Friday, November 7, 2014

How are you????????

Hello sweet ladies........



My sweet Olivia......love her face..hope she is pregnant!! Hope they all are for that matter! Come early Spring we will know! 

I so miss my time posting and saying hello to you all.......please comment and tell me how you are. We have been putting in 92 hours a week since we opened up a month and almost 3 weeks ago! Talking about a change in life style. So much to learn, but we are now getting things together a bit. With the time change I am at least getting to see the sun rise. It is dark when we come home so that has been a bit difficult with chores. We have made some changes on our hours at the coffeehouse and that will give us more time to be home on our farm!!!!!! Ask if I am excited??? 


Tressa and I are having fun with the plant greenhouse truck comes right to our front door. We tend to like the unique different kinds of plants........this one just jumped out at me. It is called a stage horn fern. Doesn't it look like antlers?  Just had to show you! Have you ever seen one like this?

The time at the coffeehouse has been busy. Getting to walk with those who are suffering or just need a friend has been precious.  I am seeing how God has a plan and by us having the market we are part of it! College kids are coming, so that has been sweet!!!!! Three girls come weekly and read the Word......OUT LOUD sitting in the what I call living room area! I am sure it is music to the Father's ears.....I am blessed and so is my family to watch growth happen! We keep encouraging the girls on what a blessing they are to us! Such a simple thing.....but so powerful to the heart!

We start to decorate for CHRISTmas in a few weeks at the coffeehouse and home. It is my favorite time of the year...... so I can hardly wait! 


We are sooooo thanking the Lord for the wheat crop that is growing on our fields! It will go into the winter stronger because of the stand we have now. The weather has been pleasant and we did get a bit of rain on it last week! That makes a farmer happy!!!!!! 

Hope all is well with you......please write and let me know. I do enjoy the times I get emails and comments. I will try to comment back.

Blessing and praying the Lord will take care of your needs and mega hugs,

Linda 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Just what I needed.......a dose of the COUNTRY!

Good SONday morning sweet ladies! 

Psalm 1: 1-6
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.


Yesterday morning I was able to spend most of the morning and part of the afternoon on the farm. For the last month my time  has been consumed by the coffeehouse. I leave in the dark and come home most days in the dark. There has been much to learn and to say it has been different.......that is an understatement! Change has never been easy for me......but I know that lots happens in change......for me a more dependency on the Lord happens! He has been my Rock through this last month! Your prayers have been a blessing....so thank you!



When we drove into the market to take Elizabeth, it was so foggy......... you could barely see in front of you. With the deer traveling we have had to be more careful and more cautions. We hit one about 2 weeks ago coming home....it got the front headlight.  That was not good! 


When we came back from the coffeehouse yesterday the river was lit up! Every color you could imagine. Things like this are simple, but for me every season does something to my soul. It is in the details of creation that I really see my Father's work. It tells me He is there......all the time.....with things under His control. 



Every color of yellow and red by the river....pure beauty! 


Sweet man took me south of our place to our son Jarad's land. It was just as beautiful. There used to be Peace Creek flowing on his land until the state came and had to separate it from the main creek. Now it fills up only when we get some rain! Which for the last 4 years we have not been getting enough to keep the creek bed filled. The trees are huge on Jarad's land. I was enjoying the outside. Much needed time! 


This tree is 50 ft. tall......a many of Stubbie children have played, road horses, had Momma's Day picnics.....hunts  and fished on this land. Generations of families......and more to come! A gift from our ancestors.

I continue to learn much at the coffeehouse. Sorrow comes through the doors.......women who are burying their Momma's who unexpectedly died.....and they stand in front of me numb. It is heavy stuff! You can't run from it. Or a Momma who buried her older son.....and she sat at one of my tables.......and wept with her friend.....then she turned to me and told me about one of our chairs. I will show you a pic when I have a chance to take it. She and her husband had the auction that I went to, to try to buy the old Ford truck.....I didn't realize she was the who had the auction. Remember the 16 chairs we bought from it? Well we wondered about this tiger oak chair and she told us it was a pulpit chair from a church. She liked that chair a lot. I told her to take it.......that we could put it in her car. If she doesn't take it I think I should put a bow on it for her CHRISTmas present. We sat and talked......she said the rose that I fixed up in a vase that someone else bought for them......well she took all the petals and dried them and put them in a jar. To remember her son......never knew the Lord would use my hands to comfort someone else and I would get to hear the story.  Again......I lean on my Savior......to help me so that the pain doesn't ingulf me. And then the Lord sends a little girl, who's name is Leah who comes through the front door of the coffeehouse....on a dead run to jump into my arms....and we talk about her day.  She has red curly hair......she is 5 and adorable. She makes the time fun when she is there....she eats my sandwiches...and a cinnamon roll frappe...she made the drink up and Tressa makes it for her! Another blessing is when......the college boys who need to study the Word.....come and sit at the table with all the chairs that we bought at the auction......and then my sweet man opens the Word of God and it pours out into these young men's souls....and they talk and talk! 

 The days are long and we have been strengthened by the Lord..........because that is what the Lord does......


but at the end of the day you are tired...and then you came home......and you open the mail box and there is a gift. I have had many from you precious ladies and every time one comes at the right time! I was beyond tired.......it was after 9 (at night) and the day had been long......I opened the box......well really I ripped the box open. Two adorable chicky towels. See the little henhouse at the top right? I have one of those that looks almost like it that isn't painted...(I love the little flower box on the outside).....a must.... I am going to paint it just like this. Sooooo Francine......one of our Prairie Flower Farmgirls......thank you so much for being used to love on me....it was a fun way to feel blessed before going to bed! 

Blessings from the farm today and may the Lord bless your day with rest!!!!!! 

God Bless you!

Linda

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Help......just when we needed it!!!!!!!!!

Hello sweet ladies!!!!!!

Took this pic today at the market......it was raining outside and love the way the rays from the lights inside came shining through!


It has been a whirlwind of a month for my sweet man, Tressa and myself. Putting in so so many hours and feel at times like life is falling apart. God is our refuge and help though it all and if it wasn't for Him.......well I would have fallen apart! We know without a shadow of a doubt that He has us right where we need to be. Sharing the love of Jesus! Who said it would be easy. Well......when things were getting to be wayyyyyy to much I was talking to my precious friend and Prairie Flower Girl, Jill Novak. Some may remember her from Remembrance Press and her magazine The Girlhood Home Companion.  Anyway we were talking and she said, "if ever you need help I am sure Elizabeth.........their daughter would love to come and do an internship!" When things got really hard and life felt like it was to much, I called. A week later we picked her up at the airport.....that was last SONday! I wanted to share, but time was just not there for me to even write! She put up a post today on her blog.......I thought it would be fun for you to see the Coffeehouse from her perspective. We love her and she fits just perfectly in the shop! She is lovin' it and we are lovin' having her! God knew just what we needed....we are all not so tired! 

Hugs and God bless those who have been praying for us on this major adventure. More then we thought it would be......but again we are just holding on to every promise He has and cry out when we need help......wink.....which seems like every minute these days! 

Jesus is so good......and He knows the plans He has for us! 


I do so enjoy it when I am home on the farm......which hasn't been much and I miss. The Lord is letting me learn more about quiet and learning to rest in Him. I found one single egg last SONday morning......one of my Girls left it for me! Simple things mean a lot again in my life! Learning gratitude......learning never stops no matter how old you are. 

Here is Elizabeth's Journal of the Coffeehouse! Click here!

Linda

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Farm life.......calms my heart.......EVERY time!

Good SONday morning!!!!!!!! To the sweetest ladies!!!!!!





Went out this morning to care for my farm animals......look who was peeking her head out to greet the morning...made my heart smile. I am finding JOY in the little things....like a leaf that is nestled in the pine tree and the sun shining on it...looks like Autumn here on the farm....the wheat is coming up and we are sooooo grateful for the Lord's provisions, asking for protection. I know so many pray for our family.....I have a praise of thanks!!! Our Taylor wants to work part time as her sweet man finishes up his schooling. We prayed for a nanny job and the Lord gave her two little twin boys...the family had to move away and sow she was left without a job. We all prayed again.....she got a job...a tiny little boy.....6 weeks old...when she called she was ecstatic!!!!!!! He is my path!!! Love you and praying for your sweet families!

Hugs and God Bless YOU,

Linda

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Some more pics

Hello sweet ladies, 

I have wanted to send you some pic's on the inside of the coffeehouse. 


The top picture is what I call the living room area. I wanted the kids to be able to sit where they felt like family. They love it and use it all the time! So do families.......it has served it's purpose and blesses me when I see family happening!!!!!!! Today we had a new Momma with a 6 week old and her girlfriend sitting together. Momma rocking her little one! LOVE IT!!!!!!! If you click the pic it will show pic's better. The second pic from the right is another sitting area. Families and kids eat here around the little coffee table!!!!! Love it. The pic on bottom left has chairs at the end of each bench and a chair at the end of the table now. We had a family that came to see their college daughter and stayed for hours playing a game. That was sweetness!!!!!!!!!! The bottom right has been used for ladies groups......kids studying, using their computers and families all around the table. The tables are located at the front of the coffeehouse right when people walk in. Everyone has told us the market looks homey......that is exactly what we want to hear! 

I am off to bed.......so tired, but I have some more pic's I will get up tomorrow. Just wanted to show you around a little. 

I love you all and thank you that you are following us on our adventure........it is that. Everyday the Lord shows why He has us there. Little dots on the i's!!!!!! Lots of opportunities......but one thing that has been happening is people are blessing us with their kindness!!!! Tonight the wife "owner" before us brought us dinner. Talk about kindness! She and I have become like sisters and the fact she was loving on us made me see how blessed I am. She is enjoying her time with her family cooking and such and shared with our family! 

Blessings and God bless you......love hearing from you!

Linda

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Girly Grew Up!

Hello sweets......... oh my, I made it through the second week!!!!! We giggle so much Tress and I, it is a good thing too. Taylor came home for a wedding and helped us in the coffeehouse on Saturday. The three of were blessed. To start off Saturday morning the girls had us stay on the farm to get some work done on the farm. I loved waking up to sunshine. Went outside and feed my girls! 


Here is my beautiful blue Cochin!!!!! Aren't her feathers beautiful? Love how she has grown up to be such a pretty Girl! We will have pretty little chicks next Spring. 

Please tell me what is going on in your life. I would LOVE to know! Is it cold in your area yet. The nights here on the farm are very nice to sleep in! 

Phil will be starting a Bible Study soon for guys from the college. Please pray the Lord would work out all the details. WE are very excited! 

Hugs to you all and God bless you!!!!!!!

Linda


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Broadway Market Coffeehouse.......is busy!

Hello sweet ladies!!!!!!!! It's me! 



Oh my........my feet hurt, my legs hurt.......I feel like I can't sit and rest......except on SONdays! The coffeehouse is coming along and we are getting used to our new life. We get up early and go to bed late.......someone said we will get into the groove......I am hoping soon.....smile! It is hard work, but the blessings are many. The doors are swinging to the coffeehouse and we are meeting so many precious people daily. So many come to do Bible studies......I watch kids pray......it is precious to watch and I get to take them before Jesus myself! There is much "learning" to be learned on how to run the coffeehouse......we ARE getting it though. Just going to take time. Sometimes it is overwhelming so we just cry and pray.....big time. We are on our second week......oh my is it easier then the first week. The picture above is our little kitchen where we do our cooking.......I brought in my little prayer sign that I had at the college caf, when our family worked there. It is helping me keep my mind and heart focused on Jesus

A day starts with coming in and seeing what I need to prep for the sandwiches. I have a little top fridge that has all the products I need to make the Panni sandwiches. Every sandwich is delish!!!! The owner's sister before us created all the recipes for the sandwiches. Everyone in town would ask........"are you changing anything on the menu?" we knew they meant were the sandwiches changing. That is what the market is known for and we would love to have you ladies come and taste one and sit at our table!!!!!!

Thank you so for the prayers.......I miss my animals, but know that life will be less hectic soon and I will be on the farm more. We are hoping to use the farm for the college kids again as the weather gets cooler. 

If you have any questions about the market.....please ask......I will be taking some pictures......I try and it gets busy......today I am on a mission! Want to do a video of what we have done.

Love you and will pray for you all as I am standing in my little kitchen. Your friendship is my blessing from the Lord!

Linda