Featuring Stephanie’s Jewelry Blog


What a sun-shiny day it is!!

                             I’m WAY behind in my postings
                                    …time just flies by and by and by! 

It’s April and it give hope here in Michigan after one of the snowiest winters in about 60 years here. 


So lovin’ the idea of sun,
                                 …. warmth and
                                                    ……colors and
                                                                      ….. flowers

                                       and oh my livin’ life on the deck with a


tall glass of tea!   
Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!  Just can’t wait!


Also wanted to share a link to my daughter Stephanie’s new Blog:  


(More photos coming)

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Random Thoughts…Random Things

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Devotion time…trying to change it up. So began just searching  for something…anything.
Found this and love these ideas: 
She includes ways to keep a journal…prayer in particular, but could apply to any kind. She also includes links to printable journals, if you don’t want to use a blank one. 
We watched the Lord of the Ring Trilogy again (many times we have watched it)
Loved this when I heard it:
  • End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.
  • What? Gandalf? See what?
  • White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.
  • Well, that isn’t so bad.
  • No. No, it isn’t

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 

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Okay sit down and stop everything for just a moment. You may want to grab a mug of coffee too!

…..This is a MUST watch!

This is a new ad that will air on the Super Bowl. Yes it’s Budweiser, but really they make the BEST commercials ever. I LOVE LOVE horses, and then add a puppy…well it’s adorable…really it is.


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Links and more links

Links….REALLY great links are found below. Awesome articles!!

Make Time Make Your Marriage Work!: http://magazine.foxnews.com/love/make-time-make-your-marriage-work

30 Compliments That Make Your Partner’s Day!: http://magazine.foxnews.com/love/30-compliments-will-make-your-partners-day?intcmp=HPBucket

Kid President: his video is here and he is awesome!! I think HE would make a better President!

And one more: (I normally do NOT like the Huffingtonpost, but this article is right on:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karl-a-pillemer-phd/marriage-advice_b_4670900.html

…..on the left side, you may have noticed I follow a variety of blogs…okay a LOT of blogs. They cover a variety of topics, mostly adoption and home decor. They are all worth checking out if you so inclined. One of my favorites it Thistlewood Farm. She has THE BEST on DYI home decor, they bought an older farmhouse and have done a re-do, and it is jaw-dropping gorgeous. Better Homes and Garden just did a photo shoot there. Okay, 2 of my favorites, another is also No Greater Joy Mom…hers is mostly on adoption, and advocating for special needs in other countries. Her family’s story is just awesome. 
Both blogs are listed on the left (in alphabetical order). Enjoy.

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Questions and Answers

Okay, so I saw this going around some blogs, so decided to try my hand at it, so here it goes! 

Listening to: Talk Radio- specifically “The Blaze” (love current events, politics)

Reading: Just finished “Paramedic to the Prince: An American Paramedic’s Account of Life Inside the Mysterious World Of of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, now starting “For the Love of a Son” by Jean Sasson. Love her books about the Middle East. She wrote the “Princess” series

Drinking: Coffee, Coffee, Coffee (throw In a Peppermint Mocha Frappachino in there once in a while!)

Recovering From: This non-stop snow and cold!! Though it’s hard when more is in the forcast

Hitting My Head From: That is I had checked my ipad calendar FIRST, I would have known that the baby shower wasn’t today, but next week. Duh!

Avoiding: Painting my living room and kitchen walls

Planning: Planning on how to incorporate businesses with $$ in my blog

Eating: Trail Mix

Debating: on whether to start quilting or start my new counted cross-stitch picture

Laughing at: Some of the blogs I read.

Reminding Myself of: How totally wonderful and blessed my life is.

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The Year 2014

Came across a blog, she shared instead of resolutions, to pick a word to describe the new year. 

A word or words…
    ……………claim it!

    ………………… Introspection and Resolute. Closer to my God. My Words. This year. 2014.

A year of introspection, but not just sitting and thinking. Thinking yes. Praying yes. But as each thought comes into focus. Focus. It must come to a focus point. Introspection for what I am to do, what I am to be, then action steps to take.


To be resolute in what I am to be this year. I am already beginning to see some things coming into focus.
Those I’ll share in another post.

Must also include: This Christmas, the whole holiday season, though it passed so incredibly quickly. A season of joy and happiness and thankfulness. Loved, Loved Wayne’s time off. Also the 3 extra days due to an ice storm and incredible cold and tons of snow! 

………this was the year of our 39th wedding anniversary. This time passes so quickly. Wouldn’t trade any of the years for anything! Awesome husband I do have.

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Hall Family Down Memory Lane Video

Grandpa Ed Hall’s Birthday Celebration and Family Reunion
Summer of 2002

The first part of the video is of Kaytlynn at the reunion, if you advance the video to 4:27 you will see Ed and Ruby Hall

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Christmas Wreath Crafting

I love, love Christmas magazines, idea books and cookbooks. I picked up last week the Gooseberry Patch  Christmas 2013!! Wow! love it.  Soooo, when I saw on page 35 the Snowman Wreath, decide I had to try to make this.

The photos below are the wreath pictured in Gooseberry Patch. The next photo is the first snowman I’m making.

I will post photos of completed wreath!!!  Love love Christmas!!

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Good Morning Fall!!

Leaves are falling and blowing all over the landscape.  Sun-shiney today, which is awesome, which off sets the cold!!

Here are some photos of painting and re-do’s of our dining room and entry way. 

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Fall Musings

I have found my 1 or 2 days a week taking my iPad and devotional book to Panera for my early morning musings is a wonderful start to the day. I love cupping my mug of hot coffee, reading, contemplating, and enjoying the company of other "early morning regulars"; I must admit I do get sidetracked a bit... people watching, sometimes just have to smile. What I love is I'm not the only one doing devotions, though I'm not obvious, since my bible in on my iPad, other's I have seen either are in a bible study group or just bring in their bible and other items and read. I must admit, being able to do this, sit in Panera, the freedom to do this, is a first in 30 some years. 

Here at Panera ...This is where I am this morning, formulating my next blog post and organizing my day. Putting together my "to do" list and contemplating my next dessert to make. 

Have found so many wonderful recipes on Pinterest. I'm really in the mood for a "Fall"
dessert...something with pumpkin...I just may have to fall back on one of my regular recipes (from my friend Terri D) and one of our favorites...Pumpkin Bars...with cream cheese frosting...so wonderful with a hot cup of coffee or a steaming mug of tea. 

Also just made this recipe for Sunday dinner...easy peasy!

This is SO easy - using frozen Rhode Rolls (yes! This is a photo of the ones I made!) see link at "Thistlewood Farms" for recipe "Pumpkin Shaped Rolls"

One of my projects, outside of the painting projects I have going on, is re-doing our family cookbook. Changing the look of the recipes pages, updating them and adding new recipes that I have tried and have become part of our meal planning. Stephanie too, is putting together a cookbook that will hold her favorite recipes and ones that she has made and liked!

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Autumn…this season is one I usually only semi-enjoy. I do love the colors, the leaves etc. but I hate the ending of summer and winter coming. But this year…a change of heart. I am enjoying the crispness of the mornings, love wearing my hoodies and my warm socks. Hmm…also in a “nesting” stage, I am cleaning out, organizing and sorting all kinds of items in closets, drawers, cupboards, storage areas and cleaning my sewing room. I’m been scanning Pinterest for Fall ideas, found some lovely ones!

In one of my devotions (using the book “The Small Group Book”), found some areas that really stood out.Characteristics of Great Leaders (which we really are ALL called to be in one area or another)

  • 1. Leaders dream impossible dreams that change the world
  • 2. Leaders have a can-do spirit.  (notice is says spirit –  not attitude)
  • Also Proverbs 29:18 says “Where there is no vision, the people perish”

Quote from book “Comfort Zones: “ I know that old shoes are more comfortable than new ones simply because we’ve worn them so long.  They “fit” our feet. They feel good. But if we limit ourselves to wearing only old, comfortable shes, we’re going to miss out on many beautiful new shoes that might be custom-made JUST FOR US.

Another quote from this book “Leaders are successful in managing their own lives. It goes on to say “Before we can manage others, we must first manage ourselves. How true. 
This book really has such good info that doesn’t just pertain to small groups or life groups – pertains to life in general.

Okay off my soap box for now! 🙂

Once of my painting projects is this:

(this photo is from Pinterest –Thiftydecorchick.blogspot.com)

I have always wanted to paint the inside of the front door, never could find the right color….until NOW! Love Love the black door!  I also have an old chest of Wayne’s mom, that I started to refinish, I am now going to paint it black but I’m going to leave the top stained in a oak/cherry color…LOVE LOVE! I will put that in our hallway too. If I like the door black, I will also paint the door going out into our garage black also.
Will post pics when done with that “little” project!

UPDATE:! The door is finished! Love Love!! Even Wayne loved it when he saw it, really changes the whole look of my entry way!!!  Next doing the same for the door to the garage and working on the chest. Will post update pics of those when done!

Okay…I said each posting I would share a great app I have found for my iPad. This is the next one “AppsGonefree”  It’s awesome…everyday they offer between 5-7 free apps for iPad and or the iPhone.  Usually these apps have a fee, but through “AppsGonefree” for just that day they are free for downloading. I have gotten so very many of my apps that way. All kinds of apps for all different uses, including some great children ones. Enjoy!

Sarah’s 15th Birthday and Thanksgiving 1995 video

Private post for family (but if you ask nicely I just may give you the pass code to view it 🙂 🙂 )


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