Receiving Trials



“To presume that life will be better when one is a Christian is a piece of arrogance…

‘Lord, You have assigned my portion and my cup, and have made my lot secure’ (Psalm 16:5).
I know of no greater simplifier for all of life.
Whatever happens is assigned.
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.”
But I am absolutely sure the He is able to keep what I have committed to Him.”
-Elisabeth Elliot

It was suggested, recently by one of my friends, that bloggers are fake and self-centered, that their writings display their homes and home lives (or whatever it may be that they are writing about) to be perfect and without flaw and that their online presence is somewhat narcissistic.


While that may be partially representing some online blogs, and for that I am not confident it is true, let me please be upfront and say it does not represent this tiny web address of mine.

May I re-assure you, if you are reading this humble blog post, that perfection or self-promotion and adoration is not the case here.

I do not consider myself a “blogger” (what a horrid title), but simply someone who loves to write.

I write because, well, because I love to write. I love to record details of our life and day to day happenings. From the time I was a little girl, a diary was not far from my bedstand. I always wanted to be a writer- and so, as a young girl, a journalist career was one I pursued – that is, until my first daughter was born. It was then I knew that my time of writing for money and newspapers needed to cease. It was with joy that I became a mother and took on that amazing role, but the love of writing was still alive inside of me. And so, 11 years ago, with daughter number two just born into our family, I began to write online – a blog was begun before blogging was even popular. At first it was just for work and a bit of personal, but it has evolved into strictly personal and no work at all.


Writing out details of our life is never done to announce our family as perfect [we are far from it] or having it all together [I never have and I never will]. There are many trials and burdens to bear, but I am not alone in my journey. When I am over burdened and weighted down, I go to God instead of writing it publicly.

“He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength is failed, Ere the day is half done,
When we reached the end of our hoarded resources,
our Father’s own giving is only begun.

His love has no limits,
His grace has no measure,
His power has no boundaries
Known unto men
For out of his infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth and He giveth and He giveth again.”
– Annie J. Flint


Yes, our family does indeed have troubling times to maneuver through and we certainly have weighted worries to carry – but we have God …and that makes all the difference in the world.

I do love my children, I love my husband and I love the Lord. All of these things bring my heart great joy. And yes, I enjoy life. Of those things, I will write about. I’m not sure it would be enjoyable to read too much negative details and so … I record the joyful moments. All the details recorded in between are just that –  details of life.  Some are written about, some are not. We can focus and write out the negatives details of the crosses my shoulders bear, but most of such a burden  is private and not to exposed to everyone. Also, does not the Bible teach us to count our blessings? And so I do. And I just happen to write about them here on this blog.

“But I don’t feel like smiling,” you reply.
Don’t live by your feelings.

That’s such a miserable way to live.
Smile when you don’t feel like smiling.

Soon you’ll be smiling because you feel like it
and everyone in your home will be smiling, too.

-Nancy Campbell, Above Rubies



Please do not even imagine that our life does not have challenges. They are present and they will always be until we leave this earth.

However, I serve a mighty God and my burdens are carried to Him daily.

He is faithful and full of love.

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
 I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.
 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
Psalm 118:1-6

And my troubles, whether exposed to the public eye or carried as a quiet burden within my heart, small or monumental, pale in comparison to the love, peace and grace that the Lord showers upon His children. I have a refuge and angels guarding our home. It is a beautiful thing.



If you do not know the Lord, may I encourage you to get to know Him? Life will be worth living if you do so. If you are carrying a burden too great for your shoulders, may I suggest it is time to lay it at the foot of the Cross. Jesus cares.

December 4, 2017 - 4:09 am

Melody I agree wholeheartedly with the other commenters here. I say amen to Megan’s comment. I absolutely love how you live and what you share through words, experiences and photos. You have so many wonderful talents and are teaching the next generation important values and skills that are long forgotten by too many. Thank you for your beautiful blog and example.

December 1, 2017 - 8:35 am

Molly Speaking personally, I love each one of your post (as well as your photography). To me, your writings are a breath of fresh air in a world where Christianity and the simple pleasures of life, are a rarity. I don’t follow any other blogs but yours, it truly is such encouragement to me each time you have a new post. Please keep spreading His word through your daily life!

December 1, 2017 - 5:50 am

Gigi Claire, you are so kind. Thank you – I hope you are doing well. Maybe our paths will cross one day … p.s. You inspired me to find braided rugs for our home. I just loved yours in your living room!

December 1, 2017 - 5:50 am

Gigi Sue, thank you for your encouragement. Your grandchildren, I am sure, are blessed to call you grandma!

December 1, 2017 - 5:49 am

Gigi Amen, Megan! Count it all joy! Be blessed today!

December 1, 2017 - 12:40 am

Megan newbury Love this. I have heard of this also & always wondered what the problem was to have joy through hardship. Biblically it is clear we are to consider even trials as pure joy because through them we are made complete & lacking nothing. The trials are there but the joy of the Lord is our strength. That is enough to make me smile daily!! Xo

November 30, 2017 - 9:02 pm

Sue There are different kinds of people who read blogs for different reasons. Since reading the negative and often rude comments left on other similar blogs as yours, i am convinced that some people are just bored and actually enjoy engaging “bloggers” into their negativity. However, please know that there are those of us out here who have the same ideals as you have and represent. I always greatly look forward to your blog posts because in them, i find great inspiration to be a better wife, mom and gramma.Thank you and God bless you and your family!

November 30, 2017 - 3:34 pm

Claire I enjoy reading your blog Gillian. It’s always been honest and true to who you are, and what you believe. I very much respect your dedication and conviction to raise your children/family the way you feel is best in your heart. It takes a lot of guts, confidence and hard work to follow your dreams. I love reading about your adventures around the home you have created. You get an idea and see it thru, challenges or skeptics you just carry on. Keep doing your thing! xo

November 30, 2017 - 9:27 am

Monica I just found your blog recently and it has been a great blessing to me. I feel like sometimes I was born in the “wrong era” and err to the side of old fashioned so I enjoy reading the happenings of someone who has similar interests. I don’t get “everything is rosy” vibes from your blog but that you are a Christian lady who records happenings and inspirational words for encouragement. I love it! It encourages me to keep on kneading the bread dough, so to speak and keep on keeping on at mothering these babies of mine. Hugs and prayers!

November 29, 2017 - 3:55 pm

Gigi Sarah, thank you for your encouraging words. I know if we lived closer, we’d be friends in “real time”. I enjoy your writing, as well, and admire your sewing abilities greatly!
P.S. Lilacs are my favorite, FAVORITE flower!

November 29, 2017 - 3:29 pm

Sarah Your blog is truly a blessing to me! I am so often encouraged by your words and lifestyle. Thank you for sharing these special stories and moments. For me blogging has been a way to connect with like minded ladies. There aren’t many people in my area interested in old-fashioned hobbies and ways, so it helps to see that I am not alone in my interests. : )
We all know that no one has a perfect life, and I wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing every disappointment or difficulty with the world at large. That is just for close friends and family.
May the LORD bless you and your family!

November 29, 2017 - 12:38 pm

Gigi Thank you, Paula.

November 29, 2017 - 12:10 pm

Paula I find my peace in Christ also. Your writing is a blessing to me. Please feel encouraged that you have readers who get you and get your life. And find pleasure in the pictures and the words. Have a blessed holiday season.