Monday, April 24, 2017

Seeing Beauty In Every Day Things

I opened the dishwasher to put the clean dishes away, and I was struck by the beauty of the colors.  I grabbed my phone and snapped a quick picture.  

I want to always be able to see beauty in ordinariness.

I love to do things in my home that speak beauty to those of us who live here.  Sometimes, its a matter of changing things around, so on Saturday, while it rained outside and Tim and Kyle were helping my dad with a project, I played.  I made a wreath for over my bed - 

so I could bring the watercolor painting of Williamsburg out to the living room.  Soon I'll be bringing out the navy blue pillow shams and changing the look of the bed.

I cooked, I cleaned, I cut lilacs for the table. 

Small things.

Ordinary things.

 When we do these things in our homes, we are loving our families, the guests who come, and ourselves.  We are providing an atmosphere of beauty, love, and welcome.

Kyle asked me on Friday, why I like to mow the grass.  I answered him, "Because I like to make it look nice."


It satisfies a need in my heart to beautify my surroundings.

I hope that you find beauty in your everyday life and in ordinary things.

Friday, April 21, 2017

How I'm Dealing With Stress In My Life

Now to be clear, I don't have a stress filled life.  I'm not running from thing to thing or driving kids everywhere, working outside the home, have illness, troubled kids or a difficult marriage.

But I have been dealing with some underlying stressors. For me I get stressed about things that I can do nothing about. By nature I'm a fixer, when there is an problem or a crisis I am built to jump in and help out.  However, most of the time it has not been given to ME to fix, and so I've needed to learn to let things go, and leave them in God's hands.

For me to destress and let things go, I've learned the following things that work for me.

1. I need to talk it out.  Tim often gets to hear all about 'something' several times.  Its how I process.  Once I get it all talked out, its done and I can move on and let things go.  Its amazing how this works for me.  

2. I pray.  God made me with the gifts and abilities I have, and He wants me to talk with Him about the things that are weighing on me.

3. I have to remind myself that just because I care about someone or some issue, doesn't mean that everything is my business.  God will definitely prompt me when He wants me to speak, or help out in someway.  Otherwise, its none of my concern. (other than to pray)

4. I am mindful of my social media usage.  Enough said.

5. I try to do this -

These things work for me when I feel stressed, and I hope they are be helpful for you! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What I'm Currently Reading

I took this photo when I was sitting out on my deck earlier this week.  The sun was shining, there was a slight breeze blowing and I was not only savoring the weather, I was savoring this story of the Eliots of Damerosehay.

I know the characters well, but not at this stage of their lives because I have read this trilogy backwards!  I first found book three, The Heart of The Family, at an antique store for $2.00  I didn't know it was part of a trilogy, I'd just been looking for books by Elizabeth Goudge on recommendation from Brenda.  

A year later I found the second book, Pilgrim's Inn, at a used book store.  A few months ago, I bought this one online.  

Here is a synopsis of this book - 

"Introducing the beloved trilogy that has captured the hearts and imaginations of the many fans of bestselling author Elizabeth Goudge. "The Bird in the Tree "takes place in England in 1938, and follows a close-knit family whose tranquil existence is suddenly threatened by a forbidden love . . . . Matriarch of the family, Lucilla, has spent a lifetime making the Hampshire estate of Damerosehay a haven for the Eliots. When her favorite grandson, David, falls in love with a woman who belongs to another, Lucilla sees her most cherished ambitions put at risk. But can she persuade David and Nadine to put duty before love? Discover why so many have already fallen in love with this favorite of Goudge novels.

Have you read this series or any others by Goudge?  When I bought my book online, CBD, was having a sale.  Almost half price per book and free shipping, so I bought several other titles by Elizabeth Goudge, so basically I bought four books for the price of two.

The other titles I bought are The Rosemary Tree, The Scent of Water, and Towers in the Mist.

Do you enjoy books and reading?  What are you currently reading?  Who is your favorite author?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


I went to the store the other evening and coming home around 8:00 there was a beautiful sunset.  This does not capture the colors well, because I stopped and took the photo with my phone.

I love seeing sunrises and sunsets because they remind me that God is in control, and that He provides beauty for us everywhere, and all we have to do is have eyes to see it.

I hope you have a lovely day.  We are off for breakfast, then I am helping Lindsay to shop for a desk.  We have our last business class tonight as well.

I hope you make time to today to watch the sunset, be reminded of our great God, who does all things well.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Low Carb:Kentucky Butter Cake

Low Carb Kentucky Butter Cake is an amazing dessert.  I used the recipe that Carolyn at All Day I Dream About Food has developed.  I did make one change, though I used 2 cups of Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend in place of the Almond and Coconut flours.

I'm sure the nut flours will bake up perfectly in this recipe (everyone is raving over it), I just am trying to get back to weight loss mode, so for me the baking blend was the way to go.

I only made one dessert for Easter and this was it.  I baked it like a sheet cake rather than in a bundt pan, and it turned out perfectly.  Everyone loved this dessert!

Carolyn also shares a low carb caramel sauce that I made and served with it and its incredible!

To top it off I sliced strawberries and I always whip cream and put a bit of xylitol in it.  (A word of caution about xylitol if you have pets that eat your food.  Don't use it!  Dogs especially cannot digest xylitol and it can be fatal for them)

If you are eating a low carb diet, you'll adore this dessert!  If you are following Trim Healthy Mama this is an S dessert, and you'll adore it, too!

If you'd like to find more low carb desserts follow my THM - Desserts board on Pinterest!

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Beautiful Day

What a lovely day we had. The weather was amazing - we had a high of 83 degrees and a lovely breeze, we ate good food, and everyone had a good time.

Kyle and Kamryn did a kid egg hunt first!

Then it was time for the big kids!



My bookends.

We were so busy enjoying ourselves that we forgot a group photo! Mom and Dad were here, Nate, Kay and the girls, Lindsay and Joseph, and our friend Denny.  We ate ham, potato salad, baked beans, green bean casserole, fruit salad, and deviled eggs.  For dessert I made a low carb Kentucky Butter Cake, made the low carb caramel sauce linked in the recipe, and had strawberries and whipped cream with it!  Everyone loved it!  Lindsay made some oreo truffles, but I had enough of my own treats that I was able to eat on plan all day!

Lindsay worked with her horse Sandy and rode for several hours.  Kamryn got to ride as well.  Sarah shot her bow, there was a lot of baby holding, and just enjoying being together.  I'm thankful for the way my kids enjoy each other, and the grandbabies, and while we missed Emma, Vinnie and Isla, I was happy to hear of plans being made by Lindsay and Joseph, to spend part of their vacation visiting them this summer.  It also involves being where the total solar eclipse is going to be scene this summer.  Have you heard about this?

I hope that however you spent your day, that you did so knowing the Joy of our Resurrected Savior! He is fully worthy of praise!