Friday, December 8, 2017

Homespun Christmas

I love the Christmas Season.  I plan and prepare all year long.


At Christmas, all roads lead home.
~ Marjorie Holmes ~


Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a Merry Christmas.
~ Peg Bracken ~


Christmas is not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten.  It is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives.
~ William Parks ~


WHAT IS CHRISTMAS

A home with gleaming windows
Of dancing candle light,
Glistening stars of silver
High o'er a blanket of shimmering white.

Crimson poinsettias 'mid holly and pine,
Shining balls on a tree,
Happy children's faces
Makes Christmas precious to me.

Candy canes of red and white,
Presents with satin bows,
A friendly chat with a loved one
By an amber log that glows.

A Bible on the mantle
Bright eyes of a girl and a boy
As they hear the Christmas story
Singing Christmas joys.

A tiny Babe in a manger
God's gift from heaven above,
The very reason for Christmas
Perfected through His love.
~ Ruth H. Underhill ~


THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

The Spirit of Christmas,
Is that of joy and love,
Through a tiny baby,
The gift from God above.

The Spirit of Christmas,
Is that of trust and peace,
Through the blessed Christ child,
Our wandering to cease.

The Spirit of Christmas,
Is that of purest heart,
Through outpouring of our love,
With others to impart.

The Spirit of Christmas,
Is that of sharing too,
Through gentleness and kindness,
In daily we do. 
~ Ruth H. Underhill ~


May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
~ Author Unknown ~

May you be blessed with warm cosy feelings of love, comfort and joy.

May peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Blessings

Our Fall and Thanksgiving treasures have been put away for another year and now we are sprucin' up for the Christmas Season.

I love the Christmas Season.  We plan and prepare for the Christmas Season all throughout the year.

I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.
~ Charles Dickens ~

Our front door is always the first to be decorated.  This is a very simple wreath that I made a few years back.


Merry Christmas welcomes those as they step onto our front porch.  It is next to the front door on an old rustic weathered barn wood cupboard that we found many years ago, while on one of our out and about days.  The shelves on this rustic cupboard share the seasons and the holidays throughout the year. 


I look forward to the days ahead to plan and prepare for our simple, humble, homespun, old fashioned Christmas in our little cottage.

Please come inside, make yourself at home.  We will sip a cup of tea, munch on homemade cookies and chat about our plans as we prepare for the holidays.  We can chat about our homes and our families.

Oh, how fun that would be.

May you be blessed with warm and cosy feelings of love, comfort and joy during the Christmas Season, as well as throughout the whole year.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Love ♥ Joy ♥ Peace


Dear Lord

Let There Be:

Love in our Hearts

Joy in our Lives

Peace in our Home

Such heartwarming words to begin my day!  Wishing you a day filled with sweet little pleasures and simple little blessings!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown ~ 


These inspirational words remind me to appreciate all that I have.  Those times when I tend to have a negative side "Be Thankful" helps me to see those issues in a more positive light.  There are days when everything does not go as I may have wished.  As I read these words, it helps me turn a 'not so good day' into a 'good day' as these words put my thoughts on the positive and they remind me to give thanks for what I do have.

No matter the situation that comes my way, these words of wisdom help me be grateful for all of my many blessings.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Blessings


Home is a harvest of seasonal blessings.

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
~ Elizabeth Coatsworth ~

November is a homey time, a time to be inside, warm and cosy.  November is a time to look back on the past and to plan for what lies ahead.

I love sitting at our kitchen table, our Home Journal in front of me, a cup of fresh brewed coffee, a candle softly burning and quietly planning for our days ahead.

November is a peaceful time, a time to be still and to make a list of all of those things for which I am thankful.

Thanksgiving, a time spent with family, being thankful for our many blessings.

Every day can be a feast if we make it so.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Love

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Friendship

A Loving Recipe for a Perfect Cup of Tea

One willing friend who loves to sit and share
One grateful heart to have a friend that cares
One beautiful garden to show us God is near
Many wonderful memories of times shared throughout the years
Lots of smiles and laughter to brighten up our days
Many prayers that we prayed for each other along the way
~ Author Unknown ~


I hope that your Sunday is filled with sweet pleasures and simple blessings.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

My Daily Prayers

Homemaker's Daily Prayers

MONDAY ... WASH DAY
Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead.


TUESDAY ... IRONING DAY
Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have collected through the years so that I may see the beauty in others.


WEDNESDAY ... MENDING DAY
O God, help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others.


THURSDAY ... CLEANING DAY
Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart.


FRIDAY ... SHOPPING DAY
O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so my purchases will bring happiness for myself and all others in need of love.


SATURDAY ... COOKING DAY
Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of motherly love.


SUNDAY ... THE LORD'S DAY
O God, I have prepared my house for you.  Please come into my heart so I may spend the day and the rest of my life basking in your presence.
~ Author Unknown ~

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Blessings

A STEP BACK IN TIME.

We love visiting Amish communities.  We have visited many and we love the quaintness, the simplicity and the hominess.

They share a peace and seem so content with simple living.


Want To Be Like The Amish

Many would like to live more like the Amish ... so if you admire their faith, strengthen yours.

If you admire their family life ... spend more time with your family.

If you admire their sense of commitment ... deepen yours.

If you admire their sense of community spirit ... build one.

If you admire their quality merchandise ... make quality.

If you admire their humility ... be humble.

If you admire their unselfishness ... put others first.

If you admire their honesty ... be honest.

If you admire their willingness to help those in need ... help the needy.

If you admire their land stewardship ... take care of yours.

If you admire their character and enduring values ... live them.
~ Author Unknown ~

Such lovely words to live by.

I thought I would share from Yoder Kansas ... a small Amish community that we love to visit and have visited there many times.

Sunflower Inn Bed and Breakfast


We stayed in the Heritage Room




The Market


The Hardware and Lumber Store




Little Downtown Shops


Meat Shop and Kansas Station Gift Shop


As you can see things were very quiet.  It was early evening and the shops were closed and we had taken a little drive through the countryside and when we came back into town we decided to get our camera out as we had the little town pretty much to ourselves.

On our little drive through the countryside, we enjoyed meandering through the Kansas Law Enforcement Center grounds where my husband went for his law enforcement training many, many years ago.  We have so many good memories of his career in law enforcement.


One of our favorite places to eat is the Carriage Crossing Restaurant & Bakery.  They have the sweetest little gift shop and I love to browse through it after we have finished our delicious meal.  I always seem to find a few little treasures to bring home with me.


We love this quaint little Amish town.  It is so peaceful and quiet.  We love hearing the clip ... clop ... clip ... clop of the horse and buggy.

A Step Back In Time

Friday, September 29, 2017

Warm Thoughts

As we enjoy the last days of September and with October just around the corner, I look forward to the crisp and chilly days ahead.

I now have our little cottage spruced up for fall.  Our front door shares a warm welcome.


Our front porch has a few touches of fall.


The inside is spruced up.  I have kept my sprucing up simple.


As the weather gets cooler and the days grow shorter, we will visit the pumpkin patch, the cider mill and the many fall festivities going on in our neck of the woods.  I am sure that we will find fall touches to add to our already spruced up cottage while out and about.  My thoughts turn to simple ways to warm our hearts and our home by creating homemade, heartmade, homespun charm.

Our quilt on our bed will be cosy for the fall season.  I love when the time comes to change the crisp cotton bedding for the warm and cosy fleece and flannel bedding.


I have thought how sending pretty mail through the post office has gone by the wayside as we use our computer to communicate with those who are special to us.  So, I have been and want to continue to send letters, cards and notes to family and friends.  It is heartwarming to have something pretty in our mailbox.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas soon to be here, this is a good time to begin planning and preparing for those special times.  I love making homemade gift tags and using brown kraft paper to wrap gifts for our loved ones and our friends.  I also love using raffia, bakers twine or yarn to put a finishing touch to our gifts.  I love the homespun look as they lie under our rustic Christmas tree in the months ahead.

It is nice to take time to make handmade gifts.  I find that this is a good time to plan and prepare for those gifts that we want to make for family and friends.

I have a little old fashioned cupboard in my laundry room.  It looks like a little fabric shop filled with all sorts of fabric, how to books for quilting, crochet, knitting, embroidery and so much more.  I love looking through it all, but seem to put off doing anything with it.  I have decided that it is time to use from my own little stash to make handmade items for our home as well as little gifts to give to others.  There is no better time than now to begin a little project.

Fall is when I love cooking and baking in my old fashioned kitchen.  I do both from scratch and by using my old fashioned kitchen gadgets, vintage bowls and vintage baking dishes, make those comfort foods taste good and look pretty.  Oh my, it makes our little cottage smell so good.


Also, when the weather turns cooler, it is nice to prepare healthy treats to enjoy with our cup of coffee.  I want to go through my cookbooks and stash of recipes to make good for us treats.  I also find that this is the time of the year when I like to put our home in order by clearing out the "stuff" that we no longer use or need.  I like for everything in our home to have its own space.  It helps to keep our cottage tidy and to make good use of the space that we do have.

Most of all this is a wonderful time to be with family and friends, to enjoy one another and deepen our relationships and to make sweet memories.  I will be doing a bit of fluffin' and featherin'  and piddlin' and putterin' around our little cottage as I cherish each moment of the fall season.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Blessings

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.
~ Stanley Horowitz ~

Fall is my favorite season.  I am listing a few reasons why I love fall.

Praising God for creating such a beautiful outside setting.

Cool Crisp weather ... as it is time to bring out the warm flannel and fleece bedding.

Fall scented candles add such a lovely touch to our little cottage.

Enjoying fall festivals, visiting the cider mill and visiting the pumpkin patch.

Sitting by a cosy crackling fire to keep warm.

Sitting and sipping a warm cup of spiced apple cider to celebrate the season.

Fluffin' and featherin' our little cottage to make it warm and cosy.

Working on a few fall projects.

Enjoying fall foods ... homemade chili and cornbread, homemade soups and homemade bread, all things made with pumpkin, as well as so many other comfort foods.

I could list so many things that I love about fall.

I was browsing through some of our fall pictures ... some from days gone by and some from now to share with you.






















Wishing you all a most wonderful fall season as we enjoy the pleasant days, chilly mornings and brisk cool evenings.  This week felt more like summer time for us here in our little corner of Kansas.  I am sure that fall like weather is just around the corner.