Wednesday, May 20, 2009

In the Month of May...

This month has been quite a busy one for us!

Our book business had been experiencing the "lull before the storm" last month, but it's now really starting to pick up! Families are beginning to purchase their curriculum for next year, so we are getting busier by the week (praise God)!

On May 5th, Mom and Dad celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary!

Joseph and I sent them out to dinner at the Chart House, and they put "Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary" on the menu! :)

Congratulations Mom and Dad!!!

Thank you for bringing us up in the way we should go!

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These are some roses from Mom's rose bush! It was very nice to bloom for us on Mother's Day!

Here is our Mother's Day dinner... We had my Aunt and Uncle, my other Uncle, and my Grandparents over for dinner.
(One of my Uncles made the lamb and red potatoes.)

Our Gardenia bush was in bloom as well!

Is there anything quite so delicious smelling as Gardenias?

Maybe Honeysuckle.... :)

I am so thankful to have been blessed with such a wonderful, Godly mother! She is my steadfast counselor and mentor. I'm grateful for her "Proverbs 31" example...

I'd be lost without her! :)

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Here are some recent shots from our garden...


Green Bean Blossoms

Squash Blossoms!

Cucumber blossoms!

Unfortunately, the past 3 days of non-stop rain and wind have completely destroyed almost everything. I'm praying for some sunshine!

I am very sad after working so hard planting, watering, nurturing, and weeding... However, I have to realize that God is the One who brought the torrential rain, and I have to rest in that.

I would have never made it as a farmer...

"The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;

Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

-Job 1:21

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In other news, tomorrow is FPEA!

I am very excited about it, and will try to take some pictures to post!

May our gracious LORD bless your weekend!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Happy Mother's Day

to all the mothers

who have sacrificed for their children,

instructed them in righteousness,

and loved them deeply.

Our world is in desperate need of you!

"The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World"

Blessings on the hand of women!
Angels guard its strength and grace,
In the palace, cottage, hovel,
Oh, no matter where the place;
Would that never storms assailed it,
Rainbows ever gently curled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Infancy's the tender fountain,
Power may with beauty flow,
Mother's first to guide the streamlets,
From them souls unresting grow--
Grow on for the good or evil,
Sunshine streamed or evil hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Woman, how divine your mission
Here upon our natal sod!
Keep, oh, keep the young heart open
Always to the breath of God!
All true trophies of the ages
Are from mother-love impearled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

Blessings on the hand of women!
Fathers, sons, and daughters cry,
And the sacred song is mingled
With the worship in the sky--
Mingles where no tempest darkens,
Rainbows evermore are hurled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

By: William Ross Wallace (1865)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Canning Mint Jelly!

About a month ago, I tried canning mint jelly. We were having lamb, so I was prompted to try it out. I can happily report that my mint plant has fully recovered from its sorry looking state in the video!

If you'd like to watch it,