Saturday, October 18, 2014

He Listens.....


Dearest Readers,

I found this little drawing from my childhood.  I must have drawn this same scene 1000 times or more.  I think that this one was probably from my Jr. High years, as it was amongst those papers when I came across it.  It is nothing special from an artistic standpoint, but it is ever so special from a spiritual standpoint....

You see, I had a rather difficult childhood, sometimes full of ugliness and uncertainty, sometimes sprinkled with happy days and bits of sunshine.  But I had hope....hope that one day I would live on a farm, a happy farm, with a husband....a kind and loving husband, children...wonderful children, and chickens...don't forget the chickens.  I don't know why, as we were not very religious, but I had a deep sense about prayer, about a loving God and his desire to listen to our hearts.

Years passed, and I drew this scene again and again, keeping it on my young heart.....

Times changed and we left the unhappiness behind and came home to our beloved Colorado.  I was asleep in our old station wagon as we entered Boulder, the beautiful Flatirons marking the entrance, when my sweet Grandmother (who had helped us with the move) hollered towards the backseat and said, "Wake-up...we are home!"  I remember thinking how blessed we were to have those strong mountains, just like hands, keeping us safe forever and ever.

I still kept drawing my little homestead....over and over...adding little bits and bobs after I watched my favorite show..."Little House on the Prairie".  I just knew He was listening....

Then years later, my Beloved and I, and our wonderful children were given the chance to live on a little homestead tucked against the foothills! We have an old farmouse, an outhouse (just like in the picture) a garden, a clothesline, chickens (of course) and lots of happiness.  Just like in my little picture....sigh....grateful, grateful to my loving God.

So if you are reading this and there is something dear to your heart, pray about it, draw it, breathe it, ASK HIM....He is listening....have hope.  Have Faith.....

Kindredly,
Shan


Monday, October 6, 2014

Just a glimpse......


Dearest Readers,

Just a glimpse of a simply lovely day here on the homestead.....

A new mouse has joined our family...

The wee door...all decorated for Autumntide...

Lace and sunlight....

Canned Corn anyone?
The lovely colors of Autumntide...

Sunflowers...so darling...

Scarecrow Laundry....

Scarecrow sundries....

Clean Stuffing...is extra...
A peek of the porch....

Autumn outings....

The stairwell....

Still life....

A quiet spot....
Kitchen ephemera....

A little icebox refrigerator...picked up for a song!  Keeps our sodas nice and cold....

My little Soda Fountain dressed for Autumn....

I have so many thoughts and diversions to share with you! Until then I remain.....

Kindredly yours,
Shan

Friday, May 30, 2014

Prayers Needed


Dearest Readers,

I was going to post today about all the little things in my cozy life here on Honey Hill Farm.  About alpacas, the garden, some sewing I have planned...just the simple everyday lovelies that make up our lives. And then we received a phone call from out Soldier Son....

A fellow soldier, his first friend in the Army, was killed yesterday in an aircraft accident in Afghanistan.

All the "little things of life" suddenly seemed to stop and fade away...

He was a joyous, sweet, kind, funny, newly married, young man.  His family, his delightful family, is heart-broken and asking to be remembered in everyone's prayers.  They are leaning in and laying down all their grief at His feet...searching for strength.  

If you would be so inclined would you please say a prayer for this family?  (I do not wish to disclose their name here on my blog without their permission.)

Also, all the young men who have served with him are in a state of shock and it would be very uplifting if they might be remembered in your prayers tonight as well.

Kindredly,
Shan