Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Thanksgiving Poem

I posted my grandma's poem about Thanksgiving last year on my facebook page but I like it so much that I decided to post it on the blog this year.

My grandma had very little her whole life.  She lived in a little trailer in the smallest town I've ever seen, but she lived two houses away from the little Baptist church where she taught Sunday School and played the piano. She didn't seem to miss what she didn't have.

A Prayer of Thankfulness
I thank Thee God my Father
And my Savior, Jesus Christ
For saving my lost, guilty soul
Through Thy loving sacrifice.
And for the Holy Spirit,
The Comforter that came
For with the Spirit I am sealed
Kept in Thy precious Name.
I thank Thee for my husband 
For his faithfulness to me
To all our marriage vows
For one in twain are we.
For the children Thou has sent us
I’ve committed to Thy care
Thou has faithfully watched o’er them
In answer to my prayer.
I thank Thee for their souls
Placed for safe keeping in Thy hand
That when the roll is called in heaven
They complete in Christ shall stand.
I thank Thee for my home down here
For a place to lay my head
For my loved ones spared to me
And for my daily bread.
I thank Thee for the fellowship
With those Thou calls Thine own
To rejoice or weep together
Thou has left us not alone.
For all the prayers Thou answered
As my petitions went to Thee
In Thy wisdom Thou didst grant
Sent the answer back to me.
Then for joy and happiness
The joy in which we share
The morning sun, blue skies, lakes and trees
Thy handiwork everywhere.
Then for all the trials, I thank Thee
Thou has sent for me to face
For in my weakness I sought Thy strength
Found there sufficient grace.
For all my trials and heartaches
For all my tears and sighs
I’ve found through years of many sorrows
Are only blessings in disguise.
I thank Thee for Thy watchful love and care
Thy daily Presence ever near
Just knowing I am in Thy hands
Now banishes every fear
And then for Thy forgiveness, Lord
When e’re I fall or stumble
Oh on Thy strength let me depend
To keep me ever humble.
I thank Thee for Thy promises
Thy voice I plainly heard
Thou will do whatever Thou saith
Within Thy Holy Word.
I thank Thee Lord the things I’ve learned
Are things of which Thou spoke
To teach me the way of meekness
Thou has let me wear Thy yoke.
I thank Thee for my mansion waiting
In that home for me prepared
And for Thy word of welcome
Because for me Thou cared.
And too, Father I would thank Thee
Thou are always just the same
Yesterday, today and forever
I thank Thee in Jesus’ Name.
Violet Carr

Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thinking of Christmas

I just realized that I've been ignoring my blog lately, but I've been busy thinking about Christmas.

I don't usually start thinking about Christmas until after Thanksgiving because I don't want Thanksgiving to be overshadowed.  The same goes for this year but I have started to think about Christmas and what I want to do.

There's a reason for this.  We're going to really celebrate this year.

Before I tell you why, I want you to know that I'm not saying this to complain, so don't imagine a whiny tone.  I'm simply stating facts.  Last year Christmas stunk.  We had a huge storm a week before Christmas and we lost electricity.  For a week we froze in a house with the temperature in the 40's (inside the house).  Our whole week was consumed with trying to stay warm and figuring out how to eat.  There was no shopping, no special events, no baking cookies.  On Christmas morning we opened presents in our dingy basement because it was 10 degrees warmer than the main floor of the house, and then we went to McDonald's for Christmas dinner.

I know that some people will write blog posts about how they made the best of a bad situation and it was the best Christmas ever.  That's not me. I've been in situations when I didn't have much and I've been in situations when I have plenty.  I'll take plenty any day.

So this year I'm thankful for having plenty.  Which means that I have heat and electricity.  I'm planning what I'm going to cook and bake, how I'm going to decorate, what events we're going to attend, what presents to buy, and right now we're putting together a Samaritan's Purse shoebox because we like to do that every year.

I don't want to miss out on any of the celebration of Christmas.  The birth of Jesus is a big deal!

"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Monday, October 27, 2014

Banana Nut Muffins

This morning I was trying to figure out why there were fruit flies in my kitchen when Travis spotted a super ripe banana on the counter.  What am I supposed to do? I made banana muffins.

Banana Nut Muffins
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 super ripe banana
1 egg
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons oil

Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Grease a muffin pan or line the pan with paper baking cups.  (I like to use paper baking cups but mine were missing.  I'll probably find them in Brie's cake decorating supplies.)

Mix together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.

In another bowl mix the super ripe banana, egg, milk, and oil.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir just until they're combined.  It will still be lumpy.

Rough chop some walnuts and add it to the batter. I didn't measure the walnuts but it's probably about a cup.  The great thing about making your own food is that you don't have to be stingy with the good ingredients.  Use as much as you want. I didn't stir mine in the batter, I just put them on top before I put the muffins in the oven.  It would have been better if I stirred it in the batter.

Bake for about 20 minutes. Let them cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

It's a banana nut day!

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Morning Walk

I love my morning walk.  My friend lives out in the middle of nowhere. I don't know how she does it but she likes it out there.  It's does make for a nice walk though so I took my camera this morning.  The leaves are almost done turning colors but it still has some country charm.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A poem, etc.

A picture of Claire. Just because.

Last night I went to the Music and Madness concert with Mark Lowry, Stan Whitmire, and The Martins.  It was a great concert.  Even though I was sleep deprived and a little disappointed that some of my friends couldn't be there like we had planned, I still loved every minute of it.  I always do.  In fact, when they come somewhere near my home again, I might just go see it by myself so I can go again.  If they come to a city near you, you should go see it.  You won't be disappointed.

I thought I would share another one of my grandma's poems.

Just Trusting
By Violet Carr

I'm walking with my hand in Thine
Just trusting Lord in Thee
For Thou doth know what lies ahead
The path is plain to see.
Thou has a plan it's for my good
And my path Thou shall direct
And Thou will lead me ever on
And all other paths reject.

But I'd rather walk with Thee, dear Lord
Though the clouds hang dark o'er head
And trust Thy hands to hold me
Than choose the brightest path instead
For though the path be worn and rugged
And someone calls retreat
I find Thy hands holding me
As Thou keeps me on my feet.

Then the hill I climb grows steeper
And it looks like I might fall
Then I hear Thy gentle soothing words
"I'm watching over all."
Then in weariness, I'm resting
But my joy is now complete
For I'm listening to Thy voice
As I'm resting at Thy feet

And the Spirit, Thy Word unfolds
And my eyes find treasures bright
And my spirit soars on high
Finding there my souls delight
Thy blessed Word, Thy hidden treasures
Stored for me to search, to find
Lord Thou will lead me, keep me ever
Keep me body, soul, and mind

Until the time this path shall end
Then joy beyond compare
As when Thy loving face I see
As I greet Thee over there
And Thou will know the path I journeyed
For Thou held me by the hand
Then once again, Ill thank Thee
For the path that Thou had planned.

Psalm 18:2    Psalm 27:5
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