Gratituesday: 9-2-14

September 2, 2014|7:08 pm

Today I am grateful for my messy house. It’s well lived in and well loved. It shows and reflects our fun, active messy life!
That doesn’t mean I would turn down a cleaning fairy… but this house was a gift from God and I and my family have been blessed by it.

It’s that time again..

|6:34 am

Fall is quickly approaching and amidst the busy work of gardening and school planning, I think, “I should blog about that”. A great idea in theory, but once we’re done making a counter full of salsa and putting up 75 pounds of corn into the freezer I am way to tired. That was yesterdays achievement. Earlier this week we managed to actually can about 14 quarts of applesauce (and to eat a bunch) and to freeze about 26 bags of corn for a total of 60 pounds. Even setting some aside for my in-laws and for some of the adult children that live nearby I have enough to get through the winter. That is a good feeling!

Today needs to see progress on a lug and a half of peaches sitting here. Hmmmm and maybe, just maybe a little bit of school planning?…maybe.

testing a new way to blog

July 6, 2014|2:10 pm

This is a quick test. Since changing to a Linux operating system I have missed my LIVE writer from Windows. My son found this for me and thinks I will like it as much or more. So..o this is a test…..

Gratituesday..

July 1, 2014|8:29 pm

Just a simple list
Strawberries from the garden
Rhubarb
Family
furry angora bunnies
COOLER weather today yes on July 1st!
My aunt who appreciates my comments on how many days left until Christmas (or tolerates them)
A cuddly cat and warm cup of coffee while sitting with a fun book
Family

Hello again Blogging world…

June 30, 2014|7:33 pm

Well it’s been a long six months but taking a break from bloggy-dom was a good thing. It’s been a long time but I’m back. (Said in the scary voice-over of creepy movies!)

Recently (read: since I’ve been on break) we have had my father move in with my daughter next door. Our son who was living there moved back in here and then a week or two later another son and his two little guys moved home. I’m in family heaven. Surprisingly, it’s working fairly well. We’ve had a few glitches as people have had to be creative to get their personal space. The last big project is to empty out the small storage room upstairs that housed all my craft stuff and scrub it out. Once that is done the moves are complete.

We also had a wedding! Dave married Jennifer in DC last February in the most gorgeous setting over looking the Potomac River. It will be a forever night to remember. I’ll try and post pictures soon.

Jeffrey graduated from high school! He will be doing some small engine repair work as he buys fixer uppers (three- wheeler anyone? ) and gets them ready for resell. He will be doing some post high school studies here at home. He had enough credits to graduate but you know us homeschool mamas .. we can always find more for them to study.

As many of you know our son Matthew was in a motor-cycle accident last spring. His recovery is a long story and one I’ll save for another day when we have some news we are waiting for. In the mean time we have much to thank God for!

I’ll be back soon to type what else is going on.. I had a major computer glitch and ditched windows 8 as my hate affair with it was getting extreme. So all my photos and such to share are on a back up hard drive. As I learn how to use this Linux system I’ll move some back over and share them here.

Thanks for listening!

Snow, snow, and the winds do blow!

January 26, 2014|6:47 pm

It’s an old fashioned blizzard out there and we are stuck at home. I love weather like this. It is truly too icky to go out. We miss Jonathan as he is having a fun time at his cousins house but I am sure he doesn’t miss us!

Got a lot of the dreaded monthly paperwork / bill paying done today and spent hours researching hotel deals. Feels like a job well accomplished. While I was doing that Pat and the children attacked the house and got  it looking pretty good.

Since tomorrow is already basically shut down with all activities cancelled I plan on doing important things like making a fun to do for school list and sorting through crochet projects to determine the next one. (if I get real motivated I may clean my bedroom or craft / school room).

OHHHH I know the perfect thing to do tomorrow! Get out the garden magazines and start planning!

What do you do in a snow storm?

An inspirational post…..

January 21, 2014|6:18 pm

I read today comes from one of my favorite bloggers.

Elizabeth Foss at In the Heart of MY Home often inspires me and today’s post has resonated in my heart. Go to http://www.elizabethfoss.com/reallearning/ to read her words for yourself. I only wish that I could write in such a way that would make people think deep thoughts. Not a serious gifting of mine but I love being able to share something that speaks to my heart.

Read today’s post and find out if it talks to you the way it talked to me.

Gratituesday thought: thank you Lord for women in my life who are able to speak to me. Friends in person or on the internet who take the time to pray and seek You and offer wisdom that blesses me in my spiritual walk.

New shawl done.

January 16, 2014|11:12 am

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A thought and quick facts

|9:31 am

Many people have recommended some great Christian books and bible studies on Forgiveness to me lately as I work my way through many issues. I keep planning on buying or borrowing one, getting busy with some study or other,but over the last day or so have begun to listen a little closer when I send up those please Lord prayers. Instead of a study of a book I needed to go to The Book. I decided to follow that prompting as I know it’s been there in the background for awhile. Not just since yesterday when I finally stopped and listened.

Using Bible study Tools from Crosswalk I decided to go look up Forgiveness and decided I wanted to know more about Peace. I sure am glad God knows the working of our minds! I looked up both. The NIV has 15 references to forgiveness. They revolve around His forgiveness of our sins. Not our forgiveness of others. HMMM food for thought.

Peace brought on an overwhelming number (231) of responses in the NIV. I think it is time to work my way around them.

Have a blessed day.

Let my eyes see what yours does and my thoughts hear…

January 15, 2014|7:20 am

Psalms 139:23 (KJV), “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.”

Isn’t it comforting to know that He does know us? Even when we do not know ourselves? He can understand why this comment made us feel loved or that one makes us feel like our lives purpose was wasted?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we looked at everyone with His eyes and His heart? If instead of judging we can think; God knows this person! That is all that is needed. God KNOWS.