Sunday, July 5, 2009

This past week...

This little chicken has taken a liking to coming inside and napping on my chair. She has seen me go through the gammut of emotions this past week. A lot has happened lately, I have had a lot of drama in my life over the past few weeks that has left me feeling at times very bitter, confused, and full of sorrow, but I am not going to let it bring me down any more... what I have learned is that we cannot control the way other people treat us, we can only control how we will in return treat them and how we will react to the way that we have been treated. "Love one another" it is my favorite hymm, it is also a commandment that the Lord gave us. It is not always easy to love one another, especially when others are not having an attitude of love towards us. However, we can force ourselve to stand up taller than the other person, have forgiveness in our hearts, even when they refuse to offer any apologies, and move on. We cannot let negative people in our lives drain us from living the way God wants us to. The world is full of devious people, petty arguements, and vicious words, we must act with love towards one another, and when that love is not returned, we must stand tall, brush it off, and hold no grudges. So, I am setting myself free from this drama. I did my best with this situation, it did not end as I had hoped, but I am moving on. Life is about better things...

Like racing toy cars on a warm summer morning.
Growing gardens... here is a peek at part of mine, I also have some pumpkins growing under an orange tree and a tiny little crop of corn...
Life is about having a good laugh when you find your toddler in the chicken coop hiding when he is supposed to be napping
and when his hiding spot is found, he seeks refuge in the corn
So as you can see, with the bad comes the good, and I have had a lot of good in this week too! I received a wonderful package in the mail from my friend Kim at htpp://
On a day when I really needed cheering up, this wonderful package arrived full of delightful goodies, journals, recipe cards, a darling kitchen linen, trains for the boys, whoopie pies, preserves. Kim, thank you! thank you! thank you! Everyone you must visit her blog, she is so creative!!!! And she has a little shop called Maxwell General. Her shop and her blog are truly two of the most adorable places on earth!!!!
On that same day, my friend Stephanie kidnapped me. She brought lasagna to my hubby and the kids, whisked me away to the thrift store, where they were having a half off sale, and we found many many goodies, including a walker for Jasper for fifty cents!!! And then she took me out to eat to my most favorite place in the world... my taco shop!! And if that wasn't nice enough, she is a photographer. A really good one too! So the next day, she did a photo shoot of my boys. I can hardly wait to share some of the pictures with you all! Thank you Stephanie for cheering me up! This past week I have also become closer to some of you who read my blog. I can't tell you how much your words of encouragement and motivation mean to me. Friendships are something I have treasured since I was a little girl. It warms my soul and brings a smile to my face, when I experience such kind acts of friendship from all of you. Have a wonderful week. We are planning to paint, sew, build things, explore, get into mischief, bake, and try to keep cool in this icky heat! I will keep you updated of our adventures!


  1. The good Lord would never give up more than we can handle as once. As we rise above the hard times it makes us stronger. Remember to your children you are the most important teacher for life and the way you handle hard times teaches them to be strong and good people for their future.
    Love your garden and your babies look happy, great job Mommy.

  2. God does send good things our way when we don't expect it. Sometimes we cannot understand all the bad that is happening, it is hard.
    Your kids are sweet and bring you much happiness.
    I'm glad you are out of that situation.

  3. Hi Ashley,this a great post and all I can say to your choice is AMEN...which means I so agree with you. Some things we just have to turn over to God because no matter how hard we try we just can't seem to fix them....Why do we even try? It would be so much easily if we turned them over to him in the first place. A lesson I need to learn myself(smile).One thing I have learned from bad situations in my life is that no matter how bad things get there is always something good to find in our life as well. The things you share with us are wonderful...your precious little ones living life to the fullest and your cute little Hillbilly Farm. I love coming here to visit. I am always blessed and feeling happy when I leave!
    I loved all the pictures but the one in the corn field is my favorite. So cute....your garden looks great.
    Have a blessed week....Shelley

    This is a friend of mine I thought you might like to visit. She has a fun blog you will enjoy!

  4. First off your garden looks so great. :0)

    Second, my dear I know about all that drama and love stuff. It really can be difficult when the others are suppose to represent Christ. But I have to remember that some others aren't as mature in certain areas as well as myself. I have had a little issue with a fellow lady in my church. I have caught myself in the middle of my day wanting to practice what I want to say. Then the Lord gently nidges me and I have to pray that he will help me have release. I really want to say something but I have kept my mouth shut. The whole time. I have smiled, hugged, and even chatted with tension as thick as hard moldy cheesy :)

    My personality is a fly off my seat tell you off and then think and regret what happened. I am so glad has helped me be meek in this.

    He will do the same for you.

    Also, I totally agree from my post on pioneer women. I think they had very little distractions. I believe we do have it harder mentally, and distraction wise. Maybe not physical but the other two above can where on your physical. I am very envious of them. :)

  5. While I am sitting here waiting for you to pull up in my driveway I will take the time to tell you I love this post. My favorite pictures are of Caillou and Jasper in the first one. And then there is the precious picture of Caillou hiding in the corn patch. He is one smart little boy.

    I think you are handling the situation you have been going through in the best way that anyone could. My what a long way you have come since you were a little girl. I am so proud of your ability to handle life. I am forever proud of your creative talents. Remember all those dance competitions? All those recitals? I am a little glad those are over.But if you should decide to teach again you will have my encouragement as always.
    hugs and kisses from Boo-bah aka your mama.

  6. Just found your blog from Meaningful Days. What a cute little corner you have over here. Loved my visit.


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