Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Rainy week...

I hope everyone is well and resting in God's love! As the elements roar with intense rain and storms, I find beauty in the sound of the patter of raindrops on the tin roof, soft lighting as Mom decorates the parlor, and peaceful music in the background.

I'm reminded how we all go through our own (spiritual or personal) storms, but still we have to choose whether to worry and fear, or decide to be thankful it's not worse; to learn and grow...and help others who may go through the same valley that you've walked through. {Just a thought!}

"My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass." Deuteronomy 32:2

My sister and I entered the marshy woods barefoot...don't you love the smell of rain?

Later this evening, we're planning on "going to town" for groceries. Hopefully I'll be able to buy raw milk...I'm ready to make homemade cheese! It may be a week or two, but I'll let you know how my butter/cheese making endeavors go :)


Lady Farmer said...

Greetings Mia!
It is interesting how weather seems to be the same across the country. I just did a post on rain also. Yes, I do love the smell of rain! So very clean and refreshing.
We do seem to be in the same 'vein' of ideas. I have been pondering the idea of making butter, too. I used to make it all the time as a kid growing up on my grandparents farm. I still have the butter churn and thought I should put it to better use than just an object to look at! We'll see how that "churns" out! teehee
Blessings to you today!

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

We too have been having some cloudy days and just this morning some rainfall. I am looking forward to seeing how your cheese turns out.

Kendra Logan said...

It's been raining at my house, too. I like sunny weather better, but rain is good every once in a while, too :)

I've never really thought of making my own cheese. Neat idea! Let us know how it turns out!

Jenna said...

Hi Mia~
Have you all moved into your charming cottage home yet?! I'm loving the pictures of your new place...keep them coming:)

Do you use raw milk to drink and bake?! We have Dairy Goats and do raw milk shares for us and others on them and it's delicious! I have made Mozzerella and a hard cheese, but then we ran out of milk before I could experiment some more. I'm so glad to hear that someone else uses it...let me know how it goes!!

Blessings sister~

Emily said...

Beautiful inspiration! I am truly inspired by your photos and your words. Have a glorious day today!

Miss Jen said...

Dearest Mia,
What beautiful musings!!! :)
I enjoyed every picture.
Isn't rain lovely?!....Especially when one is inside warm, cozy and snuggled up with a hot cup of tea!!
Oh and yes..... how true about spiritual storms!! What beautiful thoughts dear friend.

With Much Love,

Andrea said...

Lovely pictures! Beautiful words! I'm going to underline the Deuteronomy scripture in my Bible. Many blessings to you.


Abigail and Lydia said...

Homemade cheese. Yummy! I love your beautiful pictures. Where do you find them?

Pauline Disciple said...

Beautiful Pictures and good luck on your cheese-making!

Hummingbirder said...

It's been raining here too. I have to say that it makes me appreciate the sun even more.
We get raw cow's milk from a friend and raw goat's milk from our goat. It's wonderful and I like to make cheese with it too.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Raw milk and cheesemaking are musts in our house. We love it! We make queso fresco (you can use it for almost everything and you don't have to age it) and feta. I'm all about instant gratification when it comes to cheese! Good luck.

. said...

I'm crazy for rain. I like it so much and never tire of it.
About your blog: believe it or not, I always come here for inspiration, in spite of my grey(greying)hair.
Keep that way.


Holly said...

What beautiful pictures and thoughts!
I hope you're able to get raw milk. We get ours from a farm down the road. I do make butter & yogurt with it & also use it for our kefir. I haven't tried cheese yet. It is something I want to learn to do eventually.
We had a beautiful sunny day yesterday, but are supposed to have rain for a few days now. Holly

Trace4J said...

Truly God is using you to bless, encourage and lift my spirits this friday morning. I love your pictures, music and sentiments. So looking forward to hearing your cheese making success. May God bless you richly.
Much Love In Him,

dukygurl said...

It looks so beautiful! It must be warm to be barefoot! New York is rainy today too and 52 degrees. Your picture made me recall when my sister and I were girls roaming the wooded area in our back yards in MO the grass was that green and bright. It is always nice to see Springtime.
Thank you

Southern Maiden said...

Oh Mia, it's beautiful where you live!!! Yeah, when we move to a farm, my Mom's gonna look into making cheese and buying goats to milk. Ü She already makes her own soap!

Della said...

I just want to compliment you on your blog and on your attitude and choice to do what God would have you to. You inspire me...I mean that. I'm a stay at home mother( to three under 5), wife ,teacher and it blesses me to see a beautiful young woman as yourself so grounded and settled and loving what you're doing. When we position ourself in the center of God's will, we have joy and peace. God Bless You! I will add you to my blog list and certainly be back!!!

Helena said...

Have been enjoying reading your lovely posts and am loving your cottage so :)

Your recipes look quite delicious and cannot wait to begin trying a few.

Anonymous said...

Hello Mia! I love how God created the Earth! The fresh smell of the world after the rains have poured, and the damp grass simple glissen. I personally have never walked in the grass after rains, but can imaginge how wonderful that may feel. Just you saying that makes my imagination run free, just thinking of it. I may try it!

God Bless,
Lauren Ann

Oh, and did I ever tell you I love your blog? Okay, well, I do!

The Jersey Homesteader said...

Just wanted to let you know I have made mozzarella cheese 3 times now. It is not so hard. We are on to making ricotta now. So simple but so good. Have a great week.