Tuesday, June 30, 2009

We've Moved to the Country Folks!!

Thank God I'm a Country Girl!

Now, don't get me wrong; if you know me you know I love to shop, enjoy fine dining, taking in the vastness of the skyscrapers(I've always been crazy about skyscrapers for some silly reason). I love visiting the city. Key word-visiting. But when it comes to everyday living, I'm a front-porch sitting kind of girl.

Stephen and I stumbled upon an ad. It read: "Peaceful, country home, ranch on 1 and 1/2 acres. " It was at a price that seemed to good to be true but we checked it out anyway and thank God we did. It needs a little TLC and is a work in progress but we were anxious to move in.
Its about a 40 min. commute to the Uof I but hey, don't the city folks do at least that every day in bumper to bumper traffic? Or on a stinky, crowded subway or L-train or whatever? Our commute will be of beautiful peaceful countryside. Truly theraputic.
So if you need some fresh air and a little relaxation and just want to "get away," you can come sit on my porch. I'll bring ya a nice ice-cold beverage and a cookie (probably store bought). :)

Front yard view

Oops, when you live in the country you can't leave your work boots outside or Mr. Toady might find a temporary resting place.

These beautiful tiger lilys are everywhere!

One of the side yard views

One of the neighbors barns. They have horses, a donkey, goat, dogs, cats.....

Front of house

Back of house

View into backyard.

And a couple of Max. I'll post some pics later of him playing in new yard. Favorite activity is finding sticks and throwing them in tall grass by creek.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


The latest book I am reading entitled "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," by Lisa See has a line in it that got me thinking. Lily, the main character responds to her friend, "You can't fight your fate. It is predestined." Do you think this is really true? It made me also think of the phrase, "Whatever happens, happens." And, "Whatever happens, happens for a reason." I also thought of the popular scripture in Jeremiah and also one of my very favorites, "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." So does this mean that we should not worry or debate about "things" at all because they have actually already been planned out-whether bad or good choices/ decisions, wrong turns, detours ect.....Or does this mean there is more pressure to make the right choice because we don't want to choose something that is not a part of our predestined plan or fate??? Hmmm. Let me know what you guys think!!??

Pics from latest camping trip to Lake Shelbyville.