Sunday, February 28, 2010

Did I mention I'm old-fashioned...

About to leave on a cloudy day...
A random thought.
Usually if you come over to the Cottage, I'll be quick to put on my favorite Big Band records from the 1930's-50's. I enjoy sharing my quirky interests and such with those who get to know someone so much better that way! I feel at home listening to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey etc. and, of course, old radio shows of that era :)

My brother has made it a habit to build a small fire and cook breakfast in the morning!
In the above photo, he's warming up a pancake and grits, lol

My sister assisting me with the meal...
A few days ago, I planted almost 80 red onions!
they've already sent out roots, so I hope they do well!!

My Mother and I have been scoping out an area to make into a "cottage" walkway...we found the perfect place, and my brother came by to help

I did the first few stones, then my Mom and brother took over the rest!
We've been getting quite a bit of yard work done lately, as well.

Ol' Yeller is such a great dog! In the photo, my Mother is enjoying giving our 'gentle watchdog'
loads of attention!
I went inside and fixed up a homemade greek pizza...
We love pizza, and like most of my everyday cooking, I don't go by a recipe, so it's different everytime!
Ladies Winter Luncheon

My sister and I were invited to a luncheon, and it was so beautiful! We had a delightful time, met new friends, and were encouraged by the sweet hosts & ladies who attended!

Decorating the table w/ fresh picked flowers...

Beginning the meal w/ a light salad topped with
strawberries and raspberry vinaigrette.

Bright flowers for a lovely table setting...

Young ladies (in the background) in fellowship after the delicious meal!


A few of the younger girls...they're darling :)

There was a wonderful turnout of around 50 ladies, what a blessing!


Parfaits for dessert...

Surrounded by a lovely open landscape, a few of the girls spent time outside w/ the horses




There were quite a few baby blessings that were present!


Before we departed, we all gathered around as a group and discussed different topics regarding how we can practically apply the teachings of Titus 2...hearing advice from the older women was lovely.

"That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. " Titus 2:4


Kate said...

We'd be great friends, I'm sure! What a multi-generational fun thing, I'm sure...your mother, myself at 29 and you. :) I LOVE Glen Miller. When I was in singing lessons I was in a trio where we worked on Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. It was so much fun!

I love the blue and white polka dot dress the one lady is wearing.

I also love seeing your garden and yard work because I'm buried in a LOT of snow and am looking forward to yard work. For now I'm shopping seed and plant catalogs.

AntfarmMom said...

Aww...looks like fun!
I love that apron your sister is wearing in the pic of her rolling out the dough! So pretty.

Hugs and blessings,
Mrs. A.

Rachel and Sarah said...

I love the 1800's! And I love all the pictures on your side-bar! Where did you get them all? Did you make all the old-fashioned clothes you are wearing? I have made a Civil War dress, and am working on a Scottish outfit, but I've never tried anything Victorian!

Hosanna said...

Oh, this looks like such fun. My friends and I used to do these things several times per year! I haven't done it in awhile, though. We all have moved to different locations, and been starting marriages and households and families.
When we finish remodeling our home and things are not quite so messy around here, I plan on having just such a luncheon at my home for ladies in my circle of acquaintances!

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

Thank-you for sharing the pictures Mia. I loved every one!
God Bless,
Your sister in Christ,

Shelley said...

Again a beautiful post Mia...I believe in God's word(Titus 2:4) a day and time when so many woman chose not to be Keepers of the home...I find so much pleasure in young ladies such as yourself whom strive to be will certainly make some young man a wonderful wife one day..and be such a blessing to your future children...may God bless you richly is my prayer...

Antoinette K. said...

How lovely! I know I could chat with you for so long about old fashioned things, and many other topics! Both my mother and I have thought it would be such a blessing to stay with your family for a whole year and learn so many things from you (Titus 2) it would be such a blessing! I am enjoying reading your blog so very much, my God continue to bless you and your family and inspire you to write more posts in the future! :)

A sister in Christ,

Miss Antoinette

Lorie said...

Mia, I have enjoyed your blog for quite some time now. You are such a refreshing young woman and your outlook on life is inspirational. Bless you sweet daughter of Christ. Thank you for sharing your life and thoughts so beautifully. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you.

Melissa M. said...

That looks very fun, and the pizza looks delicious! We should try making a greek pizza sometime.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful time of fellowship! The young ladies looked like they really were having a great time.

Your garden is growing...Oh, I am so waiting for ours to begin :)

Blessings and thank you for sharing,


Anonymous said...

Hi Mia,
I guess my two sons and daughter-in-law will meet your family in a few days. I think that you will enjoy them and especially my youngest son since he too likes to live in the past. We keep telling him he was born in the wrong century. He would like to be a mountain man and live in a small cabin. He even dresses old fashion all the time. Both of the boys like listening to old time radio and big band music. Maybe you will even get to hear them play some old time music if someone lends them a guitar and mandolin. I wish I could meet your family too but look forward to all the stories and pictures they will bring home.

Mrs. Vawser

Ginny said...

Miss Mia,
Oh how delightful. the tea. makes me want to put on a tea for my dear friends. And you are starting to have spring. I hope it won't be long for us in the north.

lovely day

Erika said...

How wonderful! You seem to have had a great time and I'd love to attend something like that here.
thanks for sharing.

gail said...

How lovely your posts are Mia. I so enjoy them. Would love to have been at the tea party. Could you share your pizza recipe with me.
Blessings Gail

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

Hi Mia,

Very pretty pictures. I have a question. The bread recipe in the post below, did you use all whole wheat or some white? It looks so light and fluffy.

Can't wait to try it.

Rhonda said...

Hello Miss Mia!
I enjoyed reading about the fellowship at the luncheon.
I also liked that your little brother likes to cook breakfast cute! How wonderful that you have spring there already!I'm sure your garden is going to do very well....I can just tell by the way you tend to things!
I look forward to your next posting, as I always do!
Have a Blessed week Miss Mia!

In Christ,

HOPE said...

Dear Mia...I am so glad to have come upon your sweet blog. What a JOY to find a godly young woman staying at home desiring God's will.

I am starting a monthly Ladies Bible Study...and I am one of the "older" women that I hope the younger will take head to for instruction. I was saved at the age of 19 and have much to teach and share of GOD's goodness by obedience to HIS will in our walk with him.

I've enjoyed my visit today. Thank you.


Tiffaney said...

Can I live with you? Ok, that probably wouldn't work, me, hubby, and 7 kids would be a bit much, LOL! But seriously, I would love to find a group of like minded women where I live. The luncheon looked wonderful and I loved how everyone was wearing a dress or skirt, no one seems to wear them where I live, except me. Your family looks very happy and content, what a blessing you have to grow up in such a home.

Lauren said...

Hi Mia. I am a follower of your blog. I really enjoy reading your posts. I have a question for you...would you like to become "pen pals"? I love to write letters and I used to have a "pen pal", but she wasn't a big fan of writing. Anyway, just a thought. You can visit my blog and leave me a comment.

God Bless!

Sophia said...

Ooh, your pizza looks so yummy!

I just love that jacket in the top picture!

Mia said...

Thank you all for your delightful comments!!

Ms. Kate:
Yes! Oh, I wish I could've heard that song, I love it when ladies sing in trios :)
Aww, I wish I could send a bit of sunshine your way!
I get my photos from various sources on the internet--via flickr and allposters!
No, this outfit I did not make, I purchased it a while ago--I too love the 1800s era as well :)
Dear Antoinette,
Aww, how sweet! I know, I wish we could meet :) Thank you so much for reading my blog!!
Mrs. Vawser,
I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!
Dear Ms. Gail,
Next time I'll have to write down the recipe, this one was just "a little bit o' this, and a little bit o' that"....
Hey Mckenzie!!
It's 100% whole wheat, but usually I do half white/half wheat.
Ms. Tiffaney,
Sure!! The more, the merrier :)
Honestly when we were there, I just looked around in truly was special to be around all those ladies aspiring to Prov. 31!
Thank you so much!!
Dear Lauren,
How sweet!! Thank you for following my blog, I'll send you a private comment/message!

Thank you again everyone, your comments truly do brighten my day!!


Jen S. said...

This post was such a blessing to me. I so with we lived somewhere that had events/gatherings for women like that. There are tons of churchs in our area but it seems nothing in the heart of any of them for homemakers or really women's ministries at all. I loved reading about this time you had there and dreaming that someday I can be part of a gathering like that :)

I love your blog, it is on my list I check daily (or almost daily).

Jen S.

Anonymous said...


What a treat to find your blog! I've been visiting different websites of wonderful ladies in honor of "Dresses and Skirts Week," and had the good fortune to land here.

That luncheon looks as though it provided many levels of nourishment. And you like Big Band music? How refreshing! You have wonderful photos here. It's a real step back in time and very easy to lose oneself in a daydream.

I'll be back to visit :-)


Samantha said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time Mia! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your outfit!!!

@ Jen S: I totally know how you feel!

Yolanda said...

How wonderful!

atitus2keeperathome said...

I simply love the photos! You're quite a talented photographer. I'm sorry I wasn't invited! =)

Misa said...

Dear Mia,

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog (especially the music!). You and I are very different people, but nevertheless I enjoy reading about your days and your hints and tips. In fact, you've inspired me to start a small herb garden on my patio.

All the best,

A Victorian Cowgirl said...


Your posts are always so lovely!! Keep it up... I always enjoy the read.

I especially love the photo you have at the very top of the post. I have a jacket quite like it but in blue, and am making a white wrap-dress in the same style. :-D