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Simple Life


DSC_4198Have you ever dreamed of a simpler life, one that did not require long drives through tremendous traffic in order to make a living? Bob and I have been dreaming this dream for a long time now and are beginning to take steps to make it happen. We pruchased a small tractor as a beginning step toward that goal.

We hope to use it as an income stream for retirement and are working on getting a small business started by tilling gardens and other stuff that this machine can do. The beauty of this machine is that it is versitle with the bucket, tiller and box blade and it is small enough that it can get through a 48 inch opening. This makes it ideal to help homeowners with small gardens and other little jobs in yards.

Bob has always loved working with tractors and other equipment and when you do what you love, if you can make income with it, you are usually happier. I think it is fun to drive too.

I believe that God guides us into ventures that will sustain us and keep us happy. The day we first saw this tractor we were looking for a machine to rent to fix a mess that we had in the back yard. I took one look at it and felt something drawing me to it. The more Bob and I talked about it the more we felt we wanted to purchase it.

Once we have an established business we plan on moving to a more country atmosphere where we can grow our own food and live off the land. It is all about simplifying our lives and enjoying this earth that God has given us to steward.

Genesis 2:15 (NKJV)

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

I pray that each and everyone of you have dreams and that you are working to make those dreams come true. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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Abundant Harvests


speghetti squashWe harvested the spaghetti squash that took over the compost pile today. It appears that the squash bugs were trying to eat them all so we harvested what we could. I believe we have 21 squash and now I am trying to harvest the seeds while the squash bake so I can freeze them.

This weekend has been full of blessings. I spent all of Saturday with my two youngest grandsons. Rex has begun crawling. He can crawl from one end of the house to another in no time. You really have to keep an eye on him. When he starts walking I am not sure you will be able to stop him. I turned my back one time and he ended up under the kitchen table. It took me a moment to find him.

My daughter and son-in-law took us out for lunch today to celebrate my birthday that is later this week. It was great fun with party hats, balloons, cake and ice cream and great chinese food. I have also received some gifts in the mail for my birthday. the blessings are tremendous from my family. After a long time of struggle with finding a chair that I can sit in without pain I found one at my daughter’s house. And being the wonderful daughter she is the chair is now mine.

It makes me want to praise God for all that He has given me. Without Him I would not have my loving husband and three wonderful children, their loving spouses and six adorable grandchildren. God has given me food for my table and family to share it with. He has given me peace and love in my heart.

1 Chronicles 16:8 (NKJV)

Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!

Join me this week in remembering everything God has given us and thanking Him for it.  I will be back next week with more.

Blessings from the Compost Pile


IMG_2850God blesses us in many ways. Sometimes he surprises us with the yummiest things. My husband and I have been composting for a couple of years now. Actually my husband does most of the work; I just help dump the stuff into the pile. This year in our compost pile we got a blessing. A spaghetti squash began to grow. It took over the whole area of the compost pile. Last time we counted there were over 20 squash on the plant. And now we are reaping the benefits. Today I baked three spaghetti squash to make some spaghetti.

As the squash began to take over the pile my husband saw another volunteer. Three cherry tomato plants were growing in the pile too. What a blessing. You see, this year when we were looking for tomato plants we were unable to find the cherry tomato plants that we wanted and ended up with just the larger tomatoes. Now thanks to this blessing we have three cherry tomato plants that my husband transplanted into our garden that are starting to bear fruit.IMG_2852

There are many things that I want to do but am unable to complete at this point in time. And when those things get me down I can look around and see how God is blessing me. This encourages me enough to keep on trying.

Take some time this week to look around and see where God has blessed you. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Weeding and Redeeming


irisesDo you ever feel like you are always late? I do. I looked out today and my irises were blooming and I realized that I had not removed the old blooms from last year. I looked up on the internet what I should have done and found out that I should have cut them back shortly after they finished blooming. I am late once again. Hopefully after a vigorous trimming they will once again look good and bloom well.

There are so many things to do to maintain a garden. I guess that is why I rarely have a garden of any type. It seems these days I am just too busy to pay attention to things that don’t walk in front of me and demand my attention.

Am I the only one that finds it hard to remember to water a plant in my house or to weed a garden or maintain those little things? I bet I am not. When I was younger my children took all of my time and effort. Then my ministry took all my time. Now my job and basic things take my time. The older I get the harder it is to have the endurance to complete many tasks after a full day at work.

We seem to not have enough time to do all that we want to do. And some days being so used to having no time we waste time not remembering those things we did not have time for previously. Then after wasting time we realize what we could have done. It seems to be a vicious circle. To bring this to a biblical perspective here are two scriptures.

Ecclesiastes 3 (NIV)

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ephesians 5:15-16

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (NIV)

Understanding that we should be careful how we live our lives and how we spend every moment should really make us think about what we are doing. Just like I should pay more attention to the things under my care such as my irises so we should all pay attention to each moment of our lives to make sure we are not wasting opportunity to share God’s love.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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