Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Grateful Heart ... free fall design

Well we are on countdown week till Thanksgiving ... 

I can't believe Thanksgiving is already here .. it just seems a short while back I was watching fireworks shooting into the night sky and bursting into beautiful color..


Here we are but a few months later and the weather has cooled and the leaves have changed to beautiful fall colors and many have drifted on the fall breeze to the earth below preparing for a long winters nap... 

Well we're not quite to winter yet .. although I hear some of you in the higher elevations of the west and the east coast may have a beautiful blanket of white headed your way pretty soon. 

I personally think I would really enjoy a white Thanksgiving this year .. although  I don't think there's any chance of that happening .. we are having an unusually warm fall here in the Ozarks .. I think today and tomorrow we are looking at breaking records today was 78 degrees here ! Looks like that's about to change Saturday much cooler temps are on the way Hooray !

Well now that we've talked of the weather...

I wanted to offer up a sweet little Thanksgiving Design I created this week. Please feel free to use it for your personal use. Print it out and make a cute poster .. or make some charming ornaments .. whatever you would like or just share on your blog or pinterest page whatever makes your heart happy...

And lets not forget to "Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart ..."

"Give thanks with a Grateful Heart" one of my favorite sayings I guess that's because it refers to so many scriptures in the Bible .. and a favorite praise song of mine that we sang in church..

Psalm 100:4, ESV Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Psalm 107:1, ESV Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

 And these are the lyrics to the praise song I loved singing so very much ..

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given
Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, "I am strong,"
Let the poor say, "I am rich,"
Because of what
the Lord has done for us.

Give thanks
Give thanks

So do you all have any fun Thanksgiving traditions ... ? One of my family members who has hosted Thanksgiving has a wonderful tradition. They purchased a basic tablecloth many years ago .. and each Thanksgiving whomever is at their table signs the cloth with something they are thankful for as well they have traced the hands of the kids on the tablecloth too. What a fun memory for the kids to look back on .. and to see what they were thankful for and how the size of their hand has grown throughout the years. Traditions are a beautiful thing no matter if you are just on your own or there is 2 or 3 or a dozen gathered for Thanksgiving . My parents and I celebrate Thanksgiving each year just the 3 of us having our traditional favorite Thanksgiving foods .. and then we at some point in the evening sit and go through the Samaritan's Purse Gift Catalog and choose gifts for families in need.  To me that's the best part of Thanksgiving ..  knowing we are able to be bring joy to someone else that they too might take part in having a grateful heart.
I am so very grateful for all the Lord has done for me ..  It's always easy to be thankful in the good times .. but much harder to be thankful in the tough times .. but from experience I have learned I will thank him and praise him all the time .. 

Wishing you all a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving 

Until next time ..


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thankful and Grateful ....

It's a beautiful cold crisp sunshiny day here in the Ozarks. It's a day to stoke the fire or turn on some heat .. just to take that little bit of coolness out of the air. 

It's Sunday .. another beautiful day to Serve our Lord Jesus and to give him all the praise and glory
for the blessings that have been bestowed to us. I am so thankful and so grateful for all the Lord has done for me and my family. We have walked some precarious paths and wondered where they would lead and why in the world our Lord would take us down them ..but in the end each path has had it's reasons, each path has had it's lessons, each path has had it's way of growing us and bending us in new directions which we never would have chosen for ourselves. Many times we grow comfortable and complacent in our lives and God finds ways to grow us in the direction of his will for our lives. Sometimes the growth is painful other times it's uncomfortable .. and sometimes we have fun when we are growing and don't even know that's what he is accomplishing in us until one day we look back and realize how much change has taken place in our Hearts and Minds .. 

 this is a picture I took a few weeks back of an old dliapadated house that sits on a hill overlooking a beautiful green valley... it made me think ... a house... for God.... is a house that will stand forever and weather the storms with him by it's side ...


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Merry Christmas Santa Clip Art Image ~ Free

Well .. Halloween is over .. and my goodness everyone's ready for Christmas already ! .. 

Well I can understand why .. I think everyone wants to spread happiness and cheer .. brighten up our world with the Most wonderful time of the year the song says ...

So I had fun playing today with some of my new and vintage graphics creating this charming little Christmas image. 

This would make cute little gift tags for packages or a charming graphic for an ornament .. whatever your cotton pickin' lil' head comes up with ...

Feel free to use this for your Personal use only .. ..add it to your blog, pinterest board ... or FB page

I know I haven't forgotten Thanksgiving .. the forgotten holiday as I refer to it .. but this little Santa was peeking out at me today asking to be the center of attention and I couldn't deny Santa now could I ....

Until next time ..


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

She who walks with Integrity ...

I've been so enjoying taking photographs of God's beautiful creation and adding beautiful scriptures to them.. Here's a new one ... 

She who walks with Integrity walks Securely. Proverbs 10:9

Enjoy .. and feel free to share ...

until next time ..

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The things that hide in the countryside ~ Rosewood Farms ~ Hartville, Mo

The things that hide in the countryside .. you'd be amazed !

Well I'm always up for a good drive in the county and if that happens to include stopping in at a shop and food along the way .. well you can pretty much count me in.

About a month or so back a post came up on my FB page from Ozarks Alive. They were featuring a darling country store and gifts shop out in the middle of nowhere. Well I guess not really the middle of nowhere unless you consider a 2 lane farm road with no other business around and an hour from the nearest city the middle of nowhere. I suppose if you're a city dweller that just might be your definition of the middle of nowhere !

Well we finally got around to taking our afternoon trip to "Rosewood Farms". This is a family run business which you can read more about HERE. Gift shop, and Handmade Chocolates ... Oh MY! You'll see below that there are not any photos of chocolates ..well I ate them ! I got S'mores Dark chocolate with graham cracker and marshmallow inside and we also got some Dark Chocolate covered English Toffee .. lets just say the camera never had a chance no matter how quick the shutter speed would have been set ..LOL .. Yes that should tell you the chocolates were amazingly good .. wished I had bought a few more packages the day after ! However if you want to see their chocolates and or buy some you can do so HERE

And if you want to see inside the gift shop then visit Ozarks Alive HERE they were given the opportunity to photograph the shop inside and well you'll just love the photos !

The Farm is beautiful... and even doubles as I believe a Wedding Venue and a place for photographers to come do stylized shoots. ( be sure if you go there is a fee and waivers if you're doing a professional shoot)  Well the grounds were beautiful ... and even though they don't allow photography inside the shop they do allow for photos of the farm to be taken so here's a few for you all to enjoy...

I loved Grandpa Joe's Windmill ...

And there were such beautiful Fall flowers in bloom .. My gosh the flower heads on these must have been 6 inches across at least...

The Honey Bees were out and buzzin' round the flowers .. taking in all the nectar they could get.

On our way back we stopped in the small old town of Hartville, MO. It's a town that has a few shops and a cafe..but mainly the storefronts are sitting empty. At one time in history it was a small working town of business but as so many of small towns go today they are places of history you seem to just pass through...with a working gas station and convenience store.

On one of the old brick building walls was the old Coca Cola add .. these old adds painted on the brick buildings are such icons of a bygone era. An era my heart loves for the simplicity of it's time.

Across the street on another building wall this painting of a Soldier Praying with his Bible open .. I Love this ! 

We left the small town of Hartville and wound our way a few miles down the road and stopped off at this dilapadated beauty.
An old farmhouse perched upon a hill with bare branched trees surrounding it. I imagine the trees were full but just a few weeks back ..but with 1 little cold front that pushed through a week ago.. so many of the trees went bare .

I imagine this house has a great many stories hidden in it's walls to tell.. Hard winters, Hot Summers, Christmas's past, Laughter, Joy, Tears and times of hardship.... Now it stands as but a mere memory of a time that past long ago.

But it still stands tall holding on to the bits and pieces left of it . Perched on a hill overlooking a vast countryside filled with rolling hills .. and vast amounts of trees... a countryside that is positively picturesque.

Thanks for stopping in and enjoying but another journey with me.

If you live in the Springfield, MO Area or surrounding areas or are planning a visit to our beautiful city and countryside .. be sure and make time to go out and visit Rosewood Farms... as I said it's family run .. they are at the store each day ..greeting you with a smile when you open the door and there to help you rather you're looking for a gift, or and item for your home or a specialty piece of clothing which they have oodles of ... And don't forget Grandpa Joe's Chocolates .. Oh my stock up before you leave !

P.S. they'll be closed Oct. 31st through Nov 4th as they are gearing up for their Christmas Open House ... so be sure and call or look on their site to see when their open house is...

Until Next Time ...