Thursday, May 31, 2012

Memorial Day With Driving Miss Billie~


I know you all love to hear of my adventures with Miss Billie~ she truly would make a great character for a book. I have learned so much during the time we have spent together. This a re-post from 2010~ but it just seems fitting to re-post today. Miss Billie has had a bad fall and is having surgery this morning. Please pray for her and the Doctors as they prepare to put her back together again........ My heart is tender today and I am praying for the Lord's will in Miss Billie's life.


Memorial Day With Driving Miss Billie~

Yesterday~ I  drove Miss Billie to the cemetery to place flowers upon the graves of those she has outlived. You see Miss Billie has outlived most all of her family and most of her friends.  We carefully picked flowers from her garden~ (which were all taken from the gardens of her relatives while they were alive)~ of which we placed flowers upon their graves. She refused to let me pick the flowers~even in the hardest to reach places. She told me, "I must not get dependent upon people~I will become wimpy." To which I replied, "Miss Billie~no one can ever call you wimpy." She still drives and goes to her trainer three times a week, keeps her hair colored and dresses like she stepped out of a magazine!

She placed pink roses upon her Momma's grave ~she was born in the late 1800's. We placed yellow orchids upon her father's grave because yellow is Miss Billie's favorite color~just happens to be mine too. Purple flowers were placed upon Sarah~her best friend's grave for her favorite color. Her Auntie ~whom was named Florence hated her name but when Billie was born ~she demanded that Miss Billie be named Florence. Poor Miss Billie! Her father hated it and always called her Billie.  Her Sister was her best friend and she loved peonies.  So ants and all ~we placed tons of pink peonies on Patty's  grave.   "We must not kill creatures" ~ says Miss Billie~"both great or small." (even spiders) Her brother -in-law fought in the War ~so Miss Billie proudly placed red roses and the American flag.

Miss Billie and I both know her days are getting short on this earth ~ she has spent most of her days. Life is hard for her and she hurts most days. As we leave the Cemetery I hear Miss Billie say to herself or maybe those who she loves ~ "It is so hard but I must carry on."

 It is just a real good reminder for us all to cherish those we love~we will not have them forever. Leave
a legacy of a Godly testimony behind~for you will not be here forever. And~cherish the moments~for they will soon be history.

When we returned back to Miss Billie's house~ she shared her pictures with me so I could have a picture with each face.  It was a day I will always cherish~ and lessons I will not soon leave behind.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (Made From Canned Tomatoes)

1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves chopped garlic
4 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato soup
3 Tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/4 rosemary
2 whole bay leaves
pinch of fennel seeds

* Tip~
 Add salt and  brown sugar to taste if you wish. I like a little sweet and salty!

Saute onions in oil until slightly transparent~ then add garlic and brown just a bit. Add the tomatoes and all spices. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about one hour.  Finally add the soup if you feel it needs to be thickened ~ you can omit if you feel it is fine without it.


Farming On Faith's New And Improved Homemade Laundry Soap~

Updated 10/8/12

In my journey to make money by saving money I have to say the biggest one money saving tip is my homemade Laundry Soap~and I am picky!
I have been using Homemade Laundry Soap four years now. Here is my New And Improved Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe.

Farming On Faith's Laundry Soap Cast of Characters~
1 bar of Fels Naptha
1 1/2 cup of Borax
1 1/2 cup of Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA)
4 cups of water

Easy Directions~

1*Grate bar of soap. Put in an old pan and cook with water until completely dissolved on medium heat.

2*Next~ add the Borax and Washing Soda and whisk. It will start to thicken like frosting. Whisk for 10 minutes on medium heat. (Use an old pan so you can whisk it good.) It will begin to thicken.

3* Pour the soap in a large mixing bowl and let it cool. This will take a few hours~ whisk it when you think about it. As it cools it will thicken~ a lot. Keep adding small amounts of water as you whisk it until it completely cools and you get the texture you like. Mine resembles cream cheese frosting in texture. Remember this is very concentrated so only use a couple Tablespoons for an HE Washer and maybe 1/4 cup for a regular washing machine. It works wonderful and no more goop!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Merry Month of May Monday~

Happy Monday Blog Friends~
I just love the Merry Month of May. There are so many reasons to celebrate. The weather is beautiful and everything has come to life and is blooming and growing~including our Missouri  grandbabies. We had the best weekend~ here it is in pictures.

Ladybug~ Ladybug Mother ~ Daughter Banquet 
My Table

 My cute little nieces~

The raspberries are yummy!

The grapes are coming along nicely.

The chicken coop got a good spring cleaning. (the dreaded chore~check) Sami and Jewels were fighting over the same nesting box and got a good scolding while I was cleaning. They listen to me about as well as my children do!

I am so excited I have a special day planned with a friend~ so I am off and running but I will be back soon.

“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Sad Day At Farming On Faith

3/15/09~ 5/14/12

Sometimes chickens just get sick. Layla has been acting funny for several weeks~ she had been coughing but appeared to be getting better. This morning when I let the girls out Layla had passed away in the night. She was my prettiest girl of the entire flock. She liked to follow Brian around in the yard for she knew he would be digging, planting or moving dirt and he would reward her with worms. We will truly miss her. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Amish Farmer's Auction

I was invited to join a friend to attend the Amish Farmer's Market this week. Oh my stars~ was I ever wishing I had brought my car. I am going to have to go back. I am trying to get my Brian to take a vacation day.The auction is held in Jamesport, Missouri every Tuesday and Friday~ at 10:00 AM. 

Many businesses and small shop owners attend for items to resell including some of our local Farmer's Market vendors. However it is open to the public.

The first half of the Auction is produce such as strawberries, gooseberries, onions, rhubarb.......etc.  Everything goes in large amounts~ so you must share it~give it away ~ or resell. My friend's mom ended up with five large bags of sweet onions but planned on giving them away. It was so much fun. I seen many groups of friends buying to split~ what a fun idea.

 I plan on taking my husband back with an empty vehicle with  room to load up. These cute little Amish guys help load your treasures with a smile. Such sweet kids!
 There were flowers of every kind~ baskets as you can see~ bedding plants~ rose bushes~ vegetable plants ~strawberry pants~you name it....... they had it. 
 The hanging baskets were sold in groups of 15. Some went for $6.00, $5.00 and even $ 3.00 each. Now these were huge baskets much like you would find at a nursery not like a department store. They were healthy and huge ~just beautiful.
 I am ready to go back~ anyone want to go?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I Am Taking The Day Off~

Jamesport, Missouri

Psalm 26:3

King James Version (KJV)
 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

Good Morning Blog Friends~
Life seems so much like a marathon~ not a fifty yard dash. We run and run to get life done. But today I am taking the day off and headed to spend the day at a slower pace with my Amish friends. Each Tuesday they have an Auction where they auction flowers and produce~ I am so excited. As you all know it is my favorite thing to do. I tease my Brian each time I go that I may stay. And he always tell me to just let him know what his new address is. I think he would look terribly cute in suspenders and a black hat.

When I spend the day with these people who live life at a slower pace ~ it renews my spirit and reminds me to take our schedule down a notch or two. 

I get so busy that I forget to focus on the things of God~ the things that really matter in life. 

I am guilty of wasting precious emotional energy and priceless spiritual power on keeping the daily grind moving. At times I forget to stay focused on the things of God.

 We all know that we can't ignore life~ the beds must be made ~ the dishes washed~ the grass mowed. I am mearly reminding myself  that each step I take needs to be ordained by God and is an opportunity given by God for His purpose. 

Seems that I am not the only one.~( taken from the Daily Bread)

In data collected from over 20,000 Christians in 139 countries, The Obstacles to Growth Survey found that, on average, more than 40 percent of Christians around the world say they “often” or “always” rush from task to task. About 60 percent of Christians say that it’s “often” or “always” true that the busyness of life gets in the way of developing their relationship with God. It’s clear that busyness does distract us from our fellowship with Him.

Are you too busy rushing from task to task~ letting the busyness of live distract you from enjoying the sweet fellowship with God? 

Today is a new day and God's mercies are anew. Why not join me in slowing down the pace today and focusing on your day in light of God's plan and purpose for your life? Maybe even join me for lunch in Jamesport.

Now that seems like a plan~ have a blessed day!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Merry Month of May~

April showers always bring May flowers in Missouri. Last night My Brian and I were driving through the countryside on our way to a little town close by to eat supper.  Missouri is at its finest in the spring and summer. I just love the green ~ green grass of home. The farmers have planted the crops and the little sprouts are all peeking out of the ground. The rows are perfectly planted and it looks much like a beautiful quilt.

I love the month of May.

On this day I entered into this world as Carrie Nation. My father and grandmother insisted that I be named after the woman who carried an ax and tore up the bars~ all while toting her Bible. (Kind- of wish I had the courage to do the same.) They had seen a magazine article with a picture of a bar that read~"All Nations Welcome But Carrie."  The establishment had spelled her name wrong for her name was actually spelled~ "Carry."  Kind -of glad about that mix up. I sort of like the old fashioned spelling better. 

For the past 35 years or so I woke up every May 5th to a phone call from my dad until this very morning. He would say~ "Hi Carrie Sue. It's just dad and I am calling to to wish you Happy Birthday." You just never how much the little things mean until they are no longer. I just never knew how much I would miss that phone call~ sure means the world to me now. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away~ Blessed be the name of the Lord. 

When I close my eyes I can still hear his voice wishing me Happy Birthday he would always say~" I didn't forget your birthday" and he never did.  One thing I know for sure ~ my birthday is being remembered in Heaven this year. 



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