Christmas gatherings

Christmas gatherings

I have recipes in these six Gooseberry Patch cookbooks

I have recipes in these six Gooseberry Patch cookbooks
I have recipes in these six "Gooseberry Patch" cookbooks

farmhouse Jan.

wrap around portch

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Awesome Book!

Have you ever read a book that you just couldn't put down. I have just finished a book like that.
The book "All Things Hidden", by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse was an awesome book.
 It takes place during the depression era, and although the characters are ficticous, many of the things in the book really took place. The setting is in Alaska. It takes place in 1935, during the great depression. Many of the people in the lower 48 states are struggling
to have food and shelter during the mist of the depression.
 President F.D. Rossevelt transported 200 families to the Matanuska Valley of Alaska in 1935,
it tells how at first they travel by train, and many people develop sickness and disease while traveling.
Once there they live in tents and must build homes quickly and put away food for the harsh Winters in Alaska.
  The story centers around a Dr.Hillerman and his adult daughter Gwyn, who is a nurse. They have dedicated
their lives to helping the people in Matanuska Valley. I am a nurse so I felt connected to Gwyn.
  Gwyn's mother and sister left them when Gwyn was a little girl. They moved back to Chicago in
the states, where her mother was used to wealth.
  In Chicago a young Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan has lost his medical license and decides to go to Alaska
to get away from it all. He ends up working with Dr. Hillerman who he met as a boy. He has to keep
his past a secret. But to make matters worse he was about to marry Gwyn's sister until she dumped him
after he lost his medical license.
 He tries not to, but falls in love with Gwyn, how can he tell her that he was once about to marry her sister,
and how can he tell Dr. Hillerman that he has no license to practice medicine.
 There is also a murderer on the loose that adds to the suspense of the story.
I loved this book and recommend it highly. I am hoping that this book will become a series.
I received this book from Bethany house. I am a book reviewer for them. After reading the book,
I am to give an honest review.
 This book is one of the best books I have ever read, it has to be up there in my top 10.



Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I want to wish all my blogger friends a "Happy Valentine's Day", I don't really have much valentine decor,
just one little display.
Yesterday we received 12 inches of snow so I was snowed in. I haven't had much time for crafting
lately with working almost everyday, so I took advantage of being snowed in and made two ducks.
I love how they turned out. I used a pattern designed by Jean "Prim Crafts"
Her pattern line is called "Dusty Cupboard Prims"
  I love this pattern, it was simple and fun, and of course the ducks are adorable,
 I will share some photo's with you.







Sunday, February 9, 2014

Book Review

I recently became a book reviewer for "Bethany House", I am sent certain books to review and all
I am required to do is give an honest review on the book. Most of the books I have read have been
amish fiction or prairie stories. Last month I decided to choose a book about a journey walking with God.
It is by "Dutch Sheets" and is called, "The Pleasure Of His Company".
  It has 30 short chapters. which I like since I am so busy. The book made me look at God in a whole new
perspective. He wants to have an intimate friendship with us, just like we have with our personal friends.
 God has a sense of humor, and he cares about every aspect in our life. Wow, does that ever make me
feel important and loved.
 Dutch Sheets also shares many of his life stories in the book and how God helped him in many ways.
 I highly recommend this book and know that you will look at God in a whole different way after reading this book. You will come to realize how to have an intimate friendship with God in your journey in life.
It sure made me take a look at God differently.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy Birthday "LIttle Groundhog"

Boy doesn't time fly. Nine years ago my little granddaughter was born, I was in nursing school and had to miss that day for her birth. My instructor told me I couldn't miss that they could page me in the hospital when she was about to be born. I said, "but you don't understand." my daughter is high risk and a diabetic and I need to be there." Being the hard core instructor that she was, she still said no. I just said, "I am sorry, but I am missing, my family is more important than having an unexcused absence from school."   And it was so funny being the student that I was, I was going behind all the nurses rechecking everything, counting the drips of the IV's and everything, it was the mom coming out of me. He He Then at approx. 5:30 that eve. my daughter
had the most beautiful baby girl. Babies born from diabetic moms are called tomatoe faces, they do have a really round red face, which goes away in a few days. They also can be born with low blood sugars and jaundice, which goes away also. She is a miracle girl as well as her brother, both were thought to have kidney problems before birth, but they are both healthy. I am so thankful for that.
  Well where has these nine years gone. My daughter always has to have these elaborate parties for her
children and puts her whole heart into them. So yesterday while Riley's parents were getting ready for the
fashion show party with nine little girls spending the night. I was having a fun day with my granddaughter.
My greatest calling is being a grandma. I love my three grand children so much, and they are each special and unique.So a few picture from our fun day.

Miss Riley, with her new streaks in her hair
Her stitchery pattern that she drew

Duct tape magic wallet that we made

So excited with the new streaks in her hair

Isn't she beautiful, of course Grandma thinks so!
At gymnastics practice

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Some pictures taken on a week-end drive in the country in West Virginia

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Riley's Birthday Party

Riley's Birthday Party
Me, Ron, Riley and Cole

Me and baby Jake

Me and baby Jake
"Just what I ordered"! Rem. everytime a baby is born so is a Grandma!!

Family

Family
Mom, dad and my three beautiful sisters

Daughter Steph, Mat, Riley and Cole

Daughter Steph, Mat, Riley and Cole
What a beautiful family!

Celebrating parents 50th. Wedding anniversary

Celebrating parents 50th. Wedding anniversary
Me and my favorite granddaugher ( I only have one granddaughter!)]

Son with Applachian trail blanket

Son with Applachian trail blanket
Luke hiked the entire AT 2007, he's the man!

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I have been married to my sweetheart Ronnie for 30 years.We live in the beautiful shenandoah valley of Va. We have 2 beautiful children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. I am a christian, and am blessed with two wonderful jobs. I am a hairdresser and also a nurse, I am proud of my nursing degree which I got at age 47. I give the Lord much praise for this. I also enjoy primitive crafts, antiquing, cooking, reading and gardening. My husband and I bought an old farmhouse in WV five years ago and it was ancient, floor rotted out in the kitchen, no bathroom, bats flying around, mice. Scary, well now five years later we have most of it completed, working now on a roof for the wrap around porch.We sand blasted some of the walls so they would be original, we also took all the old weatherboarding off of the outside of the house, planed it and put it back on some of the inside walls. We also have added a wrap around porch. Since we have remodled the old farmhouse, that is how I came up with my blog name.