Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hot Chocolate Anyone?

A local man has made many creative metal sculptures through the years - this is one of our favorites!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Collection of Memories

I enjoy old fashioned decor, and displaying things that mean something to me. 
I took the above picture in my room one day, and it makes me smile. 
The blue tea cup was a birthday gift my dad picked out; the flowers in it are the corsage I wore at a friend's wedding a few years ago. The little framed picture is a copy of my mother's parent's wedding picture.  I made the wool sheep when we lived in Vermont several years ago. The other tea cups were found at thrift stores over the years.  So many memories all together!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Consider it Joy

“Life need not be easy to be joyful. Joy is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ.”
- William Vander Hoven

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds." 
- James 1:2

Monday, July 22, 2013

A Lady

"To me, a lady is not frilly, flouncy, flippant, frivolous and fluff-brained, but she is gentle. She is gracious. She is godly and she is giving... You and I, if we are women, have the gift of femininity.
Very often it is obscured, just as the image of God is obscured in all of us.
The more womanly we are, the more manly men will be, and the more God is glorified. As I say to you women, 'Be women. Be only women. Be real women in obedience to God.'"

- Elisabeth Elliot

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Lord is Good

"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing."
- Psalm 34:8-10

Friday, July 12, 2013

"Aunt Jane's Hero"

Aunt Jane's Hero
By Elizabeth Prentiss
"A Portrait of a Christ-Centered Home"

A wonderful book by the author of Stepping Heavenward!
This is the story of Aunt Jane's hero, Horace Wheeler, a poor and at first, worldly, young man ; and of Aunt Jane, a prayerful, kind-hearted, Christian widow.  Her prayers continually followed Horace during his life and after he enlisted in the Civil War where he became a different person spiritually and physically. Her godly wisdom had a huge impact on him; she was a true Titus 2 woman. This is a story I've read over many times, and I always come away with new encouragement to be a goldy woman, a deeper understanding of the godly home, and the importance of prayer.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Good Reminder...

"You are doing something great with your life – when you’re doing all the small things with His Great love.
You are changing the world – when you are changing one person’s world.
You aren’t missing your best life – when you aren’t missing opportunities to love like Christ." 
~ Ann Voskamp

Participating in the Deep Roots at Home's "Encourage One Another" link-up

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Fireworks and Freedom

 Dad took us girls to see fireworks Thursday evening.  It's been several years since we've been able to go to fireworks and I really enjoyed it!!!
All the noise of the fireworks is fun, but sometimes I think, "What if that was really bombs and guns going off, and not a fun display for a holiday?"  It reminds me to be thankful for all the men that fought for our country and what they went through.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independance Day!

“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” 
- John Quincy Adams

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." 
- Ronald Reagan

"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."  
- Ronald Reagan

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Square Dance!!

We had a square dance in the basement of a local church this past Saturday afternoon.  I so enjoyed seeing people having such much fun together!!    

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Benson Family Concert

 Last Wednesday we went to an outdoor concert by the Benson Family with our adopted Uncle and Aunt from church.  It was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed their music!!
 Luke saw me with my camera and smiled!

 They have amazing harmonies and a great sense of humor as well!!

 Their youngest son was having fun in the tub of hats and props after the concert. :)
Maybe he will be a conductor when he grows up! ;)

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Visit With a Friend!

 Last Monday we girls met a friend for lunch at some beautiful gardens.  We had fun visiting, walking through the gardens and taking pictures.  
 The smallest rose bush I have ever seen! 

 Trying to get our friend's little guy to smile for the camera. :)

 Contemplating life. ;)

 We enjoyed holding little "J"!
 He is such a cutie!!

It was a fun visit!!