The Camellias are in Bloom at Descanso Gardens

January 22, 2017
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Winter is a great time to visit local gardens. The weather is cool and the camellias are in bloom. One of my favorite places is Descanso Gardens, located about 20 minutes north of Los Angeles. The property was originally purchased in the 1930’s by newspaper publisher Elias Manchester Boddy, who bought 165 acres of undeveloped […]

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Christmas was a Rescue Mission

December 18, 2016
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Our human existence was never supposed to be this way. In the beginning we were perfect creations. We walked with God. We had everything we needed to be content and happy, and we were at peace with our Creator. But God didn’t want automatons who would blindly worship him, so he gave us a free […]

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Give Thanks to the Lord

November 24, 2016
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You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118:28-29, NIV Blessings to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving! On the journey toward Home,

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Victorian Pink Vintage Style

October 22, 2016
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A few years back I had a bit of trouble with a leaky roof. When the roofer decided to save himself some effort by nailing down only every other tile, the Santa Ana winds unfortunately unseated and broke a few of them, leaving the paper exposed to the sun which quickly disintegrated it. And since […]

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Chicken Cranberry Spread

September 21, 2016
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As we here in California anxiously await cooler weather (daily temperatures are still in the 90’s), some of us are already planning holiday menus! One of my favorite appetizers is a simple-to-make chicken cranberry spread. I’ve brought this spread to many pot-luck functions over the years, and it continues to get rave reviews and recipe […]

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God Sings over Us

August 7, 2016
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The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17, NIV This verse is part of a passage illustrating God’s promise to Israel about the future reign of […]

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Fourth of July Sale

July 2, 2016
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Happy Fourth of July! My Etsy shop, the Drawing Room at Pemberley (listed as lizzieanddarcy) is having a sale! Get 20% off all items now through Monday. Just use coupon code JULY4 during checkout. The shop has a great assortment of vintage china, tiered servers, tea cup sets, floral baskets, and vintage jewelry frames. http://lizzieanddarcy.etsy.com […]

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Trusting God’s Will When Life is Hard

June 18, 2016
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We humans love to get our own way. Ever since Adam and Eve decided that their plan was better than God’s plan, it has been our nature to pursue our own desires first. From early childhood, we begin to exert our own will, and learn how to manipulate others into conforming to it. When my […]

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Pink and Blue Spring Tea

May 4, 2016
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Collecting vintage porcelain is a passion of mine and two of my favorite colors are raspberry and aquamarine. I’m especially fond of the vibrant pink rose and the turquoise blue found on eighteenth century French porcelain made by Sevres. These pieces are exquisite but also very expensive, so the only Sevres porcelain I’ve seen in […]

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Finding Purpose in the Everyday

April 17, 2016
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Do you ever wonder if your life matters? Do you sometimes feel that your presence on this planet doesn’t mean much? Do you ever get discouraged that you can’t seem to identify a clear impact you are having on this world? In a society that absolutely worships fame, it can be difficult for many of […]

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