Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thank you God for everything!

Today is Praise and Worship Sunday at my daughter-in-love's blog, Sweet Nothings. I've been so busy I did not pick out a song, but I do want to praise the Lord today! I have so much to be thankful for!
If we stop and look around at our world, there are so many things to be grateful for! Things like kitties sunning themselves on the front porch!
God has made such a beautiful world for us to live in and enjoy. I am so thankful for all the beautiful things in nature, the sunshine, sunsets, rivers, lakes, ponds, trees, grasses, flowers, birds, bugs, deer, wild animals, the list can go on and on! Then we have our wonderful family and friends that the Lord has placed in our lives. I have so many wonderful people in my life and I am truly grateful. The biggest gift God has given us is His one and only son, who came to earth to die for our sins and He arose on the third day! He will come back one day too!
We even need to be thankful for the hard times we go through as those times bring us closer to God. They can bring us to a place where we should always be and that is total dependence on Him. I also think that sometimes when life throws us the curve balls, it makes us really appreciate all our blessings too. I feel so much better than I did earlier this week, but I am still struggling a little bit with all of it. I am so thankful that I have the Lord to lean on. I am also so thankful for my family and friends and my blogging friends too! I praise God for all He has done for me.

Today we are having a big birthday bash for my father to celebrate his 80th!!!! I will be busy the next few days, so I'm not sure when I'll be back. I hope you have a great Sunday! God bless you!

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power, for Thou hast created all things,and for Thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11

In Him, Sharon


Friday, June 26, 2009

Father's Day Fun!

These are my guys! My wonderful husband and our four awesome sons! We all gathered together on Sunday evening to celebrate Eric as the great father he is for Father's Day.
The few days before father's day Eric took Grayson and Hayden camping and fishing up near Astoria, Oregon. I was on my annual trip with the girls to Sunriver, Oregon. We all came back together on Sunday to have a special Father's day dinner .
They caught a ton of Sturgeon, so Eric said he wanted to have deep fried Sturgeon for his Father's day dinner.
He filleted the fish out into nice sized pieces and then he soaked them in milk for a couple of hours, then we dipped them in eggs and then covered them in instant potatoes! This was a new recipe that he had gotten from a good friend.
I made a yummy cabbage/top ramen salad and baked potatoes. Because I had just gotten home I didn't make a dessert, but I bought him a pretty chocolate cake.
Mackenzie and Brittany and Cameron all came over too. Here's Brittany helping cut up the lemons for the fish.
Oh my goodness did that fish taste wonderful! We will be using this recipe again! Check out my cute fish platter! I got that for my hope chest before I was married! It's perfect for serving fish!
And speaking of fish, can you guess what these guys are doing?
Eric smoked some of the fish too. He has done this for years and it tastes wonderful! Here he is changing the wood chips. You place them on a little burner inside the smoker and it smolders and causes the smoke flavoring.
Mmmmm.......smoked fish!!! It still has several hours to go. It usually takes 18-24 hours to completely cook.
The kids were checking out the new pond that Eric and the boys are making and also checking out the cherries that are ripe!
Aren't they pretty! They sure taste good too!
Standing around and visiting while Eric is deep-frying the fish. I love sunny evenings like this on the deck. We had cool music playing too. Hey, I see Mackenzie and Brittany, Grayson, Hayden and Eric, but where's Cameron? Let's go inside and look for him.
Oh, there he is! He feel asleep on the couch! Poor guy, he had just worked a long shift.
After our delicious meal Eric opened his gifts. The boys are all so generous and gave him thoughtful gifts.
This was one of his gifts from Mackenzie and Brittany! Isn't this a great shirt! If you read closely between the lines it says, "I love my Wife when she lets me go fishing!" We all had a great laugh about this one!
It seems like whenever the boys are together one of them wants to show the rest of them something funny on You Tube. I love these little moments! They are all around the computer like this and then they all in unison burst out laughing!
Then they moved on to Grayson's lap top to look at Google Earth to see the lake where Grayson and his buddies hiked to and camped at.
I am so thankful for my husband and his amazing abilities as a father. Without him and his influence on our four sons, I know they would not have grown up to be the amazing men that they are today! He raised them with a soft, loving, firm hand teaching them how to work hard, have fun, be tough, be loving and respectful and have the skills they need for life, as well as having a great sense of humor and teaching them all of this with the backdrop of loving and respecting our father in heaven and going to Him with everything!

"Children are a heritage of the Lord:and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man, so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them." Psalm 127:3-4

Love, Sharon

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Garage Sale Palooza!!!

Coffee........check
Comfy boots........check
Bank.........check
Money........check
Map..........check
All systems go!!!! Can you tell that I had a fun day? Our little town had a citywide garage sale and boy was it fantastic! They just started this a few years ago and am I glad they did. You just drive to a neighborhood, park the car and walk from sale to sale. This is yard sale heaven!!! This was the first year I didn't have a partner, so I was kind of lonely, but that didn't stop me from having an awesome day!
Here's my treasure trove! You can see the little red reproduction vintage step stool that I blogged about a few weeks ago, click here to read more about it. I was so thrilled when I found it!
Here's a really beautiful old 25th anniversary plate. It is clear crystal with a beautiful sterling silver over lay. I only paid $1.00 for it and found it on Ebay going for $24.99!!! I think I might start collecting this stuff; I already have a vase that I found last summer that matches it. Don't they say that three makes a collection?
I found six burgundy mugs that match our everyday dishes for only $1.50 for the set! I also found two beautiful fine crystal wine glasses that match a set of six that I already have. I paid $.50 for each!
I found some fun black and yellow bracelets and a matching vintage floral pin. I always pick up candles if they are a good deal. I won't pay more than .50 cents for the sizes you see there and I won't pay more than $2.00 for the bigger ones. I came across the three stainless steel canisters, all three for $1.00. I picked them up for my daughter-in-love, Brittany as she does stainless in her kitchen and bathrooms.
I'm a plate freak and I found some beauties on this day!
I got them for such a great deal, just $1.00 a piece. I love this old fruit pattern. It reminds me Majolica or Franciscan Ware. If anybody knows the manufacturer and pattern name of this plate, I'd love to know! I love all the old crackling that it has.
I found two of these beautiful plates also for $1.00 each. They are hand painted fine china. These are not my normal colors that I buy, but I just couldn't resist them, they are so beautiful! I still need to find a home for them, or I might just put them in my china cabinet and serve brownies something like that on them for a special guest.
She reminds me of my grandmother Margaret. She had several of these Asian planters. I don't know where I'll put her, but I'll find her a home. I might even put a little cactus in her just as my grandmother did with hers! She only cost .50 cents!
Here's another planter, this one is a little frog. He's made by Hull and is quite collectible. I paid $1.00 for him.
I started picking up amber glass a few years ago. This 8" vase is made by Fenton and this pattern is called a hobnail. I paid $1.00 for it and I found the smaller 6" version of it on Ebay for $12.99.
I also found this pretty vase for .25 cents! It is not old, but it is red and it is pretty! It will look great on my dining room table with roses in it!
I'm a softy for these old vintage books. I found this one in a free box!
I love the old illustrations.
They are so original and the colors are fabulous. I will keep this in my cottage guest room and save it for my little grandchildren some day!
Here's the last thing I want to show you. It's a little foot stool. I have been wanting one for my bedroom to have near my closet to reach the top shelf. I have been looking for something sturdy and strong, yet ornate and kind of vintage looking. I think this fits the bill and it only cost me $1.00! Score! I had such a fun time and the Lord blessed me with so many wonderful treasures!

Thank you again for your sweet prayers and words of encouragement. I am feeling better. My husband's allergic reaction symptoms have gone away and he's feeling much better. Wow, that was scary. He took the medication on Tuesday at noon and he felt really bad for more than 24 hours! His skin stayed red until this morning. It was really a crazy weird thing. He will never be taking that medication again! The spider bite looked better to me yesterday, so we will continue to keep an eye on it. The doctor did prescribe a new antibiotic for him, but Eric is leery and wants to see if the bite gets better without taking another med.

We are still praying for some good news for Grayson.

I hope all of you have an awesome day today!

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." Deuteronomy 6:5

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Feeling better........

I would like to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers and sweet comments of encouragement and support. I am feeling better now. I felt your prayers!
I have spent much time in prayer and in God's word. A sweet friend of mine, Desi, suggested that I read in 2 Corinthians, which I did and I found this passage helpful:

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
It is just amazing to me how God's word is alive and true and can speak to us in our time of need. I am so thankful that Jesus is the great comforter and that I can go to Him when I am down or have a need.

I have been doing a lot of soul searching and trying to learn the big lesson here. I do feel that my hormones are a piece of the puzzle as well as my role changes and life stresses, it is kind of a recipe for disaster, but I am going to hold on to the Lord through it all! I read a neat passage today in Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowman. She talks about Matthew 14:29-30 when Peter tries to walk on the water towards Jesus, but he gets his eyes off of Jesus and starts sinking. That is how we are. That is how I am. I need to keep my eyes on Jesus, not the situation. She says, "When the Lord calls you to come across the water, step out with confidence and joy and never glance away from Him for a moment."

She goes on to say, "Attempting to survey the danger may actually cause you to fall before it. Pausing at the difficulties will result in the waves breaking over your head."

Then she gives a wonderful scripture found in Psalms, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help." Psalm 121:1.
On top of everything else going on around here, my hubby's spider bite is acting up. In case you didn't know, about three weeks ago he was bitten by a brown recluse spider. We got him to the doctor and on antibiotics right away. The wound ran it's course and eventually it got to the point where the doctor debrided it and it started healing up nicely. Well, last weekend it started turning dark burgundy red again in the center and the outside turned a bright red and the skin was hot. He went back to the doctor yesterday and started Septra DS. Last night he had a terrible reaction to the Septra with fever, chills, nausea, body aches, etc. I am really concerned for him. Can I ask you to please pray for him that that spider bite will heal and he will be okay from the medicine side effects.

Also, Grayson applied for a very important internship and interviewed and was told he was the fifth pick with four open positions. I am just praying for a miracle that perhaps one of the four that were chosen would back out for some reason and Grayson could get the job. This would mean so much to him and go right along with the career path he has chosen.
Thank you so much dear friends for your concern and prayers, I know that I have felt them. I think that this blogging world is so neat how we all pray for each other and even though many of us have never met, we are like dear close friends. I appreciate all of you. Please know that I pray for you as well.

"May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones." 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

Love, Sharon

Monday, June 22, 2009

Disappointment........

What do you do when life gives you disappointments? I know that my life is so blessed and the Lord has shown me favor, but sometimes when I get let down or have big disappointments, it is hard to deal with it. Especially if there are several disappointing things in a row. I often feel like a loser. I heard once that our disappointments are God's APPOINTMENTS for us and I try to look at things like this, but it is hard. I had a fun trip with my girlfriends this weekend, but while I was there I heard some disappointing news and it's been hard for me to deal with it. I think it is just another one of my many sad, disappointing, stressful things I have been through this year and it is pushing me over the top. My life has radically changed in the last 6 years the biggest thing being my children growing up and my role as mother changing. Also, the fact that my parents and in-laws have gotten older and it seems that my "pillars of normalcy" are all changing or going away, these are the things that I compared my life too to know that I was doing okay. Things happen to people and things change. Children grow up, neighbors move, people die, businesses close, jobs change, friends change, people change, I change and I have been going through so much transition lately, I feel like I am constantly in a revolving door. I do know that God is my only constant thing. He should be the only pillar in my life that I compare myself too.
What is the big lesson that He wants me to learn? I am just going through a lot of things right now and I am not comfortable, they are things that are hard for me. I have been disappointed and I have been hurt. Just so you know, my marriage is fine, my kids are all fine, my health is good, our finances are fine, these are just internal things that I am pondering. Sometimes I get my hopes up and am disappointed, situations can be very disappointing and family & friends can be disappointing.

Someone once mentioned that perhaps I am dealing with feelings because my oldest son, Mackenzie, got married in the fall. I really don't think this is a cause for my sadness at all. I love Brittany, his new beautiful wife, and they are so happy together. They spend lots of time with us too. I feel like he is on the right track and it is great to see them happy.

I think the roots of my feelings are coming from the younger boys growing up and all the stress I have been going through. I also think that I want such great things for my kids and when life doesn't always end up that way for them, I feel the pain. I guess because I am so close to them I take on a lot of the pain from the disappointments, often times it is more than the pain that they feel. Often times, I get sad over something and they aren't even bothered by it at all! Am I crazy or what??? Do you go through this too?
Grayson's recent high school graduation has brought on a lot of these thoughts and I still have not had a big cry about it. I think I haven't cried because we have been going from one thing to another and I keep pushing it on the back burner. I am finding that I don't want to be alone to deal with these feelings.

Eric told me last night that he's planning a big fishing/camping trip with the boys and his father in the next few weeks and I will find myself alone. I am sitting here trying to figure out what I can do so I won't be alone, but perhaps that is what I need. Maybe I need to be home alone to deal with these feelings head on and spend time with God.

My BAG lady trip was fun, but it did not fulfill this spot inside me. I feel like such a weakling and I ask myself, "Am I just a fair weathered Christian, am I only happy when my life is good and happy? Am I a person who can't be joyful when I have disappointments?" Then of course these thoughts bring guilt! I am so complex! I am sure many of you are the same, we are all so very complex!!!

I think only the Lord can fill this spot and I keep trying to fill it with other things. I am on a new journey with God and right now it is a little uncomfortable, but I think I am in the valley and there is no place to go but up.....right??? Any words of encouragement and advice would be greatly appreciated, especially scriptures. I hope that all of you are having a wonderful day today.
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." I Peter 1:6-7

In Him, Sharon
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