Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy Fall

A couple days ago Miss E and I went for a little walk and saw all these butterflies, there were a few monarchs too but I didn't get a picture.

It's smelling like fall outside!
I was trying to think how I would describe the smell of fall here, and I would say it's kind of dusty and sweet.

I like this poem I found in an old book called, "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady", by Edith Holden.  It's her journal from the year 1906.

She has lots of beautiful illustrations and poems, little bits of country wisdom, and her journal entries in the book.  I have been enjoying it.  There are several others she wrote as well.

Happy fall to you!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Oak Trees at the Lake

This last weekend was our family's 4th annual weekend at a lake cabin near us.  We had a great time even though the lake was flooded 22 feet higher than usual.  This lake is so peaceful and beautiful, with post oak trees growing everywhere around it.  Scientists have tested some of the oak trees and some are 300 years old.  Miss E and I had fun collecting acorns to use in our fall d├ęcor.

I have been thinking about Isaiah 61 again lately.  It is one of my favorite chapters because it's full of hope for our suffering world.  In verse 3 it says that our righteousness will be like great oak trees, and I was thinking, why did it say we would be like oak trees and not like cottonwoods or elms or cedars?  I think it's because oak is so long lasting.  The righteousness God gives us through Jesus is just like that, steady, firm, and immovable.  What a blessing! 

To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.

In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the LORD has planted for his own glory.

I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God!
For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation
and draped me in a robe of righteousness.
Isaiah 61:3,10

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Journaling/Coloring Bibles

I just had to share my new Bible with you, because I love it so much!
Have you seen the new journaling and coloring Bibles? 
I think they are awesome for personal devotions.  Taking the time to color the individual verses really does help you take the time to think through what it's saying.

Of course, a cup of tea while coloring is nice too. (:

Here's a couple of the pages I've done.  I chose the Inspire NLT translation Bible, and after using the NIV for 25 years I am enjoying reading a new translation.  It's interesting how reading the same verses in a different translation can make them come alive again in a new way.

They also have coloring Bibles in NIV and KJV.
The Inspire version that I chose has over 400 illustrations to color,
and so it will take me awhile to work through it.  I'm planning to color the
verses as I read them in my devotions, so that way I'll be able to tell at a glance which
books I've read lately and which I should read again.

These would make a great Christmas gift if you know someone who likes artsy activities!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

My Second Favorite Month

The sky is blue, the fields in view, 
All fading-green and yellow: 
Come let us stray our gladsome way,
And view the charms of Nature; 
The rustling corn, the fruited thorn, 
And ev'ry happy creature.


I think September might be my second favorite month.  May is my favorite, but there's something so nice about September.  The air feels different, the sunflowers, thistles, and goldenrod are all in bloom, football begins, and I feel like being outside again.

~Sunflowers in the wind~

Miss E's favorite flower is the sunflower, so this afternoon we drove down the rode a couple miles and picked a jar full for the counter.  Soon we will be finding pretty fall leaves and acorns!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Our Shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.

He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me.

John 10:11,14, Isaiah 40:11, John 10:27-28

Here is where I found these beautiful paintings.  They were painted by Luigi Chialiva, a Swiss artist, who lived from 1842-1914.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hoosier Cabinet

For a while now I have been on the lookout for a Hoosier Cabinet for our kitchen.  I wanted one that was in good shape so I could actually use it for a baking center.  So many of them have peeling paint or doors missing so I was very pleased to find this one on craigslist recently!  The enamel table top pulls out so I can roll out pizza crusts or cinnamon rolls easily. 

 My mixer stores in the large cupboard on the bottom and although it does have a flour storage bin inside I am not using it because it's a little rusty inside.  I haven't decided if I will buy a new one or not yet.

Of course it's fun to decorate the top, I used some of my Grandma's vintage kitchen utensils and an Albert Anker print and nesting chickens.

Here are a few interesting ads for Hoosier cabinets from about 100 years ago.  I think it's funny how they claimed to save steps for women, to give them health, youth, good looks, strength and time, and nowadays the trend is to wear a step counter to try and take as many steps as possible!

I guess my life should just be one big holiday now that I have a Hoosier too!  Haha! (:

I'm joining No Place Like Home

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Peaches and Cream Tea

Life is crazy and busy and full and complicated, at least, at my stage of life it is.  School starts next week and two boys will be in football on separate teams, and I will be homeschooling two boys and nobody's very excited about it (school, that is, not football!).  So, it was time for a little tea with my Miss E! 

We had peach cobbler with ice cream and it was delicious on this hot day.  Miss E helped me pick the flowers and which tea tray to use.  Tea is always more fun with a little girl helping out!

I love vintage snack sets and collected a set of 8 this last year.  If you would like the recipe for our peach cobbler you can find it here.

Lately I have been re-reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp.  I first read it about five years ago and started my own list of things I am thankful for.  Being in an attitude of thankfulness has definitely helped me get through rough times in the last five years, and as I read Ann's book again it convicted me in new ways that I hadn't thought of before.  I really liked this part, that I read today--

"When the laundry is for the dozen arms of children or the dozen legs, it's true, I think I'm due some appreciation.  So comes a storm of trouble and lightning strikes joy.  But when Christ is at the center, when dishes, laundry, work, is my song of thanks to Him, joy rains."  ~Ann Voskamp

Jesus has blessed us with so many good things, and if I look at my work as a gift of service back to him, how great is that?  It really changes everything when your perspective changes.  Like Jesus said in John 9:4~

As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. 
Night is coming, when no one can work.
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