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Monday, December 2, 2013

So what’s in a name?

For quite a while, I have been meaning to explain mine, the name of my blog I mean.  The simple truth is I literally live atop a hill.  That hill has changed many times over the past eight years.  Mister and I moved into an existing white barn that rested atop the hill.  We made sweet memories in that old barn and I plan to post extensively on it later.   
 In the spring of 2010 we completed the building of our dream home on our plot of ground.  It remains a work in progress but has and will always be my favorite place on earth!
This blog is a documentary of the life we are living out, Atop a Hill.  Thanks for joining us on our journey!

My Hill (past-present)









 (taken from atop the hill)
 
 
 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Eli is turning 5!


My little man is turning five and I can't believe it!  I don't even remember him being a baby for more than a day!  Oh my how that child has changed our lives.  The doctors orders were clear so I never had intentions of having children, my mind was set, and my heart was content.  But God, aren't those powerful words, BUT GOD had other plans!  I tease my Mister occasionally that he plotted a plan without me, but in actuality I know it was God who formulated and orchestrated that surprise, the biggest most special surprise of my life. 
 
Happy 5th Birthday my precious son, I love you!
 
 



 
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Truth for Tuesday

 
Eli's teacher Ms. Sue and her assistant Ms. Mary recently shared with Papa (my daddy) an experience they had with Eli during his preschool class.
After finishing an evidently very messy but I am certain very fun activity, Eli with his hands all grimed and gumped (is this a word? it must be, if not I will contact Webster's very soon) up, shouted in his scratchy, slow, southern drawl, "Nobody needs to wash your hands, eberbody (yes eberbody) just wipe their hands on my jue (yes jue) jeans."
 After rolling my eyes in what would almost seem a "normal" statement from my 4 almost 5 year old son, I felt by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God began to open my mind to an almost overlooked reality illustrated in Eli's statement. I was reminded that Jesus did the same thing for me on the cross, by His grace. He let me wipe my grimed and gumped up sins all over his perfect body!
1 Peter 2:24
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Psalm 103:10-12 KJV
"He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him.As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us."

 

Wow, how precious is it to recognize the Father in the familiar, know the Son in His sacrifice, and feel the Spirit in the simplistic! I praise YOU God!
 
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

In the Way "He" Should Go

 
 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween Craft # 2

I couldn't resist showing off this Halloween project. 
 
Aren't they so cute!!  I love the way they look all grouped together.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This project required a jar (we used emptied food jars), black construction paper, orange tissue paper (from the Dollar Tree), Modge Podge, battery operated tea light candles, scissors, and sponge brushes. 
 
"Glue" the tissue paper on the inside of the jar, let it dry overnight, and "glue" the construction face pieces (your creation from your imagination) to the outside of the jar, and once again let it dry overnight.  Turn out the lights and turn on the "Jacks" and enjoy these Halloween "lanterns".     
 
I got this idea from the October 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.
 
Try it out and send me your pics.  I love copy crafting!
 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Halloween Craft

Look at the cute little craft that my students did for Halloween. 
 
 
      Picture #1 
This was my inspiration picture. 
 
 
Picture #2 
This was our version, of course I am biased to ours.  
 
We used scissors, empty gallon milk jugs, black Sharpie markers, Dollar General string lights, and black electrical tape (on the lids).  As always I welcome your questions or comments.     
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Welcome Fall

 
 
 
I look forward to each season.  I am always ready to say goodbye to the previous season; tired of Winter cold and ready to spring into Spring, sick of the Spring pollen and ready for Summer fun in the sun, can't beat the Summer heat and welcome to the Fall Y'all! 
 
Hope you join me in the love for all things Fall; crisp cool air, warm apple cider, college football (War Eagle), pumpkins and scarecrows, and the list goes on.  
 
Here is a cheap and simple centerpiece that I threw together for a small gathering, held in my barn.  The cost was $5.00!  The flowers were bought from the flower sale bin at Wal-Mart, I got the pumpkin free from a family outing to the pumpkin patch, and the rest was picked out of my yard.  Let me know what you think and I welcome any questions or comments!
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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