Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Little Forced Spring Cleaning :)

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your sweet comments and well-wishes on our last post. We haven't been able to visit with you as much as we would like lately, being busy packing/sorting beavers, but you have been in our thoughts and prayers!

We are thankful that we have the motivation, with the future move, to clear out so many things that we would otherwise have procrastinated cleaning! So far, the number of given-away boxes of books and magazines (Who knew that "Highlights" could reproduce so quickly?) is up to sixteen, and we have packed away 21 boxes of books, papers, and binders that we hope we can do without until we are settled. We've lost track of the bags-full of garbage and recycling. The scary thing is, after moving the left-over books and binders into the parlor, it looks as though nothing had been removed at all! But we are undaunted and will continue until a dent is made and all is in order :) .

Meanwhile, the children have been enjoying playing outside when the sun shines (In case you thought differently, they have informed me that 46 degrees is "hot" and requires the removal of jackets, hats, and shoes), and making fun spring crafts when the weather looks like it does today~

I hope that you are enjoying time in your cottages, as well, dear friends, and can find the strength to clear out some of those things that may be weighing you down.

I will leave you with a little poem that I wrote for my children, for this time of year~

The Early Spring

Winter's silver fairyland is fading away fast,
And Jack Frost's frozen reign shall soon be truly past.
The bare, unlovely earth now wears a ruddy, muddy crown,
But soon she will sport daisies upon a verdant gown.

Though the winds may be chilly that blow both night and day,
They are only Nature's harbingers for a season warm and gay.
So bear your lot with patience, my little lad and lass,
For you'll soon enough be barefoot, and running through the grass!




  1. I don't envy you the packing ~ that is such a chore.
    I didn't know you were expecting!! Congratulations!
    Love the little poem you wrote ~ how lovely.
    Wishing you joy today and always:)

  2. Marqueta,
    Oh, may you find peace and as you already know God has an amazing plan for your family.
    Stay well and joyful and also I am so excited for you about expecting another blessing!
    Warm wishes,

  3. Marqueta~
    Oh! I wish I was near enough to help you pack up! Moving is exhausting enough even when not expecting! You are amazing in what you have already accomplished!
    Praying you continued health and stamina, and God's direction for your future home and job!

  4. Felicity,

    Did you make that gorgeous green gingham dress for your daughter? She looks so sweet.

  5. Dear friend,

    I don't much enjoy moving but packing is something that I can definately can help you with...if I was just a bit closer to you :-)

    Keeping you in prayers dear friend. Remember to take it slow and do not overdo it!

    May the Lord give you strength as you get ready for this new chapter in your life.


  6. Wow looks like progress with the boxes indeed the Merry Hearts Blog looks wonderful I love the changes it made me change mine to a lovely shade of green also. Well keep plugging along were praying here for you all. We sure do know what your going through....We had our first earthquake yesterday...I was about to yell at the boys I thought they were up to something shaking the house hehehehe (silly MOM :O) When it dawned on me Hey were having an earthquake....thankgoodness I was really worried the boys had done something lol ~I hope the sun shines nice and warm on you all ~Blessings Love Heather

  7. Marqueta,
    Thanks for stopping by and I am so glad the package arrived safely. Now in your condition don't overdo! Sit down with a cup of tea, put your feet up and read that book I sent:-)

  8. Marqueta!

    What a dear lovely poem you wrote for your children. They've a special Momma indeed.

    I always love to see pictures of your outdoors, really because I've never seen that landscape with my own eyes- only through pictures. Those mountains in the background are so majestic.

    Happy packing, but be careful :o)
    I've still had you in my mind and say a prayer for you and your family concerning the job and moving. Looking forward to seeing the great things God has in store for you!

    PS- thanks for the sweet words over at my blog

  9. Dear Marqueta,
    Praying your packing contiues to go well for you.
    I agree with how exasting packing can be. We ahve moved a lot over the years.
    How are things going with progress on Jobs and house situation? I have been keeping you in our prayers,
    I moved 6 weeks befor one of our babies was born and actually wasn't too tired with it.
    I always enjoy my visits here. They revitalise my spirit and give me focus on importatn matters.
    Thank you
    God Bless

  10. Dear Marqueta,

    I, too, wish I was close enough to help you pack! Do take care, and I know you are.

    I love your sweet poem. It's very lovely, but so is everything you create.

    Wishing the best for you during this time of packing and looking out on the horizon for where you're meant to be

    Love and hugs,

  11. Congratulations! You are very blessed to be expecting a little one! I know how tired one can feel with all the packing. Wishing you joy and peace, In Him, Rose

  12. DEAR MAMA,




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