Quiet and common notions...shared here...with you! Of life ~ our hearts and our home.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Just waiting...

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We're waiting for -more- signs of Spring, too, little bird!

Just waiting...

For the budding, lush green...

Leaves on trees...

Flowers a growing...

Sweet smellin' breeze.


One of these days... soon enough... the rain drops will stop dropping and the storm will start stopping.

The wash will be hung, on the line - in full row - once again.

Just waiting.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Old Time Sunday Hymn Sing | It is Well with My Soul

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~It is Well with My Soul~
H. G. Spafford / P.P. Bliss

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrow like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Tho' Satan should buffet, tho' trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed his own blood for my soul.

My sin - oh, the bliss of this glorious thought -
My sin - not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh, my soul!

And, Lord, haste the day When the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend;
"Even so" - it is well with my soul.

It is well.... with my soul.... It is well,
It is well with my soul!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Simply Saturday | Want to see what an Orange Blossom looks like?

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This is what we did when we realized what the unique (orange) clementine gave us!  A flower to enjoy... it blends right in there, with the flowers on the plate.  Doesn't it?


I'm joining up with Jenn, today, from A Country Girl's Ramblings, for her Simply Saturday.  And, you can too! 

Here is what Jenn says about it:
Welcome to Simply Saturday! Would you like to participate? Grab your camera and take a picture of anything that speaks to you of simplicity and/or home. Your post can be as wordy or as wordless as you like. You decide! Then come back here and link up.


Have a wonderful Weekend!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday's Finds | Family habits that don't die easy...

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{Welcome to Friday's Finds! For those of you who are new to this blog and/or just poppin' in - Hello! and welcome. On Friday's I like to try and feature "a find" of no particular value or sentiment, no reason or rhyme and yet, exactly for all of those reasons I just mentioned.}

Today's Friday's Find is perhaps a bit unusual.  It took me all morning to come up with something.  And, as we were sitting down to breakfast, this morning, I noticed this habit that my children have... which is really not new to me.  I've seen them do this a bazillion times before - but today is the first that I attempted to take photos of them in the act.
It's actually kinda gross.

I know about it because it is something that my Mennonite, Pennsylvania Dutch Grandparents used to do.  Go figure....

Thankfully, it skipped a generation (at least with me).  So, even though this came from my side of the family (I'll admit) - I have NEVER done this myself, nor taught my kids to do this.  I have no idea... I digress.

This habit?  Dipping your toast into your cereal milk.

Yeah, so my grandparents would actually eat this sometimes for supper.  I WILL NOT tell you what they called it.  It you must know - you can email me.  But, they seriously would butter toast, tear it up into bite-sized pieces and pour milk over the top.  This is what their dinner would be some evenings.

Cookies in milk, is one thing.  French Fries into milkshakes is another.  Pretzels into Ice Cream ... my personal favorite. 

Donuts into coffee... (they didn't necessarily have to be Dunkin' Donuts)

My dad loved this one and would refer to himself as a "dunk-ard".  Probably because we had good friends who were Dunkard Brethren or German Baptist Mennonites... he just loved to play on words, but I know he didn't teach them this as my dad has passed away - going on 15 yrs. now.

So, who taught them to dip their toast into their cereal milk?

I'll never know...

Friday's Finds | Family Habits that don't die easy.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This may be one for The Pampered Chef

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Don't let this photo fool you into thinking that this is some form of a grilled cheese sandwich - because, it is not!

I first read of this recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks... and have tried a variation of it, made with fresh fruit, such as peaches, baked into it.  Very good!

Then in our recent (local) MOPS newsletter - this recipe was shared in there as well. ;)


I decided to give this recipe another go.  And this time I used my medium bar pan from Pampered Chef - rather then a 9x13 baking pan.  It worked great.

~Cream Cheese Danish~

2 - 8oz. cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg yolk (save the white)

2 - 8oz. pkg. crescent rolls
1/4 cup sugar
Dash of cinnamon
1/2 chopped pecans
Sprinkle generously The Pampered Chef's - Sweet Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkle - on top.

Spray a 9x13 baking pan.  Spread one package of crescent rolls on bottom - press firmly - making sure all sides come together and that there are no holes.
Beat the first four ingredients till creamy and spread over crust.  Place the next layer of crescent rolls and pinch sides together. 
(I didn't get to particular with that).
Beat the egg white until frothy and spread over the top. 
Add the nuts and sugar, cinnamon and the Sweet Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkle.

Bake at 350* for 35 minutes. 
It will be quite browned on top.
Cut when cool and refrigerate or freeze.

** Update Discovery:  I wanted to share the link to what this Sweet Mocha Hazelnut Sprinkle is and I couldn't find it on the website for The Pampered Chef.  It might not be available any longer.  I apologize for getting your hopes up.

If your local and you want to try this recipe... come on over... I'll share mine with you.  It will take me awhile to use up this whole bottle of sprinkles. ;)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


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I woke up with this word on my mind again, this morning.  I'm not sure why... but I did.  To read a previous post on this subject - read HERE!

I began to think of what that might look like for me today.  I began reading a peice, and the author was speaking of a time, recently, where she was unwell ... a friend had stopped by, to say hello, but "hung out" long enough to prepare dinner for her and her family - just because.

I thought about that.  I could so relate.  Back when I had my unexpected Phlebitis issue, with my leg - I've had several friends either do that or something similar.  It was such a simple blessing.  But HUGE - for me.  I was really blessed by their hospitable actions.

I read of another account, this morning, where one thing after another was turning quickly into a disaster, for one of my friends.  But the Lord brought the right people along, at the right exact time, to aide and help (with their forms of hospitality) - taking care of each issue in and with immediacy.  Praise be to Him!

It's a brand new day for me! 

Will I have the opportunity to be hospitable towards (for) someone else, today?  I don't know - but I will try.

Here is where the rubber meets the road, for me.

Picture of our Home in Spring of  '09.

What about hospitality when it's just mama and the kiddo's - alone - all day long?  What does that look like;  What should that look like;  What can that look like?  I don't know that I have the answer - but I have an idea and a suggestion.

I'll admit.  Yesterday I was one serious grump.  I was impatient.  I was fretful.  I was unkind.  Certainly not a picture of  sweet hospitality (in my mind).  I was very grateful when I got a phone call, late afternoon, inviting our family over to dinner.  I could finally get out of the house and away from my "slump".  I am a bit ashamed that it took a dinner invitation to do this, for me. 


Here is what I really want to say about all of this...

This morning, while I was making our bed - pulling the sheets up tight and semi fluffing the pillows- is when the word hospitality came to my mind.  I know that this may seem to be a stretch in thought here... but I'm willing to share it with you.

I make our bed every morning- not perfectly, notice some wrinkles.  But, if I don't do it all... I feel worse than how I described the way I felt yesterday.  It's just the way it works for me.

I even make the little ones beds.  They're three and two years of age... but, if I don't they notice and they'll try to 'help'.  Other times - they'll unmake it later in the day (for their own fun and games) and I start over...grrr!

It's like hospitality for me.  I'm doing something for myself and my family that makes me feel good, blessed and refreshed.  It's simple... and easy thing to do and if nothing else gets done - at the end of the day you can go to bed in peace.  Not having to "fight your way" through a rumpled mess of sheets and blankets and wrinkles.  ** Don't hear what I'm not saying: if you make your bed or you don't - is a personal issue.

We don't have a jazzed up bed with thousands of pillows and layers and layers of sheets, blankets and duvets - where it would take twenty minutes or so to make the bed.  Maybe, some day I will, too!  It's looks so much more comfy and beautiful.
Nonetheless, if we were to have guests in our home - the bed would, at least, be made comfortably and adequately. 

Why not start with me - practicing hospitality at home?

May this be my thought and prayer today ...

Home to me is laughter...
Kisses on my cheek when they are least expected;
Glances filled with gladness;
The happiness in knowing
I'm a portion of
My family's fulfillment.
Home to me...is love!
June Brown Harris

And, dare I add... Home to me is... where hospitality starts.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Winter's Reflection

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Do you see the reflection?   I named this (small, clutch handled) bag after the neighboring landscape across the way.  It just seemed appropriate with the colors of this bag, and all.

Available HERE!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Out of the Rubble with Restored Hope

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Coming off of a very busy weekend, with it's twists and turns...I'm still pondering.  A fun one, at that, but with some deep, intense and unsettling stories.

How does one stand up amidst the rubble and walk away? 

My heart continues to ache for one whose husband walked away from their marriage and four other children, some small, after the birth of their stillborn daughter... and the heartache and fight continues - two years later?

And then, there's the one who life just keeps getting interrupted with the unexpected and daily, she finds herself in a battle to stay focused on the one who Redeems all.  Why do some get wrapped up in the unknowns and whys of life that is not their "battle to fight" - but the Lord's?  My heart longs to know...

And then... the story of shame and regret that emerged, from years past.  A story that could have been much worse - and though still sad, disgusting and immoral ... somehow God used for good and for His Glory?  (sigh)

** As we sat around the room preparing our hearts and minds to take Communion.  I was aware that although my story is not currently like the ones mentioned above...it was and is still a rubble heap of possibilities. 

What IF I face the same or similar, down the road?  Would I be able to take hold of the Saviour's nail pierced hand, rising up, to walk away and out of the heap?  Would my eyes stay focused on the One who rescues, the One who sees, the One who redeems and delivers?

I struggled to share in participating the Communion Meal, that evening, because I was feeling the weight of it all.  I couldn't fix it... I had no words... I couldn't relate, yet I also couldn't let it go.  I had let my feelings get in the way of Our Saviour wanting to commune/dine with me.  By his grace, I was able to rise up out of the rubble and participate.

This morning we woke up to pure beauty, lying white and clean on the ground.  It was like the Spirit of God fell fresh.  Reminding me that no matter if and when the deep, dark stains of sin that saturate us and hurt us and cause us to bury our faces in shame... that instead His Mercies are new this morning, and every morning.

(Last year's photo.)

No matter what - He longs for fellowship with us, with me.  He turns our ashes into beauty, or mourning into dancing.

For those who are in Christ Jesus, we have Restored Hope!!  Yes! we do.

*Sew * Busy*

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~ Bee Bop Along~
(Gift given to Liana R.- Not for Sale.)

~Oh, to Whirlabout~
(Sold to MaryJeanne L.)

~One thing Straight~
(Sold to Karen K.)


These are just a couple of the orders that needed to be filled... there are still several more to finish up. 

*Sew*, I must get back to work. ;)

Happy Monday to all!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Old Time Sunday Hymn Sing | O Lord, within My Soul

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~O Lord, within My Soul~
E. A. Hoffman

O Lord, within my soul I long for purity,
To be complete and whole
Alone thro' thee.

There is no other hope,
There is no other plea;
Salvation full, Salvation free,
Must come alone thro' thee.

I bend before thy cross,
And know my heart can be
Cleans'd from its sin and dross
Alone thro' thee.

I pray at thy dear feet,
Salvation full entreat,
And want to feel my love
In thee complete.

My faith thy word believes,
The promise made to me,
And perfect peace receives
Alone thro' thee.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday's Finds | If only...

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{Welcome to Friday's Finds! For those of you who are new to this blog and/or just poppin' in - Hello! and welcome. On Friday's I like to try and feature "a find" of no particular value or sentiment, no reason or rhyme and yet, exactly for all of those reasons I just mentioned.}

You'd think it would...

I mean it should....

At least, Scott is hoping that this


sleep study




Just a fun Friday's Find!


Just for fun... I thought I would let you know what I'm doing tonight.

I'm going for a ladies sleepover - an overnight.

Two years ago, when we did the same sort of event, I didn't have an Overnight Bag, so I quick made myself one - earlier that day.  I'm so glad I did... I love this bag. 

~My Yellow Rose of Summer~
(My personal bag!)

I'm looking forward to packing this bag... spending the night with several other ladies... probably getting little or no sleep... eating homemade pizza and chocolate fondue... playing games... laughing lots till the tears run.

I need this.

Happy Friday to all!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Grammy's Quilt

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I mentioned in THIS post - that one day, soon,  I would talk a bit more on the quilt, gracing our bed, in our bedroom. 

Today is the day!

My Grandmother...

feeling the beautiful need to pass the legacy along of quilt making, taught me a lot of what I know about quilting.  I confess...I feel the gift slipping from my hands - by the way of practically putting it all to practice - but I still have my memories.

I wouldn't say she was the BEST quilter out there, but to sit along with the rest of quiltie lady friends, her daughters and daughter-in-laws and finally some of her grand-daughters, who desired to learn... I would say that was wonderful, enough.  My grandmother was a character -in her own right. 

One of her bits of advice in us granddaughters learning to quilt was to be careful not to make the stitches so big that you might get your toenails caught on the underside. 

That stuck with me.

Over time, she wanted to bless her grandchildren - who were starting to get married off.  She felt like she would like to make each one of them a quilt from her and Grandpop, as a gift.  Mind you - she had twenty-three grandchildren, to be exact, and this idea came much later to her.  All of a sudden there were about 4 or 5 quilts that needed to get made - pronto!!

Thankfully, Grammy had some beautiful Amish friends who agreed to "help".  She would hire the one lady to piece the quilt-top, according to the granddaughter's or grandson's choice,  and then they would "pick the day" for the quilting. 


That was the funnest day - sitting there with as many as eight Amish ladies all quietly talking away, ripples of laughter and the stitches flying.  I am not kidding!  Up to as many as eight or nine stitches on one needle before pulling through.  If you're a quilter you know what I'm talking about.

It made me feel "out of sorts" sitting next to these ladies as I meticulously tried to make each of my stitches look the same. (Maybe this is why I have a thing strong detest for long toenails. Ahem!)  After awhile I could maybe get 3-4 stitches on the needle before pulling through, but NEVER nine.  That was tiny... literally about nine stitches to the inch.

It was beautiful.  That quilt would pretty much get quilted, all in one day.

As you can see, I choose the off-white (white on white) quilt design... I wanted as much quilting as possible on mine.  And, at the time I wasn't sure what my "bedroom" would look like.  It had to match. Plus, I was also into "shabby chic" (and still am, to a degree)... at the time.

See.  Here's the thing.  Getting married was nowhere on the horizon - at that point.  I thought I might never see a quilt from my Grammy.  She thought she would never live to see the day that I would get married to ever get one.

I was old...finally getting married at 31.  However, I (quietly) convinced her to give me my quilt for my 30th birthday - which was nice, but it made her bend the her rules.  I didn't use it until then... I promised!

We actually had the quilt hanging up at our wedding... with a tag on it, saying how Grammy thought she would never live see this day.  I wish I could show the photos of Scott and I standing in front of it with her.

Tomorrow would have been Grammy's 92nd birthday.  She's home with the Lord now - going on three years ago or so.  I miss her so much, but I'll always treasure ~ Grammy's Quilt.

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In case you're interested, I thought I would also show you this quilt... since we're on the subject.

I sure wish I could ask more information on it... but if I remember correctly, I was told that this crib-size, battered and tattered but very beautiful, Log Cabin Quilt was my Grandpop's baby quilt, for when he was a baby.  I have no idea when the quilt was made - but if my grandpop were living still today, he would be about 94 years of age.

It's too weak to hang on the wall, now... although I would LOVE to display it somehow a bit more prominently.   It's fine, right now, where it's at.

It's just another treasure... I cherish, just knowing what I know.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chewy Granola Bars

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~Chewy Granola Bars~

3/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup white Karo or honey (use honey, it's the best!)
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla

Mix together until well blended.

3 cups quick oatmeal
1/2 cup coconut 
1/2 cup sunflower seeds or Pumpkin Seeds (got to add the green in there)
1/2 cup raisins (or other dried fruits, such as a Mixed Berry. I often just use Craisens.)
1/2 cup wheat germ (or oat bran flakes)
2 T. sesame seeds
1 cup chocolate chips, seen in photo (I prefer using white chocolate chips) -  
1/2 cup chopped nuts (use pecans or sliced almonds)
1 T. - 1/4 cup. flaxseed meal

Stir in.

Press mixture into greased 11" x 17" pan.  Bake at 350* for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool completely.

Yields: 24 bars.

You can tell this recipe is very versatile.

This has been one of the best "pick-me-up" snacks for me, here of late... especially back while being pregnant and all, and, even now.  That is if the little ones will let me eat any of it.  They are ALWAYS begging me for more, for themselves. 

**I will be honest and tell you that my hubby says he likes THESE better.  Another granola bar recipe, but different.  I think each recipe is a swell runner up to the other.  So you decide....

Monday, February 14, 2011

Do you Kiss?

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Are you a good kisser or a bad one?  Let me explain why I ask, this...

Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. 
~ Proverbs 27:6 {KJV}

An honest answer in like a kiss on the lips.  ~ Proverbs 24:26 {NIV}
It's Valentine's Day, today, and of course kisses are on the brain, along with hugs and a whole lot more.

Our love for our spouses, family and friends can really be displayed (in various ways) on this special day and it should.

But what about the verse I've just highlighted above?

Faithful are the wounds of a friend...

What does that mean, exactly?

When we're honest with our friends... even when it hurts... it's amazing how the "love" relationship will deepen, withstand hard times, and grow even stronger... blossoming into something truly genuine.

Honesty, is a real value in any relationship.

But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

What may appear like "a kiss of acceptance", a "plug-in" to a circle of friends, or just another step forward in a relationship - can often times, unfortunately, be just that...deceitful. 

Sometimes we don't choose to see the picture for what it really is. 

We don't always want the hard, honest truth from our loved ones, do we?  The ones who bare their souls to love us as we should be loved.

So, I ask again.  Are you a good kisser or a bad one?

If you're willing to be REAL - the relationships you find yourself in will, at times, have pain (a.k.a. wounds) involved, correct?  It should almost be expected.  That, in and of itself, makes you a good friend.

No one likes to be thought of as a bad friend or even a deceitful one.  But, let's face it... we've all been this way with our loved ones at times. 

We mean to "not hurt someones feelings" - so we avoid the truth.
We "butter up", with compliments, only to impress.
We smile and say nice things to their face - but turn to someone else, and share "slander" instead.
We mutter "ill-will" in our hearts, but on the surface we're friendly and appropriate.

Friends, this is what the kiss of an enemy looks like... it's all deceitfulness, and, it's bad.

Earlier this past week, we were reading the Bible together as a family before bedtime.  I had been praying about what I was going to share today and these next several verses hit me as a direct correlation to the verses I previously shared here in Proverbs 27 and Proverbs 24.

They read...

Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy...

Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

~Proverbs 12: 17-20, 22-23 (ESV)

: : Do you kiss?  If so, be a good kisser!!  And, Have a (wonderful) Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Old Time Sunday Hymn Sing | Fairest Lord Jesus

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~ Fairest Lord Jesus ~
Joseph A. Seiss/ Richard S. Willis

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
Fairer still the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry host;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heaven can boast.

All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
None can be nearer, fairer or dearer,
Than Thou, my Savior, art to me.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
Now and forever more be Thine.


I've heard this song played on our local radio station several times this week.  It's just been on my mind - a lot - so I thought I would share it with you, too.

Have a beautiful Sunday, worshipping our Saviour.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Simply Saturday | Mt. Neverest

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Thankfully, it's all clean!!


Joining up today with Jenn from A Country Girl's Ramblings ....

And, you can too.  Have a wonderful Day!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday's Finds | the Love of Lavender

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{Welcome to Friday's Finds! For those of you who are new to this blog and/or just poppin' in - Hello! and welcome. On Friday's I like to try and feature "a find" of no particular value or sentiment, no reason or rhyme and yet, exactly for all of those reasons I just mentioned.}

Today's Friday's Finds feature is : Lavender Essential Oil

Let me tell you what....  I slept G*R*E*A*T last night!!

I bought this little jar of Lavender Essential Oil -oh, forever ago - and even though it sits "all nice" in our upstairs bathroom - I admit, I haven't been using is like I once used to.  So, I decided to see if it still held up to all it's charm.  Yes, yes it did!!!

There was a time (when I worked out side of the home, full-time) that I would faithfully drip a drop or two of the oil onto my pillow, each night, or even drip several drops into my bath water, just to relax me and so that I could count on a much better sleep that night...

It really works!

You can buy Lavender Room Sprays or Linen Mists (which I have) - but I've never found anything to be quite as effective as the actual Essential Oils. 

I even tried to grow Lavender, enough, to make my own nosegays or to dry it and use it in neck pillows or "bean/rice" bag pillows.... but, so far my plans for growing it have been "uprooted".  We've either had to move or I got the wrong type of plant... it just didn't do so well.



I also would like to give a shout-out to a bloggy friend of mine, today, who also has an Etsy Shop and is seemingly doing very well in the making and selling of their Handmade and Homegrown Soaps. 

In fact:  Right now they have a 10% sale going on till the end of February - read her post, HERE, explaining how to use the discount.

They have a bar of Lavender Soap, in their line of product, that smells divine and even though I haven't used it yet (I'm still working on the couple of other bars she gave me to try!)... I'm sure it is of superb quality - just like the rest.

Meet Amanda, from Homegrown and Beeyouitful.    Stop by her blog and say Hello!  Tell her I sent you.  :)

Just spreading the Love of Lavender all around...tis all.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

There's Only One!

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Just wanted to share with you all the biggest news around our household....
and, Little One makes three!! 

Big Brother and Big Sister are very, very excited... and so are we.  But also rather grateful... it is... only one.  There had been multiple prayers for the potential of more than one...child.  But, we won't say from who. ;)

We found out we were expecting, on Christmas morning!  And here is the way we told our (extended) family...

We waited with anxious, bated breath - to see if anyone would be nosy enough to figure out the message left (ALL DAY!) on the fridge... no one noticed, until my niece, Maddy, asked me if those were just a lot of letters up there?  I told her that there is a secret message on the fridge and the first person to figure it out - won the prize.  "Everyone" overheard that being said and came running...

I think my brother Joel was the one who first figured it out that he was going to be an uncle, once again. ;)

See you in real life, Little One, (Lord Willing!) sometime in mid-to-late August.

FYI: Another reason for the trigger of the unexpected - bout of Phlebitis, over the past three weeks.

**Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers - as I hope these next weeks and months go by smoothly and without further incident. 

We'll keep you posted, as we go along....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Link Love

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Here are a few blog links that I recently found and love and thought maybe you will too.  The photos, included, have absolutely nothing to do with my post today - but I love them and thought I'd share them with you.  They are from our last storm we had, the other day.

Nature Posts - a recently new blog started by my cousin Dana (he only posts about three times a week).  This guy is absolutely amazing.  He is new to blog land - so go say Hi! and maybe you'll learn something *new* from him (I already have - a lot!); particularly any homeschooling families who may need some science and nature "encouragement".

Life with Kaishon (Becky Leatherman) - is also another "new" blog to me.  And it's become quite the sensation, recently, of memories and unbelief of how I discovered it.  Here is the story...

I was reading another one of my favorite blogs, the other day - Farmgirl Paints.  The title of farmgirl's post caught my attention, because of the name of the blog author (Becky Leatherman) that she had included in the post title.  I thought to myself; farmgirl is from MN, not PA, and so who knows?! there could be... more then one Becky Leatherman in this world - but wow!!!  I know a Becky Leatherman, too!!

If this is the same one that I know -then, what a small world!?! 

Sure enough it is...

I am actually related to this Becky (as third cousins) and I haven't seen or heard from her in years.  It was so neat to be reconnected - through bloggy world - no less.  I have great memories of her and her family - at reunions and just life happenings in our small family circle. 

Life just has a way of taking us all - different directions at times, doesn't it?

Becky is great, upbeat and it shows through her blog - Life with Kaishon.  She's VERY real, honest, extremely bubbly and very encouraging.  She says her blog isn't about Photography - but let me tell you - even I can tell She's GOOD at it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

And one more blog that I LOVE!!  (I should stop before I get so excited, because there are so many to choose from).
I thought I would give a new *blog* friend a shout out.  Her name is Jayme.  Her blog, Tales from the Coop Keeper is so worth taking time to read. 

I get her uncanny sense of humor.  (I mean, she makes my sides ache some days most days, from laughing so much).  She's an older woman (not that means anything - but I'm getting there myself and she is just so honest about herself) who LOVES cleaning, chickens and cooking (and I don't know exactly what order to say those three should be in).

You've got to check these three blogs out... when you have a minute. 

I think you'll love!!!!!!!
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