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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Celebrating two birthdays...

Vintage Birthday Pictures, Images and Photos

Today is my *cough* my 34 birthday. :) Most days I don't feel 34. LOL

I have gotten some nice gifts. I posted my dad's gift in the last post, but I also got shopping money from my mom. I was able to get two nice denim skirts that are very cute! My husband is going to take me out to eat and then do some shopping for some shoes and such. Looking forward to that. :)

I am thankful for a lot of things this year...

Thankful for my sight, which I lost briefly in 07.

Thankful for my husband of 13 yrs

Thankful for my son of 12 yrs

Thankful for my family

Thankful for people listening to God in their life and being obedient to His will

Thankful to live in the country

Thankful for the beautiful leaves this year

Thankful for the simple things in life

Today also marks another birthday. This day 10 yrs ago my husband and I were born again. We were baptized together on this day.

Funny story...

The particular church we attended then wore white robes to be baptized in. Well hubby wore his smiley face boxers underneath. The WHOLE congregation got to enjoy those! LOL So funny!

Hope everyone has a safe day today. If you celebrate Halloween, please be careful. Enjoy this last day of October. :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My birthday...

isn't until the 31st, but my dad gave me my gift early. I just had to share it with you...He is very talented and made this himself out of part of a cedar tree he cut. I am so thankful for him and will treasure this gift always. :)






This is an important scripture to me. There are so many applications to it for different seasons of my life. :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Still getting ready...

for winter that is...

It seems to take a while. LOL. Today we (Hunter and I) are going to work on stacking wood on the back porch. We have a very large rack back there and it will take a while to stack. It's hard getting ready for winter when your husband works from sun up to sun down. Sometimes I need more muscle power. LOL. Hunter does a pretty good job. I also have some more cleaning to do and need to change out the seasonal clothes. I also have some sewing to do today. I'd like to make some more denim skirts. I did buy two online with some money that I got for my birthday coming up Saturday.

I've had a headache for two days that I'd like to get rid of. :) It just makes doing your work so much harder. But, I will focus on things above and not on myself, which is so easy to do when you are hurting. It's funny...people usually seek the Lord when they are hurting and not when things are good. I am the opposite. I seek Him and focus more on Him when things are good and tend to drift towards self when things are bad. I'm working on that. And here's my OPPORTUNITY. (Guess I'm glad for the headache)

Here are a couple pics I wanted to share with you...The first one is what our Dobey does most of the time. LOL



This one is a picture my son took of a sunrise the other morning. So pretty! Oh the wonders and beauty of the Lord!



"One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple." Ps 27:4

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Arthur and pics from around the homestead...

The trees have been beautiful this year! I know I've talked about it like crazy, but it just seems so wonderful to me. The simple things in life are what stirs my soul. Here are a few pics from our back porch (the horse is our neighbors)...







I went to Arthur today with some friends to get some meat, but stopped at a store called Beachy's, an Amish bulk food store, for a few other things. :) Here's some of them...

I got some orange slices, popcorn, and almonds. :)



And oh this cheese!

THIS cheese...

Oh my this CHEESE...

Can ya tell I like it? I like it a lot...

It's wonderful on chili, tortilla chips, crackers, crackers and deer sausage, by itself....*sigh* I should have bought more...



I'm eating a chunk of it as we speak...oh the simple pleasures! :) God is GOOD!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pumpkin pie with cream cheese swirls...


I made this dessert for our small group the other night. Ryan really liked it. I thought it was pretty good, too. I ran out of the spices so it wasn't as bold as usual. I made it gluten free also.

Crust

One box of Pamela's GF shortbread cookies with pecans, crushed (if you are doing it regular you can use 1 1/2 c of shortbread crumbs.)
3 T melted butter
3 T GF flour mix

Filling

11 oz cream cheese
1 c sugar
3 T GF four mix
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t ginger
1/4 t cloves
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 T milk

Mix crust ingredients together and press into a pie pan. Bake at 375 for about 10 or until golden brown.
Beat flour, cream cheese, and sugar together until fluffy. Take out 1/2 c and put to the side. Add the rest of the ingredients except milk to the bowl and mix. Pour onto pie crust.
Mix milk with the 1/2 c cream cheese mixture and plop on top of pie in little mounds around the pie. Take a knife and swirl the cream cheese mix into the pie.
Bake 40-45 min or until toothpick in center comes out clean.

I liked this. It will be our traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Hope you like it. :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The day's goings on...

Good morning all! It's a bit dreary here in central Illinois, but oh how the leaves look so pretty against that blue/grey sky!

I have a goal today to get things organized as much as possible. There just seems to be a little bit of stuff everywhere that's not in it's proper place. I should have the whole day to do it. I'm gonna try real hard! :)

John Bull, Cleaning Housewives Dusting Polishing Products Magazine, UK, 1953


Our son has somehow gotten into the habit of leaving his socks and stuff EVERYWHERE in the house. Granted our house is fairly modest in size so it seems like it's overtaking every room. :) I hope to give him a lesson on keeping his socks picked up today. ;) This picture is kinda how my son is while I'm cleaning. Oblivious...LOL Hopefully I can make him more aware that his help is very much appreciated.

John Bull, Cleaning Housewives Scrubbing Floors Products Magazine, UK, 1956

So, not really a whole lot going on today. Just tidying up the house as it's getting ready to be shut up for a long, hard winter. I like it to be really clean before that happens. :)

Hope you all have a blessed fall day!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

There is a season...

Autumn colors, New Hampshire


I love this time of year. It is so pretty. The colors on the trees are phenomenal this year. The cold nights and mild days have made for beautiful foliage. Every time I see a tree like this, I feel like I'm in the very presence of the Lord and a calming peace washes over me. Now, I realize the Lord is always with us, but there is just something about the beauty of nature that really tunes me into Him. I like to slow down and enjoy it all. The smells of the house, the feel of the warm, soapy dishwater on my hands, the sounds of the birds and the crackle of the wood stove, and the taste of good down home cookin'. I don't think God wants us in a rush. To just be oblivious to His creation. We are worshiping Him when we acknowledge His handiwork.

I also like this season of my life. I have been feeling better (I still have my weak days), my husband and I celebrated 13 yrs of marriage yesterday, I have a wonderful son who I am learning more and more about, I have been blessed to have the love of a father and come to get a glimpse of what the love of the Father is like more tangibly through that, and the baking season is upon us. :)

There are some things I'd like to work on...having a meek and quiet spirit, having a sweetness in my heart towards daily life, to value each day, get my house in order (I'm good at maintaining), having more patience, and to listen more to His still, small voice. Oh how I love His still, small voice...

Blessings to you all this fine fall evening. There is a meteor shower tonight around midnight til 5 am. If you get a chance, take a look at what God can do! ;)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Skirts...

Well, I'm back to wearing them. This time I am really happy about it. :) It was weighing on my heart for a while that I just didn't feel modest enough in my jeans. I talked with my husband about this because he is the one who really wanted me to wear jeans. He enjoyed "looking at my shape." I enjoyed him looking at my shape, too. I just didn't enjoy others looking at my shape. We talked it over and he realized that I was being a stumbling block to other men. He really didn't want that. Finding pants/jeans that are modest is very difficult to do. They are cut for a females shape. If you find looser ones, they usually look pretty silly. So we decided skirts will be just fine. They are feminine and pretty.

It was difficult when I wore skirts before because I was very plain jane. My husband didn't like that at all. I have found a few skirts that are modest, feminine, and cute and he likes them a lot. I believe modesty is a heart issue first and foremost. What we wear reflects that.

Below is a portion of an article I found that relates what we believe. It's by C.J. Mahaney.

In The Attitude of the Modest Woman, C.J. writes:

Any biblical discussion of modesty begins by addressing the heart, not the hemline. We must start with the attitude of the modest woman.

This emphasis on the heart is front and center in 1 Timothy 2:9. Note the phrase “with modesty and self-control.” All respectable apparel is the result of a godly heart, where modesty and self-control originate. Your wardrobe is a public statement of your personal and private motivation. And if you profess godliness, you should be concerned with cultivating these twin virtues, modesty and self-control.

Modesty means propriety. It means avoiding clothes and adornment that are extravagant or sexually enticing. Modesty is humility expressed in dress. It’s a desire to serve others, particularly men, by not promoting or provoking sensuality.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Blessings...

I am continuing to feel good. What a blessing that is! Being off the chemo medicine has really been good. I have had more energy, more of an appetite, more of a spring in my step, and more determination. :)

Digging deeper in the Word and learning more about the Lord. What a blessing to have that Book at our fingertips!

Having a husband that truly loves you is a wonderful blessing.

Being warm and cozy from the warmth of the fire in the wood stove. I look forward to it every year.

Having the honor to call someone "dad" who isn't my biological dad. God has placed this person in my life to fill a great void. My "real" dad doesn't want anything to do with me and my step-dad was killed almost 3 years ago (3 days after my birthday) I am so blessed that God has decided to use this man to show me love as a dad would.

Having a son with a tender heart and a love for animals. (He left me a note the other night on my pillow that read "I love you")

Living in the country where he can run and play (or hang out as he calls it now lol)

Raising chickens and a garden

Having great friends to share life with :)

God has blessed each of us. We only need to stop and ponder all He has given. He truly cares for us and is so good. :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A little about me...

Did you know...

I was born in Connecticut

I have lived in 8 states (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachucets, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, and New Mexico)

I have been to more states than I have lived in (all the above plus, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississsippi, Wisconsin, Michigan, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Colorado)

I'd like to visit Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska

I met my husband when I was 18 and he was 16

We married when I was 20 (almost 21) and he was 19

I was a nurse when I was 18 up until 2001

I have a neuromuscular illness called myasthenia gravis

I was pregnant one month after getting married

I went into preterm labor at 7 mos, the labor was stopped, then he was late!

My husband and I were baptized together in 1999

I love being a keeper at home

I like to sew and bake

I home school our son

I absolutely love wild flowers

I want to learn to play the fiddle

We were missionaries to the Navajo in New Mexico (we lived there 5 mos)

Would love to see a revival in modesty with Christians

Have met a lot of interesting people! God is good!

Blessed that God has placed people in my life that love me like family

I love the Lord and know that obedience is better than sacrifice and sometimes obedience is sacrifice

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Ornament of a Meek & Quiet Spirit...


A woman must bear up under many cares and burdens in a single day. She has a husband to please, children to nurture, train and educate, and a home to maintain. Her call is not just to perform her duty, but in that duty, bring glory to God in the way she responds to those the Lord has entrusted to her. If she is lacking the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit she will have cause to be in constant irritation, being easily provoked daily. While governing our families, we are in need of this grace in order to keep our own spirit under control.

Meekness is spoken of as an adornment that is incorruptible ( 1 Peter 3:3-5). Unlike the adornment of our clothes which fade with the wearing, the graces of the hidden man become stronger in time. It is a softness of temper, a gentleness, forbearance under provocation and injuries, void of passion, pride and immoderate anger. The work and office of meekness enable us to control our own anger when we are provoked, and patiently bear the anger of others while not allowing it to excite anger or cause resentment in us. It is the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
I have found strength in memorizing a portion from "The Christian's Daily Walk" by Henry Scudder on how to discern if one's anger is sinful or not. The Lord will bring it to remembrance at times when I have felt the heat of my anger rise. I pray you will find it helpful.

Anger is sinful when:
First, It is without cause: as when neither God is dishonored, nor your neighbor or yourself indeed injured; when it is for trifles, and only because you are crossed in your will and desire, and the like; but chiefly when you are angry with any for well doing, 1 Kings xxii.24-26.
Secondly, Though you have cause, yet if it extinguish your love to the person with whom you are angry; so that you neglect the common and needful offices thereof.
Thirdly, When it exceeds due measure, as when it is over much, and over long.
Fourthly, It is sinful when it brings forth evil and unseemly effects, such as neglect, or ill performance of any duty to God or man; also when it breaks out into loud, clamorous, or reviling speeches, or into churlish, sullen, or indecent behavior, or when it is attended with any injurious act.

A true woman of God's work begins in the ordering and commanding of her own spirit. The attributes of the inner man are a woman's chief ornament, they are what the world truly sees. We may put on expensive or fashionable garments to adorn ourselves, but only a composed calm, and quiet spirit will render a woman lovely and beautiful.
Meekness is a work of the spirit and is freely given at the feet of Jesus. It is a garment only He can prepare for us. We must lay and submit ourselves under the influence of it. Christ commands that we follow after it (1 Tim. 6:11). As we pray in faith believing, the Lord will supply us with His grace to display meekness in our words, in our looks, and in our actions toward our children and husband.
May Christ adorn us in meekness and present us to our families clothed in His gentleness.

Copyrighted 1998 by Georgene Girouard. You may reproduce this article in it's entirety.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Celebrating...

Weekend Getaway


Our anniversary is the 19th, but we are celebrating it tonight with friends who have their anniversary close to ours. We will be married 13 years. Over the last 6 years we have really grown in our marriage. We've had our good times and bad, sickness and health, richer or poorer...But, we've grown stronger through it all.

Happy Anniversary, Couple in Wedding Band


I met my husband when he was 16 and I was 18. We worked at the movie theater together and found out that we went to the same high school. I had prayed for a kind, gentleman that was unlike the other boys I had dated. They were too forward and after one thing. ;) The next day I met Ryan. I would always be cold at the theater and my hands would be like ice. He would take my hands in his and warm them up. *aw* He says he fell in love with my voice before he even saw my face. I had my back turned to him when coworkers introduced us and I was talking at the time. We married when he was 19 and I was 20. October 19, 1996. :)

We have such a deep connection with each other. That can be hard at times. Because when you don't have that connection due to work, sickness, life in general you really feel it. I love him so much. We have been through a lot together. Seen a lot of sorrow, experienced a lot of joy, blessed with a wonderful son, and grown in the Lord together.



Tonight will be extra special because we get to celebrate with good friends. One of which has become like a dad to us. Very special. So glad God has brought them into our lives.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend! Make the best of it. :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's a good day...

Today the sun is shining and the air is not so cold. It's refreshing actually. I have really enjoyed being out in it. I have felt pretty good today. I've had more energy and was able to clean out the chicken coop. So glad that's done. :)

My appetite is cracking me up! I am hungry like every 2-3 hours! I made granola bars today to snack on. Maybe my body is needing extra energy for getting better. ;) It's nice to feel like eating again though. :)

Hunter had a bit of the flu for a couple days. He is much better today after sleeping 12 hours yesterday. :)

I went with my husband yesterday to watch him shoot his bow. Not too much fun, but the ride was nice. ;) The weather isn't looking too good for tomorrow and Friday. He'll probably be off. :( The joys of being a roofer for 13 yrs or so. We're used to it...

I really do love the see the sunshine. It just stirs my soul to look up into the sky and there not be a cloud in sight. I so value the beauty I get to see. What a blessing! To be able to see the ones you love with your own eyes, seeing the beauty in nature that God created, being able to see pain and happiness on people's faces, etc. After losing my sight for a very short time (a day), I am so thankful it was restored! God is so good! I pray I continue to feel good and my body heals from the years of chemo/immunosuppressives and I can serve the Lord with a strong body. But, even if He doesn't allow my body to be strong, I will serve Him anyway. Strong or weak, I belong to Him...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Decisions...

We've decided (my husband and I) for me to stop taking the chemo/immunosuppressives. They have really made me sick and it's just not the way we want me to live. There was a time I didn't take them because they caused some cancer (cervical) and I didn't want to get any other cancer. During that time, I felt really good and then a tragedy happened in our family and that's when I started getting worse again. The medicine has caused anemia and me feeling sick to my stomach ALL the time. I can't live that way. I am going to continue to take the experimental supplement and the Mestinon for neuromuscular function and see where that leads. I think it will be a great benefit to be off that chemo drug. I feel like I have been poisoning myself with it for so long and when they doubled it, well, that was just too much.

Today is the first full day without it. It may take a good week to get it out of my system to where I feel better. I'm hoping that happens sooner though. I do have an appetite today, which is good. :) I would appreciate your prayers for me to keep getting stronger and better. I love life and I want to enjoy it. :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Exhausted...

Sleepy
Sleepy


Anyone else exhausted??? I am completely and utterly exhausted. It's hard to realize what a medicine can do to you. This immunosuppressive seems to be causing some anemia and that just wreaks havoc on my body. It causes me to have tachycardia, very achy legs, shortness of breath, and extreme fatigue. But, it's nothing a little iron won't fix. I need to eat some spinach! ;) I love fresh spinach salad so I'm going to start with that. I haven't taken a regular vitamin, so I'm going to start that, too. :) It can be a struggle dealing with a chronic illness. BUT, I don't struggle alone. Jesus is right there with me giving me the strength I need for the day to day. NOT the strength to get things done mind you, but the strength to cope with whatever the day brings. He doesn't promise us physical strength, but spiritual strength. I'm so glad He is there to comfort us and keep us in the palm of His hand. :)

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