A Special Kind of Weekend

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

This Tuesday is the perfect mix of gray skies, wind in the trees, puddles on the ground, and rain falling from the sky! I'd love to curl up with a book and something hot to drink....for now, I'll settle for looking back on this last weekend!

Friday was really warm and pretty. I spent the morning putting on a pot of sauce, chopping lettuce, making garlic butter, and baking some cupcakes.

 Heidi and her husband were coming and since her husband's birthday was Sunday, we decided to decorate the dining room and celebrate! :) Heidi said, "So...Whose birthday?"

 They were only here for a few hours but I really enjoyed the chance to just sit and chat with Heidi for a bit. My heart was so happy!

After they left I asked my brother to go on a bike ride with me. I am not one to ride bikes, but I really enjoy it and every now I borrow one.

We rode and talked and raced and chatted with a lady who was walking her two little dogs. I really should ride more often!

Saturday...After Bible study my Mom and I decided to go mattress shopping. She's good at spontaneously suggesting things like that.

While we were out we decided to see Captain America! Can I just say I really like Captain America? I think it's the whole American gentleman, big band loving, good old days thing...The movie was really good and so full of one unexpected thing after another. If you haven't seen it, go. If you have, let's talk about it!!!

Who is your favorite super hero?

What is your go-to meal when company is coming? 

The Scenic Route: Easter 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

This weekend ended with the celebration of the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus!!!! I love knowing that people all over were traveling to be with the ones they love to celebrate on that day. For those of us who have died and now live with Christ, the day is EXTRA special. :)

Our Easter looked a lot different this year since Julie's dad just passed away. Normally, we would eat outside at her house, but since she wasn't there, we went through the holiday without her and her husband...

The day began with some time in my room putting the finishing touches on the Easter surprises I've been planning for my brother and sister.

My Mom and I put together a few small gifts for them. I put some of the gifts in eggs that I hid in places where they would be sure to find them as they went through their morning routines. Some of the eggs had two part clues that they had to match up and figure out in order to find their gift. Four of the eggs had things to trade for the real gift.
I loved this...We haven't put baskets together for them in a few years and I don't think they were expecting an egg hunt. I did not give any indication that anything was out of the ordinary. My sister told me that when she came out she noticed one egg and then another and then another but didn't touch them "just in case".

I heard some whispering in the living room. My brother told me that they were talking about the eggs and decided they'd better just leave them alone!

The egg that got my sister's attention and led her to hint around with "Are we supposed to be doing something with these eggs!??!" was in the dishwasher.

My brother came across three eggs but was doing his oil pulling so he didn't say anything. I went to the garage and asked him if anything was getting in his way...He then went back and gathered the three eggs and I told him to start collecting any teal eggs he came across.

They got down to having one egg each left to find. One of the eggs had the second part of the last clue...That egg was in my brother's shoe so I "had" to make a run to the grocery store to help that part of the hunt continue!

After all of that excitement, we put the finishing touches on lunch and sat down. The menu:

mashed potatoes
gravy and mustard sauce
green beans
deviled eggs
pineapples au gratin
Jay's fruit salad
60 minute rolls
Jay Juice

and Lemon Spice Cake

We took our time eating lunch and then during clean up my brother and sister shared the first half of the play they performed in with Jay. Eventually we moved on to the "mysterious" eggs in the backyard. They had been driving my brother nuts since noticed the first one while he was taking care of the dog that morning.

The eggs in the backyard had John's account hidden in them waiting to be unscrambled. After the eggs were collected they set about the task of sorting out the account. Once they were satisfied the adults put in their two cents and then I read through John 18-21 pausing for the bonus questions that I wrote on the back of some of the papers. Since John didn't include the details of Jesus' ascension, I turned to Luke 24:50-53.

The rest of the day was very restful...I took some time to read while everyone else watched "Call the Midwife" and then we ended the day with this week's session of Behold Your God.

I'll recap Friday and Saturday's activities tomorrow because they were pretty exciting! :)

The Circle: Thank You Notes

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This month, Kiki and Jess are hosting The Circle link up. Kiki described this month's theme this way:

While I know that most of us are not born with the gift of comedy (ahem, me), Jess and I have also realized that it's of equal importance to write sincere thank you notes to those people and things around you that you're thankful for, too. Think of them as little notes of love or laughter. You take your pick!

I'm going the serious route...

Thank you God for knowing me and making yourself known to me. Though I have to fight to keep my eyes on You, the sight that you have given to me is precious to me. For all these things that I'm about to mention, I am grateful, because I know they are meant to point me back to you.

Thank you John Piper and Desiring God for delighting in helping others come to see and savor God. My life began to look a lot different after you taught me that "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him." The pursuit of God IS magnificent. Thank you.

Thank you Mom for following so hard after God. I love you! 

Thank you to my siblings for letting me be "Sissy" for all these years...I love our talks, our laughs, our games, and watching each of you grow and try things! 

Thank you BBC for taking great books and ideas and turning them into lovely series (I cannot figure out how to make that word plural). 

Thank you Twinings for making such nice tea. I've really enjoyed them over the last few years. 

Than you Blogger for making a way for people to write and connect over even the silliest things. 

Thank you God for all the variety You've put in my little world lately...I'm thinking especially of the flowers coming up in my bulb garden, the warm and sunny days, and days like today that bring a dose of rain and dreariness. 

Thank you READERS it's fun to know that you're reading along. I especially love when you comment and tell me about the place where you blog! 

What are some things you're THANKFUL for? 

Maybe you'd like to join in the link up this month? 

In Its Time

Thoughts for Your Weekend: The Business of Knowing God

Friday, April 11, 2014

The focus from Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically this week was Beholding Your God in the Face of Jesus Christ.

Over the last two weeks we've been studying what it is to know God and how God is in the business of making Himself known.

The question was raised: When you go to Scripture, do you go there asking God what He is revealing about Himself in the words you are reading?

So often, I go to Scripture looking for the hand of God at work and the finger of God pointing out His will in the lives of His people.When it comes down to it, those things are there, but there is more, The Bible is the very unveiling of WHO God is.

The Bible is the Word of God sent to unveil the person of God. Jesus Christ is called "The Word" and He too was sent to unveil the person of God.

This weekend, whatever pages you find yourself reading in the Bible, go there to meet God. Say to Him, "God, what are you revealing about yourself through these words?"

May your spirit be captivated by the very God who is the Creator and Sustainer of all that is. May your soul thirst for more of His Word because it is the means by which you taste yet more of Him.

God calls His people to know Him. Let's go to His Word to meet Him, to see Him, and to be satisfied in Him!

Room Reveal pt. 1

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

I've been talking about the work being done on my bedroom for a while now. I've been collecting ideas and pieces of furniture for a few YEARS. It takes me FOREVER to make up my mind.

Today you get to see the most basic of before and after photos. The "worst" is behind us. Now the fun of putting everything together begins.
Before, but post popcorn removal.
In January, that giant window and brickwork were put in. At the end of January, I scraped the popcorn off of the ceiling. I will be doing a post about that some time soon with all of the details on how that went.

February and March were BUSY months around here...The room just sat empty.

Naval by Sherwin Williams
When we cracked open the paint can and put the first bit of paint on the walls last Thursday, I was sooo excited. It was EXACTLY what I wanted! I was LOVING it. So far, everybody calls me crazy for putting navy in a basement. You know what? I wouldn't change it!

My Mom put in a TON of work helping me get the ceiling ready to paint, painting the ceiling, and painting the walls. She is just over 5 feet tall, but she climbed up and down the ladder doing the trim work that I am far too clumsy to do.

After 5 painting days (we were only able to do one coat of paint a day because of day light and the other stuff that needs doing each day) we were GLAD to be done on Saturday.

So there you go! After all is said and done, everyone who has seen it (with the exception of my Dad) LOVES it. My sister who was very fond of the previous color and was completely uninterested in the navy even said that it looked good.

Now I'm on to mattress and light fixture shopping, junk sorting, and furniture arranging.

Are you into COLOR or neutrals? 

Have you done any projects around your house recently?