Monthly Archives: October 2012

My Wish List For Now


My Wish List

1.  A church that teaches you to sing for yourself, unto the Lord, in praise and worship.  I mean really sing not watch some guy with a guitar and a spotlight entertain me with songs that I could never sing.  King David sang and danced on his own and the Lord said, “David is a man after My own heart.”

2.  Women who love one another not afraid of being committed to seeing friendships through the good and the bad times. No coveteousness or jealousies just genuine love and concern for one another so that we could speak to one another in Psalms and Hymns like The Bible tells us to.

3.  Mothers who love God, their husbands and children more than themselves.  If we could get that in our society we could solve a lot of problems.

4.  Husbands who love God and understand their roles as providers and protectors of their own household.

5.  A government that doesn’t put its faith in itself, but in God.

6.  A public school system that is not run as a government institution to indoctrinate our children into univeralism, homosexuality, relativsim and political correctness. Instead, a Godly moral compass, leadership skills and the ability to stand for what is right would be my top priority.  From an academic standpoint, I would go back to the basics first so that our children could read, spell and do math without a computer.  All of this conceptual learning is only making truth belong to the loudest mouth.

7.  Integrity and Honesty would replace respect for diversity and tolerance because if you have those two things the others fall in line.

8.  Take back the word gay so that it means happy instead of what you do in your bedroom with the same gender as yourself.   You may have been hurt or mislead, but I don’t need to know what your sexual preference is…  that’s all it is… sexual and should be kept private.  I don’t dislike you because of what you do in private.  I dislike that fact that approximately 3 to 5 percent of the population with your bedroom ideas are trying to cram it down the throats of the rest of us.  And, STOP USING THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM TO INDOCTRINATE YOUR SEX LIFE INTO THE MINDS  OF OUR KIDS.  (Post Script: I edited this paragraph after a discussion tonight at a friend’s house.  Why? I don’t ever want to hurt others with my words, but I do want to exercise my freedom of speech by taking responsibility for what I say.)

9.  Call Islam what it is…intolerant, destructive and evil to women and children.  I have to wonder where all the virgins will come from in paradise for the bombers who are glorified for their sacrifice for blowing themselves and innocent people up.   Mohammad killed and Jesus died.  You can visit Mohammad in his grave and the tomb of Jesus is empty.  Enough said.

10.  Christians who read The Bible and know that we are called to be more than we are on our own.  We have to stop drowning in our own sorrows which are so pathetic compared to the suffering of Jesus and the disciples.  Only one of Jesus’ followers lived to an old age and even then he was imprisoned.  The others were boiled, beheaded, beaten, and you name it.  It wasn’t about prosperity or what your spiritual gifts are…They just lived and told everyone they came in contact with about Jesus.  (I am so guilty of only seeing my own trials so forgive me as I struggle with this myself.)  Are we so weak, in Christ, that we can’t see that He has overcome all of this???

On Overload and Overwhelmed…Phillippians 4:13, right?


Realization has set in that I blog and I read other blogs.  The blogging started out as a way to unwind from building a house while living in a camper and caring for my sister who was dying of cancer.  It was a creative expression and my sister loved it.   I wanted the blog to be simple, no frills and no hassle, just like the home I built I wanted to come away from layers upon layers of stuff that I had accumulated around me so that I could breath again.  Somehow, I am back into the layers of stuff.  How did that happen?

1.  I blogged and started reading other bloggers.  Other bloggers are so creative so I bought their cookbooks and tried their newest dishes.  (By the way, some of the recipes just were not any good.)  Then, I started a few of the craft projects as well as my own.  What could be harmful about that?  I started collecting the projects like the embroidery that is sitting in the bag in the dish pantry or the jewelry in the box in the closet waiting to be crafted like the rings I saw at The Country Living Fair.  Not only the projects, but my blog –  it looks so plain and unimpressive.   It needs fixing so that it looks better and I can get more readers like the other bloggers I read.   I should be able to do all those things, right?

2.  I read the fashion blogs and realized what a frump I have become after homeschooling for ten years and not being out in the real world like I used to be.  I picked up a few pieces of jewelry to accessorize what I had and realized I needed to dump the old stuff and update myself.  I am a little perplexed on this one because in the process I realized that these women look like they have no wrinkles and saggy necks which is called a décolletage (that’s your chest and neck area).  My décolletage is in need of some repair and therefore requiring some serious beauty products. 



Then, I noticed that since I have aged, should I really wear this flashy jewelry and can I still do leopard without looking like Betty Davis in her yonder years?






3.  I read the home decor blogs and want to redo  and I haven’t finished the original phase so I must really be behind the times because I can’t paint everything white and slip cover leather sofas.  I love wood and the smell of leather, but I must be out of style because every stitch of wood I see is painted white or some shade of blue.  I kind of knew this stuff by instinct, but I am in rebellion in my mind and want to just shut the whole design side of my brain down and I do which locks down the creative part of me.  I should be more creative, right?

4.  I read the farm blogs and since I live on acreage I must be a farmer so I bought chickens and realized that I can’t just walk away and let nature take its course.  I have to love and feed those chickens.  Chickens aren’t dumb and my chickens cackle until I come out to pet and talk to them.  I have accumulated more chicken stuff including an expensive coop that I have far exceeded the cost of organic eggs for the next ten years.  When we go somewhere I have to get a chicken sitter!  I also garden and spend way more time killing snakes, insects and unidentified creepy crawly starving creatures  of the alien world that I can bare.   I can do all things, right?

5.  I read home school mom blogs and find myself grieving over all the things I should have done and let time slip away. We should have been missionaries and scholars and musicians while traveling to foreign countries to learn history first hand.   After all, I should have been up at dawn baking whole grain bread and lovingly discipling a brood of twelve to embrace their God given potential while feeding, clothing, educating and discovering what they are supposed to pursue as their careers, mates and life long dreams, right?


What does all this mean?

I am on overload and overwhelmed…

I have bought in to the lie and need a reality check.

Yes, I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me!  Phillipians 4:13

THROUGH CHRIST…I forgot about Him in the crazy madness and should be asking Him what He wants me to do because otherwise this is all just stuff to be purchased, stored and dealt with after I’m gone.  As far as my sons go…I can say I truly tried my best…I did not abandon the course, stuck to it and am still on the path.  So, today, I am turning back and saying…Lord, how can You use me to serve You?


Christmas At Hermann Furniture … and Paula Deen


Christmas and Paula Deen are in full swing at Hermann Furniture in Brenham, Texas, and I would advise you to get there quickly.  You might miss out on the latest treasures.  Here’s a preview before you arrive…

Surprise, Paula Deen has put her signature style on furniture…love a good settee, so Southern and versatile.


Christopher Radko Ornaments are  Timeless Heirlooms to pass from generation to generation.  Do you collect from year to year with plans to pass them on to the next generation?

Nutcrackers are Precious Heirlooms to pass from generation to generation.

Visiting Hermann’s in downtown Brenham, Texas, is a tradition to many families from all over Texas.   The store has been there for 135 years, in the same family, in the same place.  I would call that a serious tradition.  The Hermann’s welcome you to become part of their family tradition and I highly recommend starting a tradition of visiting with your family during the holidays.   You will become a part of and enjoy a small town Christmas.

Hermann Furniture

213 West Alamo


Brenham, Texas

Telephone (979)836-7231

Be Ye Thankful and Draw.Write.Now


These bark pencils are from Leftovers Antiques here in Brenham.  I picked them up during Round Top with something in mind, but not sure what,  so I put some brown paper on the table and started being thankful.   I know when we sit down at our next meal my guys will be tempted by the cool pencils.  I never prompt them with words because they’ll think its corny.  I just start drawing or writing.  I am looking forward to reading what they write.


Another possibility for the bark pencils will be for place markers at Thanksgiving.  I’m still pondering that one since I am not sure who will be coming this year.  I have these great books that teach drawing that we have had for years.  Even adults enjoy this simple instruction book.  I’ve used brown paper many time for gatherings and the pencils and crayons strike up the creativity in everyone.  You would be amazed at what happens when you give an adult a crayon and paper in a relaxed setting especially when they have no where else to go! LOL

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful


Recently, I blogged about Hermann Furniture and have done so many times in the past.  I don’t think I can convey just how big this store is and really there are many stores under the Hermann umbrella of Furniture, Accessories, Antiques, Crafts, Upholstery, Gifts, Floral, Design Services.  The section that our booth is located in is the Antique Mall where different vendors rent space.  Here’s what is new and for sale under my little part of the umbrella  in the booth:

My friend Tikaa suggested word art on the old windows that I seem to be attracted to and have amassed a large collection of  so I found something to say on the old glass panes of each of these windows.  Hey, Tikaa, this reminds me of you…


Be Your Own

Kind of Beautiful

The difficulty with making something is that you want to keep it for yourself, but I am willing to share…LOL

You can find both window panes at Hermann’s Antique Mall in The Irish Lady’s Booth.

Catie In The Latest Walmart Fashion


Photogenic, Catie is not!  Neither is she very cooperative especially when she is in her “Miss Minerva Mood” which means, ” I can’t be bothered and you are not the mistress of the house.  I am.”    But, here I am trying,  once again,  to get an adorable photo of a very crotchety D. O. G.  She won’t even look at me and as you can see can hardly tolerate the whole experience.  Anywho,  take a look at her latest Walmart fashion.  She actually loves this thing and has to have it on or if its hot she has to have it next to her when she sleeps.  She’s possessive that way…with everything.