Saturday, December 24, 2016

Emmanuel God is with us

In the joy and in the pain
In the pressure and the promise
In the fun and the frustration
In the wonder and the worry
In the love and the longing
In our grief and loss
In all of our 'firsts' and 'lasts'
He is here.

With us in it all
~Jo Saxton

Here are a few of my favorite quotes, songs and lyrics for the Christmas season.  Have a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah and a wonderful New Year!

        Lyrics to 'King of Heaven' by Hillsong United.

                                                           You tore the night apart
                                                 And ripped the silent skies in half
                                                Your glory breaking through the dark

                                                      And here our worlds collide
                                                          Divinity in man confined
                                                   This great design drawn out for me

                                                                    God with us

                                                        You hold the ends of time
                                                     Yet placed Yourself here into mine
                                                       My life is now forever changed

                                                            Our eyes be lifted up
                                                       Our great eternal hope arise
                                                   This great design drawn out for me

                                                                     God with us
                                                                     In our silence
                                                              Heaven whispered out
                                                                   In our darkness
                                                              Glory pierced the night

                                                                   We were broken
                                                                But now we're lifted up
                                                                     King of heaven
                                                                 God is here with us

                                                                Angels crying aloud
                                                                      Singing holy
                                                               All the praise resound

                                                                    King of Heaven
                                                               On the Earth be found
                                                                    King of Heaven
                                                               On the Earth be found

                                                                      God with us

Simple music can make you sing, a simple hug can make you feel better, simple things can make you happy. I hope that my simple HI will make you smile.~Ritu Ghatourey

Can you listen to this song without smiling?
Christmas Everyday by Unspoken

Share a smile with those you love and pass it on! ツ

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Luke 2 :10

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Isaiah 9:6

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Letter to my daughters

Here's to strong women.
May we know them,
may we be them,
may we raise them!

  A new baby girl quietly observing the world with her bright eyes and warm smiles.  This is my new granddaughter that arrived this last summer.  A pretty little thing, absorbing the world through her blinking eyes and long lashes.  Wondering what she really sees in that observant little mind of hers.

I think back at all the strong women I have come to know and in the past and how much I have learned from them.  I was always insecure growing up so I know God has placed some amazing woman in my life that have been wonderful examples for me.  My husband was also a really good father to my two girls as they were growing up.  He was very involved and hands on in their lives and instilled in them a healthy self esteem.

A few hand painted pendants I did for an event.
Some available here...

I admire woman that are strong, quiet, but bold and know who they are in Christ.  Never limiting themselves in boundaries defined by others.  They always realize that they can do all things through Christ whom strengthens them, and never cease to stretch those boundaries and do amazing things.

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” ~Melinda Gates

One of my daughters proofread this post
and I didn't get a "Duh, Mom". :)

Some keynotes...

*If you fail, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again, get gritty!
*If anyone tells you that you can't do something, prove them wrong.
*Don't be afraid of trying new things, have courage!
*Never give up, (adjust your sails if you need to) always persevere.
*Be kind but don't be a doormat! (set boundaries)
*God's love is your measuring stick. (Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket)
*Live by the fruits of the spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control.
*Pursue God wholeheartedly.

A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.~Max Lucado


My girls have a good sense of who they are but there may be other woman (or girls) out there that don't.  I hope you find this post to encourage you to understand your value and to make the changes in your life that honor that.  Walk in victory in the assurance that Christ died for you and trust Him with your shortcomings.  He will make a way for you to walk in victory over your present circumstances.

As you admire the wonderful things God has made today, remember you're one of them, wonderful inside and out. You are blessed, you are special, you are loved. ~unknown

I would love to see women finding their voice and embracing their unique qualities. Not for women to feel that you have to be a carbon copy of what the world says is worthy but to be all that God created you to be and walk that in all the stages of life.  He made you for a purpose and until you discover what that purpose is, just follow and trust that God will lead you.  Our worth is not in what people say about us, it is what God says about us.

In Him we find our greatest advocate,
our sense of worth,
our greatest love.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
1Peter 3:3-4

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Be generous with your love this Christmas!

Be generous with your love.  All material things will eventually fade away, but our love for each other will create a ripple effect that could last forever.

Photo by Jon Warren/World Vision

Make this Christmas a season that matters!  Open your heart to a child living in poverty.

Some of the best memories we can give our family are free.  Spending time with loved ones and enjoying the "little moments" that can make a lasting expression that no toy could ever give.

I love this endearing story written by Laura Reinhardt that captures this so perfectly!

Last weekend a lady talked with me about children that lost their parents during the Ebola crisis. This especially touched me deeply because one of my sponsor kids is a child that lost her parents.  My sponsor child wants to become a writer, so I sent her a little Thomas Kinkade book with pictures and stories and I got a note from her that said she received it.  I hope she can find joy in those brightly colored pages and to know someone loves her from far away.

Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!~William Arthur Ward

You can sponsor a child too and add just a little more love this Christmas...

"The only things you can take with you when you leave this world are things you've packed inside your  heart."
~Susan Gale

Pray and help meet the urgent needs
of refugees fleeing the violence in Aleppo
and facing a harsh winter displaced from their homes.
Many refugee children have witnessed terrible things
and are in need of healing and emotional support right now.
Help World Vision's efforts in serving those who have
escaped the devastation and violence in Aleppo City.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


"There's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met." 
                           ~Jim Henson 

 I am working on some shows right now and this is a little display page. I have a show that wants to see a few pics of my work and I had a little fun with it. Most shows you need to be approved and ushered in,  so I added in a few friendship quotes for side-notes.:) Enjoy!
Some of these are already sold.

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. Charles R. Swindoll
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I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. Charles R. Swindoll
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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. Charles R. Swindoll
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World Vision The gift of sponsorship.* * before and after (the same girl after sponsorship)

Love her! :)

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. Charles R. Swindoll
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I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.
                           ~ Charles Swindoll
I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. Charles R. Swindoll
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I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. Charles R. Swindoll
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A true friend warms you with her presence, trusts you with her secrets and remembers you in her prayers.


 "The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart."
~Elisabeth Foley

"There are good ships, and there are wood ships, The ships that sail the sea. But the best ships, are friendships, And may they always be."
Let us be thankful to the people who bring us happiness; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
~Marcel Proust

 "Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give." 

"I think there should be more love in the world. Gritty, dangerous, wild-eyed love. Radical acceptance of people."
 ~ Brene Brown 

Lucy my favorite!(just for fun)

"Never explain yourself, Your friends don't need it and it and your enemies won't believe it."
~Ziad K. Abdelnor  

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. Saint Teresa of Avila
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 "For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God."
~Saint Teresa of Avila

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. Saint Teresa of Avila
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"A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow."
~William Shakespeare


"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life."
~Amy Poehler

"The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul." ~ Shanna Rodriguez

"A sweet friendship refreshes the soul." 
 Proverbs 27:9  

Friday, November 11, 2016

Keep sailing

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.~ Jimmy Dean

  Some went out on the sea in ships;
    they were merchants on the mighty waters.
 They saw the works of the Lord,
    his wonderful deeds in the deep.
 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
    that lifted high the waves.
 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
    in their peril their courage melted away.
 They reeled and staggered like drunkards;
    they were at their wits’ end.
 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he brought them out of their distress.
 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
    the waves of the sea were hushed.
 They were glad when it grew calm,
    and he guided them to their desired haven.
 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

 Psalm 107:23-31

November has been beautiful here in the Northwest!  I took some time to get away from all the political noise and walk on the waterfront.  I admit I was surprised about who got elected!  I guess I don't feel as worried as everyone else because I believe God can change any heart even someone so unlikely like Donald Trump.  I think about how many times has God used someone so unlikely.  You just need to pick up the bible to see many ordinary men and woman that have been used by God to carry out extraordinary work.  I also would think that his heart would have to be humbled with this huge responsibility that he is taking on and he is going to need our prayers more than ever!
My prayer is that America can come together in UNITY and stand behind our leaders with prayer and solidity!

We can't let the thread of division divide us anymore, we must move on or that very thread will unravel us as a nation. 

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
Mark 3:24 

Keep sailing

 Seasons change. Winds blow. Chaos ensues. Yet, Christ is our anchor. Fix your eyes on Him. Remain steadfast. Keep working for God's Kingdom.~EugeneCho

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Island of happiness

Do not shrink your beautiful light,to make someone else feel more comfortable. Be who you are, without hesitation and you will inspire others to shine, also!~Andrew Guzaldo

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Pro 4:23 I hope this helps!
Negative people, gossip, putting people down just because of the political views they stand on, you don't have to go very far to get your daily dose of negativity!  Immersing ourselves in so much negativity and allowing it to be "poured into us" can rob us of our joy, trust and peace. Of course many times you can't always avoid negative circumstances, it  is something you just need to walk though, trusting in God's unfailing love and knowing He is already there in the mist of your circumstances-keeping our eyes on Him even when the road looks so very dark and we can't see what's ahead.

The other day I was just reading the news and a few articles on my feed on social media and other sites; another busy week of news, one heartbreaking story after another when this little guy popped up on my screen!  A bright purple and green hummingbird playfully interacting with other hummingbirds. I must of "liked" a page a while back I thought. Since then, I paid a little more attention to this hard to ignore bird that brings so much color and pure joy to my social media feed.  How these photographers got some of these shots, I have no idea! They move so fast that you hardly notice that they are even there, let alone get a good shot of their beautiful rainbow colors that really only can be seen and observed by photograph. The photos here are desktop wall paper, one of these days I will try and capture one.:)

Being inquisitive as I am I began to look at the people that shot the photos and took videos of these birds.  I found that they were watching the same birds every day that came in their own back yards.  They created  beautiful gardens and a friendly place for these beautiful birds.  Many of these birds are lovingly named and have strong distinctive personalities.  To my amazement they knew these birds inside and out and these birds knew them. Many of these hummingbirds trusted them so much that they would eat out of their hands. The daily drama of this hummingbird haven is watched and written about every day. An island of happiness in the midst of a dark world enjoyed by a few dedicated observers.

While hummingbirds are the tiniest bird in the world, they can fly sideways, up and down, and hover in mid air. They fly an average of 25-30 miles per hour. They are very smart and remember every flower in the garden (but can't smell them) and they know how long it takes each flower to refill. Hummingbirds can see and hear better then humans.

The hummingbird must be the definition of whimsy!

"God’s tiny miracle, evidence of careful design, enjoyment of life, lightness of being,love, joy and beauty, adaptability, resilience, being present, independence, playfulness and joy in daily life."

Hand embroidery that I am working on for a show. Cotton threads on wool.

On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. 
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. 
Psalm 63:6-8

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Not your pumpkin spice

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. ~Thomas Moore

Her own photo.

As Fall approaches the weather gets cold here in the Northwest.  Everything seems to be turning orange. (sunsets, leaves, pumpkins) :) My daughter grew her first pumpkin this year, and it is the deepest color orange I have ever seen in a pumpkin.

One of my favorite recipes that I like to make this time of year is this recipe for Thai coconut pumpkin soup!  This is my own recipe for this soup and I make it every year. (sometimes more then once) You probably can find a better version of it, but this one is really simple and always good.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
~Melody Beattie

Thai coconut pumpkin soup

Organic vegetable or chicken broth 3 or 4 cups

1 small baking pumpkin cubed and insides removed.
(save the seeds for roasting with a little olive oil and sea salt)

I can coconut milk

2 tbsp. soy sauce

2 stalks lemon grass

1 sweet potato or 3 red potatoes cubed

3 carrots chopped

! small onion chopped

2 stalks celery chopped

ginger root

Thai basil (important)


2 garlic cloves

1 tbsp. turmeric and curry (curry paste if you like it spicy)

A pinch of sea salt and pepper to taste

2 chicken breasts cooked and chopped (not for vegetarian/vegan)

Finely shred garlic, lemon grass and 1 tbsp. ginger set aside.

Simmer stock with chopped pumpkin, onion, carrots, potatoes and celery.(add a little water if needed)

Add  your finely shredded garlic, lemon grass, tbsp. ginger root, turmeric, curry and 2 tbsp. of soy sauce.

Simmer on low heat until tender.(20 or 30 minutes)

Add coconut milk, cilantro and Thai basil (the more Thai basil the better about 1 or 2 cups)

Simmer 5 to 10 minutes more.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve soup with Thai basil garnish or the toasted rice noodle garnish as shown.

Toasted rice noodle garnish; heat up a little sesame seed oil in a pan and drop in a little rice noodles and toast until puffy and light brown. (noodles will be tough if under cooked)

Place garnish on soup and enjoy! :)

There is more to this season then candy and pumpkin spice!
  Good soup, cozy chair, a good book and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Now that's a good recipe!

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd,
I lack nothing.
 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Remember those that are hungry this season and give to children that need it most!