Thursday, January 1, 2015

The year 2014 at the Blessed Hearth... ...

Happy New Years Day everyone..
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth.. 

Tonight I am just doing 2014 in review... kind of... 
So thankful for all the blessings and even the trials of the past year.. 
Hopefully, we have learned a bit and so thankful to know the Lord who is in charge of each year and every facet of our lives.. 

So with that being said .... smile.. 
I picked out a few fave pics and hope you will enjoy them... 
The year started out with a lot of snow and it stayed really late.. 
But there were many bright spots along the way.. 

Lovely suppers by the fire and celebrating special days like Valentines... 
So thankful for my sweetheart.. 

Being retired found us taking long winter afternoon drives around our rural countryside.. 

I am always on the lookout for these dear things.. 
One of my fave animals.. smile.. 
If we ever end up living up at our old farm this is the first thing we will try to get.. Well, I will try to get.. 
Not that we are likely to end up living up there but one never knows, eh?  

Then in March we celebrated our 44th anniversary and we just stayed home that day as it was storming and we had Shrimp Pasta, I believe.. 

Oh yes and Caesar Salad et deux... smile.. 
As you know, I love making special dinners for the two of us.. 
Sometimes.. smile.. 

Cold mornings sometimes found me baking up some breads... 

These were some British breads that I was inspired to make from a UK book that I was reading and the recipes are there, too.. 

Along the way, we had a huge rains that brought flood waters and destroyed a lot of property but thankfully lives were spared.. 
In a few weeks it was all back to normal.. 
Terry and I drove around looking at all the amazing sights.. 
Thankful we live on high ground.. smile.. 

Then Easter of course.. 
My favourite Christian celebration.. 
So thankful for Christ who became our supreme sacrifice and gave us hope for eternal life with Him.. 

Here in Canada ..
 Easter is more of a family celebration then Thanksgiving, although we love it all..  

My Easter table.. 
Found some snowdrops down at the cottage and was so pleased to copy the centrepiece from the blog called My French Country Home.. 

Then we all celebrated the day at our daughter's home.. 

Our lovely grandsons that we are so blessed with.. 
There are two wee guys, too.. 

As soon as the snow left we began our little treks up to our old farm in the Kent Hills.. 

It just sits there waiting for us to come by and stay for the day.. 
Make a meal or two and enjoy the lovely wind that blows there.. 

This is Terry's haven where he loves to go with or without me .. smile.. 
Mostly, I do go and we have a great time.. 

The countryside in our part of the world in the Spring.. 

Notice the field of Dandelions up behind the cows there on the hill... 
Lovely, wouldn't you say... 

Of course, Spring means Rhubarb and I made a batch of jam at the farm one day.. 

So love cooking in my Aunt Eva's old kitchen.. 

Then Spring also means starting to think of moving to our old seaside cottage for the Summer.. 
Going down and getting the heat turned on and making sure all is well.. 

Then in June we make the big switch to live beside one of the biggest loves of my life.. 

The Bay of Fundy.. 

Making meals in our old cottage kitchen again.. 

And then getting ready to open my shop for my last season..

Opening it for 3 days of the week ...

And having some precious company... 

Enjoying the Summer also includes my herb beds and all the wonderful things one can do with them.. 
Like making salves, powders and such.. 

Lots of recipes for homemade here on the blog.. 

Every once in awhile we would come home for a day just to check and make sure all was well.. 

One day I saw these lovely roses in passing on the way to the farm.. 
They can be used for powders and jellies.. 
Love gathering all these wonderful herbs and flowers and making homemade stuff.. smile.. 

Then the first of September I closed my wee shop for good and kind of retired... 
At least from this kind of business.. 

Not sure what 2015 will hold... smile.. 
Just praying for God's will in our lives.. 
I love doing and making so who knows.. 

I can't help myself, really.. 
We shall see.. 

And then moving back home again.. 

That is one happy day.. 
I love St. Martins and the bay and living close to our daughter but I love home.. 
There is no place like it in the whole world and it is nice to be back.. 

Then the Autumn comes along with more trips back to this dear old place... 

And the Fall means our annual visit to Kings Landing which is another love of my life.. 

I get my fix for the year to come.. grin.. 

Terry starts getting the next years wood and we had a lovely picnic up there in them thar hills.. grin ... 

I hope you all find the blog interesting as we go from this to that all year.. 
That is actually how I talk.. 
I go from one subject to another.. grin..
Ask my friends..  

All year long we have Keepers of the Home meetings that we share here on the blog.. 

Living and learning with the sweetest bunch of ladies that you could meet anywhere.. 

And then there was a big day as we celebrated Terry's 65th birthday with our precious family.. 

Took some wonderful family photos and this was one of our faves.. 
Seven darling grandsons and their Grandpa.. 
So blessed by God and so thankful.. 

Winter found it's way here to New Brunswick and soup days began again.. 

Either here at home or at the farm.. 
You all know I am a soup junkee and there is usually a recipe for one some where.. smile.. 

Winter, of course brings Christmas and all that goes with it.. 
More making and doing. 

Crafting a framed pic for dear daughter and our Homespun Christmas gifts.. 
She loved it by the way.. 

Now Christmas is over and the New Year begins today.. 

It has been a great day with Gramp at the farm with 2 of his grandsons and then our youngest son and family arriving for a Pasta supper.. 
They took Gramps and went to visit their cousin and see his horses and I am here feeling so thankful for all God has done in my life.. 

He is a faithful God and I am so happy to be a follower of Jesus Christ.. 
He is my everything .. He is my all... 
He is my everything.. Both great and small.. 
He gave His life for me.. 
Made everything new.. He is my everything.. 
Now.. how about you?  

In the New Year of 2015 I pray that you dear hearts will make Christ your everything.. 
I know that many of you out there already know Him for yourselves ... 
And when you do you will have a changed life.. 

No, everything will not be perfect and life will still happen but He will be your refuge and your hiding place.. 
Someone you can depend upon to be faithful and true.. 

One of the blessings in Terry's and my life is this little church and the dear sweet people who attend there.. 
Our pastor and family are greatly loved by us and our family and each day I pray and thank God for this tremendous blessing in our lives.. 
If you follow this blog and live in our area I would love for you to come and attend church with us some time.. 
Just email me and we will meet you there.. 
Or if you would just like to attend our Keepers meetings then I would love to have you.. 
Just let me know.. OK?

And I am thankful for all you sweet ladies who make it a habit to drop by and see what is going on here and leaving your kind comments and emails.. 
It sure does make it fun to write here and meet you all.. 
Thank you so much.. 

I guess that is all for tonight.. 
Hope this has blessed you some how.. 

I am going to do a post soon and try and find if there are any changes that you girls would like me to try out on here.. 
Next week, I hope.. 

But for now may God richly bless your lives this year and may you know the sweet peace that only Jesus can give.. 
May you prosper and be in good health and may your family be protected in all ways.. 

Love you all and you are in my prayers.. 


  1. Faye, my life was so busy this past year that I failed to follow some of my favorite blogs. I loved this trip through your year. I did not know you had retired from shop-keeping. I love that you still are involved with your ladies group... and your pictures, as always, gave me goosebumps. I finished out my year yesterday by going to church in the afternoon... and I had a good year here despite a move and my husband's illness. It was so good to catch up on your year! (your grands are all good looking boys!)

  2. So happy I checked in on you to see those lovely pictures and hear about your year and your love for our saviour. Your blog is such a blessing to come to. I always leave inspired to try new things, and feel like I was able to visit with a friend.God bless you and your family, hope your New Year is full of lovely and wonderful days.

  3. Faye, that was just beautiful. If I were there I would go to church with you.

  4. Happy New Year, Faye! Wishing you peace, joy, and a multitude of blessings in 2015. I think your blog is perfect just the way it is.

  5. Happy New Year Faye to you and yours. Beautiful post, love all the pictures with the animals, so sweet.Blessings Francine.

  6. I enjoyed the recap so much, I always enjoy your sharing!
    Praying blessings for the New Year for you!

  7. Loved the glimpse back..blessings!

  8. What a great look back at your last year! I really and truly enjoyed it. Your life is so richly blessed with so many things that you and Terry are interested in. It is so good to keep being involved in what you love to do. And your family....they are beautiful! God blessed you and Terry with such wonderful loved ones. May 1015 be a joyous year filled with the love of Jesus Christ!

  9. Oh, my! I've no time to wrangle a post like this together until later in the month... So I thoroughly enjoyed yours, dear Faye.

    Many blessings to you in 2015. Hugs,

  10. I always enjoy your post. Glad to know your not retiring from blogging also. I would so miss you. Happy New Years may it be full of God's blessing.

  11. Dear Faye,
    I love Easter too, a much slower time to think about the true meaning with out the business like we have at Christmas.
    You really do enjoy your life & I love reading about it, your pictures are beautiful.
    I would love a donkey, we have some miniature ones a mile away so we pop to see them sometimes.
    The rhubarb will be here soon, I see some green leaves popping up in our garden.
    Thank you for a beautiful post, I wish you & your family a Happy & Healthy New Year.
    Fondly Michelle

  12. A wonderful post to remember Gods goodness through the year and may you know much blessing in this new year!

  13. Happy New Year Faye - what a wonderful post!! Wow! Full of Blessings overwhelming and abundant.

  14. Happy new year to you and your beautiful family. If I was closer I would love to go to church with you, wishing you everything you wish for yourself.

  15. Wonderful photos and post ! I do love donkeys as well I could just cuddle them in that pic with their furry winter coats lol ! Happy New Year my friend , We are still with out snow here all though it is cold ! Thanks for sharing , Have a wonderful weekend !

  16. I love your blog just the way it is! Lovely post! Thank your for all the lovely memories of your year. Happy New Year!

  17. love your post. My daughter and I liked your crafty homespun Christmas drawing you made! I enjoy your blog. You give me inspiration. I try to make healthy meals for the three of us and need to get a few frozen berries made into jam. I made a triple berry crisp for our Christmas gathering with our son's family and us this past Sunday. All from the freezer and it tasted excellent. My granddaughter had a little bit and then she asked for more and ate it all! Berries were blueberries, strawberries and marionberries, last found only in Oregon cuz that's where they are exclusively grown....started far as I know...Happy and blessed New Year....and my daughter is baking cranberry apple crisp and it smells so good. She is taking it to friends house where she is eating lunch today! :0)

  18. Glad you had a good year, Faye. Hope you keep putting your blog on here and I look forward to reading all you write.. Best wishes for the new year.
    Alice D.

  19. Hi Faye, I so enjoyed travelling through the seasons with you and wish you, Terry and your family a healthy and Happy New Year.
    I love donkeys too and they are on my list of animals I would love to have some day.
    I am so looking forward to meeting you soon.

  20. What a beautiful post Faye! Blessings to you in 2015!!!

  21. Happy New Year, Faye! I loved revisiting your year in photos. Coming here and visiting is like a breath of fresh air. :-)

  22. What a beautiful look back at your year of 2014. Hard to believe it's a new year already. I wish you and yours a year filled with God's good blessings Faye. Hugs. Pam

  23. What a lovely post.
    So nice to see what a wonderful year you had.
    Mutch blessings and a happy NEW YEAR!


  24. Hi Faye,
    I so enjoyed the tour of your past year of home, farm, family and food...all wonderful things.
    Thanks for sharing with us and keep posting these wonderful inspiring posts.

  25. Hello,
    This is a wonderful post. Thank you for the review of the year 2014. It is so amazing as to all that happens to us in a year.
    Looking forward to 2015!!
    Happy New Year