Homemade Christmas Tip

Girl Opening Door & Holding Tea KettleGood Morning! It's another new week of school and work. Before the week gets going at breakneck speed, here's a quick tip to use when making homemade drink mixes. Before putting cappuccino mixes, spiced tea mixes, and other homemade drink mixes in their containers for giving, run the mix through the blender or food processor. This blends the mix to a finer consistency which enables mixes to dissolve more thoroughly. 

Girl Holding Tea KettleHave a super great week in Jesus friend! Love & Prayers from Abundantly Blessed


Great is His Faithfulness

Good Morning! The words of a song are running through my heart and mind. May I share them with you? As we bless the Lord together may you sense His faithfulness in a new, more real, way than ever before. Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me bless His holy name!

Lyrics Words and Music by Reba Rambo and Dony McGuire
Arranged by Tom Fettke

Morning sun, light of creation;
Grassy fields, a velvet floor; 
Silver clouds, a shimmering curtain, He’s designed a perfect world. 
I’m amazed at His talents, 
stand in awe of One so great; 
Now my soul begins to sing out to the source from which it came. 

Bless the Lord who reigns in beauty; 
Bless the Lord who reigns with wisdom and with power. 
Bless the Lord who fills my life with so much love, 
He can make a perfect heart. 

Bless the Lord, O my soul; 
Bless the Lord, O my soul; 
And all that is within me bless His holy name. 
Bless the Lord, O my soul; 
Bless the Lord, O my soul; 
And all that is within me bless His holy name. 

Bless the Lord who reigns in beauty 
Bless the Lord who reigns with wisdom and with power. 
Bless the Lord who fills my life with so much love, 
He can make a perfect heart. 

Bless the Lord who reigns in beauty; 
Bless the Lord who reigns with wisdom and with power. 
Bless the Lord who fills my life with so much love, 
He can make a perfect heart, a perfect heart, a perfect heart. Bless the Lord! 

© 1980, this arr. 2008 Makanume Music, Ooh’s 


Another Laugh

It's the first Friday of the 2015-16 school year! The weather is too hot for me to cook pizza for my crew so we'll have to settle for a joke instead.

Here it is:

Question: What do you call a cow that has recently had a baby?
Answer: Decalfinated!!!

Are you boo-ing us yet? Hey, we're cattle ranchers. What can we say? We have some more good news from Abundance House. The broody hen Rosie has hatched out eight chicks! Yay for Rosie! All eight are fluffy balls of black and/or yellow fuzz. New countrytime adventures are in store for us chicken keepers. As we roll into this first weekend of the school year may you be blessed beyond measure as you witness the loving provision and care of God in your life. He is God. He is good. AND His mercies endure forever.


How is your summer going?


Did you do anything fun?” 

That’s when it happened.  The mind goes blank.  And I am sure my face reflected that.


Did you go tubing?” 


Go on vacation?” 


Swim a lot?” 


Go to a river? Play in a lake?” 

No. No.” 

A few more questions of possible things I might have done. Same answer from me.

 Nothing fun? Did you just work all summer? ” 

Well, um.. I didn’t not have fun. Just a normal summer I guess. ” 

Do you have any plans? Any thing you are going to do still?” 


None? There is only a few short weeks of summer left!” 

My mind is racing. Surely I can think of something I did that would fit under the category of “fun” to most people. Did I really just only work this summer? I guess I hadn’t thought about it. Or how it would probably seem to others. There it is! A flash into my mind!

We made a giant slip and slide.” 

That sounds really fun.” 

It was.” 

There I thought of something! Relief. I didn’t have to leave that conversation in the awkward “I don’t have an answer” stage.

This was the conversation between my chiropractor and I a couple days ago. Right before my treatment. I may have thought of an answer for the moment, and we moved on to talking about what I had done to put my shoulder out, but my mind didn’t stop thinking. (And if anyone who really knows me very well in real life is reading this you will probably be laughing. Because you know that my mind is always going. And going. And going. It doesn’t stop very well. J And then my friends get strange texts asking random questions. Because well, “I got to thinking and was wondering…..”) How do I answer questions like that? I mean I didn’t not have fun.  It is hard to explain to others though. Honestly, I really don’t think about whether or not I am having “fun” this summer or not! Well, at least not until somebody starts asking questions like those mentioned.  Then as I am thinking it hits me. Fun is really a relative term. Just like the saying,  “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Fun is really in the eye of the beholder as well.  My mind keeps spinning, and the list of “fun” my summer contained just kept growing and growing as the day went on. So what exactly is my fun this summer?


  • iced tea
  • sitting on the front porch drinking that iced tea after a long hot day
  • the smell of a hay meadow
  • watching little kids fish
  • the sound of birds, frogs, and bugs all going at once
  • the smell of fresh cut grass
  • watching kittens play 
  • dragon flies and butterflies
  • the first cucumber from the garden. That everyone shares and only gets one slice of.
  • fireworks on the fourth
  • glow sticks
  • a giant slip and slide
  • squeaky tricycle wheels as a little boy races by
  • the beauty of green hills in the setting sun
  • a meadow full of hay bales
  • thunderstorms and watching the lightning
  • dancing and running around in the rain
  • the intoxicating smell of rain
  • growing things
  • rainbows
  • flip flops
  • the roar of the nighttime creatures
  • wild flowers blooming
  • bouquets of alfalfa blossoms brought to you by a little sister
  • bouquets of wild grasses and flowers scattered through out the house in various containers
  • muddy children
  • little boys playing in the sandbox
  • children playing on the swing set
  • clothes hanging on the line
  • the smell of wild roses
  • the look of a freshly mowed lawn
  • little hands full of “treasures” to show you 
  • tans 
  • sun bleached hair
  • watermelon
  • little kid birthday parties
  • hauling out mineral
  • seeing the growing calves
  • random glimpses of fawns
  • finding bird’s nests
  • the first ears of sweet corn 
  • turtles
  • big straw cowboy hats
  • shorts and tank tops
  • little hands filled with creatures for you to take a picture of
  • late nights and early mornings
  • the way the setting sun makes the water drops from the sprinkler shine and sparkle
  • toads and frogs
  • tiki torches
  • the voices of children as they run and shout and play
  • the smell of hamburgers on the grill
  • sandwiches, chips, and baked beans
  • seventeen eggs setting under a broody hen with the excitement of baby chicks in the near future
  • experimenting and trying new bath product recipes
  • new landscaping 
  • growing trees
  • watching hens chase bugs
  • cold showers
  • the sound of ideas, dreams, and plans being discussed in the fading daylight 
  • a cold drink of water out of a windmill on a hot windy day
  • all the sights, sounds and smells that make up summer

My mind fills with all the many, many fun things that are filling my summer. Then the question arises… What does fun even mean? Maybe I am using it wrong. Maybe a different word would be more fitting to describe my ever growing list. So what does fun really mean?

Used as an adjective like we were it means:

- providing entertainment, amusement, or enjoyment

And its synonyms are-

-amusing, delightful, diverting, enjoyable, entertaining, pleasurable

I wasn’t using it incorrectly! Fun really, truly is in the eye of the beholder!

So yes I did have fun this summer! I had lots of fun! Was it what most consider fun? I don’t know.  But to me it’s fun. Fun is all in the little things. The thousand little things that make summer, summer.

Let's Laugh!

A couple of jokes to celebrate the second day of the 2015-2016 school year:

Question: What do you call an alligator wearing a vest?
Answer: An investigator!


Question: What did the father buffalo say to his son when he left for college?
Answer: Bison (Bye Son)


Refreshing Rain

Fussy children, sharp words, and tired minds all tangle together in a big ole heap of hot. Then, all of a sudden, in one moment of wakefulness during the early morning hours, it can be heard. The sound of rain trumpeting through the harsh edges soothing the frayed nerves with every delicious ping! ping! ping! Drip after blessed drip chases away the dust revealing forgotten beauty. Hour after blissful hour the rain continues to fall. Random flashes of lightning and distant rumblings of thunder blend with the falling drops of water to create a sleep-inducing symphony of peacefulness. It seems as if the entire world sighs in relief as the rain continues to fall through the night and early morning.

In the morning the news still contains just as many negative stories. Around the world people are still dying and hating, but the rain reminds us that people are also still being born and loving. The morning shower helps wash away the dust of weariness and refreshes the perspective of those who choose to listen and receive it's gift of refreshment. May the rain of the blessed Holy Spirit fall in showers of refreshing across the fields of your life today.