Thursday, August 18, 2016

Feeling a bit Autumn-ish?

I am feeling it!  I've noticed that the days are getting shorter and the air is feeling a tad cooler.  And even some stores have Autumn decor out.  Granted, it is a bit early as its only the middle of August.  Hello!  We haven't even passed Labor Day!  I know, but Autumn comes earlier here in Colorado than it ever did in Southern California.  And for some reason I love Autumn, it seems to be my favorite season, so I just can't help myself.  Don't get me wrong, I have been enjoying summer, it has been fun to wear shorts, skirts and sandals because in Colorado we wear our winter clothes the greater part of the year.  Its also been wonderful to feel warm, eat frozen yogurt and drink iced beverages.  And I am still waiting on the next summer event to take place and that is the birth of our 3rd grandson!

Anyway, feeling the Autumn-ish mood, I had a rare day off and went to the mall.  Oh my goodness, I felt like a queen of leisure!  I enjoyed browsing the new decor in stores and actually bought some items.  And then that naturally led me to think about bath products.  When don't I think of soap?  So I had to stop at the Bath & Body Works to enjoy the new Autumn scents.  I can't buy their bath products anymore due to my eczema, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying smelling.  And then the candles, oh my!  I have to say, the displays were gorgeous and the new scents delightful.  So when I got home I went through my bath items in storage again, seeing if I have anything for Autumn.  Which I only have a couple items so I might be able to make a couple purchases.  Yay!

In my process of sorting things out in storage, I was able to throw a few things out.  And I was able to reflect while sorting.  I realized that I should not be so hard on myself about my purchases.  Why?  Because when I do purchase items I do it thoughtfully.  Even so, I really don't know how the items are going to work out.  Once I get the item home the story begins.  Some items work and some don't for whatever reason and I can't predict that when I buy it.  Some things I enjoy for awhile and that is okay.  Some products I buy are a trusted brand, but then I find out they changed hands and thus changed the formula.  Other brands I like have been done away with.  Sometimes I can take items back and sometimes I can't.  Even eating at a restaurant you never know if you are going to really like what you order.  So big light bulb turned on in my head that a great majority of shopping is a gamble and anything that works out great is a blessing from the Lord.  So there you go!

Well, that is the extent of my ramblings.  On an ending note, I have to reflect on the Lord.  I am so glad He made seasons.  It just goes to show how much fun He is, not to mention creative and just plain awesome.  Wishing you dear reader an amazing rest of summer as it slowly fades into Autumn. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Are You Ready?

Are You Ready is the title of a message given by Amir Tsarfati at Calvary Chapel in Hawaii.  Super awesome message and very uplifting.  Hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Use It Up Update

It is the beginning of a new month and so time for the Use It Up Update.  Again this month I do not have that much to report.  I polished off another bottle of the Renpur Co-wash.  I am now using the Renpur Lavender-Rosemary Co-wash that I picked up a couple months ago.  So far so good, I am enjoying it.  I also finished the A La Maison Coconut scented lotion.

Did not finish the A La Maison coconut soap, still had half a bottle left, so that is on the bathroom sink being used as our hand soap.  In the shower I now have A La Maison Honeysuckle scented soap and the matching lotion.


In my tub I still am working on the A La Maison Thousand Flowers scented soap along with the lotion.  I am nearly done with the lotion, which by the way smells heavenly.  I am getting the last bits out of the bottom of the bottle.  Don't you just hate when the pump stops working because the lotion is too low for the pump to suck it up?  I don't know why, but that really annoys me.


Looking in my inventory of what I have left, I am still overwhelmed.  One of the scents I still have yet to use is the A La Maison Fresh Sea Salt scent.



As far as buying any new bath products, I have managed to resist the temptation.  Hooray for me!   

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Are You Divergent?

As I type this I am watching the movie "Divergent".  The heroine is Tris, who is divergent.  In the world that Tris lives in no one is allowed to be divergent (in other words, be a unique thinking for themselves individual).  In the movie, anyone who is divergent is done away with.  So when Tris takes her test and finds out she is divergent she has to watch her back.  After testing the children have to pick a faction, Tris picks the faction of Dauntless (the brave).  She is of course dauntless, but within her individuality.  At one point in the movie, the hero & boyfriend named "Four" tells Tris that she is fearless.  This struck a cord in me.

Have you been watching the DNC?  Did you watch the RNC?  To be honest the whole thing scares me.  There is a deepening chasm within our nation and the world for that matter.  In my mind a great delusion seems to have taken hold.  In 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 it says:  "He will completely fool those who are on their way to hell because they have said "no" to the Truth; they have refused to believe it and love it, and let it save them, so God will allow them to believe lies with all their hearts..."  As a nation, we have turned away from God and thus it looks like this verse of scripture is happening before our very eyes.

I decided to dig deeper, thus I looked up the word "divergent" and found two meaningful definitions by Webster's dictionary.  First "divergent" can mean a differing from each other or from a standard.  I see more and more that there is a standard rising in this world, a standard that is called "politically correct".  Believe it or not, it has become a religion.  Of course, as in the movie, if you don't fit into this mold then you are "divergent". Which I realize I don't fit the mold, so thus I am divergent.

Looking back at the second definition of "divergent" (which is mathematical), it refers to an infinite sequence that does not have a limit.  My mind had a spark, God is infinite!  Thus, could we say that our Lord is divergent?  When Jesus walked this earth He was indeed!  Looking at the direction of this world I see that more and more it is necessary for a person that calls themselves a follower of Jesus to be divergent.  Acts 17:28 says, "For in Him we live and move and having our being...".  The world dictates otherwise.

Finally, just like Tris in the movie, we have to watch our backs as our enemy lurks about like a hungry roaring lion.  Tris had to be on her game, so we must also be with the armor the Lord has given us as spoken of in Ephesians 6:10-18.  And as Tris had Four helping to watch her back, so we have Jesus, as Hebrews 7:25 says, "Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them."  So knowing He has got us covered, we can keep calm and carry on being divergent in this world and thus be dauntless in Him.

So dear reader I ask again, "Are you divergent?"

If you need more encouragement, here is a link to a great sermon by Pastor Jack Hibbs:  Why Should You Believe in the Rapture 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Use It Up Update

Hello from hot & dry Colorado!  It is definitely summer here and thus it feels really good to take a shower or bath at the end of the day.  Thus I began thinking that I need to do a Use It Up Update as its been a long while since I have posted one.  I can say that I have made progress in reducing my products in storage, but not as much as I would like.

In retrospect, I was using the EO Rose scented body wash and a rose scented lotion.  Well I used up the rose scented lotion and by that time was bored.  So I decided to switch to A La Maison ~ Coconut scented soap and the matching lotion.  I have to say that the soap is great, but the scent is not really coconut smelling to me.  It smells good, but seems more on the masculine side. I am nearly done with the lotion (which smells like coconut cream) and once I am I will probably switch again.

In my bathtub I was using the A La Maison ~ Lavender Aloe scent.  It is 2/3 gone and I have nearly used up the lavender lotion (3/4 gone), but I got bored and decided to switch to A La Maison ~ A Thousand Flowers and the matching lotion (which is 2/3 gone).  I know its probably confusing because I keep switching, but I assure you I am making progress.  As for hair care products, I used up a Kiss My Face hair conditioner and I have almost polished off another bottle of the Ren-pur Co-wash.

So in conclusion, during the past two months I only managed to use up a rose scented lotion and a Kiss My Face hair conditioner.  The only temptation I had this month was a bar of lemon scented soap.  It was such a bright pretty yellow and smelled so good, but I resisted the temptation.  I just enjoyed it in the store.  So that is my update.  Hopefully, the August report will show more progress.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sharing Life & Prophecy

Well, today is the last day of June!  At the end of May hubby and I went on vacation.  Right before we left we both came down with a bad cold.  Thankfully the Lord gave me the strength of get all the laundry and packing done as well as babysit kids.  Our trip was wonderfully blessed as we fully enjoyed our time with family.  However, the down side was that we got sicker once we arrived, not sick enough to stay in bed, but just enough to be annoying.  By the time we were going home we were feeling improved, but it took another week to get all better.  Now at the end of June Mark & I are sick yet again with another annoying bug.  Sigh.  I guess that is what happens when you have little ones around 5 to 6 days a week.

I usually post at least once a month, but for some reason I did not until now.  I can't say why, only that it seems ever since I got back from vacation I've been busy.  When we arrived home we were exhausted from our trip and we both crashed the night we got home.  The next day we both jumped right back into work.  Its like we did not even have time to come up for air.  Right now I am looking at a possible 4-day break from kids.  I was just telling the Lord that I need a break and then one presents itself.  Wow!

Besides babysitting kids and keeping up with housework since coming home, the Lord has me praying.  Praying for people who are sick.  Shortly after I got home a friend of mine contacted me and asked me to pray for a friend of hers.  A woman who took herbal diet pills and nearly died from them. Thankfully, the Lord has healed her and she is back at home, but she was in ICU with all kinds of IVs.  Her liver and kidneys were threatening to shut down.  Also found out that a friend's husband has pancreatic cancer.  He has been suffering and has lost so much weight.  He started kemo this week.  Another friend has a 21-year old son who has come down with cancer.  He has a tumor behind his right sinus cavity and he started kemo last week.  He's been really sick and unable to eat since his first kemo. Our next door neighbor is watching a daughter suffer through terminal cancer.  Its in her brain & lungs.  Then there is my mother, who was diagnosed with a slow growth tumor in her breast. 

On top of all that, I try to keep up with what is going on in the world.  It is amazing as well as alarming.  I have come across these little videos that sort of catalog what is going down and these videos really shed light on what is going on.  The videos move me to tears at times, great music to go with them too.  So here I will leave you with a link to  Prophecy Update  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Update

General Update:
Not much to report, life just keeps moving along.  I continue to keep up to date with what is going on in the world.  Always watching the signs of the times and hoping for His soon appearing.  I am continuing to work with the kids and their parents.  When I think about all that is going on in the world I feel so blessed to be working with little children.  On top of that I keep picking up this virus and that virus.  It is annoying, but I am thankful that its just viruses and nothing serious.  Have a vacation coming up and I am looking forward to it.  At 55, my body isn't what it used to be and the kids wear me out, so it will be nice to take a break.

I did try something new recently.  I sold a couple Vera purses on Ebay!  I listed one on Ebay a month ago and it didn't sell.  Well I thought I would try again and this time it sold quick.  It was in a style that didn't work for me.  Since that purse sold I listed two other purses, another Vera in a pattern that didn't work for me and a Lesportsac purse.  The Vera sold, but still waiting on the Lesportsac.  So nice to sell the Vera bags I wasn't using.  When I get back from vacation I will probably be listing a couple more Vera bags.

Use It Up Update:
Well, not much to report on this front either.  Still using the rose scented EO shower gel in my shower.  I think it may be halfway gone.  In the bathtub I was using Philosophy's Amazing Grace bar soap, but I started having some skin issues so I switched it to the vanity for hand washing.  I started using a glycerin type soap in the tub, but then some other issue developed, so I switched to A La Maison lavender-aloe soap.  So far so good.  As for lotion I am using the Whole Foods 365 brand in the lavender scent.  Remember last month I bought lotion on sale at Whole Foods?  Well, I use that lotion to refill my lotion dispensers.  I've used up the bottle of lavender filling up my dispensers, so feeling good about that.  I spent $1.99 on that bottle of lotion and it looks like it will last me another month.  So a dollar a month for lotion is quite a bargain!

I still have quite a bit of goodies in storage, so no need to buy anything more.  I have no idea what I will use next, but I certainly have lots to choose from.  I think the only thing I bought this month was a bottle of Renpur co-wash.  I didn't need it because I already have one in storage, but I found it on sale in a new scent, so I splurged.  The way I've been using the co-wash, I have no doubt  it will get used up no problem.  So other than that I've been behaving.

So there is my update.  I hope this inspires you to keep occupying till He comes, using up what you have and keep trying new things when you can.