My Star Wars Collection

I mentioned that I am a kid at heart – and I am a BIG kid. I love my toys. I play with my toys. I display my toys. So, in order to show you a little of that side of me, I decided it was time for something to be posted in the FUN category.

My oldest daughter owns a popular Star Wars fansite – Anakin and His Angel, and she is hosting a monthly link up centered around Star Wars (of course). This month’s topic is: Collection! Now, I am going to show you some of my favorite Star Wars collectibles ūüôā

Some of my favorite Star Wars Collectibles

Some of my favorite Star Wars Collectibles

Breakdown: I have more Star Wars shirts than these, but the two pictured from Her Universe are my absolute faves! They are both long sleeve pullovers, and the “Hope” one is hooded!

My Star Wars Ears - Inspired by my shirt and Ahsoka ;)

My Star Wars Ears

I also have ears that I crocheted for myself to go with both of these shirts. I have worn the Chewie ears a few times, but have not gotten a chance to wear the Rebels/Ahsoka inspired ones yet. I am looking forward to that! You can see my other Star Wars creations in my shop: Harvester Products.
The large, roaring Chewie (main pic) was a Christmas gift from my hubby a few years ago. He still works, and even roars on his own sometimes, LOL.

Rebels Vinylmation Crew

Rebels Vinylmation Crew

There is the entire collection of the Rebels Ghost crew Vinylmation. I love this set! Kanan was a hard-to-get variant, and I wanted him so badly that I traded my Bearded Thor variant for him. #noregrets

Han Vinylmation Chaser

Han Vinylmation Chaser

And then there is the Force Awakens Han Vinylmation Chaser (had to have him!), and my Chewie Vinyl as well.

The Hallmark Itty Bittys (main pic) are so cute РI love both Chewie and Yoda. I actually brought the Chewie with me to the theater to see The Force Awakens. My daughter thought I was so funny, she Tweeted about me!

Chewie and Wicket TsumTsums!

Chewie and Wicket TsumTsums!

There are two tiny plushies I forgot to add to the big picture – my Chewie and Wicket TsumTsums! I love them, and have a large collection of Tsums. I even play the game!

Princess Kneesa the Ewok plush

Princess Kneesa the Ewok plush

Oh – my little Kneesa the Ewok plush is from Disneyland and I adore her. Isn’t she the cutest, chubbiest, thing?

"Chewie We're Home"

“Chewie We’re Home”

This button kills me. Each time I see this scene, I cry. I keep the button on my bulletin board.

Exclusive Han Solo Funko POP!

Exclusive Han Solo Funko POP!

I bought this exclusive Funko POP! on eBay – because – it’s old Han – and I just love it. I will probably unbox him, but right now my POP! display shelf is full (yikes).

Then there are my two pieces of jewelry (main pic) Рmy leather bracelet and my Rebels logo necklace, both purchased at Disneyland.

Ahsoka Infinity Figure

Ahsoka Infinity Figure

And last but not least Рmy Disney Infinity figures! And yes РI play Infinity! My husband actually bought me the starter set last Christmas. Ahsoka is my very favorite character, and I already have her maxed out at level 20!

And, here is proof that I actually do wear and love my Star Wars attire:
hope shirt
chewie ears

What do you think of my collection? Do you own any of the same things?

I’d love it if you left me a note and let me know what you collect!

Blessings,

Teresa

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A Father’s Love

There is something so remarkable about a father’s love for his children. The very most important aspect of it – is that it is representative of our Father in Heaven’s love for us. How we are loved by our earthly fathers greatly affects our perception of our Heavenly Father. Has he loved us unconditionally? Has he believed in us? Has he encouraged us? Is he proud of us? Has he been a gentle leader, modeling with his actions what he teaches us with his words? Has he shown his sons how to be a man, and told them that they have what it takes to be one? Has he instilled in his daughters confidence in their beauty and character? If it is easy to love and respect our earthly father, it will be easier to love and revere our Heavenly Father.

jim&tree

Growing up, I knew my daddy loved me. I would run out to meet him when he came home from work. He was affectionate. I would cuddle up with him in his big black armchair after he came home from work. He liked to spend time with me. I would go with him to the hardware and surplus stores (even though they weren’t my favorite) just to be with him. I love the smell of gasoline because it was a smell common to the garage, where I would hang out with him while he worked on cars or other projects. He was patient with me. He took time to talk to me when I had done wrong, and used teachable moments. He was merciful to me and offered grace when I came to him with probably the worst news a daughter could tell her dad – I was pregnant as an unwed teen. He has supported me emotionally and helped financially more times than I can count. He fixes anything and everything when he comes to visit. He has always been, and I know will always be – there for me.

Dad-n-Me March 2016

This month my dad came for a long visit. One night I was doing the dishes and he came over and stared at me with his little squinty eyes. Normally, this means he is about to say something witty or corny (or a little of both). Bracing myself, I asked him,”What?” He replied,”It’s so nice seeing you being such a good woman.” Now my dad always tells me how proud of me that he is. He consistently praises me and my family. But this one really stuck out. It was one of those moments that I will remember forever. How it makes a child’s heart soar to have their father’s approval!

Fast forward to this past weekend. I had a conversation that just breaks my heart. A friend was tearfully telling me how her father ignores her, and has never approved of her. All she wants is his love and acceptance. The need never goes away. From birth until the day you leave this earth. My most eloquent, heartfelt words, or even the biggest hug I could offer would not make that hurt go away.

But God can, He can comfort us. He loves us and accepts us. He is the perfect father, waiting – desiring to take all our burdens, shame, and pain and turn them into joy!

And for those blessed with dads who have done a great job, let’s be thankful. They have paved the way; making it all the more easier to believe in a Heavenly Father that loves us even more than they do!

‚ÄúBehold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!‚Ä̬†1 John 3:1A

Blessings,

Teresa

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My Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! I was planning on a whole post about love and marriage. But as I was jotting down notes in my journal, I realized that is not doable in just one post. There is so much to cover, and I look forward to writing about those topics. But for now, I will just post a little tidbit about my love.

Tim & Tree 2010

Tim & Tree – Feb 14, 2010

This is me and my hubby in one of my very favorite pics of us together. It was taken 6 years ago today at our friend’s wedding. We have changed a little since then, but I don’t think there has been a pic as great as this one since! LOL

That day he gave me a CD of 3 songs he had written for me and recorded. I love¬†all of the songs. They are very special to me, and I have not shared them with the world until today. I was listening to them this morning, and suddenly felt a peace about sharing them. I have always clung to them tightly. I was trying to figure out why. And I think this is it: I am at a place now in my relationship with him where I feel that I am a priority to him. I feel loved, valued, cherished, fought for! I feel secure enough that I don’t have to be stingy with these songs as a way of making myself feel like I am important to him. I know that I am. We have gone through a LOT since this photo was taken. Don’t get me wrong, I was truly happy in this picture. But now, I am even more happy. I have joy. And I have the blessing of a man who fought for his wife and his marriage, who makes God number one in his life so that he is the best husband he can be. That’s my love.

And now, here are the songs that he wrote and recorded for me:

1. The Lucky Guy

2. We Are One

3.I Ain’t Leavin’ You

I hope you enjoy them!

Blessings,
Teresa

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One Thing, One Ring

I watch Lord of the Rings as often as I can. And that’s not very often, because the rest of my family doesn’t always agree, or the time doesn’t allow. Sometimes I watch just part of it, like I did just a few nights ago. The movie to me is like visiting with old friends. It has a hugely impacting story that I just love. For one thing, the entire premise is a journey of heroic selflessness to destroy evil. Along the way, there is so much growth of character and relationships. It’s just jam packed with goodness for me. Anyways, as I was watching¬†for the billionth time, it hit me, as it has before a billion times about how relative¬†the story is to us as Christians. Let me tell you about it.

There is this ring. The One Ring. It is the key to destroying or empowering the evil in the world of Middle Earth. In a scene early in the first movie, we see Isildur with the One Ring, following Elrond, a very much older and wiser Elf Lord to the place where the ring can be destroyed. Isildur hesitates, and Elrond tells him, “Cast it into the fire! Destroy it!” Isildur replies, “No.” and walks away, holding onto that source of evil and power. Temptation had it’s day and evil had it’s way. Isildur¬†did not choose wisely. It had taken hold of him, and eventually leads him to his death

Jump ahead 3,000+ years. Now the Ring is in the possession of Frodo. He wears it around his neck, and it’s a tremendous burden. It’s heavy, causing him pain and injury. He cradles it and strokes it, as it speaks lies to his mind, taking hold of him. He even puts it on his finger, knowing that when he does, the enemy can see him, and it puts him in more danger.

We are so like these characters! We hold in our possession something we deem is bright, shiny, beautiful, powerful, irresistible, enchanting. But in truth it is the one thing that we need to let go of in our lives. To surrender it means freedom. Only we are blinded and we feel that surrendering it will make us weak and incomplete. That’s the deception! Listen to the voices of those around you who are begging you to cast it into the fire! Listen to the voice of God, asking¬†you to let it go!

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Cor 10:13

I am still fighting the battle of food addiction. Like the One Ring, it wants to be found. The foods I am trying to avoid call out to me often. They remind me how delicious they taste. But I know their game. There is a bitter aftertaste in my soul awaiting me if I succumb to their seduction. And I will not allow that. I look forward to the day on my journey when I can say “It’s gone!”, ¬†as Frodo declared at the end of Return of the King. At the point where the One Ring was destroyed, it no longer had a hold on him, and he could see clearly. His mind was not consumed with the thoughts that the ring wanted him to have. He was free.

 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Gal 5:1

What One Thing is your One Ring

So what One Thing is your One Ring? What in your life weighs you down, burdens you, tempts you, and steals your will? Cast it in to the Fire! Destroy it!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Phil 4:13

Blessings,
Teresa

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To Feel Free

I have fought the battle of food addiction and weight gain for many years. Unfortunately, I have been on the losing side for most of it. I lost some weight, but always gained it back. Up and down, up and down. The reason is, I was using outside methods to fix an inside problem.

I really gained understanding of this truth when I read the book Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. Now, it took me quite a while to really take to the battle plan. I first read this book a few years ago, and have read it many times over since. In fact, I keep the daily devotional on a loop. I need it that badly. It boils down to this: The better my relationship is with God, the better enabled I am to handle the battles that rage around and inside me. I am most equipped to fight when I am closest to my Savior. He wants me to win! All hard things, all sacrificial things Рare possible through Christ who strengthens me!

¬†“I can do all things through Christ¬†who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13

I purposed in my heart that this year Р2016 РI would BE a different person. I would stop wishing I was this way or that way, and BE what I want to BE! One of those wishes that I am making come true is that I would lose the unhealthy weight I have gained over the years; that I would care about my body, the temple of God!

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is¬†in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?¬†For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body¬†and in your spirit, which are God‚Äôs.”
1 Cor 6:19-20

For the first time in a long while, my trip to Disneyland this week did not include cravings for any and all sweet treats. I did not look longingly at goodies being enjoyed by all the guests there. I didn’t feel left out. Not that I would indulge in these things normally, but the craving was always with me – a constant companion telling me that it just wasn’t fair, and shouting to me that I was really missing out on something by not having those sweets!

On the same trip, I saw a large group of girls wearing matching shirts that read: “Rides? We’re here for the food!” That just really struck me. I was glad¬†that that was NOT me! I even felt like it was a rather pathetic testimony to be sporting around on a shirt. I realized that my mind has been transformed, and food is no longer at the forefront. It felt really good. I felt FREE. And that made me so happy!

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

Is there a constant craving companion in your life? Maybe it’s food, like mine was. It could be shopping, or the need for attention or praise. Or even a substance. Whatever it is that is nagging you, I want to let you know that FREEDOM is possible. You can break the bonds you have with your addictions. The key? Strengthen your bond with God. The more you seek Him, growing your relational bond with Him, the more the bonds of your addictions are loosened. You can choose to give your heart and mind to Christ, and walk in FREEDOM!

Galatians 5:1

 Blessings,
Teresa

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Rebels Beef & Gravy

My husband calls me the queen of making things up when it comes to inventing foods. Many a night when I don’t know what in the world I am making for dinner – something wonderful happens. This particular concoction happened a little by accident, and resulted partially¬†from the craving of a childhood meal. Do any of you remember the dreaded Beef and Gravy over Mashed Potatoes on the cafeteria menu at elementary school? For some strange reason, sometimes I crave it. Now, with my eating plan – mashed or any kind of potatoes is out of the question. I substituted mashed cauliflower, and thus I am rebelling against the carbs of the potatoes. Not to mention – I happened to be watching Star Wars Rebels when I first made it. The name just fit. You’ll come to know that I am really geeky about naming things, especially my crochet creations.

This served 4 comfortably. I recently doubled it when my whole family was home, and had leftovers. The great thing is – everyone loved it, even my most picky eater ūüėČ

Rebels Beef & Gravy

Ingredients:
2 lbs ground beef ( I used 85/15 and didn’t need to drain any fat)
1 head cauliflower
1 8 oz package sliced mushrooms
1 12 oz jar Heinz HomeStyle Savory Beef Gravy
1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
Garlic Salt
Sea Salt
Pepper
Butter

Directions:
In large frying pan, brown ground beef 50%
Add mushrooms and cover, stirring occasionally
Meanwhile, prepare your cauliflower by chopping into tiny florets. Put in microwave-safe covered dish with 2 tbsp water on high for approximately 4 minutes.
Add soup mix, salts and pepper (to taste) to meat and mushroom mix.
Check cauliflower for softness (if needed, cook a couple more minutes).
When done, add sea salt and butter to taste, and mash together.Mashed Cauliflower
Beef should be cooked, and mushrooms soft now. Add the gravy, and heat thoroughly.Beef and Gravy
Spoon the beef and gravy mixture over a pile of mashed cauliflower, sprinkle a little pepper – yummy!
Rebels Beef & Gravy

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Sticks and Stones

Who made that up anyways? – “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!” I remember saying that all the time as I was growing up. It’s a great kid’s comeback, but it’s certainly not true. We may recover¬†quite nicely from bumps and bruises, but¬†it’s words that leave wounds that never fully heal.

“There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise promotes health.”¬†Proverbs 12:18

The Bible speaks volumes about the words of our mouth, the destruction it can bring (even bringing life and death), and how we need to be mindful of what we say. Our tongue is a mighty tool or weapon, depending on how we use it. And God cares very much about how we choose to do so.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21

Words have great power. I am a “words” person. I take things¬†spoken to me to heart, literally. This is not always a good thing. I have bad memories of words that were spoken to me, going all the way back to when I was a young teen. I remember them vividly, and am sure I will never forget. I don’t dwell on them, but they do “pop” up in my mind from time to time.

Here is an example of something that happened¬†last weekend when I went on a lunch date with my hubby. I told my husband that I wanted to share something close to my heart with¬†him. He responded in such a way that made me feel super self-conscious, and just literally dumb. He didn’t say anything bad, really. And¬†now l know his intent was not as I had perceived it. But his reply was, “Oh, really?”, and that just shut me down. I was not about to share at that point. I told him how he made me feel, and he replied by saying that he didn’t realize what an impact his words had on me. THAT baffled¬†me – because he has known me for over 30 years, and I went on to let him know that his words pierce me. And then¬†that shut him down. Oh boy, was that date off to a bad start. We were only having our soup before the meal – and I wanted to just leave!¬†After a few moments of silence¬†(besides the soup-slurping), he spoke up. Thankfully, he is full of Godly wisdom. He used new words to make things right, and our date was redeemed!

A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

The power of life and death, blessing or curses, encouragement or discouragement, a good date or a bad date Рare in our words. What we say matters. Taking a moment to think before you speak is always best. It can not only save you from trouble, but prevent you from hurting those you love. Proverbs 15:28 speaks of the heart of the righteous studying how to answer. My husband has a difficult job, where his character is consistently tested. He has learned to respond instead of react. The difference? Thinking before you speak.

The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.” Proverbs 15:28

In the book of Matthew, Jesus says that “out¬†of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. It’s not always as simple as thinking¬†before we speak. Sometimes it’s a heart issue. Here is my prayer:

Psalms 19:14

Do you have trouble reigning in your tongue? Try to remember to pray and think before you speak. Then respond, don’t react.
Teresa

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Resolute Resolutions

Happy New Year! I can hardly believe that half of January has already passed into history. By this time, many people have already forgotten about their New Year’s Resolutions. And that is what I want to talk about.

Nowadays, New Year’s Resolutions mean nothing. They are empty promises made to self just for the sake of speaking something . They should really be called, “Things I’d like to do this year – but most likely won’t.” Honestly, I can’t remember a time when these things were taken seriously. I’d be sitting around, just before midnight and people around me would start spouting off their resolutions. They all sounded really good. Even mine – every year I spoke up it was “lose weight, draw closer to God”.¬†Things I thought would please or impress.

Has the word resolution lost all it’s meaning, as so many words in our language today? The root word is resolve. That means to bring an end to a problem. So, if I make a resolution to lose 20 lbs – then at the end of that year, my 20 lb problem should be resolved. If I make a resolution – to “resolve” to eat healthy; I have decided firmly,¬†I have determined to, I have made a resolution to do that thing.

To be resolved is to be resolute, determined, purposeful, firm, unwavering, steadfast, inflexible, unyielding, unrelenting. You get the picture?

So then, as I make a resolution this year – I am not viewing it as something I’d like to do if my time allows, or if I am temporarily inclined.

I am resolute in my commitment. I will not waiver or yield. I will remain steadfast and determined; working relentlessly towards my goals.

A Goal is a Dream with a Deadline

Isn’t this cool? I actually took this picture. Clouds are my favorite.

 

I have many resolutions this year. There are about twelve on my list. Most of them require me to not be “me”. I am asking a lot of myself this year. I want to BE the type of¬†person who will declutter her house, clean out her garage, let go of some collectibles. I want to BE a person who makes the time to exercise, plan healthy meals, and actually lose those 20+ lbs. I want to BE¬†the person who blogs at least 2X a week, and keeps a life plan book. All of this goes against the grain of my creative brain and procrastinating ways. But I don’t care.

What really made me plant my foot firmly is the lifeplan book. I wanted¬†one so badly. But I kept telling myself that it would be a waste of money, and that I wouldn’t use it. Because, after all – I know how I am. And then I thought to myself, “How ridiculous! I WANT to BE the person who uses this organizational tool, so BE it!” In other words – “JUST DO IT!” So, I ordered the planner and am using it, and so far I LOVE IT! It helps me to get my plans and to-do lists out of my head and onto paper, where I can see them. And better yet – I can cross off the stuff I have completed, which is no¬†small sense of accomplishment to me!

My word for the year is “BE

Some synonyms for be are: remain, stay, last, continue, survive, endure, persist, prevail

It’s used to indicate the identity, qualities, or condition of ¬†a person or thing.

I will BE resolute

I will BE determined

I will BE purposeful

I will BE firm

I will BE unwavering

I will BE steadfast

I will BE inflexible

I will BE unyielding

I will BE unrelenting

A HUGE part of this change in me will come from drawing nearer to God. The time I devote to spending time in His Word, in prayer, and praise will shape me into the woman who is able to do all of these things. My mind and heart will desire the things that He desires.  I will be equipped. He will be the strength in my weakness. And I will become the very best version of me ever.

To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Proverbs 16: 1-3

What about you? How do you feel about New Year’s resolutions? Did you make any? And if you did, how do you plan to accomplish them?

Teresa

 

 

 

P.S. The planner I purchased is the Erin Condren LifePlanner. Using the link I provided in the left sidebar, you can visit her site, sign up, and save $10 on your first order! 

 

 

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