Wrapping Up Thanksgiving

by adustyframe ~ November 29th, 2015

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving week.


We enjoyed having Lee home most of the week. Thanksgiving was just us which was completely fine with me.


He’s getting ready to go back on the road and we’re getting ready to gear up for Christmas. This year will be a lot of fun with Nathan. He’s already into the lights he sees when we drive at night and every pine tree is now a Christmas tree. He’s going to be lots of fun this year.

I’m thankful for you. Thankful that you hang in there when I don’t post a lot. Thankful that you leave a comment now and then. Thankful that you share in our joys and hard times. Thankful that you pray for us!




To Spam Or Not To Spam

by adustyframe ~ November 25th, 2015

I received an email from a long time reader letting me know that they had left several comments here and never saw them.


I checked the spam folder and sure enough there were comments from real readers!

I don’t know how many were in there so long they were deleted automatically. Sorry!!!


If you’ve left a comment and didn’t see my approve it that’s possibly what happened. Don’t think I’m upset at you, please!!


When I was checking the spam folder, I was reminded why I don’t check the spam folder. Boy are there some strange things that show up there.



by adustyframe ~ November 24th, 2015

I was just looking up my sister’s stuffing recipe while I make the grocery list.


I love this stuff! I shared it on this post. If you need a good stuffing recipe, give this one a try!



Toddler Music

by adustyframe ~ November 17th, 2015

Nathan LOVES music.

He loves to play on the piano, play with his instruments, dance, and listen to music.

His current favorites are Raffi Especially this one–YouTube Preview Image


He also likes Laurie Berkner cracks him up. –YouTube Preview Image


He enjoys some oldies too which cracks ME up. You ain’t nothin but a hound dog, Lollipop, Locomotion, and The Highwayman are a few of his favorite oldies.

He and I have checked out a few jazz cd’s at the library and he asks for those once in awhile.

I love sharing one of my loves with him.


Do any of you have toddler approved musicians to share with us?


Just Be Held

by adustyframe ~ November 15th, 2015
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I love this thought–just be held by God. What a wonderful place to rest.


How To Comfort Grieving People

by adustyframe ~ November 8th, 2015

The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary.

Isaiah 50:4

I started a Bible study titled Grace For Every Trial by Betty Henderson a few years ago. I notice that I haven’t finished it!

She shared some good thoughts that I want to share with you. As someone who endured a long term trial, I read many of these and said, “YES!”

1. Don’t be a sermonizer. When grief is freshest, words should be fewest. Share words from Scripture no your own thoughts or words.

2. A sacrifice of time and tears may be involved. Many trials may require comforters for many months. Your presence and assurance of prayers and encouraging words is needed.

3. Don’t quote Romans 8:28 to a hurting person. It’s not that it’s not a wonderful verse. It’s just that they’ve already thought of it. It’s not an aspirin that instantly heals everything.

4. To comfort another with God’s word, you have to know where to find the comfort. Know your Bible. Keep a list of verses that comfort you.

5. Little acts of kindness make a huge difference in the life of a hurting person.

6. Offer to take meals.

7. Offer to help with childcare.

8. Comfort the family members of the suffering person because they are hurting too. Does anyone wonder if Job’s wife could have had a different attitude if someone had encouraged her?

9. After the illness, death, crisis is past continue to let them know you’re praying for them and you’re there if they need you.

10. Remember the family during holidays.

11. Don’t stop praying for them.

One of the strangest things for me to learn to deal with was to see people just go about their lives as if nothing happened. I know people have to continue to live and I’m sure that I’ve appeared to do that to others around me who may be hurting so I do get it. But, I was stunned to look at the pieces around me and feel the pain deeply in my soul and wondered how people could just go on living as if nothing had happened.

Letting someone know you’re praying for them and that you remember that their life is in pieces goes a long way toward helping them hang on for a little bit longer.

A word spoken in due season, how good is it! Proverbs 15:23


Autumn Splendor

by adustyframe ~ October 31st, 2015

Psalm 106 blog


At the end of the summer, the boys and I were at the park. Nathan noticed lots of acorns and I picked a few up to tell him what they were.

I was amazed at the intricate detail on the cap! Talk about “the mighty acts of the Lord”!

I brought them home and wanted to take some sort of photo with them but never did. They sat on my microwave for weeks.

The other day, when we got home, these red maple leaves were at my feet in the driveway. Beautiful!

I adore Autumn….if only it wasn’t followed by winter.

I had fun taking these and yes I know acorns don’t go with maple leaves, but just think Autumn. Oak leaves aren’t so beautifully colored anyway.


P.S. the knitting in the background is a long unfinished shawl! At least it was usable at least once!


**If you’d like a copy of this without my watermark to print, send me an email and I’ll send you the file. Please feel free to share the image online with my watermark only though (please?)


I added this to a blogging through the alphabet challenge. This week is A (how timely!) Check out the party!

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When I Taste God’s Goodness I Shall Not Want

by adustyframe ~ October 29th, 2015

I heard this song for the first time recently and the message has made me think about it all week.

The chorus says “When I taste your goodness, I shall not want.”

So much to think about and I’m not sure I’ve even unpacked it all in my own mind but what a difference it could make in our lives. If we really tasted God’s goodness, we’d know we’re not lacking ANYTHING.


What do you think of this song? I happen to love it!YouTube Preview Image



by adustyframe ~ October 26th, 2015

While I was recuperating, I did a little coloring.

I really like the art of Karla Dornacher and so before my surgery, I ordered one of her coloring books. I chose the Garden Blessings book.

I’ve used my Prisma Color pencils for years and really love them. If you like to color, you’re going to love them too. I bought mine when I first started scrapbooking before I was married and still have the same set.

I only got one full page done and then a part of another one but it was something fun for me to do while I was sitting around for hours on end.

I did treat myself to the Prismacolor pencil sharpener which I’d never owned. It’s wonderful and I wish I had purchased one years ago. It sharpens smoothly and quickly without breaking the soft pencils.

Bad news though is that I knocked it off the desk and my pencils and the sharpener went flying across the house. I found the base of the sharpener but we’ve still never found the top of it–the part with the sharpener. I think I had it for 2 weeks. BOO!

I’m still unsure how it got lost. Our house is small and it’s not a tiny piece that we lost. Oh well!


If you want to give coloring a try there are lots of free online coloring pages. Here’s one I found tonight while reading blogs.


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Miracle Drug by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. ~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ October 23rd, 2015



About the book:

Overcoming these odds will take more than a miracle drug—it will take a miracle.
The infection wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn’t. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why—his patients, including the former President of the United States, have been dosed with a different strain of the original virus, one that is universally fatal. The only chance for survival is treatment with an experimental drug, but the manufacturer might already have discarded its supply.
As if treating the President of the United States isn’t stressful enough, the situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.
About the author:
A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award and have won the Selah Award. He is a past vice president of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.
My thoughts:
I’ve had the privilege to review several of Dr. Mabry’s books and I’ve enjoyed every one. This one is no exception.
By the end of the first chapter, there’s a sub-plot that I didn’t see coming. I even said, “OOOO!” out loud.
The story isn’t as much fast paced, as it is full of thought provoking story lines making me wonder what choices I would make. I think you’d enjoy this book! A few surprises, a few twists, some tension, and a doctor just trying to do the right thing!
Disclaimer~I received a free copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own. 
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