I always have candles lit in my house.  In the evening with the candles lit all around the house, I feel cozy and the house feels warm and comforting.


Two years ago I bought my first set of battery operated candles that have a timer on them.  They go on at dusk and shut off after 6 hours. I bought them from a Christmas section in the store for the Holidays.  I have never taken them down.


I love the soft yellow glow they have all year round.  I replace the batteries about every month or sometimes a little longer.  It’s well worth it to not have to worry about turning them on or off and they look so nice when you drive by the house at night.  It looks like a true country home.

It’s the little things sometimes that mean the most.




The latest “couple” to move into our home. They are actually 10 inches tall

Looking around a few of the door frames and window frames in our home it may appear someone has a “couple” collection starting.  Let’s be honest…it’s me!!

I can’t help but love these types of people.  Wood, resin, glass, it does not matter.  Each one of these “spoke” to me in some way and I enjoy visiting them every day.  You can see each couple as you walk through the main rooms in our home starting from the backroom entry through to the front room office area.

The latest couple above was a thrifty find I had at a local antique mall.  I paid $2.00 for the set!!!!!!

They have a resting place on the storage chest for our winter clothing items in our back room and you can see them straight through from the living room or looking out at the backyard.


These cute Amish corner sitters are displayed above the sink in the kitchen with all the antique throat lozenges tins.  Sorry for the bad picture but you can see the girl on one side and the boy is on the other.

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Next up another cute Amish couple you pass under to enter the living room.  They are next to the awesome sign a friend picked up for me.  It’s amazing how some friends just know what you would like in your home.  I love the detail on this couples clothing.  While the Amish sets have no faces, they don’t need them as they are cute enough.


Once entering the living room, the older couple greets you with their farm chore baskets in hand on our mantle.  My mother had this set for years in this house when I was growing up.  She took them to Florida when she moved there in 1992.  She has since moved back by us and I was given this set.  It has come full circle.


And the last couple before entering the office area is yet a different set of Amish people.  This couple reminds me of teenage Amish kids.  I love the colors of their clothing and again, no faces.  Here is a history of what I found on why the Amish figures have no faces:  Amish Faces

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I have many more door frames and window sills waiting for their couple to join our family 🙂



A True Country Wedding

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We had a true country wedding yesterday for the niece of the man of the house.  I know it sounds cliche’ but this is a couple who truly are perfect together.  Lacy looked stunning in her dress and her husband, Jess, was as handsome as could be.

They put this together at Lacy’s parents house in their barn.  It was like a scene out of a magazine and I would love to share some of the beautiful touches they had.

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Introducing as a married couple for the first time.  The church was a small country church full of charm.  I wish I had taken a picture of the church to show you it was once a beautiful, small house of worship. Due to budget cuts it is only used now for weddings and funerals.

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After the reception we headed over to the man’s sister’s house and into the barn/tent reception area.  The couple in the picture is my beautiful step daughter and her boyfriend.

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This barn housed horses for the past 8 years.  The last horse just moved out 7 days ago.  But you would never have believe it was anything other than a reception hall!!

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Even the restrooms had a country touch.  The insides were beautifully done in cherry wood with lovely decorations all around.

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Once inside the barn this was the first display to greet you.

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Mr and Mrs. followed just behind with a welcoming sitting area.  The tic-tac-toe game was set up also with hay bales covered in fabric with decorative string inviting you to sit and have a quick game or ten I think I played with the boy!!

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Names and seating numbers were placed in decorative shutters directing guests to their tables.

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Just outside the back of the barn you were welcomed into a beautiful area for dining, drinks, and dancing.

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The centerpieces were stunning with the flowers and a cowbell for ringing and old jars.  Each table was dressed in china dishes that did not match.  They were dishes collected from family members and friends.  Each plate held a special connection to the bride and groom!!

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The cake and cupcake display was fabulous and when we were invited to try them each one we tried was more delicious than the one before.  There were many different flavors such as cookie dough, white cloud, lemonade, red rosies to name a few.

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Grandma and the kids were excited to get the celebration underway. And the boy was busy keeping us all entertained with his card tricks.

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Our beautiful family.

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Proud grandparents and cousins

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The tables were even prettier if that’s possible in the dark evening night.  They were all aglow

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And after a wonderful day and evening you were guided out the long driveway by candlelight lining the way to the road.

It could not have been a more special celebration for two very special people to start their lives together.  Congratulations to Lacy and Jess and many happy blessings for a love filled life.





Garbage Find


I love old windows!!  I know weird right????  But I can’t help it.  Look at that window…there’s a history behind it and I only wish it could talk and tell me it’s tale and all it’s seen.  (I know it’s hung upside down but I like it that way)!!

This window was in the garbage down the street.  My heart almost skipped a beat when I saw it and I jammed on my breaks so hard I almost flew threw the windshield.  WHAT???? WHO WOULD THROW THIS OUT!!!!  It was calling me to take it and now I get to look at it everyday proudly displayed on our garage!!  The pots and pans were free at a garage sale last summer.  I had plants in them (see here) but decided to spray paint them to add another dimension to the wall.

Waste not want not and I love my new display!!

Cake Pops


The kids had a half day of school today.  Normally grandma comes to hang out with them until I get home but today she was sick.  So they entertained themselves by making these pretty (and messy) cake pops in the cake pop maker Chase received for her birthday.  She loves it as you can see and so does Chance.  They made quite a few but ate most of them before I got home.