Winter Days

We have passed the mid-point of our winter.  This has not been a severe winter for us here in south-western Pennsylvania, (so far!) and it is even beginning to feel like the stiff back bone of it has been broken.  Though today is a teaser of warmer weather to come,  it is still very much winter.

I do like the seasons of our part of the country, but the children really do love it.  I had 2 little girls at my house for the afternoon last week, and after snacks they informed me that they had their snow play clothes, and could they go outside and play in the snow?

They were not outside long before they came back in saying they were done.  Come out and look Grandma!

It has been a long time since there has been a snow man in our yard.

As I went out to photograph their work, I was informed that this wasn’t a snowman, it was a snowgirl!  Of course they were right- How could I make that mistake?

She will soon be gone, and we will be left with a muddy mess.  But spring is coming!


Psalm 84:12

Oh LORD of hosts,

blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.





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Back Home


The month of January is ending, and for us, it is back home to Pennsylvania, from our California trip, back to the regular routine of life, and back to blogging for me.

While we were in California, we got to be a part of the ending of their years-long drought…it was cold, windy and rainy…. while the weather back home (in PA) was unusually warm.  Not exactly ‘vacation’ weather!  Many days, when I checked the weather for both locales, it was warmer in California than in Pennsylvania.  Go figure!  But what ever, it is always nice to come home!  And Pennsylvania has greeted us with cold and snow.  As I type, snow is gently falling, covering all in its mantle of white that is so beautiful.

It is always so wonderful to see our California family. We were able to see everyone that we wanted.  I will be posting more later about our trip.

And it was good to see that everything was well cared for while we were gone. We are thankful to every one that helped carry the load  The church was in good hands.  And all the animals survived!

Unpacking is done and now to attack the waiting chores.


Psalm 138:8

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me:

thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever.





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The Christmas Pajamas-Done!

The Christmas pajamas got done in time…for Christmas.  (You can read about the sewing of them HERE.)

How challenging it was to get 10 very excited kids gathered for a group photo-no one could act normal!  At least, they all look happy!

Little Tommy wanted in the picture, too….but, sorry, no PJs for him….next year!

Of course, all they wanted to do was play.


Belated Merry Christmas from us to you!




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2016 Pajama Sewing Marathon

The 2016 Christmas Pajamas

The Christmas pajama sewing marathon is in full force right now.  And the rush is on!

For a number of years now I have made home sewn pajamas for the grandchildren-10 of them, the same number as last year.  Next year this number will change-add 2.

It always turns into more of a chore than I imagined, and I never seem to start on them in a timely fashion so that I am not feeling rushed-will I get them all done in time!?  (sigh, such is life for me!)

The fabric was purchased while on vacation in California last winter, at M & L Fabrics in Anahiem, California. You can read about the store HERE.   I love that store!  I can always find good quality flannel in the quantity that I need.

One of the things that I have done to streamline the sewing process is to change the pattern that I use.  I originally started out with a traditional pajama pattern, for the boys, that included a full button front with collar and facing.  I found that this was too time consuming and I switched to this pattern that is for both boys and girls.

It is a much more simple style, and can be used for both boys and girls.  No collars, simple bias tape at the neck instead of facings, pull over style with just a few buttons on each.  I also eliminated the elastic at the wrists for the girls, just a straight hem on the sleeves like the boys.

I eliminated the pockets on the boys but kept them on the girls-1 pocket each with eyelet trim, just for pretty.  I am sure that the pockets are never used!

One big lesson that I learned when I first started sewing the Christmas Pajamas: At the beginning, I thought that it would be time efficient to cut all of the pattern pieces out at one time, and do an assembly line style of sewing them, such as sewing all the sleeves at one time, etc.  BIG mistake -it was utter confusion!  All of these pieces, and what goes with which one!  The sizes were literally stair steps-size 3, 5 (2), 6, 7 (2), 8, 10, 12, 14

Now, I cut each individual childs pajama out and sew it completely up before I cut and start on the next one. This way I can keep in mind whose I am working on and have all the pertinent measurements right on hand for each one.  And I write the name of each one on an inside seam allowance.  It does not take any longer, I can probably sew faster doing each one by one.

As of this writing, 6 done, 4 to go.

So how are your Christmas preparations going?

Christmas shopping!?  You mean I still have to do my Christmas shopping!?  (Yes, You do!)

Clinging to the peace that God gives…..


Psalm 29: 11b

…the Lord will bless his people with peace.



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2016 Deer Hunt

The 2016 Deer Hunting Season

We have just completed the 2016 deer hunting season.  This event is another love/hate affair for me, and Dan says it is becoming a love/hate for him also.  As he is getting older, the time out in the woods is not so easy any more.  It is good to have such big, strong, healthy sons to hunt with and to help.

Deer hunting is a big tradition in many families in Pennsylvania, a very cherished and anticipated and long talked about tradition.  It has been so in our family for the 25 years that we have been living here.  The hunting tradition has been fully embraced by our family.

There is much time invested in preparation for the big hunt.  Scouting out the woods and fields, finding a place to hunt (which has become harder,  with more land owners posting their land to no hunting-the men have gone to leasing hunting rights), setting up game cams and checking them, building tree stands, discussing who will stand and sit where, who will drive the woods, how they think the deer will travel, etc. and etc.  The deer licenses and tags must be applied for way in advance. Finally, the big day arrives, the fellas rise early, dress warmly, and head out to hunt the white tail deer.  (I am just thankful that the fellas no longer want the ‘big hunter’s breakfast’ on the first day of buck!)

This hunting business is not just limited to the males in the family-7 month pregnant Jocelyn, and mother of 3 Davonna both hunted this year… both got their deer!  (I am willing to just be the baby sitter!  I have never hunted, and never will)

(disclaimer-the following photos of dead deer may be offensive to some, stop scrolling now.)

The following deer are all Mike and Gabe’s deer.  (Jingles does not like this gun hunting business!)

Deer hanging in the maple tree in front yard,

in the apple tree,  and on the clothesline.  Every where you looked, it seemed like there was a deer hanging!

But no deer for my husband!  Two weeks of tramping through the woods and hunting and no deer for him yet.  We were both beginning to wonder if we would have any venison this year, the first time that would have happened since we have lived here.  The thought was almost unthinkable-we have always depended on the venison, as I use it in so much in my cooking.

On the last Saturday of hunting he did get a nice, fat doe.  We are thankful for the meat.  Thus the love affair with hunting.

But, as a housewife (translate-house cleaner), I hate hunting season….

dirt and wet snow left everywhere the hunters walk,

high powered rifles laid on beds and in corners, bulky hunting boots cluttering the floors, shed hunting clothing everywhere, piles of bloody laundry, bullets and hunting knives, cold, hungry fellas, beds everywhere filled making lots of sheets and towels to launder….just a mess all over the house. So I am always so glad when it is over, and I can clean the place up.

A big shout out to the 2 youngest hunters-

Caleb and his first deer,

and Daniel’s deer.

The hunting tradition continues.

One of our favorite ways to use venison is canned venison.  It is so tasty and easy to fix for a quick, delicious dinner.  You can read about canning venison HERE.

Boil some potatoes or rice, heat the canned venison in a cast iron skillet, thicken it with a roux, heat up a jar of summer canned green beans….serve the venison gravy over the potatoes or rice…. and that is about it for a quick, easy meal.

What is your favorite way to use deer meat?

Good-by hunting season till next year~


Acts 10:35

But in every nation he that feareth him,

and worketh righteousness,

is accepted with him.





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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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