Hello from England!

Welcome to my blog!
We are a christian family living in the Sunshine state (before that we spent four years in England and two years in Turkey).

My posts are of everyday life and my love of crafting. I hope to inspire you in some way to share your talents too.

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Cheers and God's blessings to you and yours!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fall scents...

A week ago I was invited to join in on a presentation.  The base welcomed a visiting author, Deb Perelman.  There was a "pre-party" at the commander's home.  Those attending were encouraged to visit the website and bring a dish.  There were SO many options to choose from, and everyone brought something different!  What are the odds of that?  I chose to make a pumpkin butter.  The recipe can be found HERE.  I also made some homemade bread to go with it.  Needless to say, the house smelled AMAZING with all the pumpkin, spices, and homemade bread smells.  I don't think any candle could have topped the aroma in our home!

Below is a photo of my bread and pumpkin butter.  I did tweak the recipe a little to my taste.  You can email me if you want those details.

At the presentation that followed, Deb made these wonderful 
Apple cider caramels to share.  "Smooth like butta" is an understatement.  They were divine.  

Below is another Halloween card.  I used the Top Note die cut and Peekaboo Frames die cut from Stampin' Up.  I also used the 1 3/8" circle punch, and some miscellaneous stamps from my stateside visit a couple of years ago.

My daughter and I celebrated the first official day of fall (on the 22nd) by breaking out all our fall decorations.  The house is quite festive with hanging spiders, scarecrow decor and pumpkins.  The best part is that my husband returns from his 6 month deployment in a couple of weeks (give or take), and he'll be here to go pumpkin patch picking with us!  God is amazing!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Things that make it more difficult...

There are several things that military families are faced with.  Life isn't always "housing provided and lots of fun traveling the world" like most people assume.  

Recent NEWS talks about potential government shut-downs, our furniture has dings and bumps from all our moves (and is second-hand most of the time), friends on base with contract jobs are axed (budget cuts), and family deaths are that much harder not being there in person.

My husband's aunt passed away yesterday.  As soon as I found out, I set out to try and contact him.   Mind you, he's deployed.  I can't just pick up the phone and call him.  I left him a Skype text, imessage text, and tried to call him 2x via facetime.  After no response, we just had to go about our evening and await his reply.

We won't be able to attend the funeral.  It would cost us over $3750 to fly my two children and me.  That stinks.  I wish I could be there to give support and condolences.  When we were in Turkey, my uncle and two great aunts (one was age 101) passed away.  I couldn't afford to attend their funerals either.  *sigh*

So I will celebrate Aunt Mary's life from across the pond and tell my husband how sorry I am thru the computer for his loss.  I will give my friend who is out of a job a thank you card for her dedication as a great choir director at church, and I will use a sharpee/marker to cover the dings on my furniture (Old English oil not available on the economy).  

Life goes on, some days will be harder than others, but that is L-I-F-E.  To me that is Living In Faith Everyday.  And God won't give us more than we can handle.  Blessed be HIS name!  Listen to this song for inspiration.  It helps me during those difficult days!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It has begun

Fall is almost here...officially it will occur Sunday, 22 September.  I do enjoy fall with the leaves changing, lazy weekends wrapped up in sweatshirts and pj pants.  The weather has definitely cooled off here in England.  Looks like I'll be wearing a scarf until next spring!

Daylight hours have already begun to dwindle.  Driving home from choir practice tonight at 7:45 p.m. made me realize that I miss those summer evening where it didn't get dark until at least 11:00 p.m.  Here in another month or so, about the time my husband returns from his deployment, it will be dark at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon.  And it will still be dark at 7:30 a.m. when my kids are at the bus stop in the mornings.  

Craft club was Monday at my home, and the swap theme was "leaves."  Below is the card that I shared with my crafty friends.  I got the idea on Pinterest from this artist.

We also had a potluck at craft club. Here's the dish that I made.  Snicker Caramel Apple Pie.  I facetimed with my sister while I was making this.  She said she felt like she was watching a cooking show.  How funny!  It turned out yummy and was a big hit.  The recipe can be found on this page.

Here are the other swaps from my crafty friends...I continue to be inspired by them!

Check back soon to see photos of the projects we made in preparation for Halloween!

Monday, September 9, 2013

One more trip across the Channel

My daughter and I took another trip this past weekend. Our adventures led us to Brugge, Belgium.  One word can sum it up:  WOW!

Brugge had its first city walls built up around the 12th century.   You can read more about its history here.

I am truly inspired by this city.  Aside from being a tourist favorite, there is so much to see and do!  I think the highlight of the trip was a Michelangelo statue.  

There were three large churches to visit.  One housed the statue, and all three churches were magnificent.  They had elaborate wood carvings, marble statues, tombs and crypts with old paintings, embroidered tapestries, and stained glass windows in abundance.

Not far from the main town centre (where you could catch a horse and carriage ride), is the Town Hall that was built in 1376.  The Gothic architecture took my breath away.

Below is a photo of the Basilica of the Precious Blood.  There is an upper and lower chapel.  The lower is definitely simple compared to the very ornate upper chapel.  In the upper chapel can be seen what is believed to be Christ's actual blood.  More can be read about it here.  Out of personal reasons, I did not pay to see this.  My friend did, and said it was well worth the 2 euro.

The journey would not have been complete without the waterway boat ride, waffles, and Belgium chocolate.  All of which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Card club is Monday...check back soon for creativity!