Sunday, November 3, 2013

When you walk through the fire...


 I don't know about you, but we've got little bits of Thanksgiving peeping out all over the house.  I love this time of year.  Just this afternoon I made a couple regular pumpkin pies for my boys and then I made a couple of itty bitty sized gf pies for my Ava and I, so we don't miss out during the holiday season.  It made the house smell crazy delicious.  
 My dear bloggy friend Alicia made this fun banner for me a few years ago and I smile every year as I find a new place for it.  It reminds me of her, even though we've never even met.  The sunshine was POURING through my windows this morning, making my heart so grateful. 



 I've strung twinkle lights up in almost every room, to help beat back the typical gray skies we tend to start enjoying this time of year, and I leave them on all day long.  That birch tree branch you see back in the corner...I dragged a few branches home with me on a walk the other day.  We had just had a fierce windstorm and this one was the keeper of the bunch.  I let it dry out, and then sprayed it white and tucked it into a bucket with some rocks.  I wound white twinkle lights all around it and it makes me smile.  Little things. 
 I painted my desk black, a month or two ago.  I always forget to share- normally because this side of our guest room/office is so messy.  There are normally piles of papers all over the floor.  I felt like black would be a good color and I love it.  Me- a girl who loves white.  Who knew?  I have to share that I texted my man asking him to bring home a quart of black paint and he said something like, "Didn't you just paint that desk turquoise, a year ago?"  To which I replied (and I quote) "Turquoise is dead to me.  I LOATHE turquoise.  Down with turquoise."  (I always feel it's important to find something in life to be passionate about.) (I also feel it's important to keep your man guessing.  I mean, no girl wants to become too predictable, right?)
 I keep meaning to mention this in my blog posts but alas I also keep forgetting this too.  A wee bit of shop news;  I have more Antique ball jar flour sack dishtowels coming, just in time for holiday gift giving- probably by the end of this week or next.  I can always reserve some for you if you email me and ask, as they do typically go pretty fast- within a day or so.  (Thank you!) AND I am working on a fun holiday dish towel design that I will hopefully be listing in a limited quantity as well, if it turns out as cute as I think it will.  Be watching for it.  :) (Unless it's awful and then I'll never share it. Ha!) Besides that, I have added a few of my favorite prints in post card sized packages of eight, in my shop AND I am happy to create custom packages for you as well, by request.  Your wish is my command.  And my final shop announcement... I am closing down my shop for the holidays, on Saturday, December 15th so plan accordingly.  (Click here to shop.)

 And finally, since this post hasn't been quite random enough for you, I'm sure... I wanted to share the bible my man inherited from his sweet grandma who passed away recently.  This is one of those huge (heavy) family bibles that's been around for several generations.  Sadly, nothing of note was ever recorded in it, but there were many photos, newspaper clippings, pressed flowers and such in it. 
That said, the most remarkable thing about this precious item, is its story.  It belonged first to Adrain's great grandmother who lived in the south.  Years and years ago, her entire house burned down and everything in the home was lost. Everything but this bible.  It was sitting on the kitchen table and the fire didn't touch it.  It was the ONLY thing that survived.  I hear that story and my heart thrills.  Kind of gives a whole new meaning to one of my favorite promises found in Isaiah:



 (Isaiah 43:1-3a)
"But now, this is what the Lord says—    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,  they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,  you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
 For I am the Lord your God,  the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;



21 comments:

  1. Sobbing as I read this, as we are smack dab in the middle of a fire that has been almost consuming. Trusting God and knowing He has a beautiful ending, this was such an encouragement in just the right moment. Thank you. (And can I say I loved that you said you "loathe turquoise and it is dead to you." I am also a fan of the passionate declarations, and it made me giggle to read this!)

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  2. That verse has great significance for a friend walking through her own fire right now; I love your story! It is indeed the "little things" that create beauty and remind me to look for His gifts everywhere.

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  3. You're so cute & unpredictable!! Black? Good call!!! I have several black pieces and love them but am starting to lean towards more white!! But as you know, that can swing the other way at ANY moment!! I love how similar we are -makes me feel less crazy :) heehee

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  4. I am new-ish to your blog and just love it! As I'm reading along tonight, I gasp as I see the family bible that has been passed to your husband. That exact bible was on the small table in the guest bedroom in my grandparents home my entire childhood. It too, filled with newspaper clippings and memories. Long story short, the bible has been gone for years. Last Wednesday my mom and I found it going through some of my grandfather's things that we haven't had access to until now. Small, beautiful world.

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  5. What a beautiful post! I love the Birch branch and your beautiful guest room. And the Bible story made my heart skip a beat. Now for a question - where do you purchase the blankets for your bed? That is exactly what I want and I can't seem to find anything like that anywhere! Have a blessed week! Susan

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  6. Your posts always bring a smile to my face and I love all your pics. It gives us just a little glimpse into your life. Your pumpkin pies are so impressive! And, the note cards, just too cute! Happy week to you! And, the story of the Bible surviving the fire, how perfect of an illustration!

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  7. I love that bible...
    I think my grandparents and great grandparents had that same bible. :)

    I love that promise of God,too. It's been a anchor to my soul in many seasons.

    That banner that Alicia made is awesome...thinking they should land in her shop!

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  8. oh friend, one of the scriptures that i clung to, read at red lights, said out loud over & over again before going to sleep when i've walked through a fire.
    beautiful post & i love all the glimpses of your beautiful home
    xo

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  9. I'm clinging to that verse right now. Thanks for sharing the story about the Bible.
    Your house looks so warm and cozy and ready for Thanksgiving! I'll be putting out a few things this week as well. Getting ready. :)

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  10. That bible is such a wonderful heirloom. Can you tell me where you found your armoire? I'm looking for something I bc an use for my craft storage. Thanks!

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  11. What a beautiful Bible to have, along with its history. Wow!

    Your home looks so comfortable and welcoming. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Thanks for sharing...that verse keeps popping up in my life. Glad the glow station was a success...a mission field right in your front yard!

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  13. You exude HOME. It is so cozy and comfy. I want to come over. Loveliness everywhere :)

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  14. Every time you show photos of your kitchen i get granite/stone wistful. Every time I see it I catch myself sighing and thinking, "Oh... that's lovely...." And also, making a bed is an art form, not everyone can do it in such a way that makes you feel love comfort and "home" when you look at it. You my dear, make a gorgeous bed. ❈

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  15. I was so touched with the story of your hubby's great-grandmother's Bible. That Scripture passage has a lot of meaning to me. Years ago we moved and left a dearly loved home behind. While it was on the market for sale we had renters in it. It caught fire one day and was all but destroyed. We drove many hours the next morning to go to the house and meet with insurance people and begin to make plans to restore it again. The next day was Sunday. We walked into our 'home' church - the church we had attended while we lived in that home - and the worship time had already begun. What did we hear as we walked through the doors? The pastor was reading this passage in Isaiah. To say there were tears streaming down my face is putting it mildly. That was the promise my heavy heart needed to hear that morning. He has used it many times since in different situations. Thank you for sharing it again today. I love visiting your sweet home. I think I will dig out my white lights and 'sprinkle' them through my home to brighten these gray Oregon days a bit!
    ~Adrienne~

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  16. I am so glad to have found you from Ironstone Nest. I am your newest follower on Instagram and subscribed to your email. I cant wait to sift through your blog!

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  17. Girl! We have friends who's house was blown to smithereens in a tornado 1.5 years ago in Alabama. The Bible that our church had given them when they moved away was sitting --in perfect condition-- on top of the walls that were caved in on top of them. Thankfully the whole family survived this event. God had his angels all over that place that night. #thankfulforhisreminders

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  18. One of my favorite passages in the Bible!! Love the story!! :)

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  19. i really see myself staying in your guest room one day. : ) i also love what you did to those branches! you thrifty mama. what an amazing testimony of that Bible. WOW.

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  20. What a beautiful bible! I am so glad you and Adrain are able to have such a special keepsake from his grandma. You have the bible open to my favorite Psalm, Psalm 23. I remembering memorizing it in 3rd grade. Ok I may seem like a stalker, lol, but I happened to notice a small detail in one of your kitchen photos. You have a bottle of Jam Jar. One of the best men in my wedding created Jam Jar. He runs the very small and intimate company that makes it, Cape Classics. When you buy from them you are directly supporting a small group of young men and women, which I love! I love the Sweet Shiraz even though I am normally a white wine kinda gal! Hope you are having a great week! XOXO

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  21. i adore your house...always makes me feel happy and comforted!

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