Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"As the years pass...


...I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” 

~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Simple things make me happy. While out hanging clothes on the line, the sun warm on my back, I thank the Lord for the sun and it's warmth. As I am mowing, that same sun makes me hot and then I praise God for the cool breeze that blows by or the shade under the trees where it is cooler to walk. 

When circumstances have me feeling melancholy (as I am struggling a bit with today), simply remembering God's goodness and the blessings He gives can revive my spirit a little. It can turn a heart of self-pity and sadness to one of gratitude ~ focusing on Him rather than myself (or the circumstances).



Our soul waits for the Lord;
    He is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in Him,
    because we trust in His holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in You.
~Psalm 33:20-22


I have much to tend to today...but quickly, I wanted to share a few things. Pictured above and below are a couple of things I bought at a local sidewalk sale. I was able to purchase the table decoration above for only $10 and the "beautiful" jar below was only $2 (although you can't see that it says "beautiful" down the side in the photo, you can see it in real life). I always love to find ways to beautify my home inexpensively!


Outside, my hosta and other plants are growing beautifully (although, I admit, some serious weeding needs done)...




My day lilies have bloomed!


My mom got these beautiful begonias for in my log planter that Chris made me a few years ago...



And my porch is all a-bloom...although truly, it looks *much* prettier in person!


So...that's all I have for today. Some days I feel like I have so much I would like to share and then I sit down and go blank. I've got a lot swirling in this head of mine...too much, I think. I really haven't shared much in the form of "deep" thoughts in quite a while...but that's okay. If I feel the Lord leading me to share something, I will. :)

And just for anyone who made be interested I am having a sale in my shop (TheOrganizedPlanner). Use code: JUNE2016 for 25% off your order of $10+! I have reformatted some sticker sheets as well as added some *new* things! I use quality sticker paper and send them out *fast*! :)

I gotta run! This household won't run itself! ;)
Thank-you for visiting. I hope your day is lovely!
Warmly,
Katy

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Getting a Little Braver...


I have (finally) begun hanging things on the new walls of our addition. It is a stressful task as I don't want to make many holes in the wall, want things to be straight and such. I am going to look into command strips for future wall hangings, I think. I want to wait to  hang anything else though because I would like to do some groupings and I don't have all the items I would want to put together. I need to do some vintage/thrift/antique shopping!

The picture below is hanging in our mudroom/entryway...


Our local library is having their annual book sale. Madelyn found some books...as did I! I didn't take an extra bag or anything...I just figured I would carry them in my arms....little did I know I would fine a whole treasure load of books! John Piper, Elisabeth Elliot, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, John MacArthur and more!



A few books I found for the boys...


I also got these fantastic gardening binders (for .75 each)!


I have always wanted to do more with my flower planting but was never sure what to put where, when the plant certain things etc. I am hoping these binders will help me!


 My sister and her girls are visiting today....so we are looking forward to spending some time with them! After a lot of rain yesterday, we will be enjoying sunny skies today too! I hope you have an enjoyable weekend ahead!

Warmly,
Katy

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

..::At Home::..

Just a little post sharing some different things from here at home. Sweet and simple...


 The newest workbook/bible study I have been working on is Knowing the Living God. It is by Paul Washer...a biblical man of God. *It's very important that we use discernment when considering study aids with our Bibles...not all teachers are properly biblical. :)


A peek at the inside...


Planning out my days helps me get things accomplished and stay organized...


I have been grateful for nice days to hang loads of laundry out on the lines. It saves money and I love the way the clothes smell fresh from the line!


The children's little garden (that is in need of a good weeding)...


They have onions, strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini and lettuce planted...




Despite my shooing them away, the chickens have gotten to the lettuce unfortunately. I suppose we should have made a bit of fence to protect it all!


The children really enjoy riding their bikes in the summer! I remember as a child how much my sister and I enjoyed riding our bikes too! :)


Morning sunlight coming in through the windows...




My aunt got this picture of my Ruthie blown up and put on canvas for me as a surprise. She knows how much I miss my pup. This gift made me cry. I just love this picture of my Ruthers and am so thankful to be able to hang it up and always remember her fondly...


Great Aunt Jo moved back to Florida this past week. She gave my mom this cute enamel-ware table but my mom didn't have a place for it so she offered it to me! I am such a furniture junkie! I love old, sturdy furniture that I can make great use of! This table has found a home in our new living room...



The new living room is really starting to feel cozy. At first, it seemed cold and sounds echoed. As things are added here and there, it's really starting to feel like home! I still need to hang things on the walls and get/make curtains...those are just hurdles I haven't crossed (yet).


Today, Xavier is off working at the garage. He is learning a *lot* with my dad and Chris and I am so glad! Madelyn went to the meat market to help Pa and Ma...Jaxson is here with me. Although there hasn't been any swimming or anything yet, I think the children are enjoying some time off from our homeschool work! Although I enjoy the routine of schooling, I, too, am enjoying this break. :) 

Two of my three children enjoying some time of creativity...


Skies are blue today and the sun is shining. It's cool out...but nice! Once some of the yard dries out in the back, I have some mowing to do (it's like doing laundry....an endless task!!!). I am working on some other things as well. I'm not sure what else the day holds...

Off I go!
Joyfully,
Katy

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Friday, June 3, 2016

An Unexpected Project


Chris was digging to begin setting up the new plumbing in our laundry room....should have been a minor project. He hoped to get it done as well as many other things. Unfortunately, we found that previous homeowners (from a long time ago as we have been here 15 years) had used the wrong pipes when doing their plumbing. They were cracked and smashed in many places. So Chris kept digging...and digging. Through the driveway and out to the other side of the yard.


He had to go buy new (stronger) pipe and lay it...then cover it all up again. A "small" project turned into an "all day" thing...



Some of the old pipes...


When owning an older house, these sort of happenings tend to pop up when you try to do any project. Something small turns into a fiasco. We are quite thankful, though, that we found out about these pipes and could replace them. It's nice to know everything is now how it should be! :)



We have been quite busy (thus my lack of posting)...mowing, housework, keeping veggie gardens/flowers watered, preparing for our next homeschool year and other responsibilities and appointments/happenings have kept us going! Xavier has been working a lot at my dad's garage most days (it is so good for him...I have a feeling he will get the business one day! He is learning SO much!). Chris takes him to work with him. I pack them both lunches and send them off in the mornings! :) Madelyn has been helping work at the meat market a lot. Jaxson tends to hang out here a little more than the other two.

I gotta run. I teach spin tomorrow morning at 7 and need to get to bed...but I realized it had been quite a while since I last posted and figured I better let my friends know I'm okay! I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead! Thanks for stopping by!

Warmly,
Katy

Thursday, May 26, 2016

...aspire to live quietly...

...mind your own affairs, and work with your own hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.


I just love Scripture. It is so full of truth and wisdom...God is so good to give us His Word. What a blessing it is to us and such food to the soul! I love the verses above (and if you read before that the chapter urges holy living and brotherly love...such beautiful truths for us!).


Playing badminton with daddy...



Although I don't have photos ~ the children and I played badminton one morning for an hour and a half! We had so much fun playing and laughing! :)


The front of the house is all a-bloom! I am *so* loving it. I try to keep the lawn mowed and everything tidy. Our house isn't fancy, expensive or renovated to the point we want it....but it is *home* and we do our best to care for it and keep it looking neat and pretty (even if it isn't a large, expensive home)!



This rhododendron really needs trimmed back, it just looks so ugly when I do it. I wish it stayed in bloom like this all summer!



Winnie-the-Cat...


Xavier made swings! They have a lot of fun on these!


Two disappointed boys...the go-kart quit on them in the middle of the woods...


So....swinging is in order...






Till mama goes back and helps them push it out!



Daddy and Pa figure out what is wrong with it...



All fixed! And he's off! You can watch a short video of him HERE!


I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead! :)
Warmly,
Katy

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