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We have taken part in the Samaritan’s Purse ministry Operation Christmas Child the last few years.  What fun it is to pack a box of special items to gift to a needy child in another land.

 

 

Here is the website all about Operation Christmas Child.

 

 

Our church ordered these festive printed boxes and this flier explained what to include while putting together your shoebox gifts.

 

 

Penny had a lot of fun trying out some of the items, like riding this toy jeep.  Whee!!

 

 

Imagine the fun some little boy will have with this harmonica, making music wherever he goes.

 

 

I love the warmth of handmade items, so Penny and I found a way to personalize the little 4 X 6 inch sketchbook with colorful washi tape and fun animal stamps decorating some of the pages here and there.

 

 

Here is the scrapsheet displaying the variety of critters now decorating the inside of the sketchbook: monkeys and hippos, giraffes and alligators.  I hope they will delight some little fellow who receives this.  He can fill out the rest of the pages as he wishes with the box of crayons we included.

 

 

Another homemade gift is a drawstring bag we called a “Possible Bag” as kids.  It can hold anything possible, and be a great place to store treasures.

 

 

Penny inspects the final stitches to be sure they are even and strong to hold up to lots of use.

 

 

Admiring the finished product.  This bright blue print is cheery.  I wonder what it will hold in its lifetime?

 

 

And now to try to fit it all in the shoebox!  The sketchbook, a yo-yo, a toothbrush, a new plaid shirt, sunglasses… a nerf football too!  How can we make it all fit?

 

 

We did it!!  The possible bag is tucked on top, then with a caring prayer that God’s love will bless whomever this will eventually belong to, Penny must sit fiercely on the lid while I wrap the bulging box with a couple of rubber bands.

 

 

Next, it gets a green label for a BOY, and we check the box for a child 5-9 years old.

 

 

And now it is ready to send!!

 

 

Violet is interested in seeing where the shoeboxes go from here, so we send her off to find out….

First it goes to our church where they collected a total of 138 boxes.  My friend, Cindy, from church helps at our town’s drop off location where all the area shoeboxes are collected, then packed into big brown boxes to be trucked out to a processing center.  There are 8 processing centers in the United States.

 

 

 

Violet will go along with Cindy as she and her husband volunteer at the Processing Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Stay tuned for her report on what happens there!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a festive feast yesterday to celebrate the holiday, and this place-mat reminds us that we are “Thankful, Grateful, Blessed” everyday of the year.  Surrounded by homey comforts, warm friends and special treats, we are reminded that God is good.  Always something to be thankful for.

 

 

Penny’s new puppy meets the jolly gingerbread men come to play with him.

 

 

And this old-fashioned boy offers puppy a bite of his cookie.  “Come, boy!”

 

 

Here is what it looked like when the cookies were in the making.  The spicy gingerbread tasted so good with our Thanksgiving pies – apple, pumpkin and lemon meringue, and were a big hit with the little people.  Chewy, yummy, crumbly…

 

 

Face to face with a cute little bundle of fur.

Grateful to be together.

 

 

 

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It has been such a beautiful October, so much sunny weather and such gorgeous colors in the sky, in the trees, and everywhere you look!  Beautiful Autumn.

 

 

Here are some warm pictures from around the farm.  The pretty elm tree and our dairy cows, Marmee, and Kemmie out in the pasture say “hi” to you.

 

 

We recently got guinea hens and the happy critters are noisily giving their opinion of anything and everything, whether they convince anyone or not.

 

 

 

 

As Penny was dining in the side yard, a friend dropped in to see what was up.  Care for a cookie?

 

 

Now they are good buddies.  Penny and a puppet – chicken?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now in this picture below you will see a surprising sight.  What could it be?

 

 

A chicken in a tree!  She is one of the red hens that I had let loose because she was being picked on.  Now she happily has the best of the best on the farm.  Here is where she sleeps every night, in the apple tree.

 

 

Today’s task is to plant some spring bulbs.  We have grape hyacinths and spring crocuses.  Penny, grab your shovel and let’s get to work!

 

 

You bring one of those sacks of bulbs over and I’ll dig a hole.

 

 

The directions say to plant them three inches deep and three inches apart.

 

 

And the same with the crocuses.  Aren’t those interesting papery bulbs?  We’ll have lots of color to greet us early in the spring, after our long cold, snowy winter.

 

 

As the rainy days set in, its time to spend some time crafting indoors.  Here Penny is helping me stitch a candy corn garland to decorate with.  Her little mousie pin-cushion pal is also a recent project.  What an adorable face.

 

 

Little did I know that today is officially National Candy Corn Day.  An annual celebration on October 30th.  Wow, what timing!

Happy National Candy Corn Day, my friends!

 

 

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How delighted we were with our crop of peaches off this young tree.  The tree was so full and green this year, much more than usual, and this is the most fruit it has ever born.  Exciting!  Nothing compares to a fresh tree-ripened peach warm in the sunshine, and bursting with juicy sweetness.

 

 

I climbed the step ladder and began harvesting all this richness.

 

 

Its funny how peaches have hardly any stems at all, but cling almost to the branch directly.

 

 

“I’m in an awkward spot, Penny, would you mind climbing up to fetch that last peach just beyond my reach?  Thanks so much.”

 

 

A picture of bounty, that makes makes my heart happy.  All from our own tree.

 

 

Late summer days full of sunflowers are so cheerful.

 

 

The queen upon her sunny throne.

 

 

I have a yummy treat in mind; let us gather a few fresh fall raspberries…

 

 

…and slice one of those still-warm-from-the-sunshine peaches, add a little cream….

 

 

And dig in!!

 

 

Care for a raspberry with cream?

 

 

I’m thinking of a song, are you?

 

“Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God our Maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.”

– Henry Alford

 

 

 

Peaceful Petals

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“You love the roses – so do I. I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be
Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!”

by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

 

 

 

 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Romans 14:19