Good Morning

Wow, October came fast to East Tennessee.  We have been very busy this fall, which is the case for most families these days.  I am slowly adjusting to Emily being away at school.  It does help to pray for her, because God can take better care of her than I ever can.  She has been home the last couple of weekends to visit and that has made a tremendous difference. 

Nathan is loving being the “only child” in the house.  I would not say he doesn’t miss his sister, but being the only does have its’ advantages.  He is very busy with soccer and school, he is a sophomore this year.  He is playing in the AYSO league this fall as he does every year, and in the spring he will play for his school team.  He has played two seasons a year since he was four and he still loves the game.    He has gotten fairly tall, he is 15 and close to six feet.  He is even taller than his dad now.

I am planning to do a garden post for the project I have been working on with my garden club.  We have been asked to landscape the lawn area of our county office building.  It has been a fun but challenging project as this is the first time I have tried my hand at landscape design outside my own garden.  I am praying it turns out well, and I am glad not to be working on the project alone! 

Our rural county loves fall festivals.  I think that there are four different festivals around the area.  The first and biggest will be held this coming weekend.  There will be lots of homemade crafts and food.  The ladies from the Chamber of Commerce decorate the downtown area with lots of decorations, and of course there will be beauty pageants galore.  We always try to go, and usually have a really good time.  Fall weather can still be very warm here, so many years we have had temperatures in the 80’s.  This year looks to be much cooler, which will make the festival more fun for everyone.

I saw a sign yesterday that said:  There are blessings everywhere.  My prayer is that we all take time to look.

Have a wonderful fall day!


Mom 101

Well the time that I have both dreaded and looked forward to has arrived.  Emily had been away at college for two weeks, and she seems to be doing well.  I am staying as busy as possible.  I am learning that God gave us work for many different reasons, and many situations. 

 I made the choice to cry when I needed to, but not wallow in misery. 

 I decided to allow myself to miss my sweet daughter without forgetting that I still have a child at home to parent.

  I am missing her dreadfully, but not allowing that feeling to determine my attitude and productivity for each day.

Above all I am improving my prayer life tremendously.  

  I am slowly but surely learning that it is God who holds her everyday, His eyes that watch her every step, and His ears that hear her every prayer.

I am learning to let go of her hand and just hold on to her heart.

For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11



From our family….

….to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to their own town to register.

 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Luke 2


Sonya and Emily

P.S. If the picture looks a little wonky, that’s us, not you. I stole it off the internet.

Late September

Late September is a beautiful time on the farm.  The temperatures average around 78 degrees, the morning are cool, and the afternoons are warm.  The morning glory vines are in full bloom, and you can almost believe that fall is really coming.  Of course, the fact that it is football season helps too.

As you can see, anywhere there is a fence row that hasn’t been cleared the morning glory vines take over.  They are even growing in the fig trees at the front of the garden this year.  I really can’t complain about free flowers now can I?

My hollyhocks are making one final attempt to impress before fall.  If I do say so myself , they are succeeding.  Emily has already collected the seed from the other hollyhocks that have  finished blooming.  I will save these in a paper bag, which I will label and fold closed and then re-plant come spring.  These are an old-fashioned variety that reach about 6-7 feet tall and bloom pink, yellow, and a beautiful soft cream color. 

The walnut tree is full, and the walnuts are just starting to fall.  I love almost any kind of nuts, but these will go to my mother who loves walnuts. 

We have golden rod blooming everywhere, even in the barn lot.

I have to admit they do make the barn lot look a lot better. 

We have leaves coming down from a few trees, but the trees don’t really lose their leaves for a couple of months.  The grass is still green, and everything else still looks like summer.


There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.  Ecc. 3:1


Football, dental care, and priorities



Fall in the South means football.  I know that fans all over the country love their teams, but I really believe that SEC fans are not just fans, they are true fanatics.  Take for example the two Tennessee Vol fans that live here in my house.  ( Yes, I do realize that my son is wearing a UT basketball shirt in this picture, but work with me here.)

  One of them will be having four teeth removed this week.  The discussion around this event had nothing to do with pain medication, the look of said teeth after the procedure, or how much school will be missed.  Instead, M wanted me to make sure that this procedure would not interfere with N’s attendance at UT’s opening game this Saturday.  (Go Vols!)  He was so serious about this that he had me call the dentist’s office and make sure that there would not be a conflict.  My men take their football seriously. I will not even begin to describe the amount of orange clothing in this house, or the fact the N’s bedroom is orange, or well you see what I mean.

Being the loving and supportive wife and mother that I am, I called our dentist.  The receptionist took my question seriously.  You see, she too is a Vol fan.  “No , there should not be any problem, since the teeth are baby teeth”, she told me.  I relayed the information to my men, and didn’t think any more about it. 

The next day I had a message on my answering machine from the dentist’s office.  The matter of the ball game had been discussed with the dentist (who is a Vol fan).  Did I mention that our orthodontist is also a Vol fan?

  Apparently, this situation had been looked at very seriously by the office staff, because hey opening game was at stake here.  I am so happy to report that everyone, who was in any way involved, let me know that THIS WILL DEFINITELY NOT INTERFERE with the Saturday plans.

As I mentioned before, people in the South take their football very seriously.  Now if our Vols can get into this mindset too, we may have a pretty good season.

I hope everyone has a fun, football filled weekend!