Thursday, January 09, 2014

I often think about starting this blog up again.
Time says otherwise.
We are well though. Our lives are rich, and full and truly filled with contentment.
Yes. Really.
Not to say there aren't difficulties - but that's not what I choose to focus on.
I serve an amazing God. 
We just finished our first fostering experience, with the little ones being adopted
by someone else in their family. 
We had hoped it to be us - but that was not to be the case.
I trust my God in this one, how else could I get through this otherwise?
We will do it again, fostering - that is. 
How dare I run from the pain? Say, "no Lord, it hurts too much" when this is what He is calling us to?
Walking in obedience is the most amazing place to be.
We would of missed out on so many blessings.
I know theres more to come!
What a rich life I get to live.
I often say it:
Thanks Lord, for letting me live it.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Goodness.
Where has the time gone?
This is my baby girl, who is almost 18 and a Senior!
This is also my blog.
Which I started back in '06 when our adoption journey had just begun.
I was just on a friends blog and noticed that she had me in her sidebar, which showed
that it had been over a year since I had posted.
Where does it go?
It's called Life.
And I live it to it's fullest.
I don't ever want to miss a single moment, I want to cherish it all, to treasure it all.
(and once in awhile, post about it on here!)
The good. The not so good.
I love it.
Thanks Lord, for letting me live it.
Be Blessed.

Monday, October 03, 2011

A wonderful Life.

A quick visit to our farm........
We are so very blessed to live here.
I never take one day for granted - will you just look at this view...
Our little cornfield!

A beautiful sunset.
Living and loving it all !
If you enlarge this pic, you can see who's looking back at you......

Oh yes, can't forget our sweet goats!
We love these girls so much.
Bet you can't train your goat to walk on two legs now, can you...?
So adorable.
I think Iris is trying to escape......either that or she's pointing out something that we've missed....
Here's Iris again, with her kid " Bailey " who sadly, didn't make it.
We were devastated.
I never knew goats would become such dear pets to us.
all is well and wonderful here.
No, I mean it really, really is.
I serve an amazing, AMAZING God who gives me so much more than I deserve.
I am truly Blessed.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

It's been so long......

...that I've forgotten how to post on blogger!!
Just wanted to post a couple of pics of Miss Ellie.....

.....more like Miss Smarty Pants!
This precious girl brings such joy to our lives and hearts.

She's amazing.
                                                                   She loves so much.
                                               She's a little missionary in her own back yard.

  We are truly blessed.
Enjoying our summer and each other here on our farm. So many blessings big (we own a horse now!)
and small (I learned how to make yogurt with our own goat milk!)....okay, that might not
be a blessing to some of you.....
I wish I could get back into blogging, I really miss it.
                                                                          We'll see.

                                                                      My life, that is.

Thank you Lord.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

All for Him...

"The Ambush of the Birdhouse"

My kids crack me up, I so love watching them play. Listening to their interaction with one another. Laughing with them.
I need to remind myself daily to stop. Enjoy. See. Take in.
Because soon. Too soon.
They will be gone.
I want to live with no regrets.........
Not to say I don't have any - but I'm working to change that.
First off, I used to be the most disrespectful, selfish wife you've ever met.
I bet you can never guess who showed me how rotten I was? Yup.
Second, during that disrespectful/selfish/wife time, I also was a totally 'intomyself' mama.
Always wanting 'me time', acting like I was such the overworked mother.......I would never even get down on the floor to play with them.
Again. God slapped me upside the head.
Have I "arrived?"
Do I get it right all the time.
But I have repented. With Jesus Christ's help I have become a different girl.
What a beautiful gift.
It's like I've been given a second chance!
To be the wife God has called me to be, to be the mama that God has called me to be -what Joy.
So those regrets? They don't weigh me down, I've asked for forgiveness in areas and with each affected person. I've moved on.
The enemy will not use them against me.
Thank you Jesus.

Playing with, and watching them play.
So endearing.

I love these guys so, so much.
(and if God wants to give us more - well, thats a big 'ol WOO HOO from me!) soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior...
Luke 1:46-47
**I want to go into more detail about my story, in a different post......more to come...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Love that lasts forever.....

This photo says so much.
I love it.

Can you see the adoration in both of their faces?

Oh my goodness.

This picture has actually made me cry - I just love to stare at
each and every feature......


Without expectation.
Choosing to look past faults.
Seeking to please someone else's heart.


This is the kind of Love that I live.
Only because of Jesus Christ am I able to love this way.
And for that......
I am grateful.
Be Blessed ~
ps. I also have to mention here that I am about to board a plane
and spend a WEEK with the one I love, the most amazing man on
God's green earth........
in Hawaii.
Just the two of us.
To celebrate 20 years of marriage
to the man of my dreams......
Did I mention how blessed I am?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

To take notice.....

...of all that is around me....
The everyday.
The mundane.
The things I hope I never take for granted.
The sweetness of it all.

I choose to live a life of thankfulness....even in the difficult times.
A choice:
To be grateful.
To be thankful.
A choice:
To be content.
To find Joy in each day.

...our home.
Oh how I love this little home.
The cozy, the warm, the love, the laughter......look around you
for a minute (if your at home!) - pick one thing and smile because of it...

...the little pitty paw of bird feet (I just love saying that) in
the snow. Such precious wonder.......

A glorious sunset.
I pray I never, never, EVER take one
for granted.....

....again, same sunset from our back deck.
God does a pretty good job, doesn't He?

....the view from my little living room....
I cannot believe I get to enjoy this view each and everyday...

Oh goodness.
My children.
Please, precious Mom reading this - don't waste these sweet
times with your little ones......don't always look for your
'me' time, stop all your busyness - and be there for your
babies. Don't complain about how hard you have it and wish
your life were different.....
SAVOR each moment.
Cherish each day.
NONE of us are guaranteed tomorrow.
I speak from experience, I used to be that kind of mom.....

Ilovethem, Ilovethem, Ilovethem.....
They make me laugh each and everyday
(even when they're stinkers!)

Best friends.

All children are precious, know why?
God Himself said so.
I want to notice everything, I don't want to miss out on anything.
My husband (oh yes, that yummy man), my children
my God.....
deserve nothing less.
Have a blessed day with all that is around you.
Blessings ~

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Big 5

Our beautiful, fun, spunky
sweet, amazing
turns 5 TODAY !

Oh miss Ellie Grace ~ How we love you.

Thank you Jesus, for the miracle of adoption......
for this baby girl....
for all of your many, many blessings......

Happy Birthday Ellie Grace.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Living a life of thankfulness

Do you have a thankful heart?
Do you cherish all that is around you?
Do you live knowing that at any moment......your life could change in the blink of an eye?

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
James 4:14

I want to live each and every day savoring all that is around me.

As I stared at this photo this morning, my heart was overflowing.
Just by looking at this picture, I am thankful for..... best friend - this precious man that God has given
me whom words alone cannot express my thankfulness for him...
...the joy of sharing laughter...
...the beauty of the sunlight on a warm Fall day...
(have I mentioned how much I LOVE the Fall....don't even get me going there!)
...the beauty of the trees around us....
...remembering the singing of all the birds in those trees...
...the PRECIOUS friends that hosted us and shared such
beautiful hospitality with us......
...the JOY of life.....

And yet, I can go there that place of self-pity, of anger, of all
those feelings and emotions that can so quickly come upon me.....
but, but, but!
I don't have to stay there!!!!!
That is when I am humbled, to get on my knees and know
that I am nothing.

He is my everything.
And I am it's coming......
wait for it...
waaaaait for it:


For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
Matthew 12:34
Live today, each and every moment, for Him.
Blessings ~

Friday, September 17, 2010

A weekend on the farm......

What is it, you ask??
*think dramatic music

A honey extractor!
And we, having sweet little honeybees that we call our own
(6 hives to be exact)
needed this fine contraption to share some of their honey goodness....

The girl.
Ready to tackle the hives with her dad.....

Seriously cool stuff here.
This knife heats up and removes the wax off the frame

That, my friends, is gold......

.....still more......

..some of the wax....

...then the frames go into the extractor, and get spun around
and around..... it is, here it is....wait for it....say it with me....
**beautiful wild raw honey** just wouldn't be right if we couldn't chew on some of
that honeycomb......

The beautiful end result !
This actually isn't' much - next year we hope to get WAAAAY more.
We were only able to get honey off 2 of our hives this year.
Seriously cool.

On to other cool stuff - my garden fresh dill.....

Drying herbs.......

Tomato goodness.

Sweet Relish, and sweet pickles......

Dill pickles ('member the fresh dill? ooo yea....)

Our home.
Oh my WORD, how I love this little home!
I want to live the rest of my days here.
(it even comes complete with a chocolate Lab on front porch!)

Our latest project: this area is soon to be full of
Blueberry plants!
Very. Very cool.

The main man behind it all.
My hard working handsome dude....oh how I love this guy.....

The kids help in each and every area on this family farm of ours!

How cool is that?

Like I said, we put them kids to work!
We are all so very blessed.
And content.
And full of joy.
And love.
And so very thankful and grateful for all that
The Lord
has done for us!


Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I still have a blog??

Just checking in.
'tap tap'
Is this thing still on?
Anyone still here?
Thought I'd say hello by letting Ellie tell you about one of our recent camping trips
to the Oregon coast....
my mom still has issues with getting to her blog
in a timely manner, doesn't she?
anyway - the beach sure is beautiful, huh?

i lova* (*real Ellie word) my family so much.....

here we all are at a cool lighthouse.
dad looks kinda silly....but i sure lova him anyway!

oh yea. and here they are at it again. every time they kiss
i like to say " haaa haaa"
i'm such the stinker

this was cool - look how obedient we are being...
and then theres my dad off scaling a wall......

when they're done with me they just park me.....
(not really!!)

this is my favorite hiding spot...

for anyone that has been following my moms blog - you
will remember our trick camper trailer...
it's pretty snazzy.

thanks for stopping by.
and checking in on us all.

So many Joys to share:
my life
my husband
my children
rain !
Jesus Christ !!!!!
Blessings on you.