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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


"Every house where love abides
and friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest." ~ Henry Van Dyke

Hello dear friends and welcome to my HOME ~

HOME is a place where one can take refuge from the storms of life; all kinds of storms. For me right now, my HOME is a place where I can retreat and try to recover from my ailments.

I regret that I didn't get around for all my visits at my last HOME party. As some of you may know, I have been nursing a slipped disk as well as the flu. I have also been on some rather potent meds for my back so last week, I spent resting and trying to get well. This week I have seen some improvement but my back has a long way to go. We are still waiting to get the results of the MRI I had the other day. I am usuing a walker to get around and Hubby is doing all the housework as well as the cooking. He's a busy guy because he works at a full time job too.

Since I haven't been out and about and my life has been limited to my HOME, I decided to share some posies with you. Flowers just naturally bring a smile to my face and nothing says Spring like tulips.

I love tulips!

My son brought me a bouquet of beautiful white tulips but alas, I was too ill to get a picture of them.

Another beautiful bouquet in a Rose Chintz pitcher.

I usually don't get too personal on here but I thought I should let you all know how it has been with me lately. The past few weeks have been a bit of a nightmare and I am so glad to have flowers and hot cups of tea to sip on. I am thankful to have the dearest person on earth caring for my needs as he does his best to make me comfortable. Yes, even in the midst of this particular storm, I am thankful for my many blessings. I am HOME.

HOME is where your story begins. ~ Unknown

Thank you so much for stopping by. If you have something HOME related, please share it with us. I may be a while getting around for visits but I will do my best. Have a wonderful day, friends.

As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Homemaking Link Up ~
Home and Garden Thursday ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Cottage Style Linky Party~
Home Sweet Home~
Open House~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


Sherry said...

Hi Sandi,
Hope you are getting better. Thank you for hosting. Sandi, I suffer from this back condition also. I have injured it over and over again in the last 15 years. I go to the chiropractor and they use traction, pull the spine, and the disc heals. In 7-10 days I am right as rain, no surgery. I didn't use to injure it so much but, now with babysitting very large babies it is frequent. Hope you are well soon.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Dear Sandi, I'm so sorry you are going through all of this, but, believe me, I know how lucky and grateful you are to have such a caring and loving husband. When I was going through a few health issues sometime ago, my hubby was the same way. I don't have to tell you how important it is. Thank you for hosting your lovely party and the flowers are so beautiful and cheer everything up. We all need that every once in awhile..Keep improving..Judy

Wanda Lee said...

Aahh dear lady,

My heart goes out to you dear Sandi! Life can be most excruciatingly painful and trying at times. You are so precious to all of us, we wish you a full recovery in time as you heal, yet most of all we lift you up to the Lord in prayer.

~ Ephesians 3:20 says this best:..."Now now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory."...(The rest of that quote is found in that beautiful passage of scripture Sandi.

What lovely bouquets and so kind of your hardworking husband to help you will all of the help that you so need right now. You son's sweet gift of white tulips will come again another time... Just rest and take care in your own haven of home sweet home Sandi.

Hugs, blessings and cheers from Wanda Lee

kitty said...

Hi Sandi, what a blessing your dear hubby is in your life!! I know you appreciate all that he is doing. The flowers are beautiful and I know they improve your spirits. Take care, sweet friend, and thank you for sharing updates with us. Love and prayers sent your way. xo

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Oh Sandi,
I am so sorry that you are struggling so. How blessed you are to have a loving husband care for you. Trusting with you for God's hand of healing to be swift.
Your photos are so very lovely.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Sandi, beautiful photos this week. Bless your dear husband. I am going through health issues too and I don't know what I would do without my dear husband. Keep taking careful care of yourself. I look forward to visiting and seeing how you are doing. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

You are in my thoughts and in my prayers..
You know I have had my share of health problems and my HOME is what comforts me and helps in my healing.
You Hubby is a doll and you are so lucky to have him and know you know that.
What a beautiful post!!

Thanks so much for hosting even though I do know it is a bit difficult for you to do so right now....

Many Hugs,

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I hope you'll feel better soon. Wainting for the results must be so stressful. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

Elizabeth said...

Sandi,So sorry you are having such a bad time. You are blessed to have a hubby to take good care of you,I have one of those too,but now he is the one needing care.My prayers are that you will feel much better very soon.Elizabeth

Ruthie Miller said...

Dear Sandi,
Mending prayers sent your way. I am so sorry you are having such a difficult time. :(
XO Ruthie

Susan said...

Oh NO! A slipped disc AND the flu? That is a double whammy. Hope, so much, you feel better and better every day. Your cups and tea pots are just lovely. Susan

sandy said...

Beautiful flowers! Tulips are MY favorite also! Praying for a full recovery for you.
sandy :)

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Sandi. Was wondering how you are. The meds can be strong!My husband had some back probs a number of years ago and had a muscle relaxer, pain killer & another, and basically doesn't remeber 6 weeks while they tried things to fix it. He'd grown a beard during that time, and after 6 weeks shaved it off when feeling better, but months later he couldn't remember growing it! We went places and met folks that he just couldn't remember due to the meds. So take it easy and give yourself permission to rest and do ONLY what the drs say you can...critical! We love you and are praying for you.

Deb said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers, Sandi. I hope you feel better soon. Hugs, Deb

Luján Fraix said...

Hola querida Sandi

Sé que no has estado bien de salud, es doloroso lo que te ocurre, lo que la columna. Tienes que cuidarte, hacer reposo y tomar la medicación.

No te preocupes por comentarme a mi, yo soy nueva, comenta a tus amigas de siempre... yo sé comprender. Con dejar mi enlace en tu blog ya me siento feliz.

Muchos besos y cuidate mucho querida amiga.

Desde Argentina todo mi cariño.

relevanttealeaf said...

Been thinking about you, Sandi and wondering how you were doing. Take care, and hopefully things will improve soon. ~ Phyllis

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Thinking of you Sandi, Your flowers are lovely. xx

iris said...

j' espère que les douleurs se calmes
un peu , c' est si douloureux
votre bouquet de tulipes
représente à mes yeux un peu
gardez vous bien au chaud dans
votre si jolie maison
je pense à vous
edith (iris)

Wilma said...

Hello Sandi,

I'm sorry you have this healthproblems. Hope and pray you will feel better very soon.

Great that you have the courage to blog anyway!!
Your photos are beautiful!

Blessings and Hugs,

Mary Massot said...

Your tulips are messages of spring and tell you courage ! I send you a smile from France.

Jann Olson said...

Hi Sandi, sure hope that your back is doing better! Glad that you were ablt to host HOME. Been thinking of you!

Eileen said...

Your tulips are lovely and I so adore your tea set. I think that every time I see it. Thanks for hosting. :)

Zaa said...

Hi Sandi....

So,sorry that you're still under the weather... Life is a journey... I will send healing prayer your way, dear lady.
Your lovely tulips certainly set the tone for " Spring"..I'm so looking forward to warmer weather and of course beautiful flowers. It's so wonderful to have your hubby lovingly caring for you...Please do enjoy your cup of tea and know that I will be thinking of you and sprinkling the fairy dust for your speedy recovery, my friend....xoxoxox

Lady Linda said...

Dearest Sandi, I'm so sorry your are having such a difficult time with your health. Even with all of that, you can post such a lovely blog post. You always cheer me up and I wish I could cheer you up! Much love and my continued prayers.

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

I can completely empathise with you, I have two slipped discs, which are inoperable, so I just have to put up with them. Sneezing and coughing with the flu must be agonising for you. I hope you soon improve.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I love all the spring pictures just makes me happy to know sunshine and flowers are on my way

enjoy this weekend


Chenille Cottage said...

Good Morning, Sandi,
What a dear heart you are blessing me with such a genuine comment this morning. There you are suffering with a bad back and yet you are reaching out to others with kind words. You are a treasure, my darling friend.
I know that you are healing and resting in God's loving hands today.
Carolynn xoxo

Linda said...

Hi Dear Sandi,
Sending you best wishes for a fast recovery. I hope you get to do all the things that you love to do again very soon. Thank you for hosting a wonderful party. I'm glad I managed to find time to join this time around.
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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