Working on the Sequel

I am so happy with how well Potholes of Hope is doing. I mean, I am a no body author, but people are actually buying and reading my book! How can’t that be exciting? It’s been eight years in the making to get this book out and now it’s actually happened. People are reading words and thoughts that I have put down on paper. It’s just, wow!

Well I have some good news! There is a second book to Potholes of Hope since it is volume 1 in a series of 4! I have the sequel (Potholes of Courage) being proofed right now an hope to release it this fall. Nora has been through a lot and there is still some potholes ahead so she will have to take courage to overcome them.

So hold tight, enjoy the first book and wait for the second. I promise you, it will be worth the wait 🙂

I Love Filling Orders!

So I have an order that came in for one of those eat me shark blankets and I am so excited about it. I found this great pattern from YARNutopia for it and got crocheting away. (If you want some awesome patterns, check her out. She is my favorite crocheter. I can only wish to be as good as her someday.) I am now about half way done with the body and still have a long way to go but I getting there. So if you want one, I’ll be posting this item for sale on my in my Etsy Shop once I have this product done or you can leave a  comment below with your email and we can work something out 🙂

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This is what it is going to look like! (Photo from YARNutopia)
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This is what it currently looks like 🙂

She’s So Precious

I have to say that I started out today not in the best mood. I was irritable and easily flustered but I didn’t want to be that way for me and especially not my daughter. So we went to the gym where I did my thing and Emma got to go play with some kids.

We then came home, I made lunch and we played in her room until she went down for a nap. The nap wasn’t going so well so I sent and got her out of her room, but I could see she was still tired so we came out to the couch and this is what happened.

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She is so cute when she sleeps 🙂

Precious right? She may be almost 2 but she is still my baby. My little Emma is growing up so fast and I can’t do anything to stop it. So I’ll just enjoy these moments I am given 🙂

Making the Cut

I know not everyone is into being thrifty and that’s ok. Many find it weird and extreme but I see it as a way to help get my husband retired faster. He likes what he does but, like many men, would rather be able to do what he loves. Sadly what he loves doesn’t normally pay the bills. So my hubby has done the steps to set himself up for early retirement and one of those things is that I now cut his hair.

Eek! I was like, my sister has cut your hair for years. Why have me do it? But we did the math and his hair costs about $78 a year to cut. Give it 20 years and that over $1500 that could go toward his retirement. So I can now add hairdresser to my homemaker resume. It’s not the best but it’s not the worst either. I’ll get better at it. I will still go to my sister though. I am not even attempting to cut my own hair 🙂

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This is what my hubby looks like a 6am 🙂 Where’s the coffee!?

 

My Gardening Buddy

Tis the season for breaking out that shovel and getting your hands in the soil to plant the new seeds for that spring garden. My husband and I have been rather busy putting ours together. We planned on doing small things but that had quickly climbed to 3 raised beds, 9 tomato plants (6 normal and 3 cherry), 14 potatoes planted, 4 trees (2 breeds of avocados, a lemon, and a clementine), 6 basil plants, 6 batches of strawberries, kale, spinach, carrots, rosemary, zucchini and enough onions to make any one cry. The crazy part is – we aren’t done! We are still going to peppers, more herbs, cantaloupe, watermelon, and even black beans. (Deep breath in!)

How am I going to take care of all this? I know I am in way over my head but I love it! It gives me something to do to provide for my family all year round and I bought my hubby a dehydrator for his birthday so now we can so even more! But I am not doing this all on my own of course. I have my husband’s help but, most of all, I have Emma! And she is a great help! Sometimes it’s not in the way I would want but she is there none the less and this is my chance to teach her something that she won’t learn in school.

She will get to learn where her food comes from and how hard it is to actually get it. That it takes time and a lot of work just to get one plant to grow. She will learn responsibility (which is dying fast in our young people today) and how to take care of something other than herself. She will learn about death and how not all plants make it, but there’s where learning from mistakes and problem solving come in. She will learn how to fix something to make it better.

All of these things she should be learning at school but she won’t. I know I didn’t. I didn’t learn anything about responsibility from public school. I learned that all from home. I was a nine year old out riding on the trails by my house with my own horse (of which I started providing everything for by age 14) with no one. How? I knew how to take care of myself and what to do in case of an emergency. We still didn’t have cell phones at that time. I am actually happy to say that I can remember a time when people weren’t strapped to the little device. So my mom would drop me off, I would go ride and then return at the allotted time planned. Because I was taught all the lessons above at a young age, I was able to do so much more. It came with more responsibility but my childhood was something that most little girls only dream about.

I just didn’t have one horse, I, at one time, owned five. I trained one colt and brought another home. He bonded with my mom and now he is ten and is her trail horse. I got to do 4-H and dominate in my class, I got to go to AWANA a earn my Citation Award, I have 300 Endurance Riding Miles under my belt and countless other Horse Show ribbons in a box in storage. This isn’t to gloat but rather to show what some training about the simple things life can do. Where someone can go if they are given the right tools.

I want to equip my daughter to be successful.  I want her to grow up and be her own person and to do the things that she wants to do. It doesn’t have to be horses. My sister is 22 and has a thriving business as a hair designer called Beauty Designs by Audrey. She graduated high school with her first salon station and ready to start her career. My parents have a successful body work called Bowenology. My husband does Youtube videos now with his most popular one about Everydollar.com. What do these things all have in common? We are old fashion people who know that value of hard work, and the start of that for my daughter is going to be this garden.

So she is my gardening buddy and I can’t wait to show how to dig her first hole 🙂

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Where’s Emma?

 

 

New Items in My Etsy Shop

I am super happy to the say that I have new items in my Etsy Shop! They have been something that I have been working hard on and I think you are all going to love them!

The first one is from my new scarf line!

Yellow Infinity Scarf

Blue and Pink Lace Infinity Scarf

Butterfly and Bird Lace Infinity Scarf

Blue Lace Infinity Scarf

Aren’t they beautiful? They are so light to wear and perfect for summer! They can be adjusted to fit just as you want to wear them and look great with any outfit!

Next is a new rag rug line I have been working on. Doubt let the name scare you, all the fabric is new 🙂 Introducing! My Little Pony Rugs!

Rainbow Dash Rug

Twilight Sparkle Rug

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Pinkie Pie Rug

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Shutterfly Rug

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Rarity Rug

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Apple Jack Rug

Aren’t they amazing! They don’t have to be just from My Little Pony as in the rugs also have their colors as listing titles too. Some people just might like to have a rainbow rug and wouldn’t think to look for Rainbow Dash 😉

So I hope you enjoyed these and feel free to place an order by either clicking on the links or going to http://www.handiworksofgrace.etsy.com 🙂

We Don’t Sing in the Rain, We Play!

So here in Northern California, we have been getting a good amount of rain. I’m not complaining since we need it but my daughter has been going crazy not being able to go outside. I have been telling her that we are going to have inside play days for a little while but that kept her attention for like one day. She wants to to go outside.

So finally I let her out. I tried to get a coat on her but she probably thought I would change my mind in that time so she grabbed her rain boots and went out in the rain. She thought is was awesome! She has never had so much fun in her life.

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The picture is a little far away since I was still the lame adult who didn’t want to get wet but you can still see her smile as clear as bell.

Do yo remember when something so simple made you so happy? I know I have, but it is so easy to look too far in the future to think about all the simple moments that are in front of you. Of course it is good to plan, I do it everyday but does it really make me happy? My daughter runs on no time frame and she is the happiest person I know. Maybe being so rigid and planned out isn’t a good thing all the time. Maybe I need to loosen up and actually go out in the rain and play with my daughter. It’s ok to get wet and muddy now even though I am all grown up. Right? Who cares if I look silly. I shouldn’t have just taken a picture of her playing, I should have been out there with her.

Now tonight she won’t get to go out and play since I don’t want her to get sick, but we will do something else that’s alot of fun. I want to remember all these precious moments since we will probably never get to experience them again. She is our only baby and now very quickly turning into our little girl. She is growing up so fast and soon she won’t want to play in the rain. She will be the lame adult taking a picture from inside the house.

Don’t Forget to Spring Forward, Kill the Cricket and Change the Filter

I can’t believe that it’s that time of year again. Daylight Savings Time. Never really understood the modern day purpose for it except for either making me late to church or super early if I forgot to change my clock. Thankfully cell phones have made this easier since they change automatically but still. Waking up to you coffee maker “not working” isn’t a good way to start the day.

Since being out on my own, I also learnedthere are two other things you  are supposed to change as well – the smoke detector battery and the AC filter. With all the sickness in our house lately, my dad did the filter for me but, the other night, the smoke detector got to remind me.

It was 2am onTuesday. I had finally had my fever get low enough that I was able to sleep. And it was such a good sleep when I heard the chirping begin. I couldn’t believe it! I haven’t had a good night sleep in days and, with my daughter staying with my parents, I had the chance to get someuch needed sleep.

Well needless to say, I had to get up and take out the battery since we didn’t have any 9 volts lying around and swore I would go to the store at a decent hour. Only thing was the chirping continued. I thought I only had one detector in the house but actually we have three. So it was the best night for them to die because one of them is in my daughter’s room and, if she was home, would have made for an unpleasant experience. She would have been up for hours after being woken up like that.

So I took them all down and swore to go in the morning to get batteries and went back to bed. I did go in the morning to the store and all three detectors are back where they belong and my daughter was able to come home Tuesday night after spending a long time away from us.

So with this strange tradition that doesn’t make a ton of sense these days, if you have Daylight Savings, it is up again this Sunday. Good luck and hopefully it won’t mess up your coffee 🙂

 

“A Prayer For Esteeming The Elderly”

This blog post really hit home with me. My husband’s grandfather is 92 and he is such a gem in our life. We treasure everyday with him 🙂

A Daily Prayer

Praying man Father, we thrill at the sight of a newborn. We find pleasure in watching an active, playful child. We’re amazed and prayerful as the child grows into their questioning teen years.  And we rejoice as the youth takes on the responsibilities of adulthood and family.  We respond differently to every generation and conclude with respect and honor to those who go before us; the seniors and elderly. They deal with confinement, pain, physical and mental changes, in addition to the repeated losses of friends and family members. Prompt our memories to include them in our activities when possible, to give them personal attention, to pray for them regularly, and to seek them out when they’re among us. Amen.

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.

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All is Right in the World

I am so thankful for my life right now. These past few days have been a roller coaster with Aaron getting sick and having to take him to the hospital, to being separated from daughter for five days. It has been a good growing time for both my husband and I but I am ready to be woken up by a little girl knocking on her door demanding to come out.

I mean it’s kind of ironic really. My husband and I have been needing a weekend away for some time now but couldn’t and now have been forced to spend four days kid free since she couldn’t be around my husband and then she couldn’t be around me. It wasn’t the get away we planned but I guess it still counts. It was nice to have the time alone with him (after I learned he wasn’t going to die). We wanted to relax but  hadn’t planned on it being mandatory. We wanted to be in bed together but planned on doing something else besides binge watching Once Upon a Time again (first time for him). But the whole point of our get aways is that we are together and for these last few days we were.

My daughter finally got to sleep in her own bed last night since my fever had broke during the night before and now she is crying wanting to see me. So my world is back to normal. And I’ll try to enjoy it better than I was before this all happened. My life isn’t always perfect but it’s mine and I wouldn’t trade it for anything 🙂