Wednesday, January 18, 2012 is so cold!

Hello sweet ladies,

Hope all is well with you. It is so cold in Kansas, even the kitchen at the college is cold! The girls and I like to stand in front the oven at the kitchen and warm up!  The weekend will be different. Warm! 

I just want to say thank you for all the sweet notes and comments you all have left here and on facebook. Very nice of you all! The family who has the dogs have been so kind to us. They feel horrible that their dogs have done what they have done and they wanted to pay for the damages. Of course we said no. They are doing all they can to make sure this will not happen again. 

Aren't the chickens beautiful?
I saw this pic on pinterest..........I have a gate like this. Not fancy on the top, but still will be fine for this look. I will make sure the gate will be a part of the new chicken pen! Can't wait for summer. The little Bantam Cochin Girlies are laying up to 3-4 eggs a day. I am sure they are going to be good setters. I will sneak some of the big Girlies eggs under their tummies so they will sit on some big eggs! Oh, almost forgot to tell you, the ducks are laying eggs also! So excited about that also!

Cherry Pepsi Float Cupcakes

Today Tressa made Cherry Pepsi Float Cupcakes. Thought you might like the recipe. We didn't have Cherry Coke at the bakery so we made ours with Pepsi. I couldn't resist making a heart and taking a pic! It's the craftin' in me! Perfect recipe for Valentines Day don't you think? For our frosting Tress made a butter cream frosting and added chopped thawed frozen cherries . The frosting was wonderful! Instead of the maraschino cherries she used the thawed frozen cherries. They were delicious, especially when you bit into the cherry! 

On the way to work I am treating myself to Kisses from Katie. I want to share with you the story that I read this morning. Katie loves Jesus and she is encouraging my heart!  If you want to buy.......go here!

The night in 2007 was cold and rainy. I was walking out of the supermarket on Main Street in downtown Jinja, on my way home. Then I saw him. Huddled on the street corner, drenched and shivering, was a little boy. At that moment, all I really wanted to think about was getting home, getting dry, and crawling into my warm bed. But a voice inside told me to stop. I took the little boy inside the supermarket to dry him off a bit and bought him some biscuits and juice. I gave him my sweatshirt, a small wooden cross I carried in my pocket, and some change so he could get a ride home. As he left, he called out, “What is your name?” “Katie,” I responded, “Auntie Katie.” “Me, I am Daniel,” he shouted and disappeared into the wet, chilly night. About a year later, I walked into the supermarket to buy food for my family and got caught in a big hug. Two small brown arms wrapped around me as a child’s voice excitedly proclaimed, “Auntie Katie!” I looked down to see Daniel. Beaming. “Wait,” he urged me. He hurried to the nearest street vendor and bought me a popsicle with the little pocket change he had. He then dug his little hand in his pocket and pulled out the small wooden cross. Looking at me with a wide grin, he spoke words that pierced my heart: “I have never stopped praying for you every day.” To this day, I think of that story and stand amazed at the goodness of our God and the enormous things He can accomplish if I am obedient to His command to stop and love the person in front of me. That rainy night, I really just wanted to hop on a piki and go home. But I stopped, because that’s what my heart told me to do. I only gave him a sweatshirt (I’m sure I have eight more). I only gave him some cheap biscuits (I can eat biscuits anytime I want to). I only gave him enough money for his ride home (probably less than the equivalent of fifty cents). But Jesus gave him hope that night. And he remembered. He didn’t just remember my face; he remembered my name. He prayed for me. He prayed for my safety and for the opportunity to see me again. I blessed him just one cold night, and he blessed me every day after that for an entire year.

This story blessed my heart. I don't want to miss in my life what the Lord wants to do! I was reminded of this this morning. Sometimes when I have to get up so early and be somewhere else other then my home.......I just cry! Yup.......a baby, but when I read the Word of God or read a story about someone who loves encourages my heart to keep on with the race set before me. Hope you enjoyed this story....... if you are a Momma with little ones and you are tired.....swoop them up in your arms.......pray over them.....ask God to give you the strength to pour His Word into their won't regret it! Or maybe you are older.....and life has dealt you with some hard stuff........don't Him with your life......ask Him to give you someone......just like He gave Katie, Daniel to encourage. He will, supernaturally because He has someone He wants us to love or encourage.........for Him. A good place to be!

Well I love you sweet ladies........and I continue to pray for you. Thank you for being a part of Prairie Flower are such an encouragement to my life! 

Hugs from our farm, 



  1. I love the story of Katie and Daniel. God is so good! But we don't often see it and run back to our own worries. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

  2. I have lost a rooster and 3 hens lately due to dogs....i'm ready to load a shotgun with rocksalt and go after the dogs!

  3. The story is inspiring and the cupcakes sound delicious. So good to know too that the owners of the dogs have been so kind. It's cold here too -- about 5 below zero as I write!

  4. Ooh..the book looks so interesting! Thanks for letting me know about it. Love the chicken gate too! I can't wait to get my chickens in the Spring and would love to incorporate that idea...I just have to find a gate.
    Hugs and stay warm - it's cold here too!

  5. I know now that I have to read that book, no question. My heart strings are being tugged.

    Those cupcakes are looking delicious, as everything you make does. I think that I would love to work in that kitchen with you and just soak up everything you know.

  6. Oh Linda you are such a positive person ....I pray that the owners of those dogs keep them under control...I remember when our dog on the farm did that & the farmer (our landowner) made us get rid of he said once they get a taste of the blood they will do it again;(

    Love the gate..what a great idea! And oh those cupcakes look amazing!

    That story is so amazing..thank you for sharing it with us!

    Blessings & warm thoughts,


  7. Thanks for the story...AND the cupcakes! '-) I know what you mean about being sad to leave your home. I enjoy my home so much ~ it so hurt when I had to go back to working outside the home when my hubbie got laid off, but I just pay that the Lord uses me everyday.

    Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

  8. Hi Linda,

    Oh, wow...I think you are showing that family such an amount of grace, and I'm glad that you are being such a godly example to them!!

    I think that chicken gate is really, really cute :) :) Maybe you could add some nice flowers to the top of the gate? Just an idea. Whatever you do, it will be cute. That is for sure :) :)

    Cherry Pepsi cupcakes? YUM!!!!! I'll bookmark this recipe on my computer :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  9. The story of Katie and Daniel really warmed my heart. Thank you Linda.
    Those cupcakes look delicious. You really use the talents God has given you. I want to try this recipe.
    I hope those dogs won't bother your chickens anymore.
    love and hugs ~

  10. Thank you, Linda, for being an encouragement to so many! I know God is using you to touch many lives! I know it is hard to leave home each day, but I saw firsthand on Monday what a powerful witness your family has - simply by your presence on campus... "Christ in you, the hope of glory." Keep pressing on, my friend.

  11. LInda I always love what you share! The story of Katie is beautiful and your Tressa's cupcakes Y U M M Y !!!! Blessings to you and yours! Anne


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