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Just a quick note each day brings renewed strength and hope for a soon full recovery! Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and prayers!

I never gave to much thought about how much part the brain played toward my vision, (science was not my favorite subject) I just thought that if the eyes were working then you could see, well it doesn't work that way  and my brain is not telling my eyes to work together. I am told eventually it will all come together! Sue needs some patience, and I think God knows and understands this more than I do!

When I entered the hospital via emergency,was stabilized,given a room and doctor, (he probably realizied I was anxious ) he sat beside my bed an said " you know God made our bodies to heal themselves!" I agreed, he went on talking and all sudden he asked me if I was a Christian, I answered "yes", by this time we both were smiling the smile that only two believers could give each other. It was now time for him to go he took my hand prayed one of the most precious prayers I have ever heard prayed! It was not a short prayer but before he petetioned our Heavenly Father for my healing he gave recognition to who God was and quoted scripture verse after scripture before asking, I truly felt the presence of the Lord! God knew what and when  I needed His help He is always on time. This Dr was just a few minutes away from getting off his shift and was going to be away for seven days!

I wanted to have a pretty photo to show you so I stepped outside,these are my summer lilies they smell heavenly,  if I tell you a secret will you promise not to tell my dear sweetheart, I slipped and fell! That's okay I only hurt my pride and my shin! I am okay-smile-


With all my love

Written by Sue, Sunday, July 23 2016,    sunny, hot temp high 90,s

Hello, dear friends, please overlook any grammar, and spelling errors that might be in this post as I am now home recuperating with bed rest from some  recent mini strokes and other health issues! I have missed everyone so much , you have been in my thoughts over the past weeks so much. When I started blogging eight years ago never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would forged such wonderful friendships, you truly mean the world to me! I have always measured my friendships this way,... that when ever I see or hear from you that we would pick up right where we left off, and that is just what we here in bogland have always done!

The Doctors have told me of how lucky I am as I have no paralysis,  the strokes however affected my vision but it is slowly coming back, as I can attest by me being able to write this post, I can hardly wait to visit you all once again !

 I told them I am not lucky but so blessed! I  am also looking forward to sharing with you about the Christian Dr with whom God sent to pray with me when I first entered the hospital!
God is so faithful, in the movie The War Room I remember the line "God cannot be fired and He does not quit"! PRAISE HIS NAME FOR EVER MORE! PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND MY CARE GIVERS THROUGH THIS TIME OF RECOVERY TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

With all my love,


"Farmhouse news front porch views"

Written by Sue, Tuesday,January 5th, 2016                       windy,sunny, cold, temps. 30's

Our Christmas celebration was very quiet and relaxing

Christmas Day started with Quiche Lorraine for breakfast , one of my favorite egg dishes,

There were five of us for dinner on Christmas Day, our traditional menu was simple and easy,
garden salad, baked potato, creamed corn, beans, steak, and homemade biscuits!

I decided on a simple table setting, using white ironstone dishes, with a table cloth that belonged to my dear MIL,  the lighting was an old oil lamp! I absolutely loved it!

I made the most delicious coconut cake, let's just say it was the talk of the evening!

~Stately Coconut Cake~

It has an orange, lemon  sauce between the layers, seven minute icing sprinkled with coconut!
Maybe a little extra work but well worth it!

We have been very busy with our lambing season, this is always such a treat for me, sheep are so docile, and the little ones are way to cuddly! We have 55 new lambs and still counting!

One of my favorite photos,  

Just look at that face

I don't know if I have ever mentioned this, but my plans were to never, ever marry a farmer! What's that you ask, why? My parents were raised on a farm, but my Dad joined the military at a very young age, as with military families, we moved quite a few times.

But one thing for sure, the week school was out my parents took us three girls to my maternal grandparents farm, to work all summer! We worked in the fields, with tobacco,(YUCK), hoed cotton, worked the vegetable gardens, and helped preserve the food!

It was right then and there we girls vowed that we would run from farmers as fast as we could go!

Fast forward.......

In high school, I met this handsome young farm boy, who had decided he was not going to farm his Dad's farm when he graduated! And.... he didn't, at least for a while, by that time I was already in love and married, with several children to said ex-farm boy!

One day his father asked my Dh if he would like to give farming a chance, by this time I was really secretly missing farming! I absolutely have no answer as to why! I guess maybe it was in our blood! And as they say "the rest is history". Both of us have never looked back nor regretted that decision!

(I am the only one who backed out , I married the farmer!~wink~) 

Farm life is not perfect by no means, and can be very challenging, with many ups and downs, and lots of hard work, but....

 I love sitting on the front porch as the sun is setting, listening to the animals begin to settle in for the evening, their voices are so soft! There is a quietness that I cannot seem to find the words to explain! It is at that  moment that all seems to be right with the world!

We love  farming, and country living! That's my story, and I am sticking to it!!!!

Wishing you, dear Friends much joy, peace, and happiness as you journey into this New Year!

love from the farmhouse,


~It seems that I am always trying to catch up~

Written by Sue, Saturday,December 12, 2015     Absolutely beautiful sunny and almost 80

Thanksgiving at Mothers, her home was so festive, she loves Christmas and combines it with Thanksgiving! My Dad once asked my Mother why she didn't give Thanksgiving a chance, she told him she did celebrate Thanksgiving, because she was thankful for Christmas!~wink~

My two sisters with my Mom!

Almost ready!

God ordained the family first, so it must be very important to Him! Mother welcoming us all!

It's so hard to get her to sit as she is always serving others!

Many have asked about my Mom, she is doing so well! Endless energy!She is such a Godly example to all of us!

We call her the "Energizer Bunny"!

After lunch when the kitchen was cleaned, and  almost everyone had left except my sister, Mary, her Dh, Mr P. and I! (actually it had been several hours,) as Mother asked if we wanted to stay and have  leftovers, of course we did. One of the things we enjoy doing in our family is to linger at the table  after a meal! Do you?

As we were talking Mother shared two of her favorite Bible scriptures, Psalm chapters 3&4, she says she prays these everyday! Someone just happened to ask her how many times she had read the Bible through, her matter of fact (no brag) reply was "this year I have read it through twice and I am now over half/way the third time!" I thought "I certainly can't say that!" though I wish I could, once again she has set the bar high for me!~smile~I am now challenged to read my Bible more!
Update on my second surgery~
Surgery was Dec. 9th, I am doing exceptionally well, as I still have the same wonderful caregiver! I cannot find the right words to say how thankful I am to be able to see clearly once again(it has been years)! I so regret putting off visiting my eye Dr, please have your vision checked regularly! I am looking forward to next week when I can resume my normal routine, (whatever that is) ~smile~

Love from the farmhouse,


"Hello Dear Friends"

Written by Sue, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015       beautiful fall day, Temps. 60's

I wanted to update you on what I have been up to, if there are more than usual grammatical  and typing errors, in this post please excuse them, as I am recuperating from some intricate eye surgery! I have been put on rest, for a week, with no lifting of anything heavier than 5lbs., no bending or stooping! They didn't say anything about not blogging, however, my eyesight is not the best, yet!!! I am going to try and do some visiting in blogland over the weekend, my curiosity just gets the best of me! Not really, I miss my friends! Do you have any idea of how much I treasure your friendships?

Sitting or lying for long periods of time are not what I do best! I have the best nurse (Mr P.) ever, he has been  doing all the cooking and cleaning, plus making sure I take my meds., not to mention encouraging me to be patient! You know Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the bend!

Some might ask why have this surgery right before the holidays, well when your glasses are half/ broken, and you can't see very well,with or without  and find your self taking them off and on all day, then it is time to do something about it!

When I went for the exam, I was told, I had cataracts,(explains the poor vision) that new lenses would not help the problem! I had several choices, the one which we decided on was to have the astigmatism corrected along with the cataract removal, and then to have multi-focal IOL lenses implanted! Thus hoping to eliminate the use of eye glasses, except maybe for very small print! I was happy to hear this for several reasons, the main reason being my lenses had become so heavy that they were leaving indentations on the bridge of my nose, which would eventually break the skin!

I went to Southern Pines/Pinehurst at a very prestiges eye clinic, for my surgery, The pre-op took a full day, three days later was the eye surgery, which didn't take as long as the prep did!  I am told it will take from 4 to 6 weeks to completely heal and for my eye and brain to synchronize! Ha ha!  I am so amazed, and "Thankful" at how far modern medicine has come!

 My next surgery is scheduled for Dec. 9th! I don't know how much decorating will be done this year! When I took the photo above I didn't realize the title of the book(BTW a very good book) until I was finished! I think it is so appropriate, Yes, I am amazed at modern medicine, but I am truly more amazed at the Grace that abounds in my life, "the Grace of God," which reaches far above anything I can imagine! Words are so inadequate to say "Thank you for your thoughts,prayers and emails"!

Much love from me to you,


"Counting my friendship blessings"

Written by Sue, October 13, 2015                                   Sunny, cool, 70's

I would like to thank Stephanie, from The Enchanting Rose for hosting the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange, and for giving all of us an opportunity to meet and make new friends! She has worked tirelessly to make this such a success, always so patiently and graciously returning my emails, ~smile~ You are so special, Stephanie! This was my first time joining, Stephanie's Teacup and Mug Exchange party, I was so excited and happy to meet new friends.

My first package of goodies was from Julie, who blogs at Julie's Lifestyle! Isn't that a beautiful mug, and the box it came in was so pretty, just perfect to sit on my desk! I love flowers,  Earl Grey teas are some of my favorites! Julie also crochet me a beautiful coaster and mat, for my mug and teapot, the colors matched my dining room perfectly and what a beautiful note she sent as well! Thank you Julie for your thoughtfulness, I am so looking forward to getting to know you!

Since I signed for a teacup and mug, my next goodies were from Christine, she blogs at Cherishing a Sweet Life, she sent me such a delicate and beautiful tea cup and saucer, with some of the most delicious cookies in a lovely tin box, with an array of delectable teas, and a beautiful note too! Thank you so much Christine, for your thoughtfulness, I am also looking forward to getting to know you! The teacup and saucer, now have a special place of honor in my hutch! The Dutch caramel wafers were gone in a few days, so delicious,and the flavored teas I have been saving for a cold fall evening as I sit by the fire, hopefully this weekend!

Just as my name was given to two beautiful ladies, I received two names,( Karren, who blogs at Oh My Heartsie Girl, and Judy who blogs at,20 North Ora )to send some special gifts to also, thus this means I not only have made two new friends, but four, wow! at this rate I will have lots of new friends! 

I must stop at this point to apologize to my new friends as well as my older friends as to my lack of visiting lately,it has been due to some circumstances beyond my control,  my desire is to soon be back to blogging with more consistency!

A friend is a gift you give yourself
                                                         Robert Louis Stevenson

Today I am linking with Stephanie, at Enchanting Roses, for the reveal of all the Teacup and Mug exchanges, I have been so looking forward to this day! Please join us for a fun filled party!

Love from the farmhouse,


One of my most treasured gifts is,......

Written by Sue, Tuesday, September8, 2015,                   cloudy, foggy, temps. high 80's, I can feel fall in the air.

this  recipe organizer, given to me by my mother, Doris, in 2003. Hand written by her when she was quite ill, I often wonder why she took the time to do this while battling the flu! But I know her so well, she has such busy hands, and doesn't sit still for long. ~smile~


She began with a special note to me, we are not only mother and daughter, we are best friends!

She gave me her own ten commandments, I can attest that she lives by them!

 The pages are filled with her recipes and from her mother and grandmother as well, all tried and true recipes. Every year I ask just one thing from her for Christmas, and that is that she would update it, but we both get so busy and forget, but this year will be different, very soon I am taking the notebook to her, so she will have plenty of time. ~grin~
She even wrote some  baking secrets for me.
 At the end of each page she has either written a bible verse, a quote from either herself or others! I love this one.

This photo was taken about two weeks ago while family was visiting, Dh always grills his famous steaks for the family.So many of you have asked how Mother is doing, as you can see she is doing and looking  "Marvelous Darling", (even as I write this she is at work!") Have I mentioned, she is 86yrs. young?We give thanks to our heavenly Father for His healing touches, and many blessings upon our lives!

While here, our oldest son, wanted to bless us with a special anniversary gift, I will update and reveal real soon, Pinky promise!

~A Personal note from me~
I haven't posted in a while, so I have come to the conclusion that I either have the most boring life, or one of the busiest, I am leaning toward the latter, but it could well be a little of both! LOL I have found that the longer I am away from blogging the harder it is to jump back in! I will be trying real hard to remedy this!
That's all the news from the farmhouse for today!
Much love,
 from me to you

I am linking with Stephanie at Roses of Inspiration, thank you for hosting Stephanie,

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.


The phrase "There's no place like home", is so true.

No matter where I go, I always love turning the key and hearing that clicking sound in the lock of our back door . Even if I have only gone shopping, I am so happy to be home.

Did you know that every home has its own scent, the first thing I do is sniff the air, and I offer a quiet prayer of thankfulness, and for safety.

My decorating style is my own, I decorate with the colors and treasures that are me. One of the things that I have enjoyed about blogging is the difference in how we all view the world, and our homes. Just like our Creator made each of us to be unique, we create our own unique styles and colors in our own homes. I have learned so much from you and enjoyed your homes so much, and have learned so much about you from your homes...

I truly believe that God wants us to have a safe haven to come home too, a place we can claim as our own,... just like us, homes come in all shapes and sizes if love is there it is our home.., if our things are there it is our home. When we add our own personal touches, it is our home

Home is a place we can go to when the storms of life are raging. I often listen to the wind and rain when it is coming down hard and am reminded of the safety of our sheltering home. It is the one place that we control what and who comes in, (well,most of the time. lol)

Sometimes late at night, when I am unable to sleep I will get up and as I am walking across the room, I hear the floor creek beneath my feet, I go, sit, and listen to other sounds that my home makes, a pop here and there in the wall, it is like the wall is talking to me. A home not only has its own scent, but it also has its own sound. I truly believe that a home takes on its own personality, US!!

So why this blog?....
I wanted a place that I could come, talk about, and share of how my day was spent here at the "farmhouse", and about the things that I do to make it a "home". Making a house a home is a lifetime endever, and I might add a joy, as our lives are always changing.

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