Shine's Thyme

Daily ramblings of a ridiculously happy housewife and mother. Come in and see how sweet life can be!

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Well it's just amazing what rest and peace of mind can do for you. We've been on vacation for a few days and I already feel like a new woman!!!! A while back I posted about my desire to master the art of wool spinning here. Although I may not have actually MASTERED the concept yet, I have been working on the project quite a bit and I think I may have actually found my niche. (Or at least another one!)
I love it so much that I actually bought a travelling wheel to bring with me on vacation! She is an Ashford wheel and her name is Joy. Let me just tell you that she definitely lives up to her name. I had a quirky dream of spinning wool while watching and listening to the's when I became obsessed. I started looking at my favorite shop and trying out different portable wheels. Joy was perfect. She even came with her own travelling bag! I am SO thankful I went ahead and took the plunge. I LOVE my Ashford Elizabeth wheel, but she's delicate and prefers to stay close to home:)
Here's just a peek at what I've been doing.
Is that gorgeous or what? Not perfect maybe, but lovely just the same:). Will post a few pictures of spinning at the beach soon....Have a beautiful day sisters!!! Much love~~Shine

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rested thoughts

Guess what girls? I'm at the beach!!!! When we arrived here I was virtually in a comatose state. Isn't it interesting how the world can beat you down? I have always been a very optimistic person, choosing to see the good and positive in all situations. I still feel optimistic, but the older I get, I am afraid I feel I am just getting down right weary. At this point in life, I can see the end of the tunnel. Not that the tunnel has been terrible, it has just been very long. At 52 years old....perhaps I just need more breaks...more rests. This one has done me a WORLD of good.
I feel light and refreshed. My mind is beginning to be at peace. I have time to be in His word and ponder on things my mind usually just pushes to the dark corners. I am so thankful for all God has given me. While pondering here I asked myself..."what is the difference between me and so many others..?" I see families splitting apart left and right. Mothers leaving, fathers many children left behind with no choice. My marriage has never been an easy one. I love my husband with all my heart, but even so, hard times have been at my back door many times. Many times I have wanted to run be "at peace" even if it meant being alone. The way I dealt with those thoughts however, I believe, has been the reason I am in the "minority". Number one, I seek His answer daily. I will not give in to what my "self" wants today. I am always seeking, and will not be satisfied, until I am quite certain, that I am doing the best I can for Him....even if it's not what I think is the best for me. In the end though, He always knows best, and He always protects me with His sovereignty. Also, I choose to believe that rather than giving in to the thoughts of "I deserve better", I pray to ever believe that "I have so much more than I could ever deserve". 

Today is a lovely day. I have a beautiful family with good health. We have managed to stay afloat financially despite this crazy economy. God is good sisters. When you can't be certain of your own feelings, your own Him and He WILL help you through always.
I am getting ready to celebrate my 29th anniversary. Not with the perfect man, but with the man God gave me, the man that is just right for me:) Have a blessed day girls!
Much love, Shine

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bad blogger

Hi girls! Thought I'd better just make a short post about what's going on with Anna's wallpaper. I've started a dozen, but the long and short of it is....the wall paper in NOT coming down. Hubby is NOT doing bead board, and we are NOT painting over it (my husband's words:) So....we did our best to decorate around it. I'm vacating right now, but here's a quick peek at the beginnings:)

I suppose you've guessed by now, she LOVES music:) 
Have a BLESSED day!!! Much love....Shine