Staying Healthy?

by adustyframe ~ January 13th, 2018

Is everyone staying healthy? I hope so!
We are not….. James caught something right before Christmas and it’s taking it’s rounds here.
It’s currently terrorizing me and I’m not recuperating very fast.

Mostly congestion and exhaustion and lots and lots of sinus stuff—ewww.

We’re taking all our healthy stuff…using all our oils……putting onion slices in the socks (I know crazy but I think it helps on the nights I remember to do it!)….but still it’s taking awhile to move it out of here.

I hope you’re all fairing better than us!

Lizzie

Happy New Years

by adustyframe ~ December 31st, 2017

What are your plans for New Years?
We’re having a quiet night at home–yeah!!

I haven’t thought about a word for the year. I only do those if I feel like it. I don’t make myself come up with a word.

I was looking at a couple Bible reading plans. I didn’t choose one. I need to do that too!
What about you?

Any resolutions or goals? Any good Bible reading plans? Any exciting plans for the holiday?

Lizzie

Merry Christmas

by adustyframe ~ December 26th, 2017

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

I pray you had a blessed celebration.

We’re laying low this week.
What are you up to?

Lizzie

A Christmas Treat~Repost

by adustyframe ~ December 21st, 2017

Originally posted December 2007

I am in charge of our church library. Since it was very much in need of an update, I’ve been weeding out very old books and replacing them with the boxes of donated newer books.

One of the books had a familiar title so I quickly peeked through it. The Sword Book of Treasures by Dr. John R. Rice, published in 1946 had this gem.

I read it and bawled. Her thoughts and struggle mirror much of mine recently. It was such a blessing to read of God’s long ago provision.

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A thrilling Christmas time on the Frontier by “A Pastor’s Wife”

I remember a day one winter that stands out like a boulder in my life. The weather was unusually cold; our salary had not been regularly paid and it did not meet our needs when it was.

My husband was away much of the time, traveling from one district to another. Our boys were well, but my little Ruth was ailing and at best none of us were decently clothed. I patched and re -patched, with spirits sinking to the lowest ebb. The water gave out in the well and the wind blew through the cracks in the floor.

The people in the parish were kind, and generous too, but the settlement was new and each family was struggling for itself. Little by little, at the time I needed it most, my faith began to waver.

Early in life I was taught to take God at His word, and I thought my lesson was well learned. I had lived upon the promises in dark times until I knew, as David did, who was my Fortress and my Deliverer. Now a daily prayer for forgiveness was all that I could offer.

My husband’s overcoat was hardly thick enough for October, and he was often obliged to ride miles to attend some meeting or funeral.

Christmas was coming; the children always expected their presents. I remember the ice was thick and smooth and the boys were each craving a pair of skates. Ruth, in some unaccountable way, had taken a fancy that the doll I had made were no longer suitable; she wanted a nice large one, and insisted on praying for it.

I knew it was impossible, but, oh! how I wanted to give each child his present. It seemed as if God had deserted us. But I did not tell my husband all this. He worked so earnestly and heartily, I supposed him to be as hopeful as ever. I kept the sitting room cheerful with an open fire, and I tried to serve our scanty meals as invitingly as I could.

That morning before Christmas, James was called to see a sick man. I put up a piece of bread for his lunch–it was the best I could do–wrapped my plaid shawl around his neck and then tried to whisper a promise as I often had, but the words died away upon my lips. I let him go without it.

That was a dark, hopeless day. I coaxed the children to bed early, for I could not bear their talk. When Ruth went, I listened for her prayer. She asked for the last time most explicitly for her doll and for skates for her brothers. Her bright face looked so lovely when she whispered to me,

“You know I think they’ll be here early tomorrow morning, Mama” that I thought I could move Heaven and earth to save her from disappointment. I sat down alone and gave way to the most bitter tears.

Before long James returned, chilled and exhausted. He drew off his booths. The thin stockings clipped off with them and his feet were red with cold. “I wouldn’t treat a dog that way; let alone a faithful servant,” I said. Then as I glanced up and saw the hard lines in his face and the look of despair, it flashed across me that James had let go too.

I brought him a cup of tea, feeling sick and dizzy at the very thought. He took my hand and we sat for an hour without a word. I wanted to die and meet God and tell Him His promise wasn’t true–my soul was so full of rebellious despair.

There came a sound of bells, a quick step and a loud knock at the door. James sprang to open it. There stood Deacon White. “A box came by express just before dark. I brought it around as soon as I could get away. Reckoned it might be for Christmas. ‘At any rate’ I said, ‘they shall have it tonight.’ Here is a turkey my wife asked me to fetch along and these other things I believe belong to you.”

There were a basket of potatoes, and a bag of flour. Talking all the time, he hurried in the box and then with a hearty good night, he rode away.

Still without speaking, James found a chisel and opened the box. He drew out first a thick red blanket and we saw that beneath it, the box was full of clothing. It seemed at that moment as if Christ fastened upon me a look of reproach. James sat down and covered his face with his hands. “I can’t touch them,” he explained. “I haven’t been true, just when God was trying me to see if I could hold out. Do you think I could not see how you were suffering? And I had no word of comfort to offer. I know now how to preach the awfulness of turning away from God.”

“James,” I said, clinging to him, “don’t take it to heart like this. I am to blame. I ought to have helped you. We will ask Him together to forgive us.”

We poured out words of praise–Bible words, for nothing else could express our thanksgiving.

It was eleven o’ clock; the fire was low and there was the great box with nothing touched but the warm blanket we needed. We piled on some fresh logs, lighted two candles and began to examine our treasures.

We drew out an overcoat. I made James try it on–just the right size–and I danced around him, for all my lightheartedness had returned. There was a cloak and he insisted on seeing me in it. My spirits always infected him and we both laughed like foolish children.

There was a warm suit of clothes also and three pairs of woolen hose. There were a dress for me and yards of flannel, a pair of arctic overshoes for each of us and in mine a slip of paper. I have it now and mean to hand it down to my children. It was Jacob’s blessing to Asher: “Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days so shall thy strength be.”

In the gloves, evidently for James, the same dear hand had written: “I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”

It was a wonderful box and packed with thoughtful care. There were a suit of clothes for each of the boys and a little red gown for Ruth. There were mittens, scarf, and hood, and down in the center–a box. We opened it and there was a great wax doll!! I burst into tears again and James wept with me for joy. It was too much! And then we both exclaimed again, for close behind it came two pairs of skates. There were books for us to read–some of them I had wished to see–stories for the children to read, aprons and underclothing, knots of ribbon, a gay little tidy, a lovely photograph, needles, buttons, and thread, a muff, and an envelope containing a ten dollar gold piece.

At last we cried over everything we took up. It was past midnight and we were faint and exhausted even with happiness. I made a cup of tea, cut a fresh loaf of bread and James boiled some eggs. We drew up the table before the fire. How we enjoyed our supper! And then we sat talking over our life and how sure a help God always proved.

You should have seen the children the next morning! The boys raised a shout at the sight of their skates–Ruth caught up her doll and hugged it tightly without a word; then she went into her room and knelt by her bed.

When she came back she whispered to me, “I knew it would be here Mama, but I wanted to thank God just the same, you know.”

“Look here, Wife, see the difference!” We went to the window and there were the boys out of the house already and skating on the crust with all their might.

My husband and I both tried to return thanks to the church in the East that sent us the box–and have tried to return thanks unto God every day since.

Hard times have come again and again, but we have trusted in Him–dreading nothing so much as a doubt of His protecting care. “They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.”

Lizzie

Christmas Thoughts

by adustyframe ~ December 19th, 2017

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 “…And then, just when everything is bearing down on us to such an extent that we can scarcely withstand it, the Christmas message comes to tell us that all our ideas are wrong, and that what we take to be evil and dark is really good and light because it comes from God. Our eyes are at fault, that is all. God is in the manger, wealth in poverty, light in darkness, succor in abandonment. No evil can befall us; whatever men may do to us, they cannot but serve the God who is secretly revealed as love and rules the world and our lives.”

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Lizzie

Christmas Questions~Play Along?

by adustyframe ~ December 12th, 2017

Christmas Meme–play along if you like!

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate is always great. James likes “egg milk” (he doesn’t call it this anymore!)

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? We don’t do Santa

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? white lights

4. Do you hang mistletoe? artificial. Nathan loves to grab it and run around and kiss us.


5. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
stuffing, mashed potatoes but I don’t really eat carbs anymore


6. Favorite childhood holiday memory? Just my goofy family!


7. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I can’t even remember. We just did Santa for fun and it was never a big deal.

8. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? When I was a kid we did, but now we do a simple Christmas so we save it all for Christmas morning.

9. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? red bulbs, the old favorites, candy canes

10. Snow! Love it or dread it? I don’t like driving on snow–of course I like having a “white Christmas”

11 What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? making room for Jesus in our hearts. Thinking of others. Spending time with family.

12. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
all of it unfortunately **see #5

13. What is your favorite holiday tradition? reading Christmas books each day in December.

14. What tops your tree? a red glittery star.

15. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? I definitely love getting gifts–it’s my love language but I do prefer to give. (That is also a part of gifts being my love language)

16. What is your favorite Christmas song? Angels We Have Heard on High. But honestly as a musician? I love them all.

17. Favorite Move… It’s a Wonderful Life

18. Candy canes: for decorating. I don’t really eat them. We stick them in a mug of hot cocoa sometimes. 21.

Tag you’re it–Let me know if you play along

Lizzie

by adustyframe ~ December 11th, 2017

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Lizzie

Beautiful

by adustyframe ~ December 6th, 2017

Listening to this today
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Lizzie

Getting Ready For Christmas

by adustyframe ~ December 1st, 2017

I’m up late tonight getting the Advent calendar together. It’s not that it was a big deal. I just procrastinated!

Every day there will be a little treat and an idea of something fun to do as well as readings from The Jesus Storybook Bible.

If you haven’t seen this for your little ones, check it out. It’s beautiful and often the readings move me to tears!

We brought up the Christmas music awhile ago.
My friends are saying this is a good one. I may grab it this year.

But tonight I’m listening to this one.

I’m going to try to start reading this on the first. I started last year, but didn’t get very far.

My cookbook is available on Amazon for .99!

If you’re shopping on Amazon this year, you’re free to use my link on the side bar (wink wink)

Over the weekend, we hope to get the tree up and all the decorations out. I do love this time of year.
We have a few things going on but it’s not too crazy. I like to keep this time of year as low key as possible.
I do have some sewing projects for the nephews I better get started!
What about you? Any projects going or good books or music to share with me?

Lizzie

Happy Thanksgiving

by adustyframe ~ November 22nd, 2017

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Anyone have exciting plans?

We’re going to be home with our little family.

I’m hoping to have a restful weekend.

Praying for you and yours to have a blessed day remembering all the things to thank God for.

Lizzie