Saturday, October 28, 2017

"Ah, Lovely October, as you usher in the season that awakens my soul...


 ...your awesome beauty compels my spirit to soar like a leaf caught in an autumn breeze and my heart to sing like a heavenly choir."

~Peggy Toney Horton


It's raining. A dreary cold rain...and yet, I sit here quietly completely *thankful* for it! Today has been a day to slow down and snuggle in. I taught spin class this morning and sent out some etsy orders when I got home. Now, after a nice warm shower and getting the laundry started I am able to sit and just relax for a bit. It is quite lovely! Candles are lit throughout the house....giving cozy scents and light to the dark corners of the rooms.

My Christopher got a call from our Brother-in-Love last evening. Our BIL is an auctioneer (as is his father). Chris works auctions for them on Saturdays when they need some extra hands! I was looking forward to him being home today...but Dan needed him and it was good for him to go. They are best friends. Dan has been here for us any time we needed and Chris does the same for him. So, he is off working an auction (which he enjoys doing ~ although I hope it isn't raining where they are...that can make it quite miserable!) and will be home later this afternoon or early evening. It depends on how big the sale is/how much stuff there is to sell.

Xavier spent last night at my parents' house. He was helping my mom with things around the house today (since, as mentioned in my previous post, she has one arm in a sling due to a horse bucking her off this past Sunday!). He was also going to work on a couple things for her chicken coop....but I'm not sure that it is happening out in this cold rain. I know my parents enjoy when the children sleepover and spend time with them (and my children like it too!).

Madelyn was here at home but has gone to my inlaws' meat market to help for a bit. One of my husband's uncles had open heart surgery yesterday so Pa (Chris's dad) wanted to go visit with his brother who *praise the Lord* made it through surgery and is recovering at the hospital. So Madelyn took his place the the meat market so he could go. Later I must take her (or maybe she will practice driving since she has her permit) to the Y where she is helping with a party rental. She does childcare at the Y once a week for a couple hours and they are finding other small jobs for her to do there as well! :)

As my children grow, it is a beautiful thing to watch them take responsibilities, help and serve others. It's hard sometimes to realize how quickly they have grown...I miss them being little! But this, too, is a beautiful season of life and I am thankful!



Jaxson is here at home with me. We'll get some housework/chores done and then maybe snuggle in and watch a movie! I got most of their next week of schooling planned yesterday so that's out of the way! I plan (Lord willing) to take this day a little slower...happy for the time to just be *in*doors and focus on my housework and time with my family as they come home one-by-one! I have some painting and house projects I would like to get done....but they are bigger feats that I am not sure I want to tackle today. Some days...it's nice to just enjoy the coziness of *home*! 

It's lunch time and my tummy is a rumblin'! I bet Jaxson's is too! I best get to making some lunch! Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a lovely weekend! 

Warmly,
Katy

Friday, October 27, 2017

Thoughts


The days are getting colder and we decided it was definitely time to start up the wood stove. Socks and blankets just weren't enough. We just couldn't shake off the chill we had in the house. Thus starts the months of filling, checking and refilling the wood stove! My husband does it when he is home (thankfully) and the children are great helpers with it too! We all work together to keep the house warm!

I have a few things I need to address...as it has been weighing heavy on me. I am not even sure where to begin. Please know I am writing with a quiet (yet heavy) spirit....seeking to address the things laid against me.

I guess I can start by saying that I was not "not posting" in order to keep the last post/comments going and "fuel the fire". I wasn't just leaving it all out there for more people to agree with me. Rather, I have been busy and not had a chance to post again. My mother was thrown (again) from a horse this past Sunday, dislocated her shoulder and has it in a sling (an ambulance was called and the whole she-bang!). I have been babysitting for friends, homeschooling, paying bills, housework, teaching cycling class at the Y, laundry, meals, grocery shopping, doing the worship guide (bulletin) for our church, filling orders for my etsy shop and yesterday I was at my sister's most of the day helping with the baby. I have been busy. Posting takes time to really sit and collect my thoughts and sometimes I just don't have that.

Also, sometimes I am not sure what I want to post. After the "do not judge" comment on my previous post I considered a post on what the Bible says about judging (in proper context of all of Scripture). There are already so many great posts on that though that I figured I would just link to a few. 

Wretched: Do Not Judge ~ What Jesus Really Meant
Real Truth. Real Quick ~ What Does the Bible Mean When it says Judge not, lest you be judged?
The Transformed Wife ~ Righteous Judgment vs Hypocritical Judgment
Got Questions ~ What does the Bible mean that we are not to judge others?

As regards to tone...maybe I wasn't as gentle sounding as I should have been in the sentences I said about feminists. They were truthful statements and I said that I wanted to do a whole post on it so I could explain myself further. Here is what I said. You can see my previous post to read the paragraph entirely...

"I truly cannot understand *any* man desiring to marry a feminist. They have no desire to serve their husband. They want to be the leader of their homes... OK....I need to stop as that is for another post entirely."

If I had been able to write the post about feminism that I wanted to I would have shared the link to this recent article: HERE It's about a woman who made her husband lunch to take with him to work and was looking for some other lunch ideas (rather than the normal sandwiches) and got slammed for even *making* her husband a lunch! She was pummeled with things left and right! I am a woman who makes my husband's lunch for work each day. To hear these women's outcries at serving their husbands is appalling!


I honestly thought of *not* approving the first negative comment I got on my last post because I didn't want to have the controversy and stress of it. I didn't feel like dealing with it all honestly...but then I thought that I would offend if I only posted the "nice" comments. So I approved the comment and tried to clarify my position. Then it was assumed that I was fueling the fire by letting comments of those who agreed with me through. That was not the intention. I was publishing all comments good and bad....to be fair. Not to fuel the fire or make things worse.

This is a place where I share my love of Christ, my family, the job He has given me, and sometimes my views. I am far from perfect...but am writing as I see fit and according to biblical standards. If you find fault with my writing, you may come to me privately (by email) and voice your concerns as to how you believe I am sinning (Matthew 18:15). Then there will be no stressful controversy going on in the comments. Also, I think if you desire to comment as anonymous (especially to try and correct me) it would be kind to at least put your name with it.


I was asked by one friend why I don't comment on their blog. Honestly, I don't read many blogs. Sometimes I do read and don't comment (as I know many do here). I don't do it out of unkindness. I know sometimes people will comment on others' blogs and expect them to reciprocate (I am not naming anyone specific...just saying in general). I am of the mindset that if I find a blog I enjoy and comment there....I don't expect that blog owner to start reading my blog and commenting. So, I am thrilled if you enjoy reading here....and am grateful for your time, comments and encouragement but please don't take it personally if I don't read and comment on your blog. Even the blogs I have linked in my sidebar....I only read a couple of them (sort-of) regularly. Some blogs I pop on and read a post or two and may never comment....but move on to the next thing (as many do here). And that's okay! :o)

I am closing the comments to this post. I don't want to debate nor have an unkind exchange ~ nor am I posting this just to get comments to agree with me. I just wanted to clear up some things. I *am* really trying to please the Lord while serving my husband and raising my family. I am terribly imperfect and definitely *never* portray us as the perfect Christian family. None of us (Christians) are perfect....but many of us *are* striving to live a life of excellence unto the Lord we love. I will continue to share here as I have been....and will still speak against sin when necessary. Thank you for reading here...and I do hope and pray God's grace for each of you that visits.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumnal Sunshine



"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." 

~Nathaniel Hawthorne


We have all been working really hard at preparing for winter this year (as is the case every year)...my husband especially! The children and I definitely put in some muscle work and sweat but Chris is really amazing. He cuts, splits (by hand...although we do have a splitter) and even helps the kids and I stack! :) You should see him swinging the ax. He is a *powerhouse*! In case you're wondering...yes, after 17 years I *still* smile just thinking about him!




Haha....I think I caught Jaxson mid-yawn in this photo....



I just love the changing leaves. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful and point so obviously to our Creator! The only negative thing about fall is that it means winter is coming. I don't hate snow...I just don't like when it stays too long! Ha!




I am glad to be able to share that the temperatures have finally made fall actually *feel* like fall in PA! It's been in the 60's. Chilly....but with the sun out, it has been absolutely lovely! We have been enjoying some beautiful days and my heart sings praise to the Lord for them!



We've been getting other yard work done as well...mowing, raking, prepping things for winter etc. :)

Our days are full...not overly busy to be stressful....but we are kept on our toes with the children's schoolwork and tending to housework and chores. The boys are still taking music lessons ~ X for banjo and Jaxson the guitar. Madelyn has decided to take a break from lessons and work on things on her own as she feels she has reached a point that she can do that!

I am still teaching cycling class at our local Y and trying to be wise with my eating....but I must admit I need to buckle down a bit more. I need to log my food. Using MyFitnessPal is how I lost weight previously.....logging all that I ate. When I stop doing that, I don't do as well. I need to jump on the bandwagon again.

Chris has been working hard....working during the day and then gathering wood for us at night ~ only coming home to have supper once it is dark. He is such a good man. I am so thankful for him. He takes such good care of us! I try to take good care of him when he is home....making sure he comes home to a clean and tidy home, clean laundry (put away), a good meal for his belly and lots of love and affection!

I am so glad to serve my husband and honestly, I see so much feminist garbage on the web (and even in common women's thinking as it has been hammered to them all their lives even if not directly at home) that it frustrates me immensely! I truly cannot understand *any* man desiring to marry a feminist. They have no desire to serve their husband. They want to be the leader of their homes... OK....I need to stop as that is for another post entirely. One I hope to do sometime soon (if I can collect my thoughts enough!). Sometimes I start and my fingers just fly into a rampage of words! Ha!

I just wanted to share this quick post about the beautiful sunshine this autumn and what we have been up to lately! I hope your week has been joy-filled and Spirit-led.

Sisters in Christ ~ may I share this with you (emphasis mine):

Romans 5:6-8


For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

2 Timothy 4:8


Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.


Isn't that absolutely glorious!? What a God we serve! How He deserves all of our praise and worship for what He has done for us....and continues to do! That He did ALL for us and yet gives US a crown of righteousness! Praise Him!

If you are not a Sister in Christ....let's talk! I would love to share the glorious riches of His grace with you! My email address is in my blogger profile as well as to the left in my sidebar! I would love to talk with you! 

Grace to each of you and peace be multiplied,
Katy

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Home Joys



It has been a warm autumn! Except the changing leaves it has still felt very much like summer here in Pennsylvania. It's been lovely...although I have been looking forward to the cooler temperatures. That little sweet sting in the air when you step outside without a sweater...crisp and chilly. I love to be able to snuggle up in the fall and we really haven't gotten there yet. We've been stacking wood for the winter in the shed....sweating and feeling like it's still August! 

We have really needed rain and the Lord has provided that for us this week! It is such a blessing (although I feel like I could sleep all day when it is so gray and rainy outside!). The temperatures are now getting down into the 60's...it's starting to feel like fall! :) 


Rainy days encourage lots of burning candles (with glorious fall scents). I've been enjoying pumpkin spice, apple, and leaf scents!


I found a fantastic slow cooker recipe book at Ollie's not long ago. I have been making many crock pot meals lately! It's been great! I have found new recipes that we have enjoyed and letting them cook through the day in the crock pot makes it easy (and the smells permeating the air are just wonderful!).


Mickey has been doing really well. He is so spunky and fun....and yet, such a great cuddler. He loves people and is definitely a lap dog! Anytime I sit down in the living room, I have a buddy!




Jaxson saved up his own money and purchased an electric guitar! He has been taking lessons for years on his acoustic guitar. He was so excited to get this guitar though!


We enjoyed an evening of music from the boys!


Photo-bomb...


He's been practicing and playing it well. I was worried it would be super loud and obnoxious....but he keeps the volume low and enjoys playing!


Madelyn and Mickey...




In the kitchen...


Supper the other evening... Honey Mustard Chicken (made in the crock pot) with onions, mashed potatoes, corn, peas and applesauce (made by Madelyn)...


If you are interested in getting the cookbook that I bought (you can check Ollie's first if you have one near you....that's where I got it inexpensively) you can find it HERE. Below is a closer picture of the honey mustard chicken (with onions)...


Days have been filled with homeschooling, housework, and getting/stacking wood in the wood shed for the winter! I have to go fold (and put away) a couple loads of laundry and get school planning done for the week ahead so I can go visit my sister and her children tomorrow! Normally, I plan on Fridays...but if I get it done today I will be able to go see them. I haven't seen them in *weeks*!! It's awful! I miss them terribly and can't wait to see them! :o) My nephew is 3 months old already! I look forward to snuggling him!

Thank you for coming by! Here are some glorious words of wisdom from John Piper for you to chew on before you leave:

“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.” 

Warmly,
Katy

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Making Apple Cider 2017!


Although our family is no longer hosting their annual fall festival....we still make cider every year and my inlaws sell it in their meat market! Lots of family and friends come together to help!


 That's my hubby in the back there with the navy blue shirt on. That's our brother-in-love (and Chris's best buddy) in the tan pants.




 We all got together Sunday afternoon after church. We all had lunch together then got to work!




 We went through numerous large box bins of apples!



All the leftover scraps after the apples have had all the juice pressed out of them...


Jaxson, Ma and some of my nephews getting some of the apples into the buckets...


 Xavier takes a turn...




Jaxson enjoys a taste of the cider!


I (along with others) worked inside bottling the cider into gallon and half-gallon jugs!


It makes for a long afternoon...but the Lord blessed us with beautiful weather and an over-all enjoyable day!

I have been in prayer, though, for the families of those murdered in Las Vegas that night as well as for those injured. It was an awful, shocking thing to find out when I woke up Monday morning! Terribly sad and so hard to believe. Watching the video of what happened seemed so unbelievable! I hope you will join me in praying for the loved ones of all involved! What a tragic situation. The world needs the gospel! The world needs Christ!

Thank you, friends, for visiting today. We've been busy with schoolwork, laundry, dishes, stacking wood and lots of other things! I gotta run as there is more to do! Thankfully, supper is in the crockpot (Savory Beef Roast) so that is one less thing to worry about! I hope you will visit me here again soon!

Warmly,
Katy