Weekly Photo Challenge: New

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New – My Newest Recorded Memory of Last Year, 2014… And My Newest Memory Recorded of the Start of 2015.

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Fruit From the Planted Baby

What kind of example are we setting for those little ones around us who are so eager to grow up and be just like us? Perhaps, they can teach us somethings we've forgotten...

What kind of example are we setting for those little ones around us who are so eager to grow up and be just like us? Perhaps, they can teach us somethings we’ve forgotten…

What I Have Learned as I’ve Matured…  Don’t Be In Such a Hurry to Grow Up.

Why?

Children deal well with their fears…

They admit them.

Children deal well with their problems…

They ask for help.

Children deal well with their pain…

They cry.

Children deal well with their tension…

They play.

Children deal well with their uncertainty…

They ask questions.

Children deal well with their vulnerability…

They accept help.

Children deal well with their weaknesses…

They rely on those stronger than they.

Children deal well with their dreams…

They follow them.

If only KIDS knew what NOT to change

and

If only I could learn to be a kid again.

By: Amie Joy Chiarelli – Wylie

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What Happened?

Joy

Joy

I hurt, and at times I’m quite unhappy with God’s will for my life.  I will not lie.  It’s not like He doesn’t already know the things I wish weren’t so… But Happiness and Joy are not in and of the same. They are very different, indeed.  Happiness is based on happenstance and is fleeting. It’s circumstantial, at best. Joy is a Fruit of the Spirit, and it grows in the fertile ground of ashes.   It flourishes in the showers of the abundance of tears rained upon it.  It bears the bloom of peace in the most hostile climates, and it’s roots are ever gripped and clinging to the ONLY LOVE that Saves!  I once heard it said that Joy is “Peace, dancing.”  It takes the absence of happiness to sometimes be aware of the fullness of Joy.  I may be happy tomorrow, and if I am, so I’ll be… But if by happenstance I should not feel the airy lightheartedness of happiness… I will still have the fullness of Joy, and with that God will have again turned my mourning into dancing.

Oh, how I love and need Jesus every moment of every hour of every day… And I may not feel happy all the time, but I am His forever!!! This so sweet to trust in Jesus!

 ” I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13

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No leaf reading needs to be done here… In fact, you might say we’re a bit “above” that. ;) In fact, we’ll give you the your answer loud and clear. “PLEASE LEAF ME BE… UNTIL I’M FINISHED WITH MY COFFEE.” It’s written right above the leaves… right by our lips… right under our eyes. So, basically, it is pretty much the same as saying it ourselves… only nicer. When that cup is empty or no longer in sight, you’ll know that we have become human again. ~ Yours Truly, The Coffee Drinkers.

PLEASE LEAF ME BE… UNTIL I'M FINISHED WITH MY COFFEE. the loon and the grebe shop "leaf me be" coffee mugs from the "Speak Naturally Collection" ~ by Amiejoy Chiarelli Wylie (reya)

PLEASE LEAF ME BE… UNTIL I’M FINISHED WITH MY COFFEE.
the loon and the grebe shop “leaf me be” coffee mugs from the “Speak Naturally Collection” ~ by Amiejoy Chiarelli Wylie (reya)

Mugs will be available for online purchase in the near future.  Will keep you posted!

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Finishing up with the kids “Specially Wrapped Christmas Gift” made with Free Printable Downloads… I added some extras to this one. =)

Dominic has an affinity for all things vintage, and highly appreciates the world of classics. I knew he’d be far more interested in a package wrapped with Old Classic Cars, and Marquee Letters than he would be with Chalkboard Letters. So, the idea of a vintage TV came to mind. I wanted something that had cars to be featured on the screen. I found this old ad that showed multiple cars at a drive-in movie watching an ad about a new car. It was perfect! I had an old extension cord that I had kept, because it I was standing barefoot on marble flooring unplugging that cord, when it began to electrocute me. Thankfully the wire fried in half and I was released from that piece of marble my feet were on and thrown across the floor. It was quite a shock… to say the least! 😉 Anyway, I kept it, because how often does that happen, right? So, after 10 years, I figured it’s this would be the perfect place to use it! Old cord looks great! The Grebe helped me with the cardboard TV and the antenna, and we were set… with our TV SET! He he. Okay, so I’m a dork… but we still had fun. I have one more present to go, but I think I’ll do it in a day or two. I have baking to do, and we have company coming. Hope your Christmas is AMAZING!!! May Jesus fill your Christmas with the presence of His perfect love, truth and peace.
Blessings ~ Amie Joy (reyajoy)

I found a vase on the clearance aisle at Homegoods yesterday. I decided I would take some of the Cedar Tree Clippings that I still have in my bucket out back, and make a quick arrangement. As I was working on it, it turned into more of a solo Christmas Tree, and less of an arrangement. I used “oasis” to set the mini tree firmly in the vase… After figuring out what I wanted to do in that respect, I got out some silver spray paint and the fake snow… Oh, and some spray adhesive. I sprayed the tips of the tree with silver paint… and then I just kept spraying a bunch more. He he. I then used a little spray adhesive… powdered it with the snow, and put it back in the vase. I threw a little bit of gravel in there to cover the oasis. I sprayed that silver and covered it with snow. Check out the photos. You’ll also see the Vanilla we made, along with the Laser Photocopy Transfered to Wood Project, and the Paperwhites that we planted. Looks like the paperwhites may be bloomed by Christmas, regardless of the fact that I totally forgot about them and let them go without water for over a week and a half. I think they may be impossible to kill. Then we also did our DIY Christmas Paper Towel Ornaments, and our DIY Tomato Cage Christmas Trees… I think that will probably wrap it up for us this Christmas. Who knows, we might throw in one more, if my nieces finish it. =) Either way, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Oh, WAIT! I almost forgot… I will be posting a photo of Dominic and Judah’s special Christmas package wrapped with the Free Printable Christmas Labels and more. So, stay tuned…

Got my Cedar Tree Clippings, Oasis, and Clippers...

Got my Cedar Tree Clippings, Oasis, and Clippers…

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DIY Outdoor Christmas Trees – Made out of Tomato Cages, 100 ct Strand of White Christmas Lights, and a Bag of Zip Ties. We made FIVE. Cost was $5.56 a piece to make. Our nieces came over, and whipped out the 5 trees in less than an hour. So, for $27.80, we now have a beautiful display of lights in the yard! The nice thing is, not only do they look fabulous… We are going to use the tomato cages come gardening time! Sweet deal! This is another EASY DIY that is FAST and FUN to do with kids. They will be proud of their work and less inclined to beg for the next giant lit up thing they see at Costco. So, get your “A” game on, and let’s get this party started! Like I said, you will need 3 things: 1. Tomato Cages ($1.96 each @ Lowes) 2. 100 ct Christmas Lights ($2.69 each @ Lowes) 3. Tie Straps (Bag of 100 @ Lowes for $4.59). You will only need to increase your number of cages and lights as you go. You should have plenty of tie straps in the one bag. You’re realistically going to use about 15 tie straps on each tree. Okay… Let’s get started. I’d like you to meet my nieces, Elli, Emma and Baylee. They are the girls in charge. Uncle Tim is their assistant. Check out the photos and see the process, read the captions to get instructions. Feel free to click on the “Red Stamp” box in the upper corner and leave me a comment if you have any questions, concerns or comments. Okay, let’s go! =) On a side note: I apologize for the hazy and blurry pics. Most of you know I’m sick and in treatment. I didn’t have my “A” game on today, but I sure tried! =D

Elli is ready to head out to the yard to begin assembling the Christmas Trees!

Elli is ready to head out to the yard to begin assembling the Christmas Trees!

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