"Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without!"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dad!


It's hard to believe that you have been gone 24 years already and that today, you would have been 85 years old. I miss you beyond words and take comfort knowing that we will one day be together again!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD! 
I LOVE and MISS YOU so very much!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

There's No One To.....

wake me up at the crack of dawn.....

or run around the front yard.....
annoy the cats.....
hide in the woods.....
jump through the window with the missing screen to eat the cat food.....
forage under the fallen tree.....
wait at the side door for treats.....
eat the flowers.....
go under the van for shade.....
follow behind when I mow the grass looking for bugs.....
or play hide and seek under the stairs.
 
BAD BEAR!

I MISS MY LADIES!  
RIP, MY BEAUTIES!!




                            



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Just Relaxin'

Yesterday, my friend G-Girl and I took the kids up to Skyline Drive. We just wanted to get away and just relax and not have to worry about anything. Here are a few pictures I took during our lazy afternoon!
   
   







I loved that I got Kiddo in this picture.....
I LOVE IT!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I NEED SOME HELP!!


I NEED SOME HELP!!  I have been so busy lately that I have let many things go.  Organization has never been one of my strong suits so when things get hectic it is very easy to become OvErWhElMeD!!!  I wanted to come up with a plan of attack that wouldn't last for just one day.  I searched the internet and asked friends what they do to keep their homes running smoothly and the answer they gave was almost always the same.......THE FLY LADY!  So of course, I had to check her out and I have to say, I LOVE HER!

I have subscribed to her videos on YouTube and also for her daily e-mails, which are geared towards whatever level you are on.  I am a newbie to the "organized world of cleaning schedules" so I am on the "Baby Step" level.  I am now known as a FlyBaby and my first task as a FlyBaby is to clean my sink and make it SHINE!!! (hmm....doesn't sound too difficult for my first day!) I also love that she has a MONTHLY HABIT and for August it is laundry.  

I'm trying to get caught up so My Skippy Man has clean uniforms for work, sooooo.......
I'm spending the day with this bad boy.....and a couple of pots of coffee!

I am PRAYING I can stick to her schedule and get our home running efficiently again.  I would like to spend my evenings with my family instead of scrubbing floors or picking lint out of the dryer vents.

How about you?  Do you manage your home with a cleaning/chore schedule or do you fly by the seat of your pants like I have?  If you decide to join the FlyLady movement, drop me a line and let me know.  Perhaps we can keep in touch and be an encouragement to each other!  :D

Farmhouse blessings~
Laura

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It Is Well

The story of Horatio Spafford has always been amazing to me. How someone who had lost so much, could write a song so beautiful, out of such monumental grief. And to think that during that utterly difficult time of his life, he was STILL able to PRAISE GOD and thank Him for being redeemed!

                      


IT IS WELL

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well (it is well),
with my soul (with my soul),
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
(Refrain)

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pain shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

And Lord haste the day, when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.


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!  :(