Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
This was taken in our kitchen many years ago. Although I do not remember that day I do remember many of my mother's canned goods on shelves in our basement. I loved the spiced green and red apples best!
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The question here is for all of you to weigh in on. I think this could be a valuable adult discussion between all of us.
What are you and your family personally doing during the “recession” turning to_________ to be better prepared for what could be coming? What changes have you made or are making? Do you think we have seen the worst of it yet? Do you think "it" is over?
Until we all are willing to take responsibility for our spending actions, until we are willing to produce a solution to emerge from this and work together, I fear it can only get worse. We need to be responsible and own up to our part in it…
Monday, November 15, 2010
No worries, this drive is not money out of your pocket but donating your cast-offs and used items!! We will help you clean out your clutter and you can bless a needy family in the process.
We are hoping you may be interested in donating to Maple Valley Farms (*although not tax exempt*) your laundered and gently used clothing in all shapes and sizes and black tie shoes. We are also looking for laundered blankets/sheets/towels and used board games (with all pieces please). The best part: We will pick it all up!
"Where is my stuff going?"
Maple Valley Farms will then be delivering the clothing to needy families in the Kent, Montcalm and Mecosta County areas.
Most of the linens will go to Amish families in a 3 church district range. All black tie shoes will go to the Amish. The board games will go to an Amish school in Mecosta County that has grades 1-8 and a special needs school.
Please email me at Angela@maplevalleyfarms.net with your name, address and phone number for me to schedule a pick up for your donations. I will be picking up after November 30, 2010 - December 15, 2010 but I need you to email me so I can schedule your pick up. We can only pick up boxed/bagged up goods labelled "MV Farms donations". This way you wouldn't have to be available for the pick up (although we would love to thank you in person :) during this busy time of year! You can simply set out your donation in a designated area for a specific date/time pick up.
***Please feel free to forward this email to your own group of friends and then you could possibly be a "drop spot" for our pick up time/date to be better organized, efficient and energy saving/pollution on gas etc.***
Thank you for your consideration and time!
In the spirit of farming, family and Faith,
Angela Kuncaitis and Family
Maple Valley Farms
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Friday, November 12, 2010
We haven’t always worn skirts. But, in 1996 I started wearing skirts and dresses a lot after the birth of our 2nd daughter. I was always drawn to feminine and more dressy attire. I went to Christian school most of my life and blue jeans weren’t in the dress code so for a good part of my life I “dressed” up. After the birth of our 2nd daughter I would wear a lot of Laura Ashley dresses and have the girls do the same. I no longer pay much matter to wearing skirts and dresses now.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
"How do you and your girls keep looking so great without all the modern conveniences and expensive skin care"? "I am afraid I will not be able to let go of my expensive department store skin care and my skin is to addicted to the products to look good on its own now"?
That was so kind of you and I am not sure on the look great part however I do know that we are healthier than we have ever been due to being outside so much more with fresh air, eating good and all that jazz. I believe when you experience all of the weather elements without makeup your skin becomes its own beautiful the way it was intended to be. Not stuck in air-con (although it is so nice to have) with makeup on all day.
Note: "Hollywood beautiful skin" and "natural beautiful skin" are two different genres though and we need to throw out the Hollywood mentality if this is going to work for you. I really feel I understand this as the irony of this all is that I used to sell cosmetics at Marshall Fields at the Department store counter :)!!! And look at us now... I too used all that wonderful stuff and grew to love it although horribly expensive... I have done a lot of natural research for skin care etc. and have obviously not exhausted the research yet.
I have a fairly simple system now and I find it best not to wear make-up unless going "out on the town" and for special occasions. I do this for 2 reasons... 1. Is it is much better for your skin and eye lashes and 2. It saves a ton of money to only wear the good and sometimes expensive makeup for special occasions.
***I then always follow with a huge slather of this product for day and night time and it is AMAZING... I would never experience all the weather I do as this protects the skin to a point as well. See the date on the post so it doesn't seem as I am coincidentally trying to sell you something :) We actually sell this in our Mercantile. It has Comfrey (for wrinkles) honey and Marshmallow root and more. It is great for wrinkles around the eyes.***
One thing about our lifestyle that has afforded us to live as we do (besides our huge and GRACIOUS Lord having our back) is not having the high fangled farm equipment. Farming with horses takes care of the “equipment overhead” and living without electricity/propane/gas etc. takes care of the “utility overhead” and living for the Lord takes care of everything else. Note to readers: We never said this is easy financially or easy at all. However, our Lord has always provided our needs and we continue to look to Him for guidance and we will always continue to give him the glory for allowing us to live as we do…
Monday, November 8, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Each year I enjoy winter more and more but I already miss the fresh food from the gardens!
What are you up to these days?
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