Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Surprise Blessing and Two Chairs...

Above:  "Cross 5" by Debbie Hannah Skinner

Tonight I was the recipient of unexpected blessings! Instead of going home after work and watching TV or participating in my new favorite pass time; looking at blogs, I was invited by my sweet friend Debbie L. to attend a special Women's Gala at our church. 

We shared a table with some lovely women and enjoyed a delicious catered dinner, complete with designer cupcakes for dessert. I should have taken a photo of the cupcake centerpieces - they were beautiful as well as tasty! I promise to be more blog-aware as we go on here.Then we gathered in the Sanctuary to hear Debbie Hannah Skinner speak. Let me tell you, those cupcakes had nothing on her! 
Debbie Hannah is a multi-talented woman and a gifted speaker. She makes you feel like you're sitting across from her over a cup of coffee and enjoying a lively conversation. She is an amazing watercolor artist. She painted a small painting that illustrated the main focus of her message tonight - a chair. She did this WHILE speaking. 

Above: "By the Window Sill" by Debbie Hannah Skinner

Then she sang and played the piano quite well - a song she had written herself.

Her message was full of touching personal stories with relative scripture passages. One favorite little vignette was about how her mother always keeps a small card with a scripture near her kitchen sink - Psalm 118:24. Debbie Hannah told us how her mother had cared for her father over a number of years as he suffered with Parkinson's disease. As her mother's care-giving responsibilities increased, she carried on with an amazing attitude.

This past June, her father passed away. On the day of his funeral, her mother said, "This is not a day I wanted to live, but THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE. LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT." What a testimony to her children, her grandchildren and now to over 100 strangers! 

Debbie Hannah encouraged us all to stop, sit (hence, the chair) and savor God through His word, and therefore be strengthened.

At the end of her message, there was a drawing. One woman would win the little chair painting. One woman would win a pack of her special note cards. Guess who won the chair painting? YOURS TRULY! (That's Debbie Hannah Skinner on the left holding the chair painting, and me on the right, looking like the cat who just swallowed the canary! Oh wait, that was a cupcake.)

Visit Debbie Hannah Skinner at her website 

and her blog 

So that was my blessing and chair number two. 

Chair number one, I found earlier in the day while driving down the street.  I was doing a favor for my son. It's a cute little French style number I scored for $3.00! 

I also picked up some other items I’ll show you later!  May your day be blessed with whatever it is you treasure. 

Word of the Day:  

It's gotta be Psalm 118:24 - "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

With love,


Bohemian said...

Congrats on winning that lovely piece of Art! And what a cherished Memory to go along with it. I Love Treasures with a good story attached to them, it makes it even more interesting and sentimental.

Thanks for stopping by my Blog, alas, all the "Before" Photos of our Home were taken before I had a digital camera, but it was in a condemned state and ready to be razed by the City when we acquired it... so we truly Saved it and the important History of this property, which had a fascinating Story and was built by a very prominent citizen. It has been a Labor of Love and we're continually working on it, since it predates the City it is located in by over 20 years there isn't a lot of documentation of it in the early years, so we assume it was circa 1920 or thereabouts and was once part of a grand Ranch that a neighboring City was named after. I Love it, its quirky just like me... *winks* and was built entirely of Salvaged Materials so its very eclectic in Styling.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

farmhouse-story said...

such a great outing for you--congrats on your win:) your new chair is darling, revi!

Revi said...

Thanks! I'm trying to decide how to do it. I think I'll work on it tonight. :) Later, Lynn. <3

Revi said...

Hey Dawn! I LOVE to hear details about how you saved your home and are making it your own. Can you post some photos of the details you loved and kept, and some of the reclaimed changes you've made too? I had friends in Houston years ago who had done that sort of thing in their home. In that climate, they were able to use some materials that are normally used in green house construction - and it had a lovely light in their home. It was an unusual but magical place I'll never forget. Another friend had a traditional cottage on the outside, and inside, where there used to be ceilings, the space was opened up and steel cable like is used in bridge building was used for structural integrity. There were traditional elements and sort of modern/industrial elements in the same environment. It was light and airy, and still cozy. I LOVE juxtaposing contrasting elements - old and new, rough and refined, etc. The tension is stimulating!



Burlap Luxe said...

Perfect chair, and chair art to love!
Thank you for your beautiful post that includes the word. Love, love, love her work of art, and you my dear have your own chair to go along with the chair art that was meant to be!

It was a beautiful visit over here, and hope to see more of you over at my place!
Bring cupcakes with you next time!!
They sounded divine :)
Your sister through him.
Dore said...

Congratulations on winning:) Sounds like you had a great evening. Love your other chair too:) Have a great week:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Revi said...

Hi Debra, thanks for stopping by! I am so excited to find you - I have lots of catching up to do in blogdom. I'm enjoying every minute of it. :) See you soon!
All the best,