Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Treasures of the Heart

Thursday will be August 21, a much dreaded day and one I hoped would not come. It will be a day filled with mixed emotions. Three pieces of my heart are flying home to Mongolia. Even though I am happy that they are returning to their family, I am sad to see them go.

Upon learning that this family would be coming here, I had no idea what an impact these girls would make on my life. My first memory of them is at church. Suzanne, who became their surrogate grandmother, brought Tsomo and Emma to the children's choir room and introduced me to them. She spelled their names for me and I wrote them on the board so I would not forget. I can still see little Emma, a third grader, and Tsomo, a fifth grader, standing there looking unsure and frightened. Emma was huddled close to her older sister. Due to school grade, they were supposed to be in different groups. However, I did not have the heart to separate them and allowed them to stay together. Uka was not quite three and I still remember those beautiful dark eyes looking up at me.

What a joy it has been to see all three girls blossom in so many areas. They quickly picked up
English and developed an ear for music. At the beginning, they had no concept of pitch or rhythm. All three girls became good choir members. Tsomo and Emma also learned to play choir chimes and handbells at church, in addition to singing. Uka did well in her choirs.

Uka completed Kindermusik, with her last two years doing the Young Child curriculum. She learned to play a glockenspiel, dulcimer, and recorder. In June, she began piano lessons. Even though Uka learned English very quickly, she was reluctant to talk to everyone. How wonderful to hear her voice for the first time while she was playing on the porch!

Emma began piano at the end of fourth grade. How exciting it was when she wanted to share her music by playing in worship and on the spring recital. She developed a love of books and many times was seen reading while walking and eating. Emma disappeared at church one time and was found sitting on the back of the commode, reading a book.

Tsomo has had three years of piano and progressed very quickly. She is very musical and has willingly shared her beautiful music in worship, on recitals, and at an assisted living facility. Tsomo has progressed to level 6, the last level of the method books. She also learned to play the violin at school.

How blessed my life has been to teach these adorable girls and to share the love of music with them. They will be missed dearly and will always have a special place in my heart! With the technology we have, our hope is to continue piano lessons via Skype.

"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you." Philippians 1:3

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Traditional Gaelic Blessing

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dressed in Blue

The dining room table has gotten a much needed change. It has turned blue. The foundation of this tablescape has been used several times, changing out a few things to make it different. That makes it easier to have a change.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tim the Toolman

David has a workshop in the basement and enjoys his woodworking equipment. The children often hear the sounds and are curious about the noise. So, I tell them that Tim the Toolman is
busy playing in his shop.

Lately, he has made frequent and short trips to his shop. I had wondered, but did not ask any questions. Today, he showed me this beautiful gadget that he had made. It is the fanciest pizza cutter I have ever seen. He did a great job turning and finishing the handle. I am proud of him and so glad that he is enjoying his hobby!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

More Weight for the Coffin

What a wonderful surprise when I happened upon these dishes today in a thrift store. It was hard to believe. The pattern is Miramont by Royal Douton, manufactured from 1965-1983. The fruit designs and colors are so pretty. My bargain only cost $2.49 for each dinner plate and $1.99 for each salad plate.
Joking, I love to tell folks that I want to be laid out with a piece from each of my china patterns. Since I should hold a tea cup in my hand, won't I look lovely lying in repose? So, when Fifi mentions the coffin getting heavier, you know what she has been up to.
On the way home, I told David that now I have to find a place to put them. He suggested that I may need to start storing some in the attic and rotate them out. SURE!!!!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4 Tablescape

This was our table for the July 4 picnic on the lake porch. We enjoyed a meal and fellowship around the table before the kids hit the water. It was fun to watch the girls with boyfriends this year.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bunny Tablescape

Yes, I know it is Memorial Day and I am thankful to all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. However, instead of a patriotic tablescape, I chose a bunny theme.
The lake cottage has a bunny theme and collecting them is fun. A collage of bunnies formed the centerpiece. The bunny plates are from Portugal and the napkin rings are by Arthur Court.
Our family enjoyed a hoppy and scrumptious picnic on the porch this afternoon.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Baskets have always attracted me and they are so useful. So, I decided to try some small knitted baskets to use for small gift items. They are fun to make.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

An Addition to an Addiction

It is no secret that Fifi is a chinaholic! One thing on the wish list was china with a platinum band. Having seen several pretty patterns that were way out of my price range, I put the idea on the back burner. Yesterday, we happened upon some. After briefly looking at it, I kept going. However, the china was well planted in my mind and would not go away. So, I researched the pattern online and saw that the asking price was a steal. Today, we went back to look at it and after close examination, it came home with us. This pattern is Shelton by Haviland.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Nautical Thrift Find

We happened upon these nautical plates today and they came home with us. My first thought was for the lake and I could not wait to show them to David. He liked them and since they were only 50 cents each, they were too hard to resist. There are four salad plates and four dinner plates. The maker is Oneida.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 1st Treasures

It goes without saying, that the thrill of the hunt never gets old. However, when I find treasures to bring home, that is icing on the cake.
Anything with a bunny theme always catches my eye. This teapot was so adorable. It was made in Portugal.
The handmade placemat is one of a set of eight. I can't wait to use them in a tablescape.
Blue transferware is one of my loves and this plate will find a home in the music office at church.
One of our favorite places is Williamsburg. Both of us liked this plate but I was not going to get it. The mister insisted and so it came home with us. Now, where to put it???

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Valentine Tablescape

Using the same winter white base used for the January snow tablescape, a few minor changes were made to create something for February. My hope is to use this same base for several months so stay tuned.

Salad plates are Wedgwood Patrician
Tea glasses belonged to Mrs. B
Napkin rings are strands of Christmas tree pearls

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Uh Oh: Trouble in the Kitchen

A new chef appeared in the kitchen tonight. Mr. Bunny caught Fifi's eye, so he hopped in the truck and came home with her. If you notice, you can see Mr. Gingerbread Man pouting and eyeing Mr. Bunny very cautiously. He thought Mr. Bunny would go to live with the other bunnies at the lake. However, it seems that Mr. Gingerbread Man will be sharing the kitchen.

The tools came with Mr. Bunny but my thought is to change him from time to time, maybe to go with the season. Stay tuned for more adventures in the kitchen. There is no telling what kind of mischief these two might get into together!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Miss Virginia in the Snow

We are enjoying God's beautiful blanket of snow. David ventured outside to take some pics.