Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Elizabeth and Victoria

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.


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

Living Simply

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

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Meet Maddox

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

“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 !

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Simplicity of Life

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.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


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.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quakers and Cheese

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

New Arrivals on the Homestead

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

The Glory of the Morning

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 store
Emery has the wood stacked in the woodshed for next winter. We had some left over from this past winter and some we ordered green at the end of the year to season.
In the house, the washer is churning and on the dinning room table, cloth laid out, pretty calico for a spring and summer skirt. In the corner, a couple yards of practical lightweight denim for another skirt, good for garden work and chores.
The sun feels warm, reminding me that in the near future I will have to remember to wear my straw hat when outside for long periods of time.
My bare feet, covered in dirt...I don't mind, I can hose them off before heading inside. The first bit of water out of the hose is warm.
Blue sky, soft breeze, quiet day. A prayer in my heart. Love in my life. Joy abounds. No drama. Just peace. Living the life I always dreamed of. Life is good.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Laura Story - Blessings

Its Soap Making Day Again

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 the modern conveniences. Must be that Yankee Independence coming out in me. I would far rather be one of the ten virgins that was prepared for the unexpected in life.

Matthew 1:1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

click on the link below for pictures and recipes for soap

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Instructions For Life

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 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

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

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 do know it takes a constant awareness to not be caught up in the way of prosperity that takes us away from personal involvement in acts of compassion. It is a fact in this country that the poorer folks give more of a percentage of their income to charity and also give more of their own time for volunteer work. In big fancy churches the sermons are more complicated too. No one wants to step on peoples toes, and the poor minister has to provide entertainment for the masses in order to keep the audience interested. A plain old sermon about living only for God with a simple acapella hymn is boring to the world these days of big screen TV's, and the face paced media world. Simple is equated to boring, except the directions for life are all there in simple words. We keep looking for ways to make the simple more complicated in order to match what we consider our powerful reasoning ability and our thirst for new technology.The simple truth of the spiritual way is in of itself so simple and from that comes a simple lifestyle. If you want to live a simple life and you are a Christian, live by the very simple words of the book of Matthew. Chapter 6 has just about everything you need to know about how to make life simple for yourselves. Everything you need to motivate you to live simply is in that book. The directions are all there. Simple living is not about the externals, its about the heart, the motives, the desires. We all know stories about some older person, someones grandmother perhaps, that lived a quiet simple life in the city. No fields to plow, no cows to milk, but what a simple godly life they lived ! No complicated daily plan on how to simplify life, just living. A life of prayer, kindness, stability, consistency, dependability, cooking, seeing the needs of others, working steadily with love as the motivator. Perhaps hanging clothes on the line, patching worn clothing, making quilts to be treasured for generations out of worn out garments, not shopping for fancy fabric. Making pie crust from scratch that wins blue ribbons, worn hands that tenderly stroke the brow of a loved one. Kind words, kind deeds, small simple house. The directions for a simple life are all there...simple words found in a very old book.
Life is so much easier when you push away the need to keep up with the latest styles, the latest must have's.

Happy National Quilting Day

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

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".

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Repost

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

The Gentleness of The Day

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.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Much To Catch Up....

In mid January, we saw the passing of my father and after nearly two years of caring for him, it was so hard to see him leave u...