Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall

There is something about fall that gives us a renewed mind set.
We have only had a few days here in West Virginia that truly felt like fall. They are gone now, and summer weather has come back.

With fall comes new responsibility. 

If you came to our little town in WV, you would see our family cutting the dead trees down before winter comes. We use the wood for firewood. My husband teaches our boys to cut, split, and sell the wood. 



Each year selling the woods brings in extra income for our family. We want to teach them how to make a living with your hands.


It is so good for boys to learn to work. Girls too of course. But I am taking about working hard to provide for your family. I think that has to be taught in our day. The world teaches otherwise. 

We also are busy in the fall with leaves. Being that our home is in the woods, we have alot of trees and fallen leaves. Cleaning gutters and ditches out are a weekly job around the home. 

 Raking leaves is very therapeutic for me. 


There is nothing better than the smell of leaves and a rake. It just so happened that last week as the boys and I were burning some leaves, that I started getting a bit scared. I hope this fire doesn't get too big for me to handle. 

I ask my oldest son to get the bucket of water ready just in case. He takes off running.

I then begin raking to the center of the fire, and soon realize I have burnt my rake :( 


It was so hot in the middle of that leaf pile. We are now the proud owners of a half of a rake. But it will still work for us. No need in buying one right away. 

I also enjoy everyone's homes that have fall pictures on the front porch. The beautiful mums, bales of hay, pumpkins, and guards. It brings so much color to the front porch. 

What are some of your favorites about fall? 

*These pictures were found on Pinterest. They are the art work of John Sloan. If you have an extra minute or two search his name. They bring me so much joy from the quiet, orderly life they portray. 


Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Quiet

Each morning that I wake up in the dark and cool, I am renewed of my love for motherhood.


I sneak into the quiet kitchen. Turn on the coffee pot, and get it ready. All the while being as quiet as a mouse. Get my creamer set, and bring my coffee to my favorite spot in the living room.

Grab my bible, sit down, and normally it falls open to something that the Lord knows I need to read.

How amazing are his works!!!

This morning it was in Romans.

"LOVE MUST BE SINCERE. HATE WHAT IS EVIL;CLING TO WHAT IS GOOD. BE DEVOTED TO ONE ANOTHER IN BROTHERLY LOVE, HONOR ONE ANOTHER ABOVE YOURSELVES." (Romans 12:9-11)


I cling to these verses. My heart is thankful for a loving heart towards others. But there is always improving on my part. My thoughts can always use work.

Honoring others above yourself takes training and self control. It can be done.
Motherhood helps us with that. Our husband's and children's needs come before our own. I enjoy that! I love serving them and being a blessing.

How do you spend your early Mornings? Do you wake up before your family?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Finding Inspiration

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It has been a while since I have written. I'm not sure why that is. Maybe lack of knowing what to share, or lack of time. Either way, I have come today almost two months later to write a bit.

I have been thinking lately, about how us moms struggle. I talk with my friends and fellow mothers along my week and many struggle. Some with parenting, marriage, money, time, and decisions. When you are struggling, where do you turn?

I have asked myself this question many times. Where am I turning when I am needing inspiration or an uplift? Is it the right place to turn?

Parenting is always training in process. I feel like we are all in training. Not just our 22 month old son, but all three boys and even my husband and I. With parenting you have to continually change and try new things with each child.

This summer I have struggled in a few different areas, and I have turned to three different things.  

#1. My bible.

I look up verses that I have become very familiar with that uplift and give me hope. Training these children will get easier someday soon. The Lord gives us hope and purpose in mothering. We can turn to his word to find uplifting and inspirational stories and scriptures.


"Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
(Matthew 11:28)


#2. Good Christian Books.

I have read a few great books this summer that give me inspiration in mothering and home life. I wanted to share them with you. I hope that maybe you will find encouragement in them as well. I got both of them from Amazon for under $6.



#3 Fellow Moms

This is a bit tricky. I have found that sometimes when asking for advice from other moms, you may get answer that you aren't looking for or even some bad advice. I pick my advice carefully. I don't want to bring even more struggle into my mind so I am careful where I ask. Do you have a great friend that shares your same lifestyle? I know that if I am struggling in the area of housework, I shouldn't ask a mother who also struggles in this area. Or if I am struggling with my boys, I should go to a mom friend who also raises boys and not just a home full of girls. Does this make sense? This is something I have learned along the way. It brings me great joy to find others who are also in my same season of life.


I hope these thoughts have been somewhat of a blessing to you.

Blessings,

Stacy

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June Musings


June has come and almost gone so fast.

The older I get, the faster life seems to pass by. I long for the days when my older boys (who are 8 and 6) were little ones in diapers. Thankfully, I do still have one in diapers totting around. It is always fun when a baby is in the house.

The big boys have been out of school now for almost a month.

We have had a blessed month for sure. Here are some things that we have been up to:

We've spent every minute together and that is my favorite part.

We have been camping to a few of our favorite spots here in West Virginia and in Kentucky.

We've stayed up around a campfire, and slept in the next morning.

Put up our little pool, to only have to tear it down and start over :/

Enjoy many activities with our church family and be in a week long gospel meeting.

Spend time with our family and close friends.

Read chapter books together and go to the library each week.

Work in our garden (which has been my personal favorite)


Had a new kitty join our barn crew. We all decided on the name Jessie.

The cat reminds us all to slow down and take it easy. Watching her sleep in the rocking chairs, makes me want to do the same.


Enjoying the chickens, and all that goes along with barn chores.

We just have had a blessing of June. It has been so good to us!

How has your month gone? Is it flying by?
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Simple days

I am loving the summery weather here.

Wonderful weather for sitting on the porch.

Hope you're having good weather wherever you are.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How you spend your free time at home?


I have been trying to redirect my free time. 

I can easily waste that time when all the work is done, and the baby is napping. 

Our free time as wives and mothers is precious. 

After all of your work is done, what do you do? 

I am not a person for TV. If you enter our home they are never hardly on. We don't have cable but rather just Netflix for the boys. I pull it out if it's a rainy day. 

I am not so much into a particular hobby like sewing or crafting. Although, I would like to be. The season of life I'm in just doesn't allow for much free time. 

I would say my favorite is cleaning and making our home a more "enjoyable home". 

One that is clutter free and pretty. 

I have always loved gardening and that has been on my mind the past 3 weeks or so. Our temperatures are wonderful here in WV.

As our school year comes to a close in just 5 days, I pray to be a mom each day with no distractions and use my time wisely for my children.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Homemade garden signs



The boys and I painted some homemade garden signs.

My husband cut them from scrap wood we had in the barn and the boys and I painted them.

We have planted all of our vegetables in our garden.

So simple and easy. A fun way to know where your plants are when everything gets big and full grown.


Happy Monday

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Glimpses of Spring at our Home

I love Spring! After a long winter indoors, it gives me a revived love for being outdoors doing what I love most.
Planting, mowing, gardening, playing with my boys, and working outside.
It has been up and down weather here in WV. Today and the rest of this week we will have weather in the 70's and 80's. I am looking forward to it.
I planted some pansies a few weeks ago and they will last until the very hot weather comes. This year my husband got a farmer to dump a load of horse manure in our garden. I got some and put it in my pots before planting. Boy did these flowers take off! Much cheaper than buying so much Miracle Grow.
I enjoy my front porch. I hope to make some improvements to it this week.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Your Easter

It is such a blessing to be able to celebrate our Risen Savior.

I was a busy but blessed weekend being with family and church friends.

I hope yours was blessed as well.