Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Late August Bible Journaling Pages

This week I have more Bible Journaling pages from the book of 1 Samuel to share.  Someday, when I'm all caught up sharing old pages with you, I hope to just do one page at a time and have a more complete and in depth Bible Study every week with you.  But for now, since I'm so new to this Bible Journaling journey, I will continue to share old pages until I'm caught up (I'm almost there!  I'm currently in 2 Samuel now) and share little tidbits of what I learned from that page.

Here is a pre-printed image that I colored with a mix of craft paint, markers, and pencils.  I focused on pinks and reds to emphasize the heart.  Aren't you glad God looks at our hearts and not our outward appearances?  Throughout my life I've always been hurt by other people because they misjudged the motives of my heart.  I've been told things like "I know exactly who you are!" It's ridiculous, I know, how can anyone but God know "exactly who I am".  People always think they know someone, when they really don't.  They judge by outward appearances.  But God looks at the heart.  I find so much comfort in that.

One of the most beautiful stories in the Bible is the friendship between Jonathan and David.  It's beautiful, and so rare, to see a friendship like this.  I created this page by water coloring the entire page with different shades of blue leaving just a heart opening white where it talks about the bond and love between David and Jonathan.  I used stamps from the Stampin' Up! set "Season of Friendship" on the page, and then hand wrote a few notes in.  The clouds were created by tracing a cloud die with a white gel pen.  The little heart next to the sentiment banner is an epoxy sticker.

Throughout my reading of 1 Samuel I was impressed with how often David sought God's wisdom before doing anything.  Oh, if we would only do this in our lives!  So  created a page mostly using stickers and wash tape emphasizing how David CONTINUOUSLY sought God's wisdom.  The background was done with gelatos.

This is a pre-printed page where I added a few more notes.  There are so many Bible stories we've heard all our lives, yet each time I read in again,  I see something new.  This time when I read the story of David and Goliath I noticed three important things:  David had a righteous anger,  he had complete confidence in God to rescue him, and he gave God the victory for killing Goliath and not his own skills.  So after I colored in the image with pencils and pens,  I added my extra notes.

Another thing I noticed in this story was verse 29 when David asked his brothers "What have I done NOW?"  I found so much comfort reading that, because I've often felt that myself many times in my life.  As I stated above,  I have frequently been misjudged in life, and it is very hurtful.  I took comfort that David, described as a "Man after God's own heart" was also misjudged, and not just by Saul, and others, but by his very own brothers!

In my Mid-August Bible Journaling Post, I shared pages of mistakes I made and how I fixed them.  This page on Friendship is an example of another mistake I made.  If you go back and look at the second picture in this post, when I stamped the tree on the previous page it showed up on the opposite page too.  But that's ok, because then I just used that image again and did a second page on Friendship.

After coloring the background blue, like the previous page, I hand wrote what I thought were the true signs of Friendship as illustrated between David and Jonathan.

On this page I colored the background with blue craft paint.  I used a mix of stamps and my own handwriting to share my thoughts of what I gleaned from my reading.  The flowers and background stamp are an old Stampin' Up! set.

On this page I was awestruck by how powerful God's holy spirit is.  So using a mix of stickers, stamps, and my own hand-writing I wrote my thoughts on the powerful spirit of God.

When you create your pages, don't be afraid to mix things up like I do.  If you struggle with calligraphy or you don't like your own hand writing, just write a few words in your own hand writing and use stickers and stamps for the rest.  I actually think it looks more interesting when you mix it up.

On this page I wrote about Psalm 52.  Did you know a lot of the Psalms were written from David's own life experiences?  Psalm 52 was written in response to David's experience in 1 Samuel 22.  It helps me in my Bible study to write in my margins where else in scripture a story occurs.

After I read this chapter, I read Psalm 52 and wrote what I learned from it in the margins.

And finally, here is another page that I created using a Psalm David wrote from an experience in 1 Samuel.  When David was hiding in a cave from Saul, he wrote the Psalms 142 and 57.  The name of the cave was called "Addullam" which means "Refuge".   I took a verse from Psalm 142 and emphasized the word "Refuge" with both stickers and my own writing.  The background was done with craft paint, and I hand drew the mountains.

I hope you enjoyed this week's Bible Journaling pages.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Dusters: The Perfect Early Fall Layer

I was so elated to see this pretty blue duster in my September box from Stitch Fix.  I always prefer dusters or cardigans over pullover sweaters during the winter months, because they are so easy to remove if I get too warm.  Long dusters can sometimes be problematic in the winter, because they tend to hang longer than most coats.  But in fall, when you don't need a coat, a long duster like this makes the perfect early fall layer. 

The duster is by Love Ellie and is called "Cheril Pointelle Duster Cardigan".  In case you want to request this from your Stitch Fix stylist, I am wearing a size Medium for reference.

The duster is a good length for me, stopping around five inches above my knee on my 5'7 frame.

I chose some pretty leafy earrings from Amazon in honor of the first day of fall.

What I really loved about this cardigan was how thin it was.  I'm not a fan of chunky knits on my body frame.  I also thought the see-thru design was very pretty.

I carried a burgundy bag to add a little more color to the outfit other than blue and white.  Mine is old, but I like THIS ONE on Amazon as well.

For footwear, I chose these suede navy blue booties, also from Stitch Fix.

I could not find this exact sweater on-line, but HERE is a similar one in Sea Moss.

I was happy to get this cardigan not just because of the style, but also the color.  I already own so many cardigans,  but I don't have any in blue.

I'll let you know in my Stitch Fix Review post if I kept this cardigan, but I'm sure you can already guess!  :)

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

My Outdoor Fall Decor

Last week I showed you my Indoor Fall Decor and this week it's the outside fall tour.  

Let's begin with the walk up to the front porch door.  First of all, my front porch got an update this summer.  The roof got damaged over a hard winter so my husband had to replace it.  I then gave everything a fresh coat of paint.  It took us most of the summer to finish this porch, but it was sure worth it.  It never ceases to amaze me how much a fresh coat of paint makes everything look better.

On the walk to the front porch, I have garden beds on both sides of the walk way.  I put a few fall signs in the garden beds.

On the porch steps, I put a few pumpkins and potted mums.  I also have mums planted in the ground in the raised bed in front of the porch;  they just aren't blooming quite yet.

I snuck a little greeting sign amongst the mums to welcome visitors to the house.

Near the front door, I placed a pumpkin floral display.

On the side of the house, near the side post I added another metal pumpkin sign.

My side porch is actually the entrance I and most visitors use.  I put a "Happy Harvest"sign over a large tobacco basket on the back wall, and added more pumpkins, a fall pillow, a scarecrow, and more welcome signs near the door.

The first day of fall is September 23rd!  Have you decorated your house for fall yet?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Friday, September 20, 2019

How To Style A Summer Dress For Fall

On Monday I shared "How To Style A Summer Maxi Dress For Fall",  today I'm sharing a new summer dress I received in my September box from Stitch Fix.  The dress is by Wisp and is called "Cyndie Jersey Dress".

Cardigans, jackets, and blazers are great ways to extend the life of summer dresses into fall.  The blue in this dress made it ideal to pair with a blue denim jacket.

Because the dress is sleeveless,  it's very easy to throw another layer over the dress for those no extra bulk on the arms.

The dress is so comfortable, for it is made of a soft, jersey knit.  I love the fit n' flare shape of the dress too.

I couldn't find this exact dress on line, but I love THIS ONE from Amazon.

To make this summer dress even more appropriate for fall, I added a contrasting fall color by carrying this mustard bag (similar HERE)

The bracelets and earrings are handmade jewelry I picked up on my vacation to Utah.  The teal color in the jewelry pulls out the teal in the dress.

The dress has a beautiful braided neckline with a keyhole opening.

This is the time of year I no longer like to show my toes, but if it's too warm to wear booties, I just pick a closed toe shoe option like these flat dark blue ballet shoes.  My shoes are old, but HERE is a similar pair.

I really like this dress because of the fabric.  These types of dresses are great for traveling because they never wrinkle and they take up so little space in a bag.  I took two dresses from Stitch Fix on my Utah vacation and I basically just rolled them up and threw them in my suitcase.  When it came time to go out to dinner,  I just unrolled a dress, threw on a pair of sandals, and I was off!  I loved it!

As always,  I'll let you know at my end of the month Stitch Fix Review post if I kept the dress as well as the results of my Instagram Poll.

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Visiting The Lincoln Park Zoo In Summer

I know some of you are anxious to hear about my fall vacation to Utah.  It was a dream come true to finally make it to Zion National Park.  I've heard nothing but wonderful things about it, and after seeing it myself,  I can honestly say everything I have ever heard is true.  But, I have a couple of summer travel posts I want to do yet, and I'm still going through all my Utah photos, so it will be two more weeks before I start my Utah Travel Series.

In the meantime, today I want to share about my visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo in summer;  and I've emphasized "In Summer" because the only other time I've ever been there was in the winter.  (You can read about my visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Winter HERE and I also wrote another post about the Lincoln Park Conservatory HERE.)  I was honestly stunned at how different the park looked in summer verses the winter.  Foliage and vegetation makes all the difference in the world!

The first time I went to the zoo with my daughter and son-in-law, we were childless, as Alethea wasn't born yet.  On my second visit, we not only had a toddler in tow, but a newborn as well, so we were moving a lot slower and didn't get to see everything.  One thing we missed was the conservatory, but that was OK because the first time we visited I got to see the inside but there were no flowers on the outside because it was February.  On this visit, I got to see the outside garden flower beds.  It was incredible to see such beautiful flower beds with the conservatory and Chicago skyline in the distance.

Beautiful yellow Calla Lilies with purple Salvia as the edging plant.

There's a large, lawn space in-between the beds for picnicking, strolling, sitting in the grass, and viewing the flowers from all angles.

Even though Alethea lives in a city, she doesn't get to see skyscrapers very often so this was a pretty exciting day for her.

There is a lovely fountain with a stone bench all around it.  Alethea loved walking on the stone bench all around the fountain.

I just love the beautiful, soft plumes on this ornamental grass.

The weather was so perfect the day.  Alethea loved running on the grass through the gardens.

After enjoying the flower gardens, we headed off to see the animals.

At the time of day we were there, the lighting was not the best for photographs, but I did manage to get a few nice shots.

I didn't see this fun, unique sculpture during my first visit to the zoo.  It's a globe, that rotates, and water runs over the top down to the bottom.  The kids all seemed to love it!

The giraffes were no where in sight when we first arrived, so dad took Alethea into a building while I waited on a bench with my daughter as she fed the baby.  Eventually, the giraffes just appeared (it must have been feeding time) and the crowd just let out an excited collective squeal.  It was so fun to hear, and of course I ran over quickly to see them and snap a few pictures.

The pond and/or outdoor bird area was the part of the zoo that looked the most different to me.  I couldn't believe how gorgeous it was with all the foliage on the tree and the beautiful plants surrounding the water.

Flamingos are always my favorite animal to see in a zoo.

I was so excited to see a baby rhinoceros!  I mean, how often does one see a baby rhino?  He was so CUTE!  He followed his momma everywhere.  Unfortunately, even though I snapped a gazillion photos, I didn't get one that was not blurry.

The first time we visited, the apes were inside.  They still had quite a few gorillas inside, but it was fun to see some playing outside too!

Aren't camels such a fascinating animal?

I hope you enjoyed my little visit to the zoo?  Have you been to a zoo lately?  I'd love to hear from you!

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