"Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion.”
~ Jani Ortlund

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Autumn: October's End


Remember this photo from a few weeks ago?




This is what that area looks like now.



The colors, while still beautiful, are not so vibrant now.  They are more russet like, and they will soon be gone.


 I'm so glad I have had this space to sit out and enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves and the cooler weather.


 My Red Sunset Maples in the front yard are beginning to change.  They always provide late season beauty.


 These are the neighbors next to us, and the view beyond them.  Our woods are a part of these woods.


These are the neighbors across the side street from us (we are on a corner).

As we drove to the state park yesterday we could see that while some trees have yet to turn, we would say that our area is past it's peak for changing leaves.  It's amazing the difference a week makes.

How is October looking at your home?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Autumn: A Day Out

It's not often that everything lines up for us to enjoy a trip to a local State Park.  Tim is working second shift these days so that allowed us to head out for a few hours.

 The lovely Susquehanna river.


 Gorgeous October blue skies!




The migrating birds were enjoying the wind that was blowing on this blustery day.  We saw lots of Turkey Vultures, and two Bald Eagles.

After 3 days of rain this week, we were so thankful for the sunshine.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wedding Planning


I am so pleased to announce that Nate and Kayleigh have set a date for their wedding.  It will be in early fall next year.

We've been looking at dresses.  She is not your traditional bride - she has always dreamed of wearing her favorite color (and mine) RED!  

There are some beautiful red dresses and we know that she'll find just the right one.  She did try on a beautiful white gown with a veil and was so beautiful.  I am encouraging her to wear the color she wants, a bride should not feel disappointed in her gown on her wedding day.

We are busy talking venues, type of reception - a full meal or a dessert bar?  What time of day, how many in your bridal party, etc.

It's fun.  

We are using Pinterest for ideas.  They want their colors to be red (obviously), white, and black.  It will be very pretty together.  There are so many pretty options in this color scheme.







All photos from Pinterest


The wedding is eleven months away.  That is plenty of time to work out the details and get ready.  We are all excited and happy for them.


Disclaimer - None of these are Kayleigh's choices for her wedding, so I am not giving away secrets!  No worries!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Homemade Gifts: From The Heart


Monday I made a quick trip to a local craft store for some sketch books.  In our Home Economics class, I was going to teach the girls about scrapbook journaling, and we needed sketch books.  

I always have to check out the yarn section of the store - I am addicted to fabric and fibers!  

This yarn caught my eye and I bought a skein as it was on clearance.  The colors in the yarn are favorites of several of my girls, and the pattern that came with the yarn was so simple.  I'll share it with you.

Cast on three stitches.  Knit only until you come to the end of the yarn!  That's it.  Three stitches across. The scarf is about three inches wide and about four feet long.






I am having a blast working on these gifts.  It is only 9 weeks until Christmas, so I am glad that I have these projects underway.

I need to finish Kamryn's quilt.  Here is a photo of the fabrics used in her quilt.


I did buy material for a dress for Kamryn also, and I have plans to sew pillow cases as gifts, as well as some new aprons.  

Do you make homemade gifts for family and friends for the holidays or birthdays?  I'd love if you would share your ideas in the comments.  I love to be inspired!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Thankful

We had a lovely weekend.

It really started on Thursday evening at our ladies book study.  We were missing several of our group but the conversation about the Lord and His work in our lives, and how He is making Himself known to us was good.
                                          

We like to celebrate birthdays of the adults in our family by going out to eat as a big extended family.  When we have multiple birthdays in a month we go out just once or it would break our budgets!  May and October are those multiple birthday months for us.

Saturday most of us were able to make it to breakfast at one of our favorite places.  It was so great to be together.  It was a treat to have Tim's brother and sister in law with us this time too!  Since they are usually in Africa we don't get to celebrate birthdays together, so this time was special.

Saturday evening we went over to Joseph and Lindsay's to watch a bit of Dr. Who.  It's fun to go to your married daughters' home.  

Sunday was a great day of fellowship.  We had communion together, then a meal.  Then some of the younger folk and a few dads went on a hike to a cave they like to explore and the rest of us hung out and drank tea at my house.  The weather was so nice, after a lot of rain during the week.  We had good conversation, and sharing.  

I love this about our church family.  We are not perfect.  We are very different from each other.  But our church is strong in love and in caring for each other, bearing each others burdens, praying for each other and rejoicing with each other.  

We are rejoicing in the healthy pregnancy of one of our church members.  We are rejoicing in how well Joseph's family is doing, especially his mom.  It was so great to have her and the kids at our house and to be able to talk and laugh together.  We enjoy our married kids!  I am thankful for emotional healing and grace.  I've learned so much.

I am thankful for God's grace to me.  That He shares His strength with me when I am weak, when I hurt, when I am misunderstood.  I am thankful for His grace when I fail, and when I have need of growth.  He is generous to me, loves me.

I am thankful for each one of you who keep reading here.  I'm not sure why you do, but I am so thankful for each one.  I'm happy to call you friends.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weight Loss Update

Quick update -

I've lost 15 pounds.  I'd love to have 20 gone by now, and I thought I might with the cold I had, as I wasn't eating much.  But I think I didn't lose more because I wasn't fueling my body.

Anyway, 15 pounds in 8 weeks is good, and I am happy about it.

I also have lost 3 inches in my hip area and 3 1/2 inches in the waist.

I'm smiling today!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After The Rain


This morning is a bit hazy, it may be partially cloudy all day, but the rain that came and dropped 4+ inches is gone.




 I can't quite capture it, but this small red tree is so stunning.  It is in my sight every time I walk in the kitchen.  I see it out the sliding door to the deck.  
I took this with my phone from my deck this morning.  They aren't great but they give you an idea of the beauty in the changing leaves that I am experiencing at our home.

I am hopeful that the chairs and table on the deck will dry up and I'll be able to sit outside and enjoy the beauty.

How is Autumn coming along where you live?