Friday, February 27, 2009

We Made It!!

We arrived safely in our new home on Saturday evening. Everything was moved in and we were able to spend the night there!! I was exhausted and slept until 11:30 Sunday morning. Now, if you know me, you know that this in itself is a strange occurrence!! I'm usually up by 4 a.m. at the latest!!

I have all of my things unpacked and organized, for the most part. Andrew, on the other hand, is slowly, slowly unpacking and still sorting through things. He'll take a while doing this, and I must be patient!! My internet service was just started again today, and it is rather sporadic. Apparently, the wiring and cables are very old (like me), and the "cable guy" is coming tomorrow to replace them.

Oh, before I go any further, make sure to check out
that kitty tracker!! All of this moving must count as exercise because my weight went down again!! YEAH!!!

I've spent some time outside on the deck overlooking the Conodoguinet Creek. It is a beautiful view, though it's been a little nippy for sitting outside and knitting or reading. I looked up the meaning of the word "conodoguinet", and it is an Indian word meaning "a long way with many bends". And it is a long creek--almost 500 miles, and it bends and meanders its way along until it meets the Chesapeake Bay.

I promised some pictures, and I do have some. There are more, but I'll save them for another day!!

Sunrise on Wednesday Morning

As you can see, Scout and Miles have made themselves right at home!

I took this picture earlier this afternoon. As you can see by my neighbor's flags, it was quite windy today!!

And see what you find when you move? I hadn't seen this in a very long time. A friend of mine made this for me--the year on the back says 1989. It's now sitting in my corner cupboard. I wanted to get a close up of it because I think it is so unique. We'll see my entire corner cupboard on another day!

And what have i been knitting? Not much, not much at a
ll. I did manage to finish a dishcloth that I am probably going to give to Cara since green is her favorite color.

This is the mid-February KAL from Monthly Dishcloths. I started this before I moved and finished this afternoon. I like the self-striping yarn effect. I have several other projects that I'm working on--just not enough time in a day!!

That's all for now!! I'm getting a message that says a connection is loose somewhere!!


Saturday, February 21, 2009


I want to thank all of you for your prayers for my daughter and myself. I talked with Cara last evening, and she is feeling somewhat better, breathing easier!! Praise God!!

I'm moving today to my new home, and I'll be without internet service until the middle of next week. But, I'll be back!!

I have my first "deck knitting project" all picked out!! I'll be posting progress pictures as I go along!!

And I just had to leave you (just for a little while) with a song:

When I see the beauty of a sunset's glory,

Amazing artistry across the evening sky

When I feel the mystery of a distant galaxy

It awes and humbles me to be loved

By a God so high

What can I do but thank You,

What can I do but give my life to You

Hallelujah, hallelujah

What can I do but praise You,

Everyday make everything I do a hallelujah

A hallelujah, hallelujah

When I hear the story of a God of mercy

Who shared humanity and suffered by our side

Of the cross they nailed You to, that could not hold You

Now You're making all things new by the power

Of Your risen life

Sing along!! I did!! Make everything I do a HALLELUJAH!!

See you soon!!


Friday, February 20, 2009

Please Join Me

My daughter, Cara, is very ill. I am asking that, if you feel led, to please stop by The Lighthouse of Prayer and uplift her in prayer to Our Lord with me. Just a line, just a word--she and I both need your prayers at this time.

Thank you for keeping us in your prayers.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

ABC's of the Word

Pam at Grey Like Snuffie hosts "ABC's of the Word". I love doing these ABC's!! They stretch my mind and always once again overwhelm with the love of Jesus for me. Please be sure to visit Pam and see her verse for this week as well as all the other participants. Maybe you'd like to join us!

This week we're on the letter:

I have chosen a verse that is probably the most well known in the Bible. These words speak so much to me because they have changed my life.

My "B" word is BELIEVE.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever BELIEVES in Him shall not perish but have eternal life....John 3:16

Yes, these words have changed my life. Who is there that can love me as much as God? Who is the one whose blood has set me free? Who has changed me from the person I was to the person I am and am still becoming? Who is the One I can trust with everything in my life--from the smallest to the largest? Who has given back to me what I have lost--my hope, my trust, my joy plus given me an eternal life spent with God in Heaven?

All of this and more, simply because I have accepted and BELIEVE.



I found this video which completely expresses what this verse says to me. Watch it and see if this doesn't speak to you.


Be sure to stop by The Power of Your Love for Thankful Thursday!!


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday, Wednesday!

Well, it is Wednesday!! I haven't done any knitting in what seems like ages, and I wonder if I'm ever going to be able to again!!

Of course, I will!! I just need to get everything settled in and organized, and then I can be back to my regular routine.

My daughter, Cara, was going to come and help me finish some packing last night, but she is not doing well with her asthma. She said she would still come to help me, but I'm not going to put her health at risk by having her overly exert herself. No, no, no!! This daughter of mine has ended up in the hospital too many times from this for me to even consider accepting her offer. She's going to the doctor today, so hopefully, by the end of the week she'll be on the road to recovery.

My son says that I am expecting the impossible to have everything moved there by the end of this coming weekend. Just watch me, Andrew--just watch me!!

Then next week, I'll be off work and can spend the time organizing and setting everything just the way I know it needs to be.

Make sure and stop by The Power of Your Love. There is a beautiful new picture in the header thanks to Peggy!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Short Walk Down Memory Lane....

In my packing frenzy, I found a box--a box that I have had and not looked at for many years. I brought this box home with me from Baltimore after my Dad passed away. My brothers and sister and I had finished getting their home ready for sale. While doing this, we came upon box after box of pictures. They were divided them among us and each took some home. I put this box in my closet, have moved this box 3 times since then.

I decided to finally look and see what pictures were inside. I didn't know. I was in a very bad state at that time, and the job of sorting through the pictures and dividing them between us fell to my sister. I just couldn't look at the pictures then. I was not strong.

Now, I am ready.........these are just a few of what I've found:

My Mom and Dad.
I don't know exactly when this picture was taken, but I would think probably while they were still dating or shortly before they marrie
d. Early 1940's probably.

This is me. I see my Mom has 22 months written on this picture. I was a blonde! And look at me smelling and loving the flowers even at this age!! Check out the bracelet on my right wrist! I still have two bracelets on my right wrist!! Hmmmm.....
Must be 1955

Here I am at the age of two--sitting on the front steps of our home. Again--1955.

And here I am--all dressed up for Easter at the age of 3!!

I haven't finished going through this box yet, but I will this time. I'm not going to place this box in a closet and forget about it. There are many good and some sad memories in this box. I'm ready to look at them now and remember.

Monday, February 16, 2009

News Update!

I'm still packing and moving boxes!! Will it never end? Of course, it will!!

I've enlisted my daughter Cara's help for tomorrow and Wednesday night. She is a very strong young lady, and I'm sure she'll be of a great help to me!!

So far, I have my bedroom completely moved (with the exception of the furniture!), the kitchen packed leaving only behind what we will absolutely need for the next several days, and even some of my clothes have been moved!! I've moved the extra sheets and towels. I guess Andrew will just have to get used to the fact that you DO NOT NEED a clean towel every time you take a shower!! After all, you are drying your clean self off with a clean towel, so why do you need another one for each shower?

Can you tell I'm excited??

I promise to post more pictures as soon as everything is settled--I PROMISE!!

Tonight we're having a gathering of my Small Group--a different meeting from our usual. We're having a missionary who is going to Asia for a long term mission come to speak to us about what she is going to be doing there.

So, we decided to have a social gathering with an Asian theme. Everyone is bringing something to share, and we'll be having dinner together.

I have two pork tenderloins marinating in the refrigerator to make Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin. I've never made this before, so I hope it tastes good!! I'll let you know tomorrow.

I'm also over at The Power of Your Love today for our Weekly Memory Verse. Stop by and check
it out!! Maybe you'd like to join in!! I've just started this three weeks ago using a deck of cards I was gifted with called "Embracing the Word". We're doing the ace of diamonds for next week.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

My Valentine's Day

I was thinking that it was time to change my blog layout to something more springlike. But, then yesterday it snowed again--not a lot, just enough to cover the ground.

And since it's only the middle of February, we still have a chance to get that really big snowstorm that we haven't had in quite some time. So, we'll stay in the winter theme for a little while longer.

Let's see--what did I do yesterday? I packed, loaded the car, unpacked, organized, back home--repeated the process--then two loads of laundry, packed some more and then I collapsed!!

But, it is a
good kind of tired--not the mental exhaustion I usually feel from my work, but a feeling of accomplishment and moving forward.

No knitting has been done in days, and I don't imagine that will happen until I'm moved and settled. I moved all of my yarn yesterday and put the boxes on the shelves in the closet in "The Craft Room". Wow!! A craft room!! I did leave a little bit of yarn here just in case I get the urge to knit a few stitches, but the majority of it has been moved.

Last night, I started on the kitchen--packing up the dishes and all the various things one accumulates. And, I wonder sometimes--where did this
come from? And, I'm also wondering--where did this get to? I know I had it somewhere!!

I'm trying to get around to visit everyone, but my days and nights have been filled. So, please understand if I haven't stopped by lately. I'll be back as soon as I get everything settled.

All of this accomplished in one day! But, I didn't do any of this until I stopped by The Lighthouse and wrote my "love letter" to My Father. After all, He wrote me a letter of His love for me--how could I not respond?

You can still do this if you want to!! God loves us so much, and He wants to hear how much we love Him!!

So, that was my Valentine's Day!! What did you do? Anything special?

Stop by Th
e Power of Your Love today where we're raising the roof in praise for Our Almighty Father!!

And be sure and stop by The Lighthouse and tell God just how much you love Him. He's waiting......

Saturday, February 14, 2009


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Yes, it's Valentine's Day again!!! I was thinking that I didn't have a valentine again this year. But, I was wrong! I have the BEST VALENTINE OF ALL!!

I'm joining Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders for Then Sings My Soul Saturday, and believe me, my soul is singing because of all the love God has for me!

We're sharing love today--it is, after all the DAY O
F LOVE!! C'mon over to The Lighthouse to see and hear all of the love that is especially for YOU!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

ABC's of the Word

Pam at Grey Like Snuffie hosts "ABC's of the Word"--a fun exploration of Bible verses using the alphabet. Be sure and visit Pam to see all the different verses each of those participating chose for this week. We're starting all over again with the letter

For my "A" word, I have chosen two words:



"AND I pray that you, being rooted AND established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide AND long AND high AND deep is the love of Christ, AND to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.".....Ephesians 3:17-19 (NIV)

I have to admit that I chose this verse simply because I love what it tells me. All the "ands" add up to a love that goes beyond comparison, a love that we will never find here on this earth--no matter how hard we may search. That love is the love of Jesus Christ, a love that is immeasurable and amazing.

Amazing!! The words amaze, amazing, amazed are used throughout the Old and the New Testament. I did a quick search and found 41 verses that contain the word "amazed."

And is it any wonder? Our Lord is amazing, and we just cannot grasp the concept of how wide and how long and how high and how deep His love for us is.


Be sure and stop by The Power of Your Love for my Thankful Thursday with Sonya!


Wednesday, February 11, 2009


This is the week that God has chosen in my life to begin restoring to me what has been lost. I have nothing but praise to God for this entire situation. This is not of my making, but God's making--His love and provision for me--His using a young man whom I have known since childhood to come and bless me.

To see my specific praise song, please stop by The Power of Your Love. Then travel on to The Lighthouse of Prayer where you will be able to read my prayer of thanksgiving.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My New Home (SOON!)

I came home from work yesterday thinking that I was going to just sit and be for a few minutes, look over some last minute things for our Small Group. Those plans fell away as soon as Andrew walked in the door and announced, "Josh is on his way over, and we're going to look at the house!"

I told him that I thought we were doing this on Tuesday, and he says, "No, Josh settled this morning and he wants you to see it."

So, off we go!!

I had never seen this house, just knew of the road it was on, and that was it! But, the way all the pieces are falling into place, I felt in my heart that God has planned this for me in answer to my prayers to Him. I KNEW that this house was the one HE chose for me!

This is the front of my house, taken from the driveway that runs along the side. There's a little shed on the other side of the driveway (with a lawn mower already inside!). The sidewalk is inlaid brick and still ice covered. I can see that there needs to be some digging in the dirt--some flowers and new bushes--just picturing this is my mind!

This is the side view with the door that leads into the mud room where the washer and dryer are also located. You can see the fencing in the background. There is a gate there that leads to the deck on the back of the house. Hmmm...that area under that window needs some perking up, too!!

Here's the deck taken with the doors that lead into the living room. Josh is going to power wash and restain the deck in the spring and fix the doors this week (He is very handy, like that!)

This is the first thing I saw when I walked into the living room!

Yes, a fireplace!!! Josh forgot to mention that little piece of information!! When I saw this I just jumped up and down and hugged him!! I told him how happy he has made me--that he just doesn't know how wonderful this is to me!! There is a mantle (I'll always wanted a mantle!) above the fireplace. I think I only have the bottom of this in the picture, but it's hard to take pictures when you're jumping up and down!!

This can be used as an electric fire place or as a wood burner!! YEAH!!!

Here's Josh in the kitchen!! What a beautiful kitchen!! I've never had so many cabinets and drawers in my life!! I don't think I have enough things to fill all of these!! The doorway next to Josh leads to the mud room and the side door. The washer and dryer are located there. I didn't take a picture of those. We all know what washers and dryers look like!

This is the front entrance area. You can see the steps lowered in the background because Andrew just HAD to go up into the attic!! Again, YEAH--STORAGE SPACE (along with that shed!)

This is actually the main wall that is in the dining room. Josh told me that he can "get rid of this" if I don't want it. I think we'll keep it there for a while. What do you think?

And here is the view of the Conodoquinet Creek taken from the deck. Can you just see me sitting out there--knitting, reading, just soaking in God's presence?


There are three houses below which are closer to the creek, and a path that leads to the creek so you can walk down in between these houses--sit next to the water, fish (yes, there are a few people I know who will make use of that opportunity!).

There are three bedrooms and of course, a bathroom! I have pictures of them, but you can't tell much from them.

My bedroom faces the creek, Andrew's is in the middle of the house, and the one that will be used as my craft room and office is in the front of the house. Josh said there aren't enough electrical outlets in there for me, so he's going to add some. He can do it, too!! He is an electrician!

While we were there, a neighbor from one of the houses below came up and introduced himself. He pointed out which house he lives in and told me that if I ever need anything to not even hesitate to let him know. He said that everyone watches out for everyone else and help each other!! He knew the people that lived here before, and he walked around outside with Josh and Andrew--pointing out different things to them about the oil tanks, the air conditioning unit, the fencing on the one side (which Josh is taking down and this neighbor said that he would help him!). WHAT!!! My neighbors here act like we are invisible to each other!! I say "Hello, how are you?" "It's a beautiful day, isn't it?" and there is absolutely no answer, not even a nod.

Josh is there today steam cleaning the carpets, and his father is fixing a spot on the roof near the chimney. He already gave me a key!!

I asked him when we can move in, and he said, "Whenever you're ready, just move on in!"

My plan is to pack things and take them over bit by bit, unpack them and organize them. Then, when the actual "moving" day occurs, the only things left are the furniture and necessities that we needed for the last few days.

Someone in my Small Group has access to trucks from their work, and said we can use them instead of renting a truck. And I'll have a lot of help, too!!

Now, as if things couldn't get any better--Josh actually put in a bid $20,000 lower than the person's selling price. $20,000 lower!! And, he accepted it!!

This means that my monthly rent will be $200 less than what I am paying now for this small apartment!! And I still have the comfort of knowing that if something needs repaired that it is not my responsibility to pay to have it fixed.

All in God's plans, God's perfect timing, and I give God all the glory and praise for this new home in my life!! A prayer of many years answered--but not until everything was just the way it was supposed to be.


God is restoring to me what I have lost--my home, my car, everything. Slowly, but surely, my prayers are being answered, and answered in a BIG way!! My rent for this house (which I loved sight unseen because I knew God prepared this home for me) is actually lower than my mortgage payment of the house that I lost, less than any apartment rent that I have paid since that time!

Wow!! When God showed up with the answer to my persistent prayer, He showed up BIG TIME!! He knew exactly what I needed, knows that I love being near the water, knows that I love working outside and gardening and have missed this so much, even the fact that I love fireplaces and have always longed for a mantle above one, and there are no steps such as those I have now--something that Josh pointed out to me several times. Hmmm...I wonder if Josh is telling me that I'm getting older and need to live on one floor without steps leading to this one floor?

I want to thank all of you who have left me comments about this new venture! I am so excited, and I can feel your excitement for me. I cried reading everyone of them!!

And, Tea--you can see that I'm going to need some of those lilies you mentioned!! There is a lot of bare space that needs to be filled--outside and inside!!

Oh, and it was too dark by the time we left, but there is already a barrel by the mailbox just waiting to be filled with flowers!! YIPPEE!!

This will be a slow process. I don't even own enough furniture for the living room or the entranceway. But, again--time, patience, prayer, and God will see me through--just as He always does!!


Sunday, February 8, 2009

I'm So Excited, and I Just Can't Hide It!!!

Yes, I am excited!!! Yes, I am ecstatic!! Yes, I am jumping for joy!! And I just have to share my happiness and joy with all of you!!

God has answered a prayer of mine!! This has been a prayer that I've requested of our Lord for quite a long time, and I've waited patiently for Him to answer--

waiting.......waiting.....waiting.....5 years of waiting!!

And the answer has come last night!!!! Thank you, God!!!

Here is the story:

I have lived in an apartment since 1999--three different apartments. At first, I was at peace in my apartment living situation--the first one was an escape from a terrible situation.

The second apartment was not so peaceful--the terrible situation was back!! And so, I moved again to my third apartment. I have been here for 5 years.

I will more than likely never be able to purchase a home. My home was lost to foreclosure, and I will carry that with me always.

I'm not complaining about my living situation because I am thankful I have a roof over my head. But, there are things I miss by apartment living.

I miss having a garden. I miss being able to dig in the dirt, plant flowers, nurture them and watch them grow. I miss being able to sit outside and read or do whatever and just be!!

Last night, one of my son's friends called me. He owns a home, and he has purchased a second home to use as a rental property.

When he called me, he said that he looked at this house, and I immediately came to his mind--that this house would be for me!!

And then he went on to describe the house--a small 3 bedroom rancher, a yard, a deck on the back overlooking the creek, the kitchen newly remodeled, a washer and dryer already there. He said, "It's all ready, Mutti--all ready for you. Just give me the word."

I then asked him about the security deposit--I just don't have that kind of money laying around. He said, "Not for you, Mutti, not for you. I've known you since I was a little boy. No security deposit for you."

I asked him what kind of heating system this house has. "Oil. But the tank is over half-full, and I'm going to top it off for you. Don't worry about it."

Air conditioning? "Yes, central air."

Three bedrooms? "Yes, three bedrooms--one for you, one for Andrew, and one to be made into an office and craft room for you."

Can I plant flowers? "As many as you want."

Does it need any repairs at all? "I'm going to replace the bathroom linoleum with ceramic tiles just because I like them. Other than that, you could move in tomorrow. Brand new siding on the house. Everything in perfect condition."

Okay--here's the big question--how much a month? "All I'm asking is enough to cover the mortgage, and from what you've told me that is less than what you're paying in rent. We'll work it all out. Don't worry yourself--this house is for you. I know it. When I looked at it, I said to myself that this house is for Mutti. I can just see you sitting on the deck, looking at the creek, reading and knitting. I bought it for you. I'll help you move, I'll help you in whatever way I can."

Can I tell you that I am sitting here crying? Because that is exactly what I'm doing!!

God has answered my prayers for a small home to live in and enjoy and relax!! All answered through a friend of my son's. His name is Josh, and I have known him since he was just a little boy. He and my son have been friends for years, and to think that he thought of me in this way--well, I tell you--I just can't stop crying for joy!!

I haven't even seen this house yet, and I know in my heart that it is the house for me. We're going to look at it on Tuesday after work since we both have Monday things to attend to.

I'll take my camera to share pictures with you of my new home. And here, I took the last week of February off and was just going to stay here and knit. Looks like I'm going to be moving instead. Hmmmmm......the time off also in God's planning? I would have to say definitely "YES"!!

Thank you, God, for hearing and answering my prayers!! I've waited patiently, and now the answer has come! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

I do have a request to make of you. If you read this and you feel as strongly as I do in the power of prayer, please copy the button that I've made and post this on your own blog. It is located the top of the page. You might even want to post a little something about "The Lighthouse of Prayer".

All around, I read of people needing prayer, requesting prayer. We need the word to be spread about "The Lighthouse"--a place where everyone can come and leave a prayer request--even anonymously--and prayers will be uplifted for you. Everyone can join in the prayers uplifting others. This is an interactive blog, and we need to be here for one another, joining together in our requests to God's Throne.

He does hear and He does answer!!


Friday, February 6, 2009

Where Am I??

I'll be posting today on "The Power of Your Love" and "The Lighthouse of Prayer". So, please join me there!!

Remember, today is weigh-in day, and that kitty should be moving into the double digits today!! I'll be back after work to move that kitty along!!


Thursday, February 5, 2009

ABC's of the Word

Pam at Grey Like Snuffie hosts the ABC's of the Word. This week we've reached the end of the alphabet and will be starting over again with "A" next week. This is a fun exploration into Scripture, and I know we would all love you to join!! If you want to start at the beginning of the alphabet, next week is the week!!

Be sure and watch the video to see, hear and sing my "Z" verse!!

Are you ready? He's already there at your house today!!

Now, follow me..........we're going to be thankful on this Thursday!!!


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

More Surprises in My Mail!

I have a tendency to forget to pick up my mail. Thank you, Andrew, for always remembering to do this!!

I found two packages on my dining room table this morning, and look what the mailman brought me:

This is two skeins of Panda Superwash from Crystal Palace Yarns that I won in their Holiday KAL!! The color in Mint Print, and it is so soft!! I can't wait to get my hands on this!! But, it will have to be put on hold for a little while until I finish some other projects. This is a personal goal of mine this year: Start a project, finish a project!!

As you can see, I already have projects on the needles to finish before I begin another. So this will go into the Miles-proof bin for a little bit. I can see my next pair of socks starting to form in this yarn!!

Oh, no, you don't!! Don't even think about it, Beth!! This must wait until the other items are completed!! Don't pick up those DPN's--PUT THEM DOWN!!

Okay, that crisis is over!!

And I also received these two books from Kristen in her Christmas giveaway from Dancing in the Margins!!

WOW!! Two of some of my favorite things arriving in the mail on the same day!! Sure beats receiving only bills!!


Sunday, February 1, 2009

And Today is the Day



Now, I have to tell you that I am not a football fan!! But, this is the conversation that I'm hearing and seeing everywhere for the past week. I just had to throw in the Baltimore Ravens because I am from Baltimore, they had a good chance of being in the Superbowl, and I suppose I should support my hometown!

My friend, Linda, is in Tampa right this very minute! She is a huge Steelers fan having been born and raised in that area. From what I can deduct from talking with her, there is NO ONE from the Pittsburgh area who is NOT a Steelers fanatic!!

I suppose I will support the Steelers in support of Linda. She has even made me an "Honorary Steelers Fan". But, I'm thinking also that it would be nice for the Cardinals to win--just because they are a good team and they've never won before.

But, do I really care? No, I could care less who wins the Super Bowl!! I'm just not into sports that much. Don't boo me!!!


It was a tough battle, a struggle from the start, but I have accomplished something myself on this day.

I won't be receiving a trip to Disney World or a spectacular ring for this accomplishment, but it's an accomplishment that I fought long and hard for:


I'm not finished yet, but here is a starting picture of my bobble dishcloth designed by Aunt Kathy!!

I'm not even going to tell you how many times I started this, frogged it and started over again!! It seems so simple, and it is--once you get the hang of it!! But, it was getting the hang of it that was my main problem!!

Not finished yet, but on the way!!

Now, if you would, please follow me.......This is something really exciting to share!! C'mon--you don't want to miss this news!!