Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Every year, a custom carries on that was started by my dear Mother-in-Law years ago: we wake on Thanksgiving morning and flip on CBS to watch the Macy's Day parade
as we busy ourselves in the kitchen, preparing a family feast.

Several years ago, I was half watching The Morning Show with Harry Smith,
who narrated a segment with Anne Graham.

Anne read a prayer from her father, the Reverend Billy Graham.
I couldn't believe what I was hearing on television...
it moved me to the very core of everything I believe,
and I wanted to share it here with you again this year.

Each year, I come back to this post and each year,
it's as poignant and real for me as ever it was....  it goes like this:

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.

We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography

and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers

and called it enlightenment.

Search us, oh God, and know our hearts today;
cleanse us from every sin and set us free.


As families gather for the holiday,

please remember there is no reason to have a holiday called Thanksgiving

unless there is Someone to thank.

Thanks be to God and Jesus Christ His Son for all the blessings on our fair land.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

I've been busy in the dungeon creating some pieces for the Christmas season.
I love this time of year and cant wait to decorate.
I've uploaded these and several other pieces on the Primitive Handmades Mercantile ...
Please stop by and check out all the great artists work!

I love this guy ... Oil Can Ollie cant wait for the snow to fly! 
His nice warm hat hasn't come off since he got it  :)

Olde Red has pockets on both sides to fill with anything you choose. 
He comes loaded with fragrant sweet annie.
Stop by and check out all the sweetness being offered!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Halloween 2013

Halloween is my favorite holiday - I love decorating the house and look forward to passing out candy to the kids that come door to door. 
But my favorite part of Halloween is having my nephew and his family come and spend the night with us. Sullivan has a very precious part in our hearts and now, at 3 1/2 yrs old, he is getting to the age that I adore.  Full of questions, he seems to pick up on the sensitive side of everything around him whether its a movie or pretend play time. And we sure have fun on Halloween!
He is really into stuffed animals and we spent a good amount of time last weekend playing pretend with some Halloween dolls I gave him to take home.  We love to laugh together and he says the funniest things.
 When I saw mom and dad coming up the driveway, I knew it was going to be a great night!  Cheyenne is pregnant with Sully's brother, Milo - due December 20th.

Cheyenne is pregnant with baby #2 - Sully's brother named Milo Scott.
So it was only fitting that mom and dad dress up like Juno and Bleeker  :)

Each year, his mom Cheyenne and Nana Julie collaborate to come up with the best of costumes.  This year, Sully was Max of "Where the Wild Things Grow".  He was a perfect Max too... rrrrrraaaaarrrrr.

Our neighborhood goes all out for Halloween and attracts hundreds of kids from surrounding areas. Some houses are decorated to the nines and we had great fun walking around seeing the sights.
Sully seemed very comfortable talking to the ghost in the corner who just happened to be his size!

The kid behind this mask was about 12 years old and so gentle in his approach. He shook hands with Sully, gave high ^5's and even took his mask off so Sully wouldn't be frightened. When he put his arm around Sully for a picture, Sully turned to him and said "please put your mask back on"  lol.
We had a grand time - and Sully didn't want to leave.  He even tried the "sitting in the middle of the sidewalk and not budging" routine.  Sadly, dad had no part of it and we headed back home for a night watching Wall-E on tv.
It was the best weekend I've had in a very long time and I'm so looking forward to next year.  I cant wait to see what mom and Nana come up with for Sully's costume.
Here is a collage of his costumes through the year.  They do amazing work together!

Anne of Green Gables sums it up perfectly for me.....
Farewell, October.
I love you.