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Oh My! Have You Heard? Things I Don’t Want To Be Without! #1

Written by Aunt Ruthie on March 11th, 2018

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Hello, sweet Sugar Pie! Lately, I’ve been thinking about all the things that I want to share with you…things that I’m excited about and I think you will be too! You know when you try a new product, read a new book, find a super helpful App for your smartphone, hear an amazing Podcast, or cook a new recipe and it’s changed your life so much that you can’t wait to share it with your friends? That’s how I feel!

Last week I started a new series called Recipe Roundup, where I did the work for you in searching for some yummy new recipes and rounded them all up to share with y’all (click here to read that post)… this week I’m starting another series called Oh My! Have you heard?

This is where I’ll be sharing things that I LOVE (so much I wanna marry’em! Heehee!).

As I mentioned above, sometimes I’ll be sharing a Podcast I love, or a book or a Smartphone App but this week I’m sharing a product that I don’t want to be without! So here we go…Thayers

Oh My! Have You Heard about  Thayers Witch Hazel Toner? Goodness. Gracious. It’s pretty amazing! I use it every night and morning after I wash my face. I actually look forward to using it because first of all it smells like fresh cut roses and it makes my skin so smooth and soft! It reduces the size of pores, helps with breakouts, acne, calms redness, it’s wonderfully soothing and so much more! (It also soothes, small cuts, bug bites and poison ivy!)

It’s all natural and comes from the Hamamelis Virginiana shrub.  It’s blended with Aloe which is nutrient-rich, and also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, giving it excellent skin-brightening and anti-aging qualities (anti-aging?…sign me up!! Heehee!). In addition, the Glycerin in Thayers formula seals water into the skin, helping to keep skin supple and hydrated, while simultaneously promoting healthy skin cell maturation. You can read about all the goodness here!

I first found it at a health food store up in Springfield, 45 minutes away, but now I just get it here because it’s so much more convenient. I squirt a little on a round cotton pad and wipe my already cleansed face and neck. It’s so refreshing! Click here in this affiliate link if you want to check it out.

Now, I’d love to hear about your favorite product that you rave about to all your friends! It could be anything from your favorite kitchen gadget to your favorite moisturizer…whatever it is that you would not want to be without…please share in the comments below and help a girl out! Lol!

Bless your family…keep home sweet!

Aunt Ruthie

P.S. Be sure to check out my own Farmhouse Country Store here!

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When God Thinks of You…His Heart is delighted.

Written by Aunt Ruthie on March 3rd, 2018


Hello, dear Sugar Pie! I have a question for you! When you’re alone with your thoughts, what do you tell yourself about YOU?  Are your thoughts sweet, encouraging, and grace-filled? Or are they unkind, discouraging, regretful and hurtful?

reflectionTo be honest, I’ve struggled with feelings of inferiority and thoughts of not being good enough my whole life…not smart enough, talented enough, pretty enough, not the perfect weight or personality. Even now at my age, I think those thoughts especially when I compare myself with others (comparison… that’s a whole other blog post!). Thoughts of not being the best mother, wife, homemaker, or person that I could be. Are you in the same boat as me?

Well, I want to show you something that I hope will change those negative thoughts and instead bless sweet, adorable you!

Watch this before reading the rest of this post:

So powerful!!

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Little Ruthie age 6

No way would I tell little Ruthie to her face the negative things I’ve told myself! I have to remember that cute little girl is inside of me! No way do I want to say unkind things to her! That is so sad and mean! We need to be our own best friend, our own nurturing mama, our own cheerleader!

You know, when God looks at you and when God looks at me He’s thinking “That’s my sweet girl!”.

He delights in you and me! He sings songs over us! Wait. What? Yes!!! Read this;

“For the Lord your God is living among you.
    He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With his love, he will calm all your fears.
    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Zephaniah 3:17

I can imagine God singing His own version

of Stevie Wonder’s song over us!

“Isn’t she lovely!

Isn’t she wonderful!

Isn’t she precious!”

think about what you're thinking about

We need to change the way we think about ourselves. The way we speak to ourselves. It’s not to disregard the need and desire to change and improve because growing and becoming a better person is a good thing. But as my sister-in-law says “we don’t need to spank ourselves every day” when we don’t meet our own expectations.  Instead, let’s give grace to ourselves. Because we are all a work in progress! And I say progress, not perfection! When we don’t feel like we did our best at something we can just say I’ll do better tomorrow!

“Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

I love ya, tomorrow,

you’re only a day away!”

– Annie, the musical

Here’s the thing, God’s mercies are new every morning.


“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:22-23

Oh! God is so good to us!Looking to the Lord for love

Here are a few things my pastor shared at church this week (click here to hear his message):

  1. You will not change your life until you change your thinking.
  2. The enemy puts self-defeating thoughts in your mind…He attacks us in our thoughts. It’s a stronghold. Recognize it when it happens.
  3. Instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts, replace negative thinking with God’s Word and worship.
  4. Quote the Word of God.
  5. Don’t believe the lie that you are not good enough!

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 139:13-18

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. 15 You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! 16 You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!

17-18 How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!”

“Three persons of the Trinity – Father God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit – gathered close together TO IMAGINE YOU!”

 -Ann Voskamp


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Little Ruthie age 4

When we belittle ourselves we discount the workmanship of God, our Heavenly Father, the creator of the universe! It’s like telling him He didn’t do a good job. Ummm, that’s a big fat lie from the enemy.

I want you to find a picture of your little sweet self like I did. Put it somewhere where you can see it often. Think of grace-filled, encouraging and nurturing words to say to her…YOU! Words that remind yourself that you are loved and precious in God’s sight!

“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.”  Psalm 36:5-6

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! ” 1 John 3:1

So no more putting yourself down. Deal? Here’s the thing, our negative emotions affect us so deeply that it also affects those around us. So the more grace and kindness that we fill our hearts with the more grace and kindness we will be able to pour into others. And that’s a good thing. 

Take good care of yourself

and guard

your beautiful little girl heart!

Aunt Ruthie


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