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    Mother to six Little Women and Two Little Men. Married to a Happy Mortician. Caretaker to goats, chickens and many, MANY bunnies. Photographer. Homeschooler. Lover of Jesus, coffee & tea and all things pink & vintage.

Old Fashioned Ways

There is nothing like staying at home
for real comfort.”
-Jane Austen

 

The {pink} phone in the kitchen rang, briefly interrupting our morning homeschool reading hour … it was my husband, letting me know he would not be home for dinner … he was needed at the funeral home until at least 9:30 p.m. With the phone resting against my shoulder and ear, I quickly moved the pot of meatballs over to one side of the cookstove and mentally re-arranged the menu while he explained his work schedule. I’d save the meatballs (one of his favorites) for another night and have a simpler meal for the children and I instead. I thanked him for letting me know and, seeing as my husband would not be home for dinner, I also silently thanked God that I remembered to send the Man of the House with a hearty lunch of baked beans, turkey sausage and some homemade chocolate cake for his lunch.

This is life as a funeral director’s wife – and one I have come to know too well. At one point in my married life, I would be upset or frustrated by the lack of my husband’s presence at the dinner table. After all, we all know how important family meals are … but sometimes, sometimes life gets in the way of a perfect table setting.

The Lord, through many godly mentors in my life, has worked on my heart – and my response is not nearly a frustrated response as it was in previous years. I know my husband is working hard to provide for our family – running your own business is not for the faint of heart. Being the wife of someone who is on call all the time is also challenging, however I am learning to see the blessings in these little every day issues.

 

{working on my crochet hearts during tea time}

With the meatball dishes pushed aside and a new simpler dinner course planned, we returned to our homeschooling activities. Early signs of a bitter winter have somewhat arrived in Ontario and this means more time for studies, more time for music lessons and more time for handicrafts. As I piled up mountains of homeschool books and gathered loose papers from the Grade 1’s handwriting practice, I listened to the peaceful music of my daughter’s harp practice in the parlour off the kitchen.

“A heavenly sound,” I thought to myself! It must be one of my favorite musical instruments now … what a pleasure to listen to such a gentle sound while cleaning, preparing dinner or simply sitting by the fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Good old fashioned ways keep hearts sweet, heads sane, hands busy.”
-Louisa May Alcott

 

I wiped down the kitchen table and prepared the lunch time meal – a hearty pot of homemade creamy potato and beef stew — all the while pondering over a slower, November Monday schedule.  The winter season is a wonderful time to refresh the home, clean out closets, paint a room or plan a new project. From my conversations with other women, I hear that there are many mothers and wives who do not enjoy being home – that is so unfortunate because there are so many blessings to staying at home. With so many ways to use your hands, there should never be a boring, dull day.

 

 

 

 

Some women have told me they feel “trapped” in their home. Others find their home a place to work, but have not found their home comfortable and cozy. I suppose it is how you look at your situation – have you created your home to be a place where it is enjoyable to stay? Is it a place where folks – family and friends – would like to gather? Perhaps it is too stiff and formal or perhaps it is too messy and disorganized. There needs to be a happy place in between – where your home is clean and comfortable, but also a house that is lived in and shows signs of life. It is my goal to have a home that is cozy and welcoming for my husband when he comes home weary and tired after a long day (and night) of work … a little haven from the outside world and pressures and stress.

 

 

 

 

And if you are feeling lost in your housework and home management, Fly Lady is a great place to get your started and organized – even if you follow her schedule loosely.

Once your home is {somewhat} clean and fairly organized, you will have a little bit of spare time to find something interesting to work on, perhaps something to make the homelife more intersting …  it could be music … sewing … painting … writing … photography … gardening … baking … cooking … and all of these talents can be used to bless others, even if not just your own family.

 

 

Don’t be afraid to ENJOY being at home! It is a beautiful place to be. I truly feel more folks need to feel the comfort and coziness of just being at home … not rushing to and fro or searching for the next entertainment venue.

 

Here is a little homemaking project I worked on this weekend – creating some more homemade dish soap.

Here is the recipe:

Homemade Dish Soap

6 lemons, diced and cut up
2 1/2 cups of water
3/4 cups of vinegar
2 cups of salt

Blend your cut up lemons in a food processor. Add water to the blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a pot and add vinegar and salt. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, but do not boil. Pour into storage containers of your choice.
This is a great dish soap. It smells so fresh, clean and lovely! If you want more soap bubbles (as most of us are condition to see bubbles and think “clean”), just add a squirt of regular dish soap. I also use it with a dash of baking soda to scrub out my kitchen sink at the end of the night.

 

There really is nothing glamorous in this project – but it was satisfying and useful. Finding ways of keeping your home fresh and clean may seem humble and rather silly, but it still brings joy. 🙂

Here is another little project to bring some joy to my homemaking days … I found a local nursery that selling off the last of their colorful, happy pansies to reduce their stock over winter. I excitedly bought a flat of pansies for $3. These could go as pretty little gifts for friends or perhaps just spread some cheer around the home during the dark winter days ahead.

 

 

I hope you can find some joy in your homemaking … there is much to do in your home, within your four walls … whether it involves rearing children, cooking healthy meals or creating a new project …

 

November 16, 2018 - 1:01 pm

Angela i was wondering is your dish soap still have the pulp and seeds in it. how how long does a batch ladt you. does it do good on cutting the grease

November 14, 2018 - 10:06 am

Monica Oh, a heart-shaped tea cup! That explains it…haha…I was wondering if it just turned out that way! 🙂 How lovely! ❤️

November 14, 2018 - 6:16 am

Gigi Teresa, that is a great idea. I should do the same. And yes, yellow in the winter is refreshing in so many ways….

November 14, 2018 - 6:15 am

Gigi Thank you – it’s a bit lopsided but that was the first one. I am going to keep practicing!

November 14, 2018 - 12:28 am

Teresa Gigi, I love adding yellow to my home in the winter months. Oh, you found some yellow pansies to keep inside. I need to look around this week for some and also for a Christmas cactus. Each night before falling asleep, I always whisper a prayer thanking the Lord that I am home and for being a stay at home mom. I never want a day to go by without thanking Him. Thank you for taking time sharing your heart. Teresa

November 13, 2018 - 10:22 pm

Regina I forgot to mention that I love that crocheted heart of yours. It looks like an easy pattern. And I also love pink!

November 13, 2018 - 4:19 pm

Gigi Bobbie, that’s a long time to follow … you are so sweet. I hope you have a beautiful day! P.S. I am partial to pink too!

November 13, 2018 - 4:19 pm

Gigi Sweet Monica, thank you. Yes, I love that heart shaped tea cup!

November 13, 2018 - 4:18 pm

Gigi Regina, I understand and feel the same way. 🙂 Home is cozy and a fabulous place to be.
Regarding the soap, I use as much as needed- I’m not sure how much, just pour a little out. I hope that helps.

November 13, 2018 - 12:27 pm

Regina I love old-fashioned ways. They remind me of simpler times. I do enjoy being at home. I don’t even enjoy going to the grocery store or appts because I would rather be at home. I’m going to make that dish soap because I love the smell of lemons. I will probably add a few drops of lemon essential oil to it. How much do you use to wash the dishes?

November 13, 2018 - 9:37 am

Monica Yet again you have inspired me, friend! I love your heart for your home and your husband. PS. I love the hearts in the first picture—even the tea is heart shaped! 🙂

November 13, 2018 - 9:31 am

Our Home of Many Blessings Another homemade goodie!!! I love them and have done all the ones you have shared.Some for years as I have followed you since you moved your blog all those years ago….Thank you for always taking a little time out of your day and sharing these wonderful old fashioned ways.They have helped me in so many ways and I know that I am not the only woman blessed by your simply lovely lifestyle.Your hearts are so lovely and yellow just brightens up any room!Although I am very much kinda partial to pink….:)Have a wonderful day ladies.

Rip

The truck lumbered down the highway as all eight children were giggles and bubbling over with hyper enthusiasm. Squabbles and tiny arguements over which person could hold the newest family  member erupted from each row in the moving vehicle.

 

And what shall we call him?” I asked from the front passenger seat.

 

 

 

 

“Rip Van Winkle!” the girls all enthusiastically chimed in together.

 

{Momma Lacey, telling him who is boss around here…
“No accidents in the house, no barking loudly, no running away, no chasing chickens …”}

 

 

 

 

[As a breed that is supposed to be lethargic, we are wondering if he will live up to his name later on in his dog life…time will tell … ]

 

November 8, 2018 - 10:43 am

Katy Oh is he ever cute!!! 🙂 Love his name too! So fun! I hope he is a good pup for your family!

November 6, 2018 - 5:24 pm

Amy We had a basset hound named Fred. Yes low energy but ready to play with the kids or go for walk when the opportunity arose. The biggest problem was he followed his nose and would wander off without realising it. Great with the kids.

November 6, 2018 - 4:29 pm

Brenda OH MY GOODNESS!!!
He is soooooo cute .. and I LOVE the name!!
I bet the children are so very excited!!!
Can’t wait to meet him xoxo

November 6, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Gigi Thank you, Sarah.

November 6, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Gigi Yes, time will tell with that one detail!

November 6, 2018 - 9:21 am

Monica What a perfect name! Here’s hoping he and the bunnies in the background make fine friends! 🙂 Love all of the pictures….he is so loved already!

November 6, 2018 - 8:44 am

Sarah Rip is adorable! I just love his name!! It suits him perfectly. : )

November 6, 2018 - 8:02 am

Gigi Really?! That is so funny! We hope you can find one soon for your precious family…

November 6, 2018 - 8:01 am

Gigi We will get him fixed, for sure!

November 5, 2018 - 6:33 pm

Debby in Kansas, USA He’s precious. Get him neutered and that should keep him home. My husband and I took our little rescued boy on a spay/neuter fundraiser yesterday. It was a barking & wagging extravaganza!! I went home with my sweatpants covered in dog drool!

November 5, 2018 - 6:14 pm

Our Home of Many Blessings Oh how adorable!!!Great name by the way!That’s exactly the kind of dog we are looking for!!!!But we cant find any:(….hopefully soon we will find our big eared little cutie.Enjoy him!

A Recipe for a Quiet Heart, Overwintering Joy & Madeleines

 

“There is a place of full release,
near to the heart of God,
a place where all is joy and peace,
near to the heart of God…”

 

 

The late October sun was barely shining on this weekday afternoon. Our days are quietly threatening snow and the sun is quickly becoming a long lost friend as the colder months settle in. In order to keep some colour in the home, I work at preserving some flowers for the windowsills … hoping they will bring a bit of joy and happiness for days filled with sparkling snow.

The dirt clung to my fingers as I gently transferred the sturdy red and pink flowered plants from the outdoor pot to an indoor clay pots. Soil fell around my feet and littered the ground while I pondered what has been going through my heart and mind lately … keeping a quiet heart … finding joy when there may be troubles … finding peace with the Lord when you do not know what tomorrow holds.

But isn’t that what being a follower of Jesus is all about? Trusting the Savior …

“There is a place of quiet rest,
near to the heart of God,
a place where sin cannot molest,
near to the heart of God…”

[Do you find that it helps to have beautiful old hymns memorized in your heart to recite to yourself for encouragement?]

“There is a place of comfort sweet,
near to the heart of God,
a place where we our Savior meet,
near to the heart of God.”

I picked off the dying, brown leaves that were intermingled with the healthy green leaves, giving the plant a good pruning. The soil was pressed firmly down around the geranium and into the house it was sent …

 

As I pressed the soil down and dusted the extra dirt off the edges of the pot, I could smell the scent of the geranium. While not a regular flower scent – no, it is not sweet, it is not gentle and delicate – but it does bring me back to my childhood and fills me with warm memories … memories of planting rows of red geraniums and white tiny flowers of the alyssum alternating in between …

 

But back to having quiet heart … in an un-peaceful world, it is a blessing to have a calm heart …but it is not always easy as a frail human. It is easier, sometimes, to worry, stress or fret, even if we do not want to admit it – however, I desire to have a quiet heart in all aspects of life – parenting, marriage, my every day lessons of life and even in the big moments that are, in the world’s eyes, stressful … sickness, death, relationship troubles, financial or health troubles …

“If we are pre-occupied with ourselves, trying to fulfill ourselves …
do you know what we are asking for there?
We are asking for the kind of peace that the WORLD can give.
But when we let go of ourselves, and put ourselves totally at the disposal of God,
He gives us His kind of peace – supernatural peace – the kind that the world can never give.

The quietness of my heart is the fruit of an absolute confidence in good.
That is a source of a quiet heart…

Every assignment is measured and controlled for my eternal good.
As I accept the given portion other options are cancelled.
Decisions become much easier, directions clearer,
and hence my heart becomes inexpressibly quieter.”

– Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart

With my outdoor task complete, I washed my hands and put on a pot of tea. The water was already boiled and ready, thanks to my cozy woodstove. With the teapot filled and the teacup ready, I sat down at the kitchen table to admire my new indoor geraniums. As I sipped my tea and listened to the faithful ticking of our cuckoo clock, my thoughts continued to be filled with the lesson God has given me this week …

It is not our circumstances that give us peace and a quiet heart – it is the trust in God that gives us the quietness and rest. We can be facing even the smallest trial but if we do not have confidence in God, it will still bring worry. Why do we carry around all this weight and worry? It is not pleasant. I crave, I desire, I am praying for that quiet, rested, peace-filled heart.

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Now, about those geraniums … if you still have some from your gorgeous summer outside, consider overwintering them for pure joy or just to keep them for next year.

It is also resourceful and frugal to keep your geraniums as they are an easy plant to overwinter. Yes, they do get leggy and long – I do not have answer for this, but I am sure it is out there. Perhaps I will prune my big, overwinter geraniums before I put them out again next spring. And yes, they do take up space, but there are options to over winter your geraniums in a box in your basement. (Just check the internet for other ideas and resources.) I have told my husband to be encouraged – my days of buying plants for the garden are mostly over. I absolutely love to over-winter the geraniums for the potted windowsill boxes and for the urns and planters around the porch.

 

 

 

While I prefer pink geraniums, red is a close favorite.. The hearty red flower paired with the timeless clay pot reminds me so much of homes of old … as I have frequently noticed in artwork, books, old fashioned movies that there are often a red geraniums or two (or three) displayed through the 1800s home. Whether in the kitchen on the windowsill or in the tidy, clean parlour, the lovely potted geranium is sure to bring bright cheer in the dead of a cold winter.

So there you go … this week’s test for you shall be to overwinter your geraniums and test your heart on your quietness … would you like to add a new recipe to your weekend fun?

 

Here is a fun way to have a treat with your tea … use this during poetry tea time with your homeschooled children .. or for your quiet tea break in the afternoon during those busy days … take a few minutes to be quiet, pour some tea and calm your heart …

 

 ~Simple Madeleine Recipe ~
{source}

3 eggs
2/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of butter, melted and cooled

Beat the eggs and sugar together until thick and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla (and lemon zest, if you prefer). Sift together the flour and baking powder, folding it into the wet mixture. The goal is to have a light, flully batter, so be careful not to overmix.  Gently mix in the melted butter. Cover and refrigerate for up to an hour (or overnight, if you wish).

To use the batter, drop a dollup of the mix into the greased pan molds. I have been told to not worry about spreading the batter out – it will do that itself as it bakes. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Dust with icing sugar and serve with tea or coffee.

 

 

 

P.S. Please let me know if you try this new recipe out. I would love to hear your thoughts. If you do not have a madeleine pan, you may find some on Amazon.
I would also love to hear from those who over-winter their plants. I’m fairly new to this (this will be my third winter doing it), so I am sure I have much to learn.

November 7, 2018 - 5:32 pm

Shirley So beautiful and uplifting…such a balm to visit your blog Gigi.

My Grandma always kept her red geraniums on her service porch over Winter. I think of her when I smell them.

I have had good success keeping a poinsettia plant indoors for three years. It never bloomed again after the first year, but it became so lush and big that I enjoyed it even without any flowers, I gave it away this year as it was outgrowing my small space.

Thank you for the lovely hymn…it is now humming in my heart…and for the reminders from Elisabeth Elliot.

You are a treasure❤

Shirley

November 7, 2018 - 11:29 am

Laura Smith Hi Gigi another lovely post. As I read and comment I can see my red geranium hanging plant on my back patio. In Texas our flowers get a second life as they get relief from the sweltering heat. My husband purchased the flower basket this spring and we actually had a sweet finch couple build a nest in it and lay some eggs. My husband carefully watered the plant during this time and a few weeks later we had chirping baby chicks. We were even blessed to see the babies start to leave the nest as they hopped around on our patio and eventually the family flew away. All that to say we don’t typically need to over winter our flowers but if we do get a freeze we do move any potted plants into the garage and cover with a blanket. This is usually for a short time and they are back outside enjoying the sun an 60f temps.

October 31, 2018 - 8:58 pm

Gigi Yes, indeed, Bethany. Always so good to hear from you. 🙂

October 30, 2018 - 11:26 am

Bethany Such a great reminder in these times! <3 Our hope is in the Lord which means we can have peace in our hearts even when events around us are extremely upsetting.

October 29, 2018 - 10:45 am

Debby in Kansas, USA I could smell the geraniums just looking at the picture. We had a garden full of those year-around in Southern Cal and I loved them. Red ones. My grandma always had them in her garden when I was growing up. And calla lilies. I haven’t tried either since moving to Kansas, but maybe I will next year.

I have a couple of plants I bring in for winter. A rather large Ficus tree that is taking over my dining room right now, Christmas cactus, and some kind of flowering succulent that was given to me several years ago.

The madelines look delicious!!

October 28, 2018 - 6:29 am

Gigi Sue, yes, overwhelming is the word – this is when we need slippery shoulders and to pass the weight onto God! A quiet heart is preferred. 🙂 I will be praying for you.

October 28, 2018 - 6:28 am

Gigi Teresa, it would be so lovely to have pansies in the home. I should look at getting some, too. I don’t think I know of any place that would still have them, but that is a great idea.

October 27, 2018 - 11:20 pm

Teresa I have overwintered potted plants in the past. This year I didn’t get to. My mom has kept the same Poinsettia potted plant alive indoors for three years. It should be blooming soon. I love keeping potted flowers alive during winter it does brighten up the home and helps winter not to seem to dreary. I thought about purchasing some pansy to see if they will bloom all winter indoors. I believe they are still available to buy in the garden centers.
A very lovely post have a very cozy evening and weekend.

October 27, 2018 - 9:01 pm

Sue Thank you Gigi for this wonderful, encouraging and admonishing post which i so appreciate at this time in my life. Sometimes during a time of trials, it can feel rather lonely and overwhelming but now i see that as an opportunity to nurture a quiet heart before the Lord. I also like this quote from Ann Voskamp which says “You have to let hope always carry you, or fears will carry you away. God Bless You and Yours.

October 27, 2018 - 5:09 pm

Gigi I did not know you could overwinter mums … what a grand idea!

October 27, 2018 - 9:33 am

Monica Lovely photographs! Yes, I do overwinter my potted plants and usually have success. Last year I lost a couple of plants due to it just being too cold on our screened in porch (when it got down to 13F one morning)…mums are great to overwinter, I didn’t have to purchase any this year. Geraniums are so pretty, I don’t know why I don’t have any. The recipe looks so good, light and fluffy, like a doughnut without the glaze. Yum! Yes, I work on a quiet heart constantly. Just in my speech, thoughts, responses, general attitude. It’s constant work! I love the quotes from Elisabeth Elliott…reminds me of the quote I’ve seen that says “The Sovereignty is God is the pillow upon which I lay my head”….knowing that God is in control of everything is so quieting to our hearts if we would just rest in this. ❤️

What Is in Your Teacup? 🌹

Tea is wealth itself,
Because there is nothing that cannot be lost,

No problem that will not disappear,
No burden that will not float away,

Between the first sip and the last.
THE MINISTER OF LEAVES

 

After a long, hard day of many chores, tasks and homeschooling, I do so love to sit in the afternoon for a cup of tea. There is something so peaceful about the sound of hot tea pouring out of the spout into your pretty teacup … knowing your chores are mostly finished … children are happy and tucked in for naps or playing quietly … laundry is folded, dinner is in the oven … it is then that I have my little tea break.

In fact, my day does not even feel complete unless I have had a moment to have a real cup of tea. No rushing about, no sipping coffee from a paper cup or even a big, chunky mug from the kitchen island, sipping between tasks of teaching grammar and kneading bread dough … no, I’m referring to actually sitting down, quietly, resting, reading a chapter from my book and actually drinking tea from a lovely tea cup. As a girl and a young lady, I always loved tea, tea parties, tea cups and anything relating to tea. It only makes sense that, in the throes of my adulthood, I would indulge in an afternoon tea ritual …

 

{My husband purchased this second-hand beautiful teapot for me  – I just love it!}

If you love tea, you must make yourself a pot of rosehip tea …

Have you tried rosehipstea?  Just the name of Rosehips sounds so romantic and feminine, doesn’t it?

Simple place your rosehips into your loose leaf strainer and pour boiling water over. Let it steep for 10 minutes. You may add cloves, if you wish. I did not have any and simply prefer the gentle taste of rosehips, the precious fruit of the rose flower. You may purchase rosehips from Amazon or you may collect them wild, if you are so blessed to have a rose garden.

 

Not only is it a lovely tasting tea, it’s also fantastically full of vitamins and nutrients.

 

 

Rosehips actually contain 50% more Vitamin C than oranges … so this is a great tea for your children, especially in the upcoming winter months.

From the Keepers at Home magazine:

“The medicinal value of rosehips is extremely important for our health. Rosehips are full of so many beneficial compounds which include vitamins C, A, B1, B2 and B3, as well as calcium, iron, selenium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, silicon, tin and zinc. Rosehips have been used to treat fevers, influenza, diarrhea, stress, infections, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory conditions and also to lower cholesterol, manage diabetes, boost the immune system, strength capillaries, build strong bones and teeth, shorten the duration of a cold, heal wounds and prevent cancer.”

 

 

This is a beautiful tea to serve to your family and for yourself. Add in a little raw honey for your children if they wish to sweeten it – personally, it is just perfect me without any sweetener.

Of course, teatime is much more enjoyable if poured from a tea pot and into a real tea cup. If you do not have a tea cup yet, visit a thrift store. You will find delightful ones for a decent price. It is fun to have a collection of tea cups for yourself and your friends and family to use. When is the last time you visited someone and they actually served you tea in a teacup? It rarely happens anymore – but as my grandmother says … tea must be served in a teacup!

 

 

 

“Sometimes quick experiences pay big dividends.
You need refreshment and renewal.
Don’t let yourself become so overwhelmed by your responsibilities
that you forget how to nourish yourself with those things that give you a lift.. .
like a cup of tea, perhaps?

-Emilie Barnes

October 25, 2018 - 4:13 pm

Shirley This is such a lovely post

We love tea time in my cottage.

The tea pots and cups stay out all the time and folks are always stopping in for tea.

I taught a Bible study once and the atmosphere was a bit quiet as ladies were shy at first. I brought my Aunt Bee tea pot….a chubby little pot covered in calico wearing a pearl necklace around her tea lid, along with China tea cups a quilt for our tablecloth and nice tea. Don’t you know the whole study was warm and open after that.

When the study ended a lady wrote me about missing Aunt Bee and tea time Bible study.

Tea really is a special treat.

And your husband has good taste in tea pots.

Hugs from Shirley

October 17, 2018 - 5:30 am

Gigi Oh, Monica, yes, I understand. Well, this would taste so much better than sugary tea, I think! At least, it will be healthier! Yes, those little bulbs are the rosehips. 🙂

October 16, 2018 - 9:51 pm

Monica Ah, this post is so “you”! 🙂 Love the tea set…it is very lovely! Good job, husband!
Do you know that sweet, sugary iced tea is HUGE here in the south? As in, drink with every meal?! So I am definitely going against the norm. I know no one, personally, who drinks hot tea. But me…my children like it too if they have colds.
Sigh, I do so love tea, at least once a day…(coffee is my first love!) but I admit that I have only a white ceramic coffee cup that I use all around. A couple of years ago I went on this minimalism kick where I got rid of doubles of everything and then bought “white” everything..yeah, one of those phases inspired by Instagram or Pinterest, I can’t remember. Sigh. So it’s time to get me a proper teacup! 🙂
I’ve never tried Rosehips! I have several rose bushes…so the little bulb things…little balls…that’s the Rosehips, right?

October 16, 2018 - 8:12 pm

Gigi Debby, yes, you should have a pretty tea cup! I don’t think I have been to many tea parties, unless I have hosted them myself, which I also think is a shame. My sister and mother, however, threw me a tea party for my bridal shower many years ago. It was lovely. Everyone brought a teacup for me to keep. I was so blessed! I would love to see more tea parties being hosted.

October 16, 2018 - 6:21 pm

Debby in Kansas, USA Your teapot & cup are lovely! Aside from my childhood tea parties, I never actually attended a REAL one until my niece’s baby shower when I was about 35! It was so wonderfully girly!
I made it a point to have several of my own. I should made a point to do this again. It’s been several years.

I should also treat myself in a lovely cup, that I have several of. I’m guilty of the microwave/mug thing. Shame on me!!!

October 15, 2018 - 2:52 pm

Gigi You are right, Regina. It is our every day moments in which we need to use those lovely teacups … your collection sounds wonderful!

October 15, 2018 - 2:52 pm

Gigi Rosehip is so tasty – you should certainly try it! Raspberry leaf is lovely, too. And chamomile tea is a favorite of mine, as well. Herbals teas are so wonderful…

October 15, 2018 - 10:57 am

Regina Oh I just love tea and yes, it must be served in a pretty teacup! I gave myself permission to actually use my teacups regularly now instead of waiting for special occassions. I did this after seeing ladies like yourself drinking tea from such elegant teacups. Even my husband thought I should have some teacups to use on a regular basis. Most of my teacups second hand. My mother-in-law gave me several teacups before she passed that belonged to her mother. Then there are teacups that I and my daughters received in online teacup exchanges.

Rosehips tea sounds really good. I should check and see if Republic of Tea has some.
Have a blessed day.

October 15, 2018 - 10:20 am

Sarah I have never tried rosehip tea, but must now! I love herbal teas. For many years I only drank black breakfast tea, however over the past few years I have learned the benefits of herbal teas and have been amazed. Red raspberry leaf tea and chamomile tea are two teas I drink daily. I loved reading the health benefits of rosehip tea. What a lovely way to get extra vitamins and minerals! : )

Children Won’t Wait

~ Children Won’t Wait ~
Helen M. Young
There is a TIME to anticipate the baby’s coming,
a time to consult a doctor;
A time to plan a diet and exercise,
a time to gather a layette.
There is a time to wonder at the ways of God,
knowing that He guides our every step.
 
There is a TIME to dream of what our children may become.
A time to pray that God will teach us how to train the children He gives.
A time to prepare ourselves that we might nurture this new soul.
But soon there comes the time for birth, for Babies won’t wait.
There is a TIME for night feedings, for colic, for baby tears.
There is a time for rocking and a time for walking the floor.
A time for patience and self-sacrifice,
a time to show our children that this new world
is a world of love and goodness and dependability.
There is a TIME to ponder what a child is–not a pet or a toy.
But a person, an individual–a soul made in God’s image.
There is a time to consider our stewardship.
We cannot possess another human being. Our children are not ours.
We have chosen to care for them, to love them, to enjoy them, to nurture them,
and to answer to God.
We resolve to do our best for them … for babies don’t wait.
There is a TIME to hold them close and tell them the sweetest story ever told;
A time to show them God in earth and sky and flower,
to teach them to wonder and reverence.

There is a time to leave the dishes,
to swing in the park, to run a race, to draw a picture, to catch a butterfly,
to give them happy comradeship.
There is a time to point the way,
to teach their infant lips to pray, to teach their hearts to love God’s Word,
to love God’s day, for children don’t wait.
There is a TIME to sing instead of grumble, to smile instead of frown,
to kiss away the tears and laugh at broken dishes.
A time to share with them our best in attitudes–a love of life, a love of God, a love of family.
There is a time to answer questions, all their questions,
because there may be a time when they will not want our answers.
There is a TIME to teach them so patiently to obey, to put their toys away.
There is a time to teach them the beauty of duty, the habit of Bible Study,
the Joy of worship at home, the peace of prayer, for children won’t wait.
 
There is a TIME to teach them independence, responsibility, self-reliance.
To be firm but friendly, to discipline with love, for soon, so soon,
there will be a time to let them go to try their wings, for children won’t wait.
There is a TIME to treasure every fleeting minute of their childhood.
Just eighteen precious years to inspire and train them.
We will not exchange this birthright for a mess of pottage called social position,
or business success, or professional reputation.
An HOUR of concern TODAY may save years of heartache tomorrow.
The house will wait. The dishes will wait.
The new room can wait. But children don’t wait.
There will be a TIME when there will be no slamming of doors.
No toys on the stairs, no childhood quarrels, no fingerprints on the wallpaper.
Then may we look back with joy and not regret.
There will be a time to concentrate on service outside our home;
On visiting the sick, the bereaved, the discouraged, the untaught,
to give ourselves to the “least of these.”
There will be a time to look back and know that these years of love were not wasted.
We pray there will be a time to see our children upright and honest souls,
loving God and serving all.
God, GIVE US WISDOM to see that today is the day with our children.
That there is no unimportant moment in their lives.
May we know that no other career is so precious, no other work so rewarding,
no other task so urgent.
May we not defer it nor neglect it,
but by Thy Spirit accept it gladly, joyously,
and by Thy grace realize that the time is short and our time is now …
For children won’t wait.
October 10, 2018 - 8:17 pm

Gigi Yes, his farmer’s tan … *sigh* Hugs right back to you!

October 10, 2018 - 8:16 pm

Gigi Thank you, Shirley. Always so lovely to hear from you!

October 10, 2018 - 2:58 pm

Shirley So lovely Gigi. I always enjoy my visits here. Beautiful children and home.
Have a sweet dayShirley

October 9, 2018 - 8:58 pm

Monica Love all of the pictures! Look at little Loyal giving his momma kisses—love his little farmer’s tan! And the girls…so delightful! This is a beautiful essay—full of truths! Oh that we can find the balance of doing everything as we should! This balance has to be given from the Holy Spirit. On my own I get it all wrong. I desire it so greatly! Hugs my friend.