Family life · Refreshment · womanhood

The Blessing of a Sister Retreat

Sisters, sisters
There were never such devoted sisters…

I had the joy of going on a four-day Sister Retreat  last week!  This is the third time my two sisters and I have had the chance to get away together.  We started these “retreats” eleven years ago and have had three totally different kinds of events each time.

The first retreat was  a trip to New York City!  We made a long weekend of it and did all the highlights of the city!  The next time we retreated, we went to a special place – Fairhaven Ministries, near my home and stayed in a little chalet.  We walked the trails, we cooked, we prayed.

This year’s retreat was also fairly near my home.  My sisters traveled from Kentucky to Tennessee and we drove less than an hour to go to a lovely cottage on a lake.  The setting Continue reading “The Blessing of a Sister Retreat”

Encouragement · gratitude · Refreshment

(Some of) The Best Parts of My Week

I have tried really hard to keep a good attitude during these days at home.  I LOVE home and enjoy being here…but I must admit that the rainy, cold days have tried me.  One day I almost sent a text complaining about the rain, but then as the Spirit of God reminded me that it was sent from God’s hand, I wrote, “These rainy days are making me really thankful for the days when the sun shines!”

To help with keeping a right attitude, I have kept a list in my Happy Planner every day for the last several weeks of the blessings in the day.  They’re not big things, but just things that encouraged me or made me smile!  I’ll share some of the pictures of those things with you today as I did last Friday.

The sweetest gift – My husband has brought home two bouquets of flowers this week when he’s dashed into Kroger for cream or produce.  We love to check out their marked down bouquets.  Let’s face it, a bunch of fresh flowers just perk up an otherwise dreary day! He’s quite a guy to be so thoughtful.  Continue reading “(Some of) The Best Parts of My Week”

Charcuterie Boards · friends · Refreshment

Sandwich Charcuterie Board

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I feel like I’m always slow getting on trends – even with foods like the famous Charcuterie Boards that are everywhere right now.  Are you familiar with them?  Here’s one description ~

Charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products. But, many people use the term charcuterie to refer to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese, and sauces.

Last week I had the fun of hosting a Sour Dough Bread Making Class.  Since you cannot teach a food class without doing some tasting, I thought it would be fun to build a Sandwich Charcuterie Board filled with small loaves of Sour Dough bread and sandwich makings.  Continue reading “Sandwich Charcuterie Board”

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Listen To a Podcast

Happy Week of Thanksgiving!

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That little photo is a throw-back from a Thanksgiving years ago when our whole family had the flu!  We made the most of it and had a memorable day!

I’m going to take the week off from blogging so I can be with my family this week, but if you’re interested in listening to the RefreshHer podcast, you can go here to our church website and look on the far right side of the home page for “Refresh Her Podcasts.”  There you will find the most recent at the top of the list, going down to the podcasts that preceded it.  I pray it will encourage you!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!  

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