Thursday, April 16, 2009

April days...




Oh my, it's been too long! We've been without internet for the past few days, and I'm so glad I can spend time with you again! My sister snapped this photo of me as I was enjoying the beautiful weather. After watching Anne of Green Gables, I decided to go with an "Edwardian"' look for the day.



Dad brought our washer and clothes-line to the cottage, so now we can take advantage of the sunshine...



~Easter~


We had a lovely Easter morning, and enjoyed excellent dinner with close friends at their cozy log cabin. Surely, dear fellowship is what memories are made of! I bought vintage fabric last week, and had a great time teaching their daughter how to sew an apron!
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We also met their neighbors, who came visiting on horseback! The horses were delightful, and my sister actually went riding for a while :)
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Room updates....


I don't have any "before pictures" but my room is still "in progress".
A friend of ours told me that she was given a bed that she didn't need, and asked us to please take it! So when I saw it for the first time, I was stunned...A queen bed, boxspring, beautiful headboard/foot board...all for FREE?
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yeah, my jaw dropped too!!
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Dining Room


(before)


(After)


Hasn't my Mom done a great job with decorating? :)

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Dad spontaneously bought 6 Chicks last week! They're hilarious...how about this look they're giving to the camera? lol

I can't believe we're going to have "farm fresh eggs" one day!

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Garden

The garden is "coming along". I have in pole beans, squash, zucchini, and tomatoes, but the weather hasn't been very "predictable" so I'm praying they'll make it! I'm going to try to put in my other vegetables this evening...

Heh...my cat is very lucky she isn't squashing any plants! But I mean...come on, how in the world could plant trays be considered comfortable?!
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Strawberry Jam


I've been doing the grocery shopping and meal planning (love it!!) and so I love to "shop the sales". Strawberries are now $1.50 lb and sweet potatoes are $0.39 lb! So naturally, I've tried to get extra for canning :)


Well, I made strawberry jam, and it turned out delicious! If you can, get the "low sugar" pectin..you save $$ on sugar, you get more berry flavor, and its healthier!
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Speaking of berries...We've found pre-existing fruit trees on the property!! Believe me, I go out there every morning and make sure! lol

Blackberries



Peaches (!!!!!!!)

Pears
The pear trees are so heavy laden with fruit, I don't think they'll get "full size" unless its thinned and pruned...

Muscadine vines through-out the woods...



A "bridge" (built by my brother) in the woodlands

Reflections
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Becoming "Country Cats"
(they caught a mouse!)

~The first rose of the season~




51 comments:

Lindsay said...

What lovely pictures, Mia! The dining room is so pretty. Your mom has done a wonderful job with the decorating. :) And the chicks are just adorable!

Many Blessings,
Lindsay

Rachel and Jessica said...

Wow! I am so glad that you and your family6 are able to be blessed with all that space for vegetables and wow! Fruit Trees!?! Great! How exciting! Your mom DID do a great job on the dining room! I love how sweet and cozy it is! =:) Thank you for giving us an update! Oh, you look so gorgeous in your Edwardian outfit! =:) I love your belt!

Blessings!
~Rachel~

Emily said...

Your cottage is coming along beautifully! I love your outfit (Isn't "Anne" wonderful!?!) Did you make the skirt and blouse? They are just beautiful!! We have been doing some canning too, and your strawberry jam looks yummy!

Hope you are enjoying a lovely day!

Madison said...

Beautiful pictures Mia! =)
I love Anne of Green Gables! Wonderful movie.
Your Easter meal looks delicious! We had a really good Easter as well.
Oh my word! Your bed is absolutely gorgeous! And your whole room is very nice!
Oh wow, the dining room looks *very* different. =P Big difference! Your mother is a wonderful decorator!
Aww, the chicks are adorable! I want some chickens, but I'm not sure if we'll get any.
I hope your garden continues to grow well. We're trying to get ours going.
Oh, the strawberry jam looks delicious!
And I'd love some of that fresh fruit! The peaches especially look good!
Aww, your cats are really cute!
I loved the pictures! =)
Have a good day!

~Madison

the reynolds said...

Thanks for sharing Mia! I love your bed - exactly what I have been looking for! The decorating is coming along so nicely - I just love making a home cozy, although I have a lot of fine tuning to do! Love your dress too! I have never watched Anne of Green Gables.....I think I will soon! Enjoy all the blessings God has given you!
Mrs. R

Anonymous said...

Mia,

I couldn't wait to see what you have been doing.

Your mom is very good at decorating and looks like you may haveinherited the talent too, I love your bed and for free, isn't the Lord good.

When I was a little girl, I went to the feed store and asked for $.25 cents worth of baby chickens, they gave me 26. I was so surprised.

You are so blessed to live on a farm with so much to do.

God bless you.

Aunt B

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

I just LOVE coming to your blog. You always have such beautiful things to share.

Clara Van Nattan said...

Wow, your place is progressing wonderfully... if jealousy wasn't a sin I'd be perfectly jealous! ;) I think the decorating, garden and everything looks fantastic - thanks for sharing your life and land with us! The Lord bless you and keep you.

Paulina said...

What a beautiful blog you have :)

Jenna said...

Mia, you are amazing! I have a little question...do you do any "bookwork" school right now? I simply wonder how you can get so much done in a day!!!? Thanks for the inspiration~

Your cottage is stunning...your Mom must have a real good eye as to making a house a home:) Keep up the fantastic work dear sister~~~

Jenna:)

Susie Mitchell said...

As always, Mia...a delight to visit your blog.
Blessings, Susie

Ashley said...

Beautiful pictures! Your outfit is pretty, and what a blessing your new bed must have been!

I always enjoy your blog!

Kristen said...

I love your pictures-they are so gorgeous! The computer that I'm on tends to show everything a bit dark, so I'm making a note to look them back up on a computer that will show them off even better :-)

I'm trying really hard not to be jealous of ya'lls good fortune! The land, the livestock, the jam... I can't wait until I can live my life like that!

Lauren Ann said...

Wow! what an intersting post. I do not live on a farm (near a city) and this year is our first time planting food! We are planting cucombers, tomatoes, oh, and I forgot what they are called! Thank you for sharing all that! oh, and you are pretty! :)

Meredith Ivy said...

So glad you updated, Mia! I always love your posts.

I am loving watching the progress of the cottage! It is so inspiring.

Breezy said...

Hello Mia!

Your cottage is looking gorgeous! And the fruit - wow! I had no idea they came in so early. And what an Easter feast! Your pictures are so beautiful, Mia, they really are. And your mother did an amazing job in the dining room. ;)

I hope you and your family are all well. We've had a lot of rain lately, but I'm so thankful today had clear skies.

Blessings,
-Breezy

Deanna said...

Simply lovely.

remnant reminscences said...

I'm envious! If the pictures are so beautiful and breath-taking how much more wondeful must it all be in real-life?!

Lisa said...

Love your outfit, beautiful!
We got our beans in today. We also planted more carrots, spinach and onions. I am waiting a little longer on the okra; I don't think the ground is warm enough. The weather here in North Central Ga. has been wet.
The dining room is lovely as is your room.

Lisa Q

Miss Jen said...

Mia,
What wonderful musings!! :)
I enjoyed all of the beautiful pictures.
Your little chicks....are SO adorable!
Yes they are looking quite funny like at the
camera...hehe. Your Easter dinner looked so
delicious. Oh and your "Edwardian" outfit is so lovely... your straw hat is the perfect accompaniment!!
Hope you and your family have a pleasant Friday!!!

Many Blessings~
Love Your Sister in Christ~ Miss Jen

Anonymous said...

I so enjoy coming here to peek into your life!
Thank-you so much for sharing!
Your Mom Rocks at decorating, and so do you! I just love the dinning room and your room! Well done!
Rhonda From Minnesota

Lora K. said...

Mia,
So glad you have got your internet back up. Your Anne dress is lovely, did you sew it?

The bed is beautiful, what a blessing!

Tell your mom I said that all of her hard work really paid off. The room is lovely, and I love the paint color. She did a great job on it. I'm sure that you will have many wonderful meals together there.

The chicks are adorable. My grandfather had 52 acres when I was growing up. I loved to go there visit, and when there were baby bunnies and chicks I used to carry them around with me everywhere I went.

The garden is beautiful and quite large. I can't wait to see how it produces. Please keep us updated.

What are you doing with the sweet potatoes? The strawberry jam looks wonderful. Strawberries are just under a $1 here, but I don't have a canner, or the freezer space to make freezer jam. So, I'm rather envious.

What a wonderful and abundant blessing the fruit trees and bushes are. I look forward to seeing what you do with the bounty from them.

Have a blessed day!

Lady Farmer said...

Lovely pictures, all, but the fairest of them all was the one of you! You must have it framed! You look just charming in your Edwardian attair!
Blessings!

Trace4J said...

What a blessing your blog is!! I love the pictures..You look so beautiful..I LOVE ANNE of GREEN GABLES!! The cottage is perfectly wonderful!
Much Love In Him,
Grany Trace

Anonymous said...

Thank you for updating Miss Mia. Oh, that photo of you in the 'Edwardian' outfit, as are ALL the photos, is truly beautiful.

Thank you so much for such a beautiful blog. May I ask, what camera are you using? Self taught or did you take a class?

You cottage is looking more beautiful as the weeks go by.

You have served to open my eyes just to how cheated I really am to be an 'employee'. I am not in a position to live at home but I certainly DO want to be 'self' sufficient and employed.

Miss, you are blessed indeed. This whole corporate lifestyle and the supposed fulfilment and euphoria it brings women is a deception. A lie. I feel stunted in all the aspects that matter to me. My creativity is being limited because all that I 'need' to do is what my boss and company want. Then, my payslip comes.

You are so blessed to be at home and encouraged to exploit all the creativity the Lord has placed within you. You are blessed to have parents willing to embrace providing for and protecting you, as an honour. Wow.

May God strengthen both you and yours to keep serving Him and to be such an effective witness of the beauty of Kingdom life.

And thank Him for the internet. Otherwise, where would I ever have 'seen' that a daughter can be home and happy while saved.

From the other side of the world.

simplebeauty said...

Dear Aspiring Homemaker,

I just wanted to say that your post brightened by not so good start to my day :O) I love your picture and it does remind me of Anne of Green Gables. (Oh how I love watching Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea...that seems like something wonderful to watch this weekend!!) I love your pictures that you post and I love the dining room that your mother redecorated! What talent! Simple can be nice :o)

Have a blessed day!

kolfinnas korner said...

I love your blog, it's such an inspiration to me.

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

Coming to your blog is worth it just for the pictures alone!!!!

Danman said...

OH WOW! Your home is so lovely! The garden, the fruit, the woods... Makes me long for the day when we can move to the country as well. Here in Indiana we're still a little early for gardening yet... in a week or two though. And certainly no fruit at all. Redbud trees are just blooming, and some of the crabapples haven't opened yet. Thanks for a picture of warmer weather to come!

Diane said...

Mia, the portrait of you is lovely - worth framing or having someone paint it.
Your Mom's dining room looks so inviting.
Diane

Angie said...

Mia,
I'm new to your blog, but wanted to say what a joy and inspiration it is for me to read.

Thank you!
Angie

Michele said...

Mia, your blog is a TRUE blessing, I am so happy to have found you!

Aimee Kieffer, aka "Momzoo" said...

In that first picture you look like you just stepped out of Anne of Green Gables...so lovely.

Kate said...

Oh, silly silly me!!! I should have bought extra strawberries and made jam! They were only 99 cents a pound the other day!!

Once again, lovely pictures! Your mother did a beautiful job on the dining room.

Hannah said...

All of these photos are so lovely! I love to see other young ladies like my self living a more "living off the land" kind of lifestyle. My family has just started, and our garden isn't nearly as big as yours!

Heather said...

What a beautiful home your family is turning the house into!! I would so love to have those fruit trees in my yard! :)

Michele said...

So many beautiful things to look at! It is truly a pleasure to visit you and see a little of your delightful life. I especially loved that first picture of you in your Edwardian attire...breath-taking! Thank you for sharing!

Abigail and Lydia said...

Dear Mia-
What beautiful pictures! I love your "Anne of Green Gables" outfit! I always get inspired by Anne! You have a beautiful home! You are fixing it up so nice! That bed is so pretty! You always have luck with finding things like that! You will have to share you secret! I love looking at your blog, it is so beautiful and inspiring! ~God Bless~
~Lydia Caroline~

Jennifer Williams said...

Mia,
What a joy you are! I am so glad I visited you tonight. You look lovely in your "Anne" dress. I am in the middle of watching Anne of Green Gables (for the 19th time?) with my three youngest children. We all LOVE it!
Your home is amazing. Your family's sense of love shows through the rooms of your house. The before and after pics of the dining room are unbelievable! What a transformation!
I wish you well with your garden this spring and summer. Looks like you're off to a good start.
Thanks for sharing.
God bless you and your family,
Jennifer Williams

S. Belle said...

I'm glad I found your blog. I always get excited when I see fellow African American young ladies who are enthusiastic about being Godly keepers at home.

dukygurl said...

Mia,
I love your posts! My husband and I found a farm house with barn and 5+ acres and we are praying about God's will in buying it we would love to begin a new country home. Would you please remember my family in your prayers? Your posts make me so anxious for green grass and blue skies...playing with the children outside and homeschooling as they grow! It is a lovely post and I laughed out loud at your chickens and cats!!

Trish

Della said...

How lovely! Every day is a good day to dress ala Anne of Green Gables. Great pics and thanks for the peek into your life!

Mia said...

Dear blog readers,
Thank you for the delightful comments! It's always simply a pleasure to read :) I wish I could answer them one-at-a-time, but I will answer a few questions!

Miss Rachel,
Thanks so much! The belt is actually a torn off piece of fabric from my apron. It worked! lol
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Ms. Emily,
Thank you! I did not make my skirt, but bought it secondhand! (I love shopping for things that look "handmade".)
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Miss Jenna,
Oh dear, it does seem like I un-shool doesn't it!?lol
Now that I'm graduating, I'm finishing up my "Far above rubies" curriculum (which covers 9 subjects). Its great because Proverbs 31 is central.
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Miss Hannah,
Its so encouraging to hear that your family is in the same mind-set as well! I pray your garden gives you an abundance this year!
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Thank you again for your comments, everyone! I also wanted to say that my Mom was so tickled to get compliments on her decorating! Y'all are fantastic, did you know that? :)
In Christ,
Mia

Melissa M. said...

You look lovely in that outfit! Edwardian is one of my favorite time periods for clothing. :)

Wow, it's great that you have all those vegetables and fruit!

The bed (great gift, indeed) is lovely. :)

Dayna said...

Aaaaahhh! Your blog is SO refreshing! You are simply darling, and the Lord is glorified through you! Praise Him!

narrowistheway1 said...

I love your Edwardian outfit. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite movies. I can't wait to see the latest one Anne of Green Gables: A New Begining.

Baby Blessings said...

Your place looks so beautiful! To say your mom did a good job wtih the dining room is an understatement. It is SO pretty! I am just a beginner gardener, but I think your pear tree may be just fine like it is. We have lived here for four years and our pear tree is so loaded with pears that the limbs drag the ground! They are the hard kind of pear, but we can them and they are so good on pancakes.
(By the way, I am McKenzie's mom.:>)

Molly said...

What lovely pictures Mia, You're blog is so beautiful. I am sure you're parents are blessed by your faithfulness to your family and to the Lord. I hope my girls are as pashionate about christ @ your age. :) Blessings

Suz said...

Hi Mia, I am new to your blog... my daughter Noelle frequents here. I just love your pics. Your home and land is so nourishing to my soul... I wish I were growing up there myself :) Blessing to you and yours, Suzanna Mathison

Emunagarden said...

I just wanted to say that I love your blog. These are all the things I love. And they are presented in such a beautiful way. It gives me such a peaceful feeling just to view your blog. My garden plots are 4 x 23. They have 12 inch walkways in between. The vegetables are growing all out in the pathways. How wide are your pathways between beds or plots? Also do you know how many square feet you have planted? My email address is emunagarden@gmail.com
I would appreciate it if you would email me the answers.
Again, your blog is so beautiful and informative. I have prairie lace up boots but not prairie dresses. Where do you find those? I know I am full of questions. Thank you so much and may God bless you!

Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns said...

That outfit is so authentic, I thought it was from the film at first! You did a lovely job on it, and your hat is fantastic as well!

God bless you,

Katrina
www.edelweisspatterns.com