Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

My Daily Prayers

Homemaker's Daily Prayers

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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


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. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Our Day Trip

We enjoyed a day trip to a few of our favorite places.

We left home early ... our little cooler filled with goodies, our basket filled with a few snacks and a tank full of gasoline.

We went to Greenwood MO ... a quaint little town that is known for their antique shops, specialty shops and a charming tea room.

We also enjoyed meandering through the countryside to get to Cockrell Mercantile.  This little village takes you back to a slower pace and a quieter time.

Cockrell Mercantile is a charming country village filled with cookware, bakeware, dinnerware, food items, baking supplies, lots of gift ideas, home decor, gardening, cookbooks, linens, aprons, candles, cast iron and oh, so much more.  The nooks and crannies of each little cottage are filled to the brim.

It is a place to allow lots of time to browse, not a quick in and out shopping trip.  You want plenty of time to soak it all in and to visit each little cottage of goodies.

The cottages have little walking paths with outdoor seating should you want to relax and take in the sweet atmosphere.  It is a natural, peaceful place where birdsong is abundant as you either relax on one of the benches or walk from shop to shop.

We were there when they first opened for the day.  So it was very quiet and we could go from cottage to cottage without much activity.  It was so pleasant to shop without a crowd.  As the day went by, it became much busier.

They offer complimentary coffee or tea to sip as you wander to and fro.  It is such a warm and friendly atmosphere.  

My kind of place.

I am sharing a few pictures from Cockrell Mercantile.

When we left there we enjoyed dinner at Golden Corral.  Our dinner was very good.  When we were finished with our dinner, we decided to browse through a few more antique shops and then we headed home.  It was a full day.  We even found a few little treasures to bring home with us.

I hope that you have enjoyed our little day trip.