Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Post Number 50

a picture... because picture-less posts are boring! 😊
    Wow, it is hard for me to believe that this is blog post number 50! It's going to be a bit random friends... I hope you don't mind!

   Chicken noodle soup and all manner of hot drinks have been on the menu over the past few days, as several of us have been under-the-weather with sore throats and hacking coughs. I think the worst of it is behind us now, thanks to the arsenal of home remedies that we used! Yay, I love essential oils, bone broth, garlic, vitamins and tea!

    I have been on a podcast listening binge lately... Because really what else has my under-the-weather self been up to?! One of my favorites to listen to is the Boundless Show. I love the candid, conversational style of their podcast and the godly level-headed prospective they offer on issues facing Christian young adults today. 

    In closing I want to share this song (Jesus Never Fails) with you, I heard it for the first time the other night and it has been a great reminder and encouragement to me! May it be the same for you! 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Three Birthdays

   September, grandparents and birthdays go together at our house, as 3 out of my 4 grandparents have birthdays in the month of September! It's been a special time getting to celebrate each one of them.
Grandpa Z. Celebrating 86 years!

 Holly made a chocolate bundt cake with vanilla frosting for Grandpa Z's party. 
It looked like a BIG frosted doughnut!!

Holly and Grandpa are such good buddies! 
They spend time together every chance they get! It's so sweet! 
My Dad and Grandpa M. on His 88th birthday!

Grandpa M's day was spent in the hospital (because of his dementia) 
kinda bittersweet... But it was good to see him.


Here is the cake & card that Holly and I made for Grandpa M. 
Do you think the 88 is too abstract? Do you see it? 
It is supposed to read "CELEBRATING 88 YEARS". 

Grandma M. the prettiest 85 year old I know!

 Grandma requested apple crisp for her birthday "cake". 

This picture is a little blurry... But I love it!💕

   One month, three Birthdays, for three very dear people... Life, what a precious gift from God and a wonderful thing to celebrate!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blog, Hopes and Plans

   What are my hopes and plans for this blog going forward? That is a question I have been asking myself lately.... And the answer is... 

I plan to focus on blogging about my life, home, farm and family.

I hope to write this blog, like I am writing a letter to a friend.

I plan to keep things simple & sincere. 

I hope to keep in touch with family and friends, as well as to make new friends though this blog! So please leave a comment and say hello or introduce yourself! I would love to hear from you!! 😊

And above all I want God to be glorified, honored and praised!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

To Add A Few Words...

   I hope you enjoyed the Summer Picture posts! I thought that pictures would be the best way to give you a glimpse into my summertime, without exhausting you and myself with words! :) But to add a few words about my summer I would say... 

   It went by way too fast, but doesn't it always!?  

   This spring we planted a smaller than normal garden, because we weren't feeling like super ambitious gardeners. So our harvest has been smaller, with less variety than "normal", but never-the-less a blessing! Our sweet corn patch did very well and we froze over 60 quarts, which will be enough for our family for the next year or two!

   I took a road trip to Indiana in July to attend WIT ALIVE, a conference for Christian singles. It was an amazing, refreshing experience and time away! I am so glad that I went. :)

   In case you are wondering if my life is "perfect" and "lovely" all the time... It's NOT! I know that pictures and the short captions that go with them can give a false impression... believe me I have been there and thought that, while looking at other girls' blogs; "Wow she has a perfect family, she is an amazing cook or she dresses with such class!" and *maybe*  it's true... but you know what is probably truer?? That they are real girls, with real lives, that are sometimes less than perfect, amazing and classy... And I want you to know that I am one of those real girls, ...sometimes I eat boring food, on a plainly set table with miss-matched dishes, sometimes I don't get along with my sister, (even when we are on a "fun" trip, where we had a "good" time), sometimes I am not patient and kind with my words... sometimes I feel discouraged about things in my life. But I didn't start this blog to air my dirty laundry and vent my frustrations... I started this blog to proclaim God's goodness, God's daily graces! The pictures that I post are but beautiful nano moments, frozen in time. I take pictures and share them here, not because my whole life looks like that, but because I am crazy for beauty, order and simplicity, crazy to see through the lens of God's goodness! So I hope you enjoy the pictures I share, just remember that a real, less than perfect girl is behind them and this blog! :)

   Now that we have taken a look back, in my next post, we will look ahead, as I share with you my hopes and plans for what's in-store here on The Riches of His Goodness in the coming weeks and months!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Summer Pictures: August/Itasca Edition

   All my pictures from August are from the camping trip Holly and I took. We went up north to attend a Family Music Festival and do some exploring at Itasca State Park. We had a good time together and came home, happy and tired!

Holly and I at Itasca State Park! 💕

Wading in the headwaters of the Mississippi.

Lake Itasca ...a breath-taking scene of God's creation!

We spotted this cute little fella, while hiking through the woods.

Sunday morning's closing concert by the Wissmann Family. 

Sisters + picnics + camping + music = fun times!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Summer Pictures: July Edition

   July...mowing, weeding, pruning, trimming and repeat... I loved every minute of it! 
 A farmyard bouquet 

Summer picnic and cookout

Another prairie evening sky

Farm fresh eggs
 Indiana Wildflowers