Monday, June 27, 2011

A Creative Giveaway!!

My sweet friend Michelle is hosting a giveaway of Julia's new ebooks!  She is giving away 3 sets of all three books!  Head on over there and enter to win.  You will be so glad you did, especially if you win! 
Click HERE to go to Michelle's blog, She Looketh Well. 

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


It has been a busy 2 weeks.  I have tried to post 3 times and blogger wouldn't work for me so hopefully this time will work. 

God has been pouring out his blessings on us, literally!

We have been sweating through a very hot summer with almost no rain.  Needless to say for a landscaping company that is not good news.  We had been praying for more work as we were quickly finishing the rush of spring projects that we had lined up.  But for a long time, no calls, no contacts, nothing, nada...  But just as we are getting ready to do the last job on our list, a previous contact asked for an updated proposal and another friend asked for more work to be done.  Thank you, Lord!

We also were praying for rain.  Yesterday, God gave us our own personal rainstorm for 3 hours! Seriously. 

There were large bands of rain on the radar but far north and south of us.  Right in the middle of the radar map was our little storm not even 3 miles wide.  We received a drenching rain and cool breezes!  Thank you, Lord!

Some friends invited us to go blueberry picking with them today.  I had already gotten some at a local u-pick for $10 a gallon.  But today we were able to get almost 5 gallons in an hour and a half for FREE!!  The berries are bigger and sweeter than the other place.  AND the lady told us to come back next Saturday and pick more because they can't get them all and they are falling on the ground!!  Thank you, Lord!

Julia wanted a bedroom make-over for her birthday and this week we were able to finish her curtains and bedspread just in time for my sister and her husband coming to stay with us overnight!  Thank you, Lord!

Today, a man at a garage sale today gave Bob a full size filing cabinet for free, just what we needed to organize our office space!  Thank you, Lord!

A dear friend has offered to post about Julia's ebooks on her blog to help us get the word out.  Her blog is She Looketh Well.  She is also offering a giveaway for the ebooks so check it out.  Thank you, Lord! 

I feel like I could go on and on.  But don't you see the hand of God in all of this?  He is so faithful to do what He says He will do and one of those things is to take care of His children.  He will pour out a blessing if you look to Him. 

Malchi 3:10-11 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Psalm 81:10 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Psa 34:8-10 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Thank you, Lord,

Monday, June 13, 2011

Read This......

 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Ephesians 1
So why should I worry?  Why should I be discouraged?  Look what God has done for me, is doing for me and will do for me!  My heart can take comfort and rejoice in the greatness of God toward me. 
May your heart be encouraged and blessed,

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


It's that time of year again when my favorite variety of peaches is ripe.  At our local peach farm, the Ruby Prince variety is in season.  So we all went down there and gathered the culls (the rejects) and came home with a pile of peaches, about 125 pounds!  The culls are only $5 for a 25 pound box.  So it is easy to get a lot, maybe too much?

 We got those 3 boxes plus 2 containers.  Here we are scalding the peaches to remove the skins, then cutting them off of the pit. 
 It is a messy, sticky, time-consuming job.  All of the family pitched in to help!  We put the peaches in water with citric acid, lemon juice, to keep them from turning brown.  Thankfully, Julia took some pictures.  My hands were way too sticky to pick up my camera.  She was a great help too, you just can't see her in these pictures. 
 Then I made peach jam.  I also canned peaches for desserts and smoothies.  Some peaches went into the freezer but most were canned.  This in only half of the peaches.  The rest are waiting in the outside frig to be made into tasty jam. 
I really love making our own jam.  I don't buy any jam from the store but make all of our own every year.  It is a lot of hard work but the benefits last all year long! 

What have you been up to lately?  Please feel free to leave a comment, I would enjoy hearing from you!