Weekend Wrap Up ~ Blame it on the books…

Hello Lovelies!

This weekend has been CRAZY fun and busy! Friday night I headed to our local Co-Op for craft night. It has been so much fun hanging out with fellow crafters. I finally found some new friends :) I enjoy munching on goodies and chatting with other crafty ladies.

I took some yarn with me and about ten patterns. Have I mentioned that I really hate patterns? I much prefer freestyle crocheting. After three attempts at following the pattern, I gave up and just went for it.

I think my slouchy beanie turned out okay :)

Saturday morning I headed back to the Co-Op for my first Intro to Beekeeping class. Yes! You read that right..I have a slight obsession with honey bees :) I’ve always been curious about honey bees. I blame it on my childhood obsession with Winnie the Pooh and the fact that I could eat honey all day everyday.

I recently read a series of books, The Bella Vista Chronicles by Susan Wiggs, about a female beekeeper/chef. If you haven’t read them, I encourage you to! It’s a fabulous series about family, love and healing. It follows stolen artwork and the journey of the underground Polish resistance during the Nazi regime. It was a fascinating read! I couldn’t put it down. As an art lover, bee enthusiast, sister, and history lover it hit every interest I have. Included in each book are fabulous recipes featuring honey!

 

Our class was taught by a local beekeeper. He’s been keeping bees for over 20 years and I am excited to learn more! Our class will take about 8 months, but at the end I’ll be a South Carolina certified Beekeeper!

Why am I so interested in bees (aside from the previously stated reasons)? Without the mighty little honey bee, we would live in a world without fruits, nuts, vegetables, and seeds.

Nearly one-third of the world’s crops are dependent on honeybees for pollination, but over the last decade the cute little honey bee has been dying at unprecedented rate in both the United States and abroad. EEEKKKK! So I’m going to help with that :)

But where are you going to keep bees, you ask. Well..I thought about that. Some will be going on the farm. Did you know that adding beehives to your farm can help increase your production yield? Last year, a cotton farmer rented bees from Mr. Phillip and his yield increased 11%! Craziness!!

But after going through our first class and talking with Mr. Phillip, I realized my backyard is perfect! There’s all the foods and resources bees need hanging out back there. I’ve got oak trees, blueberry bushes, asters, milkweed, a swimming pool (they get thirsty), an apple tree and more! Boom Sauce! (I’m beyond excited about this in case that isn’t translating through!)

I met a new friend at Bible Study last week. She texted yesterday and we met up at church to sit together. It’s so nice to have a familiar face to sit with :)

Now I’m settling in to finish up some homework. This semester and I just aren’t gelling very well. So I’m doing a little bit of homework and then crocheting a little…it’s like rewarding yourself for surviving in my opinion..

Here’s what I whipped up tonight during homework breaks..

XoXo,

One Soon-to-Be Beekeeping Lemon

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Seeing Mother’s Day in a different way…

Hello my lovelies!
Yesterday was Mother’s day..and I can honestly say it’s one that I will never forget. I believe that sometimes in life we experience coincidences that are God incidents. I went to my church yesterday morning with the intention of staying for service after Sunday school. In Sunday school we talking about God’s Amazing Wonders..and how sometimes we miss them.

After Sunday school, I decided I would head to my mom’s church to be with her :) My brother and sister were unable to come home this weekend due to work conflicts. I got to church and walked in. My mom smiled but it didn’t quite reach her eyes..she looked at me and said we have a situation and I think it’s amazing that you’re here.

Before I had arrived at the church yesterday, a family had walked in. They were dirty but dressed in nice clothes. Two little girls with smiles so bright and a little baby in tow..they had come to church for Mother’s day. My dad (who is the pastor) quickly learned that someone in our town had told them to come to our church..because the pastor there loves everybody. My dad and mom quickly set to work to make them feel welcomed.

I arrived after Sunday school and my mom told me about the two little girls..the family is homeless..and destitute. I immediately prayed for wisdom and perseverance. I have a very tender heart and situations like this one are often hard for me to process. My dad, he’s a blessing y’all, ran to Hardee’s and brought back enough biscuits to feed the whole church. Saying that we always like to have breakfast on Sunday’s (which they do!). Those little girls tore into the biscuits and I struggled to keep the tears at bay. I asked if they’d like to go into big church or stay with me in the Sunday school room. They looked at me..and with sheepish expressions, asked if I could help them make a card for their mom for Mother’s Day..because they had nothing to give her.

I quickly assembled as many craft supplies as I could find and we set about making the most precious Mother’s day card you’ve ever seen. No store-bought card could rival the amount of love those girls put into those cards. We added glitter and pom-poms and some more glitter..until I wasn’t sure the paper would hold it all :) They were so proud and I was so humbled.

Shortly after the service started, the father brought the baby brother in. He’s 7 months old and quite small. They told me he was a special baby..that he’d been born prematurely and it’d been a fight for him to survive. I quickly told the father I’d love to keep him so he could enjoy the service. There was a moment of hesitation, but after seeing the girls giddy at work he agreed. Little did I know what I was getting myself into.

Little baby R was happy for all of 7 minutes…then came the loudest wail you’ve ever heard in your life. I’m not scared of babies..I’ve been around them my whole life. But this one scared me..as I picked him up I knew something wasn’t right. He was burning up with fever. When I tell you fever..I mean the kind that makes your heart stop because you know it’s too high. Having no baby supplies at hand, I struggled to find what I needed. Thankfully, I found some towels and a pacifier. He’s teething so I knew his teeth/gums were hurting. I found a towel and began to wipe away his tears and sweat.

I’m not often done in by smells. Having been raised on a farm, it takes a lot to make my stomach roll..but the smell of that little boy and his tears tore my heart to shreds. I cried because I knew this wasn’t the life anyone is supposed to live. Doing the best I could, I wiped his little hands, feet and neck. As soon as I placed a cool rag upon his forehead he quieted down. After a diaper change, he seemed better. I finally got him to take some formula and then he promptly started wailing again. I tried everything..rocking, walking, patting his back, a swing..nothing was working..until..he fell asleep.

The girls were troopers! Such little mother’s they are..telling me what he liked and what he didn’t like. I knew somehow I was going to have to tell my dad he needed a doctor desperately. After service I gave the girls a ride home (they had told me they walked a block to church..they walked 2 miles.) We deduced that the family (father, mother, daughter and baby) has no home of their own and they’ve been staying with relatives here and there trying to find work.

After dropping them off & giving hugs, I cried all the way to my grandmother’s house. I thought to myself how blessed I am..and how much I take it for granted. Here we would sit at Gram’s house..with more food than we needed while there are families so close to us with nothing. The great thing about my family? When we told them about the situation..it wasn’t a reply of oh that’s so sad..it was what can we do to help?.

Later that afternoon, after telling my dad about how sick I thought the baby was, he called the father to check on them. The dad expressed his concern about the baby’s temperature and humbly asked for a ride to the hospital. My dad and I set off immediately to take them to our local hospital. I have never been so thankful for a hospital that turns no one away as I was yesterday. I know at times I’ve often complained about it when I was the one sitting in the ER waiting to be seen, but I shall never complain again.

The doctors and nurses immediately went to work on the little baby. There was no judging..no questioning. Just a doctor who was sweet enough to realize there was more to the situation than what he was seeing. He spoke privately with my father who explained the situation. My dad stayed with the family late into the night. The doctors decided to keep the baby for 2 days. They’re concerned about his lungs and his temperature which was 102.8 upon intake.

The love for a Mother that I saw yesterday will forever be imprinted on my heart. The way that those girls loved their mother and the way that she loved them. The way my mother loved those little girls..the way my church showed God’s love yesterday by surrounding that family instead of judging them. That was what Mother’s day to me is all about..unconditional love.

So I pray that we won’t forget that. I hope that you will love someone..regardless of their station, their color or their life.

XoXo,
One Humbled-Heartbroken Lemon

Thankful Thursday!

Is it Thursday already? I feel like this week is flying and crawling by all at the same time..but’s here’s what I’m thankful for this week!

1 – Bargain Brooks

I’ve been wanting to try a pair of Brooks out..but not at the $125 price tag. This week I found a pair this week at a Rugged Warehouse store for $44 and decided to try them out. SOOOOO COMFY! I’m running in them today for the first time :) I’ll let ya know how it goes.

2 – Mr. Peacock has arrived..and he’s wild!

Our last peacock was eaten by an owl..it’s a crazy story..a grown peacock getting picked up and hauled off by an owl? I wouldn’t even believe it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. But needless to say..the farm finally has a new peacock stud..and he thinks he’s hot stuff. He’s very wild and smart.

3 – New House

My new house-to-be is coming right along! I should be closing on it the last week of the month. I’ve been scouring the internet for remodeling ideas. It’s an older house that needs some TLC and the living room/dining room has an interesting layout. Last night I found exactly what I had been thinking in picture form :) Exciting!

4 – DIY Projects

I’ve been trying to do one new DIY project each week. This week I’m tackling scrap fabric rugs. So easy..all you need is a stack of old t-shirts and a hula hoop. They work up really quickly! I’m thrilled to be using so much of my scrap fabric.

5 – Church!

I’ve been struggling a lot lately with where I am supposed to be plugged in at church. There were several issues at the church I was attending that I did not feel comfortable with. After praying and seeking God, I knew it was time to start looking for a church home. I visited several churches but one just seemed to fit. I’ve been attending there now for about 2 months and I can’t begin to tell you how much I love it. I literally count down until I get to go to church. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about worshiping. They have a huge college and career ministry and I LOVE IT! I’m no longer the awkward single, childless, never married girl in my Sunday school class. There are 15 other girls all walking the same path as me and THEY ROCK! We have monthly Bible study and I wish we had it every week! I love sitting cross legged in Rebecca’s living room digging into the word.

6 – Halfway There!

I’m really thankful that God made people to endure med school! RJ is halfway through with block :) I’m thankful that he’s got 7 tests under his belt this week and only 7 more weeks to go! (Not that I’m counting or anything..) This girl is ready for him to have some free time! Because secretly I really just want to go eat Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice cream with him :)

 

What about you? What are you Thankful for this Thursday?

XoXo!

One Peachy Lemon

 

Best Birthday Weekend ~ Part 3

Hey Lovelies!

Can I just say that I don’t think I could have crammed another thing into my birthday weekend :) I’ve never done a whole weekend for myself before. It was really neat to actually do what I wanted to do for a whole weekend and not feel bad about it.

I had given RJ 2 tickets to the Carolina game at the Cup on Saturday. It was my congrats you survived another block gift :) He works so hard in school and doesn’t get a lot of time off. I really wanted him to enjoy his week off. We’re both Carolina baseball fans and I knew that he’d only been able to catch one or two games so far this season.

He asked me to tag along with him and I was more than happy to oblige.

I went to church Sunday morning. I can’t tell you how much this new church is blessing me! Y’all know I’ve been struggling the past few months with whether or not I was where God wanted me to be. I can tell you after attending this church for 4 weeks that it is indeed where I am supposed to be. I finally have a peace in my heart. We had a great Sunday school lesson. Ryan’s been going over God’s Challenge for your 20’s. I came in on week 5 of 9 so I’ve got to get the other weeks and catch up. It’s so awesome to be hanging out with other 20 somethings who are going through the same battles and struggles I am. They have made me feel more welcomed and included than I’ve ever felt at a church. I get up on Sunday excited because it’s church day. That hasn’t happened in a long, long time.

After church, I met RJ at Starbucks..we’re slightly addicted to Starbucks. I changed clothes super fast..yes it can be done! Then we were off to Columbia to watch the Gamecocks take on the Tennessee Vols.

It was a gorgeous day, so RJ opened the sunroof up and we enjoyed the sunshine.

It was a struggle to stay awake on the way :) RJ drives a BMW and it rides smoother than a Cadillac in my opinion. We both have quite diverse taste in music so we took turns choosing. I must say he was a trooper to humor my country music. He typically prefers rap. He gave me a rap education..and I discovered that I actually like rap! I guess when it’s not blaring into your ears and thumping under your rump (the only way my brother plays it) it’s actually alright.

I had been raving about eating at D’s in Columbia. Since I won the bet at the Carolina Cup, we decided we’d go there. BUT! Much to my dismay..D’s was closed. So we headed to a Chinese restaurant up the street. Lunch was so much fun. It was great to be able to catch up and hangout one-on-one. The Chinese restaurant is across the street from the stadium so we got to people watch a little bit before it was time to head into the stadium.

We got into the stadium a little early so we walked around and enjoyed the batting practice. I’m fortunate to split season tickets with one of my friends so I have the same seats each game. We settled into our seats and I crossed my fingers that there wouldn’t be any screaming children behind me. It was a really fun game! USC led the entire game and we didn’t switch pitchers until well into the 7th inning. Poor Tennessee didn’t score a single run..unlike Saturday’s game where USC barely beat them 9-6.

It was a little sunny and we might have forgotten to put sunscreen on. Thankfully RJ blocked most of the sun for me :) His poor face was a little pink when we left the game and needless to say by the time we got back home it was really red. (I felt super bad! I had sunscreen in my pocketbook the whole time.)

On the way home he introduced me to Juicy J and quite a variety of other rap artists. I introduced him to a few of my favorite songs..what does the fox say, I wanna marry my stalker and Everlast. It was fun! We talked and laughed. I think it’s probably one of the most fun weekends I’ve had in a long time.

We decided to stop for ice cream. Okay, I kind of asked if we could because I really, really wanted some chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream (which I found out was RJ’s fav!). Needless to say, he was sweet enough to humor my random whim and we ended up at Sweet Frog. I introduced him to strawberry poppers. They are in my opinion the most amazing thing to put with froyo. Sadly, Sweet Frog no longer has my chocolate covered sunflower seeds, rice cakes or mango poppers. I was really disappointed. But my orchard cherry and NY cheesecake froyo was still good without them :) It was the perfect ending to a perfect day!

My sunburn is pretty mild compared to RJ’s. Just my right cheekbone is burnt :) But nothing a little makeup magic couldn’t cover. (Thank you stage makeup class!)

So my lovelies, I’m officially a year older and you know what? I’m perfectly okay with that!

Here’s to hoping this year is as amazing as this weekend was!

XoXo!

One Really Happy Lemon