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I’ve been given a very sweet award from Deborah at Songs from My Journey .  Thanks so much Deb!  You should go check out her site, she writes beautiful, inspirational posts, I love visiting her blog.

 “This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY – nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are extremely charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.

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I’ve met so many wonderful women through blogging, even though we will probably never meet face to face I feel as if I know them.  They have become friends that I look forward to visiting (even though it’s through cyberspace).  These are women that I admire and respect, you can tell by reading their blogs that they live their faith every day.  These are a few of my favorites ( in alphabetical order):

Encouragement from My Heart – Lorie’s blog

More Sugar than Spice – Angie’s blog

Over the Moon with Joy – Kimmie’s blog

Rose of Sharon – Sharon’s blog

Songs from My Journey – Deborah’s blog

When you get a chance you should grab a cup of coffee or tea (or Diet Coke if you’re like me), and drop by their blog  to meet them.  They’d love to have you visit and you won’t be disappointed, these women are amazing!

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

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new-year-greeting

I’m a little early wishing you a Happy New Year, but since I haven’t blogged at all over the holidays I decided to get a jump on 2009.   My family and I have had a wonderful holiday season.  We were fortunate to have Ashley’s parents, and his sister and her son here for Thanksgiving, along with all our children and grandchildren.   

We were also able to get together for Christmas with our children and grandchildren.   Natalie, Joey, Cupcake, and Blue Eyes came down on Tuesday and stayed until Friday morning (they spent Christmas Eve with Joey’s parents).  Phillip, Beth, Spiderman, and Ladybug  joined us for dinner Tuesday night as well as Christmas morning for brunch.  It was more than wonderful,  I marvel  every time we are all together at God’s goodness to our family. 

We were also blessed to have not only our immediate family here Tuesday night for dinner, but to also have Drama Queen’s birth mom and sisters with us as well.  Her sister Hillary, came down and stayed with us Monday through Wednesday, and then Marcie (her birth mom), and her sister Holly, came down early afternoon on Tuesday.  They exchanged gifts and spent family time together, and then stayed and had dinner with us.  It was so much fun, it was great to celebrate the wonder of the season with the people we love.   I’ll try to post pictures tomorrow!

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year in 2009, despite the economic and other uncertainties we face as a nation, I know that God is in control and no matter what the future holds, I know He holds the future!  I pray you have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!

God Bless!

Velvia

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One year ago today, I started blogging.  It’s seems odd to be posting about this since I haven’t been blogging much lately, but it is a milestone of sorts I suppose.   

I would post more but it’s past my bedtime, so I think I’ll just say goodnight and try to post something worthwhile tomorrow evening!

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

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Happy Fall Ya’ll!

I haven’t been blogging lately, in fact, it’s been over three weeks.  I’ve been debating about whether to stop entirely as it’s been difficult to find the time to blog.  I usually blog in the late evening and I’ve found it hard to make the time to sit down and do it.  I’ve had other things I needed or wanted to get done, so blogging has taken a back seat to those things, but I decided to give it another shot. 

The weather has been so beautiful here lately, a little cooler than usual for this time of year, but I love it!   Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons,  so I’m sharing this beautiful graphic from Pat’s Web Graphics.  It’s a great site for really beautiful graphics for your blog.

Well, I’m off to bed, I hope you have a great Thursday!

Love, Velvia

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Blogging Break

As I’m sure you have noticed, I’m taking a break from blogging.  Everything is fine, I just needed time away from the computer.  I hope to be back to blogging in a week or so.  I hope everyone is doing well, I’ll be stopping by to catch up with all my favorite blogs when I gear back up to blog.

Love, Velvia

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I find it hard to blog lately,  I’ve been enjoying the relaxed, unhurried days of summer.  Not having to do lesson plans, research, or studying for homeschooling, and being able to read books just for fun when we go to the pool or in the evenings after dinner has made me lazy when it comes to blogging.  Not that I don’t enjoy it, I do, but there are so many other things I want to do instead.  This cute image was on my Mary Engelbreit calendar a few days ago and it fits perfectly with my summer state of mind.  I had to scan it on my computer so the image in a little fuzzy, but you get the idea. 

I’ve been trying to get some projects done that I haven’t had time to get to before, I made a couple of wreaths and a picture frame from shells that I’ve collected over the years.  I had a huge bag of shells that I wanted to do something with so I filled a hurricane jar with some for my kitchen table, and then made a wreath for my kitchen and bathroom, and a picture frame that I put on the antique sideboard in my dining room.  I was very pleased with the results because it reminds me of the beach which I love, and makes me feel summery (is that actually a word?) every time I look a them. 

This frame took quite a while to make because it was trial and error, but I finally finished it.  I found a wooden frame at the thrift store for fifty cents, sanded it down, and painted it with off white acrylic paint mixed with sandbox sand.  I let it dry overnight, then painted it again with the off white paint and sprinkled sand all over it while the paint was still dry.  When it was completely dry, I glued the seashells on and sprayed it with hairspray (that’s all I had on hand) to keep the sand intact.  I was pretty pleased with the outcome.

These are the wreaths I made, the top one is smaller although you can’t really tell from the pictures, and it hangs in my kitchen.  The bottom one I hung in my bathroom.  These wreaths make me smile every time I look at them, because they evoke great memories from trips to the beach.  I really enjoy doing these kinds of crafts, although I’m not very creative, it’s still a lot of fun.

Well, I’m going to indulge in one of my favorite pasttimes, reading, before I turn in for the night.  I hope you have a wonderful week!

Love, Velvia

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I’m Back Online

Well, after more than a week I’m back online and glad to be here!  Our antivirus software was not up to date and guess what, our computer got a very nasty virus.  Thankfully, a guy that Ashley works with fixes computers, he fixed ours and installed up to date antivirus and spyware software that is supposed to be very effective.  He charged us a super reasonable fee and we are very grateful.  Thanks Donny!!

There is still one kink to be worked out, for some reason everything shows up on the screen slightly blurred, so until we get that fixed I’m a little wary about posting pictures since I’m not sure how they will look on my blog.   Hopefully, Donny will be able to help us find out what’s up with that and soon I’ll be able to post my pictures again.

This past Saturday, Drama Queen and I helped our dear friend Mia with her booth at a local Arts & Crafts fair.  We had so much fun, we laughed, talked, and people watched,  it was a great experience.  I will post pictures when we get the blurriness worked out.   Mama Mia, as she is known to her friends, is Drama Queen’s art teacher and she is wonderful!  DQ just loves her and looks forward to art class every Thursday, Mia makes it fun.  

God has blessed us with Mia and her husband, Rod,  we have been going to church together for the past 2 1/2 years, but just in the last few months He has drawn us together as friends.   We are looking forward to spending more time with them and getting to know them even better.  It’s awesome how God brings people together and builds friendships that stand the test of time. 

Well, I’m off to try and catch up on more of my favorite blogs, I’ve missed reading them while the computer was down.  Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

 

  

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