His Mercy

"His Mercies Are New Every Morning"

A Thought

In this life we can not always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.." :) Mother Teresa

Prayer Quote

“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis

Faith

I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Chickens Eggs and Cookies!

I have been experimenting with recipes again. This time I came up with a really good cookie that is sweetened with pure maple syrup. I've made Peanut Butter and also an Oatmeal variety. They are also gluten free and dairy free. With the Peanut Butter cookies I did criss cross them on top with a little sugar, but that isn't necessary.
A lot of work has gone into raising these chickens and they are now producing eggs! FOURTEEN eggs today and not everybody is laying just yet. What a glorious site! The chickens are a lot of fun. When I walk outside they always think I have a treat for them so they come running from everywhere! It is so cute.
The eggs are marvelous!

Toy Story Fun

I have these Toy Story Toys sitting on top of the computer desk. Mike pulled the desk out not realizing some of them were resting against the wall. And a few things fell. This is how they landed. It cracked me up because it reminded me of the movie when somebody comes into the room. :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Baby It's Cold Outside part 2

This has been a historic storm here in Texas, and now we are facing a power grid system that is antiquated and not at all able to handle below freezing temperatures. It appears our precious State of Texas was caught off guard by Mother Nature! So, some are without power all together, which means many homes are without heat in temps that have been as low as 1 degree with sub zero wind chills. There has been ice and now there is snow, and along with the cold and the low temperatures comes a simple and perfect beauty that one can only see on the other side of such hardships! My mind has been all over the place today as we seem to have been pretty well prepared with oil lamps, a wood stove, wood for the fire and cast iron cooking ware we could use on the wood stove if needed. But MANY are suffering because they are dependent upon electricity for heat and cooking. Texas is famous for all electric homes. In fact, OUR home is all electric, but we have a wood stove and have never used any other heat source than the stove. This weather has made me think of those less fortunate in other countries also who are experiencing unpresedented cold weather! And it makes me think of the girls who lived in a much colder climate and many times were cold. I'm so thankful they are all here! And now they are cold here. LOL Here are some photos of our day.
The power went out so we made breakfast on the stove.
An Egg froze in its shell and I was shocked to see the morning paper delivered! Whoever our paper deliverer is, they are amazing! We haven't even received mail for a couple of days!
These are some photos of the yard and a view from the street. I would love to go and build a snowman right about now! :) The chickens are safe in the coop for now. I need to go and check eggs again so they don't freeze. LOL Honestly, I'm surprised we are getting eggs! If I were them I'd be too cold to lay an egg! We have a heat lamp for them, but if the power goes out, there goes the lamp. :( I know that as Texas learns more about what happened, they will most certainly take steps to fix the grid so this doesn't happen again. But in reality, this is a once in a lifetime storm, or maybe twice..... I remember 30 years ago. :) Stay Warm! And LAYER! It really helps even though it is terribly uncomfortable!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Baby It's Cold Outside!

And inside! "The weather outside is freezing, and the fire is so relieving! Since we've no place to go, let it snow let it snow let it snow!" :) Not to make light of the situation here in Texas, we are record cold temperatures. I remember 30 years ago when it got down to 6º. Today it got down to 1º. ONE! DEGREE!
Our chickens are inside the coop with extra hay and a heat lamp, as long as the electricity stays on. But unfortunately, many we know are without power! Apparently Texas was not prepared for such a time as this and many homes are electric only. So there are rolling power outages. The problem is, they haven't been so rolling and seem more permanent! One friend has had power out 23 out of 24 hours, on for 1 hour and now back out! It is in the 40's inside their house. We know others without power. Some may be headed our way to get warm, which is great with us! When I go out to feed the chickens and give them unfrozen water, it is amazing how many animal tracks I see! I never knew there were so many animals roaming at night through our property! One for sure was a rabbit! The others my guess would be possum and raccoon. Our little wood stove is keeping us warm, but if this weather doesn't let up soon we will be like Little House on the Prairie's "Long Winter" where Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pa twisted hay to put in the fire all night long. There is a special beauty to snow. Mike and I, being new empty nesters have been all alone in this, and it is so quiet! We have had time to sit and talk and have coffee longer than usual. He IS however working as he can inside the shoppe while trying to keep things warm in here and make sure pipes don't freeze! Here are some photos of our adventures!
Me! Headed out to give the chickens water! Below, our wonderful wood stove busy keeping us warm!
We put plastic sheeting on the windows to keep drafts out. It has REALLY helped! Below are photos of snow from yesterday. We are expecting more tonight and tomorrow!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Learning Eyes and Nose

Sebastian is doing so well. He is such a content and happy little guy. Albina is a good mama and is teaching him all kinds of words. He can talk quite well! He is also understanding "Your nose" and "Mama's nose" I love it when she sends little clips like this to me! :)

Monday, February 8, 2021

The Library

Since the girls have moved to their new apartment, I have been busy creating a library. I have had So.Many.Books that have been waiting to come out and visit from the attic! Things are not quite finished yet, as I have a lot of organizing to do, but I'm really liking the new room that is a combined library/computer room. I need to put in an area rug, (until we get wood floors in) and arrange the top shelves and get things dusted! As a homeschooling mom since 1992, books become old friends. You just don't want to let them go! So here are some photos of the not quite finished library/computer room. :)
I'm also planning to sew some curtains. :)

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Albina

Our little Albina has grown up! She came home at 11 and it has been almost 10 years! She just had a birthday and sent me some photos of herself. :) We are so proud of her! I started writing about her coming home to us in March of 2011. What a journey it has been! We have all learned so very much! Albina is a very talented artist and it comes out in all kinds of ways. Right now she is really getting into aquariums. She has a talent to make them look just beautiful!
Albina is a wonderful mama to her little boy who is going to be 2 years old pretty soon! He is talking up a storm and is the sweetest little guy. He loves cars like his daddy and his dog. And of course, he ADORES his mommy!
I am so excited to see where the Lord brings Albina in the next decade! A LOT happened in 10 years for all of us and what a time it has been! We were taken to places we never expected and the Lord was there with all of us! Ten years ago at this time we had no idea that in less than a month we would be adding another little one to our family. I'm so glad we answered the call. God does not call us to the easy, He calls us to be faithful. What a WISE and LOVING heavenly father we have!

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