Soup Beans & Sunshine

I have been extra busy doing the whole fall gardening chores. Lots and lots of tomatoes still coming in and I have been literally giving away basketfuls. The prolific squash season is still producing and that too has been over abundant and a blessing to a few different families. Crookneck, summer, butternut, acorn, spaghetti, zucchini, and winter all did superb this year!

Luckily the black beans and pinto beans all dried out well despite the extra rainfall this year. I’ve been oven drying herbs as well, the house continually smells like something decadent is cooking but alas, it’s only basil, rosemary and thyme.

This evening I made a crockpot full of soup Beans and a big skillet full of cornbread. The lighting starts to change as fall nears, it gets more golden and everything seems to take on a warm glow. I love the fall. Friday night high school football, pumpkin spice coffee, and chilly nights by the fire. It’s those little things God blessed us with that I can’t get enough of.

I live in a small town in the Appalachian Mountains. This area is rich in tradition and full of good hearted Christian folk that would give you the shirt off of their back if need be. Wealth has so very little to do with money, because I feel like my community is extremely wealthy. There is a lot of kindness here, and compassion is second nature. Your neighbors are like family, and people take the time to stop and talk at the grocery store. We tend to be tight knit and take care of each other, especially in times of need.

Maybe I’m lucky, I tend to say “I am blessed!” I am pretty positive that God placed me here for a specific reason, and I wouldn’t want to raise my kids anywhere else. My town got its name after some men on the river saw the Virgin Mary on the riverbank, hence Saint Mary’s was settled. I live on Mount Carmel, and the church out the road is Mount Nebo. I am just a country girl who cherishes her Soup Beans & Sunshine. My heart is full of joy for all of he things the Lord has blessed me with. He has ALWAYS been faithful.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

22 thoughts on “Soup Beans & Sunshine

      1. Lol. As a mother of three boys, I had to teach them how to hunt and fish. I also taught them how to change a tire, the oil, and do their own brake pads. My daughter wanted nothing to do with hunting, but she is a pretty good fisher woman and she can do all her own vehicle maintenance too.

      2. YouTube. I have literally learned how to put in water pumps on both my Dodge truck and my jeep…replaced the starters on both, replaced my computer, crank sensor, idle air control, ignition coil, muffler…and thermostat…alllll by watching YouTube videos πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and I’m just a woman with a $70 set of tools.

        I also learned how to re plumb my cistern, and install a new shallow well pump…via YouTube videos … it’s the best.

      3. You and my wife think alike. She has me going on YouTube for repair solutions. I can’t tell you how many home repairs we have made because of YouTube. Except for trying to repair a bathroom faucet. We had been married 1 month but had one of the greatest laughs in our marriage. The others have been successful.

      4. Lol…home repairs can be entertaining. But think of the stories you have to tell your kids!

      5. My all time favorite quote – God can move mountains…but sometimes he hands you a shovel and says dig. Out here, I’ve learned to dig…a lot.

    1. I love living out here. My goal is to be as self sufficient as possible. Hunting is part of that, as I don’t have sufficient land to raise enough feed to sustain larger livestock like cows.

    1. My dependence upon God is so strong that’s why I am so close to him. I live in the woods, on top of a mountain- there are bears here…lol…I wouldn’t want to face a bear without knowing Gods got my back. 😁

  1. I’ve always been more a city girl but lately I’ve been weirdly desiring a more country lifestyle. Relaxed, somehow closer to God, Idk. Hoping God answers prayers lol, but until then, I’ll just live vicariously through posts like this!

    1. I am blessed. The country life is my cup of tea. ❀️ And God does answer prayers so if you want to be in the country and it’s Gods will – buy ya some overalls and learn that a Green Acres song…cauuuse you will be moving to the country dear 🌻

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