Saturday, October 24, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
I'm going to hang on to this little blog for the time being, but I would like to invite you to visit another one I've been working on, about our new adventures. You can find it here: www.honeybskeptical.blogspot.com
I hope to see you all there! And I've been making my way to each of your places too ~ now that we're connected to the world again! =)
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
A few months ago, my road seemed straight and unvarying. I was sitting at home, not necessarily discontent with my life, but feeling a little unremarkable. I LOVE being a wife and mommy and I would never give up that blessing, but I decided that I would tell God that I was ready for whatever new adventure He might have planned for me. I wanted to actively claim His blessing. Well, my goodness! How He did jump at my offer! I must admit that my heart was not prepared for what the Lord had in store for me. Maybe a new project, a little trip or something, but I hadn't expected to lose my home. You see, Mr. Browning has been quite uncomfortable about our living in such a junky neighborhood for some time, and finally decided to take advantage of the buyer's market.It has been quiet around here lately because the Brownings are no longer at the Greenhouse.
Instead we have been at the BIG...GREEN...HOUSE.
- sits on 1/2 acre
- is roughly 1000 sq. feet
- has a total of 7 rooms (with a stinky basement)
- 2 bedrooms; 1 tiny bathroom
The Green House:
- sits on 2 1/2 acres
- 2,690 sq. feet
- has 13 rooms (with a 3-car garage)
- 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (and you've gotta see the jetted tub!)
You may be wondering how I could feel anything less than enthusiasm over this move. Well, I'm not exactly conventional. Space and luxury aren't really important to me. I love my humble little home, with its uneven walls, extremely low ceilings, and even that stinky basement. I spent nearly a third of my life there, planning, remodeling, dreaming. It truly suits me. I put so much of myself into every corner. I brought my babies home to the little Greenhouse...
I know the argument: I can still do stuff to this house. But to me, putting a few pictures on the wall doesn't really make a house a home. This place is already done, new, complete. It doesn't need me. Someone else has chosen the details that reflect their tastes. I know it will never be "OK", but I must be like Anne and expect that my future can only hold good things. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
I have taken a step in faith and been obedient to my husband as he leads us. Now I am waiting for the blessings God has for us here, and looking for ways that I can be a blessing, too. Will you pray for me?
Thursday, August 20, 2009
A little place for writing notes. My sister painted the beautiful rhododendron bloom on the wall above the desk.
I kept the wonderful bouquets of wheat from our wedding, behind a picture of us as bride and groom.
Sweet maidenhair fern.
Isn't this a lovely stained glass? Grapes and vineyards just thrill me!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
My laundry room is always bright from the sun shining through the south~facing glass door.
A roomy storage cabinet built by Grandpa Tucker and Great Uncle Tom. (They actually put in the wall too, since it was just a few flimsy closet doors hiding the stairwell when we moved in. Now there's a nice door to the basement ~ novel idea, right?
Friday, August 7, 2009
The Farm is near the Mercer Slough (there's another at Larsen Lake) and was established in the '40s. Both farms sell blueberries (you can pick them yourself, too) as well as veggies and cut flowers. A delightful way to preserve the local gardening heritage.
Some vegetable beds at the head of the trail.
Rows of lovely blueberry bushes.
A view of the pond between the plants.
I just love lily pads. They bring the story of the Frog Prince to my mind.
If you're in the area and would like to visit or pick some berries, you'd better hurry! Blueberry season is usually over in September!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
I've been pondering an Etsy store for so long, and I have finally figured out the basics (computer illiterate here). If you'd like to take a peek, click here.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Isn't this the sweetest pattern?! So elegant, yet unpretentious.
By 1847 Rogers Bros. I've been doing some research on silver and it appears that this isn't sterling, but inlaid silver (indicated by the IS) which is silver over another stronger metal. Not as valuable, but then ~ I treasure mine for the fact that it's from family. I am also under the impression that this particular set was manufactured (or at least first introduced) in 1937.
If you are interested in learning more, visit these links:
Monday, July 20, 2009
"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10b
Sunday, July 19, 2009
It's been two long weeks; are you ready to see the winners?
"Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation." Psalm 24:3~5
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51: 7~10
"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you." John 15:3
And the second winner...
Roo and Wren's Mama!
Thank you again, dear ones! Winners, please leave me a comment or e-mail to let me know where to send your little parcels. And enjoy a long, soothing soak!