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Great is Thy Faithfulness

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving enjoying good food and sweet fellowship.

Since I took a vacation from blogging Thanksgiving week, I wanted to write a post that was in the spirit of Thanksgiving.  A post to share how the Lord has recently blessed me.

I guess I could call it a  Gratitude  Daybook "Monthbook".  :-)

For those of you who don't know, my husband and I recently became empty nesters.  It will be three weeks this Friday.  If you'd like to read about how I processed the first few days as an empty nester, you can find that post here.

Praising God that I am doing much, much better, and although I haven't really had a second to sit down and enjoy the solitude, it is starting to feel normal, and I actually don't mind it.

My husband and I managed to paint both of the recently vacated bedrooms last weekend.  I agonized over the colors.  You know how it is, it looks one way on the paint chip, but then you paint it on the walls and it looks a different color.  So this time I hung the paint swatches on the wall and moved them around to get a feel for any color changes that might happen with different lighting.

I settled on a light silver grey for the guest room, and a warm, rich tan color for my office/#2 guest room.  And I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE COLORS ON THE WALLS!

I definitely don't have the gift for decorating, but I will put together ideas in my head and hope for the best.  lol.   I am happy to report that both of these rooms are slowly but surely coming together.

Ever since I was a little girl I have always loved curtains.  As a child, I would draw pictures of houses, in my own primitive way, and every window would have curtains.    I always loved when my mom switched the curtains.  To me they just make a house look so homey.

It's been a really long time since I have used tie backs for my curtains.  I went through the valance stage, and just recently the sheers phase, with the panels hanging straight down.

One day when I was walking around the block with my granddaughter, I noticed the curtains in my neighbor's windows and thought to myself, "That's how I want to do mine!"  Like I said, I get very excited about curtains.  lol.

So today, with my new curtains already hung, I went through the rooms and tied them back, AND I LOVE THEM!!

Forgive the dark lighting, but it is a rainy and dreary day out there today.  :-)

I literally walk into these rooms now and smile!

I will share more pictures of the guest room and office/#2 guest room once I have them completely decorated.

It's definitely not the same without my granddaughter living here.  I miss the closeness that I enjoyed sharing the same house.  But I still get to see her almost every day since she only lives four minutes away!  :-)

Just before my daughter, son-in-law and Lexi moved, which happened to be right before Halloween, I got to share a sweet and funny walk with Lexi around the block.

She's in a new phase now where she gathers up all kinds of random things and wants to take them with her.

As you can see, she was doing a rehearsal for trick or treating.  lol.

Here's my little Peppa Pig on Halloween night.

My daughter surprised me with an invite to join she and Lexi for a nice autumn walk at one of our great parks.

Lexi finds her first geocache!

My granddaughter seems to be growing up so fast!  She is so observant which adds to her fierce independence.

I was at my daughter's house standing by the kitchen sink and heard the refrigerator door open.  I turned around and saw the refrigerator door open, but no one standing there.  I walked over to the fridge only to see Lexi with her empty cup enveloped in her right arm and her left arm pulling the jug of apple juice off the shelf.  Apparently, she decided that she was thirsty and was going to help herself to a drink!  lol.

Earlier that day, I had plated her favorite snack, cucumbers!  A little while later, she was in the kitchen pointing up at the carrots on the kitchen counter.  I noticed a plate there, but thought it was from the night before.  I went to go retrieve the plate that I placed her cucumbers on only to find it missing.  It was then that I realized, Lexi had put her empty plate on the counter ready for carrots.  lol.

And one more story.  Let's face it, I could blog about Lexi all day!  Haha!

I was folding some of my daughter's laundry.  (My daughter has the flu and a severe sinus infection.   So I am trying to pitch in and help.)  When I picked up my son-in-laws work pants, a long drill bit fell out.  Lexi promptly picked it up and walked over to their baker's rack and placed the drill bit over the screw.  She's her father's daughter!  lol.

A sweet moment between Lexi and her daddy at their new house.

My first text message from Lexi.  :-)  Haha.

My son and daughter-in-law recently went on a much deserved vacation to Punta Cana.  My son brought this back for me.

My son said he picked it out because he knew how much I would love it.  AND I DO!  It's perfect as I am in the process of looking for functional but decorative pieces for my new desk, and I LOVE OWLS!

And finally, as you may recall, we lost our beloved German Shepherd, Dakota, this past May.  He is buried in our backyard under a newly planted dogwood (fitting don't you think?) and beautiful perennials that my son-in-law picked out.

Despite having some colder weather in the evenings, the Lord has blessed us through October with continual blooms.

Amazing, amidst the fallen dead leaves, these beautiful purple flowers have been blooming since May!

It brings our family comfort reminding us that although Dakota is no longer with us, his memory will ALWAYS live on in our hearts.  How blessed we were to have such a sweet and very special dog in our lives.

Every Thanksgiving, I am always so grateful for the perpetual flowers of God's grace that bloom because He died for my sins and rose again that I may live with Him eternally.

The grave could not contain my Lord and Savior.  My victory over sin and death was accomplished by Christ rising from the dead.   He set me free!  

As I reflected upon 2016 this past Thanksgiving,  I had found God faithful.  He ALWAYS is...

And the promise God proved to me over and over again was...

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:5b

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassion's, they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! 
Great is Thy faithfulness! 
Morning by morning new mercies I see. 
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, 
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above 
Join with all nature in manifold witness 
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Great is Thy faithfulness! 
Great is Thy faithfulness! 
Morning by morning new mercies I see. 
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Chris Rice

Heavenly Father,

 Thank you Father, that no matter what kind of year I have had, on Thanksgiving and every day of the year, I will always find you faithful and always find you to be a promise-keeping God who deserves my praise and gratitude.

  Thank you dear Lord for all that you have done for me and all that you continue to do for me.

In Jesus Precious Name,

Which of God's promises has been meaningful to you this year?  I'd love to hear about it.

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  1. Love that old hymn - especially the verse about summer and winter and springtime and harvest . . . witness to God's great faithfulness.
    Thankful to God for the celebration of the seasons.

    1. Michele, Me too!



      Blessings to you Michele.

  2. Oh, that sweet Lexi! So precious! She is just adorable. I know you miss having her under the same roof and that sense of closeness. I trust the Lord will always allow them to live no farther than four minutes away and that you will get to see her every day as she grows up. What a gift she is to all of you! So thankful God is comforting you and helping you to heal from their parting by giving you these wonderful decorating projects. Oh, the rooms look SO pretty! You can just feel the love and warmth and homeyness while looking at the pictures! God bless you, my dear friend, and may He continue to fill your life with His blessings and all good things!

    1. Hi Cheryl, Oh she is! I've always called her precious! Awe, thank you. I hope that is the case! :-)

      Indeed she is! I just love her so much! I am doing better and better and even now enjoying those times I am alone in the house.

      Awe, thank you. I hope so. :-)

      Blessings to you my dear friend.

  3. Your little Peppa Pig is adorable. :) Sounds like you’re discovering what I did when we became empty-nesters: it doesn’t mean you’ll be less busy! Hope you'll continue to adjust well.

    1. Lisa, She most definitely is! :-)

      I think I can finally say I am adjusted to my empty nest, even enjoying moments when I am home alone. :-)

      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. This was yet another beautiful post. The paint and curtains you chose blend together perfectly! And your Lexi sounds adorable! Thank you for brightening up my day.
    Abigail Joy

    1. Abigail, Thank you so much for your kind words.

      Thank you!

      She is!

      You are very welcome. Your words have blessed me. :-)

  5. How sweet, your little granddaughter!
    the rooms look very beautiful.

    1. Chrissy, Thank you. She is! :-)

      Thank you.

      So glad you stopped by. :-)

  6. What a great record of thankfulness. Your curtains look lovely and your granddaughter is adorable. Glad to be your neighbor at Crystal's place.

    1. Tiffany, Praising God for His faithfulness.

      Thank you!

      I am glad you stopped by! :-)

  7. This glimpse into your life made me smile this morning! It's always a blessing to see other believers purposefully recounting God's blessings. Thank you for sharing this with us at Grace & Truth!

    1. Jennifer, I'm so glad! :-)

      Indeed. When we share in others blessings we are blessed.

      You are very welcome!

      Thank you for your kind words! :-)

  8. Karen, this was such a sweet peak into simple pleasures of life...your life. What a blessing to have your granddaughter so close and yet still have your time to enjoy this next phase of your journey. Praying God blesses you in the direction and calling for this part of your life:)

    1. Crystal, Awe, that was so sweet of you to say! :-)

      Indeed it is!

      Thank you for your prayers.

      Sending you much gratitude. :-)

  9. Thanks for sharing this little peek into your life at Booknificent Thursday on this week!


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