This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!
~~~o0o~~~

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Final preparations for the barn party....

 A few days ago I gave you an update on our plans to get our barn ready for our son's wedding rehearsal dinner. Well, since then we had the rehearsal, we had the rehearsal dinner and my son and his bride are now married! I thought I would show you how all of it played out in order, so I will start with the final preparations that we did to the barn.

The last time I posted I shared with you my epic fail with trying to make my own light fixture out of old mason jars. It was a disaster, but I was able to borrow this fantastic chandelier from my good friend, Wanda. It's a plug in, which was so simple since we do not have power in the barn. We just used several large industrial extension cords coming from the shop out to the barn and then my husband hung and plug in the chandelier.
 The effect is gorgeous!
 Here's a view of the barn from a distance, I love how the lights look!
 I had so much fun making signs! I used old boards that I found on the property for some of them and I also purchased cheap ($2.00 or less) framed pictures at thrift stores and painted right over them.
 I had fun painting these old wood buckets a mustardy yellow.
 It was so much fun being outside doing these project and to be able to look up to see a little turkey family walk through. Oh how I love living in the country!
 Here are some of my projects I did!
 My friend, Wanda, also loaned me this fantastic burlap and lace rag swag! Perfect!!!
 My sweet husband built me this box from old fence boards found on the property.
 It will serve as our centerpiece. He is so sweet. Sometimes he doesn't understand what I'm thinking, he says, "Why would you want to make something out of old chipped boards with moss growing on them?" But, he does it anyway because he knows that I have vision and he's usually happy with the results. I just love him.
 Messing around with ideas for the centerpiece with these silk flowers. I can see that it's going to look really cute, but I will use fresh flowers. Can you see the end of the box there where you can see the raw wood where my hubby made the cut? I don't like how that looks, so....
 ...I just dabbed the ends with antique white paint and it looks much better.
 Things are really coming together! I'm getting excited!
 The next thing I did was walk around the property and cut fresh and dried flowers to use in the centerpiece.
 Oh...I can see that it's going to look really cute!
 I got the idea to use apples still on the vine and I love how it turned out!
 I hung quilts to hide the junk in our big pole barn.
 It's time to start getting the final touches out! I placed my old bike that I painted next to this fence that leads to the barn. I filled the basket with white mums and hung a cute "Just Married" sign on the seat!
 Love how my old sign turned out. I salvaged this old piece of rusty steel roofing from the dump pile and stenciled on it.
 "Country Life is Bliss!"
 The lights are hung and lit, the decorations are in place and the table is set!
I can't wait to get this party started!

"Oh praise the greatness of our God! He is the rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He." Dueteronomy 32: 3,4

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, August 25, 2014

Two have become one....

The wedding was absolutely gorgeous! These two are so in love and so very happy! They're wedding was so sweet and Christ centered, it was truly beautiful. I praise the Lord for bringing my son his wife.

I will be posting more about the wedding and our rehearsal dinner in the barn soon.

May the Lord bless Cameron and Megan's marriage forever!

"Let marriage be held in honor among all. " Hebrews 13:4a

Hugs, Sharon

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Today's the day!!!!

Today's the day that these two shall become one!!!!

May God bless their marriage!

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:24

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, August 22, 2014

One more day!!!

 Just one more day until Cameron and Megan will be married! We are so very happy for them! This is such an exciting time for them, not only are they becoming man and wife, but they also purchased their first home!
The Lord was so very good to them and blessed them beyond amazing with the way they got this house. They signed papers and got the keys just a month ago! Megan is living there now and Cameron will move in after the wedding.  I love that big oak tree out front!
It's 1400 square feet with three bedrooms and it's in a nice quiet neighborhood. It was in desperate need of a paint job, so that was written into the deal and the kids even got to pick the colors; soft sage green with white trim.
 It was built in the 1960s and they are going to decorate in an eclectic, mod 60's-70's theme.
 They love their retro kitchen floor.
 I love their cozy kitchen!
 Wood paneling with brown carpet really reflect the 70s theme.
 This is their bonus room which actually is a converted garage. Their laundry room is to the left. This will be wonderful extra space for them, but if they chose to, they can turn it back into a garage
 Their living room is nice a large and faces to the back yard
 They will have so much fun decorating this!
 They have a very large back yard and have many plans for it!
 This covered patio is huge and will expand their living space!
 They want to plant a big garden out in this corner.
 It has a cute little barn shed.
 I found this amazing chandelier at Goodwill and texted them a picture asking if they would like it in their house and they replied, "Yes!" So this gives you an idea of they style they are going for.
 Last week my husband and I went over their to look at their new house and we brought housewarming gifts. We gave them a card with a gift card to the local hardware store and I found this super cool oversized 70's looking amber vase.
 We also gave them wine, salt and bread. When we handed them the gifts, I read this blessing.....
 "Bread - that this house many never know hunger, Salt - that life may always have flavor, Wine - that joy and prosperity may reign forever." This is a sweet blessing that I got from the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life". George and Mary gave these gifts and said the blessing over the Martini house when they moved in.
We are so happy for our kids and can't wait for them to be married tomorrow!
Tonight's the rehearsal and we are having our special dinner out in the barn after that. Here's a sneak peek of the decorated barn, I want to keep it a surprise for the kids, so you'll have to wait until next week to see all the photos!  We are just so absolutely thrilled for Cameron and Megan and cannot wait for them to start their life together!

Let the festivities begin!!!

"The the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper fit for him." Genesis 2:18



Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Morning on the farm....

 Oh how I love summer mornings here on our property. I love to be woken up by the sun filtering into our bedroom through the glass bricks in our bathroom window.
 The first thing I do when I wake up is say a quick prayer then head to the kitchen for some coffee!
 Good morning world!!!
 It looks like my son got up early and had some eggs for breakfast.
 Now that I've got my coffee, let's take a walk outside and see what morning looks like out here on our little farm.
 Oh how I love the way the shadows dance on the dew covered grass, the sounds of the birds and the smells of summer.
Before we look out in the backyard, lets sit on the front porch a moment. This is where I love to read my Bible, pray, cry out to God and just thank God for His many blessings.
 My kitties, MacGyver and Krammer are out here with me today!
The sun is just starting to peek over the mountains.
 Sunny mornings always cheer me up.
 Krammer's getting a drink from the birdbath!
 I love to walk around and look at everything.
 I love how the kitties follow me!
 Can you believe that these two once were mortal enemies? Now they are best buds!
 The sunrise is so pretty!
 Come on kitties, lets go!
 You can barely see the goats just waking up...they were sleeping on top of the structure my husband made for them. Let's walk around to the back yard now.
 Good morning Blondie!
 Can you see the little tiny yellow bird getting a drink from the birdbath? He's sooo cute!
 The previous owners planted a lot of lilies.
 They are absolutely gorgeous and give off the most delightful scent!
 There's something so relaxing and peaceful about a sunrise reflecting in water.
 We've got tomatoes coming on!
 We also have cucumbers! I bought both of these plants as 4" starts and they have grown into huge plants! We don't have a garden yet, so I grew them in pots behind the kitchen so the deer wont get them!
 I love to spend time like this out in nature with God and sometimes feel like I am wasting time, but then I found this lovely passage in a little devotional book called Streams in the Dessert by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman.
 I hope you enjoy it and it will encourage you to stop and spend some quiet alone time with God.
 We should be better Christians if we were more alone;
 we should do more if we attempted less,
 and spent more time in retirement, and quiet waiting upon God.
 The world is too much with us; we are afflicted with the idea that we are doing nothing unless we are fussily running to and fro;
 we do not believe in “the calm retreat, the silent shade.”
 As a people, we are of a very practical turn of mind; “we believe,” as someone has said, “in having all our irons in the fire, and consider the time not spent between the anvil and the fire as lost, or much the same as lost.”
 Yet no time is more profitably spent than that which is set apart for quiet musing, for talking with God, for looking up to Heaven.
 We cannot have too many of these open spaces in life, hours in which the soul is left accessible to any sweet thought or influence it may please God to send.
 “Reverie,” it has been said, “is the Sunday of the mind.”
 Let us often in these days give our mind a “Sunday,” in which it will do no manner of work but simply lie still, and look upward, and spread itself out before the Lord like Gideon’s fleece, to be soaked and moistened with the dews of Heaven.
 Let there be intervals when we shall do nothing, think nothing, plan nothing, but just lay ourselves on the green lap of nature and “rest awhile.”
 Time so spent is not lost time.
 The fisherman cannot be said to be losing time when he is mending his nets, nor the mower when he takes a few minutes to sharpen his scythe at the top of the ridge.
 City men cannot do better than follow the example of Isaac, and, as often as they can, get away from the fret and fever of life into fields.
 Wearied with the heat and din, the noise and bustle, communion with nature is very grateful; it will have a calming, healing influence.
 A walk through the fields, a saunter by the seashore or across the daisy-sprinkled meadows, will purge your life from sordidness, and make the heart beat with new joy and hope.
“The little cares that fretted me,
 I lost them yesterday,
         
… out in the fields with God.”

"He went out to relax in the field in the early evening." Genesis 24:63a

Hugs, Sharon

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