Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy July

Happy July! Another month has come and gone.

We are still getting daily rain. It looks like a hurricane hit through here. Hopefully we don’t actually get a hurricane this year. I’m not sure what will happen. Probably the worst flooding this area would have seen.

During the month of June we went to visit my father in law. We hadn’t seen him in over 5 years. This is my brother in law (left to right) father in law, husband, and son. It was good to check on him and see how things are doing for him.

We went and saw the Incredibles. 

We went to the beach...

And scalloping...

We have to take two boats since the family has grown so much. 

As you can see they were successful...

I stayed back and got to play with Carson, my great nephew. He’s the little star of the show. My daughter and son in law have yet to have children.... they brought his eight year old nephew. 

They are not used to parenting!😂

While they were out cold, Mason was still going! They  thought an eight year old took energy... I cannot wait to see how a baby goes. Hee hee 

Amy Jo

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy Summer!

Hello Dolly! It’s the first day of summer! Can you believe it? Doesn’t it seem that it was just New Years the other day? 

With summer comes a lot of rain and a lot of heat. I’m so thankful for air conditioning. And ice cream 🍦 

Everything is green and beautiful. And the bugs are in full supply. But each season is so wonderful. And each has its special joys. I hope you have a wonderful summer! And that it doesn’t fly by to fast. 

Amy Jo

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bee Kind

Happy Thursday! It’s another great day in Florida. And I’m counting my blessings. I found the adorable Bee Kind dish towel at Hobby Lobby in the beginning of Spring.

And these adorable shakers for super cheap.... $4.00 to be exact. I fell in love with there cuteness. 

This year more than ever I have tried to focus on being kind and happy. I feel like we should try our best to do this. God calls us to it. Not in a ridiculous superficial sense, but in a genuine way. I have found the more that I count my blessings the easier this is. I know that every day can not be perfect and that we are human with various feelings. Sometimes you can’t help but feel down. But God tells us to count it all joy. James 1:2. 

Do you find it easy to be joyful? Or is it a struggle? Share your thoughts on this with me! Try to keep on the sunny side. 

A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others. 
The Wizard of Oz
Amy Jo

Gee Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away

Why do we let time slip by when it’s so very precious?  I’m often reminded of this truth as I meander through this life. Every time a loved one slips into eternity it’s as if the clocks ticking gets a little louder and time seems more precious .....and yet so does death. 

Soon we all slip into the sweet bye and bye.... and we meet on that beautiful shore. I lost my favorite Uncle recently and I have pondered a few of these things. I am so grateful that he was a Christian and I have absolutely no doubt where he is. But life is a little more lonely without him here. Each person adds an element to your life. Each time a loved one leaves, a bit of sparkle leaves with them. And with each farewell, death seems a little less scary. I’m not trying to be morbid. These are thoughts that were on my heart today. 

So onto brighter topics.... This is the mini makeover that my daughter and I did on our living room. It has already changed since this picture was taken. We decided to buy new furniture. But I wanted to show this to you first. 

Feminine details.... and I think it looks beautiful but... this slipcover was a nightmare. Always slipping and sliding every which way. So it was just time for new furniture. 

Since my last post Winter  became Spring and now we are into full blown Summer heat. We have had a lot of rain!

This was my driveway after 25 straight days of rain. It’s finally drying out. I’m so thankful for that. Although we have had a huge amount of humidity. 

Mornings are my absolute favorite time of day. The possibilities are endlessly ahead of me and I feel so invigorated. This was a particularly pretty morning. 

And another that was so pretty.... before the heat set in and everything seemed to wilt and all you want to do is hide in the air conditioning. 

What is your favorite time of day? Leave me a comment! I would love to hear from you! Happy June my friends!💕

Amy Jo

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Time Just Goes

It's been a while.... Last time we spoke it was the end of 2017! Life is busy and I know yours is as busy as mine. I decided to put these beautiful hat boxes where the Christmas tree once was.

We've had some really cold weather for Florida this year. I've really .. but now I'm enjoying our spring temperatures. Cold weather is hard on Floridians. 

I put away all of the Christmas things right away as I don't like them to linger.

I squeezed in a little antique shopping after the holidays were over. I went with my mom and sister.This was one of the booths.

I found this beautiful old cookie jar....

And this gorgeous doll. 

She's like us with a few cracks and chips that have happened from years of life and love, but she's all the more beautiful because of them.

Today is Valentine's Day... the second Valentine's in Winona Cottage. We do really love our little home. Happy Valentine's!
Amy Jo

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Christmas came and went so quickly. 

It was a very quiet Christmas this year... we didn't host our annual Christmas party. 
We may do it next year... 

But we will wait and see... 
I still did a few decorations and two small trees. 

Now it's time to pack it all away until next time.
My favorite tree 

My husband got me a Jeep for Christmas! It will be perfect for the dirt roads.
Levi got a shotgun for Christmas and he got his 

drivers license . Let's just say I'm on pins and needles. 
Now it's time to get busy and put everything away. 

Amy Jo

Saturday, December 16, 2017

November Blessings

Let me start off by saying Happy Holidays! Since I didn't post for Thanksgiving at all and now we are only nine days away from Christmas! 
It's been a very busy season for us. We haven't even begun our Christmas shopping. I will probably start today. 
We finally have some cold weather that I can enjoy wearing sweaters. We don't like it to cold though, we Floridians are not used to the cold. 
My son went to his first homecoming and got so sick he called us after only being there an hour. He had strep throat! It came back a second time after the first round of antibiotics so I did some research and found that you can cure it naturally. And that is what we did. The second antibiotic had very dangerous side effects. I couldn't believe after only 2 days of natural treatment he was having no throat pain at all. I am very thankful for that.

My husband and son.

This little pot is a recent find. I haven't had a lot of time to go to thrift stores lately.

But I did find this beauty on eBay last month. And for a really cheap price.

I also found this pretty April Cornell dress on EBay. It's really feminine and very light weight. You can really find some great things on eBay!
My daughter came for Thanksgiving! Her visits always brings me great joy. We had so much fun. She won't be home for Christmas so I'm very thankful for the time we had together.
We went to my parents for Thanksgiving and there was a real star of the show. My great nephew Carson. What a happy and sweet boy he is! This is my mom holding him. 
Being a star is exhausting and you have to get your Beauty sleep.

Levi celebrated his 15th birthday 🎉 
Now he will be able to drive 😱 With a parent of course. But it's a little scary on all of these two lane country roads. I'm praying for safety. I'm getting a little long winded, I better close for now. I will do another update soon. 

Love and safety during the holidays 
Amy Jo💕