Tuesday, November 4

We have horses.


Down the road, that is.


After being hammered by a early snow storm last week, today's sunny, bright weather was beautiful motivation to get out for a walk. We ended up lazily strolling past the farm and shouting a friendly greeting to the farmer who owns these gorgeous fields around us.


When the kiddos saw his horses out, they ran back for permission to visit them, which was quickly and kindly given. He has five of them and I know not much at all about horses but they are beautiful.


I love our country neighbors. There are at least seven teachers/educators nearby, one other homeschooling family, three farmers, a few stay at home mamas, several small business owners, our pediatrician, and a few retirees - all making for a lovely place to live.


Tonight, in the midst of all the election mayhem, we sat down as a family to venison stew and dumplings, then headed out across the country roads to the farmer who supplies us with fresh cool milk with cream that rises to the top.


Simple things soothe me. The children and I pet the furry newborn calves while Sean talked with his farmer friend about politics and economics while the milking went on.


I am so saddened by the place our country has ended up when I study with the children the passion and beliefs of our founders.

I am so thankful for God's grace,
thankful that God's plans and purposes are not contingent on any mans politics or the tides of the economy or the greed of nations.

Tonight I am enjoying some truths from God's word.


"...know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts."

I have been reading Psalm 119 lately and simply soaking in, loving, finding peace and guidance in its words.

"...Oh that my ways may be established
To keep Your statutes!
Then I shall not be ashamed
When I look upon all Your commandments. "
"...Establish my footsteps in Your word,
And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts. "

Have a beautiful, peaceful night,
Hannah

12 comments:

Amelia said...

Hi I have been reading your blog for awhile. Thanks for the encouraging words.
Enjoy the day!
Amelia

Jen said...

Amen Sister!!

I needed some peace, and a break from watching the scary liberal media.....

No matter what, God (the one and ONLY) is in control.

Lynn said...

The pictures of the horses are beautiful. You live in such a pretty area.

That's a sweet little baby face at the end there! Chase is really growing!

Lynn

Joy of Frugal Living said...

Thanks for the encouragement. No matter what the government may do, we have choices to live as God would have us do everyday. It definitely helps to remember that. He's in charge.

I always love your beautiful pictures. I wish we lived in such a gorgeous area!

Jennifer

Katie said...

"I am so thankful for God's grace,
thankful that God's plans and purposes are not contingent on any mans politics or the tides of the economy or the greed of nations."

AMEN!

I love the picture of christopher so close to the horse!! Upload it to walmart please?

And interesting food for thought - but I read a blog of a family that raised a ton of money for an adoption by selling their photography, might be something you want to consider with your mass amounts of free time spent lying around ;) haha (all your readers are going to think I'm horrible!!)

Hannah said...

Katie, I love the photography idea. I wonder how long it would take to raise ten grand selling photos... Did they do it through their blog?

Hannah said...

Thanks, Amelia!

Hannah said...

Lynn, yes Chase is growing into my long stringbean boy!
Jen, I think if we ever look to the media or government to give us peace, we'd be waiting a loooong time!

Katie said...

Yup, through their blog and word of mouth. I know at the end they came up short and raised $4000 in a day and a half just by selling photos on their blog.

http://stevenbush.org/2008/09/22/im-selling-prints-to-raise-money-for-our-adoption/

http://stevenbush.org/2008/09/24/you-guys-are-incredible/

http://stevenbush.org/2008/09/24/it-amazes-me-to-see-what-has-happened-in-36-hours/

I left them a comment at one point - I love that they decided to pursue adoption before physically having children - and they sent me a reply email, more than willing to share their experiences and things they have learned along the adoption journey.

Belle said...

Hannah,
Thanks for the reminder that God stands forever, even when man makes foolish decisions.

I began to weep when Obama was announced the winner of the US presidency. It makes me sad to see people saying, essentially, "Thanks, anyway, God, for all the blessings we have, but we want a king & the government to take care of us. Go away, God." Even people who may not believe in God, were saying, we want this man to be president because of his skin color, or because they think the grass is greener under a socialist.
It makes me sad to see people deceived by a man and the media to the point of electing him even though he hasn't proven that he's allowed to (never released his real birth certificate or school records) & hasn't been held to account by the FEC & others who should be doing that, and has proven that he wants to confiscate what is not his.

My husband & I attended the election night rally of a friend who's also a local elected official. He is a fellow believer in the Lord. What a breath of fresh air when a just, Godly man is elected.

I'll spend some time reading Psalm 119. Is the verse you quoted from that passage?

lynjoyce said...

I have recently found your blog and I can't put into words what an inspiration you and your family are to me. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. Your pictures are amazing!

Many continued blessings,
Lynette

Anne Marie said...

That Gray Mare you took a picture of looks alot like our half Percheron/Thoroughbred Jordan!
Great pictures-
really peaceful blog I must say....