Showing posts with label Simply at Home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Simply at Home. Show all posts

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Better Tomorrow



A young wife noticed that her neighbor  and their children would be about their chores very early each morning.  Goodness what is the matter with me. It seems like each day I struggle just to get out of bed each morning, I know I should be up early enough to fix my husband breakfast before he leaves." was the thoughts of this young wife. Daily this young wife dreaded getting up, and starting her daily task of keeping house and preparing meals.

Finally, this young wife couldn't go another day feeling like a failure at keeping house and preparing meals that didn't turn out great.  She decided this day to seek for advice from an older Christian wife whom she had met while visiting her farm to purchase fresh eggs.

Ms. Gray was busy tending her garden, her clothes were neatly hanging on the clothes line all in order and all the colors matched as the wind gently blew them.  The young wife could smell lunch was cooking through an open window.   Ms. Gray wore a apron to protect her clothes, while she was gathering vegetables from the garden to be canned. The little ones where on the front porch playing with kittens.

As she approached Ms. Gray in the garden, she spoke to her and asked "Do you have a minute to talk?"  Ms. Gray smile and said " Hello, it is so good to see you again, Is everything alright my dear?"  The young wife replied, "Yes, I was just wondering how do you keep your home so beautiful and your clothes out to dry before eight o'clock? "  "Isn't that lunch I smell coming through your kitchen window"? she added sweetly.

Ms. Gray arose from kneeling in the garden smile at the young wife, she invited the young wife to come into her kitchen to talk over a glass of lemonade.  Upon entering the house it was just as the young wife expected, beautiful flowers arranged in a vase on the table,  and wonderful smelling food was awaiting in a crock pot for lunch along with homemade bread, and pies were cooling on the counter-top.

Ms Gray watched the young wife gaze around her kitchen.  "Your home is so clean, I feel like a failure as a wife." stated the young wife as she took a sip of the lemonade.

Ms. Gray joined her at the table and said, " I used to be where you are today; I compared myself to others and could not keep up with them". she said sympathetically.  "It wasn't until I took it all to the Lord in prayer, and He showed me that I was doing it for the wrong reason.  That wrong reason made me feel like one miserable wife so much that I dreaded being home."

The young wife carefully listened as Ms. Gray continued.  "I found myself going into town or finding some where to go rather than to be at home attending to what I was blessed with.  My poor husband suffered from it greatly no breakfast in the morning, and supper was something I just tossed at him". she admitted sadly.

Ms. Gray looked out across the fields through the window and confessed,  "I learned one day on my knees that I was to please God and Him alone." The young wife listened as tears ran down her face.

Ms Gray refilled our lemonades as she continued sharing her heart, "I had learned that I was to serve the Lord in all areas of my life and that I was to serve Him with gladness even when I was cleaning my home or cooking meals.  He desires all the praise and all the glory in my every day life.   After many trips in prayer,  I soon learned how to care for my home and husband with a humble and joyful heart while serving my home for God."

The young wife left the little farmhouse feeling a load of guilt coming off her shoulders. That evening her home was glowing with candles and a song of praise was upon her heart.  She finally gave it all to the Lord and trusted that He would show her how to serve Him in her daily task with a joyful heart.

What is true worship in our daily lives? It is through our conduct, living a pure and holy life before Him, it is how we treat each other, and it is through the words we say. It is teaching our children of Him and it is when we take the time to pray and read. Its when we give to God and others. When we sing praises.  It is in our daily lives that we should give God the glory and praise. This worship is the highest worship until God.

Serving and pleasing God in this wonderful ministry that He has called each of us to do.

As I thought about writing on how to be a good wife. I wondered how could I share my heart with you wonderful ladies, I decided to write it out in a short story form. I hope you have enjoyed it. Be encourage ladies no matter your age.

I would love to hear from you.
Teresa

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Herbs







Yesterday, I set the farmhouse table up with empty pots, soil, and herbs.  Nothing is so relaxing than planting herbs or a garden. These herbs have a place  in my home. A plan is in mind, one that will take some time to completed.  However, when the place and room is finished you will see these herbs displayed in this planned place.   A room that needs a new look, of herbs, shelves, and bricks a plan that is right around the corner.  Just a little thought that will keep you wondering.

May your day be restful and cozy,
Teresa

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Road Side Blessings


If you are a faithful follower you may remember that my swing on  my building fell apart after a storm  passed through. It had been repaired over and over.  However, this time it was beyond repair.


This week while driving out a country road, I spotted an  a swing sitting by the edge of the road for free.  I was so thrilled, my girls just hope no one saw us stop and grab the swing ( silly girls). It may not be brand new, but I am thankful for the find.  I am not one who goes around looking for roadside give away. I like keeping my farm and home very purged.  This one was much needed and I had to stop.

Isn't the Lord mindful of not only ours needs, but sometimes our wants. Or was this a need?


Road side blessings, have you found any?

Teresa



Monday, February 20, 2017

Spring Teasing..

This is my peach tree, it is in full buds.  It is four years old  and it is old enough to put out peaches. Each year the freeze kills all the blooms, and we have not had any peaches.  We are waiting to see what this month and next month will do to it.  Maybe, we will get some peaches this year!?


Climbing rose bush is leaving out, everything is so confused.



Near 90 degrees in the greenhouse today.

I have really enjoyed slipping out to the green house this past winter.
A great place to sit and enjoy the warmth, and sunshine on cold winter days.



I have been taking advance of these beautiful spring days.
I am painting my rocking chairs and swing today. Giving my front porch a fresh new look.

This year I am going to have to replace my pillows for the porch.
After three years using the same pillows, they are in need of replacing.

So, a new look for the front porch this spring...Yay, I am kind of excited about that.

As much as I love springtime, in my heart I am saying this can't be good.  Spring temps in the winter?
Could this mean winter in the spring? Or very severe storms with tornadoes treats?

Simply remembering that
 "This is the day that the Lord has made, 
I will rejoice and be glad in it"

What have you been doing?  Are you having early spring like weather in your area?

Hugs, from the farmhouse.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cabin Fever

Spring of 2016

Today was a very pretty day here on our little five acres farm. The sun was very warm and the high today was 60 degrees and the best part was there was no wind.

 The girls and I pick up things in the yard to burn on the fire pit.. We put things away in the barn and then we took a walk back to the creek and woods.   The birds in the woods had their spring song going on.  The creek water made a soothing sound as it flowed over the creek rocks.

It felt wonderful to be outside and to work in the yard!  With six weeks until spring,  I hope we will see more days like today while we wait.

Do you have Cabin fever?

Blessings, Teresa

Friday, January 27, 2017

A DAY IN THE LIFE


Hotel dishes by Walker China Co.  Made in Bedford Ohio 1945



it is easy for us to compare ourselves, our life with others.  maybe it is making each of us to walk away feeling a little less then we are.  instead of comparing maybe we could seek to be inspired. each of us has a routine, or a way about us that appeals to others.  find your way, your routine, your journey and fulfilled it with all of your heart.

 a simple change in our ways could bring down the walls of competition between each other. becoming one who seeks to be inspired by others, or one who inspires.  finding the courage to let your heart embrace simply what you have been blessed with; your home, your family.  inspired by simply being you.            (capitalization was left out intentionally,:)

Hello Friends,

I love early mornings, the peace, the quietness, the newness of God mercies he gives to us each day...it makes early mornings my favorite time of the day.  I don't know about you, but I need His mercies and love each day.   I love my time in His word, my time to talk with Him. I need Him!

I have never been one to feel the need of keeping a daily planner. I mainly do what ever I see that needs to be done.  Maybe, it is because I keep my life simple, but meaningful.  I say no to the busyness of life; I am simply at home where I love to be.

 I am inspired by those who keep a daily planner of their time and life.  Being inspired, I have given it some thought about using a daily planner. Maybe it would help me to use my time better and more wisely.  I know it would, but here it is the 27th of January and I have yet to find the time to even start a daily planner. Crazy huh!

And that is okay, I am good with that.  I keep up with a monthly calendar for church events and a to do list.   To me that's enough and I am content.  It's great to be inspired, and even give it a try.  But most of all it's okay to accept that it isn't for you.   

Be inspired!     

 A day in the life of simply farmhouse.

 (Prov 31:28) Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he PRAISETH  her. 
Do we give our husband a reason to praise us?? 

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Merry Little Christmas...







Flour dust, cookie dough and sprinkles grace the counter tops, while our sweet little daughters watch the sugar cookies bake through the oven doors.   The timer goes off and out comes a tray of sugar cookies made by little hands.  The farmhouse table is filled with racks of sugar cookies cooling, sprinkles of red and green is shaken across the cookies and onto the table.  Our little puppy stands looking up, waiting for clumsy little hands to drop a cookie or two.   Slow days don't come by chance here at our little farmhouse, we create them.

FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN IN THE
 CITY OF DAVID A SAVIOUR , 
WHICH IS
CHRIST THE LORD!

Merry CHRISTmas, From the Farmhouse.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

O Christmas Tree

Each year we love going to a  Christmas Farm and cut down a tree.
It has became a family tradition, that we look forward to.

Afterwards, we enjoy a nice lunch togetherthen upon returning to home, we decorate the tree; while
playing Christmas music and drinking hot chocolate. 


The girls decorated the tree , O it may not be magazine worthy...but to me it is perfect.
It's done by little hands, that have a very special place in my heart.  It's perfect!

The white roping was made by myself and the girls, we took white yard and crochet long chains in the place of ribbons.   We are a little short, we need to crochet some more.  I like the idea of adding a little homemade touch to the tree.

I love these kinds of slow days in the middle of a busy Christmas season.  We try to keep Christmas simple and make it special with family time and traditions that will stay with our little girls forever.

It's about Jesus, it's about giving.

Act 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Have a wonderful weekend with your family.

From our little farmhouse.

Monday, November 21, 2016

O GIVE THANKS

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING friends, 
as we gather around the table; 
let us be thankful to the Lord 
for all our wonderful blessings.

I am so thankful to the Lord, how He has blessed us with wonderful health, keeping us safe , our home, my daughters and son (in-laws), our sweet grand children, my husband  job, food on our table and our wonderful church, that preaches us the truth.  There are so many more things I am so thankful for.

I am so thankful for you blog friends;  I have met so many wonderful ladies on here.   Your blog's have inspired me and encouraged my heart. Thank you for that.

We started a new family tradition early this year, each time we gather around our table. We have to tell 3 or 4 different things we are thankful for.  We can't repeat the ones we have said before. Not just at Thanksgiving, but every day all year long. We want our  family to have a thankful heart, a heart that loves others, and a heart to give.

O Give Thanks unto the Lord:
Call upon his name:
Make known his deeds among the people.
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him:
Talk ye of all His wondrous works.
Glory ye in His Holy Name:
Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
Seek the Lord, and his strength:
 Seek His face evermore.
Remember His marvellous work that he hath done; 
Psalm 105:1-5

From my Farmhouse to your homes have a Blessed and Wonderful Thanksgiving.
(((HUGS))) Teresa

Friday, November 18, 2016

Quieting Our Lives








Hey Y'all!  I don't know about your life and home, but ours has been way too busy lately. I am working towards quieting our lives and home.  Mostly by looking at our schedules and saying no to some things.

Sometimes you just have to make plans to be home more. Saying no to some things, helps us to say yes to more family time.  We are looking forward to some cozy evenings at home playing board games, sewing, putting puzzles together, and curling up with a wholesome book.

How do you like my new living room look? I am slowly painting my entire house this color.   I just got my rug and I recovered the long pillow on the couch with the pretty cream and grey plaid material. Today I took some photos of my girls.  I am wanting a canvas over the couch.  A few more things on my list for my living before it is completed.  As you can tell, I love keeping my home simple.  To me that speaks a quietness  to my heart.

 I took these fall photos today. It was in the 80's.  A cold front is moving in the weekend. We have been so spoiled with the warm weather.   A little bit of Christmas decoration has found its way into our little farmhouse.  Keeping it simple and lightly done.

Keep your home full of love for one another, find ways to quiet your home and life.
Blessings, Teresa


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Showing Hospitality


 

Life seems to keep us busy.  I am enjoying our warm weather.  We have been in the 80's and we are very dry.   We have not had our first frost yet.  I have enjoyed having my windows open, and sitting on the front porch swing in November, crazy isn't it!

In October I decided to reach out to a couple of sisters and their children in our church by inviting them over for a fall luncheon.    We had such a great time together.  We shared our hearts, laughed, and I even taught them how to can apple butter.  Afterwards, I sent home three jars of apple butter with each of them. They felt so at home, I am so glad they did.  I asked them if would they like to come back for a Christmas luncheon?  They quickly replied " Oh yes, we would love too."  One of the sisters said "We need this kind of fellowship with each other, thank you for having us over."

 I failed to get photos of the first luncheon.  I am having a couple more sisters over soon for another fall luncheon and I will get share photos from that one.

Take Care, I will share my thoughts and heart soon.
Teresa

Friday, October 7, 2016

Reflection






When we were not expecting it, September slipped to an end. Days are dancing around us like lightning bugs at dusk.   October is here, a brand new month. What are we going to do with this month?   October brings to all of us sweaters, scarves, windows open, and pumpkins aligned across the porch. A newness in our homes and with our families.  It brings togetherness around the campfires and trailing through the fall leaves.

Hello Friends,

At the farmhouse we long for slower days; like airing out the winter blankets on the clothesline, baking fall desserts and making hot apple cider. Watching a midday storm push through after a month of no rain, home is a place where we unhinge from life.

 On the front porch, hinged from the ceiling is a white swing filled with comfortable pillows that encourage us to stay awhile.  Inside our cozy little farmhouse, our tummies are filled with  pot roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans and a slice of strawberry cake.  La la is playing with legos, then shopkins. Doodle is curled up in the chair with a good wholesome book taking her far, far away.  These quiet evenings are our favorite time of the day.

Making do with what we have while finding contentment.  Counting our blessings and thinking on the Greatness of our Lord. Reflecting on the kind words that are left in the comments, they mean so much.

Fall has begun when the spiders quickly string a web right across the front door within minutes after you have passed through the door.  When the crows call in the distance and the geese form their V's passing over our farm many times a day heading south.

While in the garden the sweet potatoes lie beneath the soil waiting for us to dig them up. There are peppers that need a final picking before Mr Frost takes a bite.  Then all at once, we are blessed with the beautiful fall leaves that remind us change can be a beautiful thing if we would only trust in Him.

Reflect (pause) and reflect again on life's little things that bring us so much happiness in our hearts and to our homes.

Happy Fall!
Blessings, from our little farmhouse.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

We added a bench









Hello Happy Thursday,  I have always wanted to add a bench to our farmhouse table that we built a few years ago. We finally got the project done a few weeks ago.  We love how the bench goes with the table and gives us more seating room.

We simply took some legs off an end table that I found at a yard sale.  Trimmed the length off about two inches.  After a couple of boards, paint, and stain it was finished.

Have a great evening,
Blessings from the Farmhouse.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Wonders



 The Wonders of Life fills my mind as I sat here in this familiar place writing to you.

Hello Friends,

 Meet my family!  Our daughters & one son (in-law) with all our sweet grandchildren.
The little fellow in the stroller is my great nephew.   Our other two wonderful sons (in-law) could not make this trip.

Our daughters & grandchildren all came together and helped their dad to surprise me with the renewing of our wedding vows at our church on a Sunday night.
 A private reception followed with 60 of my closest friends in the church.  And as you see in the above photo, a trip to the ARK.

Ya'll that was the best weekend EVER!  I loved having them all home.  Our daughters are a hoot to be around...they bless me so much.  And seeing all the grands at once overwhelmed my heart with JOY!

We have been married for 35 wonderful years... "We still Do"!   


September has been a very busy month.
My Canon D70 is full of photos to download and to edit for this blog.
This week I have been super busy working on my Sunday School Room.
I was promoted up to an older class.  I spent many hours working on my room.
I must remember not to let my room over power the message.  

Goodness, how I need life to slooow down  anybody??

Counting our Blessings!

Blessings from the Farmhouse.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Grateful!




A place to enjoy ~ when it rains.


 Anybody notice that August has become a memory?  Crickets, cornfields are turning brown and the sounds of crows are in a distance.  Summer is fading and fall is pressing his way in.

Hello  friends,

My heart is full of gratefulness as hints of fall touch our little farmhouse this week.   Made by little hands of our little La la, to me it is the best fall decoration ever made.



Pouring her little heart in each thing she does....Oh how we love this little girl.



 Music fills the house from Doodle. She puts her whole heart into her playing.
She is learning many Gospel songs that bless our hearts when she plays.
Oh how we love our young lady.


Books, pillows, blankets and more books with words of encouragement. 
 Books that inspire , books that remind me to trust in Him and Him alone.



Toss pillows and blankets, here is where we live.



Books that were written from the 1800's and beyond.
Books that fill our shelves.



  I sit at this familiar place writing to you. 

My thoughts reflect over this past year...I can honestly say "I'm grateful".

That the Lord thought I was worth saving, so He came and change my life.
He thought I was worth keeping.  So He cleaned me up inside.
He thought I was worth dying for....He sacrificed His Life.
So I could go free.... 

I am so grateful!

Anybody?