Friday, October 15, 2010

Love One Another

This afternoon, I was delighted to have two beautiful ladies in my home for lunch. It made me realize how much I love and enjoy spending time with other ladies and how encouraging and edifying it can be!

God created us to be social beings. Even Adam, who was in a sinless state before the Fall, desired the company of another. Not to mention that Jesus collected 12 men around him to be His companions -- to walk with, to pray with, and to offer support and encouragement to one another.

I suppose it should be no surprise then, to discover that doing - anything - is always so much more fun when you are doing it with someone else! I've had more than one opportunity to bare witness to this fact in the past week or so.

Last Friday, a mom's group that I have just recently started going to with a friend, did a "Thanksgiving Craft" together. It was a pumpkin centerpiece. I really enjoyed doing this and even though Thanksgiving is over, you may still like to carve out a pumpkin and make your own Autumn Arrangement.

All you have to do is carve out the pumpkin and find a jar that will fit snugly inside. Then cut a piece of floral foam to fit inside the jar and get those creative juices flowing! If you want to use fresh flowers/foliage, I think it would be best to use floral foam that is specifically designed for fresh arrangements. If you only have dry floral foam, then you can create your masterpiece using dried flowers, wheat, or cat tails.

If you don't think you are gifted in the art of arranging, guess what?...I didn't either!! But yet, I still feel happy with how mine turned out. Remember that it doesn't need to look perfect! Your family will enjoy the effort that you have put into it to make your home feel festive and colourful!

I draw my next example from the visit of my Parents which took place just after Thanksgiving. Together we were able to pickle 10 lbs of beets, a triple batch of Salsa, and cut up over 30 cups of green/orange peppers for the freezer! I was so blessed by their help and it made the job that I was (ashamedly) dreading, an enjoyable experience. (I think this is the first time I have ever done preserving with my folks!) Maybe this is the beginning of a new tradition?? ;-)
Me with all of the Salsa Ingredients!
The finished product! :-)


Stam House said...

wow good job!!! and that centerpiece is gorgeous!! what a neat idea!!

AurieGood said...

i love the centerpiece - it looks wonderful :) great job!! i grew up canning/preserving and have gotten away from it. i've been toying with the idea to jump back in - so glad that you enjoyed it!! blessings to you....

judy said...

That is a beautiful center piece Niki...Great job. I would have to say it is an fall decoration & not only for Thanksgiving.

Many hands makes any task much easier plus someone to chat with as well, makes it all go faster. We will have to do it again next fall. My favorite part of it all, was when I got to look after my precious little grand baby girl...:) love ya *Ma* xoxoxo