March 21, 2017

Hello Spring...

A new season is upon us.
Spring is the season of new beginnings.  When the dead of winter is gone and new life springs up from the ground. When animals wake from their winter slumber, dormant trees start to bud, flowers begin to grow, and sounds of birds chirping fill the air.  I love this time of year.  There is a certain kind of freshness that comes with the new season.  A fresh optimism for life. We now have longer days.  It's amazing what all that can do for your soul.  I feel like even my mood is lifted.  How bout that?  Isn't Spring wonderful?

Recently we've been blessed with oodles of fresh farm eggs.  I think I have four eighteen count cartons in my refrigerator.  Most of them were given to us from an elderly lady in our church that lives out in the country and has free range chickens. She likes to come to church with cartons of eggs and gives them out to different families spreading the love here and there.  Some also came from my husbands parents who have a farm and also raise chickens.

I mostly like to look at them.  I think they are so beautiful.  All those lovely shades and colors.  They almost look like Easter eggs.  The green ones are my favorite but then again the speckled khaki ones are adorable too.  Eating them takes a bit of getting used to.  The yolks are darker more intense orange than the store bought eggs.  It makes for some very orange breakfast burritos but I've been told the darker the yolks the better they are.

Hmmm...healthy and free.  You can't beat that.

Have y'all seen the new Pioneer Woman collection at WM?  These are new in our store this week.  I picked up a couple of pieces from her old line last week.  They were on clearance I suppose to make room for her new line.  
Isn't it gorgeous?
I really must get me some of these bowls.  The yellow polka dot floral pattern is irresistible.  I also really love the turquoise plates with the red flowers.

Uhhh I'm in love.
I brought home one of the small plates to set in my plate rack in my kitchen.

I also picked up this sugar bowl.  I love the vibrant happy colors.
As you can see it matches my kitchen perfectly. 

A new thing I've been doing is drinking cucumber water.  My husband got me started on this.  He read somewhere that it's super healthy so we gave it a shot.  It tastes pretty good.  I've been adding lemons which makes it taste even better.

If you're like me and you think drinking plain water is boring then give this a try.  I think you'll be reaching for it more.

Here's to new beginnings.
Until next time.

March 14, 2017


Time is a strange and funny thing if you stop to think about it.

It never stops.  It never slows down.

It's constant.  It just keeps on ticking.

No matter how much we wish we could restrict its progress,
or even push the pause button.  

There is no mercy.  
There are no buttons.

It is #26 for us. 
Last week Hubby and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary.  Oh my!  It sounds like forever.  Every year the number gets bigger and bigger and I am always amazed at how fast the years go by.

One year turns into another...

then another...

then another...
and then one day you wake up and you've been married for a quarter of a century and you shake your head in disbelief wondering how so many years have come and gone so quickly.

It's shocking, I know.
I'm still trying to figure out how it can all happen in what seems to be a blink of an eye.  

It's been fun being married to my high school sweetheart.  We met in 1989 and here we are in 2017 still going.   I love the life we've made together and the little family we've created.

Our life is very full and our journey up until now has been very blessed.  My husband is truly my best friend and I wouldn't know what to do without him.  He has been very supportive and loving all these years.  I am a better person with him by my side.

They say two are better than one and in my case I know that to be definitely true.

I am looking forward to growing old with my sweet hubby and enjoying many more years of memories to come.

Life is good.

February 28, 2017

A Special Message to me...♥

We have a neat little coffee shop in town where one can go and get a refreshing drink.  They sell a wide variety of coffees and teas.  My favorite thing to order is a coconut sweet tea.  I just pull up to the drive thru window and a couple minutes later I have in my possession a generously sized cup full of yummy goodness.

Oh it's so good. The cup is so large I usually can't finish it in one afternoon.  I just throw it in my refrigerator and the next day I finish it off.  But you see...
what makes it oh so special is not so much what is inside the cup...
but what is on the outside of the cup.

What is unique about this shop is that they hand write a scripture verse on all the lids.  Each lid has a different verse so if you were to go in with a group of friends, each of you would receive a different scripture.  I like to think about it as a special message just for me.  I'm always eager to open up my cell phone and look up my verse.  

My message read the following:

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of everyday life we tend to forget the importance of Gods word.  He gave it to us for a reason.  He wants us to treasure his word and keep it close to our heart so that in whatever situation we find ourselves in we are then able to have the correct reaction and response.

It should be my prayer everyday that I may respond with love and not anger...

with compassion and not judgement...

with a soft answer and not a harsh tone.

May I repay rudeness with kindess...

selfishness with generosity.  

These are the things that I think about when I reach for my drink.  I see the letters and numbers on my cup and my thoughts immediately shift to these things.  It's like a mini devotion that plays in my head all day long.  

So thank you quaint little shop with the neat idea.  Thank you for the little reminders of what's important.  Thank you for putting those healing thoughts in my mind.  Thank you for giving me a prayer that I can carry with me throughout my day.

Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference.


February 14, 2017

Search our Hearts Oh Lord...

It's the day of roses and chocolates.
Isn't that what everyone thinks of when they think about Valentine's Day?

Teddy bears, cards, hearts and flowers...
all that fun romantic stuff.

Hubby and I don't normally do much for Valentine's Day.  We did earlier in our relationship but after 25 years of marriage a hug and a kiss is enough.  We have our usual date night every week so I suppose you could say we celebrate our relationship more often than most. 

The older I get the less I'm concerned about the material things.
Those are all nice and I totally understand that those are merely ways of expressing love.
However, I am more concerned for the inward. 

What is the state of my heart?

What kind of person am I?

Am I kind?

Am I compassionate?

Am I loving?

How do I treat people on an everyday basis?

These are also ways of expressing love.

My behavior is a direct reflection of my heart.  Out of a good heart comes forth good things.  Out of an evil heart comes forth evil things.  So...

What does my behavior say about my heart?

What does your behavior say about your heart?

Are we mean and hateful?

Are we petty and nasty?

So while we enjoy our box of chocolates today,  let's also take a moment to check ourselves inwardly.  A little bit of love can do a whole lot of good.  People always want to make a difference in the world.  Well I don't know if we can change the world but we can certainly make a difference in our own home, in our neighborhood, in our community, among our little circle of friends. 

One small act of kindness can go a long way.  I don't know about you but I'm so tired of all the ugliness on social media over recent political matters.  Sometimes I think, when is it going to end?  So someone has a different opinion than you.  So what!  Love them anyway.  Be kind.   

So on this Valentine's Day I challenge all of us to search our hearts.  Let's do a little pruning and weeding.  They say a smile is contagious.  Can you only imagine what a happy heart can do?

Happy Valentine's Day my friends.
Let's make someone feel loved today, Shall we?