Happy Thanksgiving (Thankful day)

The USA celebrates Thanksgiving today… a day that originated when the pilgrims’ and the Indians put aside their differences to celebrate together and focus on the things they shared. Today I challenge us to focus on the positive, the good, and the things we have in common and to be grateful to celebrate those things.

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Today I am thankful for many things and am choosing to keep my focus and the focus on my life with what God has given me and how I can serve others, starting with my family🙂

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Today I am grateful for:

  1. My salvation in Christ- without it I would be a lost soul
  2. My husband- the person I rely on and love to be with
  3. My dogs and kitty- my sanity in a crazy world who always love me and are good for a smile
  4. My church- where I grown and learn and can be around like souls
  5. My family- esp. my mom and step-dad who are always willing to help
  6. My chickens- you can’t beat fresh eggs and their funny antics
  7. My home- its a safe and warm place to be and I always can’t wait to be home
  8. My garden- I love to grow my own food, can it, and freeze it
  9. My job- I don’t like all of it but at least I have the ability to have one
  10. Music- if you choose right it can feed your soul, calm you spirit, and change your perspective

I could go on and on, but I must get back to family and Thanksgiving in my home🙂 Hope your having a blessed day!

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Fall brings Thankfulness

We have one tree out by the road that always is so pretty when it changes colors. We love this tree as it signals fall and is just pretty to look at.

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It also reminds me that Thanksgiving is on it’s way and it helps me to remember what I am thankful for.

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Even when it seems thing aren’t going your way, things could always be worse and there is always something to be thankful for.

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My boys are ready and waiting for Thanksgiving. They tried on their bandanas and have picked out a prime spot to watch the family eat.

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The boys are just two of the many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. Hope you are going to have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, no matter what your plans are.

Belated Veterans Day

Since I didn’t have time on Friday to post I wanted to today. A rainbow can remind us of many things… the promise from God, hope, beauty, love, and more….

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But today I wanted to use it to thank anyone who has served in the United states Military. Without their sacrifice, honor, bravery, and love of this country I believe we would not be the country we are. No matter what, our military members are people to be respected and thanked for their willingness to do what they do. Hubby and I have members of our family’s who have served. Both of us have heard stories of things they have done and we know the toll it takes on their families. So thank you if you are a military family. I pray God will continue to protect and bless America. Hope you have a blessed holiday season (I can’t believe it is Thanksgiving next week… snuck up on me😉 )

Wish… Deferred?

Have you ever had a wish or do you have a wish… a wish that is so deep down in your heart that you are afraid to say it out loud? A wish that you have wanted so bad and long that you stop saying it out loud and keep it buried inside. Something you have prayed for and hoped for that it seems impossible at times, but others times the hope pops up when you least expect it.

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I have had a couple wishes like this and for a long time I moved between thinking I should give up and then times I know God can provide. Recently I have come upon the idea of thinking of these secret hopes and dreams as delayed. God can provide our hopes and dream when they are in line with his plan for our lives, even when they seem impossible… but sometimes I have figured out in the mean time there are things I can do to prepare or to improve during periods of wait.

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Many times we may think of our unanswered dreams as a yes or no thing… but there is the “wait” option. And during the waiting time we can improve ourselves, our lives, our perspectives, our families, our faith. Its not always easy or fun, but it is possible and often it helps to have purpose during times of wait. It also may be just what we need to be doing to be our best when our dreams do come🙂 Do you have secret hopes in your heart? How do you cope during periods of wait?

Coop Cleaning…

Last week we finally got a nice enough day to clean out the chicken coop. This means we rake, shovel, and scrape out all the old hay, shavings, dirt, and whatever else is in there. In it’s place we disinfect ( in a way that doesn’t hurt the chickens) and while that is setting in we clean out and spray down the boxes and get anything we can out into the sun light and spray it off with the water hose.  Once everything is as clean as we can get it we put down fresh hay and new shavings in the boxes.

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Our girls always love scratching around in the new hay and seeing what they can find. Its like a kid on their birthday playing with the box. Its funny to hear their happy noises and see them explore. Even the dogs try to go in and check it out (if we would let them).We rearranged things some this season to give them more space inside incase they have to stay in with the winter weather.

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Chase is always a good supervisor for chores that take a while. Baxter is happy to sit on the porch and sleep.

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I’m glad we got this chore done and have the girls already for the winter. One chore down… many more to go😉

Autumn is upon us… I love it

I love fall. If I had to pick a favorite season I would choose fall. It is the season hubby and I were married in, it has great weather for my boots, jeans and a vest, its not too rainy, its not too hot or too cold, and its the beginning of the good food season… hot apple cider, soups, stews, roasts, and all sorts of other comfort foods. One activity hubby and I like to do is go to a farm to pick out our own pumpkin(s).

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We spend quite a bit of time looking over our options, putting them side by side, and finding just the right ones for the year. Its like picking out the perfect Christmas tree for us. (Well I guess the Christmas tree is more special, but this is just as fun🙂 )

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When we get them home we find them just the right spots and get out our other fall decorations.

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The dogs always like to explore the new additions… (look at this cute face)

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And take time to explore them.

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We even got a neat shaped one for our side steps. I thought it was very unique.

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We had so much fun when we got to go this year and bring home these beauties to decorate our home.

Flowers and Gardens

While we were on our overnight anniversary trip we went to a botanical gardens.

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The outside path was lined with gardens with pretty flower spinners.

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It was a pretty place and a lot of indoor displays, more then I had seen in other gardens like this.

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Some had things in them.

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Other’s were mostly flowers.

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The had ones for kids. (you know I loved the one with the chicken😉 )

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Many of them had glass sculptures in them.

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One was in a desert…

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And the glass looked like a sun.

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It was neat what someone can do with glass.

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I love to look at flowers and find it very interesting how someone can create something so beautiful with different flowers.

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And they were all beautiful.

Anniversary Trip

This past week hubby and I went away overnight for our anniversary. Our neighbor agreed to watch the chickens and feed/let out the dogs so we could go.

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On the drive to Pittsburg, PA we went though the Gap.

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It has really pretty views especially in the morning hours. I am usually looking up at the mountains from home. Its a different perspective looking down into the valleys and a different beauty.

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We got to do a few things while in Pittsburg including Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and the zoo. I will share on those later. Since we only had an afternoon and a morning to explore on our overnight trip we hope to go back to see more.

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We realized we defiantly are country people though as the big city was a little crazy and intimidating, especially driving. Do you have any suggestions for things to see or places to go if we get back anytime?

Do you remember…

Do you remember where you were (if you are old enough) on 9-11 when you heard the words – America is under attack. The moment- the emotions you felt? Did you watch the twin towers fall? Do you remember the sadness that followed? Today I talked to many people we could all remember the moment, what we heard, saw, and what happened after in the following months.

Do you remember after the hero’s- some that were always hero’s but not given the credit as much- and every day citizens who became hero’s sometimes giving their own life to save others. Firefighters and other first responders who ran into buildings to save people instead of saving themselves. People who went to lead others to safety.

A one of kind Precious Moments made to remember 9-11 and displayed in their museum in Missouri.

A one of kind Precious Moments made to remember 9-11 and displayed in their museum in Missouri.

Do you remember after when people were in the streets praying, sharing that they had relied on God when they thought it might be the end for them? Do you remember that for a time our country pulled together for a common cause, instead of fighting and pulling our own country apart? That event brought us together on bended knee and in a common direction. Bravery in response… unity in spirit.

I have been thinking all day of how I should write a 9-11 blog and do this memory justice. It seems as if America has forgotten this day… how it affected us in the days that followed. We say we haven’t forgotten… we say we remember through our ceremonies and events… we thank those who serve in the military, firefighters, police, and paramedics (not saying this is wrong I think this is very important). But when you look at what is going on in our country and the way we divide ourselves with our pride, bitterness, and draw away from what founded this wonderful country… I see a lot of America have forgotten.

Precious Moments Museum in Missouri

Precious Moments Museum in Missouri

I haven’t forgotten, my church has not forgotten, some of those I know haven’t forgotten, and I know those who were directly affected and are survivors or family of survivors haven’t forgotten. There is still evil out there ready to attack… they are attacking many countries… so today as we remember 9-11 lets not forget that America still needs unity. We still need to remember what it felt like to pull together as citizen’s of a great country and focus our cause on defeating evil instead of creating evil in our country or allowing it to reside here. My prayer today is that America starts to remember what we really need in this country and unify around God and defeating evil so we can continue to be a great country. As a country divided we will eventually not stand. I hope today if you are a citizen of America or affected in any way by 9-11, that you remember or tell someone who wouldn’t remember what American was like, what this event was like, and encourage each other to unify and remember. Remember in our thoughts, actions, and motives in a positive direction. God bless America.

Heat Wave… hopefully waving bye bye

It is so hot again… so hot I want to crawl into an ice bath. On top of the heat our AC went out yesterday and it’s not fixed yet. To keep cool we have al the fans going, extra floor fans on, were going for rides with the boys in the car with the AC going, and opening widows around the house where the sun isn’t shining in to increase air flow.

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This evening it is finally cooling and Grayson has been finding a way to stay cool…

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He has loved hanging out in the windows. We have found him in different windows depending on the sun. I think its not only the air flow, but he has loved hearing and seeing different animals and bugs go by.

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They say the coming week we are supposed to be in the 80’s again so hopefully that will help. When you don’t have AC or a commodity like it… makes you very grateful for it. Praying its fixed soon. Hope the weather is nice in your neck of the woods🙂

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