Sunday, November 18, 2012

God's Blessings....oh soooo abundant!!!

Don't you love when you are in the midst of a situation that seems so daunting and kinda scary and you're wondering how it will end because you can't see your way through to the end.
Then, you bow your head and pray, sometimes with a deep guttural prayer, just dropping the situation at the Father's feet simply through your tears, angst and pain, so thankful to be able to look to Him.
Within moments the first obstacle is moved, then throughout the day you see trickles of hope but still fret.
Then suddenly....because God is God....He just blows the whole problem out of the water, now not a trace of that situation remains!
Not only that but in the midst of it He blessed me with an incredible bit of information I was astounded by! 
Yep, within hours God took what was to us lowly humans a huge boulder with no way around; chipped off a few bits so we could start to see the light on the other side; opened my eyes to something unknown to me; and just when I was feeling so blessed but knew there were still issues to deal with.....He blew it to smithereens!  Yep, this humanly insurmountable issue from 7 hours ago no longer exits, at all.  I never, ever fail to be awed by His blessings!
What an awesome God we serve!!!!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Life


Well, I no more than dipped my little toe back in to the blogging world when I once again had to put it on the back burner!  This time it was not for a bad reason.....well kinda....Katie started having pain with her port that was put in 14 months ago for her chemo and other treatments.  She has never had a pain at all since having the port put in but she has lost quite a bit of weight and I think things just kinda shifted around.
Anyway, today she had the surgery to have the port removed and in a few days she should be as good as new.  The bad news was simply that she was having quite a bit of pain and discomfort and had to live with it until they figured out the problem.
The good news is that our sweet Oncology Doctor simply said, "it's done it's job now let's get it out of there so she doesn't have to deal with anymore 'stuff'!"  So now it's out, she did well through the surgery but is very tired and will be resting for a few days. 
We're very thankful and consider this one more step away from this Cancer mode we've been in for so long.
The Lord brought us this far and he gave us the wonderful blessing of healing our sweet Katie, no more Cancer!  
Yep, now it's time to get on with that regularly scheduled life!!! 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY
October 8, 2012
Here in Kentucky

Outside my window...Beautiful sunny skies, temps are in the 50's so it's pretty chilly.  Love the fall weather!

I am thinking...about the beautiful baby afghan Katie is making for a friend.  I love to see her working with her hands and she loves it also.  We still have not figured out how to knit and I think we've decided to just stick with crochet.  It's amazing how quickly a homemade gift can be made and I know it will be treasured.  I still have a handmade baby afghan a friend made for me 29 years ago when I was pregnant with our first.  Love homemade gifts!

I am thankful...for a husband that works so very hard.  He's been with Delta for almost 25 years now, worked so many overtime hours to count, never ever called in sick and above all he never complains.  His work day starts way before most folks even wake up but he wakes up in a good mood and is the same all day.  How wonderful to not be married to a grouchy person!  Sadly, I can't say the same for the person he's married to, emotions seem to be everywhere these days for this 52 year old lady!  But, he loves me anyway!

In the kitchen...Lots of starters going on: Homemade buttermilk, yogurt in the crockpot, homemade sour cream, kefir, kombucha and hopefully soon we can get going on a sourdough starter.  Supper for tonight is takeout since we have quite a few errands to run.
 
 I am wearing...Calico jumper, pink top, mauve sweater.

I am creating...have nothing particular going right now.  We've been listing things on ebay and getting ready for a yard sale, time to streamline things a bit.
 
 I am going...Hobby Lobby, Starbucks, Walmart, Kroger, Family Christian Store, and finally Subway to pick up supper.

I am wondering...how much decorating I want to do for Christmas, sometimes you want to go all out and other times things seem to demand simplicity...just not sure yet.

I am reading...just finished Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble, excellent book!

I am hoping...we can get everything finished before the cold weather hits, much to do.

I am looking forward to...everything, every moment we are given is such a wonderful gift.  Life is such an incredible adventure and I choose to be optimistic about it all!!!

I am learning...that less is definitely best, simplify, simplify, simplify!

Around the house... hubby is relaxing after just getting home from work, Katie is getting ready for our errands and Christopher is busy with his stuff!

I am pondering...what's truly most important in life?  Do I need all this stuff?  What do I truly want to focus on?

A favorite quote for today...
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
Corrie ten Boom

One of my favorite things... long talks with our adult children, sometimes we can just sit and talk for hours.  I've always had that with my family and love that I have that with my kids also.

A few plans for the rest of the week: lots of chores, inside and outside.

A peek into my day...lots of ebay items ending and more sifting for the yard sale/give away/ trash/ recycle.
I love this image, it's by one of my very, very favorite artists; Karla Dornacher.  I purchased some of her images on Etsy.
 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Life Changes, Christ, New Beginnings...All Good!


We've had an interesting year:  Katie has faced, dealt with and overcame a diagnosis of Lymphoma; My father was diagnosed with Cancer on his bladder, which was then removed putting him in a different stage of life, but he is doing great; Our son Tommy had a tumor on his finger, but that was taken care of and all is well.
Truly, looking back on the this past year seemingly nothing is different.  Katie has hair again, short but it's growing in oh so curly, which is different because her hair was always straight.  My dad is doing everything he did before, tires a bit quicker now but basically is doing great.  Tommy's life is no different, he's making some changes to a different apartment and trying to make a few other small changes.
Basically, life is just what it was a year ago.  But we are different, oh so very different.  

I had taken so much for granted,  I knew that we were not immune to bad things, no one is.  But, we had never had much Cancer in our family so I just assumed that was not really a fear we would have to deal with anytime soon.  But life changes in the blink of an eye, doesn't it?  I would not have chosen any of these things to happen to our family, no one would, we hate to see loved ones suffer.  

But, what we can choose is the way we deal with these things.  I could decide that these things were a sign of horrible things to come and dig my head in the sand, dreading the next bad thing...or I can say, the past is the past, I cannot change it and will not be defined by it.

We cannot live in fear, we shouldn't live in fear, Christ came to die on the cross so that we can have life, and beyond this world we will be with Him in Heaven.  The goal is not to fear every little thing, take no chances, avoid the probabilities of something bad happening or avoid contact with others because of the slim chance of catching some bad they might have.

Life is about living, not fearing.  

A few days ago we celebrated 30 years of marriage, my Danny and I.  30 years of being married and we still laugh every single day.  We've had problems, still have problems, will always have problems, that's life, but we choose to face them together and above all keep very close to the One who made it all and continues to rule today.  God is everything, without him the problems would be too overwhelming to deal with.  We choose Christ.

This is October 6th, 2012; Katie and my dad are Cancer free.  For today, I choose joy and will not worry about what tomorrow may bring.  I sometimes say, I've faced almost losing my child and my father, it didn't happen.  Let's face it, death is the only final thing, every other problem in the world can somehow be fixed or endured.

And now, I return to blog world, a completely different person, but the same in so many ways.  Loving this moment and enjoying today but always looking forward to what's around the next corner.  Life is such an incredible adventure!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

God is so good!

Well, Tommy got the results from his biopsy and there is no Cancer!  So thankful!
My dad is doing great, he had his bladder removed on 5/1 because of Cancer and they had thought he would have to go to a nursing home for some therapy afterwards but he's going from the SICU straight home tomorrow or Tuesday!  
He's one of those 81 year olds that thinks 81 is the new 40!  He's doing great and showing them that he will not be held down by this.
So he is Cancer free now, Katie is Cancer free and Tommy's was not Cancerous.
Couldn't be more thankful!
Thanks for all the prayers, they mean so much!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Just an update on our son's surgery

Tommy had his surgery yesterday to remove the tumor on his finger.  Everything went great and he is home resting and doing fine.
We won't know the results of the biopsy for a week or so.
Please pray for no Cancer, we've had our share of it this year.
Also, please pray for my dad, he will have his bladder removed on Tuesday to rid his body of Cancer.  He should be fine after his recoup time.  Oddly enough, there a lot of people walking around without bladders and doing great.  Who knew?
Thanks for the prayers, comments and 'hugs', we hold on to them tightly!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy Homemaker Monday

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Monday April 23, 2012

The Weather, here in Kentucky:
Very windy, sunny and chilly.  We had hot temps in March and now we are having a high of 56 today.  But at least we're not dealing with snow like some are on the east coast.  

On My Reading Pile:
ESV Bible
The Simplicity Primer
Just in Case: how to be self sufficient when the unexpected happens

On my TV:
I am watching Miss Marple on my iPod through Netflix, also watching Poirot.

On the Menu this week:
Monday; Spaghetti Casserole, salad, homemade bread
Not sure about the rest of the week just yet, will update the post when I have it figured out!

On my To-do List:
cut out and make skirt for Katie
Make a few heating bags
Write out menu and grocery list
Tomorrow our worms we ordered will be here to put in our compost bin!
Make four cards and get them sent
 
What I'm creating:
Still finishing up the edges on my crocheted dishcloths
Crocheting gift for *someone*
sewing skirt for Katie
sewing jumper for Me
a batch of soap
starting our hand dipped candles
 
Homeschooling:
Well, our homeschooling days ended a couple of years ago when our last one graduated.  We homeschooled all three through high school.  They are now 27, 25 and 22.
So I guess I'll call this...
 
Learning:
we started many plants from seed and are learning what works and what doesn't work!  Some we planted too early but we'll know for next time.  All of our seeds are heirloom so we're trying to keep them going until we can plant outside which will be a couple more weeks.
 
Around the House:
Dan just got home from work and is settling in on the couch in the living room.
Christopher is playing his guitar and Katie and I are finishing our tea so we can go to the sewing room to start our projects.
 
From the camera:
 These are some of the dishcloths we just finished.

Something fun to share:
We started a new blog about our homesteading journey, it's been fun to share our journey with others!

On my prayer List:
Our son Tommy is having surgery to remove a tumor on his finger this Thursday
Next Monday my dad is having surgery to remove his bladder due to Cancer
Extended family that have had losses lately, some really sad situations

Bible Verse; Devotional...
    Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.
(2 Corinthians 1:7 ESV)



Saturday, April 14, 2012

A New Blog Journey!!!!

Click the photo to go to our brand new homesteading blog!
We would love to have you follow our journey as we discuss step by step our journey towards true homesteading.  We have a ways to go to get there but want to share the steps as we take them as well as the steps we've taken thus far.
We will post lost of pics and our joys and triumphs as we move forward knowing there will be lots of triumphs as well as errors.
We are working toward composting, recycling and giving in our goal to have as little to pull to the curb come trash pickup day as possible, striving for a huge recycling pile and teeny tiny garbage pile as we have curbside pickup for both on the same morning.
The new blog is:
http://ourpathtohomesteading.blogspot.com/

We will discuss all of our make at home ventures in:
Sewing
Recipes
Canning
Woodworking
Handiwork
Prepare to Share
Homekeeping
Gardening
Soapmaking
Candlemaking
Paring Down
Weight Control
Farm Critters
...will be more as we go along

Also, we'll share our weekly does of 'Out with the New, In with the Old' as we purge the complicated to bring in the simple.  Come join us to learn more!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Back to the Basics: Coconut Oil


I'm not sure my post is about getting back to the basics as much as it is using products from nature.  I doubt my grandmother had coconut oil to use in the early 1900's, of course she made due with what she did have available.  We, on the other hand, have the world at our fingertips with the internet and it wondrous ability to bring items from far, far away right to our door.
I've recently been introduced to the wonders of organic coconut oil, first through the West ladies at Homestead Blessings and then through the circle of blogs I love to scour for homesteading ways and ideas.
When I had a cold a couple of weeks ago I had the usual week of blowing my nose and chapped lips that go along with the cold.  Well, I didn't have any form of chapstick so I got a small container and put some coconut oil in it.  As needed, I just put a bit on my finger and rubbed it over my sore nose and hurting lips, instant soothing!  Of course after the cold was over I threw the small container and leftover oil away, but it was certainly the perfect cure.  I love learning all these new ways to use coconut oil and especially because there are no 'odd' ingredients.
God's earth has everything we need without all the man made extras, industries might be necessary but I wonder if it's worth the damage that's being done to the earth. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook

click the words above to visit Peggy's blog and see her and other dear ladies daybooks. 

FOR TODAY
March 19th, 2012 7:00am
Here in Kentucky

Outside my window...Still dark but I hear the birds chirping through our open windows.   It's odd having them open in March but I'm not complaining!

I am thinking...of everything on my to do list, spring and warmer temps bring lots of outside work added to spring cleaning inside. 

I am thankful... that my dad's surgery is over and hopefully there will be no more treatments necessary.

In the kitchen... Great northern beans going in the crock pot this morning for tonight's meal.

I am wearing... it's still very early so it's a gown still.

I am creating... crocheting the edges around the 40 dishcloths I've crocheted.  Finished up sachets, herbal comfies, herbal sleep pillows.  Today need to make some soap and get the candles started.

I am going...no place today, love my days at home!

I am wondering...when we can start planting outside.  We're being teased with temps in the 70's and normally cannot plant until May 15th, just play it by ear I guess.

I am reading... nothing right now, truly no time.

I am hoping... to get our garage wood shop all set up again now that the weather is warm.

I am looking forward to... all the sewing I have to do.  I love sitting in my little sewing nook, my machine humming along while listening to Fernando Ortega hymns, pure bliss!

I am learning... the healing properties of herbs, it's truly amazing how things in nature or all we really need medicinally, learning more every day!

Around the house... hubby left for work at 4am, everyone else is still sleeping.

I am pondering... some very hard but exciting decisions we need to make very soon, lots of prayer and preparation.

A favorite quote for today...
“Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
Corrie ten Boom

One of my favorite things... long talks with our adult children, sometimes we can just sit and talk for hours.  I've always had that with my family and love that I have that with my kids also.

A few plans for the rest of the week: lots of chores, inside and outside.

A peek into my day...looking forward to getting the clothesline out today!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

So Exciting!

Little tiny cucumber sprouts!!!!  Can't wait to start planting more.  So far we have cucumber seeds, peas, beefsteak tomatoes and cherry tomatoes.  Love watching the little sprouts come up! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Book Review: Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World




This is an excellent book by Dr. David Jeremiah, I really think it's wisdom is prevalent for today but would be just as important at any time in history.  



Dr. Jeremiah gives us a list of C's to help us stay on plan.  We are to stay:
Calm
Compassionate
Constructive
Challenged
Connected
Centered
Confident
Consistent

As we deal with all the current unrest and fear of the unknown in our country and throughout the world we are reminded to stay calm and focus on the Word.
In the times of chaos we tend to try to fix everything ourselves and want to hurry and rush on to the next thing when in fact we need to delve into the Word and focus on Christ.
Not only are the problems of this world sometimes beyond fixable, but maybe it's not important to fix it at all.  We are to let go of thinking that the world is our comfort when the world would and will turn away from us any moment, Christ is Christ, now and forever.
Any question that we need answered in the God's Word.  What this book does is point us to the scriptures that will guide us through.
Dr. Jeremiah is an excellent author and this book truly is a book for 'these' times.

Thomas Nelson Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Is it spring?

We're getting some incredibly spring-like weather here in Kentucky.  Everything is already starting to get green and we're having lots of rain also.  This is how our May weather usually is, hard to believe it's only March!  We started some of our seeds in trays yesterday, with all the windows and screen doors open!  That's just unheard of here in Kentucky!
I must say, it is so nice to open the windows, especially since we've had colds lately.  Love airing everything out real well.  The only problem with the warmer weather is that you are not really ready to spring clean just yet, just doesn't seem time, but after you pull back the curtains you see the windows could really use a good scrubbing!  Of course with the rain we can't get them clean just yet (doesn't that sound like a good excuse to you!!?), but all in time.
We are working hard to get our inventory built up to start our online store back up, so much to do, so little time!  You know with all the things you can buy these days it's hard to believe you can't buy a few more hours in the day, I could really use them.
Lots of sewing to do so I really must move over to the sewing nook, start up some Fernando Ortega hymns and get lost in the rhythm of the machine!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Prayer Request

My dad is having surgery today to remove a tumor on his bladder.  Prayers would be appreciated.  Our prayer is that the surgery goes fine and that the tumor be benign.  Thanks dear friends.

Update****thanks for the prayers.  The tumors were cancerous but they gave him some chemo while we were there and the hope is that will get rid of any leftover tumorous cells.  Not the best outcome but God is so good!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sick Days

Katie and I have been knocked down this week with a cold.  Thankfully we're both almost over it, I'm surprised that it has not lingered for her because of her immune system but I'm thinking the Cod Liver Oil that she has been taking has really boosted her system.  (Thanks again sweet Sandy!!!)
Our son Christopher has been taking care of us, making our meals, doing the laundry, etc.  It's a wonderful thing to teach your children how to do these things so when the time arises they can take over as needed, or take care of themselves when they're on their own.
Now that I'm well I'm going to be working on all those things that need to be made to sell in our online shop, lots to do, I'm going to make a link on my sidebar to help me stay motivated and keep track of what we're making.
Loving the warmer temps and looking forward to some sunshine days, so ready to be outside digging in the dirt and sowing plants but that will have to wait awhile.
We are starting some of our seeds indoors so at least we get a good start on some of them.
Springtime is such a time of hope isn't it?  You just know things are getting better, warmer and brighter.  We spring our clocks forward this weekend so we'll have longer evenings to enjoy!
There's just always something to look forward to!  God showers us daily with blessings that we are so undeserving of, how good is He?!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

click the words above to visit Peggy's blog and see her and other dear ladies daybooks. 

FOR TODAY
March 1st, 2012 6:30pm
Here in Kentucky

Outside my window...
Sun is starting to set, lots of brown outside but noticed today that our tree out front is budding!  Always welcome Spring!

I am thinking...
that life is full of surprises, some welcome, some not.  How boring life would be if we got everything we wanted when we wanted it and had nothing to look forward to, no goals to work towards.

I am thankful...
to turn the calender page to March, February always seems like a long month, especially during leap year!

In the kitchen...
We had sandwiches (ham, cheese, turkey, bread and butter pickles, homemade mayo on whole grain bread) as a late afternoon lunch so later we'll just have something light.

I am wearing...
Purple calico jumper and pink sweater.

I am creating...
a skirt for Katie, have a skirt I make myself that I need to tweek a bit.  Sachets, headache soothing comfies, herb pillows, etc.

I am going...going to run a few errands with Katie in a bit, need to go to Kroger and Tractor Supply.


I am wondering...
how to get more minutes in my days...any ideas?

I am reading...
the first book in the from Annie's Attic.

I am hoping...
to get some of our seeds started this weekend.

I am looking forward to...
working in the wonderful soil, there's nothing better!

I am learning... patience, such a hard lesson.


Around the house... hubby is sneezing dealing with a cold.


I am pondering...
some very hard decisions we need to make very soon, lots of prayer and preparation.

A favorite quote for today...


One of my favorite things...
working with my hands, creativity is such a wonderful way to feel productive and for me it's so very therapeutic.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
only one day left!

A peek into my day...

A cabin in the woods, one of the things we're pondering (this is not ours, just a pic I found on pinterest)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Healthy New Beginnings: Two January Choices


In our quest to really work on living a more healthy lifestyle we have really researched some choices for changes that would work for us right now.  Some things are a goal for the future but not workable now due to lack of availability of fresh items so we'll discuss those later.

The first change we made involved a comment from my dear friend Sandy about fermented Cod Liver Oil.  She had done some research and started her son Shaun on it, Shaun has some issues from Autism and also said she started taking it herself.  I haven't heard how things are working with them but look forward to hearing.  Anyway, the more I read about this oil the more I realized that it was exactly what we needed for Katie, a super strong boost to her immune system (since her immune system is still low from being hit with the chemo and radiation) that is in it's purest form with no chemical issues.  Sandy recommended the Oslo Orange flavor so that is what we got and Katie puts a few drops in some warm water and has it every morning, she calls it her morning tea and she really enjoys it.  (Thanks Shaun and Sandy!).


The second change we made was a green morning smoothie.  This was something we learned from the West girls at Homestead Blessings.  We have all of their DVD's and learned how to make this from the Art of Cooking DVD.


click on the DVD to go to the ordering page through Franklin Springs Media, also you can watch a clip of the DVD there.

The smoothie consists of frozen bananas, milk, spinach leaves (or any fresh greens) and we add a full tablespoon of Spirulina powder, also ordered this from Perfect Supplements.  You blend all items in the blender until smooth, pour and enjoy!  It's so smooth with the frozen bananas but it is very green in color, didn't bother Katie and I as we figure we can drink anything as long as it's healthy but....our fellows wouldn't have anything to do with it, but we'll trying!  We also ordered some Acai powder and will be trying that in a smoothie soon.

Those are our changes for January and we're sticking with them very well.  I really want to lose weight but especially want to be healthy, I'm 51 and only have this one body this one time so I want to do the best I can with it.

 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Frugality, Simplicity & Faith

Peaceful, beautiful, such calm and simplicity.

I was reading an ebook I purchased awhile back by Patrice Lewis and found the link to an excellent website.  It's called livingonadime.com and it is chock full of simple homemade ideas and so very many frugal thoughts.  
I've spent way too much time reading articles there today, tried reading from my ipod touch but that screen was just too small!!  So I moved on to my desktop computer, I've held back printing out all the things I want but will go back tomorrow and see what I can just write down.  
One of my goals this year is to work very hard on recycling.  I tend to print out way too many things and not only does that use up my printer ink but I so often forget to highlight and print out the selection, wasting so much paper!  Anyway, I have a nice big legal pad next to my keyboard so I can jot down ideas or recipes without printing so much out.
2012 is my year of working hard on sustainability, frugality, preparedness and especially reaching out to help others. 
Most importantly, I need to  read the Word daily and spend time talking to my Lord and Savior.  The Lord is my rock and my constant.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Simple Steps to Stop Procrastinating

27 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

  1. Get started.
  2. Be realistic about the time it takes to do something, never as long as you think.
  3. Work with time available.
  4. Use small amounts of time.
  5. Carve out time.
  6. Don't always start at the beginning - just do some part.
  7. Do worst first.
  8. Set small deadlines.
  9. Small reward for each deadline met.
  10. Do things as they occur to you.
  11. Is there a simpler way?
  12. What's the worst thing that will happen if you do it?
  13. Do nothing - try looking at it for a full 15 minutes.
  14. Clear work area of everything else.
  15. Make workplace convenient.
  16. If I don't make deadline no treat.
  17. Listen to your mood.
  18. Plan a reason to get motivated (invite someone over).
  19. Seize opportunities.
  20. To do is must do.
  21. Tell someone else your deadline.
  22. Expect problems to come up that will keep you from getting it done.
  23. Don't stall - expect to do a GREAT job.
  24. Get back to people - even to say 'I don't know yet'.
  25. Ask for help.
  26. Use leisure time for leisure.
  27. Maybe procrastinating means you really don't want to do it at all.