Monday, December 24, 2012

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas~



Well Christmas once again has come all too soon. I know it is not good to up-stage Thanksgiving but it sure takes time to get it all done. I vow each year to start preparing earlier so I can just spend the whole month of December just ~ "oh come let us adoring Him."


 The shopping is done~ the gifts are wrapped ~the pantry is full of food to be cooked beginning tomorrow. The week is full of being merry and bright. I am so looking forward to spending time with my loved ones. Even though we have family in Washington, Michigan and a son-in-love in Afghanistan we will not see~ we will get to see them on facetime or talk with them on the phone. We are so very blessed! 


Please remember to pray for our men and women who are serving our country ~ many will not be coming home for Christmas. I appreciate your prayers for our Jacob and Hannah too as they will be spending their first Christmas apart. 



I did not get everything I wanted done. How about you? Be it as it may~ I am preparing my heart to worship the King and making room in my heart and life for Him. I want to do more this coming year for Him~ I want to give Him more of me~  more of my time and more of my money. He loves me so much and I want to give back to Him.  

I look back over my life and I think about all the time I spent doing all the daily things that need to be done. What does it matter now? I look at the money I spent over my life and where is all the stuff ? I look at my dreams I have dreamed ~ some have come true and  some have not. Some don't even seem important anymore. 

What does matter is the time I have invested in my relationship with my Saviour and the time I spent serving God and those I love. The things I have have invested and given back to God seem to be all that matters. It all boils down to love~ doesn't it?

Love ~ is what Christmas is all about! God loved us so much that He gave.

John 3:16

King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

It is my hearts desire that you have accepted this free gift of God's love~ 

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”Luke 2:11-14 KJV



Have a very Merry Christmas from the Shindorf Family.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Bestest Sugar Cookies In The World~

My Sister and her Family~
It is just not Christmas until you finish the Sugar Cookies.  My sister makes the best sugar cookies in the world~ just ask my husband. He likes hers better than mine even when I use her recipe. LOL

So here is Angie's recipe!



Angie's Sugar Cookie Recipe
2 cups sugar
1 cup Crisco
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cream of tartar
5 cups of flour
scant of salt

* Cream sugar and Crisco together until light and fluffy.

* Beat in eggs.

* Add milk and vanilla.

* Add in sifted flour cream of tartar, baking soda and baking powder ~ slowly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Do not over bake. Take from oven when just lightly golden.

Frosting~

2 pounds powdered sugar
2 Tbs. Butter
2 tsp. almond flavoring
evaporated milk to desired texture


Yummy~ now just serve with ice cold milk. They are sure to be Santa's favorite cookie in my house anyways!


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Monday, November 12, 2012

It's Your Life~ Celebrate Today





I have a confession to make. I have been asking the Lord to let me live to be 100 since I was a little girl.  I want to grow very old and wear bright red lipstick and have blue hair~ really I do.

 I know God is not a good luck charm and doesn't answer our every whim.  But I love life and I will have eternity in Heaven forever so I want to spend as much time as possible on this earth.  I love living~ I love to celebrate everything there is to celebrate!

 So even in my childlike thinking~ I wanted to stay on this earth as long as I possibly could and can. Will I get too? Not sure because God does give us the desires of our heart but they are filtered through His knowledge of what is best for us.

 I was so blessed to grow up in a church that taught me the Word of God. I remember hearing that God gives us the desires of our heart if we are truly committing our ways to Him. I learned that at a very young age.


Psalm 37:5-7

King James Version 
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

What is your life? If I get the desire of my heart~ that means I will get to celebrate 36,500 days on this planet. Does that sound like a lot to you? It doesn't to me. Why? ~ because I have almost already lived half of them. James wrote these words and stated, "..... ye know not what shall be on the morrow..." You and I have no guarantee of today but no surety of tomorrow for sure.


The life you have is yours. It belongs to you ~ it is your very essence. Our lives are to be invested not wasted. They are to be enjoyed not endured. It is your life~ Live It. Don't spend it carelessly.  Don't give it away or allow others to steal it from you. Don't allow other's criticism or cynicism to be the controlling force of your life. If someone has ~take it back now. It is yours and yours alone. 


You see God gave you your life and it is wise to give it back to Him. That is the only true way to ensure that you will have a life filled of no-regrets. When we give our lives to God ~ He returns it back to us brighter~happier and useful. 


I hope you celebrate this glorious day~ I plan to. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Merry Little Christmas~ Review & Giveaway


I was in the mountains of Colorado last week as I was reading this book with snow on the ground. What did I think about this book? Well let me count the ways.

 First of all~ Christmas and romance just cast a magical spell over me. I could not help but fall in love with Franny from the first page. She is all alone and struggling after her parents death to keep her little farm up and running. Yet ~ she feels like she is missing out on her God-given desire to follow her dream of music. Charlie just happens to come along just at the right time to give her an opportunity to leave all the milking~ chores and nitty gritty dirt and grime behind. 

But did Charlie have to be so dog- gone adorable?

What I really loved about this book is that I found out I was reading a very modern version of  " Charles Dickens~ The Scrooge" without even knowing it until the end of the book. Anita Higman captured my heart from the very first line~ I loved this book!

I rate this book a 5 + ~ everyone on your Christmas list needs a copy of this book.

I was provided this book in exchange for my honest review. 







About A Merry Little Christmas: 
Fall in love with this cozy story about two people from different worlds.

Franny Martin is an Oklahoma farm girl who's preparing to spend the holidays alone...again. Then Charlie Landau shows up one day, all wealth and polish, and offers to buy Franny's farm. Franny has no money to speak of, but she is clever and spirited, and she's more than happy to sell the farm and move to the city.

As Sinatra croons from the radio and Christmas descends upon her charming farm, Franny teaches Charlie the curious and sometimes comical ways of country life. In the process, they unearth some discoveries of the heart-that sometimes love comes when you're least ready for it. Will the holidays bring their most impossible dreams within reach?
Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/eyLJH   
Meet Anita:Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Find out more about Anita athttp://www.anitahigman.com.


Oh Looky here~ you have a chance to win a copy!

Anita Higman invites readers to kick off the season with a spirited holiday tale.

Anita is spreading the Christmas cheer by giving away FIFTEEN COPIES of the book.

To enter to win A Merry Little Christmas, just head over to"http://www.anitahigman.com/contest.html" THE CONTEST PAGE at Anita's website and fill out the short form. Be sure to put BLOG CONTEST in the Subject Line. That's it.

Winners will be announced on the Litfuse blog (and notified by email) on 11/9.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

My Brian~






It's not every day you meet  Prince Charming~ fall in love ~and live happily ever after. But I have to confess I am one of the luckiest girls in the world. I married my Prince Charming and I am still living my happily ever after. 

                                       I love you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes~
                                                     Happy Birthday My Brian!
                                                                 What a charmed life!






Friday, October 12, 2012

Fabulous Friday~ Pumpkin Crunch Cake



Happy Friday~
     I am so looking forward to a quiet weekend. Taking a little break but will be back soon. I am so blessed by my blog friends. You just bless my day.
     I have been asked for a tutorial on the Frosted Pumpkin Hand Soap. I will post one soon. To answer another question ~ any oil could be used. Absolutely ~ yes. You can leave the scent out all together or you could use natural oils.

      I plan on making this Pumpkin Crunch Cake tomorrow~ it is wonderful. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.



 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, 
whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.


Proverbs 29:9



Pumpkin Crunch Cake~
1 yellow cake mix
1 can pumpkin
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup melted butter
whipped topping

Combine pumpkin, milk, egg, sugar,pumpkin pie spice, and salt in bowl. Pour into pan.
Sprinkle dry yellow cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle pecans over top. Drizzle melted butter over everything.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool completely and top with whip topping. Refrigerate left overs!




Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Trouble With Cowboys~



This book drew me in with its Autumn cover~ but after I read the first page I could not put it down. Annie captures your heart from the first line. She has had a rough road to hoe but has a cheerful and positive outlook on life. Her father ~ a cowboy ~left the family early on. Her mother found love in all the wrong places~ leaving her with major trust issues.

  After the death of their mother~ Annie and her sister are taken in by her grandfather and they start attending church. God has a way of taking the bad stuff in our lives and using it for good. Annie finds herself trying to be mother once again after her grandfather dies.

She is trying her best to take care of her sister and her nephew. The work is hard and the money is short. Her ~ ever so spoiled sister~ won't hold down and job and has decided to leave God at church. Annie's heart is worried and trouble. Trying to play mother is a tough job at her young age. 

The story takes a whole crazy twist when you throw in the Taylor boys~ who happen to be none other than cowboys. And Annie has no use for cowboys. After all~ the trouble with cowboys is that they are always the leaving kind~ or are they?


This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. I rate this book 5 + stars



About the Book: 

Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.

Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.
The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.

When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.

Meet Denise: 

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
Find out more about Denis
 at http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/.





This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. I rate this book 5 + stars.

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Sad Goodbye~





June 17, 2000~ September 29, 2012

It was a sad weekend at Farming On Faith. We said goodbye to our forever family dog. There will never be another to take her place. We are in mourning for sure. We miss her snoring~ her clickity~ clackety across the floor and her greeting at the door. We just miss her. She was a great dog and she lived a good life.










Life With Lilly~ Kid's Amish Book Review





How cool is this? One of my favorite authors and blog friends is Suzanne Fisher. I have read all her books and they are wonderful. She has paired up with another blog friend~ Mary Ann Kinsinger. Mary Ann is the owner of the blog~ A Joyful Chaos. Mary Ann grew up Amish and shares many wonderful experiences of growing up plain on her blog.

Together these two writers have created a new series all about what life is like as an Amish girl. The joys of a new baby brother. The adventures that Amish children find themselves in is fun seeing it all through Lilly's eyes. Lilly lives on a small farm in upstate New York. She finds herself in a lot of mischief but she truly tries hard not to. What a great book!

This is a wonderful series for any young reader. I am so excited to share this set of books with my young nieces. This book would make a wonderful Christmas gift. 

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. 




Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ginger Lost Her Feathers~ Where Is Your Joy?





I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.- C. S. Lewis


Good Morning Blog Friends~
What beautiful days we are having here in Missouri. The trees are changing. Missouri has the most beautiful display of Autumn in the vibrant colors of our trees. I love fall. The nights are cool and the days are perfect.

The Farmer's Almanac is calling for a mild winter with above average temperatures. I am not so sure I believe it. Here in the Midwest we have been ahead of the calendar by a good month. Everything has bloomed a month or so before its time this entire year. I am not a betting woman but I were~ I bet we will have a frost and maybe even a snow flake or two by the end of October. That is just fine with me. I am praying for snow to make up for our lack of rain.  :)

My chickens molt each year at this time. That just means they replace their feathers and take a much needed rest from laying their eggs. Poor girls~ they look like they are running around skinned ~ plucked for Sunday dinner. They grow in really fast and it is fun to watch how they grow a bit each day. I have been giving them some special TLC. 

On a side note I am gathering all their feathers for a Thanksgiving project for my Kindergartner Art Class. Makes for perfect timing.

Kind of reminds me of me sometimes. I think we all need a time of rest and TLC sometimes. 

How is your joy level today? I read a sweet devotion about this today and thought I would share what God spoke to my heart about.

"I've got the joy~ joy~ joy down in my heart." (Where) "Down in my heart." (Where) "Down in my heart to stay." 

I sang that song in Sunday School so long ago and taught it to many little children including mine. Funny how easy it is for children to have that joy and sing it out without any of the cares of the world on their shoulders. 

 At times in the heart of the adult that joy escapes us. Oh~ there are reasons enough ~ burdens of life~ responsibility~ hurts and disappointments. 

But deep inside this adult heart~still lives that child~ and that joy~ joy~ joy! Sometimes it has sunk all the way down to my toes. A child of God has the joy deep inside them because Jesus lives in their heart and He is what brings true joy to each of us. God can not live in a heart aside from joy. 

Are you weary? Joy is what we need! Joy is where we get our strength. It helps heal the hurts and ease the pain in our lives.  It brings us peace~love~ perspective and hope. It reminds us that this world is not all it's about. It reminds us why we are on this earth and who we serve. 

Where is your joy?

I already admitted mine had sunk to my toes. So guess what I did? I went for a pedicure and found it again.  :)





Is it time for you to find your joy again? May I suggest a pedi?







Saturday, September 22, 2012

When Hope Blossoms~



I just love a good Amish book~ well you already know that if you visit me very often. This book is about a Mennonite woman who has had more than her fair share of hard times. Being a very young widow has its challenges especially for a single mom of three children and one with special needs. 

What I loved about this book is the openness about the difficult parts of being part of the Amish/ Mennonite community. The simple life draws me in so often. I travel to my Amish neighbors every chance I get because stepping into the slow pace reminds me to slow down my life too. I often glamorize our Amish neighbors yet they do have their issues ~as we all do. 

The grass is never greener on the other side of the fence~ which the neighbor~ Mr. Roper teaches this sweet little Mennonite family.

I love this book and rate it 5 stars. The author~ Kim~ so quickly grabs your attention and holds it until the very last line. Great Book!

This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. 

You can read an excerpt from the book here.

About the book~

Amy Knackstedt hopes a new start in Weaverly, Kansas, will help heal the pain of losing her husband and provide a better future for her three children. But her new neighbor, Tim Roper, is not pleased to have an Old Order Mennonite family living next to his apple orchard. Tim left the Mennonite faith years ago and doesn't want any reminders of his former life.
Yet when circumstances throw Amy and Tim together, they form a friendship that surprises them both. Will past hurts always be a barrier between them, or will this tentative relationship blossom into something more?



About the Author~

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her Web site atwww.kimvogelsawyer.com for more information.







Thursday, September 20, 2012

"All I Know Is I'm Not Home Yet~ This Is Not Where I Belong"






It has been a while since I have had a "Grammy Moment"  My little Boston is getting so big. He calls me his friend Grammy. I will be heading out for his third birthday soon. 

I was reading my devotion this morning about Heaven and the song~  Where I Belong  ~keeps playing in my head. It is Boston's favorite song and sometimes I am lucky enough for him to sing it to me on facetime. 




 It seems like everyday I wake up and turn on the news and it is so alarming. How in the world did we get here?~ But that is another post for another time. It just makes me homesick for a country to which I've never been before~ where no sad goodbyes will be spoken~ Beulah Land~ Sweet Beulah Land.  

There will be no death or no more crying. 

Revelation 21:4

King James Version (KJV)
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

It will be a place of great splendor.

Revelation 21:23

King James Version (KJV)
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.




It will be a place of reunion with those who have gone before us.


1 Thessalonians 4:17

King James Version (KJV)
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

But most of all we will see Jesus ~the Son of God~ the Prince of Peace, The Lion of Judah~ my Savior.

As Boston sings ~ " All I know is I'm not home yet. This is not where I belong. Take this world and give me Jesus"~ in his sweet little voice I am  reminded that one day all the wrongs will be made right.

Taken fron The Daily Bread~ 
Many years ago a doctor made a house call on a dying patient, who asked, “Doctor, what will heaven be like?” The physician paused, trying to think of a helpful reply. Just then they heard the sound of scratching on the closed door of the patient’s bedroom.
“Do you hear that?” the doctor asked. “It’s my dog. I left him downstairs, but he got impatient and came up here looking for me. He doesn’t know what’s in this room, but he knows his master is here. I believe that’s how it is with heaven. We don’t know what it’s like, but we know that Jesus will be there. And really, nothing else matters.”



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mums The Word~


I will be flying out to Colorado to speak at a Ladies Retreat next month. Now that is wonderful! I will be spending some time with my Aunt Kim and her ladies from her church. I am so excited. They have been preparing for a long time. A special place has been rented in the mountains at Evergreen. I can't wait.

Here is the hard part. For those who know me ~don't laugh. The retreat's theme is Mums The Word.  I told you not to laugh! I have been studying and praying for God to give me something special~ yet it just has not come together on paper.  In fact~ God has been doing some real fall cleaning in my heart and mind as I study taming the tongue. I am hoping He lets me put what He has been speaking to me about in a outline soon. I am getting a little nervous.

Proverbs 18:20-21

King James Version (KJV)
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

We can discourage and depress ourselves just by the words that come out of our mouth~ as well as depress or discourage those around us who have to listen to our words. Our words have the power of life or death and here in verse 20 it says we have to eat our words.

I want to speak life to myself~ to My Brian~ to my children~ to those who hear my words. I never want to have death oozing out of my mouth. Yet~ that is what we do every time we spill out our feelings and emotions without thinking first. 

Not long ago My Brian said to me, "I don't think you  have gotten better at not letting things bother you. You have just become good at keeping quiet." I thought about that for awhile and I decided I will take that as "spiritual growth."  There was a time when I would let my feelings and emotions control my mouth. When I think about it I cringe ~ how many people have I wounded with my tongue?

Oh~ that we may all think about what comes out of our mouth before damage is done. And may God mend those my tongue has wounded with my careless words. 

Albert Einstein considered this to be the formula for success~ maybe we should listen to the words of this wise man.

Einstein said,
 "If A equals success, then the formula is: A=X+Y+Z. 
           X is work. Y is play. Z is keeping your mouth shut."



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Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Amish Farmer's Market~ I Am There!




Oh my stars~ I had the best day yesterday. The weather was breezy and cool and my friend~ Pam and I headed to Jamesport, Mo to visit our Amish neighbors. We left bright and early to make it to the auction. There was a sea of orange when we pulled into the parking lot. We were in "Autumn Decorator's Heaven" for sure. There is nothing like seeing those Amish horses and buggies with their cute little trailers pulling through the Auction floor.



 I must warn you. You best not even nod your head or you will find yourself with a truckload of pumpkins. Which we did! Believe or not we even sold half the box. We giggled and laughed until we couldn't laugh any more when we realized that we may have overdone it a tad bit. They were a huge bargain ~which helps some. 

I met a sweet little Amish girl who helped us load our pumpkins. Her name was Lavina. Of course~ I could not show you her picture but she had blond little wispy hair peeking out all under her brown bonnet. She smiled and chatted with us while we all worked stacking these pumpkins. She looked at me so seriously and said, "Do you really like pumpkins?" She was a dolly. What a perfect day!


We ate at my very favorite restaurant in all the world (Gingerich Dutch Pantry) and headed to the Amish stores to stock up for our Autumn ~Winter cooking and baking.  We shopped until we dropped.


Well if you can't guess what I will be doing today~ I am off to decorate for Fall! Have a wonderful weekend!

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16 KJV

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