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Sunday Sentiments ~ Grace and Peace, with a Sneak Peak Table Styling

For today’s Sunday Sentiments
I thought I’d share
a few words the apostle Paul wrote at
the beginning of his letters 
to the different Christian church plants,
words of encouragement.
He always began his letters with
“To all the saints in Christ Jesus at _________, …
Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The above was taken from Philippians 1:1-2 but all the
other letters he wrote to the people in Corinth, Colosse
Ephesus, Thessalonica and to Timothy
began with similar words ~ Grace and Peace.

Feathered friends visiting for seeds during the small snow storms
on Friday.

I photographed this from the insert put out by all the local churches before Christmas
from the local Sanger newspaper.  I thought it was cool!
Grace and peace
two beautiful words ~ grace being the act of
receiving a gift or a reward when we should 
have received
a punishment instead.
Peace ~ hoping that peace
would come over someone.






I was reading in Philippians but I kept coming back to those two words. Paul was still telling others about Jesus even while in chains in prison.  He knew he’d really been given grace as before he knew Christ, he had been Saul of Tarsus who had been going after Christians.  After Jesus rose from the grave, He appeared before many people, at different times for forty days, and one of those times was before Saul on the road to Damascus.  Jesus asked why Saul was persecuting him.  Saul fell to his knees before Jesus.  
For three days, Saul was blind, but after that he could see.  He was converted and spent the rest of his days telling everyone about Christ Jesus, that Jesus was real and that Jesus was the Savior everyone had been looking for.  Jesus had given Saul his new name, Paul, to reflect who he was now with a new beginning.  Paul had peace from then on knowing who he was and where he was going.  So, no matter where he was at the time, he felt peace about the situation.  Even in prison, in chains.


Thinking too about how God took care of 
the Jews after they left Egypt by giving them 
manna to eat as they were going into 
the Promised Land Exodus 16:4
then
thinking about Jesus saying,

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more… Fear him who… has power to throw you into hell…. Indeed, the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”  Luke 12: 4-12 

We shouldn’t worry about where our food 
comes from or where we are going as 
or being scared to talk with others
about Jesus.
God will help us when it’s time.
🙂


Paul was sold-out for Christ.
We can do it too. 
He believed and trusted 
in God the Father and 
God the Son
The Holy Spirit
would come upon him.
The Jews of old believed in God and 
knew to look for the Savior and the signs
of his coming.
Grace and Peace.

Come to the table of the Lord
and eat.
Grace and peace be with you,
Barb
🙂
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Merry Christmas! ~ Christmas Around Town

Just a quick post to share a few favorite
Christmas time photos ~ just call it
a little Christmas afterglow.
Some of these I found
around town.
😉

Hopefully you’ve had a lovely time opening gifts
this morning with your family and now the 
turkey or ham or tamales
are in the oven 
{or on the stove} 
and 
are cooking away.

Enjoy these photographs…

A sweet outdoor setting here at camp.

A serene nativity in a shop window at the
Golden Triangle Mall in Denton, Texas.

Everyone’s wish wrapped up in a sparkling
ornament ~ from Sears.  Also, a little taste of Paris…


This nativity found at church ~ the reason for the season…

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14 KJV

from our old home…

May your family be so richly blessed this
Christmas season,
Barb 🙂  



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Sunday Sentiments ~ Stepping Out in Faith

Stepping out in faith
Out of one’s comfort zone
into 
Light so beautiful
we would never want to leave…

Are you there yet?




The pond and surrounding woods of my parents’ last home ~ Southbury, Connecticut

We haven’t had
a Sunday Sentiments in a while
so I thought I’d share this today with you:


It’s hard to let go and “let God” 
but when we do 
He is able to do things more abundantly
do things better 
than we ever could on our own.

Our pastor would say that sometimes
and
it’s a good thought to just
Let It Go…

A photograph of our daughter {right} and one of her best friends ~ Venture Crew 604, BSA, 2010 ~ Idyllwild, CA.

Just a super quick Sunday morning post

to stop and say
I appreciate You!
And that’s why
I think it’s so important to share 
with you my heart for 
Jesus!
🙂
He is the Great Comforter!
So when you are lonely
or just need a shoulder
do consider giving Him a call…


Beautiful Texas gardens at Magnolia Market ~ The Silos


Long ago our pastor made a funny comment
that basically stated
“Don’t shove the Dove,”
so I do try NOT 
to do that here in this little old blog
but…
if you need to talk
or would like to know more about Jesus
and what He has done for you
in taking our sins on His shoulders
I’d be happy to share with you.


Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.



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Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage

Blessings to you on this lovely
Sunday morning…
 and many Hugs,
🙂
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A Few Must-Haves

There are just a few things
that I had to have with us
with the Big Move…




Some of the things
I needed that are such a part of me
and I needed with me are:

1. my favorite silver silverware
2. the little white dessert plates
3. the oversize Redouté teacup
4. favorite decorating magazines
5. my Bible and a favorite quote book



6. my sweet cement angel…

7. our Christmas ornaments
And, of course, The Girls
{of which you’ve already seen our angel above…}
8. the Lady statue
9. Monsieur Rabbit and…
10. Roses
Moving was really hard on me
and I don’t like dredging up tough times
but I did try to make the best
of a bad situation.

So…
I brought the things that mattered 
to me the most.
I hope that when times are tough
for you,
you’ll have a few of your “absolute must~haves” 
surrounding you to give you comfort.


Have a lovely, blessed day!
I do think and pray for you, often,
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Rain and Happy Belated 4th!!!!

Happy Belated 4th of July
to you all!
We spent a quiet day here
at home.


This flag was replaced with our
“Stars and Stripes”
on the 4th; however, this is the photo 
I took last week
so…
I’m leading out this week’s story with it!
😉

We have had a lot of home showings lately,

hence partly why I have been

off the grid!

Though sad to be leaving this home,

I know we will land somewhere

and it will be 
a new adventure to share with you!

I am excited about decorating a new place…

More on that in another post…

🙂



Lately, I have been painting walls, the laundry room,

our son’s former bedroom,

painting baseboards and doorway surrounds.

I’ve been putty-ing a few door moldings, too,

that have been dinged and hurt from before our time.

The house is happier for it

and is starting to really shine!

With all this coming beauty…

It has been exhausting!

;0)



  • I opened up the ISO speed of our Canon EOS Rebel to 800 or 1600 to get these shots. I am totally excited that I was able to capture rainfall for you!!!


    Here I was trying to capture the rainfall bouncing off 

    the ground
    in the photo with the umbrella stand.
    The barrels are what I collect rainfall in
    to water plants in the yard for free.
    Got about 1/2 full barrels…
    🙂



The exciting part is that
it rained last week!!!
For most of you, that’s no big event,
but
for us here in California
RAIN is BIG NEWS!!!



Wind was blowing like crazy,

the hollyhocks danced,

a little lightning flashed,

and
thunder rumbled above my head,
but I stayed 
warm and dry
underneath the patio cover…

Deuteronomy 28:12

“The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

– See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Rain#sthash.8INDEqch.dpuf

***I thought about taking out the part about “borrowing”, especially since ALL of us have to borrow from banks, anymore, to buy a home.  However, I believe that isn’t what this is referring to… It means to be generous and try to make do on your own.  🙂  Good character traits, always! 🙂


Enjoy your weather
wherever you are today!


Have a blessed day,
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Sunday Sentiments ~ Wither Thou Go[est]…

“Have a Nice Day!” ~ a little sticker found on this yellow post on my way back to the car after Easter service a few years ago.
For weeks and weeks now
I have been praying and asking God for an answer…


You know when you want to hear the answer you WANT to hear
but
God isn’t answering you, or is saying NO
and
you whine, you plead, you beg, you keep praying
but
the answer is still unchanged?



Well…
I had to get to this week, this evening.
(Saturday, June 20th, 2015)
Tonight, Hubby and I were watching a movie that we

have known about now for over a year,
God’s Not Dead,
and the answer came to me that
we had to be stripped to the bone,
just like many of the apostles did in Jesus’ time…



Matthew 4:18 ~ While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, 
Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, 
for they were fishermen. 
19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.



Most of you don’t know about our troubles
and I’ve certainly kept it that way as I didn’t want to burden you,
nor was it fair to you to do so.
But, now I feel I can share this with you all.
We are having to sell our house as my husband
lost his job 9+ months ago
and we no longer can afford to keep it
without risking it going into foreclosure.
So…
it is on the market.


Three weeks ago we made the decision to sell
when it became apparent
we needed to do so.
We got the biggest storage unit we could find,
and bought a bunch of boxes
(and got a few from some friends ~ thank you!!!)
and started packing.

Until today, I have been really sad, crying at times,
furious at what has been happening,
really angry with God.
But God was unfazed by my rantings…

On our honeymoon 28 years ago
I found a little scherrenschnitte,
a little hand-cut sign with green paper behind the lettering
that reads:
“Wither Thou Goest, I will go.”

All these years, to me 
it has meant that
I will follow my husband wherever he goes,
just like our wedding vows about
loving in sickness and health, in wealth and poverty.
(I don’t go gracefully into poverty, let me tell you!)
😉


I have followed him with our small USMC moves.
I love adventure!
Moving has always been fun!


However, all this time, I thought this 
small little sign

tacked up on one of our private walls

was just about Charles and me,

but
tonight it became crystal clear that this sign
is also a vow between 
God and me.

I would love to share a photograph of
“Wither Thou Goest”
but it is packed away and over in storage
therefore
that will have to be for
another time…
🙂


Last July, when I started writing
French Ethereal
I dedicated it to God.
It was to be my way of sharing
Jesus
with you.
🙂


Quietly, as a friend, like the Holy Spirit
when he comes into your life
after you go through a water baptism
after accepting Christ’s love,
that Christ Jesus died
on a cross at Calvary for you, to save you, to wash away your sins.
So simple, really…
Recognize that we all are sinners
(sinning is the act of “missing the mark” and not things right).
Just ask God to forgive you of your sins,
and
to ask God to come into your life and He will!
He makes our lives as clean as snow!
A little plate we have with a painting by Christian artist and author, Sandy Lynam Clough.  Her website is: http://www.sandysteasociety.com.  Newer items by Ms. Clough, like sweet mugs, are available at Christianbook.com. Enjoy!

As French Ethereal comes up on its
one year anniversary
I still am dedicating this site to
God.

It’s that important!

God’s not finished with me yet,
and
though He hasn’t shown Hubby and me all His pathways
yet
He says He will be there for us.
Even when we mess up…
He re-washes us as white as snow.Always a good thing!
🙂


Blessings to you on this
Happy Fathers’ Day,

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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!!

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Birthday Tea

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Today I wanted to share the lovely belated
birthday tea I spent
with my friend Gloria yesterday!


Have I mentioned how much I love having friends
come over for tea?
Gloria is in her latter 70’s now and is kinda like a 
grandmother to me. 
She and I met in The Victorian Tea Society here in
Riverside Country, California, some
 seventeen years ago and we’ve been friends
ever since…



Our table this day was set with white linens and rose-covered

china pieces, my favorite brand of lemon curd
my sister-in-law’s raspberry jam
and some homemade mock
Devonshire cream!



“The very act of preparing and serving tea encourages conversation. The little spaces in time created by teatime rituals call out to be filled with conversation. Even the tea itself–warm and comforting-inspires a feeling of relaxation and trust that fosters shared confidences.”
                        Emilie Barnes, If Teacups Could Talk


Here’s the scone recipe we shared


Fresh Apple Cinnamon Scones

recipe from King Arthur Flour

2 2/3 cups flour (original calls for King Arthur unbleached all-purpose)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. apple pie spice or ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (8 Tbsp.) cold butter
3/4 cup chopped fresh apple, in 1/2″ pieces

(recipe says about half a medium apple ~ I used a whole apple)
3/4 cup cinnamon chips
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened preferred


Topping:

3 Tbsp. coarse white sparkling sugar
(I just used more granulated sugar)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon




Directions: 

1) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and spice.


2) Work in the butter just until the mixture is unevenly crumbly.

It’s okay for some larger chunks of butter to remain unincorporated.

3) Stir in the chopped apple and cinnamon chips.

4) In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla
and applesauce.

5) Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir
until all is moistened and holds together.

6) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
If you don’t have parchment just use the baking sheet
without greasing it.
Sprinkle a bit of flour atop the parchment or pan.

7) Scrape the dough onto the floured parchment or pan
and divide it in half.  Gently pat and round each half into
a 5″ – 5 1/2″ circle about 3/4″ thick.


8) To make the topping: Stir together the coarse sugar and cinnamon.  Brush each circle with milk and sprinkle

with the topping.

9) Using a knife or bench knife that you’ve run under cold water slice each circle into 6 wedges.

10) Carefully pull the wedges away from the center to separate them just a bit; there should be about 1/2″ space between them
at their outer edges.

11) For best texture and highest rise, place the pan of scones in the freezer for about 30 minutes, uncovered.
(I did this beforehand with just the batter and it worked, too.
This relaxes the gluten in the flour, which makes the scones more tender and allows them to rise higher. It also chills the fat, which will make the scones a bit flakier.)



While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

12) Bake the scones for 18 – 22 minutes, or until they’re golden   brown.  When you pull one away from the others, it should look baked all the way through; the edges shouldn’t look
wet or unbaked.


13) Remove the scones from the oven and cool briefly on the pan.  Serve warm. When they’re completely cool, wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to several days. 

(I freeze mine and they freeze well. Yum!)


Scones can be reheated by lightly tenting with aluminum foil. Warm in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for approx. *10 minutes.  Yield: 12 scones. ~ printed from website 10/6/12.


Sidenote:

To make free-form rather than wedge-shaped scones, increase the applesauce to 3/4 cup.  Using a large ice cream scoop or spoon, dollop the scone dough in 1/3-cupfuls on to a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the scones in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for about *10 minutes

***Here’s where I’m pretty sure whomever wrote the recipe up for King Arthur Flour Company made a mistake. ***
The side note said in this section to “Bake scones in a preheated 375 degree F. oven for about 30 minutes.”
 I corrected to 10 minutes.

You may have to play with it to find out the correct time — Barb 🙂





A little bit of cleaning happened over here
getting ready for this tea,
and not all of it was in my outward surroundings…
Sad to be putting away all of the lovely

Christmas decor but with a new year comes
rebirth and renewal…



a favorite old teacup and saucer!





“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,I was a stranger and you invited me in,”                                 Matthew 25:35





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I hope  that by sharing this tea and these lovely things
with you ~ in a way I invite you into my home.  

That’s my New Year’s resolution to you.

🙂





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Blessings to you,

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Love Came Down

Mixed silver, Christmas roses on china, and Nordic look with pinecones and animals
Love came down…


Two friends came over for our book club tea today.
We meet on a Saturday every couple of months.

One lady brought two kinds of yummy sandwiches ~

chicken salad made with Craisins and celery,
the second
an egg salad with dill.


The other friend brought two kinds of fudge and pieces
of chocolate cake.
I made white chocolate and crushed-candy cane scones,
and, of course
provided the tea!

We have been reading through all of Jane Austen’s
novels
but we took a break to read the newest book from author
Jan Karon
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.
If you haven’t read any of Ms. Karon’s stories,
you are in for a treat!
Her Mitford series about Father Tim Kavanaugh
and the townsfolk
of fictional Mitford, North Carolina
has great characters, wholesome fun, troubles to work through
but to me
the best is the
blessings that occur in within the town.
Like a comfy blanket, Karon weaves her tale and envelopes
you the reader with God’s love.
And, the setting?
Christmas time!!!

What can be better than that?! 
All of these photos are completely unedited.
After setting the table Friday evening,
I played with the aperture and camera speed.
The lighting was low just as you see it,
…so ethereal at night!


Needless to say,

Ms. Karon finishes her story with 

a lovely Christmas

scene.

One final thought ~ the way the light off the Christmas tree sparkles and bounces, reminds me of the movie Little Women

Blessings to you this Christmas season…

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Love Divine

Love Divine…

I like to think that at this time of year we can talk 
about our faith
more than perhaps other months of the year.
(okay, except Easter time!)
🙂

It seems in this politically correct world that just the mention of
 Jesus
freaks people out sometimes.
Christians weren’t supposed to misrepresent 
Christ Jesus
thereby
making us look hypocritical ~
and
giving Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father
a bad name in non-believers’ eyes.

We are sorry,
truly sorry for messing things up…

please give 
Him
another chance
if for some reason you have rejected Him in the past.
He loves you and will 
always 
be there for you
when you need
Him.
🙂
The pond at my parents’ last home ~ Southbury, Connecticut
Sharing at Home and Garden Thursday ~  A Delightsome Life 

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Enjoy your Sunday!