Sunday, November 2, 2014


Little Glade Mill Pond, milepost 230.1, Blue Ridge Parkway


November is the time to be thankful for our blessings.  I guide my 6th grade sunday school students to write a prayer each week to God.  In among the prayers for healing and forgiveness and help with a test, I tell them they MUST give thanks to God for their blessings.  It is easy to get wrapped up in ourselves and our worries and forget how blessed God has made us. I tell them that they and I have been incredibly blessed:  in our families, the church family, the ability to get an education, and even to have toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant etc without thinking how lucky we are to have such things readily available.  So Im going to try to spend the month in giving thanks to God for the many blessings he has given me.

The Lump, milepost 264.5, Blue Ridge Parkway
I'm also going to try to get back into the good habit of blogging and not just on instagram.  I need more good habits in my life to counteract the negativeness that sometimes surrounds me from others.  So I'd like to start with 'poor pitiful me'.  Whenever I get down on myself.  Why cant I have the family or life that I see others have, or that I thought I would have by now.  I stop.  Think of God.  Talk to God.  And I give thanks for the amazing life I do have.  

Random spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway
I had to answer that stupid government required health assessment the other day for my insurance.  Don't get me started on the intrusiveness of those questions.  But one was so fitting.  How satisfied are you with your life?  For a fleeting moment regret flashed in my mind before being replaced by God reminding me how lucky I am in my life.  So I answered very satisfied.  I am blessed with a life that is very satisfying.  Thanks God.


I've been absent from my blog because I am so much on instagram, which I also post to flickr, facebook, and twitter.  I used to be able to post to the blog too but they have removed that function. I complained.  Nothing happened.  I have put my feed over to the right so you can follow along too.  It is a format that fits me.  But I miss writing more in depth so I will try to blog more than just for things that require it.  BTW Its amazing how much you can say with a picture. Or 140 characters when you edit yourself.


OMG!  I am such a snow person!  Of course I live where snow is fleeting and people panic with a dusting.  So it was no wonder that when I planned a trip the Jefferson, NC in the mountains, and I heard it may snow I was like a kid at Christmas.  I packed my snow boots, 

fleece, layers, gloves, hats, and scarves!  And I was rewarded with snow that started around 2am Saturday morning and and continued for most of the day.  5-6 inches fell covering everything-tree branches, roofs, cars-except the road.  So I could drive to West Jefferson and spend the day walking the streets and visiting the shops IN THE SNOW!  Of course being NC and only November 1 most had melted my 6pm except for shady protected areas.   More snow fell late in the evening, enough to dust my car.  This morning it was bright blue skies, but windy cold.  

Thanks God for the snow.  I am blessed.

keep dreaming...Colleen

Here is another picture of my precious new baby Sofia!  Named for my Babylock Sofia sewing machine.  Sofia has already found the fabric!  Another blessing from God! #cattherapy #overgram


Donna said...

Lovely post. Thanks for sharing. And Sophia is a darling.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely to see you back on your blog. Oh, your new little furpile is just so cute!!

Lana said...

Love that you are back here too! I have missed hearing about all those pictures you post...some do beg for detail you know!!! (for me nosey girlie). I love the way you live your life. I often times look at your posts on IG and think wow..what a following, what a talent...what great makes me happy to see you doing all those fun things and to have so many followers and people that ask questions...some that I wouldn't even know to ask about quilting...
You are more importantly to me...
I think that is just as important as feeling blessed...