Saturday, April 28, 2012

Glimpses of Us Girls at the Forest Cathedral

One of the most beautiful things I see many a day and count my blessings for are our daughters helping in the home. They are so good about just stepping up to the plate and creating delicious meals, healthy ones too. Michelle had just gotten home from her nanny job and stopped by the grocery store too. Perfect afternoon! We're still working on the kitchen as our entire home. That's okay it will be finished soon as God sees fit.

Beautiful hands, helping out at home. Don't you just love this?

"Look Mom, I got a great deal on these veggie burgers!" I love the way homeschooling allowed our girls to have the time to learn how to shop and peruse clearances and sales coupled with sensible couponing. Talk about life skills! : )

Lea decided to pick up the brush and clean the windas (windows) ; )

Back yard and front yard windows, she had them covered!

Marianna had just gotten home so she and Michelle decided to dance with the cat. Rebecca is amused in the background. Marilla the kitty not yet a year old is enjoying it? Hubs and I rescued Marilla the kitty last summer. She was a tiny little kitten who had bolted out under a freeway overpass. Hubs pulled over and I rescued the little gal.

Mornings are bright here, Rebecca is getting her healthy morning sun along with studying too.

Our view on good days, I just love these cows. When I talk to them they are calmed by my voice...I think it's great. No we don't eat them, they are Mr. Lundy's cows. Plus I am a vegetarian. Bet ya didn't know that did ya. Did you know I am prolife too in the way of unborn babies? I choose life. Lea is a counselor at a prolife clinic as I once was as well. Jesus is paramount in all of the above causes.

This particular day, there were several mommies with their babies, one mommy was licking her little calf and taking care of it. So darling. See them all laying down?

An evening to the Smalltown...Hubs and I decided to get out to our old stomping grounds and get a bite to eat. Isn't this a lovely scene?

This is Esther our toy poodle, she sits by me with our other three doglets during my morning prayer time. She is such a sweetheart. Marianna planted the rose bushes, aren't they pretty?

Well,well,well, tis I. : ) I don't like it that I wasn't smiling, this was a Sunday after church in Midtown Downtown visiting a church. I was a bit disappointed in the sermon that day. It's tough visiting churches sometimes, sometimes our homechurch is the best in the west I tell you. Hubs was climbing the entrance ramp, we had just gotten a bite to eat at a Mediterranean restaurant. Live music and the works. We get these wonderful pita sandwiches there for under $3.00 with olives and the works. It's a wonderful experience there. Our family loves it and sometimes this downtown establishment opens the windows so the patrons can enjoy the fresh air...This place has all kinds of neat candy, breads, deli, salad bar,coffees and some of the nicest and flavorful looking and tasting gelatto ever. Lately they have been having beautiful live music too. This place is quite an experience! :)

The following photo was taken last week one night...

Starry starry night... paint your pallette blue and grey....I loved this song ever since I was a little girl... I think it's about Vincent Van Goh. Things don't change in people even today we have those very same spirits who persecute and shun people. But we know God wins. God always wins. The loving Father always wins.

Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up. : )

That's the wrap for now, have a sweet evening to All! Love in Christ, ~Amelia

Monday, April 23, 2012

Muffie and Po-Po Ride Again! And What I've Been Up To and Have been Thinking.

Come on Muff let's get this well fixed!

Hard work right Muff?

I think we got it Muff!

All in a day's work at the Forest Cathedral. Muff is quite contemplative on the day's events.

A beautiful eve at the Forest Cathedral. What's for supper?

Thought you all might enjoy seeing what it's like many evenings here at the Forest Cathedral. Muff is the smallest of our four little doglets, he weighs in at probably eleven pounds. : ) He loves his Po-Po. When Po-Po is home no one else exists. I think it's cute...

Where did we get Muffie? Mar.-Mar. found him four years ago on primary voting day. He was sitting in the intersection in the middle of the road, bless his heart, he was matted up, and his collar was rusted shut because of the elements. Mar. made a U-turn and rescued the little fella. His full name? Muffie Buttons Huckabee. Kinda cute don't you think? Actually we started calling him, Muffin because he looked like a little Muffin. : ) Thus: Muffie Thus: Muff

What have I been doing today?
Well...A lot, but it's the type of thing where it's not showing much. I've gone through some baskets of clothing, washing and drying putting up out of season clothing etc. I am so very behind since I had a huge bout of sickness since January. I will catch up. It's a cinch by the inch but hard by the yard so I'll go the "inch" way. Yes siree bobbie.

What am I thinking?
I'm thinking happy thoughts, so glad the way God reveals things. Sometimes He reveals sad disappointing things, sometimes people act weird. Plum weird I say. But it really isn't our problem, as one of the agents at the office says as she smiles ...If that's what they like... (The word "like" must be said as in two syllables almost as singing). ; ) Also prayers were answered in perfect timing. God is so very good.

I feel so filled with joy that we live here again, it is wonderful. It's great fun going to the little towns riding through beautiful countryside seeing God's creatures caring for their babes. Mommy deer and their little fawns, mommy cows and their babies able to live happily in green pastures. It is beautiful. I was a fool to ever move from here in the first place. I knew I was making a mistake ten years ago before I even signed the papers to move back to town. Thank GOD I have the opportunity to be BACK! Hallelujah!

What am I reading? I'm reading a new book actually that my friend Jane B. Gaddy wrote. (can't remember the name just now. I just started on the book last night, it has a Southern clapboard house on the front. I like to nibble at delightful books and I'm kind of thinking this one will be a delight. Only past the forward.

I get tickled sometimes: when people behave as if I know nothing. Last fall someone asked if I knew who Dr. Denton Cooley was...I wanted to say, "Honey, I knew who he was when me and your mama were little gals." Sometimes my pride wants to get the best of me. Being a stay at home mom and wife is not easy at times...Sometimes I want to tell people like that...Do you know my heritage? Etc.? My great, great grandpa was a doctor in Germany for a king's court, our name started with Von don't you know. And by the way several of my cousins are specialists too don't you know? One of my surgeon - cousins was on fox news and has a dog in her office too just like I would do. : P And the Italian side isn't too shabby either if people must know. It really is sad that in our present society women who give their all and are living life to the fullest in their homes are made to feel somehow as if we are less or not living to the fullest when our position should be the most esteemed and realized as the most fulfilling. Why, if you ask our pediatrician, and look at his first book he gave to his patients one thing he wrote was women actually save money and have a nice simple life by staying home with their children. Homes are much happier and healthier like that for many reasons. I make no apologies for being a stay at home mother and wife. If women would put their all into their families unabashedly the world would sure be a better place. God's accolades are fine with me. And if you are a homeschooled student or homeschool parent and feel pressured to make a mark for pride's sake? For an answer to some fool 10 second question as in "What do you do?" or (horrors) "Where do you go to college?"and you are too whimpy to get it out? Shame on you. Pony up and get a grip and tell them you are, or you aspire to be a happy homemaker. If you're a homeschool mom keep the good Lord FIRST. Please stop the immature, insecure popularity games. I've never seen so many insecure, immature women! God will bless a homeschool where HE is FIRST. The rest will come naturally, not by trusting chariots or horses! So I feel better now. *smile* I just read it to hubs and he thought it was good. He thought maybe there are certain people who should hear that.

Perhaps some of the world's pros should be saying..."I know a GREAT stay at home mom and wife!" She is WOW. Her kids are fantastic! She is a sweetheart indeed!

So that's the wrap and the current feelings these days...I guess I'm in a funny little mood these days but that's just the way it is.

Enjoy your families, enjoy your home, don't let society dictate to you how you should live.

You've got to admit, this is probably the most down to earth blog you've ever seen. Yes, I like to be a first rate version of myself. I do try.

Love to All! ~Amelia
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"Takes Genius - To Live Counter Culturally in this World" and Daybook Too.

I heard a preacher say that last Sunday on the radio and I so understand what he is saying...But ya know? Sometimes, in fact, almost most times we don't even try! Ain't it the truth? If you just live for the Lord and follow His ways you will be considered counter cultural won't ya?

Today I'm writing this blog in our living room with Lea, Marianna and Rebecca. We're watching "Oklahoma" in the background. Michelle is at her nanny job.

For supper? Michelle is making grilled veggies in pitas. A great recipe by the way.

I'm drinking at the moment: Green tea with Jasmine...The fragrance of flowers, loveliness.

I'm wearing? A blue and white cap sleeve pin stripe blouse with a blue chambray skirt.

I see outside? The sun trying it's best to come out...

I hear and see: The musical, Oklahoma and.....rumbling thunder with the sun-shining. Wow.

I'm thinking: I do not understand rude, thoughtless people. Just do not understand them when I see a habitual pattern. What in the world? Do they not think that they hurt people's feelings? Life's too short to dwell on it though.

I'm also thinking: Some people are SO very sweet and kind... that when they do perhaps do something that could be considered rude, I can think to myself and even say...They didn't mean nothing....My little Rebecca used to say that when she was a little four year old. She said one time when my dad spilled his pipe ashes on the carpet burning holes. (He still has no idea he did that) Rebecca said: Mommy, Grandpa didn't mean nothing....He didn't mean nothing Mommy. Is that not the sweetest?

I'm reading: Try Giving Yourself Away by David Dunn (1947) Oh my. Such a wowee book...I've been reading excerpts from time to time after supper at the table. Everyone's been enjoying it greatly.

The learning room: "The Sinking of the Bismark" along with brain storming with sisters for Rebecca's grad. party. I love, love, love being able to smile and being able to "get" Rebecca on her ideas...Being in the country is just awesome for parties. The ideas are endless!

I am thankful for: A Peaceful day here at home. Lime green tiny print gingham fabric I am making a spring-time casual dress from! A nice cool dress I am planning. Very feminine for the home.

One of my favorite things: Pondering something and asking God "Why?" and then I turn the radio on and Nancy DeMoss is talking about those "Why" moments. Note: I normally do not ask God why. But lately I feel like a little girl, and this question of Why? It just pours out of my heart to the Father. Mercy from my Father in Heaven would definitely be one of my favorite things. : )

Here are the pics I thought I would share with you on "Lea & Michelle's New & Improved Trash Day". This is from last week, this is what a morning here looks like. I hope you enjoy Michelle and Lea's new and improved "trash day". Now isn't this the prettiest trash day you've ever seen? : )

Okay, here we go Sister...

Here they come back...Everything looks A-Okay. (Love the reflection) What a nice morning!

Coming back into port...

All is Well on a fine morning in the country at the Forest Cathedral. : )

Hope all is well on your end of the country, rain or shine. Love, ~Amelia

P.S. I have a good ol' movie and easy-breezy Italian recipe on my thats-italian.blogspot if you want to see! : )

I also have some challenging and inspirational messages, many if not all on raising our young folks on my Vision For a Godly Home.blogspot

Enjoy and be blessed!