Sunday, August 30, 2015

Life Matters

I have been so troubled by the recent events in our country. When did we get to the place that we have to remind one another and perhaps ourselves that life matters? People who were attending their midweek Bible study gunned down because of the color of their skin. Black lives matter! Broadcasting on air, doing their job, a reporter and camera man gunned down. Their lives matter! While putting gas in his patrol car a man gunned down because of his uniform. Police officers' lives matter! And the unborn, those that have no voice that are killed each day at a rate that surpasses any other. Yes their lives matter!

Why do lives matter? Does one's life matter because of the color of their skin, does a life matter because of the profession they choose? What about nationality, does a person matter more that is born in America? Then there is a person who worships a god other than the one true God, does their life still matter? Does a life stop having value when someone makes me mad, wrongs me or opposes my belief? And what about when news of a new life, one with a beating heart, but yet has yet to take her first breath, utter his first sound and is an inconvience to the life I have planned, does that life matter?

Lives matter not because who we are, but because of the ONE that gave us value! John 3:16 was the first verse from the Bible that I learned. For God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life. That verse sums up why life matters! Life matters because Jesus died for us! Jesus didn't suffer a cruel death on the cross for one group of people, one color of people, one nationality of people. He died so the world could experience salvation and receive forgiveness of sins, so that the gunmen could ask to be forgiven, so that the woman who feels desperate could seek forgiveness, so that you could seek forgiveness and so that I could seek forgiveness. Black lives matter because Jesus died for them, officers lives matter because Jesus died for them, the unborn lives matter because Jesus died for them, my life matters because Jesus died for me and your life matters because Jesus died for you!



L I F E   M A T T E R S
John 3:16





Friday, August 14, 2015

Dog Days of Summer

It is officially the "dog days of summer", as I type that I am wondering where that saying originated. Anyway, we are experiencing 100 plus temperatures each day, the ground is crunchy, the plants are dying and it is just too hot to do much of anything. We are expecting a cool down next week, isn't it funny that 97 is a much anticipated cool down!


I am doing inside projects, cleaning out closets, rearranging stuff and just doing some reorganizing. Nothing really blog worthy, no one wants to see my messy closets, trust me! So I have decided to take a little blog break for the rest of August.

I will be back in September with some new recipes, and a renewed focus on hospitality. As well as updates on our remodeling, but until then, I will be chilling inside! Blessings my friends and thanks to those of you who have checked on me!



Sunday, July 26, 2015

How to Make a Shower Curtain

Let's just start by saying that I don't really consider myself a seamstress. I have some basic skills, having made a few curtains and since it is pretty much the same I decided to make a shower curtain for our outdoor shower  that I shared with you a few weeks ago.



I purchased the two yards of outdoor fabric. Although if just for me I would have chosen something a little cuter, but because it is outside we went with something a little more masculine.

The first thing you need to do is determine the length needed, then I added two inches for the hem and three inches for the header. Mine was something like this 60" + 2" + 3" = 65" cut length. (This number was used to determine how much fabric to purchase.)

The second step is to determine how wide you need your curtain and add 2 inches for each side for the finished edge. Mine was 36" + 2" + 2" = 40" cut width.

Because I have a serger, I serged all sides, this step is not necessary.

Serging the edges.



Beginning with the sides I turned in 1/2 inch on both sides and pressed it down well. I think this is a quilting tool, but it is super handy when you are pressing straight lines. Then I turned the sides in 1 1/2 inches and pressed it well. Next I sewed both sides close to the pressed in edge.

This is a handy, dandy tool!


You follow the same process with the hem, turning in 1/2" pressing and then 1 1/2 inches and pressing again. I have found the better it is pressed the easier it is to sew. If the fabric doesn't hold the pressing crease well you will want to pin also, but some heavier fabric will give such a nice crease that you don't even need to pin to sew.



I used the stripe as my sewing guide.


Finally you will sew the header, turning in the 1/2" and pressing. This time you will turn down 2 1/2" and press well then sew. You now have basically a finished panel with no raw fabric edges and you are finished with the sewing. Just straight lines!

I was using my shower curtain with a liner so I laid the liner out in the floor flat, then I laid my shower curtain on top of it and cut the liner slightly smaller than my shower curtain. Although I tried to cut it straight, I was not spastic about it. Next the cut liner was placed on top of the curtain, lining up the headers perfectly. I then took a pen and marked the holes on my shower curtain. Mine needed six holes, but yours will be different based on the size of your curtain.

This is where I marked my hole.


This was my first time using grommets (eyelets) and it was a little scary. I mean I had a nice looking curtain made and I was getting ready to cut a six small holes in it! But I followed the package directions exactly and they worked really well. I purchased my grommets and the tool required at Hobby Lobby with a coupon. I did one practice grommet in a scrap piece of fabric before adding one on my curtain.



I also added one grommet on each side of the curtain about half way down. After hanging the curtain in the shower I added a small hook where the grommets were on the side. Due to the fact that the curtain was hung outside there is an occasional breeze and the hooks secure the curtain from being blown around.



The shower curtain turned out so well that I would consider making another one! It is just pressing and straight line sewing, you really could do this!






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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hosting the Interns

Our church, Humble Area First Baptist Church  was blessed with five interns this summer. Interns are always a breath of fresh air in so many ways. Whether it be ministry, music or youth they always come in with a positive attitude and want to not only learn, but assist in any way necessary. We have had a great group this year with a combination of some of our own students as well as people we only met a couple of months ago. Each of their last days will fall during August and we wanted to have them over as a group before they left.



It was a great evening of fellowship, enjoying laughter and stories around the table. A couple of the students had activities to attend after dinner so we wanted to have something easy and uncomplicated. Mr. Wonderful grilled hamburgers having them ready so we could eat as soon as everyone arrived. When serving hamburgers I like to set it up buffet style so each person can add what they want. I have the usual lettuce, tomato and onions, an assortment of cheeses and condiments. I put the condiments in a tray and try to include various types of mustards, pickles, jalapenos, mayo and ketchup. I want people to help themselves and fix their burger just the way they want it.







Hashbrown casserole (recipe here ) and this new recipe for Mexican chopped salad (find recipe here ) completed our meal. The salad was a good side and full of flavor, it complimented the calm flavors of burgers and casserole well. I followed the recipe as stated, except my grocery didn't have jicama and I put a less black beans because my family are not big bean eaters. I certainly recommend you give it a try for your next cook out. Dessert was chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.



My desire is to encourage you to enjoy sharing hospitality in your home. The meal doesn't have to be complicated. Really we grilled burgers! The fellowship would have been the same if we had deli potato salad and Oreo cookies to round out our meal. The focus should never be on your food, you should always go simple, but the focus should be on the people in your home! So invite someone over, grill a burger and enjoy sweet fellowship!





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Monday, July 20, 2015

Stuff

Last Sunday as I was getting ready for church I couldn't find my charm bracelet. I love my charm bracelet, it was given to me by special friends and my hubby and children have added to it over the years. I can tell you who gave me each charm. After looking for several minutes, I quickly put on another bracelet and headed out the door. On the way to church and I must admit during some of church I was thinking more of my bracelet instead of having my focus on worship, I even prayed a few times to find it.



Our sermon series over the past couple of months has been on Jonah and on that particular morning we were finishing up the book. As I listened about Jonah and his concern for the plant that provided him comfort, a concern Jonah did not feel for the lost around him, I began to feel convicted. My concern over my bracelet had dominated my thoughts that morning, I had not given the first thought about the people around me that were in need, only about my treasure.