Showing posts from February, 2010

Sunday Photos, the very reasons why I love my simple life, time to enjoy such things as these


Two Sweet Blessings

Last night Steven, Priscilla, Melanie and Casi went out to eat together and we had the joy of watching the two little girls. Yen went with Mommy and Daddy.
We had such fun watching those two sweet hearts playing together. They giggled and laughed, and jumped and ran together. Grandchildren are such a blessing ! Mei-Ling has a big test and Doctors visit coming up Monday and if you think of it, say a prayer that they will see good things and be able to reverse her vesicostomy. We are praying hard for this. The little one so badly wants to be a big girl and not have to wear a diaper. Your prayers are so appreciated. Elizabeth and Mei-Ling looking out the window for a cat they heard best buddies time for a hug

8.8 Earthquake Hit Chile

The news of this mornings earthquake in Chile, brought to mind a bible verse I learned so long ago...
Matthew 24:7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
I read this morning, "Because the scale is exponential, today's seismic event was about 500 times more powerful than the one in Haiti." That is simply hard to wrap my mind around. I ask you all today to remember those in these devastated areas with prayer in your hearts.

The Long Winter

It sure feels like a long winter here in North Texas.  I have never seen as much snow as we have had this season and its been colder than normal.  Our wood pile is getting way too small and yet there seems to be no end to the chill in the air.   Many days I just opt to put another layer on instead of building a big fire when its not horribly cold out, or just build a fire in the morning and let it heat the house and then let it die down until evening.   Rationing our remaining wood to have it last the rest of the season. I am glad that our goats were bred late so that we don't have little kids out there in this cold and since I am not milking, if I want to I can hold off feeding the goats an hour or so until it has warmed up a bit.  They have plenty of hay in their barn at all times so grain can wait for a bit without them getting hungry at all.   We feed the goats a nice sweet feed that is all grain, no pellets in their dry season and when they are milking we mix Purina Goat Chow …

A New Blog, An Addition To Morning Ramble

This coming Sunday I am embarking on a life change, a major one. Some history to put things in perspective on the why of this new journey. My mother died of a heart attack at age 65, which is young, its only 10 years older than I am right now. My father had a heart attack in 1979 before is 58th birthday. That's a serious heart history. And Emery is not a lot better off history wise, his father was in his early 60's when he died of a heart attack and his mother had type 2 diabetes and the entire time I knew her, she had one health issue after another. Along with that Emery's brother died of a coronary aneurysm this past year at the age of 58. We all have choices in life. We can just keep on keeping on, no matter the end results or we can take charge of the things that can improve our health and live longer and stronger. Steven is only 25 and has high blood pressure and his triglycerides are not good at all. His biological father is Emery's brother that passed away just …

Returning To A Spiritual SImplicity

Religion is confusing at times. Everyone believes that what they believe must be the truth, which is understandable, because why would you follow something you didn't believe in ? But it seems to be so many differences of opinions on how to worship that we just keep trying to turn it into entertainment.
Within Christianity there are approximately 38,000 Christian denominations...that's a lot. The number kind of floored me to be honest. The modern Christian church seems to be changing in ways that I can't seem to relate too. I met a friend in the store yesterday and she was telling me that the bishop was at their church recently, a woman, and prayed to mother God. I am old fashioned, plain and simple and prefer to keep it as Our Father in Heaven. Another friend recently told me about how their church has to have 3 services each Sunday so they can have sermons and music that appeals to each group within the church membership. Seems too complicated to me. Why not just worship…

Colors of the Day


5 More Weeks Until Kidding Time

April is fast approaching and by the looks of Licorice, I am guessing twins at least. Faith is not very big which is pretty normal for a first time. One kid for her is my guess.

More Snow and Thoughts on Gelassenheit

This has by far been the snowiest winter I have known in Texas and if it keeps up today, we actually may be the snowiest winter in North Texas history.
When I was out doing chores this morning it looked as if the world around me was being sprinkled with powdered sugar. Birds were fighting for a place at the feeders and it seems the more feeders I add to my collection, there is never enough for all the hungry little birds. Last night I did some more study on the concept of "Gelassenheit" which is a foundational sort of term used in the Amish world, that doesn't really have a simple one word translation. Its a concept that has be born of the very teachings from the Sermon on the Mount. Words like yielding, humility, meekness, and peace all fit in this one word, along with the idea that you can let go, you can walk through life without being offended and holding on to that tranquility and serenity that comes with a heart full of being calm and honestly filled with compassio…

Instead of Where is Waldo, Where is Harry !

He is in the photo, you just have to look !

The Blessings of A Fall Garden

What we planted in the fall, we are enjoying even now. I just came in from doing chores and stopped by the garden to pick some big heads of cabbage, lots of collard greens and some fresh lettuce. All organic and you can't get much more "local" than your own back yard. The fruits of our labor ! In a couple more weeks we should be able to get out there and till the soil for spring planting. We are expecting 4-6 inches of snow tomorrow, which gives me an idea, this is the longest winter we have experienced in our nearly two decades of living in Texas.

A little visitor at the feeder


The Simple Life

It has been a quiet day, the kind that lingers in a good way. A little visit from Mei-Ling to help me make what she calls, "happy day cup cakes". Extra chores done in preparation for more snow on Tuesday. They are saying 4-6 inches for our area. It has been quite a winter, the results of a strong El Nino. Emery was chopping wood, cutting up kindling and clearing away some branches that were over the barns. It was warm out today, nearly 70. Mei-Ling played outside with no jacket on, it wasn't needed in the sunshine. But now, its getting cold. Too late to bother with a fire in the wood stove, instead we will just pile on the blankets tonight and then deal with the stove in the morning. Tomorrow I will be busy making a new ticking for the feather bed in the guest room, its time...the old one is about 10 years old. I chose red and off white ticking..I love red and that fact seems to dictate many of the choices I make. Maybe I can get started with the quilts I have planned fo…

God Loved the Birds.....

"God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. " ~Jacques Deval, I love sitting at my desk, just watching the birds at the feeders. It is one of my greatest joys of the morning.

Evening Chores

As the day light fades and night creeps in with shades of gray blue, the world around me seems softer, calmer, much like how it is when a small child is bathed and put in pajama's, ready for quiet time. Emery walks by the window, still working on last minute chores, like bringing in more firewood, putting away the tools he used to fix a spot in the goat barn where Faith caught her foot today. There are no lights on in the house yet, this gradual darkening of the day seems natural to me, yet if I had been out to town and came home to this degree of darkness in the house, I would be quick to turn on lights. Strange how things are different when they come on slowly, and we feel accustomed to the changes.
I spent the day with Mei-Ling. Melanie had a Drs appointment, hard to imagine but wee Yen is already 6 weeks old. I offered to take Mei-Ling on the town with me, for a fun Grammie and Mei day. She is such a sweet child. Kindness overflows from her heart in a way I have never seen fro…

Earth Hour is Coming Up

This will make our 3rd year of participating in Earth Hour, one hour of turning off the lights to bring awareness to the problem of climate change for which we contribute to in the negative by the way we live in this modern world.
"On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people around the world will come together to call for action on climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. The movement symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in this fight, protecting our future and that of future generations."
We as a family have opted to have a get together on this night to share in the moment, to commit to doing better in the choices we make daily that play a part in caring for this planet.
Watch the video, and consider being a part of this night when we can make a statement.

Photos of Our Big Blizzard

We ended up with 10 inches of snow at our place last week and believe me, that is a huge amount for North Texas. There is still a pile or two in our yard. I was so thrilled by the snow, I was out playing in it early in the morning, while the world around me was still silent and pristine.