Sunday, January 29, 2017

Counting My Blessings

I count my blessings one by one
Though great or small they be,
And know without the help of God
Not one would ever be.
I thank Him for these blessings
Each morning of each day, 
And then again at close of night
Before sleep comes my way.
He grants me all these blessings
Though sinner that I be,
And with the many faults of mine
I know that He loves me.
by Harold F. Mohn


Blessings to all on this beautiful winter morning.  With loving and tender prayers, may your Sunday be filled with God's grace.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Seasons

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

I am thankful for the four seasons.  I love each one.  The four seasons determine how we live out each day, the foods we eat, what we drink, what we wear, what we choose to do each day and how we celebrate special days with our family and friends.

WINTER
♥ our days are shorter
♥ our days may be cold and snowy
♥ it is the season for resting and healing
♥ it is a time to restore
♥ it is a time to plan and prepare
♥ it is the time to cherish the warmth and cosiness of our little cottage

SPRING
♥ the sun rises earlier in the morning and sets later in the evening
♥ spring flowers begin coming through the ground
♥ The birds begin feathering their nests
♥ some days may be cold, some days may be warm
♥ we begin preparing our garden
♥ there are windy days
♥ we enjoy spring showers
♥ spring is a time to create
♥ a time to be hopeful

SUMMER
♥ the days grow longer and become warmer
♥ sunshine is abundant
♥ the season of growth
♥ we begin to enjoy the produce from our garden
♥ using the fresh herbs from our herb garden
♥ pretty flowers are abundant

AUTUMN
♥ the season of change
♥ our days become shorter
♥ our days are usually warm, our evenings cool and the nights may be cold
♥ the leaves are turning and falling to the ground
♥ it is time to begin cleaning our gardens and our yards
♥ it is the season of peace and quiet
♥ we begin planning and preparing comfort foods

To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under Heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Good Sunday Morning

May your heart be content, your home warm and cosy as you spend time with family and friends today.

We will be out and about this morning going to and from our church and then a homey afternoon and evening for us.

Sweet Pleasures and Simple Blessings for your Sunday.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Simple Living


I am listing ten ways I find that help us to live a simple, quiet, gentle life.

I find by following my list below, I keep my daily routine simple.  I feel organized.  It makes for quiet and gentle living.

1.  Commit to time with our Bible.  We spend our early morning reading our Bible and our Daily Devotional.  It is such a good way to begin our day.
2.  A plan to help us save money on things that we buy.  It is such a good feeling to plan for what we have on our shopping list and to keep within our budget, buying only those things that we truly need.
3.  Buy less stuff.  Plan to make do with what we have and only buy what is necessary.
4.  Get rid of stuff that is cluttering our home.  Having space in our home after decluttering, gives such a peaceful feeling.

5.  Keep a journal.  By writing down the thoughts that are on my mind, it helps to put those thoughts in perspective.  It is an easier way to sort through those thoughts and to deal with those things that I need to tend to.

6.  Plan our meals for the week.  I spend time on Sunday afternoons, when all is quiet, to plan our meals and make out our shopping list for the week.  It is so nice to have a plan written down and to have a well-stocked pantry, cupboard, refrigerator and freezer when I begin to prepare our meals each day.

7.  Plan time to disconnect.  I love time without noise ... the television, the computer and the phone.  I cherish my quiet time to read, relax or to spend time with family and friends in a peaceful setting.

8.  Clean as I go.  This works so well for me in every part of keeping up our home and our little plot of land.

9.  Say no.  I choose only what is important to my family and myself and say no to the rest.

10.  Cherish each moment.  We keep our calendar uncluttered.  We schedule light so as not to rush from one thing to the next.  It makes for a pleasant day.

The list above works well for us.  We are retired, have had an empty nest for quite a few years now and try to keep our commitments to a minimum.  Our calendar is filled mostly with plans for the two of us, our family, our friends and our church.

There are those times when our schedule seems to be too much.  That is when we sit down, take a deep breath, make a few changes and get back to where we want to be.

To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart, to hear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never - in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.  This is to be my symphony.  
by William Henry Channing

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Take Time

Take time to think,
it is the source of power.
Take time to read,
it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to play,
it is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet,
it is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to be aware,
it is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to love and be loved,
it is God's greatest gift.
Take time to laugh,
it is the music of the soul.
Take time to be friendly,
it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream,
it is what the future is made of.
Take time to pray,
it is the greatest power on earth.
~ Author Unknown ~
I want to take time to cherish the little things that come my way.

Warmest blessings for your Sunday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Our Kitchen Table

GATHER 'ROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE TO NOURISH THE BODY AND THE SOUL.


Each new day begins at our kitchen table.  Our kitchen table is a cosy place to gather.  It is a place where we spend time together.  It is a place to make memories and to cherish those memories from years gone by.  Our kitchen is a room of happenings.  We eat, we play, we work, we laugh and we have even cried there.
I remember as a new bride, 48 years ago, fluffin' and featherin' our little nest for my hubby and myself.  Oh, my goodness, I remember those days as if it were just yesterday.  We still live in that same little nest, but our little kitchen no longer has the little rustic wooden table for two that sat in front of our kitchen window which looked out to our backyard.  Our wooden kitchen table now is round and its home is in the center of our kitchen.
I have a deep respect for the kitchen table.  Once upon a time the kitchen table was the soul of the home where families gathered for meals, friendships were made, decisions were thought out, celebrations were planned and hurts were healed.  Our kitchen table is the heart of our kitchen and of our home.  Our kitchen table is a humble gathering place to find inspiration, support, to plan and prepare meals, sharing our thoughts with one another, enjoying healthy food, playing games, sewing and working on projects.

During our son's growing up years, most afternoons and evenings were spent at our kitchen table with our son, drawing, painting, doing homework, putting together puzzles and so many other fun projects.  Many winter evenings we would light the oil lamp and tend to our projects with the warmth and the soft light from that oil lamp.  Our son is 45 years old, so it has been many years, but oh so many precious memories.
There are so many memories of mixing, cutting out and baking decorated sugar cookies for each holiday or special occasion.  I still have the old fashioned cookie cutters and from time to time I will make homemade decorated sugar cookies.
I have cut out patterns and would sew together little homemade keepsakes.  We plan vacations, little getaways and out and about days at our kitchen table.  I sit at our kitchen table and sort through our mail, go over our budget, pay bills and plan meals.
From the kitchen table life lessons were learned.  Our kitchen table is spruced up for each season.  We keep it rather simple.
History lives ... future plans are made ... all from our humble kitchen table.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Blessings

Moments

Happy Moments ... Praise God

Difficult Moments ... Seek God

Quiet Moments ... Worship God

Painful Moments ... Trust God

Every Moment ... Thank God
Author Unknown

Praying that your week ahead will be filled with sweet pleasures and simple blessings.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Winter Time

Winter is the time for comfort,
for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand
and for talk beside the fire:
it is the time for HOME.
by Edith Sitwell

I am thankful for our little home.  We are so content to putter these winter days inside, cosy and warm.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome

  A New Year

A New Blog

 A New Beginning

God gives us a fresh beginning each and every day.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

There will be plannin' and preparin' and fluffin' and featherin' going on around our little cottage as we begin the New Year.


We will be snuggled in, warm and cosy, as we enjoy the simple comforts of our little cottage.

May you be blessed with warmth in your home,
love in your heart, peace in your soul,
and joy in your life.