New Earrings from Fair Trade Friday, Earring of the Month Club!

Faith Trade Friday

Aren’t these just so pretty?!!  These earrings were in my Fair Trade Friday Earring Club package last month, and while I am absolutely delighted by them, I wrapped them after my first look and set them on my dresser for awhile.  The metals used in these earrings, specifically the colors of the metals are not what I ever wear so I let them sit until the true recipient of these pretty things came to mind.   She has, and these beautiful earrings, made by a hard working woman in Bangladesh, are dangling on equally pretty ears.

Are you interested in receiving, each month, your own package of handmade earrings?  Each pair of earrings are made by a marginalized woman who is learning new trade and earning an honest income to support herself and her children.

Fair Trade Friday

Please visit Fair Trade Friday Earring of the Month Club to learn more, and to sign up!

Fair Trade Friday



These days…Back to School

Wow, this summer went by fast!    My three teens left the house at 7:10 this morning, one starting middle school, one starting high school and one attending 1 of the only 2 high school classes she has this year.  As a junior my oldest teen is beginning classes at the local community college next week.  While I have had a few wistful moments, mostly this is a time of excitement for all of us.  All these new chapters have loads of good rich past chapters behind them and  I am excited to see what continues to unfold in each of their lives.

Intentional Parenting

In the next few weeks my 14 year old and I will head to Central America, specifically El Salvador.  The anticipation is tempered this week with the effects of the typhoid immunization pills we are taking.  My kiddo seems fine, but more tired than usual.  I have a general blah feeling and some tummy discomfort.  Thankfully this isn’t the week that I start “back to school”.  That is next week for me!

make over your mornings

That’s a lot of big stuff, sending kids off to new schools, going back to school myself and heading off on a mother daughter adventure in the middle of it all!  To help me organize and make sure all the big rocks are in place, while not frustrating everyone who is asking “can we add…” I am going back through Money Saving Mom’s Make Over Your Mornings. 

Since I’ve already been through this course in depth (about 10-15 minutes a day for 2 weeks), I am going to skim over it in the next few mornings and clean up my master schedule.  Last night I was pretty wound up and couldn’t settle down at bed time… the excitement got to me too, and I found myself cleaning my sliding window tracks.  Hopefully working over the schedule and making sure all the must dos are these will help me rest more easily the rest of this week!

Hey, if you are interested in Make Over Your Mornings, it is going to be on sale for just $10 on Tuesday, August 25, 2015!  And she is offering the Day One of the course FREE for anyone who wants to take a closer look.

On another subject, recently my family has unwillingly been involved in some painful conflict.  For several years I’ve been meaning to finish reading my books on peacemaking, and a couple of weeks ago I found the student edition of the same series of books.  Five books have been purchased and that will be the focus of our family worship time this semester.  It is my prayer that each of us grow in the area of peacemaking and learn life skills during this study.

That is some of what is going on behind By Quiet Waters.  My brain has been so full, my hands so busy and myself behind the wheel a lot of the time that I just haven’t put many words to the page.  Maybe this post will help uncork my thoughts and something of value or encouragement will start appearing here more often.

May the grace and peace of Christ be with you.


linking with The EO


Sponsorship Saturday, Perfectly Unique Letter 1

Summer is winding down, that means back to school

As summer is winding down and the fullness of days that “back to school” will bring is on my mind.  This weekend I can be found plotting out preparations for meal planning, house cleaning, fringe hours and exercise.  In the last few weeks another concern has floated into my thoughts.  I have began thinking about not forgetting to write to our sponsored children thanks to another blogger, Desert Violet, who recently wrote about pre writing letters.

Several letter writing ideas swirl in my mind often, but getting them down on paper isn’t always done before I forget the great ideas I have.  Understanding that about myself, I began to be intentional about looking for an idea for a series of letters to pre-write.

Letter Writing Inspiration

Early in the summer I had made a commitment to myself to finish some of the books I started reading in the past year or two, but for one reason or another, haven’t finished.  Perfectly Unique by Annie Downs is one of those books.    As I read through the book, I was looking for quotes and ideas to infuse into my conversations with my daughters.  And I was also inspired to write a series of three letters to our sponsored children.  This fall I will share them with you, here on By Quiet Waters.   These letters are quite simple, but I hope the message is clear.  Every child is planned for, loved and has purpose.  That is what I want each of my own children to know and each of our sponsored children to know as well.   Feel free to use these letters, but please do not post them anywhere else.  Instead, if you want to share these letters, please link directly these posts.

perfectly unique

Letter 1

Dearest Neema,

Greetings in the name of Jesus our Lord, Who created us, loves us and redeems us.

This is a wonderful thing to think about. We are created, loved and redeemed from the sinful hearts inside us! Neema, you were created, you are loved and you have been offered forgiveness and wholeness by your Creator!

Psalm 139:13-16

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

God knows you Neema, and in the days He has plans for you, He has good plans. I pray that today you will find joy and peace in knowing that the One Who created you, sees you, loves you and has wonderful plans for you.

The Bible says that God made you are made in His image. That means you are amazing and wonderful!   What do you think are your best qualities?  What do you like about yourself? What are you good at?

I hope you reply to this letter soon. You and your family are in my prayers, that you will know the height, the depth, the length and the width of God’s great love for you.

With love,



Highway 160 Road Trip, Mesa Verde


Mesa Verde, Colorado Staycation

Highway 160 Road Trip

Exiting I-25 at Walsenburg Colorado, a long drive westward on Highway 160 leads to a wealth of beauty and interest.  This most certainly includes Mesa Verde, just east of Cortez Colorado.  In June when I planned a road trip with my daughters and exchange student, Grand Canyon became the destination, but Mesa Verde and 4 Corners Monument were definitely stops along the way

Mesa Verde.  So much more than a stop along the way!

Mesa Verde National Park

The site is actually called Mesa Verde National Park, and there are two mesas to explore, Chapin Mesa and Wetherill Mesa.  During our visit we only had time for a stop in the Visitor Center first (which is actually a really good idea), an auto tour of Chapin Mesa and one short “hike” to Spruce House.  Along the auto Mesa Top Loop, there are many sites to pull over and walk in a short distance to see, like the pit house below.  There are great informational signs all around the sites and I particularly enjoyed learning about the people, the Ancestral Pueblo People.  It was very enjoyable to me not to be bombarded with the old earth geology information, but instead information about the people who lived there in the past 6 centuries.

Mesa Verde National Park

auto loop map

Mesa Verde National Park

pit house

Mesa Verde National Park


Aloe, Spider Wed

For the nature lovers in the bunch

Mesa Verde National Park


Spruce Tree House

Before or after the Mesa Top Loop, a stop at the museum and short hike down to the Spruce Tree House is a must.  This is the only site, if I understand correctly, that one may tour on his or her own.  There were park rangers at the site.  They were happy to answer questions, and take group photos.

Mesa Verde, Road Trip, Staycation

Mesa Verde National Park

Spruce Tree House

So far, my kids and I have traveled 3 of the four corners of Colorado.  Next summer we are hoping to plan a road trip to the pacific northwest, so maybe we’ll have some photos and things to share about Northwestern Colorado!

with joy,


Hold Fast

Hold Fast


As the days continue darken in this country, of the free and brave, hold fast dear ones, to your confidence and hope in Christ.  Let’s not fuss nor pick at one another, but instead encourage and strengthen one another.  That is what protects from unbelief and the trickery of sin.

That is what will let the light shine in the darkest of days.

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys ~ Colorado Staycation

My Beloved, Builder as he is sometimes known, built a doll house for our youngest a few years ago.  She loves it and has filled so many productive quiet hours designing and decorating the house.  Then after awhile, she saved up the money to purchase another kit.  This one SHE built and now simply asks Daddy Builder for help from time to time.

When our oldest daughter, Nikki, heard about her youngest sister’s passion she sent us info on “must sees” in her old neighborhood …Denver.  Top of the list…The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys.    As we continue our Colorado Staycation activities, I felt we had to make sure to visit this museum while all of my older kids were out of town in June.

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Doll houses, miniatures and toys from past generations and loads of information on Native American, European and Asian cultures fill this charming old house just blocks from Denver’s City Park.  Previously known as Pearce-McAllister Cottage, 1880 Gaylord Street, this house is now the home of the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys.  There was just one gentleman staffing the museum when we visited, and he was quite kindly and helpful.  Back in the kitchen area, the Oak and Berries Tea Room is where the lovely Roxanne Rose serves tea to visitors.  You must call ahead for a reservation as the Oak and Berries Tea Room is a very popular spot!  For reservations call Roxanne at 720-351-5123.  We hadn’t called ahead as we were taking a rather relaxed approach to the day, and I didn’t know exactly when we would be at the Museum.  Well, the tea room was hoppin’ busy and it wasn’t until we were about finished with our visit through the museum that Roxanne approached us.  She is a lovely woman and we are looking forward, when time allows, to head back to Denver for another visit to the Museum and for tea!

Colorado Staycation


Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Looking upstreet at the Somewhere Gazette

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

From when this house was a home

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

When this house was a home, can you see the details?  Love this house!


Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Stairs to the 2nd floor

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

my favorite display!

Love Love Love the display in the picture above!  Reminds me of my grandmother’s dining room (where her similar sewing machine was) and the fabric store!

Now this doll house, below.  It is made from an 1890 Gun Case.  It is filled with hand carved furniture and hand thrown pots.  The rugs are Navajo and Granada.  This exhibit is on loan to the museum, so isn’t supposed to be there permanently.

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Gun cabinet doll house



If you find yourself in the area and have a morning or afternoon to visit, this museum is full of delightful displays and is an enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours.




A couple of throwback memories!

A couple of throwback memories!