Sunday, October 30, 2016

Coming Back~~Harvest and October Decorating

Well, as I told you before, I had to take a little break from Blogging.  And I really wondered if I would be back.  But as I thought about it I realized I like it. . .a lot. . . and I like the people who visit my blog, and the blogs I follow. . .a lot. . .So here I am after several months of being away, I am back.  And I am so happy to return to something I like doing.
If you are wondering, I had a little "melt down".  It seems some things in life became too much for me.  It caused me to have not only stress mentally and emotional, but it has taken a toll on me physically.  Recommendations from my doctors is to cut back on things.  Stop trying to do everything, and be everything.  After a lot of inward soul searching and re-evaluating my life and my situation I decided I needed to take care of a few things.  I need to stop and enjoy my life.  I need to stop and enjoy the little things in life.  It is easy to see the big things, but it is the little things that make like so interesting and it makes me feel so blessed.  I feel I am a religious person, but most important I am a spiritual person.  I read from my scriptures every day.  I pay many times a day.  I spend time getting to know my Savior. . . But. . .was I letting the Lord help me when life became too much. . .sadly No! I thought I had to do it all, and then ask for His help.  I was wrong in thinking that.  I can only do what I can do and it is ok to turn to the Lord for His Divine help.  That is what the Atonement is about. . .His Grace is sufficient.  He will make up for what I can not do. . .and I am blessed to come to that realization.  He will even do it all if I can not. . What wonder and amazement. . He will do it for me.  His Grace is sufficient.  I love the great story of Paul in the New Testament.  Paul was a valiant servant for Jesus Christ.  He was imprisoned he was tortured for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He wrote some of the greatest sermons and epistles in all of Scripture, but Paul had a "thorn" we do not know what that "thorn" was, nor do we need to know.  It was between Paul and the Lord.  Paul ask numerous times if the Lord would remove the "thorn".  Then finally one day the Lord told Paul basically to stop asking.. . . He said "My Grace is Sufficient." Paul no long ask for the "thorn" to be removed.  In fact, he recorded in Romans Chapter 5, that  "he gloried in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience. and patience, experience and experience hope."
The Lord is not done with me. . .I will continue to have bumps in the road of life. . I will have times when I feel I can not continue on. . .I stumble and I may even fall. . .my constant prayer is that  His hand will always be there for me, He will life me up. . bind up my wounds and send me on my way.  I will accomplish what He has sent me to this earth to accomplish.  He will not let me fail. . .because of His Infinite Atonement, His Divine Grace, all things can and will work together for my sake.  "For who can be against us if Christ is for us?" " For I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Now having said that. . let me share with you some of my
October Harvest Decorating.
When I was feeling so down, and could hardly function, my friend said to me
"why do you do all this decorating? It is too hard for you."
My reply was . . . because it makes me happy.
When I can no longer decorate my home. . .you will know I have given up.
And I am not giving up.  I may not do as much as I one did.
But I still like to change things out.
Especially during the months of  with holidays.
I love the colors of the Harvest.
The oranges, the golds, the brown.
It gives me a "comfy homey" feeling.
Of course the little Terrorist Teddy. . is my photo bomber.
Actually he is on neighborhood patrol. . he watches out the
window for anything that may look suspicious. . Hahahaha!
The least little thing to him is suspicious.
My little obedient Terrorist, Cash is standing next to me.
Oh, how I love these two little babies of mine.
Animals give us so much joy.

I hope your day is filled with goodness.
Enjoy this time of year. . it is glorious. . and beautiful!



  1. Oh Kari, you are not alone. As we get older things are always so much bigger than they really are and we fret and worry about the crazy's things. I get down and feel sorry for myself and can't figure out things. But, things always work out. Things take so much longer to do and it's hard sometimes. I really like decorating for the holidays, but I have really cut back and have given so much away.

    I agree with you, if I didn't have my dogs to keep me company, I don't know what I would do, it sure would be lonesome around this house.

    Your decorations look amazing and I like them very much. So hang in there dear friend and we will be okay.


  2. Your decor looks so pretty. It's so good to see you blogging again. I missed you. My family is going through spiritual warfare at this time. We've been through trial after trial since around May of this year, and this very day, we are walking through the fire. We don't understand why things happen as they do, and we sometimes forget the loving mercy of God, and fail to ask for His intervention. It happens that part of the trials we are having are caused by the pastor and other leaders in the church. That makes it doubly bad, but vengeance belongs to God, and He will repay in due time. I'll keep you in my prayers, and ask that you lift up my family when you pray. Thanks for the reminders in the scriptures you quoted. I'm believing that better days are ahead. Take care of yourself. God bless!


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