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Preserving Old Fashioned Goodness

Written by Aunt Ruthie on April 11th, 2018


Howdy darlin’s! In keeping with my quest to preserve the goodness of old-fashioned ways, I thought I’d share some tried and true bits of wisdom. Some are cute light-hearted quotes, some are old-time sayings that you might recognize and others are words of advice from dear mamas and grandmas around the country. But they all promote wholesome thinking…something we could us more of in this day and age.

They are virtues that we need to continue to pass down to future generations, all things good, right and true.

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For fun, turn on the kitchen “Farmhouse Radio”  to add a little nostalgia for your reading pleasure! Click here, it will take you to YouTube and will automatically turn on the sounds of the 1940’s, then come right on back here!prayer-1

 Here are two scriptures that set the stage for right and wholesome thinking: Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” And Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (It’s so important for your mental, emotional and physical health that you keep a positive mindset! It’s a daily decision to fight off the negative and accentuate the positive!)


“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~Abe Lincoln

“If mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy.” (The mama sets the tone in the home. Mama needs to find her joy so home-life can be an emotionally safe and sweet …read this post if you need to find your joy again…so you can bring a whole lot of HaPpY back into your home.)


“Pie fixes everything.” (Comfort food is delightful but even more so is the company and conversation of a loved one, sharing words of tender encouragement and understanding…and if it happens to include a piece of homemade pie, all the better and sweeter!)

“You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”  (you’ll gain more favor with people if you are sweet and kind rather than harsh, critical and, negative…and you’ll be a lot happier too!)

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“No matter what, never give up…this too shall pass.”

“The best is yet to come.


“There’s absolutely no reason for you or your home not to be clean. Soap is cheap!” ~ Someone’s Mama
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“You’ll always feel better about yourself if you put on a little lipstick.” (If you look good you’ll feel good! Looking your best gains the respect of others too, and it boosts your self-confidence and productivity).

“Every barn looks better with a fresh coat of paint”

“Bless your little pea-pickin’ heart”. (Everyone needs compassion and a pat on the back)


“You’re as pretty as a peach and cute as Christmas!” (Giving compliments and encouragement always warms the heart of both the receiver and the giver.)

“Your smile is the front porch of your heart.” Everyone benefits from smiling. Did you know that smiling actually releases endorphins that make you feel better? And it blesses the person you’re smiling at too.

“Pretty is as pretty does.” (You are as pretty as your actions. It doesn’t matter how pretty you are on the outside if you’re not pretty on the inside.)


“Always do the right thing.”

“Treat people the way you want to be treated” ~ The Golden Rule – Luke 6:31

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“Goodness, hard work, and the love of God and country, like cream,  will always rise to the top!”

“You reap what you sow” (Galatians 6:7) (You will harvest what you plant in life)

“Be neighborly, wave at anybody and everybody when passing them down the road”. (I call this the Mayberry way!)

“Be sweet.” (Everyone is in need of kindness, you never know what difficulties others are going through.)

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“Rise and shine and give God the glory every mornin’ ”  Amen!

“Things always look better in the morning.”


“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” (don’t risk everything on the success of one venture)


 “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”

“Your word is your bond.” (Stay true to what you promise people.)

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” 


I believe these nuggets of wisdom are all things that need to be preserved in our homes. These virtues and values may go against our current culture but if we can stand strong and faithful by teaching them to our children and grandchildren then we will give our country hope and with God’s grace, goodness will prevail. I’d love for you to add to the mix and share any quotes, or old-time sayings that you remember growing up! 

For more old-fashioned goodness you may like these posts:

Call Me Old Fashioned

Sweet Old Fashioned Goodness

Family Traditions Keep Our Family Strong

Old Fashioned Goodness Mayberry Style

5 Simple Things You Can Do To Make Home Sweeter

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Bless your family…make home sweet!

Aunt Ruthie

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A Cup & Saucer Chat and Someone You Should Know!

Written by Aunt Ruthie on April 4th, 2018

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Hello, sweet Sugar Pie! I would love for you to pour yourself a hot cup of tea or whatever you prefer and relax as I share with you about someone special who has blessed my life with her ministry of encouraging women and families. You may already know her and if you do I’m sure you’ll agree that she brings to the table wonderful nourishment for the heart and soul.


She has so many facets to her beautiful life. She’s raised and home-schooled four God-loving children and served as a missionary in Europe for several years alongside her beloved husband. She graciously teaches women how to nurture their home and family with beauty, books, music, food, warmth, and love. She loves her family well, in such a way that her children are able to see the goodness of God in their everyday lives. She’s written several books, some with her husband, and speaks around the world changing the lives of thousands of women, giving them the tools to become the mother their children need.

She is so very wise and yet very transparent which makes her relatable and loveable. She does not profess to be the perfect mother nor have the perfect children, but, in my opinion, she did a lot of things right!

Sally-Clarkson-22Logo22-v2Would you like to know who she is? Her name is Sally Clarkson! Her podcast is one of my favorites!! You can find out more about Sally here on her blog.

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Sally lives Colorado with her husband Clay. Her oldest son, Joel, lives in New York and is a film score composer, and her other son Nathan is an actor and film producer. Her daughter Sarah is currently studying Theology in Oxford, England. Sarah is married to Thomas and just gave birth to Sally’s first grandchild, Lillian. Joy, Sally’s other daughter, is a graduate student at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland.

IMG_5990This sweet Sister-in-the-Lord has inspired me to start the tradition of an English afternoon tea. A snippet of time,( 15 minutes or so) at 3 in the afternoon, to stop, make a steaming cup of tea (English Teatime or Jasmine Tea are my favorites) and sit down to think, count my blessings, pray, write in a journal, or read. The one self-imposed rule I have is no cell phone allowed. This is a time to step away from the busyness of life and the never-ending pull to look down at my phone to constantly scroll and scan information. We all need some quiet time…to get off the merry-go-round so to speak.  If we want peace and that much-needed feeling of well being then we must make room for it…we can all find 15 minutes! If we sow peace then we will reap contentment.  I love to make these quiet moments as lovely as can be with soft music, a lit candle, and a yummy beverage (It doesn’t have to be tea of course). Three o’clock may not work for you, but I encourage you to find 15 minutes somewhere in your day (maybe when the little ones are napping?) Well, even though I’m not able to have tea-time every day when I do my heart feels blessed and refreshed. It allows me to catch my breath and gain a more positive perspective on the things that are going on in my life.

Teatime is also the perfect time to reflect on my relationships, to ask myself how I can better serve and bless my husband, kids, grandkids, and friends.

“When you learn to take responsibility for your own well-being, you will produce a harvest of influence and grace in every other area that is influenced by your heart-health.” ~Sally Clarkson


I’ve found so many inspiring ideas and thoughts to ponder in the several books that Sally has written!

“One of the marks of a godly woman is that she takes responsibility for her soul’s need for joy and delight. A woman is a conductor, who leads the orchestra of her surroundings in the songs and music of her life. God is a God of creativity and dimension, and so He is pleased when we co-create beauty in our own realm, through the power of His Spirit.
It was a profound realization when I understood that I could become an artist with my very life.” ~ Sally ClarksonIMG_5998

The books that I’ve read so far and treasure are The Life Giving Home, The Life Giving Table (Her special family recipes included!) and Own Your Life.  I always read with a pen and a highlighter to mark the words that jump off the page and capture my heart so I can easily find them again.


“Investing in your soul life is the secret to becoming elegant, distinguished, gracious, refined, and spiritually captivating. But soul refining requires intentional planning and prioritizing. Women who grow more lovely with time have practiced pouring into themselves all that is excellent, wise, graceful, good, and true.” ~Sally Clarkson

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Sally’s newest book, co-authored with her husband is The Life Giving Parent. It will be released May 1, 2018.

I encourage you to find out more about Sally! I believe she will bless your life as she has mine. You can listen to her podcast online or on your smartphone. Her voice is so soothing, comforting and reassuring.

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One last note about Sally…she recently went to England to be with her daughter for the birth of her grandbaby and had an unfortunate accident where she fell and injured her eye. It’s quite serious and so I ask that you would join me to pray for complete healing and restoration of her sight. It amazes me that even though this situation is painful and distressing she continues to encourage and bless her readers and podcast listeners. She shared this photo on Instagram with this caption; “Ahoy, Matey!!! Nathan has now …dubbed me ‘The Life Giving Pirate”.  She’s the cutest!

Thank you for having “tea” with me today!

Would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Bless your family…make home sweet!

Aunt Ruthie


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