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Elizabeth and Victoria

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The girls are getting big and sweet as can be. I am very blessed to have such wonderful children and grandchildren that make my life so full of joy.

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I must remember that no shoe is safe now. Maddox was enjoying chewing on my shoe

Living Simply

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This is from the Caprock Friends Christian Fellowship's web page and says exactly how Emery and I feel about living simply.

"Simplicity is forgetfulness of self and remembrance of our humble status as waiting servants of God. Outwardly, simplicity is shunning superfluities of dress, speech, behavior, and possessions, which tend to obscure our vision of reality. Inwardly, simplicity is spiritual detachment from the things of this world as part of the effort to fulfill the first commandment: to love God with all of the heart and mind and strength. Simplicity is a testimony against involvement with things which tend to dilute our energies and scatter our thoughts, reducing us to lives of triviality and mediocrity. It is thus the appreciation of all that is helpful toward living as children of the Living God."

photos of the Old Norse S.D.A. Church, Clifton TX

Meet Maddox

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Here is the newest spring arrival. Maddox is half red heeler, half Corgi. Little short legs and a full belly makes him a roly poly fella. He is just 6 weeks old and as cute as can be.
He should fit right into the family and with all the other critters around here.

Wisdom for today

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“While seeking to interpret our Christian faith in the language of today, we must remember that there is one worse thing than failure to practice what we profess, and that is to water down our profession to match our practice.” Friends World Conference, 1952. my great great grandmother standing out on her front porch in Noel Nova Scotia. Love that I have stayed in that very same house, its still in the family !

Simplicity of Life

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Chicks, turkey and ducks out of the house and in the barn, a new raised bed to be made today and lots of flowers blooming. The simple things in life are best.

Tenderness

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This is one of the reasons we have chicks and ducklings this year. To see the wonder in our grandchildren's eyes as they tenderly hold new life and learn how to be responsible, even at this young age. Helping to water and feed animals is a wonderful way to learn about life and work and the meaning of caring for the things we love.

Quakers and Cheese

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And now there are two ducklings ! Hopefully there will be some gooslings joining us in May.

New Arrivals on the Homestead

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Just as I was taking the video a very loud truck went by and the window was open !

The Glory of the Morning

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As I was walking around our land today, I was wishing everyone could smell the mixture of scents from the Honey locust in bloom and the wisteria. Sweet, not over powering, a bit like what I imagine Heaven must smell like. As soon as I stepped out the back door, I looked up and saw that the locust tree was in bloom, white bunches of blooms hanging down from the branches, much in the same was as the wisteria hangs. I stood, silent, thanking God for such beauty for not only my eyes to see, but for all my senses. Birds singing, sweet smells, eye candy in every direction and even fresh asparagus to munch as I walked around. Seeds sprouting in the garden, promise of food in the coming months. Swallows dipping down into the compost pile for bits of straw and hay for their nests. Bee's doing what they should in the fruit trees and flowers. Rose bushes heavy with buds which excites me far more than any sale in a storeEmery has the wood stacked in the woodshed for next winter. We had some l…

Laura Story - Blessings

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Its Soap Making Day Again

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Part of our commitment to living simply is to make as many of the things we use on a daily basis. One of those things is soap. I have been making soap for nearly 20 years now. We use it to bathe with and I grate it for our laundry soap. There is something very satisfying about making things from scratch, more so than if they were made with a pre-measured kit of some kind. For me, making things from start to finish is much like the difference in making a cake from scratch or opening up a box of cake mix, adding in a couple eggs, water and some oil. Its just not the same as doing it all the old fashioned way. Many times I have thought that perhaps I was born in the wrong century, preferring to do things in a way that seems a bit more complicated but that makes me far less dependant on doing things the easy way. I like knowing that if the world sort of fell apart, I wouldn't be cowering in the corner, pulling my hair out in despair because I didn't know how to live without all th…

Instructions For Life

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Ephesians 5: 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 H…

Earth Hour 2011 Official video

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Time to make your preparations now !

The Directions are all there....a repost from 2007

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Have you ever been trying to put something together or operate some new gadget according to the directions you have but keep saying, "well, that's just too simple, I must be missing something". Its almost as if simple directions are too difficult to accept. We expect things to be complicated. Life is like that. Its really quite simple to live a simple life but we expect and almost want it to be complicated, to be some huge undertaking in order for us to make it attractive. Religion is like that. Nothing could be more simple than to live a life with the simple goal of loving God, and loving your fellow man. Of course to do that we need to not be so tied tightly to possessions and self interest. Things get in the way, so doesn't prosperity. You wouldn't think prosperity would be such a trap but it sure can be. The more we have, the more we want and the more we move away from giving of our time and of ourselves. I don't advocate seeking a life of poverty, but I …

Happy National Quilting Day

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In honor of National Quilting day I am posting a couple pictures of one of my favorite quilts. I made it for my daughter Melissa.

Saturday Morning in Pictures

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All creation reflects the Glory of God, including the wind that dries our clothes : )It is a simple, humble life that allows us to be in awe of the bounty of nature and satisfied with the joys in life that don't cost a dime. Putting value on the truly priceless gifts in life rather than in the things we buy and later refer to as "stuff".

A Repost

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Sometimes I just need to re-read my own thoughts.

A Morning Ramble

The Gentleness of The Day

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Awake before the sun, gathering herbs for the day while the dew is still heavy on the ground. Gray skies giving way to blue, sunshine rising in the eastern sky. Chores done, food prepared for the weekend. Wash hanging on the line, dancing in the spring breeze. It feels like a day of introspection for me, one of meditation...with a prayer on my lips. Gregorian chants playing softly on the stereo. Incense burning, filling the air around me with memories of special church services.
These are the days I love the best, ones devoid of the busy-ness of life. Days where there is time to be silent in thought. It is the gentlest of days that fill me the most.

Family Time

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We celebrated Melanies 28th birthday last week, how time flies ~