Good bye city life! Our family designed and built an industrial but old fashioned farmhouse on nine acres. Now we are building our homestead ~ or is it building us? Grab your boots and join us on our journey to country living.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Choosing to love...and still loving


Twenty five years ago we chose to love.
I can hardly believe that much time has passed.
In some ways, it seems like only yesterday 
that I walked down the aisle and took his hand.
In other ways, it seems like a lifetime ago.
In truth, it is both.

Since then,
life has brought many changes.
God has given us three wonderful sons 
that are quickly growing into men.
And now a pretty little farm
for us to live on
just like we always dreamed of.

But along the way, we've had challenges too~
emotional, financial, health.
We've seen mountain tops and valleys.

And we have changed ourselves.
However,
 the one thing that has not changed is love
except maybe that it has grown deeper.

Growing with that love is the knowledge that
some days you must choose to love.
Choosing to love gets you through the valleys
and back up to the mountain tops
like the one we are on today...


Celebrating 25 years of marriage 
& still loving!

Phillipians 2:2
Then make my joy complete 
by being like-minded,
having the same love,
being one in spirit and purpose.



Monday, December 23, 2013

Not a creature was stirring

not even a candy mouse.


My sweet neighbor brought us these cute little mice nestled on a plate of Christmas cookies. What a clever idea! 

I just had to make some. You should make some too.
All you need is:
maraschino cherries with stems
melting chocolate
Hershey's Kisses
almond slivers
red gel icing


Be sure to rinse the cherries and allow them to dry overnight so the chocolate will stick.


Melt chocolate in small saucepan.


While it's melting unwrap Kisses.
Eat a few (optional).


Dunk cherries in chocolate and give them a little spin to remove excess.


Lay chocolate covered cherries on parchment paper.
Immediately lean a Hershey's Kiss against the stem-less side of the cherry.
Add two almond slivers for ears and let dry.


Add gel eyes and noses to your sweet creatures.


Oh, so cute!
Yummy, Christmas mice.


For unto us a Child is born,
unto us a Son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder;
and His name shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor,
The Mighty God,
The Everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6



Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Lights in Snow


Is there anything quite so pretty
as Christmas lights in snow?


The winter storm passed through and
 left a lovely blanket of white.




With the Christmas lights on last night 
the whole farm was simply aglow.


Psalm 119:130
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.


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