This is the day tha tthe Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Summer is coming to an end….

 

And school is starting~

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We hate to see summer come to en end, but we love fall! Why? So many reasons. One thing that I know that I enjoy about the changing season is  just the change. It is a time to start organizing again, getting back to a schedule. I know that is how it was when my children were young and going back to school. The laziness of summer is over, time to be a little stricter in our routines. We go through the children’s closets, get rid of things, we make better meals, go to bed earlier. Just back to basics. We get the whole house clean and ready for a new start! And then we start getting out our fall d├ęcor. When our children were heading out to get on the school bus, I wanted the front yard to look “nice”. We would always get a few pot of mums and a little mulch and get things in order. Then we add the cornstalks, the pumpkins and it is just a gradual transformation into fall.

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Our granddaughter stated first grade this year and our son and his girlfriend headed back to college. And so another year begins. 

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We will be away this weekend. We are headed to help our oldest son move north to Oregon. Please pray for us! They have 3 horses and the horse fencing; 4 dogs; 2 large birds and cages; cars; trucks; oh ya and the furniture; everything from the garage(he is a mechanic)…phew! It will be quite a caravan.They have asked us to stay a few days and have a mini vacation and explore the area with them. hhhmmmm OK!

 

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I will try to get pictures to share, but my camera was dropped and broke and doesn’t close tight. Hopefully I can get it to work. You know me and pictures!!

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Here are a few fall pictures ~ some from last year and the year before. I like to see how our decorating styles change through the years.

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and I want to share this with you. …..I recently sold one of these signs and Linda was sweet enough to share the pic of where she put it. Here is what she sent~

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Isn’t her home wonderful??!!! I told her she needs to show it more!!! Don’t you agree??

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Well off to finish shipping orders and pack up!

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Blessings~Sara

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Happy Sunday~

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Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.

I am trying to pull things together for fall around the homestead. I always feel like there is more “to do”. I need to calm myself and remember to prioritize. Maybe you need the reminder today as well. I found a prayer below on Facebook and thought I would share it with you as well. It was a helpful reminder to me. Blessings~Sara

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Good Mornin Lord
Lord there are times I feel over whelmed, that I cant be every thing to every body. That I cant handle the events of the world along with the happenings of my own family. Something has to give !!
Lord help us to Prioritize , I know that is a word that is used a lot, but Lord put the desire on my heart to focus on the things that YOU Lord find important, not what the world calls important.
Help me to first Connect with YOU, our creator, then with my husband and our children. Lord I ask that you teach me, give me wisdom and knowledge that will guide me to become the Woman, Wife and Mother you created within me.
In Jesus name we pray ~ Amen

Monday, August 19, 2013

Autumn in New England

 

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Usually the middle of August in New England summer is winding down and the weather is transforming gently into fall. The dog days of summer are past. The nights get cooler, the sun sets take on a new look, the gardens have produced most of their harvest and they start to prepare themselves for winter.

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That sounds so nice.

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Not the case here in California.  The temps have been around 108 for the past few days. I am so longing for the cooler weather, but that is not to be. So this weekend, I turned up the AC, put on Christmas music and did a little Christmas creating.

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And now I am back to fall creating~

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Busy times ahead~ our youngest son Tim started back to college today, and our granddaughter Layla starts first grade tomorrow. A big Congrats to our oldest daughter and son in law on purchasing a new home~ lots of work painting and moving, And our son Micah and his girl are moving north to Oregon to big adventures! They will both be able to do what they have gone to school for. Life is constantly changing~ make your own bliss. Live life to the fullest.

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Thank you all for your kinds thoughts and prayers. I have had a few tests that all came back negative, except for a skin condition. I still have a few more Dr appointments this week. Maybe this is all just old lady stuff! UGH! One day at a time, that is all we can do.

“Remember well, and bear in mind, a constant friend is hard to find.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Blessings~Sara

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Hebrews 12:1

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Baking~ and lots of pics of some new creations

 

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When you need a  pick me up~ make cookies

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries, White Chocolate Chips and Walnuts

Ingredients

  • 1  cup (2 stick)  butter or margarine, softened
  • 1  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 -1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 3 – 1/2 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • raisins; dried cranberries; white chocolate chips; walnuts~ I usually separate the dough and add different ingredients according to what I am in the mood for.

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins, cranberries, walnuts and white chocolate chips

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown

 

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Keeping busy with some new creations~

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Many personalized and custom orders the past  few months

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More Fall pictures next time.  Thanks for visiting today!

Thank you also for all of your thoughts and prayers~ still waiting for answers. Blessings~Sara

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Farmhouse Swap pics~

 I was lucky enough to be in on The Farmhouse swap hosted by Amy over at Bumble Bee Lane. Amy has a really nice blog and is so generous with helping others out and putting together these wonderful swaps!

My partner for the swap was Misi and you can find her over on her blog~ ~1890~. She has a great blog and also a selling blog  with some of the most creative items. She sure is a talented lady. Go on over and check out her blog if you haven’t, you will find some amazing creations.  Here are a few pictures of the wonderful creations that were in the box of goodies that Misi sent to me.

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The bear will look wonderful for Christmas as well!

Thank you so much Misi, everything is wonderful!!!

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Thank you all for stopping by. I will have a few pics of our Fall Creations next time and I also have my pantry finished and have a few pics to share with you.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I will be having a few Drs visits with specialists in the next few weeks. You know those times you go through when something just isn’t right and you need to “find out” what is going on. Ya, I hate those times and the waiting….. Thanks so much, you all are the best! I don’t like sharing personal issues, but I know that there are some wonderful prayer warriors out there! Blessings~Sara