Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thankful - Grateful - Blessed

Falling into Fall - September 2019

Mikaela's handwork, deco in my living room

I found this daybook layout and thought it might help me give you interesting information about what's happening with The Farmers.
I hope you enjoy it.

Looking out my Window

There's not much to see out our windows at home. This is what's happening down the street. When we moved here the intersection had no construction, just land.

Now we have a hospital, a gas station and a new complex going in.

Brian has moved into a "real"  apartment in Burnsville, MN. 
He feels so at home (except for, of course, he is far from us.)
This is his living room window. He says this one room is 
bigger than his whole efficiency apartment!

Brian's visit in May

Daniel, Tina, and Austin had the opportunity to go to St. Croix this summer with some of her family. Not sure this was looking out their window, but isn't it beautiful?

My grandson, Austin

I am Thinking

Pastor Jividen at the Bloomingdale church spoke on the crippled man who sat of the pool of Bethesda waiting to be healed. It is interesting that Jesus asked him, "Do you want to be healed?" It seems a crazy question when he is lying there at the pool waiting and hoping someone will help him into the pool. 

But Pastor asked us, 
"What is it that you are hoping and praying for?" 
"Are you willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen?"
"What lifestyle changes need to be made in order for it to happen?"

You, see, there is always an action that we must take. Jesus told the man to pick up his mat and go home. He didn't touch him or give him a hand. He had to get up and pick up his mat on his own. We, too, must do our part to receive the blessings of God.

God is not going to just dump blessings into your lap. You need to still do the work. If you want an A on a test, you must study. If you want to be successful in sports you must workout and practice. If you want to spouse, you need to start living without one.

Are we doing our part to make dreams come true?

Side Note: Pastor Jividen's last day at Bloomingdale Church is this Sunday, Sept 22. Michael will be filling the pulpit twice a month at the Bloomingdale Church while they search for a pastor.

I am Thankful

God has been so, so good to us over the past 4 years. It's been amazing to us how He brought us to the perfect home in a safe neighborhood. This year is the first time the rent has gone up and it was only $10 to cover the HOA. There may not be enough money in the budget to take care of the basic needs, but somehow money arrives from somewhere to pay each bill. 

It has been truly wonderful to learn how to really trust God for everything.

One of my Favorite Things

I love getting together with my daughter to bake.
Everyone else likes eating these cinnamon rolls.

I am Creating

Mikaela pulled out all her high school t-shirts and started a quilt

I pulled out the fabric left from my mother's wedding dress (and mine) after we had it restyled for Mikaela. I had already made little purses for Mom, me, and my sisters. Now I'm working on a Christening Gown. (No, don't get any ideas. There are no grandbabies in the works yet. I'm just doing this while the stuff is still laying around.)
Note to the children of Elaine Dawson. 
You are welcome to borrow this christening gown if you like.

I am Reading / Watching / Listening

Creed 2 - We watched this movie with Brett. And was reminded of Sunday's sermon when Rocky decided to go ahead and fight the Russian dude who beat him to a pulp earlier, even when he was down. Rocky said, "Well, let's get busy!" 
And they got busy training. It wasn't easy. 
Getting ready to win took a lot of hard work-outs. A lot of pushing himself beyond the limits. If he hadn't done the work, he would not have won the fight.

Poco - We also watched this movie. It was a wonderful movie even though I don't celebrate or care about the Night of the Dead. The theme was that family is important and also that we should remember, even the bad stuff so that we learn from it. Good message.

In my Kitchen

Time to make PumpkinPies!
In the Schoolroom

Ethan is "back to school" online, working on his ordination. Still working full time at Fed-Ex, but now doing online studies as well.

In my Garden

Daniel is the gardener in the family.
 Here are a few pics from this spring.

Post Script

Michele Bruxvoort and I are celebrating one year of blogging together over at  How did the year go by so fast?
celebrating one year

A moment from the day

Tina is working as a manager.

Closing Notes

We hope things are going well in your part of the world.
God Bless;
The Farmers


  1. Mandy, I loved reading this! What fun things to make out of the wedding dresses! And those cinnamon rolls make me want one. :) Thanks for sharing! Blessings to you!

    1. Gayle, Don't know why I am just now getting a notification that you commented on this. Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, those cinnamon rolls are to die for. When I was growing up, we made doznes of pans. Then we went caroling to our neighbors on Christmas Eve giving them cinnamon rolls. Many said that having "Dawson rolls" Christmas morning was a "tradition" for them!

  2. This was such a fun post. Felt like I learned a lot about you and your precious family.

  3. Thanks for dropping by. For some reason, Blogger is just now notifying me of this comment. It's been a very good year for our family. Merry Christmas.


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