Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Big Changes for 2015!

I have big changes in store for 2015. 

Changes that impact this space.

I am reorganizing Blooming in Suburbia, refocusing on its original mission - which was to be inspirational, focusing on faith and wonder and beauty.

I am launching Books,Writers and More with a group of friends - so that we can share our love of the written word.

I am launching Happy Homemaking - which is where all the homemaking content that originally posted here will go, along with new articles and recipes and goodies!

Its a busy time right now - moving and revising and updating posts, designing the new sites, trimming down and refocusing Blooming in Suburbia. Its also an exciting time!

All three sites should be ready for prime time on JANUARY 1, 2015!

Friday, December 12, 2014

On the Nature of Sin and Faith - Terry Pratchett

I've been re-reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld books - two of my favorite, thought-provoking quotes are these gem from Carpe Jugulum:

"...There is a very interesting debate raging at the moment on the nature of sin, for example."

"And what do they think? Against it, are they?"

"It is not as simple as that. It's not a black and white issue. There are so many shades of gray."

"Nope."

Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Gifts Worksheet - FREE Printable


I like to make lists. I like pretty worksheets and cute reminders.

I like to make organizing my home and my finances and my life a beautiful task (when possible). 

Here is one of my Christmas Planner worksheets - just click on it and print it!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Reasons to Be Thankful - a Free Printable

Sometimes we need a little prompt to remember the blessings in our lives, our reasons to be thankful in this season of Thanksgiving... here is mine...printable cards that I keep on my table to fill out (or hand out to a loved one as a prompt) when I feel the need for a reminder!

Free Printable!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible


I have always felt God's presence most keenly in my garden - digging in the soil, sowing seeds, hoping, watching as tender shoots rise up to greet the sun, nurturing, pruning, thinning, harvesting - so when I saw the NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible, I immediately felt drawn to it and offered to review a copy. I daresay I coveted this particular study Bible! And it did not disappoint.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Goodnight, Ark, by Laura Sassi - Book Review


Goodnight, Ark by Laura Sassi is a fun and fanciful tale - animals on the ark are too frightened by the storm to sleep, so - like our children - they climb into Noah's bed for comfort. Until Noah's bed breaks under the weight - elephants will do that. Kindly Noah then sings the animals a lullaby to comfort and soothe them to sleep - and peace reigns for the night. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Good Dad, by Jim Daly - Book Review


As a single mother who raised a son, I approached Jim Daly's new book, The Good Dad, with a bit of trepidation. Would I find reproach for my son's absent dad? Would I find yet one more prophecy of fatherless boys growing into men who cannot be good fathers? or...from the man who heads the ministry of Focus on the Family...would I find hope?


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Some days, God is Like a Fountain and He Refreshes My Soul

Its been an interesting year. Lots of changes - good and bad - and lots of stress - also good and bad. And I have repeatedly found myself burning out on trying to do everything myself - leaning on no one but myself.

I've been forgetting to let God in. 

And it shows.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weekend Reading June 22 '14

This has been a hectic weekend - my wee nieces had a class party at their home for their friends on Friday, then we had "girl night" which consisted of a little barbeque, painting a sticky solution on 2 nearby trees in the hopes of attracting interesting moths and bugs in the deep of the night, many trips outside with flashlight in the deep of the night to look at same bugs, and a Dr Who marathon. Saturday, the girls (ages 8 and 10) each cooked their own eggs and helped make breakfast in bed for their parents - and then I headed to my parent's house for some intensive garden work with my youngest brother. Dad has been in hospital (nothing too serious) so I also did a few loads of laundry and some general household tidying so Mom wouldn't be burdened. Today - Sunday - I caught up on my Bible reading, and visited these lovely places before heading out for a long visit with Dad:

http://theinspiredroom.net/2014/06/18/5-minute-baking-drawer-organization-makeover/

Melissa at The Inspired Room always has something lovely to share - my favorite today is her post on 5 Minute Baking Drawer Organisation (Using What You Have). She
inspired me to rethink my kitchen storage - no reason things cannot be both pretty and organised - and I love love LOVE that she repurposes *what she already has* in her home to achieve this!

I discovered this lovely blog, Grandma Lessons: A Grandmother's Blog on Life, written by Grandma Mema.

I enjoyed Rebecca's breathtakingly lovely nature photos and a slice of life in her Morning Chores post on the homestead at Renaissance.

What are you reading this weekend?