Showing posts from July, 2012

Bedroom - Rearrangement

I made my bedroom rearranging and decluttering the top priority in my day yesterday.

I am so glad I did.

 We had become overrun by stuff - for the store, for the family, stuff we didn't know where else to store.  Sigh....stress, stress and more stress.  The exercise bike is there because I need to use it.  Do I, no, but that is another story.  However, it was cramped in that corner and hard to get around when making the bed.

My poor dresser...over run by stuff....
My poor can say it with me "overrun by stuff."  I love a clean, tidy home.  For me this mess creates stress, and I already have regular stress from running our business, the website, my family etc.  
 The first thing I did was move the armoire out of my room.  It had not been moved in 7 years.  Look at the size of that dust bunny...I am really let you see behind the scenes today!  The armoire had been used to store movies and held the tv we used to have in our room.  With no tv in here, this piece could …

Awaiting Me Today

2 Pots of Lavender on the back of my sink.
A lovely day at home.

A bit of school prep - we are starting soon!  Maybe this week!

 Red Haven peaches await too.  I will slice some up for lunch and also can some of these and some John Boy peaches.  There is nothing like opening a jar of freestone peaches in the middle of January!  Delightful!

 Rachel will be making her wonderful lemonade today too.  It is cold, and refreshing on these hot July days.

 Lots of laundry...This load has actually now been taken care of by Kyle and Sarah.  They folded while watching a movie.

Tim started his new shift at work, and has already put in his time there.  He and Emily are at the home of a couple from church doing lawn care.  The husband has had surgery recently and is unable to any work of this kind yet.  

Lindsay spent the night at my parents house and is driving my Dad up to Cabela's today.  He has not been released to drive yet after his surgery.  He is doing very well though and I want to thank you f…

Sky Diving

My Emily is an adventuresome girl.

She has had as a goal to sky dive to mark her 18th birthday.  Today was the day.

 See that small dot?  That is Emily and her jumpmaster.  See that even smaller dot to the right?  That is Tim and his jumpmaster.

They jumped from 10,000 feet, and free fall for 40 seconds...

Then the chutes come out and they can have fun with spins and turns...

Emily getting ready to land...

Her hands are in the yellow straps and so are the jumpmasters.  Together they stear the parachute - the jumper gets to decide what they want to do.  Emily did some diving spins a few times and just enjoyed the whole thing.  Our friend Joseph jumped too, and he chose to take his time coming he did very few spins or turns.

She's back to earth!

This is Tim with the rainbow chute...

They both loved it.Emily and Joseph both are ready to do it again.  Tim would but being a family man has to consider the expense.

Our niece Shelly and Becky's mom Ruth were to jump as well, but a sto…

Happy Anniversary!

Today is my parents anniversary!

They have been married for...drumroll....53 years!

This is a miracle of how God can work.  They married young and struggled for years, but they got to a point where they realized that if God could save them from hell, He could save their marriage!

With Dad still recovering from surgery (he is doing well, thank you for praying!) they are just going to go out to dinner.  They usually wait until the weather cools down to go somewhere.

Won't you join me in wishing them a Happy Anniversary?  Just leave a message in the comments section and I'll make sure they read them!  



So, I've been pondering things in my heart lately.  I have always loved that term the scripture uses regarding Mary wondering about the things she was hearing about her baby boy.
I pondering things in conversation with the Lord, not prayers necessarily, but more like "Why is it that...?"

Some of my ponderings have been about the future regarding family, the economy, our business....

I have been pondering and storing up in my heart the relationships that God has given me with people.  I am thankful for my family, thankful for friendships that are an encouragement.  This includes friends that I only know online.  It is such a blessing to walk along in this world side by side with you!
We've been pondering our business, and praying about the direction we'd like it to go....

God has allowed us to live in these days...the days in which it seems that good is called evil and evil is called good.  It is challenging to raise our children in …

Creekside Cottage Is Now On Facebook! Edited!

I had been thinking about doing this for a while.  Then I saw that my friend Brenda @ Coffee, Tea, Books, and Me made a page for her blog, and another blogging friend Lisa had, also.  So I took the plunge.

After all, it's been fun being Facebook friends with so many of my blogging friends, and this way it is easy to say hi and keep in touch.

Come on over, say Hi and Like my page!  It will be fun! 

Edited to say....Duh, it would help if I put a link to my FB page here!  Sorry, Debbie!

Quiet Evening

We've had storms the last few nights, that have included quite a bit of thunder and lightning.  In an effort to have some light available in the case of our electricity potentially going out, and to make our house cozy I have been lighting the oil lamps.

When Lindsay walked into the room last night she mentioned that it made her feel as if it were winter...the house was cool with air conditioning...

I love a cozy evening at home, don't you? 

This evening the younger kids are at my Mom's for an sleepover, and I took Lindsay and Emma to the mall.  We rarely go there.  Lindsay however needed shoes and she is very particular.  She did finally find a pair that she liked.  

Then we headed home to a quiet cottage with rain coming down, cozy beds, darkness settled in.  The oil lamp is burning softly in my room - Tim gets home late from work, and it will help him to see when he gets home.

I need an evening like this once in a while...I am headed off to dreamland now.  Do you remember yo…

Note Card Party - Orchids

I couldn't decide what photos I wanted to show on this month's Card Party.  I went through dozens of ideas, then I found these photos.

Gorgeous orchids at Longwood Gardens.  

All I did to edit them is to put the frames around them.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

 I love Vee's Note Card Party!  Join us won't you?

Prayer Request

Tomorrow, my Dad is having surgery to repair a hernia.  He has had this surgery many times and we are hoping this is the last time!  

One of his previous operations saw the doctors use a kevlar mesh to hold it in place.  My Dad, being who he is, loved to tell one and all that he was now "bulletproof."  Funny guy.

I will drop the girls at their various work places, and then I will join my Mom in the waiting room.

My Dad is in very good health, for which we are grateful. He will be several weeks recovering, and not able to drive.  He is planning on doing a lot of reading, but I know that he will watch a lot of talking heads, Myth Busters, and sports. 

Thank you for praying.

The Aftermath...

in my garden after yesterday's thunderstorm.

This is the way the garden looked this morning.  Not too bad but it is now messy.

 We had an amazing day yesterday.  Church, a fellowship meal, a small informal bridal shower for a sweet couple getting married next weekend.  We headed home with a large group and there was air soft, and lots of little boys playing with trains, and dressing up into all kinds of outfits.  Sweet girls playing together and with little brothers.  
Pizza, salad and the most amazing peaches to munch....
An impromptu tea party at the request of my little friend who adores tea parties, and knows all she has to do is ask!

 While the rain poured down, and the lightning flashed, we had slides from Senegal, and coffee, and games of Set, and lots of chatting.  Katie and Verity were here too!  Such a treat!

They especially liked the baby dolls and the soft puppy.  Katie also petted Sadie, one of our dogs.  I think she liked her soft, silky ears.

Just like there is an aftermat…

Good Things

My parents arrived home this evening after spending 12 days in California.  My Mom and Dad said " Over dosed on Mexican food!"  And they brought me See's Candy!  I love my parents!

They had such a great trip.  Wonderful times with my brother's family, and those sweet great grandsons of theirs!  They got to go to Cayden's swim lessons, have a picnic on the 4th, go to Chick-fil-A with them.  Sweet times.

Have you ever read the blog "My Cottage Charm?"  Missy has the greatest projects and has turned her house into the sweetest cottage!  I commented on her recent hallway sign project, and she popped over to my blog to thank me for my comment.  I had just posted about our home education plan and she commented to me that it was just what she had needed to hear to gear up for the coming year.  I told her that I was so glad and that it was a God thing because I almost didn't get this post written!  You c…

A Year Of Home Education

I am in my18th yearof home educating my children. 

We usually start in early August so that we can take advantage of taking time off during the school year, and by August the kids are usually ready to get back to some kind of structure.  This year the girls did some math over the break so that they would not lose their momentum...neither one likes math very much.

When we started to home educate Tim was okay with it, if I wanted to do it.  Several years into to it, we both decided that this was something we were in for the long haul. We saw the blessing of being able to disciple our kids as well as teach them.  I have taught all 6 of my children to read, and have opened up the world for them through it.

Reading forms the basis of the way we educate.  We read history together and discuss it.  We do projects like maps, make clothing, food, use writing instruments of the time period we are studying.  Our history often is the basis of writing assignments.  Language ar…

Happy Birthday, Sarah

10 years ago this delightful girl was born into our family.  Sanguine, with a flair for the dramatic, she is full of life.  

She used to wake up from her naps and say "Tada! I awake!"  We were sure that she thought the whole world stopped while she was asleep and was letting us know we could now go back about our business!

She is loyal and loving, has friends of all ages.  

She is also sensitive - she knows when someone doesn't like her.

She loves her family, loves being an Auntie, loves to write and draw.  She would love to be the next Beatrix Potter, she says.  She has perfectionist tendencies in her art and writing, but that doesn't carry over to keeping her room tidy, unfortunately!

She is a playpal to her little brother Kyle, and usually finds him a willing companion.

Nancy Drew and Tintin on the job!
Here is a link to a blog post I did about her.  It gives real insight into the depth that is in Sarah.When you read it understand that at the time she was 6 years old!

We …