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Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014


We love Easter.  It is a time for us to focus on what Jesus did for us on the cross, making atonement for our sin.  We also love to celebrate His Resurrection and the fact that we too can have New Life!

On Thursday, we met at the church building for a special project.  You can read about it here.  It really looks amazing!  It was really neat too, that we were able to have it done for our Breakfast at church on Sunday morning.  We meet pondside at a local park on Easter mornings, to sing and read some scripture then pray.  Afterward we go over to the church and eat breakfast together before Sunday School.  The room looked amazing and open and having it all one unified space is terrific!

The kids colored some eggs.  We've never taught our kids about the Easter bunny, (I've never figured out how a bunny brings eggs anyway) we talk about how in older times eggs were a simple of new life.  And we like to make our eggs beautiful colors!




After church we had my parents, my niece, Nate and Kay and Kamryn, Lindsay and Joseph, our friend Denny, and our friends the Bustis here for lunch.  We had ham, green beans, broccoli salad, cheesy potatoes, jello salad, sweet french bread rolls, Lemon Delight and Homemade Lemon cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting!  It was good!


Here is a link to the most amazing lemon cupcakes.  Very lemony, a tiny bit tart that is offset by the buttercream!  

We had an egg hunt for the kids in the late afternoon, little candies and my mom always does some eggs with money.  The kids have so much fun hunting them.  One of the kids told me that one of our hens was pecking at one of the plastic eggs!  I'm sure she was confused as to what this might be!


 My lovely niece Kaitlin.  She and my mom had front row seats to the egg hunt action!

 Our sweet friend Amy, and Emma pouring over the new James Avery catalog.

 The newlyweds in on a fun conversation.  They spent a good portion of the beautiful day on horseback.  It's fun to see them take the horses out for a ride.  The horses are out of shape after a long winter of eating and standing around, so it's good for them to get some exercise!

 Joshua and Kamryn.  She says "We are best friends."  They are eating their cute snack Rachel made them.

 Here it is.  I made the little signs so that the kids would know which one was theirs.

My beautiful Emma and Kamryn at church yesterday!

I hope that you all had a wonderful day focusing on the JOY that Jesus' death, burial and resurrection gives to us!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter





A friend shared this on Facebook and I don't know who to attribute this to.  I found it really helpful for understanding the timeline of the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ.

May we remember the great gift of Salvation that is offered to each one of us.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Note Card Party



Having fun with Vee's Note Card Party!  If you don't already participate or follow this monthly party, you should give it a try!

I am longing to see the beautiful flowers in my garden, so I decided to make cards with photos from the past few years.







Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed a taste of Spring and Summer!


Rainy Day!












Enjoying a day at home.  Rain, school, Chicken and Pasta for lunch, tea.  Auntie playing with Kamryn, legos, plastic bowls and blocks.  Lots of play.  Now it's resting time and Tim is reading The Two Towers.  

Now I need to look for Note Card Party photos.  I'm thinking of old Spring flower photos.  See you tomorrow!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scenes From A Week


 This past week flew by.  I'm beginning to feel too busy again, but I think with 20 days of school left, and my real foods class ending this week, things will settle down soon.

Our weather has been beautiful as well and we are all soaking up the sunshine and delightfully fresh air.  We also are holding our noses as we drive by the Amish farms - the manure is not making the air all that delightful.

I took the younger kids along this week when I took Rachel to her cello lesson.  The parking is an issue but there is this little community park just up the street!  The 30 minute lesson time went by so quickly as they played.  It was three o'clock in the afternoon and we had the whole place to ourselves.  



 The sky is gorgeous, isn't it?  I love late Spring!

I was able to clear out the front garden this week too.  Signs of Spring are everywhere.


 The poor garden is in need of mulch.  We didn't do any care of this area last year, because we thought my parents house was going to sell, and this spot was going to be torn up and a porch added.  So we have a bit of extra work to do in here!

 These are mini daffodils, that the previous owner planted.  They come up faithfully every year.  We've owned our cottage 13 years this Autumn.  

See those dark red shoots?  My favorite peony is coming up!

On Saturday, my parents requested the help of the younger kids to give them a hand with their yard work.  So we rounded up the chickens and put them in the dog run.
 This is Mariah and Charlotte Lucas.

 My Mom and Dad's house.

 Kamryn had spent the night with her Daddy, so she was there too! She loves to 'help.'

Tim and I ran some errands while the kids helped.  We went to one of the farms in a private growers group we've joined.  Organic produce, grass feed meats, and raw dairy is available.

We also were on the look out for a mower battery, and a local paint store had buy one, get one free on gallons of paint!  Yes, we did chose a color, but I'll show you in another post!

It was so delightful out I took photos while we were zipping along in Tim's truck.
 I love old farmhouses!


 This is a cool house.  You can see the original log cabin on the end and then the farmhouse attachment - both are old.

We hadn't had a day to be out and about together for a very long time!  It was so fun!

How was your week?


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ladies Book Study


Have any of you read this book?

The ladies of my church are reading right now, and getting together once a month to discuss it.  Last night we discussed chapter two "My Life Is In Your Hands."  So very good.  This chapter discussed Humility and Submission in relation to God.

In Isaiah God says of Himself:

I Am God.
I alone explain the past and the future.
My purposes will stand, unaltered by any force.
I will do what I please.
I will do what I said I would do.
I will accomplish what I have planned.


The author says, "This is where humility and submission begin: we leave God to act in everything.  We acknowledge that our lives are in his hands.  This is the threshold from which we step into discipleship."

God is bringing this message over and over lately.  I am wondering what He is preparing me for, perhaps just to pass along this encouragement and challenge.




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Great Quotes


"God is more willing to forgive your sin, than you are to confess them."  Charles Spurgeon

"Thirty seconds in confession…what inspiration is there with our heads remaining in the trash can of our sin."  Joseph Carroll



New hydrangea bought at Costco!

I really love those quotes.  How many times do we stay in the pit because we keep dwelling on our sin.  Confess it and then thank Him for his forgiveness.  He remembers it no more.

I am still pondering all I heard this weekend and trying to put it into practice.