The End of the Christmas Tour for 2014

Decorating done!  Now to enjoy…..


Isn’t it fun that we can decorate and enjoy all the festivities at this time of year?  How thankful I am to know that, Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

May you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas!!!!!

Christmas Is Coming!



I found Miss Sparkles in my jewelry.  She said it was time to begin decorating.  I told her it was a bit too early and that I was loving my fall decorations so much, but, I understood, since it was going to be a fast couple of months.

So here we go…….stay tuned!


How Many Bleeps?





While listening to a recent news cast report on an episode that involved Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, I was struck by the language that was obviously being used. Fortunately, the television station used the famous bleep sound so we wouldn’t hear her choice of words in describing her awful incident.  I honestly don’t think that there was one sentence that didn’t have a bleep.  

Having bleeps in recorded videos and interviews are pretty common while watching the news and other shows with interviews.  Even the weather channel has to use their bleep sound as people are recording various weather issues going on.  As a tornado or strong wind is blowing, you can hear the person recording describing what he is seeing and most of the words are bleeped.  

Sometimes the newscast will actually type out the conversations and have symbols in place of the bleep.  I find myself reading it and wondering what the word is they are using.  Sometimes, I can’t figure it out and many times, it is obvious what words they are using.

Today, movies, television and all sorts of reading material are filled with language that could curl our toes, as my mom used to say.

I listened to a preacher last summer that used a certain word while talking to the teens before they boarded the bus for summer camp.  I wondered if he was just trying to be cool among the teens and worked hard at inserting this particular word that he said more than once or was that just the way he talked and didn’t see any harm in it.  

As Christ followers, I would think that our language would be the first thing that would give us away in being different and set apart from the world.  

After hearing the crazy audio of the Palin incident, I wondered what would happen if a tragedy happened to me and I was being recorded. Would 4 letter words roll off my tongue like you hear on the nightly newscasts.  What about you?  Would we hear bleeps while we listened to you?

What about using God’s name in vain?  His name is thrown around and stepped on as if it were a piece of garbage.  We may not use God’s name in that way, but we pay money to hear it thrown around in movies and may not even flinch at hearing His name drug through the gutter. 

When the Home and Garden Channel first began, I was so excited about seeing all the decorating shows, but it quickly got old as every time someone came into their newly decorated space, you would hear,  “Oh my God!”  over and over and over…..even children would say it.  Can we not think of anything else to say?  Are we that limited in our language skills?

May we teach our children to speak good things, even when something goes wrong.  We can express disappointment, fear and excitement with better language than what we hear daily in the media and when we are out in the community.

We can always go to God’s Word and find teaching to help us grow stronger in this area of our language:

“…shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.” -2 Timothy 2:16 NKJV *we have to make a concentrated effort to speak in a godly manner.

…that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” -Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV *is there something different about us than the way we were before we became a Christian?

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.” -Matthew 15:18 NKJV *whatever is in your heart, will come out.  We must search our hearts daily.

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” -Ephesians 4:29 *Speak edifying words, not corrupt words.

If there are any bleeps hidden in your heart, there is one place you can take them and that is to the Cross.  Jesus doesn’t want us to be known for our bleeps; our purpose is so much greater than that!


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Happy October!

October is here!  Could this be my favorite month?  It seems I say every month is my favorite lately!  I guess when October arrives it feels like it is officially Fall.

I tried to simplify my Fall decorating this year.  Once I opened the closet up, I couldn’t stop.  So, here are the results. Enjoy a mini home tour.

I do wish for you the best Fall season ever!

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Declare Conference!

I’m excited about attending the Declare Bloggers Conference that is soon coming up! I’m looking forward to being inspired and motivated by the teachings during the weekend.




We were asked to post 4x4of 4 Things, so here it goes:

4×4 of 4 Things…..

4 Things About Me:

*I’ve been married to my Jim for 34 years
*We have two amazing kids and a handsome son-in-law.
*We have 4 of the cutest grand babies ever and one on the way.
*I became a Christian when I was 14 and it has been an amazing journey.

4 Of My Endearing Quirks:

*I’m extremely shy and work on it constantly.
*I’m a germaphobe and I try not to be.
*I’m a night owl that forces herself to go to bed early.
*I spend way too much time dreaming and not doing.

4 Things About My Blog/Writing:

*I love writing on topics that will encourage women to live their lives for Christ.
*I write about things that I wish I would have known about as a young mom.
*I write about the things that the Lord is teaching me daily.
*I also write about the fun things in life such as family, decorating, cooking and shopping.

4 Of My Favorite Things:

*My Relationship with Christ
*My Family
*My Health
*My Freedom




Where’s Beverly?

I’ve been redecorating my blog and combining my website with the blog…… fun posts coming soon!!!!

Waiting on Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This tea setting is in honor of my sweet Aunt Daphene, who passed away last night.  She loved dishes and she loved tea time.  I’ll always remember the sweet words of encouragement you have always given me and all the decorating and entertaining you inspired in me.  I can’t wait to see you again someday!  I love you, Aunt Phene!

I think of cupcakes at Valentine’s, so this apron was perfect.  A gift from my Mom.  Thanks, Mom!
A little Valentine’s in the entry.
My Aunt Daphene Tea Setting!

Filling the curio up with red and pink!

Whenever I see the colors of red and pink, I think of my bedroom as a young teen.  My Aunt Phene made my bedspread and curtains for my room.  I can still see it and wish I still had it.  The top of the bedding was a quilted red and pink rose print with a red ruffled skirt all the way around.  She made a special pillow cover and window treatments.  I had red and pink beads over my door. (70’s) and a red inflatable chair.  I can’t forget about the red and pink furry feet that I hung on my wall.  Evidently, the furry feet were popular then.  They matched my large red fur throw rug by my bed.  Thank you for making my room so special! I bet your new home in heaven is absolutely beautiful! 

Easter In Oklahoma

Our daughter is married to a handsome young man that has an amazing family and we love to get to spend time with them when we can.  

Easter was a special time and I just have to share the gift of decorating and hospitality that runs deep in this sweet family.

Dessert Bar


Love this cake!


Love these bunny cookies created by our granddaughters.


Cute cookies!  Too cute to eat!


Bags full of candy!


Yummy chocolate cake!


The talent of our little granddaughter’s!


Loved these tulips in this beautiful vase!


Isn’t he cute?


Easter centerpiece on dining table.


Cute little rabbits!  Scenes like this were throughout this beautiful home.


Our daughter made these yummy cheesecakes in a jar.  Cute little nest on top and a wooden spoon was tied on to the jar.

Monday At Home

Making My House a Home!
Monday’s are usually set aside for staying home and taking care of details.  Details such as cleaning house, getting the house organized for the week, catching up on decorating projects and anything else that will help make the week run smoothly. 

The wise woman builds her house, 
but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.
Proverbs 14:1

I take this verse seriously and I take homemaking seriously.  I love my home and I want my family and friends to love my home as well.

Let’s begin at the front door.  (Next week we will go into the entry.)

Your front door is the first impression of inside your home. 
You will want to make sure your front door is clean; wood dusted, windows clean, porch swept, nice mat and most importantly… the door bell is clean. 

When guests ring your door bell, you want it to be clean and not smudged with grime and dirt.  Have you ever walked up to someones door and you were afraid to touch the doorbell because it was so dirty?  You don’t want that at your house, so get some cleaner and give it a swipe on a regular basis.  It only takes a second.
In West Texas, it is a full time job to keep iron doors clean.  The dirt blows on a regular basis and with all the scrolls on our door, it is a job. 

The doorbell.  Such a little thing and only takes a second to make sure it is clean for guests.

Valentine’s is just around the corner.  I made a couple of quick wreaths today.  I wasn’t able to find any cute Valentine items for a wreath, so I used what I had in my craft closet.  Not too thrilled with the outcome, but it will do for a couple of weeks.  I have double doors, so I always make or purchase two for each season.

Make sure door mat is in good shape and clean.  I found this mat at Frontgate.

 See you next Monday in the entry way! (or foyer as some may say.) 🙂

Door decor from a couple of year’s ago.

Have To Share!

I have a friend who has an amazing talent for decorating her home.  She loves her home and it shows.  This friend put her home on our Christmas Tour of Homes this year.  I wanted to share with you some of her talent with Christmas decorations.  This is just a sample of the many decorations throughout her home.  Enjoy your own personal tour. 🙂


The Sock Monkey Tree in the playroom.

Cute garland in playroom.

Playroom wreath.

Mannequin in craft room. *you must see her craft room.

Living room tree.

Sample of her large collection.

Adorable Nativity.

Music room tree.

Hutch in dining room.

Dining room tree.

China hutch in dining room.

Kitchen decor.

Kitchen cabinet decor. *can you believe it?

Kitchen view.  In person it knocks your socks off. 🙂


Laundry room.  Elf clothes.

Guest room.

Hubby’s Office tree.

Guest room tree.

Guest room.

Master bedroom tree.

Master bedding.

Her own personal Elf on a Shelf!  (her cute granddaughter )