Thursday, April 14, 2016


This world is constantly changing, isn't it?  Countries change their borders and their names, kingdoms, rulers, and dynasties rise and fall.  Cities, houses, farms and businesses are built and then not many years later they are torn down and new ones are built in their place.

Our old stone house is showing some wear.  She was built in 1882, and has survived much longer than most of the other houses built during that time in our area.  Back in the 1990s someone remodeled the interior, but then no one lived in it for awhile and now look at it.  Things change.
There are lots of old fences around our place, and what once held pigs in is now a nice backdrop for my red tulips.  Everything is always changing in life.  We may think we are all settled in one place, and then circumstances change and we have to move.  Life events cause those we love most to change as well.  I know my husband is not the same man he was when were first dating 20 years ago, and I know for sure I'm not the same girl. 

The older I get the more I realize that comfort and security can never come from our circumstances-  not from the people in our family, and not from a house or money.
The only One who can give us comfort and security is God, because

I the LORD do not change.
Malachi 3:6
Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting
you are God.
Psalm 90:2
I am so glad that God doesn't change- it is so comforting to know that the same God who helped us back then, is the same God who will help us in the uncertain future.  He is good!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Field Trip Time

One of the advantages of home schooling is being able to take lots of field trips.  Getting to see history or science in person is much better than studying it in a book!  So now that the weather is warmer we decided to head out and see what we could see. 
Our first stop was this old mill.  They are currently restoring it, so we didn't go inside, but it was fun to imagine how life might have been 140 years ago when this mill was built.
Here is an early photo of the mill, I'm sure it's good fishing there below the dam!

After our windy picnic lunch we stopped at the oldest courthouse still in use in our state.  The boys liked the cannon out front, as well as seeing the old jail in the back of the courthouse.
The jail was full of signatures of inmates scratched on the walls and bars, along with marks keeping track of their time.  I do not enjoy touring old jails, but the kids thought it was interesting.
Then we toured this old ranch.  The original owners spared no expense in the building of their stone house, barn, and outbuildings.  We enjoyed seeing the old house and figured if we lived there we would lose people, there were so many different rooms and nooks and crannies!

Now we're ready for another adventure!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A new tea set

It sounds so funny now, but deciding to adopt through the foster care system four years ago was one of the scariest things I've ever done.  I was scared of the big needs our child might have, scared of "the state", and scared of what it might mean for our family.  But it was so obvious over that summer of 2012 that God wanted us to adopt through foster care, so, in August we said "yes, Lord," and sent in our application.  Even though it seemed so scary, adopting through foster care has been the biggest blessing in our lives since then, because God gave us our little Miss E.
She doesn't look too scary, does she?  (:
God knows what he's doing, and if he is asking you to do something out of your comfort zone, don't hesitate to say "yes"!  He is always good, all the time, no matter if what he asks you to do ends up being extremely hard or easier than you thought.

Now for our tea time!  A couple weeks ago Miss E's foster mother, (who is amazing), stopped by to give Miss E a birthday gift- a beautiful blue tea set!  We decided to try it out in our secret garden, since the daffodils and grape hyacinths were blooming so beautifully.
We had a lovely time, the weather was beautiful, not as windy as it has been!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

I hope spring is popping up wherever you live as well!
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