Thursday, June 24, 2010

Planning A Long Weekend

at the cabin!
I'll be going to enjoy some R&R at our mountain
retreat , planning on spending some quality time
with my husband and youngest son before
we head out for our Mission Trip next week.
My son Jason and his girlfriend will be joining
us and my sister and brother-in-law too!

We'll spend some time hiking the state forest,

head over the mountain to the Big Valley for
the farmers market.

While we're out that way I always stop at Dairyland Antiques

I love this giant cow out front!

Another stop for vinatge goodies,

and lots to see.

I will also try to get out to Lewisburg

a quaint town with lots of shops

and victorian homes.

and then I'll have to stop at Roller's Mills Antiques

three stories of all sorts of wonderful things!
I may not have time to write a new post before
leaving on our Mission Trip but I'll be sure
to post some photos when I get back.
Hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

'Change your perspective by changing the labels
used to identify your feelings, for instance,
anxious butterflies become eager anticipation.'
Approach your life as if everything is a blessing,
even difficult times can bring needed lessons
or opportunities. Instead of worrying, try prayer.
Instead of panicing over the unknown, embrace change.
Rather than allowing dread to fill your days,
offer yourself  to assist those in need.
A simple change in your perspective can
mean the difference between a bad day
and one filled with grace and love.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Teens Help Those Who Can't Afford Repairs

Just another quick look at what we'll be doing in ten days! My son Alex and I have been on five mission trips in five different states and can't wait to get to NH to begin serving!

Church Youth Group Work-Camp

In less than two weeks our church's Senior High Youth Group will embark on our yearly Mission Trip to serve those in need. This year I will travel with 54 young people and fellow leaders to Franklin NH to serve as Jesus has asked us to do... the kids work hard all year to raise funds, they give up a week of their vacation and pay their own way to paint houses, build decks and wheel chair ramps, whatever we are asked to do to help those who cannot help themselves. In doing so we also share our love of God and teach of His love by example. This is by far the highlight of our summer!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Spiritual Sundays

"There was once a king sitting on his throne...
It pleased the king to raise a small feather
from the ground and he commanded it to fly.
The feaher flew, not because of anything in itself
but because the air bore it along.
Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God."
Abbess Hildegard of Bingen

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

White Wednesday

I must admit to having a bit of a blogging
block lately. I find myself not sure what
I wish to post about or what I could share that
might be of any interest to anyone
other than myself...

(white petunias from my garden)
so today when I was visiting some
other blogs I came across a
'White Wednesday'
party over at Kathleen's
Faded Charm Cottage
I have enjoyed visiting Kathleen's blog
for some time and have always
loved all the 'white' images shared
by her participants but have never been
brave enough to jump in myself.
So today I was ecouraged by Jane at
Mamie Jane's
and her beautiful photos to give it a try.
Hey, I've got nothing else to share so here goes...

(loosestrife that grows at my cabin)

(my white oleander trees)

( a snowy night at the cabin)

(the white sandy beaches from our vacation in Florida)

(a tall drink of water in a white cowboy hat)

please keep in mind that the following images
are from Country Living Magazine
and represent things that simply catch my eye.

a white vanity much like the one I had as a young girl

creamy white cotton thread

vintage white milk glass

old white stoneware

the cozy clean look of an all white decor

and one big comfy chair to sit in!
Hope you'll take a few moments
to visit all the other bloggers
over at White Wednesdays!

Monday, June 14, 2010

I've Been Missing In Action...

I can't believe it's been so long since my last post.
The end of the school year always gets crazy,
so many year end meetings, award ceremonies,
end of church activities for the kids are
just a few of the commitments filling my calendar.

Last Thursday my son Jason turned 30

(not sure how this happened since I barely feel 30 myself)
That meant, baking a cake, planning a get together
and having company to celebrate.

Then this young man, my youngest son Alex,
made his Momma quite proud by
earning his third Academic Letter Award in high school.
This meant  attending an award ceremony.
All wonderful reasons to celebrate...
but keeping me very busy!
Add to all of this year end book studies,
final meetings for High Schoolers at church,
etc, etc, etc...
So all of this brings me to a huge apology
for not posting and not visiting your blogs
as often as I like :(

I've been busy using my new
zoom lens, an anniversary gift from DH.

Our yard is full of birds nesting, enjoying
the feeders, bird baths and splashing in the pond.

My oleander trees are in full bloom!

They aren't winter hardy in this region
so I plant them in very large pots
and then winter them over indoors.

Some of my lupines,

and portulacas,

my yellow tea roses

and orange climbing roses...
all doing quite well right now.

I hope this little visit to my yard
makes up for my absence.
Now I'm off to visit all of you!
Have a marvelous day, whatever you choose to do :)