Sunday, January 29, 2023

~Some Cozy Winter Days

I have been enjoying burning a candle in our little kitchen in the evenings.  It just makes my heart happy.
I put together a  face care station in our little bathroom for when my daughter comes over, so she can pamper herself.  She is a new Mommy and she enjoys the treat of having some self care while I play with my baby grandson.
Here is my oldest son Tristyn.  I just love him so much and am proud of what a wonderful young man he has become.
Here is my sister Lori and my niece Lilah.  Lilah had a snow day from school, so they enjoyed some time playing in a winter wonderland!
My grandson Leo is getting so big.  He can sit up and he enjoys playing with toys.  He is such a blessing to our family.

I finished book #30 in the Sugarcreek Amish Mystery series.  It is the last book.  I have read them slowly and just really enjoyed my time with the sweet characters in these books.  Reading is such a sweet blessing to my life.  I prefer it to watching movies, because books can give you the inner dialog of the characters that a movie just can't do as well.  I am staying cozy and enjoying time in my little house.  I truly love living a simple life and enjoying the joy I have through Jesus.  When I put God in the center of my life, he provides a joy despite trials and hardships.  It truly is a blessing and a gift.  I hope you are enjoying some cozy quiet times this winter.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Hugs to you. ~Juli

Saturday, January 21, 2023

~A Peek Into Our Week

My parents came down for a visit.  Here is little Leo sleeping on his great grandpa.
Leo is able to pull himself up and standing.  He is getting so big.  I truly love being his grandma so very much.
Here is a drawer that I keep my face care items in.  
I am so thankful for my little home library.  I love books so very much.  Our library is also our workout room,  I figure you can work out your body, and then work out your mind by reading.  
In the evenings I enjoy a cup of Lemon Balm tea.  It helps me to relax and sleep better.
I enjoy reading my Peanuts book.  It has comics from years past.  It just brings some light hearted joy to my life.

 I had planned to do a no spend year, where I didn't purchase anything except needed items.  After talking with someone dear to my heart, I decided to do a low spend year, and I decide from month to month if it will be no spend or low spend.  January has been a no spend month.  I have been enjoying myself with out spending money on things I don't need.  I have had some times where I longed to go thrifting, but truly it has not been too bad.  I want to enjoy life in a more simple fashion, where I am not finding joy in spending.  I have been enjoying reading books, watching YouTube, chatting with people dear to my heart and reading my Bible and devotionals.  

I want to thank you for taking your time to stop by my little blog.  I hope that you are doing okay.  I thank all of you who have kept me in your prayers.  I pray for all those who visit my blog.  May God keep you in His loving care.  Hugs to you.  ~Juli

Saturday, January 7, 2023

~A Peek Into Our Weeks

Our sweet baby grandson Leo enjoyed watching some of the K-State game with his grandpa.
I have been working on organizing my little closet.  
I decorated my planner for Valentines day and a little nod to the new year.
When my health is not good, I take to bed and enjoy watching YouTube.
I am reading book #29 in the Sugar Creek Amish Mysteries series.

 When I was a young girl I always loved my grandmother's little lotions from Avon.  This gave me the idea to use vintage avon jars and fill them with my favorite Jergens  hand lotions and put them around my home.  

My health has not been the greatest since I got covid almost two years ago, but I won't let that steal my joy.  I like to focus on my blessings and not let my hardships tarnish my Joy.  I lean on Jesus every day of my life and I know he is truly with us all, even in times of great trouble.  I want to thank you for taking time to stop by my little space.  God bless you and keep you in His loving care.  Hugs to you.   ~Juli

Monday, December 26, 2022

~Happy New Year

 We had a simple, old fashioned Christmas in our little house.  We enjoyed a very yummy meal.  I felt blessed to have all of my children and my grandson in attendance.  In the evening I went to my bedroom and read the Bible and prayed.  I enjoy spending time reading God's Word, and in prayer.  When I draw close to Jesus, it just blesses my heart so very much.  
With the new year approaching, I have once again been reflecting on how I may use my life in a way that can be pleasing to God.  So when I list the things I wish to work on in my life, I am going to do so with the over all goal of pleasing Jesus.
I am going to try to have a no spend year in 2023.  This will involve me not purchasing myself "gifts" as I tend to spoil myself a bit.  I truly desire to not find happiness in the things this world has to offer, but rather keep my joy from having a relationship with Jesus.  
I want to wish you a happy and peaceful New Year.  Hugs to you.  ~Juli

Friday, December 16, 2022

~Merry Christmas

Here is a devotional that I have added to my daily reading.  My cousin Teri purchased this for me and I am truly blessed by it.  
During the cooler seasons, I sure enjoy some cozy down time in the evenings.  I like to light a candle stick and watch my cozy YouTube or read a good wholesome book.  Giving yourself the gift of time, I believe is such a nice gift to give yourself now and then.
I just love the Christmas tree aglow.  This warms my spirit knowing that we are celebrating our greatest gift ever given, and that is Jesus.  
I have gotten to enjoy some time with my precious little grandson.  He is such a blessing to our entire family.  

 It is hard to believe that Christmas is really almost here.  I have been thinking about the gift of faith that I have through Jesus.  I know that no matter how hard this life becomes for us, that if we have Jesus, we have enough.  I want to wish you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.  I hope you can fill it with some good old fashioned family time.  I try to remember that Christ is the true gift to anyone who is willing to ask Him into their life.  For this I am eternally grateful.  Thank you for stopping by my little space.  God bless you and keep you in His loving care.  Hugs to you, and Merry Christmas.  ~Juli

Monday, November 28, 2022

~A Thought On My Heart

 Today I would like to share what is on my heart.  I have been reflecting on being gentle with myself.  There are times when our self dialog is pretty harsh.  We sometimes say things about ourselves in such a way that is neither kind nor gentle.  I have told my girls on many occasions that they must be their own best friend. I am not talking about putting yourself before your loved ones or anything such as that.  I am simply speaking of treating yourself with the same respect and kindness that you would offer to others around you.  There are times when my spirit just needs some down time.  I like to retreat to my room and put on one of my favorite shows and just unwind, or giving myself time to read or watch YouTube.  All of these things I enjoy and they help me to have a happy heart when attending to the needs of my family.  Holiday season can be rather stressful when we take on too many obligations and such.  I like to keep our Christmas simple and old fashioned.   This helps me to be able to enjoy my Christmas and keep it Christ centered.  So today I will strive to be kind to myself and work on treating myself with the same love and kindness as I would my family or friends.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by my little blog.  God bless you and keep you in His loving care.  Hugs to you.  ~Juli

Sunday, November 20, 2022

~Happy Thanksgiving

 Today I thought I would share a little of what has been on my heart.  With Thanksgiving drawing very near I have been reflecting on all that I have to be thankful for.  The first thing that comes to mind is my faith in Jesus.  Faith is such a gift and it is one that I don't take lightly.  There was a time in my life some years ago, when my faith had seemed to leave me.  I still loved Jesus and I asked him to restore my faith and He did.  Because I went through that time, my heart is so very thankful for the trust in Jesus that I have in all areas of my life.  I put Jesus in the center of everything.  This alone has helped me to have peace despite all sorts of storms going on in and around my life.  
I truly believe having a grateful heart for blessings such as family, friends, our homes, our food, and so many other things that we have in this day and age.  Having things our ancestors did not have such as indoor plumbing, electricity, climate control in our homes...the list goes on and on.  I find it is a blessing to make a list of all the many things my heart is thankful for and look it over from time to time to remind myself of my many blessings. When we can have a heart that is grateful it brings joy into our everyday lives.  
I want to wish you a very blessed Thanksgiving.  I hope that it can bring about a reflection in your heart for your blessings.  I thank you for taking time to stop by my space.  Hugs to you.  ~Juli