Friday, December 2, 2011

They Came.....

Hello sweet ladies,

When we came home from work we ran out to the Refuge Cabin to finish it up before the girls came. Set the table......

with name tag on each plate..........

I tied a simple homespun ribbon around the pint size mason jar and placed a 1/2 pint jar with a tea light on the inside. Then I placed a plastic glittery snowflake in the front. When the candle light shown through it was so pretty.

In the center of the table I placed a hurricane lamp with some evergreen garland around the base and some white snowflakes. Real simple!

Turned the lights to the little tree........

and to my star how it turned out!

Put my Merry CHRISTmas on the wreath and hung on the old window frame. One thing........wish CHRIST was all in caps! Smile!

 Lit all the candles around the little room........I wish I could have captured the lighting for you. It was so pretty!!!!!!!

Look who looked in the window while we were working! The other day she wanted to come in to the cabin. Had to put a chair by the door so she wouldn't. She is not 7 months old.

My sweet man led us in prayer......he asked the Lord for 
protection over the girls lives, that He would
use the night to bless them......we could trust the evening with Him,
He loves them more than we do!!!!!!!

The menu:

Chicken Tortilla Soup and fried tortillas

Focaccia Bread for simple sandwiches

Lettuce, sliced tomatoes and greenpeppers.
Sliced Turkey

Whole wheat and regular crackers filled in a cute fat jar. 

Sour cream, cheddar cheese for soup and ranch dressing for sandwiches. 

Tressa made an Apple Pie. We placed the pie and the plates to the side, until they were ready to serve.

They came. We welcomed them to the Refuge Cabin...and
left them to have their party....with CHRISTmas music in the background.

They had fun and enjoyed the meal. One of the girls is a dorm
Mom, she wants to have her girls come......she will get back with me. Another party.......oh my, the Lord has started a good work! So glad He is letting us be a part of it!

You know, when I prayed all those years ago for so long for a place of Refuge?
I know He put that desire in my heart, not me. He had a work that He wanted to complete.......never ever thought it was going to be college kids! He is good, He always knows just what we need and when we need it! 

Thank you sweet ladies for being a part of this little dinner with me on facebook! It was so fun to tell you the things that were going on!

It is really cold and the ice is here. The lights keep flickering. Pray we don't run out of electricity. It will be cold!

Hugs to your weekend, 


  1. You are so good to have this Refuge Cabin and to use it for His purposes. The table decor and feast are gorgeous, and your cute friend peering in the window.

  2. How very wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Hi girls, John'aLee, I just read your post........I am so so so sorry!!!!!! Life is so stinking hard sometimes. It doesn't make sense. It does only one thing........makes us long to be with our Father in Heaven forever!!!!!! I am tucking your sweet girl in my heart! Praying......can't imagine her pain....but I know the one that does! Hugs to you!

    Thank you Terra. It was so fun this evening! Koko wanted in on the party!
    Hugs, me

  4. I can't imagine feeling more welcome anywhere! All the little details add up to so much love. Love the visitor peeking in the window!

  5. Awww so sweet!! Such a lovely Christ centered homespun time of fellowship 8) The pictures of REFUGE in HIM..I was there in SPIRIT. Thank you Linda for sharing those moments with us! Merry CHRISTmas dear lady....

  6. Beautiful. Just plain beautiful, Linda. Praising God with you for His blessing on your farm and particularly Refuge Cabin. I know that NO one who enters will ever be the same.

    I'm curious....Just how much floor space does it have???

  7. Oh Linda I want to come to your Refuge Cabin! How beautiful & inspiring it is! You & your girls are so gifted! The Lord is using you in such a sweet way! your visitor...he wants in soooo

    xoxo Gert

  8. How positively wonderful Linda!! I trust that those dears ones left very encouraged, nourished and refreshed! Bless you as you go about the work of the Father!

    Merry CHRISTmas!

  9. I love the crackers in a jar.
    What a beautiful table.

  10. This post is such a huge blessing to me Linda. Thank you for your hearts and service to the Lord in providing a haven for these ladies, to make them feel loved, to nourish them and to bless them.

    Bless your hearts!

  11. All the decorations are so pretty, Linda! I know it was fun for the girls and how wonderful your husband led in prayer.

  12. What a nice little place you have! It looks so cozy :) The table set up you arranged looks so beautiful!! I enjoyed looking at all your pictures!! Yeah, it is hard to capture how the lights really look in a picture- but I can imagine how nice it looked :) Very nice post!!

  13. Hi Linda! I wish I were there with you! I was entering a contest to win a night at a fancy local hotel! Oh My Goodness! I like the Refuge Cabin better!
    It is my birthday todya and we are indoors! It is bitter cold and snowing. Very icy. Pray for my son Jeremy He had to work and people get so angry if their pizza delivery is late! :(

  14. It is all beautiful, Linda :D I know those girls loved it and will never forget the sweet time they experienced. Love the pic of Koko peeking in! I wish I had a piece of the apple pie with a slice of cheddar cheese melted on top! It looks so yummy!

    Love you,


  15. It looks so warm & inviting! I'm fixing up a "Guest Cottage" in an area of our house where my mother-in-law used to live. I've been having so much fun seeing what I can find in thrift stores to outfit it! It seems to have a bird theme so I might call it the "Bird House". Thanks for all of the wonderful inspiration you provide---I like how you pray for your guests before they come. I'm praying God would use our "Bird House" to bless others.

  16. Oh my goodness I agree I want to come and join in the party too... It is so cute!

  17. Dear Linda,

    what a beautiful place you and the girls set for the college girls ;) :) They'll remember this for years to come...and I'm sure you've started the seed of hospitality in those ladies hearts, too. They'lll share that gift with someone else down the road ;) :)

    It's sunny today, but very cold. Ocean fog is cold :) :) :)

    Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  18. Beautiful! May God bless you and yours real good for all you do. The food and decorations are yummy. I may have to borrow an idea or two.
    Til next time...God bless and Merry Christmas.

  19. Everything looks oh so pretty and welcoming! I'm sure they must have all had a wonderful visit!

  20. Everything looks cute and delicious but your star box is my favorite part. So pretty!


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