Doodle 101 / moon

My family is all here…after many bumps…sick Dad, sick grandkids, changed flights, cancelled flights, & lost luggage.

We are on Marco Island… my Mother in laws favorite place… to celebrate her life.

Looking out at the big blue ocean, I can hardly refrain from singing Laura Story’s “Indescribable.”

Which led to today’s Doodle:)


“He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.”

-Psalm 147:4

A BIG WELCOME to all of YOU new followers!

I’d love to hear from you:)



Doodle 101/ Tea


I recently read an article about Abiding in Christ in which the writer referred to 2 different kinds of tea drinkers…the “Dippers & the Abiders.”

Dippers are in a hurry, and dip their tea bag repeatedly for several seconds, and then discard it.  They are in a hurry to get their tea and move on.

Abiders, put their tea bag in the cup and let it steep…waiting for the full development of flavor.

I happen to love tea &  I am definitely one who likes a strong cup. This analogy will be a constant reminder to me to STEEP… remembering not to “grab” a quick word, but to rest in it…listening to the Holy Spirit so that I don’t miss the full development of  “flavor”…within God’s perfect revelation.

Ps. Here is a link to the article I mentioned!


Food gifts from the heart


Homemade caramels are a welcome change from cookies and make great gifts for teachers, office staff, family and friends.  I have been making them for 30 years and now many of my friends have added them to their family’s Christmas traditions.  You can find the detailed recipe (and other food gifts) here on my blog by clicking on THE CARAMEL RECIPE.  The tags were made with a stamp from my Christmas Stamp Set found at my Etsy shop.


Hope you are each having some time to prepare your hearts for the real gift of Christmas…our Savior.

Doodle 101 / Piano


Those of you who are following my blog, may have read that my “Mother-in love” has recently gone home to be with the Lord.

One lasting memory that we all share, is her love for music.  What a joy to watch her sit and play the piano…it never mattered that the songs were always the same, that she missed a few keys & added some extra… or that eventually (due to her arthritis) she no longer could play…She simply installed a player piano…& her songs played on…in everyone’s hearts.

When the grandkids were little, she would sit them on her lap, and teach them songs like “I can wash the dishes, I can sweep the floor, I can kiss the pretty girls behind the kitchen door.”

Later, she would thrill and grin from ear to ear just to hear them play or sing a song.

She always had a smile on her face, and a song in her heart.

I love you Mom.

Stairway to Heaven


I just want to let all of you sweet followers  know that I will not be posting for a few days.

My precious Mother in law Carolyn Carroll, has gone home to be with her Lord.

She was a blessing to all who knew her. In the midst of great physical challenges throughout her life, she found joy, and shared it generously. She is and always will be adored by her whole family.

The photo above is the image I have in my mind when I think about Jacob’s ladder. (Genesis 28) I imagine her (with new legs) walking up that ladder to the beginning of her story.

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” – 1 Thessalonians 4

-by C.S. Lewis at the end of his Chronicles of Narnia:

“…the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before”

May this be an encouragement to us all:)

With love,



Doodle 101 / a JEEP Christmas:)

This is for Celeta, AND all you jeep lovers out there!

“We” are such a friendly community…with our own wave and everything:)


Praying you are experiencing God’s presence this Christmas!


Ps.  exciting project in the works…can’t wait to share it with you!

Doodle101 Joy Ornament


A Doodle a day keeps the blues away:)  Well, not really…only the “JOY of the LoRd” can do that!

Welcome new followers!!

Thinking you might be here because you too are a doodler.  Thanks for joining me!

It really is a joy and privilege to meet together and share the love of Christ.

Have a great weekend y’all!



Still on a big learning curve:)

Doodle101snowmanrevised/Sue Carroll

I know it’s rather silly, but I’m a girl who loves the details!  In trying to master my new toy (wacom tablet) there are many things I want to do, and can’t…and things I don’t want to do, and do!  (reminds me of a guy named Paul:) )  Anyway, I wanted to add white to the black heart and had problems figuring out the “layers.”  As my husband suggests, I am a dog with a bone, and I couldn’t leave it alone!  It’s the little victories ladies:)

Happy Thursday!