We Never Walk Alone

by adustyframe ~ August 30th, 2015

I heard this song this weekend and paid better attention to the lyrics.

If ever a song described the path my life (and Lee’s and our children) has taken, this is surely one.

What about you? Does it apply to you?

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His Presence

by adustyframe ~ August 25th, 2015

My husband got home this morning.

He was getting ready to leave to run some errands and he gave me a kiss on the back of the neck (swoon!)

All afternoon, I could smell his cologne. Mmmmm…… but it made me think if he wasn’t around, I wouldn’t be sniffing his cologne long after I spent time with him.

Then I thought that in some ways that’s how we should be with the Lord. We  should be able to tell He was there after we spend time with Him. Traces of His presence should hover around us all day long after we spent time with Him.

I think that those around us should be able to tell He was present in our lives long after time spent with Him too.

What do you think?


Around Here

by adustyframe ~ August 22nd, 2015

Nathan and I have been enjoying trips to the Farmer’s Market. Since I didn’t garden, I like to stop once in awhile to get a tomato or zucchini and maybe some greens. He enjoys the music groups and the little treat he usually gets. We found a stand that sells yogurt freshly made at their dairy. He prefers the strawberry!

I did plant basil which I’ve been plucking every few days and making yummy pesto.

Last year, I planted strawberries which are trying to spread in their bed. Hooray! I also planted raspberries and they are just now starting to ripen. Weird because I thought they were an early spring crop.

We’re hoping to plant some blueberry plants this fall too!

My niece stayed with us for a few days. Fun! She spoils Nathan and follows him around which gives me a mini break!

James and Lee went in the semi together this week.

It cooled off a bit–thank you, Lord! We don’t have central air and the miserable days are just miserable.

We’re off to my nephew’s 4th birthday party today.

We’re getting ready for a family wedding this week.

I found out that I need surgery for my abdominal pain–hernias (plural) related to Nathan’s birth. Yeah (grrrr)

The pain has been knocking me flat several days a week so I feel like I’ve accomplish the bare minimum every day and I guess for now that’s ok.

I have James’ school work planned and books to start purchase, but I MUST clean off the homeschool shelf and get his first weeks of assignments laid out. I’m hoping to get at least the 1st 6 weeks planned so that while I’m recuperating from surgery, he can keep working on school!

What about you? Anything going on around your house?


A Little Craft Tip

by adustyframe ~ August 17th, 2015

I may be just a little bit too excited about this but I just realized I could send my knitting patterns to my kindle app and always have it on my phone.

When I save a knitting pattern as a pdf, I just have to email it to my kindle app (instructions for this are in your kindle account) and then I can access the pattern at any time.

This already came in handy, because I started a new project and left the directions at my friend’s house. I could have printed new ones of course, but it was easy to access it on my kindle app.


I also found an app for counting my rows. It also can be used for notes to remember for the project. It’s called BeeCount.

Have you found any cool crafty apps or ideas to share with me?



by adustyframe ~ August 14th, 2015



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Toddler Chores

by adustyframe ~ August 13th, 2015

Nathan enjoys helping me with chores. It’s a “fun” thing for him, but I also want him to learn to help and to work around  the house.

Here’s his list:

*Put dirty clothes in the bin

*Take dry clothes out of the dryer

*Put wet clothes in the dryer (I toss them on the floor and he picks them up and puts them in the dryer. He often gives up before the whole load is in the dryer but at least he’s learning)

*Pick up his bath toys

*Bring me his shoes

*Wipe things for me–I give him a wet cloth and say, “Wipe the floor” or whatever. He doesn’t really get it clean but again he’s learning.

*Help pick up his toys

*Put my clothes on my bed for me

*Put dishes in the sink

*Pick up the dishes or things he threw off the high chair

*Put things in the trash for me

*Help me pull weeds in the flower bed




I Thought This Was A Bear Book~ Tara Lazar ~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ August 11th, 2015





My friend Tara’s new book is available for your reading pleasure!

I LOVE the illustrations in this book.

An alien is jolted out of his story and dropped into the story of the Three Bears! The problem  is that he’s trying to save his planet from destruction and must get back!

What will happen? Will anyone help alien get back to his story? Will anyone have to do some quick thinking to come up with a solution?

Will the readers have to help the alien get back to his story?

Hmmmm!!!! I guess you’ll have to read it and figure it out for yourself.

I’m so proud of my friend and her wonderful accomplishments. Having one book published by a major publishing house is a major feat but this is her second book. Her third book comes out this fall and there are others that will be published soon. It’s exciting to be along for her ride and see the great things she’s doing.

Since I’m her friend though it’s been an eye opener to see how very hard she works and how huge it is that she’s had her books published by respected publishers. So, if you’re looking for a book do me (and Tara) a favor and buy her book. The sooner you buy it, the more it helps her because of whatever hocus pocus it  is that the bookstores go by in order to keep her books on the shelves!

Disclosure~I purchased this book with my own money and provided the review just because I’m so excited for my friend!

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Great Article~ Puppies Go To Prison

by adustyframe ~ August 5th, 2015

What a great story! The line about the dog making an inmate cry made me sad.

Puppies Go To Prison To Become Dogs That Save Lives



by adustyframe ~ August 2nd, 2015



5 books I’m reading

Pioneer Girl~ Laura’s original book written for adults. I’m reading it slowly because I can’t resist reading all the notes on the side. I think whenever I finish it, I’ll go back and re-read it only reading the story.

The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer. His books are historical mystery type books. I’m enjoying it.

Sticky Faith~ a book recommended by one of James’ youth leaders about helping our children have a faith that sticks.

You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity~ by Francis Chan

Penrod~by Booth Tarkington I JUST started this one tonight to see if I think James will like it for a literature selection.

…but wait there’s more. Really there is. I’m always reading several books and will probably never catch up on my “to read” pile.

4 things I’m doing tomorrow~

Having a CT scan to see if we can figure out some abdominal pain I’ve been having

Working on the budget/bills

Folding laundry

Taking James to one of his activities

 3 things I did last weekend

Hosted a wedding shower for my sister

Shopped at Trader Joe’s ~we don’t have one near us so I always like to pop in when I can.

Enjoyed a wonderful service at church

2 projects I’m working on

Knitting a hat for my friend who is about to start chemo

Organizing the house (always organizing and cleaning out)

1 prayer request

I need to get a good schedule going for me in order to be more productive with my time. I’m thinking of areas and things that need to be done but just need to sit down and map it all out. One thing I really  need to get into the schedule is regular exercise time.

What about you? What are you up to? Do you want to share your own list of 5 things?


Direct Hit Mike Hollow~ Book Review

by adustyframe ~ July 28th, 2015


This was a fun book to review. I always enjoy reading books by new authors (or new to me authors).

Direct Hit shares the work of Detective Inspector John Jago during WWII in London.

On the first night of the Blitz, Inspector Jago is called to the scene of a dead body in a van but then a German bomb obliterates the crime scene!

The victim acted as a Justice of the Peace in London, but Inspector Jago discovers that Justice Villiers wasn’t very honorable or very well loved.

I enjoyed reading as Inspector Jago unraveled the mystery and solved the mystery.

The bits and pieces of historic London were very interesting as well.

If you want to learn a little more about Direct Hit you can find information at Kregel Publications.


Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Publications in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.


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