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Friday, July 30, 2010

Oh lovely PINK Saturday is here again.

I'm so glad you have stopped by!  
I have a counter so I know many have come 
but would love to hear from you too.  

I went shopping Thursday and found some Perennials on sale.  I know it's late in the year to be planting but I'm trying to think ahead.  I absolutely  love the pink of the Coneflower
cone·flow·er  (knflour)
Any of various North American plants of the genera Rudbeckia, Ratibida, and Echinacea in the composite family, having disk flowers on a cone-shaped central receptacle surrounded by colorful ray flowers

 that I added to my front flower bed. There is also another pink that is in the bottom right corner.  I put in 8 new plants. Today I walked out and saw this bumble bee enjoying my new flowers too.

Make sure you join in with  Beverly at 
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Blessings, Debbie

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

It's later than I normally post on Wednesday but it's been a busy day.
Today I want to share pictures from one of our  Hawaii trips.  
Enjoy the breeze. 
for more great  blogs visit Susan at Outdoor Wednesday

Have a blessed week. Debbie

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Thanks for coming by today.  This was written by my granddaughter. I gave her the link up so she can read your comments.  She is 14.  It's worth the read. Debbie
"I'm a f-a-n-a-t-i-c, fanatic, 
I'll rep Christ till I d-i-e, fanatic.
I'm not extreme, I'm redeemed with faith
to serve a God who's extremely great, 
Imma fanatic

The world's trying to tidy up, 
exfoliate they skin,
but only Christ can come and exfoliate they sin..."

Lately, Christians world-wide have been given a bad reputation. Throughout the past, certain Christians have done things to make every other Christian look bad.
The thing is, we're not. Most Christians are just having a relationship with a God who can forgive easier, be more graceful, have more mercy, and hold more power than any other "God."
This week, I went to a church camp for the 8th time, I've gone since I was 7 years old. I was the second oldest person there, because two of my best friends are younger than me, and I wanted to stay with them. 
Everyone was younger than me, which was fine with me. During services, I would be walking around, watching 10 year olds crying, shaking, dancing, and just going crazy for God. It was beautiful. Anything that makes us that happy has to be good.
One of my friends wasn't really Christian. She was sort of, she read her Bible, went to church on Sundays, but she wasn't really devoted. On the 3rd service, all of our group was praying for her to receive the Holy Spirit. There were so  many voices in the room- the whole camp had around 400 students- so you couldn't really hear anything specific, so I yelled in her ear what a counselor had yelled to me the year I was filled with the Holy Spirit:
"Do you want this?"
She nodded, almost in tears, and I smiled.
"So tell him."
Then I left, as she was yelling how much she loves God, Jesus, her savior...
That night, she was filled with the Spirit, and you could just tell how much happier she was.
This has all been very random, but my main point is this:
As Christians in today's society, there are going to be obstacles. The Devil is going to throw things in our way, road blocks, illness, death, temptation... But in order to remain positive influences, we need to STAY strong. We need to walk down the street and have people know that we are children of God. 
The things that the material world offers us is like candy. It looks good, tastes good, but once it's gone, it gave us no nutritional value, it didn't really help us in any way. 
But what God has to offer us is the good stuff. Proteins, vegetables, fruits... Things that may  not look good at first, but you know it's good for you.
You can't live life fully on a diet of candy.

<3LuLu (Debbie's grand-daughter)

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

My first tag

My sister Ann of Tin and Sparkle is such a great inspriation.  She has gotten me to join several of these different challenges and parties.  Thanks Ann.

So here is my first tag for

This weeks challenge is faces.  These are a couple of my personal favorites.  Jasmine is our 15 month old English Mastiff and the beautiful girl is our oldest granddaughter Lexi. 
I plan on giving this to her for her backpack after I laminate it.
Vintage Things: Family Silver

Family heirlooms mean more to me than my husband as is normal.  So when Bob's mother and father started going through some of their things and asked if I wanted this place setting I was very excited.  I actually belonged to MFL's mother.  She passed away when MFL was only 4.  So to have something that belonged to her is very special.  MFL is 82 now so I know the silver is at least 78 years old.  As far as I know this is the only place setting left.  I framed it in a shadow box frame and it hangs in out dinning room.
The  words are

shares your past,
shapes your future,
and loves you for who you are.

hmm, this picture tells me it's time to get out the silver polish! 
Thanks for coming by. Debbie make sure you join Suzanne for other wonderful vintage things.

Monday, July 19, 2010

It's time for
Blue Skies 
and Butterflies                                                                  I'm joining Sally with all the other great Blue Monday posts.
The beautiful butterfly was in my flower bed yesterday! 
 It took a lot of shots to get one good one. Thank goodness for Digital cameras! 

 I chose a room today that I think you might enjoy seeing and maybe challenging you to 
and try something new.  This room was done for a young teen and the inspiration for it was her favorite clock which was lime green, pink and purple.

First I painted the room a light  sky BLUE (therefore it qualifies for BLUE MONDAY right?)  I didn't want a harsh line at the top of the room so I used the ceiling white to bring clouds down about a foot around the room and then added a few others.  These butterflies and dragonflies were large cartoon style and I so much fun to paint.

  If you don't have a steady hand for the fine lines you can use a sharpie after all is dry.  Just realize that with any bright colors and pen you will have to    it to cover it up.
If you can bring yourself to cover up your creation.

Don't ever stop dreaming and spread your wings!
Thanks for coming by! 
 I really appreciate the time and love hearing from you. 
 Have a great week. 

Sunday, July 18, 2010

May the Spirit of God be your all in all 
Please join others at

In my devotions that I receive from  Proverbs 31 Ministries  each day the following was just so perfect especially for those of use with teen children or grandchildren.

"Do you know the most annoying word in the English language
By popular vote, the word whatever won the dubious award of most annoying word by a poll conducted by Marist College in October of 2009. And, admittedly, most people use the phrase, Whatever!—I do myself. Even my three-year-old granddaughter looked at me the other day and said, "Whatever, Grandma."

Can't you hear it ring in your head as an exasperated person says, "Whatever!" Or a teen rolling her eyes and whooshing out, "WHAT-ehv-errr." Yes, it can be an annoying word. It can be a hurtful word filled with dismissal of a person or a person's actions.

However, I believe the Apostle Paul would not agree that it is a word nominated for most annoying. He determined whatever was a word that encompassed all the good things we experience in this life. He preferred to use the term as a directive for us to consider all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. Then he finished in admonishment to us with, "And the God of peace will be with you""
written by:.Susanne Scheppmann

I hope this fills your heart with peace today as you think about the 

Whatever's in your life.

The Children of Quito and I. 
Have a blessed day! Debbie

Friday, July 16, 2010

For those who follow me even though he missed his connecting flight,My hubby is home from China!!!!!! yea

Pink Saturday       Lots of lovely pink and purple flowers for this little girl when she came home to this nursery. This is probably one of the first rooms I did for someone other than my friends.  The texture on the walls really made the detail challenging.

Hope you enjoyed my pinks today.
      For instructions on the diamond shapes just e-mail me.
           Make sure you go to Beverly's
                 and check out all the other wonderful pinks.
Have a Blessed week. Debbie

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It's Thursday and time to link for the last letter of the alphabet with Jenny and all you letter lov'n guys and gals out there.

Make sure you check out all the other Z posts and return next week for Alphabe-soup and then summer school colors of the rainbow at the same blogspot.

There was no question in my mind what I would post for the letter Z


We left our  hearts in Switzerland
(I know the real saying is Heidelberg which we do love because 
that's where we lived but it's Z not H)

Herzlich willkommen! 

Heartfelt welcome!

geographical coordinates: 46° 1' 0" North, 7° 45' 0" East
geographical location: Valais, Genferseeregion, Switzerland,

Quite streets of cobblestone.
Roofs of slivered Slate.
View of the Matterhorn
Our favorite spot in the world
Zermatt,  Switzerland

Sitting at the foot of the Matterhorn 4477m towering high above the village this  little town is one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited.
All pictures are ones I scanned in from our photo album except the train and car which are from google images.

Take the Gornergratbahn (cog train) from Tasch

No cars 
they have little electric cars for deliveries 

Therefore no smog

Clean air 
(so clean my brother-in-law walked into a glass window when in town-no he wasn't hurt well, just his pride) )

We stayed in the Hotel Mischabel this was in 1983 and is still advertised on line. Wouldn't it be wonderful to go back, and stay in the same hotel! Hey Ann and Gary are you packed yet?

We had a beautiful view of the majestic Matterhorn room our room window.

We hiked which by the way is the ONLY way you can get there.up to a smaller hamlet called ZMutt We took the picture of our daughter and son on the rail by the trail at the restaurant (sorry about the quality of the picture on the left.  The frame it was in got wet and I can't find the original.)

 We stopped in at the
Restaurant J├Ągerstube

We spent a couple of days in Zermatt on our 21 day journey through Italy, Switzerland, Southern Germany and France.
At one restaurant in Zermatt  I remember having  Cheese Fondue, Raclettes; a cheese dish with potatoes and sweet pickles. Our meat was cooked on a small griddle at our table.  I still have the one I bought and bring it out once in awhile for special parties.
I'm sure our waitress would remember us...she caught her sleeve on fire!

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This is a picture of my sister and I  (Tinandsparkle) Ann is the one in the striped shirt.  This was taken on the same trip but at the Heidelberg Castle. Just thought I would throw it in for fun. OH how young we were! Now our Grandchildren are the age our children were when we had this fabulous vacation. Thank you US Army for taking us there!

These are two very different paintings I have done.  Both are Zermatt.  The one the rock (aprox. 10" high)  is actually painted on a piece of slate we picked up on a walk  in Zermatt.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Make sure you go and check out all the other blogs at
OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY hosted by our wonderful Susan

The picture below is in Quito Ecuador. If you enlarge the picture you can see the airstrip right down the middle of the city. This city sets right in the middle of the mountains.  The picture on the right is the beautiful Matterhorn.  This picture was taken from our hotel.

We both love mountains.  When we lived in Europe we actually lived about 4 miles from the Heidelberg Castle about the same height of the mountain it is on.  I have added some random pictures of mountains we have taken over the years

The oil painting below is one I did several years ago as a gift to someone in the church we attended.
 The painting is done from a  photograph we took in Bavaria.