How Do You Feel?

Earlier this morning as I watched the sleet coming down, I decided I was not going out to go to church, yet I could still attend due to the magic of the internet. I just pulled up the 8:30 service that was previously recorded and sat and enjoyed the message from the warm comfort of my own home. Is this “cheating” because I didn’t brave the cold and yuck to actually attend? I personally do not believe it is because I still listened to the message of God. How do you all feel about this? I even forwarded it to my Dad, in case he also did not want to attend his own church’s service.

First United Methodist Church of Hurst

Anyone can attend this way, all faiths welcome. If any would like a link to this morning’s service, let me know. You can also LiveStream a service, but I understand that there is a charge involved. My thought is that it helps raise money for the church, so the choice is yours how you want to watch. You can watch any of the services from today by going to info@fumchurst.org and requesting their newsletter where you would find all the links necessary.

Thanks for visiting with me today and have a Blessed Sunday!

Day 258-Free Days-How Was Your Easter?

The reason for the season

How has everyone’s Easter been? I hope it has been an enjoyable day of faith, friends and family.

I started the day with church and it was a lovely service. We as a congregation put a flower in a plain wooden cross and when it was done, it was beautiful. I didn’t take a picture because I had a bad vantage point from where I was sitting, besides, I didn’t know how the pastor would feel about me snapping pics during the service. The hand bell choir did a lovely number and then the children performed a song with the chimes. I could’ve listened to that all day.

David cooked all day and we had a delicious ham, pork roast and vegetables, fresh green beans and his home made potato salad. My brother and sister-in-law brought angel cake, fresh fruit and cool whip for strawberry shortcake. Unfortunately, they also brought a lemon pound cake, which I could not pass up, I made my shortcake with it. (It was a small serving but still!) Back to being good tomorrow! No one is perfect, I follow a Paleo lifestyle 80 percent of the time, and it’s a holiday.

I promised some before and after pics of the front yard.

Before-notice: bushes, ground cover and glass front screen door

I want to say this pic was from a year and a half ago, when we first moved in.

After-Bushes gone! New screen door, able to open for cross breeze!

Two days of work later, bushes gone and ground cover dug out. Love my new screen door! Now, we could sit on the front porch and see the neighbors if we want!

A different view
The left side of the front of the house-all bushes out

 Some pretty new flowers to greet guests.

All in all, it has been a great and productive weekend. How was yours? Tell me all about it in the comments, and join me tomorrow for Motivational Monday! See you then.

 

 

Day 251-Free Days-How Was Your Sunday?

Good evening everyone, I hope you all have had a fabulous Sunday!

Ours started with coffee and the decision to visit a new church. We both felt like we had visited this church a few times before, maybe when we were younger. Anyway, we felt instantly welcomed and comfortable and enjoyed the service very much. We did not get to hear a sermon however, today was the special Easter cantata. I’m looking forward to a special talk on Friday night from guest speaker Mark Winter of One Man Show Ministries. He will be presenting his monologue entitled “Encounter With Christ” which is perfect for Good Friday. I have never seen him but have heard he is a really good speaker, storyteller, evangelist.  Then of course, Sunday is Easter.

Of course, we couldn’t continue to rest on our laurels today and got busy removing a few bushes from the back yard. We got a little but done, but we have miles to go.

Small bushes removed, now to fill with flowers or container plants.

One section of fence with bushes removed, two more to go, and that’s only the back yard!! That fence needs a power wash, maybe a paint job! There are some excellent ideas on Pinterest I just may have to look into.

Supper was grilled chicken with sweet vidalia onion BBQ sauce, sweet potato and salad. I always opt for sweet potatoes because of their nutritional value, fiber and delicious taste-they are best baked on the grill and served with a pat of Kerrygold grass-fed butter. Yum! It is the only butter I use, especially first thing in the morning in my bulletproof coffee. I buy it a lot and it is pricey, but I’m worth it. 😉 (my health anyway)

What kind of butter do you use? I’ll give you my honest opinion and advice on which butter is better.

I hope your Sunday was blessed, see you tomorrow on the patio.

 

Day 216- Free Days-A Sunday Visit to Cahill UMC

Inside Cahill UMC
Inside Cahill UMC

Good Sunday everyone! Today we decided to go visit our old church in Alvarado, Tx- Cahill UMC

Man, it was like going home again! We had not been back in over 7 years, yet as soon as we walked in, we were greeted as usual by the sisters that always sat in the back, Mickie and June. I could not believe they were still there and it brought a tear to my eye that they remembered us and were exited to see us visit. Also, the organist Lynn was still there and several others in the congregation we had come to know when we used to live in Alvarado. It was such a joy to see old acquaintances still in attendance, even if the preacher has changed. He was a nice fellow, honestly I have to admit I missed AJ being there but things change and we move on.

While we were on that side of the world, we had brunch and drove back by the old homestead. We had lived on a three acre property at the end of a mile long street, right next door to a beautiful horse ranch. I miss it out there, yes, it’s a ways from the city we live in now, but I could live out there again. I miss the quiet of the country and the ability to go get lost in my own backyard ( the back couple of acres was just woods). We used to build a bonfire and sit out back watching it burn while our dog chased the goats around. Ya can’t do that in the city. The house looked exactly the same, across the street however, a new house was being built. I had to wonder what changes, if any, had been made to our old house. Since we have remodeled almost every house we’ve lived in, I’m always curious to see if people like it, or change it (after all that work we did)!

Now I’m off to tackle some homework and maybe paint my nails, if I have time for both. I hope you all have a great Sunday and get some relaxing done. I’ve relaxed enough and need to get something done, so I’ll see you tomorrow for another quote or scripture and your dose of Monday motivation. Before I go, I thought I’d share a photo of a piece of jewelry I made way back when I first started. I never completed it, it started out being a bolo tie, however, I could never find the right cabachon for the concho, so it sits in it’s bag, waiting for the day I finish it. (Which may never come.)

One of the first pieces I ever made
One of the first pieces I ever made