London!

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Dear son made it to London!  Here he is in center of photo, red shirt, worshipping with the London Arts YWAM team at a church in Notting Hill. He is part of a team bringing the good news of Jesus to those attending Notting Hill Carnival tomorrow and Monday.

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He’s also had some free time and has been able to visit a number of historical places. He is absolutely enamored with all the history and architecture!

It is such a joy to receive messages from dear son off and on and hear of his adventures and mission endeavors!  I’m just praising God for this wonderful opportunity for my son to learn and grow and be used in this special way to shine the light of His love to a broken and hurting world.

Hope all is well with you and your dear ones!

Joyfully,

Jackie

We’re getting excited!!

Hi Friends!

We’re getting pretty excited around here!! Dear son’s 5 month mission trip is just 2 weeks away!

Here is his story and an opportunity to give, in case you are interested in making a donation to this great cause.  🙂

Blessings with JOY,

Jackie

(Click on photo to go to his website.)

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Whew! What a month!

Hi Friends!

What a month!  LOTS of things going on.  My highlights have been celebrating dear daughter’s and hubby’s birthdays and going on a 2 week adventure that included a Children’s Ministry conference in Orlando, getting to go to Magic Kingdom & Epcot and visiting my beloved sister and her sweet family in southwest Mississippi!  I hope to have time soon to give a full report.  But for now, here is a photo that captured a favorite memory of mine:

Me and my twin (Pooh bear)!  My life is complete! :)

Me and my twin (Pooh bear)! My life is complete! 🙂

Blessings with joy,

Jackie

Merry Christmas!

Dear Friends,

We wish you a very Merry Christmas! And may you be filled with peace and joy as you remember the best Gift that was ever given.

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.'”
-Luke 2:10, 11

With JOY,
Jackie
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12 Days of Separation!

Hi Friends,

It’s been 12 days since my last blog post.  Can that even be right?!

My days have been pretty full and my goal this month is to try and keep focused on Jesus, my Joy.  So far so good.  🙂

Up until today we haven’t had much snow.  But today is a different story! And a week ago or so we had such bad freezing rain and ice that schools were closed for a day.  You know it’s bad when OUR schools close, ’cause they hardly ever do!

I am finishing up the last of my product orders and now all I am selling in my shop are patterns until the end of December.  I actually published a new pattern today, Easy Elegance Fingerless Gloves.  We’ll see if it generates any interest.  🙂

I sure hope you are all doing well.  Remember to choose (and pray for) peace and joy instead of worry and negativity.  And if you are sad or hurting this season, I pray that you will find love and comfort in Jesus our Immanuel (God with us).

Adoring Him,

Jackie

This was taken at Ozarks Americana.  A delightful shop in town.

This was taken at Ozarks Americana. A delightful shop in town.

Dear son had a Christmas band concert this week.  They did a great job!

Dear son had a Christmas band concert this week. They did a great job!

I got to go to dear son's play again (2nd time). This is what the set looks like for Christmas on the Yukon.

I got to go to dear son’s play again (2nd time). This is what part of the set looks like for Christmas on the Yukon.

My latest pattern - Easy Elegance Crochet Fingerless Gloves

My latest pattern – Easy Elegance Crochet Fingerless Gloves

It's beginning to look a lot like ... a snowstorm!

It’s beginning to look a lot like … a snowstorm!  This was early afternoon today and it’s still coming down steady.

Another pretty setting at the gift shop.

Another pretty setting at the gift shop.

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P.S. If you crochet and are looking for some special gifts to create for your loved ones, I have an option for you:

Click on photo to go to my crochet patterns of my Etsy shop.

Click on photo to go to the crochet pattern section of my Etsy shop.

Weekend Recap

Hi Friends,

My 3 day weekend was relaxing, fun and productive.  Here are some quick highlights and a few photos:

Friday –

  • Lunch with a dear friend at our fave Japanese Restaurant.
  • Shopping at a fun gift shop
  • More time crocheting

Saturday –

  • Relaxing morning {fire in the wood stove, banana muffins, Christmas music}
  • Productive afternoon {lunch with dear daughter; then shopping and packing Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes)
  • Fun Evening {Hubby and I were invited to dinner where we had a lovely visit, ate a yummy salmon meal and played dominoes}

Sunday –

  • Morning – church at home because dear son wasn’t feeling too good.  It  was very special to have all 4 of us sharing prayer requests and praying for each other; listening to the Bible together; taking communion together, etc.
  • Afternoon – each of us went our separate ways for awhile.  I did some more crocheting and a little laundry & housework.
  • Evening – the family went to a new restaurant and had a nice time.

And now for some photos:

Part of Friday's lunch.  Yum.

Part of Friday’s lunch. Yum.

At the gift shop.

At the gift shop.

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Saturday morning sunrise over the mountains.  Amazing!

Saturday morning sunrise over the mountains. Amazing!

Decided to make this "Sparkly Snow Crochet Cup Cozy" too.

Decided to make this “Sparkly Snow Crochet Cup Cozy” too.

Dear daughter and our filled shoeboxes.  Click on this photo for information on this awesome ministry.

Dear daughter with the filled shoeboxes. Click on this photo for information on this awesome ministry.

It was a blessed weekend for sure!

I hope you have a great week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Joyfully, Jackie

Broken Pieces Made Beautiful

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Hi Friends,

There’s just something about broken pieces made into something beautiful that speaks to me.

I love these china mosaics that adorn my walls. Two I received as cherished gifts and the other I was thrilled to win at a school auction. When I think about it, they are stunning visual reminders of this passage:

Isaiah 61:1-3
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,

the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

“…bind up the brokenhearted.”  “…a crown of beauty instead of ashes”. This is the potential of each broken life. This is my story. Thank you, precious Jesus.

Joyfully,

Jackie

Retreat!

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Hi Friends,

In between attending dear son’s big race last weekend, I got to go to an awesome women’s retreat at the Alyeska Prince Hotel with our church. We had fun gabbing, relaxing, eating and listening to a great speaker named Judy Reamer (www.judyreamer.com). Here is a short synopsis from her website of what she spoke on:

Don’t Juggle Your Junk (series)

Have you checked your “spiritual junk drawer” lately? Do you find it too much like your kitchen junk drawer at home – filled with various items you are not quite sure what to do with? Many of us have an abundance of JUNK cluttering our spiritual lives. What do you do with stress, confusion, fear, bad habits, or things that seem out of your control? These kinds of spiritual clutter can cripple vital relationships with God and others. In this dynamic series, Judy Reamer shares her humorous and insightful “Parable of the Kitchen Junk Drawer” to help discover and eliminate unwanted spiritual junk. The aim of this series is a simplified, submitted life.

It was time well spent!

Blessings,

Jackie

Crochet & Sharing Jesus’ Love

Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world!

Do you know that song? Here’s what I know: It’s true.

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Click on this image to go to the Compassion website.

Hi Friends,

God is so good! Crochet pattern sales continue to come in steadily throughout the month (4 sales today) so here is what He laid on my heart: “Sponsor another Compassion child.”

Today I got on the website and typed in “girl”, “anywhere” and my birthday. Up popped 3 names and pictures. One precious girl, age 8, grabbed my attention. She has been waiting for a sponsor for 383 days. The wait is over.

“Thank you, Father, for your heart for children!”

I hope you are having a blessed week!

Joyfully,

Jackie

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Click on image to go to the pattern section of my Etsy shop.

A Goodbye I Will Always Remember…

Hi Friends,

I’ll never forget the time I flew down to California from Alaska to visit my Grandma {Dora} whose health was failing fast due to a disease that had been diagnosed only a few short months previous.

She was one of my very best friends {we were two sassy peas in a pod} and I grew up getting to see her all the time {until 8th grade} since we lived in the same city during those childhood years.

This trip back I was in my mid 20s. I spent the week with Grandma & Grandpa and during that time Grandma was released from the hospital to come back home for the last time. We spent so many precious moments together that week. I remember one of those special moments when she told me right there at her kitchen table, the one where we had celebrated so many wonderful holidays at, that I was one of her shining stars.  Loving words I will never forget.  I in turn told her how much I loved her and how she had made such a huge impact on all our lives, showing her family the way to Jesus.

Later, after Grandma’s passing, Grandpa and Aunt Mary decided to give me her wedding ring. I was so surprised and honored. I looked at the ring carefully and noticed there were tiny little stars etched in that cherished golden band.  Thank you, Lord, for such a precious gift. Yes, the ring, but much more importantly the gift of loving Grandparents.

Of course the day came when I had to say goodbye {one final time}. Before I left for the airport she grabbed some apricot preserves out of her freezer to give to me. They were from her own tree; made by her own hands. Fresh apricots are still my favorite fruit and I tried to keep that jar for as long as I could. I will always remember Grandma standing on the front porch waving goodbye, like I’d seen her do a million times before. I can see her still, standing there being brave for me and waving until Grandpa {or was it Uncle Mark} and I were out of sight.

I will never forget that goodbye and I am looking forward to the reunion we will have again some day.

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As I reflect back on that time again, there are three main ways that I want to follow in Grandma’s footsteps:

  1. Make sure others, and especially my family, know the beautiful grace and love found only in Jesus.
  2. Make sure I speak loving, meaningful words to my loved ones {& those around me.}
  3. Give of myself and the things my hands have made to others.

Blessings on you and your loved ones,

Jackie

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