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When Life Gives you Lemons...Make Lemonade!

This statement is often misunderstood or misinterpreted, to me it simply means that I will attempt to turn all obstacles into opportunities! "...For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11

Updated: 2018-03-02T12:26:21.349-05:00


I Don’t Know the Future, but I Know Who Holds It


The last few months, really almost a year now, I have struggled with lots of things; health, finances, family issues, just so many things.  It seems like peace has been hard to find and I've really had to learn to trust in God.  So many things that we just don't know how are going to work out but know that we serve an Almighty God that won't let us go.  Today I was having a particularly bad day and have reminded myself so many times to trust, let go, let God.  Basically a resounding pep talk all day long and this comes up in my FB news feed.  I started to share then I changed my mind.  I posted something earlier today on FB and have since had countless messages and text messages asking if I was okay.  I still wanted to share though and it came to me...share on your blog.  Someone might read it and if not you might need it later.  So here goes... written by Tracie Miles on Proverbs 31 Ministries."Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no."  Exodus 16:4I had barely slept as the worries in my heart grew bigger and bigger in the darkness. When the sunshine finally peeked through my window, I immediately began to pray. I poured out my heart to God and dumped all of my concerns at His feet.But as I continued praying, I began to notice a pattern. No matter what circumstance or concern I shared with God, they all seemed to share one underlying theme — the fear of lack of provision.You see my personal circumstances had changed, and suddenly my future was not as secure as it once seemed. I felt God convicting my heart with the need to stop fearing the unknown and start trusting Him with the unknown. Then I heard a gentle whisper in my spirit saying, “I alone am your Provider.”With eyes closed and tears threatening to emerge, I nodded my head, “Yes, Lord. You are. Forgive me for doubting Your provision. I seek Your peace and ask You to take away the fears gripping my heart. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know You hold my future. Amen.”I opened my eyes and felt Jesus nudging me to have some time alone in His Word, so I picked up my phone and clicked on the app where I read one of my daily devotions. Immediately, hot tears pushed through my eyes as I realized the devotion was echoing the prayer I had just prayed minutes earlier. It specifically addressed the fears for provision I had just shared with God. In fact, it was nearly word for word. God had heard the cries of my heart, and He wasted no time reassuring me He was listening.The devotion was based on today’s key verse in Exodus where God provided for His people in a miraculous way. It was designed to bring them closer to Him, as they were forced to trust Him for their provision on a daily basis.I read about how the people of Israel had looked everywhere but “up” for their needs to be met. They’d been slaves to the Egyptians, and after God set them free, they had to fully trust Him for all of their needs. The slaves were physically free but still mentally enslaved to their habit of looking for provision from people and things.I thought about where I usually looked for provision, and none of them were “up.” I looked to my job. I looked to my husband. I looked to my checkbook or my savings account. I looked to my goals and dreams. I looked to my relationships. But now life was changing, and God was calling me to look to Him.Then I read further in the passage to Exodus 16:8 which says, “And Moses said, This shall be, when the Lord shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that theLord heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.” (KJV).Ouch. I had been doing a lot of complaining and sharing my concerns. I realized my complaints were no[...]

He Will Make the Flowers Bloom!


The sun will shine again, the flowers will bloom again, the trees will have leaves again, the sun will shine again! 

This last year and specifically the last 6 months have been very hard on our family.  My step-father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Charlie was sick for about 3 months with an infection in his lungs.  With Charlie sick we had a very limited income.  I wondered if the flowers would ever bloom again.  It seemed like depression was a very close friend but I had to stay positive.  I couldn't let this storm rock my world.  Charlie, who is always positive, has showed signs of depression too.  

The last month though has been better.  Charlie is almost working full-time again.  He is up to about 85% capacity.  I can still see that he has trouble breathing from time to time but not anything like the way he was before!  I can see a brighter day in our life.  As I look out my window this morning I can see that the leaves on the trees are beginning to appear, the dandelions are abundant in my yard, and the tulips are blooming!  God is always good!  

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.


One Year and One Month


Who knew?  Facebook has won...

I think about blogging and then I remind myself that no one reads this page.

1 year ago...


It is hard for me to believe that I haven't written on this blog in over 1 year.  I used to post religiously.  Well that is an exaggeration.  Not religiously but often.  Okay, maybe not even often but sometimes.  The point is I've never went an entire year without writing.  I can blame it on lots of things going on in my life; school, managing the business, babysitting, etc.  However, when it comes down to it I just didn't make the time.

The past few days I've thought a lot about this blog.  I need a place to write down some of my thoughts.  I thought about starting a journal then my mind would drift back to this blog!  I am going to attempt to write more often.  I know my followers are nonexistent and that is okay!  I just want to write what I feel without fear of judgement.  So, this is me.  I'm putting myself back out there, coming out of my box, and letting go!

I am going to re-share a post that I wrote a year ago and it describes me to a T...


Happy Homemaker Monday


As I look outside my window:It's dark now and cold outside.  The temp has slowly went down from about 50 this morning and now it's in the 20's!  brrrrRight now I am:Sitting at the kitchen table.  We've finished supper.  Now I'm getting all my invoices and things processed from today's installations.Thinking and pondering:Going over different things and trying to come up with ideas on how to raise money for our mission trip to Haiti in March.On my bedside table:I'm reading an assigned book called "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" and I'm also participating in a bible study over the book "Made to Crave"On my TV tonight:TV?  What's that?  With school, our business, and the normal housewife duties I just don't have time for TV.Listening To:My husband has the TV on in the living room.  I don't know what he is watching but I can hear it in the background.On the menu for this week:Monday - Skillet Spaghetti Tuesday - Chicken Taco SoupWednesday - Apple ChopsThursday - Turkey CasseroleFriday - ?Saturday - ?I purchased a new cookbook a couple weeks ago and I love it!  It literally includes a weekly menu plan for 4 meals, a grocery list, and recipes!  Oh, and every recipe is less than 500 calories per serving!On my to do list:Right now this was the last thing on my to do list for the day!  I'll be going to bed shortly!Plans for this week:Monday - Babysitting Isaac & SophieTuesday - Babysitting Isaac & SophieWednesday - Babysitting Isaac & Sophie - I have an English Unit quiz and a discussion post in Western Civ due.  Evening church serviceThursday - Study for Western Civ & Music Appreciation TestFriday - Test in Western Civ & Music AppreciationWhat I am sewing, knitting, crocheting, or creating:I have many unfinished projects on my table; hairbow holder, pillowcase dresses, paci clips, bibs...My simple pleasure:Morning coffee...Lesson learned this past week:Things break.  It doesn't mean that I have done anything wrong.  It just means that appliances won't last forever.  It's just life!  Now I need to figure out how to buy a new coffee pot and a new dryer.Looking around the house:I need to spend some time cleaning.  I have so much on my plate that most days I simply pick up, and straighten up but my floors need swept & mopped and my furniture needs dusted.  I'd like to do that on Saturday!From the camera:looking forward to springPrayer List:My Mother who is having a procedure tomorrow.  My Dad who is having health problems.  Our Mission Trip to Haiti - praying we'll be able to raise the money that we need.Bible Verse, Devotional:"...Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was whole from that hour." Matthew 9:22 KJV~BlessingsKrista[...]

That's me to a T


I wish I ...owned a multi-needle embroidery machine so I could have a thriving business.had a garden full of fresh vegetables.could lose weight.had a beautiful front yard with colorful flowers and beautiful landscaping.had a college degree.Chapter 3 of Made to Crave fits me to a T!  You see I look around at life and the things I wish I had but very rarely do I ever put in the time to make these things possible.  Granted I may do it for a while but then I quit.  Yes, I'm calling myself out today.  I'M A QUITTER!  Why?  because I lack the motivation it takes to invest the time & energy into finishing the project.Do you need examples?  Okay, here goes:  Last year I planted seeds for tomato & cucumber plants.  I watered them as needed until I saw the first little buds.  They were so cute & adorable.  When the time was right I transplanted each bud into it's own little pot.  Hoping and praying for fresh vegetables come summer.  Guess what?  Those little plants never made it out of the little pots.  I let them die.  I didn't water them and care for them enough to keep them growing.  Some other project came up that took more of my time and they never made into the ground.  So, guess what?  I bought all my tomatoes & cucumbers from a fruit stand down the road.  I wanted the fruit but I didn't have the necessary gumption to do what was required of me.Do you need another example?  I love to sew!  I own a small single needle sewing/embroidery machine.  I have people all the time ask me to make things for them and I my own time.  I would love to own a multi-needle embroidery machine.  Why you ask?  Because I'd love to expand my business.  To do that requires that I invest money and I mean a good chunk of money!  That requires that I invest a lot of time to really sew every day.  Not just every other day or when I 'feel' like it!  Now on this subject something else comes into play and not just the necessary discipline to do the work.  I am scared of failure.  What if I invest all this time & money and I fail?  That brings us to my third example, losing weight!   For years I've wanted to lose weight and I need to lose weight for my health.  I turned 40 this last year and I made a commitment to be more healthy!  Guess what?  I've lost 20 pounds and then I stopped.  I've made so many excuses; first it was all our family birthdays in October, then came Thanksgiving, and then Christmas.  I mean who can diet during all those parties.  Why should I deny myself?  Please!  In my mind I know that I can't just wish myself thinner and it happen.  I know that I have to put in the time and be committed but my heart doesn't follow my mind.  I have to have the will-power and determination to keep trying.  How do you change your heart?  My heart wants chips, salsa, cheese, and pasta!  Is it really my heart?  or does my heart want to be thin and my mind isn't following suit?  I don't know but what I do know is I need a change.  I need to be less scared of failure.  I need to realize that God is in control, that is if I let him be.  My nephew had his tonsils & adenoids removed back in December and I took care of him a couple of days.  I tried relentlessly to get him to eat & drink.  I followed him around with a cup of water constantly trying to get him to drink.  Finally he said "I want to do what I want to do when I want to do it!"  That is me!  My will is so strong that I feel like I am being deprived of things that I want and I began to justify why I should just eat what I want, buy what I want, sew when I want, etc.  Something has to give!  I'm tired of the constant struggle.  I'[...]

Permissible But Not Beneficial


I wanted to participate in today's blog hop but after reviewing the options I thought that I didn't have anything to contribute and then I opened my email.  Do you see that picture above?  Isn't it beautiful?  Starbucks is my weakness and I promise you that 10 years ago Starbucks was the beginning of the end for me.  On my way to work each day I passed a Starbucks.  Before too long I became a gold card member.  Every day I would order a Grande Toffee Nut Latte and some days I'd even order the Toffee Nut Brownie to go along with it.  Not many days passed and I found myself 50 pounds heavier than I was when I moved to Knoxville.  Fast forward to today.  You see I now know how to go into Starbucks and order a drink that is good and not bad too bad for me; a non-fat sugar free vanilla latte.  It also is about 1000 calories less than a Toffee Nut Latte.

As soon as I opened this email I started thinking about how I could possibly swing by a Starbucks today.  It says it is handcrafted just for me!  It's like that little cup is taunting me.  How does Starbucks know that I am trying to purge my life of things that are not beneficial for me?  You may ask does Starbucks really hold you captive?  I will answer at times YES!  I see a commercial or receive emails such as this and I immediately feel like I need that latte.  So, I ask myself these questions.  Do I really need it?  Is it beneficial for me?  Is it really worth the calories that I'll consume from just a drink.  I could eat an entire meal for the calories that small cup holds.
"All things are lawful for me...but all things edify not." 1 Corinthians 10:23 KJV
This is the verse that we are studying in our Made to Crave online bible study this week.  In the book she says she would quote this verse over and over to herself to remind her that although she could have those brownies or chips that they wouldn't benefit her in any way.  Today I choose to be #empowered in making a choice that is beneficial for me and not just permissible.  I will not feel deprived of an unhealthy choice!  I will enjoy my one cup of coffee this morning and then water the rest of the day.  Today Starbucks will not control my decisions!  I am trying now to ask myself this question before eating or drinking anything; Is it beneficial for me?


Made to Crave


I want to share something with you all that I read in my Made to Crave devotional. I don’t know about you but I like food. I like to try different kinds of food. I don’t really eat a lot of sweets but I do eat a lot of starches. I eat when I’m happy and I eat when I’m sad. I eat when I’m bored. I eat when I’m stressed. Sometimes I go hours and hours without eating because I get busy doing other things and just never stop to eat. Anyways very rarely do I ever just eat for sustenance which is what God intended. I am trying to change the way I think about food in general. I am not buying junk and I eat what we have. This was in the chapter I read today.

Can you recall specific situations in which you turned to food for these reasons?
· Comfort
· Reward
· Joy
· Stress
· Sadness
· Happiness
I had to get honest enough to admit it: I relied on food more than I relied on God. I craved food more than I craved God. Food was my comfort. Food was my reward. Food was my joy. Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness, and even in times of happiness. Is it possible that we love and rely on food more than we love and rely on God?
So this got me to thinking about times that I do this. I’ve done this for years. When the kids made good grades we all went out to eat. When I am stressed I eat cheese and crackers or popcorn. When I am sad I’ll make a comfort food like pasta. When I’m sick we have something laden with fat or butter like potato soup and cornbread. I’m not saying that celebrations shouldn’t involve a special meal but in most if not all of these situations shouldn’t we go to God before we go to food. I know I’ve been guilty and prayer was the furthest thing from my mind. This book says when you start craving something unhealthy that you should pray because usually you are going through something that you need God for so instead of reaching for what you are craving you should reach for God. I know this may sound a little different to some but can you imagine how much some of us would be praying and you know we all need to pray more! The best thing about this book is that it isn’t about the weight. It’s about making sure that food is not your idol. Instead of craving food we should crave God!



A Sad Day


September 2011 - My brand new Keurig along with all the k-cups my family bought for my birthday.

It’s a sad day at the Singleton house.  After 2 ½ years my Keurig made its last cup of coffee this morning.  It is dead and can’t revive it.  L

Quiet Mornings


I am sitting in my recliner this morning, reading my devotional, and drinking a cup of coffee.  Elizabeth is at school.  Trevlyn & Charlie are both working.  The house is quiet, but yet not at the same time.  Have you ever thought about silence?  Silence is the absence of sound, but yet quiet to me is about peace.

Let me tell you about my quiet.  I hear a bird chirping outside.  Not a flock of birds but literally one bird and not constantly but just every once in a while.  The clock on the wall behind me beats out the seconds.  At times this sound would be annoying but today it reminds me that life is moving on.  Periodically I hear a car as it passes.  Time, it doesn't stop for anyone or anything.

My calendar in the kitchen has pictures of beaches.  Beautiful water, white sand, sea know the kind of calendars I'm talking about. There are days that in order to find my happy place, my peaceful existence that I stand in front of that calendar and just stare.  It brings back to my remembrance peaceful times, good times, laughter, family, and love.  Then I can breathe again.  I know all is well and everything is going to be alright.  Peace comes back into my soul.

I am thankful for peace.  I started my blog back in 2008.  Five years have gone by.  So much has happened in that five years.  As I read through my posts I can tell there were many days that I didn't have peace.  I wasn't content.  I was unhappy.  Today I can honestly say that I am happy and at peace.  Does that mean that my life is all roses and chocolate?  Of course not!  Does that mean that we never struggle to pay our bills?  HA, of course not!  Does that mean that I don't worry about my children?  Of course not!  What that does mean is that today the God of all glory has given me peace!  I know that with him everything is going to be just fine.

I pray that anyone who may ever read this post knows the Lord as their personal Savior and can find that peace that I have found that only comes from Him.


Sheltered in the Arms of God


Do you ever wake up and just feel so grateful for everything God has done for you?  I mean almost feeling unworthy by all his goodness. Where you know that no matter what may happen, what trials you may face that God is holding you in the palm of his hand.

That's how I feel this morning. I woke up about 4:30 then fell asleep. Then about 5:30when I heard Beth leaving to go to a workout class. Then again about 7:30 when she came back and Trevlyn woke up. LOL. I finally just got up...  The best part is that every time I woke up I felt like I was being held by God. A lot of nights I struggle to sleep all night. I either clench my teeth or have nightmares but last night even though I didn't sleep constantly I felt like I was being held in the arms of God all night. I woke up this morning feeling loved by God and so so grateful for all his mercy on me & my family.

That's just my heart this morning.  I often revert back to song lyrics when my own words seem to fail me. This song pretty much sums up how I feel today:

"So let the storms rage high the dark clouds rise they don't worry me for I'm sheltered safe within the arms of God. He walks with me and none on earth may harm me for I'm sheltered in the arms of God."


"Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"


The Lord responds to Paul's question with "Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."  This phrase is from Acts 9:6.

I was reading a devotional this evening and that verse came to my mind.  How many times have you asked the Lord "What do you want me to do?"  Sometimes it seems that you may get an answer immediately and other times you must wait patiently for the answer.

This question prompted me after months to start writing.  I don't know if I'll be a regular blogger but I do know that for some reason I felt compelled to write this down.  Maybe the Lord is telling me that before too long I will have to "Arise".  Maybe he's telling me that I've been patient long enough and he's going to give me the answer to what I've been asking.  "What do you want me to do?"

Charlie tells me often that we must be ready when he calls.  We must be prepared because you never know when or where he'll ask you to go.  Lord, let me be ready and willing for whatever you have for me to do!




Seasons come & Seasons go... Spring is full of new beginnings.  The trees are becoming green again, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are singing.

Today I'm thinking of my mother-in-law.  She was such a resourceful woman.  She never really had a lot in this life and the simple things made her happy.  She loved to garden.  She canned all her own vegetables.  She had this lily in her front yard and I can remember how she'd always call me when it bloomed every year.  She wanted me to come see it.  That woman could take a dollar and stretch it further than anyone that I've ever known.  I loved her like she was my own Mother.  She would always introduce me as her daughter.

Four years ago today an accident took her life but on that day I know she received a better life.  I can only imagine the joy she must have felt as she reached her goal; HEAVEN!  One day I am going to see her again and I know that will be a glorious day!

Please remember our family today and throughout this next week.  One week after my Mother-in-Law passed away, my Father-in-Law passed away from injuries sustained in the accident.  It is a week of remembering but I'm thankful that as time goes on that we are able to remember the joy we received just by knowing them and not just the anguish we felt at losing them.


Happy Homemaker Monday 3/4/2013


OOOOhhhh, I'm so excited that I remembered to participate in Happy Homemaker Monday today!  We had a fabulous weekend and I woke up to the sunshine so I'm having a Marvelous Monday!

The Weather:
The sun is shining and it's beautiful today!  The high is supposed to be in the 40's & 50's.

Right now I am:
Talking to my Mother on the phone, drinking coffee and reading my favorite blogs. Yes, all at the same time!  Multi-tasking is my name!

That God is in control of it all!

On my reading pile:
Power of Vitamin D, and Safe Haven

On my TV:
Revenge-I have this in the instant queue on NetFlix

Favorite Blog post this week:
Remembering Granny

Something fun to share:
I don't really have anything this week

On the menu for this week:
Monday - Meeting at church so we'll be eating there
Tuesday - Baked Catfish, bowtie pasta with Parmesan cheese, and broccoli
Wednesday - ?
Thursday - Grilled pork chops, green beans, and carrots
Friday - Chili
Saturday - going to a birthday party

On my to do list:
Finish taxes
Schedule appointments for Charlie

What I am sewing or creating:
Isaac's Easter pants
Brendia's Easter skirt
Brandon's Easter tie
Hannah's Easter dress
Norah's bibs & burp cloths
Aaliyah's birthday dress

Homemaking tips:
I like to leave the kitchen sink empty when I go to bed at night.  When I wake up to dirty dishes, which I sometimes do, I end up feeling behind all day long!

Looking around the house:
The sun is shining so beautifully through the windows.  I can hear something on the TV (just background noise), I hear the birds chirping, the dishes are done, the laundry already folded, and I'm just enjoying a little break.

From the camera:
This is from last year.  This year they tried to bloom but the cold this weekend killed them. :(

On my prayer list:
My Uncle Alan - He's very sick and my Mother has the responsibility of taking care of him.  His children either aren't able or don't want to and he isn't married.  Praying that God will heal him.

Bible verse:
"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest" Joshua 1:9


Time keeps going on...


It's hard to believe how time flies.  Today is Monday and I'm sure most of us woke up this morning already anxious for the weekend.  It's frightening though when you have moments like I did today.

I was looking through old files and found a slideshow and a post from 2008 about my daughter, Elizabeth. That was 5 years ago, and she was only 15! In just a few weeks she'll be turning 20 and then in April she is going to Haiti for a mission trip.  She is my baby but in the last few years she has grown up.  Where did the time go?  Have I spent all my days wishing for them to pass so the weekend would come and not enjoying each day with my children?  Was I too busy to enjoy their lives?  I don't think so.  Of course I have regrets because I'm not perfect.  However I do think I've spent quality time with my kids as they've grown up.  Do I wish I could have spent more time or maybe time could have just stood still?  Yes, of course!

Five years from now she'll probably be married.  Maybe she'll have children of her own. Who knows?  I continue to pray that God guides her feet along the path that he has chosen for her.  She is a wonderful young lady and I know God has a calling on her life.  Who knows where he'll take her?

Read the following for a flashback to 2008

Mary Elizabeth's 15th Birthday

2008 Slideshow of Beth


My first BIG quilt!!


I did it!  I finally made a big quilt and I actually finished it!  It finished up as a 6' x 9'.  It isn't perfect but I am so proud of myself.  I don't think I could have actually finished it up but it was a SANTA present for my nephew Isaac.  If you all have been following my blog for a while then you know that my sister finally having a baby in 2008 is what drove met to sewing.  I love making things for my nephew because he truly adores them.  This quilt isn't perfect but it was made with lots of love!

Hope you like it too!


2013 Goals


This year I turn 40...Wow!  Where has my life gone?  I remember thinking 40 was old!!  Now I think 80 is old.  40 is just a number though, right?  I'm really not sad about turning 40.  I'm just disappointed in myself because I had so many goals for myself to do before I turned 40.

My birthday is in 35 weeks and I promised myself that by the time I turn 40 that I would be more healthy.  Have I told you that I'm a procrastinator?  As I said before I have so many goals and now I only have 35 weeks to complete them!  The most important goal has to do with my weight.  I want to be more healthy and I know to do that I need to lose at least 50 pounds.  I don't want to have drastic weight loss surgery or take pills to decrease my appetite.  I want to do this the right way.

I've set a goal.  35 weeks, 50 pounds, That's about 1.5 pounds a week, right?  I made this decision last Wednesday.  I am going to eat more healthy and exercise as much as possible.  I'm not a freak about exercising.  I actually have to make myself do it.  It's just so much easier to sit on the couch and watch reruns of NCIS!  However, I've done it.  I've went to the gym 3 times and then went to a Zumba class last Thursday night.  Yes, I participated!  It was a lot of fun.  I didn't make a complete fool of myself either.  I plan on going every Thursday night and I'm making my daughter go with me.

I got on the scales this morning and closed my eyes!  I almost didn't want to read the number.  I was so afraid I would have gained weight or something crazy!  That's just my luck.  Try to lose weight and start gaining instead, but no the number was lower!  I am very proud to say that this week I've lost 2.6 pounds!!

You don't know how excited this makes me.  I also feel better.  I don't feel like taking a nap every day.  Now it's just every other day. hahaha  I am also able to sleep better at night, and all jokes aside I really do feel better during the day.  I am still having a problem with my shoulder/back area but I hope the more I exercise that it will go away.  It's like a pinched nerve or something.  It just hurts all the time.  I really think it's the way I lay at night.  The good thing is when I do exercise it seems to pull the kink out a little.  Like I said hopefully the more I exercise it will eventually just go away!

My word for the year is PERSEVERANCE!  I will be using this word a lot in my blog during 2013.  For today I'm persevering to be a healthier me!




Well guys I am a little sad this morning...My Christmas Tree is sitting in broken pieces all over my living room.  Let me tell you the story!I wanted to put up my tree 3 weeks ago but Charlie & the kids said to wait until after Thanksgiving.  Well, I patiently waited, really it was just because I couldn't get the tree down from the top shelf in the garage.  Anyway back to my story...On Monday Charlie & Trevlyn took the tree down and brought it to the living room.  Trevlyn actually put it together for me because in my weakened state (I've had the flu) I was unable to lift anything.  ;(  Then as we began to plug in the know A to A, B to B, C to C, etc because it is a prelit tree.  We realize 3 entire rows are not working.  We unplug & replug but alas the lights were kaput!  But...I am married to a lighting guy, right?  All should be well.  Let's continue the story.  Charlie sees the problem on Monday evening and says no problem, I can fix it! (said in Tim the Toolman voice)  So, I try to trust him as my tree is sitting deformed and losing needles from all the pulling and prodding of cords.  Charlie decides he needs a light zapper (something he has saw on TV).  On to Tuesday morning, Charlie is on the search for a light zapper.  After going to Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, and Dollar Tree, he finally finds one at Walgreens.  He comes home yesterday afternoon and dismantles the tree.  He begins to test each and every fuse & light bulb for a malfunction.  OMG...I think this is going to take forever.  Wednesday morning...It does take forever...It still isn't done and now my tree is sitting in pieces all over my living room floor.  It is sad and Christmas is broken!  Charlie says he'll continue to 'work' on it when he comes home this evening.  But I have a feeling that tomorrow my tree will still be sitting dejected in broken pieces in my living room.  I can't even go into the living room because I feel the need to clean it up.  All my decorations are scattered around the room.  The tree is in pieces around the room and fake needles are covering the floor.  We'll see if I'm able to make it through the day without throwing the tree together and putting a strand of lights on the rows that aren't working.  To be continued...[...]

Tinsel & Treasure


This weekend my sister and I, otherwise known as Lulu and Joy, have a booth at Tinsel & Treasure.  I don't have much time to write because I'm making a few last minute items but please come see us if you are in Knoxville.  We have wreaths, decorated insulated double wall tumblers, decorated Christmas ornaments, handmade children's clothing, burp cloths, bibs, headbands, and other hair accessories.  I'll try to post pictures tomorrow.

We are in booth #82! We'd love to see you there!


All in a Day of a Housewife


Click here to check out my newest creations on my craft business blog. What do you do all day?  I hear this question all the time.  I can even remember asking SAHM/W this question myself when I worked full time outside of the home.  I say it that way because I still feel like I work full time but I very rarely leave my house!  I actually probably work more now.  Now that I am a housewife I kind of chuckle when I hear that question. So what have I done today.  It's 12:30 and I've already made breakfast then cleaned up the kitchen, made homemade laundry detergent, canned homemade apple butter, scheduled an installation appointment for DH, washed 2 loads of clothes, and now I'm eating my lunch and typing up a blog post. Woosh.... I'm tired!Actually the rest of my day is fully scheduled too!After I finish my sandwich I have 2 embroidery orders to fill, and then I need to get started on the many things that I have to make before the Tinsel & Treasure show. Charlie asked me this morning if I was happy just being his housewife.  I just smiled and said I love it!  I couldn't ask for more.  He then said but we don't have as much as we had when we were both working.  I asked him if that bothered him.  He of course said NO and that he loved having me at home.  I then reminded him that things are not important to me and never have been.  As long as he is good with it then I am very happy.  I feel like the Lord has me just where he wants me to be. We don't have the things that we used to have.  We don't eat out as often.  I haven't been to the mall in months.  You know what?  I don't care!  I love saving us money by making our laundry detergent.  I love grocery shopping knowing that the meals I make are healthy.  I love the sense of accomplishment I get by managing the office side of Charlie's business.  I schedule his appointments, create & send in the invoices, and manage all the office stuff.  I guess my 'job' with Singleton Services gives me my office fix that I need every once in a while. I also love that I have time to create things.  I love to sew and I really like knowing that my creations are going to someone special.  I put my heart & soul into every item that I make. My children, although in college, act like they like me being at home too.  They come home every day and sit in the kitchen just to talk to me.  I feel like I'm more involved in their lives then I've ever been.  I no longer make their decisions but I do pray with them and for them as they are making decisions that will effect the rest of their lives.  I know that they love the home cooked meals that await them. Well, my sandwich is gone and it's time for me to get back to work. ~Good Day to you all and Many Blessings,Krista[...]

Crafter's Block


Do you see all this fabric? It's literally yards & yards of fabric and I haven't been able to make a thing for the last 2 weeks.  I can't get past this little crafter's block that I'm having.  I usually can look at a piece of fabric and I think "oooohhh I want to make _____ out of that!" But not so.  I just look at it and think "Wow, that's a lot of fabric!"

Geez, what's wrong with me?  It's driving me crazy.  Any ideas on how to get passed this? I'd really appreciate it!

Thanks and many Blessings!



The 1st step in overcoming an addiction is admitting that you are an addict, right?  I think that's what the AA program says.  Anyways, to get to the point I am addicted to coffee!  I drink a minimum of 2 cups a day but most of the time more than that.  A few years ago I went to a nutritionist who helped me with my diet because of my toxin levels at that point I was drinking a pot of coffee a day!  I completely weaned myself from all coffee, caffeine, and food from a can.  Within 6 months I was eating all natural foods; fresh or frozen vegetables, fresh meats, etc.  Basically good for you foods.

I have slowly added coffee back into my diet.  I didn't think I was addicted like I was before because I'm certainly not up to my pot a day intake.  However this week I started a challenge with some friends of mine.  We are eating healthy fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.  Of course, we are only drinking water!  We have milk in our smoothies but basically water. I thought my biggest hurdle was going to be the food.  Our caloric intake per day is between 1300 & 1500 calories and we have to exercise for 30 minutes a day, but not so!

Today is only the second day and I am dying with a headache!  It's not the food I'm having a problem with.  As a matter of fact, I am full!  Can you believe it?  No, I am having coffee withdrawals.  My Keurig is sitting on my counter taunting me!  It's saying "You can have just one cup." "One cup surely won't hurt you." "Come on just do it."  I don't even drink sugar or cream in my coffee so what would it hurt?

My head is pounding and you may say no it's the food but I know what a caffeine withdrawal headache feels like.  It's definitely a headache derived from having no coffee for 2 days.  My last cup was on Sunday afternoon!  My wonderful or should I say normally wonderful husband is running away from me in fear that I might bite his head off.  I realize that anything that has you so addicted that you get a headache or are hateful when you do without it is not good for you!

So, I need your prayers.  I don't want anything to have that much of a hold over my life.  You may say, 'Geez, Krista it's just coffee. Get over it.;'  But really, I don't believe anything should have that much control over my life.  This diet thing we are doing is only for 10 days, but I am going to attempt to cut my coffee back to only casually drinking.  Not a daily I have to have it kind of thing forever.

There are so many good things can come out of this.  1st and foremost that coffee won't have control of me. 2nd - it will surely save us tons of money.  Those Keurig cups are so expensive!  3rd I will be more healthy.  So, as your drinking your cup of coffee remember me sitting here with shaking hands, and a roaring headache and say a little prayer for me!


Hold Me While I Cry


Do you ever have one of those days where you just feel like crying?  When you know that everything is going to be okay because the Lord is with you but the problems just seem so insurmountable.  I couldn't make it through any day without the Lord.  I know he's always with me.  It's just that sometimes I wish I could crawl up in his lap, let him hold me, and feel his arms around me.  I just want to cry out all my problems and let him tell me that everything is going to be okay.  I'm sure he'd say "Fret Not, Krista!"  or may be he'd say "I've got this!  Why are you worried?"

It's just one of those days when I see all the bills in front of me and the lack of income or I should say a minimal income makes me worry how we are going to make it.  I know God has brought us this far so why would I think he wouldn't take us the rest of the way.  I hate to even complain because I know that some people have it so much worse.  Then I remember my Mother saying "You've got to be tough" and "Everything is going to be alright".  I really don't complain much and it condemns me to say anything at all because I've been blessed so much but I know that God is our Father.  Just like a Father, he wants us to tell him our concerns, our trials, and our weaknesses but he also wants us to know that he is there with us.  He will never leave us.

This song says 'tomorrow I'll be okay', and I know that is so true.

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New Handmade Items


My brother and his wife are expecting their first baby.  We are all so excited!  She is due to arrive on September 26th.  This will be my parents' 18th grandchild.  Her name is Norah.  Isn't that adorable?  I can't wait to show you pictures of our newest little addition but for today I can only show you pictures of a few of the things I made just for her!

Check them out at Lulu and Joy's blog...


Sonlight Express VBS - Wednesday Night


On Wednesday night we visited Fearless Falls and learned that Jesus Cares.  The little children's train was rocking back and forth as you can see below one of the little children's car laid her completely flat while another little boy took it all in stride.  He never even became scared at all.  The memory verse for the night was from 1 Peter 5:7 "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you,".  The bible lesson was from Mark 4:35-41 where the students learned how to trust Jesus during the difficult times of life just like the apostles did when they were on the boat during the storm. The craft for the night was a boat with fisherman on it.  As I took the picture; this passenger, which just happens to be my nephew, was rocking his boat back and forth like it was in a storm, and he was explaining the lesson to me.Charlie with the 3rd & 4th graders.  He takes getting on their level seriously!Charlie with the K - 2nd graders.  Again getting down with them so they understand.Three of the 3rd and 4th grade girls leading our theme song "Get On Board Little Children"    allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />The kids had a special surprise for Charlie for the closing assembly.  They had all learned this little rap of the song the B-I-B-L-E.  It is super cute! Two more nights of VBS and I hope to have more pictures to upload tomorrow.  Then on Saturday we are taking a Back to School trip with the youth.  We will be leaving at 6am for Six Flags!!  I'll have to sleep the entire next week to recoup from all this excitement!~BlessingsKrista[...]