Open Windows ~ A Simple Pleasure

Open Windows are a Simple Pleasure

Our air conditioning went out in mid-July, so what could we do? We opened our doors and windows to capture the breeze and keep our home as comfy as possible. Open windows are another simple pleasure that I particularly enjoy during spring and fall, but when the a/c goes out, it’s a reminder that at …

Seek and Ye Shall Find ~ How God Provided

Seek and Ye Shall Find

One of the ladies at the drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility was distraught. Her only possession, a chronological Bible, had been lost during her transfer from prison. We own one of those, so I knew exactly what it looked like and planned to go in search of one when our Bible study was over. Great …

A Gentle Breeze

A Gentle Breeze

The term “Godincidence” first entered my vocabulary about twenty years ago, and it has since become a favorite word! Through the years I’ve learned to see God at work in everyday occurrences. It never ceases to amaze me, to become aware of His presence and work in my life! Many Godincidences have become treasured memories. …

The Clothesline ~ A Simple Pleasure

Simple Pleasures - My Clothesline

Country life is full of simple pleasures. Things that often go unnoticed or seem mundane. Hanging laundry on the clothesline is one of my simple pleasures. Valentine’s Day Gift The first Valentine’s Day after we moved to our farm, I asked my husband for a clothesline. Checking Craig’s List, he found someone a few hours …

Homeschooling and Entrepreneurship

Walmart Locker on Mid-Life Blogger

Our son, Hayden, lacks one class for his Associates degree, but an opportunity caused him to put his college education on hold. Opportunity Knocks A few years ago, Hayden decided to buy a computer repair business. Not too long after he bought it, a local tv station invited him to appear for a short interview. It …

My Garden Style

Colander Planted with Succulents

I would describe my decorating style, both inside and out, as “Flea Market Chic.” I love things with character, patina, and a story. I admire the cleverness of repurposed items, and especially enjoy having things with extra meaning because they were made by a friend or loved one. I didn’t plan it, but my front …

Boredom: Gateway to Creativity

Bird Drawing by Margaret Curren on Mid-Life Blogger

“Mooooooommmmm, I’m booorrred!” Believe it or not, I was happy to hear those words from my children. It wasn’t my responsibility to constantly entertain them and when they got to the point that they were bored, that’s when their creativity took over… if I didn’t rush in to rescue them. When we made the decision to …

BBQ Station in Cassville, MO – Worth the Drive

BBQ Station Truck by Mid-Life Blogger

Many years ago, my husband bought a building in Cassville, Missouri, not knowing what he was going to do with it. After considering a few options, he ended up deciding to open a restaurant with his younger brother, Joel, and his wife, Tanya. Scott and Joel’s parents, Gil and Sue Curren, had owned a restaurant …

Albert Brumley’s Memory Valley

Mike's Creek Valley by Mid-Life Blogger

Have you ever heard of Powell, Missouri? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. Today, it’s not much more than a spot in the road, but at one time it was a thriving community. Powell is located in the southwest corner of Missouri, in the beautiful Ozarks. It was given the nickname “Memory Valley,” by …

The Profit of Park Days for Homeschool Moms

The Profit of Park Days for Homeschool Moms

Do you give park days a high priority? Have you ever felt guilty about taking the time to attend them? Have you ever skipped them to finish school work or to punish your children? When my kids were young and we were still new to homeschooling, my favorite day of the week was Park Day. …