Cookie Baking and Card Making || To give light to them that sit in darkness

“Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Luke 1:78-79

I have been so blessed by the above verses this week! Through the tender mercy of our God… How humbling is that!? He truly does guide our feet unto the way of peace. I am reminded of Ephesians 5:14, “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. Isn’t there so much beauty wrapped up int that verse? I can hardly contain the joy that wells-up inside when I read it. Praise God for His goodness toward us “in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.[Rom 5:8!] Salvation truly belongs to the Lord[Ps 3:8]! :)

Well, it is time to catch-up on photos! :) This has been quite a month for us. Mostly work has filled our days but God has also been gracious to give us other projects to lay our hands to! Our choir has ended for the season[we had so much fun!], holiday shipping deadlines have been met for our businesses[thank the Lord!], and we were so thankful for time to prepare cookie boxes for neighbors and finish our Christmas cards!! This is something my family does every year and we all like to work together on cookie prep and card making as it is a wonderful time to spend together and always a ton of fun! God was good to give the time, resources, and lots of helping hands to get the jobs done!  :) So, several pictures from our fun-filled cookie making and card creating! Enjoy. :) P.S. did y’all know cookie was actually spelt cooky until the until the mid-20th century?! Random fact to take along with you. ;) Have a wonderful weekend y’all!

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2 Corinthians 4:6

Randomness from Family Pictures :)

The day finally arrived! After much wardrobe choosing and weather checking we finally took an afternoon, set up the tripod plus remote, snapped a few hundred pictures and ended up with 1 that worked! :D That is how it goes with big families. Hard to get everyone happily looking at the camera all at once! ;) The Lord provided perfectly overcast warm weather and a picture worth printing. We are always so thankful to have the photos finished and ready to print!! Seeing everyone is dressed up, I always like to take advantage of the moment and photograph anybody who will let me :) and Joel kindly snapped a few of us girls together plus a new photo for my “about” page(thank you, Joel! ) But since Christmas cards have yet to go out with our new family picture inside, y’all will have to wait to see our 2014 family photo until Christmas. Until then, a few random pictures from our Family photo session!

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Always merciful…

“God never witholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful — “severe mercies” at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”― Elisabeth Elliot

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
Psalm 84:11

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“The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”
Nahum 1:3

 

What I’ve been up to lately! || A wee bit of randomness :)

Here, there, and everywhere! Seems like that is where I have been the last few weeks. ;)  We have been tremendously blessed with a season[or two;] of busy-ness here! My normal overly frequent random posts have become spontaneously random. ;) But here I am, Christmas music is playing in the background, the house is super quiet[with exception to a little girl who fell asleep at the dinner table and decided midnight was time to wake up ;], and I am happily finding a free moment before midnight to say, “HELLO” to y’all *waves frantically*! :D Life lately has consisted of long work days, spontaneous Hobby Lobby trips, flea market finds[vintage camera bag!!],  cookie box prep, card making, lots of baking, winter gardening, and a few photoshoots! :) Phew, have I mentioned it’s been busy around here?!?! ;) I am reminded all the more of where my strength comes from during these super busy seasons. Psalm 28:7, The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” How merciful God is in every second of the day and how much I need His strength. He is our strength and at the same time we can only find true rest in the Lord[Matt 11:28]! What hope I have in Christ and how hopeless I would be without Him[Lam 3:24]! God is good! :) “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.”

So, how about some randomness via the iphone and a few from my camera? It’s time to catch up! As always, hover for descriptions.  :) *waves goodbye*… I obviously need to sleep! ;)

*Side note: anybody has a helpful tip as to how to get my wordpress galleries to align center pretty PLEASE leave a comment and let me know! :)

 

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 “The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
Psalm 147:11

Happiest of birthdays to…

´*•.¸Cue virtual confetti¸.•*´ Today is the day!!  Master of muffins[and she can make a pretty mouth-watering omelet!], maker of all things cuteness, coffee connoisseur, veteran model[LOVE taking her pictures] ;), entrepreneur, and pioneer SAHD[inside joke] ;), Micah happens to be my favorite most beautiful older sister and today it is her BIRTHDAY! She can up-cycle anything into something worth having, she can play the piano with passion, and is a genius when it comes to hair styling. Best of friends for longer than I can remember, yet complete opposites by nature, we go together like peanut butter & jelly[she is the jelly ’cause she’s sweeter and I am the peanut butter because I tend to be a little more… nutty. ]! ;)  Happiest of birthdays to my lovely sister, Micah!! :) I am so thankful for your encouragement and faithful friendship over the  years and I am looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for your future! May this year be filled to overflowing with goodness as you serve the Lord!! :) Leave Micah some birthday happiness with a comment!!

“May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.”
Psalm 20:4

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By Micah’s request, a picture of the 2 of us. 24 years difference! ;)

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The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’
Numbers 6:24-26

The Natives are wishing you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! :)

Y’all, it happens to be my favorite holiday! Turkeys were roasted and pies baked, thankful turkeys were crafted, and then we ate. ;)  Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving! So much to be thankful for ever single second of the day. Every breath breathed and every beat of the heart is such a tremendous blessing. I am reminded of Psalm 107:8-9, “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” So thankful for God’s goodness toward me. And I am thankful for you all! :) Happy Thanksgiving!!

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.”
Psalm 107:15-16

Side note: Nathanael made his costume from SCRATCH! Pretty impressive!!

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“I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
Psalm 13:6

The day the little girl in hat dream came true! :)

The day finally arrived! The little girl in the pink hat was about to have her wildest dreams come true. She was about to come face-to-face with a real live horse! Anticipation built and the excitement was almost too much to bear as she waited and waited to leave. ;) Everyone wore something “cowboyish” for the occasion[yes, even I put on a plaid shirt to show my appreciation for cow-people ;], we loaded ourselves up the big family bus, and we were off. Of course, a coffee stop was necessary because y’all know you can’t see a horse without a cup of coffee[or so I told her. ;] Finally and truly the little girl in the pink hat saw the horse and then touched the horse and then SAT ON THE HORSE! :) The day far surpassed the little girl’s expectations and she will never forget the day she came face-to-face with “Gypsy” the Pinto horse. ;) Our trip to the Annual Western Showcase in pictures!

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To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.”
Psalm 92:1-5

Happy Happy Birthday…

♩♪♫♬ Happy birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! you look a…. ♩♪♫♬ Ahem! ;) Y’all, this guy turns 17 today!! Not only does he have a fantastic smile, he has a laugh to match. ;) On top of his muscle, strength, vast knowledge, and rugged good looks, he has a super sensitive side! Never does a door go unopened or a heavy package get lifted by a woman in his presence. He’s quite a guy! :) To my walking encyclopedia,  person body-guard, history buff, 6 foot 2 of a [not so] little brother HAPPY BIRTHDAY! So blessed to have you as my brother and hope the days ahead abundantly blessed as you serve the Lord!

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

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Psalm 1:1-2

Alive and kicking ;)

Well, my brother informed me I hadn’t been a regular at posting anything lately and he thought perhaps I should let y’all know I am still alive and kicking!! ;) Busy days lately have kept me literally moving non-stop and I am so thankful for the hard work to put my hands to BUT I have so many random pictures and a new recipe[as long as I can snap a picture of the end product before it’s completely consumed ;] to share with you all! Don’t stop stopping by to see if there is a new post! Lord willing, I will get posting pretty soon. Plus Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I can hardly wait!! Anyone else as excited as I am?!? We have so much to be thankful for! :) Until next time I leave y’all with one of my sister’s outrageously cute drawings she gave me this morning. Obviously I am not the only one in my house looking forward to Thanksgiving day! ;) And because I love asking, what is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? :)

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset“Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.”
Psalm 70:4

Fall finally arrives!

With a gust of wind and vengeance in its blow, Fall finally arrives[or perhaps winter comes early?!] ;) Grab a mug of cocoa [and perhaps a marshmallow or two] and Keep warm y’all. It’s cold outside!!

SHILOH PHOTOGRAPHY 11.14..14 “He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
Psalm 147:16

Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain…

I am always surprised to find some of the most beautiful verses in hymns left out of many hymnals! One of my favorite verses:

Let sorrow do its work, come grief or pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

 

More Love to Thee by Fernando Ortega on Grooveshark

More love to thee SP 11.2.14“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Romans 5:3-5

10 Reasons I Kissed Halloween Goodbye | Where there is light there is no darkness

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth”
1 John 1:5-6

Last year I ran across a wonderful article and blogged it then filed it away. As we near the day many celebrate Halloween, I wanted to share it with y’all again! I am going to post a link to the full article instead of the entire article but really really encourage you to read it! According to the Holy Word of God, where there is light there can be no darkness and where there is darkness there can be no light{1 John 1, 1 Peter 2:9}. We are called to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” and to Walk as children of light! >> Read the full article HERE<<

“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light”
Ephesians 5:8

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What are you waiting for? || it’s time for a random post

I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.  My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.”

More than those who wait for the morning! :) “Wait” tends to be a bad word, doesn’t it? It’s definitely not the easiest thing to do! Most all of us are waiting for something and in all honesty waiting doesn’t come naturally to me [I prefer moving full force forward with enough energy to move a mountain! ;]  So, what are you waiting for? :) We so often turn our affections [or waiting] toward things, seasons of life, or people and those things we wait for we tend to put our hope in[Matt 6:21].  If you skip over to the Webster’s dictionary you will find 2 very beautiful definitions to the word “wait”. 1.) to remain in a state in which you expect or hope and 2.) to serve, to attend as a servant. :) Quite beautiful definitions aren’t they?! So, what are you waiting for? :) Who are you placing your hope in? Who are you truly serving? I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. There is a need to daily set our affection[at least for me there is;], our hope, our sight on the Lord and wait on[serve] Him. In God’s Word, the promises for those who wait on HIM are abundant! Read PS 130:5, IS 40:31, LAM 3:25, MICAH 7:7, PS 100:2-3 So, today I want to encourage y’all to wait on[serve] the Lord wholeheartedly! :) I am reminded of that beautiful verse in Matthew 6, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthains 15:58

I was scrolling through my blog and rather surprised to see it had been well over a month since my last random post! Yep, time has gotten away from me. ;) So, how about a random iPhone picture post[with a few camera pictures too]? :) Fall is starting to really show itself here in Texas! Days no hotter than 82°[I know, cold isn’t it?! ;] and nights that are “chilly”, eggnog is now offered at the grocery store and[yes!] I have had my first homemade eggnog latte of the season!! Leaves crunch underfoot and slight shades of gold and red can be spotted in the trees…. Have I told y’all I LOVE fall?!? ;) Life has been busy here as work keeps me moving. God has been gracious to give us work to put our hands to and to give me time for autumn walks with the little people, choir practice with my sisters, baking, and birthday celebrations! God is good, always! OH! and my dashing brother, Abel picked me a “fall foliage” bouquet that has adorned the counter-top ever so exquisitely! Thank you Abel. :) So, enjoy the completely random photos!

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The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:25-26

Happiest of birthdays to….

Drum roll please…. It just happens to be one of the best days in the entire year…. My mom is an organizer of all things clutter, she can [and does!] teach 8+ children at once while catering to each child’s individual needs, she keeps a large household running smoothly, she is a master seamstress, makes the world’s best chocolate cake and a fantastic lasagna, never lets the laundry go unattended[HUGE feat for our family!], and her fitted sheet folding skills are BEYOND impressive[>>click here<< let’s just say I have a lot to learn! ;]  AND today is her BIRTHDAY! Happiest of birthdays to the world’s BEST mom. :) ♥ We are so thankful for you!!! Looking forward to all the Lord has in store for you in the years ahead and blessed to have you as my mother!!

“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.”
Proverbs 31:27-29

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“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

If I take the wings of the morning…

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Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.  If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”

Psalm 137:7-12

13 candles….

Drum roll pleeeeeassssse…… HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUTH!!!!! Today this extremely lovely lady turns 13!! No longer a kiddo and I can’t call her a “little person” anymore. :'( ;) This is a gal with too many talents to list! Chick hatcher, dog trainer, best ever Banana Bread baker, master artist, and her ability to retain random facts is unbelievable! Ruth is always ready to lend a helping hand, she can often be found watering plants, pruning bushes, collecting eggs, or high in a tree reading! Her wit and sense of humor are beyond exhilarating and she is always ready and willing to have a grand conversation. So you all may be wondering what the future holds for this beauty! Well, Ruth has made her future plans extremely clear… but… since I have vowed not to embarrass her in this birthday post I will say no more[As much as I REALLY want to]! ;) Whatever the days ahead may hold(Nova Scotia breeder husband or not ;) I pray the Lord directs your steps as you trust in Him[Prov 3:5-6]. So, without further ado, Happy birthday Ruth! So blessed to have you as my sister. May your birthday be filled to overflowing with goodness and all the years to follow be abundantly blessed!

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

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Numbers 6:24-26

 

The magic number is 3 || Happy Birthday Emmi!

Emmaus turns 3 today!! :) Spunky & super sweet, this little girl loves all things hoarse and cowboys. She requested a Shetland pony for her birthday but we soon came to the realization that she may be better suited on a mustang! ;) When not helping make a salad for dinner or racing her bike outside with her brothers or chasing the chickens & dog, she can often be found galloping her “wild stallion” through the kitchen singing “Happy Trails” [which gives away the fact she kinda a huge fan of Roy Rogers ;]! Emmi was the first baby born to my parents with a full head of hair and she is officially the only one in the family to have hair all the way down her back by 3[quite miraculous for a Leake!;)] She prefers oatmeal for breakfast and ice cream cones are a MUST for desserts…. and sleeping is not her favorite! Yep, it takes “all hands on deck” to keep up with this girl. ;) Energetic doesn’t even accurately describe her! So to the world’s cutest cowgirl with the biggest smile, Happy  BIRTHDAY!  So thankful for the spunk you add to my life. :) Last two pictures were requested by the birthday girl herself. Needless to say she loves Dash[the dog] and JuJuBee[the cat] ;)!

 

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The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

FALL || WINTER Collection

I had too much fun photographing the Fall || Winter collection for Garlands of Grace and am so thankful the Lord allowed everything to come together! A few thousand pictures, lots of design work on Micah’s end, and several hours of computer work later, the new line has launched.  :) Hop over and take a look GarlandsofGrace.comGarlands of Grace headcoverings-086

“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Is 55:12

Before the night is gone I want to wish you all…

A very happy National Coffee Day! ;)

I break randomly from late-night lightroom photo-editing to wish y’all a very happy national coffee day. [; Coffee preference: very hot and as black as I can get it! ;) How about you? Have a fantastic day everybody!

 

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,
The God who is our salvation.”
Psalm 68:19

Happy Fall Y’all!! :)

It’s officially fall!!!! I know, I’m a few days late posting this due to a quick trip up north [which allowed me to enjoy the first few days of fall in the Midwest] but I couldn’t let the week pass without a spontaneous “hello” to one of my favorite seasons! :) Beyond excited to welcome the golden leaves, warm sweaters, brisk morning walks, rather extensive assortment of everything pumpkin in the baking realm, hot chocolate, and all the beauty this God-given season entails! Hello fall, so so very glad you are here. Please stay… FOREVER! ;) May your leaves be ever so golden, mornings brilliantly brisk, and fall extremely blessed! (;

And to welcome in the new season, I celebrated with a pumpkin spice latte this morning! There is always a reason to celebrate in my opinion. ;)
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“O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.”
Psalm 96:1-4

 

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE COOKIES WITH CARAMEL CREAM CHEESE FROSTING!

Y’all! Fall is 19 short hours away and I am beyond excited. :) To celebrate the up and coming season, I concocted a pumpkin recipe! ;) Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting… dangerously delicious but completely worth the risk. ;) Hop over to my cooking blog for the recipe!

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How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

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The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me…

 

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“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
PSALM 138:8

 

The Lord is slow to anger and great in power || an extremely random post :)

The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
Nahum 1:3

Nahum 1:3! I love that verse and it  has been on my mind lately[well, for quite some time actually :]. Can’t help but think of this verse when I go outside and look up at the beautiful clouds that fill the blue skies! :) But it is the first part that has encouraged me as of late, “The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power”.  I have been reading through Exodus and, as always, I am struck by how often the children of Israel provoked the Lord with their grumbling, doubt, lack of faith, & fear yet He was slow to anger. They doubted His power yet He continued to show himself powerful! I read Psalm 78 and was humbled by verses 41, “Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” How often do we doubt the power of our God? How often do we complain against His perfect way or lack faith as we set our eyes on the waves taking our gaze off our Savior[Matt 8:26]? I am so thankful His is slow to anger, aren’t you?! :) He is a God of mercy, He is faithful, He is compassionate, and, yes, His mercies are new EVERY SINGLE MORNING[Lam 3:22-23]. What grace! “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.” :] I have been reminded so often lately that there is absolutely nothing impossible with our God. He is the same God of the old & new testament and just as He parted the red sea, healed the sick, or raised the dead to life, He still can  and will make the impossible possible. Don’t put limits on God for there is absolutely nothing impossible with Him[Matt 19:26]! Trust in the Lord & hope in His mercy. :) 

“The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”
Psalm 147:11

Well,  blogging hasn’t been the easiest thing to do as of late. :) I have opened my laptop a dozen times to post but then closed it finding time and energy were lacking! My evening hours in which I usually catch up on emails or blogging have been temporarily taken by practice for the choir a few siblings and I joined! It has been a wonderfully fun new venture in which I am constantly being humbled by my inability to sing in tune. ;] But I hear being humbled is a good thing and will lean into the pain…. Lord willing, those [not-so] high notes will sound a bit more angelic as the days go on and not so much like a dying moose. ;) Besides choir practice, life has been filled full of the blessings of work & home life that I am so thankful for, vacation prep [that abruptly changed to a stay-cation which was extremely enjoyable], and lots of randomness in between! And here we are, at the end of summer and we had our first fallish day today here in Texas. For a girl who spent the first 23 years of her life living in Missouri, I am still getting used to not having the beauty of fall show itself in Texas until mid-November. Y’all can imagine, I was super excited to have the cool day today and RAIN! :) But I will be sad to summer go too. So much to be thankful for this summer…. So, it’s time to blog some pictures, don’t you think? :) Lots of randomness, breakfast out with my family, puddle jumping and piggy-back rides with Bekah & Emmi, product photoshoots and packaging order, dapper fellows “rougin’ it” in the back yard, and so much more. :)  This post is about a random as random gets. ;) Have a wonderful Sunday y’all!!

As always, hover for descriptions and enjoy! :)
How Deep by Galkin Evangelistic Team on Grooveshark

9.13 SP Abel

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.”
Psalm 34:1-2

To Ruth with ♡ || Video

Dear Ruth,♡

You did it!! 25+ days of toil, labor, and[yes] even a few tears. Many hours of research and diligent planning on your behalf as you collected the eggs from the hen-house and figured out whether you had yokers, quitters, or winners[and only thanks to you I now know what those three terms mean ;] and even hand turning the eggs when it was time to take the first round of little peeps off their turner! :) And then it happened, on the 23rd day when you had almost lost all hope of any hatchlings, there was a peep from the incubator as the first chick bravely ventured out of its shell! Then came another and within approximately 24 hours, you had a beautiful trio. ;) You have left this non-farmin’ sister quite astonished by your vast knowledge of the chick world! Congratulation on those little puff-balls of cuteness!!… I feel very much like a proud aunt. ;D So, without further ado, a video for you! ;)

Peeps from Shiloh Photography on Vimeo.

Peeps Shiloh Photography

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
Psalm 8:4-9

In Him was life; and the life was the light of men….

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
John 1:9-13

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts by Red Mountain Church on Grooveshark
Texas Sunset Shiloh Photography 8.20.14.1

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

Happiest of Birthdays to my favorite 6 year old! :)

Can it really and truly be true?! I must have blinked because I still remember the day this blue-eyed beauty was born… just like it was yesterday. ;) Today Rebekah turns 6 years-old! If ever you need somebody to talk to you, or paint your nails, or pick out your outfit, Bekah is more than willing to do the job! Her taste is impeccable and she always find a new twist on an old outfit. Despite her fashionista qualities, she also can be found outside climbing trees or riding her bike or collecting eggs from the hen-house. She is definitely not afraid to get her hands dirty when necessary! On top of all that, she has been my right-hand dinner-prep helper since she was 2 and can practically put together a dinner from start to finish by herself [with the assistance and supervision of an adult of course! ;] And -believe it or not- her favorite vegetable is Brussels sprouts! How’s that for unbelievable?! :)

Future plans for this girl? Well, she has quite a few options/ideas but she’s pretty set on  getting married at the ripe young age of 16{because she says that’s a good age to get married} having 20 “babies”{and yes, she already has all their names picked out}, and starting an orphanage! Because you can never have too many babies! ;) Time will tell what the Lord’s plans are for this happy little lady but for now life is all the sweeter with her in my life and I am truly blessed by the Lord to have her as my sister. Happiest of birthday’s to my favorite 6 year-old! :)

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

Forgive the photo-overload… we had too much fun during her photoshoot! ;)Bekah turns 6 || Shiloh Photography 3  Bekah turns 6 || Shiloh Photography 1

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“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30

Blueberry Custard Pie with Pecan Crumb! || Recipe

Y’all, there is a new recipe on my cooking blog tonight! In honor of my favorite fruit and the fact blueberry season comes but once a year ;), I baked a Blueberry Custard Pie with Pecan Crumb topping today. :) Super simple and delightfully delicious! If you’re a blueberry fan like me, you will love this pie!

Blueberry Custard Pie with Pecan Crumb on the cooking blog!

Granola Girl bakes || Blueberry Custard Pie-03

Granola Girl bakes || Blueberry Custard Pie-11

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
Psalm 34:8-10