... the sun is shining, and I cannot but be in awe at the beauty of God's creation - again;

... my boy, DR, left on the morning ferry to go to a Church Conference in Arbroath;

Missing you already, pal

... my heart is heavy because I have just been speaking to our dear friends who lost their son last week;

... my washing line looks like this;

 ... we were talking about our holidays in America, and wondering if, or when, we'll be able to visit again;

We loved PA. Actually, we didn't find a patch we didn't love, although we have only been in around seven states. 

... I am glad this guy is my husband.  

... I reckon Katie should make her Victoria Sponge;

... (not just because Katie may make me a Victoria Sponge) I am glad that we were blessed with these two girls.

(Did you know that both our daughters were born on Mother's Day? ... Two years apart, these were my Mother's Day gifts. How amazing is that?!)

 ... I ought to pay this machine a visit;

... I am comforted by the words of Psalm 116: 5-7: 

"Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea our God is merciful. The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and He helped me. Return unto thy rest, O my soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee."


  1. I can't think of any better gift for Mother's day than a baby, and to think it happened twice for you. That's incredible!

    Mr. C mentioned, if you all ever make it back to the states, we surely have to visit, somehow.

  2. wow, that's cool about mother's day! my little bro was born on mother's day too. we are 20 years apart.

    great update!!!

  3. The sun and scenery are divinely beautiful, the cake looks scrumptious, I sorrow for the couple who lost their child, and your children are adorable! Have a terrific weekend!

  4. My family enjoyed your pictures. Your cost is very similar to Oregon's cost in the United States.

  5. The picture of that laundry on the line, with the winds you must get, makes me expect to see some of your things flying by at any moment! lol :)

  6. How wonderful that both of your girls were born on Mother's Day. Precious gifts.

  7. I love that picture of the wash blowing in the wind. It's great.

  8. Nice to see your pictures and hear your thoughts. Interesting how laundry can be pretty... at least I think it is. The sponge cake is making me hungry. How amazing that your girls were both born on Mother's Day. I just love that. Enjoyed strolling with you on your solitary beach excursion (down in your previous post). I felt like I had a solitary beach stroll with you :). Many Blessings to you Anne, and our Love to all of you.

  9. What a wonderful blog to find! My daughter (http://princessprints.shutterfly.com) found you and we are all thrilled. We are also a homeschool family - though in Washington state. My oldest two daughters are nearly a Mother's Day girls as well, May 14 and 25! God bless you! We'll be checking in w/ you again!

  10. Wonderful photo of your wash whipping in the wind! Your daughters are lovely and I'm sure they're a great help to you!

  11. Well, mum two things. First, you owe me copyright for that photo. The one with the sun. Second, I obviously wasn't there when you were discussing America-otherwise I'd have pointed out, with a total lack of smugness, that I was going in the summer. Just in case you've forgotten ;D

  12. First, your son's comment made me laugh. :)

    Second, you MUST come to Virginia if you find yourself on this side of the world again. :)

    Third, you have been such a tremendous encouragement to me this week. All your thoughtful comments have been like oil over my head...although not nearly as messy. :) Thank you, friend!


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