Monday, April 27, 2015

{Crafts to Make ~ Hanging Lock Heart}


Here is the cute little heart craft project
just finished
for you!


Actually, I finished it a week ago...
We are having some technical difficulties again
with our computer.
Also having issues uploading photos from
the camera sometimes.


So, that's partly
why
I haven't been blogging...
:)


The other reason is that Hubby and I
have been working hard on finishing up the kitchen cabinets
repainting and fixing where we had a
water leak under our sink
two or three years ago.
(we had a reverse osmosis water filter that got old and leaked...)


The finished photos for that is coming soon!
Looks really good, too!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kitchen Cabinets Redo



Over the past two weeks
I have been working on lightly sanding and repainting 
all of the cabinets and doors
in our kitchen.


This is where I was at on Saturday morning...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Sentiments... Grace



Grace ~
I like the fact that God gives us grace
instead of giving us forever
without Him!


For all the little things we do wrong,
it's nice to know that we can be forgiven.
Just like a parent who has to
discipline his or her child,
God will discipline us
...but only for a time.
:)




Jesus got us the invitation to the table...
We just have to accept it.
Today's message at church was from
Hebrews 13:17-25.
The emphasis was on
obeying your church leaders and praying for them
so that their work can be a joy
and
it comes back to you.


The last scripture in verse 25, the author
(it is thought to be Paul, the apostle)
writes:
"Grace be with you all."
(which is Paul's signature trademark ending to his writings, usually
saying, "Grace and Peace to you all.")


So, it stuck with me...
Grace is an ethereal word,
hard to describe...
just like when we see a beautiful painting,
a glowing sunrise or fiery sunset,
sweeping landscapes with blowing grasses
as far as the eye can see,
the sweet look and smile of a child as the parent enters the room,
a happy couple holding hands while walking
along a beach, then sharing a kiss...


It makes us joyful and happy!


last spring's garden


What things are you thankful for today?
I hope that grace is always a part of your home.
:)


Grace and peace to you,
my friends!
Barb :)


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Studies in Black and White and Sepia



Just a study in black and white today...
Few words,
just photos...





A photograph I took of our cat, Tigger, back when I was 15 years old with an old 110 Kodak instamatic camera.
I went out to milk our goats. She hopped up on the milking stand. I had the camera. She turned her head ~ and this is the shot!





Tip:
Still learning about photography
and changing to black and white...
I did not realize until now
that one has to lighten up the photograph
if the original photograph was shot
in color
or it will appear dark.
:)






What's your favorite way to photograph?
Hope you have a great weekend!
Barb :)




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

After the Rain...

A Sepal, Petal, and a Thorn, poem by Emily Dickinson
(I can't believe I forgot to put her name ~ my apologies!!!)

A little rain at night...

brings wonderful 

flowers

in the morning!!!


Come and share your ideas with us!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

After Easter Tea...



Yesterday I was inspired while out cutting roses
to set up a little tea table for you!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Blessings!


You know, when I started
French Ethereal
last summer...


It was totally on faith 
that I even started blogging and I hoped that
it might be blessed
but I especially hoped it to
be a blessing 
to You!!!


I had spoken with my friend Lisa
before our Easter/Spring break,
and she had been interested in going with me to the annual 
combined churches of our valley's
Cross Walk.



This year, our school break coincided with us being able to 
attend the big Cross Walk!
So...
it was really with great joy that I got up early 
and started the day on Good Friday with
just a quick 30 minute
communion
at
Calvary Chapel of Murrieta.


Pastor Brian Bell of Calvary Chapel of Murrieta, CA, is about to give a morning prayer before everyone heads out on the Cross Walk on Good Friday! He is the man in the red shirt on the right.
:)


Good Friday is remembered for being the day
that Jesus took all of our sins to the cross.  



When I began this blog, I wanted to always
have a little Faith to share with all of you!
It's way out of my comfort-zone to share this with you,
but
it's something that 
I believe
very strongly about ~ getting to know Jesus
through the Word,
so I am happy to share Friday's walk with you!!!
:)



Lisa and Yours Truly in a little "selfie."

The walk began next to the 
Temeku Theaters
in Temecula, California
then everyone walked along Ynez Road to Overland Overpass
and crossed over Jefferson Avenue heading south to Sam Hicks Park.
Volunteer policemen and retirees were stationed to help us cross 
the intersections safely. 
I don't know how many people
walked the route, 
but there were perhaps 
several thousand!


Rancho Community Church's worship team sang for everyone at Sam Hicks Park in Temecula.  They sang one of my favorite worship songs, Amazing Love by Hillsong.  The man below is carrying a cross draped with a lovely purple cloth across its shoulders.  The sign on the cross says INRI ~ Jesus, King of the Jews.



It was a quiet time 
for some 
and a loud, whooping time
for other folks!
The pastor from 
Rancho Community Church

gave the final speech and prayer at the park.
All in all

a great day!

  1. Iesus Nazarenus Rex IudaeorumINRI
  1. INRI is an acronym meaning Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, or "Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews." The actual inscription on the Cross was written in three languages, Latin, Greek and Aramaic. We know from Scripture that what was actually written was "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews".Dec 6, 2012

 ***Please check out the New Testament books of 
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John 
for accounts of Jesus' actual week leading up to and including dying on the cross.  It was for real that He rose again here on Easter Sunday.  Over five hundred people got to see and talk with him over the next 40 days after He arose from the grave on Easter Sunday.  At the cross, though, Jesus said seven different things to different people, including asking his cousin, John the Baptist, to take care of his mother for him.  Jesus' final words were, "It is finished." This means that He finished what He came to do: be our sin offering to God for us and to be our "bridge."
We just have to believe...
Blessings to you and your family and friends this lovely, holy day!!!

Happy Easter to you!!!
Barb :)


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