~Pear tree lane farmhouse~

Sunday thoughts~God's light

Written by Sue, Sunday, January 21, 2018,      Glory be, it's sunny and warm, temps. 60's


 Isaiah 60:1~Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord has come upon you. 
God's light is eternal, it never gets dim, never goes out, as I was watching the light shine on Jack this morning, I was reminded of this eternal light, and of how it shines on us. As believers, we should  reflect this light on a dark and dismal world. My prayer today is that I will shine more brilliantly than ever, that Gods love will shine through my thoughts, actions and deeds.
Blessings, 
Sue

P.S. As promised in my last post, my word for this year is Joy!
 Jesus first
Others second
You(me) last

~I'm still around in blogland, I hope you are too!

Written by Sue, January 14, 2018....     Brrr. cold, partly sunny, temps. low 30
Wow! What a slow start I am having in this new year, the month is half over and I haven't posted once about the farmhouse, not even a howdy-do! This was certainly not the way I had planned it, though I have posted a few times on Instagram.

We have been having prolonged and unusual cold temps. in our area, so much so that a lot of our pipes at the barn froze, and  burst! A lot of our days were spent unthawing troughs, hauling water to the animals, and keeping feed to them.
In extreme cold it takes extra feed to keep them going.
 Every farm needs a few of donkeys, how about seven and still counting.

We were happy to get the pipes fixed and water flowing this weekend. Try hauling water to over 150 animals twice a day for about ten days. Your arms do get a work out. Ha ha

Once we got through this ordeal, I started working on my goals for 2018, with first things first; the decorations needed to come down!

I am happy to report that all of the Christmas decorations are taken down, packed and put away in the garage. Yes! Dh and I did this all by ourselves, we were so proud and tired too!

I have been cleaning, trying  to put the house back in order. I like to start with the kitchen,


The appliances and countertops have been cleaned and polished, windows washed, with the cabinets to be cleaned and organized. I especially love a clean kitchen.


but for some reason I just want to sit by the fire and stay warm. ~smile~


Did I mention eating comfort food too, I guess it takes more food for us in winter also!



Do you have a word or phrase for the new year, I will share mine in my next post.

Wishing you continued joy and  happiness in this new year,
Sue

"Happy New Year"

Written by Sue, Sunday nightDecember 31, 2017     Brrr!temps. in the teens.
Wishing you much peace, joy, happiness,and health, in this coming new year. May all your plans, hopes and dreams come true.
Our New Year's Eve celebrations are usually pretty low key, we have an early dinner, sit by the fire, this is one of our favorite things, we reminisce over the past year, each tells of their goals, hopes, and dreams of the new year. We don't make resolutions, but set goals, I love to set goals! Goals don't seem to pressure me like resolutions do. ~smile~ If we can stay awake, (wink )we bring in the new year with prayer, if we go to bed early, prayers are still the last thing for us. I love to bring in the new year praying.

I  enjoy the week between Christmas and New Years, it is like we get to stop, and just breath, everything slows down, except the ewes are now lambing, we have 22 new babies.  I do a lot of thinking during this week, get my new planner and notebooks together and by New Year's Eve, I have them organized and ready to go for January1st.


So how is your New Year's Eve? 
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Blessings from our home to yours

Sue


~Traditions~

Written by Sue, Friday, December 15, 2017            Brrr! still cold sunny, temps. 40's

Between now and Christmas I thought I might share a few of our traditions. I love traditions, don't you.
am so enjoying this Christmas season, getting the decorations up early has made things so much easier. I don't think I could have done all that baking if I had not cleaned and decorated early.

One of our traditions is sending Christmas cards to family and friends. We have had this tradition since our first year of marriage, it is something we do together. We get in our pjs, coffee and cookies near by,..I write the message, (his idea)he addresses the envelopes, ~smile~.They will be mailed today. Do you send Christmas cards? 
 love to shop for Christmas cards, it takes me a long time to choose just the right ones.
A little story...
In October, when the cards first came out, I thought I had bought two boxes, last week when I started thinking about getting them ready , I could not find them anywhere, ~sigh~ it seems I had hid them from myself, I even questioned if I had even bought them. I bet you have never done anything as silly as this, have you?
went and bought two more boxes, while placing them in a cabinet in the foyer I found the first ones I had bought. I must not have searched as throughly, as I thought,  ~wink~I kept them all.~smile~
Aren't they pretty?

Enjoy this day,
love,
Sue
P.S. I almost forgot , I also love to receive Christmas cards!~wink~

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



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


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~