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!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Anniversary to us!!!

My true love and I back in 1987 river camping.

Today is our 32nd wedding anniversary! I snuck a little note in Eric's lunch box this morning telling him that all these years later I would still say yes. I love him and am so very thankful for him. 

If you ask us what our secret is I think this is what I would say. 

1. God! He has kept us together and blessed us and given us strength. We would not be celebrating today with out the Lord in our lives, I really believe that.

2. Commitment. No matter what comes our way, we have always been committed and knew we were in it for the long haul. 

3. Forgiveness (and no it wasn't always instant!). I should mention that we are that kind of couple who has "cat fights". I'm not proud of it, but we do bicker. I used to feel so ashamed that my hubby and I did this because my parents did not. Then I found comfort when I remembered how my grandmother Ethel and grandfather Harry used to bicker all the time and  they lasted over 50 years!!! I think each couple is different in this department and that is just the way we are. We bicker much less than we used to, thankfully, but we still do. I think it is our way of both being free to express our feelings. The good news is that we do communicate. We have learned to communicate better than we did in the beginning and we have learned that we prefer to be in a place of peace rather than war and we apologize and forgive each other much quicker than we used to. 

4. Tolerance and understanding. Nobody's perfect and you absolutely have to take the bad with the good. 

5. Humor. I have a very quick and witty sense of humor and I used to desire that my husband's humor matched mine. Don't get me wrong, my husband is actually very funny too, but not "on" all the time like I am. Over time I realized that I am thankful that he is more the "straight" man with the humor because otherwise I think it would get old and exhausting. If you look at any successful comedy teams in the past, they have always had the funny one and the straight man and it really is a recipe for success. We like to get silly and I can say we probably laugh at least once together every single day. 

6. Our kids. 

7. Doing acts of love and kindness for one another. 

8. Date nights. 

9. Chemistry. We still flirt all the time and it's super fun.

10. And of course we can't forget love!!! Although, I must admit, over a 32 year period there were seasons when each of us doubted our love, but I praise God it was just a season! 

Of course there are many other things, but these are some of the top. No, we don't have a perfect marriage, but it's perfect for us and it works for us and we actually both keep working at it all the time. I think having some of these qualities and character traits are really important because if you go through a rough patch and lose one or two, the others will hold you together through that rough patch. 

I can honestly say that my husband is my best friend, but I didn't use to feel that way. People would say that about their spouse and I didn't understand it. Eric was my husband and I loved him and he was a good friend, but I felt like I got my best friend stuff from my girlfriends and sisters, you know, those wonderful girl talks where you get inspiration and encouragement about being a wife and mother and also other subjects like decorating, cooking, exercise, etc. But as the years have gone by, my husband has truly become my best friend. He is the one who I can absolutely trust with every secret thought I've ever had, he is there for me, he understands me warts and all, he's seen me at my best and at my worst and is still there for me. He protects and defends me. We have this common bond of our commitment to our marriage and family. We go to church together, read God's word together (not all the time though) and we pray together. We work hard together and we play and relax together. We are really enjoying this new season in our life of owning a farm and working on it all the time together, it has been wonderful to spend so much time with my man!

I am truly blessed to be married to this wonderful man who is my rock.

"He answered,  “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said,’Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate." Matthew 19:4-6

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wild cherry tree......

 I was looking through my photos from this past spring on the farm and found these two pictures taken a few weeks apart of the same tree. Wow, what a difference a few days can make!
The blossoms came in full bloom. This reminds me to trust God. Sometimes we have to wait to see the beauty of His work, but if we wait and trust, we will see His handiwork.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, July 14, 2014

Our 4th of July this year....

We had a quiet yet lovely 4th of July this year. We started with breakfast on the deck with the family!
Cameron and Megan spent the night with us and it was so much fun having them with us in the morning for breakfast. Mackenzie,Brittany and Ridley were out of town with friends and Grayson and Rachelle were at her mother's house because it also happens to be her mother's birthday!
Hayden was with us though!
At about 10:30, we drove down to main street where we had reserved seating to see the parade (because I put our lawn chairs there two nights prior!). Cameron and Megan are waiting in anticipation for the big parade! Of note, this is the first time we have driven to the parade since we moved 5 miles out of town! Our old house was just blocks from main street, so we always walked.
Cool Hayden enjoying the show!
Eric and I celebrating!
Grayson and Rachelle joined us to watch the parade.
I was impressed by these sheriffs riding horses!
We love our small town parade because we always see so many friends. Here's Eric admiring our son's good friend's new baby girl! Isn't she precious!
What a cute float representing the local library.
We always enjoy the vintage cars!
Now that's a patriotic float!
These hippies cracked us up!
More hippies in their love van!
Isn't Rachelle's hair cute!
What's a small town parade without an antique firetruck?
What a cute and patriotic float!
Later Eric and I walked around the park where it appeared the whole town was gathering! We had an ice coffee and caught up with friends.
Later we went to the local grange where they had a cute display for the first time in many years.
I loved seeing all the homemade goodies.
These pears got first place!
So cute!
Someone entered their butterfly collection.
Oh...I really like this collection of enamelware!
Some cute little lady's pitcher collection.
Homemade aprons.
Lovely homemade quilts!
We walked around more and found the big car show, I love this huge monster truck!
Whoa! Snazzy!
Super cool!
I loved walking around with my hubby!
We had fun, but we were ready to head home to do......
......this...yep, while other people were going to the lake, ocean and rivers, we went home and painted!
Eric painted the house yellow several weeks ago and these two little houses in our backyard were next.
It felt really good to get these done!
Our cute pets were enjoying the "tent" they thought we made just for them. Actually, it was just a drop cloth, but it sure cracked me up when I found them both sleeping under it!
We were empty-nesters for dinner and usually we go to our friend's traditional 4th of July barbecue, but they were remodeling this year and canceled it, so we had our own barbecue!
Eric made us a bonfire and we sat out there and ate and visited.
Blondie and MacGyver were with us too.
I absolutely LOVED this special time with my husband!
We were on the lookout for our new woodland friends, a little buck and a little doe, we think they are brother and sister and they come down to feed on our apple trees every evening.
We decided not to drive into town to watch the fireworks. We actually saw a few from our house, but we were so tired, so we hit the sack early. We realized one more thing that we love about being out in the don't hear any neighbors shooting off fireworks! It was so peaceful and quiet, we fell fast asleep!

I hope you had a wonderful 4th too!

"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." II Corinthians 3:17

Hugs, Sharon

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Celebrating America's birthday......

Hi everyone! It's been awhile since I've posted, but I am hoping to start up again. I finally figured out an easy way to get my photos from my phone to my computer, so I am hoping to catch up on some things that have been happening around here in the past several months.
We have been so busy around here! We have so many wonderful things going on with our new grandson and a wedding coming up in just 6 weeks and another one coming up next summer! I am really enjoying my new job and especially loving my new 2-1/2 day a week schedule! We have had some health issues and more involved and serious issues with our parents, but life is good and we feel the Lord's blessing upon us. We are very thankful! We have been in our new home for one year now! It's gone so fast and it is slowly becoming the way we want it and feeling really like it's ours! Today I wanted to share with you my 4th of July decorations.
Oh, first I want to show you that my husband painted our house yellow! We love it!
He also cut back the huge overgrown rhodies and azaleas.
Here's my decorated front porch.
I gathered some red white and blue things and placed them on this old milk box. Someday I am going to paint this box with a cow on the front and have a cute name like Four Son's Dairy.
My front door wreath.
We love our front porch! I temporarily hung my chandelier here, but it really will end up in the house above the dining room table. We plan to purchase a pretty outdoor light for this spot.
I have flags everywhere!
It's so peaceful out here.
I love this darling little chamber bucket with red petunias and flags in it!
Look at that gorgeous sunrise!
One of my favorite spots to do my daily Bible study.
I snagged this idea off of the internet; I found a wood box and placed white silk flowers with mini flags inside. I used a patriotic quilt as the tablecloth.
I hung my patriotic rag swag on the hallway hutch.
Here's my kitchen window display.
I grouped some cute little Americana items here.
I love how the top of my pie safe turned out.
This amazing Uncle Sam is a new thrift store find. I absolutely love him! I placed him here with a flag pillow, an antique booklet called Father's of Liberty from 1897 and an old American history school book from 1948.
I found this replica of an old advertising poster for Preston & Merrill's Yeast Powder and thought it would be a perfect 4th of July decoration. I bought a wood frame at a thrift store for $1.00 and painted it red and then sanded it. I used a glue stick and glued the poster to black construction paper and then placed it in the frame and hung it with a black satin bow.
I love how it turned out! It looks perfect here!
I found this awesome oblong silver tray at a garage sale for $5.00 earlier in the spring and placed it on the farm table in our family room to use as a display point for seasonal decorations. For Independence Day I placed more antique American History books, a cute risen Uncle Sam and some cute patriotic items such as a gold eagle, statue of liberty, candles, flags and stars.
I hung some light up red, white and blue stars and an America sign on this china hutch.
It's so cute! The America sign was found at the dollar store.
I added some flags and bows to the back deck area to make it festive.
Last, but not least, I wanted to show you the fun huge wood-pallet flag that I made!
My friend Mary came over and she made one too.
You simply paint each wood slat with red, white and blue. The only thing we had to figure out was what color stripe we wanted to start with. I preferred red on the top.
You can find many different ways of painting the stars on the internet, but I chose to free style mine.
I am so happy with the results! I placed it on this brick flower bed and love how it looks! This was the best project! The pallet was free and I already had the paint and it only took a couple of hours to paint and most of the time was waiting for the paint to dry to continue with the stars!  I want to do more pallet art work for other holidays.
We live in the best country! I am so thankful for our freedom and so thankful to God for His hand upon  us, I pray that He will continue to bless America!

"I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts." Psalm 119:45

Hugs, Sharon
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