May 22, 2015

Lilacs, Tabletops and Minivans

Hi all!

We've got so much going on right now!  Sorry I haven't had time to post.

Our new grandbaby is due in a month and my daughter is slowing down.  We've been helping them find a new vehicle that they can fit their whole family in!

My husband recently built a table top for their kitchen table. Remember the chairs I sanded and painted in our entry hall?
Well, I also painted the base of the table and we're replacing the top.  We're hoping to have it done and put together next week and I 'll tell you how we did it.

I'm also making some changes in our dining room right now and should be able to show you next week. And a few other projects are in the works.... :D

The lilacs are finally in bloom here in Michigan and they're beautiful!

They make the whole house smell wonderful!  Growing up in Colorado, they have always been a favorite of mine.
Have a long, wonderful weekend!  I'll be back next week with a few finished projects!

love and blessings~

"Children are the heritage of the Lord; the fruit of the womb His reward." Psalm 127:3

May 13, 2015

Running with the Horses

After my post on my Tuesday,  I got looking around our house and realized there are so many things in our home that remind me of our faith in Christ.  But one of them may surprise you!

A few years ago, a beautiful Godly friend of mine began to be drawn to horses.  Over the years, she has shared with me several beautiful teachings that she's found about how the personalities and character of horses reflect submitting our hearts to God. These teachings so beautifully illustrate how sensitive horses are to their master's touch, how they submit their wild wills and become tame and bond with their owner and how a horse will risk their own lives to save the lives of their masters.

I think I have at least one of these teachings on a hard drive we have.  I just got a new laptop and am trying to figure out how to copy things over to it.  When I figure all this out, I will share more of these wonderful teachings.

But my friend's love of horses became my love of horses.  And every time I see a bold stallion, his mane being tossed in the wind, I think of being a wild warrior for God; completely submitted to His will, obedient to His gentlest command.

I had this picture above our fireplace for several months. I had replaced it with a mirror when I posted our family room a couple of months ago but lately, I've had it up again.

I've also put my little running horse back on the table.
My husband and I both grew up, met and married in Colorado. We still wear our cowboy boots and he still has his cowboy hats, so some of my love for horses comes from my childhood.  Lately, I've been gathering some other horsey things and trying to fit them into my decor.

I found this picture many years ago in a French Country Style book.  Recently, I found it again on the internet.  I just love this!

Here's my version - haha!  I think I'm going to have to decide if I like horses or gardens better!
I've been filling my French shopping basket with walking sticks.  I found this horse at HomeGoods.

I've also got these great....umm....what are these things?  I found them at our local antique store. Anyway, I really like them and keep thinking they'd look neat hung on the wall like this.  Maybe over a window?  Or somewhere in our entry hall.  So I carry them around a lot and hold them up and look at them but I haven't found a place for them yet.  lol
So, I don't know if horses are very French Country.  I love all the sheep and cows and dogs that so many bloggers have in their homes.  I have several cows too that my son's friends think are funny. (Is that cow hide rug made from that cow on the wall?) They obviously don't know anything about decorating!  :)

But I think my favorite are horses.

love and blessings~
 "The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior." Judges 6:12 

May 12, 2015

God in Our Home

Blogland is made up of such a sweet bunch of people!  And you always have the nicest things to say. I appreciate every kind comment and also those that remain quiet when my ideas aren't great!  lol

But the comments that I have loved the most when people visit our home or my blog is that our home feels so peaceful and happy.  I'd like to think that you can 'see' God's presence in our home.

You've probably noticed that I have several things that have scripture on them around our house but I'd like to share with you some of the things in our home that have meaning to me and that reflect God's goodness to me.

I love this scripture.  Many may imagine God as a disciplinarian and He is, for our own good, because He loves us.  But He's also that Daddy that takes such joy in His children's accomplishments. This scripture always reminds me that God "likes" me.
I used to have 'the benediction' painted around our entry hall.  I loved knowing that people received a blessing every time they entered our home or left.  I've missed having it here since we redecorated.

You can also see the angel by our front door.  It's since been painted an antique white.
Sometimes I look at our entry hall and try to figure out how to have the Benediction in here again. For the time being it's reduced to this.

But almost every thing in my house has a spiritual meaning to me.  I'd like to share with you the reminders of God that are in our house that you may not realize.

One of my favorites is this picture of a door.  I bought this when we lived in Virginia and have always thought it was beautiful.
I really can't say why this seems like such a Godly picture to me.  It seems to hold a promise of an intimacy with God; of entering the Holy of Holies, of peace and joy in His garden.
 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20
I love it and am always happy when it works with my decorating.

I haven't shown you this picture before.  I'm sorry this photo is so bad.  It's very cloudy and rainy here today and I've been 'cheating' and using old photos.
It hangs in our hallway.  I'd like to get a frame for it.  It's two people thanking God for their food.  I love it because it's very French and very Godly.

You may have noticed the Fleur de Lis above our stove in our kitchen.

 A dear friend gave it to me because she knew how much I love these.  The Fleur de Lis represents the Trinity.

The three sheaves gathered together into one entity.  The French had this symbol on all their shields and swords as a tribute to their faith in God.

I have several more things I'd like to show you but it is so dark here today that I'm not able to get any good pictures. We're supposed to get some sunshine tomorrow and I'm hoping to get some good pictures and share some other things that I see as Godly in our home that may surprise you.

We're also working on a new table top for Laura's house and some other projects that I hope to share soon.

Have a wonderful day!

love and blessings~

 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,'  Matthew 28:19