Friday, December 1, 2017

November-A Whirlwind, Part 1

   November was a whirlwind of travel, family, friends, joy, hope and sorrow.

   The month started out with a 5-day trip to the Mayo Clinic with Grandpa and Grandma Z. for Grandpa's hip replacement surgery. Even though hospitals and cities can be stressful and aren't my favorite things... it was a special time with Grandpa & Grandma! We had many sweet conversations and laughs along the way that I will remember and cherish for a long time to come.

   While we were away, I was able to have some much needed quiet time at Starbucks... I was tired out and hungry for some time with Jesus. But even though I was worn-out and a bit stressed... I couldn't have felt more peace, as I sat there and pondered the sweetness of KNOWING I needed Jesus, in that moment and in that place. Of course the truth is that we always need Him, but we are not always conscious of it. I love knowing I need Jesus. I love that Jesus says "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)  I love that when my strength is gone, I have more strength than I could ever need in Jesus Christ! And it is truly by His strength alone that I walked through the following days and weeks...
   I returned home with just enough time to unpack, celebrate my birthday and pack again! This time I was headed to a retreat in Georgia... But before I could go... I had to do one more thing, I had to say good-bye to my Grandpa M. who was undoubtedly in his last days here on earth. I never did muster up the courage to say the words good-bye... 2 words that had never held so much weight... because this time they meant that there wouldn't be a hello again here on earth.

Grandpa & Grandma M. and Me at an Aloe Vera farm in Southern Texas - March 2013

   Grandpa M. passed away on Sunday, November 12th at the age of 88. I feel incredibly blessed to have had Him as my Grandpa. 

To be continued... 

Friday, November 17, 2017

October Memoir

   So here we are, half way thru November and no post yet... in fact no new post in over a month... Where have I been? What events, activities, joys and sorrows have filled my days and kept me from writing? Many, many... oh where do I even begin?

   October was a calm before a rush with beautiful autumn weather,  golden skies, golden fields, and golden moments turned memories.

   An impromptu photo shoot with my lovely sister!💗  

   We planted two new apple trees. Meet Harold (short for Haralred)  and Honey (Honey-crisp) our apple trees! 😉

     I had great fun decorating and preparing for Mom's birthday! The bouquet is made of mint and roses from our garden.

   I spent one morning clearing a path along our maple trees in the woods, it will be oh-so-nice this coming sugar season to be able to drive the ATV back in the woods for sap collection instead of manually hauling out full 5-gallon buckets!!! The skid steer made clearing a path a really fun and quick job!! :)

   October...  visiting Grandpa M. at the nursing home... holding his hand, fall yard-work, Mom's birthday, a hike through the woods and along the river at a near by State Park... talking with the Lord, October a beautiful, calm and golden month...
State Park path

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!