Are We Ever Really Ready? A Poem About Letting Go

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For those of you who love my poetry and look forward to seeing what I concoct with the word of the day on these Five Minute Fridays-I’m sorry it’s been awhile!  For weeks I couldn’t find FMF and thought it was on a hiatus, but I just learned that it has moved to another website.  So, I have my word of the day.  Today’s word is READY.  A rhyming poem is what came out, as I thought to myself “Are We Ever Really Ready?”  Changes are not always easy, and with Fall coming quickly upon us, we must bend and change a little along with the seasons.  I hope you enjoy today’s inspiring poem!     Are We Ever Really Ready?   When is the butterfly ready to emerge from … Continue Reading

Tip of the Week: How to Prevent Jam Or Jelly From Crystallizing

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It’s time for a Tip of the Week!  This is where I share random stuff I know to help make your life easier.  Today’s tip is handy for anyone who is interested in canning or making jams, jellies, preserves, etc.  Have you ever tried to make a jam and wound up with hard sugar clumps in the jar later?  I have fortunately never had this happen, but I know several people who have.  So, today I am sharing “How to Prevent Jam or Jelly From Crystallizing!”     It all has to do with temperature and timing.  If you have ever wound up with undesirable sugar crystals in your jams or jellies, you probably added the sugar when your mixture was too hot.  The process of adding sugar to hot … Continue Reading

Cozy Cottage Weekends-My Victorian Scatter Garden Seeds Bloomed!

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Happy Labor (free) Day!  I decided since it is a long weekend, that Monday counts as part of my Cozy Cottage Weekends feature :).  What was the last thing YOU did to surprise yourself?  If you don’t surprise yourself with little gifts of delight, I highly suggest it ;).  Awhile ago in my Summer Update post (which you can see HERE if you missed it), I talked about some old fashioned Victorian scatter garden seeds I had tossed in the empty planters in our front yard.  It took them awhile to grow from teeny tiny seeds, but they have been in bloom for a few weeks now!  That seed packet was one of my most recent ways I gifted myself a fun surprise…   The fun part about doing an old fashioned … Continue Reading

The Time I Fed My Family Coreopsis Mashed Potatoes!

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Ah, it’s been awhile since I welcomed you all in to a sneak peak at my cozy cottage life, as part of my cozy cottage weekends feature!  Today I am taking you back to my first Summer at the cottage when we first became home owners (just a year ago).  Open the cottage gate, grab your cup of tea or coffee and come sit with me for a spell as I tell the tale of “The Time I Fed My Family Coreopsis Mashed Potatoes” !       I had always wanted to own a garden.  I had always wanted to grow herbs.  The Summer of 2013 I got my wish, as God provided a home for us that came with both already built right in!  I felt I must … Continue Reading

A Summer Update from Rebekah

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Hello inspired friends!  You may have noticed that it’s been a couple weeks since I last posted something here.  This Summer I have been finding myself up to my eyeballs in projects.  As busy as I have been though, I have also made time for PLAY and of course living inspired, which is pretty much a daily practice/way of life for me.  I thought it may be nice to write a sort of casual Summer letter to you all to keep you updated on the goings on my way!  In fact, I just added a diary style section to my blog/website called “Letters from Rebekah”, which will be under the cozy cottage tab on the website.  I thought this would be a nice, informal way to connect with all of … Continue Reading

Lost- a Poem and the Story of Amazing Grace

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Five Minute Friday is here, and this week I am back to bringing you a rhyming poem in five!  Linking up a day late, as I was working hard on a project yesterday.  Today’s word is LOST.  This poem ended up evolving into using the sea and sailing as a metaphor for life.  I am excited to share it with you!  If you are in need of encouragement today because you are feeling lost or burdened by your troubles, I hope you will take comfort in these words.  I am including the powerful story of the spiritual song Amazing Grace as part of today’s story.       Lost   When you’ve wandered off the path and don’t know where to turn, When the waters are no longer calm and … Continue Reading

On Releasing Old Stories and Emotions

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This weeks Five Minute Friday word is RELEASE.  I make it my personal goal to bring you poetry in five each week, but today’s word just has me wanting to write it all out.  I want to talk about releasing old stories and emotions.  The topic of release is something I have been talking quite a lot about with a few dear, close friends.  So many of my friends and I are releasing things lately.  Releasing pain, releasing people who have disappointed us, releasing past patterns that run deep, releasing expectations even.  I am fortunate to have met such a wonderful group of people who have bright spirits and want to be transformers!     We speak of transformation quite a lot these days, and even in the mentoring I … Continue Reading

Tip of the Week-Where to Buy the Best Cake Ever (Online)!

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It’s been awhile since I shared a tip of the week with you!  I love bringing you random tips to help you save money , to make life easier for you, or just to share awesome stuff with you that you may have never heard of before!  This week I am sharing my new favorite to die for cake with you  (but not literally because I ate it all…muhahaha ).  It’s called a Burnt Almond Torte and it comes from a bakery in Pittsburgh, PA called Prantl’s.  They are famous for this cake and people travel from all around to get a piece of this slice of heaven!  It truly is the best cake ever!   One of my best friends (whom I coincidentally met online 6 years ago when … Continue Reading

The Fairy Messengers-Inspired Poetry by Rebekah

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It’s Five Minute Friday and the word this week is MESSENGERS.  I had such fun with this word!  I have written another fairy poem for the fairy poetry book I am working on publishing.  Today’s poem is called “The Fairy Messengers”.  Most of my fairy poetry is inspired by my garden and the wide variety of flowers, greenery and creatures I “play” with there.  Get ready to be sprinkled with fairy dust!     The Fairy Messengers:   Quick as a flash they dart through the sky, Rarely seen by the naked eye. Over field and meadow they carry your dreams, As they ride on the back of dragonfly wings.   Leaving love notes on flowers and sprinkling new seeds, Following the wind wherever it leads. Merry with joy, laughing … Continue Reading

These Ordinary Extraordinary Hands

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We often take the simple things-those small seemingly insignificant things in life for granted.  I like looking beyond the small to see the power of what small can do!  Today’s Five Minute Friday word is HANDS.  Here is what I have to say (in the form of today’s free verse poem called “These Ordinary Extraordinary Hands”):      These Ordinary Extraordinary Hands: He says my hands are small, as he holds them up to his. I smile and think- These hands, these seemingly small and delicate hands, do Large things. And I marvel at them now Just thinking of all the ways in which they’ve served me and served others.   These hands turn simple ingredients like flour, sugar and butter into glorious meals that fill the tummy and fill … Continue Reading

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