Posts in the ‘Life’ Category

1 September 2015

Harvest of home grown Concord Grapes

Harvest of home grown Concord Grapes

Harvest of home grown Concord Grapes

Harvest of home grown Concord Grapes

Harvest of home grown Concord Grapes

This morning we harvested our concord grapes and tomorrow we plan to cook them on the stove-top before turning the juice into jelly. Our home will be filled with the heavenly aroma of these beauties!

September, I’m so glad you’re here to stay a while.

23 April 2015


Meet Ping and Pip! These two little duckings were just added to a friend’s homestead. Once grown, they’ll get to hang out with her small flock of happy chickens, but in the meantime they’re the epitome of adorableness with their yellow fuzz and friendly curiosity about everything.






I’m looking forward to seeing them grow up, but I doubt I’ll recover from the cuteness of this duckling stage anytime soon.

“You have given him dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!”
—Psalm 8:6-9

31 December 2014

Steaming Mug of Cranberry Wassail

Lilacs in May

Grape Harvest

Light Winter Snow

Every year we like to welcome the new year at midnight with the clanging of pots and pans, laughter, and eager anticipation of the days to come. How quickly one year ends and a new begins! But the best part of it all? That our God is all-powerful and ever loving, good, and faithful.

Looking back with thanksgiving and forward with hope, I found the following both beautiful and humbling: A Prayer for Year’s End from “The Valley of Vision.”

O Love beyond Compare,
Thou art good when thou givest,
when thou takest away,
when the sun shines upon me,
when night gathers over me.
Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world,
and in love didst redeem my soul;
Thou dost love me still,
in spite of my hard heart, ingratitude, distrust.
Thy goodness has been with me another year,
leading me through a twisting wilderness,
in retreat helping me to advance,
when beaten back making sure headway.
Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead;
I hoist sail and draw up anchor,
With thee as the blessed pilot of my future as of my past.
I bless thee that thou hast veiled my eyes to the waters ahead.
If thou hast appointed storms of tribulation,
thou wilt be with me in them;
If I have to pass through tempests of persecution and temptation,
I shall not drown;
If I am to die,
I shall see thy face the sooner;
If a painful end is to be my lot,
grant me grace that my faith fail not;
If I am to be cast aside from the service I love,
I can make no stipulation;
Only glorify thyself in me whether in comfort or trial,
as a chosen vessel meet always for thy use.

A joyous New Year to you all!

25 December 2014

Christmas 2014

A very happy Christmas to you all!

Rejoicing in this good news…

“Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
—Philippians 2:6-11

1 November 2014

This autumn we planted three varieties of garlic. Now we get to wait for the summer harvest to find out which we like best and add home-grown garlic to some favorite dishes – it’s perfect in steak sauce, mashed cauliflower, fermented green beans, and a host of others.

As if its vibrant flavor wasn’t good enough, garlic is full of anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-oxidant properties, which make it an especially good thing to have on hand.

Heads of Garlic

Before breaking apart the garlic heads.

Planting Garlic

Burrowing the garlic clove into its winter home, pointy-side up.

Planting Garlic

Cloves ready to be covered with a blend of dirt and home-ripened compost.

Garlic Cloves

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
—Genesis 8:22

3 October 2014

Picking Raspberries

Evening Sky

Autumn Boots

Hello, again. I’m so glad you’re here! Summer was a wonderful season filled with living and growing and learning and loving… as well as a break from blogging. (You might’ve noticed that I’ve still been around a bit on Instagram and Pinterest.) But Autumn is here, and while these days don’t look like they’ll slow down anytime soon, I’m looking forward to carving out time to post here again.

Life is full of seasons with love, mercy, faithfulness, pain, forgiveness, beauty, hope, and much, much more – all because of the greatness and goodness of God.

“For everything there is a season, and
a time for every matter under heaven.”
—Ecclesiastes 3:1

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘therefore I will hope in Him.'”

—Lamentations 3:22-24

As always, things are cooking in the studio, but the latest one just released on October 1st! There will be more about that next week…

10 May 2014

Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds

A glimpse of last evening’s breathtaking storm clouds as they fulfilled the decree of the Lord. I was again left in amazement at the greatness of our God, who ordained every cloud and every gust of wind that declared His glory as the storm passed over us.

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling His word!”

—Psalm 148:7-8

21 March 2014

Spring Daffodils

With yesterday being the first day of the beautiful spring season, I went on a search for something green that would reveal new life after a long winter.

I was happy to find the tips of daffodils peeking between last autumn’s leaves, tulips pushing their way up where just a few weeks ago stood a snowdrift reaching over six feet tall, and, of course, the ever-faithful moss that pops up here and there.

While there are still many patches of green that have yet to show their fresh beauty, I know they’ll appear soon. Spring has just begun and it will keep on coming.

Spring Daffodils

Spring Moss

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

—Genesis 8:22

“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.”
—Psalm 33:4-5

P.S. To celebrate spring, we’re offering 20% off all of our embroidery patterns and kits at Clementine Pattern Co. through March 25th – just use coupon code SPRING14 at checkout!

6 March 2014

Susannah Spurgeon Quote

When I picked up a little book titled “Free Grace and Dying Love,” I couldn’t help but begin pouring over its pages. The first part is a collection of devotions by Susannah Spurgeon and the second part is a biography on her life.

Charles and Susannah Spurgeon’s story is a beautiful and inspiring one. They came together as one and faithfully served and sacrificed much to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and seek first His kingdom and righteousness. (She’s actually featured in one of our paper doll collections.)

Susannah’s writings in the collection of devotions is beautiful evidence of her great love of and submission to her Savior. While her life was far from trial-free, Susannah saw the goodness of the Lord through the afflictions and trusted in His good pleasure – the One “who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” and “causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

A couple of my favorite quotes from this volume:

“Lord, You have told me who You are, You have in mercy revealed Yourself to me, I know You to be that blessed ‘gift of God’ which alone can save and satisfy my soul. The depth and compass of heavenly love are manifested in You, and You have shown me, not my need only, but the sufficiency of Your grace and power to meet it. I am an empty sinner, You are a full Christ!”

“The soul that has learned the blessed secret of seeing God’s hand in all that concerns it, cannot be a prey to fear, it looks beyond all second causes, straight into the heart and will of God, and rests content, because He rules.”

—Susannah Spurgeon

I need Christ in all things and I know that He is sufficient. He rules and reigns and I can rest content in Him. How thankful I am that, by the grace of God, I serve a full Christ!

Susannah Spurgeon Quote

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
—Ephesians 3:20-21