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Howdy Sugar Pie and Happy Easter to you! I hope all is well with you darlin’! Aren’t you so excited that it’s finally spring!! Although it was a little hard to tell here in the Ozarks with all the snow flurries that were swirling down from the sky last week! The only thing that’s budding with tiny white blossoms are my plum trees…and what a wonderful sight that is!

img_4095The birds have been chirping every mornin’ and are busy building their nests…ahhhh! Springtime is filled with such joyful bliss!

ruthieEven though there certainly is beauty in winter, spring and summer just thrill my heart like a kid running through the sprinklers! The warmth! The green on the trees! The flowers! The fruit so juicy and sweet! Yay for sunshine and blue skies! Yay for the goodness of our Lord! I love that God thought of seasons! They refresh our spirit with new sights, new hope and new beauty. The seasons also prove to us that God is faithful in His tender loving care. Last year at this time my daughter-in-love was quite ill and so was my brother. I’m happy to report that both are well and healthy! Thank the good Lord! And more news on the happy-home-front is that my daughter is set to give birth to Polly June in a few weeks, my first grand-daughter! And, my daughter-in-love Kimmy will give birth to my third grand-son at the end of June! That will make a total of 4 grand-babies for me! Ahhh! New life! Springtime and Easter are all about NEW LIFE!

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In celebration of this brand new season I’ve made a few springy touches around my home…here’s a peek at some of my Springtime decorating: You may remember seeing my vintage yard-bird-chicken before…well I think I’ve decorated with her for every season now. This time she’s being followed by her new baby chickies.  I love to see mama hens with their chicks! They are so protective of their little ones! It reminds me of one of my favorite scripture verses:

“He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection”. Psalm 91:4,5

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Awake, awake, it’s springtime, the gentle breezes blow,

the sunshine whispers to the flowers, awake, awake and grow!

So raise our happy voices as bells of Easter ring,

and say with sunshine, chicks and flowers,

‘Awake, awake, it’s spring!'”

~ American School Songbook 1944

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Decorating with a touch of storybook whimsy makes my heart sparkle…

…here little fuzzy chickies find a cozy spot to wait for mama under the old berry crate

that’s filled with happy, sugared Easter eggs.

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Miss Daisy’s hat…a vintage treasure from many springtime’s ago!

(“Driving Miss Daisy” Love that movie!)

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Who doesn’t love a chocolate bunny? This one looks yummy, and it’s calorie free since it’s just pretend…heehee!

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“I got a chocolate rabbit, For an Easter treat,

A great big chocolate rabbit ,Good enough to eat.

So I ate his ears on Sunday, His nose I finished Monday.

Tuesday I nibbled on his feet. I ate his tail on Wednesday

Thursday I kept on, By Friday he was going,

Saturday he was gone.

Oh, I loved my chocolate rabbit, From the moment that he came,

And if I get another one, I’ll love him just the same.” ~Unknown

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Fresh sunflowers light up the room and adds lots-O-happy-happy-happy along with my farmy goodies!

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I have to say that this old rusty shovel on my mantle makes me chuckle! If the previous owner only knew that it would be the centerpiece of someones spring decorating they wouldn’t believe it! I’m sure there have been some folks that have visited my home that probably have had that same thought… Huh! Well I’ll be! I wonder why there’s an old, crusty shovel on the  fireplace mantle? Doesn’t that belong in the tool shed? Heehee! I love that old shovel because it tells a story!  It speaks to my heart about the American way! Hard work…living off the land…flowers around the picket fence…vegetables in the garden…harvesting in the fall…enjoying God’s creation in the great outdoors… by golly! I am so thankful my hubby lets me decorate with fun junk!

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Love. Love is what Easter is all about.
“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world
that He (even) gave up His only begotten (unique) Son,
so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him
shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost)
but have eternal (everlasting) life.
For God did not send His Son into the world
in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world,
but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.”
John 3:16,17 Amplified Version
What a comfort to know that through Jesus we have salvation
and that we are  “made safe and sound through Him.”
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There’s an old hymn that we used to sing at church around Easter time… it was Tell Me The Story Of Jesus,
written way back  in 1880 by Fanny Crosby.
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There’s something about the old hymns that soothes my soul…especially this one.  I can remember when I was a child in church listening to the cute white haired grandma’s singing in tender harmony, their voices sounding like angels. I can only imagine how sweet it must have sounded back then at the Turn of the Century in the one room country church like the one pictured above…
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Tell me the story of Jesus,
Write on my heart every word;
Tell me the story most precious,
Sweetest that ever was heard.
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Tell how the angels in chorus,
Sang as they welcomed His birth,
“Glory to God in the highest!
Peace and good tidings to earth.”
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Tell of the cross where they nailed Him,
Writhing in anguish and pain;
Tell of the grave where they laid Him,
Tell how He liveth again.
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Love in that story so tender,
Clearer than ever I see;
Stay, let me weep while you whisper,
“Love paid the ransom for me.”
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The last line tells it all…”Love paid the ransom for me”. Jesus is our rescuer and our redeemer! Oh how thankful I am that Jesus loved us so much that He laid down His life for us so that we could go to heaven to be with Him one day! So on Easter we celebrate His Resurrection and the  new life He gives us when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. (If you are reading this and you don’t know God…or you are not absolutely sure you will go to heaven when your time on earth is over click here).

img_2478-333x500Our life here on earth is not all there is. There is so much more in store for those who have given their heart to Jesus!

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE! CLICK HERE!)

“‘It is finished!” He cried.

And the great Creator went home.

(He ’s not resting though. Word has it that His tireless hands

are preparing a city so glorious even the angels get goose bumps upon seeing it.

Considering what He has done so far, that is one creation I plan to see.)” ~ Max Lucado

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Well, darlin’ as you can see I’m not shy about my love for the Lord! He is my life. Jesus is everything wonderful. I share my belief with you because He is the most important thing to me. Without Him I am nothing. All the homemaking tips and decorating ideas are meaningless without Him. He is the reason my home is happy! I share my faith with you because if by chance you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus I want you to! I cannot imagine going through life without God. I don’t want you to miss out! He gives us love, strength, joy, comfort, peace and hope for a glorious future! Who wouldn’t want that? He created sweet, wonderful you! He knows you best and loves you most! Once again, Click Here if you want to know our amazing God.

Well honey, I’m wishin’ you a happy

church-goin’-Lord praisin’

hymn singin’-egg-huntin’-flower-filled Easter

with lots of chocolate bunnies and little kids giggles!

God bless your darlin’ heart!

You are loved!

Aunt Ruthie

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