Showing posts from May, 2009


I am not a native to Pennsylvania, having been born and raised in California.  My husband was born on the western side of this beautiful state, and my first experience with Pennsylvania was for our missions training, which took place near Williamsport.  I have now lived here for 15 years and consider myself a Pennsylvanian.
I quickly fell in love with PA, as we Pennsylvanians fondly refer to our state.  It has such natural beauty year round and amazing history, and being a history lover, it is still a thrill to be able to visit many historic sites.  Sometimes though the historic site is simply near to where I live - like yesterday I drove past the site, on my way to buy groceries,  where the Pennsylvania Rifle had been designed and made.  It later became known as the Kentucky rifle when Daniel Boone settled there.  He is a native Pennsylvanian and we have visited the Boone Homestead.
I went to and found all these great pictures of Pennsylvania and chose the ones that I ha…

True Friendship

This has been a tough week for me so it was a real blessing to go to Very Calm and read her brought tears to my eyes as I thanked my heavely Father for His grace to me and for being the One we can always rely on!
Thanks Caryn.

Lights in the Garden

I love white lights in my cottage garden.  I just have a really hard time photographing them!
If you came to my home in the evening you would pass the lamppost and go through the arch...
You would come past my beautiful climbing roses...
I love this shot of them with the lights showing from behind...
This is a shot from my front door...
This cool photo was taken by Rachel...we thought it looked like candles or that the fence was on fire...
Do any of you have any tips for photographing lights at night so that they look right?  We would love to learn to do this right!

This and That

May is almost gone and my busy month nearly at an end.  Rachel's birthday is this Sunday - she is having an adventure party.  Lindsay is going to give rides on the horses, they will do some archery, take a hike in the woods, roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire...all I need to do is hostess and make sure the cake and food is ready!  My kind of party....the girls are really excited!
Tim's uncle has had a rally with his health, although he is now in bed all the time...we are praying for the family in these last days...
We will be headed to Florida next month for a brief vacation, visit with my mother in law and our niece's will be nice to spend time with family and friends.
The girls are finishing up some reports and then we have our evaluations on the 10th.  Then Lindsay will be a graduate...we are planning a celebration for her and an English Country Dance...should be fun!
Still working on ideas for my parents 50th anniversary this July!
I want to tell y…

More Garden Loveliness

A Christian, who realizes he has been made in the image of the Creator and is therefore meant to be creative on a finite level, should certainly have more understanding of his responsibility to treat God's creation with sensitivity, and should develop his talents to do something to beautify his little spot on the world's surface...

It should grow and blossom into a place of beauty,
demonstrating something of the wonder of the One who made plant life to produce seeds in the first place.

Christians should have more beautiful gardens...

Is is a waste of time to bring forth this sort of beauty or to fulfil your artistic talents in this sort of way?

Is it more important to use that time talking about the living God?

It seems to me the beauty which causes strangers passing by to stop and enjoy a garden, provides a background and already "says something" which gives an emphasis to what it is important to say.  Edith Schaeffer - The Hidden Art of Homemaking.

A Call To Manhood

Our son turned 20 yesterday.  It is longer a teenager.  He has been a legal adult for several years, now and yet in many ways he and his friends reflect the common attitude of our culture these days - one that is self oriented and wanting to hold off on responsibilities as long as possible.  
Tim read a book called "Raising A Modern Day Knight" by Robert Lewis.  It's purpose is to encourage men in guiding their sons into authentic manhood.  Let's face it so many fathers never prepared their sons for manhood.  Those dads were not prepared themselves....We recently heard statistics that the average dad spends 6 minutes a day in conversation with their children. 6 minutes!  That is astonishing.
The author of the book encourages men to cast a vision of manhood for their sons,  to layout principles of manhood (the author does this by contrasting Adam and Jesus; Adam represents a life separated from God and Jesus represents a life in union with God) and to layou…

Some Senior Pictures

I took a few "informal" senior pictures the other day.  Lindsay needed one for a write up for our co-op yearbook.  She is a casual kind of girl and these outdoor shots suit her.

However, you just can't stop the love of a young brother, even though you are trying to take pictures.
So why not let every one join in?

Lindsay is a delight to our family, and we look forward to what the Lord has for her. 


Our friends over at Hospitality Lane have some new chickens.  They invited us over to see them.
Aren't they the funniest, cutest little things?

Kyle loved them.  So did the girls.  So did I.
This is the whole little flock of them.  I could so easily see us having chickens...we may end up with a homestead here one day!

My Life Lately

I am such a blessed woman.  Really.  God's Grace in my life has been abundant.  I am thankful.
I am finding that I am in need of some "leaning hard" into Him, lately.  
I am not one who normally finds herself "all stressed out."  But I find that stress keeps trying to make its way into my life.
I have a friend with an ongoing illness.
I have an adult child who is not walking with the Lord...and is living here at home.
We have two family weddings this year.  
We have an uncle near the end of his life.
I run a homeschool co-op.  This is a busy time for me with memberships, our website, policy changes.  With nearly 60 members there are alot of personalities to interact with!
My darling has gone back to work and he is finding it hard to get everything done.  Therapy, exercise, maintaining our mower, trying to get the horse shed/barn started- these are some of the stresses in his life...besides being a dad and husband, trying to have family worship every evening...he is so …

Garden Photos

We went to Longwood Gardens on Saturday.  We spent most of our time indoors because of the drizzling rain.  
I adore this garden walk.
The bronze cranes...
Beautiful roses...
Star Jasmine...
Gorgeous peonies....
Oh wait!  These are my peonies!
They are almost fully open!  I love these flowers.  This kind gets large and smell like old fashioned roses!  I wish I knew the name of this one.
They make me so happy!

This And That

We had a very fun, but busy weekend!
Saturday, the kids and I went to Longwood Gardens for a few hours...there was a blogger get together there, but it was drizzly and we had plans to go to our friends' house for the afternoon and evening.  It was nice to meet Karen, and Jill and Jim and to spend time with the Hospitality Lane folks!  (Hope you are feeling better Becky!)
Tim worked in the morning on Saturday then we headed over to our friend's house in the afternoon...we always have such a great time with them, and we haven't been to their place for awhile...the kids played all afternoon, took a break to eat and then headed out again...for the younger folk, they jumped on the trampoline, gathered wild flowers, feed the horses...the old ones, explored the creek and came back soaked!
Then we made s'mores over a campfire, and watch a storm move in...we left later than we planned (big surprise!).  We came home, made some food for our fellowship meal after church on Sunday and…

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today was my Mom's birthday!  She looks great for 39, doesn't she?  We are one of those amazing families with unusual trivia about us...for example several years ago I became older than she is AND this summer she will have been married for 50 years!  

This is her favorite cake, I make it every year...yellow cake with a layer of strawberries, whipped cream, strawberries again and then the top of the cake.  Top it all with whipped cream (the real stuff, people) with a tad bit of sugar and vanilla (again, the real stuff!).  It is truly to die for....

Here is the birthday banner the kids made for Grandma...can you see that it says "39" on it - she has them all brainwashed, er, they all know her "real" age!

Some up close shots of the fantastic artwork - 

Beautiful birthday flowers, courtesy of my dad's favorite daughter.  That would be me. Ok, I'm his only daughter!

Here is the grill master - the steaks were fantastic...a wee bit of red wine vinegar and Worce…