Friday, April 29, 2016

THE DUST HAS SETTLED!

A SWEET FRAGRANCE
The dust has settled. The party's over, but the memories and pictures will go on and on.  I received many beautiful gifts and cards but wanted to share this one because of the story.

Tresor perfume from Lancomb  is my all time favorite fragrance.  I received a large bottle of perfume and a beautiful gift box with another large bottle, a purse size and hand lotion at my party.  I will be smelling wonderful to heaven and back for a very long time!

Then this morning when I was reading the Daily Bread devotion the title was
"The Fragrance of Christ"

How appropriate and how timely ~ In II Corinthians 2:14-17 Paul reminded the Christians there that they were the aroma of Christ.  "For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ."

When we walk into a room, do people smell the fragrance of Christ in our lives, our smile, our compassion, our availability.  I hope that's true of me.  That's what I long for ~ to represent my Lord with the sweetest fragrance.  Sometimes that all that's needed and more powerful than any words.

My actual birthday is Sunday May 1st, thus my middle name. Wanda Mae!! (only used when my mom was upset with me)
HaHa
My girls are taking me out to breakfast Sunday morning so the celebrating continues....

Have a great weekend and perhaps Monday things will get back to "normal"....I hope not ~ tee hee

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

THE MAD HATTER BIRTHDAY PARTY




The "Mad Hatter" Birthday party for my 75th was a party beyond my wildest dreams.  My sister Donna brought the Amtrak and spent several days. (does she look 80??) and our dear friend of more than 40 years Tom, flew out from Texas and took the cake for being the best dressed mad hatter.

My life long friend Kris and her husband came from Arizona for my celebration, and Kris gave a knee slapping, belly laughing presentation of our unbelievable childhood.

 Our beautiful daughters plan and executed the entire party and included a photo booth of frames for us to capture our family and friends.  Starting at the top left and going right are granddaughters Amanda and Monica, Donna and Tom, Elijah and grandma, Myk our son, grandson Marc and his fiance, Amanda.  Grandsons Nick and Jon, friends from our Hughson Church, Karen and Tim, Don's SIL and her hubby Ted, and Nephew Rick, Carol and Aunt Gloria.


Tom and Juliana, from Santa Barbara ~ college friends.  My cousin Danette and  Mitch.  Danielle, Jon and Levi (from Hughson), John and Liz from Lompoc .  Amanda, Tom, daughter Julie, and Elijah.
The beautiful garden setting for the Mad Hatter Tea Party, the Dessert Table and Julie having some fun!  HaHa.


Our girls just made this so fun.  It was in a Whimsical Garden setting and we had about 50 guests.


We had the party from 11 am to 3 pm which gave everyone a chance to mingle and visit.


Kris, Ted, Cliff and Linda
Tom, Juliana, Lou, Diane and Phil 

My "mad hatter" cake was adorable and the bouquet of roses have a story to tell.


My dearest without my knowledge gave a moving and loving tribute to me using every color of rose to tell about my life and how each color of rose shared a bit about who I am as a woman, wife, mother, sister, grandmother...it was so beautiful.

I hope I haven't overloaded you!  I enjoyed my blog break and spending time with my sister and friends and wanted you all to be a part of my party via the blog.

"75" is the best year of my life!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

SOME TIME OFF AND THE FINAL "NUGGET"




SOME TIME OFF

I will be taking some time off.  The next few weeks are going to be wonderful, but completely filled with activities and events.
I'm celebrating 75 years of life on May 1st, and my family has put together a "Gala Event" to celebrate it.
The event is on April 24, and we have many guests coming, some from out of town and some flying in from out of state.  My dear sister is coming and staying with us and I want every minute with her so I will sign off for now, and share my wonderful party with lots of pictures when the dust settles and life returns to normal.

I will check my emails, so if you need to contact me, do it that way.

SEVENTY FIVE ~ HERE I COME!!!

Below is the final Nugget


LESSON #12
THE AGE OLD QUESTION:  WHY?  WHY ME?  WHY NOW?  WHY?

"Though the fig tree should not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines, 
Though the yield of the olive should fail, and the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold, and there be no cattle in the stalls,
YET, I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my Salvation.  The Lord is my strength, And He had made my feet like hinds feet, and makes me walk on my high places."

REMEMBER:  When you face the WHY's in life, do what Habakkuk did ~
  • He told his honest doubts to God
  • He resolved to WAIT on God
  • He chose to TRUST God in the DARK
Only God knows some of the WHY's and we spend so much time trying to figure them out, or rationalizing the reason, when in truth, we share our honest doubts, God understands that, and the resolving to WAIT is usually the hardest part as the Dark around us seems forever.  The Why's may be the hardest thing we experience in our lives, but remember the Lord is our Strength.  He is infinite, we are finite...so we leave the results with Him.

CONCLUSION:

I want to thank each one of you dear blog friends for hanging in there with me for 12 Lessons and Nuggets.  I pray that you will print these off, or at least refer to them often.  Remember, we are on a journey, it's a process and we need to just keep on "practicing" contentment, and enjoy the trip.  God Bless ~ Love and Hugs.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

LOVE FRUIT STANDS


On our way home from the Birthday Party we passed a fruit stand in Filmore.  The beefsteak tomatoes were huge and one slice covers a slice of bread.  Tomato sandwiches anyone??


Sweet navel oranges and lemons found there way in my bastet too.


When we got home my the cactus bloom had completely opened.  Thank you little cactus.  Hopefully there will be many more in your future.

CREATIVE TUESDAY ~~ LAMPS


The theme for CT is Lamps! This is a repeat....I'm posting the lamps I did for a Sunday Sketch some time back.   I was not able to get a new painting done for this theme.

With the exception of three floor lamps and two desk lamps this is my lamp collection.  They range in sizes, shades and type of bulbs. They grace every room in our little home.

Do you like lamps (I do big time) and how many do you have in your home?


One of my favorite verses is Psalm 119:105  "Your Word is a LAMP to my feet and a light for my path."

If you want to "light of your life" just click on the CT badge on my side bar and enjoy everyones take on "Lamps"