“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage/journey to Zion.”- Psalm 84:5

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What Faith Can Do

I saw this and had to share this amazing song.  I pray it blesses you as much as it did me.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Living Within Our Means

The last few months I guess you can say I have stuck my head in the sand and I was at a (somewhat) stand still, emotionally. ( and blogging too)  I have been a very frugal gal for many many many years but with the cost of living going up and UP it made things harder.  What use to be a bit of  lee-way, isn't so much lately.  That kind of put me in a tail-spin and I have really struggled inside.  I have to admit I wasn't relying on the Lord the way I should have been, I was kind of mad at Him.   It was not consciously but subconsciously.  I have been running over in my head over and over how can I create some ease back into our finances and I wasn't coming up with much.  I had for years said that I have cut so many corners that I am down to a circle.  My prayer lately has been..." Lord was please show me how I can be creative and cut some more corners to create some ease".  He did give me a few ideas and then I really hit a wall.  Even with all that I had done we were still having struggles.  Now I have to say right here and now I am not whining and my hubby is the most AMAZING man and provider.  I had a very hard time thinking about sharing this but the Lord prompted me to share more of my story.  I am also asking for prayer to keep my chin up. I felt I was to share because there are so many others out there who are going through the same kind of feelings and probably more. 

 A very dear friend shared with me that I should share to encourage others and to be encouraged.  I need to look at this as I have tried for many years as a ... good challenge. Lord , let it not lead me to stick my head in the sand but to keep my eyes lifted to the mountains and know where my strength comes from. It is from God.  

I will be posting about how the Lord is showing me and my family how to live within our means, whatever that is during the coming days.  If you have things to share with me/us please do!

  I am wife to a waiter and our income fluctuates constantly and what I can afford certain times of the year is different than other times.  I want to show snippets of projects around the homestead and maybe it will inspire someone else.  I pray that it will show how  we have a giving and loving God.   And how He does provide for our needs. (and some of our wants too)  

 I am a person who is very busy in the kitchen and tries to be the Gardener's helper.  I am working on ways to not be the reluctant gardener that I had been in the past.  How He has been leading me to come along side my sweetheart and be his helpmeet.  What a journey the Lord has lead me on, thank you Lord. 

The Lord is teaching me how to harvest from the wild or to grow herbs and plants to make supplements instead of buying them to save money.   This year for the first time I have harvested and dried horsetail to make into a tea for silica.  Silica helps with strong nails, hair, and healthy skin.  For information go HERE & HERE .  This is a plant that likes shaded marshy areas and we just happen to have it growing on our homestead.   I have stored it in a gallon glass jar in a dark place (our pantry) to use it through out this year.

I am just about done with my 2ds's second sock. ((happy dance))  I am casting off the toe this week-end.   I am also going through my yarn and busting my stash.  I have now used up all my cotton craft yarn by making up scrappy dish clothes.  Not only is the yarn not going to waste ( that I have had for the last 15 yrs) but I now have a whole bunch of new dish clothes, such a blessing during dish washing times.   

Another thing that has been keeping me very busy is the garden.  My job to help the Gardener is to start a lot of the starter plants from seed on the plant table.   And then transplant them to bigger pots to grow big enough to then transplant to the garden, for a head start.  Our growing season is short and is only 90 days.  Everything counts.

  I am sad to say this year I am a bit behind in my job. ((sigh))  But at the same token it has been a very cool spring.  This morning it was in the low 40's and we are still getting a very cool draft down the mountain.  So time wise I am okay I guess. [o;   

Okay, I think I will share one last picture of our homestead, a song that spoke to my heart, and sign off so I won't turn this post into a book.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Went for a Walk in the Forest ( Spring 2012)

Each year we hike up to check out the water box ( for our gravity fed water system)  to make sure all is good and working well.   It is such a beautiful hike I had to take some pictures with my new camera.  I had a lot of fun as you can see.

Here is the very last patch of snow  within our walking distance.  I am not about to keep going up the mountain to find more. [o;

As we got to the water box I was thankful I brought my hoodie.  It was a bit cool up there.

This year I have to remember to make a effort to pack a lunch and go up there with the boys.   And...maybe a romantic picnic with my Handsome during on one of these hot days of summer. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spring Time Snippets

Fresh of the knitting needles...a stripy Head Wrap 

Rainy Day Attire

Freshly Weeded and Waiting to Be Planted Raised Beds

A Raised Bed Waiting To Be Rebuilt

A Very Foggy Day.  Fresh Snow Just Up the Mountain.

More Foggy Mountains Across the Lake

Sun Trying to Burn Through the Clouds

Cherry Tree Trying To Bring Forth Leaves

Rhubarb Getting Bigger

And Another Raised Bed Waiting To Be planted.

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