Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Resurrection Day!

Wishing all a Blessed Easter...

Romans 6:8-11
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
Philippians 3:10-12 
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (NIV)
1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... (NIV)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Winter Break

I am home from visiting my sister in Arizona, we (my better half and I) had a wonderful trip. 
It was just nice to sit in the sun and visit while the guys golfed. 
I am not a golfer nor am I remotely athletic. 
Instead I painted the desert from my sister's patio every morning with a cup of coffee in hand. 
That is my idea of starting the day...
 that is my idea of fun.

Easels set up and hubby content to sit and read. My sister and I painted together for the first time, she with her horse and I with the desert. I left my painting half finished and will finish it at another time. I can't wait to see Cindy's horse finished! 

The artist taking a break 

My lovely mom enjoying the sun and reading also... she travels by herself at age 87 from  Minnesota, not an easy journey. She is awesome! 
Such a treat to sit and chat with my sister and mom, we don't run and do a lot, we just catch up on life. 
Another main topic is the scriptures, we discuss, debate, examine and quote until we come to an understanding or not... it is my favorite thing to do. The more you pull and tug at the scriptures for understanding the more blessings you receive. 

And of course I brought my camera... I love the beauty of the desert...

 One of the things I miss most in the winter is the chirping of birds and the song of the mourning dove. I sat and just listened to the doves, they are my favorite of all birds, so soothing. 

It took me awhile to get a shot of this little fellow.

Desert quail, comical little fellows.

A beautiful day to go out for lunch!

And I even managed to find a Vikings restaurant far away from home... ha ha this one is for my kids! Great barbecue btw...

And so I am re-energized and re-grounded by family and sun with a better focus on my world. Thank you to my sister and her hubby, it was wonderful!
My mom, husband and I are back to this...

But... hopefully not much longer.

Meanwhile I am back to reality...
painting the family room and giving it a long needed new color. 
Still deciding which shade???

Leaning towards the middle gray. It is a gray with a lot of brown in it. This room gets a lot of sun so the color saturation can be high.

I am painting the trim close to the color that it was but it will be clean! The fireplace is on a lot in this room.

The next project to tackle will be the floor... I do not like the color that the hardwood has aged to. I am thinking of sanding and color washing it in a cream color. What do you think?

I hope your days are sunny and getting warmer...
I will leave you with a little sunshine.