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Field Trip

The kids, Tim, myself and our friend Denny are going on a tour today to visit an Amish school and farm.  Friends from church do tours professionally and they have set up a tour for us with Amish friends.  


We are taking store bought cookies (a treat for them as apparently all they get our homemade!) and a couple of gallons of drink of some sort.

I think it is going to be fun and interesting.  We have to leave early, so my kids are not thrilled about that.  We have had late nights this past weekend, and last night Nate's truck dropped the drive shaft on his way to work.  With Tim on his way to work as well, Kayleigh and I had to go help him.  At 11:30 pm!  Thankfully he was just 2 minutes down the road and by time we got there a man had stopped to help him and even was able to tow him back to our house!  I told Nate God had gone before him and sent that man to be there just at the right time!

Then Lindsay rode with me to take Nate to my parents house so he could take my Dad's subu…

As Is The Habit Of Some

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Hebrews 10:25  says, "not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
I find this little phrase "as is the habit of some" interesting. Why were some in the habit of neglecting to meet together with other believers?  I think I may know....
 At different times in my life I have found it difficult to want to meet with others....like after the husband of a couple that were close to us made a s*xual pass at my husband - and our pastor wanted us to just get over it and forgive so their ministry in the church could continue.  Or when our children were not being welcomed into a fellowship of believers because of cliques in the youth groups.  Or when we felt it important to keep our children with us in the church service and the pastor couldn't understand why we would WANT to do that....
I wondered why can't we just have church here at home - just our family?…

The Best Soy Candles

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My friend Becky is a candle maker extraordinaire!

Her Etsy store link is on my side bar.  Mother's Day is right around the corner....do your Mom a favor and buy her a candle or two or three.

I actually am getting away from my original point of my post though which is - Becky is having a candle give away on her blog!  Click the link to go to her blog and join in!  Don't miss out on your chance to win one of her candles. You'll love them!



A Lovely Day At Creekside Cottage

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My beautiful shrub is beginning to bloom...

Going outside to take photos, I saw that the flower beds at behind the house needed to be weeded.  So I started to weed...and I found this....

A wee baby bunny, all alone.  

So cute as he tried to jump out of the box!

I stopped weeding and decided to walk around the yard...a look up through our mulberry tree...beautiful blue sky today!

Down by our veggie garden are our two strawberry beds...they are looking good.

They were full of weeds so I ended up weeding there too.

Azaleas...

More tulips...as I got to this bed, I ended up weeding there too.

My favorite peony bush...it should be blooming in a few weeks!  It is the highlight of my spring!

Buds on my Zephirine Drouhin rose bush...such beauty...

I can't wait until they bloom...

Such a lovely day at home...school, reading, bike riding, weeding, bunny love, sunshine....

Now dinner is being made - sweet and sour chicken, King's Hawaiian rolls...soon we will gather together around the table and share…

Tiptoe Through The Tulips

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Last fall a young woman I've known since her girlhood asked if I would like to have some tulip bulbs.  She works at our very favorite garden and had some bags of bulbs that were given to her.  I jumped at the chance and said "Yes, please!"

It took a while but Rachel, Sarah, Kyle and I got nearly fifty tulips planted and then we waited.

It was worth the effort.

Most of them were planted within my cottage garden space...

A beautiful variety of colors and sizes.

They are making me so happy...

This coloration is gorgeous...

See what I mean?

I love seeing them against the picket fence...

And mixed in with the Feverfew...

I wanted to bring in more spring time color this year and these tulips have been the perfect thing...


My favorite flowers are roses and peonies, but these tulips are high on my list!
What are your favorite flowers?  

Dresses

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I am here to sing the praises of my sewing machines!  They are Kenmores from Sears.  These two machines worked hard this past week, resting only when we did.


Here are the girls and I in our dresses.  You can't see Rachel very well, but her dress is a beautiful light blue with a black sash.

These fabrics are true to color in the above photo but not in this one.  I took it when I was working on them, but not all of them were finished yet.


Rachel, Lindsay, Sarah, Emily....


Emily took inspiration from Downton for hers.  We did black lace overlay for the bodice and then the same lace for the sleeves.


I think it turned out beautifully...


I really loved my dress.  The black underskirt was planned but the black in the bodice as a last minute way to save the bodice.  I cut it too large and didn't have enough fabric to make a new bodice.  So I cut a "v" out of the front and inserted a "v" of the skirt material.
It really added interest and made the dress, I think.  


Beautifu…

A Bit Of This And That

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Yesterday was delightful.  I didn't have to go anywhere.  I didn't have anything that had a deadline.  Ahhhh....just what I needed!

It has been so beautiful around our county these days.  I adore dogwoods and wish I had some.  I know just where I would put them.


I grew up in Southern California which is mostly cement and people in the populated areas.  I missed all this beauty growing up.  I am thankful that my children have wide open spaces, trees, flowers, creeks, rivers....


beautiful blue skies....stinky manure, eagles, possums, deer, groundhogs, woodpeckers, cardinals, hawks, turkey vultures, road kill.   You get the idea.  I love opening my bedroom curtains everyday and seeing horses in our pasture.  HORSES!  The pasture is bigger than the whole property that I grew up on, so it is still amazing to me to have this privilege.  I am thankful everyday, even the days I have to feed them, and deal with Libby, the strong willed pony!


We have been enjoying the candles from our Titan…

A Very Special Event

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I told you I was working on dresses for a very special event at our church.  What I didn't tell you was what the event was.  

In early March one of the men of our church mentioned that he would like to organize an event to tie into the Titanic 100 event being planned by Vision Forum.  He is the father of two young sons and was wanting to have an event to encourage them to be men of honor, who lead and protect.  He asked me if I would organize an English Country Dance to go along with what he was planning.  I said yes, of course!  We do love a good English Country Dance!

The men discussed the idea and came up with a program that would include a formal dinner, with several speakers, a history of the Titanic and the disaster, and the dance.  

I volunteered to handle the table settings, and the dance.  Two favored things.

As much as I wanted to borrow real plates from everyone, I settled for a nice disposable plate, when the number of attendees reached 70 plus.  White tablecloths (I used…