February Updates and Favorite blog post.

“ Until you spread your wings you will have no idea how far you can fly?”

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Gathering some rose petals from the garden to dry and use for upcoming Mother’s Day drawer sachets.

Two months down and so far I have been sticking with my January goals I set. I didn’t set those goals too high. I am trying to build confidence, and unrealistic goals will not do that. February was a better mouth for me then January. Although I am still sad about what happened in January, at least I am getting to my level of acceptance with what happened. It concerns some family members that have become wrapped up in the political hate out there.

I am not ready to share that ugly part of what is going on in my life, maybe never will on this site. When my daughter started me on blogging it was always going to be a place for me to share the pretty things in life. Sometimes I will slip and some of the ugly comes out in posts of mine every once in awhile, but I am trying to keep this site about all the beautiful things I see and do every week instead. There seems to be enough heart ache out there in the world right now . Who am I to add to that. Better to create happiness instead. I know some of you out there are also dealing with this same sad issue.

Okay enough of the doom and gloom, so what has been happening here at Our Little Red House, well, lets see…to be honest not much this month. February has always been a very slow month for us all anyway. The weather outside has been nice, so that’s good. Oh, and I can’t believe this but I reached 1,000 followers this month. I was shocked to see that one day when I logged on. Thank you, all of you, for stopping by for visits, for comments (my favorite part because I love visiting with you all)for enjoying some of my posts (mistakes and everything…I am not the best with grammar and sometimes even with my daughter proof reading, I make many mistakes). Thank you for following this site. I have a lot of fun sharing with you all what it is like here at Our Little Red House and the country where I live. That was a big surprise when I saw I reached a 1,000 followers this month, a very nice one too.

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I have also made progress on our bedroom make over this month. This of course is all in fun. When we had to repair this house and the one up north (Our Little Red House) there were many tears I cried, cuts, bruises, exhausting and frustrating moments but it all worked out in the end. This bedroom makeover does not involve anything near what building and putting together a broken house is like, that is hard work. With this bedroom update I am having a lot of fun putting everything together and decorating. Remember when it looked like this.

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The old chest was purchased second hand for $15. I use it to store old photos  in.

With just a little paint, items I already had at my home, plus thrifted and free items, we are making our room look pretty again.This is what it looks like this month. My husband even won a bid on a brand new solid walnut headboard ( I think it was at the most $5-$10) . It was cheap because it didn’t have a foot board to go with it. It looks nice with our old bed frame.  Just the head board alone was normally priced at $300 or $400…I forget what my husband said.  I am pretty sure I posted about this last month. I guess I am just so happy he surprised me with this one day and it looks so pretty in the room that I forgot all those original prices on things. Numbers and letters have always jumbled together with me, even as a little girl. I am more of the creative type.

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I still have many more projects to finish. I love finding budget friendly ways to update our bedroom. You should see our cats explore the new bedroom. It’s so funny to watch. It’s like they walk around wondering where this room was, why were we hiding it from them all this time.

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This was a month of heart gifts. I made some more goat’s milk guest soaps. I still had some dried Jasmine to add to it, and hand sewn felt hearts for our neighbor’s two year old. She is learning her alphabet and numbers. Thought the hearts would be perfect for counting lessons.

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All of us in this home have been treating each other this month to lots of fun heart gifts. Sugar cookies, chocolate, pizza, and pretty plants. I even bought a couple of vintage historical romance books to read. My Nana used to give me her romance novels when I was a teenager, so funny those old cowboy heroes from the old west.

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One of my posts this month was about three re-purposed hearts. and there was a question at the end about which one was everyone’s favorite, well the winner is…the red heart.

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All around our neighborhood African daisies are popping up. It is so pretty. I have some growing in our front yard. I never had a chance to post a photo of the daisies that came out so here they are. I love seeing these every year.

Because I have been concentrating on all these other projects I have not worked on baby Yoda much and my daughter keeps asking me about him. There are no new felt projects to share with you all this month. I am sharing a post on one of my earlier felting projectsthat was a heart mobile. Tina at Two flew over the empty nest is also learning this new skill. She did the cutest little felt frog.

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I visited the outdoor market here in our city several times this month. We have two outdoor markets here. I saw something I had never seen before in my country…people are starting to wear masks. This was at the beginning of the month, now I am sure we will all start seeing more. It wasn’t that crowded at the outdoor market. My daughter and I had a $20 challenge to see who could find the most items for that amount. My son is not a big fan of outdoor swap meets so he stayed home and slept in. But we still kept him on our list to find something that he would enjoy. I picked up a book for him on desert plants since he is studying plants, medicine and Bio chemistry. My daughter bought fresh jelly donuts for him. He just started his college education and at 19 jelly donuts are still his favorite gift.

I ended up buying a lot of fun colorful items. A hanging pot from Japan, glass Lady Bug bowls, ceramic owl measuring cups (to be succulent pots latter) a bucket of Perril beads, tin soldiers, brand new Macarma kit, paintbrushes, pig tin, pom pom baby (for a gift hang tag later), a wooden Christmas tree to up-cycle, candy from Mexico, tiny frog in acrylic, flower in acrylic, and a brand new Perril kit (for a gift).

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My daughter was on a hunt for two things, religious friendship bracelets and anything Star wars. She searched up and down the rows and finally came across what she was searching for. She spent the majority of her money on the bracelets. The nice older man (he reminded me of a grandpa) was busy making the bracelets and when my daughter picked out the ones she wanted he sprayed them with holy water.

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My daughter also found BB8. she was so excited when she did. She took him to the school she teaches at and the kids loved him. She told me she has been looking for that little toy for the longest time. It is listed online for $100 and she bought hers for $8. It is not in a box of course but it is just like brand new in the condition it is. She told the kids at school he was a baby BB8 and they all loved watching him go around the room greeting everyone.

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Health tip for the month is this:…. prepare yourselves by being very vigilant with colds and flu viruses. Wash, wash and wash your hands some more. Make sure to wash your hands correctly too. I remember when my daughter was in intensive care for a month, every time we would go to visit her my husband and I washed our hands really well, so well that they started to crack and bleed. This is what happens when you have to wash your hands like that. All the parents with children in intensive care had cracked hands.

For some home remedies to prepare and have on hand check out farmgirl’s list of canned herbal remedies. Thank you farmgirl, love your site by the way.

One more thing, and this is the most important. If you are a smoker, try to quit. You have to get your lungs stronger and on the road to healing. Get your body ready by eating better foods and exercising, even if just taking walks or a stationary bike at home. If you live with someone who is sick and has a pre-existing condition make sure to always wash your hands and face before coming into contact with them. Protect the weakest by being extra careful around them when it comes to germs.

Remember don’t panic because panic and worry stresses our bodies and that in turn weakens our immune system.

What keeps me strong and grounded in times of trauma is that I know I have God standing by my side, I am never alone. I am not trying to push religion on any non-believers, just stating that having spiritual faith has a beautiful peace to it and it comes from a good place.

So please send prayers out to the people of the world, and to everyone else please send well wishes.  I know you are already doing that but I like to remind everyone at times like these to remember to do think of others as well. Also send prayers and well wishes to Ela and Frank from Restless Roots. I don’t know if they will be blogging anymore,so I don’t know if they will read this. They could use some loving and kind thoughts and prayers headed their way. Emmy their dog passed on. Emmy was a family member .

All you pet owners know that our pets are like children to us. Ela’s farewell post to Emmy will hit you right in the heart. I don’t think it is possible to read the whole post without having tears in your eyes at the end of it. Emmy was a beautiful soul and she helped so many people. She was a furry hero and friend to so many, that’s what Emmy was. Read her story and you will know what I am talking about. Rest in peace Emmy, thank you for touching so many human hearts including my own, my beautiful furry friend.

Also Please pray for the health professionals, they have such a job ahead of them, they help heal us all. God gave them amazing gifts to care and treat the sick. Pray that they stay healthy and are able to cure and treat many people successfully.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Romans 12:12

As always, this is how it works with my favorites, these are just the ones I really enjoyed reading but I know there are so many more cool posts out there that I have missed or read after I wrote this post up, remember I like to pre-schedule things. So if you have one to share with us all please do and leave a link back in the comments section. Hope you all had a wonderful February yourselves and that March brings even more happiness your way. Do something kind at least once a day, remember we need to counteract the level of hate out there right now and this is the best way to do that.

Favorite photo-Dragonfly effect

Favorite recipes-

Koolaidemoms- Mac-n-cheese Pizza bites

Tumble into love- chocolate chip halfway cookies Gluten&Dairy free ()

Favorite post about spreading kindness

Favorite art post-

DIY-ing machine-candy art

Loved the pink elephant.

Favorite- tips on blogging…great advice Renard, thank you.  13 reasons why some blogs struggle to get views.

Favorite…for all you cat lovers post. You all will love watching this one from Dr. Martha Andrea Castro

Favorite crafting post-

If I could list my all time favorite craft post of the year this would be it. Star creative I LOVE this post, you are absolutely hands down the most talented when it comes to barbie and all things related. I know your kids have fun at your house seeing what new things you have made turning items we normally throw away into fun accessories for Barbie and her friends.

Favorite home decor post-

– 25 favorite planters from Amazon  I have an alpaca planter that is very similar to the one on your list.

And one last thank you to one of my followers- Thank you for the romance story for this month of love, Suspended aggravation “live today”. If anyone would like to check it out Joy Journal is posting it free for her followers to read

That’s it for our month here, I will be spending the next couple of days planting flowers, and taking my mind off of the chaos that I worry is on it’s way. This election year is about to get very ugly and now we have this crazy bug going around making people sick and closing everything down.  Thank you again everyone for stopping by, have a beautiful March, keep positive and have faith. Stay safe, healthy and happy out there in the world. God bless you all, from all of us at Our Little Red House.

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Here are just a few projects I hope to be sharing with you all  in March:

Dollar Day do over- vintage mugs for gifts with your garden herbs.

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10 budget friendly ways to update and decorate your bedroom

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In the garden- shopping for flowers and updating patio chairs.

Nopalitos Cactus Tacos

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ASD table time crafts- Vintage toys from the past to encourage fine motor skills.

Thriftstore treasure- A little mouse

Shopping trip (to be a surprise)

Take a walk with me through giant succulents.

 

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya says:

    I love your pretty cat, the daisies, and everything else too. Love your posts. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I just try to regroup when worries come up. ❤️

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    1. Thank you Tanya, didn’t get a chance to add all your beautiful photos you also been taking. You are getting a lot of use of that new camera of yours and everything is turning out pretty. Good plan about regrouping, that’s good advice, thank you. Have a fun weekend. I have some more daisy photos hopefully coming up Sunday, they are popping up everywhere in our neighborhood right now. They are such happy little flowers.

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  2. Sheree says:

    Congratulations on reaching 1,000 followers – awesome!

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    1. Thank you Sheree, have a great weekend.

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  3. Liz says:

    Beautiful post and photos. I love how you caught your cat looking slightly upwards. A lovely natural pose. She looked like she was in a world of her own.

    I look forward as ever to future posts. Take care. X

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    1. Thank you Liz, Alley cat is known for her poses here at our house. She is always ready for a photo it seems.

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  4. mel says:

    Always enjoy to see your vintage collections! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Mel, have a great weekend too.

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  5. ruthsoaper says:

    Congrats on 1000 followers!!!
    Your bedroom remodel looks great. I love that you have the window that allows you grow plants in there.
    The little owl dishes are so cute.
    I confess that I am jealous that you will be planting – that’s still a ways off for us. Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Ruth, so happy you stopped by. Don’t worry, you will have so many pretty flowers before you know it and you have one the prettiest gardens out there. I always look forward to your garden posts. I have some more flower photos to share with everyone Sunday, so pretty.I am working on a shadow box for my bedroom this week. I picked one up for $5. I want to add souvenirs to it from when my husband and I used to travel.

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  6. Of course you have 1000 readers, and before long you will have 1000 more 🙂 🙂 AND well deserved. Your blog is always like coming home 🙂 I want tacos for some reason hahaha they look so good 🙂 I’m sorry I haven’t been as vocal as in the past. I am still so busy right now, but I am always reading just not commenting so much 🙂

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    1. Just so happy you are back to posting. I Know what you mean about being so busy. It is hard keeping up with everyone. Just being able to stop by your site is good enough for me. If I don’t see a lot of comments that just tells me you are out doing face to face commenting with new people you were meant to meet. I love your photos of your traveling adventure. You and your love ones stay healthy and happy over there. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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      1. We have been back for a bit. We were there in January. It’s just taken me a little while to post the pictures. I had so much to do when we got home that transferring pictures from my phone to the laptop wasn’t a top priority hahaha. I pray for everyone to stay healthy. With the flu, and now this new virus.

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  7. You had a great February. I love that your cats feel like they have a new room with the bedroom renovations and that headboard is lovely. I always love all your crafts. They give me such great ideas. And there are some great looking blog links this month. I can’t wait to check them out.

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    1. Thank you Lisa, cats are funny like that. As soon as we add something new to a room they always have to walk around it and investigate. I hope to have some fun basket crafts to share with everyone for Easter.

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  8. Sabrina says:

    Those heart soaps with jasmine look amazing! How clever of you! Is that for fun or do you sell them? 💜
    I have to have someone read my posts too- dyslexic!

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    1. Thank you, no I don’t sell them…so funny, but I do give a lot of my items I make away. I am just not organized with that part of my life right now but it is something I would love to do but not with soaps with fun little craft kids. You can make the soaps yourself, they are so easy. I use melt and pour goat’s milk that you can buy in bulk online or use a coupon to Michael’s and buy their version. For dried flowers you have to use melt and pour soaps otherwise making your own soaps using the Lye method (also fun to do) will discolor the flowers and take away some of their benefits. Jasmine helps with blackheads so I make these soaps for my teenage son and 21 year old daughter. The soap I use is unscented but you can scent it using pure scented oils. I don’t use any pesticides on my garden so everything is safe. You can buy the molds just about anywhere. I believe I am dyslexic as well but unfortunately I grew up in a somewhat poor environment at times so we did not have access to the right medical insurance and professionals to diagnose me. My father I believe was also dyslexia having never learn how to read. My aunt (father’s sister) taught herself how to read. The school systems here do not help much when it comes to dyslexia. They leave it up to parents to fix. I bet you are super creative though and very smart as well. What we struggle with in letters and symbols we make up for in other ways and the world needs all kinds of different people with different gifts to help each other.

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      1. Sabrina says:

        I’ll have to try making them! They would make really lovely gifts! Yes you should try selling the other crafts that you make- it looks like you’re very good at crafting & creating. People on Etsy would snap that stuff up!
        Yes I grew up in the states and really struggled with reading and getting my thoughts out. It wasn’t until i was an adult that I was diagnosed. I think luckily they’re better at diagnosing it now but better support and understanding is still needed. It’s not all bad though as you say as you’ve found your strengths with your creativity and ability to visualise / spatial rotation! 😄

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      2. Thank you, I hope you do make a bunch to give out, everyone will enjoy that. You will love the goat’s milk, it is so soft and gentle. I have made some for baby showers with unscented soaps for the newborn. I sewed up a little bag and painted little baby feet on it and tied it with a pretty bow. Baby feet print are so adorable to me. And you are right, they do need more people who understand that some of us out there may struggle some with certain things but we are great at other things.

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  9. I started reading your blog and your words immediately drew me in on this journey through your thoughts, experiences, happy and sad moments, your inventive side and as usual your creative mind just leaves me with a smile and the urge to start to do something!
    I’m so happy that you’ve reached the 1000 followers……and I know that thousands more will follow…because everyone should get inspired by your words, which just want me always to become a better person!
    But then I got to the part you dedicated Emmy and us and I just don’t know what to say. I’m still bawling my eyes out as your empathy and the way you express your feelings just cuts deep……but not in a bad way.
    I just wanted to let you know, although we’ve never met, you should know you’ll always have a friend in me and whenever you might need a hand ….you know where to find me!
    Take care and thank you for being you!

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    1. You and Frank are so kind, thank you for this sweet comment. I hope you both are doing well and getting through this sad time the best you can. I know it is not easy what you both are going through. Our furry family members become a part of us and they are the sweetest and most loyal, it hits us hard when they pass on but I know we will see them again and if you if you are still enough and your hearts are in a loving and peaceful place you will feel them near you at times. When my father passed on I called my step mother and I told her her heart was too full of anger and nothing can reach an angry and bitter heart. I also gave her a message from my dad one that only she would understand. I was not close to my step mom (her choice, not mine) I hadn’t spoken to her for a year before that call. The next day she called me and asked me to stop by because she had a gift for me. She explained that after she got off the phone with me that she went for a walk with her two dogs (they were missing my dad too, wondering when he was coming home) during that walk she softened her heart and she said she was able to feel my father’s love and he wanted me to have something. My step mom handed me a little box, a jewelry ring box. I smiled but thought to myself that my father would never give me jewelry, he knew I was not into it, he knew l would love a simple rock off the ground more. I said to my step mom when she handed me the little box ” You could have just handed me a rock and I would have been as happy as well as receiving this gift” figuring it was a ring but thankful just the same. When I said a simple rock would make me happy she smiled and said “funny you should say that.” and then I opened the little ring box. Inside was a black stone, and I looked up with tears in my eyes and knew this was indeed a gift from my dad. My step mom knew nothing about my love of stones, my father never told her. She explained that after I called her and told her to soften her heart, it was too angry she did just that and all these answers came to her with one being that she had to give me this stone and I would know what it meant. She explained it was not just an ordinary rock, that my father came across it while out camping and exploring and he said it was a meteorite. It is a very unusual stone and heavy for such a small size. I smiled at my step mom and said “What a beautiful gift, this last gift from my father, a stone from the heavens” and then she understood the meaning behind that rock. I still have it of course, it is put away. A friend of ours that collects rocks asked my husband once where he got that stone because it is a meteorite. I just look at it as proof that we will see our love ones again and that includes furry family members too and if we always have love in our hearts they can be near us now and then. Hate and anger and bitterness becomes a wall where the ones we love see us suffer and want to comfort us. You guys stay safe and healthy over there. The Coronavirus I fear will bring out the ugly in some people and panics may happen. It is the chaos that people put themselves in that worries me the most. The oldest and weakest will have to be extra careful. You have a beautiful spot where you are at so you will not have to worry so much like us city people. If it gets bad we will just head up to Our Little Red House for a break. Thank you again for your kind comments and you always have a friend in me as well. If you ever stop blogging I will have to follow you on Instagram or find some other way to keep in contact. You and Frank are two fantastic and beautiful people, never change either.

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  10. This comment itself would be worth to become a full size blog post!
    All the things you’ve been through and have experienced….
    the things you share with us and the things you hold deep down in your heart ..
    the wonderful things and the ugly side of live…..

    all of this ….and you still are (or maybe because of) such a beautiful, forgiving, kind and generous human being
    Blessing us with your heartfelt stories and already making us better just by reading them.
    Thank you

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  11. Congratulations on reaching 1,000 followers! Although I am not surprised, as I told you before,your posts are like a letter from home. You have a kind heart, and people are just naturally attracted to you. ❤

    Your bedroom looks beautiful! You did a nice job on the redecorating and refurbishing! 🙂

    Lots of cool finds, but I love the owl measuring cups.

    Happy planting. We will plant a few seeds this coming week.

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    1. Thank you Robin, you’re always so kind. You will have to share your plants once they start growing. I think little seedlings are so cute when they start sprouting up. My husband always has tons of pots everywhere growing something. We might have some rain coming in again, I can’t believe the rain we have been getting this year. Just means more flowers (I even love the little yellow flowers from weeds).

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  12. Holly says:

    I am ridiculously happy for you reaching 1,000 followers. My goodness, it warms my heart so deeply to hear this. We need your voice, your love and your sweet spirit. The minute I found your blog, it felt like home. There is a reason you have so many faithful followers. You and your blog are more powerful than you could imagine! You are beautiful inside and out.

    I am so terribly sorry to hear about Emma the dog too. Oh my. My prayers are going out to them in their time of loss. It is tragic when we lose one of our four-legged kiddos. They truly are family and take a piece of our hearts with them every time. God bless them and God bless you for featuring their story for prayer. I just love that you do this!

    I adore your tips too about staying healthy. Indeed, stress kills. I’ve been learning that lesson over and over again. I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you because I know recently you’ve been going through some challenging times. I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers are with you and your family. I believe ‘the season’ is soon to change as God heals and touches our hearts. His people will begin to feel His love like never before and I pray that today is the day Abba overwhelms you with His healing presence to remind you of how deeply cherished you are. 🤗

    As always, I can’t get enough of your posts and blog. You are so very special. Please don’t ever forget that! And again, congratulations to a well-earned success. The best is yet to come! ♥

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    1. Tears, happy tears of course, this comment of yours just hit me in my heart. What kind words and so beautifully written. Thank you so much for them. Yes, I am having some personal family issues with some extended family and even confronted them on these issues and cruel behaviors but that was not enough.

      I am not one to keep going back and saying what I did, I say it and then move on and pray that they will see that their ways hurt others. Then I hope and pray that they will change those ugly ways. It took years for me to see that me remaining silent was not helping anyone and in a way I was contributing to the ugliness of it all by remaining silent. I think I was just telling myself these things just weren’t happening, but they were. I always remind people, you are welcomed in my home as long as you come through our door with good intentions and love towards us. Sadly, there are some people who don’t understand that…they have fallen in love with hate.

      Such a strong statement, but you can see it everywhere right now in certain groups. Children who were never taught empathy and had no joy in their lives have grown up with no true love, passion or happiness in their world. The only mentors they had were brightly animated screens they watched over and over (not all of them of course).

      These children grew up and they have now become bored and depressed with the sameness of their lives so they have turned to things that make their hearts rush with excitement, those things that they believe make them feel alive, They have fallen in love with hate. Hate gives them the Adrenalin they feel when being confrontational, or judging anyone different then them. Jealousy and greed are mixed in with trying to keep up with false images and lifestyles, all places that come from hate. They hate things their screens tell them to and anyone that tries to take this away from them is attacked. The truth will set you free I told my family, it always does. I can not push Gd on them, even though some of them claim to be religious, they don’t follow those ways in their hearts. I am no one to judge, I am only able to tell my own truths to the things I see. I can not remain silent anymore.

      Thank you Holly for thinking of me and keeping me in your prayers, you are always so kind. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers too. God bless you and your love ones. Stay safe out there. I have a happy post coming up later this evening with some beautiful flowers to share with you all. We need to all stay positive and have no fear. Chaos hurts the world. God is always by our side.

      ” Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
      John 14:27

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