Thursday, December 25, 2014

Not a Creature was Stirring.....



Dearest Readers,

We are all tucked inside our cozy home, enjoying each other's company, on this most precious day.  I have all my "littles" (who are not really littles) under my roof, in my care, and that is truly the most wonderful gift that I could receive.

We are expecting quite a bit of snow...up to 10 inches....by tomorrow morning, so we will have a very white Christmas indeed.  As our children live across town I am trying to convince them to either spend the night here with us, or take their leave early....a Mother worries.

We exchanged our gifts and I received such thoughtful things....  Treasures from the heart are the dearest gifts and mean so much to me.  I am so thankful that my family values the little things. Sigh....(in a good way)....

I am hopeful that I might actually post in the coming year....I have been beyond neglectful here on my little blog.  I have so many things that I enjoy and think that I will share, but the moments pass all too quickly. I will endeavor to try harder...stopping and taking the time to share the delights and diversions of my little corner of this world.

I truly hope that your Christmastide is peaceful, gentle, hopeful, kind and mostly that you are surrounded by those that you love.  I hope that your prayers have been answered and that you know that He listens and loves you.

May the Good Lord Bless you and Keep you,
Shan





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