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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Blogger Sunshine Award 2018

The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy in their writing.
My blog, Grandma Mary Martha was nominated by Maryann Lorts, at her blog, Coming to Light with Maryann Lorts.

I have shared quite transparently at my blog, about myself and the reasons that I blog, and as I told Maryann, "Thank you.... I will take encouragement any where it comes from."

I am grateful for this kind and fun tradition, so with that in mind, I also nominate bloggers for this award. If I nominate you, I would be thrilled if you participated, but if you choose not to, still my readers may enjoy visiting your blog!  These are my nominations:
1. Rosie @ Nugets from the Heart (gifted for lifting your heart)
2. Kristen Ekiss @  https://www.facebook.com/groups/strongerfaithandfitness(for health and nutrition; a closed facebook group where she is a SWEET healthy encouragement in every way, even with Bible lessons!!)
3. Prescott & Peaches Williamson@  prescottascoolbreeze.com(I love his HUMOR!!)
4. Sara Cole @ Broken &Contrite Hearts (telling it like it is in real life, with emphasis on the blessings!) 
5. Tatiana @ The Musings of Mum (an advocate for homeschooling and Proverbs 31 life)
6. Kim Edwards Wilbanks@ https://kimwilbanks.wordpress.com  (mostly about adjusting to life after kids are grown; I can relate!!)
7. Tami Sorenson Gaupp @  Lanyap Corner  (full of wisdom and the extra goodness for life in Christ)
8. Teliah @ https://beautychristrelationships.org (speaking encouragement for a Christian lifestyle)

My QUESTIONS TO ANSWER are as follows:
1. What is peace to you?  How do you find it? Do you have a favorite Bible verse or saying about peace? Peace is walking with confidence and joy rather than burden and worry.  My HOPE in the Lord and His word gives me peace and comfort and I find that there is something magical that happens to my countenance when I walk in the beauty of His creation.  A GREAT BIG SMILE, of joy and peace, grows on my face!

2.  What one country would you like to visit someday? Hmm, I used to DREAM of visiting Hawaii, but now I dream of traveling all of the National and even some State Parks in the continental USA.

3.  What inspires you? LOVE and nature, and Holy Spirit inspire me.  I have had POEMS come to me that feel like absolute mysterious gifts from God!

4.  What is your favorite hobby?If I must choose, I am going to say WRITING because it feels so much a part of who I am, and who I think God intends for me to be, and it has been a constant characteristic of my personality for so very long.

5.  If you could meet a famous person, who would it be? This is a hard question because I never dream of meeting this or that famous person, but I will tell you that the people that I most enjoy talking to and being around would be champions of causes, like child advocacy, or animal rescue, or missionaries etc..

6.  Do you collect anything? My weakness is BOOKS, and I absolutely treasure the handmade quilts that I was gifted from my grandmother.

7. What do you love most about blogging? What I love most about blogging is the opportunity to put goodness into the world and to spread encouragement, and make friends. All of that is related.  At first it was quite scary, but I have been richly rewarded in friendships. Do not conclude that this must be all over the internet- quite the contrar.  Blogging (by ME exposing my heart in this way) seems to have made people in my community feel more comfortable with me, and relationships have been forged there.  Blogging has been a win win win win win experience for me because I have my family's support, and I am grateful!

8.  What is your favorite holiday and why? I will say that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because I love the gathering of family, the cooking and the focus on gratitude.  Jesus is celebrated all year, in my family.

9.  What is your favorite family tradition? My favorite family tradition is a new one... stuffing Christmas stockings for a Children's Home in my geographic vicinity, with the help of my extended family.  

10. What is one thing you wish your readers knew about you and your blog? I am truly grateful for readers, and comments, and shares on social media.

11.  Do you have a favorite book?  The book of Psalms is my favorite!!
Suggested rules for the award, should you choose to accept, (your option):
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new or new to you blogs to receive the award, and write  11 questions for them.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Here are my questions for you, my blogger nominees, should you accept this award:
1.  When and why, did you begin blogging?
2.  What inspires you?
3.  What are your  favorite hobbies?
4.  How would you characterize your blogging journey so far?
5.  What is your dream vacation like?
6.  If you won a million dollars what would you do with it?
7.  What delights you?
8.  What one thing do you wish your blog readers knew?
9.  Where would you like to travel to?
10.  Who do you admire most?
11.  Favorite book? 

Thank you for letting me share.  Be blessed in the Sonshine!
Tammy




Friday, May 18, 2018

Fifth Commandment Collaboration Celebration Challenge



When Moses brought down the tables of stone containing commandments for God's people to follow, one was to honor parents.  My thinking is that for some people, this commandment  carries over to the grandparent, aunt, uncle, or who-ever rose to the challenge of raising the child.

I am ever grateful for my parents, and so I will honor them here, with this 5th commandment collaboration celebration.  Following my tribute to my parents, I  provide links to other Christian bloggers who have accepted this creative and fun challenge.  

May you be inspired and encouraged, to continue doing your best for all the people in your life who depend on you, or look up to you!

True points here, ya'll,
As I bellow out in my Texas drawl,

I was a very blessed kid,
By what my good parents did,
And now it is my pleasure,
To share with you why they're 
Such a treasure!

My Daddy... amazing but true,
Six foot, nine inches tall,
And very much 
A man that CAN-DO,

My Mama, quite short,
In stature for sure,
But character and grace,
Work ethic: TALL,

Together they tag teamed,
To work from their strengths,

Daddy earned the money,
Mama kept an immaculate house,
Daddy played games and brought laughs,
Mama over-saw, organized, made things pretty and clean,
Daddy was tough when needed, but never never mean,

Plan, and work together,
Through good times and bad,
They both were loyal to family,
That makes 'em an awesome family to be had,

Mama stayed up all night many an Easter Saturday,
----SEWING----

So we could wake up, and have a home-made
Pretty dress, out of pretty, economical fabric.

Daddy made the coolest Easter eggs with ships,
Using electrical tape and his knife, 
And into bright dyes dip...

Mama specialized in Easter eggs decorated,
 Drip drop dye style, 
And every Christmas she made the dough,
 Helped us decorate cookies, a great big pile!

Nightly bath and prayer time, over-seen by Mom,
Dad read the Sunday comics to us, 
And once a week brought in dough-nuts,

But Mom always served one or two vegetables,
With every evening meal, and no sodas or sugary drinks
Were a common ordinary deal,

I am very very grateful for these good simple folks,
Who blessed me with love and friendship, 
And extended it to children of mine!

More and more I appreciate them,
These parents that are mine.
.........................................................................

Silly poem aside, I do want to honor my parents.  I am so grateful and blessed that they gave my sister and I their best. They have modeled strength, wisdom, loyalty over and over, even when it was tough. 







Mom and Dad, you amaze me, and I thank God for you everyday.  I aspire to carry on your strengths.
............................................................................

Thank you for letting me share.  

 I invite you to be inspired and encouraged more with me, to  hop over to visit a few of my sister bloggers who accepted my 5th Commandment Collaboration Celebration Challenge: (links will be live Friday night or Saturday morning)

Tatiana Adurias, at The Musings of Mum, speaks and shares on faith, homeschooling, as well as serving family and church ministry.  Let's see how she celebrated the 5th commandment:  https://www.themusingsofmum.com/clothed-with-strength-and-dignity/



Sarah Cole, at Broken & Contrite Hearts can give you a dose of entertainment, encouragement, real life with Jesus, and cool graphics!  Let's how she celebrates the 5th commandment: https://www.brokencontritehearts.com/2018/05/a-perpetual-kinship-my-mom.html

Have a blessed day, and I pray the Holy Spirit will guide YOU as hopefully YOU seek to honor those in your life, who have poured the most into you, or in some way have had a part in your life from birth until now.

May our Lord help us see and appreciate all the positive.  AMEN

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

My Banner, and My Helmet...


Behind this smile, is a struggle.  Some days are easier than others.  I AM on the downhill side, and that word is not all negative.  The hard uphill climb is mostly done, and then come other challenges.  I am stepping into my retirement years, and God has made my life rich with loveliness....

But still... there are elements of struggle.

It is a difficult time for my parents, and I strive to support and honor them, and to be as strong and courageous as they each are.  I work with children, to help them become better readers, my profession, but I am not currently a part of a LADIES GROUP except by facebook, and this fellowship is such a blessing to me, even if by facebook!

Today I was lifted up by two sister's writing.  First I read the expository writing by Tami Sorenson, where she taught about Biblical perceptions, and practices involving BANNERS. 

Then I read the expounding of Melissa Gendreau about the HELMET OF SALVATION.  https://humblefaithfamilywellness.com/helmet-of-salvation/ 
I had to go back and read them both again, write my paraphrase of Ephesians 6:14-18,


and then  I prayed:

Dear Father in Heaven,
I am so grateful for your wonderful provision, my amazing and rich blessings, truly too plentiful to name.  Even living in this fallen world, you loved us enough, to provide a WAY and through Jesus, the banner over me is VICTORY.  

Those who accept His gift of salvation have VICTORY in JESUS, our savior forever.

For He sought me, and He bought me, 
with His redeeming LOVE.

Thank you for my blogger sister in the family of Christ, Tami, who reminded me of Bible history and gave the visual to cling to, and hold high, in my mind's eye and with my voice, "Victory in Jesus!!  My God is LOVE! HE is FAITHFUL and ALMIGHTY, and I am HIS..."

Thank you for my blogger sister in the family of Christ, Melissa Gendreau, who everyday helps children in her capacity of mental health therapist, to deal with trauma and stresses.  Thank you for her reminder of the power and protection that I have in the armor of my Lord... my helmet of salvation.

Surely victory comes to those who serve you, and put you first.  That is who I want to be Lord.  I yield all of myself to you.

Your will be done in my heart, and all of earth, as it is done in Heaven.  Your light shine in me.

In Jesus's name I pray,  AMEN
Tammy


Sunday, May 13, 2018

No fuss, No fluff, T-shirt Quilt


My son's t-shirt quilt:  It was easy, and this is how I did it:

1) Gather t-shirts, and make template out of poster thickness cardboard.  Depending on size of t-shirts, this may be 8 or 14 inches (4 square sides).

2)  Center this cardboard square on the t-shirts and one at a time draw and cut per square, careful that t-shirt is neat and flat in process of marking the block edges.

3)  Lay the blocks out in the approximate order that you will want them.  I put  a few favorite t-shirts in each row with highest concentration of favorites in the middle area!

4)  Sew block edges per row, and then I "eyeballed" to off set the seams from row to row, and I added a half block at alternating row edges to accommodate the off set of the seams.

5)  I knew all along that I was doing this the easiest way possible, and so I used a twin flat top sheet as the backing.

6)  When the blocks and rows were sewn together, I had to lay the TOP on top of the back of the sheet, neatly spreading all the layers together and then using safety pins (maybe 20 or 30) to hold the top and bottom together and I simply folded the edge of the sheet around the top and sewed it.

7) No batting, no fluff, not much fuss, but you know what?  It's pretty comfy.  I liked it when I made it for him, right out of high school, and I like even more now, when I go to his house (a married man) and I see it at his house.



So main thing I want you to see from these pics is that it is casual and easy, as well as serviceable.  My old sewing machine made it through the whole quilt just fine, and rather than tack or professionally or intricately "quilt," what I did is use my sewing machine to intermittently "sew in the ditch," just sporadically, not in any particular organized pattern....

There!  Done!  Holding together, layers for comfort and memories...

Shirts of the place he was working at when he met is wife.  Shirts that we laughed at when he bought.  Shirts from his school  drama club and his martial arts lessons.  Shirts with scripture.  The BORN LUCKY shamrock shirt that he was wearing when he broke his wrist.

Lots of HUGS and life, sewed together there.


On the back is an applique made from one of his t-shirts.  I made it for him when I think he was searching....

God answered his searching.
God answered many prayers I think...

My son has found his path serving God.  His wife helped him.  I am grateful.






Anybody Can Do This Cookies N Cream Oreo Cake!






I used Duncan Hines Devils Food (chocolate cake).  There is a pound cake recipe adaptation on the box, but I did my own adaptation, subtracting some water and oil and adding some sour cream and  milk, and crushed oreos!

I baked it in my Pampered Chef bundt pan which I am in love with and it turned out fine.  I wasn't sure how I was going to decorate either, but........ will do it this way again:



The icing is like a favorite part for my son (who this was for) and it is crushed oreo cookies mixed in with whipped topping.  You totally control the ratios.  I used half of a big tub of whipped topping and two rows of oreos, crushed with the bottom of a glass.





Interestingly it looks whiter when it is freshly mixed, and as the Oreos dissolve, then when you stir it, it takes on more of a dark (Oreo color).

For this cake, I cut a little slit of a ditch around the center and inserted drops of hot Fudge topping (warmed in microwave).  I will do this again as well, only I will add MORE.





I filled the center hole with the Oreo Whipped topping icing, and used cream cheese icing in a decorator tube to "decorate."  As you can tell, that was quite the experience.

I share all of this and show this because it is/was

IMPERFECT
WONDERFUL
EASY
FUN



Remember, the center dark color is the Oreo whipped topping icing after the Oreos dissolved and mixed in.





Hey!  Made my son and my family happy.  Anyone can do it!  I am all for making your own when possible and saving money........ and encouraging others 
YOU CAN DO THIS!


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Creative Share: on His Word and more

The scroll art is made by my daughter.  She is making macrame bracelets and anklets, AND commissioned scroll art, to raise donations towards a little girl named Eden, please follow this link if you would like to know more>https://www.facebook.com/Edens-journey-417466008672743/
If you are interested in donating towards this goal, in return for a macrame friendship bracelet or anklet, or a unique work of scroll art, please leave a message for me here, or you can join our group and message us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2078734635735319/

His will, His word, His Holy Spirit, rain down on me.  I pray, Heavenly Father, that Your will would be done.



HIS WORD





Yes truly
His Word
Is a wonderful
powerful
precious
LOVE 
In my life
Some days I am distracted
My attention on matters in life
God 
help me
LOOK
to this
precious
BOOK
and 
never
matter
WORDS
that
contrast
Your word, Father, I know is TRUE. I want to look to scripture for all I say and do.  All decisions, all attitudes, I pray mine with your word will line up.  Have your way in my heart Father, reflect your Sonshine in me.  With Your word in my life, and Holy Spirit at home, I can HOPE in my salvation through Christ, and rest in protection from YOU.  You are my rock and my keeper Father, here and now, and until you make me brand new.  Thank you.  In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
Other posts about His Word, and my wonderful HOPE:
> My poem about HIS GRACE


>HOPE and WONDERFUL EXPECTATION

>Marvelous Moments in His Word, on Quietness and Confidence

Thank you for visiting.  In reference to my daughter's endeavor to raise money for Eden, and her service dog, please know that we are willing to answer any question.  Eden's mother is in full support and knowledge as well, and you may ask her questions.  My creation of our closed group, "For Eden and Her Service Dog," was so that we would have a place to make OPEN between concerned and involved parties, exactly what is transpiring.  We will post for Eden's family to see, what is contributed, and with names if you grant permission.

The purpose of the church here is to edify and build-up, show LOVE.  We thank you for showing love for Eden, with prayer support or contributions.

Tammy 

Here, I just finished an informative summary about Eden's journey:  https://grandmamarymartha.blogspot.com/2018/05/making-best-of-it-in-all-things-give.html



Making the Best of It; In all things give Thanks


This is family making the best of it.  This is family pulling it together and finding something to give thanks for, even when their heart is breaking...smiling anyway, because it helps someone else, and it is the right thing to do.  They have the Lord in their circle.  By His strength, these smiles are worn.

Their Eden was 7 years old when late last year, her illness caused her to miss her uncle's wedding, and be hospitalized.  They found out the illness is "craniopharyngioma," a rare brain tumor, occurring in only 2 or 3 children per million.

Her mother has walked the path no mother wants to walk. Eden's courage and cheer, along with strength from the Lord, as well as amazing medical staff, and outpouring of support from friends and family, have helped Ann to carry on, and manage smiles for Eden, and upbeat tone in her voice, while she navigated months of hospitalization, therapy and treatment with Eden, and  her husband tried to carry on at home with her other young children in another state.








To brighten Eden's life, since she missed her uncle's wedding, the hospital staff planned a mock wedding, so Eden could enjoy the pageantry and party that she missed.  Doctors and nurses are special people!!!

She has had seizures (side complication of this tumor) and it has been recommended that Eden have a service dog.  This special trained dog is expected to cost $12,000 or more.  For Eden's recent birthday, she was excited to pick out a few dog accessories for her anticipated service dog. 

Being slapped with the unexpected costs to support the priceless life of their beloved daughter would be hard for most families.



My daughter and I are working together to raise funds to support this cause.  I am buying her craft supplies, and she is crafting.  Her crafts will be exchanged for donations, and you may learn more about that in our closed facebook group. (linked above)  You may join to see what is going on, and support Eden in prayer even if you are not able to donate at this time.

We would be grateful if you shared this post with others, to gather support for Eden, and her service dog.
Eden's mother gave me permission to download and share photos with my audience.  I would love to feature something that her mother Ann, has written, but honestly I think she has her hands full, without one more thing to do...



Thank  you, and God bless you in His Sonshine. 
Tammy







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