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Warm Pie Happy Home

Chatting Over the Fence!

Written by Aunt Ruthie on July 18th, 2017

 

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Hey Sugar Pie Sweeties! You know, back in the good ol’ days  the best chats with friends was over the backyard fence. It was the perfect time to take a break from hanging up the laundry or watering the garden to catch up on family happenings. Well, it’s been awhile since I shared family news so I thought it was high time that I got y’all caught up on my growing family! We’ve got a new baby you haven’t met yet! If you’re a newbie here, first of all, welcome!! I’m so happy you stopped by! I hope you feel right at home here! Let me introduce you to my family!

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This is my firstborn, Dusty with my daughter-in-love Kimmy and my adorbs grand-boys Sawyer (2) Kade (6) and Zealand (4)…AND our newest little sweet pea Ember Joy! What a wonderful surprise it was on the day of her birth to find out that Kimmy and Dusty were having a girl!! We are over-the-moon thrilled! They chose not to find out the gender until the birth day! Of course with three boys they were hoping for a girl but of course would have been very happy with another boy. Sweet Ember Joy has red hair to match her name too! Her future boyfriend is going to have to get approval from all her brothers and Papa…I feel sorry for him!! LOL!  She’s just beautiful! We are so thankful mama and baby are healthy! Their home is one rambunctious house full of happy kids!

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My adorable grandkids, Johnny (7) and Polly (4) are such happy blessings in our family too! Ashley and Glen are making such wonderful memories with their little ones. That’s easy to do here in Branson, Missouri! We’ve got lakes, parks, live music shows and Silver Dollar City which is an amazing 1880’s Theme park. Ashley is an artist so her kids have become quite creative with her guidance and encouragement.  Their house is also one happy and fun home!

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My son JJ and daughter-in-love Tiffany just celebrated their sweet Olive Rose’s 1st birthday! She is so adorable and has such a sweet, temperament! And, Little Olive is also going to have a baby sister soon in just a few weeks! We can’t wait!! Yay!!! Tiffany is a Math teacher but will now be able to stay home to raise her baby girls. I love watching J.J. and Tiffany nurture and care for baby Olive. It makes my heart swell with joy to see the love they have for their little family. So once this new sweet baby girl is born I will have 4 grand-boys and 4 grand-girls! Praising the Lord right now!

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My baby girl Summer Rose has grown up way too fast! She recently graduated High School and will be heading off to College this fall. What?? It’s hard to believe! It seems like she was in kindergarten last week! I love this picture of her siblings holding her on graduation day. It’s funny to think about how they helped rock her, feed her, play with her, take her for rides in the stroller, and carry out her dirty diapers to the garbage can…something they still tease her about! Lol! We are so proud of that girl! She’s compassionate, kind, funny, beautiful and super smart (4.1 GPA…I didn’t even know that was a thing! She’ didn’t get it from me FYI Lol!)

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This year my wonderful hubby and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary! Wowza! How did that happen? I thought I was 39? Lol! Looking back in time I remember how Gary and I prayed for three years to be able to conceive a child. Struggling with infertility was extremely difficult because the thing I wanted most in life was to be a mother. I remember crying at Pampers commercials. My first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. My heart ached for a baby to hold in my arms. Well, as you can see God answered our prayers by blessing us with 4 children and our family continues to grow! God is so good. We only need to be patient, trust Him,  have faith and delight in the Lord and as the scripture says… He will give us the desires of our heart. (Psalm 37:4)

I am truly so thankful for my family. Thankful that they all love the Lord and are healthy and happy. But please understand that although we are blessed we have not been without struggles…disappointments, setbacks, discouragements, health issues and financial difficulties. Everyone faces challenges, but we serve a mighty God who is right by our side through the journey. He is faithful and promises to help us. God is always at work for you and I behind the scenes. He’s An On-Time God, Yes He is…just like the old song goes! Amen sistah! Preach.

Well, Sugar Pie Sister, Here are some posts that you may like that bring to light the goodness of our Lord through the years of my family events:

Motherhood Moments

Sweet Blessings of Mercy

Oh Baby!

Something Wonderful!

She Said Yes!

They Said “I Do”!

Boy Oh Boy!

Sweet Polly June

Baby Blessings

A Sweet New Addition and What Answered Prayer Looks Like

Thank you so much for letting me chat over the fence with you!

I’d love to hear your news! Do share!

I’ll be back soon!

God Bless your darlin’ heart!

Aunt Ruthie

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Warm Pie Happy Home

My Summer Video and a Chat About Planting Happy-Home Seeds

Written by Aunt Ruthie on July 13th, 2017

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Hey Sugar Pie! I’m back again with more of my summer decorating, but this time it’s a VIDEO TOUR!!!

Here is the link to my YouTube video of my Good Ol’ Summertime Decorating…Sugar Pie Farmhouse Style!  After you watch it come back here ‘cuz I’ve got some more stuff to chat about!

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Well, here in the Ozarks we’ve had a good amount of summer storms! Living up on a ridge we have a panoramic view of the billowy, gray clouds that roll in. We also get front row seats of the lightning as it flashes across the sky. It’s absolutely stunning but when the thunder and lightning bolts close to the house…eeeek! We’ve had the power to our well knocked out twice this season, which means no water…at all. For that reason I keep four one gallon containers on hand so we can at least brush our teeth, wash our face and have some to drink. Fortunately, our well guy “Lefty” comes out within a few hours to fix it. It sure gives me a secure feeling though to have some things stocked up in case of an emergency. I almost think it would be a good idea to have a manually operated water pump. I’ll have to talk to the Mr. about that. I’m curious, are any of y’all preppers, even in a small way? Would love to hear your thoughts on stocking up things for emergencies.

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In other news, I was at Hobby Lobby and saw that they already have their fall and Christmas merchandise out. Even Cracker Barrel Restaurant has their fall display up. Now I know that it bothers a lot of gals to see seasonal things up so early, but I really don’t mind, mainly because I love those seasons to the moon and back. But I’m certainly not ready to say goodbye to summer yet ( I waited the whole winter long for it for crying out loud! Lol). Since it’s been so hot outside during the day I’ve actually been doing a ton of decluttering in my house. I’ve made about four trips to our local thrift store to donate several boxes and bags of stuff. It feels so good to simplify and freshen up the rooms in my home. And I’m thankful that the things I’m donating are going to bless someone else. But seeing the autumn decorations out in the stores got me thinking… you know, this really is a good time to clear the clutter before the hustle and bustle of fall and Christmas get here…and it’s just around the corner! Just sayin’! Lol!

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Wouldn’t it be great to get a head start… to have our homes clean and tidy and clutter free by the time we’re ready to bring out our pumpkins and fall leaves?  Well, I think so. I know for myself that I don’t like the feeling of being behind on things. I want to be prepared and organized. Not that I always am…quite the opposite! I have so many things on my plate that it’s easy for me to get behind on stuff, then I feel rushed and anxious. When that happens I feel like I’m missing out on living in the moment and fully experiencing the joy because I wasn’t quite ready for it. I hope that makes sense. That’s the drawback of being a perfectionist I guess! Lol! That’s why I like having a head start if I can! Yup, I’m a big fan of planning ahead.

Here’s the great news Sugar! We have plenty of time right now to tidy up our homes because, as I’m writing this, we have 7 weeks until September. Now I’m not saying to spend the rest of the summer cleaning! Goodness no!  Especially if you have little ones at home, your time is going to be limited, plus you should be enjoying this season to the fullest. But maybe, just choose an area that could use some attention and do a little at a time. If you take the time now to begin preparing and planning for the upcoming season and the memories you hope to create it will be like planting happy-home seeds that will bring you a harvest of bountiful joy!

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Now this may sound ridiculous to you but I’ll put Christmas music on when I have a big cleaning job to do. Yes even in the summertime. I know. I know. You’re probably rolling your eyes. Lol! But that’s ok, it works for me!  Somehow it gets me in the mood and makes me feel happy!  That just happens to be my cup of tea! Life is short and many times hard so anytime we can add some whimsy and delight into our lives why not? ( The soundtrack to Little Women and Pride and Prejudice works too!!)

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”~Buddy the Elf

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Well, I do want you to enjoy this wonderful summertime! Go get an ice cream cone, run through the sprinklers with the kids, go for a walk at sunset, sit on the front porch and enjoy the aroma of fresh cut grass, eat a sun-warmed tomato from the garden, enjoy a trip to the farmer’s market…and make happy memories! Keep your home bright in your heart. By that I mean to always be thinking (and thinking ahead) of things you can do to create a place your family feels loved in. Not just the decorations but the feeling of love, warmth, belonging, comfort and cozyness. Everything you do and say is like a seed that you plant and will eventually harvest.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

So go plant some happy home seeds!

For some more thoughts on Home Sweet Home, here are some of my  posts you may enjoy:

5  Simple Things You Can Do To Make Home Sweeter

5 Ways to Make Your Home Warm and Wonderful

Sweet Goodness

Stocking up for Emergencies: A Good Mama is Prepared

Well, thanks so much for stopping by!

God bless your darlin’ heart Sugar Pie,

Aunt Ruthie

 

 

 

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