Thursday, December 29, 2011

I Love This...

I've always loved this theme, it is so sweet and so very soothing. I think it's beautiful...I hope you enjoy it too. I think we need more of this beauty in the world.



The time period that this movie was made in (1962) is very meaningful to me. If you are able, this would be a very worthwhile movie to watch. It really puts so many things in perspective I think.

The neighborhood reminds me of the one I grew up in.

With Love, ~Amelia

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

So Much to Talk About Friends

I thought this was a good prayer, it's from this site.

Father, please help me to know how to use those moments of power that you give me in my life. I want to use those opportunities redemptively and not selfishly. I cannot help but be humbled at Jesus' restraint in the face of such a sham religious leader. May I have such wisdom and restraint when it is your will and may I be passionate and bold, just as Jesus was in cleansing the Temple, when that response is necessary. Please help me know the best way to honor you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

It hits the nail on the head. The past week I've felt a little like Rocky Balboa in some very small ways...Bam, bam, bam. I come up for air and bam, another hit. Nothing huge but sometimes I'm not quite sure how to respond or if to respond at all.

I've thought about going on Facebook to fellowship with my old true-blue sweet xanga friends, but what I've been observing in the past week with my girls' facebooks...and the way people behave and judge falsely really has me questioning the wisdom in doing that.

No biggy, I'm too blessed to become upset over the small stuff, I just get a bit ruffled at times, and I notice things, I'm perhaps disappointed? The kind of thing where I want to put my head in my plate in front of guests and boo hoo over something said at a dinner table. It's tough being a mom or hostess at times. It's not for sissies.

Like Mrs. Dunwoody says in her book.... A hostess swims as gracefully as possible skimming the top of the water much like a swan as her feet are paddling like mad under the water. Prayers going forth are those feet paddling I assure you.

Boy Howdy. Oh man....I feel like a groom's mom at times, just wear beige and shut up...But in my case I wear black and shut up. (I look horrible in beige) It's not too terribly bad shutting up when we can talk with God. I have complete confidence in that.


I told my husband that:

* I think every man should have to labor and give birth to a baby naturally.

* Every young man should have to raise virtuous daughters of his own in this culture.

...................

Great week for Christmas, things were a little more simple this year but it was nice. I still need to go visit my dad. Had a great time with my mil too at her home. We have quite a few bridges we cross together on and I think that's great. I also appreciate that mil and my mom have a sweet friendship. I get a kick out of seeing them talk.

My nephew Billy was there and I loved talking with him, he just returned from Israel with Leonard Ravenhill's son, David Ravenhill.

One of the best memories of last week was going into USO town last Thursday with my handsome husband. We finally found a quaint little restaurant playing old fashioned Christmas music and had a nice warm baked potato with the fixings and off to the town square we went....USO Town really does look like something from the Wonderful Life set. We went to the feed store and it was fantastic, this place was old, such neat stuff in there, toys and everything. We went into the Hallmark store, one of the best and largest I've ever seen. Hubs tells me...

"If you see a little something you would like, let me know and I'll get it for you."

I really thought that was sweet.

This particular Hallmark store is closing down, the owner is retiring. So sad. What do you know? I look to the first shelf and I see a winterie, grey, black plaid tartan scarf with hints of burgundy in it...I smiled to myself and thanked the good Lord. You see, when I was at this Hallmark store with Mar. a month or two ago I had seen these scarves and admired them and often thought of these scarves. Here was the lonely grey scarf I had thought about waiting for me. The Lord has ways of showing His faithfulness and love.

A sweet overcast Christmasy day with hubs. I got a kick out of the bathroom at the Hallmark store, the owner must be a kindrd spirit. Toilet is clean as a whistle but stuff everywhere, little humorous sayings taped to the wall. Hilarious...So German, I do have German in me indeed, one-half to be exact, mixed up gal I am.

You must know I spent the first nineteen years of my life trying to explain to people what the two dots over the Ü in my maiden name was and in some cases, that no it was not a smilie face on my gym suit.

...To get to that funny little bathroom at the old Hallmark store, I had to tromp through the stockroom amidst an old rounded Admiral refrigerator...That thing had probably been there since the 40s.

This is hubs back in his college years. A cutie indeed. I don't have a clue why the bottom came out grey.

Oh life is an adventure indeed. I love life and it's a wonderful place here in the country.

Yesterday Mar. and I went to the store and going down ranch road we see Mr. B's jeep pulling out of his country house....The entire road is probably saturated with his land...No joke. His grandchildren were waving hands and arms out of the jeep like the children in the trees of The Sound of Music. I'm thinking they were going to the what I call: The One Hundred Acre Woods. They fish there. Winnie the Pooh lives there I am convinced, it is totally beautiful. Mar and I decide that one of the kids is probably the one who sang at the Vatican. Yes, Mr. B has lots of stories indeed, true ones. Cracks us up. I tell Mar that we shouldn't get too close on the road to the jeep as the hands and arms are flying out of the jeep window because for one thing Mr B will think we're trailing him.

Mar says: "Neah, he won't recognize us"

I tell Mar: "Are you kidding? We are in Dad's car!"

My hubby drives a primary-red Dick Tracey car, as if the driver of the jeep wouldn't see us behind him!

At the store I see they don't have real grits, just instant. One of the young managers asks if I need help?

Why yes...There are some things I do need.


Could you please order vegetarian cheese?

He looks at me good naturedly with a smile and asks,

"What's that?"

I smile even bigger and big eyed - I blankly tell him.

"Fake. Cheese. In other words, cheese made from soy or rice etc."

He was kind and seemed accommodating, very pleasant. I later see him telling the older manager something as they spied me and Mar in the checkout line. They were smiling both looking at us. I smile back letting them know, I see you. They look away, I'm sure they are wondering which burb boat we came from.

I had told the young manager when he told me the bigger stores have the veggie cheeses etc.:

"I'm doing the smalltown thing and this is where I want to shop, not any other place in another town at a bigger store. : ) I want to shop here."

And to my defense, they used to have all of those goodies ten years ago before the order list for the store became computerized.

In the produce department Mar spied a vet. We love WWII vets or any vet. We made a big fuss over the darling little man and clapped for him. He was so darn cute, he salutes to us. We knew he was a vet because his hat had his designation on it. Marines!

On the way home, I was feeling like Rocky Balboa before the final blows and we listened to one of the songs from To Kill a Mockingbird by Elmer Bernstein, the piece, Boo Who. Seriously, that is what it's called and it is totally beautiful, one of the most heartwarming, comforting melodies ever. Then we listened to Jars of Clay, You Made Me..Who am I.... Jars does very introspective Christian music and I was quite introspective yesterday.

This evening I was out with the four doglets walking the property with a big red jacket on. Oh my goodness, it was totally gorgeous out. Pools of sunlight were flowing down in golden circles through the grey sky falling in golden circles upon the green grass, the leaves in the trees, pitter-pattered through the Texas breeze. I walk as if a magnet draws me to the gate facing Mr. B's land next door. Yes, that man has land everywhere I tell you. What comes out of the trees? The Lundy's truck. It was mud coated, guys in the truck and one in the back of it. I suspect they would have gone to one of the all too close hunting stands. Boooooooooo. I hate that. The nerve. For one thing it's too close to our land and my girls run on the property and we know nothing about these guys. Disconcerting I tell you. I stand and stare at them and what do ya know? They slowly come to a stop and back up near the turnip patch and go the other way.

Life in the country at the Forest Cathedral.

Never a dull moment I tell you.

Love, ~Amelia
...Flowing like a swan, feet paddling like mad under the water, but peacefully praying... I know the Judge personally. : ) He's my Father.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas is Love in Action



"God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; The warmth of Christmas, which is love...the all of Christmas, which is Christ."

~Wilda English

One of my favorite places of late, this picture does it no justice. This is an old church in Historical Town, downtown-midtown not far from where my husband and I were born.

It's a literal inner city church and just so very neat. Reminds me a bit of something you would see in a Hallmark movie. We've enjoyed it lately. I cannot explain it but God is using it to really minister to us lately. The messages are not shabby. It's a great mix of people and the older WWII generation are darlings, I would love to get to know some of them, and it's just such a neat mix of people being in the inner city too.

The shot above is taken right from where we were sitting in the balcony. Jem brought his tablet ipad thingie with his Bible on it and also took a pic with the ipad tablet. Neat.

Been wrapping things up for Christmas, and it's been nice just puttering around.

"We expect too much at Christmas. It's got to be magical. It's got to go right. Feasting. Fun. The perfect present. All that anticipation. Take it easy. Love's the thing. The rest is tinsel."

~Pam Brown

Nursing home yesterday and I was able to see our buddy:

(These photos were taken last fall.)

I was so blessed when I walked into his room and he was there, I was afraid he had been moved. The girls and I were dressed up all in our Christmas dress, it reminded me a bit of the movie "Little Women", the one with June Allyson made in the 40s if I'm not mistaken. The part where they are all filing down the sidewalk? It reminded me of us. Dress-coats and bags with little niceties for our friends at the home, we must have looked like little ducks walking single file to our car on stepping stones to avoid the muddy country earth; all fixed up, dolled up as my mama would say. Ha!

I had bought a little snowman for my buddy here, and a couple of Christmas cards too. Yes, two.

When I walked into his room, he didn't see me. I'm realizing now he doesn't see well out of his right eye, not sure if this is something new or not. He was making his bed, and this really touched my heart. He only is able to barely use his left arm and hand and is in a wheelchair making his bed tucking the blanket in the sides meticulously as he had the entire bed pulled away from the wall.

I walk up and touch him on his shoulder and hold the little snowman up smiling big and saying "Merry Christmas!"
Aww..... You should have seen him smile, so darling. He quickly points to his dresser drawer and pushes his p.j.s back to reveal a treasured roll of tape. I tape his snowman up on the frame of his mirror and then we put his two cards up on the top of the tiny dresser.

I think he needs another card too....

Two cards, one with two cute bears and a one with a glittery snow scene just wasn't enough. I took one more out with Mary and sweet Baby Jesus.

We look at each other and nod and I sign that one too and read it really loud so he can hear and he laughs so cute.

If I were really, really rich I would take him home and hire a nurse for him if he didn't have family of course. Ya know, so many times we hear people say if they were rich (fill in the blank) I don't like that question much because most of the time I wouldn't know what to fill the blank in with except maybe something like driveway gravel or something of the sort.... ; )

And we were a little scared too because this guy......wasn't in his room. That always gives us a jolt. He's in the hospital again. We'll have to bring his snowman after Christmas. He is a sweetheart too. He says if the girls ever think they are going to get married that they must bring the gentleman to him first to check out. Isn't that darling? He is a whiz bang man, has traveled the world as a geologist, never married. Michelle is very close to him and had a framed photo ready and everything, the staff assured me he would be back soon.

And it was such a great surprise, JEM CAME! I smiled hugely my tall Chinese friend Betty tells me. She tells me, you and your girls smiled so hugely when your husband came, what a good sign! Betty and I were talking about communication in marriage, it can be difficult at times just getting each other as we both agreed! I relay to Betty... The other day, Jem and I had a misunderstanding because i didn't want to put ridiculously high sodium chili fritos in his lunch and he thought I just didn't want to bother giving him chips. *cross eyed goofy smile*
: P Betty is great, she was an optometrist and now has three darling boys she homeschools. She and her husband are both great people. Jem? He closed us in prayer and was clearly broken...he and I both. We do that lately. You could tip us over at times I tell you.

"Christmas, my child, is love in action.... When you love someone, you give to them, as God gives to us. The greatest gift He ever gave was the person of His Son, sent to us in human form so that we might know what God the Father is really like! Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."

~Dale Evans

Also had some company the other night. It was nice. Our new friend came and I always get a kick out of talking with him. He brought a friend too, a very new Christian. And a very old friend who is much like a brother to the girls came as well, things just meshed together this night. He shares he's finally taking the plunge to ask a young lady's dad if he can perhaps take the young lady on an outing of sorts. I've watched him grow up quite a bit over the past five years or so. He's been through a lot but the great thing is he channels it for good in his life. Poor guy was in an almost engagement and it was quite a mess for him bless his heart. (If he would have asked me I would have told him a long time ago on that one) : P (That girl needed a spankin' if you ask me) : D

God continues to grow and convict and I'm finding I had better be careful with my words at times, I get a bit careless indeed and allow my disgust to show when I shouldn't. I admit, I become discouraged at times but I am so very blessed how in the world could I be discouraged? It's so very ridiculous of me. : ) Really ridiculous.

Christmas a little more lean this year, Jem and I didn't even do a Christmas party this year, usually we do a simple one for several of the active agents with lasagna and yada, just a sweet little old fashioned lunch party at our office. Our office is an old fashioned office in what was once a two story old convent built in the 40s. It's the type of party our friend, Joe the mailman can come to. : )

Well, my 30 minutes are long past so I need to say so long, I hope to stop by blogs soon and say Merrrrrrry Chriiiistmasss!!!!!!!

I soon hope to write a bit about our friend, Jose who has quite a testimony indeed. He is like the apostle Paul even now. AMAZING. We were blessed to have he and his wife over, the girls met him at a revival conference by Greg Gordon's Sermonindex where he spoke.

We watched in the background today: The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) This movie is really pretty funny in places, elements of Christmas there too. : )

Reading? My Bible of course, and my favorite devotional Streams in the Desert. The reading for today really struck home. And lately I've kept leisure reading to just my Christmas Reminisce magazine on my nightstand.

Cooking in the kitchen? Lea is cooking enchiladas with poblano peppers tonight, she is a cooking machine today! She made snowcapped chocolate cookies and these wonderful chocolate coated florentine cookies too...

Stuff today? Michelle and I wrapped gifts and Marianna packed up a gift to send to a friend....Marianna picked up Rebecca at her little job and they will finish up shopping in the new town this evening. Sweet.

Surprises for the week? Sweet long time customers and friends, Harry and Anita sent us not one but TWO boxes of chocolate croissants packed in dry ice from Williams Sonoma to us. We were humbled.

And my dad sent us not one but TWO cases of Rush Limbaugh's tea! One peach and one blueberry and it is gooooood stuff folks. : )

Listeng to now? Old 40s Christmas music. Been listening to a lot of Bing Crosby...love that guy.

Love to All, ~Amelia

To all a goodnight! I may have to come back later! : D Jem is watching the football game.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Oh What a Beautiful Morning...

Too dreamie of a morning not to post today. I was deciding if I should go to the store this morning and I took a look outside and saw the leaves magically falling in golden fluries like a snowglobe and said...No way...Come on doggies, let's go for a walk...I end up here at the cattle gate, I love the green over the gate....enchanting....





As you can see in the above photos fresh from the press, I plopped myself down and just breathed the air in, relaxed and praised the Lord on High...


Time to go back, Marianna had come looking for me. I was at my special place laying on my back on the ground, just me and my four doglets...with the Father.


The view across the back gate, Mr. Lundy's turnip greens next door on Mr. B's property. The green is so beautiful this time of year, it's like springtime at Christmas.


A winterie view...at the back near another ranch, I'm waiting for a velvet hooded young lady from Pat-a-Pan to come scurrying through the woods as the enchanting music plays...

Oh to be in the theatre of my imagination. : )


Hope you enjoyed sharing my blessed morning with me. The different personalities of Christmas are beautiful; but you can't beat the natural beauty of God's handiwork.

May God be glorified,

Love to All, ~Amelia

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Day and Night..Mornings in Midtown. God is Good.

Praise him, all creatures here below;

Two Fur Angels were quietly amused Wednesday with all the preparation...

Guisseppe...


Muffie...



Two ere not so amused and a bit bored with it all...
Charlie...(the cow dog)


Esther...


Marilla....(the mischevious kitty)was nonchalant and quite self assured...


Coldwell our in-house snowman seems happy enough, do you see the pic of Jem and I with little Lea?


Night time falls and the lights are aglow:

The manger scene...


Upstairs lit up, I just love the special almost old fashioned fluorescent-like glow of these lights. These were our outside lights at our home in the burbs, we also put little red bows. Cute isn't it? Especially since it lines the stair railing in front of the girls rooms.


The 40s tree icicles and all! Our tree is the same every year, we can add whatever we like to our 40s tree, everything goes. Yes indeedie!


No Christmas is complete without Italian fig cookies, I'm thinking sesame seed ones are in the plans and in line next this wonderous Christmasie Sunday are those all-American melt in your mouth buttery candy cane cookies and a new tri-color one too. My Grandma and Grandpa Oddo would be proud.


And of course we have Jem in his music corner, he thinks he is hiding out. ; ) It's rather interesting, he emerges when supper is cooked. *chuckle* No, j/k I like to let him have his space after work, this is his downtime.


Marianna had two wisdom teeth pulled last Monday. She was quite a trooper. Our Brother in Christ, Mark is so sweet, he, his wife and family sent Marianna this card and stickers!



Last night we re-watched the second half of "Since You Went Away" (1944) See below entry, oh my. ...That movie is something else...The sweet scenes are just. so. wonderful. Please look up the background on Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones I reiterate, it will put an entire different light on what Robert Walker is going through in this movie. The dog in the movie, oh I love him! His mannerism reminds me of our Guisseppe.

This morning I donned one of my favorite Donna Reed outfits; pearls, Christmas pin and vintage screwback glitzy ear rings and my little carry-on Bible and we attended the beautiful old historical downtown church (Where my parents were married) and afterwards we had a ball at a nearby two story Mediterranean grocery. This place is something else. Pita breads are coming down a conveyer belt from an upstairs bakery. We get these wonderfully scrumptious neat bread thing sandwiches made to order. Heavenly darlings. Heavenly. This place is amazing.

The church service was beautiful and not only brought me to tears but Jem too. The choir sang excerpts from Handel's Messiah and the pastor's mesage was very good on taking the time for others and really loving them. Not dissing people. Really good.

It felt so good to stand tall on the front row of the balcony and belt this out!:

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Candy-Cane Christmas cookie-dough is calling my name, I shall join in!

Love to All, Your sister in Christ our Lord, ~Amelia

Friday, December 16, 2011

It Started Last Week...What? Christmas. : )

Yesterday we really got with the program. At least the girls and my mom did! I had some sewing to do for Christmas so I was in my workshop below (my formal table with my sewing machine plopped on top) with of course a jungle of wrapping paper and ribbons...Creative messies we are. The above pic is of Michelle artfully decking the stairway. I think it's beautiful! Wait til you see the finished project!



This is my mom, she'll be 82 this February. She is very good with things like this and enjoys it. She actually borrowed my sewing tape measure to get the waves of greenery perfecto.



Then the lights go on! We had all of this on hand from our last home. It's great. : )


One really neat day last week, Michelle and I made bookmarks for the residents of a Midtown hospital. Michelle makes these beaded ones and I glued the ends, and of course, this was the perfect place for me to hang these guys to dry! The front of our oven worked beautifully as a drying rack! : D
This is our little tree- friend this year. We're really happy with him. He is serving us well and putting up with us. : ) We put him up on a wooden platform to give him some height. It's a great way to present a less expensive Christmas tree. We use old fashioned icicles and very old 30s and 40s ornaments, some of our reflector tins could even be from the beginning of the century. Of course many sweet ornaments made by our girls and given to us as gifts too. : ) I love every one!

Wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby after Christmas last year, and a couple of savvy dollar store choices too.

The girls and I recently watched:

Since You Went Away
(1944)

This is the beginning...You may enjoy all the parts on youtube too. You may even want to invest in this movie...


The Overture by Max Steiner is so very beautiful. One day I must get that soundtrack! I love the quote as well on the American home. Oh that it would be like that again in this nation! But you know? We can surely make our autonomous homes in this way I really do believe. Expect it (goodness), pray about it and keep things sweet. : ) I say keep things sweet and real so our kids will know the real deal, they'll reject the counterfeit and cheap if we surround them with goodness, and the love of Jesus. (me thinks) : )

This movie is one of those movies we can play in the background and we all drop everything to run to the screen for some of the most poignant scenes ever. The behind the scenes info on the actors Jennifer Jones and darling Robert Walker is heartbreaking. I'll let you look it up on your own, it's very sad, just so very tragic. I love that Robert Walker...what a darling. I want to just grab him out of this movie and give him a hug.

I hope to have some more Christmas pics up soon, when night fell I took more. From our home to yours...

Better run, Lea and I are listening to Michael W. Smith Christmas cd. Oh it is so ever beautiful! We are going to make some cookies today. I think we will make some Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies today, the poofie kind. We made Italian fig Wed. as you'll soon see. Lot's of neat pics to come! (Hopefully my pc will behave for me) : )

Much love to you all, I mean that, xxxooo ~Amelia

P.S. You may also enjoy "Beware of the Heelots" on my VisionforaGodlyhome blog.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Awkward Jury Summons, Muffie Rides Again, Real Christmas

"Do you want to hear my blog?" I say to my Rebecca...She says "okay". : ) Here goes....

I sit here with my baby Rebecca listening to Christmas music....We're here just us monkeys today. The big cookie making day at my mil's today. Neither of us were feeling quite up to it today so after our homechurch we both gave the announcement we would be chilling. : )

I'm supposed to be sewing some Christmas gifts but Becs thought it would be nice for me to sit here with her while she is editing photos. She doesn't have to ask twice. These days? I kind of like to have one on one time with her, it's a rarity. So I think blogging here while Rebecca is editing will be a nice choice and maybe later we'll wrap a few presents.

Do you want to see what I made for Mr. B? I made him one of these for his shoulder and back... ...What is it you may ask? This is a heat-up-thingie. Dh and Mar. brought it to him with some pumpkin bread. Some pumpkin bread for Byron too of course. : )

This one is made of corduroy we had leftover from another project. I sew channels up and fill each partially with white rice. A person can heat them up in the microwave and it provides heat relief for backs etc. I think they would be great just for cold feet at the bottom of the bed too. Maybe I'll make some simple no-channel bean bag style ones for Christmas but I'm thinking not, it's getting close and I'm not through with the projects I have.

Mr. B. is awaiting surgery after Christmas and is in pain. You must know Mr. B is such a nice man, he sold us this property and is much like family to us. He's so funny, he tells us he wants to buy the ranch in back of us. (giggle) I think it's so funny, just to wake up one morning and think to yourself you want to buy an entire ranch. : ) He shared with dh and Marianna how he lived in the famous plantation in Smalltown when he was a little boy. Very interesting stuff, this man is part of history and a blessing to know. One of these days I'm going to have to meet his wife, I tried to call her to learn her version of how to cook turnips but they had already left for oil town.

Last week we had a scare with little Muffie. The little guy had a black spot larger than a dime behind his ear because of a tick. I'd never seen the likes of that so we brought him in to our precious vet in oldtown. I just love that vet and his staff. The place is nothing fancy, the vet is a farm vet. I'm thinking he and James Herriott would be kindred spirits. He leaves out the door agreeing with us how great tea tree oil is...When he had came in the door arriving he made a comment about the pretty blue eyes of another dog. Darling people there. Nothing pretentious about them there...love it. He charged me very little for the visit, and I think that is great. I just love it when people work because they love helping others not trying to get rich from them. My husband is like that too. We're rich in the Lord. : )

I also had a day at the courthouse for a jury summons. Honey-Childs, I was a nervous WRECK. My girls don't understand. Well....as I told them if they had been through things with nutty people of all kinds from previous incidents etc. they would be nervous too. There are reasons why people develop fears.

I was SO NERVOUS I dropped my jury summons, all of my books and my bottled water in the courthouse commode. Yes, I did that little thing. Do not ask me how I managed to do that. I watched in horror as everything toppled into the spotless (thank the Lord) commode. I see the author's face through the water as bubbles rise to the top. I told the lady in the hall directing people what happened, (she looked almost as nervous as me) When I told her what happened she thought for a minute and offered to give me a new one to fill out and then we both decided to just bring the wet one in to the bailiff. Well...I walked in the court, the bailiff''s older blue eyes sparkled, he smiled big and he asked me if I wanted him to iron it. We all laughed and I informed him the water was clean. Oh my goodness dear friends I was so relieved when I was set free from jury duty over an hour later, I audibly whispered. "Thank you JESUS".

I just don't feel it's my season for jury duty. No I don't. Thank the Lord I was able to go on with Marianna to the dime store in smalltown afterwards and trust me I wanted to kiss the floor there. God knows all about it. : )

"The roots of all our lives go very, very deep, and we can't really understand a person unless we have the chance of knowing who that person has been, and what that person has done and liked and suffered and believed."

~Fred Rogers from Life's Journeys According to Mister Rogers

Speaking of LIFE. We were so privileged to visit hospital patients last week, and it was REAL CHRISTMAS. We have a most darling (I love being a mom, I can say things like that) dear Christian friend who is a resident phys. and was able to lead the way even accompanying us on guitar as we sang Christmas carols. Many of the VOH girls came and it was wonderful. One lady touched my heart deeply. If you know much about me at all, you will know I am a huge mercy person. (a smidgeon of prophet in there that pops out every now and then) but mostly mercy. It's tough being a mercy in this world let me tell ya. But this lady was so very upset, understandably so. I do not know her diagnosis that is a private matter but she was extremely upset and cried so very hard. I'm a woman and I know the cry I saw and heard. Please pray for the lonely hurting at the hospitals.

We all went traipsing about the hospital like little children following the Pied Piper! It was great fun and a huge blessing just as much for us as the precious patients. Some of the older patients have lost their children and are all alone now. Next time I go I will be sure to bring many kleenex for both me and them I assure you. : )

I'll close with some pics to share with you I just found in a photo library, I quickly picked 5 from the folder. Hope you enjoy! From our home to yours!



Dh and Michelle working on the stacked quartz backing to the woodburning stove. Partners! : )

Shots from an evening sky from my kitchen window...



From the front porch...Isn't it so neat the way the evening skies are so very different in personality and feel in different seasons?


Better run now....Presents to wrap with Rebecca. : )

Hope you enjoyed my uncooked update. I hope you are having a sweet Holy Season.

Love to All, I appreciate all who take the time to read here. May God bless and be with you all. ~Amelia

A helpful book worth reading this season: Hundred Dollar Holiday by Bill McKibben

Feeling Invisible? See my Vision For a Godly Home blog. Enjoy and be encouraged!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Of Coffee and Milk and a Mighty Fun Date Night!

Hello Dear Readers, Blogging is a fun thing when we don't edit to death. (Me thinks!)

Last night hubby and I went on a datenight and I got so tickled with him. After we had gone out to eat and picked up a few things at Whole Foods we drove through Starbucks, I needed my half-caff "night cap" coffee after the heavy meal. ; ) I don't drink alcohol, but I do like my coffee (not that there is a comparison) . Coffee is a comfort drink-food for me, it goes way, way back. You must know I grew up on coffee, coffee with milk and cheerios, coffee and milk with corn flakes, you get the picture, coffee wasn't an adult drink for me. I'm thinking it must come from the Italian side of the family.

As we pulled through Starbucks and my Dear Hubs hands me my delicious half caff with one cream and one sugar respectively I reach in my purse for my. favorite Christian tract, "Have a Good Day" by Rod and Staff Publishers. They are sweet little tracts.

Hubs hands the tract to the young lady at the window and says with a smile:
"Read this when you get a chance."

Young lady takes tract through window and says: Thanks!

Me to hubs as we're pulling out: I always say, Here ya go, you have a nice day now! : ) I don't say, Read this.

Hubs looks at me with a sparkle in his eye that he only has and tells me:

I'll witness the way I want to (pointing to his chest) and you witness the way you want to smiling and pointing to me.

Then Hubs proceeds to tell me (with a smile mind you): Who are you the Great Kahuna Witnesser?!

Oh wow. That just cracked us both up. We both threw our heads back and laughed and laughed! imagine_this 2555

Guess you would have had to have been there but it was funny, I like it when Hubs is humorous, it's better than furrowed eyebrows any day. Speaking of...Marianna told me to unfurl my eyebrows the other day. I think I was stressed, eye twitch and all.

Yesterday my mom came to visit and told me I was getting more freckles. I tell her with a smile I like my freckles. She tells me: I knew you would argue with me.

The theatre of my mind as I tried to look calm cool and collective: Noooooooooo *eye twitches*

I must remember that my mom was born in 1930 and if it were up to her, the entire female population would wear make-up akin to the wax museum when they would dare to wear it (is it any wonder my poor mom thinks it's a lot of trouble to wear makeup?) ...and the entire American home would be decorated in perfect balance...One candlestick on one side...One on the other. My mom is an artist and the neatest artist you have ever seen, she puts me to shame.

Maybe I should go to therapy with my therapist cousin Michael? ; ) Ha! He used to be a catholic priest and married a nun. ( Don't worry he left the priesthood honorably). I do know Michael would so get me on things I'm certain...He knows the topography well of our background. ; )

We ate at a Mediterranean store counter last Sunday and the man waiting on us reminded me of Michael's dad, my Uncle Johnny. Uncle Johnny was a darling, married to Aunt Margaret, my Grandpas sister. Uncle Johnny was a comedian in his own right. Aunt Margaret was a darling, just a real sweetheart. Uncle Johnny owned a grocery store in the museum district, now it's a yuppy deli called PicNic.

My mom recalls the story of Aunt Margaret calling my grandma one day.

*Ringa-a-Ding-A*

My grandma answers her old phone with her New Orleans, Southern but Italian accent. (You would have to hear it)

Grandma says: Whats the matt-a Margaret?!

Aunt Margaret: My heart is a-black, my heart is a-black...Michael is leaving the priesthood.

It was something from the old movie, Marty (1955) I'm sure. Poor Aunt Margaret.

It is a funny story though especially when my mom tells it. : )

Well there you have it dear readers. By the way, if you are a tofu eater like myself, Pei Wei has a wonderful dish, the Japanese Terriyaki bowl that is wonderful with tofu.

And ya know? The Whole Foods vitamin cards are wonderful. I received a large bottle of an expensive supplement for free last night. Hubs had prayed we'd get a break. Isn't God wonderful?

I've been noticing the word, Hope several times lately and today, the word, Dream. God is the author of both.

Yes indeed.

Signing off, supper is near and I need to walk those doglets. Hubs just came in and is getting a head start. Me thinks Lea is saving supper by the sounds of things from here. (I guess they didn't want my frozen concoction I had planned to thaw and re-create) That's okay, I never complain when the girls cook for me these days. Great blessing!

Here is a favorite picture of Hubs and his Gumbadi friend, Tim at their class reunion several years ago. This is sooooo Tim and Hubs.
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Tim and Hubs having a grand time indeed. Very typical of these two. : )
Dh & I

Hubby at his best with yours truly...

xxooo Be good, hope you enjoyed this uncooked blog. Love, ~Amelia

EDIT: 12.9.11 If you would like to see how I am planning on Transforming a 90s Turtleneck please see my thats-italian blogspot. (And please ignore my poochy pants in the pic you will see) ; )

Monday, November 28, 2011

Of Birthday Memories and Lovely Flowers





Are these flowers not beautiful? They just sing autumn to me...A most thoughtful and generous hostess gift. : ) So nice, just so very, very nice. Much too pretty not to show off!

This is the wonderful hostess gift I wrote about previously. Things like this are so very thoughtful I think and mean so much. I really appreciate things like this, the thought and care goes a long, long way and blesses my heart.

My baby's 18th birthday was recently and I just cannot believe my little girl is 18. Eighteen? When did this happen?

It seems just like yesterday I delivered Rebecca. Her little cry was so darling, a robust nine pound baby girl.

Rebecca:

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Rebecca chose not to celebrate fully since it was a Sunday, I suppose she was thinking part of the day would be church etc so she preferred to wait and have the entire day to celebrate but it made me feel a bit strange not celebrating on the day. I kept asking her, "Are you sure you don't want to celebrate today?"

Oh *sigh* such is life for mom...


This week should be nice though, a bit of a question as to when and where but there will be some fun times of a birthday outing I am certain. : )

I remember vividly the birth center I delivered at...I've tried to find the birth center but I'm thinking it was torn down in the name of progress? I see a huge subdivision in the area now.

I remember the labor pains and me loudly saying ... Dear Me!

The team of praying midwives were great, one was particularly more my speed so to speak....Her name is Diane, a mother of five herself, a chiropractor now. She would smile and say back... Dear me? I would say, Yes! Dear me!

The next day at 12:09 pm Rebecca was born after 24 hours, our sweet little baby. Wallie the chief midwife looks at me and tells me...You have a lot of inner strength...I'll always remember that. It get's me through things sometimes remembering her face looking down at me telling me that.

Lou Alice, the midwife who officially delivered Rebecca, tells me Rebecca is an outstanding baby, one of the prettiest babies she has ever seen. : )

What made me deliver with midwives? My ob/gyn didn't catch the premature labor I was in at 4 months along and I had an extremely strong instinct to go check out this birth center in our area. It's funny, I have no recollection of how I heard of this birth center. All I know is I had a distinct urge (The Lord) to check this place out and while I was at the birth center they gave me a free check up. I was in labor, not good at four months along. I had told my ob/gyn of my cramping the week before and the poor guy was having so many personal problems at the time he didn't take it as seriously as he should have.

The midwives saved my baby's life. They put me on bedrest. God saved my baby's life. He has plans for Rebecca here on this earth.

Yes He does.

I'm listening to: The theme to Spellbound (1945) soundtrack. My daughter, Marianna bought it this morning and I'm so glad she did, it is so, so beautiful. I could listen to it over and over again...

One thing I'm starting to read today: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

I thought this quote was so funny from The Gift of the Magi, I've been there and can relate and I guess that is why it made me smile so.

"There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating."

I was so tickled by the word choice, howl. Only O. Henry could get away with that one.

Hope everyone is having a lovely week, I'm a bit fatigued and that affects everything. It's a beautiful day here and I'm getting ready to sip on some hot tea in a big mug and take my doglets on a walk.

Hope you enjoyed this basically uncooked blog of mine. So much to be thankful for.

Blessings to All!

Love, ~Amelia

Friday, November 25, 2011

I Need Thee Every Hour. A Tour of Random Thoughts & Feelings with Jars of Clay

Listening to: ' I Need Thee Every Hour' by Jars of Clay while Rebecca exercises.

The words to the songs are so very beautiful, so intense. So true...

Thanksgiving was such a delight this year, very busy and emotionally draining but much like the low lull of beautiful exertion of a flower blooming as I watch the Lord's hand...

Listening now to: 'God will Lift Up Your Head' by Jars of Clay.

Loving it so...

He gently clears the way.... Soon end in joy....

(I smile)

It's enchanting here today. A dark blustery darkening cold front coming in and I'm enjoying that with my daughter Michelle as we choose an online Christmas toy gift for a most precious baby boy she is a nanny for...That little boy is a darling.

Lea and Marianna just called to let me know they dropped my daddy off. Poor Daddy. He cried and that makes me cry. *sigh* I think it's finally hitting him he is by himself and he doesn't want to be by himself any longer. Lea and Marianna are so good to bring him to his home, quite a trek indeed.


Watching our four daughters work and cook and clean in the kitchen was quite eye opening to him, it made him realize what he has been missing for many years. A picture of four sweet granddaughters, a lovely picture of a working home. Thank the Lord God.

Listening to now: ...Make me free want to be a new man tired of the old man...Neat song, a darling song. I so understand what the group is singing here...I say yes and amen.

I'm so trying to just roll with the Lord, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I'm trying to relinquish more and more to the Lord Jesus and as I do it is a freeing thing. I cannot tell you how faithful He is.

It's not that I've thought to have control over much of anything, never have believed in bossing the Lord like some do. But I do believe He always wants more of us, more of our trust just as a parent wants with their children.

Thanking God for new friends. I'm encouraged by a new friend of our family. Thanking God there are parents out there who have taught and discipled their sons as to what is right and good in the Lord. Thanking God for young people who are sold out to the Lord and are kind. Yes kind! We aren't seeing much kindness these days it seems. Thus it warms this mother's heart in a major way indeed.

Listening to: ' There is a River'...All of your Tears...(Something about this one. Touching)

I think I may be finished with Christmas shopping. Maybe. Maybe. I have a book I use every year where I write my purchases down and keep a running total. Right on the money. Literally, maybe going a tad over but dear hubby doesn't seem overly concerned. (That's a good thing) ; )

Looking at Gospel for Asia's booklet at this moment. A great ministry, you can give money to buy things for the poor in other countries for Christmas. Great, great ministry. Our girls were privileged to go to the headquarters last year at Greg Gordon's Revival Conference. Such a wonderful thing.

Listening to: 'Oh my God' by Jars of Clay. Makes me think of my dad, please help him dear Lord. People have been so bruised so hurt in life, they realize many times too late after making unwise choices. But maybe it's not too late. It's never too late for the Lord. Ever. Ever.

Enjoying the day with Michelle and Becca Baby my sweethearts. Becca Baby will be 18 this week. How could it be?

Thanking God for His goodness that His children often bestow. Thanking God there is Hope in this world and that we carry that Hope within us to share with others and each other as Children of God the Father.

Please help us to do that God.

Admiring some gorgeous flowers our kind friend brought as a most thoughtful and lovely, lovely hostess gift yesterday. Touched my mother's heart in such a major way...Also our family was greatly blessed by the God given talent of this young man sharing in song playing violin for our family. We were greatly blessed. Greatly. : )

Praying for the safe arrival of Lea and Marianna.

Closing for this Friday eve, the day after Thanksgiving.

This song has been on my mind:



loading ... In closing....So many thoughts rushing through my mind this holy season. I love the ballerinas in the video above, I love this song so very much....The ballerinas leaping are me. Yes they are me in my soul. God is so very good, He brings us through and when He does it He does it in a big, big way.

One last lingering thought that rushes through my mind these days, was the Christmas season probably ten or so years ago...My grandmother had a medical emergency. She was dying. I remember looking out the window and seeing my girls playfully jumping on a trampoline in the countryside thinking to myself what a strange irony it was that evening...My grandmother telling me over the phone she may not be with me much longer, innocent children playing, laughing with a neighbor boy innocently.

My uncle plays a huge part, he is so precious, his dream was to become a veterinarian and he never made it, he had to step down for a while after receiving his degree. He stepped out for a bit to help my grandparents recoup after a major hurricane and he never quite made it back to vet school...he just never did. I love my uncle, he is a darling, my mother's brother. He has a sweet voice much like a very young Elvis Presley and has (had) the jet black hair too once upon a time. I remember him coming over to take care of my sick little puppy when I was a wee little girl, he asked me..."Do we have a sick little puppy?" ...as he took the little puppy's temperature...yes he was so enchanting to me as he said that in his most handsome Elvis voice to me, a wee little wide-eyed brunette gal.

He ended up with a yacht basin on the waterfront, not too shabby. But not a vet either. He was also the Taub family's skipper for their beautiful yacht. The yacht had gorgeous mahogany wood on the deck, when I see Natalie Wood's yacht in the news lately I think to myself...It doesn't hold a candle to the Taub Family yacht, it just doesn't. To make a long story short, my uncle made a call out of desperation for my Grandmother's life to the Mr. Taub. Quick as a wink Mr. Taub made one phone call and my grandmother was in the beautiful Methodist hospital the next day, unfortunately her legs were amputated to save her life. I recall so very vividly walking into the lobby of that beautiful place and something heartfelt happened. I can't place it but it did. Bitter - Sweet. Such tragedy, but such heroic life saving action as well...My uncle thinking to himself of missed opportunity I'm sure.

Life is funny that way is it not? Such a funny world we live in, beautiful at times, quite a quiz at others.

The answer is the Lord, the Father.

May we make the most of life. Every day is a journal page what will we write?

Unedited for the mostpart, uncooked....This most enchanting and thought provoking eve after Thanksgiving as the holy advent season begins...

Love to all, ~Amelia
loading ... ~ Photos here by Robert Stock

Friday, November 18, 2011

Keeping in Touch Friday, Fall Garden, Fall Mornings and All that Jazz...Including Crazy Schmuckiness


I figured I would see how fast I could put a blog up before I get down to the busyness of folding clothes and the art of the home here.

The pic above? This was taken a month or so ago, the day I made the cloth bags. This is Marianna, Rebecca and Michelle working on the Fall Garden one beautiful sunny Saturday eve.


At the same time Lea was putting the patio set by the pond, yep, all four our sweet daughters. We are so very, very blessed.



Another blessing are the beautiful mornings here, this was taken a month or so ago early one morning.

There is something about walking in the Autumn coolness. The crisp cool breeze upon my face like kisses from the Father above as my hot coffee warms the hands...Me and the doglets, a special time for me with the Father.



Today:

A nice sunny Autumn day today. Oh it's beautiful here today...Thinking of Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and such. The girls and I are planning on what to do and not to do when my dad comes to visit. I hope he enjoys the visit and all works out with he staying at Mother's house. Quite a burden for an only child like myself at times. I hold the Father's hand and thank God for my blessings though and try to keep things in perspective.

Christmas and Thanksgiving:
Anyone else having a hard time trying to keep balance at Christmas? I want simplicity but not cheap or thoughtless, thoughtless gifts are so insulting. Gifts are fun but not over the top either...We have a very small budget this year and that's okay. It's plenty enough for a nice sensible traditional Christmas for our girls. I'm making some things by hand this year and praying the rest in as I shop and the Lord shows me bargains. God is so good with things like that isn't He?

Datenight:
Hubby and I had the best time the other night...We went to Midtown to that nice Green Restaurant.

Do you ever sense someone is eyeballing you and listening to you? There was a table behind hubby and a man was watching and listening. Soooo............I decided I would give him something to listen TO.

I quietly told hubby about the wonderful book I'm reading, quiet enough for the man not to hear that part of the conversation. The book? House Calls and Hitching Posts, Stories from Dr. Elton Lehman's carer among the Amish as told to Dorcas Sharp Hoover. I am enjoying this book, it's been sitting on my bookshelf and the time was now to read it. I fact, I bought a nice copy for my mother in law for Christmas.

Okay, I have a fascination with medicine and probably would have loved to have been in medicine if I wouldn't have chosen to do the best thing in my book, be a stay at home mom and mother. : ) I've had my health crisis' before, many of them were crisis because of the way the medical establishment handled them by the way! The Lord used all of that to point me in the way of natural medicine. My daughter, Marianna and I are both Family Herbalists. Yes, you should see me in my granny glasses, visions of me saving someone's life with some cayenne pepper in my purse! : )

Back to that yuppy green restaurant. As I sat peering over my delicious veggie burger at the man staring but not staring I put my acting hat on. You must know my daddy had done some acting and my uncle was majoring in drama at Rice. If you've ever heard of Jeanette Clift George, she and my dad attended college in the same years when my dad was a single young fella. Once I attended a play at her Christian theatre and told her who my dad was. It was cute, her eyes twinkled and she smiled.

Back to my story....I'm good at bunny trails I do believe. I proceeded to tell hubby about one of the medical cases in the above said book. I told of the miracle baby born blue after a month of a mother almost miscarrying and how the placenta was black. The baby had not received hardly any nourishment for at least a month. The baby was rushed to the hospital from the birthing home to miraculously survive! God's hand was clearly upon that baby!

Well, the man heard a nice little true story told as if I were there firsthand. *big smile*

And the Lord was truly exalted!

Ya know? Life is just too short to be stiff I say. Do you ever see church people who are so puffed up with knowledge that they are also puffed up with pride, arrogance and stiff as a board? Yuck. Those are the kind who hung Jesus on the cross.

I'm not a total sanguin gad-about let me tell you, I can be very contemplative and what some may consider melancholy. Depends on what mood you catch me in and who I'm with.

My hubby knows me best, and my girls do too of course. : )

After the restauranti Hubby and I went over to the midtown bookstore...I love that place. It's an old, old used bookstore and I love to wonder around there...I was standing in front of the cds eyeballing this most wonderful looking Coniff cd of musical movie themes and gave my girls a "ring-a-ding-a" to see if they might enjoy that cd, I was having visions of us singing to the musicals while we cooked!

Hubby came over letting me know I was talking way too loud on the phone and everyone in the bookstore could probably hear me, I promptly put my hand over my mouth in embarrassment. It was one of those Scout and Jem moments. It's amazing how cell phones do that to us in the volume department isn't it? I guess it was the good Lord's way of showing me maybe I should have mercy on others with cell phones instead of thinking they are loud schmucks.

Well after I said bye and clung to my cd, I smirked and told hubby-Jem that "By the way...At least I don't crack jokes at funerals by the coffin" in a most mischevious but all-in-fun Scout Jean Louise way. (You must be of Italian descent to get the funeral comment.) My Italian relatives are split in half, some quiet, my grandpa would cry at funerals, he was such a sweetheart. But there are some, I want to slap a hand across their mouth at times....I've seen them cracking jokes slapping each other on the backs right by the coffin for pity's sakes...Gee Willikins. Hmph. (And he said I talked loud on my cell phone) ; )

All in good fun though and it makes for a fun night.

I better get going now...I hear some hunters in the back, I need to go call my doglets, kitlet and anything or anybody I can think of and make a loud ruckus, yes, a very loud ruckus.



Listening to: Corner Cafe' Relaxing Jazz
&
Ray Conniff Musical in Rhythm - Hollywood & Broadway

Sipping on: Paramount Christmas Truffle coffee. (I found it at name brands for less for $4.99 a bag, and it is good too!)

Figuring out: Lea and I....What's for dinner and a good ol 40s movie to watch tonight.

Have a nice weekend all! Until the next time. Be good.


Love, ~Amelia