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A Vintage, Lemon, and Blue Thursday To You Too!

August 26, 2010

I just love all of the different weekday parties there are to link to. I usually spend the last hour before going to bed and a little bit of time before getting out of bed checking to see what’s new in blog-land.

Today there are some incredible parties going on! Between Naps on the Porch posted about Lemonade, and Jenny over at Alphabe-Thursday chose the color blue for her Rainbow Summer School.

I recently acquired some beautiful placemats, kitchen towels, and oven mits to go with my newly painted dining room set.

These lovely blue and yellow placemats go perfectly with the colors in my dining room and give it a little more femininity (what with all the boys in my house I am outnumbered!).

I also found a great milk glass vase at Salvation Army for 50¢ and am looking for some yellow roses and blue hydrangeas (silk of course) to go in it for my center piece.

This piece goes perfectly for Vintage Thingy Thursday, as do the pretty little quilted oven mit I found at my favorite “store on the square”, my cheese plate, and my grandmother’s Waterford crystal fluted dish.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday! Remember Friday is just around the corner!

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A Few of My Favorite Things…Wordless Wednesday

August 25, 2010

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Wordless Wednesday

White Wednesday

Fun With Aprons

August 24, 2010

Okay, I want to preface this post with the fact that the company whose product I am about to show you has no clue who I am. However, because these aprons are SO STINKING CUTE, I just had to share! Hope you enjoy.

I found these at Joann’s on my last trip with my mother-in-law. But you can get more information on the company by visiting Kay Dee Designs or just google Domestic Diva products.

As you can probably guess, these are all on my Christmas list and those weekly 40% off coupons might even help mama to by herself a couple of Christmas gifts…from the family of course!

Family Time

August 24, 2010

Today I am linking up with Table Top Tuesday and I just wanted to, instead of showing my table top, talk about what happens around it.

This past week has been an especially fun time for us. On Saturday, D had his first football game of the season and made 9 tackles! Later that day, my mother came over to join us for some special hang out time, during which a game of Pay Day was enjoyed. I would like to note that this Pay Day game was my mother’s and I ended up with it. I just love the graphics though! She believes she got it either in the late 70’s or early 80’s.

On Sunday, we got to sit down for breakfast together and enjoyed some yummy Homestead Biscuits with Crockpot Apple Butter”! A very happy morning indeed!

And finally, we got D’s advanced reading report stating that he is reading almost 3 years ahead of his grade level! So of course we made cake!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Tuesday!

Tackle It Tuesday

A Touch of Yellow

August 23, 2010

I wanted to post a few pictures of my favorite finds from my kitchen for Monday. I love the lemons and yellow roses, most of which were thrift store finds. We live in an apartment, so the colors help to balance out the stark white-ness of the walls. I have more roses sitting on the sink, but couldn’t get a good picture of them.

I am going to be linking up with Weekly Treasures and Mosaic Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday

A Godly Marriage

August 23, 2010

All this month our pastor has been speaking about marriage. He has brought different couples in different stages of life, with different stories, and also with different painful times they had to walk through. We have talked about what a Godly marriage looks like, as well as what a restored marriage can be.

Today, Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife MaryBeth came to speak about being married for 26 years and the struggles they had to endure when their youngest adopted daughter was killed in an accident. I just love seeing how these couples have allowed God into their hearts to help walk them through these hard times. MaryBeth said something I loved, she said “you have to remember that your spouse isn’t the enemy”. You can read about their story in the book she has written titled Choosing To See

Many times, it’s easy to think of your spouse being a part of the problem instead of the solution. We all have days where we feel that we are the only one making an effort. Why did he leave his dirty dishes on the table? Why didn’t he throw the trash in the trash can? Why didn’t he empty the trash can? All these little things that start to get on our nerves when we are cranky, edgy, tired, etc. It’s during these times when we have to realize that HE isn’t the enemy, he didn’t do (or not do) those things just to make our lives more difficult. When we can confront the facts in such a manner, we can begin to cut our spouses some slack and even relax a bit ourselves. We have days when they feel the same way about us! It’s all about grace and mercy!

I am so thankful that I have a husband that is a good father, goes to church with me, NEVER compares my cooking to his mother’s (that’s a big one ladies!!!), and who appreciates his family and strives every day to provide for us. If you are married I pray that you have that type of husband as well, and if you’re not married then don’t settle for anything less than a Godly husband. Marriage is often hard, but it’s incredibly beautiful at the same time!

A Salutation of Courtesy

August 22, 2010

The reputation of Southern women for having the gift of fascination is perhaps due not to prettiness of feature more than to the brilliancy or sweetness of their ready smile. That Southern women are charming and “feminine” and lovable is proverbial. How many have noticed that Southern women always bow with the grace of a flower bending in the breeze and a smile like sudden sunshine? The unlovely woman bows as though her head were on a hinge and her smile sucked through a lemon.
Nothing is so easy for any woman to acquire as a charming bow. It is such a short and fleeting duty. Not a bit of trouble really; just to incline your head and spontaneously smile as though you thought “Why, there is Mrs. Smith! How glad I am to see her!”
Even to a stranger who does her a favor, a woman of charm always smiles as she says “Thank you!” As a possession for either woman or man, a ready smile is more valuable in life than a ready wit; the latter may sometimes bring enemies, but the former always brings friends.

~From Emily Post, 1922

I love reading about etiquette, both in years gone by and rules for today’s society. I don’t really believe that proper etiquette changes in the least, only whether people choose to use it. Some etiquette rules aren’t life changing, such as no white shoes past Labor Day, don’t put out anything Christmas related until Thanksgiving is over. New rules have even been added as new traditions have been introduced, but I think it’s all a part of smoothing out the rough edges. I should do a post on cell phone etiquette!

I once mentioned etiquette to a friend who thought it was only for the “uppity” people. On the contrary, etiquette provides us with a general guideline to making everyday life more gentle and beautiful.

Some things like the white and black rules (as in seasonal clothing) don’t really change our lives, but others like getting a hand written invitation as opposed to an email make us feel special. Atleast it makes me feel special! Being considerate of others’ feelings also makes people feel special. What do you think?

I am linking up with Chari at Sunday Favorites

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