Things that make me happy!

I am having an uncomplicated day at home for the first time in several weeks. Big deep purr of contentment here. We’ve had back-to-back farmer’s markets in our community, to maximize on various tourism events, and we’re all just feeling plumb worn out. In between all of that, we’ve been processing chickens, keeping up with our big garden, and helping my hubby get ready for hay harvest. Oh, yeah, and milking two cows twice a day really uses up about 3 hours a day when you add in bottle feeding 3 calves, washing and sanitizing all the milking equipment, buckets, bottles, dairy floor…quite the job!

So today I was fixing myself a cup of tea for the first “me time” I’ve had in, well, I can’t remember when, unless you count the time last week when one of my good friends stopped by and helped me peel apples for pies for the market. Now that was pure loveliness, and I’d just been spoiled the day before when another friend came over to share stove duties and helped make pumpkin spice mini loaves. God is so good to me. When is the last time you thanked him for giving you a strong back, the ability to *see* this gorgeous world and participate in LIFE with a healthy body and a family that loves you?

Things that make me happy!

  • White Honeysuckle Tea by Shang, with added goji berries and sweetened with honey–Mmm! (Sipping as I type this…)
  • Seeing a full jar of said honey, and knowing it’s the real deal, honest-to-goodness unadulterated raw, organic honey…and daydreaming about our beekeeping venture panning out…hopefully soon!
  • Time, sweet time, to take deep breaths and snuggle with pup Liz while I watch my girls play with her 5 week old littermates
  • Listening to my girls giggle as they jump on the trampoline with the water hose blasting their every move…
  • My long row of colorful rainbow swiss chard out in the garden–so purty, its oranges, hot pinks, yellows, pale greens and pinks!
  • Garden tomatoes and cukes in my CSA share this week! WOW!
  • Hymns played by my 11 year old on her harmonica–she takes it wherever we go, we rarely listen to the radio in the vehicle anymore…
  • Fresh cream on fresh blackberries with a teensy bit of sugar!
  • Murmuring lovingly to my Jersey cow, ’cause she’s so good to us and gives such amazing milk!
  • Farmer’s Markets–such a fantastic sense of community…
  • Great Bible teaching–which we’re so blessed to get three times a week, praise God!

Wow, I think I could go on indefinitely, but my tea is getting cold and I’m overdue for some time in the Bible today…

What are some of your favorite things? I’d love to hear about them!

Blessings,
Mary

Rumor has it…

Rumors abound, and when they are about me or people I love, it’s more than bothersome, it’s hurtful and annoying. Now, I’m not easily offended, and I hate to think anything I’ve said in “real life” or here on this blog has been offensive, but the fact is, I know that a lot of the passions reflected on this blog focus on hot topics. Topics many of us have strong opinions about. So I just want to clear the air here on a few things, and beg you NOT to assign titles to me that are not true. I think you’ll catch my drift when you read the following.

  1. Yes, I’m an idealist that wants to feed pure healthy food to my family. We still eat junk, and occasionally–gasp–items with high fructose corn syrup, but we do what we can to eat healthy and to eliminate the need for chemicals, etc. in our family garden.
  2. No, I’m not against conventional farmers! Not one little bit. I know that for high yields on crops modern farmers are all doing what they believe they have to do to survive. I understand that for yields, GMO seeds are a good thing. I apologize if my belief that more caution is in order when it comes to genetically modified seeds/fish/animals has caused offense in any quarter. None intended. My father-in-law, brother-in-law, and many good friends are conventional farmers and I know that they are concerned about these issues, and the health of the land as well. We just happen to come at these issues from slightly different angles, that’s all!
  3. I’m not against the medical field. But I am all for keeping your kids healthy w/o medical intervention when possible. I realize it’s not always possible. I realize we’ve been soooo blessed to not have any major diseases or broken bones, or genetic defects that require a doctor’s aid. When I express my delight in being able to cure simple illnesses with herbs and such that God’s given, and my distaste for the overuse of anti-biotics we see here in the USA, please don’t misconstrue that to mean that I am against the medical profession. The two family practice docs that saw me and mine through the girls’ younger years are priceless, and I’d still pick up the phone and call them with questions if I didn’t have a wonderful herbal nutritionist at my beck and call. *Smile* (Not to mention both of those family practice docs quit their practices for various reasons)
  4. Yes, I’m sold on the KJV Bible being the word of God for all English speaking people. Yes, I don’t see the need for any other translation, because I believe hands down that the KJV is not only the best, but the one God perfectly preserved through historical manuscripts and godly translators as He promised He’d do until the end of time, according to Psalm 12:6-7. However, I believe that people can still get saved by reading other versions, because God’s word does not return void. This is an issue between a Christian and God, I share my thoughts and convictions on it here at the blog, but I by NO means judge you for choosing to stick with your alternate version. (I may pity you a little bit for what you’re missing out on though! *wink*)
  5. Raw milk. Ooh boy. Everyone who knows me in real life knows what a fanatic I am about raw milk vs. pasteurized. But ya know what? We all are fanatics about something. Maybe you are particularly critical of people that drink beer? I’m not critical of people that drink pasteurized milk, I’m just wanting the same freedoms to buy/sell raw milk that any other freedom loving American enjoys when he chooses white bread over whole wheat. Fair enough?

Those are just the top 5 that get me in trouble. I hope most of you know that in my book, grace is the name of the game. Nothing’s gained by being critical of how others choose to do things. Don’t read between the lines here at the blog and assume I’m a hater of conventional farmers/dairies, doctors, dentists, etc.–because that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you wonder about my stance on certain issues, ask me, go to the mat with me, I’ll still call you friend when it’s all said and done. I’ve done my research, but I realize there’s always more to learn about any subject. And I realize that you’ve probably done your research too! We may have to agree to disagree. Not such a bad thing! Really!

The next time someone says something derogatory about someone else…check with the source before passing it along. Rumors hurt people. And what are you doing talking about other people behind their backs anyway? Right?

For what it’s worth, I do apologize if my diatribes here on the blog have caused any personal angst to any of my readers. This platform provides an outlet for me to voice my concerns and thoughts and inspirations and get valuable feedback from you! However, please understand that one can only be censored *so* much. Chances are, if you continue to read here, you will from time to time experience a rise in blood pressure from some of my ornery topics. I just can’t help myself. And it is my blog, after all.