"MAKE IT YOUR AMBITION TO LEAD A QUIET LIFE, TO MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND TO WORK WITH YOUR HANDS, JUST AS WE TOLD YOU, SO THAT YOUR DAILY LIFE MAY WIN THE RESPECT OF OUTSIDERS AND SO THAT YOU WILL NOT BE DEPENDENT ON ANYBODY!"

1 THESSALONIANS 4: 11 & 12

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Becoming A Woman of Excellence

Becoming A Woman Of Excellence

A woman of excellence
Is what I long to be
Filled with Your godly wisdom
So it is part of me

A woman of integrity
No matter what I face
Standing up for righteousness
And for Your saving grace

A woman of destiny
Living out Your plan
Knowing where You’d have me walk
Being guided by Your hand

A woman of promise
Standing on Your word
Holding on to all the truths
While carrying out Your work

A woman of compassion
For the ones in the dark
Those that do not know Your love
And have darkness in their hearts

A woman that will never
Compromise the faith
With what the world may offer
But will keep the narrow way

A woman who loves Jesus
And will only follow Him
Gladly to give up the world
So His light can shine within

Lord this is my earnest prayer
As a daughter by Your grace
Grow in me these qualities
As I walk with You in faith

© By
M.S.Lowndes

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our Troublesome Visitor


For the past month - month and a half, we have been having a troublesome visitor who does not seem want to go away, no matter what we try.  This week he has broken into our coop and killed one of our ladies and then came back that same afternoon to get another.  My sister gave us one of her hens over the weekend and she has disappeared.  I think I know where she has gone!   : > (
 












  
This bear is definitely beautiful, but it is time for this big guy to move on!  

We have also had a raccoon that has attacked and killed two of our cats. 
It has not been a good few weeks for animals around here!  :(

Monday, June 16, 2014

Relay For Life Quilt

Well, the elephant baby quilt I was going to make recently got put on hold.  I was asked to make a Memory Quilt for Relay For Life to be auctioned off at our event we had this past weekend on the 13th.  My friend G-Girl and I had never done a Relay quilt before so this was a new experience for both of us.

G-Girl is the main designer of our quilting duo.  She can come up with the most BEAUTIFUL designs.  I don't do block designs very well.  I love to design "picture" quilts like the owl quilt I made for my granddaughter.  So, we set to work with a fierce determination.  Squares were sold for a $10.00 donation on which we embroidered the name, date of birth-date of death and a ribbon with the color of the cancer each person had battled.  Just between our families alone we had seven squares.  The block below is for my sister.


After we received all the names and embroidered each square we put together our quilt.  We decided on a "stained glass theme" since it was being done through our church's Relay team.  On June 13th, our quilt was auctioned off and it raised an INCREDIBLE $3,100.00 for the American Cancer Society. To say we were pleased was an understatement.


It was a bittersweet day.  One of the names on the quilt was a beloved friend in our community who battled breast cancer for 18 years.  Her sister is the one who purchased the quilt.  Then we had an anonymous donor give the buyer $2,500.00 to go towards the quilt.  It was an emotional day all around!

I thank God that we were able to be part of such an amazing event!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Aww, It's So Cute!!

We found a little cute little visitor just hanging around on our porch this afternoon.
I sure hope it likes stink bugs! 


Friday, April 18, 2014

Hummingbird Cake

I have always heard about a hummingbird cake but had never seen nor made one.  Well, last week I was asked to make a dessert for the men's dinner at church and the first thing that came to mind was a hummingbird cake.  I found this recipe over at Ezra Pound Cake and just had to try it.  Not only was it DELICIOUS but it was pretty too, if I may say so myself!  (pats self on back!) lol


To make this recipe you will need the following:

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
2 cups chopped pecans, divided
2 chopped bananas

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans, or spray them with a nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add eggs, oil and vanilla; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in pineapple, 1 cup chopped pecans and bananas. Spoon batter into prepared cake pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool immediately. When the cakes are completely cooled, spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with 1 cup chopped pecans.

Cream Cheese Frosting
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 pounds powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine cream cheese and butter; cream until smooth. Add powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.  Frost and decorate cake as desire.

ENJOY!

(Adapted from a recipe by Mrs. L.H. Wiggins (originally printed in “Southern Living,” Feb. 1978) Yield: 1 9-inch triple-layer cake)
 

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Productive Day

HAPPY SPRING, EVERYONE!!

I am very thankful that I was able to spend a nice, relaxing, productive time at home today. Aside from the usual things that need to be done to keep our home running, I had the opportunity to get my fabric ready for a quilting project I will be working on..........
redo the cover on the cell phone.......
 and make my very own tart warmer.  
I had wanted to get another one for the kitchen but they run around $10.00.  I had an idea in my head but wasn't sure how to put it together.  I went around the house seeing what I had to use and this is what I came up with.  It may not look pretty but it serves its purpose and does a great job making the kitchen smell soooo good!

What projects have YOU been working on?

Blessings~
Laura

Monday, March 17, 2014

ANOTHER Snow Day

Last night it snowed and we got over ten inches.....AGAIN!!   It seems crazy since just the day before yesterday it was in the 60's.  I absolutely LOVE the cold and snow but even I am done with winter this year!

COME ON, SPRING!!!

Once Kiddo and I had breakfast, I went out to take care of then hens.  After shoveling the coop out, I opened the door so the ladies could come out and play. As they gazed out upon the freshly fallen snow, I heard them laugh at me.......
 then quickly turn around and run right back inside, where they then proceeded to stuff their faces!  

Ungrateful little things!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What A Blessing

A few weeks ago I drove to an empty farm house that I absolutely LOVE and pray one day to live.   It was an absolutely GORGEOUS day, after weeks of bitter cold, so I decided to stay for awhile and just take in the beauty and magnificence of it all.

This particular day, I came upon a mamma and her newly born calf on part of the acreage that is being rented for cattle.  After a little while, the calf got up and walked around on her very wobbly legs. I have to say, that was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Mamma then started making noise, giving direction to her newborn to follow her, and away they went to another section of the field together.  I have a feeling they were trying to get away from me!  lol






Thank you, Father, for giving me that moment to slow down and enjoy Your AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL world. 
What a blessing it truly was!