Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hello Sweet Friends,

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Dear Sweet Ladies,

Tonight we went to the Kansas State Fair with the people at the college. It was a special time getting to know everyone a little better. Did not have anytime to post..............but I did want you to know that if I could have you at my home.......... I would let you sit on the little white bench on the front of our porch. I would tell you to put up your feet and then I would share a cup of tea with you. Then I would ask you where you were born and a little about yourself. Soooo while I am gone at work, if you would like to leave a comment I would just love to get to know you a little better. I will write a little about me on Tuesday. I think it will help everyone that follows my blog get to know each other a little better. So here goes. If you don't want to tell anything about yourself, tell us what gift you might be making for CHRISTmas this year. On the poll I did out of 114 ladies that voted 89 make their own gifts. That is a lot of gift makings!!!!!!!

God Bless and praying for your day!

Hugs sweet friends and have a very nice day!



  1. Hi Linda! I am Wendy (aka MamaHen). I am married to my Sweet Hubby of 16 years and have four children. I like to read and cook for my family.

    I hope you have a lovely day today.

  2. Hi Linda, I have a sister named Linda. I am from Independence, Missouri, retired to Warsaw, Missouri 20 years ago.
    I quilt and rug hook. We have a fabulous rug hooking store here in Warsaw.
    It is starting to rain here this morning.
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. Hey Linda! I am Cindy, from FarmgirlCyn. Married 39 years this week (grace of God, but that's a whole 'nother story) 5 children, ages 37 down to 18. 3 grands..so far!
    Love to cook, read, garden.
    I HAVE to make gifts for CHRISTmas this year, as there has been very little work for hubby who is a sub-contractor. Cold-process soaps, hand knit dishrags, aprons made from vintage sheets found at thrift stores, jams, chutneys etc. Also, drying herbs from our garden and will bottle sage, thyme and rosemary. Homemade herb vinegars, also.
    Lots to do but I love doing it!


  4. good morning. my name is "jAne". i've been married to "rocky" for 22 years and we were gifted one child - "lizzie", 20 years ago. i love all things vintage and homemaking and canning and reading and most importantly Christ! the past year has been rather trying but i always remind myself that HE is always faithful. His tender mercies are new every morning - and sometimes every moment. :o)

    i'm making small recipe booklets for Christmas this year. they'll go in a pretty reusable shopping bag along with a notepad, jam (i can food items) and dish towel (that'll be embroidered .. i hope).

  5. I can just imagine how nice it would be to sit on your porch and share a cup of tea and conversation with you! I'm Casey, married almost 17 years and staying home to homeschool our 4 babies. I used to love to read and garden, but lately there hasn't been much time for much but homeschooling and blogging. Someday. I was born in Florida and lived there until after college, then hubby and I took off after our wedding and lived for a while in Colorado, then in Hilton Head. Now we've settled down on a small farm, where we just got our first chickens! Having fun with them. Looking forward to learning more about you!
    Oh, no time for homemade gifts probably this Christmas... sigh. Again, someday.

  6. Hi Linda ~ I hope you are able to share a little bit of homeyness at the college today ~ and that your day is going well! This is Sharon from The Shepherd's House ~ I have been married to my husband Bill for 32 years and we have 5 children from 27 to 13, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law and two sweet sweet grandchildren both under two.
    What joy! As it has been a stretching year for us in regard to finances ~ I am inspired by the gifts others have mentioned. Homemade gifts are filled with such love!

    Blessings sweet friend,

  7. Dearest Linda,
    What a Blessing it would be to Grace your front Porch and Sit on your Humble but yet Sweet White Bench...I would tell you that the Lord has seen Fit to Bless My Husband of 15yrs and I with 5 Delightful Blessings 3 Handsome Boys and 2 Beautiful Young Ladies..I would also tell you that We were once young a Foolish searching and desiring after the things that were Pleasing to our Flesh..and Thankfully the Lord of ALL things Great and small got ahold of our Hearts and turned them to HIM and then too Each other and Wonderfully Too our Children...I would find that the Day was not long enough in that it Grew Dark too fast and there was still so much to be shared...I would then be so Thankful that I have been Welcomed into Eternity by such a Gracious and Forgiving God...and rejoice to Know that you will be there also...where the Days are Never Ending and the Fellowship with one another will be FOREVER sweet...I would then pray with you and over Your HUMBLE little White Bench for those that will soon and in the future Grace it's Gentle little Seat...
    May the Lord Bless your Bench and May it Be a Blessing to all who sit there wether in Person or in Spirit...

    In Christ
    Your Dear Friend

  8. Hello Linda

    Thank you for inviting me over for tea. I DO love a cup of tea with just a little cream.

    My name is Anna and I am mother to four blessings here on earth and three in heaven. I have been married to my dear hubby for 15 years. I was born near Portland, Oregon. My husband is from Texas and we have been going back and forth, as well as spending some time in Italy sharing the saving Grace of Jesus. We are currently awaiting some news about a job in Minnesota. We have always wanted to live in the country and on a farm. I am thankful God knows best and I'll just try to be patient and wait on Him.

    Thank you for the delicious cup of tea and for listening to my rambling. I needed it today as I am coming down with some kind of ailment.


    Anna @ Travelinpilgrim

  9. Hi there,
    I'm Kirsteen, have been happily married for 12 years and we have been blessed with 4 handsome boys aged from 1-10.

    We live in Scotland, near Edinburgh, but will soon be moving up north to begin a new chapter of our lives there, as my husband has a new job up there.

    I am planning on making a lot of home-made gifts this year, many crocheted hopefully!

  10. Hi, my name is Nancy and I have been married to my husband Bill for 30 years! We have two beautiful daughters and two wonderful son-in-laws and two sons still at home. We have lived in Maine, Connecticut and Florida and are currently living in Vermont where we've been for 14 years. I love living in the country and have a large garden, at the moment I have a huge pot of tomato sauce boiling away and a smaller pot of salsa! time to get off the computer and get canning! It was nice to stop by for a moment!

  11. Hi Linda,
    It's so good to visit with you! My name is Regina and I was born in Pascagoula, MS. What a great place to grow up. However, at the young age of 22, I decided that Pasc. just didn't have anything for me and I packed up and moved to TX. This is where I met and married my sweet husband. We have been married for 18 yrs. and have a blended family of 7 kids, 5 daughters and two sons. We also have 5 grandkids with two more on the way.

    This year, Jack and I decided that the best thing we could give our kiddos for Christmas would be food. So, they will each receive beef that was raised here on our farm, canned goods, and then a few things like aprons, dish towels, and pot holders. It will be a different Christmas for them but hopefully a new tradition.

    Thank you so much for the tea and visit.

  12. Hello Linda..

    Would absolutely 'love' to sit and have a cup of tea with you on your porch! It looks so inviting! I was born and lived in a small town in Iowa and lived with my family on a farm until I married at the young age of 17, we had two children, a boy and a girl. Later in life I remarried to my DH Mr. Tom who I adore! We have been married for 24 years! He has one son! We have 5 grandchildren from the ages of 24 to 16! We are retired, I worked as an accountant for 30 some years. I have MS so only wish I could do more things but am thankful God gave me so many years of health before I was afflicted with this! I love to do plastic canvas,embroidery and photography! I try to make an ornament each year for our grandchildren so they will have them to put on their trees (especially when they have their own!)

    Hope you had a blessed day! You continue to be in my prayers!

    xoxo Gert

  13. Dear Linda,
    I would love to come visit you on your porch or maybe you could come visit me on mine. We live in another part of the country on a nice farm. It's where my husband of 21 years grew up. We have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl from 10 to 15 years old. Our girl is the youngest. It's sunny here today. I'm enjoying homeschooling my high schoolers; eventhough I feel inadequate for the task. Its just wonderful to have these boys at home, when some of our friends are choosing public high school after having them at home for all those years.

    My dear in-laws live on the farm too. They're in their 80's and are in good health. It's wonderful for our kids to have them so close by. I regret that I have not shared more time with my mother in-law, but there's still time.

    Thank your for letting me share a little of my story with you. We love following your blog and look forward to getting to know you better.

    Love, Michelle

  14. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for the cup of tea! I enjoy mine the European way with sugar and cream please. It is sooo special to want to be known :) I hope you enjoyed some of the fresh salt water taffy if they still have it at the KS State Fair...it was sooo good!
    I am a midwestern kid. I grew up around WIchita, KS and have always lived in the midwest. But along the way (we've lived in 5 states now) I spent 7 years in the same community where our hostess lives. My husband even worked at the college where Linda works now. Linda and I never knew each other then!
    I've been married for almost 28 years to my hubby who teaches audio/video production to college students. We've been gifted with 4 children (girl 21-boy 18-girl 14-boy 11) who have been educated at home all their lives.
    My best friend is Jesus and I love doing Bible study, crochet, scrapbooking, reading and have recently joined Facebook. I also look forward to your post each day and who knows maybe one day we will get to share your front porch :) and if not then eternity !!

  15. Hello Linda! I was born & raised & lived for almost 40 years in Coldwater, KS. Now live in Oklahoma. I'm basically a cowgirl, a musician, and like to be creative. :) My family & I really miss the Kansas State Fair - it's a GREAT one compared to others we've been to! *Thank you for your hospitality!* :)

  16. Dear Linda ~ I think YOU are a sweetheart! I always love how you speak of the LORD and are encouraging others to love HIM too. You are precious! :)

    About me? Well, one of the few people here in BC that was born and raised here...unusual. In fact, both my parents were born here too! Great-Grandpa on my Dad's side arrived in Vancouver in 1905! How's that for "roots" in a "young" country? :)

    I would *love* to share a cup of tea with you! Maybe one day?

    With Love,

    P.S. You might like to know that my current post links back to the chocolate cake you posted about awhile back. I used it as the base for a trifle I make. Yum Yum! :)

  17. What a great idea, it's so nice to learn a little bit about each other. I was born in Queens, NY and grew up on Long Island. I have lived in Connecticut and upstate NY. I have been transplanted to Texas for 28 years and never get used to the heat. I was single until age 46 when I finally met the man of my dreams. I worked up until 4 years ago and now I try to keep track of my hubby's 14 year old daughter who lives with us. I love the Lord and have been a believer for 32 years. I love visiting your farm through your blog, it's so refreshing. If I can stop procrastinating I will make Christmas gifts. It was nice to meet everyone this way! Blessings!

  18. Dear Linda...

    Thanks for the lovely photo of the teacup, saucer and the interesting looking tea bag :) :) I love a cup of tea...and I"ll gladly share one with you :) :) :)

    I'm glad you were able to to the Kansas State Fair...I haven't been to one in awhile and I MISS them...They're so much fun. Did you see or do anything interesting? Did you come home with some cool stuff? I would have had so much fun taking photos there too!!!

    I had a cup of coffee this morning...and I intend on having another one tomorrow, too :) :) :) Thank you so much for your sweet encouragement and all the stories about work, farm etc!!! Gotta run...Dad needs a turn on the computer!!! Extra love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  19. Hi! Thanks so much for your encouraging blogs---I just discovered your site about a month ago & have been blessed by your joyful & thankful spirit! I was born in Canandaigua, NY and grew up in NY, MI, IN, and Ohio. After college I moved to the Kansas City area and have now lived here for 25 years! I met my husband here and married 23 years ago. We have 4 gifts from God---2 girls and 2 boys. I would love to have tea with you! I like Licorice Spice! I usually buy gifts for Christmas, but would like to make some---I just need some inspiration and TIME! I did make some jalapeno jelly I plan to give as gifts. Blessings to you!

  20. Linda,
    I would love to have tea with you on the bench and have a long conversation.
    I am Donna from Alabama and you posted about my Amber who went to Heaven last year. I have another daughter Jennifer who was married in June.
    You are such an inspiration to me with your blog and your love of the Lord!
    I always make most of my Christmas gifts and I love it!

  21. Dear sweet Linda,
    I'm on my way...have the tea ready!! :0) Just kidding, but would love to sit a LONG while with you. I would be a better person after time with you!!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    So glad you had fun at the Fair. You deserve a little fun and relaxation time.
    Sleep tight!

  22. Oh sweet ladies..........I loved hearing from you. I am so tired and it is almost 11 at night. I just finished my post and ran out of time to answer you all. I loved every one!!!!!!!!!!! You are all adorable! I so want to answer you tomorrow. How I hope I will have time. This working outside the home gets into my space. Heehee. Oh well. Got our second pay checks. Money isn't everything but it is very helpful when you need it to live on!

    Love you all very much!!! I mean it! You make my heart smile big time!


  23. You are so sweet and I would feel so blessed to spend time on your front porch.

    I will be bringing homemade applesauce for everyone at Thanksgiving this year. I live in Southern Alberta, Canada. Married 26 years to my sweetheart who retired last year from window manufacturing after 30 years and now we are living his dream of restoring vintage cars. The Lord has blessed us with 4 amazing healthy children aged 23 to 13.

  24. I would love to sit & visit with you. I am from Mid-MO, I live in the town I was born in. I married my sweetie, when I just turned 17, we will be married 42 yrs. in Dec. WE have 2 wonderful DD, the oldest is a teacher, the 2nd a para, going to school also to become a teacher. I love to cook, especially bake.I like to read and collect cookbooks, I worked as a floral designer, wallpaper hanger and RX tech. I stopped working 6 yrs ago to babysit my first grandchild. Now I have 3, he started school, this year. I stay with the middle one. My youngest DD just had a baby, his Dad watches him and goes to school at nite. My DH is semi retired.


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