We built our house a little over 40 years ago and with 40 years of living, there are a lot of things, like everywhere! It can’t be called junk because a lot of it are things that came from our mothers and grandmothers! Really considered antique, but not your ‘worth a fortune‘, fancy, ‘do not touch‘ antiques! Actually they are ‘well used, mean something to family‘ antiques! My husband is also very into trains and always has been, so he turned our daughter’s room into a fabulous HO gauge train layout ~ wall to wall to wall to wall! You have to crawl under and come up in the middle to see it! It is also now used for storage! 🙂
Now the garage definitely could use come ‘dejunking‘! Paul was a builder and now is into home repair. He also is great at working on our cars, etc. Needless to say, he has every tool he has ever bought, plus screws, nails and anything similar you could ever imagine! Let’s put it this way…we have a 2 car garage with one car snuggly in on one side and on the other side a narrow path to the kitchen door! Oh, and we also have an attic full of ‘who knows what all’ that we definitely need to go through! We keep talking, or rather I keep talking about going through the attic and cleaning it out! Who knows there may actually be treasures up there! Hehehe!
I am thankful that what was originally a ‘parlor‘ in our 1300 sq. ft. home, is my office and I can dejunk it whenever I feel like it! 🙂 Oh, and I did my kitchen last year! Of course there are a lot of ‘antiques‘ in it too! Ex: Grandma Stroh’s, my husband’s grandmother who would be around 129 years old, she was 99 when she died, wooden ‘one piece‘ rolling pin, knives, and other kitchen utensils from my mother and grandmother that you can find in antique stores and our electric kitchen stove, which is ‘Harvest Gold‘ and the original stove put in when we built our home! It also still works! 🙂 This is why I call our home ‘The Museum‘! 🙂
Our home, The Museum, is cozy, warm and full of love! You can’t eat off our floors, but who would want to anyway? You will find dust, but then it is a Museum! When it comes down to it…I wouldn’t trade it for the biggest, grandest mansion there is! It is home ~ full of love, wonderful happy memories, a little dust and…IT’S PAID FOR!!!
Have a Blessed, Happy, Memory Making Day!
Love and Blessings Always,
~ Judy ♡ ~
Everyone is so busy these days! Busy with work that has to be done, office or home; busy with making sure that children all get to their various activities; busy with obligations! In other words busy! What does busy mean? Well… having a great deal to do; occupied with or concentrating on a particular activity or object of attention; full of activity or excessively detailed or decorated; fussy! Actually the last one usually has to do with something such as a scene, wallpaper, pattern, etc, but it can also apply to our lives!
Sadly most, if not all of us, get so busy with our lives that we forget to live! We have become a society of ‘have to haves’, and ‘I need…’! Our children all have to have an extra curricular activity! Therefore parents are running around from work, home, etc to take Johnny and/or Jane here and there! What ever happened to the extra curricular activity of playing outside with family and friends??? Whatever happened to using the creative, imaginative genes that God gave us?
Technology is wonderful! Progress is great! Unfortunately, because of the great technology and progress, parents are having to work harder, longer and usually both of them working, to keep up with Jones-es! Now our lives are more about things than they are about living! Families are so busy they usually don’t even have time to eat together unless it’s at a fast food place or on the run! And how often now do you see families just playing together or sitting in a park having a picnic and enjoying each others company?
Years and years ago I had a friend tell me that everyone needs their own tree…a place, real or imaginary, where they can go, be quiet, listen to the sounds of life around them and just think and appreciate how blessed they are by God! We also need to take the time to enjoy and spend time with those we love! And most important of all ~ we need to slow down, take the time to look around us at what our Daddy aka God has done for us and just talk to Him and listen to what He has to say to us! Your world will not crumble if you slow down sometimes and find your own tree!
Here are some pictures of my tree! This is one place where I can spend the entire day listening and fellowshipping with my Daddy! Here there is total peace, tranquility and God’s beauty all around me and the rest of the world is put on hold! 🙂
Have a blessed day and go find your own tree! ♡
Love and Blessings,
~ Judy ♡ ~
Have you noticed that when someone has a need for a loved one or themselves, people respond with, ‘sending healing vibes your way’, positive thoughts for you and …..’, ‘our wishes for an answer are with you’, ‘sending you our energy’ and the list goes on and on! Recently on a site I follow of a little girl with cancer who was having tests, several people posted ‘keeping our fingers crossed’! People…it’s not crossing fingers, sending positive vibes or thoughts or wishes that does any thing!!! IT IS PRAYER!!! There is nothing as or more powerful than PRAYER! Oh, on the little girl’s site I commented “not crossing fingers, Praying!”
What has happened to us? Have you ever noticed someone making a comment and using ‘G_d’! What is this? It seems that people have become so afraid of offending someone that they have become little creepy, meek hypocrites! I am not sorry, but I don’t care if I offend you, I am NOT going to offend my Heavenly Father, my Daddy, my GOD!
I am not ashamed of who I am in Christ Jesus! I am not ashamed that I am a Child of God, made in His image and loved unconditionally by Him! He is my Daddy and I am proud to say I AM MY DADDY’S GIRL!
If you don’t know Him and would like to, please contact me and I will introduce you to the One Who will never leave you, Who will love you unconditionally, Who has plans for you that are far greater than any thing you could even begin to imagine and Who’s will is blessings, goodness, divine health, prosperity and long life for you! He will not only walk every step with you, He will carry you when you are too weary to take a step! He is not about ‘religion’, He is about the Truth in God’s Word, not man’s made up theology and traditions! He meets our every need, even before we know we have it! All He asks in return is our love, trust and faith in Him and to develop a close personal relationship with Him and not be ashamed!
Oh, there will be trials and tribulations, but you know what? He is always there, protecting, guiding, leading us and bringing us through to the other side full of blessings flowing abundantly! Through trials and tribulations we learn to trust Him and the rewards are beyond comprehension! You truly learn the meaning of ‘peace that passes all understanding’! I love my Daddy! I have faith in my Daddy and I trust my Daddy! My life is full, my life is rich, my life is full to overflowing with daily blessings!
We are a very happy, fulfilled, full of joy, peace and love family and we would love to welcome anyone who wants to join us, into our family for all eternity!
Have a truly blessed day!
Love and Blessings,
~ Judy ♡ ~
What is a Christian? Well, you can find all different definitions for what a Christian is, but what truly is a Christian?
First, if you have to go around telling people that you are a Christian, then you are not living like a Christian! A Christian is someone who loves Jesus with all their heart, soul, spirit and mind! Someone who wants to live their life being as much like Jesus as is humanly possible! Someone who can love people in spite of themselves; pray for them; forgive them and show them the way to an eternal life with Jesus. Oh, they’re not perfect and they know that, but they strive to be obedient to the Word of God and live accordingly! They are not ashamed of who they are in Christ Jesus. They are bold and stand up for God and His ways. And most importantly they walk in humility and love ~ not judging, not condemning but sharing!
A Christian is a servant, who loves to serve and help others without expecting anything in return! They are not seeking ‘recognition’, ‘praise’ or ‘glory’ for what they do. All the Glory belongs to God! They will stay in the background, praying for you, loving you and serving you without you having any knowledge of it. A Christian doesn’t have to tell anyone they are a Christian; it shows in the way they live their lives; the way they treat others; their words and what they stand for ~ in other words the fruit of their lives! A Christian doesn’t preach at you, they share what they have found through their faith and trust in God and help you to find it too! There is no jealousy or envy, but love and joy in your success to living a prosperous life in The Lord.
This is what a Christian really is! They are full of joy, a peace that passes all understanding, compassion, wisdom/discernment to know the difference between truth and deceit and a love for life and others that is sincere and unfailing! A personal, intimate relationship with The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. There is no worry or fear in a Christian. They know that God and God alone is their source and that He never leaves them or forsakes them! And the greatest thing of all is that they love you and want you to join their family and spend eternity with them in Heaven sitting at the Father’s feet! What a glorious day that will be!
Be blessed today and everyday abundantly by God!
Love and Blessings,
~ Judy ♡ ~
A mother carries, nourishes, cradles and protects her child inside of her until he/she is ready to come into this world. A mother’s love is the next thing to God’s love ~ unconditional love! She is your mother, your best friend, your teacher, your protector, the one who shows you God’s love through her actions, words and teachings. She will make sacrifices for you! She will be strong, wise, compassionate, gentle, loving and full of laughter! She disciplines you when you need it, to see that you grow up and mature into a righteous Child of God. A mother’s love is unending and carries on into Eternity!
God Bless all who are mothers, who have mothers and whose mothers are sitting at The Throne of God, still loving you and praying for you!
Love and Blessings,
~ Judy ♡ ~
Fifty-one years ago today I was blessed to become a Valentine! Yes, a real, true, ‘honest to goodness’ Valentine! Paul Valentine chose me to be his Valentine on Valentine’s Day 1961 ~ for real!
Now in our family, everyday is Valentine’s Day, but it’s nice to have people around the world celebrate it with us every February 14th! 🙂 We are now a family of 11 in our Valentine family ~ 2 grown children; 2 ‘children in love’ (1 of whom carries the Valentine name); 5 granddarlings (4 that actually carry the name of Valentine) and Paul and me!
It is truly a blessing to be a Valentine and really makes you feel ‘special‘! So from our happy home filled with love to yours we wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
We are looking forward to the next 49 years! 🙂
Love and Blessings,
This is to a Special Couple ~ the parents of our Daughter In Love and also our dear friends. Yesterday was their 50th Anniversary and that is Special! We know…we celebrated ours on Valentine’s Day! Happy 50th and here is to 50 more! ♡
Are you an animal lover? Do you enjoy sharing your life with ‘puppy breath’, the unconditional love of one of God’s 4-legged creatures or even one of His feathered 2-legged creatures? There are ‘dog lovers’, ‘cat lovers’, ‘bird lovers’ and even ‘reptile lovers’! I am a 250% animal lover! ♡ We have 3 1/2 dogs (the half being 14 year old Bitsy, who was terribly abused by her previous owner’s husband and hates all men except Paul); 1 Calico cat who is the reigning queen of the household and 1 Red Eared Slider turtle, who proves that turtles do have personality and are capable of love too!
If you have never known the unconditional love of a pet, then I truly feel sorry for you! There are so many deserving little creatures of God out there that need your love, care and companionship! They don’t care what you look like, how much money you make, where you live, what kind of car you drive or what your IQ is! All they want is someone to love and to be loved in return!
I thank God everyday for the devoted Animal Rescues and Fosters out there that are saving lives! You know, even if you are a person who needs to have a ‘purebred’ (in God’s eyes they are all purebred) you can find them too, but if you are someone who just wants to love and be loved, then the perfect little guy or gal is waiting for you! These rescue furbabies are the most appreciative, loving, grateful little creatures that you will ever come across. They are the most faithful, loyal friend you will ever have! All they want to do is please you and love you with all their hearts.
Please look into adopting a ‘rescue’ baby or a ‘rescue’ senior today! The rescuers take them from shelters before they can be ‘put to sleep’ and then take care of the cost of seeing to it that they are vaccinated, heartworm tested, spayed or neutered and micro chipped before you adopt them. They have been loved and cared for to get ready for their forever home! The adoption cost is very minimal and probably doesn’t begin to cover the cost of the care they have received! Please look into adopting one of these precious creatures today! You will be blessed beyond measure with one of God’s greatest blessings…one of His creations filled with unconditional love!
Here is my latest ‘rescued’ baby… Miss Sissi!
Love and Blessings, ~Judy♡~
Which do you operate in…Integrity or Pride?
Definition of integrity: “Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire. A sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition.”
Now definition of pride: “A high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.”
This is what God’s Word says of integrity:”May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, LORD, is in you. Psalm 25:21″ and pride: “Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous. Psalm 31:18”
What brought this all about? Well, let me explain myself to you…I am a wife, mother, mother-in-love and MiMi (grandmother) of 5 precious Granddarlings. I am also a born again, spirit filled Believer! Now if anyone comes against my husband, children, children-in-love or Granddarlings, I become like a mama cat with her kittens! Back arches, hair bristles and razor sharp claws come out! (Not a pretty site! :}) Fortunately I have learned over the years Who I am in Christ Jesus and have been transformed by the renewing of my mind! 🙂 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2” So now, instead of using my razor sharp claws to slash to pieces the evil one, I pray for them! Hehehe! This infuriates satan and benefits the one who is allowing themselves to be used by him! 🙂
I do so love to watch God work and see how He turns things that satan means for evil into BLESSINGS! satan knows not to mess with my loved ones, you don’t touch my family! He is such a wimp! He is a liar, thief, manipulator but is not too bright! So all I have to do is remind him again where he is spending eternity…HELL, HOT, HOT HELL!
So everyone who follows Debbi’s Blog…pray, pray, pray and be sure to use The Name of Jesus! satan can’t stand that name, he can’t stand prayers and he runs as fast as his short legs will take him, as far away as he can! See satan likes pride but hates integrity!
Have a Wondrous Blessed Day!
Love and Blessings, ~Judy♡~
What is true love? Here is a description of love from Wikipedia : “Love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. In philosophical context, love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection. Love is central to many religions, as in the Christian phrase, “God is love” or Agape in the Canonical gospels. Love may also be described as actions towards others (or oneself) based on compassion, or as actions towards others based on affection.” Everywhere I looked no one could really describe love!
Well, we know that God is All love..unconditional love! And what is unconditional love? Well, to me it is love with no conditions; loving someone or something no matter what they do, say or are. For example: animals, the 4 legged kind, give unconditional love just as God does! They love you no matter how you treat them, how you look or how what you have or don’t have! They love you with no conditions! Of course, if you are the person God created you to be, you will love them unconditionally too!?)
I recently lost my best friend, closest companion of 14 years who loved me unconditionally, my Saydee! She was always there through good or bad, thick or thin! She never left my side and always let me know she loved me! Now unconditional love is a two way street, so she always knew that I was there through good or bad, thick or thin and I would never leave her either and that I loved her! I know that God had created her just for me and visa versa!
Saydee was very special and now there is an empty place in my heart that aches. Oh, I have 2 precious little girls, Dolly and Rosie whom I love so very much and they love me, but they can’t fill that empty place. I know that my Daddy has the perfect little Mommy’s Girl for me. She won’t take Saydee’s place but she will be my new best friend, constant companion and take the emptiness and ache away. Saydee would want it that way! She will always have the #1 place in my heart! ♡