Saturday, May 18, 2013

To my readers.

(I found a quiet area to read, on a warm May morning..)
 
My dear friends, I wanted to take time to thank you all for your wonderful support of my blog! It has been such a beautiful journey to document the blessings of being a stay at home daughter, and share with you so many glimpses and moments of our home life.
As I find myself busy with new projects and ventures, my time journaling online has not been as frequent--So I have decided to quietly conclude this chapter of blogging.
I didn't think it fair to continue on so infrequently, so I thought it best to come to a close.
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This blog is dedicated to all my faithful readers whom have celebrated the beauty of everyday life along with me.
You've been an encouragement and have blessed me in more ways than you will ever know...
To my fellow kindred spirits, who still believe in good, old fashioned living...and know that there are Aspiring Homemakers out there, who willingly choose this narrow path.
 
Thank you!
 
~Mia
 
 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A curiously warm winter.

 
It's been a little while! I've been keeping busy with fun projects, but have managed to capture a few moments of  what we've been up to lately.  :)
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 My brother sawed, painted, and labeled quite a few signs from our scrap wood.
They look great out in the garden!
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The sugar-snap peas are beginning to make an appearance..
Their smooth leaves are such a contrast to the sandy, gritty earth below.
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February is the perfect time for pruning roses and also staking up the climbing varieties. Many of these are wild roses that I transplanted last year...I had discovered them in the woods :)
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Recently we visited our dear friends for a weekend spent on their farm.
There's nothing quite like good fellowship, music, and an abundance of laughs-- as memories are made and shared in the company of kindred spirits.
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A glimpse of old fashioned femininity...
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Fresh picked apples complimented our meal as we gathered around the sturdy, antique table for breakfast.
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A few of us decided to take a stroll through the garden..
I received some great tips about planting in raised beds.
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The tender blossoms of the broccoli were a familiar sight..
However, I never grow tired of observing the bees as they hover around the delicate flowers--I watch as they gently sway in the wind...
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We decided to take a walk down the lane, and soon our conversation turned to farming, family, and holding to important values. The restless breeze teased our hair, as we paused to greet a curious calf along the way.
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At home, we've had many days of rain lately. It's the perfect excuse to pull old books off the shelf to read-- and soon enough, become filled with inspiration.
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 A neighbor of ours invited us to tour his property one afternoon...
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Old cabins he has re-built are tucked in the valley,
Quite a serene sight to behold. 
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There was such a quietness about walking through the woods--It's landscape so un-touched, so un-altered. As I crossed over streams, took delight in the wild Spanish moss, and even collected leaves...I felt that these woods were clothed in such a radiance that it made it hard to leave.
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From the porch of one of the cabins, It's easy to imagine homesteaders coming to 'stake their claim', dreaming of a self-sufficient life on their own piece of land. 
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Inside one of the dwellings, the door's paint has begun to crack and peel from age...
Yet it's made of a heavy oak that will stand the test of time for years to come.
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"He turns a wilderness into pools of water,
And dry land into watersprings." Psalm 107:35
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Before we left, I took one more glance inside the cozy cabin, admiring the one room home--convinced that it's not the size of a cottage that matters, but the abundance of love found therein.
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In our front garden, my Mother gathers tender greens for dinner.
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Recently my brother decided to build a stove...
So he gathered old stones and crushed them, then mixed in clay to form its structure.
It works amazingly well, and he plans to put a door on it soon.
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 I traveled to a state park for the weekend, and spent a lovely time camping with friends!
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One morning, I was asked to sing for the site,
so I sang a medley of "Down to the river to pray/Amazing Grace"
Everyone seemed to really enjoy it  :)
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Afterwards, a dear friend surprised me with a tea party she had planned!
So we sat in her canvas tent, and had a wonderful time. I was deeply moved as she encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. There's nothing like edifying fellowship.
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"Let your conversation be always full of grace..." Colossians 4:6