Archive | September 2014

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Oh, yes. Let go of the worry and focus on the positive.



Book Review ~ The blessings of friendship treasury

The blessings of friendship treasury by Mary Engelbreit is a lovely “feel good” collection of thoughts, poetry, and Bible verses about friendship and loving each other. Engelbreit’s characteristic illustrations are colorful and fun. They bring further meaning to the writings she chose.

She includes some familiar choices and some surprises:

  • “A friend is the first one to come in when the whole world has gone out.”
  • “Friendship needs no reason.” –Ibycus
  • “Hug o’ War” poem by Shel Silverstein
  • “Friends are the family you choose for yourself.” –Edna Buchanan
  • “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” –Luke 6:31
  • “Love one another and you will be happy, it is as simple and as difficult as that.” –Michael Leunig
  • “There was a definite process by which one made people into friends; it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time.” –Rebecca West






Although this treasury is published as a collection for children, it would be well appreciated by some of my best friends. It is a hardback book of good quality that I would recommend as a keepsake for yourself, a good friend, and children who are at least eight years old.

4 out of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.


The little man and I went to our local craft store to buy some fleece fabric so he would have a new blanket that’s actually long enough for him. He has plenty of blankets, but the two I made for him when he was younger are his favorites. Each has a “perfect” corner or two from the hem I created.  We chose fabric (green with bugs on it), and after washing, trimming, and pinning the material, I went to work sewing the hem. As I sat there using my Mom’s sewing machine, I felt grateful. First, I am grateful that I have a clue about what I’m doing with fabric. Second, I have her sewing machine. Third, she took the time to teach me how to sew. I have no desire to create anything fancy, but I can use a sewing machine for basics. Yes, I am grateful. I miss Mom every day, but experiences like this bring sweet memories.

Now there is a newly-hemmed fleece blanket awaiting the kiddo in the morning. I hope he’ll find a corner or two to be a favorite or at least curl up under it while snuggling the favorite ones. 😉