Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumnal Sunshine

"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." 

~Nathaniel Hawthorne

We have all been working really hard at preparing for winter this year (as is the case every year) husband especially! The children and I definitely put in some muscle work and sweat but Chris is really amazing. He cuts, splits (by hand...although we do have a splitter) and even helps the kids and I stack! :) You should see him swinging the ax. He is a *powerhouse*! In case you're wondering...yes, after 17 years I *still* smile just thinking about him!

Haha....I think I caught Jaxson mid-yawn in this photo....

I just love the changing leaves. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful and point so obviously to our Creator! The only negative thing about fall is that it means winter is coming. I don't hate snow...I just don't like when it stays too long! Ha!

I am glad to be able to share that the temperatures have finally made fall actually *feel* like fall in PA! It's been in the 60's. Chilly....but with the sun out, it has been absolutely lovely! We have been enjoying some beautiful days and my heart sings praise to the Lord for them!

We've been getting other yard work done as well...mowing, raking, prepping things for winter etc. :)

Our days are full...not overly busy to be stressful....but we are kept on our toes with the children's schoolwork and tending to housework and chores. The boys are still taking music lessons ~ X for banjo and Jaxson the guitar. Madelyn has decided to take a break from lessons and work on things on her own as she feels she has reached a point that she can do that!

I am still teaching cycling class at our local Y and trying to be wise with my eating....but I must admit I need to buckle down a bit more. I need to log my food. Using MyFitnessPal is how I lost weight previously.....logging all that I ate. When I stop doing that, I don't do as well. I need to jump on the bandwagon again.

Chris has been working hard....working during the day and then gathering wood for us at night ~ only coming home to have supper once it is dark. He is such a good man. I am so thankful for him. He takes such good care of us! I try to take good care of him when he is home....making sure he comes home to a clean and tidy home, clean laundry (put away), a good meal for his belly and lots of love and affection!

I am so glad to serve my husband and honestly, I see so much feminist garbage on the web (and even in common women's thinking as it has been hammered to them all their lives even if not directly at home) that it frustrates me immensely! I truly cannot understand *any* man desiring to marry a feminist. They have no desire to serve their husband. They want to be the leader of their homes... OK....I need to stop as that is for another post entirely. One I hope to do sometime soon (if I can collect my thoughts enough!). Sometimes I start and my fingers just fly into a rampage of words! Ha!

I just wanted to share this quick post about the beautiful sunshine this autumn and what we have been up to lately! I hope your week has been joy-filled and Spirit-led.

Sisters in Christ ~ may I share this with you (emphasis mine):

Romans 5:6-8

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

2 Timothy 4:8

Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Isn't that absolutely glorious!? What a God we serve! How He deserves all of our praise and worship for what He has done for us....and continues to do! That He did ALL for us and yet gives US a crown of righteousness! Praise Him!

If you are not a Sister in Christ....let's talk! I would love to share the glorious riches of His grace with you! My email address is in my blogger profile as well as to the left in my sidebar! I would love to talk with you! 

Grace to each of you and peace be multiplied,

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Home Joys

It has been a warm autumn! Except the changing leaves it has still felt very much like summer here in Pennsylvania. It's been lovely...although I have been looking forward to the cooler temperatures. That little sweet sting in the air when you step outside without a sweater...crisp and chilly. I love to be able to snuggle up in the fall and we really haven't gotten there yet. We've been stacking wood for the winter in the shed....sweating and feeling like it's still August! 

We have really needed rain and the Lord has provided that for us this week! It is such a blessing (although I feel like I could sleep all day when it is so gray and rainy outside!). The temperatures are now getting down into the 60''s starting to feel like fall! :) 

Rainy days encourage lots of burning candles (with glorious fall scents). I've been enjoying pumpkin spice, apple, and leaf scents!

I found a fantastic slow cooker recipe book at Ollie's not long ago. I have been making many crock pot meals lately! It's been great! I have found new recipes that we have enjoyed and letting them cook through the day in the crock pot makes it easy (and the smells permeating the air are just wonderful!).

Mickey has been doing really well. He is so spunky and fun....and yet, such a great cuddler. He loves people and is definitely a lap dog! Anytime I sit down in the living room, I have a buddy!

Jaxson saved up his own money and purchased an electric guitar! He has been taking lessons for years on his acoustic guitar. He was so excited to get this guitar though!

We enjoyed an evening of music from the boys!


He's been practicing and playing it well. I was worried it would be super loud and obnoxious....but he keeps the volume low and enjoys playing!

Madelyn and Mickey...

In the kitchen...

Supper the other evening... Honey Mustard Chicken (made in the crock pot) with onions, mashed potatoes, corn, peas and applesauce (made by Madelyn)...

If you are interested in getting the cookbook that I bought (you can check Ollie's first if you have one near you....that's where I got it inexpensively) you can find it HERE. Below is a closer picture of the honey mustard chicken (with onions)...

Days have been filled with homeschooling, housework, and getting/stacking wood in the wood shed for the winter! I have to go fold (and put away) a couple loads of laundry and get school planning done for the week ahead so I can go visit my sister and her children tomorrow! Normally, I plan on Fridays...but if I get it done today I will be able to go see them. I haven't seen them in *weeks*!! It's awful! I miss them terribly and can't wait to see them! :o) My nephew is 3 months old already! I look forward to snuggling him!

Thank you for coming by! Here are some glorious words of wisdom from John Piper for you to chew on before you leave:

“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.” 


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Making Apple Cider 2017!

Although our family is no longer hosting their annual fall festival....we still make cider every year and my inlaws sell it in their meat market! Lots of family and friends come together to help!

 That's my hubby in the back there with the navy blue shirt on. That's our brother-in-love (and Chris's best buddy) in the tan pants.

 We all got together Sunday afternoon after church. We all had lunch together then got to work!

 We went through numerous large box bins of apples!

All the leftover scraps after the apples have had all the juice pressed out of them...

Jaxson, Ma and some of my nephews getting some of the apples into the buckets...

 Xavier takes a turn...

Jaxson enjoys a taste of the cider!

I (along with others) worked inside bottling the cider into gallon and half-gallon jugs!

It makes for a long afternoon...but the Lord blessed us with beautiful weather and an over-all enjoyable day!

I have been in prayer, though, for the families of those murdered in Las Vegas that night as well as for those injured. It was an awful, shocking thing to find out when I woke up Monday morning! Terribly sad and so hard to believe. Watching the video of what happened seemed so unbelievable! I hope you will join me in praying for the loved ones of all involved! What a tragic situation. The world needs the gospel! The world needs Christ!

Thank you, friends, for visiting today. We've been busy with schoolwork, laundry, dishes, stacking wood and lots of other things! I gotta run as there is more to do! Thankfully, supper is in the crockpot (Savory Beef Roast) so that is one less thing to worry about! I hope you will visit me here again soon!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Little Paint here...and a Little There...

I wanted to paint our back door. I had wanted a more colonial blue color...with a little more gray in it....but ended up with this folk blue color. I like it and love that it gives a little *pop* to the back porch! I only needed a quart of the paint and actually still have paint left over!

While I was standing at the paint mixing desk at the store, they had some quarts and gallons of paint labeled "mistints". The quarts were only $5. I saw one with a burgundy color which was exactly the color I wanted to use on the bottom half of my bathroom! You can see when I started the renovation here. Just a little *note* ~ when you look at the photo below you will see that there used to be two doorways into this bathroom. Previous owners had built the one doorway in with this wood. It's not attractive but as we aren't sure exactly what we want to do with it right now (ie: open it up and put another door there or make a closet there or what...?) it just is what it is! ;)

So here's a look into my downstairs bathroom. It's truly nothing fancy but I like how cozy it feels with the new paint!

I painted that little table/cupboard beside the toilet as well. It used to be teal and green...

I have a lot of paint leftover in that quart as well! My brain has been thinking and thinking about what I could use it for! :) It's amazing how a few coats of fresh paint can make a room feel different! I am pleased with how it turned out and *love* that the paint was so inexpensive! :)

I'm taking Madelyn for her driver's permit test today! Eeek! It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day in Western PA...despite the unseasonable heat! :) We've got wood to stack, schooling to do, sheets and quilts to wash and hang out on the line and I teach an exercise class tonight. It'll be a full but good day, I hope! I hope yours is as well!