Monday, June 1, 2009

The LORD is my strength and song...

Ah! To wake to a beautiful June day...My sister came home yesterday, and it was wonderful to have the family feel complete again! We are so appreciative of your thoughtful comments and emails; Thank you! I've read & printed out each one, so we can see what to incorporate for our family. We already have a moderately healthy diet (but there's always room for improvement!) I talked to my mother, and here's what we'll start with:
*Drinking [raw] honey and vinegar tea 3x a day
* Fresh vegetables and fruits as snacks & salad served with lunch and dinner
*No dairy! Hmm, I'll start experimenting with goat milk...
*Wheat/Gluten free--I'll start baking bread using a combination of oat/rice/soy flours.
*Limiting salt intake and drinking lots of water everyday
I'll let you know how it goes!
Here is a practical and delicious recipe, I couldn't help but share!
It's a great way to use up left-over grits!

"Grits Croquettes"

4 cups cooked grits (I seasoned mine with chicken stock)
2-3 cups cooked/chopped chicken
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 tsp salt
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup bread crumbs
2 beaten eggs

Form mixture into patties, then freeze for 30-45 minutes, until firm.


Heat oil in frying pan (I used smart balance/canola oil mix)

then brown the patties on both sides

Done! Serve with tartar sauce or ketchup :) It's so good, you would never know they're grits!

Baking is cut to a minimum since the weather is so hot outside!

"You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11

My Dad and brother working together to build the new chicken house...

"We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;"

1 Corinthians 4:12

I just recieved this 1860's style dress from a friend yesterday...Ah, I love it!!

(the finished chicken house is in the background)

"One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple." Psalm 27:4


Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

That's a beautiful dress Mia!
I enjoyed your pictures as well!

The Henderson Family said...

Glad you sister is home. Praise God.

Buildeth Her House said...

I'm so glad your sister is home. Many blessings to you and yours.

Jenna said...

Praise the Lord that she is again well and home!

I think trying goat milk is a good idea...I guess I'm a bit partial because I'm a dairy goat breeder:) Let me know what you think...and make sure to get RAW, FRESH milk from a respectable farm!!

Thank you for the Grit recipe. We have some (can't figure out what to do with them lol) so I'll hopefully try it soon!!

Many Blessings Mia~


Anonymous said...

Very beautiful dress, and I love the verse you ended with :)
God Bless,

Kate said...

You might want to do research on soy. I've read in many places that soy can be damaging to one's health. You can google "Dangers of Soy" or pick up a copy of Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

Also, a friend of mine can't have gluten and I think she can't have oatmeal because it has gluten in it.

Those who are gluten/wheat sensitive sometimes do better with it when the grains are soaked first. You can read more about this, too in Nourishing Traditions, or head to your local health food store and see if they have "sprouted grain" bread.

Dayna said...

Mia, I tried to post a comment about your sister's visit to the hospital, but it was lost. I'm so pleased to know that she's back with you. We know how frightening asthma is in our house. Praise the Lord for His healing Hand!

I've been away from blogging for a few weeks, so I'm late hearing about the emergency. How wonderful to read about good news!

May the Lord continue to give you all wisdom as you explore ways to make breathing easier for your precious sister!

Miss Jen said...

I am SO happy that your sister is home, praise the Lord!!! :)
Those grits look delectable...
I must try to make them soon!

Love~ Jen

Anonymous said...

HI Mia, The new dress is just beautiful, and you look so lovely in it. Just like a woman of the olden days. I am new to your blog. But I have enjoyed reading about your family life so much. All that you do and your convictions are so wonderful, God bless your mother and father for raising such beautiful and Godly children. So happy your sister is home and safe with you all.
Blessings dear sister
Pam Watts

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

Hello Mia!
What a beautiful post. I am so glad to hear that your sister is home and on the mend!

I love goats milk! Especially goats milk soap:) My brother Matthew is in the process of getting dairy goats and I am thrilled!

Much Love,
McKenzie Elizabeth

Rebecca said...

I was perusing your lovely blog this morning when my three year old came up behind me and asked "Is dat Anne Shirley??"

You see, for the past three weeks we have thrilled our five year old with Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea and the Continuing Story on our Friday Night Movie night.

I guess my boy is the authority on the subject, and when he saw that (beautiful) picture of you in that BEAUTIFUL dress, he thought for sure it must be her--in the flesh! :-)

Be well!

Julian said...

Thank the Lord your sister is home! I was praying for her! I know the diet will be a challenge to you, but you will make it, and in the process learn how to cook different things.
Your dress is so pretty, and your pictures are pretty too! You make even the simpilist things look beautiful!
Hope to hear from you soon! Blessings and love to your family,

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Beautiful pictures! I'm so glad your sister is home and is doing better.

Stone Bridge Farm said...


I LOVE that dress!!!!! It looks so beautiful on you. And the pic where you are sitting in the field is just lovely. It looks as if it should be on your side board. Try a copy of it in sepia. It would look authentic!

Yay! So glad your sister is well. We have been praying for her nad your family. Praise God!

So now that she is home... you have a party to plan!

I am gonna try your recipe. It looks delicious!


Simply Vintagegirl said...

Praise the Lord that she is doing better! Thank you for updating us. I hope that your diet change goes well!

Momma started drinking the raw honey, apple cider vinegar, and hot water a couple weeks ago. It sounds like it helps with a lot of things! Also, you will want the unfiltered vinegar that still has the mother in the jar, without the mother it doesn't make much of a difference (at least that's what I've heard).

I still have yet to try the concoction. :)

Blessings to you and your family on this lovely day!

Joyfully in Christ,
Miss Emily Rose

Anonymous said...

You look so lovely in that beautiful dress!
So happy to hear your sister is home again. Praise the Lord!
Your blog is simply wonderful! I really enjoy reading it, even a couple times a week!
My three year old daughter saw your photo, of you in the beautiful dress, and said, "Mama, She 's a bootiful princess!" She wouldn't let me scroll down for about five minutes, she just studied your photo.
Have a lovely week!
Many blessing to you and your family.
P.S. The chicken coop looks great!

Rhonda From The North woods of Minnesota.

Nancy said...

So glad your sister is home! The one-stop-shopping for information on nutrition is the Weston A. Price Foundation. They also list sources of healthy foods and local farms, etc. Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

I highly recommend green smoothies. Green smoothies are simply green leafy vegetables blended with fruit in a blender. You can find more information by by typing green smoothies into google or b reading Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko.

Abby said...

Hi! I have celiac disease, and it is true that oats are not recemmeded for a GF diet. I highly recommend the Eating Better Cookbooks by Sue Gregg. They have lots of information about gluten-free, sprouting grains, and other things like that.

Allison said...

Oh, Mia, I thought that was a beautiful post . . . not neccessarily the grits were beautiful, but more the latter pictures -- of you in your prairie dress, the wildflowers, etc. This entire blog is beautiful . . . thank you for sharing your wondeful life with us!


P.S. Your prairie dresses (especially the one in this post) just leave me breathless. I am absolutely ENCHANTED with the 19th century!!! I'm glad you are too!!

Aunt B said...


I love the picture with you sitting on the ground, you look so adorable.

The blackberries caught my eye. I can't wait till I pick my first berries.

Ps.32:8 States that the Lord will lead and guide you. I shall be claiming this promise for you and your sister.

May the Lord richly bless you.

Aunt B

dukygurl said...

I am so glad to hear your sister is home. I wish I had some good advise to offer I just don't know anything about asthema. :( I hope you have a blessed summer and no more illness in your family!


Miss Serenity said...

Lovely dress! You look very nice in it. It's good to hear your sister's home! I've been hospitalized for asthma (triggering pnemonia) many times, so I know how she must felt.


Martie said...

Glad your sister is home. Prayers for you all as you make diet changes - our son is on a gluten free diet - not easy to do at first; but in about 2 weeks it starts to come easier - now I do not even need to think about it.

Loved your dress - beautiful.


Shelley said...

Hi Mia,

I just wanted to say how very much I enjoy your blog. I found it the other day and now I look forward to each new post. I don't have any daughters, but I hope someday I have a daughter-in-law with the same values and qualities that you possess.

Miss Emily said...

You look absolutely stunning in that dress! I loved the pictures and I look forward to trying out the recipe for the grits croquettes!

God bless!


Amy said...

The Grits Croquettes sound wonderful! I am definitely going to give them a try!

The first photo of you in your new dress is GORGEOUS! Looks like it was taken back in the time of the dress :)

Sisters of Grace said...

Hello, I see that you like photography. I too LOVE photography, and I was wondering what kind of camera you have. I'm currently looking at a lower end digitial slr camera, and was curious to know what you have.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I love your new dress!!! Did she make it for you? It's beautiful.

sarah in the woods said...

Glad to hear your sister is home. You have undertaken a lot of dietary changes all at once. I hope it will really help. I'd love to try your grit croquettes. They look good. I am wheat, oat, and lactose intolerant. Have you ever considered raw milk instead of dairy free? It's a lot healthier and easy to digest. Visit for more info. Just a suggestion. I'll keep you all in my prayers.

Hummingbirder said...

So glad your sister is home and well!
I milk our goat and drink it myself. Unlike cow's milk, it causes no congestion. It's refreshing and good for you! See Bible verses related to goat's milk.

Mrs. M said...

Beautiful blog, Mia!

The Author said...

Hello Mia! I love your blog. I have awarded you the "Sister in Christ" award. Just go to my blog, click and save the image, and write a post with the image saying you have been awarded and then pass the award on to 1-2 persons! Congratulations! Your blog really deserves it!

Poetikat said...

Your blog is beautiful and inspiring. I can easily see why Michelle has passed on the Lovely Blog Award.


Lexi Williams said...

Dang girl, how did you get so many followers?

Anonymous said...

Hello Mia, You are a beautiful young woman in your beautiful folklore-dress. Well done.
Be well

Mia said...

Thank you for all the wonderful comments and compliments! I always have a "little too much fun" dressing old-fashioned!
I really appreciate the concern/ideas for the new diet :) We're "tweaking" it, and I'll speak more on it in my next post!
Ms. Rhonda (from MN) and Ms.Rebecca,
Thank you!! How sweet to hear your children say such compliments!!! That made my day!
I wish I had a SLR! Mine is a simple Sony Cybershot DSC W5. I really like it, but hope to upgrade [one day] for higher quality :)
No and yes! It was purchased as a birthday gift for me, but it is (originally) a handmade dress!
You're right--I've had raw milk and it's delicious!
Ms. Lori,
Thank you! That's true! This week is definetely going to be about getting ready for the party--It should be fun :)
Thank you so much for the award!! Wow, you are too sweet! :)
Ms. Lexi Williams,
lol! Your comment cracked me up!Well, I guess because I'm a little bit "different" :)
I appreciate the delightful comments and your prayers for my sister, who is doing great. You haven't any idea how *wonderful* it was to recieve all the love and support you expressed--thank you.
In Christ,