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More Chicks?!

I told you that I would not post any more about the chicks that Henrietta Hen hatched out this spring….(see here, and here, and here)

And I am not….

But Henrietta hatched out some more chicks!


3 more little babies.  Sadly, one did not make it, but the 2 left are doing just fine, thank you.


So, I have Henrietta and her 2 chicks running around the back yard all day.  She is diligently teaching them all about being ‘chickens’. I let them out each morning (except the morning that there was a hawk flying overhead!  I scurried them back into the coop to spend the rest of the day inside.)

They are enjoyable to watch-she clucks to them constantly and they peep back all the day long as they follow her around.  She does a great job of chasing away the dog or cats that get too close.

It will soon be time to introduce them into the main flock.  Here’s hoping for hens.  (Two of the first batch of chicks are turning out to be roosters, and they are starting to cause trouble in the chicken yard-too bad, for them anyway.)

These new chicks are starting to do too much damage to the vegetable garden, and I will soon be ready to have them put in the chicken yard, too.

Thank you, Henrietta.


Psalm 50:15

“Call upon me in the day of trouble:

I will deliver thee.”


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Stoneboro Campmeeting, 2016

Stoneboro Campmeeting


A big part of the month of August each year is taken up with our

annual family 10-day church Campmeeting,

a rich tradition that has been carried down from pioneer times.

We have made this event a major priority in the life of our family every year.

It is a wonderful opportunity to remove yourself completely from the grind and drudgery of this daily life.

The daily grind of life can be a real drain on one’s spiritual life,

and campmeeting is a wonderful time to ‘re-charge’ one’s spirit and life.

This world is not a friend to God.

From the early morning prayer meeting at 6:30 to the nightly prayer meeting at 10:00,

and services throughout the day, there is something for every one.

Children’s services, Youth services, missionary services,

 Bible study.  Oh, what a pleasure it was to sit in Rev. Grile’s rich study of the life of Abraham!

The purposes of the Camp, as stated in the brochure, are

  • To provide a special time and place for the salvation of sinners, the sanctification of believers, and the perfection of the saints.
  • To uphold time-honored and historically tested moral standards.
  • To bring a new awakening and enrichment to the hearts of believers.
  • To offer instruction in doctrine, majoring on entire sanctification in which the believer is cleansed from the sinful nature and is wholly devoted to Christ.
  • To set a pattern of devotion and piety for the churches.
  • To be a challenge to the world’s program of entertainment which is sweeping the land today.
  • To confirm that the world has nothing comparable with the fellowship, joy, and enthusiasm of a Spirit-filled camp meeting.

The special singers for the camp were the Watchmen Quartet,

comprised of Wesley Hunting, Bill McCoy, Tim Hatfield and Archie Atwell,

all preachers.  They did an outstanding job with the music.


Rev. Mark Deeter, leading in prayer for one of the services.



We kneel for prayer, if able.  These were my pew companions for the evening, some praying, and some not!

(My, how hard those old wooden pews become after 10 days!)


The 2 evangelists for the Camp were Rev. Archie Atwell

and Rev. Bill MyCoy, below.

They both did an excellent job of preaching to the needs of the Camp,

and how thankful we are for the truth that we heard.


The time between services is well used by the children.


The rug outside our trailer became the daily play area for some kind of game.

I could not figure out just what the game was, it was very complicated, involved forts made from rocks, sticks,

empty pop cans, etc.


I believe that it was a battlefield, or armies of some sort, and there was much strategizing always going on.

 At any rate, it kept a great number of children entertained

for many days, though it made navigating in and out of the trailer interesting!


It seemed that the number of children grew every day,

and I was glad that they were just outside my door and easy to keep an eye on.

Wonderful memories were being made.


Have you ever attended an old-fashioned



Jeremiah 6:16

“Thus saith the LORD,

stand ye in the ways, and see,

and ask for the old paths,

where is the good way, and walk therein,

and ye shall find rest for your souls.

But they said, We will not walk therein.”


Yes, there is rest in walking in the old ways.


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Still Here…..


I am still here….

But the busy events of life are crowding out my blogging plans for right now!

Stoneboro Campmeeting, out of state family visiting,

a wedding and unexpected obligations are gobbling up my time….

will be back soon!

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The Vegetable Garden

The Vegetable Garden in the Middle of July

“If well managed,

nothing is more beautiful than the kitchen garden.”

William Colbert, 1829

I guess that my garden is now classified as a ‘kitchen’ garden.

I am missing the ‘big garden’, but it has been so nice to just be working here at home in my little garden.

How nice to just step out the door, stroll thru the garden on the way to the chicken yard

and pull a few weeds.


The vegetable garden is growing very nicely.  It is always surprising to see how fast things grow when the weather heats up.  This is why it is valuable to regularly take photos of your garden-you can really see the difference in just a few weeks.

Below, the peppers, both sweet, in different colors, and hot.  I am just growing a few hot peppers this year. Some for salsa and I am wanting to try cooking chili rellenos.  We really enjoyed the sweet peppers last year.  I made stuffed peppers and froze containers of them, and how nice to pull one out of the freezer and have dinner almost ready, or have frozen chopped peppers for a stir fry.


The bed of mixed cauliflower, broccoli, savoy cabbage and red cabbage.  And a few volunteer gladiolas that over wintered from last summer, amazingly.  Also,  there is one plant of cutting celery that also over-wintered.  It is nice to use in making soups, or anything that calls for celery.  The variety is ‘Afina’.

In the raised beds, I am able to plant very close.  As long as the beds are well fertilized.  The plants are so close together that most of the weeds are shaded out.  I also tried to plant dill in amongst the cabbages,  to help keep the cabbage moths away,  but they also got shaded out.


Here you can see how tight I planted the bed-a row of tomatoes down the middle of the bed, and a row of beans on each side of the tomatoes.  They are both doing very well, considering how tight they are.  There are green tomatoes (can’t wait!) and I will be picking beans and canning on Monday.


The newest raised bed, planted to different varieties of cabbages, and a few more peppers.


This is the bed of garlic that was planted last fall.  As I type this, this bed had been dug, and the garlic set to drying.  The garlic did very well, but I planted far too much.  Will be looking for ways to get rid of some garlic.  Also, a few kale plants.


And where would a garden be without cutting flowers?  Mixed sunflowers in the back, cosmos, mixed zinnias and gladiolas.  I should have planted the cosmos in front of the zinnias-the zinnias are growing taller and over shadowing the cosmos.


The early tomatoes in the green house.  But these are not so early-I planted them late.  I was so happy with the tomatoes that I grew in the greenhouse last year-they grew without any blemish or insect or other damage, and just kept producing beautiful tomatoes all season, that I planted twice the number this year.

I have been pruning these tomatoes diligently, pinching out the suckers.   I saw a photo of greenhouse tomatoes, and the vines were all pruned from the bottom up to the first fruiting branch.  So that is what I am trying, and we’ll see how it works.  I just want that first ripe tomato!


The little pot of herbs that is used in cooking-rosemary, stevia, oregano, sage, thyme, and a separate pot of parsley and cilantro.


There is also a bed of zucchini squash, some peas, and the beds of strawberries, asparagus and onions.

How is your garden growing?

Psalm 119:114

“Thou art my hiding place and my shield;

I hope in thy word.”




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Day by Day

Pittsburgh sunrise by kurt shaw

Pittsburgh Sunrise

photo credit-Kurt Shaw

Day by day, and with each passing moment,

Strength I find to meet my trials here.

Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,

I’ve no cause for worry or for fear,

He whose heart is kind beyond all measure

Gives unto each day what He deems best,

Lovingly tis part of pain and pleasure,

Mingling toil with peace and rest.


Every day the Lord Himself is near me,

with a special mercy for each hour.

All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,

He whose name is Counselor and Pow’r.

The protection of His child and treasure

Is a charge that on Himself He laid.

“As thy days, they strength shall be in measure,”

This the pledge to me He made.


Help me then, in every tribulation,

So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,

That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation,

Offered me within Thy holy Word.

Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,

E’er to take, as from a Father’s hand,

One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,

Till I reach the promised land.

words by Caroline V. Sandell-Berg, 1856

translated by Andrew L. Skoog, 1931

music by Oscar Ahnfelt, 1872

Deuteronomy 33:25

“Your strength will equal you days.”






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Child of God, pastors wife, mother of five, grandmother of ten (and counting), gardener, quilter, homemaker, reader, homebody and dreamer…

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