Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Life!


Friends, it has been way too long.  It's been a very busy year this far!  "All good things, all good things!", as Olaf would say, but I really haven't had any spare time to sit, upload photos and write what's been on my heart or in my kitchen.  I've recently received a few kind notes from some of you since I haven't written in a while, so thank you for your concern! You know I don't often think of my blog as having too much of a following, but I do think I have meaningful followers.  For that I appreciate YOU!:)  Your reading keeps me writing even when life calls!  Speaking of my life...
 
Let's go back the beginning in those winter January days and let me bring you up to speed.  I thought I would share through pictures more than words, because they say a picture speaks 1,000 of them.

First let me say this:  

This winter has been one the best winters I've had since my childhood! 

It's been full of good memories and blessings for my husband and I and for our family.  We have a lot to be thankful to God for in the big and small.

So here we go...


Soups!  I made lots of them.  Cozy white bean and spinach soup here.


And these incredible Cuban black beans.  Oh, my goodness. I took these to a Latin themed dinner that our friends had with succulent Cuban pork with chimichurri sauce and plantains!  Sigh...it was comfort food good for the soul! The next day I added chicken broth to make a soup with the leftovers... and that was delicious.

Did I say that I love soup!?


I also love snow!  This picture was the biggest snowfall we got this season.  It came about the 3rd week of January and brought around 6 beautiful, fluffy inches.  That may not sound like much to you Northerners, but it's a good amount for the South.


We really enjoyed snow days cozy in our new home!  The property was gorgeous and serene like I hoped it would be.


We even have a little hill just big enough for a little sledding and snow boarding!  Yes, I snowboarded for the first time, and it was awesome!! Here's our smallest snow bunny doing her sweet thing!



Mr. Cozy and I were able to visit a favorite coffee shop of ours! It's in Louisville and it's called Quills. Please go there if you live near there or just passing through. You'll probably find a lot of students inside studying, but there is a quaint spot of a patio outside between the buildings that is really nice to sit and relax. They have superb coffee and a really friendly staff.  We brought our friends there to experience the perfect warm sipper, the Alchemist.  It's sweet and spicy and frothy and wonderful in a gulp! We all agreed it's one of the best coffee drinks there is, and beautiful too!


Here I am with the kids relaxing a little in the sun room on a snowy morning.  This was a sweet moment.

I love those two amazing kids more than words!

They really bring charisma into our house, but sometimes they're the ones who also bring...depth.  They see life up close and are so good about sharing that experience with us big people.



Cappuccino muffins with espresso glaze! Our favorite muffin on a snow day, or any day!!!



Snow day activities.


This is a special memory!

Here we are now in February, and our baby girl turned 5 years old!  She had the quintessential girly-girl birthday!   We threw our daughter a "flower" party!!


It was precious in every way. 

For the little girls I got out my different floral dishes and my butterfly napkins.  Jars filled with silk flowers and Spanish moss, antique plates, candles, silver and burlap!

I wanted it to really feel like a young ladies garden party for her and her friends.  The girl in me really came out while I decorated for it, and it was so much fun!  Flowers, fresh and silk, were arranged all around the house.


She couldn't have been happier. Or more beautiful!!!


Strawberry cake from the best place in town.


She wore her sweet birthday hat she's worn at every party for the past 3 years when she blew out her candles!  Some things don't need to change.


Y'all, here is a special photo!  From the left to right is my Granny (mom's mom), yours truly, my sister Faith, and my mom.

I am so proud of these women I call family!!!  My Godly, good cookin and good lookin heritage all together in my kitchen!  What a precious moment, and I'm so glad we got a picture of it.


A couple days after the party and the lemonade jar is clean but still out along with some March flowers.


It's smoothie time! I make a fruit smoothiealmost every day for me and whatever child is home, because they love them. 


I had little helpers at Kroger recently, even baby Lula came along! Hehe.  This was the first time I've gone to the grocery and have been brave enough to let both kids have their own carts!! I prepared them before hand to make sure no sweet elderly lady would be plowed down, and sure enough they did a wonderful job! They were a help, but the sweetest thing was to see how proud of themselves they were.


A beautiful morning to behold.


We have caught up to just last week. We had monsoon rain for 3 day straight.  It was one of those stretches of gloomy days that I'm not a big fan of, but I made the best of them.  I decided to snap some pictures of my kitchen without any frill or seasonal decor at all. This is the only time of year you will see that, because you know I love nesting. My house isn't decorated for anything right now, but I'm about to put out my spring this week!



Vintage towels that were a birthday gift from my Grandmother, who also gave me this antique wash stand that was passed down to me. It's really a lovely piece in the kitchen, and it adds a great sense of nostalgia and soul to the room itself.







One of my favorite things, and we have enormous amounts of them! March flowers are blooming all around here!  They're such a happy flower, and a symbol that indeed spring is very near again!  This house was build on an old farm, and I can tell by all the old fashioned March flowers and irises coming up all over the yard!


The Noah's Ark week we had last week has paid off....
God surely knows what He is doing, because the everything is prettier than ever and the green has finally arrived!!


Yesterday I walked down the driveway and snapped these (unfiltered) pictures nearing sunset.  I was almost overwhelmed by the natural beauty!  The grass and moss on the ground is vibrant.



Huge puddles of rain is all that remains. 

What a good reminder that it's usually the rains of life  that can bring the most beauty and growth once the storm has passed.  God has a purpose for everything!






Kitty needed to play in the stream like a child needs to splash in a puddle! He really enjoys when we're outside as a family, and I'm sure he is also thankful to be dried out and fluffy again!  We've had several cats over the past 10 years, but he is the very best one we've had.


Home sweet home in our very own Kentucky "shire".


Smiles all around!


So here as I sit and write, it's a warm, beautiful spring like day outside and winter has passed. At least here in my little place in the world.  My daughter turned 5 last month and my son is turning 6 this month! We've been on 2 retreat weekends as a couple and we've had friends and family in our homes for suppers, parties, snow days, Sunday afternoon visits, campfires and the like. I have painted and finished a few more projects around the house. Our son has played basket ball as a Little Dribbler for the first time this season. We are back in ministry at our church and it had been such an answer to prayer to be on the worship team leading and serving once again! He has brought the dearest of golden friends back into our lives that we do life together, and given us new and wonderful friends that feel like old ones already.  He has given our children so many precious little friends that warms my heart.  My family lives all around, and we're almost always celebrating something. No family loves celebrating joys in life together more than mine.  That's where my zest for life must come from!


I'm not sure what exactly God has in store this year, but I'm sure it will include more muffins, more puddles to splash.

More flowers to pick and more weeds to pull.

More scrapes to aide and more stories to read. 

More mundane rainy days and more dates with my groom.

More candles to blow and more crumbs to clean.

More homework to teach and more chores to remind.

More songs to sing and more people to pray for.

More answers to prayer and more reasons to praise!

Because no matter what "it" is that keeps me busy it will primarily involve my people.

Those ones that are placed in my care, because it's what we do every single day that really makes, Life.



I hope it won't be so long this next time!  How is your year going so far?  What have I missed?  I would love to hear. :)







13 comments:

laurie said...

What a wonderful post! I loved all the photo's and hearing what your family has been up too this winter. God certainly has blessed you.....your family and home are beautiful...thanks for sharing!

Leslie said...

Thank you, Laurie! God has blessed us. That's not to say we're without any setbacks or stresses, but right now it's definitely a season of fruitfulness! Thanks so much for reading and hope you're well!

Unknown said...

What a refreshing post to read! You may not blog often nor have many readers, but this is one of the best blogs out there! :) I enjoyed reading about your family events, simple moments, and your "Mores" at the end. God is so gracious to give us joy in the mundane, the answered prayers, the good things, and even the tougher moments. He knows and He is faithful.

God bless you and yours,
Andrea

Shelia said...

Hi Leslie and thank you for popping in to see me. Oh, your life sounds like it has been very full and blessed. Your little children are just darling and you're as pretty as a picture. Treasure the snap of all the ladies in your family. Isn't springtime so beautiful and a renewing of life after a cold winter. It's still as dead as a door knob around here. But I keep telling myself, spring is on it's way!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Such a sweet post highlighting blessings of each day. Your joy and enthusiasm for life and family is heartwarming.

Tara Lee said...

Beautiful!!

Sheila said...

Although I have never been able to get my comment to go through, I love this blog. Christ dwells richly in your heart and overflows into every part of your life. You have joy and thankfulness for your husband, children, and family including church family. You embrace the beauty of daily, mundane life and thankfulness overflows in your heart in contentment for these blessing sent down from above. What a witness for God in how a godly woman's heart, mind, and actions should be! Your blog is such an encouragement and inspiration.

Leslie said...

Sheila, what a kind comment! Thank you so much for reading and I'm so glad you enjoy it! I really want it to come across that I truly do love my God, family and friends that much. My life is full because He has given me all I need and has shown me grace and mercy. I hope you come back to visit again soon!

Leslie said...

Thank you Tara!!

Leslie said...

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Leslie said...

Shelia, thank you so much! Springtime is really such a breath of fresh air from winters cold. Hope you're enjoying the weather, too!

Leslie said...

Andrea, I'm so glad you stopped by to read and left such a sweet comment!!! That means a lot, because I really write from my heart and straight from my own life. It's amazing God can use our ordinary moments, too. You're so right, He knows and He is faithful! Hope you come back soon!

Lois Pearsey said...

So fun to read and catch up with your sweet family. Such a busy time in your life that passes to quick so enjoy every moment. Many more blessings to you.