A Summer Of Change


I have been absent from this blog for a long time-from the middle of May to be exact.

This has been the summer of change for our family.  Many changes have taken place, most of them major changes.  I will not list the changes for most of the other members in my family-that is their story, but I will relate the changes that have taken place, and will continue to take place, for us.

Our son, Gabriel and his family, (who has pastored in Conneaut, OH for the past 6 years) was voted in as the assistant/youth pastor of our church-Cottage Hill,

and also as the administrator of the school-New Bethlehem Wesleyan Methodist School.

The big change-he and his family moved into the parsonage we have lived in for the last 26 years…

and we moved into a temporary house till we find a new place to live.

The view from my kitchen windows.

We are currently living in the parsonage of the Dutch Hill church.

The church has been closed, we bought the church and parsonage,

and here we are.  Home for now.

The location is lovely, and the house is very pleasant.

Wonderful daughters -in-law came to help me in the kitchen, cleaning and putting away.

The changes are not done-

we will be packing up again soon, and moving again.

This whole affair has been very unsettling to me with

not knowing where I will eventually land to live.

I feel like I have wasted a whole summer, wondering and waiting,

and will be so glad to finally settle in our own home.

This is too much for this old lady!


Words I have been needing this summer…

Joshua 1:9

“Be strong and courageous.

The LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”


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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day

Artist- Lee Lufkin Kaula, 1865-1957



The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home,

filling it with love and prayer and purity,

is doing something better than anything else

her hands could find to do beneath the skies.

A true mother is one of the holiest secrets

of home happiness.

God sends many beautiful things to this world,

many noble gifts;

but no blessing is richer than that

which He bestows

in a mother who has learned

love’s lessons well,

and has realized something of the meaning

of her sacred calling.

J.R. Miller


Wishing a blessed day to all mothers.

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The Month of May


The month of May is here.

How has time traveled so fast?

May is a big gardening month-the last frost date will soon pass,

and it is the time to plant most of the garden…

but for me, there will be very little gardening-

for me, May will be the packing month.

After 26 years, we will be moving from this house and garden.

And so the packing begins…

the first box packed was some of my quilts.

There have been dozens of boxes packed since this first one, and many more to go.

I lay awake at night thinking of each room,

and about packing it up.

What a nightmare!

Merry does not worry at all-

He found the quilts a lovely place to take a nap-

quilts and boxes, a cat’s favorite things,

(besides hunting for frogs and moles!)


Psalm 18:2

The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer;

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.



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DEL and the Home and Garden Show

Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show

Spring is the time of the home and garden shows-

many of the major cities in the country hold these events

to showcase local businesses.

This year Daryl set up a display promoting his seamless gutters business.

The home and garden show is held every year at the David Lawrence Convention Center

in Pittsburgh.  It was said there were 10 acres of displays!

There was alot to see!

It was a long week for those manning the displays-

Daryl said he would much rather be working!

He had built a sample of how the gutters work-

a mini house with ‘rain’ flowing down the roof into the gutters.

There were give aways, and


It was a fun time to spend walking around to all the displays-

so much to see, and so much to want!

(Be content, Margie!)

Daryl will be very busy in the coming months!


Philippians 2:3

God is working in you,

giving you the desire to obey Him

and the power to do what pleases Him.


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Today-3 Things

March 17


I was planning to post a weekly ‘Friday’s Flower’ –

Here is last weeks Friday Flower…

well, we enjoyed it while it lasted!

Right after this photo was posted, we were hammered by an awesome (?) winter storm.

Here is the same view of these poor crocus a week later…

It is all hunkered down and surviving under the snow.

Still waiting for spring.

This storm was a quite a surprise, in its intensity and bitter cold.

We didn’t get the great amount of snow that the northern part of PA did,

but the wind and cold temperature was bad enough.

It was probably made worse in that we are all weary of winter,

and were beguiled by the stretch of nice weather the previous weeks.

Church was cancelled on Wednesday.

So, since I have nothing else blooming right now,

here are some ‘flowers in the snow’ pictures.

A clump of daffodils in the snow-many buds ready to bloom…when spring arrives.

Hyacinths pushing up.  Can’t wait for their fragrance!

And some veggies-

The garlic patch, under its protecting wire grid.  The chickens are being let out every afternoon

to scratch about before the garden planting begins and this grid stops them from scratching in this bed.

The garlic will survive just fine, but they are looking sad right now.

Rhubarb, pushing up.  Can’t wait for pie!  Soon….

This green, grassy perennial vegetable is coming up nicely.

Do you know what it is?

I think no home should be without it-I love it, and love using it in my cooking.

I will tell you all about it later!

It deserves a blog post all of its own.


March 17 was Dan’s birthday.

Son Aaron made him a pan of Rice Krispie Treats-his favorite.

He loves some with his morning coffee  (or pie!)

I am thankful, and rather amazed that 3 of my sons like to cook and do it so willingly!


Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

I put an Irish jig on and asked Dan if he would dance an Irish jig for us, but he declined,

said “I’m not Irish!… I’m Scottish!”

Ah, yes, I know that…

‘You may kiss an Irishman but…

its a Scotsman you take home!’

That I did!

And glad I did!


Ephesian 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood,

the forgiveness of sins,

in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.



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Who am I ???

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

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