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

My Hoosier Cabinet

My Hoosier Cabinet
I love decorating my hoosier for the different seasons.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Book Review

I was given the book "The Photograph" by Bethany House for an honest book review.
 The book centers around three sisters Eva, Frona and Lily. Lily disappears months after her
mothers passing. Leaving her sisters Eva and Frona at home alone. And to make matters worse
Eva and Frona will have to relocate because their brother Menno will be taking over the farmhouse.
 Jed Stultzman, an Amish buggy maker from Ohio shows up in Eden Valley with a photo of a Plain Amish woman.
 He has questions as to why a devout amish girl would have her picture taken.
 Jed and Eva run into each other at a farm sale. Jed is stunned, could Eva be the girl in the photo. How can he find out and why would an amish girl have her photo taken? You will have to read the book to find out. Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite amish authors. But I have to say I was rather disappointed in this book, I just couldn't get into it.
  It just seemed like the plot was stuck in one spot for such a long time.
 It was an alright story, but not one of Beverly Lewis's best.


Friday, October 23, 2015

So much to be thankful for!!!

Just a few years ago I was asking my blogging friends to pray for my daughter, she fought an eating disorder called diabulemia. Insulin dependent diabetics withhold their insulin so they can loose weight.
It caused my daughter to get severe neurapathy, the Dr. described it as the worst pain a person can have, it is nerve pain. I had to take a 4 month leave of absence to take care of her and her family.
I remember her pain was unbearable, I cringe just thinking about it, it really took years off of my life.
 I realize that if you have your health and family you truly have everything, it doesn't matter how much money you make or what kind of house you have.
  It totally made me humble and realize how fragile life is, and to appreciate the important things
in life that money can't buy.
  I honestly never thought my daughter would get better, she didn't have health insurance, so rehab was out of the question. She eventually found some support groups on facebook,  there were two girls especially that helped her. One had written a book on this disorder and recovered, and the other one, actually would call Steph on the phone and talk to her at least once a week, she also had recovered from this disorder. Both are angels in my book, I will always be grateful to them.
 Well after much pray, help from the Lord, and the help of these wonderful ladies, I can now say
my daughter is well and enjoying life. She has some permanent nerve damage to her feel and already
has had cataract surgery, due to all of this, but overall, she is doing extremely well.
 She has since gotten health insurance and has had an insulin pump the last year which was a God send.
 She was still dealing with low blood sugars which resulted in many calls to  911, I remember one time her blood sugar was 12 and normal is around 100. Each time this would happen I would wonder if this was it and I would loose my daughter.
 Well this week, she got a continuous glucose monitor, which checks her blood sugar every 5 minutes, it will put off an alarm if it goes too high or too low. I am so thankful and greatful for modern technology. I can never thank the Lord for all he has done and will continue to do for my daughter. Words can never express my thankfulness. I will praise him forever for answering my prayers.

My Grandson Cole kissing his mommy, how precious

My daughters insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor, that she wears everyday.



Also wanted to share a wonderful surprise that I received in the mail today from Wendy "Ravenwood Whimzies" . 
Wendy sent me this awesome witch, I love how the little kitty is hanging upside down from the witch, her husband Chris
also sent my husband a book. Thank you Wendy and Chris!!!!  We cherish your friendship and appreciate your kindness.


Also everyone needs to mark their calendars, Wendy is have a Christmas blog hop, beginning Dec. 1st. It will be the 12 days of Christmas!!! It is going to be exciting, I love blog hops!!!
The holidays will be here before we know it, I am wanting to make some of my Christmas gifts, so I need to get started. I did want to show you some wonderful ornies that I made, inspired by a "Peach Bottom Prims" pattern, I love these ornies and think they look awesome in this old enamel pan.




Friday, October 9, 2015

Fall porch decor and Oct. Christmas gift

I love decorating for the different seasons. I want to share a few decorations that I put on my porch.
I have a little timer light in my milk box arrangement that comes on for a few hours at night, I love looking at that at night.




 I also want to show our October Christmas gift from Cole and Riley, I love looking at all the pictures, but really love their cute little notes.



A few photo's from my son's Birthday celebration, his Birthday was Oct. 6th.






Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pa. trip cut short

I get so excited in the fall because me, my best friend and two of my sisters go to Lancaster, Pa.
 We were planning on spending two nights and also go to an Amish show, "Josiah for President".
But due to the possibility of hurricane Joaquin hitting the east coast, we only were able to spend one night. It was a quick trip, we didn't get to near all of the shops we were hoping to. And due to the rain, you didn't see many amish out in their buggies or working in their fields.

But we did shop a little, eat alot, talk alot and laugh alot. It was a wonderful refreshing trip, just wish it could have lasted longer.( But I am thankful for the safe trip and that all we got here where we live is rain from the hurricane).

 I will show a few of my goodies that I was able to get. I was thrilled to be able to get an Arnett snowman, I have always wanted one. The shop I got him in was run by amish, they had lots of snowmen, but no Arnett Santa's, I know that is due to their religion and that they don't tell their children there is a santa. I could tell the amish girl loved my snowman, and they had
many of them throughout their store, it was hard picking one.

My snowman

                                  
Hanging chicken wire lamp

Love this rug, "To Grandmother's House we go"

New candles

Harvest banner, I got a Christmas one also.

New Calendar
Me, my friend Shelia and my sisters, Lena and Lina, can you tell they are twins.

               Wanted to also show you my recent needle punch project, my husband made the
                cutting board for me, I tried to distress it, I am proud of how our project turned out.


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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.