Monday, April 20, 2015


I have been putting a little bit of my babysitting money away for a splurge.
I have wanted this sink for a long, long time and finally it became a reality.
I know that many are in love with stainless steel, but it has never been my thing. 
It certainly served its purpose. It just didn't bring me joy.

This baby enamaled cast iron and it is heavy! Chuck had to inlist some help to get it in. First my dad helped. Something wasn't right and it needed to come out so in came helper number two. My father-in-law helped to pull it out and reset it.


Swoon! I love, love, love it! It brightens up this space and gives the farmhouse feel that I like. I am tweeking a few things in this area to create a sun shiny space to do work. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Just Say No

Sometimes you just have to say no. This past weekend was one of those times. We had a full schedule for the weekend and when we woke up Saturday we hit the floor running. Chuck was in a hurry to get a long a waited task completed and I was inside in a hurry to get the day started so we could leave and fulfill the busy schedule.
Chuck called to tell me he was on his way home from the steel run. We both had been thinking the same thing...  sometimes you just need to say no. When you are on the go constantly nothing gets accomplished at home. It was decided that we would cancel our Saturday plans and it would be a say no kind of day.
That doesn't mean that we sat on the couch all day and did nothing.  We were plenty busy.
Busy at home.
Busy at a slow pace.
Busy doing things that needed attention at home.
Busy doing things that were important to us.
Busy doing things for us and not the world.
Busy doing things that caused us to feel renewed and not drained.
Sometimes you just need to say no and go with slow. You know what? It really is okay to do this.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

 May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Straight to the Heart

The other morning I was having my quiet time and there was a quote that really struck me. 

  "Sometimes I feel guilter for what I am not than thankful for what I am" 
I guess that shoots straight to the heart of the matter. I don't know anyone that doesn't judge themselves according to others. Or sometimes sigh and think that life must be better for the person next to them.
It is easy to look at others and see their worth. I know many times I judge myself harshly and can't see my own worth. It's a huge struggle for me. I am thankful for a husband that gently reminds me from time to time that I am my worse critic. :)

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

Dear Heavenly Father,
Help me to celebrate who I am made to be, and not who I wish I were. You had a plan for my life before I was formed. Please help me to see my worth through your eyes.

 May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, April 13, 2015

One Room Schoolhouse

Megan adores the Little House books. You can find her making a covered wagon out of kitchen chairs and blankets, galloping through the yard on her horse, pulling out her rifle to hunt and building a homestead with Lincoln Logs. I received notice that there was a field trip to a one room schoolhouse with costumes. Yes! Just the encouragement needed to make a 1800's outfit. Thanks to my wonderful mom this became a reality.

 Saying Megan was delighted is an understatement.
 Lunch was packed in a cute pail and it was time to hit the road.

This desk is original to the schoolhouse. It was the only one they could salvage. The cool thing is that it is mixed in with the reproductions and is still in use today.

 They used pen and ink for all of their school work.
 Can you guess the state?

Here a little history of the pledge. The above version was used from 1892-1922. In 1923 my flag was changed to the flag and United Sates was added. It wasn't until 1954 that under God was added. Interesting!
 Everyone made a batch of homemade butter to enjoy on crackers.
This has been declared the best field trip ever! Her favorite part was recess where they played with wooden toys and tried out stilts.
The third grade class of 1894 gives me hope for the future!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Easter Snapshots

What a wonderful Easter we had! It was full of family, food, fun and worship. 
We colored eggs. 
I did a little cooking and baking.
Eggs were hunted.
Most importantly we celebrated the Resurrection!

He is Risen indeed! Because of that I have hope and I am grateful.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!