This is a continuation of Agnes Sligh Turnbull's short story When Queens Ride By, first published in 1932. You are reading the diary of Jennie Musgrave and her journey back to the heart of her home. Jennie is a farm wife living in the 1940's in rural Massachusetts. Her diary chronicles her account of returning to the role God made especially for her, that of help-meet to her husband and loving mother. It is my sincere wish this diary bless you. ~Suzanne















Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry & Bright

(For Laura-Merry Christmas to you and yours!)

Oh what a Christmas! It's been a lovely season for sure. The children enjoyed their gifts so. John made a beautiful set of wooden building blocks for Virginia. Sanded them smooth as silk to the touch.

 Ruth Ann got a big dollhouse, just a plain kind of house made of maple. The kind of dollhouse a child needs to use their imagination a bit. There is a tiny staircase and a few twig beds with little quilts I made. She has been playing with it nonstop! The boys got themselves new slingshots and some coon skin hats. They reckon they are Davey Crockett.  John made me a beautiful new cutting board for the kitchen and surprised me with a pair of leather shoes from the Sears & Roebuck catalog.

I had the page bookmarked and was saving for them. John said he got stumped about a present for me and wanted something pretty when he grabbed the catalog and saw my notation on the page. They are a perfect fit and just right pretty to look at. I ain't never had a shoe so fancy before! They are a soft brown calfskin with what they call a military heel and they have a smart design across the top. I just kept putting them on and walking in front of the full mirror half the day!


Christmas eve service was beautiful, it just felt holy. That's the only way I can explain it. Like the Lord himself had come on down from heaven and was singing with us. This year Mrs. Dunmire had a children's choir and they sang five darlin' songs for us. Boys were real good too, didn't fidget once. They had smiles wide as town and sang their hearts out, a bit off key at times which made us adults smile and laugh softly , but they were putting forth their best effort indeed.  Christmas eve was quiet here after service which was kinda nice. Harriet was tired out so we dropped her off and came home and had some hot cocoa and sugar cookies then the kids tucked in for the night.


 John and I got the gifts spread under the tree and had an early night of it too.

Today was just wonderful, but I am plumb tired out. My sister and her family arrived around noon and I had a root vegetable soup simmering with my biscuits just waiting for them. The menfolk headed to the barn to talk about whatever men talk about in barns and my sister and I got the big meal ready. John had traded a smoked shoulder for a nice rib roast and we had that with creamy mashed potatoes and roasted carrots, beets, and parsnips. What a delicious meal we had!


After dinner we opened gifts and Emma gifted me the prettiest apron I ever did own. The fabric has little mauve rosebuds on a celery colored background. She added a nice ruffle and embroidered my initials on the bib.  She made a matching one for Ruth Ann. The boys got new marbles and John got a whole jar of his favorite black licorice!

After gifts Rosealee came over with her family and brought a delicious cake made with lemon and ricotta cheese, my I ain't had cake so tasty in a long while. I had made quite a lot of different cookies and put those out on a platter with coffee for the adults and cocoa for the children. John read the Christmas story from the Bible and we sang a few carols then Rosealee and her family headed home.  Emma and I cleaned up and we are all in bed tired out from a full, but very wonderful day. Time to put the pen down and blow out the light. Emma's husband wants to get on the road early and I want to send them off with a hearty breakfast.

But I must write down a verse from my favorite Christmas hymn here to always remember that this Christmas, this touched my heart.


God rest you merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our Saviour
Was born upon this Day.
To save poor souls from Satan's power,
Which long time had gone astray.
Which brings tidings of comfort and joy.


14 comments:

  1. Oh Suzanne, thank you! I have chills! I am teary eyed that you would do this for me. I just love this story that you are writing. I think others would, too. Maybe you'll want to compile it all one day into a book.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Laura Lane

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    1. I am so glad you liked it! Thank you for giving me the little push to get going again:-) A book, well maybe one day I will, we shall see...LOL

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  2. I've created a pin for your story.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/69524387976352866/
    I also shared the pin on facebook on my personal page and my Harvest Lane Cottage page. I hope you get some more traffic. I think others will enjoy and draw strength from it as much as I have.

    https://www.facebook.com/HarvestLaneCottage/posts/913491312069586

    Hugs!
    Laura

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  3. I also shared it on my blog.
    http://www.harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2015/12/a-little-taking-it-easy-then.html

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  4. Yay! A new chapter!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  5. Just wanted to add my thank you. I have enjoyed your stories and was pleasantly surprised to find this in my email.

    Thanks again,
    Nicole

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  6. Yay! I was so excited to see you update the story! Please please please continue.

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  7. So enjoyed this latest installment of the story. Hope you will be back soon and more often. Love "When Queens Ride By" and our additons to it. Thank you Sharon D.

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  8. I'm always encouraged as a homemaker to read your stories. Thanks for posting!

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  9. Oh I am so excited to see this! I love this story and have read it through a few times. Thank you for adding to it!
    Blessings
    Renata:)

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  10. Thank you so much for updating this story

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  11. I enjoyed the new addition to the story.

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  12. What fun to reconnect with our friends at Christmas!

    ~Have a lovely day and a Happy New Year!

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  13. I love this so much! I have read through it all several times. I, too think it would be wonderful if you could turn it into a book! Thank you so much!

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