I haven’t felt up to blogging at all since Susanna lost her son Tommy. She’s been on my mind so much that I even had a dream about her. Not a day has gone by that I don’t think about her and what she is going through. People’s lives are going to go on but she will always have her life defined by what her life was like before and what it is now after. My life has a place in it of “before” and “after”. Many of us do. 

I’ll just do a written update while I am up and awake still and catch up on pictures as time allows. We had a wind storm about a month or so ago and it was so strong that it blew the roof off of our hot tub room that we use as a hot house. Matthew has been up on the roof in 100+ degree weather putting on new panels. He just finished last week and is not trying to finally finish the tree he cut down some time ago. Remember the willow tree? His chipper finally went kaput and we had to buy a new one. So, money for that and money for the panels – there’s $900.00.  : (  Just the other day my car quit running. We believe it is the fuel pump which is a whopping $600.00 that we don’t have. So, I am driving the truck. 

Since making the mistake of buying this home, we’ve had an air conditioner go out and pipes freeze (it never happened to the original owner). The Lord is allowing the wine press to press. He is disciplining us and for our own good. We will never do something so foolish again. But, we know by His mercy that one day a buyer will come and we will be able to go and buy a home in cash. He is merciful – Thou He slay me, yet I will trust Him. I love that verse… 

So, that’s been our Summer. One thing is just about fixed and another thing goes wrong.  : ) I’ll share the brighter side of things in the next posts, maybe sometime this week. I hope you all have had a good Summer. Take care… 


Head Coverings

Head Coverings – Something our family has been going to the Lord about over the past 4 or 5 years. A subject of great controversy among believers. I shied away from the subject as I didn’t want to wear one if the Lord didn’t want me to. That was my greatest concern. How does the Lord want me to dress or appear? Only He knows what plans He has for my life and how he wants me to be presented to others. Some in the Anabaptist faith would think that if a woman isn’t wearing a head covering, she is not saved. That is preposterous. It’s no different than believing if a man doesn’t have a beard that he is unsaved. I will never buy it. I’ve been told just about a year ago by a local Amish woman that my prayers were an abomination to God because I wasn’t covering. Little did she know I was wearing a head covering from time to time and ready to commit to it. Her brazen comment in my own home turned me away from wanting to wear a covering. I didn’t want to be thought of as someone like her.  : )

There’s much more to share but I’ll keep it short, I was reading the Bible a couple of weeks ago and read this:

Isa 47:2-3  “Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. 3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man. KJV

I couldn’t help but see the “uncover thy locks” part. It stood out and stayed with me throughout the night and the next day. I finally spoke to my husband about it and he shared that the Lord had told him just 2 nights ago that the covering is a form of protection.

So, we have come to a decision to cover in our family. We have much more surrounding this topic such as our lifestyle of not having a television in our home, home schooling, etc… We have a few friends who are of the Anabaptist faith and though we do not agree with some of their beliefs, we cannot find any other people closer to like mindedness or in who we would want our children to marry one day. This is very important to us.

So, while you see some changes in our dress on our blog in the upcoming months, we are the same as we’ve always been. I am so excited to make all these changes in the appearance in our family…. some of these ways have been with me for several years now. I love the simplicity of simple things. The world is such a busy, overly excitable place and decor and even fabrics have a busyness about them. We have decided to dress in solid prints as money and time allows. I think the girls beauty will be seen so much more with them wearing a pretty dark brown dress or a navy colored jumper. I remember covering Leah when she was a baby in a dark blue blanket dress that I made for her. It was back then that I thought of going all solid colors. She looked so beautiful! So, these things have been with us for a while.

After looking at different head coverings for several years, I found a couple that I think are just so beautiful One is actually a Jewish head covering that is in two layers. This is what I am wearing now but with tan and white colors. Jewish Headcovering

Linen Headcovering Long

This linen type looking covering I think is beautiful too. I saw this many months ago and saved it to my computer so I could try to replicate it. I think head coverings are lovely…. especially the long ones. I don’t think a woman needs to wrap her hair up in a ball and stuff it under a small head covering. There’s no reason for a woman to hide her femininity.  : )


Isn’t she just beautiful?


The girls just love wearing a head cover. They were so excited when we told them that we were going to be wearing a head covering.

So, I just wanted to share something before I close… we have friends who don’t wear head coverings, I even have a few friends who wear pants. And they are SAVED!!! They are God fearing, lovely people who seek the Lord and follow Him. While we want to abstain from the pleasures and ways of the world, we want to GO to people. There are so many people who are hurting, so many who need a loving and kind gesture or word. There are a few of us head covering people who do follow the Holy Spirit over the letter of the law. That is why my husband and I love each other so much… we are that way and we nurture that in each other and hope that one day we can see that in our children too.  Well, enough for now. I will be trying to catch up on here over the next week or so with all the birthdays we’ve had since last month, etc… Take care and God bless you all!

To Mourn with Those Who Mourn

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When I found out about Susanna and the drowning, I was in shock and pain. Today I am just hurting and hurting so much for her. I have cried off and on and have little tolerance for the kids today… the small stuff, when something so big has happened.



My dear friend Susanna in Pennsylvania whom I have known for 7 years now has lost a very dear child today to an accidental drowning. His name was Tommy and he had a very special story I’d like to share first. His mommy found him in an orphanage in Pleven, Bulgaria. He was 16 years old but in a body of a 3 year old. The other children there were like this too as they were severely disabled and malnourished and neglected. The staff at the orphanage were so neglectful that they would only feed the children with a feeding tube. They never brushed their teeth or did the simplest care for them. Susanna had already adopted Katie from this orphanage to add to her large family of 13 or so children . Katie was on her deathbed a couple of years ago or so and is now thriving wonderfully. You wouldn’t believe her story or pictures. Susanna has raised thousands of dollars to help get as many children out of this orphanage as possible over the past 3 or 4 years. She has flown there several times and was a great influence and part of the director of the orphanage to be fired from her position. She has changed lives, many lives completely. But today her life has changed. Tommy, her son who she was absolutely heart struck over has passed away today. I am just devastated for her today. My husband and I cried when we found out the news today. This woman is a true mother to orphans and has the heart and devoted love of a Mother Teresa. We need to pray for her and her family. I know she’ll never be the same and it hurts me to think of the pain she is going through at this very moment. Anguish.

If you have it in your heart to send her a card about Tommy or send them a little money for the funeral, please do so. Their budget is tight and they live on a meager income. Their home address is on their website here: 

Thank you for your prayers for this sweet lady and her family whom we love. We are just heartbroken for them.


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