Friday, April 29, 2011

On this day

I am posting early today.  Some of you are no doubt up in the middle of the night to witness the marriage ceremony of Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton.

I was not yet born when my mom sipped her tea and read the headlines in the newspaper on Princess Elizabeth's Coronation to become Queen of England and the Commonwealth.

Her teacup remained  a cherished item in her china cabinet and was used only on special occasions when she would set her table with her other assorted tea cups.

I might not have  a tea cup to commemorate Prince William and Kate's wedding day. ..
but I'll remember this day as long as I live.

I've not slept very soundly myself . .watching the Royal Wedding . .but I have another reason as well.
I have a live radio interview at 7:10 am this morning.
There might be a few folks that are listening to radio instead of watching the royal wedding recap.
I hardly need to be nervous.

Can you make the grooms cake? 
Mennonite Girls Can cook. .can. and you certainly can too.

This afternoon I am attending high tea. . .
with the women in my life. .
that matter most.

all for now. .

Thursday, April 28, 2011

grammies wardrobe

These pictures are from my files of earlier this month.
When the grands spend time at the farm I pull out their farm clothes before taking them outside.
I think it's time to buy some new ones soon since the "cozy pants" are looking more like pedal pushers.

In my pocket. .
I put my snap and shoot camera. .
and some tissues ..
and out we go.

I have a growing assortment of rubber boots.. .
a selection of light weight zip up jackets with hoods. .
and a few T-shirts in varying sizes.

The funny thing is. .
they like their farm clothes.
When we come back inside. .
we they strip down to our skivvies in the laundry room ..
and if my timing is right. .
we they put on their choice of a selection of cozy jammies for naps.
I have toddler panties and boxer shorts for the toddlers. .
and nappies and wipes for the wee one.

I smiled the other day when I found a few oldie goldie children's clothes that my mom had in her wardrobe.
I wonder if those favorite red and green jackets will live to see another generation too.

all for now. .

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ruffles Satin and Chiffon

There is so much focus on Katherine's gown.
I can't help but wonder myself if she'll wear lace or satin .. .chiffon or silk.
With arms partly covered and her cleavage hidden . .
she'll be a princess bride and her dress will be copied and recreated by morning.
The last time there was a royal wedding I had a toddler and a baby and valued sleep above watching the nuptials during the night.

I wonder whether they have sought marriage counselling and have marriage mentors to keep them accountable and that care that their marriage will thrive.
I hope and pray that they put as much effort into their marriage as they do on the day that the world will watch.  I hope the words quoted from the Bible on their wedding day will seep into their soul and will come back to them when their young love fades and the world watches with a critical eye to see them fail.

Someday perhaps in my lifetime we will sing "God save the King" to the handsome young prince.
I pray the bride of his youth will be by his side and will hold his hand.

I thought it might be a wonderful thing if believers around the world could pray for this young couple .  ..
for all they are and all they could become.

all for now ..

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

English Daisy Week

Seems fitting that my English Daisies are blooming  ..
stretching their little heads to the sun and rain.

My biggest dilemma is deciding which network will earn my focus in the middle of the night.
I'm leaning towards the BBC . .
but then I'll miss my regular folks who I watch everyday.
I expect we might record Network B  and view network A other and then catch what we missed on network B later.

Are you a Royalty fan?
I expect it might be genetic. .
for I am. .
always was ..
and  . .
will remain.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter 2011

Oh. .the weather held ..
the hunting was intense. .
the lilac theme made me smile all day.
Top left hand picture.. ..Grandgirlie holding her little sisters hand. . Little Miss Muffet.
Kanneloni Macaroni with her Easter pail.  ..was told their were eggs to be found. ..and heads for the hen house.
Lil' farm hand. ..two little girl cousins and one little sister.. . .all smiles. .
all darling.

Remember my lilac project?
opened up her etsy shop on my behalf to knit me matching little vest sweaters for the grand girls.
She sent them off about the same time the little dresses were finished at my end ..
and then we both waited. .
and waited. .
and waited.

When it seemed that Easter would come and go without little vests to keep the girlies warm. .
they arrived in the nick of time.
When I opened up the package. .
My eyes fell upon these darling little flowers.
Can you believe how perfectly she was able to match the flowers to the fabric?
It is an identical match.

And. fore me too ..
I just love it. 
I am seeing the world through lilac lenses right now. .
and loving it.

Heather. .
from the bottom of my heart. .
thank you for sending just the loveliest parcel.
We . and the grown girlies and little girlies all loved the sweater vests and felted flowers.

I  ...did not manage to match the vests to the fabric at my end.  .
quite as perfectly as I had hoped.
Heather sent some strands of yarn and I purchased fabric to match. .
but it's all good. .
there is more outfits in my imagination . .
and the summer hasn't even yet begun.

We had a wonderful Easter Sunday as a family. .
and I trust you did as well.

all for now ..

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Just as he said . ..

Christ is risen .. .
Christ is risen indeed.

Christians have been proclaiming that on Easter Morning for over 2000 years.
It was true then and it is just as true today.

Matthew 28:6
"He is not here; he has risen,
just as he said"

The resurrection of Christ is not just a belief of our faith it is a recorded part of history.
While I often feel a very emotional response to know that Jesus loved me enough to die for me . .
history itself proves it to be true scientifically.

Well known theories would argue that Christians only "believe" but we have more than that.

Jesus did not just pass out. . and come to three days later.  The Roman soldiers knew well how to end a life.

The disciples told the whole story including the parts where they disparage their own character. . fleeing from Jesus when he was taken away and then denying him.  They told this part of the story.

Later when they faced death themselves.  .not one recanted.  They saw Jesus after he rose from the dead and they believed everything he said and preached the gospel until they were martyred.

In a time when women had no voice .  ..Jesus appeared to them first.. .which makes the story seem  unbelievable and yet the the gospels tell the story as it happened.

Jesus told the truth about his death and resurrection and he said he would come back to earth again. .
and he will ...just as he said.

(in my own words from Jeff Bucknam's Easter message)

Wishing you and your family a very special Easter Sunday!

all for now ..

Comments are turned off today so that you might hurry on to celebrate Easter!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

"Man of Sorrows" Wat a Name,
For the son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim!

What a Saviour!

Bearing same and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood,
Sealed my pardon with His blood;

What a Saviour!

Guilty, vile and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
"Full atonement! can it be?

What a Saviour!

Lifted up was He to die,
"It is finished" was His cry;
Now in heaven exalted high,

What a Saviour!

When He comes,
our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we'll sing,

What a Saviour!

Philip P. Bliss 1838-1876

all for now . .

Thursday, April 21, 2011

out doing deliveries

Yesterday first thing in the morning we loaded up the truck and headed out for breakfast and deliveries.

I'll be adding a link on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook in the next few days with info on retailers that we have been told will sell the book.
For now. ..these are the ones that we did drop offs locally in the valley.

If you go to the store and they haven't put them out yet. .
it is possible they are saving them for something special. .
but it never hurts to ask.

This Ten Thousand Villages is in Langley British Columbia. .
do you have one in your neck of the woods?

Judy and Marg dropped off a few books on their way home yesterday
They stopped at Neufeld Farms.  .Grandpappy's Furniture . .

. .and Winks.

The rest of the day flew past with emails ..
book signing arrangements ..
and fun phone calls. .
and . .
one date out for dinner.

It was a good day ..
a very good day.

All for now. .

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Book!

Had I not looked ridiculous sitting at the end of the driveway yesterday I surely would have been sitting on the fence waiting for her arrival.
We were eating an early lunch facing the front window when I saw "the truck" slow in front of our house.
I jumped off my bar stool and ran to the window. .
and said.. ."this is it!!!"
Lunch forgotten . . we opened up the kitchen door and waved at the driver as he backed up his truck to the loading dock. 

The driver and the farmer moved the pallet of books from them to us..  .
and I am nearly certain the truck driver had never anyone as happy to see him as he did yesterday.

I smiled as I read the box . . .
"Mennonite Girls Can"

I said. .
"I'll wait until one of the girls comes. . .
and we'll break open the shipment together".

Unable to hear me through the squeals.  ..
he took out his box cutter and broke the shrink wrap and yanked out a box.
Because of his thirty some years of Safeway practice. .
slid that blade across the seam and before I could protest even weakly. .
the books lay revealed.

To be fair .. .by that time I had already sent word to the girls that they should come.
They knew that this might be the day so I had cell numbers. .land lines. ..and all other possible numbers listed and ready.

Judy and Marg arrived first.
I loved these photos and thought you might want to see what it looks like to set eyes for the very first time on a book that bears your name as author.

Do they look pleased ?
I thought so too.

It has been a little like a group pregnancy. . .
counting down months and then days and then finally hours with a few contractions for good measure.

The two of them. . .
packed up their boxes and boxes for retailers in their towns ..
and off they went.

Kathy came next. .
and the fun began all over again.

At first in a hurry to get going ...

 .. she settled on a stool and shared a cup of coffee and a look see with me.

Then. ..Bev came.  .
and picked up her boxes . .

and then Julie as well.

Anneliese. . .will have hers soon as will Ellen and Betty and Charlotte.

On Mother's Day weekend ...we will be all together celebrating properly as a  group . . .
signing books and enjoying this time that is once in a lifetime.

Books are at the warehouses in Waterloo and Scottdale and are being packed up for all of you who have  ordered.

The local retailers should have their books on their shelves very shortly.
We'll be doing some deliveries to local retailers this morning.

If you don't see it there  . ..
be sure to ask.

all for now ..

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

waiting for a hatch

We had two scheduled hatch days here at the farm.
Sunday ..Grandgirlie prepared her nests and settled the eggs with the momma hen sitting pretty.
She inspected the bag from whence the eggs were produced and noted the picture of the open egg and declared them to be edible.
She seemed satisfied to swipe an egg or two from under the unsuspecting hen.

Yesterday it was the Lil' Farm Hands and Kanneloni Macaroni's turn to prep nests.
They nested the eggs carefully and placed the hen to keep them warm . .
and then came back every now and then to inspect for a hatched chick.

I explained that the eggs were just for pretend. .
but that lil' farm hand knows eggs and was not easily dissuaded from his nest watch.

In time. .
the nests remained intact ..
but the bag was found. .
and the weight of its contents was adjusted.

All for now ..

Monday, April 18, 2011

Lepp Farm Market invites Mennonite Girls to Class

Off we went to teach a sold out class how to make Paska.  .Zwieback and Green Bean Soup.
My confidence had grown since the last class and so the anticipation of sharing the recipe that was passed down to me was nothing less than a blessing and wonderful opportunity.

Had Grandma lived to know her Paska recipe would appreciated by so many she surely would have blushed.

Judy was demonstrating Zwieback and so her and I each made a batch of dough an hour before class arrived so that we could seamlessly demonstrate making dough  (another batch) and then pan our dough onto pans.

Bev was our Green Bean Soup demonstrator and it was fun to quiz the class to see who knew what the most significant herb is in the soup ..and then to see who knew what it was in German.
The class had a wonderful range of participants aged from young women all the way to Oma's.

Ellen ..shared authentic Russian Paska Spread which can only be described as Souffle light fluff which pairs just beautifully with Paska. 

I just feel incredibly humbled and blessed for the opportunity to share what we've been taught by our mothers and grandmothers with the next generation.

The ladies that came to learn and watch are so gracious in allowing us to learn to teach in their presence.

Charlotte Lepp's Mom and daughter joined us on our side of the counter to do some Oma/granddaughter  teaching of Zwieback.  What a treat to see the three generations side by side enjoying a task that has been handed down through the generations.

We are so excited to be partnering with Lepp Farm Market to equip the kitchen at Matthew's House.
All the proceeds of the classes are being donated ...both the girls and Lepp's.

Wondering when the next class is?

I wish you a very special week dear ones.

Christ is risen!
all for now.