Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Living off the Land.

This is something that has been on my heart for quite sometime.

I totally believe that we should make use of our land, and learn to live off it.

In colonial times if they didn't grow it, they didn't have it. Even what they could go to market and find was limited. When you think about how readily sugar is available to us now, and back then only the rich had it, or it was a special treat.

I remember in one of the Little House Series, Laura talks about how special it was for Pa to bring home sugar and tea to Ma. It was a treat.

Back to basics is where we are striving to go as a family. I've always been a from scratch cook, and using healthy ingredients, but now I'm going to try and turn my usual black tumb of death into a green thumb of fresh veggies and fruits. I'm realizing it's a lot more then watering your plants, you have to nurture them, love them, talk to them. ;) Yep, I talk with my plants while watering them. :)

Now, I live on a postage stamp! Seriously! It's a very small lot, but I've read SQUARE FOOT GARDENING BY MEL BARTHOLOMEW. It's an excellent resource if you should have a small amount of space to garden in.

Because I live near the shore my soil is sand, so that doesn't make for great growing!

My front yard was a 40x30 space. It was just neatly covered with rocks and had our fire ring and some chairs around the ring.

We shovled all the rocks out, and made 4 boxes, we then got fresh topsoil brought in 4 tons and filled the boxes and then the planting began. :)

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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some time away...

For Mother's Day my hubby treated me and the children to a camping trip. We went to one of my favorite places ~ Amish Country.

I love it there. The pace is sooooo much slower and I long to live a slower paced life.

Big Daddy and I spent alot of time reflecting on some things we want to accomplish as a family and came home ready to grow and stretch this family.

I have such fondness for the plain sect, they don't sweat the small stuff. If you have patience to hitch up a horse and buggy to go everywhere that really is not sweating it.
I get annoyed if my truck gives me a hard start. A trip that would take me 10 mins in my truck will take the Amish 30 mins. But man the freedom of knowing you don't have to be anywhere anytime quick. You can sit back and literally enjoy the view. Their focus is not on world or worldly things but on what God wants them to accomplish in their lives. That is encouraging my friends!
God is growing and stretching me. There is so much going on in my life that would probably send me to the mental ward, if I had not had the Lord in my life.
But HE is gracious and through all the turmoil HE is present.

I don't know what God has in store for our family, but I know whatever it is, we are being used for his purpose, his glory and to meet his needs.

Our time away as allowed us some refocusing time. We are clay in the potter's hands. But we also have the clay in ours, our children. We want the mold them to be lovers of our Lord. We want to remind them that family is where it's at. We want to educate them in the Lord, and his plans for them as well.

I look forward to growth. Growth is good, it can be painful at times, but it's always good.

Many Blessings!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A time to rejoice and a time to mourn.....

Mother's Day always is a tough day for our family. It's filled with joy and saddness, or should I say rememberence.
You see this May, my grandmother will celebrate her 15th year in the kingdom of heaven, but we will slightly mourn another year of her not being here with us.

Grammy was sweet, always ready to feed an army, always ready to hear your complaints or share in your joy. She has the most beautiful voice. We loved to hear her sing some of the old time songs from her era. One of her favorites went like this " put another nickle in, in the nickleodeon, All I want is loving you and music, music, music. I'd do anything for you, anything you want me too, all I want is loving you and music, music, music,...."

That is something I sing to my babies at times. I hope someday they will sing it to thier children.

Another favorite memory is when I would visit her, she would be sitting in her spot on the sofa doing her grammy thing, but she would let me lay her my head in her lap and talk with her while she smoothed your hair, or rubbed your forehead. It was such as sweet tender time.

Oh and I loved her feet! They were so cute, tiny and fat! :) It reminds me of baby feet. When my girls have those chuncky legs, fat ankles and those fat, fat feet. I always have a quick flashback of my grandmother! It's funny what God uses to remind us of certain people.

Anywho, while I'm as sorrowful she is not here with our family. I rejoice that she is with the Lord!

Love and Miss you much Gram!

Monday, May 3, 2010

New Blog..

Hi Everyone,

I FINALLY created a new blog, let's hope I don't forget my password again!

Looking forward to having some fun on here!
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