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.  :)

 My brother sawed, painted, and labeled quite a few signs from our scrap wood.
They look great out in the garden!
The sugar-snap peas are beginning to make an appearance..
Their smooth leaves are such a contrast to the sandy, gritty earth below.
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 :)

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.
A glimpse of old fashioned femininity...
Fresh picked apples complimented our meal as we gathered around the sturdy, antique table for breakfast.
A few of us decided to take a stroll through the garden..
I received some great tips about planting in raised beds.
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...
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.
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.
 A neighbor of ours invited us to tour his property one afternoon...
Old cabins he has re-built are tucked in the valley,
Quite a serene sight to behold. 
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.
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. 
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.
"He turns a wilderness into pools of water,
And dry land into watersprings." Psalm 107:35
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.
In our front garden, my Mother gathers tender greens for dinner.
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.
 I traveled to a state park for the weekend, and spent a lovely time camping with friends!
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  :)
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.
"Let your conversation be always full of grace..." Colossians 4:6


Bonnets and Boots said...

I always feel so inspired and peaceful after reading your posts. Thankyou for sharing the beauty and fun with us.

Stephanie said...

So glad to 'hear' from you again. As I always tell my parents, your blog is such a blessing and inspiration to me! The pictures are lovely, especially the old cabins. Thanks for sharing!


Magnolia Tea said...

I'd loved to have heard you sing the medley!
Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Anonymous said...

I was so happy to hear from you and your family.I look forward to every one of your blogs.Please do not keep us waiting so long, love Johhna

Carolyn said...

Always happy to hear from you as well! Love your photos and hearing of your life style.
Take care,

Faith F. said...

Love your blog Mia!!!!!! Thank you for this glimpse of your days! In Christ~ Faith

Amy Jo @ Sunny Skies and Sweet Tea said...


I never tire of hearing about your simple and abundant life. If ever I feel down I come to your blog and feel so inspired. Like I have visited with a wonderful,encouraging friend....which of course I have :)

Blessings and love,
Amy Jo

Stephanie Ann said...

Beautiful photos Mia! It's great hearing from you.

Mrs. G said...

Lovely post, dear. I can't tell you how much I enjoy it when you post.

Grace & Peace
Mrs. G

Gille said...

I love that you live (and share beautiful photographs) what seems like such an uncluttered life. I'm very inspired to keep hold of the simple, important things. That's what your blog does for me. I look forward to every post. Thank you.

An At Home Daughter said...

Hi Mia,
I was so happy when I saw your post pop up in my blogger. Me and my mom both enjoy reading your blog. It's such a breath of fresh air.


Rachel Proffitt said...

What a beautiful post, it seems so peaceful! And it looks like you have all had such fun (I love the little oven especially... and the garden!)

Tammy said...

So happy to hear from you again!
Your posts always stir my imagination and make me feel content.

Looking forward to the next time.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Beautiful words, and photos Mia.

What a beautiful life!


Prairie Rose said...

Hello Mia, My daughter and I sit together and read your blog posts with happy anticipation! We love your photos and hearing about your life in the country! Please keep posting we can't get enough of your updates :)

Anonymous said...

Mia! I usually read your blog on my tablet/e-reader, but am on a desktop and have just realised you have music on your page! And what lovely music! :)

Just so glad to see you post again, you are like a breath of fresh air. Here in England it's too cold to do much gardening yet, but I am hoping to sow some seeds to start indoors this weekend if I get chance.

Have a lovely day!

jean said...

So very nice, Mia. Your posts have a lovely, quiet eloquence to them that I enjoy.

AuntLou said...

Thank you, Mia. I realize it may be a chore to post, so thank you. :)

Julian said...

Its always a nice surprise in my day to see a post from you. :) It looks like you've been busy,and having fun at the same time. We pruned our roses,we have several. We put the tomato plants in the ground,flower bulbs,and are growing collards this year. You'll have to pass in your secrets!
Take care of yourself,and know you are thought about.

Peach State Pretties said...

Simply beautiful! Love the cabins and small homes in general. To me it is less cleaning, and more loving.. Hope your day is warm and wonderful~

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and wish more! It is so inspiring. Peggy:)

Chris and Krysta said...

I get excited when my RSS reader shows you have a new post :).
I'm looking forward to more gardening after we move... Again..
I also loved the nursing pic, I love seeing other people's method. I also loved that it was no big deal to post it :) it took me a second to realize a little foot was hanging out :P

Anonymous said...

So glad to see you back! The pictures are really lovely. Seems as if winter has passed you by. Good to see you have been busy with family and friends. The cabins are a great reminder of the past and the people who once lived there.

Carol said...

Your blog is so beautiful. I check it often to see more. Please keep writing and posting the beautiful photos. Thank you for inspiring me!

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful and inspiring blog wow! i just love it

Leslie said...

Oh, what a wonderful post! Whenever I read your blog, I feel so peaceful and I remember what is important in life. Your pictures are so beautiful and your words are so wise.

janice15 said...

It's so nice to hear your words is always a comfort to visit with you and read about what you have been up to lately...Lovely photos..I love the door ones especially. In California it's almost time to plant the spring garden.. I have added to my prim roses and I have leeks left over from winter..Have a wonderful blessed weekend Mia..with love Janice
p.s. your brother stove looks amazing great job..!!

Linda said...

So lovely to see a post from you Mia, you always inspire. The joy and contentment you find in simplicity just radiates of the page. God Bless you - Linda :)

Sammikins said...

I love viewing your blog! I too was at a reenactment down in Lake City, FL this weekend and had a fantastic time drinking tea in the frigid cold and teaching my children the beauty and respect for nature and history that has since been so sadly lost in today's youth. God bless!

Julie said...

How lovely to see your post. A delight.

Kat Bucket said...

It's great to see another post from you, Mia. Great pictures and beautifully written explanations of them. Great job to your brother too. It's amazing what he's been doing!

Abigail Wood said...

I've only just visited your blog for the first time, and thought I'd say hello. Your photographs are so interesting and beautiful. :)

Thank you for sharing your life.

~ McKenzie Elizabeth~ said...

Lovely post, Mia!
I always enjoy reading your blog.
Take care, my friend!

Ginny said...

Such a lovely Post as usual. Thank you for reminding us of the simple things in life and that they are so beautifully created by our God.

Terri said...

Mia, As always your photos touch something deep within. They just feed that place inside that feels time stands still and we move too fast for it. Thank you for taking the time to post.

Anonymous said...

Mia, your blog has this "otherworldly" quality that always leaves me feeling peaceful and as if I've been to a very special place. I love your photos, and especially the one of you reading. Such a beautiful, lovely young lady! Apparently you are (much!) further South than I am. I live in the central part of Illinois and, sigh, Spring has not quite arrived HERE yet! So much rain lately and snow (all of which we very much needed after last summer's sizzling drought), but still......a girl needs some sunshine after a long, hard winter! I hope you'll keep posting as often as you can. Your blog is unlike any other that I read, and it is mesmerizing. God bless, and happy spring to you! :-)

Kim said...

I just adore your blog and pictures. Such ladylike simplicity. Absolutely adore everything about it! thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely adore your blog...your pictures always give me some peace and relaxation as I imagine being in those places...until my 2 year old asks to color and my 4 month old cries to be fed :P

Beautiful pictures! Beautiful words! Please keep blessing us with all of it! :)


Kris said...

I just love your blog. All the pictures are so pretty.

I just found out that there is going to be a Civil War reenactment about 5 miles up the road from my farm in September. At Mountain Cove Farm about 25 miles South of Chattanooga. Was wondering if y'all are going to be there? They're expecting over 10,000 people. I cannot imagine my road with that many cars and trucks whizzing by for days and days at a time. A few years ago, there was a film crew and actors here filming Water For Elephants about 2 miles past me. It was crazy! Never saw so much traffic. But I hope y'all come. Looks like what you all do. I am excited to go myself.

Denise said...

I have just found your blog and feel that you have found a little corner of Heaven on earth! I will visit you often. Your pictures and posts have allowed me to rest in a very peaceful place. Blessings to you and yours.

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I just found your blog and I have to say I am amazed at how awesome you/your blog are!!! I will certainly be following your posts

Anonymous said...

hi mia,
will you please post more often? I absolutely love and am inspired by your site! I just love seeing how I can incorporate cooking, mending, and creative task with joy as you and your family...
looking forward to more post ;-)

Simply Shelley said... blessed you are. Your life is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing dear soul.

fiona said...

please post again soon Mia
We miss you :)


Anonymous said...

please post more!!! can't wait to see what's been happening with you now that spring has sprung!!!

Charity said...

I was looking through my list of blogs that I enjoy and like to follow and came across yours. I always love looking at your posts and I hope that life is so happy that those happy things are what is keeping you off of the internet and posting more to your blog. Sending you warm thoughts for this spring. God Bless.

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Tee said...

Dear Mia -
Like so many others, I found your internet home by accident - looking for photos of mothers and daughters - wow, i totally stopped dead in my tracks and have been taken on a dreamy journey into your world. I feel the same as so many of the other commenters - you have created something very special with your images and words and your gentle spirit rises from the screen. I hope all is well with you since it's been so long since your last post. What a special angel you are and dear, you are ministering in an extremely profound way. It's quite remarkable. Wow, i am so fortunate to have found your page.

Netajane said...

I just found your blog, and already love the wholesome beauty of it! I'm looking forward to soaking it up when I have more time. Thanks for sharing!!!

Katalin said...


raiohna said...


I love your blog.
I would like to tell you something .Me and my friend are doing a ventage hotel. It will be where the waiters and waitresses dress in old time clothes.And we will have a oldtime stove and everthing will be vintage .We will have a barn in the back too. I would like too ask you if you would segest some patterns for me too use. I really enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work.


Raiona Flyn

akhir said...

Dear Mia
i cant help but envy you.. i yearn to back to the quietness and simplicity of the yesteryears

your blog in its simple way highlight that in the end these simple things are what it takes to make our lives full and complete

Kelli said...

Just discovered your blog. What a blessing! I look forward to following all of your adventures. God bless!
(Vine Living for the Lord)