Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Just finished taking black walnuts out of their husks now to let them dry for 2 weeks. I am going to find a buyer for them. Jerry's co-worker said his sister sells them for around $17.00 a pound. I have 3 trees at the end of my driveway and my pastor has a neighbor that gives them away. Very messy and it stains anything the juice touches. I am still trying to find info on the husks for the tooth tincture. I found ones that were already black but when i hit it with a hammer it smashed the walnut inside, so i took green ones, smashed it and the walnuts were whole, I am drying the green husks in hope that they turn black for the tincture. Mom is coming within the next week,waiting on my sisters boyfriend to make up his mind on what day, Mom is all excited. I am hoping to help her lose a few pounds while she is here, since moving she has gained several pounds. Terri and i are walking everyday sometimes twice. No plans for the holiday weekend, Jerry will be working the weekend. Poor guy has been going to work around noon so he doesn't get home till mid morning. The Mill is behind and doesn't make the flour on time. He loves coming home, peace and quiet on this hill. Friday i am going to sit with Carols husband as she has to have surgery. She is paying me which is good. Missed church Sunday, Jerry had to work so i left a message with Carol to pick us up...Well she never got my message. The pastor and his wife came to the house after church with a few house warming gifts, so sweet. He gave me his notes from the sermen, i just hated missing it. He also was hoping to meet Jerry, said the 2 yankeys need to stick together, i hope Jerry will like him, he has a great sense of humor. Something i really miss is singing, the pastor chooses all the songs Sunday morning and i don't know most of them. I was thinking of trying to find a hymn book, i'll sound really funny singing by myself just because i can't carry a tune, probable scare away the animals... I am having my Mom bring me canning tomatoes down when she comes. They want $20 a half bushle here, i will get them for $8 in NY. Hoping to get some apples for sauce as well. Have a good night!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Please Please pray for the Cherry family that is from my NY church but are missionaries in Africa, they lost their 10 year old son to malaria,my heart is just grieving. You give up so much to serve in a foreign land and also lose a child, God is going to need to carry them.The more i learn about the south the more i don't like it. We now know their is yet another poison est spider along with chiggers. Boy i miss ME and NY, at least you could walk the woods without having to worry about deadly things. Last night we had a 4.9 tremor, It woke Terri but Jer and i slept right through. They said we could have more in the next few days. I have to admit it was very scary to have everything shake violently. Terri and i were on our porch, i thought the glass in my front door was going to break. I am so excited, i bought a mattress and box spring from sears online and got a very good deal, i paid $130.00 for one and $140 for the other, cheap but what did i expect, i asked God for it. Today i bought a frame for $25.00 at good will, it was like new, a new one was going to cost $80.00. I love good will! I have no curtain rods so i found 2 today for $1 a piece.Tomorrow Terri and i are taking Jerry to work so we can use the truck, I hate driving but you got to do it. We need to go to a doctor to establish then try to find a dollar store and meat market, should be a nice day just the two of us. We do plan on coming to the wedding in October just need to get some details worked out so please pray God would work it out for us, Thanks

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Today Terri and I ripped up the carpet in our living room and much to our delight their was beautiful hardwood flooring under it. The landlord delivered the new carpet yesterday but now i would love to have throw rugs. If it was our own house i could, but i'm sure Jerry will want carpet. Just waiting for him to get home from work, he had a trip to Kentucky, thankfully it went smooth this week. Thinking of selling our car in NY, we might not get it up our driveway since it is so low to the ground, we can buy something here. Seen several turkey the other day, was very tempted to shoot one but i didn't. I need to see when hunting starts here so i can shoot legal. The days are very long with no vehicle, one can only due so much cleaning you know.. Talked to my Mom last night, she is not sure she wants to come visit, she will have a hard time going back home. I was tring to talk her into moving back to Bainbridge, that is home to her, of course she will still have to rent an apartment. All my love to all, Holley

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I waited patiently for the LORD (Psalm 40:1)

Waiting is much more difficult than walking, for waiting requires patience, and patience is a rare virtue. We enjoy knowing that God builds hedges around his people, when we look at the hedge from the aspect of protection. But when we see it growing higher and higher until we can no longer see over it, we wonder if we will ever get out of our little sphere of influence and service, where we feel trapped. Sometimes it is hard for us to understand why we do not have a larger area of service, and it becomes difficult for us to " brighten the corner" where we are. But God has a purpose in all of his delays. "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord" (Ps 37:23) It is a sad mistake for someone to break through God's hedges. It is a vital principle of the Lord's guidance for a christian never to move from the spot where he is sure God has placed him, until the "pillar of cloud" moves. Once we learn to wait for the Lord's leading in everything, we will know the strength that finds its highest point in an even and steady walk. Many of us are lacking the strength we so desire, but God gives complete power for every task He calls us to perform, Waiting--keeping yourself faithful to his leading--this is the secret of strength. And anything that does not align with obedience to him is a waste of time and energy. Watch and wait for his leading. Must life be considered a failure for someone compelled to stand still, forced into inaction and required to watch the great roaring tides of life from the shore? No--victory is then to be won by standing still and quietly waiting. Yet this is a thousand times harder to do than in the past, when you rushed headlong into the busyness of life. It requires much more courage to stand and wait and still not lose heart or lose hope, to submit to the will of God, to give up opportunities for work and leave honors to others, and to be quiet, confident, and rejoicing while the busy multitude goes happily along their way. The greatest life is;after you have done everything to stand.
--Streams in the Desert--

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Life around our Home..

Hello to all, we finely have internet. We are doing well. Finding a church close has been a challenge, Amherst is about 2-2 1/2 hours away so we will visit once a month when we are able to have our car here. Mean while we are going to a Westley church which is Methodist. The preaching is very good and the people are nice. The women wear modest apparel and their hair is always in a bun. The first day we went an older lady named Carol was teaching Sunday school, so we only go to church. Carols husband started the church in 2000 but ended up having a few strokes so from what the pastors wife tells me, Carol has taken over for her husband and has been trying to keep the church going. I let the pastors wife know where i stand on women teaching in the church, she seemed to understand. That has made me really examine what i believe and whats important in a church, i feel the Lord has me here for some reason and i do pray and know he will not let me believe anything but his truth. Their are only 12 adults that attend.Last week we helped with VBS which was fun, Carol picked us up and the pastors wife brought us home. Carol is in her late 60's and has 2 married sons, one has an 17 year old daughter, that live in walking distance to her and seem to not give her much help with her sick husband SOOOO i felt the need to offer my help and she was very pleased for it. Carol has been such a big help, she is taking Terri and i to a few Good Will stores at the end of the week. The Pastors are John and Michele, thought you would like that Michele! Michele took us to a bulk food store last week, she is a blast so so sweet. I got to ask her a lot of questions about what they believe, i think they are being careful not to step on Carols toes. There is also a Menonite Church 30 minutes away but Terri and i both felt this is where we should be. God could have moved us closer to Amherst, he makes no mistakes so i feel he is using us here. I have a peace that he is going to do great things here. It still doesn't feel like "home". Maybe when we buy a house it will, or maybe it's not supposed to. I spend a lot of time praying and am so thankful, God is so awesome and i am thankful for the trials and for my salvation. I miss my NY and ME friends so very much, you all have a piece of my heart forever. But i am looking forward to see what work God has for me here. Jerry's job is going good, they need more drivers so he puts in long hours and works 6 days a week, he does like the job and everyone there is nice. I will get on later to post some pics.