Hymn of Promise

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. ~~ words & music by Natalie Sleeth, 1986 United Methodist Hymnal

Saturday, February 21, 2009

My Very First Blog Award!

There I was, feeling all sorry for myself! I drool over all of ya'lls tablescapes! I envy all of your gorgeous homes! You all have so many followers! And everyone has all these cute little awards 'cept me! Poor, poor, pitiful me!!! (recognize that song!) And then I see my good RMS bud Vanna ("winks!") at http://lvroftiques.blogspot.com/ Delusions of Grandeur has a new posting and lo and behold she gave me an award! Vanna has the most gorgeous antiques in her home! Believe me when I say that her home is not a grand delusion! C'est Magnifique!! Most of you already know her, but if you don't, go over there right now and say hi to a wonderfully funny and sweet lady! I have to say I feel very honored to be one of her recepients of this award!

Now the rules for receiving this wonderful award are as follows:

1.) Put the logo on your blog or post.

2.) Nominate atleast 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude.

3.) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

4.) Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5.) Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

And the Nominees Are:

My sweet and creative niece-n-law Heather at http://butterflygenes.blogspot.com/

So sweet Chari at http://happytodesign.blogspot.com/

My sweet RMS bud Athella at http://athellag-ocdesigner.blogspot.com

Who doesn't love Laurie?! at http://bargainhuntingwithlaurie.blogspot.com/

Sweet Donna at http://designson47thstreet.blogspot.com/ because we share the same love and passion for silk flowers but not cleaning chores!

Lovely Cindy at http://sisterhoodofthecreativehearts.blogspot.com/. Cindy was my very first visitor! And I think she puts all of us "sisters" thoughts best when she says in her profile "I am an admirer of all kinds of beautiful, creative things!"

Sweet Debbie at http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com/. You've got to check out her staff!

Mary Ellen at http://megardengal.blogspot.com/, "Mary's Meanderings". Her home is as sweet as she is!

and sweet Sheila at http://notesongs.blogspot.com/. She makes everyone feel so welcome and works hard to respond to everyone visiting her! And she's cute as a button!


  1. Hello there, Miss laura Lu!! Congrats on the award! You certainly deserve it! And thanks so much for thinking of me! You are a sweetie. My staff thanks you for the plug! lol Have a great week...Debbie

  2. Aw, thank you for passing it on to me! And hey, don't feel sorry for yourself, young lady...it took me months before I had as many followers as you do! People just love you! : )

  3. Now LauraLu, you just haven't been around as long as bloggers who have awards and more followers. You'll pass all of us up with this beautiful blog (especially when you post pix of your beautiful home!) Thank you so much for thinking of me with this special award. Blogland IS such a wonderful sisterhood, and you were my sister before we even joined Blogland. Love ya, laurie

  4. Hi Laura,
    I must tell you how impressed I am with your blog. Girl... you were meant for the job. You really know what you're doing.
    Loved you arrangement and of course I get jealous when I hear of people finding such great bargains at Old Time Pottery! I better make a trip out there myself. Those glasses are so pretty! Are in the Atlanta area?

  5. Oh, Precious One! Thank you so much for giving me this award! I'm sorry I wasn't the first to give it to you!! You're a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Awwww Lu you'll be gathering more awards than you know what to do with in about ten minutes! *winks* But I'm so happy I gave you your first one! And I'm so glad I met ya on RMS sister! You have so much to share! And everyone is going to be in for a major treat when you do! Love Vanna

  7. Oh! I am so pleased I was one who also received this award from you. It is very special to me and I thank you sincerely. Yes, your blog is very nice and you have alot to share. Thanks again, dear sister/friend! :)


  8. Laurie I don't know how to put the logo on my blog? This is your chance to help me be a smarter person....lol come on now pay your debt to society and help this pooor olf woman learn the computer

  9. now how do i place the logo on my page and add a link

  10. Hi Laura Lu! I know, I know, the glasses are rather ugly, but I couldn't help myself! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  11. Mornin' Lauralu...

    Thank you so much for stopping by...I'm sure considering your suggestions for the wall grouping...I appreciate your input!

    Girl, I have tried to leave messages on your blog for two days now...I'm hoping that it lets me leave this one today. Every time I get ready to post the comment...it gets hung up on the security letters and won't go through!

    Thank you so much for the "Sisterhood" award, you're just the sweetest for thinking of me and congratulations on receiving this beautiful award...you deserve it, my friend!!!

    Have a wonderful Wednesday...

  12. Hi Lauralu,
    I would just go talk to the folks at the Asst. Living home. Sometimes they will negotiate the rate down some. I'm not sure which state you live in...different states have different programs. Ask if they have a Social Worker there in the Asst. Living home and she mays have some suggestions. Depending on how much SS you Mom gets, she might qualify for SSI but that still wouldn't be enough to stay in most Asst. Living. Wish I had more info. for you...you're best best is to talk with the SW in the Asst. Living facility...hope she has some helpful info. for you.

  13. Lauralu- I have been having the same trouble Chari has had with leaving comments- Well it looks like hers came through so hopefully I can slide right behind her!

    As to the slipcover project- I am so with you- I don't know why it seems so huge to me but...
    I have a friend who just decided to recover her couch one day and she did a fab job! I wish I was close by to her again for moral, cutting, and sewing support!!

    Thank you so much for the award- It truly is one of my favorites as it just speaks what this blogging thing is all about!


  14. My dear Lauralu, I am so touched by this award, it is so appropriate for all of us "sisters' isn't it. I am sorry to be so late in coming to accept this and congratulate you on your award, but my youngest son has been very ill and was hospitalized. He just got released yesterday and he is doing so much better. You understand when I say my world stopped until he was out of the woods. Well dear thank-you so much and love, Cindy

  15. Mornin' Girlfriend...

    Just had to stop by to tell you that I tried out your suggestions on the placement of the art in my wall grouping! I'm so glad that you suggested it...it DOES look better!!! I added one more small picture to the bottom (right hand side). I'll have to take photos again and post them! I'm still thinking about doing the fleur de lis in gold...I took it down yesterday and sanded more of the white paint off of it...it does look better being darker!

    Anyway, just had to let you know. Thank you so much...I sure appreciated your suggestions! If you have any more let me know, it's so easy to be "blind-sighted" while in the middle of a project! Hehe!

    Have a great day, Sweetie!


Hello and God Bless! Thank you for visiting "Hidden Promise"! It's wonderful to get comments from you all! I think they are a great way to show our love, care and support of each other! Have a wonderful day! Lauralu :)