Letters from Home No. 3 Posted on March 16th, 2013

Dear Sarah,

The news in your last letter was such happy news. Thank you for taking the time to tell me all the little details. It makes me smile every time I think about it.

I am glad to report that I was able to finish our latest embroidery pattern today. The picture on the sampler shows a tea cup full of chamomile tea with some chamomile flowers surrounding it. It makes me think of all the times we were able to visit over a cup of tea or coffee when you lived closer. The words on the sampler are from Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine”. And I believe it to be true! No matter what ailments or trials we face, when we have a joyful heart it helps us and those caring for us to bear through it. I’ve included a picture of it for you.

Now that I have the sampler finished, I will be able to spend a more time on that dress I am altering. I am taking the sleeves off and reshaping them and changing the neckline. I haven’t done much altering before, but there is no time like the present to learn. I think this will be a skill that will really be helpful. Just imagine going into a used clothing store knowing that you can alter an item to perfectly fit you or change its style. I’ll be sure to share what I learn with you.

Last night while I was sewing on the sampler, my dear husband was reading aloud from Paul Washer’s new book “The Gospel’s Power & Message”. We have been blessed by his preaching and are looking forward to reading this book. From what we have read so far, I would highly recommend it.

Speaking of highly recommending – has anyone in your household been reading aloud? I think it is a wonderful thing to have someone in the family read aloud so that you can all enjoy the book together. It is also a great time for everyone listening to be working on something quietly with their hands. We can have our minds being fed and developing skills with our hands at the same time. My own dear girls have created some much loved projects over the years while listening to books. I would even go so far as to say if they hadn’t been doing that, our sweet Ladybird would not be able to draw and create like she does.

I will leave you with another verse on joy: “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” -Habakkuk 3:18

May the Lord bless you and keep you.


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.