Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Tag of Happiness

I was tagged by my niece Daminika @ Walking in the Sonshine and she is bugging me to do it, so I here I go! 

Some Movies That Make Me Happy:

Meet Me In St. Louis

On Moonlight Bay

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Amazing Grace

Disney's Robin Hood

Summer Magic

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Some Books That Make Me Happy:

The Bible

Little Women by: Louisa May Alcott

Stepping Heavenward by: Elizabeth Prentiss

Love's Unending Legacy by: Janette Oke 

The Little House Books by: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Anne of Green Gables series by: L. M. Montgomery

Last of the Breed by: Louis L'Amour

Some Songs That Make Me Happy:


Constantly Abiding

My Cathedral by: Jim Reeves

Meet Me in St. Louis by: Judy Garland

On Moonlight Bay by: Doris Day

Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer by: Vera Lynn

Ocean Front Property by: George Strait

One Boy, One Girl by: Collin Raye

England Swings by: Roger Miller

It's So Easy by: Buddy Holly

Lincoln and Liberty by: Ronnie Gilbert

Some Food That Makes Me Happy:

Pasty (My Mom's Recipe)

Hamburger Pie

Elisa's Tacos

Cinnamon Rolls

Sour Cream Twists

Ice Cream Sodas

Burgerville's Original Cheeseburger ;)

Shari's Broccoli and Cheese Soup



Tomato Juice

Some Words That Make Me Happy:













Random Things That Make Me Happy:

Driving a four-wheeler


Sitting around a campfire

Riding on long drives

My nieces and nephews

The Ranch

The Memory Tree

New Year's Eve/Day

Getting letters

Old houses

Take the banner and put it in your post
List as many things as you want in each category
Come up with more category if you wish
Tag as many people as you want 
I Tag:
Missy @ Mrs. Mike
<3 Marita



Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmasy Feelin' Again

It is that time of year that we remember our Savior's birth. A very special time of year. I was hoping to post every week of December, but I don't think I will be able to. So busy this month!
This week is my cousin's Bridal Shower, so I will be baking for that and then of course there will be the actual shower. I am excited and nervous about it since I have never put together a Bridal shower or have had any experience doing anything "big". I so hope that it turns out all right for Kaysha's sake.
I have been baking a lot more than I used to and I LOVE being able to. Thanks to my sister Elisa and her hubby Leon for starting Family Night, I now have a reason to bake goodies... I have always loved baking, but never do much since we can't eat it all. There are so many things I want to try!
This Christmas Eve will be our "family" Christmas and I will be working. I have never missed one before and my boss said I can get off for sure by 3PM, but I am hoping for noon if possible. I didn't end up working at all last Christmas so I am hoping that this year will end up the same. Christmas Day we will be having our small Christmas when we will open our stockings and have Prime Rib...mmm!
The day after Christmas we will be heading to our Ranch till Tuesday, I got two days off and I can't wait to be there in the winter! I haven't been there in the winter since 2008...I think??? I hope there is snow! 
I don't know what will be happening all in between... My niece Daminika is having a Christmas Party that I am sure she will be writing about after. We are hoping to go caroling this year like we did last year, but I don't know if we will end up doing it... I wanted to do a picture post of the last year sometime before January, but I don't know when I will be able to do that. My laptop doesn't let me upload pictures so I would have to get all the pictures on to my Dad's computer and do it on there.
Today we are having a nice rainy day. Flooding everywhere! Driving to work wasn't too bad, but on the way home whole fields were now lakes and part of the road was covered. I was nervous about driving through a "river" of water but the cars in front of me did fine so...
Tonight we are having homemade pizza for supper, which I need to go start...
Hope you enjoyed my little "note".
God's Peace,
Marita <3

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Our Fall Party

Every year we have a Fall Party. We play games, dress up in costumes and eat good food. This year was no different! I am not sure when we started this for I know we did a End of Summer/Before School Field Day when I was little and I don't know if they are connected or not??? We used to do it kind of like a little fair. Hay rides, baking contests, guessing games, Three Legged Races, Wheel Barrel Races, Dunking for Apples...lots of fun fall games!
Every year has been different and this year we did it much later than normal. The fall rain is already here and this year was completely inside...This year we were divided in teams to play games and win as one. My team's name was "I Have No Clue" and we won! We did a "exam", (as I called it...) we each had five different pages of questions and four books and fifteen minutes per page to find the answers as a team. We had a guessing game, a costume contest and an observation game. I won first place in the costume contest so our team got the point...I was Nancy Drew from the 1938 movies.
Our food was just potluck and everything I had was delicious! sister Elisa brought Pasty! It was just my luck day!  At some point during our "exam" but still before supper, two of my aunts came. Auntie Eunie is from South Carolina and is here helping take care of my Grandpa who fell and broke his femur(?) and Auntie Lori lives with Grandpa taking care of him. We haven't seen Eunie in years so it was sooo nice to see her and we ended the day with beautiful singing of hymns to our Savior!
Such a blessed day! I am so thankful for days spent with my family and wish that all of them could have made it!
Here are just a few pictures (I didn't take many) of the day:

I wanted to write more about it all, but need to eat supper!
God's Peace,
Marita <3

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fall is Here! ...a little update.

Woohoo! So excited that I can finally bundle up and be all cozy! I didn't realize how much I loved these cold evenings spent crocheting by the fire. Our summer here was sooo long and dry! I almost went crazy with all the forest fires...even now I find myself pausing for a moment when I see smoke, wondering what is burning! Never in all my memories do I recall even once having such a long, dry and dusty summer in Washington...maybe at our ranch in Oregon, but never in Washington!
So....these last few months have been a emotional rollercoaster. I am not even a hundred percent sure why.... Starting in June I have felt as if I was being pulled in a million different directions. I had a very busy summer! With going to my Church Conventions in MN, getting sick, seeing my brother Jonathan and his family(except two of his children) for the first time in 6 this being the first time I (and my niece and nephew) have ever traveled without an "adult", it was the prelude to a very full and fast-paced, but seemingly unending, summer. In July we went to The Ranch for Independence Day, then to Canada for our annual National Park trip and ending with one of my best friends getting engaged and my turning nineteen....whew...I almost went crazy!
This September marked eight years since I said goodbye to my Mama...crazy. Since then I keep thinking about how in only three years I will have lived half my life with her and half without. For most of my siblings it will be many years before they can say that, which I think in some ways has made it harder. Two of my nieces are eleven years old...the age I was when Mama died and I am realizing by watching them how much I lost all those years ago, not just when Mom died but even in the years before. They are so young and carefree, only just starting to grow up and all the emotions that go with it. I don't think I was ever as young or carefree as they seem to be. Oh I remember doing some of the things I watch them do and thinking some of the things I hear them say, but by that age I had already lived a lifetime. I have been learning that with each new milestone I pass there is a whole new part to grieve and I know that there will be many more times such as this where I will have to learn to say "goodbye" in a whole new way... Sigh....sometimes it just is soooo tiring! But I am so thankful for all my sisters who have all been like a mom to me in some way!
Anyways... As my friend's wedding gets closer (three months!) I have had a million emotions I have never experienced before. I miss all our hanging-out days when we could all be together, when we all lived near each other. Now two of our "group" have moved away and Kaysha is getting married starting a whole new way chapter in all of our lives. I have never been this happy or sad. I am so curious as to what the future might bring....I keep wondering.. Who is next? What is next? But unlike usual, these questions come with excitement and not apprehension(for the most part anyways...).
This season of holidays is more exciting this year too, now that is a real surprise! I haven't felt such childlike excitement for Christmas since I don't know when! But whatever the reason I am glad for it. I am so looking forward to the Christmasy feeling that comes and the excitement of a new year! Maybe memories of last year are where the excitement is coming from, for it was the best Christmas and New Year's I have had in years! I celebrated Christmas for the whole month of December; Christmas with my friends, Christmas was with my "whole" family Christmas with Leon and Elisa's family, the Stenersen Christmas, Christmas with Dad and Sue....ya...lots of Christmas! Then New Year's Eve we had such fun! Playing games, being silly and starting the year on our right foot...literally! Oh silly us! Boy, with such good memories of this last year, I can't help but realize that it is how you look at it that truly counts.
Work has been going good, I work four days a week and I am getting more comfortable than I thought possible. I still can't wait till I can just be done, whether that is near or far away I don't know. I don't mind the work, though flowers wouldn't be my choice, but I always get a panicky feeling if I think about this being my future, so I try my best to just live for today...not always easy. I know that if I can't be content here and now then I won't be content anywhere, so praying I can truly learn and understand that.
I have a Bible app on my phone and I have been putting it on audio at night or in the morning while I do whatever may need to be done before going to bed or going to work and have found that to be so relaxing! I have been working on reading the whole Bible, something I have always wanted to do...I just have the book of Luke left of the New Testament but most of the Old Testament is waiting for me. Since I have started doing this (years ago) I have read and reread so much, and in the process have learned so much! I LOVE reading all the letters that the Apostle Paul wrote, I have read Romans sooo many times and it has been a favorite of mine for years! Genesis has also been a favorite of mine and I first read it through when I was ten years old! LOVED it then and still do!
I have been waking up with a rash on my neck and chin/cheek for a long time now but recently it had gotten worse and with that and a few other things I was so stressed out I wanted to sit down and sob! But with advice from my sister I started cutting out sugar and the rash went away! But I hadn't thought about it much and figured the rash probably had been stress related until the other night when I ate a brownie (yes, with sugar) and I woke up again with rash.. Now I am thinking that sugar is causing it?? Not a hundred percent sure but I am trying to stay away from it... not always the easiest thing.
Just a little update... There is soo much more I wanted to write, but need to clean up from supper..  What have you been up to?
God's Peace,
Marita <3

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

So... I am VERY excited about fall! I am seriously so tired of the dryness this summer and just summer activities as a whole. I feel as if this summer has been the busiest of my life....LITERALLY.
Starting with Conventions till now I have felt constantly on-the-go. Honestly I wouldn't have wanted to miss any of this summer, but I am glad it is ending. Fall and Winter sound so cozy and inviting!!
My days have been going by to fast and often I find I didn't get anything I planned to done. I am working Mondays-Thursdays and have been doing arrangements at least once a day. I am finally starting to fill orders now. (Eek!) Getting up to go in the mornings is harder now that it is dark when I first wake up, but I usually end each day feeling satisfied at what I did at work. (Unless I have a bad day.) For after work I wrote a schedule of what I can work on each day. Mondays: Sewing, Knitting or Crocheting...etc... Today is my blogging or "helping" day, either go to my sister's or helping out at home... Actually has been going good and I have told myself that it is fine to miss a day now and again since I tend to panic when I can't stick to a schedule.
As usual I tend to read a lot... I have been reading "A Tale of Two Cities" by: Charles Dickens which has been on my to-do list for awhile. I have watched an old movie of the story and LOVED it so really wanted to read the book. So far I have not been disappointed. I have cut back some on reading, but I can still stay up all night with a  book. I have so looked forward to cold evenings, curled up with a blanket, tea and a good book!
Weekends have become much loved since I started working more and every week I can hardly wait to leave work on Thursday. Friday is the cleaning day either at home or my sister's, but I enjoy it either way. Saturdays I am usually with family doing whatever it is we decide to do. Last weekend we hiked Silver Star Mountain and just had a good time. I got burnt and my face is still peeling, but it was worth it! Sundays I go to church and spend the rest of the day with family. (Yes I spends LOTS of time with family!) This last Sunday was spent playing outdoor games and feeling like a little girl again. LOVED IT! So, I really do have an extremely good life. I mean, what more could I truly ask for? (Not saying that everything is how I want it to be, but hey I have it pretty good!)
I have been doing a lot of trying new recipes, I am not sure what my Dad thought of my Onion Soup recipe, but I enjoyed it and the next night we ate it as a gravy with meatballs and mashed potatoes which was delicious. I am hoping to try out some new bakery next since fall just seems the time to do it. I love baking breads and sweets, but usually they go bad because there are only three of us in the house so I have refrained from baking too often. My Dad tends to lean towards meat, potatoes and veggie for supper, but he is a pretty good sport and tries new recipes. So I am now hoping to start trying more recipes, but it will mean planning ahead what I need because I don't usually have much time after work to plan supper. Often we eat quick meals like Thickened Peas, Carrots and Tuna on toast, or Hamburger Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and a veggie...just easy simple meals, but I hope to change that, at least a little.
Anyways, just a little update on what I have been doing. Hope my next post isn't to far in the future... :P
God's Peace,

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Living For Today, Planning For Tomorrow

So today I turn nineteen years old...sometimes I think about how old I am and feel young and other times I feel old...but today I just feel...content, where I am supposed to be in life. After years of feeling such anticipation, excitement and fear of what the future might bring as I have every other year, I feel peace with where I am and not a longing for something new, as I have for so long. I am not saying that in the future I won't feel discontentment or fear what the future might hold, but right now, this very minute, I feel content and at peace with my life.
So with all that I have been thinking about what goals I want to make, things I want, some of which like getting married and having children, is out of my hands, but there are still things I am passionate about that I wish I could do more of/for. So I decide to make a list of the things I wish I could dedicate more time to and try to make time for them throughout the year.
1. Jesus.
First and foremost I wish I could spend more time in the Word, more time studying, learning and reflecting. I want to spend more time learning and living for my Savior, Jesus. I read the Bible quite regularly, usually at least a little everyday and I almost always keep a notebook/journal on hand where I record my thoughts and what I read. But as often as I read the Bible, there are quite a few days a week that I just read a few verse real quickly before running to do something else.
What I am hoping is that I can spend an hour or so a day just reading the Word with my full concentration.
2. Family.
This is one important part of my life! I don't know what I  would do without each and every member of my family. I love my family! I wish I could spoil them all, giving them whatever they may have want of. Recently I just got back from a vacation and while on this vacation all I could think about was what I would buy each person if I had the money. Family is something I want to promote, I want the world to know just how great a real  family is. I wish with all my heart I could take all the orphans of this world and show them the love and joy found only in a Christian's home.
3. Music.
This one you may have guessed. Music has been apart of my life since I was born. I grew up with the sound of my mother singing while working about the house, my brother playing his guitar while I played or visiting Grandpa and Grandma's to hear Grandpa play the piano or going to my uncles to hear my uncle singing or all of us joining in. Music is apart of my heritage. I love music, playing it, listening to it and I LOVE when we get together and sing! I don't have the talent of so many of my family to just sit down and play a song I heard, but how I wish I did! It just isn't the same playing with notes, you cannot capture the sound of playing by ear. Though perhaps if I knew more, had more lessons I could learn to...who knows??? One thing is, I want to continue learning more about music, about composition and songwriting.
4. Sewing.
Now this is something I know next to nothing about. I have always thought though that if I could learn how to sew I would love it. I recently, in the last year, have bought myself a sewing machine, but have not really taken time to try to learn to use it. I am hoping to make time for it....somehow...
5. Blogging.
So, I would like to have a "plan" for my posts. I feel like I need something to write about and I would like ideas. I have thought of crocheting or knitting to be my theme, but I honestly don't "enjoy" those to the point of wanting to post about them. Cooking and baking sounds like fun,  but I am not sure as to how to go about it. I feel that I don't have time to be a committed writer., which seem silly when others who write seems sooo much busier than I !
6. Greek.
Another thing I want to devote more time to, but haven't been able to. I love the idea of having a written schedule up so I can know I have time for things. One thing is that Greek is something I should take time everyday for, but I just don't know how that would work if I want to try to devote time to other things as well...???
Anyways, just a few things I wish I could fit into my life. I feel as if I hardly even scraped the surface of the things I want to do. I think I try to do to much and in the end never get any of it done. I work till 2 P.M. three days a week and my boss just told me I might have a change in my schedule and perhaps be working five days a week. She said it wouldn't be for a couple months or quite a few months depending on a few things, before that actually happens. I am not worried about it, excited more than anything, I mean...whatever happens, happens.
I guess my main goal is to fill my days with more productive things, more living for others than myself. I want to be able to learn and continue learning and find something I am passionate about to really pursue if I do not marry in the next few years. (Which I think I won't.) I want to have a calling, something I feel is my purpose.
So what are your thoughts?
God's Peace,

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tried and True

This is just a poem I wrote a few years ago....mostly I just jotted down my "dreams". It's not written perfect, as I wrote it very quickly as I thought of what I wanted in life. I hope you enjoy!

Tried and True

Up in the mountains,
Far from the sea.
In a little farmhouse,
I hope to forever be.
With the pig, cow and chicken,
All living off the land.
With my husband and children,
Holding onto my hand.
Bread in the oven,
Baby in my arms.
Life is wonderful,
Out on the farm.
Momma, Daddy,
Little boys and girls.
Overalls, straw hats,
Ribbons and curls.
Church on Sunday,
Bible in hand.
Jesus in our hearts,
Footprints in the sand.
Hard times come,
Good and bad.
But we face them together,
Children, Mom and Dad.
All these give joy,
To me and to you.
All these little things,
Tried and true.

God's Peace, Marita

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Good Ole Days

I have some early memories from before I learned to walk. My sister's wedding and playing with a nephew. Most of my "good" memories are from before I was 5 years old or around there.
I grew up playing with my sister, nieces and nephews. My 5 eldest siblings were married by the time I can remember(four before I was born).  When I was little I always thought of them as my friends parents more than my siblings. I don't remember meeting my eldest brother till I was a little bit older, but I don't know what age. I remember that he was flying out and while we were waiting for him I was bragging because we shared a birthday. I told two of my other brothers that he was my favorite and that I was going to run to his arms and hug him. They just laughed, but when he came I was scared and didn't dare even look at him. Seems so funny now!
I don't have many specific memories, it seems they are all jumbled up in my head. Most of my memories come from The Ranch. Early in the morning while I was still sleeping Dad would pack us all into the big green pick-up. I have memory of time and again waking up with my head on Mom's lap and already halfway to The Ranch. Going on long four-wheeler rides between Mom and Dad, falling asleep with my head against Daddy's back and eating cold brown beans from a can. Going to the river to take baths, picking apples in the orchard and watching quietly for a big buck.
At The Ranch I always thought all my dreams could come true.
I remember playing with my sister either in the barn, if big brother came with or just outside the fence but still near the house. We would wear our homemade "pioneer clothes" which most often were skirts and shirts we made out of brown paper bags, carrying our baskets to collect "food" which was usually pinecones and different plants. We were always alert for the sound of rattling in the grass and ever watchful of where we placed our feet. Often we would use our baskets as bonnets and just walk around telling our dreams to each other.
I remember usually eating steaks with instant potatoes and instant gravy. Mmmm! After playing all day and getting dust everywhere it would sure hit the spot! Evenings were spent playing games like , Phase 10, Skip-Bo and other card games. We would eat a snack as we played, Dad would be working on the computer and Mom would be on the phone with my oldest sister. Sometimes I would just play alone on the steps where it was warm by the fire.
I LOVED taking baths at The Ranch! It always felt so good to get clean. Baths were always at night there and after I would run to warm up by the stove. I will always remember going to sleep with the sound of the washer going and my older siblings arguing over something downstairs.
I remember the first time I ever tried apple pie. Mom went and picked the apples from the orchard and my older sister and her were making a pie for my dad. I told Mom that I didn't like it and she said I had to try it. Ick! I still don't like them! But I remember eating the apples with cinnamon and sugar all over them before they were baked, Mmmm!
Dad was always working, either getting firewood, fixing something or logging. I remember driving the four-wheeler to where ever he was to tell him it was time to eat or ask him a question. At night I would sit on his back and draw pictures while he looked at a magazine or watched the news. Often he would bring us all up to where he was logging to show us the view and tell us where we were going to build our house. He would lay out a plan on the ground and have us stand in our "rooms" while he told us of all the things we were going to do. He would tell how many head of cattle we would have and about what our chores would be. But in the end that house was just a dream.
I don't remember a single time that I didn't want to be at The Ranch. The happiest moments of my life were spent in that "cabin" out in the middle of nowhere. I didn't even write a fraction of my memories down and I supposed I could write forever, but I am to tired to write more tonight.
I have so many memories! Playing Around the Block with my four older siblings or Hide and Seek. Listening to Mom sing while she cleaned or running around the house with her and my older sisters "just because". Getting rocked to sleep by Mom and my older sister, sitting on big brother's lap, going on picnics with my sister and nephews, etc.... I could never write them all! Honestly my oldest brother was just someone on the other end of a phone and a call on birthdays when I was little. It seems so funny now thinking of it!
Hope you enjoyed these few memories, it seems that everyone is going down  "Memory Lane".
God's Peace,

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Day to Day Life

For the last month my sister Marissa and I have been getting a taste of life on our own. Slowly figuring out the ins and outs of housekeeping. I have been getting used to a new work schedule also, which just adds to all the new quirks we are figuring out. So far the cost of groceries hasn't been to far off of what we thought they would be. The week of Valentine's Day I worked almost the same amount I work in a month, which was very tiring but in the end I made enough to cover my insurance with some extra left over to add to my grocery money. So far I haven't used any money out of my savings for groceries, just cash that I have hanging around.
But anyways, it has been a new experience and a nice "vacation" away from my everyday life. We are slowly coming out of the newness of it and getting into a schedule of sorts. We are both getting reused to living with each other and it has been quite fun.
Since this all began we haven't seen much of anyone (sorry!), but it has been so hard to try to get out and about when I was trying to get into a schedule. Also, we have been enjoying our sister time together. But like I said, the newness is beginning to wear off and we are starting to "live" again.
We have eggs coming out of our ears and so far we haven't found anyone who needs them. We have about 3 dozen in the refrigerator and that is after using 10 up in a Angel Food Cake! Which turned out very good, by the way...though not really like a Angel Food Cake. But I have to say, we do not look forward to eating eggs in the mornings!
Today we went outside and walked around, swung on the swing and dreamed of far off lands before going to do chores. I absolutely LOVE living away from people! Though we hear them and can sometimes see them through the woods, it is wonderful to be away from the constant eyes of neighbors. After a childhood at the Ranch it is wonderful to get a taste of that back. I miss being able to just go out and wander anywhere without seeing people!
So anyways, that is what is new over here in my world. What is new in your world? :)

God's Peace,