Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Be Still My Heart

 Looking through some of our folders of older pictures I found these of Sailor and Rosebud taken seven years ago.  There is a story behind the pictures but that will have to wait until I get to that part. I just couldn't wait that long to let you see these photos.

Monday, March 28, 2011


I couldn't quite resist sharing these sweet little posters that Rosebud made for our Anniversary last week.

 It seems like only a little while ago when I was making things like this for my parents. I think I understand now why they used to have it on display in their bedroom for years.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Few Simple Pleasures

Simple pleasures are the best! Today I am sharing a few pictures of things that bring simple pleasures into my life.
Sunbeam wearing a wreath of flowers that Rosebud wove together for her.
 Rosebud enjoys wearing her apron/sunbonnet. Most day she wears it as an apron, but on days when she pretends to be Laura Ingalls a few buttons on the sides of the apron turn it into a sweet sunbonnet.
 A package filled with delightful things from a blog reader / friend all the way from Scotland.
 Vintage coloring books. I still enjoy sitting down with the children and helping them color, and vintage books are the sweetest!
 Finding a vintage pictures in a forgotten cranny of our ancient farmhouse. Isn't it adorable?!
 Watching it snow. So pretty even if it means more work.

 And I'm looking forward to enjoying this again in a few months.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Just because there is no vehicle in the driveway it does not mean there is no one at home.  And if you stop by and walk around our yard taking pictures of our house, our trees, and our flowerbeds I will be inside the house walking from window to window taking pictures of you to post on my blog.

I have twenty more that I could share but this one will do for now.


I got a little creeped out yesterday when a stranger was walking around taking a lot of pictures, and since I have a weird sense of I don't know what I gleefully took pictures of her snooping around taking pictures.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Oh my! Reading all of your comments had my mouth watering. There were several different cookies I had never heard of before that I will now have to try to find a recipe.

Using Random Generator to choose the winner here is lucky ........

Comment number 102

Peggy said.......
Oh, my... I LOVE cookies! It would have to be a tossup between Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies!

It would be fun to win this subscription!

Congratulations Peggy! Please email your address to me and I will get your subscription started. 

If anyone else would like to subscribe to the Family Life send me an email and I will send you information where you can order your subscription.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Family Life

One of the highlights of every month used to be when the mailman delivered our latest issue of the Family Life magazine.  Published in the Old Order Amish community of Aylmer Ontario but well know through out almost all Amish communities.

Written by and for the Amish, each issue contains quite a selection of stories that wives and mothers enjoy, as well as a section devoted to recipes, nature, children's stories, health, and an advice column. There are poems and puzzles sprinkled throughout. A fun publication that the whole family enjoys!

If you would like a chance to win a one year subscription of this magazine leave a comment telling me what your favorite kind of cookies are.

For an additional entry post a link to this giveaway on your blog and come back and leave another comment.

I will draw a winner on Monday March 14th using Random Generator.
Giveaway is now closed.
Disclaimer: The only compensation I get from doing this giveaway is the warm fuzzy feeling I get from knowing someone else will get to enjoy this publication.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Quick Question

So this may be one of my shortest posts ever.  I'm curious, can anyone help me identify this flower?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Writing Letters

Growing up, I loved writing and receiving letters. During my teenage years hardly a day went by that the mail didn't bring a letter from one of my cousins or friends or one of my circle letters.

I have several big boxes full of letters that I kept, and I still enjoy going back and rereading everything. Mail time isn't nearly as interesting since letters have been exchanged for bills and an occasional catalog.

This morning as I was rooting through our desk I found two of my favorite sets of stationary. I have plenty of others as well but these two were always reserved for special occasions.
Since I can no longer write and receive letters from the people I used to, I'm going to do something a little different today and write a letter to all of you.

Dear (insert your name here)

Sitting here in the living room as I look out the window I can see the delicate grey skies of a winter that is still holding fast to our little corner of the world. It's snowing again which makes everything look so much prettier than the drab browns and greys we had been seeing since most of our snow had melted last week.  The pine trees surrounding the house add a welcome splash of color as well.

We're still hanging onto our crazy schedule, I usually get up around three thirty every morning to have a few minutes of quiet time while LV and Sailor take care of our calves. I try to have breakfast ready by the time they come in from the barn. LV leaves for work a little after six and the rest of my days are filled with the regular daily dozens.  Those dozens seem to take extra time during the winter with all the extra clothes that need to be cared for not to mention the constant dusting and cleaning because of our dirty furnace in the basement.

On Sunday afternoon I decided to make the last of our chicken that I had been saving in the freezer for a special occasion. With my brother here visiting I thought that would qualify and started preparing everything. I always hate cleaning up the mess from frying chicken so this time I covered the empty burners on the stove with foil to keep them from getting spattered with oil. Everything was going great until I added an extra big drumstick to the frying pan causing a big splash of oil to exit the pan and run down into that little bowl under the electric coil thingy. The next minute I was dismayed to see flames licking around the pan. I quickly grabbed a few pot holders and removed the pan and after locating a box of baking soda I dumped it on the flames. The fire was safely extinguished but my kitchen was filled with smoke and a lot of little black floaties. What a mess! That was the first time I ever had a cooking related fire and hopefully the last time. At least most of my stove remained clean thanks to the foil I had placed earlier.

I have a pile of seed catalogs laying here next to me. I have looked at all of them numerous times already and am looking forward to placing an order soon. I'm wanting to try my hand at raised bed gardening this summer, since the place we live at doesn't have a spot big enough to have a regular garden. Our favorite vegetable is sweetcorn but I won't be planting any this year. With all the raccoons that come visiting I'm thinking it would be a lost cause. There are Amish produce auctions nearby so I'm sure I will still be able to get plenty of sweetcorn even if I won't get to grow our own.

The children have been enjoying playing on the hill behind the house after school. They make building little teepee's and running along the cow paths look like a lot of fun I may have to go join them one of these days. But right now it's time to think about making lunch.

Mary Ann

Monday, March 7, 2011

Our Weekend

My brother Mahlon was working a few hours south of us and rather than staying in a motel room over the weekend he decided to come visit us.

The children went to bed on Friday evening excited at the prospect of having their uncle here for two whole days. When I got up at four on Saturday I discovered Sunbeam in the livingroom, sleeping on the recliner. She had wanted to make sure to be awake when Mahlon comes. 

When he arrived in time for breakfast the children didn't give him much time before they convinced him to help them play a game of pick-up sticks.

The weekend passed much too quickly.  We all had a great time! On Sunday afternoon our Construction game was dug out of the cupboard and Mahlon and LV played a long game, just like the olden days when my brothers used to come see us on Sunday afternoons. I detest playing Construction almost as much as I dislike Chess so I'm always happy when my brothers come and LV can get to play those games with someone who enjoys them as much as he does.

Now if someone would drop by that enjoyed Scrabble or Probe I'd be all set.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I love words that children make up on their own. Words I could correct but how boring would that be? There are of-course times when we tell them how to pronounce things properly but other times, it's too sweet to think of changing them.

We have a large set of magnetic bars and marbles that have provided hours of enjoyment. Sunbeam used to call them "mars and barbles" and instead of correcting her we all call them mars and barbles now.

After hitting her crazy bone for the first time Rosebud informed me she doesn't like having echoes in her elbow. We all have echoing elbows now.

The other day one of them asked me what an "optomentist" is. Meaning optimist.  One of the older ones heard it and told her an optimist is someone that is always looking on the bright side of things. A pessimist is someone who looks on the dark side, so an optomentist must be someone who cheerfully expects bad things to happen. I loved the definition but don't expect to have very many opportunities to use that word.

Does your family use words that aren't really words?