Category Archives: Life Stories


IMG_1590Can anyone guess what we are having for supper?  That’s right, you guessed it, peas!!  This is very exciting for us as we have not raised peas in several years because they just didn’t seem to do well here.  Well, this variety is doing excellent.  I don’t know, maybe we got them planted at just the right time but whatever the reason they are loaded with beautiful peas.  This variety of pea is called snowbird and we ordered them from Burpee.  My mother used to plant these when we lived in Grundy and they always did well.  I was thinking about them this spring and wishing I knew the name of them.  It occurred to me to check in the freezer as I still had some seeds saved from my mom in there.  Guess what, an empty package was in there with the name and the product number on it of these peas.  If you look in Burpee’s catalog this pea is not shown.  However if you type in the product number it still comes up on their page.  I was so happy.  Also with these peas we will be having swiss chard out of the garden.  This is a new thing for us.  I don’t remember ever raising chard before so we will see if we like it or not.  For dessert I fixed an applesauce pie.  Can you tell Hubby is home and doing amazingly well for all he has been through.  He went outside in the yard today for a while and sit in the green swing.  We are both so thankful for everyone’s prayers and ask you still continue to pray.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

A Reminder

IMG_1586Just a little reminder this morning that God always keeps his promises.  As I was sitting in my swing  this morning drinking my coffee this is what He showed me.   A beautiful rainbow-no rain- just the rainbow.  I know many of you will understand this when I say, I considered it my personal reminder from God that He loves me.  Sometimes I just need to know that and I love all the special ways He shows it to me.

Hubby is doing very well.  He was given a clear liquid diet yesterday and he said jello tasted delicious.  Hopefully he will get real food today.  He is doing a lot of walking as they have said this will speed up recovery.

Well, much to do here so I better get busy.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Good Morning

IMG_1578Good morning everyone!  I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you all how Hubby is doing.  He had his surgery on Wednesday, May 27th.  A friend looked it up for me and he had his other surgery last year on May 31st.  Anyway, first off I want to thank my pastor’s wife Bumblebee who sat with me the entire day while Hubby was in surgery.  Jessica joined us as soon as David got off work to watch the kids.  We have decided Bumblebee, Jess and myself make a pretty good sitting at the hospital team.  You all my remember Bumblebee sat with us through many long hours of labor to get John Luke here.

They took Hubby back for surgery around 1:00, actually started the surgery at 2:00 and finished at 9:00.  It was definitely a long day.  7 hrs of surgery.  Of course, as almost all medical procedures go it was a little more complicated than the surgeon anticipated.  It is done though.  The big tumor is gone, the fistula is gone, the large and small intestines are joined back together and we pray will be working properly.  As soon as he recouperates they will start chemo on the tumors on the liver.   He is in considerable pain but sat up on the side of the bed yesterday for about 30 min and walked the length of the room and back.

I appreciate all your prayers so far and ask that you would continue to pray for us.  We consider all this a miracle from God.  This time last year, we truly thought God was ready to call George home.  God said “not yet” and we are thankful for that.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Picnic Time

IMG_1577We love getting together with family and friends for picnics and good fellowship.  Yesterday our table looked like this.  We enjoyed a wonderful meal with our friends, the Horns.  Dave, Jess and kids came over for a while also.  It was a really nice evening.  Today we went to Pandapas Pond for another picnic.  Chuck and his family came, Jess and her family and us.  The younger kids played in the pond and us older ones sat around and talked.  Great times.

I wanted to let you all know about what has been going on here in the last few weeks.  George is taking a much needed break from chemo.  While he is on this break, the doctors have decided it is a good time for him to have his surgery.  The tumor on his bowels has shrunk enough that they are going to remove it.  This is a huge praise!!  They will be removing the fistula that is connected to his bladder, repairing the bladder and removing his colostomy.  This will be happening on Wednesday, May 27th.  We so appreciate your prayers on this as this will be a major surgery.  They estimate he will be in the hospital for 5 days.  The tumors are still present in his liver but this will greatly improve his quality of life(these are the doctors words).  All we know is what we have said all along-GOD IS IN CONTROL AND GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!!

Enjoy your day and God bless.


New Salad

IMG_1530This is my new favorite salad.  It has spinach on the bottom, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, black beans, strawberries and feta cheese.  I usually do not like vinaigrette dressings but this raspberry one is really good with this salad.  The spinach is store bought but

IMG_1523ours is coming along nicely.   I look forward to our own fresh greens in our next salad.

IMG_1532I thought I would share an early morning picture with you all.  These two pictures were taken from our front porch as Hubby and I drank our morning coffee together.  I am so blessed!  A year ago at this time we did not know if the Lord would give us another year together or not.  The same applies today however one thing we do know-God is in control and I praise Him for that.

IMG_1534Enjoy your day and God bless.


Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

IMG_1522Hello everyone!  Today the girls and I have been busy making strawberry rhubarb jam.  This is one of our favorite jams.  This year I used the recipe from here

IMG_1524Our rhubarb cut up and ready to go.  There is enough rhubarb left to freeze some and share some.

IMG_1525Strawberries and rhubarb combined and ready to start cooking.

IMG_1528Finished!  I doubled the batch and got 6 and 1/2 pts.  YUM!

Enjoy your day and God bless.


Dandelion Jelly

IMG_1512Yesterday the girls spent the afternoon picking dandelions.  We are making dandelion jelly.  We tried to make it several years ago but it never set up to jelly stage so we had dandelion syrup.  It was very good just not what we were trying to make.  So this year we are trying again.  We followed the recipe found here

IMG_1513They picked about a gal. of dandelion flowers however this was too many.  Next time we will not pick as much.

IMG_1514The most time consuming part is getting off all the green stuff.

IMG_1515They are such a pretty yellow color.

IMG_1516I have excellent helpers though so no matter what we are doing it goes fast and is lots of fun.  These girls are awesome!

IMG_1503After finishing the dandelions, we enjoyed chicken on our new grill (my birthday gift from my other awesome daughter and son-in-law)

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Happy Birthday (to me!)

IMG_1494Hello everyone!  Look at my pretty birthday cake my friend Vicki made me.  Thanks so much Vicki!

IMG_1495We celebrated with pizza and cake.

IMG_1497She got me this infuser.  I have wanted one of these for quite some time.  It will fit over any size canning jar (wide mouth).  We had a great evening. Thanks again Vicki!

Spring is in the Air

IMG_1467I thought I would share a few spring pictures with everyone.  I am not sure what these flowers are.  We made a trip to Rocky Mount today and they were on the side of the road.

IMG_1469Mayapple coming up.

IMG_1470Redbuds blooming.

IMG_1471Wild mustard.

IMG_1474Weeping cherry.

IMG_1479Pretty tree(in other words, I am not sure what kind of tree it is).


IMG_1482More pretty flowers.  Rocky Mount is off the mountain from us.  They are warming than we are so their season is about 2 weeks ahead of us.IMG_1465And just because I know everyone wants to see more pictures of John Luke, here he is coming home yesterday evening.  Enjoy your day and God bless.