Monday, April 23, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (April 2018)

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WELCOME to the April "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the April "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the March "You're the Star" blog hop)

Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake by Marilyns Treats
Baileys Irish Cream is now a cheesecake!




Why the Cat is not in the Chinese Zodiac Calendar by Of Mice and Ramen


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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )







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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing #62

Normally I feature these old hymns on the first Sunday of every month but I just realized that because of Easter I actually missed April's "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing"!  So, we will do that post today.

Welcome to the 62nd Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing!

I miss the old hymns that I remember from my childhood - there were no drums, no electric guitar and no mind numbing beat. It was just voices and maybe a piano or an organ. The choir led the congregation in singing - and the words of these hymns are poetic. I realize that there is a need for the modern "seeker oriented" worship music - but it is also necessary to have deeper songs (no offense intended to anyone who prefers the newer church songs).

I decided to have an "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing" once a month on this blog.
I personally do NOT have a great singing voice - I used to play the guitar & piano but my voice is NOT an instrument. That's the great thing about this digital hymn sing, you can warble along without being embarrassed or without offending anyone else.

The hymns that we will be studying are taken from an old hymnal from a Baptist church that is no longer in existence - "The North American Hymnal" published in 1956 by "THE ROGER WILLIAMS PRESS"

I will also try to find a version of the featured hymn on "YouTube" to share with you each month.


Today's featured hymn is "I Gave My Life for Thee" written by Francis R. Havergal (1836-1879)   & composed by Philip P. Bliss (1836-1876).  
Francis R. Havergal was a minister's daughter and never married.  She spoke many languages.  She was a writer and many said that she had such a sweet singing voice.  More than 50 of her poems became beautiful hymns - some of which we know today.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life"  John 3:16


I have included 2 versions of this wonderful hymn (below the lyrics).  The first version is the entire congregation singing (just like I remember from my childhood), the second is A Capella.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 243 in your hymnals and let's sing:

I Gave My Life for Thee
written by Francis R. Havergal (1836-1879) & composed by Philip P. Bliss (1836-1876)



1. I gave My life for thee, My precious blood I shed.  That thou might'st ransomed be, And quickened from the dead;  I gave I gave My life for thee.  What hast thou given for Me?   I gave I gave My life for thee.  What hast thou given for Me?

2.   My Father's house of light, My glory circled throne I left, for earthly night, For wand'rings sad and lone;  I left, I left it all for thee, Hast thou left aught for Me?  I left, I left it all for thee, Hast thou left aught for Me?
  
3.  I suffered much for thee, More than thy tongue can tell, Of bitterest agony, To rescue thee from hell;  I've borne, I've borne it all for thee, What hast thou borne for Me?  I've borne, I've borne it all for thee, What hast thou borne for Me?

4.  And I have brought to thee, Down from My home above, Salvation full and free, My pardon and my Love;  I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee, What hast thou brought to Me?  I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee, What hast thou brought to Me?




A special thanks to "Dallas Christian Adult Choir - Topic" for sharing this with us!
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Features From The Toledo Museum of Art - PEOPLE #1


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Features From My Visit to: The Toledo Museum of Art - PEOPLE #1

TMA (Toledo Museum of Art) is one of my favorite places in Toledo, Ohio.  I first visited this beautiful museum when I was in high school in Canada.  I grew up in the Windsor area and I was privileged to go to a high school with an advanced art program.  We actually visited the TMA twice throughout my high school career.  I had no idea when I was a teenager that I would actually marry an American and then settle in the Toledo area!  I now visit my favorite museum once a year.

I will be featuring a few pieces from the TMA each month.

Since it is April and "April showers bring May flowers", I decided to feature rainy day paintings this month.  Our feature masterpiece today depicts a dreary day in 1885 Boston, Massachusetts.

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“Rainy Day, Boston”


By Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935)

This artist enjoyed watching people (and painting them) - here is a wonderful quote from the artist:  "I am never tired of observing people in every-day life.....Humanity in motion is a constant study to me."  -- Childe Hassam 
 This painting depicts a typical rainy day (1885) at the intersection of "Columbus Avenue" and "Appleton Street" in Boston, Massachusetts.  I became curious about how much this intersection must have changed over the years and since I've never been to Boston, I resorted to searching the internet.  I found this picture taken in 1997 by Peter Vanderwarker (click HERE to view his photo).  The modern version is very similar but somehow not quite as quaint as Mr. Hassam's artwork.

ENJOY!

Other TMA Posts:
GLASS#1 - Church Stained Glass
COUNTRY#1 - "Hazy Day on the Marshes"
COUNTRY#2 - "A Dutch Road"

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Tirami-Brulee RECIPE (Tiramisu & Crème Brulee Combined)
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Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #113

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#113 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge 2 years ago, so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful for a difficult task that is now completed.  I am thankful for the support that I received from family and friends.  I am most thankful that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!  He can be your Savior also - just accept His free gift of forgiveness by believing that He died on the cross, rose from the dead and is living today!



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"My command is this:  Love each other as I have loved you."  John 15:12
Three years ago we featured this lovely song on "Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns":
Read: They'll Know We Are Christians

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We had a bit of a setback this week with snow and colder temperatures but I see that next week we should be expecting some warmer weather to continue our garden cleanup.

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- Here are my Follower stats:
GFC (Google Friends Connect) - 2,243
Bloglovin - 4,460
Twitter - 6,929
Pinterest - 6,323
Google+ - 2,280
Facebook - 4,473

Instagram - 1,113
Linky Followers - 108
Networked Blog - 1,243

Activate - 574
That's a grand total of 29,746 followers in some form or another (which is up 25 from last week).

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About 3 years ago I shared this delicious recipe which would be perfect for Mother's Day:
Individual Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle Filled Sponge Cake RECIPE
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