New Magazines

I don't think I will be posting every day as I have this week, but since I'm still celebrating my birthday I want to share another gift with you. My husband likes me to select my own gifts from him so he'll give me exactly what I want!  I just heard about these new Christian magazines. I ordered the latest issue along with the two back issues. They came quickly and I have enjoyed reading the first one 

and started on this second one:
This is the third issue:
 I'm reading them in order. This was a
little hard to do as I saw other articles 
I was wanting to read first! :-)

 The photography is gorgeous in all these
magazines and there is no advertising
whatsoever, a nice plus!  
These young Christian ladies share
their stories, bible verses, recipes,
decorating, crafts, gardening, and advice. 

Jesus is the center of all stories, He gets all the glory!
I love seeing bible verses throughout the magazines. 
I highly recommend these magazines for hours of
reading pleasure, so I'm spreading the news! 
They will make wonderful gifts for young mothers,
and all ages. A gift that keeps on giving!

Check them out:

When I find something I enjoy I always want to share it
with my family and friends!


My Milestone Birthday!

 Borrowed from internet 

Last week on May 19th I turned 80. I'm not complaining, considering the alternative. Aging is a gift. A privilege. My mother and sister did not make it to 80. My mother died at 75 and my sister died at 74. My brother died of a heart attack at 51. Aside from those deaths, we do have longevity in our family. My maternal grandmother lived to be 91, her second daughter (my mother's sister) lived to 91 as well. One of my mother's brothers lived to be in his 90s, the other in his 80s. My maternal grandfather died at 83.

Borrowed from internet

I praise and thank the Lord daily for allowing me to live to this age. I don't joke about being old. Actually, I don't feel old. I still feel the same inside as I did when I was much younger. True, I have aches and pains, fatigue and I can't hear as well, but I think the same. Some of my thoughts and opinions have changed since I became a Christian (in my 30s) and read my bible and have allowed the Lord to gently change me. My spiritual eyes and ears have been opened. I allowed the Holy Spirit into my life and asked Him to change my heart and make me a better person. I praise Him for all the blessings in my life.                                         Jesus, I trust in You.

 My children had planned to come here for a celebration of my 80th birthday, but we decided to postpone it a month because of Joe's underlying health issues. I was disappointed, but knew this was best. This is why my Face Book celebration of my birthday was so impressive and helpful to me. I really appreciate all everyone did for me! I've also had many phone calls that uplifted me. Two of my grandsons called, my daughters, and a cousin I haven't talked to in a long time, several friends, lots of excitement. Thanks to all, this was very important to me, I appreciate it all so much!

A special young friend surprised me with these beautiful flowers! She knows I love yellow roses, but she said she added other colors to make it more festive. Isn't this just beautiful! It's both elegant and whimsical! 

Even though we have been staying inside our home since March, we decided to chance it and go out to eat. Joe took me to Carrabba's, a favorite place to eat (I love their Chicken Bryan!) We had planned to eat outside, but we arrived at 1 p.m. and the hostess said there's only three couples inside. Since it is a big place we went inside. Here I am with the complimentary birthday cake!


See the card on the right, two of my great-granddaughters made it for me, it has a whole flock of butterflies on it! Thanks, Raleigh and Sidney! 

My soon to be two-year old great-granddaughter, Sarah, made the card below! My grands call me KK!


 The silver lining!



Pandemic Projects

(borrowed from internet)

 It's been a while since I have blogged, but I have missed some of the "old gang" and would like to continue blogging. Since we are going through this pandemic it is a good way to pass the time of sheltering in. Things are beginning to open up, but my husband and I have underlying health issues and will continue staying in as much as possible. We have our groceries delivered, etc.

 Sometimes I spend entire afternoons on the porch. Porch Therapy! I've been doing a lot of writing lately - handwriting. When I have a milestone birthday I always write about the past decade as well as the upcoming decade. 
I have also written my feelings about the pandemic. Have you done this? Let me encourage you to write your feelings about the pandemic to leave for your family when you are gone. We are living in history right now and I think our next generation would find it interesting to hear how we survived. Did you dislike it terribly? Were you angry, or sad, or fearful? Or did you find creative ways to entertain yourself to the point of enjoying what you've done? I have a friend who made over 200 masks and gave them away! Leave a legacy for your family to read years later. Leave it in your bible or a time capsule! Joe has enjoyed working on his stamp collection, he has seven binders and still working on them!
Other ways I keep busy during the pandemic: 
Journaling bible verses

I have embraced bible study/journaling with a passion by writing  daily bible verses in the above book and daily journaling and coloring verses in my Inspire Bible.  Below are two pages I did in my Inspire journaling bible:

 Inspire Bible

I finished last year's verse journaling and started the 2020 journaling book, this one is on fear. Did you know there are over 365 bible verses about being fearful, these will help you overcome fears:

My daughter creates these books on daily bible verse journaling
click for more information:

Below is the photo album I'm making of my life. These two pictures are the youngest pictures of me I can find, I don't remember seeing any newborn pictures of me. I was the third/last child, so you know how that goes! I was two years old in this picture. The doll was the photographer's prop. The little dress was red corduroy. I'm doing the album by decades. This is the 40s! 

This has been good therapy - documenting my life in pictures and words. I was hoping to have it finished by my birthday, but it is taking longer than I expected. Oh, well, I have plenty of time while sheltering in.

During the pandemic what have you learned about yourself and others? Any surprises? Any changes needed to make? Perhaps we have learned what's the most important things in our lives? Let's don't waste all this free time, let's have something more valuable to show for it!                
What is truly essential?