Where We Belong Book Review

Peel back the cover and fall into the Sinai Desert, feel the sand beat against your tent, the growl of the camels and accents of there drivers. Journey through the Rebecca and Flora's past, from Chicago to Paris, on ships and trains, then on to the Holy Land. Feel the roll of the ship, the vibration of the horses hooves, and the sway of the camel the sun beating on your head as you sail down the Nile, explore the pyramids and trek across the Sinai Desert a they seek their purpose in His story.

Jump into a wonderful adventure, and find yourselves in the characters and struggles.

Where We BelongWhere We Belong by Lynn Austin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Open the cover and fall into the Sinai Desert, feel the sand beneath your feet, the sun beating down on your head, the sway of the camel. Step fully into the past as you become friends with Flora and Rebecca and journey with them from Chicago to the holy land. This is a wonderful book of sisters, friendship, and adventure that draws you along with the sisters as they seek for their purpose. Received this book from the publisher.

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Victims Of Fascism Memorial

This beautiful memorial was built to remember those who were persecuted and lost there lives for political, religious and racist reasons.

The monument is flanked by two figures, the one on the left symbolizes hope and points to a brighter future. A new beginning and learning from history. The second figure on the right mourns for the victims of the National Socialism. The forced laborers, the resistance fighters and the persecuted. Over the gate is carved "The Annihilated 1933-1945 The living ones I call- the dead I lament."

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Once you enter the memorial you find another inscription "Soul does not forget it, the soul does not forget the dead".

The Dorenkranz represents the crown of thorns upon Jesus's head when He was crucified. The long pointed thorns stand as a reminder of how the National Socialists destroyed people, cultures, and religions bu war, condemnation, extermination camps, forced labor camps and by the Gestapo.

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As a crown of thorns pierces the head of the one who wears it, perhaps it points to the propaganda which influenced. Perhaps it represents punishment and consequences, even the crucifixion we see through a wreath of thorns.

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Apple Hand Pies Recipe

Who doesn't like pie? Especially fun hand ones! These are perfect for get-togethers like bonfires on crisp fall nights and Thanksgiving parties- or just because. Flaky crust gives way to sweet apples and cinnamon. These are super tasty treats! 

Fall recipe

Crust Ingredients:

1 1/4 Cups Organic Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt 
1/3 Cups Grass-fed Butter
3-4 Tablespoons Cold Water 

In a medium size, bowl place your flour and salt. Stir and add half of your butter and cut in. Add water and stir. Slice the other half of the butter into thin slices and knead into dough. Place in the fridge so the butter can harden.

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mini apple pie


4 apples
Organic sugar
Organic cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon grass-fed butter per hand pie
Lemon juice

Roll dough to the size of a canning jar ring. Place canning lid upside down in the ring, place dough over the lid. Pile apples into the center of the dough, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Add just a touch of butter and lemon juice.

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fall recipes

To Finish:

Roll dough out and cut it a bit larger than your ring. Slit the center of the dough and place over the apples. Brush crust with egg whites. Using a fork pinch the edges of the crust together. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until apples are soft.
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My Alabaster Jar

While He was in Bethany [as a guest] at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, a woman came with an alabaster vial of very costly and precious perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured the perfume over His head. Mark 14:3 AMP
The gift, the offering from weary, battered hands. World imposed labels emblazoned across her skin, sinful, broken, worthless, dirty, used up, trash.
But there were some who were indignantly remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted? For this perfume might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii [a laborer’s wages for almost a year], and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her. Mark 14: 4-5 AMP
Derision, she'd come; with her most valuable possession - costly perfume -, once the narrow neck was broken there would be no going back. All would be laid bare, open- no going back, no stopping it back up, this was her all. Her sacrifice and those near were angry, angry she had taken her alabaster - a precious stone, filled with expensive perfume- and surrendered it to her King.

But she wasn't there for them, to show them she was trying to change or impress them- she was there to surrender to her Lord, to leave everything at his feet. To pour out her all, like so many women in scripture she was used up, the sweet smell covering the jar's broken neck, the brokenness in her heart. But with the breaking of that jar, she was coming face to face with her hurt, her broken cracked places and surrendering them to Him.

There is a practice called Kintsukuro (golden repair) or Kintsugi (golden joinery), it is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. It treats the breaks, and cracks and repair as part of the pottery's history. Making the broken piece whole again, revealing its worn places in a unique and beautiful way rather than disguise it as the same piece it was before it was broken.

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We all have reached our breaking point, we try to cover those places -make them invisible, and unnoticeable. But God takes our broken lives, collecting all of the battered, worn and chipped pieces fitting them back together and filling the cracks with Himself turning the broken places into a beautiful story of His love.

Ultimate beautiful surrender, nothing held back, nothing hidden or disguised. Not restored, but recreated into something beautiful and unique. What is your alabaster jar? What are you holding back, that needs to be surrendered at His feet?

If from the 2015 edition:

"Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible (AMP),
Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation
Used by permission. www.Lockman.org

If from the 1987 edition:

"Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible (AMPC),
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation
Used by permission. www.Lockman.org"

17 Awesome Farmhouse Lights

After our kitchen remodel we have been searching for the perfect farmhouse light. Something that we absolutely love, maybe something with a little bling.  

Something that would bring together the entire look- there are so many awesome ones out there we thought we would show you some of our favorites. Click the titles to purchase. 

pipe pendant light
Pipe Pendant Light
wooden pendant lighting
Wooden Pendant Light
glass bottle cluster pendant light
Glass Bottle Cluster Pendant Light
wood and metal chandelier
6 Light Wood & Metal Chandelier
industrial retro pendant light
Industrial Retro Pendant Light
black metal sphere chandelier
Sphere Chandelier
wine barrel chandelier
Wine Barrel Chandelier
old porch pendant light
Old Porch Pendant Light 
rustic chicken feeder pendant light
Rustic Chicken Feeder Pendant Light
empire traditional chandelier
Empire Traditional Chandelier
rugged metal trestle chandelier
Rugged Metal Trestle Chandelier
rustic metal pendant light
Rustic Metal Pendant Light
round metal chandelier with crystals
Round Metal Chandelier With Crystals
distressed chandelier
Distressed Chandelier
metal basket pendant light
Metal Basket Pendant Light
watering pail pendant light
Watering Pail Pendant Light
crystal and metal pendant light
Crystal Center Pendant Light

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How To Make Acorn Squash

This is one of our favorite fall recipes! Sweet, buttery and sprinkled with cinnamon, this is a delicious way to eat acorn squash and really easy to make.

amazing fall recipes

Acorn Squash
1 Tablespoon Grass-fed Butter
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

Cut acorn squash in half, cut a grid pattern in the squash. Sprinkle with cinnamon, pour maple over the squash drop butter into the bowl of the squash. Bake at 360 for 45 minutes or until soft. Serve hot.

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The Giver of Every Good And Perfect Gift

Are you ever just stunned into silence when God allows you to peek behind the curtains just a bit and see him at work. Times when they look so bleak and you are so stressed out not sure how you will handle it.  You sit in your car with the weight of the world on your shoulders and rest your forehead on the wheel and think, "How can I do this? It is impossible!" 

Your heart hears the whisper "Trust Me", but can you? 

Then when you least expect it, in the glimmer of an eye the pieces just fall into place right before your eyes. You see how it can answer the prayers of those you didn't even know were praying and how in turn it answers your own. 

I just experienced this and was left stunned once again. 

It is not that I do not know God or that he knows what we are going through. But to watch him orchestrate in our lives the fact that he intimately knows what we need and he is working things (even without our knowledge or understanding) together. He is weaving the threads of our lives with those of others. He is supplying blessings and miracles that just take our obedience to bless both us and others.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™

Pumpkin Streusel Bread

Hello, pumpkins everywhere! Craving the flavors of fall? We've got you covered, this bread is super soft and covered with yummy streusel! Packed with delicious fall spice, and easy to make. Delicious with a cup of coffee on a cool morning or just on its own. 

fall recipes

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3 1/2 Cups Organic Unbleached Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon Organic Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Organic Nutmeg 
1/2 Teaspoon Organic Allspice 
2 Cups Organic Mashed Pumpkin 
2/3 Cups Spring Water
4 Organic Free Range Eggs
1 Teaspoon Organic Vanilla 
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)

In large mixing bowl combine your dry ingredients. Mix well. In another bowl mix wet ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet until completely combined. If you want to add nuts in your pumpkin muffins do so now. Pour your batter into three bread pans. 

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3/4 cup all-purpose flour1/4 cup organic raw sugar1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

In a bowl mix ingredients, pour in butter and stir.

To Finish:

Sprinkle Streusel over the top of the bread. Bake your bread at 350 F. for an hour or until a toothpick when inserted comes out clean. For the muffins bake at 350 F for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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Rugged Places

Saturday we decided to tackle a hiking trail to a waterfall. After two years of hiking "easy" trails, we chose a harder one.

We got to the park grabbed our gear and headed for the trailhead the dogs eager to be on our way. Towering trees stretched for the sky, crunchy leaves crackled underfoot as birds sang overhead. The parking lot had been full, but the trail was empty. The word "rugged" painted on the sign under the sign that point out the overlook trail and the one that would take us down to the riverbed. The grade of the path grew steep as it meandered down the hillside narrowing and widening, carved like a 's' into the hill. Finally, after climbing down several large rough-hewn steps we stepped onto the river bed.


Not much to look at after our climb, we headed up the river in search of what we had come here to see. Charlotte plunged into the shallow water with Faith on her heels. With little effort, they bounded up giant boulders to follow the trail, as we scrambled after them. For a time we hiked on dry land, passing wildflowers growing out of the crags in the rocks. Ducking under large trunks that have slid down the hillside.

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The trail ends, and we cross the stream, carefully picking our way over moss-covered, water-smoothed river rock. Charlotte hops through the water all four feet clearing the water and sending sparkling droplets dancing through the air. Other hikers laugh at her border collie antics. Not to be outdone Faith prances very ladylike across the water as if to say this is how you do it, not noticing the fish Charlotte saw.

Tennessee Waterfalls

A mini waterfall cascaded by as we split up Mr. Cottage and Faith to take the steeper trail while Brianna and I wade through thigh-deep water, Charlotte striking out as if she has always done this fearlessly following us. Just as we round the corner and climb out onto the boulders again we look up to see the falls, spilling over the cliff, only to fall again until it comes to a placid pool ringed in by large boulders.

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Fellow trekkers lounge taking in the beauty of this place. An air of accomplishment fills the air and total peace. The roar of the water covers the sound of the birds far above, the dogs add their howls to the cacophony of sounds.


Every time I'm near a waterfall I am amazed by the refreshing almost healing effect they have as you sit beneath the spray, the weariness of the journey melts away, the worries lay discarded like shoes on the rocks, the scrapes and bruises wash away - forgotten-, the burdens you carried up here become lighter as you sit and breathe in the beauty of His creation.

Tennessee Waterfalls

The hardest paths, lead to beautiful places- they force you to discover the places you are lacking, to take each step having faith that the end of the journey is worth the pain of the scrapes. It makes you realize how strong you are and challenges you to go further.

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border collies

Life can be like this too, we are traveling a rugged path, we are tired and bruised. With each rock we climb, another takes its place. For every step, we take 10 more face us. Our legs grow tired, our arms weary. So often we miss the beauty of this rugged place. The wildflowers in the crags. We miss the life as we labor under our burdens. Some grow tired and give up- so close to the destination and yet they will never see it, never experience the beauty of the reward. They can never lay down their burden shedding them on the rocks and leap into the cool waters -His embrace-. Keep trekking, keep moving, the destination is just around the corner, keep laboring- and leap into His arms.


20 Must Have Farmhouse Decor

We just love the farmhouse look and so many people are writing to us and asking where they can get some farmhouse goodies that can give them the look they love so we decided to make a post with a few of our favorite looks. 

One hot look in farmhouse/cottage is shiplap.  Check out our super simple tutorial on painted shiplap. We really love the simplicity of this look and if you get tired of it, it is so easy to cover. 

Faux Shiplap:

Simple items added to your shiplap walls make your cozy farmhouse look just right like this amazing vintage look scale.

Farmhouse Decor

Click here to purchase Metal Scale Clock With Hanging Basket

Coffee stations are really popular and make everything you need for coffee at arms reach. This super cute vintage drying rack for bottles is a great place to hang your cutest coffee mugs.

Farmhouse Decor
Click here to purchase Curved Metal Drying Rack

Ticking is oh so trendy once again and just sings of farmhouse.  Try these super cute ticking table runners to make your table have that cozy farmhouse or cottage feel. 

Farmhouse Decor

Click here to purchase the Striped Table Runner

Baskets are another great way to give that cottage or farmhouse look. These can be used to display your favorite lap blankets, plants, or decor.  We really like these metal strap baskets with the lids. There are so many things you can do with them.  We would actually use them to bring in our orchard fruit and bigger veggies in the garden. 

Farmhouse Decor

Click here to purchase Metal Basket Weave

Another way we love to give the cottage the pretty farmhouse look is by incorporating vintage looking items like this egg tray.  This is a great way to hold your girls' eggs, or candles, etc. Let your imagination be your guide. 

Farmhouse Decor

To purchase click here Metal Egg Tray

Real enamelware is expensive so why not try these vintage looking enamel trays to display your favorite decor, your jewelry or perfume.

Farmhouse Decor

To purchase, click here Enameled Farm Fresh & Farm Market Trays

Farmhouse / Cottage decor evokes a warm sense of home and family. The traditions of family and friends gathering around the home. Try these pretty "gather" signs to evoke those precious memories with those you love. 

Farmhouse Decor

 To purchase click here Gather Wall Sign

We really love the look of these baskets. We can think of a million things to do with them!
They would be beautiful with your softest white towels rolled up in them.  They would be gorgeous with potted plants displayed in them. So much more. 
Farmhouse Decor

To purchase these click here Wire Mesh Wrapped Freestanding Planter

We love the look of this map and the idea of being together as we travel and explore and love how it fits in with our farmhouse decor. 

Farmhouse Decor

Click here to purchase Come Away With Me

The look of yesterday, a simpler time and place is what farmhouse is all about and we love the look of these vintage look suitcases. Use them as a stand-alone decoration or stack them as a bedside table. 

Farmhouse Decor

To purchase click here Decorative Suitcase

We love how this "thankful" sign looks with the shiplap walls and it goes so well with the farmhouse look.
Farmhouse Decor

To purchase click here Thankful Sign

There is truly no place like home and when you get home and take off your shoes and slip into something comfy it is such a wonderful feeling. This sign captures that feeling so well and fits in beautifully on your shiplap walls. 
Farmhouse Decor

To purchase click here It Is So Nice To Be Home Sign

This pendant light finishes off your farmhouse look so beautifully. 

Farmhouse Decor

Click here to purchase Hanging Pendant Light

Cute throw pillows are a must for your cottage look. They are cozy and comfy and make your space look just right. 
Farmhouse Decor

Click here to purchase God Bless This Hot Mess Pillow

Farmhouse Decor

Click here to purchase Slate Grain Sack Pillow

Worn wooden floors and slip-covered furniture make the farmhouse look. Add this cute grain sack rug to your room, it is a great way to add warmth to your space.
Farmhouse Decor

Click to purchase here Slate Grain Sack Tassel Rug

Using unique vintage look items really make the Farmhouse look complete. Like this great vintage look chicken feeder plate rack to display all of your gorgeous plates. 

Farmhouse Decor

To purchase click here Chicken Feeder Plate Rack

Bring that charming farmhouse look into your bedroom with this gorgeous bedding.

Farmhouse Decor

Click here to purchase Pearl Quilt Sets

Farmhouse Decor

Click here to purchase Pearl White Euro Sham

Baskets are a great way to store your favorite blanket, your fall pumpkins, gorgeous hydrangeas or other farmhouse decor. Check out this cute basket. 

Farmhouse Decor

To purchase click here Upright Wire Storage Basket