Showing posts from July, 2008

They're Here!

Sorry, no photos yet....we sat on the patio at Mom and Dad's last night, and then we brought Kaitlin home with us!

Park today, then the girls go help Grandpa at the Fire Company, and I take Rachel to a follow up appointment at the doctors' office.

We will all meet up at my parents house later!

I may be posting infrequently over the next few days, but I will try to get lots of photos!

They're Coming!

We are excited around our cottage today, because some of the lovely people in this photo will be coming today! Miss Paula, Evan and Kaitlin will be winging their way for a 2 week visit. Miss Paula will get to meet Becky in person on this trip. Becky and I have a surprise for her, and want to take her to Longwood Gardens. Besides that we will likely swim alot - they are bringing HOT weather with them. Have a great trip guys, can't wait to see you!

This and That

Today will be a this and that post.

Lindsay has been fulfilling a lifelong dream to have horses, ride and teach riding lessons. Recently, she has acquired two riding students, a grandmother and granddaughter duo. They are doing very well, and they say that Lindsay is a great instructor, very patient.

I took some sepia tone and black and white photos while riding lessons were happening today.Mrs. Sutley riding Sandi.

Lindsay watching her student ride and her side-kick Rachel. Also known as "mini-Linny."Emily watches the action.With Rachel being sick this past week, I neglected to post about my parents 49th wedding anniversary on Friday.Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!We are planning a big reception for their 50th next year!And last but not least, I leave you with a picture of Rachel, taken today.

Update on Rachel

She is feeling much better today, is more active and not just laying around like she has all week!

The doc found that she has quite the bladder infection, which surprised him and me, as she was not symptomatic for that. So antiboitics for 10 days. She wasn't even in the pharmacy computer, and we have lived here for 7 years and used the same pharmacy chain since before she was born. That is how healthy she normally is!

We are going to do a culture for blood in her stool. He wants to rule that out. He heard lots of "activity" in her intestines and wants to look for any irritation.

I am hopeful that the bladder infection is it, she has been feeling so much better today!

Praise the Lord!

Prayer Request

My dear sweet Rachel is still not feeling well. We are headed back to the doctor today. Please pray for wisdom - I need my girl back to normal!

A Tribute to Old Fashioned Girls

Saw this over at The Sparrow's Nest this morning.


To My Nieces Who Are With Child

The True Meaning of Beauty: A Pastoral Letter to Fruitful Vines

“Dear Fruitful Vines,

One never knows in God’s mercy and kindness what a simple appeal to a Biblical passage can produce. As I was pondering my last encouragement to you all, I pondered Psalm 128. Verse 3 says, “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house.” I thought, “You know, instead of saying, ‘Dear pregnant moms,’ maybe, ‘Fruitful Vines,’ instead.” Now “pregnant moms” is a lovely term to me. Nevertheless, from the encouraging replies I received regarding the term Fruitful Vines, it will now be the address of choice!

This also pointed out to me again the importance of words and, especially in our society, of image. You dear sisters have to stand in the checkout lines of Wal-Mart and other stores all the time. Glaring at you are rows of magazines that virtually shout at you, “The Hollywood Harlots are the standard of beauty. You have to look like this, and display that, or you are not beautiful.”

What Style Are You?

Go to Melissa's blog "The Inspired Room" to find your decorating style.

I did it this morning and found that I am "Classic Country". After finishing the quiz I found that it is a from a British Site so perhaps, I am English Classic Country?

Have fun!

The Unexpected Night and Day

Do you ever have those?

After many busy but wonderful days, we were anticipating an early evening. Then Rachel came home from a sleep over at Grandma's with her tummy not feeling good. So we had a bit of a later night, but still not bad. We were watching VoddieBaucham's series on "Marriage by Design", when Kyle started coughing, the croupy kind of coughing. Bad, croupy coughing.

We got him settled with us. He snuggled in by Tim and we finished that part of the dvd. Kyle's croup got worse, I held him upright. Before bed I had given him some meds. for his runny nose, figuring it would keep him from being bothered by it in the night and waking up. Sigh...

Finally, enough time had passed that I could give him some cough medicine. It is a homeopathic kind that works really well, and sure enough within 30 minutes he was much better and really sleeping. Great, I can go to sleep now.

Did I mention the really strong thunderstorm outside? Man, the lightning sounded like it …

Worshipping God Without Rivals

We had the priviledge to hear VoddieBaucham last night. He spoke about Family Driven Faith.

He was excellent as always, challenging, encouraging, funny. I love his "I double dog dare you" statements!

He challenged us to take a look at Love and to see how much we have incorporated the Greco-Roman ideas of love into how we view love.

We think and believe "You can't help who you fall in love with." Wrong. "The heart wants what it wants." Wrong. The heart is simply a muscle beating in our body. It is what we refer to as the seat of the emotions, but it is really our minds that decide.

Here from my notes is what he said.

Love = 1. An act of the will (choice), I choose to love.
2. It is accompanied by emotion, but not lead by it.
3. It leads to action on behalf of it's object.

This is what Jesus did for us on the cross - He showed His love for us by Choosing to go to the cross, regardless of of the cost. He was filled with emotion - "Not my will, but thin…

Blog World, A Surprise and A Blessing

If you are anything like me, when I find a new blog I like, I check out links to blogs that they like. I have found some of the best blogs that way. Now they may not be blogs like those out there that generate thousands of views and hundreds of comments a day, but they are usually blogs that encourage me in my walk with the Lord, or have beautiful artwork. Sometimes they are blogs where people are just sharing their lives, and I find that we share a similar worldview,etc...

I sometimes read about people who meet their blogging friends, but I never anticipated meeting any blogging friend that I don't know in real life, except Becky and I dearly hope to take Lady Jane to tea someday!

Friday evening, we were at Becky's church (we have been visiting) to talk to Pastor Mike. We had some questions, and Friday the church gets together for Bible Study or a project. This week it was a project (see that at Becky's blog here). When we got there Becky mentioned that a young couple that…

Five Things I Love

I have been tagged by Jan. I am not going to list the obvious, God, Tim, kids, family here is the rest of my loves!

1. I love to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, and in having a biblical worldview.

2. I love to plan events....weddings, teas, movie nights etc...if it requires ideas and pulling it together, I love it!

3. I love Royal Albert tea cups and teapots! I love to collect the pattern variations.

4. I love the area where we live. I am crazy for the beauty of the hills, trees, flowers, cornfields, stars at night...

5. I love History! Especially American History, but I love to see how God has been at work in the world since creation!

Now I am tagging:

Becky at Hospitality Lane, Miss Paula at Gathering of Friends, Alicia at Renewed In Him, Melissa at Elijah's Adventures, Nicole at Life in Jesus.

You now know more about me - scary isn't it?

My Dream Home

Seven years ago, my husband and I realized that we needed a bigger house. Ours was a tiny 1930's era home, with three tiny bedrooms. We had 4 children then. Our home had beautiful wood moldings, and lots (33) of windows! It was a fixer upper, and we poured our love into that house.

When we decided to move, I started dreaming of old Pennsylvania farm houses, we knew we would like to have an acre of land at least. My husband did not want another "old" house, they were too much work! He wanted to buy something less than 20 years old and move in ready.

So we started to look for houses with an acre of land. In our price range we soon realized that this was going to be a difficult task. One day by "chance" we saw a realty sign at the corner of a road we would never have gone down, and found our house. It was for sale by owner (we never did find the realtor's house), and it was, ummm - "used."

It was a rancher, less than 20 years old (my husbands desire). …

Big Post Tomorrow!

I have been working on a post for today about My Dream House. However, real life keeps bumping into me, so I am going to finish it later and post it for tomorrow!