May 25, 2020

{Red, White and Blue}

Happy Memorial Day Everyone! 
Memorial Day honors America’s military men and women who lost their lives in service to their country and I don't know about y'all but RED, WHITE and BLUE will always prevail in my book. 

And my youngest granddaughter got all caught up with the RED, WHITE AND BLUE....


She is celebrating her 2nd birthday today and a little ham she is! 

I done a little photo shoot of her to celebrate her red, white and two and she surely brought on the smiles. 

And the grins...

And  the wide mouth expressions when she would hear a tractor mowing in the fields nearby!

 We had a ball snapping pictures for this sweet girl. 

She just melts this Nana's heart...

I can't believe our youngest is already TWO! 

My mercy! I could just kiss her little face off! And pretty much do. 

Our family celebrated her birthday with a little family party with cake, cupcakes and ice cream. She was the center of attention no doubt! And, we don't have another birthday til June now! LOL! 

Thanks for indulging me with my favorite two year old as we celebrate her on this wonderful Memorial Day. 

I will close today with this as I type to you all from my little office at I am enjoying a cup of tea and not from the tea canister you see in the picture as those teas have been long gone. But, I love the tea canister so much that I now keep other teas stored in it.  I am however enjoying a cup of peach tea and reading a piece from Emily Barnes "A Cup of Hope", resting in the promises of God's faithfulness that I'd like to share with you all. 

This is a short piece that I will share but it spoke volumes to me and I hope that it speaks to you.
You know the old saying, "Where there's life, there's hope"? Well, I would put it a little differently. I'd say, "Without Hope, life as we know it is simply impossible". How can survive without at least a tiny spark of possibility? How can we thrive without a healthy sense of promise? How can we grow unless hope keeps us looking and learning and moving forward? That's what hope really is, after all. It's the desire and ability to move forward. 

Happy Memorial Day!

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

May 17, 2020

{Birthday, Cakes and Bread}

This sweet sweet granddaughter just celebrated her 9th birthday. I know y'all, seems my tribe has a birthday every month and well, we just about do! 

Kyleigh brings our family so much joy. She has the sweetest and most loving personality ever.  This child never meets a stranger and loves with her whole heart.   

Our family celebrated her birthday with a little party but then she got to spend the day  at the beach with her cousin.

Oh the days of bikinis and eating what you wanted too................

I took a day to bake cakes to freeze for upcoming birthdays and well, maybe a Sunday dinner. Yep, we have another family birthday coming up this month. 

I love baking fresh bread and haven't baked any in a while so decided on a loaf of fresh rosemary bread. Gathered some rosemary from my herbs and whipped up a loaf.

The worst part is waiting on it to rise. But I was painting a new pump house my husband built so the time went by pretty quick.

And, that fresh rosemary bread was a lovely addition to my meal. 

Speaking of bread, my oldest granddaughter just sent me a picture of her bread she has rising. Will let y'all know how it turns out. 

I hope that you all have a great week and remember....

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

May 11, 2020

{Girls Just Wanna Have Fun} And We Did!

We had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday. Let me just tell y'all a little secret. There is NEVER a dull or boring moment when my three daughter's are around!

After a wonderful lunch we all went outside and while the younger kids played us older kids played too. We set up a tripod with a remote control switch and we snapped no telling how pictures of ourselves goofing off. 

We got so tickled one time at ourselves because I had put the remote control in my pants pocket and I was trying to find it 
non-conspicuously to snap a picture!  

These gals of mine are crazy!

A couple of the younger girls got in on the fun. Needless to say a lot of my flowers got picked yesterday!

My oldest daughter did manage to get a picture with her two kids and the grandson doesn't like standing still long enough for a picture so that was a blessing. 

I was truly lavished with sweet gifts from my girls. I was so excited about my new cookbook. I love the Pioneer Woman and so I sat down last night and enjoyed a cup of coffee out of my new mug and looked at every single recipe in the book! So many good tips too. Pioneer Woman cookbook is a perfect decor addition to my kitchen as well. Now to use those gift cards as soon as I can.....Matter of fact I still have gift cards from my birthday that was in February. It's gonna be a dang good shopping day girls!

Nothing like the bond between a mother and her daughters. It is hard at times to express the reasons why that bond can be so strong but I saw this little piece somewhere and it is not written it word for word as I added some of my thoughts but I think it sums up a WHOLE lot.

1: Moms understands-Moms are the best sounding boards ever as for one reason, you will never be judged by your mama like others will judge you.  

2: Strong Bond-moms will love you regardless! Something about a women connecting to women in the real sense of "I've got your back". 

3: Diehard nurturer-A mom will do without so her children can have. She will provide protection and shelter and can easily go from being the nice, sweet lady to a MAMA BEAR about one of her children. 

4: Friendship-Though mothers and daughters need to maintain healthy boundaries, remembering that the title mom comes first there is qualities of friendship that should always be counted on like, trustworthiness, dependability, non-judgement, and support. Moms should teach their daughters how to be a friend by being an example. 

5: Love and Family matters-If family is not important then no one else in life will be either. Showing that you care for your family not only by words but by deeds will speak volumes for the rest of their life.  

I love the bond I have with my girls and God has been so good to me. I give Him all the praise. 

I hope that you all have a wonderful week and remember....

Hugs and blessings, Cindy