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Cats and Kittens of 2014

Meet O’Malley! We named her and then decided she is a girl. O’Malley seems more like a boyish name, I think, but oh well! About a month ago, O’Malley showed up at our aunt’s house. Our aunt posted a photo of the kitten on fb asking if anyone wanted to give her a home. I was sure my kids [Read On]

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Memoir Monday {No. 34}

 It’s Monday time! Jotting down a few things from last week. This week is going to be busy. It is has been heavy on my mind recently to simply enjoy every single day and the everyday comforts I take for granted. I’d been working on a Daniel study earlier and then had a break from [Read On]

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What Jesus Tells {Five Minute Friday}

Sometimes this ole world feels like such a noisy, messy, scary place and I don’t think I can take one more story or hear any more bad news or listen to the fussing or watch the greediness and selfishness and hear about the evils and atrocities. Whether across the globe or inside my own community [Read On]

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Chairs and Swings and Porchy Things

Here are my birthday chairs! They’ve been loving hanging out on my front porch! The color schemes on my old porch furniture comes straight from the most élite and expensive Paris designer. It cost me big bucks!  It takes a lot to pull together old colors and chipped patinas.   I am quite pleased with [Read On]

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Memoir Monday {No. 33}

  Lego oil well~ Renae saw this idea on Pinterest for patching a hole, so she promptly patched a hole in a pair of her everyday jeans. She used a scrap of fabric we had and embroidered the flowers. I was impressed. She’s so much craftier than I am. I think she inherited some of [Read On]

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The Staircase in My Old House with Decor That I Loved

Working on basement cupboards and thinking about projects and looking through some old pictures got me to thinking about something I loved at my old house. DECOR WISE anyway! And that is my old staircase. Our old stairs were wooden, painted, hard, and steep. With no hand rail. So, you see there’s really nothing to [Read On]

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Because Mamas Do a Lot

I have these two half-grown children living at my house. And if you read my blog very often I’m sure you’re thinking, “Wow. She mostly just talks about how fast time goes by and how quickly her kids grow!!” Too true. I do feel that way a lot and I do think about it a [Read On]

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Memoir Monday {No. 32}

I was thinking this morning about how quickly a morning goes by. I will have two or three goals for a day and it will be lunchtime and I won’t have worked on any of them. Because here’s how it goes~all the details that I don’t write down on a to-do list. Throw in the [Read On]

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Anchors Aweigh August Flexi 2014

  Introducing our August flexi! Anchors Aweigh!   Find it in a size small by clicking here~ Shop other sizes by choosing your category underneath Hair Items on the left-hand side of my Lilla Rose site.     It is navy blue and white combined with brass, complete with an anchor centerpiece and danglie.  A [Read On]

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Green, Green Fields of Weeds

One year in the land of Kansas, there was very little rain. Not much AT All. The wheat grew despite the dry and did its very best, because it is hardy and made to grow despite harsh conditions. Still, though it grew, it was thin and short as it ripened and turned gold. And then [Read On]

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Memoir Monday {No 31}

Our neighbors were gone a couple of weekends ago, so R&T fed a few animals and gathered eggs. It’s always fun to see how many eggs they collect and I always think they are so pretty! Birthday gifts! #funstuff #FunGiftIdeas I love to get gifts, I love to put gifts together and I love to [Read On]

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Cornmeal Rolls

Another of our favorite bread recipes! I hadn’t made cornmeal rolls for quite a while. We were at a friend’s house a while back and she served them. My son loved them and wanted to make them. I found my recipe and we made cornmeal rolls! They didn’t last very long. They are really soft [Read On]

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Today is Tuesday

Today is Tuesday, but not TAKOS Tuesday, {for Lego Movie Fans} and I didn’t take time yesterday to post a Memoir Monday post this week. It seemed I kept busy with other chores and things I wanted to catch up on. I feel a little better each week and I’m very thankful. It’s nice to [Read On]

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Lilla Rose Enrollment Event~Free Shipping on Enrollment Kit~July 2014

Last year in July, Lilla Rose offered free shipping on enrollment kits for new enrollees. {I think enrollees is not really a word.} {Would have to consult Google about that one.} They are offering it again this year! From July 18 through July 31st, you will receive free shipping on your enrollment kit, when you [Read On]

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Joyfully Sewn Designs Giveaway {$30 Gift Certificate}

Today I’m teaming up with a few other bloggers to bring to you a fantastic giveaway from Joyfully Sewn Designs! Sarah’s online shop is a wonderful resource for beautiful, modest clothing for young girls, and this week she’s giving away a $30 gift certificate to one of you! (Pssst, you can use the promo code SUMMER to get free shipping on any order of at least $50!  So even if you don’t win, here’s a freebie!) The giveaway details are at the end of this post (scroll down if you just can’t wait!), but if you can handle a few moments of suspense before we get there, Kristy from Little Natural Cottage is sharing  five things she loves about Joyfully Sewn Designs and the beautiful things Sarah creates for her customers! Here’s Kristy’s takes!    1. Feminine Clothing!  I fell in love with this tiered peasant dress. It just begs for a barefoot, summer time stroll! I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it increasingly difficult to buy truly feminine clothing for my daughters in most department stores.  Simply stated, Sarah’s creations are feminine, sweet, and beautiful.  I appreciate that! 2. High Quality Work Here’s a close­up of the denim Prairie Peasant Skirt Sarah sells in her shop. So pretty! The handiwork Sarah offers is superb… these clothes are made to wear and wash well.  And they do! 3. Quick Shipping  This precious little dress makes me wish I had a baby girl to wear it! ;) Products always arrive in a timely manner from Joyfully Sewn Designs!  On a custom order, Sarah will always let you know the time frame for finishing up a product, and she’s good on her word. 4. Excellent Customer Service  Don’t you just love the sweet little bows that come with this Red­and­White Apple Sun Dress? Need a specific size?  Matching dresses?  A bow or pair of bloomers for an outfit?  Sarah offers wonderful and gracious customer service. 5. Unique Products   Sarah’s crisp, handmade bloomers (or pantaloons) are probably my favorite “accessory” from Joyfully Sewn Designs! My girls wore these with most of their dresses when they were little. Speaking of bows and bloomers, I love the uniqueness at Joyfully Sewn Designs!  A few of my favorite “unique” products include­ outfits with matching bows (like this one) skirts with built­in bloomers (like this) adorable pantaloons for toddlers and little girls matching night gowns for little girls and their dolls Thanks [Read On]

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Memoir Monday {No. 30}

Pineapple and Posies! My sister cut some sunflowers and grasses growing along the road and styled a pretty bouquet. Sweet niece faces! Silly son smiling! A bit more harvest ~ here a little ~ there a little ~ it has been so struuuuuuung out… Campfire time! And smores! We had a beautiful Tuesday evening and [Read On]

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Our Guest Room Makeover, Decor Style, and a Good Bit of Rambling

Back in the winter, I dug around for the leftover paint I knew I had and moved a few things out into the room-at-the-top-of-the-stairs and rounded up paintbrushes, dropcloths {a.k.a. as old shower curtains and plastic}, paint rollers, and such, and commenced to paint my guest room. We didn’t paint it before we moved in [Read On]

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The Wheat Harvest Continues

  Continuing to cut as the weather and rain and mud allows! Each acre is another acre done! Life on our farm. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014

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Playing in the Creek

Cousins visiting. Rocks, sand, and dirt. Mud banks. Water to swish like a fish in. Ideas and imagination. Places to pose. Mudpies made to point out. Perfect ingredients for a recipe of fun! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014

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Memoir Monday {No. 29}

I guess our truck wasn’t ready to start a new week last week and just wanted to take a break! It blew a tire and so it got to take a break whether it was wanting to or not! Our week started with a bang. ~literally~ The combine had a bearing go out. Throw in [Read On]

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The Exhale of the Waiting {Five Minute Friday}

The sound of the creek running and gurgling filters in the open window. Much of the time it is just a dry and empty creek bed, but today, swollen from the recent rains we’ve had, it makes music that we aren’t used to hearing and it is lovely. The mower rumbles and the smell of [Read On]

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The Interpreter Inside Each One Of Us

I’ve been thinking off and on about interpretation. We all do a lot of interpreting. We do it and aren’t even aware that we are. We read something and we interpret what we perceive the author is saying. We watch a movie and we take away something, whether we watch it just for fun or [Read On]

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The White T-shirt Team Pounds and Places Hammock Posts

Earlier this year, in the spring, back before it started raining and before harvest time was here and before I was sick, back when we were thinking about boxwoods  and trees and stuff like that, two out of the four from the “we”, did some digging and working and put in poles for a hammock. I [Read On]

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Memoir Monday {No. 28}

I spy, in a field nearby, a combine that used to be owned by my guy! I’ll snap a picture as we drive by.   Lovely vignette! My favorite kind. Pretty and homey and part of life all rolled into one. Snack mixes are so handy to have around during harvest. One recipe over here [Read On]

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Three Things I Struggle With

    Three things I struggle with ~   Hmmm??? Only three?? Ok, hit it………. {not listed in any special order or in accordance with how big or small the struggle} No. 1.    INTERRUPTIONS   I don’t like to be interrupted. Especially when I’m really focused on something or trying to really think something [Read On]

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