Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Saying Good-bye To Rebecca's HEARTH AND HOME Newsletter


"...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and 
let us run with patience the race that is set before us..." (Hebrews 12:1)

Greetings, Dear Friends!

After much thought and prayer I have decided to say good-bye to Rebecca's HEARTH AND HOME Newsletter once and for all. Not my blog...just the newsletter itself. 

You see...the truth is...we're in a different time period now and what used to work no longer works. The original Rebecca's HEARTH AND HOME Newsletter did not start out as a blog. It started out as a monthly (sometimes twice a month) newsletter published through Rebecca's HEARTH AND HOME on Yahoo Groups. That was back in January of 2002. The newsletter continued in one form or another on a consistent (and sometimes not-so-consistent) basis for several years with the last regular issue being published in July of 2013. 

I've put out a few issues here and there on this blog since then, but, no matter how hard I try, I just can't get them pulled together like I used to. In fact, you can tell from the inconsistencies and emotion expressed in the latest issue (June 2018) that I have really been struggling with all of this. And, really, there's no need to struggle over it. It just doesn't work anymore. 

It used to be that we'd live life and I would make notes on the highlights (household hints and money saving ideas that I picked up here and there, new recipes that I tried, etc.) and I would write my material based on those things, but, nowadays, with blog posts and the use of social media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and such) and everything being so instant, there's really no need to keep trying to do all that, put it into a newsletter, AND try to run a blog. The individual posts are enough and they are much more manageable. 

In lieu of all that, I have decided to stop beating myself for not being consistent with the newsletter, enjoy the memory of how it used to be, let the format of how it was slip into the past, and be happy with where I'm at today.

The truth is, if I'd stop worrying about how to keep doing something that has obviously run its course, get past the guilt of not keeping up with it, and focus on where I'm at right now, I would probably be a better blogger all the way around!

So, with that being said, it is with fond memories and a bit of sadness that I say "farewell" to Rebecca's HEARTH AND HOME Newsletter once and for all. I do thank all of those who, over the years, have read, responded to, and supported the many issues. It's meant a lot to me. 

Now...it's on to bigger and better things! 😊

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - June 18, 2018

Black-eyed Susan's Growing Along The Roadway
Good morning and Happy MONDAY! 💗

How is everyone? I sure hope this post finds you and yours healthy, happy, and content in all of life's circumstances this morning! How was your weekend? I hope the dads in your life had a wonderful Father's Day weekend! 

Our week was good. I had to be out at the park most days. Served a pulled bison dinner to the Americorps workers their last night in (they put in a ten-day stint at the park this time...that was on Tuesday evening), had a school group on Wednesday, a Prairie Jubilee planning meeting on Thursday, worked half a day on Friday (attended a friend's funeral in the afternoon), and conducted my 'Let's "Stick" Together' program (all about fun with plain ol' ordinary sticks) on Saturday. Other than that, just worked around the place and celebrated a quiet Father's Day with my husband. 

Playing "Pooh Sticks" Off The Bridge at the Picnic Area
Now it's Monday and I'm up at at 'em and rearing to go in a brand new week! So, let's get right on it as we join Sandra and all the other lovely ladies over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom...shall we?

Today I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and
all of the wonderful ladies of 
Happy Homemaker Monday!

Right now I am...

I got up early this morning and started doing laundry and cleaning right away, so, right now, I'm taking a breakfast break and enjoying a cup of tea as I start this post. 

Am thinking...

That, if I have time, I should consider cleaning the livingroom carpet this afternoon. It really needs it. 😞

On the breakfast plate...

Boring I know, but I had my here-as-of-late regular...THM Sweat Pant Oatmeal and a cup of Twining's Irish Breakfast tea. I can't help it! Most mornings I'm craving oatmeal and that is my absolute favorite way to make it. 

Trim Healthy Mama Sweat Pat Oatmeal
The weather...

Still very hot and VERY humid. In fact, we've been under a heat advisory for several days now, but there's supposed to be a 10 to 15 degree temperature drop coming mid-week with some really good rain chances...which we need desperately. Am looking forward to that and just hope that it comes through. 

On my reading pile...

Ella Mayfield's Paw paw Militia by Fay Risnern
Finished reading Ella Mayfield's Paw paw Militia by Fay Risnern (great local historical fiction) and Ministering to the Brokenhearted by Kenneth W. Hagin. At present, in addition to daily scripture reading, I am still working on The Busy Woman's Guide to Healthy Eating by Emily Barnes and Sue Gregg and am also finishing up a couple of mini-books through RHEMA, as well. I've got a whole pile of 'to-read' books, but haven't decided yet what to go with next.

On the menu this week...

Monday - breakfast for supper (turkey bacon, eggs, oven-roasted potato wedges, and toast)
Tuesday - chicken tacos (made with homemade tortillas) and rice and beans
Wednesday - turkey Italian sausage stuffed banana peppers (from the garden) with homemade French bread
Thursday - turkey burgers and baked potatoes with cottage cheese
Friday - broiled salmon, cheesy scalloped potatoes (freezer), and peas
Saturday - split pea soup (freezer) and cornbread (freezer)
Sunday - leftovers

On my 'to do' list...

- Monday - Plan the week ahead, do my weekly "home blessing", do laundry
- Tuesday - Take a friend to her hair appointment
- Wednesday - Library programs at 11:15 and 3:15 (Missouri Frogs and Toads)
- Thursday - Run errands, go shopping
- Friday - Work (TSL training)
- Saturday - Work (Hug-A-Herp Day)
- Sunday - Church

In the craft basket...

This is one of the grapevine wreaths I've made. I
made it last night and hung up to dry overnight. 
Have been working on soaking and forming grape vine wreaths out of the giant ball of grape vines that my cousin brought me. I'm very pleased with the way they're turning out. 💗

Looking forward to this week...


Kicking off Jean (over at So Not Organized) and I's 30 Days of Summer blog series. To find out more check out this post on Jean's site and this one on mine. Jean and I hope you'll join us in our summertime adventure! 🌞

Something interesting I watched...

Over the weekend, compliments of a friend, my husband and I watched Gotti: Godfather & Son. There was a day when my husband looked up to John Gotti and a, much later, day that he tried to minister to him when he was in the federal penitentiary at Springfield, Missouri. The documentary was both good and sad. We pray better things for his children and grandchildren.


What I found while surfing the net...

Nothing that anyone else would be interested in, I'm sure. Most of my surfing this week involved looking for information on hiking trails in northern Minnesota. 😆

From the camera...


My purple-headed coneflowers are in full bloom and
the pollinators are going crazy around them!
We've seen a good variety of bees, beetles, and
butterflies all over them the past few days. So pretty!
Pollinators on Purple-headed Coneflower

Scripture passage...




Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful week ahead! And I'll see you next week! Have a Happy First Day of Summer! 💗

Until Next Time...
~Rebecca

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Introducing the 30 Days of Summer Blog Series

Good afternoon, Dear Friends!

The first day of summer is just around the corner and Jean (over at So Not Organized) and I are super excited to announce our 30 DAYS OF SUMMER blog series!🌞

The plan is to write two to three posts per week over the course of the entire summer (30 posts in all) with a weekly link-up being offered every Thursday. 

The series will begin one week from today on June 21, 2018 (the first day of summer) and run through September 21, 2018 (the last day of summer), with our last link-up going up Thursday, September 20th and you're invited to join us!

Should you decide to do so, your posts can be about anything you want (within reason, of course 😳) as long as they relate back to the summer season. 

For further details about this blog series, be sure to visit Jean's site and feel free to grab our cool graphic (below) to include in your posts. 




Jean and I are sure hopin' that you decide to join us!  We both look forward to spending our summer with YOU! 🌞

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Eighteen Things That I Want To Do In 2018 Mid-Year Review


Well...it's June and that means that we're quickly approaching the half-way-through-the-year point! Can you believe it? 😲

Regardless of where it's gone, 2018 is nearly half over and that's where we're at. Thanks to my friend, Jean, over at So Not Organized, I am reminded that this is a great time to check in and see where we're at with our beginning of the year goals. 

Here's where I'm at with mine...


18 Things I Want To Do In 2018 Update

1. Read (at least) 18 books  I'm just about there. Have finished reading 15 of the 18 plus two mini-books.

2. Go out of town or do something special to celebrate my husband and I's 30th wedding anniversary.  We didn't make it out of town, but our girls surprised us with a 30th wedding anniversary party on the Sunday before our anniversary and that was definitely special! We had an ice storm that day AND a brand new granddaughter!!! What a awesome way to celebrate 30 wonderful years together! 💗💗 (We had an ice storm on the day we got married, too, so it was definitely fitting!) 😆

John and I at Our 30tth Wedding Anniversary Surprise Party

3. Welcome two new grandbabies into the world  Our granddaughter, Kira Niomi Faith, was came into the world on February 11th; little Hannah Nicole is due the 25th of this month...so soon! 💗

Kira Niomi Faith
February 11, 2018 💓 7 pounds 6 ounces 💓 20 inches long

4. Do one thing each month towards getting ready for Christmas 2018  Don't know as I've purposely done one thing each month towards getting ready, but, when everything I've done thus far is put together, it probably equals out to that. 

5. Pay off that last credit card (it's been a 15+ year journey, but we're almost there!) Still a work in progress, but we're getting there!

6. Guard my heart from negativity and drama  This one is vague, I know, but, most days, I do okay. Other days it's a real struggle, but, overall, it's easier for me than it used to be and that's good!

7. Attend the 2018 Victory Campaign in Branson Enjoyed our trip to Branson very much this year and enjoyed attending this year's Victory Campaign at Faith Life Church.

Faith Life Church - Branson, Missouri

8. Post a Happy Homemaker Monday Post every Monday  So far...so good! Haven't missed a one yet! 

9. Plant a vegetable garden  Done!

10. Walk (at least) 365 miles (a mile a day) Right now I'm sitting at 217 miles walked for the year, so I'm well over halfway to my goal. 

11. Get rid of 18 things we don't truly enjoy/use each month (4 or 5 things per week) Again, don't know as I've purposely thrown out 18 things each month, but, overall, it's probably pretty close to that. I've been really good about decluttering and keeping things moving out that we don't need, but...I have a l-o-n-g way to go before I'm through everything that I want to go through. 

12. Turn the Van Gogh room into a functioning office and prayer closet  Done!

13. Get pull blinds and lace curtains for livingroom windows  I've got the blinds, but not the curtains, and I don't have them put up yet. 

14. Finish the unit that I'm currently on in Rhema plus one more (that will leave only one before graduation)  Have finished the unit that I was on in January and am almost done with the second one. 

15. Create a moon garden in the backyard (this has been on my list for quite a while) It's still on my list. We did purchase a bench toward this process, but, as of yet, still need to look into plants, rock, etc. 

16. Complete a 1940's WWII Rationing Challenge  Haven't even thought about this one yet. Would still like to do it though. 

17. Lose 30 pounds  Have lost 14 pounds of the 30 thus far.

18. Clean off and reorganize the back porch  Haven't started this one yet. 

Did you make a list of goals this year? If so, how are you progressing? Feel free to share a link to your goals in the comment section below.

Until next time...

~Rebecca

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