Sunday, August 7, 2011

God's Provision

I haven't been blogging here for awhile, but something happened the other day that I thought anyone still dropping by might be interested in. I had a grocery list on the table and it's a short week and things are really tight. I'd written a dollar amount on the list that I believed I needed to cover the list. Bottom line, we didn't really have it. Then my daughter, now a homeschool grad, picked up a few extra hours babysitting and was willing to put some toward the list. I'd decided to pare down the list. When I opened my purse, I found cash, I'd forgotten I had. This combined with my daughters contribution came to exactly the amount I had written on the paper. But it just gets better! When we got to the store, I picked up the items I needed, keeping a rough, running total in my head. I was "close". The last item I picked up at the check out was "optional", so I knew I could put it back if it put us over. The total came to just change over the amount I had in cash, and my friend who was with us covered the difference, but if she hadn't, I later found that I had enough change in the depths of my purse to have covered it.

These are what we, in our house, call, God Things. They are those things that there is no way in all my controlling and managing that I could ever make happen. It is His way of reminding me, He loves us and is in total control of our situation, even when I don't have the faith I should to trust in the truth of it.

So, can you share any God Things from your life, lately?

Blessings, MaggieRaye

Thursday, June 9, 2011


I was thinking this morning about how rarely I post here. There is a reason. I just can't find my soapbox or enthusiasm! I spent several years crying out about how churches and Christians were failing single moms. I spent that time trying to give single mom's resources and encourage them to hang in there!

I still think that single moms being at home and homeschooling is critical. However, with one graduated and just a boy left at home, my focus has had to shift, a lot. The Lord has lead our lives in a new and interesting direction. So, if you'd like to continue to see what is going on with us, I have a new blog, one that shares the direction we're headed in. It's been a little over a year since the Lord shifted our direction and I'm constantly amazed at what He is doing!

I will say that He continues to provide for us in amazing ways. This week is a "skinny" week in our house. We have one of those every month. There is food in the house, but just about enough to get by. A friend, who I believe had no idea, called and said they'd been given something and would we like part of it. The food gift that they shared, turned our skinny week into a normal one, by His grace and for His glory. I'm so very grateful that even when I doubt and want to give up, He is faithful.

Blessings, MaggieRaye

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Skin Care

Some of you that know me, know for the last three or four years we've been moving to live closer to the earth. To eat more whole foods, to use less medication and less chemical cleaners. I'd pretty much given up on make up altogether.

Recently on a Yahoo! group that I'm part of, someone shared this link and I think it's a good place to start. How does your skin care product rate?

Something to think about anyway!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Please Read - EPA List - Chemicals Dangerous to Children

I know there are folks out there who think I'm weird. I may live out in the woods, under a rock but somethings just don't get by me.

A friend posted this link on her FB page today. I shuddered reading it. Over the last three years I've worked hard to move us back to living as close to the earth as we can, but even that won't solve these problems.

Read through this post and work to eliminate these things from your children's lives. You may think you can't afford to, but I think we can't afford NOT to.

It's not always easy to make these changes, but it is so worth it in the long run.

Blessings, MaggieRaye

Cockroaches and Head Lice and Bedbugs .... Oh, My!

Okay, did you cringe and shudder as you read the title? Did you think that maybe you'd just skip reading this post? Did you think I'd been struck with a horrible run of bad luck? All are possible.

However, this post is about taking "bad" stuff and turning it into life lessons.

When I lived in SC when my daughter was little, we had cockroaches. I was mortified. I was a single mom who already felt very inferior in our nice congregation of married people. But I soon learned that there are place in the south, where even the good, nice, clean people have cockroaches. It's just a fact of life. You bomb your home periodically and life goes on.

About five or six years ago, when I first started opening my homeschool to other families, I had two young ladies who came to our home. They also were from low income, single parent homes. That fall we had an outbreak of head lice. It went through my home twice. I took it as an opportunity to educate these young ladies, on prevention as well as treatment. I also had the opportunity to see how some people really are about things like this. We were judged pretty severely by those closest to us, folks who would not have taken these girls in to begin with. My son was singled out by his "best" friend, who suddenly wouldn't sit near him in Sunday School, because he didn't want to get "bugs". And they were little.

So, bed we haven't yet, and Lord willing won't experience them. However, this weekend, we were blessed with some linens that had been stored for some time. As I was washing them, my son said, "Do you think they have bed bugs?" Where did that come from? Then I remembered another conversation he'd obviously heard recently, when I didn't think he was really listening. I assured him, that the reason I took things onto the porch was NOT because I thought they had bed bugs, but because I thought that there was a possibility mice might have nested in them and I didn't want mice in the house, because his sister is extremely allergic to them. I also reminded him that as I brought things in I was washing them and that none of this was linen we would likely be using ourselves, I had a couple of quilt projects in mind.

What bothered me was his dread of bed bugs. It also bothered me that I was pretty sure if it happened, he would again experience some cruel remarks and treatment and the ignorant hands of others.

They are not pleasant, but gosh, it can happen to anyone, rich or poor, clean or dirty. And for the record, clean people are more likely to get head lice than dirty ones, it's easier for the nits to cling to clean hair shafts. Just sayin'.

So how about you? Any experiences or judgments you'd like to share?

Blessings, MaggieRaye

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Plans for the Day

Maine Maple Sunday! This should be a great homeschool, nature study field trip day. So I have a plan. We will go with my dad to an outer lying town to visit a farm that does sugaring. It shouldn't be too crowded - I hate crowds. My dad comes up with a place a little closer to home, so we decide to check it out. There is nothing going on. Hhmmm....draw back and punt...the place in town. So NOT part of my plan. I'm sure it will be crazy busy. It was, but we had a great time. There was sap being boiled, tomahak throwing, taffy pulling, and a museum.

This was NOT my plan. I had my own plan. Seeing tapped trees, hearing about sap running, being collected, boiled down.

God's plan was, infinitely better. I ran into a family member I haven't seen in awhile. Made two great homeschool connections for the summer. Mattmann had a great time! Better than he would have had if the day had gone according to my plan.

Of course, then there was the matter of the store. I just wanted to stop at the little local market on the way home. Dad needed to go to the big grocery store, which is located in close proximity to our outing. It makes the most sense. So I ended up there...and running into two more homeschool folks we know and love. Again, God's plan not mine.

We plan. God laughs. The thing is that I just don't know how to NOT plan things. It's what I'm good at. Guess someone has to provide the comic relief!

Do you have an recent events where you planned, and God had different ideas? Were His plans infinitely better? Want to share them? Leave me a comment.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Patchwork Cottage Shoppe

Well, I couldn't do it. I was going to close my etsy shop. Nothing has sold in a very, very long time. I just don't have the heart to take it down.

I also got thinking, if you're on FB and want to follow the shop, we have a page there, just type Patchwork Cottage Shoppe into the search bar.

Looks like I'll be going back to doing family child care at least for a season, until I figure some things out.

Blessings, MaggieRaye