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, November 22, 2014

Anniversary Trip

November 17th. my husband and I celebrated our 35th. Wedding Anniversary,
 We have been blessed with two wonderful children and 3 extra special grandchildren.
 We took a long weekend trip to the Smokie Mountains, we went to several Christmas shows,
and enjoyed the beautiful Christmas lights there.
My hubby and me
Hatfields and McCoys Dinner theater

My hubby at the dinner theater

Smokey Mountain Opry Christmas show

Some of the Christmas lights


When we left for our trip we heard on the radio that in our area  there was a horrible accident where a tractor trailor hit a car. Little did I know that it was my cousin, and she lost her life in the accident.
 When we arrived in Tenn. I found out. I was so upset, but tried to stay busy
to keep my mind off of the accident. My cousin and I had gotten close the last year, and I cherish the precious time that I had with her. I keep reminding myself that she is in Heaven and that I will
see her again one day. She was a sister, mother, daughter and grandmother, she will greatly be missed.
RIP dear sweet Connie,


 I had been so tired and finally went to the Dr. Monday I found out that I am hypothyroid.
I started taking thyroid meds and am really having a hard time adjusting. I am weak, and can't concentrate, I feel like I can barely function. The Dr. told me to try taking the meds at night instead of the mornings and if that don't work to cut my pill in half and take a half pill. I am going to do that, and if that don't work, I think they will need to try a new med. I hate feeling like this, I just don't feel like doing anything, I am praying that I can work next week. I would appreciate your prayers.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pumpkin in the Can !

I have been quite busy lately with working both jobs, I had this pumpkin doll cut out for weeks and finally was able to get her completed. I was inspired by a sweetmeadowsfarm pattern.
The can I grunged by first painting with brown craft paint, then after it dried I applied  mod podge which I slightly watered down. I then rolled it in cinnamon and let it dry. The label I applied mod podge under the label and then on top, I like the look that that gives. I am asking $24.99 plus shipping, please email me to purchase.Farmhouse Prims



I am beginning to think of Christmas, I love getting my Christmas cookbooks out and love trying new recipes. I also love reading Amish Christmas stories and stories from "Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas", which always makes me realize the true meaning of Christmas. And Christmas movies have to be my favorite movies, I watch a few of the same ones every year, like "It's a Wonderful Life and "A Christmas Story", I just love Ralphie!
 I am working on a pin keep for a Christmas gift which has a Christmas theme.
  I am one of these crazy people who loves the excitement of finding that bargain on Black Friday,
and I will say I have gotten some great deals. But with Black Friday starting this year on Thanksgiving, it has taken the joy and fun away.
 Thanksgiving is a very important holiday to me, that is time to be with all of my family and to talk and enjoy a nice meal. I feel like it should be that way for the store workers also, they have families too.
 So I choose not to shop on Thanksgiving, which isn't black friday anyway.  Even though I probably will be missing out on some good deals.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

New book Review

    My newest book review is an amish book "Becoming Bea" by Leslie Gould. It is the forth book in
"The courtships of Lancaster County". I am given a book to read by Bethany House and my only
requirement is to give an honest review on my blog.
 When I first started reading the book, I wondered if I would like it being written in first person.
But as I continued to read it I had a hard time putting it down.
 The story centers around Beatrice Zook, a strong willed amish girl who always seems to
have to get in the last word. Her family is planning a trip to Montana, and Bea's mother told
Bea that the only way she would be able to stay at home was to have a job.
 Bea found a job helping a couple who just had triplets. And Bea doesn't know a thing about
taking care of babies, but will do anything to get out of going on this trip.
 Bea also finds out that her childhood friend Ben Rupp also works for the same couple. Neither Bea or
Ben will admit they have feelings for each other due to their bickering.
 Will they eventually find true love, or is their relationship damaged beyond repair.
You will have to read the book to find out, a good read!!!!
  The amish have a special place in my heart, and as I read stories about the amish,
I learn alot about their culture and way of life, and this book is no exception.


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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

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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.