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Gift Giving is always a joy!

Written by Sue, Wednesday evening, December 13, 2017   Brrr, cold very cold temps. 30's

Tis a busy season around the farmhouse, my kitchen has been humming a happy tune!


Mr P and I decided instead of buying gifts, for family and friends, I would make and bake goodies for them. His contribution was go getter, helping to pack and mail, he had the hard job, mine was all fun~wink.

I lost count at 75 dozen cookies, (8 different kinds) I was so busy baking that I forgot to take photos of all the different kinds of cookies, so you will have to take my word for it.
~chocolate mint marvels~
Chocolate chip cookies with pecans.

Or maybe you can count the cookies in the jars.~wink~


Do you remember the Blessings/Thankful jar I made for us, the one where you place a thankful note or a blessing in the jar each day, and periodically take time to read them and realize the many blessings God has bestowed on us.
Ezekiel 34:26~"I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing: and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessings.
To make them I found something specific about that person, i.e.; a hobby, a character trait, just anything that reminds me of them. I wrapped the center with burlap ribbon, glued stickers I found at Hobby Lobby. Filled them with goodies, wrote a note explaining and asking them to refill their jar with a thankful note each day....

Granddaughter Maddie is expecting her first child.Grandson Gabe is at MIT,getting his doctorate,

                 Granddaughter Lauren is always happy,  Grandson Will is in the Navy

Jack has been warming himself under the Christmas tree lights and dreaming of a steak bone.

Yesterday, we mailed 8 boxes, they are going to so many different places in the USA. Both DH and I were thrilled to be able to bless them with homemade goodies,...cookies, candy, jams.This week I will be baking more goodies for the last three gift boxes.



That's all for tonight, thank you for visiting.
blessings,
Sue



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Sunday thoughts... words do matter

Written by Sue, Sunday, December 10, 2017           sunny, cold, temps. 40's

This season finds me feeling a bit nostalgic, even in my seasonal decorating, to me that is a good thing.
This church holds such a feeling for me, especially one summer long ago


When I was a child, I spent my summers with my widowed, paternal grandmother and her bachelor  brother who lived with her and helped her farm the land. They were a funny twosome, I was the apple of both of their eyes, One would say they spoiled me, but I say "I was just loved a lot."~wink~

Getting back to this church, which was not the one we regularly attended,


Each summer I would attend a week long Bible school at this church, at the end of the week we would have a commencement service in which the children would have a program of songs and memory verse reciting. I remember one particular time in which my fellow students were a little bashful, not me, I had memorized all the bible verses by heart and I led them all.


The next day, one of the fathers of the children , who was a friend of my uncle,  stopped by the farm, to visit. In those days visitors were a rarity, and as children would do, we listened to the adults talk.

I remember Mr Mclamb looking at me and telling my uncle of how proud he was of my leading the group in the program. He went on to say he didn't know what would have happened if I had not. You can only imagine how wonderful I felt.

Proverbs 25:11~ A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Words can either bless people or discourage them. The encouragement this man gave me as a young child, has gone with me all through my life. We never know the impact we have on others, through words and deeds. His words did indeed impact me, in a good way. I never forgot this man, and when I would see him from time to time I would remember the kindness he showed. He probably forgot, but I never did.

I have tried to teach my children , and grandchildren to think before they speak, words are so powerful!

May your day be filled and overflow with many blessings.
Love, 
Sue








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Wednesday Hodgepodge.. Thankfulness.

Written by Sue, Wednesday, November 22, 2017      beautiful fall day, temps. 60's



1. Tradition... how tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma's, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu. always eat at 2.p.m.,etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?

When our children were living at home we followed the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving at home, as they grew up, married, moved away, and started their own family and traditions things were rearranged. 

As I am writing this I am thinking this is the way it was with me as I was growing up. The more things stay the same the more they change.


We never missed Macy's Thanksgiving parade, even after the children moved away, I would watch. 

Holidays are always celebrated at home, Mr P. and I have thought of taking a trip to the mountains, but it never came to fruition.

2 Help.. is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing? 

I am a do-it-yourselfer, but don't mind asking for help,but find that all our family and guests always ask to help, it is just the way we were brought up. 

It is good to ask for help  especially when running behind schedule. It is  a bad thing for me when others are in the kitchen , I have the tendency to talk to much and forget about what's on the stove. ~smile~ However, I have no problem asking for help with cleanup!~wink~Though  I have found that when it comes to clean-up I never have to ask, my family and guest are aways so eager to help.

3.Abundance.. what is there an abundance of in your kitchen.
Corn, actually it is in my pantry, I canned 64 pts. this summer. We had such an abundance. I find myself looking for corn recipes. 

4.Name... the smallest thing you're thankful for? the biggest?

My wedding band is the smallest, it is a reminder of my love, commitment to the most wonderful, loving, and giving man I know.


The biggest thankful is the day I gave my life to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. He has given me hope, for eternal life. Joy no matter what circumstance is surrounding me.

5...Key.. What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?

Hmmm. Stop whining and complaining, purposely find things to be thankful for.  I have this thankful/blessings jar that I write one thing a day I am thankful for. When the new year is in, I always enjoy reading  my thankful/ blessings for the past year.


6.. State your own random thoughts here.

To elaborate on traditions, our traditions have changed over the years, our children live many miles away from the farm, we celebrate Thanksgiving at my Mother's home the Sunday before Thanksgiving with my siblings, as we did this past Sunday.

Notice the house is decorated for Christmas, my Mother always has her decorations up before Thanksgiving, my Dad once asked her why she put her Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving, her reply was, " Because I am thankful for Christmas."

There was such an abundance of food, my older sister(whom I haven't seen in almost a year), cooked most of the dinner, She wanted to do this for the family. Needless to say everyone went home with goody boxes of food.

Wishing you and your family a most blessed and "Happy Thanksgiving".


Love, 
Sue

Thank you Joyce for hosting Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond


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Written by Sue, Sunday November 19, 2017              sunny, cool, temps. 50's beautiful crisp day.


Enjoying this wonderful season of Thanksgiving, I am thankful today that I have the privilege to assemble and worship our heavenly Father with other believers.
I am also thankful that after church today Mr P. and I will gather with my Mother and siblings for our annual Thanksgiving dinner at her home. I haven't seen my sister in almost a year. 
May your day be filled with many blessings.
Love, 
Sue

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Sunday thoughts and blessings!

Written by Sue, Sunday, October 29, 2017            cloudy with showers, temp. 60's love fall. 

photo taken 2013

May the road you travel today be filled with love, joy, peace, and so many blessings so your container overflows, into the container of the person walking beside you.

 A kind word or smile will lift the broken hearted, many times I have been the recipient of such kindness, when it was most needed!!!

There is a lady, whom we did not know,  who drives by our farm each day on her way to work, many times Mr. P would be out working as she passed, he waves with a smile. One day she stopped and thanked him, saying there were many times when she was feeling sad, and his wave and smile lifted her spirit.

Small gestures are BIG IN THE EYES OF GOD!

Proverbs, 25:11~ A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Blessings, 
Sue

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A little of this, and a little of that.

How often do you have dreams? It seems I have been having dreams more often these days. They have been really sweet dreams, in my dreams I have been having some wonderful meetings with old acquaintances, with actual conversations, so real that I wake smiling, only to wish that they had actually happened. ~smile~This has nothing to do with my post today, I was just wondering. I guess I must be getting old.~wink~



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What an absolutely beautiful fall day we have had today, I worked in the green house, potting more pansies, I'll show later this week where they went, you might be surprised.~wink~

Building this green house for me was one of the nicest things Mr P has done. I love being out here next to the chicken coop,listening to the different sounds the chickens, turkeys, and guineas make.I guess you might say I am a true blue COUNTRY GIRL.



I decided it was time to start my exercise program of walking again, I walked 2 miles today and took some photos.
Tom was out strutting too.



I went by to see the donkeys, they always come running looking for treats.

This is my white, blue eyed baby, our other donkeys are brown with brown eyes.




While I was out walking Mr P. was getting the garden ready to plant strawberries, tomorrow, we, (DH and I) will plant 400 plants. I Just love my  farm boy on a tractor. Notice our trees are still green with a few hints of fall.

I am dreaming of these in a few months.


Thanks for visiting, 
I hope your day was filled with many blessings,
Sue

p.s. Where have the bloggers gone? I read today that another blogger was leaving blogland, please don't leave me here in blogland by myself.~smile~ 

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Written by Sue, Sunday, October 22, 2017      beautiful fall day, sunny, temps. 70's

For today, I am thankful for the freedom  to worship publicly, without fear ...
There are those in this world who do not have this privilege, they are not even allowed to worship in their homes, much less in an open assembly without fear of being imprisoned or killed.

Photo courtesy of Steven Dohanus
The religious freedom that we have, gives our children the privilege to  participate in church activities, freely. I adore these little guys, they remind me of our sons when they were young.
photo courtesy of Frances Tipton-Hunter
Psalm 95:1-2-3~ Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God and the great King above all Gods.
Photo courtesy of Dick Sargent

So, whether I choose to worship within my home, in the biggest Cathedral, or in a humble country church I am most thankful for this freedom.... Today, when all the songs have been sung, and when the message has been given, may I remember as I bow my head in prayer to Give Thanks for this privilege., and to ask heavenly Father that I might continue to have this privilege, and to remember to pray for those who don't!!

May your day be filled with many blessings ,
Giving thanks for you today,
Sue

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The farmer and his friends
Thank you so much for coming by, please come and visit anytime.

~Welcome home~

This blog is dedicated to my dear family who live many miles away, and to you dear ladies , who have a heart for keeping the home fires burning. You, who love and cherish your family, and have a desire to create a home that says "Welcome, you are loved and cared for."

My desire is that when you leave that you will be encouraged and know that you too are loved.

Sue~

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