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Video Sunday.

I’ll do an actual update tomorrow. 😉

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Needless to say there are only so many ways to prepare for adult life, without actually doing it.
You can get all of the schooling, and knowledge your brain can hold, but there comes the time were you just have to live.
You have all of these dreams and expectations, of your dream life, dream house and whatnot…it’s “PERFECT!” right?
When I got married of course there was an adjustment period. But after three years of being Mrs. Aaron Cook life now is not what I pictured it would be like three years ago when I walked down the aisle towards my love while wearing probably the most beautiful dress in the universe.
I thought I would be a mommy by now, be healthier, be a better homemaker, have a bigger house with more land to do all of the stuff we want to…
Life isn’t what I thought it was going to be, and you know what…that’s great! I feel like my life is much richer from the lessons I have learned and am still learning! I have a beautiful marriage to the greatest man, I am very blessed in that area to be sure. If I just keep my eyes on God everything will turn according to His Will.

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Grandmother says… Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; “Which are you?” A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard fo…r her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose. Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied. She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. “What’s the point,grandmother?” Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity–boiling water–but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water. “Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?” Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level? —AUTHOR UNKNOWN

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God Cares

Okay, I’m done living these lies, I refuse to live in bondage.

 

God does care about what I put into my body

God does care about how I take care of my body

God does care about how I keep my home

The list goes on!

God does care! He cares! He cares about so many things in my life!

Here is a turning point. I’m making changes finally.

I will not live in bondage wishing that I could change.

Sorry the post is so short, more at a later time.

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I wish I had a root cellar!

I am learning more about canning and root cellaring and my house is full of home canned, home grown food and I am running out of free space! There are some times when I want to ask Aaron if I could just take a shovel to the crawl space, but I know I need to do more than that…when ever I go down to the basement at my in-laws I take a second and look around at all of the stuff they have canned over the years. One of the first times I went over there I remember jars and jars filled with carrots and a huge, hot, steaming, noisy pot (pressure canner) on the stove. Home canning had pretty much been foreign to me until a few years ago. Now that I have faced my fear of the big bad pressure canner I have opened up my world to many more foodstuffs that I will can at home. In fact, I was so confident the other day I canned several pints of chicken and chicken broth.

McCall’s patterns go on sale this labor day. I want to purchase  at least one dress pattern. I cut out a skirt and a baby dress last week, but I haven’t had anytime to go any further on it.

So, during this winter I can get to sewing and move even further into what I would like do be wearing on a regular basis. The dress pattern I am interested in has an ankle length skirt, buttons down the front, and long sleeves. I probably can modify the length of the sleeves and skirt if I wanted to. I like the fact the it is button-down because when I have babies I won’t need too make another dress with a nursing feature.

My greenhouse finally came, Aaron is planning on setting it up for me. He probably won’t get it up until a few weeks from now because of the big push to get hay done by at least early September. A few days ago, I started some lettuce, kale, broccoli, celery and cabbage. I am going to experiment this winter and see what will grow in there. I think the only thing that will survive is the kale but we will see.

How is everyone’s summer going?

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I have been very, very busy! Gardening, taking care of my house, running hither and yon!

Here are some updates

  • My house has been emptied of all seedlings and starts! It is open and fresh looking.
  • I have been making a big pile of stuff to put into a garage sale.
  • My garden is growing well! Peas, several varieties of beans, cabbages, onion, potatoes, cucumbers, garlic, squash etc, grow and grow!
  • My herb and flower gardens are doing well, but they have been kind of neglected to due the pace of life at the moment, so once everything is steady in my vegetable garden I will be tackling the herb and flower areas.
  • Our lawn mower is broken so our yard is a JUNGLE!
  • Alley’s kittens trust people now and they run up to you when they hear you coming.
  • Today I purchased hyssop, valerian, basil, cilantro, goldenseal and ginseng. The last two were found growing in West Virginia and Michigan. I didn’t even know the ginseng could grow in our climate I thought it needed more of a tropical climate!  Whew, I was so excited! They only sell two a year! What a deal!
  • My clothesline is being well used, I love seeing the shirts and sheets flap in the breeze.
  • I now think of home as the little house Aaron and I have, not my parents house over in Bay City.
  • Soon I will be putting foodstuffs up. I froze some rhubarb sauce a few weeks ago, next is asparagus. 🙂

There are so many wishes that are coming true in my little house and half acre. Aaron and I are growing closer and closer still, I have an ever growing confidence in myself.

Over the past few weeks I have come to terms with attributes I have. I take a no-frills, function over fashion attempt to most things, with a few exceptions.  Aaron is the same way. We aren’t cheap though, we like good quality items. Good investments. That are well made, do their job, and are built to last. Whether it’s a major appliance, pretty vase, bathroom fan, piece of farm equipment, tools, or lacy doily. We appreciate nice things but our stuff doesn’t necessarily NEED to match. Pillowcases don’t match the quilt or sheets. The towels in the bathroom don’t match the decor. I like color and variety. Our living room furniture clashes very badly, but they are comfy! I don’t like couch overs, I don’t like the way they look so I don’t use them. I like how we are, and I don’t want anyone looking down on me or feeling sorry for me.

I said to Aaron last night, “We probably won’t ever have 100% matching stuff.” He replied, “Nope.”

I don’t see it as a weakness or social downfall, I see it almost as a strength, though it is nice to have nice things, I look at my possessions and realize, one day it all will burn. It sounds defeating but, it’s the truth. Though it should not be an ultimatum to get rid of everything I own or to neglect the possessions God entrusted to us, I feel more like it is a chance to choose between contentment or dissatisfaction.

I’m rambling and I guess what I’m trying to say is, this is the way I am, it’s how I handle things, it’s the way God made me, I will use stuff until it wears right out. I struggled with this on and off; playing events, situations and scenarios over in my head. I don’t mind being this way but I was afraid of what other people say. Whether anyone looks down on my situation or not, we know who we are, we take care of our stuff, our judge is God, and we do not have to live up to everyone’s standards, just God’s… and I don’t need the perfect house, perfect clothing, perfect garden or perfect life to do that.

This is just one subject that I have been thinking and praying about, there are a few more, but those are probably for another post. 🙂

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One girl, two arms.

Slowly but surely it is sinking in that

I
                             can’t

                                                do

                                           everything

                                                                             that

                       I

                        want and need

                                               to

I can’t can, clean, and do a bunch of other things at the same time

So I have to choose and prioritize.

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