Thursday, June 14, 2012

Old Paths...

The days have drifted by, like a soft wind on a hazy afternoon. I look up and wonder, "where has the time gone?" Its swift, unwearying wings have quietly led us into a new month--Yet, I can't help but marvel at how time seems to stand still, here in the countryside.
Earlier this season I planted the seeds I had saved from last year, and to my delight, the heirloom pumpkins have been growing well. These seeds are local to our area, so they should be quite hardy!
Collecting straw for a handmade broom.
Each moment of joy is a gift. Gather and cherish those moments, so that one day you'll have a bundle of beautiful memories to look back on.

What I love about gardening is the variety of fresh veggies that are in season. We've had a nice crop of onions, garlic, & summer squash-- so now we're anticipating more cucumbers & tomatoes!
In the garden, on a clear day--Harvesting strawberries.
I'm currently freezing many of the berries for future preserves!
~{An inspiring book: "All the places to Love" by Patricia MacLachlan.}
One of my favorite storybooks, this keepsake highlights the rural life of a close-knit family. The illustrations have brilliantly captured the wonders & adventures of everyday living through a child's perspective.
Observed the quiet landscape as we took an evening drive through the neighborhood..
On the 26th day of last month, it was my birthday, and my sister made a glorious cake!
3 layers with butter cream icing, fresh flowers & fruit from the garden!
Lazy Daisy Cake
4 eggs/2 cups sugar/ 2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups sifted flour/ 2 tsp. baking powder/ a half tsp. of salt
1 cup milk/4 TBsp butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine eggs, sugar & vanilla--stir until thick. Add sifted dry ingredients. Heat milk and butter to boiling point, then add to mixture. Bake in greased pans for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!
I decided to spend time browsing through a local vintage shop.
While there, I ended up meeting a few neighbors--they greeted us by exclaiming, "You're the family who are always in the garden! I see y'all all the time!"
I love small towns :)
~Upon arriving home, the sweet fragrance of climbing roses greet us at the gate.
One afternoon, I found my brother in the kitchen, making artisan bread.
~I believe our animals enjoy the slow paced days as much as we do. :)
A hand-sewn dress. It turned out quite nice, and my sister finished it in an afternoon or two. Based off of the Butterick B4973 pattern, but with a modest neckline & added length to the hem.
~Concord grapes...they're growing fast!
The 'volunteer' tomatoes seem to be a nice variety. My task now is to stake them up, as they've become quite tall!
Last year, when I was pruning off the flower heads, I decided to try something different.
I buried the flower heads nearby, to see if it would re-seed. Sure enough, many of our flowers came back this Spring because of those seeds!
On our way into town, my Mother wore fresh flowers in her hair.
As I weeded the pumpkin patch, I could hear my brother coming out of the woods.  He made many trips though the high grass, hauling fresh pine mulch into the garden.
A beautiful plant came up unexpectedly--Can anyone identify the flower?  It's quite fun to find 'mystery plants' in the garden!
One of our hens escaped up into a shade tree, and apparently thought herself very clever indeed. However, her proud cackling to the other chickens promptly gave her hiding spot away-- So back into the coop she went!
A thought: Life is a gift to be used every day. How glorious is it to be surrounded by nature's beauty, the simplicity of daily devotion to the Lord; to feel the true joy of contentment.
{My parents took an evening walk up to the garden}
~Collecting wild muscadine vines~
"...For the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yeild their strength." Joel 2:22
May the true harvest of my daily life, be a reflection of inner peace and light.
Every shelf in our home is different..often filled with vintage treasures that are certainly put to good use. How thrilling it is to read a book of poetry while you're waiting for the oven to warm! :)
For years we used our red wagon for yard work, but over time it has indeed become quite rusty and worn. So it's now resting in the herb garden :) Our cats think it's a perfect spot for naps...
Recently I was invited to a Ladies Tea, and gave a presentation on 19th century life. We were all gathered under the shade of a large oak tree; & quite a few ladies were in attendance. What a lovely time we had!

My dear readers, It has been way too long since my last post! I appreciate your patience, and I'm definitely going to begin posting much more regularly now-- I look forward to sharing more with you soon!


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Anonymous said...

Your mystery flower appears to be a gladiola. :) Beautiful!


Cheri said...

Your blog is always so delightful to read and is often full of vintage inspiration for the garden or kitchen.

I'll also add to the previous comment that the flower is a gladiola. They come in very bright, cheery shades.


Mia said...

Dear Mandy,
Thanks so much! I'm delighted that you enjoyed the post :)
To Kelly & Ms. Cheri,
Thanks so much for the plant name! Now I can research more into it.. What a stately plant it turned out to be, over 5 ft tall!

Thank you again,

Julie said...

I enjoyed reading your blog today. It was a welcome rest in a "busy" life. Sometimes we think we are busier and more stressed than we really are. It's lovely to find a blog post that reboots the system. Thank you! Stores here sell gladiolas in very large flower arrangements. They must last well as a cutting.

ladyhawthorne said...

Yes your flower is a gladiola, they grow from bulbs or corms, I forget which. They are wonderful cut flowers as they last so long, Mom used to buy them every week they were available when I was a child. They come in such a pretty rainbow of colors too.
Cats always find the best places to nap, don't they?
I always look forward to your posts, the photos are so very gorgeous and you are a wonderful writer, I always feel as though I have stepped back to a quieter time and place.

Tracey Elaine said...

I just love your blog and your style of writing, it's like a breath of fresh air. You make me feel as though I'm there with your family and in your beautiful garden!

Arla said...

Yes, it is a gladiola and a lovely large one. We enjoy your blog and have recommended it to other moms and daughters, as well. Keep up the lovely photography.

Magnolia Tea said...

Thank you for such a wonderful visit with you & your family. Modesty is highly valued in my family, too.

donna said...

I have missed reading your lovely posts. I check each day to see if you posted anything. What a wonderful surprise to see a new post. What a blessing!

Diane said...

I too, check each day to see if you have posted something new,because I so look forward to reading your posts and savoring the pictures. When I have extra time, I usually go back and read some of the archives! :)

As others have mentioned, your mystery plant is a gladiola. I recognized it right away, since we have always had them in my gardens here at home (I live in CT). They come in all different colors (we have them in red, peach, pink, purple, yellow, coral)...they are some of the most beautiful flowers (one of my favorites!).

I am so happy to hear that you will be posting more regularly...your blog is certainly a blessing to me! (and many others)

In Him,
Diane said...

I loved this post.

Esther said...

I love your blog sooo much, and I am SO glad that you are planning to blog more!!

Happy belated Birthday; your cake looks ab-so-lu-tely scrumptious! :)


An At Home Daughter said...

Hi Mia,
I was so glad to see your new post popped up today in my Blogger. I always love reading your posts. They are so inspiring. I am also a stay at home daughter and I recently started my own blog, please check it out if you can find the time.

Tammy said...

Just wanted you to know that I look forward to your updates. Beautiful pictures, lovely words.

Yours is def a fave of mine!
Happy Summer!

Mrs. Sensibility said...

I always enjoy your posts! They are very pleasant and calming.
Looking forward to more...

Joy said...

What beautiful photos, Mia! Your birthday cake was simply beautiful. I love that your mother wore flowers in her hair to town. They are my favorite color, too. And your climbing roses...oh, I really want to plant some of those!

(Artful Homemaking)

A Baker's Dozen Barnhouse News said...

What a lovely post, and I too love 19th century history (and 18th). Wish I could have heard your presentation. And your quotes are also inspiring. God bless you and your family.:)


Little Housewife said...

Hello Mia,
many happy returns and blessings for your birthday!

Thank you for sendng us another very welcome and beautiful post to brighten our day!
You look lovely in your period dress and I'm sure your talk to the ladies was very interesting and inspiring.
The mystery flower is indeed a Gladioli and should give you more blooms next year too.
Your sister's dress is elegant in it's simplicity and her cake looks delicious!
As always, your mother is a wonderful example of feminine grace and charm - in fact, your whole family is utterly delightful!
I'm so happy to hear you will be posting more often :-)
'Til next blessed in the Lord!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

What a beautiful and wonderful post my dear.

Tracy said...

Mia, I have a purple galdiola about to bloom.

Like the other ladies I always get excited to see a new post from you pop up and I love the photos of your simple life.

Glad to hear you plan to blog more often! :)

Vicki said...

Lovely photos! I love all the flowers, and that birthday cake looks scrumptious!


Bevy said...

Just yesterday - I was wondering if and when I would hear from you. And now, this morning?!?! Yay.

I, too, love your posts. You intrigue me. I love your dresses/style and that Ladies Tea would have been so enjoyable. I grew up conservative Mennonite and so I can relate a bit to the dresses. Love it.

And. Yes! your mystery flower is a gladiola and so many have menitoned that already. But. I've been wondering this very thing about burying dead flowers to see if they'll do something next year. You touched on that. The next photo was of your mom with 'old roses' in her hair. That's what I want to try. I want to see what will happen, see if I can get me a bush of them pretty pink roses. I was given a bouquet of them for my birthday and well... I'm hanging on to them to plant at the perfect place. Hopefully they will re-seed themselves.

Happy Belated Birthday to you. I've heard of Lazy Daisy Cake before...but you're sister made it look like royalty. Yum!!

gail said...

Greetings from across the ocean Mia. We are having beautiful clear winter days here,but as the afternoon moves towards evening the cold air arrives and it's time to put more wood in the heater. Again this is a delightful post. Your gladioli is from a bulb so if you lift the bulb you will be able to separate the little corms on the side and replant them. Maybe next year then you will have more gladis in your garden. Here in Australia they come in many brilliant colours.
Blessings Gail

Amber said...

As usual, another great, inspiring post! Many blessings to you and your family!

Joy Tilton said...

Loved my visit today, the golden colors of your world soothe me as I read! You stay so busy yet your life remains simple and uncomplicated, there's a secret there with balance. Wishing you a birthday blessings Mia!

The Working Home Keeper said...

Thank you for the glimpse into your beautiful life Mia!

Mary Ellen
The Working Home Keeper

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures and music. Your blog is such a soothing place to visit. Gardens are just springing to life here in the Rocky Mountains and my gladiolas (your mystery flower) are just now starting to come up!

Denair Kalb said...

I really love your blog!

Anonymous said...

As many others have also stated, I too check daily for new posts so was delighted to see a new one waiting this morning. I know from raising and making most things from scratch how much time it takes yet you bring an elegance to it. You have a God-sent ministry to your readers as you share your faith, obedience, heritage and dedication to living the simple life. God's blessings and YES, please write more!


Stephanie said...


Your posts are always so inspiring to me! Especially as we have just recently moved out to the country, and I am learning about the simplicity and joy life can bring when time is filled with homemaking. Your blog has been such a joy to read...I am always eager for the next post!

Thanks for spending the time to encourage others!

I would be honored if you would visit my blog:


Bella said...

Beautiful as always! Thanks Mia. :D I would love to have a garden like yours. Any tips? :D

Michelle said...

I find your blog so refreshing & inspiring. You have much wisdom for your age :)

quiverofseven said...

Dear Mia,
We are so thrilled to hear from you ! We've been checking for a note often.

Enjoyed the visit as always!
The Andersons
OFallon, MO

Anonymous said...

Dear Mia,

How I enjoy the rare and beautiful glimpses into your life! The life of you and your family seems so tranquil and peaceful, compared to the fastpaced life here in the Netherlands/Europe. I look forward to more coming blogposts.

Kind regards,


Rachel said...

Mia it's delightful to hear from you once again! :D I've recently gotten back into some blogging myself. I quite enjoyed reading through your soothing country post.

Ah, I so enjoy reading about your gardening experiences! :D Thank you for sharing the photos and the things you have done that have worked for you. I'm learning a lot!

There are too many things I could comment on but I love the dress your sister made, your gardening hat is *lovely*, and I think it's so sweet that your brother enjoys working in the kitchen too! :)

It was nice to "see" you again!
God bless,

elizabeyta said...

It was so good to read your post! I had missed your sharing.



Terry said...

Hi Mia

I'm so happy you are back, I have missed your post, When I read and see your pictures it makes me smile. And right now I need that.Thank you.


Cathy said...

A lovely post as always! All the Places to Love is a beautiful book, one of my favorites.

Kathie Truitt said...

Oh Mia - you always have the most lovely I have one question. Is that red truck yours?? THAT is my dream vehicle.

Julianne said...

Enjoyed the post! So glad to hear you would be willing to update more often. God's richest blessings on your family!

Julian said...

Mia, as usual,i enjoyed your post quite alot!The pictures are beautiful,and you are doing so well with your gardening! That flower is a gladiola. I have maroon ones in the fron yard. They sure are beautiful,arent tgey?Vintage thibgs are so nice to have when making a home. It is always fun to think of who might of used them before you. Hope you post more often,youve been missed! Christina gomez

Vintage Rose said...

Your photo's are truly beautiful Mia. Hope you had a lovely birthday. Your cake looks very delicious!
We are in the middle of Winter at the moment so I am soaking up the warmth from your pictures.
God bless.


Evy said...

With delay: " happy birthday dear Mia "!
It is the real enjoyment to read to you again, you savour the life of a just way, which is warm in the heart; thank you for sharing your peaceful everyday life.
I read that the others answered your question. Gladiolas are very present in France, they are estimated for their colors, and their longevity once coup├ęs there.

Beautiful day

Rena said...

Dear Mia, I had almost given up hope of you posting any more. I even started wondering if something had happened, either to you or to your serenity. (you don't know me in the least, but you and your blog have become a necessary part of my life)

Thank you for posting again. Thanks for your faith and your peace and for sharing it with us so beautifully. You've brought sunshine into my bleak winter's day down here in rainy Australia. I hope you never lose your joy.

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24


Anonymous said...

Mia, glad to see a post from you after so long. I enjoy your style of writing so much and love the pictures.

Hawthorne said...

Another lovely post - thank you Mia! Gladiolas always remind me of visiting my Great Nan when I was a little girl; she had Gladiolas growing in her front garden and I remember them towering over me. I also remember her heating a poker in the fire then putting it in her beer to warm it, and that she cheated at cards!! When I began to object I was hastily told not to make a fuss because she was so old. Lol ;-)

Mrs.Rabe said...

Delightful post indeed....

I agree on the mystery flower being mother grew them when I was a girl...

Love the fresh flowers in your mother's beautiful!


The Lady Beale said...

I am delighted that you are going to post more frequently. Your blog is in my favorites and I love your pictures accompanied with your sweet writings. A breath of fresh air to my world. God Bless.

Maria said...

Dear Mia,

How wonderful to have you back blogging. What a sweet surprise!!! I have been reading your blog for quite a while however I do not believe I have ever commented. I thought it was time. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us.

Sincerely, Maria

janice15 said...

Time has indeed passed by...but it's always a pleasure waiting for your return Mia...Your words are always quite inspiring. So your slow paste life bring much pleasure as well...for the days in the city in my life are filled with much drama at time....So it's wonderful to come and visit you and relax and enjoy..I thank you for sharing your sweet life...It helps remind me of Gods gifts...My garden is doing well this year though I lost my one pumpkin plant that I had started and I believe it will be to late to start another...Happy weekend..with Love Janice...

janice15 said...

O my and Happy late Birthday...I will be trying your cake soon...

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post! And your photos are simply beautiful.


Amy Jo said...

Happy Birthday Mia!! How sweet of your sister to make you that lovely cake. I love all of your photography, I really love the picture with the flowers and butterflies.

Amy Jo

Linda said...

I'd been away from the internet all weekend, and what a beautiful surprise to log in,check your blog and see a new post :)!!!.(I had been a little concerned you warn't going to post again), so it was delightful to read all that you've been doing and enjoy your lovely pictures. God bless you,

Linda said...

oops I forgot to say Happy Birthday..!!!..(the cake did look very delicous :)

Amy said...

So blessed to check once again and to find you had written a new post. It is like a lovely respite. Blessings, Amy from KY

...they call me mommy... said...

Ahhh...what a beautiful post...a breath of fresh air! Added your book recommendation to my huge to-read list! :)

Carolyn said...

What a special blessing you are to so many of us! Your family and the peace, calm and caring that ya'll share is the way we all long for our families to be. So happy that you will be blogging more often. God bless you. Carolyn in Florida

Elli Chase Designs said...

Your blog is so neat!! I love how you where the old fashion clothes.
Its beautiful and very feminine.
Your little farm looks like a illustration from a storybook.

Anonymous said...

My girls ages 5, 7, 9 and 11 and I love your blog. I was wondering if you could please post your favorite books and also books that have influenced you the most.

Ashleigh said...

I LOVED the photographs on this entry! Beautiful!

Joy said...

Beautiful photographs, and a lovely post.

Blessings in Him,
~Joy @

Jennifer said...

Loved hearing from you , Mia! I appreciate all the updates and photos. I would really like to hear more about your presentation at the Ladies Tea. How fun that must have been. You are a blessing to so many, Mia. Sending love and hugs your way! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Hi Mia!
what was that group you had tea with? I'd love to be a part of something like that:) and if you and Macy could think of a good weekend for me to come and help on the 'farm' i'd love to...i hardly ever get to see my bf :)-Oriana

Sandy R said...

Hello Mia,

Glad you are posting again! I love your blog, the posts, the pictures, and even the music. It all is just a blessing to me as I value the old and simple ways, when life was not so busy and artificial like it is today.
Many blessings to you and your family!

Veronica Watson said...

Hi Mia!! I really like the dress. How did you all learn to sew so well? Its so hard to find modest dresses and that dress is perfect. I need to start learning fast

Susan B said...

Such a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely life in the country. :)

Anonymous said...

You have such a talent for photos!

I so enjoy your blog.


Lyric said...

Good day Ms. Mia:

Yes,the tea event looks enjoyable and you were invited to speak. How lovely! As one researching 19th century garments for day-to-day wear of course I found your gowns dreamy. I check you blog on the regular to see if you have shared additional gems about modest dressing and sewing ono's own garments.

Our garden has not fared well YET (I remain optimisic though). We have no choice but to get it right.

Thank you for a powerful, UPLIFTING, Christian blog.

Paula said...

Hi Mia,
My name is Paula, I have a blog over at . I agree, your mystery flower does appear to be a gladiola. I'm also a friend of Renee's. I really enjoy your blog, it is so easy to read and sincere. You are a wonderful writer. Thank you for sharing your blog and your daily walk of life with us. I would love to live a slower paced life if I could. I'm trying to declutter some parts of my life now, other parts will just have to wait a bit longer. :) I hope you have a wonderful night.
Hugs and Be Blessed!, Paula

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful blog. I really enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, the music, the photographs and the beautiful writing. Thank you so much.

Lora Goulet said...
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Lora Goulet said...

Mia, Your blog is so serene, so beautiful. We pray that you and your family are enjoying a good summer and that the Lord continues to bless all of you abundantly!-Lora, Catherine and Maria

Marcy said...

Everything is just so beautiful. Thanks!

8)(8 said...

I'm going to guess a gladiola because it looks like the ones my grandpa use to grow. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I have missed your Blog, I almost deleated it out of my favorites, I thought you were done posting. What a great suprise when you posted again. Your pictures are magnificent and I envy your life style, simplicity right up there with our Lord, what a great joy to have you back again. Maria

CE Watson said...

Just found your website - LOVE IT! Such great photos, especially the vintage one! Thank you for such a great place to visit!

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