3 whole dollars, I almost felt guilty....almost. :)

So, now I was ready to make my dreams of what I thought this could be into a reality!! I brought it home, cleaned it up, and I mean cleaned it up!! Cobwebs, dirt, etc.. But once I was satisfied that it was clear of any debris, I got out my good old chalk paint and went to town!! Can I just tell you, if you have never painted a ladder, they take a Loooonnngggggg time to completely cover. Upside down, laying on each side, upright...Well, you get the picture. Ughh!! 

But my work was never so wonderfully rewarded because what I ended up with was this:
A little sanding and distressing where normal wear would have occurred and then just a matter of deciding what I wanted to display on it and where! 

I have probably changed out the things I put on the shelves,
(I mean steps) at least five times now. But,I can sincerely tell you that I am completely in love with it now and find myself drawn to it more than anything else in my house!!

I hope you enjoyed my "labor of love" as much as I did sharing it with you.

Many Blessings to you!  ~Theresa

I'll Be Partying with these Fabulous Ladies this week:

Richella@Imparting Grace: Courtney@Feathered Nest Friday; Yvonne @Stone Gable's Tutorials Tips and Tidbits; Katie @ Katherines's Corner's Thursday Favorite Things Cindy @ My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday ; Debra @ The Common Ground's "Be Inspired" Sherry @ The Charm of Home's "Home Sweet Home" Kerryanne @Shabbilicious Friday at The Shabby Art Boutique Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life's "Lovely Ladies Linky Evelyn's My Turn For Us: Freedom Fridays Nici @ Posed Perfection's "All Things Thursday Blog Hop" Wendy@ The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday Karen @ Redoux Interiors Friday Party Becca @ DIY Vintage: Chic Friday Fives Heather @ Stringtown Home's "Tips and Tricks" Angie @ Little Inspiration's Create & Inspire Friday Party Jen @ Tatertots & Jello Bevery@  How Sweet the Sound's Pink Saturday Vanessa @ Nifty Thrifty Sunday Susan @ Between Naps On the Porch's "Metamorphosis Monday"

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Autumn Love!!

Good Morning and Happy October 1st!! I have missed being here sharing with you!! So grateful to be back here with you!! I hope you are having a Blessed week.  

I'm Loving the beginning days of Autumn!! How about you?!  Are you getting a little taste of it where you are? So, over on Shoestring's Facebook page I asked you all if you remembered last years Autumn Wreath... 

The Reason being, that I wanted to share with you all that I, personally, cannot afford to make a new Wreath for every occasion. (In a dream world maybe, with oodles of storage space and an unlimited budget) But not today, not in my home. Which is absolutely fine, because I am aware of how abundantly I am Blessed!!  

 That being said I took last years wreath and changed it up to make a new one for this year!!

This is how it looked last year!!

I must admit I have a special place in my heart for last years wreath, but actually they all are wonderful memories for the time that they hung.

I removed the sign and the bow, and began to add some of the colors I had been enjoying this year  (By the way, most I accumulated from the dollar store, goodwill and one beautiful bunch from Michael's ( at half price, of course). 

 Total cost of the update was approximately 6-8 dollars!! Who doesn't LOVE that price tag for a "New" Autumn Wreath?!!  Don't you just Love how it turned out!! I am beyond Happy about this fun little wreath!!

Just a little closer look!! I am feeling Blessed! I hope you are too! Let me know what you think. Do you like this year's or last year's better?   No worries folks, you can't offend me, I made them both and love them equally, but I always enjoy hearing your opinion. 

Many Blessings for a glorious week!

Sharing with these lovely Ladies: 
Marty @ A Stroll Through Life ; Kathe @ Kathe with an E ;  Nicole @ Our Delightful Home's Show Me What You Got Linky party ; Heather and Vanessa @ At The Picket Fence ; Kara @ Look What I Made Wednesday ; Sandy @ Cherished Handmade Treasure's Creative Corner Hop ;  Stephanie Lynn @ The Sunday Showcase Party ;  Jami @The Blackberry Vine's "Tuesday's To Do" ; Kim @ Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesdays ; Katherine@ Katherine's Corner's Thursday Favorite Things Blog HopLiz@ The Brambleberry Cottage's Time Travel Thursday ; Yvonne@ StoneGables's Tutuorial Tips and Tidbits ; Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage's Transformation Thursday ; Anita @ The Cedar Hill Ranch's The Scoop;  Pamela @ My Front Porch To Yours' Treasure Hunt Thursday ; Kelly @ Live Laugh Rowe; Judy @ DIY by Design's Fall Into Fall ; Richella @ Imparting Grace ; Courtney @ French Country Cottage's Feathered Nest Friday ; Kerryanne @ Shabbilicious Friday: Sherry @ The Charm of Home's "Home Sweet Home"   Evelyn @ My Turn For Us' Freedom Fridays Cindy @ My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday Wendy @ The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday ; Jody and Stan @ Rooted in Time's Simple and Sweet Fridays ; Beverly@ How Sweet The Sound's Pink Saturday ; I Heart Naptime's Link Party Palooza Kathryn @ The Dedicated House: Make it Pretty Monday   Create With Joy's; Inpire Me Monday

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Beauty & Blessings!

Good Morning!  I’m still alive. Sorry, I have been away too long, I know. I owe you all an apology. Unfortunately, Health and Housing concerns have taken my days and nights lately, without consulting me first.  Thankfully, I can tell you that they have gone by the way side now! Ha! What a wonderful thing to report.

I thank you all for sticking in here with me as I navigate through this fickle thing we called life, here on earth. Before I say any more I want to share some Beauty with you!! Then I’ll tell you how I came upon these miraculous wonders of God's perfectly awesome artistry. 

If there ever was a Vintage, Romantic,  French Country,  Shabby-Chic, Unbelievably Lacey Rose this is it!

 Do you need to see it bigger, too?!  Here:

I know, I know!! Want a different view? Okay, let's just say I'm obsessed with this Rose! But, truly, there is a good reason!

** (Brief disclosure, I am sharing with you here my life, beliefs and practices. They are not up for debate. If what I have to share is objectionable to you, you do not have to read anymore. I do not wish to debate any of my life, faith or choices through negative comments. That felt yucky!! But, I believe, based on past experience, this was necessary this time)

So,  today,  I want to tell you how it is that I came upon these Beautiful Roses. I was going to say,….“this is kind of personal“  but then again, when am I not kind of personal?!  Last Sunday, I was re-Baptized!  Prior to this day, I was born, Baptized and raised Catholic by my parents, whom I am forever Grateful, Blessed, and Indebted to.

As an adult, however, I became a Christian, or better description a non-catholic, Christian, who chooses to try and walk every day with Jesus Christ, my Personal Savior.  I was “reborn” with Christ about 10 years ago, but never felt the need to be immersed in water to prove that. I was baptized as an infant after all.  Then the TV mini-series “The Bible” came on in this past year. I often pray on matters, in the way of “what would Jesus do?’  So when the actor playing our Christ, Lord walked up to John, as a grown man and said, ”Baptize Me John” I knew, know what Jesus did. It has been on my heart since that night to be Baptized (Complete immersion in water, as Christ did)

So, last Sunday, I , along with 8 or 10 others from my church was immersed in water and Baptized!  Five of my Beautiful friends, and my Pastor(whom I love!!) all had their hands on me as I went down into the water and rose cleansed. It was one of, if not the, most incredible moment of my life!
When I left, I felt as if I was walking in the clouds. I went to a local market to pick up some roses. Some to make into a “welcome home” bouquet for my parents and some to bring home. As I was in the store, I spotted these roses  along with many other beauties. I looked @ each bunch quite extensively. I picked up and put back these roses at least three times. Until, I finally decided they were the Best! Flowers,  or roses, always look so different under the lighting of the store, you have to be sure. Content with my purchase, I headed to my parents home to air out the house and make their bouquet. As I took the scissors to cut the plastic sleeve, I saw it for the first time, they were called “Faith"!

They are perfection and a wonderful memory of my Baptismal Day. I hope you have something that brings you as much Joy as these have brought me!!
This is them today! They get more beautiful each day!!

Sharing with these wonderful Blogs:

The Charm of Home's "Home Sweet Home"
My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday
A Delightsome Life's "Home and Garden Thursday"

French Country Cottage's "Feather Nest Friday"
The Brambleberry Cottage
Common Ground's "Be Inspired"
How Sweet the Sound's "Pink Saturday"
The DIY Dreamer-From Dream To Reality

Heather @ Stringtown Home's Tips & Tricks

~Monday, September, 9th, 2013.  **Update: 

Hi, Just wanted to pop back in today and show you that these lovely Roses stayed nice enough to enjoy them on the Tablescape for my Mum's Birthday!! Now they've been a full circle, blessing to all!!