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

Monday, March 6, 2017

{BagsbyBevy} I don't think you've ever met Maude!!

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:: Homespun Baby! Shoes ::
gifted to my cousin Sarah and Randy - for their little guy!!


:: Homespun Baby! Shoes ::
gifted to Mrs. G (my youngest's Kindergarten Teacher) 


:: Tea Wallet ::
small, holds 4 tea bags
gift to a sweet friend from church

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These are all gifts - but I wanted to show you what all has been happening in stolen moments, here and there!!

Basically, I needed to get these items done - before "packing up" shop.

Oh, and I don't know that I've ever shown you Maude...
I found "her" at a fabric sale for all but $12.00!!


Can I say - thrilled?  I've always wanted a dress form and now, I think I may have a second one on my  hands - here shortly!!  Can't wait.
I love these vintage things!!

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That's the latest from BagsbyBevy!!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Still {house hunting}

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When we stop the mad rush, when we say no to some of our many responsibilities and take the time to come quietly into God's presence, then, in that simple, quiet moment, He will breathe HIS peace into our hearts.  ~ Ellyn Sanna

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I'm so grateful for these few found moments of quiet peace and surrender.  They don't come often - rather few and far between - but when they do... ahhh!!

Switching gears here for a moment.  Follow me.

So - you all know we're looking at housing - to replace ours.   We taken lots of time scrolling through and seeing "homes" online and wondering about them.  Could this work, would this work?  Will this one be the one?

I'm sure you're familiar, in some aspects, to the drill.   What has been interesting is the actual "walking through" these homes.  Some are empty and waiting to be filled.  There you can really see the nooks and crannies and imagine a quick yeah or nay.... however, some are still being lived in.

And, it's here - where we've begun to notice something.

The presence or lack thereof of Jesus Christ... in these homes.

It has been really amazing, the difference you can feel - almost as soon as you walk through the front door.

*It's weird.  This legal way it happens for you to just walk on into someone else's home - without the homeowners actually, personally inviting you there.  And - yet -you're in there, opening up cabinets, closets, sniffing the air, looking past all their stuff and thinking of all sorts of aspects and dynamics...
Checking out the neighbors, etc.
It's really hard - if someone is still at home, in the house, while you're there - which has totally been our experience, several times.

This whole process has been a mad rush.  It's not over.  We still haven't found the perfect home for us.
But, that said.  It will come!!

I trust and pray... that in the "nooks and crannies" of our current home, even amongst the busy and the many impending responsibilities  - that there is STILL a strong sense and presence of Jesus.

** Please keep us in your continued thoughts and prayers... we're only in the beginning stages of major change.  And, it's stretching us...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

When Push comes to Shove

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So. What's going on,with our housing situation?  I know a lot of you dear folks are wondering, interested and would like to know.
Push is coming to shove and changes are all around us.


Just a few days ago, the farm went under contract. Pretty much - it's been SOLD!   Let the cleanout - begin!!  We're not sure, but we think a small (larger home) housing development is going in. (Don't quote me!)

A short year ago... we had a farm sale here and that was a "sad day".  This is, in a way, almost sadder.  I had no idea there were so many treasures hidden, buried deep within the "guts" of this ole farm.   
Things that belong in an auction house - in my opinion.  :)

But even more - are the memories and stories that if only these walls could talk.

Honestly, this puts us (our family) in position for some immediate changes (at least, in the next couple of months) to begin afresh with our own "new adventures".

Lord Willing, we'll be buying a house... 

A home of our own... where out lives will continue on to tell our own stories.  

This place.  This farm was our home for the past eight years.  Our roots run deep...here.
Intertwined. And, this ripping and pulling away feels hard to bare.  Feels hard to face.   It feels like a birthing.  The pains are great.  
Taking our breath away...


We need lots and lots of prayer... as the days ahead continue. We ask for peace, patience, and God's continued providence... in our lives!!

**You know what else this will mean?  The nature of the photos/my photos, for this blog, are going to change.  And, see!!  Now, I made you sad too!  
I'm so sorry...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

admitting an area of growth - for me

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--Sharing, an excerpt, from The Life Giving Home - by, Sally Clarkson.

"In taking time to build close relationships, we learn that people are more important than things or material possessions.  We come to understand that close relationships, not status or accomplishment or virtual realities, are what bring happiness and meaning to life.   Our lives become what we live and model, and when we invest personally in the lives of others, we will reap personally in terms of friendship and affection.  Even the way we use our time will help others know that building a relationship requires a commitment to time and sacrifice.

There is always a cost to building intimacy with others.   Giving comfort to one who is ill requires time and practical labor (attending to physical needs).  Listening to the feelings of a teen or young adult usually involves lost sleep because the deepest conversations take place at night.  Buying groceries, cooking meals, making cups of tea, providing snacks requires the sacrifice of time and energy.  Keeping house -- picking up those messes one more time -- is a service of worship to God as we craft a place of beauty and comfort for all who enter our sanctuary of His very presence.

Love is indeed a choice, an obedience, a service and a sacrifice, an initiation.  But love is also the most powerful source of joy.  And it is the means through which God would have us extend His hands, His words, His redemption to our world, within the walls of our home."

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Wow!!  I admit.  This is certainly an area I'm continuing to grow in...
Oh, I'm so grateful to have been gifted this book!  Thank you, sweet friend.
You know who you are! :)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Gold Rush Brunch

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How does one rightly get a decent photo of a breakfast dish... when you can hardly tell what is - because the color palate is all the same wash.... you know what I mean?

But, boy!! Is this one ever delish!!!  Hand's down - it is one of my favorite breakfast casseroles...
Guess you'll have to take my word for it until you give it a try!!!   Lip-smacking amazing!!!!

:: Gold Rush Brunch ::
1 lb. ground, browned sausage (cubed ham, is also an option)
2 Tbsp. onion, minced
8 scrambled eggs, cooked
4 cups frozen, shredded hash browns (thawed*)
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp. parsley
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
1 3/4 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
 1/4 tsp. salt

Layer meat, onion, eggs, hashbrown, cheese, parsley in a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan.  
Melt butter, in saucepan, and add flour; mix well.  Add milk and cook until thickened.  Turn off heat and stir in sour cream.  Pour over layered mixture.   Bake at 400* for 30-40 minutes.   
Serves 15 people.
**HINT: I will put my frozen hash browns into my skillet where I just browned the sausage - to let them thaw, there... while making the next part.  
Then, I'll just mix it all - gently - together and put in pan, adding the cheese sauce part on top!!

I'm telling you - this dish is fabulous!!  
Great for a breakfast-at-dinner idea, as well!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing."

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This quote (in the title) spoke to me... and I just had to share!!

** feeling today, a sense of calm in the midst of storm.   thank you for your considerate thoughts and prayers!  I will elaborate, in time, as time goes on...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Home Quote

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"All people need a place where their roots can grow deep and they always feel like they belong and have a loving refuge.  And all people need a place that gives wings to their dreams, nurturing possibilities of who they might become." ~ Sally Clarkson

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This quote moves me to tears.  It's because, there is a groaning... and a birth about to take place of a new home.  Not yet!!!   Not a lot has changed in regards to our property (other than up for sale, with one showing that we know of)... but, I'm feeling it.  We're looking.
  Looking for that perfect home!!  However, the questions of where and when still remain.
There isn't a restlessness about that, per say,  as it is more of how will this new home fit us?

Then.  I recognize.  It isn't necessarily about the four walls  - it's about WHO is inside those four walls... that allows the feeling of HOME to permeate.

In the meantime...
Life goes on!  And, so does what we know... our home-life, here, must continue...

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.   
 ~ Colossians 3:23 ESV

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What Matters To Me

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This post title came to mind this morning and I felt it really encouraged me, with the need, to come vulnerable here, in this space, this morning, and say... what matters to me has really fallen by the wayside.

I know I am not alone in this.. and certainly, this is a topic that I care and share deeply about. Yet, I still need the daily reminders and the constant encouragement.

But seriously.  Today!  Today, I feel so lost in knowing what really matters to me the most.

If you know me well, at all.  How would you describe who I am and what I do?

Here is what I hope one would say:

Bevy is a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, a Christ-Follower, a blogger; a creative soul who loves to sew, decorate, cook/bake, think deeply, and who enjoys capturing those moments via the photographic lens or in the written word...
A homemaker who just so happens to also have an etsy shop, and a facebook page and an AWESOME business as an Ambassador for a fabulous health and wellness company.
So, there are the home and family needs..
Laundry
Meals
Discipline
Cleaning
The relationships to keep up with...
Books to read..
Time with God!  

Now to keep up with all of that.  
Each one is important (to me).  Special.  NEEDED.

It's just right now, I feel I'm falling under the attack of overwhelm.
I can't stop!
It ALL has to continue.  I mean, I want it to.
It's who I am!!  Right?

But, does it matter to me?

Here is where I think I've gotten off track.  
Its gotten to where... I have to do all of this.

It's not as easy to do it if I don't want to.  Do you hear what I'm saying?

How to want to do all of this... because it matters to me... needs to be the focus.

And, so I'm humbly coming to ask for prayer... encouragement... and advice.

Proverbs 16:3 reminds me..
"Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established."
and this from Proverbs 14:1
"The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands."

As a way of refreshment and reminder...
Last year - sometime - a dear friend sent me a book called, The Life-giving Home, (info found HERE) that came with a 12-month guided journal - with the same title.  Written by Sally Clarkson and her daughter, Sarah Clarkson.

I really enjoyed the few moments I could steal, to SLOWLY read through this book.

I would like to "add" this (rereading and journaling) into all of the above and really delve into the meat of this book. It really was an easy and encouraging read.  Very relatable, too. 

 Side note:  I ALSO would like to add in a regiment of walking everyday.  Getting that in is something I REALLY, REALLY want to do.  How, When and Where...?

And, then.  There is this!!

and, you know what this means?  Changes...

Changes and Challenges are looming on the horizon!

So many questions.  So many unknowns.  SO MUCH TO DO!!!!!
But, what I do know is this.  I NEED to stick to what matters to me, the most!
And, make those moments count.

I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength! ~ Philippians 4:13 

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Want to know something?  Even before I hit publish, on this post here, today, a phone call came my way, from a sweet friend who simply wanted to pray with me and for me.
Talk about tears.
God's providence and timing, is always right!!

I really do know I am Blessed!!  And, that matters, too!!

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