It's Almost Spring! Brrrr

oh, to be spending time walking this street
and taking in the smells of the flowers
and homemakers. or! to live here for
just a bit and soak in the local flavor~
a tablescape for you to recreate.
i love the birds and blues~
a free printable for spring~
an easy vignette for your home,
and mine!
it's still winter in our nation
and even the south, tho we
aren't getting the snow. i love snow.
but spring? it's on its' way.

Winter In the South

i love winter. won't make any bones about it. it's a time of rest. reflection. hot chocolate and a fire in the fireplace. a time to slow down. soft talks at night. soup and crusty bread. endless cups of coffee with various creamers for the holidays. it's my favorite time of the year. always has been.
cardinals. my favorite bird. especially the males with their colorful red in a white world with green hollies in bloom. they remind, and i know not why, of being messengers. they turn up to make one smile. they seem to know when you need to see them. could they be sent to make us remember better times, loved ones no longer here, eternity that will be filled with peace. watch for them. they come when they sense a need. truly. as do dragonflies. but that's another story.
walking on a bridge in a snowy wonderland. romantic. i wonder how many engagements have taken place here? how many have expressed love here? how quiet the snow makes our world. it blankets out loudness, animals settle in to hibernate and sleep. daily outside noise vanishes. all lies dormant. beautifully so.
 i know not where this is other than a street my heart takes me to in my dreams. belgium? rome? paris, oslo? i pray that he will show me these places in my dreams once this life is over and there's beauty i still haven't seen. i wonder, do the people who walk these streets wish to walk the streets here? hmmm ~ 
 sadness. so much sadness. 84 deaths and counting just in our state alone. from flu and flu related illnesses. death is no respecter of persons. we've lost family, friends and oh, we've lost our young. those that die with our dreams. this year has been a terrible one with this illness that takes us to such sickness.
our youngest and her family. just prior to going to look at the christmas lights in the town, suburbs and various areas that still love to decorate and set out luminaries. i miss that as our current home is in a suburb that doesn't but oh, we've lived where they do. and it's not only beautiful but brings us back to the heart of christmas with the lighting of a candle. a star.

Thankfully Blessed ~

 we are so blessed
to have such loves
and to be loved
our children grew fast
and the grandbabies even quicker
truly, where does time go
we are so proud of the adults
they are becoming
and the parents they are
the grands?
very proud of those young ones
that are already moving into
the teen years
our hearts runneth over
with thanksgiving and deep love

Have I mentioned I love Autumn?!

A favorite Autumn post ~ enjoy and have an awesome weekend. Sunday's a'comin' !! By the middle of September we'll be ready to head to the east side of TN!! Then in Winter, back for the sweet snowfall ~ sigh. Life is good.

Click here to read one of my favs for Autumn ~ blessings

Spring Is Here!

no Winter last forever;
no Spring skips her turn ~  
i am going to pay attention to Spring
i am going to look up through the trees
i am going to listen to the birds
i am going to nurture my soul
with his goodness and delight in his creations
this photo, today, made my heart smile
and i cannot wait until i can hold them
and snuggle the little one
heart memories
the bestest kind ~

Winter In the South

ah, in the central South
we rarely see much snow
if any
but we still need fluffy throws,
hot chocolate, and a fire
in a fireplace
 my favorite birds visit!
 and snowmen take the place
of colorful christmas ornaments
we may not get much snow
but we can still look for it
and i do
hoping you get snow
if you love it as much as me
if not?
please send it my way.

Welcome, Winter ~

Welcome Winter ~
we are definitely lovers of Winter
and because I'm a bit lazy with a fire and cup of coffee,
I'm simply going to repost from last year
or click on our phot to enjoy a post from 2011!
and may we all be healthier this year and more mindful
of our infinite blessings ~

It's My Favorite Time of the Year ~

 snuggle in, enjoy the cool temps, enjoy Advent
and waiting for the baby that was born to redeem us!
have a cup of hot chocolate, give thanks for infinite 
blessings, regardless your situation, and pray for 
peace. peace for our country. peace for the world.
God bless you and yours
and Merry Christmas! 

Thanksgiving, 2016

America has much to be thankful for. Our families have much to be thankful for. And I bet if you look around you, you do, too ~ Have a blessed week and a great week. Before you know it, Christmas and Winter will be upon us. And I will be one happy lady! God bless us and God bless America ~

Autumn Yummies ~

Mini Pumpkin Pies ~
and a divine drink,
You use both traditional apple cider & sparkling apple cider. A scoop of ice cream with a sprinkle of cinnamon, an apple slice and drizzled with caramel. Yum! Her blog has many yummies you'll enjoy adding to your recipe book! (I found this on Pinterest, but always try to link back to the one responsible.)

Finally, temps here in the central South are becoming cooler and I loved watching the leaves drifting with the breeze in front of me as I drove home this afternoon. I am one thankful child of The King when it comes to the delightful seasons we have, especially Autumn and Winter! {Heart font!}

A post from this day last year was on Autumn Tablescapes. It was  well viewed and I loved looking back through it a few minutes ago. Maybe you can get some new ideas to use this year! Have a beautiful and God-filled weekend!

I Love to Dream ~

One of my very favorite posts that I enjoy reading and swooning over the photos, is the following ~ I hope you enjoy, it as much as I. And have a beautiful Tuesday. It's still warmer than normal for our part of the world and I'm so looking forward to cooler days that don't shift back into Summer mode and, just maybe, the hint of Winter bliss. Godere ~

Autumn Love

 i love autumn and winter. love love love autumn and winter. my heart sings with the thoughts of sweaters, hot chocolate, cooler temps and her beautiful colors. not to mention the hopes of seeing a bit of snow in the southern South.

i also enjoy following those that love to decorate their homes. i get ideas and sometimes find myself wishing i had this house or that house, especially the cute tudor that blushingbean has on instagram! i digress

 a blog i've followed for years, and she's also on pinterest, (i need to see if she's on instagram), is stone gable. today she has a post she's shared before but i thought was good for reading today.  i think you'll enjoy it as i for not only will you see her home but you'll see yours in a different light, a better light, upon finishing her article. we have so much to be thankful for ~

"and the sun took a step back,
the leaved lulled themselves to sleep
and Autumn was awakened."
Raquel Franco

have a blessed weekend ~

And Suddenly, Summer Collapsed Into Autumn

"If a year was tucked inside of a clock,
then Autumn would be the magic hour."
~ Victoria Erickson
Here's to another awesome Autumn ~

Still One of My Favorites

This post remains to be a favorite post with readers and with me. I love the movie and love the information you can find searching for the baseball players. The doctor is even based on an actual character. Here's the link to read it for your pleasure and enjoyment! Click HERE.
Celebrating the last few weeks of Summer.
Teachers are reporting in, families stocked up on clothing and supplies are trying to get in one last chance to take a mini vacation before the business of classes begin. Mothers, like me, put on a smile while my heart weeps because I won't have the children at home any longer. I was never one that did somersaults when the buses rolled up but laughed at the antics of friends that did {giggle font}. As a teacher, it was a delightful time to meet new little ones and also be near our daughters as they attended classes. I was blessed with a career I loved and enjoyed. To also work with some of your best friends was an added blessing.
How are you celebrating these last few weeks?!?! AND, are you one of the many that have decided to homeschool this year?!  With dedication and planning, I'm a supporter of those wishing to make sure their children are learning not only basic, needed skills, but also able to work in field trips, extra studies, and bible lessons that public schools either cannot or find it difficult with the financial strain. I am not a supporter of CORE and would love to see it taken off the lesson plans in Alabama. Getting the answer right, but missing the problem because the steps were wrong doesn't make sense to me. Seriously. Look at past generations and the technology that has hit the world! And we did it without CORE. Okay, I'll get off that bandstand {wink font}.
Summer is a'goin' and Autumn she is approaching. I am SO an Autumn and Winter gal and shed no tears as Summer eases out. As your family gets ready for another school year or you watch your grandbabies step up into another grade, I'll be praying for us. For courage to face the fact they're growing much too quickly, peace and calm as we settle into football Saturdays and cooler temps, and that God will show great might in allowing America to have a President that will not take us into a Socialist state and a nation whose leaders refuse to acknowledge God. Prayers are needed more than ever for our nation and her leaders. God bless and keep us near Him as we draw closer to the November election. May He bless you and yours ~

America Needs You, God

 we are bruised and battered
heart broken and incredibly sad
but we serve a God that is just and One of mercy
He has not forsaken us, rather wanting us
to turn to Him in fervent prayer
join me in praying that hearts will be changed for the good
that our leaders will look to Him instead of themselves
that we will not lose hope nor cease caring about each other
and that this nation i love will be great once more
"one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all"

~ from The Letter Writer ~

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