Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Little Re-Arrangement

If you follow me on FB or Instagram you saw a preview of my living room re-arrangement.

I pointed out that the silver trays would be coming down, and that I had moved a rug into this space after I posted the photo.

Here is how it is currently looking - 

Obviously, it was evening when I took these photos, but I am liking the coziness factor.  I've been excited to see that cozy is the 'in' thing (hygge - pronounced 'hooga').  It's always been my 'thing.'

The gold chair with the white coverlet had been in my room and we traded this chair out for another one that is a wood framed chair and we can easily bring it out if we need it.  Right now the living room can seat 7 people with ease.

Also obviously, I moved the freestanding gas fireplace from the living room to the master bedroom.  When we used it this year it made our living space way to hot!  In our room which is the coldest room in the house, it will not be uncomfortable.  If it is we will be passing it along to someone else!  Once I get that space in order, I'll show you.  The fireplace does make our room look grand!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Prayer Request Update

Tim's mom had a doctors' appointment yesterday. He said, "She's lived a good, long life." 

He doesn't think she has too much longer, mainly due to her swallowing issues. Now time wise that could be months yet provided she doesn't have more strokes, or she doesn't get aspiration pneumonia due to her swallowing difficulties.

Tim's sister Virginia will be headed back to Missouri tomorrow and that will be very hard for her to leave. Esther may be moving Mom to her house, so they don't have to continue to pay extra for her living expenses, as mom's money is tight. It will make her care easier too, to have her at Esther's home.

We are trusting God and His good plan for Mom.

This is Jean and her kids, Dan, Virginia, Esther, and Tim.  There are two boys - Joey, and David - waiting for her in Heaven.  I know she's looking forward to seeing them again.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Prayer Request

This weekend Tim's mom has had two strokes.

Her first one was Saturday morning and her second one was Sunday afternoon.  She is at home, our niece a trained nurses aid, was with her for the first one, and Tim's sister who is an RN was with her for the second one.

Jean (Tim's mom), is 95 years old and has short term memory loss dementia.  She has her will and her medical decisions all laid out and prepared.  Today, she will see her doctor.

Jean knows and loves Jesus, her Savior.  She has served him her whole adult life, doing mission work in West Africa for 23 years, serving stateside, doing prison ministry.  She has practiced hospitality over the years, including having long term guests in her home.

We all don't know what the Lord's plan is for her, but we are trusting that ALL His ways are good.  He has sustained her these many years, through the loss of two children in Africa, and the loss of two husbands.  He is sustaining her still.

When we had a chance to speak with her on Saturday, she could not speak but she could laugh!  And laugh she did.  

What an amazing woman.  

What a gift to us she is.

We are thankful for her.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Scenes From The Cottage

 So far our winter weather has been a bit odd.  We were mild at Christmas - it was nearly 60 degrees here Christmas day - and then we hit the deep freeze for a few weeks.  Last week when I was out on a job with Tim had had layers on including two coats, gloves and a hat.  Yesterday I was out with a light cardigan.  Today will be cooler, but still mild, then tomorrow we are expecting freezing temps and maybe ice.  If you look to the right above the hutch and to the right of the candle you can see that my front door is open.  In January.

I just started using Norwex products, and so far am happy with them.  I've been using natural products to clean our home for years, but the dust and getting my windows clean with out streaking have been issues.  So far I am pleased with the ease of these products.  Do any of you use Norwex?

I have a few faux fruits and this is why.  I like having this in the main bathroom, but the real fruit kept going bad in there with the humidity.  I'll keep this a few more weeks then we'll be on to something else.

 Most of Christmas is gone but a little sparkle is still up here and there.  We enjoy the lights during the winter, and I love this little tree that I won in a drawing several years ago from sweet Sherry.

I've been spending time sorting through stuff that has been stored in our basement for years, I've been sorting through the pantry, and sorting through my teas.  Its easy for everything to become a cluttered mess.  I quite like my jar of teas on the counter near the electric kettle....

and my birdie teapot!  This teapot holds about a quart of tea.  So cute and fun.

I've had a good week, visiting with a friend, sharing life with my family, going to dinner with my parents.  I also had an appointment with my eye surgeon and she wants to do a laser procedure in the office next week.  There is a bit of cloudiness due to scar tissue in my eye, and that is keeping my vision from being perfectly 20/20.  After that procedure I'll be able to get new glasses.  I can't wait!

Happy Weekend, friends!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Making A Life

Sharing a post from nearly four years ago -  I still believe these things.....

Making A Life

How many of us are blessed to live the life we want to live?

I know that I am.

Now I am not talking about having huge amounts of money, driving a certain kind of car, etc.  I am talking about the important things of life.  Faith, family, friends, simplicity, love, caring for others.

We've chosen to be focused on people over things and the results have been wonderful.  We have deep and meaningful relationships, which give us encouragement, and a sense of community.

By being deliberate we have a rich home life with lots of laughter, joy, and love.  We do have stresses and we do have struggles, but the joy of our home makes it a place we all love to be, in the place where we are loved and accepted. 

My husband is creative and skilled in his work and works hard both at his place of employment and here at our home.  Over the years he has built a horse barn and now a chicken coop.  He has built and designed trim work for our home, put wood floors in, repaired cars, keeps the laundry process going.  Mostly though he reads the Word daily and prays and reads it to us and prays for us.

We chose home education for our children and we've always been thankful.  It is exciting to me to learn with my children every year.  I love seeing them learn to read and watching them conquer challenges.  I love hearing them telling their Dad or others about something they learned.

I love moving from Mommy to Mom and friend with my kids.  I love watching my granddaughter smile, and I love that we are the ones providing her care everyday while Mommy and Daddy are at work.

I am looking forward to my parents adding on to our home so that they can be with us daily and yet in their own space as well.  I'm excited about the trip my daughter and I are taking with my Dad to Scotland.  We leave in 10 days!  It's going to be awesome!

You can make your life by being deliberate about your choices.  What are the things you value?  What things are most important to you?  You can start being intentional about them, and making them the focus and good portion of your life.

When you do, you will be blessed and delighted with your life.  And thankful.

I know I am.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Miss Klaire Pays A Visit

She's a peanut, but what a big personality!

She's a cutie and really strong. Tomorrow she is 3 months old.

Monday, January 9, 2017

This and That

We has snow Thursday night into early Friday morning, and then a bit on Saturday.

This is not unusual for Pennsylvania, so the 3 inches or so we had were enough to make it beautiful, and not too inconvenient.

 I was up and out of the house early Thursday and Friday morning to help Tim take his truck and trailer to an inspection.  He needed to bring water to this one, and also needed his van with his work tools.

It was cold but I was able to take these photos, so there's that.

Its been super cold for a few days, the kind of cold that feels like you're living in the frozen tundra!  But by the middle of the week we are going to be mild - in the 50's - and will have rain.

There is a beauty to winter, but when it's this cold the only thing to do, if you can, is to stay indoors.  I sorted through a bunch of storage stuff.  It hasn't been gone through for several years and its time to purge some more!  

I also made about 7 dozen cappuccino muffins.  Several are going to a work party we are going to for Chick-fil-A this afternoon, and some we are taking to Joseph's family's house tonight.  We are watching the new season of Sherlock together.  Fun times.