Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Day at the Zoo

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It hasn’t been that long ago when the girl would pose and the boys would hide from the camera…. Times they are a changin’.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014


“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” Dr. Seuss in “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”

This is the way I feel when I think of all the places I’ve lived. I’ve lived “From there to here, from here to there!”

And in everyplace I’ve lived there have been funny things and sad things but more importantly, I have always had a church home. Then, when I’ve left to move to another place, I’ve had to leave that church home and go to a new one which has always been sad.

Well, the same again. I married Randy and Cross Road Church became my church home. We were married there – my memories start there. Randy’s  memories go back to the beginning of Cross Road.

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   Our current building on the day of our wedding.

Now, we’re moving again. BUT – This time I’m taking the whole church family with me!!! Our church has a wonderful opportunity to move into a new building, a new area, a new neighborhood. I am so excited for this move.

But, I’m more excited for the pastors, the people who have been here from the beginning – they are the ones I’m the most excited for.

The fun thing? – some friends of mine attend the church that is moving into our old building!! How special is that?

Congratulations Pastor Brad, Pastor Bob, Pastor Boyce, Pastor Matt, Audra, Linda and everyone who has made Cross Road their church home. What a wonderful milestone for Cross Road Church.

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                                   Our new building!

But we all know “the church” isn’t a building. It’s the people.

Worship in the “old” building!

Monday, March 10, 2014

My Creative Gene Kicked In

I’ve been feeling creative. The whole media art phase was an epic fail. – I have no talent in that area of the arts. I can sew, however, so when the “creative” bug hit me – I organized the painting paraphernalia on shelves and pulled out the sewing stuff.

We are always on the lookout for place mats for our table. So I decided to make some that (hopefully) will be washable and very usable.

On Valentine’s Day, the husband and I headed to Material Girls Quilt Shoppe armed with these pictures on my phone:


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I wanted to coordinate the colors of these flowers as much as possible.

First of all – let me say, I had never been to Material Girls and can honestly say I truly enjoyed my shopping experience while there.  If any of you shop the way I do, you will understand.

The first thing I do in a fabric store is walk completely through the store and look at all their fabric and the way they have the fabrics displayed, then once I have a good feel for the place, I begin picking and choosing my fabrics.

Besides the pictures above, I was also armed with the book that I had chosen a pattern out of. – sort of. I combined 2 patterns and tweaked them to what I wanted.

I used this book:


and combined these patterns:

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It was good to be back in the sewing room.

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I made 4 of these.

and 4 of these:
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I’m pleased with the way they turned out and like the way they fit into my kitchen color scheme.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

More Wild Turkeys–From a Friend

Yesterday I posted about spotting some wild turkeys while leaving the farm. Later my friend Bonnie sent me a picture of the wild turkeys in her yard! She got a much better picture than I could get from the road.

Published with permission of Bonnie Whitley.

Thank you, Bonnie, for sharing your wild turkeys!

I’m looking forward to the green of spring!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Wild Turkeys

Last week when I left the farm I saw wild turkeys out in the field and stopped the van to watch them for a couple of minutes. I wish I could have gotten better pictures! I used to have wild turkeys come up in my yard quite often so I was glad to get a glimpse of these birds after living in the city for 3 years.