Bible Journaling and Coloring

This is my new bible - Inspire, a beautiful new way to read the bible and be inspired! What's the difference in this bible? It has pictures to color, along with wide margins to journal about the chapters you are reading. Above is the front of the bible. Below is the back:

This is the inside cover. I'm just beginning to do the coloring on these two pages.

Most pages have enlarged verses for  you to color.

I just received the bible a few days ago, so I haven't colored many pages yet.

Of course, my first page to color was yellow roses!

I like having these enlarged verses that just jump right out at you!
A message from Above!

Some pages just have wide margins for you do write your own messages and/or draw your own pictures.

Some margins are plain, some are ruled.

I'm already enjoying reading the bible with a little different twist. It's also a way to help remember where verses are located, and to memorize key verses.

The new coloring book craze is a meaningful hobby when paired with our bible! I'm using colored pencils so they don't bleed through the page.

This bible version is the New Living Translation,
a paraphase that is so interesting and easy to understand
There are other bible versions as well such as King James Version. Check them out at your Christian book store. I went to look at them first, then ordered the one I preferred from Amazon, a little cheaper, but it took over two weeks to receive it, they are really in demand now!

Inspire also comes in a solid color aqua, but I like the illustrated one, I just think it goes with the picture theme inside.

This is a wonderful way to start reading the bible, or to get back into reading the bible. 
What a wonderful enjoyable way to spend time with the Lord!
As you are reading a chapter, or paragraph, try meditating
and see how you are inspired to write and or draw in the margins!

I will start posting special pages as I do them. I also hope to start drawing in the margins, as I am "inspired!" 


Tea Party with friends!

I hosted a tea party for my original prayer group members this past Friday.  One of our members, Barbara, had moved away for five years, and now she is back! Three of us have May birthdays, 
so we decided to celebrate with a tea party!

I used my Old Country Roses china on a wine colored tablecloth. The centerpiece above is 
OCR Bunny Tea Pot, OCR waterball/music box, and OCR ginger jar.

OCR Seasons of Colour salad/dessert plates with topiary designs are layered on 
OCR dinner plate, used as a charger. Double topiary shown.
Single topiary pattern shown here. OCR napkins and tea cups complete the 
place setting along with a crystal water glass. 

I forgot to take pictures of all the food, shown here are cheese straws (in crystal basket) and behind is a plate of shortbread cookies. The tiered stand behind hasn't been filled with the food yet.

This is a sugar scuttle and mini shovel server with sugar cubes. I purchased this from a FB friend recently. I always wanted one and so happy to find it!

The Menu
Lemon Scones (made with lemon yogurt)
Lemon Curd
Strawberry Jam

Sandwiches were:
Open face cucumber
Egg Salad
Curried Egg Salad
Pimento Cheese

Mini phyllo cups with chicken/grape salad
Cheese Straws

Chocolate Petite Fours
Mini Cream Puffs

Italian cookies
Shortbread cookies

Earl Gray Tea
Black Tea

Below the table has all the food displayed. Friends are L to R: Gail, Marianne, Katherine (me), JoAnn, and Barbara.  One other original member was out of town and couldn't attend. I had several hats I've decorated for other tea parties so we wore them!





(Sorry some of the pictures are blurry -
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Here we are with our red noses! LOL!






Who says tea parties are stuffy?? Not with us! 

              The gang's all here! Welcome back to Florida, Barbara!

I'm linking to Susan's Tablescape Thursday, click on her name for lots of inspiration.


Mother's Day with Little Red Truck

 Happy Mother's Day to my mother, Geneva (Genny) Mitchell Drake, who is now in Heaven.

Little Red Truck is featured in this Mother's Day tribute because the automobile my mother is sitting on looks similar to the truck. Granted, it is probably a car, but today let's say it's a truck!

Here's all of the picture I cropped and made a copy of  and 
enlarged to 5x7 so it would fit into the metal frame (from Hobby Lobby) 
This picture was taken before 1935, before my parents married. There's also a picture of my dad and his friend like this one, but today is a tribute to Mother's Day! Genny is with her best friend, Lois.  

I dried these beautiful red roses recently, just by letting them air dry.

I bought the red place mats just because I knew I could use them with Little Red Truck.

Maybe I'll turn this into a centerpiece of a tablescape since
I have the placemats. We just returned from vacation
and I'm short on time! Check back by the end of the week
to see the tablescape!

View from the top:

I had fun playing with the pictures, here's one in black and white:

And one in sepia:

I hope you are having a wonderful Mother's Day!
Thanks for visiting my blog.


Little Red Truck needed again!

I guess the Little Red Truck's feelings were hurt because Peggy Sue was getting so much attention, with her  being new, and being so pretty......  He ran away to the woods and got stuck in the mud!!!

             While stuck in the mud, look what happened!  Something appeared in the truck bed!

A little blue bird came along and built a nest while Little Red Truck was stuck in the mud!

Look what else happened!!!
 What's in the nest?!!
 How exciting! The little bird is sitting on the egg waiting for it to hatch!

Now the Little Red Truck is happy again!
He is needed!
He is wanted!!

Now he can go home again and show off his new friends!

How exciting!!!
Life is Good!