Life and My Growing Succulent Garden

It’s been way to long. About 7 months to be exact, since I last blogged.  I used to keep up with my  blogging schedule for a time period. I mean I would be on the ball by posting 2-3 times a week, a planned and well thought out post about my bible studies, crafts, plants or favorite book or movie.  I’d come home from work, cook dinner, serve dinner, clean the kitchen, shower, then blog. But sometimes you have to put things on the back burner and focus more on what’s important. Family.

When you have a husband, two kids, four dogs, and a full-time job, Life can get crazy busy.    Sometimes I feel like it’s a rat race of epic proportions. Constant rushing and trying to meet deadlines and coordinating school pick up and drop off schedules between my husband and I. But today I was blessed to have found a small pocket of time where I could share a few of my favorite things.

My succulent garden is growing. I do a lot of container gardening in my backyard and in my front yard I do both container and in ground gardening.  There is just something so peaceful and relaxing about playing with dirt and planting up your favorite succulents and/or creating a beautiful arrangement to adorn your patio or front porch. I’ve found great joy in propagating leaves as well and just love watching how succulent leaves push out a brand new baby succulent. I’ll be sure to share more on that in future posts. For now take a look at these beauties. Don’t you just love the colors and the delicate details of every leaf?

Stay tuned for more on my succulent gardening journey and our new addition to our family of fur babies.

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Teaching Dad how to Use a Sewing Machine

One weekend a few months back I had to make a quick stop at my parents house to drop off something.  I ended up staying for lunch and started chatting with my dad and somehow we got on the subject of sewing.  My mom still had the Janome sewing machine I got for her birthday (or Mother’s day…can’t remember) years ago.  She barely used it and was more accustomed to her antique singer machine that no longer worked, which was why I bought her a new one.  I guess she was a little intimidated by the machine I got her and when she lost the manual to it, well that was the end of that and it just got tucked away in her closet for years.  During my visit my dad talked about how he wanted to sew curtains for the bedroom. I reminded him about the Janome that mom never uses. He said the manual was lost, I said “no problem, I’ll show you”.  He sounded like a kid…”really?” I said “yeah, I’ll teach you how to thread it and everything”.  His excitement was child-like and I loved it!

So out came the long retired, hardly used, still in mint condition Janome.  I very gently and patiently demonstrated the steps on how to thread. My dad is 86 and gets very impatient and very easily frustrated with anyone and everyone so I had to really take a deep breath…lol…and say a prayer before I started showing him what to do.  My mom, bless her heart was sitting close by and knew the basics of sewing but let me give the lesson instead.  “Okay dad, you place your spool of thread on the spool pin, then pull the thread through the back of the hook then down through the thread guide then back up through the take-up lever then back down behind the hook in front of the needle then through the  needle itself….now you try”. Oh my word…bless his heart, after a few tries he finally got it and I regret that I didn’t catch his child-like gleeful excitement on video.  I did take a video of him repeating the steps again and then one of my mom who knew what she was doing but clearly tuning my dad out as he was trying to tell her how to do it…lol!

Here’s a few pictures and a couple of videos of our afternoon together.  Sorry the videos are mostly in Spanish.
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My dad is watching my mom closely to make sure she doesn’t screw up…lol!

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The Encounter

Since I’ve gotten in the habit of curling up with a good movie (thank you Netflix and Amazon Prime) I thought I’d create a tab for my favorite Flick Picks. You can catch all my movie reviews by clicking on the Flick Pick tab at the top menu.

I love watching action, drama, romantic comedies and Christian family-based movies that deliver strong impactful messages. The Encounter definitely delivered a strong message. It’s a story about five strangers who are lost and become stranded at a diner in the middle of nowhere on a stormy night. A married couple on the verge of divorce, a girl hitchhiking to escape from an abusive home, a young woman who is lonely, and an arrogant businessman.

Once they arrive at the diner they are greeted by the owner. What they don’t know is that they’ve come face to face with the the Lord Himself who is the only one who knows firsthand the struggles they are each facing. As he ministers to each of them, they come to the realization that they must examine the true condition of their lives.

My thoughts on the movie – I loved it! It was thought provoking and inspiring.  It touches on a lot of the different kinds of struggles people go through as well as the importance of forgiveness and how the Lord sees us through the many trials we face in life.  It expresses the true fact that Jesus wants to save us and dwell in our hearts forever but only if we’ll accept Him.  This movie is truly a must-watch and I would highly recommend it to anyone.  Feel free to leave me a comment if you’ve watched it.  Would love to hear your thoughts.