Tuesday, February 10, 2009

At the cottage

A naturally dried blossom with pinecone

Finding trash in the wellhouse...

Cleaning from underneath storage building (it was once a small dwelling place)

I found this torn piece of a letter while cleaning...it reads, "Please accept my apology for not writing you before now"

At the conference, I was inspired to invest more time with my brother. Instead of telling him what to do, be interested in what he's interested in. Build him up with encouragement!!!
So I volunteered to help him with his fort!

I actually got into it! I brought up the idea of a "thatch" roof using pinestraw, and as we all worked together, he grew even more proud of it!
"An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up." Proverbs 12:25
"Can we keep her!!??! please?"
We found this kitten near our doorstep, and she's soooooo sweet!
She's 200% affection -- how can we resist?

A patch of sunshine...
Finding beauty in the ordinary

Trying my hand at a manual plow...heh, I'll take the lawn mower

Primitive Pancakes
I always use my never-fail recipe notebook for everything, but I didn't bring it to the cottage, so I had to make pancakes by intuition using a plastic cup and a large spoon for measurement tools...
Pioneer Pancakes (lol)
In a large bowl, dump in:
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
They turned out edible and delicious (to my surprise!)
My parents watching the evening view


Jenna said...

I love looking at all the beautiful pictures of your cottage! Looks like you all have a great time there. Also, I appreciate the reminder to build up your brother with encouragement...I need to work on that with my 7 year old brother:)

Your sister in Christ,

Laura said...

AW!! Love the kitty!!

Lady Farmer said...

Your pictures are so lovely!
What a great thing to help your brother with his tree fort! I would enjoy helping with it myself. Looks like it is going to be a great one!
The kitten is absolutely adorable! She looks like my Cricket.:~} Where will she stay when you are not at your cottage?
The little meadow boquet is sweet! I love those. I save tiny little perfume bottles to display mine on a window sill of bedside table. (We won't be having any for awhile as there is snow on the ground today!)
Lovely evening vista for your parents.
Love the picture of the doorway! What a clever way to "close" your post!

the reynolds said...

Love your blog - your cottage, your dress, your outlook on life. God bless you as you serve Him! I really like the thought on encouraging your brother. We have a boy at our house who could use an extra dose of encouragement! Maybe a future blog could show some more practical ideas and ways we can help these young men. Thanks for the lift today!

naomi said...

I love your blog it has such beautiful photography, the little letters and the nature are so magical. Also thankyou for the reminder about brothers - mine is 23 now, but still appreciates some sisterly support!

Dayna said...

This post is absolutely magnificent! What a breath of fresh air! My heart is richly blessed at your gift of service to your brother. Magnify the Lord!

Rachel and Jessica said...

Wow! Such great treasures! I love finding old things! Awww, that kitten is sooo cute! Do you know if you can keep her yet? =:) Wow, I can't believe you already have daffodils! We don't have anything but little buds peeking up here and there! I can't wait for spring here! It doesn't get warmer and more flowers for a few more weeks at least! =:(

Oof, I wouldn't want to cut grass with that either! It would take foreeeeever! =;) Your pancakes look yummy! I have a notebooks with all my favorite recipes in it also! It is so handy!

Thank you for being an encouragement to me. I struggle sometimes relating to my little brothers and I know I should spend more time with them, like you said. It's nice to know that I am not the only one who struggles in this area! =:)

Thank you for sharing all your wonderful pictures Mia!


Miss Jen said...

What LOVELY musings...dear friend!!
All of the pictures are just beautiful!!
How neat that you found that old torn piece of a letter...isn't it neat to find written things from times past?! I love the picture of you plowing in your dress and apron....it's so charmingly old fashion! Oh, and your pancakes look simply scrumptious!! I so hope to try the recipe soon.As always, it's a joy to visit you....hope you are having a great day. ;)

Love Your Sister in Christ,

Anonymous said...

I love your pictures! You take such wonderfully beautiful pictures. I think its awesome that you're helping your brother with his fort, he must be excited.
God Bless,

Vicki said...

Mia, so did you get to keep the kitty? You'd better watch Jesse,,ha,ha,ha!!
I love the picture's..
We've got to get back down there and see y'all.

TheyCallTheWindMariah said...

Oi. I love to read your posts, Mia. You're an amazing photographer. And that bit about brothers... *sigh* I have 2 younger bros that I def don't do that with enough, so thanks for the reminder!


Clara Van Nattan said...

Great inspiring photos - thanks for sharing! :)

Jessica said...

MMMmmm! Those pancakes look good! I wasn't craving them, but now I am. Yum!

Out of curiosity... What is the Cottage? Is it a vacation home of yours and your family's or is it one of those sheds or something that looks like a mini house?

That dried flower has such a beautiful rust shade to it. It was gorgeous.

That is great that you are making sure that you spend more time with your younger brother. You all looked like you had a lot of fun.

You are so industrious! Some day, you will make for a wonderful wife and mother!

God Bless,

The Henderson Family said...

This post was beautiful Mia and your kitten is adorable!

Robin said...

I really enjoyed looking through all the pictures and thought what a blessing you are to your family. Your brother will hold you dearly in his heart for your love and encouragement.
It was so lovely to get to meet you and your family at the conference. My head is still full of all the information that we heard. Tell your family "hi" for us all.

Mrs. B

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

Hi Mia,

It was so great to finally get to meet you!
It looks like you guys are busy with your new place. The weather has been perfect for working ouside this week!
I finally got a small post up on my blog about the conference. I plan to write more later. I enjoyed your post. I love the picture of the open Bible!
Hope to see you again soon. Maybe you guys can come out and we can ride horses.

Abigail and Lydia said...

I love all the pictures!~

Lady Laurie said...

You have such a lovely blog, it reflects your own loveliness.
Hope you and your family are enjoying the weekend.

Laura said...

You have such a beautiful blog Mia! I always enjoy stopping by :)
God bless,
P.S. Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog!

Emily said...

Hello! You have such a beautiful blog! I enjoyed my visit and will be back to read more! Have a glorious and beautiful weekend!

Miss Breezy said...

Darling Mia,

How fun to be building a fort with your brother! I used to make forts a lot. I'm glad you have a brother to enjoy them with.

We'll be posting more photos soon. I'm so glad we all got to spend lunch together. Great memories we made :)


Wren Cottage said...

I loved looking at all your photos Mia! Beautiful!! What a great time with family :)

Mia said...

Thank you for all your encouraging comments!! I *really* appreciate them :)
Good news--The kitten can stay!! She abides at the cottage while we go back and forth, but we leave her food while we're gone!
Thanks again!
Blessings in Christ,