Thursday, September 6, 2018

~A Peek Into Our Week~

Megan and I spent some time together out and about this last weekend.  It is always such a blessing to spend quality time with the children one on one.  
Lauren needed to go to Ulta, and on the way in the girls were showing each other love.  I couldn't resist snapping a photo!
Here is a photo my sister sent to me of my darling niece Lilah.   She is so precious with her little umbrella on a rainy day!
I've been enjoying  drinking my vegetable juice out of the cup that used to belong to my great grandma Gruber.  I love feeling a tie to my family that are no longer with us in this life.
Here is a photo I snapped of Steven and my Sunday morning breakfast.  It was an overcast morning, so I had my oil lamp aglow and we were listening to bluegrass gospel hymns.  
Here is a photo that Lauren shared with me of the girls on the dance team this year!
I uploaded a video on YouTube of what I'm melting for the month of September.  If you would like to view it I will add a link for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2yR0xU0Jds

The children were off school both Monday and Tuesday, so yesterday felt like a Monday to me.  I have been organizing in our little home this week.  It just makes my heart happy to have things organized and tidy.  Thank you for stopping by my little space.  I hope you are all having a blessed week.  Hugs.  ~Juli

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

~A Peek Into Our Week~

I know it is a bit early, but I could not resist but to put up our fall decorations.  Fall is my favorite season!
As always I have been doing my planners.  They keep me organized and just bring joy to my heart.
The girls preformed for the first time last Friday.  They all did such a good job!!!

Steven and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary just recently.  We went to our favorite place to eat, Carriage Crossing.  We only go once in a while, so it is such a treat.  I always get the fried chicken, baked beans and baked potato.   It is always amazingly delicious. 
After we ate, we browsed their little shop.  This children's tea set reminds me of one I had as a young girl.  Oh the sweet memories.
These little sachets smell so lovely.  My cousin Kim used to get these and keep them in her car, so I always think of her when I see them.
I just thought this little bear holding a cherry pie, was just so very cute!!!
I love what a cozy feel their displays give to me.  
Yoder is where I have purchased my lace doilies that I use in our little home.
I love the little canisters on display.  It is a good thing I have a small home, because other wise I might have been tempted to bring these home with me!
I thought of my grandma Kelly and my cousin Teri when I saw these little rooster salt and pepper shakers.  So very cute!
After we ate, we stopped by this little store and purchased some Colorado peaches and freshly picked pears to bring home for our family.  They were so yummy, and I enjoyed being in such an old fashioned little store.
   All is quiet in our little home right now.  I am melting some Zeep wax county fair, and it smells so very yummy. This week, I began to do a gratitude journal  This is where every other day or so, I simply write what I am thankful for.  I just added a section to one of my planners for this practice.  I really like doing it, as it helps me to count my blessings and have a heart of gratitude  for the gifts that God has provided for my family and I.  Thank you for stopping by my little space.  I hope you all have a nice rest of your week.  Hugs.  ~Juli 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

~A Peek Into Our Week~

My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  I am so blessed to have been given them as parents.  They have shown to me such a good example of how to truly love one another.  I like the post I saw with an older couple who were asked what is the secret to your long marriage, and they said we are just two imperfect people who are not willing to give up on each other.  
I've been organizing my planners.  I even added photos of loved ones to my prayer journal.  I truly love using my planners to keep my life, and my family's life organized.
I love how cute my tea looks on the top of the little bread box, in which I keep my coffee.   It's kind of my little drink station.  I keep hot cocoa in the little tin to the left.
I love how it looks out my kitchen window right before it gets dark.
I've been burning my Better Homes and Gardens Sugar Berry candle.
I love this saying, "Collect Moments Not Things"  I could not believe it when I saw this little picture at Walmart the other week.


The children started back to school this week.
As I sat waiting for Justin to come out of school, it hit me that after this year none of our children will be in grade school next year. 

I moved my Laura Ingalls Wilder books and my Amish fiction books into my living room.  The book pictured above is written by our friend Duane's friend and former class mate.  He is from Yoder, Ks.
Lauren started her first day of work!  She is going to save money to use while she is in college.  I'm so very proud of her.
I love being able to keep in touch with my loved ones on Snapchat.  Here is my sister Tricia and my niece Madison.  I sure do miss them.
My cousin Teri sent me a website called, Life on Lemon Lane that I simply love!  She also has a YouTube channel by the same name.  I have been enjoying watching her videos.  She has one of a vintage Christmas home that is just so very cute.  I will put a link to it, in case you would like to view it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbiAUsmxB-Y

I wanted to thank so many people who reached out to me with such kind words after my last post.  It touched my heart.  Our week has been busy, but nice.  Today my husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary.   I will include how we celebrated in my next blog.  I just am so very thankful for my simple life.  Even when life throws you a little curve ball every now and then, it is so very important to count your blessings and not dwell on the negative.  I heard on Faith Fridays on the YouTube Channel Life on Lemon Lane, the following:  God does not keep us from suffering but he walks beside those who are close to him, and helps us to get through it with his graces.  For this I am so very thankful.  Thanks for coming to visit my little space.  I hope you all are having a cozy weekend.  Hugs.  Juli




Monday, August 13, 2018

I have debated in the past to do a post on the subject that I am going to talk about today, but I have decided that I truly think I need to.  I have Bi Polar Disorder and have been in remission for five years thanks to medication.  I would not wish this disease on my worst enemy, as the things I went through before I started taking medication, were simply horrible.  The reason I want to do a post about this, is because I want to shed light on the stigma attached to mental illness.  Yesterday evening I received a very nasty text from a women named Christine.  She is mad at me for not letting my daughter ride in the car with her, for reasons I won't get into.  In the text she sent me, she threatened to tell people that I had Bi Polar and had to be hospitalized before I started treatment.  When I read that she was trying to use this disease to threaten me, it made me very angry.  I did nothing wrong and did not ask for this disease anymore than someone with cancer would ask to have it.  Mental illness is the brain (which is an organ) not functioning properly.  Anyways, I just want to say that we all need to understand mental illness is not something that we should be ashamed of.  Nor should it ever be used against a person.  We need to end the stigma attached to mental illness, and perhaps if we did, more people would be willing to seek treatment.  My heart is just broken right now, and I wanted to share my thoughts on this very serious matter.   

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A little escape during a busy summer week!

Our week has been very busy getting ready for the children to start back to school.  There are a great many things we need to get done.  So this afternoon, I wanted to escape the busy summer week.  I went into our little Disney guest room, and melted some jack frost wax.  I watched my favorite tour of the outside of The Yankee Candle Village with the Christmas lights all aglow, and I had my app relax melodies on the icy snow sound.  I shut the windows and had my white Christmas lights aglow.  It just took my spirit to a different time.  I love doing little things like this when I feel life is just too busy.  It is a blessing to my heart.
I've already started to assemble my 2018 Christmas planner.  I am not yet sure of what all we will fill our Christmas with this year, but I am sure of one thing, and that is I want to keep it as simple as possible.  Last year we were blessed with getting to go to my family's for Christmas.  It had been four years or so since I had spent Christmas with my family, so it was such a treat.  The years before that we had spent Christmas with my husband's family.  Both of our family's are hosting Christmas this year again.  I am thinking this year we may just stay home in our little house and make some simple Christmas memories.  I host a Christmas day get together with all of my children, and I truly don't like to have too much going on at once.   I already am planning a trip to see my family in October, so even though it would not be at Christmas, it still would be special family time.  We are hoping that my husband's family can find a time to come and visit us, so that we will be able to spend some time with them this year as well.  They are all quite busy, so we are not sure if it will work out or not.  I have already started my little Christmas bucket list for special family moments we can spend this Christmas.  I know Christmas is a ways away, but it is my favorite time of year, so I like to start thinking about it early.  

I am going to put the YouTube link to my favorite Yankee Candle Village Christmas Light tour, in case you are silly like me and like to see Christmas lights in August!  LOL   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdqoFIhx9zk 

I hope you all have a blessed week!  Thanks for stopping by my little space.  Hugs.  ~Juli

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

~A Peek Into Our Weeks~

My darling niece Madison got engaged in Europe!!!  She and Brad are such a lovely young couple, I am so very happy for them both!
The girls had dance camp this last week.  It was three full days of some very intense work.  At the end of the days they were so sore they could barley walk.  They all worked so hard and did such a good job!
My oldest son Tristyn met R2D2 at work the other week!  He is a big star wars fan!
Here are my two precious nieces.  Sarah gave Lilah a hair cut the other week!  Oh how I wish I lived close to them.  I love them so very much!
I took Lauren and her friend Emma around town the other day.  Emma just moved here.  The girls met in space camp last summer and became good friends.

My mom told me how to make my grandfather's lasagna recipe, so Lauren helped me.  It was so very yummy!
Lauren was wanting me to make her some blueberry muffins.
Megan drew a picture of her favorite singer who was killed last month. 
Megan and I went for a little out and about.
I am feeling so very much better.  I still feel a little more tired than usual, but I'm so very thankful to have my health again.  I don't have any photos, but little Justin has just been so very kind and loving to me, trying to help me out when I was not feeling well.  I just feel so blessed to have such a loving little boy.  This morning I am listening to my 1940's music and melting wax.  I have my oil lamps aglow.  I just love taking time for cozy!  Thank you for stopping by my little space.  Have a blessed week!  Hugs.  ~Juli


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

My Financial Binder Video

Hello, I hope you are all having a nice week.  I uploaded a video on my financial binder.  I was using an A5 for this, but decided I would prefer to use a larger sized notebook.  If you would like to view the video, you can click on the YouTube link to watch it.  Thanks for stopping by my little space.  Hugs.  ~Juli
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHMFMgF-h20