This is the day tha tthe Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it.

Salmon Falls Prims

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Celebrating life

We had an enjoyable weekend with lots of celebrating! Father’s Day with hubby able to celebrate with his children.

Our oldest daughter Lizabeth hosted an amazing shower for her expecting sister Amber this weekend as well. She did such a great job with all of the details, every thing looked so nice. I have been a little preoccupied this past week or so and I felt bad that I wasn’t able to much help. She had asked to use my some of my Ball jars for glasses as well as my Ball Jar water cooler that I had found quite a while back.

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I was trying to see how the glasses would fill and I was not very happy with the way the glass jar would need to be on the edge of the counter. So as I usually do ~ I get these wonderful design ideas and need a little help pulling them together. As most of you read in my last post the my hubby Craig is still recovering from a heart attack and having stents put in, so he  wasn’t able to help me much with my “idea”. We do have my nephew here helping us and so with the three of us we pulled together MY DESIGN.

I am getting pretty good at using my band saw, although I prefer hubbies work as he is so much better. So any way this pic below is the design that I came up with, it was a joint effort between the three of us.

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Hubby is getting so ancy and hates to sit still for any length of time. He is mostly supervising now.  So I have these for sale in my etsy shoppe if anyone is interested. Sadly I can see that MY IDEA has already been copied. If you are a designer/ artisan that designs your own patterns and creation you know how long it takes to bring something to fruition with all of the tweaking and wasted material. I guess that is what happens with the internet, everyone thinks that since the picture is out there it is fair game to “use”.  I know that everyone gets ideas from others and sharing goes on all of the time, but to come out and say that you took their picture to copy?! Idk maybe it’s me and all of the emotional crap we are going through. Life gets tough sometimes.

Craig is out of work til the Dr gives the ok to go back. I am not sure if  he will be able to do the job he was doing. I am trying to keep things pulled together and selling what I am able to do myself. I have updated my etsy shoppe with a few new items and I also have a new selling site on ~Facebook ~ if you are in “need” of anything. Thanks for looking.

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A few more pics of the shower. Amber  had her 34 week check up today and is doing fine and right on schedule.

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Her first two pregnancies were cut short with unexpected early deliveries. Our first granddaughter was born too early and we were all the way across the country and didn’t get to see her for 2 weeks after she was born. With her second child we were in California but 3 1/2 hours north of them and he was born as we were in the midst of our travels. Sooo now we live in the same town and will be able to take the two older ones when she goes into labor.

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I would appreciate your prayers for safe delivery for mother and child.

 

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Thank you all so much for taking this journey through life with me. I truly appreciate all of the prayers, friendship and concern from all of you. Blessings~Sara

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What you ought to say is, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that."

 

James 4:15

 

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We make plans and then…………life happens.

We are recovering here from a set back in life~

About a week ago, three in the morning, my hubby Craig woke up sweating and had some pain in his chest and arm. The few days previous he had said that he thought he had a chest cold or had pulled some muscles while lifting in his new job, he is a vendor for Scott’s Miracle Grow and keeps all of the shelves stocked at the large box stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s etc. He went outside to cool off and get some air, then came back in sat on the bed. I asked ”are you ok?” He said I think I am having a heart attack. Up I jumped, through on some clothes, gave him an aspirin and off we went to the ER. They slowly went through their procedures, EKG looked ok, took blood, chest x-ray, cat scan, you might have pneumonia.  They hooked him up to check his heart, he has a low heart rate. He kept complaining his chest hurt. They gave him morphine, didn’t do much, a short while later he asked for more, Can’t give you more yet they said. After a while four of them walked back into the room, we think you are having a heart attack. We are going to send you upstairs and they will take good care of you. Everything else looks pretty good but your triglyceride levels are elevated. Over the course of the day they kept going up. They kept him comfortable all day and tried to keep the pain at bay, they were going to give him a stress test, but a friend of our daughter’s that was filling in that day at this hospital usually performs the stress test a another hospital in town and didn’t like the looks of the numbers. He talked with someone and that test was off and they would take him to the cath lab in the morning for some testing. LLLLOOOONNNGGGG story short, they do these tests all of the time, just routine check and see if anything is going on in his heart and they can stent it if needed while they are in there. Well we waited in the waiting room for the results, should be about an hour. We waited, an hour, hour fifteen, hour and a half… nothing- we waited. Two hours, we were waiting, praying, watching every time we heard the doors open. Nothing. A few minutes later they pushed his bed through the doors  and down the hall. They called for us to follow, pushed him onto the elevator made sure we were all in and then proceeded to tell us…….. what a lucky man he was. The coronary artery was 98% blocked, another major one was 96 % blocked and he also had two others that were blocked as well. They put stents in four in all and had a hard time with two of them and scratched the walls of his arteries in the process.They mentioned that a  couple of times during the procedure the Doctor had called to the OR to get things ready and prep for open heart surgery. He was awake and listening to all of the banter between those in the room. I am sure that is something  that you never want to over hear.

Well that was a week ago~

We (Craig from a heart attack and stents inserted and me from all of the weeks stress) are recovering here at home and taking one day at a time. Life style changes, different food choices, medications, Drs appointments, keeping him still and trying to get him to “rest” and not be so ancy. We can’t thank all of you enough that have prayed, sent an encouraging word and also some practical advice. There is so much to learn, are non fat products worse for you than actual good fats? Is sodium a concern? How should he gain a few pounds without it “hurting” him? and so on……..

 

We sure would be open to any wisdom and advice that you would care to share with us at this time. W so appreciate all of our friends and family that have been so supportive.

For all of you prayer warriors out there, we sure would appreciate your prayers for what lies ahead. Craig is unable to work for now and we are not sure when or if he will ever be able to do the job he was doing. I have started a new page on Facebook with some of the inventory that we have available (ready to ship) for our business- Salmon Falls Prims. Not quite sure how long til he will be able to get back into the workshop as well. I am trying to keep it all together. I have our nephew here trying to pack things for shipping for me as Craig supervises(drives him crazy to just sit but I am trying to keep him still).

So one day at a time is all I can think of now. We are truly feeling blessed to still have him with us and are willing to make all changes necessary!

 

Thank you all for your care and concern. Hugs~Sara

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Thankful for those who serve and those that have served; Americana~

Memorial Day~ or Decoration Day as my grandfather would call it. A day to reflect, remember and to decorate the graves of those that have passed on before us.

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O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,

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For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

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America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

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Some gave much,

some gave all….

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We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As taps began to play.
The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.

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They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here 'neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.

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Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you've given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.(unknown)

 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Feeling Blessed~

“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that the things that are truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. Courage and kindness, loyalty, truth, and helpfulness are always the same and always needed.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder

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I wanted to share this wonderful~ Random Act of Kindness ~that I received this week from my dear friend Lecia. I had had a busy week of getting ready for a show and filling orders and I had also had a few giveaways that I was getting packed up. So when I received this large box in the mail I was so surprised. I so appreciate Lecia and her friendship and her thoughtfulness!  Thank you for your friendship Lecia, I truly appreciate it ~ hugs

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My husband was asked to be the music entertainment for  a few fund raining events for the Homes of Hop for Victims in Domestic Abuse. This group provides homes and furnishes them to provide safe places for women and children.

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They were having a craft fair as part of the event so we brought a few of our creations. We haven’t found it profitable to do many of these shows but we figured is we were going to be there all day we might as well. We sure like being on the giving end as it is such a blessing.

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It sure feels like the seasons are rushing through this year. I guess that’s what happens when you are busy, time just passes you by. I have moved on to creating more Americana items (I will have more of those in the next post) as we just passed Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day is coming right along, then there is flag day and The 4th of July.

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Life gets busy~ We have had birthday parties, celebrations, new job changes for my son, and we also have 2 new daughter in-laws to be now, so we are in wedding planning mode.

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Oh ya and I can’t forget baby planning~ we will have a new grandbaby in the next 2 months as well. Lots of fun times ahead.

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With so much going on I need to constantly remind myself and get my perspectives in order or I will overwhelm myself. I don’t know if you are like that but most things that I post on my Facebook page are reminders to myself. I have had people ask, were you mentioning that because of me, etc. It is usually that I am reminding myself of who I am and who I am striving to be. With that being said I will leave you with this prayer that I found from Joyce Meyer Ministries~

A prayer for those desiring a new attitude: "God, I'm tired of going around with a negative attitude. I want to be a blessing to people, and I know I can if I'll just surrender my pride to You. Lord, I am humbled by your grace and I praise you for it. I know You're able to change my circumstances at any time. I want to prove to You that whether or not You do, I will still serve You. Help me to keep my heart humble and my mind focused on You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Blessings~Sara

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mom’s

 

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A Mother's Walk

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked.

The guide said, "Yes, and the way is hard. You will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning."

But the young mother was happy, and she could not believe that anything could be better than these years.

So she played with her children, gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams. As the sun shone on them, the young mother cried, "Nothing could ever be lovelier than this."

Then the night came ... and the storm ... and the path became dark. The children shook with fear and cold. The mother drew them close to her and covered them with her mantle.

The children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near. No harm can come to us."

Then morning came. There was a hill ahead, and the mother and her children climbed it and grew weary. She would frequently tell the children, "Keep your patience because we are almost there."

So the children continued to climb. When they reached the top, they said, "Mother, we would not have done it without you."

When the mother laid down at night, she looked up at the stars and thought, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage. Today I have given them strength."

The next day, strange clouds appeared which darkened the earth ... clouds of war, hate, and evil. As the children groped and stumbled, the mother said, "Look up! Lift your eyes to the light!"

The children looked. They saw above the clouds, an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness.

That night, the mother said, " This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God."

The days went on, and the weeks, and the months, and the years. The mother grew old and she was little and bent over. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage.

When the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather. At last they came to the top of a hill. They could see a shining road with a golden gate that opened wide.

The mother said, "I have reached the end of my journey. I now know that the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them."

The children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.

They stood and watched her as she went on alone. The gates closed after her. The children said, "We cannot see her, but she is still with us. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence."

Our mother is always with us. She's the whisper of the leaves as we walk down the street. She's the smell of bleach in our freshly laundered socks. She's the cool hand on our brow when we're not feeling well.

Our Mother lives inside our laughter. She's crystallized in every tear drop we shed.

She's the place we came from ... our first home. She's the map we follow with every step we take.

She's our first love and our first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can separate us from her ...Not time ... not space ... not even death!

~ Temple Bailey ~

Written for Good Housekeeping Magazine in 1933

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ball Jars~

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There is something about these jars that just give a homey welcoming feeling.

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You can drink your sweet tea from them, use them to catch fireflies, keep your collections in them or you can use them as intended.  ( When my boys were little I would even carry one with a tightly screwed on top with me in the car for potty training- sshhh secrets.)I can remember when  I was growing up we would go to my grandparents home and I would follow my grandfather down to the garden with his basket to pick vegetables. They had a large span that sloped down the hill to the river. He would tell us children-“stay in the rows and off the hills”. He would bring the basket of vegetables into the kitchen for my grandmother and she would prepare them for the huge canning pan that was on the stove already boiling. She would can green beans, pickles, tomatoes, and so many other delicious fruits and vegetable, but my absolute favorite was her green tomato sweet piccalilli. I can remember as we were leaving her home sometimes she would hand my Dad a couple of jars of it to bring home, and I can here her say- “make sure you bring back my jars”. I sure wish that I had her recipe.

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In all of the years that I have cared for a garden and fed my family from it I have never canned anything myself. I used to freeze some things but never learned to can.

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My grandparents went through the depression and so they had one room that was just filled with all of the staples that they would need if something were to happen. They were prepared! She also had a cellar that was packed with all of her wonderful canned fruits an vegetables.

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OOhhh “the good ole days”~

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I am having a giveaway on my business page on Facebook for this Ball jar Garland if you are interested. Go on over and like and share my business page~  you can find it if you are on Facebook by clicking on the pic above.

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Wishing you a joyful day of singing and reminiscing.

Blessings~Sara