Pear tree lane farmhouse

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for our children and of our relationship with them. Even though they live so far away and have their own families, they take the time to stay in touch. Don't you just love the feeling when the phone rings and you hear that voice"Hi MOM, or Mother" on the other end?

Todays seem to be one of those staying in touch days, I have talked with two of them this morning as a matter of fact have had long conversations with both. It is so wonderful that our adult children still want to share the goings on in their lives with us.

One of the most gratifying things is to know that even with their busy lives they still want to talk. There are times they just want to say hi, and to tell us they love us, but there are other times when they need encouragement or advice, sometimes asked for other times freely given. lol And there are times all they want is a listening ear, with a mother's heart.

No matter what I am doing, when I see them calling I always stop  and give them my undivided attention. I am also thankful that when I call my heavenly Father, He always stops and puts His listening ear to my voice.

However most of the time they are either driving,(which we don't approve), eating, or on the run. Must be this generation of ultra multi-tasking. lol

For today I am a mother who is blessed beyond measure.

Hope you day is filled with many blessings,
Love,
Sue
Hello Everyone,
First things first, I owe all of you, my friends an apology for not letting you know I was taking a break. Actually it was not an intended break,  we have been so busy here on the farm, and at church. Every day I would take pictures and make all of these plans to put a post on my blog, but when evening came I was just to tired to blog.


We, dh and I, have also been busy helping our church move into its new home. We have been busy painting and cleaning and enjoying wonderful fellowship with fellow believers, as well as keeping home fires burning. We finally finished and had our first service in the church Sunday. What a wonderful day!! I am so thankful for God's faithfulness!!!.


My boss has given me the day off to blog, and work on my site. ha! ha! 








For my first post since this break, I want to post about  something I make that I really enjoy..... It is my HOMEMADE DETERGENT.... 

So easy, I promise.


You will need 1 box Borax,
 1- 4 lb. box washing soda,
 1 - large box baking soda,
 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap bars, or other soap bars such as Zote or Ivory.
( optional) scented oils, I haven't used scented oils as I like the fresh scent this provides.



Mix dry ingredients together, grate the soap bars, I used a hand held cheese grater, but you can use a food processor. I have a tendency to make things a little harder. lol


Looks like cheese doesn't it, no way does cheese  smell this nice. lol

This is what it looks like when you have finished. (Oh! smells so fresh.)

All finished and in the jars, this recipe makes a big batch, and lasts a long time. I use 2 to 3 tablespoons per load. If you have a top loading machine mix 2 to 3  tablespoon with a cup of hot water.
have  been using this detergent for about a year, it is very economical and safe for both whites and colored clothes, did I mention it smells so fresh? And it really cleans our clothes, and you know farmers can get pretty dirty. lol


Many bloggers use this homemade detergent, but I first found mine at this wonderful site. http://ladyfarmerparables.blogspot.com/. Please stop by and visit her blogs, she offers so many wonderful tips.
Have you ever made your own detergent? If you have and think it is a better recipe please feel free to share. I am always looking for new recipes that are economical, and helpful.
Hope you enjoy this recipe.
Blessings, Sue


HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!!
When Spring comes it brings a newness of life, that always encourages me and fills me with new hope.
I always enjoy seeing new trees budding.
A new calf resting in the warm sunshine.
A newborn lamb sniffing its mother

The warmth while holding a newborn chick in my hand,

these are feelings that are almost indescribable.. for it reminds me of another Hope and rebirth....A time we celebrate new birth , a new birth that we have in Christ, for it is through His death, burial, and resurrection that this new birth is brought forth in our lives.

Romans 10:9~ that if you confess with your mouth the lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

This Easter season that we celebrate has a very special, and personal meaning to me....Many years ago, during this season, I became a believer in this Resurrected Lord , it was the greatest decision that I have ever made, and my life has never been the same.

May your day be filled with many joyful blessings, as you celebrate this Glorious Resurrection Day!
Hugs,
Sue
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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