Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mother's Day Gifts

For the past Mother's Day, I took altoid tins and made a miniture scene. Ballerina dress hanging with vintage background. I enjoyed this so much, I could make a dozen more.

Motherhood was celebrated with my family vacationing. We had Greg's two boys, 16 & 20, my two adult son's, one with wife and 5 year old grandson. We rented a house in Wisconsin Dells that came with tickets to the biggest water park in Wisconsin. It was great entertainment for all of us. There are not too many places you can have a 5 year old and 37 year old both enjoy. We had home cooked meals made ahead of time, played games and let our boys get to know each other.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Button Memory

 I was looking through my button collection to finish some boot cuffs I had just made.

I came across a white button with a sketch of a blue boat. I had used the matching buttons to make Brandon a sailor suit when he was a year old and about to be baptized at church that morning. Joshua wore navy blue trousers, white shirt and red tie. So handsome, he was even then.  I simply had to find the picture I knew was taken that day.

It was a day I was so grateful to God for. Two beautiful healthy little boys, what more could I ask for? Gosh, I haven't changed a bit!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Straight Lines

As I walked across the newly black topped parking lot where I work, I admired the freshly painted lines where cars would park. It all looked so straight.

It reminded me of a time several years ago, when I attempted to put brick behind a Franklin fireplace stove. I had done my wifely duty of sufficiently harping on my husband to put it up and finally took things into my own hands, literally. The directions were easy enough. You were to mark certain places by measurement and start here then work out. But, I didn't follow the directions. I started on one end, made sure it was a straight (imitation) brick and then spaced accordingly.

When you are working closely to something, you don't see that a bit off here and a bit off there make a big difference.  I was congratulating myself on how quickly I finished, as I backed up to take a look. To my horror the tile had gradually slopped and looked terrible. Luckily I was able to shift several into place while the grout was still soft.

It's kind of like our daily walk. We put one step in front of the other making decisions and are unable to see the big picture as God does. But all these little choices can gradually get us off course before we even realize it. Fortunately, we have a God full of grace.

This is a pillow I made with my grandmother and great grandmother's (born in late 1800's) lace handkerchief, buttons removed from the cuff of a blouse, broach & earnings. A great way to display precious keepsakes.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Day My Water Broke

Greg and I went to Sam's Club to buy some things. While unloading our cart, I took the case of water and balanced it against the counter with my hips so the young lady could scan and I could place it back in the cart. Suddenly, I felt my leg getting very wet. Knowing I have a prime moment to be humorous, I looked at Greg in a loud voice said, "Oh no, my water broke!" Stepping back there was indeed a puddle of water around my feet. The poor cashier thought I really had broke my water. She gasp as she leaned over the counter. The people behind us and at the next register suddenly became attentive. Greg had a confused look for 1/2 a second and then started laughing.  I told the cashier I was joking and could see her trying to take it all in. I think she thought she may have to deliver. I'm sure she is telling the story to this day. I know I am.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


I know I'm an organizer, but I have to admit it's fun having someone here to notice. Greg has been renovating the kitchen and wondered if I knew where the 'kitchen' paint was. And also the 'ceiling' paint, which was what was used in the front room. I went to a closet and brought out both for the touch up he needed to do. 

He just laughed and said, "I should have known."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

How is Married Life

The question I hear the most lately is, "How is married life?" The majority of my friends know my history as a widow. So now we come to the happy part of Denice's life.

And it is happy. I can't wait to get home to Greg. We do so much together from work out to cooking and cleaning. He inspires me to be my best and live up to this illusion he has of me. He truly thinks I'm this perfect, sweet person all the time.

And if I had to write down all the characteristics of the perfect husband for me, it would be Greg. He has some oddities, but I think they are cute. For instance, his coffee cup has to be white. Why, I don't know. I just smile and make sure it is.

I think the hardest thing is learning to sleep with someone else in my bed. I had over 3 years to sleep in the middle and now must share. I'm a light sleeper so I wake up at every move. I started to take a sleeping aid but I still wake up. And that wouldn't be bad if I could go right back to sleep.

Needless to say, I'm sleeping at my desk. Good thing I work at a church, I just say I'm praying.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

When A Church Service Speaks

The recent church service was about Peter, the mistakes he made and the grace he received.
We make mistakes too. Some are in our past, but some are habits we have choices over. After the service was over, Greg and I went on a picnic. We talked about the sermon and what spoke to us individually. We lay and look at the sky and thought about a life without the crutches we walk with. We prayed and told God we couldn't do it without Him.

Then it came to me to build an alter. So we found what few rocks there were and put them in an alcove of a tree. I now understand how the alter is for the one building it as much as for God. It's symbolism of a promise. A promise that is harder to break if you take it farther than just saying the words.