Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bits & Bobs

 Me and Ivy June

We had our first weekend away in 5 years last week!
Off to the burbs of Chicago to visit our dear friends, Joy and Don.
Ivy is one of Joy's precious granddaughters that I could not hardly wait to get my hands on!


 Ivy, Derek, and Chelsea

I have known Chelsea since she was an itty bitty 4 year old.
What a joy to see her again with her precious family!


 Parisienne Farmgirl Angela and me

Ang is Joy's oldest daughter and has recently moved to a farm just on the inside edge of Illinois bordering Wisconsin.
Though we are in touch via FB and blogging and the occasional e-mail, it had been too, too long since we had seen her and her wonderful family!



Angela's farmhouse kitchen


 Homey and sweet


For real, I could have just taken pictures all weekend.


Amelie and legos

Just get a look at those toes
And the petticoat sticking out of her dress!



 Joy & Don's beautiful yard.

I could sit and look at this all day.


 panoramic view

Crunchy pea gravel beneath our feet
Cozy fires outside in the evenings
Sipping wine, laughing, loving...



Ivy June and Joy

On Saturday, after hanging out at Half Way Farm with Angela and her family, we came back to Joy and Don's for some front porch sittin'.
Chelsea stopped by to give us one last hug and grams Joy got to snuggle with Ivy.


 City porch

While on our getaway weekend, Joy and I hit the teeny flea/farm market just a few blocks from her home.
It is a tradition for us.
Coffee, throw on some clothes, and head out the door.
Brisk, cool morning, especially at 6am!
Yes, we get there early...while the vendors are still setting up!

I had been looking for some rockers for our city porch but had not found anything yet.
The flea market had a couple possibilities, but they were pricey, dark brown, and had new cushions.
Pretty much, no.
I would take my chances back home at the area garage sales.

However....that would not be necessary.
When we pulled up on Sunday afternoon, there sitting on our front porch were two large vintage wicker rockers.
After  bit of inquiry, my dear friend Homemaker Ang fessed up.
I had sold these very same rockers to Ang a few months before actually losing our home nearly 2 years ago.
I had totally forgotten even doing that.
Even though I had seen them on HER front porch for the last 1 1/2 years, it never crossed my mind that they used to be mine.
She had covered the cushions in different fabric, and I never even recognized them.
Personally, I think that was the mercy of God.
Such hard memories to look back on, and perhaps this was a blessing in disguise.
And then God began speaking to Ang....
And she obeyed.


 Picket fencing around our city porch

And now the rockers belong to me once again...

And they sit on our city porch, surrounded by a sweet picket fence Pete built for me and installed just in time for Mother's Day!


 Vintage galvanized milk box

One of my finds from the little flea market....
hand stenciled with our address by Joy just a few hours before we left the burbs.

I asked our postman if it could be used as our mailbox, and he said yes!

How cute is this???


 Ollie, Fuzzy, and Sophia

With spring really here, we needed to invest in some screen doors.
The cats can't get enough of sitting there, gazing at a strip of sidewalk and the side of the garage!


So...there ya go!
Bits & bobs of my life the past few weeks.

Life is still good.

And I am still learning to...

Love people,
Love Jesus,

Cindy
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53 comments:

linda eller said...

Enjoyed your pictures of your trip and I know you had a great time.

Dawn said...

So happy that you are blessed with such wonderful friends.

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

A great update, thank you for sharing ;)

Camille said...

So wonderful my friend. Isn't God just so Good to us? I love the wicker rockers story...love it!! They look cosy and welcoming on your front porch. So pleased you were able to have that little getaway. :)

Blessings,
Camille

Donna said...

What a wonderful visit and I bet it helped to supercharge your batteries and lift your spirits! And to come home to the rockers on your front porch and a picket fence, I think I would have cried tears of joy. Such blessings...

Thistle Cove Farm said...

obedience is better than sacrifice and your friend is a Godly woman; what a precious gift is her friendship. so glad you had a weekend away, it sounds restorative and relaxing.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

p.s. please tell me how I've managed to not follow you...it must be because I always just come here to see what you're up to...anyhoo. sorry and I've corrected that problem; now to figure out how to add you to my side bar.

Sandy said...

What a great "getaway" you had and such wonderful friends! Your porch looks very inviting and I love the little picket fence. Might have to get me one!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your getaway. I'm so glad that it happened and the story about the rockers is the best.
Yes, life is so hard, but God is so good.

Blessings,
Jen

Homemaker Ang said...

awww... love you much xo

Mrs. T said...

I'm so happy for you! You are blessed with some wonderful friends.

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Cindy Mcgough said...

good friends, good times= priceless

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savvycityfarmer said...

I'm embarrassed to say that I just found this post ...

now when can you come back??
we do pack it in don't we ...


this just warmed me down to my toes
blessed to have you in my life!

Jessica Cangiano said...

What an utterly gorgeous farmhouse kitchen she has! I'm smitten with this style of decor (I even devoted one of my very first Pinterest boards to it way back when - ok, "way back when" in Pinterest terms :) ) and love that you shared some snaps of Angela's fantastic home with us.

♥ Jessica

Robinanne said...

Porching, as you know, my new favorite hobby! Hope you and your friend get to spend hours sharing life on your porch in your rockers! Blessed for sure.

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