Friday, June 26, 2009

A Quote from John Wesley

“Let it be remembered, that I do not speak to the wild, giddy, thoughtless world, but to those that fear God. I ask, then, for what end do you send you children to school? “Why, that they may be fit to live in the world.” In which world do you mean, — this or the next? Perhaps you thought of this world only; and had forgot that there is a world to come; yea, and one that will last for ever! Pray take this into your account, and send them to such masters as will keep it always before their eyes. Otherwise, to send them to school (permit me to speak plainly) is little better than sending them to the devil. At all events, then, send your boys, if you have any concern for their souls, not to any of the large public schools, (for they are nurseries of all manner of wickedness,) but private school, kept by some pious man, who endeavours to instruct a small number of children in religion and learning together.”

John Wesley

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Our Heavenly Father Knows


Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:26-34

Friday, June 19, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

my sister.

This is one hard working girl.

In my last post I told ya'll about us working with William on a job site. Sarah worked so hard with us. She got up on the second level of landscaping and planted a dozen plants for us in no time. Cleaned and did whatever was needed to get the job done. She has an incredible work ethic that we are so proud of.

Sarah you are special to us and a gift from God.

Monday, June 15, 2009

What A Day

Today the kids and I helped William on a job site, along with our wonderful Matt! He is a great employee. We have an existing client that has had her house on this horrible market for 2 years and needed help updating and staging her home.

We got busy cleaning, changing out ceiling fans and light fixtures, etc., then to the outside. There were 3 large cedars that were obstructing the view of the house and deck; they had to go. Then she had tiered beds that had been overtaken by cypress bushes. ugh. They had to go. Of course this meant replanting.

So, off to the H**e D***t (not my favorite, but close) to find new plantings. We picked Hostas, which are one of my favorites for their hardiness and Periwinkles for low ground cover. And mulch, lots of mulch.

Tomorrow I hope that we can finish replanting and start cleaning all the mess we made in the driveway. A BIG mess. But, one must have mess before order.

Here are some pictures:


This is where the cedars were. They completely covered the porch. Sarah, what are doing child. Stand up! You can't get anything done bent over. She is probably looking for snails; there are tons around this place.


I wish we could have filled the bed in more, but there are money constraints. They will fill out.


These had to go in the tiered beds. They were huge and making the area look smaller.


And William compiled! Good husband.


Matt working hard. I think he'd rather not have me on the job site! :) I did feed him!


Hayden not working!! He was playing Ghost Busters, the nut. He did work hard... kinda.

The Lord blessed us with a wonderful day. Blessed be the name of the Lord!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Wonderful Good Day!


This morning our pastor spoke about grace and the law. It was very eye opening and beneficial in helping me find a balance that so many times eludes me due to poor teaching in the church.

We can not throw out the law and live solely under grace because we would walk in disobedience. There are requirements the God has placed on us and He has said that we will need strength and endurance. If we live only under grace there would be no need for either of these.

The balance is to not move over into legalism requiring certain 'things' of people for them to be holy. ie, hair length, dress length, head covering, etc. Whatever we do or do not do must come from the heart, in obedience to what we believe God is asking of us.

What a blessing to hear the Word!!

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18:2

Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus.
Romans 15:5

My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved; He Who keeps you will not slumber.
Psalm 123:2-3

Friday, June 12, 2009

"My Husband Rocks" Fridays

My husband rocks because he always asks how I am, do I need anything or is there anything I would like him to do. That means a lot to me after 23 years of marriage. What a caring sweet man!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Busy Day

Today was a busy day for us. We started by going over to my FIL's and picking cherries. The humidity was horrible and we were dripping by the time we left.

Then off to the grocery store. UGH. But, it is done for atleast.... a day!

Once we got home I needed to pit the cherries to get them in the freezer. Had to stop for Hannah to take pictures of them, then she dumped the pitted and unpitted together in a bowl. Urrrrrr. What is up with that??

Next the blueberry bushes needed pruning and the tomato plants needed some cutting.

Dinner of grilled steaks, potatoes, corn on the cob and salad!! YUM!!

Finally, a driving lesson for Sarah. Tired momma...

cherry pickin'

cherry pickin'

my face.

The cherry mixer culprit, keep a look out!

photography by Hannah Queen

Facing Adversity

tree limb.
"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior"
(Hab. 3:17-18).

How do you respond to adversity? Anger? Defeat? Muscle through?

Habakkuk was told by God that Israel was going to be invaded by the Babylonians, yet he chose joy. He accepted God's will for the discipline of Israel.

When we realize that nothing can touch us without His permission, then we can respond with JOY. When we trust God's love for us and know that even adversity is for our good, we can rejoice when we face difficult situations.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Great Day at the Farmers Market

Things are still slow at the market because the produce hasn't come in yet. But, we have been doing pretty well overall. Today we sold out of everything!!!!!

peanutbutter cookies

We sold out of these little sweeties before 9 am.

the first egg

Sold all these early also!


Sold all our bread!!!

And we sold the 3 last jars of Hannah's salad dressing. Praise God for a good day!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Hannah sold 3 of her pictures today!!! They are amazing, though I realize I am the momma. Visit her store by going to the button on the right of my blog.

Here is a sampling of her photography



8/30 days of gratitude.

blood oranges

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Deception Continues

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20 ESV)

The first president of the United States that would not participate in the National Day of Prayer and sat before Rick Warren in August of 2008 and said he believed "marriage is a union between a man and a woman, has declared June 2009


NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

Obama has no integrity and the truth is not in him. He calls evil good and good evil.

“Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” (Rom 1:32 ESV)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Creek

Yesterday we spent a wonderful day at the creek. It is a beautiful place with waterfalls and trees and shade. DeGina met us with her bunch.

We set up a tent, table, chairs (yes, we were roughing it!) and brought lunch. The kids had a great time in the COLD water.





Yes, we try to be Green!



DeGina with her new grandson.


Catherine experiencing the cold water.



The view from under the tent. Beautiful...

We are his people, and the sheep of His pasture."
Psalm 100:3

Monday, June 1, 2009

Are You Paying Attention??

Judge Bans Bible from Pennsylvania Kindergarten Show and Tell

A U.S. court says a kindergartner's mother cannot read Scripture during show and tell, even if the Bible is the boy's favorite book.

Monday's ruling is a victory for the Marple Newtown School District in suburban Philadelphia.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the school's decision does not violate First Amendment rights given the nonpublic nature of the classroom and the tender age of the children.

The mother, Donna Kay Busch, argues the students heard stories related to Passover, Christmas and other religious holidays.

The appeals court says there is a "significant difference" between identifying those holidays and reading from Scripture.

From Fox News

Proverbs 1:29-31

Since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the LORD,

since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,

they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.