Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Our Bustling Christmas

I have not had a chance to share any photos from my home while it was decorated for Christmas.  This Christmas we traveled to NC to visit family.  I was so excited to see my new niece.  We left our home early on the 23rd of December.  We chose not to open presents with the kiddos until after we got back from our trip.  Truth was, I had not bought anything for them before our trip.  This had to be the worse year for me being ready for Christmas.
On Christmas Eve we visited Biltmore House.  It was such a beautiful sunny day, but it was freezing.  When we left PA it was in the 60's and 70's.  For some reason I was not thinking it would be colder down south, but it was!  When we finished our tour of the house, we walked out into a wonderful flurry of snowflakes!  It was so festive.  I love how the Lord knows what can make these moments so memorable.  It really felt like Christmas.
Our stay was short in NC.  After many wonderful meals, lots of laughter, and special moments with my new niece we had to say good-bye.  We headed back to PA early on the 27th.  The next day I was geared up to do some crazy, quick Christmas shopping.  I really found some great deals.  This might not be a bad idea to do every year!  I shopped till I dropped and was able to buy everything I needed in 4 hours.  I came home and wrapped the gifts in brown paper and newspaper.  I re-used the CHRISTMAS TAGS I had made last year, and I was ready for the kiddos.  They came home from spending a day with dad; we read the Christmas story together, prayed, and then in 10 minutes all that hard work was undone and there were some happy kiddos.
It was a very special Christmas season for our family.
God is so Good!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Our Trip to Lititz

Today was the first day this summer that we actually took a day trip together as a family.  It was so nice to be together.  We went to Lititz, Pa.  There was a huge craft show going on. 

It was so nice to walk around the town and look at the beautiful homes.  Most everyone seemed to have taken real good care of their properties.  It was very Norman Rockwell .... until we hit the craft sale part.  The vendor's tents took away from the small-town America feel.  It was actually a bit overwhelming at moments.

 I was surprised at how much my preference of crafts has changed over the years.  I still loved all of the primitive, country crafts, but I was more drawn to the rustic antique vendors. I loved the smell of these wreaths!  It brought back memories to our whole family of staying with a dear friend in Connecticut.  Funny how smells and memories go hand in hand...some good and some bad...this memory was very good :)

 The highlight for one of the boys was flipping the back seat on our 'new' van to eat lunch.  Really these kiddos are the greatest!  I love my family!  

We actually ended the day going through a huge Antique mall.  We didn't even get through the whole mall before it closed.  
How was your Saturday?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

It's Hereditary!

All of my readers know that I have been busy this winter painting my kitchen.
I am very close to being finished.  We are waiting on a friend to give us the okay to put in two bottom cabinets and the counter top.  Recently I left the kiddos for 5 minutes to go get gas in our van.
When I came home, I was greeted at the door by my oldest son.
He was expressing his apologies right away and letting me know he didn't try it.
"Try what?", I asked.  
"I didn't try to bring down the trim when I hung on it to look out the window at what Harrison was hitting with the shovel.  I tried to hang it back up but it wouldn't stay," he replied.  " 
When I walked into my kitchen, this is what I saw.
Well, at least I know that some previous owner wallpapered the kitchen at one time, and this is the wallpaper they used.  I tried not to laugh.  Kids always do stuff without thinking things through, and I knew my hubby could relate.  I think I was really thinking about how much he reminded me of his dad :)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Seems Like Yesterday

My oldest is now 16.  
For some reason the first question asked of him is "Are you getting your license?".
 I have a 16 year old? 
 A child that can drive?

I started thinking back to the first time I drove.
It was on my grandparent's farm.
I was around 2 or 3 years.
As my grandpa finished plowing the fields, he would stop by the house to pick me up. Holding me on his lap, he allowed me to steer our way back to the barn where the animals lived and where the tractor came to rest over night.  I am so thankful for those weekends spent on the farm.   Such fun and warm memories with my grandparents on their farm. 
It was always a FARMALL for my Grandpa.
How about you? 
What was your first experience at the wheel?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hidden Beauties?

Does anyone have one of those cabinet doors in their kitchen that hides something?
I do.  Our one kitchen cabinet hides an old chimney.  Some may think this is hideous.
I seem to be able to look past the ugliness and find character....a gem of some sort.
On the other side of the cabinet I hid some old jars that were given to me when we were first married.
At our first apartment, my hubby and I looked out for our elderly landlord.  As a thank you, he wanted to give me as many of his deceased wife's canning jars as I wished to take.
I had them hidden above the refrigerator and forgot all about them.
Some would look at these and right away see the beauty in the blue and shiny jars...such usefulness they would see.
On the outside you couldn't tell which door hid what beauty.
These two hidden treasures remind me of my teenage years vs. my children's teenage years.
My years were scarred and tattered yet when I asked Christ to forgive me of my sin; He could still see the beauty in my life...that character.  He restored me from the inside out.
The jars remind me of my children.  Full of innocent beauty have been their days so far.  I am not saying that they will not have chips or scratches, but they have such a peace and innocence that I did not have.  A peace and innocence that I longed for when I received Christ.
With the cabinet doors closed you would not know the difference in my kitchen.  They all look great together and uniformed.  People come into my kitchen never knowing that behind one of those doors there is a not so pretty view.  Only the owners know.  I am so glad the Lord who knows my heart decided to use me for his work.  The most important part of this work has been raising our four wonderful children for His glory.  By obeying the Word of the Lord, I have been able to give my children an abundant life.  My prayer is that they will take heed to God's Word as they grow and be able to continue in that abundant life.

"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10b

Monday, August 27, 2012

Enjoying Main Street in PA

What a wonderful Saturday!
This past Saturday our boys were invited to a birthday party;
Hubby, Bess and I were left to explore the small town of Shrewsbury, Pa.
I think I am definitely your small town kind of gal.
Sometimes I just enjoy walking around town, dreaming about the history of what took place years ago.
I know my mind truly romanticizes the old days.  
There are many Antique shops in these old homes along Main Street.
As I walked into one, I forgot about the antiques, and I couldn't help but think of how someone lived in this tiny-roomed, uneven-floored home.  It had to have been an old log cabin.  It seriously felt like the house was leaning as I walked down the wide planked floors of the small hallway from bedroom to bedroom.
The outside was nothing to look at just whited siding, but my imagination made it a beauty to me.
We traveled down Old York Rd to go to the Amish Markets to get some Occident flour and ice cream.
I love using Occident flour for my pies and homemade bread.
Actually I use it for everything :)
Hubby bought me a tea cup at the last Antique shop we visited.
He knows how much I love the look of the brown Transferware.
This is the marking on the bottom of the plate.
According to Janice Paul's Website
My teacup dates between 1940-1950
My friend gave me this creamer as a gift this past year.
I know it doesn't match,
It's brown :)
I know those are coffee beans instead of tea leaves.
What can I say?
I love coffee.
How was your weekend?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pride in Ownership

For a couple of weeks this summer, our oldest son had the opportunity to work with his dad.
This was his first job.
I can't tell you what a blessing it was that he was able to be with his dad, and to know that there was another christian man at the job in the area that he worked.

We told him that he had to save his money for college, but he was allowed to get a new cello if we found a good one on craigslist for the right price.
He has been playing the cello for 2 years now, and he truly does have a talent with music.
His new cello is the one in the center.
It has a better sound than his old one.
I think this one is a step up from what he had.
Three of us play the violin.
One plays the viola.
One plays the cello.
and hubby....
He plays around on the guitar.
Hubby has gotten pretty good for teaching himself.
You wouldn't hire us for a wedding or anything like that;
We just love to serve in the music ministry at our church.
It is such a blessing to play together as a family.
So now my son has made his first big purchase.
It is amazing how careful he is with something that he bought;
goes to show that one really appreciates something that they work to get.
Yes, we could have bought it for him.
It is a good lesson for him to learn.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Different Tastes = a Fun Home!

I am so thankful for the different personalities in our family.
I am so glad the Lord decided not to make everyone in your family have the same likes and dislikes.
I have three boys.
My oldest will tear anything a part and be happy to keep every tiny piece as a collection.
Yes, his room reflects that fact.
The middle son will be very content to draw, paint, or read hours upon hours. 
He takes his time at doing everything.  He also likes to collect things.  I notice he likes shiny things,
from expensive gold looking things to glass.  
My youngest, he is the one that inherited the Craigslist dresser.
I am beginning to see in him the same taste as me.
Except for the snow globe collection, he seems to like primitive, earthy colored things.
Like me, he would rather do something with his hands than read a book.
We are both very good at looking at the pictures in a book or magazine.
He likes tea-dying paper to make it look old.
He likes the Revolutionary War.
He likes Americana!
I know there are some differences in our taste.
He flatters me by liking what I make:)

Monday, June 11, 2012

A Father to the Fatherless

I have been thinking a lot lately about the importance of fathers in the home.

I look at my hubby.
 I know I could not have chosen a better man to be the father to my children.
He has always looked out for the family- -trying not to put work, church, or the busyness of life before his time with the family.

As my daughter has grown older, I remember being her age.

As she walks with her daddy, she has a trust I did not share.
As she yields to his embrace, she has a peace that I did not have.
As she cuddles up to her dad, I see a contentment in her heart. 
She has a bond that I did not know.
She has a father on earth that fills her heart with love, trust, and contentment.
I see it in her smile.

I, and many other girl's, missed out on the love of an earthly father.
Whether it was because we were children of a single parent, a deceased father, or maybe just the child of a father who was never around or showed us the attention and love we needed.
I found LOVE, TRUST, PEACE, and CONTENTMENT in my Heavenly Father.
The Lord has made me what I am today.
He continues to give me PEACE, JOY, and HAPPINESS as I yield to His will and walk in His ways.

A FATHER of the FATHERLESS........... is God in his holy habitation. Ps. 68:5

Yes, I can see now what God designed in a family.
I can experience, second hand, the love that a father should share with his children.
What a blessing my husband is to our children, and what an encouragement he is to me to see what a father should be.

Happy Father's Day

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pallet Project #1

At our church's work party my oldest son was put in charge of throwing away some pallets.
My son knew how much I was wanting to try some projects using pallets and saw an opportunity for me to get some trash treasure.
Hubby and I drove in separate cars that night.
He went home first before my treasures were known to him.
Hubby wasn't too thrilled when he was trying to get them out of our van after three men strategically stuffed placed 3 pallets in my van.
At least I could still fit all the kiddos in the van, and we got home safely :)

Today I wanted to make some raised garden beds for my little garden.
The nails were very rusty.
The boards did NOT come off easy.
In fact, I ended up hitting my shin with a hammer twice in the same spot.
What crazy person does that and still insists on completing a project?
ME :)
I had my famous helper getting nails out of the boards.
Guess who?
Yep, my little buddy--always ready to work.
I know I did this all wrong, but I nailed the boards together.  
I probably should have used screws to attach them
It works for me.
We planted some onions and peas in them that a friend gave me.
Today was so lovely.
We have a total of 18 days of school left.

I love this pic of their boots.
The bars remind me of a sort of prison that the kiddos have with school work, yet they want to be outside in the dirt.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

This Is Your Winter

What a gorgeous winter we are having here in Pennsylvania!
I am sorry for all of those people that love snow.
A couple of things I don't like about winter is the shorter days, snow, ice, and the cloudy, gloomy days.

BUT this year is different!
We have had temperatures in the 40's sometimes hitting the 50's.
Such bright sun-shiny days!

February usually drags on for me.
I would find myself pining over garden books and magazines.  
Wishing for the sun to be out and my house to be warm.

This year my cousin gave me some dried lavender.

I love dried flowers--keeps the garden around all year long!
I love the smell of them too!

The simple fragrance of my dried flowers.

The sunlight beaming through the window.

Two mile walks with my hubby and kiddos.

I feel like the Lord said, "Tammy, this winter is for you"

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Humble Tradition

Themes, balloons, streamers and such; our birthday parties were not made of much.
Our children did not get themed parties with lots of friends.

Our tradition is to have Grandma over -- maybe Uncle John & Aunt Leslie or Aunt Katie.
We make a cake from a box and icing too.
We open presents and enjoy a take out meal like Pizza or Chinese.
This is our humble tradition.

Two of our boys have birthdays after Christmas.
This year our third child's birthday fell on a day that we were invited to a New Year's party.
I thought I would buy a cake that had his name on it and this would be something a little special.
I thought he would enjoy being with other children on his birthday.

3yrs old
Grandma came, and we opened presents.
He loved this time--even though he had to do school in between visiting his grandma.

He was very thankful for the gifts.

Today is our oldest's birthday.

5 yrs. old

Grandma came.
He opened gifts.

Our third child expressed to me today how much he missed his birthday being a normal birthday.
He missed making a cake from the box and having pizza that night.
I couldn't believe our little humble birthday tradition meant so much to him.

I sat back and watched as our oldest opened his presents.

I realized it is the little things that count.
Like a Dunkin Donuts coupon and an old stamp given to him by his youngest brother.

It is getting a card in the mail from Grammy & Grandpop and Aunt Katie too.
.....and a homemade card made by his sister.

It is the cupcakes made from a box and store bought icing too that puts a smile on their faces.

It is in these small things that make their birthday so special.

Plus It's Chinese tonight :)

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