Thursday, January 03, 2013


Happy New Year! Have you missed me?
Now that you see how cute our little Christmas corner was, I guess it's time to put the tree and the angel back in storage. However, the ornaments will stay hanging on the curtain rod all year long. Through the window you'll notice we didn't (and don't) have any snow.

Life goes on here at the farm, but it seems to be dragging very slowly these days. We've all had nasty colds that haven't wanted to give up. I managed to get Christmas letters out and Christmas gifts wrapped (on Christmas Eve!), but Weldon and I spent Christmas Day at home, all by our lonesome. Not wanting to share our germs with everyone else, we refrained from joining the family in the usual Christmas morning festivities up at Mom Edith's.

But now to more cheerful matters! The other day Weldon came in and asked me, "Who put that wood in our garage?"
-"What wood?"
-"It looks like the wooden shakes that Clay put on his house."
Let me tell you, I got excited over that! You see, the "roof" over our bay window needs to be finished with something. Last fall, upon seeing our neighbor's cedar shakes, I said they were absolutely beautiful and thought they would be perfect over our bay window. (They're much prettier/warmer/darker than they appear in the photo.)

Lo and behold, turns out our dear neighbor Les asked Clay to order a bundle for us and have them stained the same as his. Les says he'll put them up in the spring! Woo hoo!!
Rather than get discouraged by all the unfinished projects I see on the inside and outside of the house, I have learned to be content with what we have and simply say, "Well, I don't suppose that will ever get done." Well, I didn't suppose the "roof" over the bay window would ever get finished, but looks like I was wrong. God is good. Our neighbors are amazing. I'm excited.

2013 - a brand new year! We don't know what the future holds, but God does. That's marvelously good news! I'm looking forward to living this year with the best possible attitude, because God is good and I AM BLESSED!!!


  1. That's fantastic! Nice little Christmas surprise. :)

  2. Stephanie8:40 AM

    Your blog came up in my Google search for "Old Irvington Pine Hall Brick". We're building a house (we live in NC too!) and trying to decide brick color - exciting and complicated at the same time! Can you tell me what color of mortar you used? After seeing your post about bricking your home I really like the finished product, it looks great! I finally decided on the Old Irvington brick, but have been trying to figure out what color mortar would look best. Thanks in advance :)

    1. Stephanie, We absolutely LOVE our Old Irvington Brick!! In every season, it looks just perfect! We used LaFarge Khaki mortar. We couldn't be happier ... except if the rest of the house were finished. Some day! Hope this helps :)