Posts Tagged ‘Joy’

Not long ago, I posted about the quilt I was making for one of my granddaughters,
(To read about it, click here and here)


For the backing, I used a pretty pink floral which was very soft.



I made a matching little pillow to go with it…




I added a small lace on the pillow, just to add some softness and a little special touch.




And I hand-quilted both.  It was fun, and as I stitched, I prayed for my granddaughter.
She’s a cutie and a joy!!



We weren’t able to be with her on her birthday, but we had a celebration when we did go to visit them.  She was so excited to take stuff (gifts) out of bags, and when she pulled the little pillow out of the gift bag, this is what she did:



It was so cute!  We all exclaimed, “Awwww!” and she smiled  as if she knew she was saying, “Thank you, Abuela!  I love it!”
It touched my heart and made it all the more worth the time put into sewing those tiny stitches and seams.
She captures my heart every time I see her.

Happy sewing & quilting!



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New Granddaughter!

A LOT has been going on around here,
and that’s why I’ve been away from the blogging world
for almost a month!




My daughter had her baby girl!
And she was a BIG baby — 11 lbs
(that’s not a typo)

A new baby!  So much fun to be a Grandma!

We are so thankful and have much to thank God for —
baby and Mommy are doing great.

More pictures to come of both granddaughters!




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I’ve been sick for over a week and haven’t been able to do much, but…

I can not let today go by without posting.

It is the reason why there exists hope
The reason why we can go on in the midst of trials,
grief, hard times.

He lives.


The angel said to the women,
“Do not be afraid;
for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.
He is not here,
for He has risen,
just as He said.
Come, see the place where He was lying. ”
Matt. 28:5-7



I don’t know if you’ve seen this before,
but it’s one of my favorites from way back.
If you haven’t seen it,
you’re in for a treat.

A blessed Easter to you all,


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I realized once again today,
that very often God uses what I call “Pictorial Lessons”

to remind me of something,
to teach me something,
to help me see things clearer or in a new perspective… etc…




I can remember times when I sat by the shore of the ocean
by myself, watching the sun rise (or set)…

Some of those times I poured out my heart to God,
and later, when I got up to leave, I felt I had been in His presence.
He had “heard my cry” as the Bible states, and I felt
Even filled with peace
and joy.




The ocean… the sun rising or setting on the horizon,
the little sand birds running away from the waves
only to turn around and run towards it again….
So much like children running around, playing and laughing.



The rising & setting of the sun reminding me of the faithfulness
and steadfastness of God.
Many of us have experienced times when we were grieved or heart-broken…
It’s tempting to blame God.
But that is neither true, nor what will bring us healing or
help us to overcome and continue on…



The mountains that remind me that He is my strength..

“I love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  Psalms 18:1-2



Hiking in the mountains and suddenly coming upon a small waterfall, a river, a lake…
It is a reminder (another “Pictorial Lesson”) for me:
“For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.” Jeremiah 31:25

Oh, Lord, sometimes I’m weary and I need your strength.
Refresh my heart;
Strengthen me.



Looking at the mountain ridges, and seeing the beautiful colors…
I’m reminded that God is the magnificent Creator
and we are His most prized creation…
“I have loved you with an everlasting love”  Jeremiah 31:3

Sometimes I don’t feel so loved and appreciated, Lord;
Thank you for reminding me that You have always loved me


He has created beautiful things for us to enjoy
and to bring us joy
“Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.”  Psalm 96:6

Here are a few examples:



I find rest in You, Oh Lord.


Children . . . they always make me smile
and remind me of Your tenderness towards me.


Flowers – what a wonderful array of colors and smells –
Oh, Lord, I marvel at Your amazing attention to detail.





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Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
Remember His wonders which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth, 
Psalm 105:4-5

I pray this was of encouragement to you
as it was to me.


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Beauty in Rain

There’s always opportunity for photography…

even in the rain . . .




This was taken with my cell phone from inside the car
while we were stuck in traffic, going through a major
University town.

I’m not officially a “professional” photographer,

but . . .

I’m usually looking at things as if through the lens of a camera.
Taking “snap shots” of whatever surroundings I find myself in.
And I have been doing that since I was a kid.

It’s wonderful that today, because so many of us have
phones that come equipped with a camera,
we can capture what normally would be missed.

Here’s the same scene a couple moments later:




We can see beauty even in the things we are
prone to complain about –
no problem!  — take photos.  🙂

There’s joy all around us.
Sometimes a change of perspective
(or attitude, in my case)
helps tremendously.

Go out and have fun seeing what’s
around you through a “professional”
photographer’s eyes (even if all you have
is a cell phone!)
A rainy night can become
a thing of beauty.

Happy Wednesday everybody 🙂

Love to you all,

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Have you been anxious lately?
Worrying about something?

I love the stark contrasts in the pictures that
Scripture gives us…
from anxiety – to delight . . .



“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.”
Psalm 94:19

I looked up the word “consolation” in the dictionary…
this is what came up:
relief, succor, help, support, cheer;
to soothe, comfort, console, or reassure; bring cheer to,
support or encourage.

Then I looked up the word “delight”.
this is what came up:
a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment;
joy; rapture
to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to.


Happy Sunday, everyone!
Love to you all,


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Recently,  my husband got me a gift…

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I was very surprised, since it was HIS birthday, not mine.

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It was beautiful… a dozen red roses, each one a masterpiece.

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I smelled them, gazed at them, took many, many photos of them.

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I don’t particularly like the color red.  I own very few items (maybe 2 or 3) that are red.
How can I not like these??
Together they make a truly amazing display.

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I didn’t have any place to put them except for this glass jar I bought at an antique store…

I’m learning to look at the details…
They can be beautiful, too.

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My husband is always thinking of me, how to make me laugh, bring me joy…
Every time I looked over at the roses, I couldn’t help smiling.
Even now…

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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but one of the things I’ve been
re-learning this year is that, “Actions speak louder than words.”

Let your loved ones know you care.
In our house, we say the words, “I love you” many times a day to each other…
But somehow when we do something totally unexpected,
it speaks so loudly,
and unforgettably.


Have fun thinking up ways to surprise your loved ones!

(Let me know how it goes :))



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Today, in honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to mention my father.



He has been an inspiration and a joy to me my whole life.

When I was just a toddler, he left his country to bring his family (my Mom, my brother, and me) to a country in which he did not know one single person and could not speak the language.  He gave up the career he was studying back in his country and signed up for some English language classes and a program in the nearest technical/career school.  He graduated from both and though he did not become wealthy, he was successful in his field and was able to provide for his family.  He is a hard worker and is also one of the kindest and most generous men I know.

Growing up, not a day went by that I did not know for certain that my Dad loved me.  The older I get, the more I realize what a tremendous gift that was.  I thank God for my father, and my desire is to show him everyday that I love him, too.  I call him every single day, we chat for a bit, and always end every conversation by saying, “I love you”.

I feel very blessed and thank God everyday that my Dad is still healthy.  I almost lost him many years ago and he was miraculously healed.  I often tell people not to take their loved ones for granted.  Cherish them.  Call them.  Tell them over & over how much you love them.

Happy Father’s Day everyone!



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“Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which you have done, and your thoughts toward us;  There is none to compare with you.  Psalm 40:5

Happy Sunday!  May joy fill your heart today!




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I met this new friend along the road not long ago…


I was so happy to see him!

I had to stop and take a quick picture…
all I had was my cell phone, but I think he looks pretty handsome.

Have a great weekend, everybody!
Go for a photo drive 🙂




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