Thursday, May 19, 2016

More of Him - Less of Me

I'm back from my trip to California, and my beautiful daughter is home!!!  A four hour plane ride west, and two LOONNGGG days of driving east, but we made it!!  I'll share some pictures later this week, but first, I want to ask you to do something.  I want you to go visit another blog.  

This blog belongs to my beautiful cousin, Ashley. HERE is the link to her website.  

Ashley is a designer who loves Jesus.  And today's post was something I really needed to be reminded of. Maybe you need to be reminded too.




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

And Away We Go!!!!

I'm really sorry folks.  My posts have been somewhat few and far between lately, and here I was going to do SO MUCH BETTER about posting more frequently in 2016.  

So if you're reading this . . . thanks for sticking around.  I really do appreciate you.  I promise I still visit YOUR blogs, and even though I seldom comment (note to self -- comment more often!!!) I enjoy reading your thoughts and keeping up with what's going on in your lives.

My days go by so very quickly and I just don't have time (make time) to put a post on this little blog of mine.  I work full time and even with no kids at home anymore it seems I'm always busy.

So here goes . . . . a little catching up with me :)!!!

Our son and daughter-in-law have their house under contract and they're moving into another house.  A house that was in HORRIBLE shape.  The previous owners were heavy smokers (YUCK) and had WAY TOO MANY DOGS IN THE HOUSE.  Can I just say the smell nearly KNOCKED YOU DOWN when you opened the door!!  So we've spent hours and hours and hours cleaning and painting and now I'm pleased to say the house smells exactly like fresh paint and Pine-Sol!!  A lovely smell I might add.  We are hoping to get everything moved tonight.  And even though the house they are moving into isn't finished, they have to get everything out of their house by the weekend.  (They have carpet in the bedrooms and everything is painted on the mail level.  The flooring hasn't been installed in the living room/dining room, and they're gutting the kitchen soon!!)  And our daughter-in-law graduates from college on Saturday, her sister is flying in from out of state for the weekend, I'm heading out on Sunday (more on that in a bit) so we really are running out of time to get them moved.  The house is still in the same town, so they still only live about 5 minutes from us (hooray)!  We are very excited for them and know this will make a wonderful home for them . . . . for awhile.  Their goal is to buy a farm, and so they buy houses and fix them up and sell them to help them put together a down payment on a farm one day.  I'm thinking they'll live in this house for a couple of years.  It is much bigger than their current house, big yard, great location.  I'm very happy for them!!!

I'm flying to California on Sunday to drive back to Missouri with our daughter.  For security reasons I can't share specifics, but our son-in-law is leaving for a six month deployment (FREEDOM ISN'T FREE) and she is going to spend those six months living with us, working (she should find out about her internship next week!) and taking college classes.  They can save a ton of $$$$$ by her staying with us, and we are SO excited to have her back home with us for six months.  Then when our son-in-law returns we will move her back out to California where they will finish up his time in the military.  Please pray for a safe flight out to California, and for a safe drive back to Missouri.  It's a looooonnnnnnngggggggg way from the state of California to Central Missouri so all prayers are much appreciated.  My dad is actually flying out with me so Alex and I won't be two women alone on the road and I'm looking forward to spending that time with them.

Once we get back home and catch up on our sleep, we've got to get in gear for our FAMILY REUNION we have every two years, and this year it's in Missouri!!!  So my husband and I will be hosting about 100 people for a hog roast at our farm in June.  Needless to say the "honey-do" list is LONG!!!  Lots of cleaning up to do, and frankly this reunion FORCES US to take on some projects we've been putting off for a long time.  That is a GOOD THING!!!

So if you're still reading, please be praying for us this weekend, and pray for our son-in-law and all of our service men and women serving our country.  Pray for our country -- it is in a mess and only seems to be getting worse.

Blessings to each and every one of you! 




Monday, April 11, 2016

Planting Asparagus

I don't know about you, but we have NOT had a warm spring here in Missouri.  It has been COLD!!!  I don't know that we've had our air conditioner on ONE TIME yet this year, and here it is April 10th!!!  We still have our furnace on!!!

And while we've plowed our garden, we haven't planted a thing.  The ground is cold.  We had snow just two weeks ago.  So we've been dragging our feet where the garden is concerned.  But we did plant some asparagus yesterday.

We've never had an asparagus bed, so this is new territory for us.

Here are a couple of pictures I snapped yesterday:







It will be a couple of years before we can actually harvest any of the asparagus.  If you have any tips on growing asparagus we would certainly appreciate them!!!  Just leave a comment below.

And one more thing, our daughter Alex and her husband will be flying home tomorrow!!!  They will be home for a couple of weeks on pre-deployment leave.  We are beyond excited to see them and I would appreciate your prayers for SAFE TRAVELS FOR THEM!!! And while I probably won't be able to share exact dates with you, our son-in-law will be deployed overseas from sometime in May through sometime in November.  I would love it if you would add him to your prayer list.  Freedom isn't free.

Blessings to each and every one of you, my friends!!  Today I'm thankful for the rain that God has sent, and I'm praying for it to warm up a little.  It is April after all!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Death Was Arrested

We sang this song at church Sunday morning.  The words describe what Jesus did for me, and for you, on that cross.  His resurrection arrested death.  He is victorious!!!!

Please take a few minutes and listen to this:



"When death was arrested and my life began!!!!"

I'm so thankful for His amazing love.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Ephesians






If we could just really grasp how much He loves us, how different our lives would be.

If we could just grasp who we are in Him, how different our lives would be.

If we could just grasp that every promise in the Bible is real, how different our lives would be.

All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Prayers Needed Today

I am asking you all to pray for some really nice folks.  



If you follow Down On The Farm, then you probably follow Nana Diana over at "Nana Diana Takes a Break" (to check out her blog go HERE).

Nana Diana's husband, John, has cancer.  You can read all about it on her blog.

I am sharing this with you so that, just in case you don't follow sweet Diana, you can pray for them.

Cancer is mean and ugly and no respecter of persons.

But our God is bigger than cancer.  He is bigger than fear.  He is bigger than anything.

These two wonderful people need a touch from the Master's hand today.

So if you would, please lift them in prayer.  I thank you . . . and I know they thank you too.