Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Hodgepodge

I believe Spring has finally decided to stay! The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. I love this time of year!







What a bitterly cold winter we had...lots of snow and ice, which meant some of our school days were canceled, which means they will have to be made up! Unfortunately, our Easter break will be shortened this year. Most everyone wanted to use Easter week rather than go later into the summer...eight weeks 'til summer break! :-)

My last remaining grandparent passed away last month. She'd lived with Alzheimer's for about 15 years. It was hard seeing her like she was for so long, and I'm so happy she's finally in heaven where she longed to be. She loved to play her guitar and sing in church. It seems just about every time I saw her, she had her guitar with her. She had very few material items on this earth, but she was rich spiritually. Her life was a wonderful testimony that left no doubt that she truly walked with Jesus and depended on Him for everything. I'm looking forward to seeing her again! Her funeral service was very nice, and it was good to see family and friends I hadn't seen for many years!

One of the men in our church has been diagnosed with cancer. He has the sweetest family, and I know they would appreciate your prayers on their behalf. One of their friends is having a benefit yard sale for them next Saturday, so I've been gathering up some items to donate to it. I had been collecting some things to give to Goodwill, but I'd much rather donate the items this way!



I briefly mentioned this book, Stepping Heavenward, in a recent post, but I'd like to say a little more about it. This really is one of the best books I have ever read. I recently ordered the study guide that goes with it, and have been getting a lot out of it! I also have a notebook to write about things that I wanted to remember, but wasn't part of the study guide.
This is much more than just a fictional diary. It was written in the 1800's, so the language isn't really 'up-to-date', but it's fairly easy to understand. The study guide helps to bring out the many spiritual aspects of the book. The page numbers don't match up since the two books are from different publishers, but I'm changing the page numbers in my guide as I go.

While I was researching the author, I found out that she wrote for the Youth's Companion, a popular magazine published in the mid to late 1800's. I thought I remembered that name from the Little House book, The Long Winter, so I went and got my book, and sure enough, it was in there! I just thought that was a neat connection. :-)

I believe this book would be a true blessing to you. If you've read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Please let me know if you decide to read it!

Well, I'd better get back to my housework.  Hope you're all doing well and enjoying the sweet springtime! Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,
~Melanie

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Snowy Valentine's...

 ...yesterday afternoon

...last night


I got my camera and went out for a little walk around our house this morning.
    
footprints  :-)
 
  
Our backyard...
 
    
Care to swing?

 
Or hang some clothes?

  
One of our Rose of Sharon bushes



  I love snow covered fences.♥


  a little stream behind our house

  The snow from the trees was melting and dropping in the water. 
You can see the little ripples.

   
So pretty with the sun shining through the trees

 Such a funny doggie we have. Lilly *loves* the snow! 
When there's snow outside, she's scratching to go out about every hour so she can play.
That is one spoiled pup right there!

   
Katie made this sweet wreath. I just love it!
 I baked the dough hearts. She did the rest.

I hope you're all having a happy Valentine's Day. 
Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Take care,
~Melanie
                                  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sixteen...

Hi, everyone. I hope you're all doing well and staying warm!

 We're having a very cold and snowy winter this year...so cold that some of the pipes in the church froze and burst a couple weeks ago. What a mess that was to clean up! We've also had frozen pipes in the school, but thankfully they didn't burst!

We've missed about a week and a half of school due to snow and frozen pipes, so we're going to have to use some of our Easter break to make that up. Our church and school is in a rural residential area, so our roads aren't top priority getting cleared. In the last snowstorm we had, the snow plow didn't come until five days after the storm. The roads were still awful though, because the temperatures stayed too cold for the snow to melt.

Our forecast is calling for more snow tomorrow night, so we'll see what happens! We may have to add some more days on the end of the school year.


Katie's 16th birthday was on the 7th, so we had a party for her at the church on Friday night. 


Her cake was made and given to her by her schoolteacher. I thought she did a great job on it!  We're so thankful for her generosity. I know cakes are expensive and take a lot of time to make.
Katie loved it! :-)

Katie's teacher made the cupcakes too!


Some of her friends came up with this idea. They arranged little tea lights in the church pavilion, and after Katie had opened her gifts, we went out and gathered in a circle around the lights. Her friends took turns letting Katie know what she meant to them, and there were sweet and funny little stories about things they've done together. Katie loved it, she said it was her favorite part. 

After the party, she and some of the girls spent the night at the church, so I stayed with them. Unfortunately, my air mattress had a hole in it, so I got very little sleep. As soon as I got home, I took a nap! :-)

 
 I sure do love this girl. It's hard to believe how quickly she's growing up! What a blessing she is to our family. I'm so thankful God chose me to be her mom.♥

Thanks for stopping by today. I always enjoy hearing from you. :-)

Take care,
~Melanie

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Keeping God's Promises Nearby

I've read and memorized many Bible verses over the years. They're underlined, highlighted, etc. in my Bible, but sometimes our minds get clouded with 'stuff' and we tend to forget the precious promises God has given us in His Word.

Like a lot of people, our family has to budget carefully to make sure we live within our means. I recently typed these verses and put them in the front of our budget notebook so I can readily see them and remember that God has promised to take care of His children! These verses help remind me of all the times God has provided for us, many times in unusual ways. :-)


Whatever you may be struggling with, I encourage you to find Bible verses that deal with your concern(s) and keep them handy. God's Word is a great source of comfort and encouragement.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 
~Romans 15:4

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
 ~II Timothy 3:16-17 

I hope you're all doing well.
I appreciate you stopping by. :-)

Take care,
~Melanie

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

More Snowy Days...



A cardinal waiting his turn for the feeder~ 

Cozy kitty Oreo...not a care in the world... *smile*

Re-reading another favorite book of mine, Stepping Heavenward ~ a fictional diary of the life of a girl named Katy living in the 1800s. It tells of the joys and struggles throughout her life, and how she strives to draw closer to God...highly recommend!

My husband started some pinto beans soaking in the crock pot last night. They're smelling soooo good! I'll make some cornbread this evening to go with them. ♥

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you're enjoying your day! :)

Take care,
~Melanie