Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring, Spring, Spring...

Welcome, Spring!

Fresh collards and kale from our urban garden

Mom planting a Nandina shrub in a new location

Fresh baked bread at the cottage
{I experimented and added molasses and irish oatmeal}

A small ladder built by my adventurous brother

My sister painting our front porch rocking chair
In the woods...
A tipi built by my creative sister

"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life." - John Burroughs


Lydia said...

Lovely post Mia!
I love spring, its my favorite time of year. All the pictures are so pretty and that bread looks delicious!

PS. We have the very same glass containers for holding flour and other dry goods at home, they are very handy for attractive storage.

Mama Ant said...

This is a lovely post. I am enjoying your blog.

Emily said...

Your photos are always so lovely! I love the rocking chair and the lace curtains! Your cottage is looking so beautiful! Have a glorious day and weekend!

Kate said...

I look forward to every time you post on your blog. Your pictures are breath-taking and your cottage endeavors and family ties are so inspiring.

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

The bread looks yummy! Beautiful photos!

tiffany said...

Absolutely beautiful photos! I think my favorite is the window, just so comforting for some reason. :o)

Kendra Logan said...

I love reading your blog! Everything is so encouraging and light! I love the tipi your sister made! That's exactly the kind of stuff my sister and I loved to do. The bread looks and sounds delicious!

God bless!

American Home said...

This is beautiful. Your post are always refreshing. Thanks for showing us the gentle side of life.

Andrea said...

Good Morning, Georgia girl! What a lovely post! You have such a lovely family! Delicious seems to inadequate a word to describe the homemade bread. It makes my mouth water. I also love the pictures of your lace curtains. They are so cottagey. If you're interested, I have a little slide show about lace curtains on my blog. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. May God bless you and yours.


Gillian said...

Thank-you for all your share on your blog! I love your pictures and especially appreciated your quote today!

Miss Jen said...

What a DELIGHTFUL post!!! :)
I enjoyed every photo.... your homemade bread looks ever SO scrumptious!!!! ;) Happy Spring to you dear friend....I feel very blessed to know such a kindred spirit!!!!

Love Your Sister in Christ,
Miss Jen

dukygurl said...

I like your blog very much! Spring time in NY is still fairly cold and not green yet. I think you are very good with a camera! I love your photos! they are visually interesting and have depth. I think you will be a very good wife one day your optimism and sweetness will be such a gift to your family! I am happy to see your mother in a picture, I am curious too, do you dress in the long dresses all the time? I am wondering why your family chose them? There are modest fashions that are modern. I just was wondering. I like them and mean no offense with my questioning. :)

het lieveheersbeestje said...

These are such lovely pictures.. Do you realise that we (city people) think that you live in paradise? Enjoy it!!

Anonymous said...

Mia, I wish I could spend the day with you.

Anonymous said...

Thank-you so much for your lovely blog!
I live in Northern Minnesota, Near Lake Superior. We still have to deal with snow,and cold temps, But your lovely photos gives me hope!
I Have tried many of your recipes, and they are so good! We make your muffins almost every morning. My three year old daughter loves them!
I pray that my daughter turns out as lovely as you and your sister!
Do you have chickens?
Have a great week!
Many Blessings to you and your Awesome family!
Rhonda in Two Harbors, Minnesota

Trina said...

I LOVE this blog! My husband and I began to look through it and read your posts and were amazed at what an incredibly beautiful young woman you are! You are an inspiration not only to young women, but to older women like me! Thank you for taking the time to share your life with others! May the Lord bless you abundantly beyond all you can imagine!
Oh, and your bread looks amazing! I would love for you to share the recipe!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I think this is the most beautiful blog I've ever seen (or listened to). It fills me with peace every time I click on it. You are living our dream! I pray someday we'll be able to do what you are doing. In the meantime, we do as much as we can in our urban setting. May God bless you and your family as you live out your lives for Him.

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

This is one of THE BEST blogs I have seen in a long time. I am certainly going to bookmark you. You are such a blessing.

farmgirls said...

Oh, I love spring:D
The tipi looks like ours that we built alittle while ago! We like to play indians!!
I love your blog!


Anonymous said...

Dear Mia,
I'm very encouraged by your contentment. Phil 4:11
Godliness with contentment is great gain. 1Tim 6:6
I'm blessed to be your Dad. Continue to make the most of every opportunity and give Glory to God in all that you do...
In Christ,
ps. I enjoy your photography but i think more your consistency. At your age I was consistent at being inconsistent. :)

Allison said...

Hey Mia,

Just wanted to let you know that I feel so blessed to have you as a close friend. I treasure you more every day.


Deanna said...

Dear Mia, I just came across your blog and had to say howdy!
What a nice blog you have and I really like your photos.
You're an inspiration at such a young age.
I am new at this blog thing and very impressed at the number of young women desiring to live a life that honors Christ with modesty and dignity.

This warms my old heart.
God richly Bless you,
Deanna from the Kansas Flinthills

Miss Julia said...

Hi Mia!

You've been awarded by me! :)

I loved this post... the pictures are wonderful.


dukygurl said...


I was wondering if you knew of No Greater Joy ministries. They too encourage Biblical womanhood, parenting, marriage, and child rearing.
I am very blessed each time I visit their website.


Mia said...

I'm so touched by your thoughtful comments!! Thank you dearly :)

Ms. Lydia,
Thank you! I'm glad you like the pictures :) You're right, the containers are definetely handy! We love 'em!
Mama Ant,
I'm so glad you stopped by!!!
Ms. Emily,
Thank you! Your comments are always so sweet! I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures :)
Thank you! I'm so encouraged that you find inspiration from the photos!
Thanks for stopping by! Luckily, the bread turned out wonderfully; the oats seem to add and extra dose of "heartiness"
Ms. Tiffany,
My mom was thrilled to hear that you loved the curtains photo! She's the decorator around here, and your comment was so encouraging!
Hey Kindra!
I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures! My sister built the tipi on her own--I would've never thought to do it, but she's so creative! That's neat that you and your sister used to do the same :)
Ms Donna,
Thank you!! You know, there's so much worry and stress nowadays...I'm glad others can meet me here for a time to relax :)
Ms. Andrea,
Thank you! Families are indeed a blessing :) I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures; I stopped by your blog--you have a beautiful slideshow!
Thanks for stopping by!
I appreciate your comment, I'm glad you like the quote as much as I do!
Miss Jen,
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures, as I'm sure your enjoying Spring as much as I am!
I'm indeed blessed to know you as well!
Ms Trish (dukygurl)
Brr! NY is still freezing isn't it? I'm glad you were able to experience a little warmth and green here in the southern state of GA :)
I dress in old fasioned dresses while I'm at the cottage, and occasionally when we go out. During church and other events, I usually wear modern long skirts. I chose 19th century dresses because...I LOVE ankle length (prairie/peasant/pioneer) dresses! :) I'm glad you like them, and thanks for the questions :)
Het Lieveheersbeestje,
LOL! I'm sure this is far from paradise, but we do love it here :)
Ms Diane,
Your comments always warm my heart! How special that you'd wish us to spend the day together :)
Thank you dearly!!!
Ms. Rhonda,
How encouraging! I'm so glad that you feel inspired here :)
You've tried my recipes? wow! I'm blessed to hear that your daughter enjoys the muffins! Tell her that Mia says hello!
We don't have chickens, but hope to purchase some soon!!
That's wonderful to hear that y'all enjoyed my blog!!
When I perfect the bread recipe, I'll definetly share it!
Cheesemakin' Mamma,
You're user name just reminded me: I bought cream so that I can make butter today! hmmm..I need to get to that.....
Thank you for your encouragement!
I'm glad to hear that your filled with peace when you hear the music--I love that feeling!!!
Evening Shade Morning Latte,
Oh my goodness, Thank you!
I'm overwhelmed :)
Ms. Anna (farmgirls)
I'm glad you like tipi's as well!
Yes, spring is wonderful!
Thank you for everything! Mom says I recieved my love of gardening from you, and it's so true!
I look forward to the years to come :)
Dearest Allison,
You bring me so much laughter--I'm blessed to call you my best friend!
You're beautiful! ;)
Ms. Deanna,
Thank you so much! I too am glad you found my blog!
Miss Julia,
Thank you for the award!!
Ms.Trish (dukygurl)
Thank you for the website! We have indeed heard of the No Greater Joy ministries :)
I hope you're having a wonderful week thus far!

Thank you again for all of your comments, and "Happy Spring!" from our homestead to yours :)

Sara said...

I used to live in Georgia as well.........spring is a lovely time of year.:-) Yummm........homemade bread. :-) One of my favorite things!

Under Southern Skies said...

The bread looks so good!