~Pear tree lane farmhouse~

~Sunday thoughts~

Written by Sue, Sunday, October 21, 2018.        Sunny, cool,windy, 50's beautiful fall day.


This is a visitor we had this summer to the farm, he/she stayed for about six weeks, just hung out around the house, and garden, roosting at the edge of the roof at night, leaving a calling card on the steps, which was my job to clean each morning. I didn't mind though, to me it was symbolic of peace  I was amazed at how friendly he/she was, I thought a few times that it would perch on my wrist, instead chose not to. As quickly as he came, he left. 

I call these "Gold Nuggets" from God, which He leaves me so many.



John 14:27~ "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

I am reminded once again this morning of who is in control. The peace that abides in every believer can not be explained, just the assurance that God is aware of all circumstances surrounding us, both personally and worldly. Just now, I am thinking of a children's song I used to sing,  "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands." As a child when I sang this song I would envision God's Great big hands cupped with the world situated in them, with me in the center. This still holds true today.

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds stayed upon HIM!
Blessings,
Sue

~Fall decorating and storm damage!

Rewritten by Sue, Wednesday, October1, 2018           sunny, very warm , humid still, 80''s
Before the hurricane came I felt the need to do some nesting, so I cleaned the house and  finished my autumn decorating, which I had started a few weeks ago tweaking a little here and a little there.

It wasn't easy for me to start decorating as we have had the most extreme heat since May, usually by now we have cool mornings, warming during the day and then cooling in the evening. I have always  associated fall with the beginning of the new school year, as the leaves begin to change from green to yellow, brown, red, and burgundy, and cooler temps.

I love fall, it is my favorite season, with Christmas being my favorite holiday! I love that they come so close together, as it is easy for me to transition from one to the other.
 I also enjoy the led timer lights, so nice to come home too in the evenings.

Just another visitor to the farmhouse, he has certainly made himself at home, "please, make yourself at home," which is one of our number one phrases around here.
 I love the cozy feeling of candles, more timed led lights.
 Lots of secrets shared here at the fall farmhouse, "I believe she loves us best."
This is my thanksgiving tree, it has timed led lights too!
 a few touches on the kitchen counter

I enjoyed sharing a few of my fall decorations, with more to share later. This post was written before Florence came, and has since been edited.
~Storm update~
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We are all safe, including the animals, with the turkeys only losing a few feathers, what a sight. Florence came and certainly made her presence known, we have been busy cleaning up her mess, and what a mess she made. 

With all the water around mosquitoes have really been a problem., a BIG problem.
 We lost a few trees,
 We lost power for a few days, I really learned a lot about persevering and ingenuity, made quite an impression on my family. ~wink~
Lots of rain, (over 15 inches)  we are so blessed to not have the flooding as so many in our state had, losing everything.Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you so much for praying, it meant so much to us. God is and has always been so faithful!
love, 
Sue

Praying and Preparing

Written by Sue, September 12, 2018       sunny, hot and humid. 90's

The farmhouse and farm are in full preparations for hurricane Florence.

The calm before the storm, it is sunny and hot today with lots of clouds, such a beautiful day, then....

The house is boarded up, we have never had to do this before, porch furniture, plants have been moved or laid down. There's a lot of prep. for sure.

The generators are ready to go, at least one is, we bought a larger one, dh plans to put it together this evening.

The hand pump is ready,  so thankful to have an available water supply.

The propane tank is full, the grill is ready to go.
All vehicles fueled up.

Also thankful that the pantry is full

The barns have feed for the animals, the shelters are ready for their protection.

Now, let me see, I think that just about covers everything, 

The weather reports have been so confusing, one thing for sure, our heavenly Father is not confused and He knows exactly what is happening, we trust His will, our part is to plan and trust.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and  He shall direct your ways.

Prayers for all those experiencing similar circumstances.
Blessings, 
Sue


Simple pleasures

Written by Sue, Sunday, August 19, 2018        hot, humid, scattered showers.

Grandson Will, who serves our country in The Navy, sent me some sunflower seeds earlier this summer, and this is the results, He loves gardening like we do. I love sunflowers, they always make me smile, because they are smiling.


 Not a lot going on around the farmhouse this week, to hot to be outside, nothing like ironing to set things back to normal. I love the smell of laundred and freshly ironed clothes.
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I recently received some lovely, thoughtful, get well and birthday cards from family and friends, near and far. One card was from my blogging friend, Vee, she blogs at https://ahavenforvee.blogspot.com, we have been  friends for a long time.The cards arrived at just the right time. I was so uplifted.



I also received a handmade notecard from my new friend, Gina , who blogs at http://www.withtwigsandbranches.com, she is so gifted. Don't you just love meeting and making new friends. One of the reason I enjoy blogging. I loved it so much I framed it, though not quite satisfied with the frame, I am thinking maybe black.

Speaking of watermelon, we have been enjoying the last of the season's melons, nothing like home grown. Yummy, so sweet and juicy


To all of you precious Ones who prayed and wrote such comforting thoughts, on our loss of Jack I thank you with all my heart, I am so touched with your thoughtfulness. Friends are one of the greatest gifts from our heavenly Father.
Love, 
Sue

Dear Jack (My love letter)

You have been the sweetest companion ever, you came into our lives when we were so needy, you needed us and we needed you.


What a joy you have been, you were never rude to any guest in our home, alway such a southern gentleman. You were so patient with us, never demanding your way first.

You and papa enjoying a ride together.

Just profiling.
You loved sitting by the fire while we had morning devotions.

 You indulged my love of plants.

You would always pose for me and my camera, sometimes being silly.

 Loving another morning of devotions, with us.
I remember when you were to tired to climb in bed, little did I know that the big Cancer was beginning to take over.


I first saw you at my  clothesline, clothed in fleas and ticks, with lots of hot spots, malnourished, and dehydrated, but when our eyes first met, we both knew it was love at first sight! I told you then that no one would ever mistreat you again, and they never did.
YOU LOVED PLAYING IN THE MUD, SILLY BOY

NOT SO MUCH THE BATH AFTERWARDS!

You were our constant companion, very seldom barking, only when the door bell rang and when you would say goodby to our friends. They all adored you too!

Thank you for loving our son Keith, you knew the first time you met him that he had special needs too, and you loved him so much, and always enjoyed time spent with him.

I could tell so many stories of our life with you here at the farm, you didn't mind when the lamb rode with us to church at Easter for a demonstration.




You loved Christmas almost as much as I do, taking a nap under the tree lights was a favorite thing for you.

Yesterday as I was crying while holding  you in my arms, and telling you it was okay to leave us,you were trying to comfort me by your sweet kisses on my neck, I will forever be so grateful for you! My heart is broken, when it broke my eyes became flooded, and continues, but I am so thankful you are no longer in pain.

Thank you so much for remembering my birthday today, Papa, delivered them this evening, they are perfect. You knew exactly which are my favorites.


Rest in peace my Love,
With all my love,
Mama

Dear friends the past few weeks have been very trying, helplessly standing by while a loved one is suffering, hoping and praying that things would change. Not knowing about my own health situation as well! Yesterday was one of the hardest decisions we have ever made, we know Jack is relieved of his suffering. He was truly the BEST of the BEST. Please pray for comfort. Be back soon.
Love Sue
Written by Sue, Friday, August 190, 2018     Sunny,hot, humid high 90's.

Getting back to a normal routine.

Written by Sue, Monday, August 6, 2018           sunny very hot and humid, temps. 90's

Love~ morning fogs, I haven't seen to many this summer, I also love evening fogs, it is so amazing to see when the fog starts at the pasture and rolls in.


Love~a clean refrigerator/freezer, one of the many things I did today, now if it would stay this way.
Love~ that patriotic decorations are taken down, and packed for next year.  This was bittersweet, Though, taking them down lets me know that fall  decorations are next. Fall is my favorite season, Christmas is my favorite holiday. Did I just say "Christmas"
 Love that my plants have been watered and trimmed. I love plants, and have many in my home, these are only a few.
 I am rooting the clippings and will soon be transplanting in pots, some will be given as gifts.

With me being away from home for a week, they were so thirsty, I soaked them in the sink, clipped them, and will fertilize, and shine the leaves tomorrow. I use coconut oil.

Just as my plants were neglected, so was my home, today has been spent changing bed linens, laundry,straightening rooms so that tomorrow I will dust, vacuum, mop and clean bathrooms.
I love being a homemaker, it is so nice to be needed, and to see some normalcy.
Hope you had a blessed day!
Sue

~Sunday thoughts~

Written by Sue, Sunday, August 5, 2018                     morning fog,partly sunny temps. high 90's

A reminder of a road well traveled
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Do we trust God enough to hop on the back seat and let Him do the guiding.?Which road would you take, if you were driving? I know which one I would take... the easy one, but how boring and useless that would be!!

Proverbs 3: 5-6~ Trust in the Lord with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will direct your paths.

When God is in control, He takes the scenic route. He likes to climb high roads, so as to build muscles, and make us stronger. Sometimes He will coast down hill and we will lift our hands high in the air, with the wind blowing in our hair, and the sun shining on our face,.... we feel so free.

Sometimes God's route takes us through a deep dark valley, it is at this time  that we put our arms around him and hold on real tight, all the while crying and asking Him to not let go. He then will say "hold on tight my child, just "Trust Me"  a little further and you will be through this valley."  It is during  this time  we learn to trust Him most.

Isaiah 55:8-9~For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.~For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts, 

And there are times when we really think we can handle the steering  by ourselves, God being so gracious will let  go and let us take hold, when all of a sudden we hit a bump,or we get on a wrong road , we get scared and then we say,'Lord I need you, please help'. He then smiles and takes the realm back.

At last we arrive at our destination safe and sound, it is then we say, "Wow what a journey, I  feel so much stronger, and I am now learning how  to deal with obstacles as they come, and for sure I have learned how to enjoy the ride too!! "I also  know now, that if I had not let go and let the Lord take the lead, I could not have made it." "Thank You Lord."

Blessings,
Sue
(edited and reposted, a reminder for me)
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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