Summer with a Purpose- Week Four

Greetings dear sisters in Christ! I hope you all are having a day filled with sunshine both outside and inside.
I am super excited because, while this is the fourth week in “Summer with a Purpose,” it is my first punctual reporting time! πŸ™‚ These past few weeks I have stayed pretty productive. But this week, I’m sad to say, I slowed down quite a bit. First, we spent the July 4th in Wyoming and arrived back home Monday night. And since then I have been spending my mornings working at camp,
making breakfast and being on the cleaning crew. After getting home though, I would go into relaxation mode. :o( While I was not very productive I was able to do a few small (but blessed) things. I was able to dust my room, make a blackberry/blueberry cobbler, spend some time visiting with some dear friends, and I have almost finished Eight Cousins. 
I still have the following things on my list: write letters, practice my violin, finish Eight Cousins, and make a birthday card, and help with supper! πŸ™‚  
I hope you all had a better week than I did! 
May the Lord bless your weekend, 
P.S. The sweet picture of Eight Cousins can be found right here. And the lovely picture of the blackberry cobbler can be found here. 

A Photography Contest~ Of Flowers!

Oh, how exciting! Since beginning this blog I have found many lovely blogs to follow, one of which is Johanna’s at “An Old Fashion Girl.” She has announced that she is hosting a flower photography contest and I thought it would be alot of fun. Missouri, at least our part, has been very beautiful this spring, so I cannot resist signing up! Allie is naturally a very good photographer and I, well. . .hehe. . .struggle with focusing the camera, finding a good target, and have a very tiny bit of knowledge concerning that setting button. What I mean is that I am a beginner photographer-ess and am only excited by the beauty of God’s creation. . .and I like to express that by taking pictures! :o) Before I get started I just wanted to invite you to participate in this fun contest. You can find the rules and register at this link.
Here I go!

This tree was very pretty…as the petals fell off the tree I couldn’t help but think that in Alaska the only white things falling in the air was snowflakes! πŸ™‚
These are such lovely flowers. This Spring is the first time I have ever seen these lovely creatures…I don’t think they grow in the Alaska.
Ooh! Please excuse the dead buttercup I just sighted. Perhaps it is a good example of how beautiful life is contrasted to the ugliness of death? πŸ™‚
I thought this one was sweet with the white building behind it.

Isn’t God good to give us such beautiful things?!
 Have a blessed day, dear sisters, and God bless you!
With love,

Feminine Farmgirl Challenge~ Day Three & Four

Greetings my sisters in Christ! Today has been a blessed and adventurous one for us Halberts. . .we worked in our garden! We haven’t done many gardens before and we are looking with great anticipation for the fruits of our labor. How exciting! We’ve battled roots, weeds, and just a moment ago Momma faced her most feared nemesis. . .a snake! πŸ™‚ I think it got away, but not without a few scars and scares (I’m sure we frightened it as much as it did us!) :o) It has been such a blessing to work in God’s creation and I want to thank and praise Him for His marvoulous handiwork. Truly, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalms 19:1
 Well, my purpose for this post is to show my outfits for Feminine Farmgirl’s April challenge. Ever since I became convicted to wear modest clothes I’ve struggled between wearing practical and feminine clothes. (Momma’s been trying to tell me that!) I have found this challenge very helpful because it has reminded me that God desires us girls to be feminine. (I knew that, but was having a difficult time applying it :). I think this challenge has helped me become more mindful of how feminine and modest I can be. I’m excited as God takes me down this new path!

Day Three:
Yesterday I wore one of my favorite jumpers which Momma and I (mostly Momma πŸ™‚ made. It is a blue jumper with light blue flowered print and at the moment is pared with slippers :). Yesterday I spent alot of time studying and then both Momma and I went to two of our classes.
Day Four:
Today I wore a white blouse with light pink flowers which we bought from Dress Barn while visiting Pennsylvannia. Underneath the blouse I wore a pink shell. I was very blessed by finding this jean skirt which I didn’t think fit any more. Praise the Lord it does! I’m also wearing a  pair of leather sandals which I’ve deemed work shoes. Since I have worn jumpers and skirts I have rarely felt constricted or unable to do certain things. Today we worked in the garden and I found wearing a skirt did not hinder me at all, infact I think it may have kept me cooler!
I hope you all have a blessed night. Let’s keep pressing higher dear sisters!
 Because of Him,

A Peek into a Busy Afternoon and the How-to’s of Working Joyfully

Greetings from a lovely Missouri afternoon and a sister with dishes in the sink! : )
 Today is Friday and I have been washed over with a list of to-do’s. I was surprised with a work schedule for this weekend and although I enjoyed my first day back as a cook I came home to the realization that the work has only begun. Dishes have piled themselves high, laundry limply overflows the basket, and a bathroom screams in need of attention. Don’t forget the sweeping and mopping which needs done. : ) I ask myself, “How shall I get through all of this?” A few things come to mind and I hope to apply them.
~ Give praise that I am learning to keep a home now and not later.
~ Give thanks that we have dirty dishes to wash, dirty clothes in the basket, and a family to pick up after.
~ Praise the Lord for His care, for my ability to clean up, a momma who taught me how, modern convinieces, and a dishwasher!
~ Put some lovely godly music on to uplift and encourage my day.
~  Realize that my duties have been given to me by the Creator and Lord of the universe and that I have the blessed privilege of making home a clean and joyful place to be!

“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2:4,5
This is what I would like to be as an older woman. What a lovely thing to be used by the Lord! But as young women we have the responsibility to obey God here and now, not in our own homes Lord willing. I hope that this verse can become a realization in me! May we all press on and learn to joyfully obey the Lord here at home!
 Your house-cleaning sister in Christ,