Monday, September 22, 2014

Chasing Fall

One weekend while nursing a sore throat but feeling ok otherwise - I decided to declare it Fall! We won't even discuss how warm it was here - ahem. But, I had fun doing so many favorite Fall things!

 Wear something layered! Both of these tops are thrifted and I've always loved how FPFG layers gingham and tshirts! She says, "Gingham is a neutral!" I love that.

Wake up and snuggle under a homemade quilt!

Light a Fall candle!

Make something yummy! I tried a new Pinterest recipe: Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts.

Eat outside! Donuts and Cider - yes please!

Deliver some Fall happiness to a friend! Side note - I absolutely love noticing things on a friends Pin board and then trying it when they are at my house or sharing some of something I know they wanted to try! 

Cheer for your favorite soccer player :)

Make something apple or pumpkin! I made Apple Cheddar Bacon Pizza!

Make a craft! More photos and a tutorial tomorrow!


Watch some Anne! The three of us girls have been working through both Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea these past two weeks! We finished :)

If you want to see past Autumn in Avonlea fun here are the links: An Evening in Avonlea, Autumn in Avonlea 1, Autumn in Avonlea 2, Avonlea for Little Ladies and My Kindred Spirits.

Go on a beauty hunt outside! This first Goldenrod of the season isn't really very yellow yet - but I could not resist this side-of-the-road beauty!

A fun little Fall treat from our {about an hour away but a lot closer than ever!} brand new 
Hobby Lobby - hooray!

The first colored leaf I've seen this season!

Happy Fall, friends - savor, enjoy, s-l-o-w!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Blessing Basket

A fun idea we're using for our CC Community, but you could use in any number of situations. I set up a basket and put everyone's name on the list. When the basket arrives at your house mark your name off and pass on to someone else! I was determined to spend zero to deliver the basket in hopes of setting the example that it does not have to be complicated or expensive!

A few leaves and berries cut from our yard in a recycled spaghetti sauce jar with some homemade apple pies. Fun!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Witnessing God's Creation Marvels Part 2

One morning, we got up and saw Chewy hanging upside down like this! We quickly watched a couple of You Tube videos about caterpillars to notice what to watch for as he prepared to become a cocoon. After knowing we had narrowly missed seeing a cocoon the day before we were eager to wait it out and try to see this one take place!

God was so gracious to us and we were able to witness this caterpillar split out of his skin and see the pupa emerge. We camped out on the porch for about four hours and it was a nice reward to see something so amazing right on our own front porch.

While we were watching and waiting we had the above pretty butterfly visitors. It was amazing to me to think that all at once we had nearly the life cycle of a butterfly represented. We didn't have any eggs, but we had caterpillars, one hanging ready to become a cocoon, one already a cocoon and two butterflies - amazing!

Then the action began:

And, after just a few minutes:

Eight days later before we left for Samuel's soccer game - we noticed this:

I wish I had taken a picture from the other side because you could see the orange wings folded up inside the chrysalis! When we came home two hours later -

We have seen a butterfly come out of its cocoon before - what an amazing opportunity to watch God's creation up close like this!

2 Corinthians 5:17, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation - the old things have passed away behold all things have become new."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014