Yarn Along – Pretties

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

I found a pattern ‘Cups and Saucers by Ravelry’s BluebirdStitches. I had to try it. This is my start.

P1080432I love the colors. I’m using Caron ‘Soft solids’

aug 17 sweet baby family

Still reading ‘Touching the clouds’ by Bonnie Leon and fitting in piecing quilt tops, finished one yesterday.

Linking with Ginnie and others here

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Wordless Wednesday-now with picture



Joining silent bloggers here

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Ten on Tuesday


10 Things You Take In A Travel Tote Bag.

Wallet with ID and money

I pod for my audio books

Coloring Book and Staedtler Pencils and
Sharpies fine and extra fine points

P1080429I love the paisleys.


Real Book to Read

Phone and charging cord

Knitting or Crocheting project, directions, scissors, and yarn needle

New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs

Graph paper and pencil


10-19,20-09 026Clothes and toiletries would go in a separate bag(?)
with ipod charge and an extension cord
(sometimes plugs just aren’t where you need them).

Would you like to know what other travelers pack in their totes?

Check here.

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Wool on Sundays – Little Things

Wool on Sundays consists of
“makes or musings or photos –
related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn”.

P1080428These little things might actually grow up to be a curtain valance.

Today I’m linking with Rainbow Hare Quilts

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Sunday Bible Reading

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Hebrews 11:23-26

By faith Moses, after his birth,
was hidden for three months by his parents,
because they saw he was a beautiful and divinely favored child;
and they were not afraid of the king’s (Pharaoh’s) decree.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up,
refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
because he preferred to endure the hardship of the people of God
rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.
He considered the reproach of the Christ
[that is, the rebuke he would suffer for his faithful obedience to God]
to be greater wealth than all the treasures of Egypt;
for he looked ahead to the reward [promised by God].

Amplified Bible

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Five Minute Friday – Green

Joining with Kate at Heading Home
for five minutes of free writing.
“This is meant to be a free write, which means:
no editing, no over-thinking,
no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.
Just write.”

This week’s prompt – GREEN


Green lawns
Green fiels
Green pastures – Got it!

Psalm 23:2
I have been reading ‘A Shepherd looks at the 23rd Psalm’
by Phillip Keller. He says sheep cannot rest
if they feel fear, tension, aggravation or hunger.
And it is only the shepherd who is able to do anything about these needs.

In my life
as I trust the Shepherd

for freedom from daily or sudden fears
for freedon from unrest
for freedom from irritations and distrubances
for freedom from soul hunger

(even though the situations may not change)
just knowing HE has

everything under His watchful eye
everything in His times and seasons
everything is working for my good

brings me rest in these peaceful green pastures of His care.
Only He can make me lie down and rest
as I draw near to Him in my unrest.


Picture added after stop.


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Keep the Path Clear


My day started okay,
get up, dressed, comb my hair, go into the kitchen

then a few words from an irritated spouse – SMACK!

Wow I didn’t see that coming.

Was the statement based on truth? yes
Should the truth have been taken care of earlier? yes

Problem — A spatula not washed.
P1080426(Yes, I only have one.)

My response, keeping my mouth shut,
guilt for the neglected bath,
unbelief at the pettiness for not just washing it himself
the remembrance of times that I had taken care of things
beyond the knowledge of him
a huge why?
and a prayer “Lord, what do I do now?”

Forgive and be still
and put a watch before my lips
especially when something happens that pushes my irritation button.

It’s 6:00pm

Of course, now, the action and reaction seem so silly.

I am filled with thankfulness.
My words would have blown the irritation way out proportion.
My quietness saved the rest of the day.
I’m still working on – What do I need to learn?

Proverbs 31:26
She opens her mouth in [skillful and godly] wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction].AMP
resounded in my mind.

But when I looked up that scripture –
I read the next verse  –
if I had followed this one

Proverbs 31:27
She looks well to how things go in her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.AMP

The whole situation would never have happened.

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path. AMP

Dear Lord, Help me follow your light (Word) so I can keep the path clear for others. Amen

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Yarn Along

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

Lately I’ve been crocheting.
I forget what I stumbled upon that pushed my
“I wonder if I could do that” button.
Mandelas, Corner 2 Corner, Frank O’Randle, and Cherry Heart
have stretched my simple crochet beginnings.
I’m loving it with the same enjoyment I found with trying new knitting patterns.

P1080421My Rings of Change, designer Frank O’Randle using Magic Light, ICE yarn.

I’ve started reading  ‘Alaskan Skies’ series,  #1 Touching the Clouds  by Bonnie Leon.
“Kate Evans is an adventurous and independent young woman with a pioneering spirit. She pilots a mail-delivery plane in the forbidding Alaskan wilderness, the lone woman in a male profession. But even that seems easy compared to finding true love. She likes a fellow pilot and would even consider marrying him–if it weren’t for Paul, a mysterious man on her mail route with a gentle spirit and a past to hide. Can Kate break through the walls Paul has put up around his heart? And will her quest for adventure be her demise? “
Light reading – so far liking the author.   Linked to Goodreads

Linking today with Lisa and other talented ‘yarn people’.

She looks for wool and flax
And works with willing hands in delight
Proverbs 31:13 AMP

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Wool on Sundays – Organising

Wool on Sundays consists of  “makes or musings or photos – related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn”.

Organizing is a verb meaning  arranging into a structured whole. Organising is the British spelling.
I really like to organize.
I like to sort through stuff,
tossing items of little worth in my eyes,
bagging things of some worth to someone else, maybe,
and organizing those precious pieces that were left for me.

I have a little dish on my table for necessary tools.
My needles and hooks have special spots.
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A shed all my own; I won’t open the doors because it really needs organizing, AGAIN!

All the organizing makes it easier to knit or crochet.

I’ve been enjoying mandelas recently.

I, too, have a favorite ‘wooly’ mug.

Today I’m linking with Rainbow Hare Quilts

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Margaret’s Birthday

We, Margaret and I, walked different roads for many years.
We found even on different roads, love is there.

Hard love is going the distance love.
it’s praying, crying, for the right words love.
its knowing the words will hurt, because the words are hurting you.
It’s writing the words,
repeating the words
living the words, doubting the words, coming back to the words.
It’s standing on the porch love,
it’s waiting love,
it’s struggling love,
it’s dark love without sometimes a glimmer of hope love
it’s preparing love
it is hoping against hope love
it is knowing that if you could read the last chapter of the story,
knowing all the tears, doubts, prayers, disappointments,
you would live the story anyway because hard love is worth it all.

especially from the porch you look down the road and see her coming home.

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Jesus Dispels Doubt

mandala 21Just keeping my fingers busy Saturday afternoon and evening.

Good Morning

Luke 24:37-38
But they were terrified and affrighted,
and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled?
and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

They had betrayed their Master.
When Jesus needed them they had scampered.
And now they were having to deal with the shame.

Seeking forgiveness,
but not knowing where to look for it,
the disciples came back.
They gravitated to that same upper room
that contained the sweet memories
of broken bread and symbolic wine….

They cam back.
Each with a scrapbook
full of memories
and a thin thread of hope
Each knowing that it is all over,
but in his heart hoping
that the impossible will happen once more.
“If I had just one more chance.” . . .

And just when the gloom gets good and thick,
just when their wishful thinking is falling victim to logic,
just when some one says,
“How I’d give my immortal soul to see him one more time,”
a familiar face walks through the wall

My what an ending,
Or better said,
What a beginning!
Max Lucado

Keep the Faith  . . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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See Deeper and Deeper

the Farmer’s cactus abloom.

Good Afternoon

Let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: …
let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee.–Psalm 5:11

What inexpressible joy for me,
to look up through the apple-blossoms and the fluttering leaves,
and to see God’s love there;
to listen to the thrush that has built his nest among them,
and to feel God’s love,
who cares for the birds,
in every note that swells his little throat;
to look beyond to the bright blue depths of the sky,
and feel they are a canopy of blessing,
–the roof of the house of my Father;
that if clouds pass over it,
it is the unchangeable light they veil;
that, even when the day itself passes,
I shall see that the night itself only unveils new worlds of light;
and to know that if I could unwrap fold after fold of God’s universe,
I should only unfold more and more blessing,
and see deeper and deeper
into the love which is at the heart of all.

See God’s Love . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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He Never Slumbers or Sleeps

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Good Afternoon

Psalm 121
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper:
the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out
and thy coming in from this time forth,
and even for evermore.


Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;
The storms are raging on God’s deep—
God’s deep, not thine; be still and sleep.

Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;
God’s hands shall still the tempter’s sweep
God’s hands, not thine; be still and sleep.

Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;
God’s love is strong while night hours
God’s love, not thine; be still and sleep

Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;
God’s heaven will comfort those who weep—
God’s heaven, not thine; be still and sleep.”
–Madame Guyon

Be still and sleep . . . Tonight
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Happy Mother’s Day to my Mother

Happy Mother’s Day

2012 May Frances

Proverbs 31:20, 25-29
She opens her hand to the poor, yes,
she reaches out her filled hands to the needy
[whether in body, mind, or spirit].
Strength and dignity are her clothing
and her position is strong and secure;
she rejoices over the future
[the latter day or time to come, knowing
that she and her family are in readiness for it]!
She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom,
and on her tongue is the law of kindness
[giving counsel and instruction].
She looks well to how things go in her household,
and the bread of idleness
(gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat.
Her children rise up and call her blessed
(happy, fortunate, and to be envied);
and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying],
Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well
[with the strength of character
that is steadfast in goodness],
but you excel them all.
Amplified Bible.

The young mother set her foot on the path of life.
“Is the way long?” she asked.
And her Guide said: “Yes. and the way is hard.
And you will be old before you reach the end of it.
But the end will be better than the beginning.”
But the young mother was happy,
and she would not believe that anything
could be better than these years.
So she played with her children,
and gathered flowers for them along the way,
and bathed with them in the clear streams;
and the sun shone on them and life was good,
and the young mother cried,
“nothing will ever be lovelier than this.”

Then night came, and storm,and the path was dark,
and the children shook with fear and cold,
and the mother drew them close
and covered them with her mantle, and the children said,
“O Mother, we are not afraid,
for you are near, and no harm can come,”
and the mother said,
“This is better than the brightness of day,
for I have taught my children courage.”

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead,
and the children climbed and grew weary,
and the mother was weary,
but at all times she said to the children,
“A little patience and we are there.”
So the children climbed,
and when they reached the top, they said,
“We could not have done it without you, Mother.”
And the mother, when she lay down that night,
looked at the stars and said:
“This is a better day than the last,
for my children have learned fortitude
in the face of hardness.
Yesterday I gave them courage,
today I have given them strength.”

And the next day came,
strange clouds which darkened the earth—
clouds of war and hate and evil,
and the children groped and stumbled,
and the mother said,
“Look up. Lift your eyes to the Light.”
and the children looked
and saw above the clouds an Everlasting Glory,
it guided them and brought them beyond the darkness.
And that night the mother said:
“This day is the best day of all,
for I have shown my children God.”

And the days went on,
and the weeks and the months and the years,
and the mother grew old, and she was little and bent.
But her children were tall and strong,
and walked with courage.
And when the way was hard, they helped their mother,
and when the way was rough, they lifted her,
for she was as light as a feather;
and at last they came to a hill,
and beyond the hill they could see
a shining road and golden gate flung wide.
And the mother said:
“I have reached the end of my journey.
And now I know that the end is better
than the beginning for my children can walk alone,
and their children after them.”
And the children said:
“You will always walk with us, Mother,
even when you have gone through the gates.”
And they stood and watched her as she went on alone,
and the gates closed after her.
And they said, “We cannot see her,
but she is with us still.
A mother like ours is more than a memory.
She is a living presence.”
Temple Bailey from Food for thought

Thank you, Mom, for being the wonderful example of a true mother. i am so very blessed that you are sill with me this Mother’s Day. I can still learn from your wisdom and grace.
I Love You. Leslie Anne

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Happy Mother’s Day

Proverbs 31:10-31
A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful,
treats him generously all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing (crocheting and quilting).
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn,
preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
husband joins in with words of praise
“Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised is the woman
who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!
The Message

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