Friday, September 19, 2014

Welcome to My World

It's been awhile since I posted pictures of life Down On The Farm.  So this morning as I headed to work I snapped a few pictures with my handy IPhone.  What did we do before our phones had cameras?  Heck, what did we do before we had handheld phones?? 


This is looking north.  Isn't it beautiful??  And you can see it's still just a little foggy.  We have had lots of fog and dreary days this week.  Hopefully the sun will shine today!  And in case you're wondering, the sucker rod fence encloses the yard around our house. Our house is to the left out of the frame of this picture. 


This is looking west.  You can definitely still see the haze in the background.  And cows.  You can see a couple of cows having their morning breakfast of grass.


More cows.  They aren't concerned with anything but eating grass.  What a life.


Oh what a beautiful morning!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My New Rug

I picked up a new rug yesterday.

This is in front of my kitchen sink.






I love the geometric pattern. 

Really adds a little "texture" to that area if you know what I mean.

Picked it up at Kohls. 

Regular price, $39.99.

Sale price, $19.99

Additional 20% off $15.99.

HOORAY FOR SALES ON TOP OF SALES!!

And isn't it amazing what a little something new can do for a room?  I didn't realize how bare that area was until I put the rug down last night.  Makes me wonder what other small changes I can make to really dress up my house.

Praising the Lord for a little rain this morning.  We are SO DRY here in Central Missouri. 

Blessings to all my blogging friends! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Busy



Do you feel like your life just gets busier every single day?? I do.

When I was younger, of course not that I'm old by any means, I really thought that when I got older, life would be slower, and I would have some spare time. 

What a joke!!

I think I am busier now than I've ever been. 

And I don't know why??

I have no kids living at home, so I have half the laundry to do, and yet, it seems I still do a lot of laundry.  

And even though I only have two people to feed instead of four, I still seem to buy groceries and cook!!!

I don't have any kids in our local high school, and yet I still go  watch my beautiful niece play volleyball.  (GO MUSTANGS!)  I've been to two games just this week, one "home" game, one "away" game.

I still work full-time, and can see myself working full-time for many more years.  I really do like my job!!!

I still walk three miles every morning at 5:15 (and I can tell you that it is still completely dark when we finish walking at 6:00 a.m. and this morning it was CHILLY!)

I still serve on our local School Board.  And we have regular meetings once a month.  I have just a little over a year and a half left on my second term.

So for those of you that have been where I am, please tell me.  Does life EVER SLOW DOWN??

And just to make it clear, I am NOT really complaining!! I have a wonderful life.  I am so blessed to have family and friends and a job.  Its just that years ago I really thought at this "stage" of life I would have a lot more spare time.  

So the question is, when will this abundant spare time start?  Inquiring minds want to know!!

Be blessed today!!  Remember to pray for our country.  Pray for our leaders.  Pray for my sister-in-law's family as they bury her father-in-law this weekend.  Pray for a sweet blogging friend of mine who is having surgery later this month.  Pray for two little boys, both with very serious health issues, both named Grayson.  These boys need healing, and their families need strength and encouragement.  God is good, and He is still on the throne!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

He Will Stand


If you've watched the news at all lately, I think you would agree with me that everywhere there is turmoil. 

The middle east is in crisis, although that's nothing new.  The weather is strange.  Earthquakes in Oklahoma?  The city of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, well, I'm sure you all know about the unrest there. So many people are sick.  So many people are hurting. And our own government is, in my opinion, a disaster unfolding.

I am unsure of what to do in times of turmoil.  I pray.  Of course I pray.  But there are times our prayers go unanswered, at least in the way we want them to be answered or in the time frame we want them to be answered.

But of one thing I am confident. 

MY REDEEMER LIVES.  And as it says in Job, in the end HE WILL STAND UPON THE EARTH.

One day He will right every wrong.  He will comfort every hurting person.  He will make all things new.

So today as you read the newspaper or watch the news, don't worry.  Your Redeemer lives.  And He hasn't forgotten His children.  Put your trust in Him. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Senior Citizen Discount???

I need a red dress.

I am going to a dinner Saturday evening, and I have to wear red.

I don't own a red dress.

Frankly I only own ONE dress, and it's blue.  I bought it to wear to graduation three months ago.

I do not wear dresses.  Or skirts.  I don't own a skirt.  Really, I don't.

See, I'm trying to lose weight.  Actually I've been trying to lose weight for a long time.

Six years ago I lost 30 pounds.  I've put most of that back on.

So I don't buy clothes.  I mean, I only buy clothes when I have to 'cause I'm waiting to lose the weight before I buy new clothes. 

I've actually adopted a new lifestyle recently to help me get back on track and lose weight.  And someday I'll tell you about it.  (I've lost two pounds!)

But wait, I'm WAY off track.

Anyway, I need a red dress.  So last night I went to buy a red dress.

This is not the season for red dresses.  They are hard to find.

I finally found one that didn't look horrible on me.  I took it to the register to pay.  And the lady said "I'm gonna cheat a little here and say that you look really good for 50 so that I can give you our "Senior Citizen Tuesday" discount of 10%."  I looked at her and said, "I am 50."  She said "Wow, you don't look 50.  But since you really are 50, you get the 10% Senior Citizen Tuesday discount."

SINCE WHEN DID TURNING 50 MAKE ME A SENIOR CITIZEN????????????????

Monday, August 18, 2014

Empty Nest

Still can't believe that my husband and I are "empty nesters." 

I mean really.

I've heard that phrase for years, but now, I AM an empty nester.

How did that happen?

What does that even mean?

Here is a picture of our daughter taken four years ago on her first day of her freshman year of high school.  


Today, she started her first year of college.


Our handsome son is all grown up, graduated from college, owns his own home, and has a real job.

And our world is completely changed.  We've gone from a household of FOUR to a household of TWO in just three short months.

Thanks so much for all your prayers for us on Friday when we moved Alex to college.  I truly felt that, and was able to really hold it together pretty well.

And I thank you for your continued prayers for our son and daughter as they embark on new stages of life.  My heart's desire is for them to stay close to God, and be happy.  That is what I pray for every day.

And I really am looking forward to seeing where God leads me in this next stage of my life too.  Because that's what it is for me . . . a new stage.  I am excited!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tomorrow . . . . . .

Tomorrow is a day that I have dreaded all summer long.

Tomorrow we will wake up early, load the cars, and drive two hours south.  

Tomorrow, we will take our beautiful daughter, Alex, to college.




Tomorrow afternoon we will drive home alone, just her dad and I.  Yes, there will be tears.

Tomorrow night she will sleep in her dorm room.  I wonder if she will rest.  Will she be excited, nervous, scared??

Tomorrow night before I go to bed, I will walk into her empty bedroom next to ours.  Yes, there will be more tears.

Tomorrow night I will go to bed and pray, just like I always do, for God to watch over both of my children and keep them safe.  I will pray for God to lead them and guide them in every aspect of their lives, and in every decision that they make.  I will pray for my children to resist the temptations of this world, and always keep their hearts close to Him.  But tomorrow night's prayer will be a little more emotional.  Because tomorrow night's prayer will require some extra faith on my part.

Tomorrow I would appreciate your prayers for our family as we experience one of the most natural, and yet unnatural events in life . . . dropping a child off at college.

Tomorrow, I will leave a piece of my heart in another town.

Tomorrow is almost here.


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