Friday, February 19, 2016

A Question for My Readers

I'm a little late posting this month. You see, we've had a very, unusually healthy winter so far and I want to keep that going in the right direction. This is the first time in three years that Little Mister hasn't spent November through March in a constant state of congestion. There is no way to be thankful enough, except to take the blessing we've been given and run with it. I've been keeping things as simple as possible in order to sustain our health and not run us down. That is where I have been this month.

But I've been pondering something else, too, and I need to ask you about it. What keeps you coming back to my blog? 

As you well know, I just write for fun. Some people ride bicycles so they won't forget how, I write here in this little space so I won't completely degrade to filling out school forms and writing shopping lists. As I'm fond of saying, I would write my blog even if no one read it. Yet, the stats tell me that sometimes many people read it. It surprises me every time! 

So what do you like to see here?

 Recipes?
My favorite winter salad: Mixed leaf lettuce, apples, dried cherries, pumpkin seeds, Gorgonzola or Blue cheese. Dress with a vinaigrette. Yum.


 Photos?

 Homemaking?
 Adventures?


Or just a little of everything? 

Or something else entirely?

This blog is my happy place where I can post little bits of joy, but the best part is when you can share in the joy, too. I like to share how God is working in my life, and hope that it encourages others in their walk. I'll keep doing that right here no matter what, sharing the abundant, the blissful, and even the mundane.

Pictures are no laughing matter.

23 comments:

  1. I would say...the most honest answer is because you are my bloglist. It comes right up to the top when you write something new. I put you on my bloglist because I loved the simplicity of who you are. I could relate to you. I think you and I could have a good cup of coffee or tea or whatever you drink together and enjoy our time together. And....we are both librarians aren't we?

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    1. I would love to have coffee with you, Priscilla! Thanks for your answer and the food for thought.

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  2. I think I found your Blog when you were a librarian and found it very interesting. I like reading from where you were to where you are now. Life is a journey and life brings changes.

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  3. I believe it's because of you, that I keep coming. I enjoy your personality, & appreciate all that you share of your spot in life. :-)

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    1. Thank you for your honest answer Renee. :)

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  4. I like your sense of humor, and common sense :) And I enjoy the variety of posts!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to answer!

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  5. All of the above and more. You are an interesting person and I enjoy reading about how others live their lives. btw, the photo of you and your son is really beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much, and that is my favorite picture of me and Little Mister. I'm so lucky to have someone like you to share it with. :)

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  6. I enjoy all you write. I started reading because I am very interested in the simple ways of the Mennonites and Amish. I enjoy your blog because you do cover a little bit of everything.
    I subscribe so I never miss a post.

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    1. Thanks Linda, I appreciate your feedback.

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  7. I love everything about your blog - first, when you were a librarian, then, your love story, the marriage, the construction on the house, and the baby. I love your musings about trying to do all this well, thoughtfully, prayerfully. I love the recipes, the pictures (fellow country Pennsylvanian), last but not least, even when things get hard, the unwavering faith. Your blog is a blessing!

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    1. This is the part where I usually say thanks for your honest reply, but with you I need to add THANKS for following me for so long! But I do appreciate your thoughtful feedback as well. :)

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  8. I like how you think. How you speak. Who you are. You are funny (which I love), but you're a thinker. Love that, too.

    So, really, it isn't one specific thing? It's just...you.

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  9. Monica, I have only recently started following your blog. I found it when I was googling around trying to find an apple schnitz pie recipe to use up some schnitz I bought at Kauffman's Fruit Farm a few weekends ago while visiting one of my favorite places in the world, Lancaster PA. I would LOVE to live in Lancaster! I started reading your posts and enjoyed them immensely! I have a longstanding appreciation for the Amish and Mennonite cultures and love the simplicity and commitment to leading a God-centered life. I appreciate how your friendliness comes across in your posts as well as your common sense, something the world could use a whole lot more of these days. I live in southern NJ and noted that your profile states you live somewhere around the borders of PA,NJ and DE. The pictures you post are so pretty! Your little Mister is adorable. I loved the post about family pictures; your son must be related somehow to my younger daughter, who is 13 and has NEVER liked having her picture taken. The look on her face in her seventh-grade school picture says it all! The apple schnitz pie was good by the way, and I would love to try the salad you pictured in this post. Hoping the recipe is on your site somewhere. Thanks for opening your home and life to your readers!

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    1. Hi Sharon, nice to meet you! The recipe, if you can call it that, for the salad is in the photo caption. It's very simple and just a mix of basic ingredients that we enjoy.

      I almost always buy my canning peaches at Kauffman's because they have such good quality at a decent price. Thanks you for your thoughts and kind words about my blog. I appreciate your detailed feedback. Also, please don't think I live in Lancaster! Although it was home to previous generations of my family, I am priced out of the market there and live about 65 miles east of the county. I probably live closer to you!

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  10. Thanks for your reply Monica! I hear what you're saying about being priced out of the market in Lancaster. I said I would love to live there, but I never said it will happen, haha! Every time my 'Mister' and I travel with our girls to Lancaster, I faithfully grab a copy of one of the Lancaster real estate magazines (usually outside of Katie's Kitchen restaurant on Rt 896) to further indulge my pipe dreams. Sad thing is, the only homes that are within a reasonable price range are located in the downtown Lancaster area and are usually rowhomes...far removed from the green pastures and winding open roads that call to my heart. For the foreseeable future, my love affair with Lancaster will just have to remain unrequited, I guess. This is where your blog is a comfort, Monica. I find myself so often falling back into the habit of feeling sorry for myself that I live in a tiny rancher (you're not alone in the tiny house department!)in New Jersey, and that I am not where my heart truly longs to be, but when I read your posts, I realize just how blessed I am to have what I DO have. For instance, although I do not live in what can still be called a 'rural' area, (thanks to the developers who came through and brought all of civilization with them!), I DON'T live in a city setting, thank God. I grew up in Philadelphia and can remember even as a young child wanting to escape the city. I am blessed to have a roof over my head and beautiful sunsets over the lake in my community. Until reading your posts, I truly never appreciated what I have. No, I will probably never give up my dream of a rural piece of paradise in...Paradise, PA (haha!), but I can tweak my state of mind to appreciate where God has planted my feet in the here and now, and I can credit you for much of that. I try to get out to PA as often as possible, and I have a good friend from high school who lives in Ephrata, with whom we camp in the summer time, (Spring Gulch Campground in New Holland is a favorite). If you have ever been to Gloucester County NJ, you have been in my neck of the woods. I would love to meet you someday, but until such a chance encounter, I will enjoy your blogs. Keep them rural pictures coming please! Now, I have to get to work on that salad!

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  11. Ha ha Sharon, don't forget to comfort yourself with how painful driving out there can be during tourist season. One summer day it took me forty minutes to drive seven miles. It's a little crowded for my taste but I understand that all things are relative. I'm familiar with where you live, especially Routes 55 and 322. It may be crowded where you live, but you can get to a decent store easily. There's one more thing to be thankful for! :) I'd love to chat more with you, and who knows, maybe we could meet up some day? I love your attitude about feeling thankful and blooming where you are planted. Many of us probably have at least some days where we would like to be someplace else. Feel free to e-mail me. My e-mail is on the right side of my blog above the Pinterest board.

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  12. I read your blog like I read a letter from a good friend. It is a good way to keep up with you, your life and what is happening in your nest.
    Bonus for you, you don't have to clean your house cause I am coming over to visit!! :)

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    1. That IS a bonus, ha ha! How can I ever thank you? I often say this blog is my letter to the world, so I'm glad someone else sees it that way, too.

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    1. That seems to be the consensus, but it still leaves me baffled! Thanks for your input, though.

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