Saturday, March 30, 2013

Annie Moses Band: Blush

As I was returning from a trip to drop off Mr. Kevin with his dad, this song came on the radio.  I had to find it--it's absolutely gorgeous!

BTW--I LOVE the set!  If you're into the Victorian or Romance type, I think you will also!


I suppose a single rose
Is pretty as it gets
And when the lights go down at night
I love the quietness

I love shy glances, slow romances
And hats that hide a kiss
Lets you and me go back in time
And find the things we missed

When hands were gentle
And words were kind
And love could wait a long long time
And private matters held their hush
And grooms were gallant
And brides would blush

Does it seem a silly dream
Played back in black and white
Pearls and gloves and hymns of love
The lines of wrong and right
Well let's hush the cynic
For just a minute
And let the dreamers dare
To dream of love that never fails
O won't you take me there?

When hands were gentle
And words were kind
And love could wait a long long time
And private matters held their hush
And grooms were gallant
And brides would blush

Shut the shutters, power down
Let the world spin back around
To deep respect and no regrets
The dignity of you and me

When hands were gentle
And words were kind
And love could wait a long long time
And private matters held their hush
And grooms were gallant
And brides would blush

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Definition of Success

We all have our own definition of success.

Financial security...
A large house....
New cars in the garage...
Couture clothing....
High stats on your blog/website....
Invitations to swanky parties in person and online....


Our world pushes "things" as the yard stick to measure success.  While these things are all fine and good, are they what really satisfy?

Don't get me wrong, I'd enjoy a fat bank account, a nice large house with room to grow, new cars under warranty, a well known blog, and so on.  It'd feed the flesh and make life comfortable.  But, they would not satisfy.

So what would be satisfying?

My definition of success:  raising up the 3 children in our home to know the Lord.  The kids remembering me as the mom who was there, who worked hard to tend to them and be there all hours of the day and night.  Knowing my Lord and Savior.

What does the bible say about success?  No, it's not the health and wealth variety as pushed by some of the charismatics.  Instead, it's righteousness, fear of the Lord.

"In the house of the righteous is much treasure:  but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble."  Proverbs 15:6

"By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life."  Proverbs 22:4

"And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of they body, and in the fruit of they cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good:  for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers."  Deuteronomy 30:9

"Then shall he give the rain of they seed; that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous:  in the day shalt thy cattle feed in large pastures."  Isaiah 30:23

"Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eath thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift to God."  Ecclesiastes 5:19

"For her price is far above rubies."  Proverbs 31:1

"Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."  Proverbs 31:28

What is your definition of success? 

First you must decide which means you choose to measure by:  the world, or God's.  Measuring by the world's standards will leave you empty, unsatisfied, unfulfilled.  Searching.
God's defining measure leaves you full, knowing what you are seeking, how you measure up, and satisfied. 



Choose which measure you want to test your life against, and seek then your success.


Shared With:
The Modest Mom

The Better Mom

Growing Home

Heavenly Homemakers

Time Warp Wife

Monday, March 25, 2013

Set Out The Teacups

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."  Hebrews 13:2

"Distributing to the necessity of saints, given to hospitality."  Romans 12:13

If a visitor stopped by your home today, this very moment, would you be prepared?

Would you have a halfway tidy home?  Do you have a clean glass for a bit of ice water or a cup for tea?  Would you have a clean, uncluttered place to let your guest rest?

Hospitality is something hard to find in our day.  Many homes are empty through the day and evening, with mom gone working long hours outside the home, running errands after those long work hours, children gone to and fro doing a flurry of activities after the school day. 

No one is home.

This wasn't the norm in our mother's day, or in the days preceding her.  Mom and Grandma were housewives, homebodies...home.

They were there to tend to their visitors as well. 

Each day Grandma would have her home immaculate.  Floors appeared freshly vaccuumed with her old reliable sweeper from an era past.  Handmade quilts and afghans added color to worn but well loved furniture.  The drapes, heavy and layered with lace, were always clean and pressed.  The kitchen held heavenly scents of fresh baked goodies if she knew visitors were coming.  The counters held cannisters from her early years of housekeeping, the walls and cabinets all washed white.  Crisp fresh linens covered guest beds waiting for someont to tuck deep inside the sandwich of sheets and quilts. 

She always had ready a teapot prepared to pop on the stove top at a moment's notice.

Grandma has been gone now for nearly 30 years.  While her body has long passed after over 80 years of hard work as a farmer's wife in the Midwest, fond memories of her live on. 

I know we can't go back to the days of our mothers and grandmothers, but we CAN still have hospitality in our homes.  We don't have to be a block full of houses with shut doors (ok, if it's freezing outside, totally understand), lights off, no one home.  We can be at home, with fresh goodies baked, a cup of tea ready, and a warm smile. 

We can still be hospitable.

One never knows whether we will be entertaining angels!

Set out the teacups!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Cleanse Me!

from facebook, but a good share. :)

Taking Time To Say "Thank You"

Thank you.

Two simple little words mean a lot to us don't they?

We enjoy hearing them when we give something, do something.  We feel appreciated.  When we don't hear it, we may feel a little disappointed, like the receiver did not appreciate what we took the time to do or give.

God feels the same way. 

When He healed the 10 lepers, only 1 returned to give thanks.  Jesus wasn't too happy when the other 9 didn't bother to come back with a hearty "thank you".  He released them from a horrendous disease, and they didn't bother to say so much as "thanks". 

He came to the world to save us from our sins and make us able to be with Him in Heaven.  Do we give thanks?

There's a medieval legend that goes: 
  Two angels were sent to earth to collect the petitions and thanks givings for God.  The two angels returned, and the angel responsible for collecting the petitions couldn't bring them all in one trip.  The angel responsible for bringing all the "thanksgivings" returned with all of one hand.

Today, and each day, take a moment to give thanks to the Lord.  Lay aside wants and wishes and petitions, and simply give thanks to the One who created you and sustains you. 

He will appreciate it!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Enjoy the Little Things

Some days you just gotta take the time to enjoy the little things in life. Don't get so wrapped up in the distractions, stresses, things that come your way daily, that you miss the little blessings God puts in front of you. :)

God tells us in the Bible not to take on tomorrow's problems today.  Put them down and don't be determined to pick them up and carry them anyway.  God will be there tomorrow for tomorrow's problems, just as He is for today's. 

Take time away from the problems of the day and look for the little things. 

So what if that little thing is a bug eating your pepper plant...enjoy the little things!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Sunday Tip

Here's a tip from Autism With Jesus!

Use ear plugs or ear buds for children (or adults) with noise sensitivity!  This will make the music part of service much more enjoyable for those with autism spectrum disorders.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Let Jesus Be Your Friend (Hymn)

Rev. Alfred Barratt and Henry P. Morton, 1924

When the path you tread with woe
And your heart is sad where e'er you go
When the darksome clouds are hanging low
Let Jesus be your Friend.
Chorus:  Let Jesus be your Friend
Let Jesus be your Friend.
When your heart is sad
He can make you glad
Let Jesus be your Friend.
In the dreary ways of grief and sin
When your heart is sore and dark within
If you now desire His grace to win
Let Jesus be your Friend
In the gloomy days of toil and strife
Wheresoever Satan's dark within
When 'tis hard to bear the cares of life
Let Jesus be your Friend
He can bring you out of sorrow's night
Into joy and everlasting light.
He alone can lead your steps aright
Let Jesus be your friend.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

To The Harvest Fields (Hymn)

A Kansas wheat field near Girard, KS during harvest time
Written by Rev. W. C. Poole and Geo. C. Stebbins, 1924
There is work to do, there is work for you
And the call rings clear today
'Tis the Master's call, And it comes to all
To the havest fields away!
Chorus:  Away, away to the harvest field!
The Master calls for you (for you)
Then away, away to the work He gave,
For there is much to do!
There are souls to light, In the paths of right,
There are souls who look to you
Do you lead the way To the perfect day
Do you do what Christ would do?
There are souls  in need, There are souls who plead
There's a call that comes today
For a light to shine With a glow divine
Do you light for them the way?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

God Will Take Care of You (Hymn)

C. D. Martin and W.S. Martin, 1905

Be not dismayed, whate'er betide
God will take care of you
Beneath His wings of love abide
God will take care of you
Chorus:  God will take care of you
Thro' ev'ry day
O'er all the way
He will take care of you
God will take care of you
Thro' days of toil when heart doth fail
God will take care of you
When dangers fierce your path assail
God will take care of you
All you may need He will provide
God will take care of you
Nothing you ask will be denied
God will take care of you
No matter what may be the test
God will take care of you
Lean, weary one, upon His breast
God will take care of you

Monday, March 4, 2013

Revisiting Herman

Back on my "old" blog, Sunny Patch Cottage, I did a series called "A Handmade Life".  Two of the parts were wrapped around someone named Herman.

Who is Herman, you ask?

Herman has a nice bubbly personality.  He smells a little strong, but that is easily forgiven.  He thrives on whole grain goodness. 

Herman is a sourdough starter. <grins>

A while back I made my first batch of Herman cookies  and they were a hit.  I've made them a few times since then and added chocolate chips and some homemade buttercream frosting.  These I gave as presents at Christmas to the kids' teachers, and they went over very well.

Since then, I've found other uses for Herman.  He's pretty useful to have around--he can be part of many baking adventures!

For those of you who are adventurous and would like to try new things, get some of your sourdough starter out and ready.  If you don't have one, you can read how I made one here

Add some Herman to pancake batter.  Just a half cup or full cup, then add your regular ingredients, maybe a little extra flour or water to get the consistency you like.  It will be extra puffy and fluffy!

Add Herman to biscuit dough and he'll make your biscuits rise very nicely.  He loves to interact with baking soda and baking powder! 

I've added Herman to cake mix, pie crust, muffins, corn bread, pizza crust, and had wonderful success with all of them.  Use some trial and error and see what you like!  It's a great way to add some whole grain goodness, using natural, non commercial yeasts, and doing things just a bit old fashioned.  :)

If you have some ideas on where you can add sourdough starter into a recipe, by all means comment and share!

Shared with:
Far Above Rubies
Adventurez in Child Rearing
Growing Home
Lessons from Ivy
Time Warp Wife

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Autism With Jesus: A Quiet Day

It's a beautiful sunny day here at the Housewife's Diary!  The sun is high and the light is flooding the house.  This is a nice day for hanging out laundry, cooking ahead for Sunday, maybe even a bit of sewing for our Etsy Shop . 

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Autism With Jesus: A Quiet Day