Thursday, 21 September 2017

A Little Pot of Cinnamon Honey

Hello!  Today I'd love to share with you a little find I made at the free store.  
It was a sweet little pot with a lid.  
It had a cinnamon label on it, but I already have something to hold my cinnamon.  
So....I thought I'd make some cinnamon honey.  
I just put in some cinnamon and added honey. Easy Peasy. 

Do you like cinnamon honey on your toast?  or in your tea?

With fall time here full on the leaves are collecting on my deck, and around my yard.  I love to watch them fluttering down, and blowing across the yard.
Soon I need to catch up with sweeping them off my deck.

There has been a lot of overcast skies, rain, and of course wind. Where would be be without wind in the fall time to blow the leaves off the trees, and out of the neatly raked piles we're working on. 

I love the beautiful colour changes that go on up the mountains as well.  There has been snow up there from time to time already.  

I hope you are enjoying the weather outside...and if it's a bit nippy, just bundle up some more.  

Praying you have a blessed day!
Thanks for dropping by!

Sharing over at Raising Homemakers.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Musical Garden

Hello!  Today I'd love to share with you a bit about a Musical Garden. 

Our community centre has great outdoor spaces for the children, and one of those spaces is a Musical Garden.  In this garden there are homemade wind chimes and a hanging xylophone made of metal pipes.  On this day we decided to add a couple more wind chimes to the mix.  

I laid out all the things we brought to put together, and while I was doing this, my one son pulled out a book he had been given and started to read.  I love how my boys do this so spontaneously.

We drilled holes in the wood and then for this first one we laced plastic coated wire through the holes and attached these plastic whirly do things we found at the dump to it.  Then since they had these little holes in the bottom of them we attached a bell to each of them with fishing line.  

For the second one we used fishing line and tied it around wooden beads to hold things in place along the piece of wood.  
We attached bells, smaller pieces of driftwood and some wooden beads along the fishing line. 

The boys looked all around the musical garden and decided that they wanted to hang the new chimes on the climbing tree.  This tree has always been a favourite of my kids at the park.  Now someone has so amazingly built a bench around it and I can sit while they climb.  
Now, I can listen to the chimes as well.  

It is a fun place to be, and just relax.  

Do you have a special park that you like to go to?  

Thanks for dropping by!  

Hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy perhaps building something interesting for you or someone else.  

Today I'm sharing over at Raising Homemakers.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Loving Our Fall Hikes

Hello!  I must say we are loving our fall hikes.  
So much colour and I love the smells. 

Above is one road we go along, and the mountain at the end just has sunshine on it in this picture...while the rest of the area was shrouded in cloud and rain.  That was then, and now there is dustings of snow up there!!! 

One part of our families homeschooling is time in the outdoors.  
A place to see God's beautiful creation, and to get some exercise. 

Beautiful foliage on trees and shrubs alike. 

Below was a tree that was rotting out and looked cool. 

Then we found a stump that reminded us of a toilet. :)  No, we didn't try it out. 

We walked down to a nice little pond/ marsh area.  Lots of muskeg around it so not too safe to get too close. 

I found this prickly rose bush in a myriad of fall colour.

We found an old tree has fallen partly across one of our beloved trails..but we can still get by and won't saw it yet.  

We found this cool nesting cavity in it and wondered if a bird would still use it so close to the ground.  

Love this sandy beach along the riverside.  As you walked across it you could feel the air pockets under the top layer giving out.  

We have found lots of cranberries that are now ripe for picking...and eating along the trail in our case.  We'll go out picking another day. 

We also found lots of beautifully coloured blueberry bushes and a few berries here and there.  We never got to have a good picking this year as there were hardly any berries to be had.  

I love the rocks along the river beaches, so many colours and shapes.  We collected driftwood to make into a wind chime. 

It was interesting to see areas of the evident high water that we've had especially this year.  Now that the water is low there are pockets of bushes wrapped in driftwood and debris. 

It's fun to see animal tracks.  This one below from a moose. It's hard to see from the picture, but it's actually very big.

Another little alcove beach along the riverside.  This one we walked all over in bare feet.  

Here my kids are off into the trees again.  Bushwhacking a trail back to the road.

Along the way we found a fallen tree caught by the other trees around it.  I'm thankful my boys didn't decide to climb this one. 

A little sunlit patch in the forest. 

My son found this big chunk of amber tree sap and brought it home. 

Do you love to walk in the woods?  Do you find treasures that you bring home?  

Thank you for dropping by!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Love Makes A House A Home

Hello!  It's a beautiful fall day here in the Yukon and I just wanted to share a little bit that has been on my heart as of late.  

Three years my family was blessed to move into this home.  It is a dream and I thank the Lord every day that He has placed us here.  Below are a couple pictures that a photography friend of ours took when we moved in.  

It is a beautiful house, but it wasn't a home until we entered and added our lives to it.  We brought in our things, not just stuff, but items of both need and want.  

Simple touches like homemade bedding, plants, lace curtains to adorn the windows.  A braided rug for in front of the kitchen sink.  A lace screen above the kitchen sink to keep the bugs out while enjoying fresh air. 

There are so many special touches that make a house a home, but the greatest is that of love.  

It's the moments shared amongst the inhabitants of the walls of a house that make a home.  The love of God in His word being shared and set out for all to read.  

This doesn't come about by accident...or by chance.  It is intentional.  

A woman's role as a homemaker is to cultivate these things.  Creating a place where needs are met, healthy food, clean spaces, and areas inviting for people to come gather.  Family, friend, or stranger.

Proverbs 31:27

This is a skill, a career, a calling that women have.  It needs to be taught, to be encouraged, to be cherished, and protected.  

In today's society, it's not.  Let us follow the Lord, and not the world.

Acts 20:34-35
"Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."

God is still calling the older women to teach the younger women to be keepers at home. 
In our home, it's the main teaching my girls receive.  Yes, they get their academics, but all in light of what God calls women to be.  

"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

A few years ago I found this book, and thought it was a great addition to what we were studying.  
There are many encouraging resources available for homemaking, but one must look for them. 

It's a textbook for Homemaking from the Department of Education in British Columbia. 
I remember Home Economics in school...what a great resource it is to encourage these skills.  
Of course with Homeschooling it happens naturally in our home.  I think it should happen in every home, skills that are not only necessary but greatly needed. I know young women who at the year they have graduated still are unknowing how to make their beds properly, wash dishes, or scrub a bathroom.  Older women, teach the younger women!  Mothers teach your daughters!    

It is an interesting book full of information on the basic things on keeping a, furniture, cleaning, mending, etc...  But through it all, it made the importance of how these things were done that made a huge amount of difference.  Anyone can throw food on the table or toss laundry in the wash or put furniture in a room.  But it's the special touches, that attention to details and how it's done that create homeyness, or a welcoming restful environment.  Our homes need to be the safe, protected places where the inhabitants can be nurtured and rejuvenated.  

As women we are called to the role of homemaker, by none other than the Lord God himself.  
It's a blessing, it's where we thrive, where we are meant to be.  It's our ministry.
All the skills that we can acquire can be used in the bounds of this role/career. 

It is not the kind of home (physical place or type of structure) that is important, any space can be made into a home.  I know of a lady whose mother made them a very comfortable home out of a garage for a few years.  She said they didn't have much, but her mother made it into a special place none the less.  Clean and inviting.  

In all of these thoughts, I look around my home and thank the Lord for all that He has blessed me with.  It spurs me to do more at home, to cherish this role that I have, and to train my girls to do the same.  

Thank you for dropping by and reading my thoughts.  
Praying the Lord blesses you in your home today! 

Monday, 4 September 2017

In the Details of Fall Beauty!

Hello!  Just popping in for a bit to share some of the fall beauty that we've been seeing this week.  

I've been busy getting ready for our school lessons to begin.  Finishing up some summer projects and getting ready for winter. We'll be ordering some firewood soon, and we had to get the woodshed ready.  

Our garden is finished, and most of our flowers are finished as well. 

We are enjoying the beautiful colour that is coming out in the trees and vegetation.   

The berries are starting to all ripen and you can see the colour popping up from the forest floor. 

This is one of our favourite spots to go to on our river.  The river curves around and leaves this one area with lots of sand and "warmer" puddles.  

My kids were wading around the last couple days...but I myself like to stay in the warm sand. :)  

The sand was warm and deep and perfect for digging ones' toes into. 

There were a myriad of little tiny mushrooms in the sand amongst the horsetail.  

We found a new nest that was up in one of the spruce trees close to the water's edge. 

The fireweed is just coming out in gorgeous colour!

The wild roses are changing into lovely yellows and oranges as well. 

While down by the river my kids found these interesting creatures.  They were in these little pyramid type things pointed out into the stream of water.  The girls took a couple out and after a bit these creatures started to climb out of them.  They didn't bite or anything, but I think they're kinda creepy looking!  Something we'll be looking up.  

*we looked it up and couldn't find anything and then sweet Wendy wrote me about the caddisflies she's seen, and they must be some of these.  They make their homes out of what they find in the environment around them. The ones in our river have a pyramid shape.   Very interesting! 

Then as we were walking home through the forest the last time, I noticed this cool outcropping of fungi on a log beside the trail.  SO many little details that have us stopping and pondering. 

Thank you for dropping by!  It's nice to be able to share with others some of the things I find interesting in life.  

I find that there is so much to learn and enjoy around us, that often gets missed in busyness.  Lets slow down in life to see the details that God has created.