Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

l'chiam - to life



Kurt slipped away Wednesday evening.  His journey in this world came to an end.  He is now in paradise with Jesus.  Craig and I are now turning our focus from care giving back to life.  Christmas is coming.  I think it will be quieter and more subdued than some but a true celebration of the real meaning of Christmas.

Jesus came to earth to give us a way to heaven.

My dear brother-in-law accepted that gift of grace.  He believed that Jesus was the son of God.  He believed that Jesus loved him and he loved Jesus.

That fact has made his passing easier for us.  It doesn't mean that we don't miss the person but it gives us peace knowing where he is.

Last night our deep thinker, 4 year old, granddaughter said, I miss Uncle Kurt.  Mimi where is he?  I said, "he died, he passed away he is in heaven."  Her immediate response, "did he find God?".  "Yes, Gem he did."   Ah peace.  She was at peace about it and ran off to play.

Our 6 year old granddaughter had profound words of wisdom as well.  When she was here this past Sunday she cut a Christmas  ornament out of paper and wrote on it, "He uses us to love other people".  How true.

Thank you for your prayers as we traveled this road.  They were answered.
God is good.



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shout out for the VA and Hospice



I would like to give a BIG shout out for the VA and Hospice.

These people are amazing.    There has been negative press in the news about the VA.  But all we have seen are amazing people doing a wonderful job.  Both agencies have treated my brother-in-law with respect and dignity.  

We are all doing well and hanging in there as we go through this process.  It is amazing how our daily devotions seem to speak to the moment.

Here are two that have really stood out lately.  God is good all the time!



a little bird

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time Out!


I will be taking a 'time out'.

My husband's brother has come to live with us and he is quite ill.
Our time focus has been redirected for the time being.

Your prayers for our family as we move forward would be much appreciated.

a little bird




Monday, October 6, 2014

Still Here - Just Busy


I'm still here, we have just been very busy.  We've been canning, dehydrating and freezing.
My daughters in love too have been canning and making beautiful items for their families this winter.
We have all been trying to 'put by' before the snow begins to fly and the gardens are done for the year.

DH and I made a very quick trip to Michigan to see family.  We took a week and our motto was divide and conquer.  DH spent time helping his mother and I spent my days with my mom trying to do some little things while we were there.



We did silly things really.  I cut mom's hair, took her shopping, drove her to see my sister and husband, shared a cup of coffee and conversation.  We did all get out together for steak dinner and I even got an afternoon with my  youngest sister for lunch and some fun shopping.  So really we accomplished quite a bit since we only had 4 days.

We are back to our 'pay money' jobs now as well as home to continue to tuck items away while the beautiful fall lasts.  One more load of wood is on the list just to make sure there is plenty for winter.  I have tomatoes on the vine and when we have a frost I will have grapes to juice as well.  So we are here and plugging along... just hasn't been a lot of time for blogging.
Hope you are having a beautiful fall and putting by for winter.
a little bird


Friday, September 5, 2014

Food Storage - Wendy DeWitt



I think this is a great video on food storage.  My mom wanted to see this video so I am sharing it with all so she has easy access.  Hope you enjoy it.

Wendy has written two books Everything Under the Sun and Everything Made Simple.  They are food storage plans for a year.  A 'how to' in a simple manner.  So if you would like to do food storage this is a simple way to get started.
I am not LDS but they have some great information regarding food storage and they are generous to share this information with all.  I thank Wendy DeWitt for sharing her knowledge and books free of charge.

My mom also had some questions about a gamma seal lid.  I use these on my flour and rice because they are easy access.

 

  a little bird




Saturday, August 23, 2014

It was a dark and stormy night...


We have had two hail storms in the past two days.  The picture above is from yesterday's storm. 

Below is the school yard today, still covered with hail from yesterday's storm.  Sadly the gardens are shredded.  What made it through Thursdays storm was trashed in Friday's...



Monday, August 18, 2014

Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force

What a blessing.
This brought tears to my eyes. These men were heroes.



Sample Reel for 'Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force' - Playmount Productions from Katahdin Productions on Vimeo.

Genesis 12:3New Living Translation (NLT)

I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Food Saver




One of my dear friends called tonight and asked me about  my food saver.   I'm posting pictures for her of mine as well as some demos from youtube on using the Food Saver.

We use this for of course freezing meat, in the bags, which works wonderfully. 




 I also use mine for vacuum sealing jars of my dehydrated foods.  It extends the shelf life by years.  This is only for items that would normally be on the shelf.  You can use it for refrigerator items and it will extend the life in the fride too.  The big craze is salad in a jar.




I purchased my jar lid attachments from Amazon.  Below is another example of how to use the jar lid attachment.







These attachment are GREAT!!  The super thing is you use the lid again and again.  A real money saver.
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