Friday, January 22, 2016


~our gifts~
"I want to see little children adorning every home as flowers adorn every meadow and every wayside.  I want to see them welcomed to the homes they enter, to see their parents grow less and less selfish and more and more loving because they have come.  I want to see God's precious gifts accepted, not frowned upon and refused." ~Elizabeth Prentiss, in Stepping Heavenward

This is an appropriate quote for this day, the 43rd anniversary of the supreme court decision that made it legal for parents to kill their children.  Abortion is so awful in every way, and if you have been affected by it, I pray that you will find forgiveness.  Thankfully God will freely forgive us if we ask him, and he asks us to do the same for others.  Children are not a burden, a problem, or an inconvenience, they are God's gifts to us.  Having children has taught us so much and continues to teach us daily.  It is not easy to raise a child, but it is so very worth it. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Family Cookbook

A while back I was thinking about how I might pass our family recipes on to our children, and I decided to make a scrapbook style recipe book with photos to copy and present to each child as they leave home.  (Our oldest will be graduating from high school this May, so the kids leaving home is going to be happening sooner than I'd like to think!)  I am making each page 8.5 x 11 size so they are easy to make color copies of and place in plastic sleeves in a binder.
Here are a few of my finished pages that I scanned to show you.
It's been fun to go back through our family photos and find food pictures to use- some of these recipes I've been making for over 20 years!

It's been a fun project and one I will be working on for awhile yet.  Our kids are thinking it's a good idea too-hopefully their wives will also...
I know that there I nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.  That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil-- this is the gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

Monday, January 18, 2016

More Love to Thee

I am currently reading the book, Stepping Heavenward, by Elizabeth Prentiss, and it is so good!  You wouldn't think a book written almost 150 years ago would still be relevant today but people have always been people, and the same struggles that the fictional Katy Elliot faced throughout her life in the 1800s still face me.  The book is written as Katy's journal, and it is so real.  I would highly recommend it.
This is a drawing of Elizabeth Prentiss.  Besides the book Stepping Heavenward, she is also the author of the well known hymn, More Love to Thee.  She wrote these words after nearly losing her daughter because of an illness.
"More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!"

"Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek; give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!"

"Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise.
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!"
This is my prayer as well!
I am joining No Place Like Home

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Friendly Village

So, how is your January going?  Are you keeping warm?  January is a great month to drink some hot vanilla chai tea, wrap up in a blanket, and enjoy a good book.  Miss E and I had a little tea "pahty", as she says, yesterday, and I wanted to share it with you.

I purchased another Friendly Village tea cup and this plain white teapot with some Christmas money, and I've been looking forward to using them now in January.  The Friendly Village pattern is made by Johnson Brothers in England, and although they were first introduced in 1952, they are still being made today.  I really like the tea cups, with their snowy barns.  They are perfect for this time of year.
We enjoyed our banana nut bread on this fun green transferware plate.
Miss E and I really enjoy our tea parties, it's a fun and easy way to do something girly together!
As we sipped our tea we watched the sun setting on this winter day.
June may have roses, but January has cozy tea parties!

Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:3-4
I am joining No Place Like Home

Friday, January 8, 2016

What do you do with January?

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

~Robert Frost~

Even though this poem sounds nice, January is a hard month. It's freezing out, you are trying to recover from Christmas, the days are dreary and the nights are long.  Plus, how do you decorate?  (I know, it's an unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but still!)  Usually I just try to survive through January and February.  But this year I want to enjoy these months, after all, I don't just want to be miserable for 2 months out of the year.

So here's my plan...

Enjoy the birds at my feeder
Watch lots of basketball games
(Both PD and DJ are playing this winter)

And maybe read a few books!


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