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Lilacs In Bloom

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I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend.  Today is Good Friday, the day we think of Christ sacrifice on the cross.  Shedding his blood as an offering to the Father, to not just cover our sins as the old sacrifices of lambs did.  His shed blood paid the debt our sin had caused and made a way for us to have fellowship with God.  To be part of his family, a joint heir with Jesus.  Its a sober remembering, a day to be so grateful.

Easter is the day we celebrate his resurrection from the dead.  Because of his resurrection, we have the promise of eternal life. 

In family news, Rachel surprised us with a visit home for Easter Weekend! Easter is also a poignant day for us as my younger brother died on Easter Sunday, 24 years ago.  He'd been estranged from our family for five years, become ill and came back to the family.  It always has seemed like such a redeeming thing that he died on the day we celebrate the resurrection.  For we know that on that particular Sunday, David was indee…

My Daily Work

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We all have daily tasks that keep us busy. They are the basic work of keeping a home, and caring for those who live in your home.

We are down to four people from 8-10 people and it feels very weird some days.  I have so much time on my hands.  Basic chores don't take long with four people, who are basically all grown.  Meals, dishes, cleaning, laundry.


There are some extra chores this time of year, as the maple trees are setting their seeds, but its not heavy work.  



I find that as my family have grown, there is more emotional work that I do, than a lot of physical work.  Having conversations with my out of state daughter, meeting my other married daughter to shop for clothes and stopping for a treat and conversation, giving my son a ride home from work since they have only one vehicle, keeping my teenage son busy, and listening to the things that are interesting to him.  Talking with my husband about business, listening to his stories, cheering him on.

That's my real work. Relati…

Morning At The Cottage

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Good Morning from the Cottage!  It's a lovely morning, after a drizzly Sunday and a thunderstorm last night.  The lilacs are so close to blooming!  They are full of blooms this year, and are going to be gorgeous.  This one is right outside our kitchen door!

I found a lovely hydrangea at Aldi on Friday.



I have some tiny daffodils in my garden, and Kamryn picked a few yesterday.  I popped them into this little glass vase from Target's Dollar spot.


I ended up making 10 bunnies on Saturday.
Four are for my grands.  A friend came and got the two white ones and the green floral that is tucked in the corner on the right, for her wee girls. I gave the pink checked one to baby Brielle, who I got to see yesterday!  

That leaves just one green bunny left.  I think I'll take it to my great niece in Florida.  We are headed down there at the end of the month for a mini family reunion.


I took Sarah to work this morning, and when I got home the sun was shining through the sliding doors onto thi…

Fabric Bunnies

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I spent a few hours yesterday tracing and cutting out fabric bunnies.  They will be stitched up with a quarter inch hem on the outside, stuffed, and then the bottom sewn.  They'll get a bit of twine or ribbon around their necks.
I thought I was going to just do four, but I couldn't stop myself once I started going through my fabric stash.


I've actually got two each of the green and white bunnies cut out.  I love the florals, and may do a few more of them.  
This is what my Saturday is going to look like!  Oh, and I might use pinking shears around the edges once their sewn!

On another note, I am reading and comment on your blogs, but getting my sent mail back saying it couldn't be delivered.  Is this what has happened to those of you who've said their unable to comment?  Also, its happening when I try to reply to your comments on my blog.  I've changed nothing with my email, but it seems as if the blogger commenting issue has finally hit me!  If we're FB friends…

What Would You Do For A Klondike Bar?

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So many choices!

We bought these for our small group snack last night.  The week before people mentioned that they love Klondike Bars, so we knew that's what we'd bring.

We also brought chips and salsa, two kinds of hummus, and pita chips.  It was really good.

We had a good discussion last night about questions people had about the Bible, and questions about God, creation vs evolution, why we seem to follow some aspects of the Bible but not others.  

I hope you have a great day.

With Such Beautiful Weather, I just Had To...

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Repot my ficus tree into a larger pot, buy potting mix, buy some Ranunculus for potting, plant some seeds.


I found this potting soil at a local nursery, for the same price as the regular potting soil!  I was happy to purchase it.

Doesn't it look nice?  The plants are happy to get their roots into it.

My ficus has been growing very well in this pot.  It even grew some new leaves over the winter.  (The dark grey pot in the background is its new home!)


This photo show some more new growth happening.

Ficus can have trouble adjusting, but hopefully this one will be happy in its new home.


Our Speckled Sussex hens are the most curious and yesterday was no exception.  She kept coming up the stairs to see what I was doing.


Ranunculus are so pretty and are cold tolerant which is perfect for spring.



I planted them in the Ficus' old pot.


This is their new spot.  Corner of the deck close to the house.  Lots of sunshine, sheltered from west winds, and a bit of protection from cold temperatures due t…

Podcasts

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Do you listen to podcasts?  I do.  I listen to Sally Clarkson's, At Home with Sally.  I listen to John and Sherry Petersik's, Young House Love Has A Podcast.  I listen to a few other random podcasts.  I really have enjoyed them.

I don't listen weekly but I tend to binge listen in the car, and I listen if I am mowing the property in the summer.  I like things that are interesting to me; home decor, Christian living, books.

I'd love to hear if you listen to podcasts and if so, which ones do you listen to!  I'm always interested in learning new things, or learning more about something I'm already interested in.

Let's chat in the comments!