Jesus, bring the rain!

Rain. For most people, rain is one of the worst things you can do to their day. It ruins camping trips and picnics, parties and weddings. However, in my case, I love the rain. There is nothing that makes me happier than a good rain shower or thunderstorm to make me feel all cosy and snug in my house. I can sit for hours and just drink coffee, make plans, and soak in the rain. 

I also love the way that things seem to grow better in the rain. Our garden will produce with water from the faucet but there is nothing that will make plans grow better than the rain from the heavens. 

We have had rains this summer but the rain that came today was just what we needed to quinch the thirst of the end of summer. We always stay so dry during the month of August.

I feel like the rain covers my small world in a blanket and keeps me humble and warm from the rest of the world. Things stop in the rain but other things flourish with those little drops of life-giving water. 

I think about the rains of life. I hate nothing more than a dry season in any part of my life. I love the life giving flood of living water rising over my dry soul and cleansing away all the hurt and loneliness of a drought. 

I am so thankful for the rain that will always induce praise from me to God, the giver of life. 

When we go through drought in our lives it is easy to forget the refreshing rains that will bring new and even returning life to our souls. I pray that we never forget to be patient in the drought and wait for the “cloud the size of a man’s hand” to end the drought in our lives. God will always send the rain! 

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Summer news and potty training blues

We have had a very busy summer that has included camping, swimming, school breaks, gardens, and the dreaded start to potty training. 

We did camp this year before our big family camp trip so we were moderately prepared for the whole trip. However, we were not ready for the change of venue. We have always camped on the same creek for the last 84 years and this year we had to break tradition and moved to a public camping area in the national forest. It was sad to see the tradition change, but the current up holders of the tradition were glad for the change. 

This was the first year in a couple of years that we decided to have a pool in the yard. The funniest part is that it has been a little on the cold side for the months of May and June so we didn’t swim till July. My daughter did swim in her play area a great deal. 

The garden was late this year going in the ground so we are just now reaping the harvest of our plants. There is nothing better than fresh veggies from your own garden. 

But the hardest part of the summer has been the animals. We have had a hard time dealing with the loss of our beloved kitty, Wonka. He was a constant in our crazy, mixed up world and we are all pretty lost without him. We thank the Lord each day for the gift of the love of good pets. We also lost our male duck and I truly have been the saddest about his loss from our flock. 

We have had a hard summer of heartache and, I for one, am just ready for the Fall!

There has also been the beginning of potty training for the little one. She is so smart and she just almost has it. I am hoping to have this down by the fall.

So that is a catch-up of all the goings on with our household this summer! 

I hope that there will be way less time in between this update and the next. I hope you will pray for our family during all these happenings!

Setting Hens

Well, we now have a new hen that has been added to the flock. I would like to introduce you to Matilda. She was a hen that my in-laws had and they no longer wanted her so she came to be a part of our hen house! She was very timid and shy at first but I think she has settled in quite nicely!

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We also have two hens that have decided to brood (raise a baby) and we have them sitting on one egg each until we figure out if they will hatch an egg or not. They are Bertha and Martha, the last two of the bantams. We just love these two and wish them the best of luck with their babies!

Now, the family is on a very heavy health food diet because we are all needing to shed some holiday pounds. My mother and I have been cooking very healthy meals and in a week and a half have dropped 5 pounds each! The latest food that we have made is some awesome granola for our homemade parfaits.

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We are already getting geared up for our garden and thankfully we had the one snow so far that we desperately needed for the garden soil. Unfortunately, there was a cold in the house and no one got to go play in the snow (bummer). We are hoping to visit some family up north and play in the snow later on this winter.

We are also looking for new ideas for ways to do both an indoor and an outdoor herb garden. I have been using fresh herbs in my infused water and I would like to not have to buy the herbs but grow them myself. The same goes for compost. I want to do better about the waste that we have after we prepare meals and I am on the hunt for a good way to compost.

Keep watching for updates on the great hatching of the chicks and hopefully we will have some little ones soon!

New year and new us!

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This picture says so many things about the new year for me! I want to be closer to God in the coming year than ever before, and I want to study his word deeply and grow in my knowledge of the mind and heart of God. I also have some personal goals such as a significant weight loss, blogging and posting more, and greater time spent with those that I love. What are your goals for this new year? I hope that everyone has the goal to be closer to god because his word teaches us that we need to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33.” i am confident that all the other things that are meant to be according to God’s plan for our lives will work out if we seek Him first in all that we do!

So shout out them goals!

 

Christmas

Well, I know I am late to posting this but I wanted to share a little about our family Christmas. We had a tougher year this year because of missing family members but we did get some of the usual decorations up.

We made some new traditions this year but we kept one of my favorite traditions alive which is make cookies for some of the families around the community. This is a massive cookie baking that we did and I only got a few pictures because we ran short on time to get these done and delivered.dscf1649

We did start a new dinner tradition that consisted of home cooked prime rib! My mom and dad do not like their steaks red at all but they loved the prime rib and ate tons! We were surrounded by friend that have become family and could not ask for a better day!

We missed the ones that were not with us so the decorations came down the day after because it was just too hard on our hearts to see the decorations up. We know that God has a plan to bring those that have gone astray back to us and we are waiting for him to do what only he can do to change the hearts of our loved ones.changes

We are geared up for the new year and I have been reading on social media about a word for the new year and I would have to say mine is “change.” I know that this is an old hat but I feel the waves of change crashing in on my family and I believe that these changes will be so awesome and all for God’s glory!

What is your word for 2017? What do you expect for God to do in this coming year?

Well, that is all I have to say for now! Have a blessed New Year and seek God in this time of new beginnings!

Chickens

Well this is all the chickens that we have now! Hopefully we will add some in the spring but these are the whole flock! They have been dealing with the colder weather changes this week so we had to purchase a new red bulb and heating lamp to keep them warm this winter. They also got new feed and they love meal worms! That is the snack they are having in these pictures. We are hoping to get more eggs than we have been but we are averaging 2-3 eggs a day.

We also were able to enjoy some wonderful deer meat for supper the other night. My husband killed 2 deer and we had them locally processed, which was such a blessing! We love the meat and just in case you were wondering, deer meat is extremely healthy for you! This was our plate of food from dinner!

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Now you will notice my cup sitting there and I am wondering if anyone can tell me where the photo on my cup is from? Have fun!

Thanksgiving

Well, the prep work has begun! Not only the shopping but the cleaning and all the things in between. We are expecting 6 new faces this year to our table so we have all the food to go with those additions to our table. Now, don’t get me started on all the cleaning that I still have left to do before Thursday gets here.

Not only are we preparing for the big dinner that always is a hit, we are getting geared up for Black Friday shopping! I am so looking forward to the deals this year because it is a huge help with kids Christmas presents. Yes, I know I am crazy for subjecting myself to the must have deals of the season, but I have had years of practice and this happens to be a family tradition of shopping!

I am of the old school tradition of not putting my Christmas tree up till after Thanksgiving and it is truly about to kill me. I love my tree and all the memories that it brings up and I love to have it up for as long as possible. I am not sure how I am going to keep the cats and my girl out of the tree but I am always open to suggestions!

We will also be taking family pictures soon for Thanksgiving and Christmas and I hope to try some of my camera skills out. Don’t worry, I will post those along with pictures of the tree, chickens, etc. very soon!

I always take time during this holiday to think of all the things I am thankful for and I won’t bore you with a list a mile long but I will say that family is always at the top. I am most thankful for God and the relationship that I depend on so much with him. So when you sit down to your plate of food and you have family and friends all around, be reminded of what to truly be thankful for and who all the thanks is due.

Don’t worry, we will have pictures for all to see of the dinner and the family!

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 NLT”

 

Begin Again

Hello again, coming from the Ozarks! So, I need to first off say that I am so sorry that it has been as long as it has since I have posted. To be honest with you, I have had to take some time and try to get through some things and create some new places in my day to day life. This has been a growing season for me and for my family that has taken my full attention. Thankfully, I am back! I look forward to this new season and all that I feel I have to share with you!

Now it is time to catch you up! My beautiful baby girl is a full 1 year old and is a walking, talking mess! It has been such a miracle to watch her grow and become her own person. She is learning new things by leaps and bounds and I think that she will potty train early. Her favorite food is hands down bananas and she loves nothing more than to be outside with the chickens and the dogs.

Speaking of the chickens, we have lost a total of 3 to various wildlife around the land but we still have our 10 that are doing wonderful. We have 2 roosters that go by Shanticlare and Tyson, our three black sex-links names are the Twisted Sisters, our 3 Bantums go by Bertha, Gussie, and Martha, and last but not least our Easter Eggers are Perdida and Tiger Lily. We absolutely love these chickens!

I have been in school, for the second time in my life, since August. This alone has taken most of my time, since this has been a huge adjustment for my family. The best thing though is that I love my classes. Thankfully they have not been too hard but I am going to take it a little slower than I had originally planned. My husband is set to graduate in the spring and I could not be more proud of him!

The family as a whole has been doing wonderful and we are looking forward to the holidays that are coming up. There is nothing we value more than time spent with family.

Now, for the very core of my existence, I have to say that God has been doing some changing in my life over the last few months. I have dedicated more of my time to the things of him and more of my time has been spent in his word and listening to his workers teaching. I encourage you to add even more time spent with God to your day, it will make such a difference in your life.

Well, that is all I am going to say for now but keep watch for pictures to come and more of our funny life stories! Be blessed and keep God close to you today!

 

Summer Time!

Woohoo! I am so excited for this summer and all the things that are happening! We are less that 2 weeks away from my big family camp trip and it is going to be so fantastic! My dad has the scavenger hunt all ready to go and even has the prizes on order with a local vender. I think he is going to have more fun than all of the people playing the game!

We also just got our first batch of produce from our garden. We harvested some green beans that I am going to cook with some new potatoes this week. We love anything that is fresh so we look forward to the rest of the harvest that we will have in the coming weeks. The blackberries are red now so we will be picking those very soon and my mom and I will be making an old family recipe for blackberry cobbler that is the best I have ever had. I am so excited for all the thing that I will be teaching my children one day!

We are getting geared up at our church for Vacation Bible School next week. I have always loved being involved with the local kids and teaching them the very foundation of the gospel. Our theme this year is Sun Spark Labs with our logo being GP4U = Jesus. This is all about God having a plan for our lives that is so much greater than the world has planned for us. We all have so much fun during bible school and this year will be the same way.

I love how the Lord is moving in my family and our church. He is such an awesome God and a wonderful father. I have been feeling his moving in my heart and doing some deep cleaning in the darkest parts of my heart. I just know he has so many great things in store for my family!

Keep watching, cause this family is a changing!

 

Restoration

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I used to feel like I had gone too far. I felt like there was no way that God could ever use me again or that I had missed the chance to work in ministry. The truth is that I had felt like such a failure that God was just done with me and didn’t want to bother with using me ever again. What a lie from the pits of hell! God loves me so much and wants to use me no matter where I have been. He called David “a man after God’s own heart” and he had an affair with a woman, killed her husband, and lied to the people about what he had done. Abraham was called a “friend of God” and he couldn’t wait on the promise of a son so he slept with his wife’s maidservant!

We all fall short and do the wrong things sometimes but God takes our broken hearts and makes something beautiful out of our shortcomings. He sees us as we are, human. We are not perfect and we need to stop believing what the world is telling us. God can use us for his glory! I am a prime example! I am working in ministry again!

Have you felt like you can never be of use to God because of your past or even your present? Don’t let the devil lie to you and tell you that God is done with you! God is not finished with you yet! Ask for the restoration that is so readily available from God and get ready to see what God has planned for you! He will open the doors that he wants opened and will shut the doors that he wants shut. The only catch is that you have to ask him to do it. He is a gentleman and he will only do what we will ask and allow him to do.

“Father, I thank you so much for your restoring hand in my heart. You have created a pure heart in me and restored a right spirit inside me. I pray that we would invite you in to do some housecleaning in our hearts today. We need restoration to be the people that you have called us to be. I pray that we do not get discouraged in the cleaning process. We need to trust your timing. Restore us to you so that we can be useful in kingdom business! Save the lost, Father. I love you. Amen”