Showing posts from June, 2010

What Is Mother Culture?

My friend Karen, has a beautiful new blog, called "Moments with Mother Culture."  This is a phrase she has coined.  
To me Mother Culture is the care I take to create a learning environment in my home.  It is the many projects that are on going to make our home a place of beauty, peace and rest for my family - not to gain accolades from the world.  It is the time I take to read a book to my young son, or to take my teenage girls on a surprise night out.  It is texting with my son, a new father, about how amazing his baby girl is.
As the mother of my home, I set the tone and the temperature of my home.  If I am self focused then everything becomes about "me."  If I am thinking of others our home becomes a place of encouragement, fun and ministry.  It is time spent with my children, but also time spent out on a date with my husband.
Now lest you think that all I do is read to my children and create beauty all day long (grin) let me tell you that around our home we work.…

Walking in His Ways


When we live together as family it is inevitable that issues are going to crop up.  We are, after all, self centered beings who want our way, we want for ourselves to be most important.  
The Bible tells us that "God sets the solitary in families..." Ps 68:6.  God has established the family and the home to be a place of learning, comfort, encouragement, forgiveness, service and sacrifice.  Not that these are the only place that these things take place, but they are the main place.
God has made the family a special place for learning life lessons.  He has given us at least 18 years to walk along side our children and to disciple them, teaching them the things of the Lord. 
One of those things is Ephesians 4:32 - "And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christs' sake has forgiven you."  
This is a hard lesson to learn, one that tends to be on going because it clashes with our selfish nature.  Have you ever noticed …

Blue Monday - Hydrangea

Welcome!  We are linked up with Smiling Sally's Blue Monday, once again!
I have been waiting for weeks to show you my hydrangea!  They are so beautiful this year.  They are so blue and some are purpleish and quite frankly, they make me so happy! 
As I took photos this morning, I realized that my camera just doesn't capture the color of these gorgeous flowers.  Here are some photos from Emily's camera...

And these are from my camera...

They are pretty, but don't show the deep blue that they truly are...sigh.

Someone managed this shot last week - I am not sure who, but fairly certain it wasn't my camera that was used! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing the flowers.  Can you believe these were transplanted from a pot of hydrangea I bought about 4 or 5 years ago from Costco?  Every year I would get one or two blooms on them, then this year - tons of flowers.  Such beauty.  A flowering perennial is a gift that keeps on giving!

Have a wonderful day!

Pink Barn

Well, not fully pink anyway!

Apparently, when they add the color into the primer, they don't leave as much room in the can as they do in the paint cans.  So, the primer comes out pink.

Our paint guy, Joey at G.R. Mitchell, called to see if Tim wanted all four cans to be pink.  They decided to go with grey instead, which meant adding the black pigment instead of the red.

That is why the rest of the barn looks basically like this only some is a lighter grey.

Monday evening it is going to get it's final color which is Jamestown Red.  It will be a lovely color, with the trim being a shade of white.

For our friends and family who read this blog, come by before then if you want to see it in all it's pink glory!

Psalm 139

Kamryn - 10 days old
Psalm 139: 13 - 16
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance,  being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

Night Out

Last night we gals went out on the town!  

We went to dinner, then went to the Fulton Opera House, to see 'Phantom'.  This is not Andrew Lloyd Weber's 'Phantom Of The Opera', but a completely different musical.  The production is really well done, and the cast is very talented, but we didn't enjoy the music or songs as well as the other 'Phantom.'  

The Prince Street Cafe was packed afterward, so we went home.  My Mom spent the night and is hanging around for a while today, since she knows her great granddaughter will be stopping by for a visit.

It was such a fun time for us to go out, we women of the family and enjoy one another and make memories.

Around The Cottage

We have been experiencing problems with either my laptop or the wireless modem.  So I haven't been posting as much, but I have been trying to keep up with all your blogs.  I am so thankful for blogging friends.

I am thankful for each day and it seems as if I hit the floor running most days!  There is a tired contentment at the end of the day, when I hit my pillow.  Somedays I couldn't even tell you what got accomplished, but the joy of serving the Lord and my family brings the contentment.

The summer weather has come, and with it afternoon thunderstorms.  Yesterday was a doozy - a storm with rotation in it passed our way, we had hail here, but apparently no tornado ever touched down.  It was interesting to hear the siren for the tornado, first time that has happened.

The rain that accompanied this storm was needed.  We are behind on rainfall for June, and the gardens needed it badly.

I have been busy with paperwork for our co-op, membership applications, etc...I sometimes have to…

Kamryn Visits Grandma's House

My sweet granddaughter paid a visit to her young aunties and uncle on Saturday.

They were so thrilled to finally see her and to get to hold her!
It was so sweet of Nate and Kay to think of the kids and to go out of their way to bring her by, especially since she had just been released from the hospital!
All of our children love babies, but this wee one is special.  She is a part of us.  The kids big brother's child - our 1st born's 1st born.  Awesome...

Thanks Nate and Kayleigh for your thoughtfulness...she's a keeper!

Prayer Requested

Our granddaughter, Kamryn is still in the NICU.  She has been there since she was born, as they were concerned about infection.  She has NO infection which is great, but she is unable to maintain a proper body temperature when she is in an open bed.  Therefore she has to stay until she can maintain her body temperature.  Please pray for this to happen.

My other request is for my sister in law Esther.  She was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  They haven't staged it yet, but the surgeon feels it is contained.  She had a complete hysterectomy on Thursday. 

The whole family has such peace - the kind only the Lord can give.  Esther told me the night before her surgery that the Lord had impressed on she and her husband Richard not to pray that there would be no cancer, but that they would trust the Lord in what He had for them in it.

Esther is not going to do chemo or radiation, she prefers to do a natural protocol now after surgery.

Thank you dear friends for your prayers.  We are rest…

More Photos....



I got to hold Kamryn for quite a while today and I got to feed her.  In this photo we were having a conversation about how sweet she is.

She doesn't like it when the flash goes off - 

She has a heplock in the back of her left hand so that she can get antibiotics.  If she can keep her body temperature up, she can go home with Momma tomorrow.

I love her dearly already....

She's Here!

Kamryn Sheila Rabe 6 lbs 2.6 oz 19 inches
Sweet petite little bug!  She is a real beauty!  I will be back to tell her story after I get a wee bit of sleep.  Do pray as she is in the NICU for a few days due to her Momma having a uterine infection during labor. This is just precautionary, but pray with us that that is all it will be and that the young aunts and uncle around here can hold her soon.
Love The New Grandma!

Sunday Water Fun

I am linking this post to Smiling Sally's Blue Monday posts, since so many people had blue on in the photos!
After church today, Denny asked "Are we going to someones house or something today?"  I mentioned that yes, people are headed over to our house, and he said "I'm thinking we need to have a water balloon fight or something, it's going to be 90 degrees today!"  We all laughed and agreed, and while we went home and ordered pizza, he went to the store.

Uncle Denny was the ring leader today of everyone, young and older alike.  He not only bought water balloons, but he bought water guns, and a slip and slide!

One of the dads got it all set up and the kids had a total blast on it!

Meanwhile Mikey and Jonathan showed up with some fire power of their own and joined in the filling of balloons...there were so many water balloons!

They not only filled the coolers, but they filled someones shirt as well...
Can you tell who is hiding a water balloon?

Even Pastor Mike…