Saturday, November 23, 2013

On These cold Mornings


When awaking to weather in the 
single digits, 
one has to work up the courage to get out of 
a wonderful warm bed piled high with down and wool and quilts. 
 But, coffee and hot chocolate reward the reluctant, as we gather around the wood stove.
As the morning unfolds, it is warming up both inside and outside.



Clear, crisp nights means early sunshine coming up through the trees.




This week has been both productive and lovely.  
The charm of a chilly house 
is in layering up and snuggling under blankets, reading stories and sipping tea. 
Cooking soup on the wood cook stove for lunch and a roast in the Dutch Oven, 
these are some of the *loveliness* of winter. 



We have all been busy; some hunting (warning-graphic pictures coming up), 
some schooling, some crafting and puttering.
  Mama is getting ready for a big Thanksgiving dinner at the Lodge. 
 I made this centerpiece for the two long tables we will join together for the feasting.




Bethany has been loving her new kitty, (with ample "help" from little siblings) 
whose name is still unknown as she is trying a new name out every other day or so. 
(smile)
 We mostly refer to her as "Poofy".  
Poofy- e.i  Katy, Snowflake, Sugar- adores being dressed up in doll clothes 
and being lugged around by toddlers. 
 She has become fast friends with our other cats, and, most importantly, 
Bethany is tickled pink.
Sometimes ya just gotta do the unthinkable for the love of a child.
(chuckle)



Rose was the first to get a deer this year.  
Next Brian got his, leaving
Joe and Jim and I still hunting each day, persevering in the cold each morning.
Hunting is a way of life for us. 
 Deer are plentiful here.  Their tasty, organic meat is what we fairly live off all year around.
We also see many, many benefits of hunting and living close to the land.




This week, we have been very blessed with two deer for our freezer!
Just a few more things to add to our ever growing list of reasons to give thanks:
warm stove
hot tea
wool socks
venison
cuddly kittens
snuggles with the children
morning sunlight



"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His mercy endures Forever."
Psalm 107:1
-A good thought to begin a cold morning.



4 comments:

Rebekah said...

WARM BEAUTIFUL PICTURES! I LOVE YOUR THANKSGIVING CENTERPIECE ALSO!I DREAM READING YOUR BLOG,ITS A WAY OF LIFE I LONG TO HAVE ONE DAY HOPEFULLY! HAPPY EARLY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY !MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!
REBEKAH

Mrs.Rabe said...

It's not that cold here but now getting into the 20's overnight.

I love your home life and the way you share the beauty of a simple life.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Deanna

Dani said...

Stunning pics - and couldn't agree with you more - wood burning stoves rock!!

Amber f said...

I just wanted you to know how much I love your blog! I've read on and off for the last year and adore it! I long to live out in the country and live off the land! I'm a city girl but yearn for the country. I love your centerpiece! It's beautiful! And even more beautiful is all the children you have! I honestly don't know how you do it! Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving!!! Do amber