Lillian Stewert Series ~ Part 5

Wednesday, May 24, 2017



At the coxing of her sister Lilian set down at her vanity and began dressing for the day. Not much time passed when Aunt Violet entered her room carrying the most beautiful bonnet for Lillian to wear to tea! As she shaped her her curls around her face Aunt Violet hummed the sweetest hymn as she worked …. When she was all through she turned Lillian around to see her and she beamed with joy when she told her how beautiful she was! Lillian, God created a masterpiece when He created you child… Not just on the outside but on the inside as well! Lillian girl not many have such qualities as you…. Embrace who He created and let him guide today child, and nothing can go wrong!
For the first time in months Lillian smiled the sweetest smile back at Aunt Violet. With her eyes wide with hope she replied a simple nod…. As she asked Aunt Violet for a conformation of one of her favorite verses. Jesus said we can do all thing with him right, Aunt Violet? He sure did my sweet child because, He will give us strength …
 Well then I must hurry and get Ellie dressed before our company arrives! You know how Momma feels about us being late when guest arrive! I sure do replied Aunt Violet. Now where is that sweet friend of yours? Heaven knows those blonde bouncing curls of hers are gonna need to be tamed! Lillian giggled she still waiting for me in the bed ! I'll fetch her so I can slip her new dress Momma made her on! Then you can tame her curls Aunt Violet … You do a much better job than me! With that Lillian went on to prepare her doll for the adventure ahead hoping Ellie would also gain a new best friend today as well!
                                                                                                                             

Lillian just had made it out on the veranda just in time, before the special guest arrived. Momma looked so beautiful as always stood by the door with a warm smile waiting to greet her guest. The dust had finally settled enough from the horse and buggy, enough she could see the two figures that climbed down from the buggy! Lillian first seen Sarah she was a tall slender woman with soft red hair, with a sweet smile. Lillian watched closely as she helped her daughter from the buggy. Lillian seen a child much like her only she had long blonde hair, and she was delighted to see clutched in her arms was her own dear doll. Lillian couldn't see her face for her bonnet was covering it…. Lillian whispered a quick prayer to her Heavenly Father, asking Him to let Natalie like her…..
  Within a few short moment Sarah and Natalie were greeted by Marie with a warm smile! Lilian was delighted when both Sarah and Natalie were introduced to her they had a genuine warm smile on their faces. For the first time in a long while Lillian thought things just might be okay…..
Momma asked the guest to join them around the table for afternoon tea! Aunt Violet and Momma went to great lengths to make sure everything was divine. Aunt Violet choose the white lace tablecloth, the pink napkins, the table was set with Mommas, Grandmothers rose tea set, the table was filled with the most delicious tea goodies, tea sandwiches,small cakes ,and scones with strawberry jam. The most beautiful flowers were in the center of the table.
The guest were delighted at how beautiful everything looked. Sarah even told Momma that she felt like royalty sitting around such a wonderful bounty.
Momma and Sarah had met at church on Sunday. Lillian had missed because she had been suffering from a terrible cold earlier in the week and was just starting to recover. Momma and Sarah chatted like old friends. When they both realized Lillian and Natalie both were setting in silence. Both ladies chuckled and asked the girls for their forgiveness and properly introduced the two girls who were anticipating the one question they both had. Will she like me ?
                                                     
    Lillian looked at Natalie with great expectation ! Natalie’s long blond hair was braided into two beautiful braids completed with lovely yellow ribbons. Her short bangs wisped over her forehead. Her blue eyes danced with curiosity. She had the most beautiful white eyelet dress on trimmed in soft yellow to match her her ribbons her bonnet plopped on her head as a crown. However Lillian couldn’t take her eyes off the delicate friend she was clutching onto so ever tightly. Just as the sweet friend she enclosed in her arms Lilian could not help but notice the dark circles around her guest eyes as well. What Lillian didn’t realize Natalie was taking all of Lillian’s details in as well! Hoping this new girl who stood before her would want to be friends with someone like her.
Marie broke the silence between the girls making introductions to both, then offering the girls the seats beside each other. Marie went on to tell the girls after tea they could take a little adventure if they like to get to know one another better as long as they stayed close. Lillian noticed her Mom’s eyes danced with excitement in hopes this would be a new start for her daughter. Washing away all that happened to scar her sweet heart. Lillian took the seat next to her guest and introduced Ellie. She was pleased to be introduced to Natalie’s friend, her beloved doll Hope. The girls quickly took pace after their Moms and Amelia. Having a conversation all of their own. It was in the midst of giggles, Marie asked the girls to bow their heads in prayer for the blessing over their tea. Marie offered the most beautiful prayer of thanks for the food and new friendship.
 The room was filled with soft clinks of forks and spoons clanking against the china. When Lillian felt she had enjoyed every little tea treat her tummy could hold she asked the Marie if her and Natalie could be excused. Marie smiled so warmly at the girls, responded yes reminding the girls to stay close. Both Marie and Sarah whispered a prayer to their heavenly Father that He would open hearts and blossom new friendship between the sweet girls.

Happy Homemaker Monday 5*22*17

Monday, May 22, 2017



Oh my I feel so behind in the blogging world! Last few weeks have been insanely busy! I have honestly neglected a lot of things! I hope to get caught up here and on some other projects this week! Or at least by next week! A girl can hope can't she! I hope you enjoy your  visit with me! Maybe you would love to link up and share with Happy Homemaker Monday too! Join in on the fun and link up here Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather.....
It's been really hot, to the point any rain and cool weather is welcome....


Right now I am....
Praying I can squeeze this post in about 15 minutes ....


Thinking....
Of how blessed I am... So much has changed since this time last year... God is good! I know health wise I still am not what I was but I am millions times better than I once was....


On my reading pile....
Nothing new at the moment ... Hope to start summer reading next week


On my TV.....
Not much, all my favorites are on break... I haven't had time really start anything new or watch Downton Abby....

One Of my simple pleasures....
enjoying setting on the patio drinking coffee


On the menu for this week....

Monday Manwhich and chips
Tuesday Grilled Salmon , rice with herbs and green beans
Wednesday Grilled Chicken, baked potatoes, and corn on the cob
Thursday pizza

On my to do list....

Complete homeschool transcripts
tidy house
co-op Tuesday and Wednesday
Church Wednesday Night
catch up on my blog
work on some writing

In the craft basket....

working in a 18 inch doll house and some sewing projects

 Looking forward to this week....
Things slowing down finally!

Looking around the house....
Things look really good considering how busy its been...

What am I wearing....
pink shift dress

From the camera....

My husband and I celebrated 23yrs yesterday ! We went to the cutest Bed and Breakfast early last week for a few days.... here are some pics from there....








On my prayer list.....

My health, homeschool journey, fiends who just received the vote of a church to pastor, and some unspoken things.....


Bible verse, Devotional....

Happy Homemaker Monday ~5/8/2017

Monday, May 8, 2017


Good afternoon everyone ! I was excited to find a free moment to set down and do this today! This is my favorite linky party join ! I missed last week ! I love catching up with other blogs and seeing what others have going on in their life!
This is turning into an extremely busy month for us very quickly! I hope I can stay above water to keep everything going !
If you would like to join in the fun head on over to the Diary Of A Stay At Homes Blog by 
clicking here:Happy Homemaker Monday

 The weather.....
Its been unusually cool again, Its in low 70's here. The sun is shining beautiful here, but the wind is blowing making it a bit chilly to be outside! Its suppose to warm-up outside for a few days and them temps are gonna plummet again!

Right now I am....
I am catching up on my blog and talking with my youngest! We have some serious decisions to make between now and next homeschool year ....

Thinking....
This is going to be such a busy month ! I have lots to do and decide... I need a clone and a IV of coffee lol

On my reading pile....
Kingdom Woman By Tony Evens

On my TV.....
We have fell in love with Downton Abby
Once season 6 last nights episode was amazing
Designated Survivor

On the menu for this week....
Well this week we are winging it ! I have so much to do between mothers day and church this week is insane!

On my to do list....
Monday- Get a  haircut and visit with a family that has been visiting our church
Tuesday- Homeschool Co-Op
Wednesday- Homeschool Co-Op and Church
Thursday- Tidy house, funeral, and Mothers Day dinner with my hubby's Mom
Friday- Mothers Day dinner with my Mom
Saturday- Meeting at the church and I hope a visit to the park
Sunday- Church and mothers day celebrating with my kids

In the craft basket....
I have several doll outfits to finish up.... I just don't see that happening this week !

Looking forward to this week....
Celebrating my Mom, She is a lung cancer survivor ! So each day we are blessed to have her! She is a miracle for sure

Looking around the house....
considering all that we have going on this weekend the house looks great !

What am I wearing...
Some flowy khaki's and a coral shirt

Simple pleasure....
Having my girls pour their hearts out with out reserve no matter what the issue is about!

From the camera....
I always send my hubby a picture after a hair-cut ! I am pleased its finally starting to grow!

On my prayer list.....
My health is still a roller coaster just wish I felt better! Also praying for some very sweet friends who are awaiting some ministry decisions ! Also for a sweet friend who's Dad passed away unexpected, and a family of a sweet girl I went to school with who took her own life earlier this week ! The news was heart breaking. My heart knows all to well ! How that devastates a family...

Bible verse, Devotional....

Thanks for stopping by and sharing apart of your day with me! Praying each of you who view and read this has a blessed week!



We Have To Start Somewhere ...

Saturday, May 6, 2017


I sat there in that auditorium just watching as people walked by... I love to people watch and observe... There is so much that can be learned that way... One thing was consistent, they all wanted the approval of the others the were with.
When did we stop asking God for His approval and start looking to others for it?
I believe it goes all the way back tot the garden actually... Wanting more and feeling the need to measure up.
 How do we fix this problem though? How do we tell our daughters that she is beautiful no matter her size if all we do is complain and put ourselves down? How do we tell them they don't have to expose themselves in order for a guy to love them or show them attention they crave? Because God has created the perfect man for her and he is worth waiting for? how do we tell them marriage is a beautiful thing when all we do is grumble about being a wife and constantly putting their Dads down...
How do we teach them to have healthy relationships when we are struggling in our own?
Better yet how do we teach them to grow toward Jesus when we are running away as fast as we can?
I truly believe the only way to fix the problem is to evaluate who we are as women....
As a pastors wife I hear stories on a weekly basis that breaks my heart ... more form the teenage generation.
I began to pray and ask God what were we gonna have to do to change how these girls are viewing themselves as upcoming women!
I realized he was saying it has to start by seeing a change in the women they are watching, the women they are looking up too, the women they consider their role models...
That hit home with me !
I had to ask Jesus and myself was I teaching and leading theses girls into confidence in Him or am I setting the path for them to never feeling good enough or measure up...
How many times have we all done the things above?
I realized I am just as guilty as anyone else at some point or another!
Ladies Confidence is beautiful! It is a beautiful thing when we know our worth in kingdom! Yes I said kingdom! because I am a queen in in this kingdom I live in and I am raising princesses that are awaiting their prince charming's! Because the day I asked Jesus into my heart I became the daughter of the king ! That made me royalty !
As I examined myself and looked back over my life as a Mom I realized I had been far from perfect! Lol most of us are not and never will be !
Not till we meet Jesus !
So I prayed and asked my Daddy (Jesus) What do I do now to make a difference!
I started studying the proverbs 31 woman! Also the Titus 2 woman !
I realize I can not walk through this life in comparison with someone else! I have to find my worth and walk in confidence in Jesus.
They need to see me happy with who I am in whatever stage of life I am in!
They need to see me turn to Jesus when I am in the battle and struggling! They also need to see that we all make mistakes but its what we learn from the mistakes we make that grow us ! My mistakes do not define who I am in Him! Broken pots let more light shine..
Jesus said I need to be happy in my castle with my king and my family and know that others are reading my story everyday! Are they reading one that is drawing them towards Him?
Or am I sending them in the opposite direction.
Running as fast as they can to world... Better yet making them feel hopeless and no use to be in this world anymore...
As ladies we need to start making the change in our homes raising girls who are strong in their worth and being confident in who God made them! We need to be that women that they want to be ! Strong God fearing knowing I am priceless in the eyes of my Savior !
Will You join me ! Its as easy as starting at home ! Lets take our youth back for Jesus! Lets make a change ! Its has to start somewhere! Why not with you and me ?
Be a mentor to a struggling teen!
Maybe your the one who is broken ! Let Jesus heal the brokenness of your heart ! let Him into that inner most corner of your heart!
Let Him use your brokenness to help someone else keep from drowning and see there is hope there is a purpose !




A Stitch In Time ~ Lillian Stewert ~ part4



                                     


          
        Chasing Fears Away
  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
                                                            2 Timothy 1:7
A week had passed since the event on the porch late that summer evening. Papa had convinced Momma to invite Sarah and Natalie over for tea. They both were in hopes that this would be the turning point in Lillian's heart. She would make a true friend and begin to see what they seen when they looked at her . On that Monday morning Momma sent Amelia up to waken her lil sister. Amelia had only been home a few short days. Even she could see the sadness in her sister's eyes when she returned home! She was anxiously hoping that the prospect of a new friend would chase away the dark clouds….
" Wake up Lillian " your Momma is expecting you to be dressed silly goose when the Gulliver's arrive for tea ! Amelia reminded her sister. Amelia's long light brown hair cascaded down her back, in cascading curls. Her eyes were dancing in amusement at her sister .... Tell Momma I am sick , Amelia I shouldn't receive guest when I am sick. Lillian pretended to cough and raised her covers higher. Lillian you are no more sick than Ellie is. There is nothing to be worried about, after all I will not leave your side ! That I promise, after all you're my favorite sister, Amelia spoke softly to Lillian. She leaned down and kissed her sister's cheek. Lillian chuckled, I'm your only sister ! Just remember God is always with you as well Lillian, his word tells us in 2 Timothy that He doesn't give us a spirit of fear! You believe God's word don't you dear sister ? I do Amelia with all my heart ! I love Jesus more than anyone! Okay then Momma has had your pink satin tea dress prepared for you to wear for tea, I believe if you'll look closely you'll find a surprise for Ellie ! At that Lillian sprung from her bed ran over to her dressing table, to find a beautiful pink exact doll size replica of her own dress for her Ellie. I will send for Aunt Violet to help you get ready! Before I go Lillian may I pray for you ? Yes please, Lillian responded in a whisper!
Amelia took her sister's hand and bowed her head . Amelia prayed , My sweet Heavenly Father! I thank you for creating such a beautifully sweet little sister to call my own, please help her to see what I see ! Lord please let her and Natalie become instant friends ! After all Lord you promise to give us the desires of our hearts .... Please give my beautiful sister a best friend . Who sees how amazing she is! Help her not to be nervous today ! Let her feel you close. I ask this and all things in Jesus Name Amen.
Amelia reached down and gave her sister A gentle kiss on the cheek and whispered in her ear I know today will be filled with the most amazing adventures, you'll see ! However Lillian if you don't get dressed it will never begin !

Immeasurably More.....

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Immeasurably More... Oh what a statement... Ponder on those words and let them sink into your heart.... I am immeasurably more to Jesus.
I am more than what has happened to me. I am more than what others think of me.
These words have settled into my heart and renewed my heart in so many ways!
This past weekend I attended a Women Joy Conference in Pigeon Forge Tn.
I always look forward to getting away with the ladies
This year I anticipated it so much more...
last year when I attended it was in such different circumstances.
It was such an amazing feeling to be walking and breathing with out assistance!

The we weekend started with such an amazing speaker! Angie Smith! When she stood and spoke it was as if she was an old friend just there to share her heart! Her message touched me in such away! When she stood on that plat form and shared her raw heart!
She shared the loss of child and how God brought something beautiful out of something that had caused so much pain and death.
Its okay to feel the hurt and let God use it to bloom you when He is ready. Yet that hurt is often used to grow someone else...
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The same evening the one and only Mark Lowery performed! He was simply amazing the Bible is so right laughter is like good medicine! I haven't laughed that hard in such a long time! Not only his gift of laughter touched my heart but the smoothness of his beautiful voice! He touched my heart in so many different ways! It felt so wonderful to laugh.... I do mean really laugh it felt like it had been so long since I had felt such deep laughter...



The next days session were so life changing! Sheila Walsh spoke ! She shared her personal story of how her fathers actions towards her as a child effected her life! She shared from the depths of her heart how shame can make is not want to share where we come from. She reminded me that God has written our stories to share... That I should never ever be ashamed to tell where He has brought me from!
A few years ago I was made to feel like I wasn't worthy of Gods grace and love because of where God delivered me from! Shelia stood from that platform and looked out what seemed like directly at me ! I am sure that is not the case but it sure felt like it ! She spoke that God needs us ! He wants us to be willing to stand on that same platform and share where He has brought us from ! That shame is not of God... Its satan's way  to keep my story bottled up...
She reminded me that I have no reason to be ashamed... I should want people to know what wonderful things God has done from the ashes of my childhood.




I did enjoy our next speaker she was bold and too the point. I enjoyed her tenacity. She just didn't touch me as the others had.
That evening we enjoyed an amazing concert by the amazing and talented Lauren Daigle ! She has such an anointing on her life! you could feel the spirit fall on the auditorium that was filled with 9,875 Jesus girls praising their Jesus  all weekend not ashamed!


Sunday our last session was the amazing Lysa Terkeurst.
I have never set in a teaching of hers that has not been life changing! This time was no different! She shared about disappointments and how when we least except them they will come... Yet if we are willing God will use those disappointments to grow us and those around us ! They are often used to often quiet us to make us get alone with Him. Because we refuse to be still and do it on our own. I thought to myself girlfriend have you been living in my home this past year!

Conference closed on such a high note ... I walked away changed revived and reminded that to God I am special! That He has got me in the palm of His Hand and He makes no mistakes...
He reminded me this weekend its time to tell my story and stop hiding away from the world... No not everyone will be kind about it... But Jesus  will get the glory from it... The only true persons opinion that matters is His... He loves me I am immeasurably more to Him....






I am glad to Know That I Can be Who Jesus Created Me To Be .... NO Matter Where Life Takes Me!













  



Happy Homemaker April 24,2017

Monday, April 24, 2017


This by far one of my  favorite link ups! I love reading all the other beautiful blog entries and getting a peak into their life!
I have had a incredibly busy week last week so I am very behind lol! I am so overwhelmed by all the kind words left on my tea exchange blog! I feel incredibly blessed to be apart of the blogging community!
If you would like join in on the link up click here! Happy Homemaker Monday 
Thank you for joining me today and stopping by my blog! I hope you have an amazingly blessed week!
The weather.....
Very yucky out today ! I am not sure where summer went but it is only 54 degrees here today! A huge change from 80 just days ago!

Right now I am....
Updating my blog and watching When Calls the Heart

Thinking....
I have a lot to do the next few days! I so super excited about Women of Joy Conference later this week!


On my reading pile....
Ann Voscamp A Thousand Gifts

On my TV.....
When Calls the Heart
Once Upon a Time
13 Reasons Why
My daughter and I watched it together and had some serious discussions!


Favorite blog post last week (mine or other)....
I have visited some amazing blogs last week ! Reading everyone's tea cup exchange blog!

On the menu for this week....
Monday- Spaghetti and garlic bread
Tuesday- Beef Tips ,peppers and onions ,roasted red potatoes, and broccoli
Wednesday- Biscuits and Gravy with bacon
Thursday-Sunday Out of town for women of joy conference 

On my to do list....
Monday- Wash clothes and tidy house
Tuesday- Pack for women of joy and help my sweet hubby pack for his conference in Texas !
Wednesday- tie up any loose ends and see my hubby off!

In the craft basket....
nothing at all this week


Looking forward to this week....
Returning to women of joy for the 3rd year! Last year I was on oxygen and was only 3 days post op from heart surgery!
This year I wont have oxygen and I wont be in a wheelchair ! God is so good I am so very excited !


Looking around the house....
It looks pretty good !


From the camera....

my beautiful family






We had company this weekend ! One of my dearest and best friends +Stacy Duncan  and her family stayed with us! One of her sweet girls brought her American Girl ! We had an amazing play date ! I cant wait to write a short story about our visit!

What I am wearing....
Fleece Eeyore pants,  a grey oversized shirt, and purple socks.

One of my simple pleasures...
making things from scratch .... we were out of hot chocolate so we had all the ingredients here! I love how the aroma filled the whole house! 

On my prayer list.....
I am praying for a very sweet family as they await some answers for the perfect place for God would have them serve!
For our trip to conference and back home!
Also praying for my oldest as she is taking exams this week!


Bible verse, Devotional....

 
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