Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Puffy Eyes and Provision

It's been an interesting week. We literally got down to zero money zero income a few days ago. I needed laundry soap and dish soap and gas. I laid out my requests to the LORD. The same day a check came in the mail for $25. We were able to buy all the things I needed. I even had $1 left over! Yay God!

Saturday evening, we went to a big fish fry. There were over 200 people there. It was a great time of fish, food, music, and fellowship. While there, a group of friends were standing together talking about my daughter's eyes. They were puffy and red. I was planning on taking her to the doctor Monday to have them looked at. She'd had an allergic reaction to something in the woods. My Friend Joy suggested Benedryl. We go to church together; so, I asked her if she had any. She didn't; but, her husband and another friend's husband each gave me $5 dollars! Wow! Enough to put gas in the car again, get the Benedryl generic, ibuprofen and cough drops! Praise God.

Emily's eyes are looking much better already. Thank you God!

Isn't it funny how perspectives on money change when one is in a situation like this?

Lowell is working a couple of odd jobs this week; so, we should have gas money next week and hopefully be able to pay the phone bill as well!

Have a wonderful week!

Laura
Blessed Beyond the Stress

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Change, Shaking, and Trusting Jesus

No one can provide Internet service to our house even though it's just 2 miles out of town! It's satellite or nothing. So, since satellite is so expensive, it's nothing for now. I'll just use the Internet when I can get to the library once in awhile. I'm not going to give up blogging; I will just have to change how I do it.

There are so many changes in our life right now. Our life is being shaken up. The only things that will remain are the things that are really important. We've got to make sure our focus is on the Lord Jesus so that the things that remain are those that are God things. I think this journey is taking us into uncharted territory. We are truly living by faith for every need that we have.

When the resources that you have of your own are gone, that's what you do. There's really not any other choice. Well, I guess there's kicking and fussing. I did my share of that a few years ago when we lost our business. I am not really upset about all of this. I am confused about what the Lord is trying to teach us through all of this hardship. Perhaps it is to lean more on Him and to trust Him more.





Trusting,
Laura

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

In My Kitchen...In My Little House

Hey y'all,

I will post photos just as soon as I can. We're still trying to get the Internet to the house. Not having it gets me to the library just a little more often. No one can complain about that.

We're really making a lot of progress at the house. I do want to get one more coat of paint on the outside of the cabinets and touch up trim where it's been bumped. I have started putting the shelf paper and some neat rubber mats in the drawers where we put the tableware and such.

It's been raining a lot. We had flood waters in the north 20; but, they've all receded now. They were far from the house. It seems like it's been either threatening rain or raining for days. Lovely fall weather! Wink!

We've moved our dining room, living room, and some of the bedroom furniture in now. It's beginning to look all cozy. It's a small house; but, so far things are fitting in nicely. Of course, we've elected not to bring all of our furniture in. I'm also going to sort again as I unpack boxes. I sure like the look of things without clutter. There will be another sale in my future soon.

I am so looking forward to getting the stove in! With the cool temperatures and rain, I just want to bake bake bake! Up first will be a batch of my oatmeal cookies. I've made the same recipe for so long, I don't even know where I got it! All I know is that it's on a very old recipe card handwritten by a kind baker back in the day. I know I've been using the same recipe for well over 20 years. Occasionally, I try someone else's recipe, but I always seem to come back to this old favorite.

Tonight, I think I'll make up a pot of potato soup. It's such a homey old fashioned comfort food. I always use real butter. I also use real cream if I have it. Right now, I still have several quarts in the freezer from last summer. I like to make cream of broccoli soup, too. Hmmm, soup, I guess that means I've got to get some bowls! I sold mine at the last yard sale! I sold a lot of my dishes at my last yard sale. I've decided I want to collect a mix matched collection of white dishes. It seems that with four children, we're always breaking something. So, I'll be keeping my eyes out for white cups, saucers, bowls, and plates at thrift stores and yard sales. In the meantime, I found some clear glass ones for $.75 each at a store in town. I'll just have to stop by and get a few, well, maybe 12-14. I make soup for company a lot in the winter, and we have a lot of little mouths to feed as well as grown-ups. Note: I did not say big mouths, though I know we were both thinking it. ~Tee Hee!~

Well, my time's up,
have a wonderful Autumny day!

Laura
Soon to be of
Just One Little House

Friday, October 9, 2009

In the Kitchen....

Hi Friends,

Hubby and I finished up the trim in the living room and dining room early this morning. It was before 7:00 a.m. for those of you early birds! ~smile~ Hubby has been working on the kitchen faucet this morning. I've got to go pick up a tool for him; so, I stopped by the library to give y'all an update. Amy, Michael, and Emily have been painting drawers and cupboards. I've got to go back and do a few touch ups. ~grin~ Annie, you should be here! You could paint to your heart's content!

It's been raining in buckets around here for a couple of days. I don't think we'll be moving anything for a few days. We want a little solid ground to walk on! The field down by the river is flooding. The water's moving fast. I'm glad it's far from the house. We're up on a rise. All we've had is some water in the basement from ground water. I'm not sure how to fix that problem. I'm glad I've got my big strong man and big strong son to figure that one out!

Well, got to get back to business!

Laura
Hoping for One Little House
On the Banks of Center Creek

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Getting Closer....

The wood floor is finished! Hurrah!
We're finishing up the painting over the next 2-3 days. Lowell has put the new sink in the kitchen. Yay! The faucet isn't working, :( . He had to call Moen and they're sending him a part to fix it.

If it stops raining, we may be able to start putting furniture in the living room late tonight or early tomorrow.

It's been a long 5 weeks. I've not written much. I hope you haven't given up on me. ;)

We're having some difficulty finding an internet provider for our area.

Blessings to you all as you enjoy Fall!

Laura
A Woman of Two Houses
Who Longs to Live in One!