Letters from Home No. 2 Posted on March 13th, 2013

Dear Sarah,

It was so good to hear from you. I love to hear how you are growing in the Lord. It has been my experience that the more I pray and read God’s word the more joyful I am. It’s such a blessing to know you are experiencing that true joy as well.

This past week we had a family over for dinner. They had an extra guest with them, a fine young man who is courting their eldest daughter. He was a very godly young man who held his own at our constant questioning. I do believe he will make their daughter a wonderful husband. We are looking forward to seeing how their courtship progresses.

We served vegetable soup with homemade crackers (gluten free). They asked for the recipe so I thought I would enclose it for you too.might like to have it too. It’s a good soup to feed a small crowd, or your family with lots of leftovers. I froze the leftovers from that meal and took it to church for a family who had just suffered a miscarriage. It was a blessing to be able to feed two other family with that meal.

Vegetable Soup

Beef broth
tomato sauce
browned ground beef
diced onion, cooked with the ground beef
diced potatoes
sliced carrots
green beans
2 – 3 bay leaves
seal salt

I left out the amounts so that you can just adjust it as you like. You can also leave out any of the veggies that you don’t like and feel free to add in anything else. The main taste is from the beef broth, tomato sauce and bay leaves. Sometimes I will put in roast meat in addition to ground beef. That’s usually the best! This is an easy meal to put together using the healthiest ingredients you can find. Sometimes I cook up the veggies in my pressure cooker before I put them in the soup, so it doesn’t take so long to cook. This could also be put in a slow cooker in the morning.

Cooking soups like this will help you become more confident in your cooking and not so dependent on recipes. I still love using recipes, but sometimes it is nice to just cook and not have to look at one.

I am looking forward to hearing about your trip, do write as soon as you can.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,


Letters from Home No. 1 Posted on March 11th, 2013

Dear Sarah,

Springtime is in the air, I can feel it. Makes me think, have you looked at the shops for their winter clearance yet? This is a good time to think over the past winter and remember what clothing worked well, shoes, etc. – what perhaps might work better or new sizes you’ll need for next winter. While these items are marked down is an excellent time to prepare for the future.

It is Saturday evening here, I don’t have as much done as I had hoped to for church tomorrow, but I will make a note to myself to do a few more things throughout the week to help. Mainly, if I had our clothes picked out and ready, that is always a major help. I’m looking forward to Sunday. It is such a blessing that the Lord gave us this day to hear His word preached, to fellowship, and rest. Makes it so much easier to think about all the hard work we need to do through the week when we can look forward to the Sabbath rest.

I have been reflecting on Matthew 6:33 a lot today. Am I truly seeking Him in all things? I was cutting my husband’s hair today and I stopped for just a second to think about God and how he put us together. How many more years will we have together? Only He knows and I desire to love my husband better to honor Him and the time He has given us.

A dear friend’s mother had a stroke this week. It will be good to send her a card and let her know I have been praying for her. I also need to make a meal this week for another family who has a new little one. These things can easily be put aside, but it is important to reach out when we can and help in some way.

I look forward to when we can meet again. Until then may the Lord bless you and keep you.


But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33


Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit: Self Control (+ free embroidery pattern) Posted on January 25th, 2013


The final post in the Fruit of the Spirit series is up at Raising Homemakers. You can download the free embroidery pattern that is included in the post until February 8th.

Looking back over the past year, I realized it was probably one of our family’s busiest years. So needless to say, this blog suffered for it. I hope to be more active here and not neglect it, busy or not!

Have a blessed day!

Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness (+free embroidery pattern) Posted on July 27th, 2012

Kindness Embroidery by Clementine Patterns

I am having such a wonderful time stitching up these samplers. It feels like I am painting on the material.

Kindness Embroidery by Clementine Patterns

You can read my latest post on the Fruit of the Spirit series over at Raising Homemakers. It includes the PDF embroidery pattern for Kindness, it will be available for FREE until August 10th.

Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit: PATIENCE (+ free embroidery pattern) Posted on June 29th, 2012

Patience by Clementine Patterns

I want PATIENCE and I want it NOW!  Just kidding….join me over at Raising Homemakers today for my latest post on the Fruit of the Spirit and download our free embroidery pattern of “Patience” while it lasts.


Good Reminder Posted on June 26th, 2012

Have you ever read or heard something that was simple, to the point, and really stuck with you?

Here is the latest one for me.

“Don’t be disappointed in the results that don’t happen, because of the things you didn’t do.”

Cultivating the Fruits of the Spirit: Peace (+ free embroidery pattern) Posted on May 24th, 2012

"Peace" by Clementine Patterns

Head over to Raising Homemakers to read my third installment on The Fruit of the Spirit series. It also features this month’s embroidery pattern PDF download of PEACE. It will be available free through June 9.

If you have missed the previous two free embroidery patterns for LOVE and JOY. You can purchase the PDF downloads at our etsy shop.

Cultivating the Fruits of the Spirit: JOY (+ free embroidery pattern) Posted on April 27th, 2012

Join me today for the second installment of my nine-month series on The Fruit of the Spirit and its cultivation in our lives. You can also get our Free embroidery pattern PDF download featuring JOY through May 12.

If you missed the free download for LOVE from last month’s post, it is available for purchase as a PDF download at our etsy shop.