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!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Picking berries with my little punkin...

 I get the wonderful blessing of being able to watch my precious grandson two days a week.
 He is absolutely amazing. He fills my heart with joy. I love, love, love him!
I am so thankful for our new house out in the country, we bought it just in time when our first grandchild arrived. I am having so much fun exploring the property with Ridley and showing him things and teaching him things out in nature. Yesterday we decided to go out back and pick blackberries.
 I was so happy to see that there are a few that are already ripe and waiting for Ridley and I to pick them.
 We found a patch that had berries just his height. My goodness, he's so cute!
Ridley caught on to picking them very quickly.
He learned to only pick the black ones.
 And it's okay to snack on them as you pick them. Yummy!
 We have not had much rain at all this summer, so we did not have too many really big juicy berries, but they were still very tasty.
 There was not a huge bounty yet, but Ridley found plenty.
 His tiny fingers can't hold too many at once, oh, oh, one dropped. Ridley says, "Oh no!"
 He's so stink'n cute!
 Grandchildren really are the fruits of our labor. I do not take my role as grandmother lightly. I feel that my role is to enhance the wonderful training he's receiving from his parents, especially his mamma. I know there are so many things I can teach him, especially about God.
 I am praying that the Lord has his hand upon this little one.
 I pray that God will always keep him safe, healthy and happy and that he will always love Jesus. I know God has big plans for this little one!
Ridley says, "All done!" and we head back to the house. Oh what a good time we had and oh how I love this little boy!

"Grandchildren are the crowning glory of old men." Proverbs 17:6

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We finally named our little farm!

After living here for two years, we finally named our little farm....welcome to Blissful Acres! My husband and I have been pondering a name for our property since we moved in and we finally named it Blissful Acres Farm! I am very happy with our cute name and it is so appropriate because we feel that living in the country with our amazing view is simply bliss!
Photo courtesy Knick of Time
Last summer I came across this photo on Pinterest from a very cute blog called Knick of Time and knew that I wanted to use this idea for a sign out in front of our place with our farm name on it.
Last fall I found this bed-frame at a thrift store for only $5.00. I put it in our garden shed and that's where it has been ever since. I had intentions to make a sign for our place before we host the wedding rehearsal dinner at our home in August, but then....
....last Friday I spotted this wonderful old bed-frame at a yard sale and decided that it was much more interesting and ornate than the one I've been housing for almost a year. I paid $8.00 for both the headboard and foot board. We were hosting a family reunion on Sunday and it just pushed me into wanting to make the sign with our farm name on it. I will end up using the other bed-frame for another project.
That evening I started painting the backside of it. I love it when I get a spark of creative energy and roll up my sleeves and just jump in!
Oh, in case I haven't mentioned it before, this is a wonderful trick! If you are going to be painting a second coat of paint in the next day or so, there is no need to wash your brush in-between coats. You simply put it in a plastic bag and put it in the shade. It will keep the paint wet for at least 24 hours if not longer.
The next morning I flipped the headboard and painted the front.
This has been the best thing for me.
Painting a project on a sunny Saturday morning in my PJ's with a cup of coffee is exactly what the doctor ordered.
You see, over the past month my life has been absolutely insane. I do not want to go into all of it right now, but in a nutshell, my father had emergency brain surgery, we found out my mother has dementia and cannot care for herself, we got medicaid approval and moved our parents from their home of 52 years to an assisted living facility, plus much more!
All the while I was still working 3 days a week and babysitting my grandson 2 days a week and was trying to keep up with our house and property. I was to the point of complete exhaustion. But, the Lord is good and He sustained me. He gave me strength, I felt His presence and He got me through. My sister, Kelli, was in Italy on a month long trip, so the job fell on me and my other sister, Kathi. I am so thankful for Kathi! She was my strength and encourager. We worked very, very hard, but we also had fun and got very close. I'm so thankful to God for both of my sisters!
I have been so busy taking care of others that it was so very nice for me to have a little morning to myself doing something creative that I love. After I painted it white, I painted the top and bottom panels black and then I had to get into the house and take my shower because we were leaving for a 2 hour drive to go to our family reunion for my husband's side of the family.
We still did not have a name for our farm, so this was good conversation for the 4 hour round trip! We got it narrowed down to a few choices like Paradise Oaks, Bountiful Blessing and Peaceful Acres and decided on Peaceful Acres. By the way, we had a lovely time at his family gathering.
Sunday morning I headed back out to the sunny spot in the backyard and started stenciling.
Again, this was so therapeutic for me! Creative, artistic work really feeds my soul!
I loved the flower pattern that Angie from Knick of Time painted on her sign, so I copied it the best I could.
It's looking pretty good!
Now it was time to paint "Peaceful Acres", but I just didn't feel good about it. It reminded me too much of a name for a cemetery.
I went inside and grabbed some breakfast and talked more about it with my husband.
That's when we came up with "Blissful Acres Farm"and we both really love the name!
It describes how we feel about this place perfectly! I didn't have time to antique the sign, but I think I will eventually sand it, stain it, beat it up and make more shabby. Now...where do we put it?
My husband was mowing the front field at the exact time I brought the sign out and he was in the process of moving our old antique tractor to the front west corner.
I thought, "Hey, the old tractor would be a perfect thing to lean the new sign against!" So I did just that!
It's perfect! A few hours later we had about 30 people over for our family reunion with my side of the family and this was a wonderful way to greet them as they turned into our driveway! So, yes, I had another crazy busy weekend, but this time it was all positive and relaxing with wonderful time spent with family and also wonderful time spent alone. I am thankful that the intense things are over and I am looking forward to doing more projects and enjoying the rest of summer, especially the big event with my son's wedding!

"Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul."

Hugs, Sharon

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Showering Rachelle with love and gifts!

In less than a month this beautiful bride to be will actually be my son's new bride! We are so excited about the upcoming wedding of our third son, Grayson, to his high school sweetheart, Rachelle!
In May Rachelle's lovely mother, Terri, hosted her bridal shower. The table was so pretty!
The food was amazing!
The desserts were even more amazing! Look at these gorgeous covered strawberries!
So many lovely ladies came to shower Rachelle with gifts. Here's everyone playing a bridal word game.
I first met Rachelle when she was 15 years old and she has grown up to be such a beautiful woman inside and out!
She received so many amazing gifts!
Here's my precious grandson, Ridley, helping her open the gifts. She will be a good mommy some day, she just loves children and especially this little guy!
The cake was so delicious!
I love this girl!
Rachelle and her mother, Terri. Such gorgeous women. Terri looks so much like Princess Diana.
My beautiful mother and sisters!
My beautiful sister-in-law, Stacey, her beautiful daughter, Monique and my beautiful daughter-in-love, Megan.
We had a fun surprise. My sister, Kathi, was given this old bridesmaid dress from our Aunt Barbara from when she was in our mother and father's wedding in 1956! It was so much fun for our mom to see it!
It was fun for everyone to see this pretty vintage dress and admire the fabric and cut. It was very simple and classic. It's amazing that Aunt Barbara held on to it almost 60 years!
 Rachelle and Grayson's Grammie!
 My mother, sisters, nieces and daughter-in-loves all together with our little mister!
 The moms and the bride to be!
 All three of my daughter-in-love's (even though Mackenzie and Brittany divorced, I will always consider Brittany my daughter). They are all stunning!
It was a lovely shower! Rachelle received so many wonderful gifts. I love this girl and am so happy she's marrying my son! I have been praying for Rachelle since she was a little girl and I didn't even know who she was, as I was praying for Grayson's future wife! I know she is handpicked by the Lord just for Grayson! Eric and I could not be happier for our son and his soon to be wife!

In 28 days this beautiful girl will be my new daughter-in-love and Grayson and Rachelle will start their new life together! We are so very happy for them and we can't wait!!!

"May their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ." Colossians 2:2
Hugs, Sharon
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