Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home...

...filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies."

~J.R. Miller 
(Author of Homemaking ~ one of my favorite books!)


While the children work on their schooling I stay busy with cleaning, laundry and organizing. This particular day I was cleaning in the kitchen area and moved some things around as well as hung some things up! The Bed and Breakfast sign was a gift from Xavier!


Cleaning behind the stove is *not* fun. It's actually very difficult to reach back in that corner area! If we get to renovate our kitchen one day, I won't have my oven in the corner like this. That back corner is wasted space and as I said before difficult to clean...


This is a room off of the kitchen. It was the laundry room when we moved in many years ago (you can see the plugs and pipes in the left of the photo). Once Chris finished our addition and we had a new laundry room this room became sort of a *pantry* room. I had worked (over years) to get the old wallpaper off (it was stuck directly on the plaster walls and quite difficult to remove. There was still a little bit of paper (the most difficult stuff) to remove that I just left. The room also needed primed and painted. It was just a project I never could tackle 100%. The other day I mentioned how I wanted to get it done (but with the onset of a sinus cold just didn't have the oomph.). I was going to do it Saturday but then thought maybe not. Madelyn kept insisting we should do it....and started peeling the last bits of wallpaper that needed to come off. I figured she would do that and then I would start priming...but to my surprise she said "If I'm taking off this paper ~ I better get to paint!". She *wanted* to paint! So I let her! Jaxson and I helped of course...but Madelyn did most of it! :) It's not all completely finished (as we would have had to move out the fridge and such) but most of it is done. The paint surely brightens up the room...


A family favorite meal is sausage gravy and biscuits. Although these biscuits don't *look* pretty ~ my family said they were probably the best biscuits (taste-wise) that I had ever made!


The sausage gravy is really easy to make! Brown the sausage until it is totally cooked through. Leave the grease in there and mix in a couple tablespoons of flour until all the grease is soaked up. Start pouring in milk gradually. As you stir, it will thicken over time (as it heats up). Add salt and pepper as desired....serve over homemade biscuits! :)


Game night with Madelyn and Jaxson (X didn't want to play)...




These two sillies...



Oh ~ I wanted to share something with you all real quick! It's a warning! Remember how I said I am reading "Call the Midwife" (the memoirs of Jennifer Worth)? Well, it *is* a good book...however, I came to a section that was terribly inappropriate to read (as well as truly unnecessary to even include). If you watched the show you will remember Mary....a young Irish girl who got caught up in prostitution. She was a real person....and Jennifer Worth shares in the book the things Mary saw at the "cafe"...Let's just say the details given made me shudder and were enough to make the book rated "R" (or worse). I was appalled and disappointed as I think you can get a point across about something without giving exact details of things.

I know I would have liked a warning before reading so I wanted to warn you in case you were going to read the book in lieu of my sharing it in a previous post. I had read an amazon review before purchasing it where one lady said it was "too graphic" for her. I assumed she meant about the labor and delivery process which I wasn't concerned about bothering me. I didn't realize it would detail inappropriate behavior. It is bad enough for me....being in my mid-thirties....but how horrible it truly must have been for Mary. She was only a young teenager at the time. She should never have seen that! Reading about it was bad enough....seeing it would have been worse. It does give me a reason though to pray for those who experience things as Mary did. I just truly wish I hadn't read those details. It feels as though it corrupts your mind. So there is my warning. I still recommend the book as the rest is so good it seems...but when you start reading about Mary ~ it would be much better to skip the section about the cafe!


 My boys have been making gnome doors as gifts (to hang on a tree)! They made me one too! I will be sure to share it with you soon! Schooling is in full swing here and I've got things to do as well! Thanks for stopping by! Warm wishes to each of you! :)

Joyfully,
Katy

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wisdom From Elisabeth Elliot


Sometimes the sweet words of a wise, Godly woman can just speak *volumes*! I really enjoy and glean much from books by Elisabeth Elliot! I thought I would share a few quotes from her here. May you find encouragement in them as I did! 

“The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. The Christian knows that joy is found in self-abandonment. 'If a man will let himself be lost for My sake,' Jesus said, 'he will find his true self.' A Christian woman's true freedom lies on the other side of a very small gate---humble obedience---but that gate leads out into a largeness of life undreamed of by the liberators of the world, to a place where the God-given differentiation between the sexes is not obfuscated but celebrated, where our inequalities are seen as essential to the image of God, for it is in male and female, in male as male and female as female, not as two identical and interchangeable halves, that the image is manifested.” 


“Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don't need to search any further for security.” 

“The way you keep your house, the way you organize your time, the care you take in your personal appearance, the things you spend your money on, all speak loudly about what you believe. The beauty of thy peace shines forth in an ordered life. A disordered life speaks loudly of disorder in the soul.” 


I hope you are having a lovely week so far! :) We've been busy ~ but it's a *good* busy! I've been deep cleaning the house as well as trying to tackle some projects that need done around here! :) 
Tomorrow is my mom's birthday and my sister and her children are coming to visit then later that evening Madelyn and I are going to watch some children of friends of ours! 

Thanks so much for dropping by! :) 
Until next time, Lord willing...
Katy 

Monday, November 6, 2017

A Peek into my Faith Journal

I thought it would be fun to show you some photos of some of the pages of my faith journal...


It's just full of thoughts, quotes and wisdom gleaned from the Bible and books I love!









My drawings were sub-par below...but I was using a pen and not trying to make them perfect. I just wanted a general sketch down to represent the Armor of God...









It has been a *long* day! Supper is in the crock pot (chicken) thankfully! We had our homeschool co-op class day today. It's an enjoyable but *long* day! I came home to do some dusting and organizing of our school stuff. Now I need to prepare to go in to teach an exercise class at the Y tonight (for anyone who wonders ~ that is a volunteer thing I do. I was trained for it but I don't get paid to do it).

We have another busy day tomorrow.....with a gym & swim planned with other homeschooling families at the Y, homeschooling for the kiddos (while I do housework) and the boys have music lessons tomorrow as well. :) Full but joy-filled days are great!

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the pages of my faith journal. :) Thanks for visiting! I hope you had a lovely Monday (it poured here last night and this morning but thankfully it has cleared up and is nice out...although day is turning to dark quite quickly now!).

Quickly...I wanted to share this *super* sweet youtube channel I found called Sounds like Reign. They have a lot of videos there but started another channel for their vlogs called Tiny Notes from Home. You simply must check them out! You will be blessed! :)



Warmly,
Katy

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Three Little Posies & A Bumblebee *& More*



Good morning! Yesterday was a *busy* day for us and today I am thankful for the bit of snow we are getting as it forces one to slow down and focus in-doors instead! :) The house is quiet right now as the children are working on their schooling. Laundry is washing away in the machine and we'll be getting ready for lunch pretty soon!

Most of you probably already know that my family doesn't *do* halloween...however, we don't begrudge those who do. (We actually celebrate Reformation Day!) My sister loves to make costumes for her children every year. You may remember previous posts like THIS one (mermaids and a gumball machine) or THIS one from my sister's blog when she made them Care Bear costumes! They are my favorite!!!

When my sister comes to town my children and I help them go different places to show the girls (and now Dusty) to family members! It's busy and exhausting ~ but fun! :) The girls have fun and we all love having them come to town! So this is what we did yesterday. They came back to our house for lunch and for some visiting with an aunt who came by for a few hours. They left mid-afternoon and then I had to get the boys to their music lessons (we were almost late because right before we left I smashed a few of the fingers on my left hand! It was horrible pain!! They are sore and swollen and bruised today!)


Chris with our newest nephew, Dusten (my dad's namesake!)...


After music lessons, I brought the children back home to finish their schooling while I ran to the next town over for groceries. Then it was home to make supper (chipped steak sandwiches and baked fries). It was nice once Chris got home from work (he had to work a bit late) as we were all able to relax together for a couple hours in the evening!

Here's some photos of what's been going on lately...


Jaxson, above (drawing ~ as usual!) and Xavier below (my boys are a-growin'!)...


What I've been reading while the boys are at music lessons (or if there is time in the day). I'm really enjoying it...



While my sister was sewing the kids' halloween costumes this year, I spent some time there holding little Dusty! Complete sweetness!!!



 Views Jaxson and I had on our latest walk together...




And finally, a sweet photo of our friends' baby. They went out for their anniversary so Madelyn and I went over to watch their children. Snuggling babies does a heart good!


 The days have been busy...but good. We praise and thank God for each day He gives...all the while praying for people around us as well as the tragedies.

And before I go...I just have to say how surprised I am at some of the comments on that one previous post....all over a couple simple factual statements! I recently got *another* comment making it sound as though I said a feminist is a person who wears pants and works! What!? I just shake my head as I am astounded to what people assume! I wear pants (as well as skirts sometimes too!). I never ever mentioned anything about a feminist wearing pants or working. Nor did I write about abuse or anything else. Also...I am accused of being a legalist! I wish everyone would read what is actually written and not what is assumed (I know many of you do...I am just saying those who *don't*). Goodness! I had my husband read my posts and the comments and he stands by what I have written (and trust me, he would tell me if he didn't). Thank you to those who read it all in entirety and understanding. I truly appreciate it. :o)

It's nearing lunchtime so I need to get going! Thank you for visiting today. I hope your Wednesday is joy-filled and Christ-centered!

Warmly,
Katy

Saturday, October 28, 2017

"Ah, Lovely October, as you usher in the season that awakens my soul...


 ...your awesome beauty compels my spirit to soar like a leaf caught in an autumn breeze and my heart to sing like a heavenly choir."

~Peggy Toney Horton


It's raining. A dreary cold rain...and yet, I sit here quietly completely *thankful* for it! Today has been a day to slow down and snuggle in. I taught spin class this morning and sent out some etsy orders when I got home. Now, after a nice warm shower and getting the laundry started I am able to sit and just relax for a bit. It is quite lovely! Candles are lit throughout the house....giving cozy scents and light to the dark corners of the rooms.

My Christopher got a call from our Brother-in-Love last evening. Our BIL is an auctioneer (as is his father). Chris works auctions for them on Saturdays when they need some extra hands! I was looking forward to him being home today...but Dan needed him and it was good for him to go. They are best friends. Dan has been here for us any time we needed and Chris does the same for him. So, he is off working an auction (which he enjoys doing ~ although I hope it isn't raining where they are...that can make it quite miserable!) and will be home later this afternoon or early evening. It depends on how big the sale is/how much stuff there is to sell.

Xavier spent last night at my parents' house. He was helping my mom with things around the house today (since, as mentioned in my previous post, she has one arm in a sling due to a horse bucking her off this past Sunday!). He was also going to work on a couple things for her chicken coop....but I'm not sure that it is happening out in this cold rain. I know my parents enjoy when the children sleepover and spend time with them (and my children like it too!).

Madelyn was here at home but has gone to my inlaws' meat market to help for a bit. One of my husband's uncles had open heart surgery yesterday so Pa (Chris's dad) wanted to go visit with his brother who *praise the Lord* made it through surgery and is recovering at the hospital. So Madelyn took his place the the meat market so he could go. Later I must take her (or maybe she will practice driving since she has her permit) to the Y where she is helping with a party rental. She does childcare at the Y once a week for a couple hours and they are finding other small jobs for her to do there as well! :)

As my children grow, it is a beautiful thing to watch them take responsibilities, help and serve others. It's hard sometimes to realize how quickly they have grown...I miss them being little! But this, too, is a beautiful season of life and I am thankful!



Jaxson is here at home with me. We'll get some housework/chores done and then maybe snuggle in and watch a movie! I got most of their next week of schooling planned yesterday so that's out of the way! I plan (Lord willing) to take this day a little slower...happy for the time to just be *in*doors and focus on my housework and time with my family as they come home one-by-one! I have some painting and house projects I would like to get done....but they are bigger feats that I am not sure I want to tackle today. Some days...it's nice to just enjoy the coziness of *home*! 

It's lunch time and my tummy is a rumblin'! I bet Jaxson's is too! I best get to making some lunch! Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a lovely weekend! 

Warmly,
Katy

Friday, October 27, 2017

Thoughts


The days are getting colder and we decided it was definitely time to start up the wood stove. Socks and blankets just weren't enough. We just couldn't shake off the chill we had in the house. Thus starts the months of filling, checking and refilling the wood stove! My husband does it when he is home (thankfully) and the children are great helpers with it too! We all work together to keep the house warm!

I have a few things I need to address...as it has been weighing heavy on me. I am not even sure where to begin. Please know I am writing with a quiet (yet heavy) spirit....seeking to address the things laid against me.

I guess I can start by saying that I was not "not posting" in order to keep the last post/comments going and "fuel the fire". I wasn't just leaving it all out there for more people to agree with me. Rather, I have been busy and not had a chance to post again. My mother was thrown (again) from a horse this past Sunday, dislocated her shoulder and has it in a sling (an ambulance was called and the whole she-bang!). I have been babysitting for friends, homeschooling, paying bills, housework, teaching cycling class at the Y, laundry, meals, grocery shopping, doing the worship guide (bulletin) for our church, filling orders for my etsy shop and yesterday I was at my sister's most of the day helping with the baby. I have been busy. Posting takes time to really sit and collect my thoughts and sometimes I just don't have that.

Also, sometimes I am not sure what I want to post. After the "do not judge" comment on my previous post I considered a post on what the Bible says about judging (in proper context of all of Scripture). There are already so many great posts on that though that I figured I would just link to a few. 

Wretched: Do Not Judge ~ What Jesus Really Meant
Real Truth. Real Quick ~ What Does the Bible Mean When it says Judge not, lest you be judged?
The Transformed Wife ~ Righteous Judgment vs Hypocritical Judgment
Got Questions ~ What does the Bible mean that we are not to judge others?

As regards to tone...maybe I wasn't as gentle sounding as I should have been in the sentences I said about feminists. They were truthful statements and I said that I wanted to do a whole post on it so I could explain myself further. Here is what I said. You can see my previous post to read the paragraph entirely...

"I truly cannot understand *any* man desiring to marry a feminist. They have no desire to serve their husband. They want to be the leader of their homes... OK....I need to stop as that is for another post entirely."

If I had been able to write the post about feminism that I wanted to I would have shared the link to this recent article: HERE It's about a woman who made her husband lunch to take with him to work and was looking for some other lunch ideas (rather than the normal sandwiches) and got slammed for even *making* her husband a lunch! She was pummeled with things left and right! I am a woman who makes my husband's lunch for work each day. To hear these women's outcries at serving their husbands is appalling!


I honestly thought of *not* approving the first negative comment I got on my last post because I didn't want to have the controversy and stress of it. I didn't feel like dealing with it all honestly...but then I thought that I would offend if I only posted the "nice" comments. So I approved the comment and tried to clarify my position. Then it was assumed that I was fueling the fire by letting comments of those who agreed with me through. That was not the intention. I was publishing all comments good and bad....to be fair. Not to fuel the fire or make things worse.

This is a place where I share my love of Christ, my family, the job He has given me, and sometimes my views. I am far from perfect...but am writing as I see fit and according to biblical standards. If you find fault with my writing, you may come to me privately (by email) and voice your concerns as to how you believe I am sinning (Matthew 18:15). Then there will be no stressful controversy going on in the comments. Also, I think if you desire to comment as anonymous (especially to try and correct me) it would be kind to at least put your name with it.


I was asked by one friend why I don't comment on their blog. Honestly, I don't read many blogs. Sometimes I do read and don't comment (as I know many do here). I don't do it out of unkindness. I know sometimes people will comment on others' blogs and expect them to reciprocate (I am not naming anyone specific...just saying in general). I am of the mindset that if I find a blog I enjoy and comment there....I don't expect that blog owner to start reading my blog and commenting. So, I am thrilled if you enjoy reading here....and am grateful for your time, comments and encouragement but please don't take it personally if I don't read and comment on your blog. Even the blogs I have linked in my sidebar....I only read a couple of them (sort-of) regularly. Some blogs I pop on and read a post or two and may never comment....but move on to the next thing (as many do here). And that's okay! :o)

I am closing the comments to this post. I don't want to debate nor have an unkind exchange ~ nor am I posting this just to get comments to agree with me. I just wanted to clear up some things. I *am* really trying to please the Lord while serving my husband and raising my family. I am terribly imperfect and definitely *never* portray us as the perfect Christian family. None of us (Christians) are perfect....but many of us *are* striving to live a life of excellence unto the Lord we love. I will continue to share here as I have been....and will still speak against sin when necessary. Thank you for reading here...and I do hope and pray God's grace for each of you that visits.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumnal Sunshine



"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." 

~Nathaniel Hawthorne


We have all been working really hard at preparing for winter this year (as is the case every year)...my husband especially! The children and I definitely put in some muscle work and sweat but Chris is really amazing. He cuts, splits (by hand...although we do have a splitter) and even helps the kids and I stack! :) You should see him swinging the ax. He is a *powerhouse*! In case you're wondering...yes, after 17 years I *still* smile just thinking about him!




Haha....I think I caught Jaxson mid-yawn in this photo....



I just love the changing leaves. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful and point so obviously to our Creator! The only negative thing about fall is that it means winter is coming. I don't hate snow...I just don't like when it stays too long! Ha!




I am glad to be able to share that the temperatures have finally made fall actually *feel* like fall in PA! It's been in the 60's. Chilly....but with the sun out, it has been absolutely lovely! We have been enjoying some beautiful days and my heart sings praise to the Lord for them!



We've been getting other yard work done as well...mowing, raking, prepping things for winter etc. :)

Our days are full...not overly busy to be stressful....but we are kept on our toes with the children's schoolwork and tending to housework and chores. The boys are still taking music lessons ~ X for banjo and Jaxson the guitar. Madelyn has decided to take a break from lessons and work on things on her own as she feels she has reached a point that she can do that!

I am still teaching cycling class at our local Y and trying to be wise with my eating....but I must admit I need to buckle down a bit more. I need to log my food. Using MyFitnessPal is how I lost weight previously.....logging all that I ate. When I stop doing that, I don't do as well. I need to jump on the bandwagon again.

Chris has been working hard....working during the day and then gathering wood for us at night ~ only coming home to have supper once it is dark. He is such a good man. I am so thankful for him. He takes such good care of us! I try to take good care of him when he is home....making sure he comes home to a clean and tidy home, clean laundry (put away), a good meal for his belly and lots of love and affection!

I am so glad to serve my husband and honestly, I see so much feminist garbage on the web (and even in common women's thinking as it has been hammered to them all their lives even if not directly at home) that it frustrates me immensely! I truly cannot understand *any* man desiring to marry a feminist. They have no desire to serve their husband. They want to be the leader of their homes... OK....I need to stop as that is for another post entirely. One I hope to do sometime soon (if I can collect my thoughts enough!). Sometimes I start and my fingers just fly into a rampage of words! Ha!

I just wanted to share this quick post about the beautiful sunshine this autumn and what we have been up to lately! I hope your week has been joy-filled and Spirit-led.

Sisters in Christ ~ may I share this with you (emphasis mine):

Romans 5:6-8


For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

2 Timothy 4:8


Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.


Isn't that absolutely glorious!? What a God we serve! How He deserves all of our praise and worship for what He has done for us....and continues to do! That He did ALL for us and yet gives US a crown of righteousness! Praise Him!

If you are not a Sister in Christ....let's talk! I would love to share the glorious riches of His grace with you! My email address is in my blogger profile as well as to the left in my sidebar! I would love to talk with you! 

Grace to each of you and peace be multiplied,
Katy