Revelation 19:7,9 " Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb."
Outside my window...It's been a rainy week so far, and clouds and fog were over the mountains again today. A cool day in the low 60s kept us inside listening to Christmas music (yes, we start early!) while we worked on various wedding planning for Sarah and Eric.
I am thinking...of the good time of renewed friendship we had last week with our friends, Kim and Annie, missionaries on furlough from Papua New Guinea.They stopped by for an overnight visit and showed us the printed gospel of John they've recently finished for the Tami people.
Here's Kim showing Tom some scriptures:
We are so very encouraged whenever we hear of the ministry they are doing among people in a faraway village whom we will never have the chance to see or talk with. Thank you, Kim and Annie, for your faithful diligence these many years in Papua New Guinea:
I am thankful...for the couples who came to our neighborhood ice cream social on Sunday evening. A new ice cream flag announced the event on our back deck as we waited for folks to arrive:
We've wanted to bring the neighbors together for quite a while, and five families took us up on our offer of homemade ice cream with all the toppings:
The light began to fade, but everyone was having such good conversations they stayed on to get better acquainted. And a good time was had by all....
I was delighted...when my cousin and her husband came last week to visit Granny. Granny always loves company and had looked forward to Carolyn and Bud's visit for a long time:
I am wearing...a red skirt, white top, and hand-me-down leopard bedroom slippers.
I am creating...a blog post--finally! Life has been quite busy with regular life and...all things wedding related!! Checking out a wedding venue, house-hunting in Georgia with Sarah and Eric's family, furniture buying, bridesmaids' dress fabric purchasing, wedding dress fittings, considering possible flowers for the reception, and deciding on food for the guests have filled our days.
Fun Times...here are Sarah and Eric picking out fabric for free pillows to match their sofa:
Eric, his sister Abby, and Sarah also picked out some favorite colors to repaint some of the rooms in the home they purchased:
Here's Sarah standing in front of her future home:
I am going...to be one happy Mama and one sad Mama...what bittersweet days. (Send tissues, please!) For those of you who've already gone through giving your baby daughter away, please share with me how I'll ever manage to cope...especially in the kitchen!
In the kitchen...lots of pies filled the kitchen table this past weekend! A bride hired Sarah to bake 15 pies for her wedding on Saturday...apple, blueberry, chocolate pecan, and lemon meringue are pies the customer picked. Whew! I was glad when Sarah delivered all the pies intact!
I am re-living...our 35th anniversary trip one month ago. I never posted on our travels to Alexandria, Virginia, but here we are enjoying ourselves in Old Town:
In the Mount Vernon garden...while on our tour of Mount Vernon, I especially enjoyed the gardens and all the flowers on the property, even though our tour guide told us the gardens were past peak and overgrown. Here's one of the more formal gardens:
A peek into one of my days...Granny wanted me to drive her back to her hometown of South Boston recently. One of my dear friends invited us to spend the night with her. Here we are enjoying a very encouraging time with Carolyn and Garnett:
And Carolyn happened to overhear Granny say she loved buttered biscuits, so she made sure she fixed some biscuits especially for Granny the next morning. Don't they look delicious? (Thank you, Carolyn!):
Another friend and faithful blog reader in South Boston--Carolyn's sister, Doris--came over to visit while we were there (Hi, Doris!):
Please rejoice in the Lord with us as we announce…
Sarah and Eric H., a godly young man from the Atlanta, GA area, are now engaged to be married!
In God’s providence, our families got to know each other over the last few years with some conference visits, home visits, and some email correspondence. In May, Eric and Sarah started seeking the Lord’s wisdom in a courtship to determine whether it would please Him for them to marry. After gaining the prayerful blessing of both sets of parents, Eric proposed to Sarah this past Labor Day weekend – and she said Yes!
“I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness:
and thou shalt know the Lord.”
We do praise our gracious God for the work He has done in the hearts and lives of Eric and Sarah and our families. He is very good!
Please pray for them as they continue to seek to honor the Lord in their wedding and their married life together.
“The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:9
Anybody want a pie for their Labor Day picnic? I'll have plenty at market tomorrow, if you're in the area. ;) It's been a busy Friday of baking and preparing for company tomorrow. What does your weekend hold?
Our garden has been producing well. While most crops are petering out now that we are nearing the end of August, the tomatoes are still going strong. So far this summer, in addition to the ones we've eaten, I've processed 160 lbs of tomatoes, mostly by canning but some put up in the freezer. There are still more to be picked....Granny says they are coming out of my ears, though we have not yet harvested as much as we did last season! She has loved being here this summer to enjoy our fresh tomatoes, especially her favorite "pink ones" (Brandywine heirloom).
One way I have used the mounds of smaller paste, cherry, and pear tomatoes is by roasting several pounds at once along with garlic and onions, to make a flavorful sauce. One day for lunch I made pizza with a zucchini crust, topped with sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
The tally of jars stored away for the winter thus far is:
A very happy special anniversary to our dear dad and mom! 35 years ago today, they were united in marriage together before God. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness in their lives over the past 35 years and what He has done in our family. Their example and instruction has been an encouragement to us as their children.
Aren't they cute?
Happy woman and happy man! If Heaven be found on earth, they have it! At last, the two are so blended, so engrafted on one stem, that their old age presents a lovely attachment, a common sympathy, by which its infirmities are greatly alleviated, and its burdens are transformed into fresh bonds of love. So happy a union of will, sentiment, thought, and heart exists between them, that the two streams of their life have washed away the dividing band, and run on as one broad current of united existence till their common joy falls into the ocean of eternal felicity. ~Charles Spurgeon
This weekend they are enjoying a trip away to celebrate, so let's try to reach 35 comments wishing them a happy anniversary, to read when they return. :)
Sisters are wonderful to have, aren't they? I'm grateful for the Lord blessing me with Hannah as an older sister who has always been a godly example to me. *hugs Hannah*
This week we had a fun lunch with some girls from church, and we both dressed in our bright flowered skirts with colorful tops. Naturally we had to take some pictures together - and I couldn't resist posting a couple. :)
On Saturday afternoons, once we're finished up at market, Hannah and I often go down to Jonathan's house to help with anything he needs us to do. As you can see by this white board in the laundry room, he has plenty of tasks still on the docket, plus more after those are finished. (This board used to have a whole lot more written on it, it's looking rather empty now!)
Yesterday, we arrived around 3 o'clock, and Jonathan put us in charge of running the telephone wire. They are going to have 3 telephone jacks in the house, and we had to run the wire starting in the kitchen and making it all the way upstairs to the master bedroom and then back down through the floor to the main living room.
While we were busily stapling wire, Jonathan was under the house continuing his work on plumbing the water heater. He is almost done with all the plumbing for the house!
Here's Hannah securing wire up in the rafters along the running board. We took turns up on the ladder, and while she was up there, I was drilling some holes in the floor that the wire ran through to get back downstairs.
We finished up a little after 5 and headed home for supper. Well, at least Hannah and I did. Jonathan stayed later, as he usually does. He gets home quite late every night from working on the house.
Meanwhile, back at home....
Dad has been working on setting up his wood shop in our garage, mainly getting things rearranged and organized for the purpose of starting work on Jonathan's cabinets. He has a new table saw, and yesterday he, with Mom's help, was setting it up. He's almost done!
All in all, it was a productive Saturday! What have you been working on at your house lately?
Last week Hannah and I had the opportunity to stroll through a beautiful and serene herb garden.
Here's Hannah inside the garden arbor...not much bright color but lots of luscious greenery:We both delight in taking photos of flowers, nature, and gardens. Here's a garden butterfly Hannah captured: Here's a bit of color...flowers planted in a vintage wheelbarrow...love this! Do you love picket fences and garden benches like I do?And here are some flowers growing around the Mountain Musings homestead this summer. Hibiscus, coneflowers, and black-eye Susans surround the garden: I love the beautiful purple Russian sage blooming by my purple Lovers Leap birdhouse: And more black-eye Susans surround the garden shed: Beautiful fuschia hibiscus: Since Hannah and I are the Garden Girls in our family, I'll have to show you a picture of a little girl watering her beloved flowers...but this was more than a few years ago, and I've changed quite a bit, eh?
But my love for flowers is still a part of me, because this is where I'm from: ~Deb
"One of the joys of gardening is to step out my back door and clip a few sprigs to bring inside. The day's prettiest blooms and just-unfurled leaves -- gathered simply into a bunch and displayed in a jar of water -- provide everything I need to start the day. The tiny arrangement graces my kitchen counter or brightens a spot by the keyboard, connecting me with the natural world even when I'm indoors, away from my beloved garden."
~ Debra Prinzing
Taken from: Following a Garden Path, Victoria magazine, July/August, 2014
A few bloggers I read seem to really enjoy Victoria magazine, but this week was the first time I'd seen a copy when I was sitting waiting for an appointment.