Friday, November 23, 2012

Red Fox

Hope your Thanksgiving was happy and left you with full tummies!
  Red is one of my favorite colors in fiber selection. I have to laugh at  my own design as the fox really looks like Abbie. Soon to be for your enjoyment...........
We are enjoying our week together and I hope you all are too!
Here at the homestead today, we had total relaxation which has been sooooooooooo nice.
A cold front is supposed to be moving in tomorrow, so new ice scrapers and plenty of hot tea and chocolate are stocked and ready.
I just need some snow now. :P
No honestly, we need some snow as soon the Christmas village will be coming out of storage and placed magically on the piano and a table.
Soon, Mr. Darcy and I will be going to see the Biltmore with all the Christmas decor to enjoy.
I'm really excited about the trip as this will be his first time going there.
We both loved Seasons 1 and 2 of Downton Abbey so I know we will enjoy seeing the Biltmore. There are so many similarities, although Downton Abbey is in Europe.
Speaking of Downton Abbey, the first of the 3rd season begins in January 2013. We are excited to see the continuation of the Crawleys story. What an intricate, tantilizing twist of an era of mystery, romance, ladies and gentleman, war, love, family relationships, and servants lives to keep the house going.
Well, off to bed early...............

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Thank you sweetly for all the congrats and well wishes! Mr. Darcy and I truly feel blessed to be sharing our first Thanksgiving day together and we have many, many blessings to be thankful for.
At the homestead kitchen today, a honey-baked ham with glaze sauce, collard greens, sweet potato souffle, biscuits and peach cobbler with whipped cream was on the menu!
It was Abbie-approved. She loved the ham and biscuit on her little plate.
Out tummies are all full and cozy. I hope you and your families all have a blessed Thanksgiving. We couldn't ask for a better one ourselves.
So many things to be thankful for today and ALWAYS!!!!
I count each of the readers and commenters of this blog all over the world as a blessing, and please know that your emails and positive comments really have touched my heart.
We look forward to many things this long, weekend together and stitching up a Christmas ornie (me) and also putting out our Christmas village together tops the list. Exploring out into the mountains as a cold front is coming through this weekend will have us sorting our mittens and scarves by the front door.
I count my blessings today and always for:
my loving husband
our home filled with love and faith
Abigail, our little lump of sugar
our children
my ability to see still with glaucoma
all the new sampler patterns that make me giddy
good food and fellowship with friends
a beautiful, mountain home to nest
a fireplace to keep ourselves warm
our love for music that has grounded us
our faith in God our creator who watches and guides us
lots of mochas~!
my Kindle loaded with books to read by the fire
stitching samplers
having jobs, we are both blessed
hot water in the kettle ready for a cup of tea!
I could count so many, many more but I best go and get busy with the kitchen cleanup....
Thank you again for sharing a joyous week with us.
Till later,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mr. Darcy and Me~~our wedding day

Mr. Darcy and Me
Happy as can be
On our wedding day
 A love that is true and will stay.
God put His hand from above
On two people who fell in love
A Christmas gift we surely did see
He gave such a blessing to me.
Mr. Darcy and I met as we both individually said prayers on Dec 26th, 2011. We were a world away in so many ways but we wrote over 4000 emails in a 6 month period of time.
We share something different I didn't have in a previous marriage, being equally yoked.
Mr. Darcy is retired from 25 years in the military and has been called to the ministry through Soldiers Ministries. He has been a minister for several years and we look forward to participation on the community together.
Throughout this year, he has been a true blessing to me in all ways.
This is a sampler this year I stitched, the designer, The Sampler Girl.
This sampler couldn't explain such a blessing we have with each other than these words.
Abigail loves, loves, loves Mr. Darcy and he loves her.
Happily Ever After at Fox Mountain,

A Special Day of Thanks

How Great Thou Art
designed by Feathers in the Nest
copyright 2012

This is a reposting of special, heart-to-heart design I made last year. I have even the special order Sage Green, wide trim frame when finishing. Soon things will slow down and I can stitch models, in hopes XXX fingers!!!!

I thought I would repost again for all those that love this hymn.

I will share some of the research on this great song with you:

~it was the favorite gospel song of 3 of the US presidents

~has been performed in Broadway in New York in productions

~Lawrence Welk had stated this was the most requested song he ever had on his TV series

~it has received 2 Grammy awards

~the first major recording of the son was by Bill Carle

~in the 70's it was presented, it won an award for 1 million performances on TV and radio

~Billy Graham used this song many times in his TV broadcasts

~the song lyrics were first written as a poem in 1886

~the poem was translated into "O Great God" in English

~the first 3 verses were inspired in the Carpathian mountains

In the early 1920’s, English missionaries, Mr. Stuart K. Hine and his wife, ministered in Poland. It was there they learned the Russian version of Boberg’s poem, “O Store Gud”, coupled with the original Swedish melody. Later, under inspiration, Stuart K. Hine wrote original English words, and made his own arrangement of the Swedish melody, which became popular and is now known as the hymn, HOW GREAT THOU ART.

The first three verses were inspired, line upon line, amidst unforgettable experiences in the Carpathian Mountains. In a village to which he had climbed, Mr. Hine stood in the street singing a Gospel hymn and reading aloud “John, Chapter Three”. Among the sympathetic listeners was a local village schoolmaster. A storm was gathering, and when it was evident that no further travel could be made that night, the friendly schoolmaster offered his hospitality. Awe-inspiring was the mighty thunder echoing through the mountains, and it was this impression that was to bring about the birth of the first verse.

Pushing on, Mr. Hine crossed the mountain frontier into Romania and into Bukovina. Together with some young people, through the woods and forest glades he wandered, and heard the birds sing sweetly in the trees. Thus, the second verse came into being.

Verse three was inspired through the conversion of many of the Carpathian mountain-dwellers. The fourth Verse did not come about until Mr. Hine’s return to Britain.

Stuart K. Hine was born in 1899 in England. His parents were at that time worshipping with the Salvation Army, and dedicated him to God during a time when opposition was strong against those who proclaimed Christ.

After serving in the Armed Forces, Mr. Hine was called to the mission field. For many years he served in Poland and Czechoslovakia. It was during missionary work in these countries that Mr. Hine composed many of the songs for which he’s well-known today.

Stuart K. Hine died in 1989.


This song has always meant alot to me. If you would like to stitch this, I think Thanksgiving is the perfect time as we all have blessings bestowed among us and to thank first our Creator, is an honor.

I hope this day is special for you and that you find happiness among those you love as you get ready for the holidays.

Till later,


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