Nearly two months ago, my husband’s beautiful youngest sister passed from this life into the World Beyond. Eternity is the place we all long to go if we know Jesus, but for those of us left behind, it always seems too soon to say goodbye.   This was a tribute that Ben and I wrote as part of the family tribute, read at the funeral service: Rebekah Suzanne Yoder, 18, was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, who was entirely… Read more »

So I did something different during my pregnancy with baby Jack – I didn’t weigh myself at all. Normally I watch my weight gain pretty closely because I try to keep it at a certain amount, but this time I decided I wanted to focus on HEALTHY, not a particular weight. I wanted to really focus on eating well; satisfying my hunger with fresh vegetables and some fruits and healthy fats, lots of protein, and limiting my carbs and sugars…. Read more »

There is something about springtime that is so absolutely wonderful. The thrill of the vibrant colors after the grey and browns of winter, the song of the birds celebrating the warmth returning, the fresh air bringing soft breezes… it invigorates my very soul, and breathes life and vitality! I just love it! This was our first winter in the north in ten years, and while we really did enjoy all the snow and even the cold, there is something even… Read more »

We have been delivered of a child! Welcoming with tears of joy – Jack Everest Born March 28, 2016, at 11:53pm (born on his auntie Ervina’s birthday with just minutes to spare!) He weighed a big 8 pounds and 15 ounces, and was 21 inches long. We are overwhelmed with joy at his arrival, and at the precious gift he is to our family! Jack means “Beloved of God,” and Everest is a symbol of strength and majesty, representing our… Read more »

About two weeks ago, my two sisters who live locally hosted a beautiful luncheon for me, in honor of my baby arriving soon. It was hosted at Claudia’s house, which is a gorgeous venue for anything, particularly an event that requires food. :) The luncheon was Yogurt Parfaits that were perfection, with every kind of wonderful topping imaginable, and the best Chocolate Chip Scones made by Liz, and Macaroons (that were eaten so fast by the kiddos present it was… Read more »

I feel like I need to introduce myself again, as I blow off the dust from this blog after, hmmm, 8 months? Hi, I’m Clarita. I used to blog here, ummm, years ago? Remember me? :) The past months have brought big changes to our family – some wonderful and lovely, some adjustments, some tears, but all in all, we know we are where we are supposed to be. Even if it’s no longer at our beloved Southern Cottage (affectionately… Read more »

I think this is the only room in the house I haven’t done before & after pictures of, and I wanted to document this yet before we move! :) The master bedroom seems to be the hardest room to pull together. Often it’s the most neglected room because it’s the least visible to guests, and so the focus goes to the room that are seen more easily. But I wanted to make this room be a restful place, a room… Read more »