Meet Roscoe our Newest Addition


I bet you thought it was going to introduce a kitten or a puppy, didn’t ya?

Well, since we are in the process of clearing our property, we needed to purchase a new friend.

Please let me introduce Roscoe, our newest addition. Our tractor.

We were influenced to name him Roscoe because of Sherriff Rosco P. Coltrane from good ole Hazzard county Georgia….or rather, the Dukes of Hazzard TV show.

Check him out, he is an oldie but a goodie!

A Massey Ferguson 35, with a diesel engine. From 1961. 35 horsepower with 37.04 PTO (power take-off) which means it is strong enough to pull all of our implements that we will need for farming.

We all were excited and all wanted to see this newest homesteading tool daddy had acquired for us.


Even making sure to pose for a photo op.


After some minor adjustments and some sheer willpower, human power, and a wonderful find by my hubby, this newest part of our adventure begins!

Listen to Roscoe rumble!

We headed out to test out how well Roscoe handled the way overgrown brush we had all over the “pasture” area at the property.

This is what most of our pasture land looked like before we started. Yes, we saw through the mess and the potential was good, very, very good.


Nasty old briar bushes, those things are viscous I tell ya! The damage that they cause is out of this world! Those things are down right devil weeds…

Luckily since my hubby invested in Roscoe, this is what the pasture is turning into…


This entire field was completely covered in brambles, thorn brush, and small trees.

Roscoe to the rescue!

(Sorry about the shakiness of the video y’all! I was trying to get out of the way as well as make sure I followed hubby! LOL)

The bush hog was another excellent find by hubby. That thing is 5 foot across and can chew through a 4 inch tree! Amazing!

All in all, this has turned out to be a wonderful investment and we look forward to having Roscoe around for a lot more years!

And I have to admit, Roscoe is pretty handy to have around, and I might have gotten to drive him around and listen to him chew up some of those devil weeds!

I might have even been a bit insistent when I thought hubby had been driving long enough…I might have.

(Again, sorry about the image. This was taken on hubby’s phone.)

And, yes, that is me!


The next thing on our list is to try to get some sort of structure out on the property…keep praying for us!

We still have oh so much to do. Talk soon y’all!

In His Grace.





The Broken Beautiful by Ellie Holcomb for Musical Monday

There is NOTHING that cannot be fixed with the ultimate LOVE, GRACE, and HEALING that God offers!

What an amazing and peaceful thought – I am FIXABLE and in return for being fixed, He will make me BEAUTIFUL.

LYRICS for The Broken Beautiful

Verse 1
I know that I don’t bring a lot to the table
Just little pieces of a broken heart
There’s days I wonder if you’ll still be faithful
Hold me together when I fall apart
Would you remind me now of who you are?

That your love will never change, that there’s healing in your name
And that you can take broken things and make them beautiful
You took my shame and you walked out of the grave
So your love can take broken things and make them
Beautiful and make them beautiful

Verse 2
I’m better off when I begin to remember
How you have met me in my deepest pain
So give me glimpses now of how you have covered
All of my heartache, oh, with all your grace
Remind me now that you can make a way

That your love will never change, that there’s healing in your name
And that you can take broken things and make them beautiful
You took my shame and you walked out of the grave
So your love can take broken things and make them
Beautiful and make them beautiful

You say that you’ll turn my weeping into dancing
Remove my sadness and cover me with joy
You say your scars are the evidence of healing
That you can make the broken beautiful

‘Cause your love will never change, and there’s healing in your name
And you will take broken things and make them beautiful
You took my shame and you walked out of the grave
So your love can take broken things and make them
Beautiful and make them beautiful
and make them beautiful you make us beautiful you make us beautiful



I hope you enjoyed the newest song for Musical Monday and that you were blessed!

In His Grace.





{BookLook Blogger Review} River’s Edge (Cape Refuge Series) by Terri Blackstock


There I was, sitting in the passengers seat of our truck, when I took a moment to check out my latest book review. At first I wasn’t so sure about this one. I was trying to wrap my brain around the fact that this was a Christian book, yet it was a murder mystery as well. Having not read any books in this series before, I was no quite sure what to expect from River’s Edge.

What I found in the book was a heart warming story of how family is supposed to work, wether you are blood relation or not. I found a story of hope and longing swirled with grace and knowing. Murder mystery? Yes…but yet, so much more.

Each character began to creep into my heart as I read more and more. Chief Cade and best friend Jonathan. Sweet Morgan and loving sister Clair. Teen Sadie, her precious little brother Caleb, and their mother, Sheila. These characters are well written and I was drawn into their lives very quickly. It was easy to feel like I was in Cape Refuge with them. I cried, I laughed, and I was surprised numerous times throughout the story.

As I travelled, I read the story. By the middle of the book, I could hardly put it down. I was so curious to find out what would happen next. At one point, I stayed up later than my family and read the book in the hotel bathroom, as not to disturb them while they slept!

The story is wrapped around many characters but the author does a wonderful job of making it appear like a seamless work of art. The twists and turns the story took were easy to follow and so well written!

If you are looking for an inspirational yet intriguing story, this is that type of story. Bible verses are common throughout the story as well as the characters speaking about God in every area of their lives. You will read about the characters struggles in their walk with the Lord, which is a wonderful way to treat the reader. Allowing the reader to see the struggle and then to witness the Lord in the solution.

I throughly enjoyed this story and I will need to go back and read the other books in this series.

I look forward to sharing my next book review with you soon. Don’t miss it!

In His Grace.


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This I Know by David Crowder for Musical Monday

This I Know –

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves You

Jesus Died on the Cross for Me and You

This is I believe I need to say more –

Enjoy THIS I KNOW from the album All This For a King by David Crowder

Lyrics for THIS I KNOW

Verse 1:
Up on the mountain, where your love captured me, Where finally I’m free
This I know
Up on the mountain, where you taught my soul to sing, amazing grace the sweetest thing
This I know

And then the storm rushing in here I am again
This I know

Take me up to where I was, when I never wanted more than you
Lift me up to feel your touch. It wouldn’t be that much for you

This I know (x3)

Verse 2:
Up on the mountain, where you took me by the hand, called me to dance again
This I know
Up on the mountain, where you took this heart of stone, put life back in these bones
This I know

(Chorus x3)

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I hope you enjoyed this newest song for Musical Monday!

In His Grace.




Our Newest Adventure as a Family of Homesteaders

Within in the last few months we as a family have taken a big leap. With much prayer, searching, travel, and getting our hopes dashed and revived, finally we have made the commitment to becoming homesteaders.

Yep, you read that correctly. This coffee lovin’ mama is going to make a go as a bonified country girl. I guess it is more like back to my roots actually…

A glimpse back, if you will indulge me. I was born on a farm in southern Ohio and lived there until I was 9 years old. I remember the large garden my mom tended, the calves my father raised, the silkie chickens that my mom adored, and all of that good fresh air.

Even though I moved away from there when I was young I just have always felt a little out of whack in life. I met and married my hubby and became the wife of an airline pilot. THAT was a huge change in my life and yet, I’ve never really felt like I belonged to that “group” anymore than I ever felt like I belonged to this generation. Country life just seemed to suit me.

Here’s a fascinating fact, my husband’s name, Silvio, means forest dweller…seriously…the Lord has a sense of humor for sure.

Mama's Coffee Shop Forest

After years of being together my hubby and I learned so many more things about each other. One thing that we learned is that it would be nice to have a little more room for the kids to grow up.

Some land.

Good trees.

Maybe some animals. Even wild ones would do.

Mama's Coffee Shop Animal-Prints

Space…lots of space.

Mama's Coffee Shop-Open-Pasture

Water…yes, a stream perhaps.

Mama's Coffee Shop Small-Stream

And a creek or river would be incredible!

Mama's Coffee Shop Creek

We began our search well over 2 years ago. We were ready but the Lord had other plans. (Isn’t that usually the way it goes?!) We drove around for hours in search of our new home. We went to different cites, counties, even different states.

Bare land, letting us start from scratch. Land with a home, letting us jump right in. Decisions, decisions!

Within the last year we made offers on 3 places…3. One was already gone when we placed our offer and the other 2, well, get this…cash offers were placed the exact same day as our offer. Coincidence? Nope. Totally a God thing.

From this point we were so tired of getting our hopes up then getting them squashed. That we thought surely if God wants us to do this, than it will all work out. So that is the way we began to pray as a family. Over each meal, asking for wisdom, and praying for God’s will in our life.

As we made our way, to yet another piece of property we were slightly hopeful yet almost apprehensive, because this sounded almost too good to be true.

We pulled up to this large plot of bare bones land, the excitement began to build. As we all hopped out of the truck, I took a moment to speak to our real estate agent. As we chitchatted she shared that the pice of land across the road had just sold and it was sold by the same owner of the land we were looking at. Hmmmm, that was interesting. She than began to share more about the lovely couple that had purchased the land. They have 5 kids under 8 years old (wow!), they were looking to begin their own homestead, raise some animals, start farming, and whatnot. I replied that sounded nice, kind of what we were looking to do, then responded, we homeschool (thinking that would be the difference between our families). To my utmost surprise, she smiled and said, “Well, they homeschool too!”

I turned to Silvio and hollered, “Hey Babe! I think that this might be the one!” then recounted the story for him.

We took time to wander the property and immediately we all fell in love.

45 acres y’all, 45 acres.

There is a 13 acre area that we can clear for animals and our home, leaving 32 acres of forest area. Which would include a spring feed pond, a small stream, and a very large section of the local creek that runs down the back side of the property. Nothing but potential, we were so excited!

After all of the ups and downs we knew that it was foolish to get our hopes up again. So, we made sure to tell the kids (and ourselves) that if this is the one the Lord wants us on, well then, he will just have to make it happen. He will have to make every avenue run smoothly in the process.

Well, it happened!

Mama's Coffee Shop Seed-Pod

6 incredibly loooooong weeks of waiting, paperwork filling out, signing, picture taking and more. We are the proud owners of a huge plot of land. In the middle of nowhere Alabama. The closet local “town” has a population of 184. Yep, you read that correctly. 184 people were counted in the latest census in 2013. Wow.

My oldest is a little unsure about moving “to the middle of nowhere” but only about half of the time. The other time he jumps on the bandwagon with total abandon. 45 acres! Pasture land, water, beautiful trees, and space…lots of space!

I’ll keep you posted on the ups and downs of getting from this house in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA to the middle of nowhere Alabama. I hope you stick around to hear about our newest adventure as a family. It is going to be a while before we get moved, as there is still so much to do! I hope to post more pictures soon, but for now, here are some more to check out.

Mama's Coffee Shop Prickly-Tree

Mama's Coffee Shop Open-Pasture

Mama's Coffee Shop Pond

Mama's Coffee Shop Smiling-Boy

I can’t wait to take more pictures when the trees are in full bloom! Oooooh, and then in the fall when the colors changes…I seriously can’t wait!

So Much Fun!

In His Grace.




{Product Review} Mother, Should I Trust the Government? From FreedomProject Education

MamasCoffeeShop FreedomProject - An Online Course in American Government | A TOS Review

As a homeschooler it is a wonderful thing to witness your child enjoying a class or particular subject. Recently, Isaiah and I had the honor of reviewing Mother, Should I Trust the Government? An online class that is from FreedomProject Education. Their 2015 courses are an impressive lot. And Isaiah truly enjoyed the class! He has always been a big lover of history, as am I, and this was a “real” life history class.

The class was taught by Dr. Jake Jacobs and Isaiah was so impressed with every aspect of the class. From the fact that he was taking an online class like a college student to the interaction the class had with Dr. Jacobs. Each class is limited to the number of attendees, so that is another plus we liked about the course. No one, gets “lost” in a huge class.

There was a level of importance placed on each student in the class that as a 13 year old, he felt like he was in more than just a class, he felt like an adult in an “grown-up” discussion. He asked questions in class and he was always (tickled pink) pleased that Dr. Jacobs recognized him and responded to his questions. As a Christian parent, I was impressed with the Christian values placed into each class. I had no fear that anything off topic would be something of any concern for me.

With a title like, Mother, Should I Trust the Government?, my first thought was that this was a class about all of the nonsense that is going on in today’s American government. And that would have been fine with me and Isaiah. We were pleased that this was a class that went back to the roots of our American government and showed the transition into how things have gone so terribly wrong. The history class was more of a discussion class, as there was no homework other than reading the required book with the same title.

Dr. Jacobs covered as much of the book as he could in each class, which was held every Monday night from 7-9pm EST via Adobe Connect (a pretty amazing interactive online class). Each student logged into the class via the computer (any computer that has internet access) and then had the ability to ask questions, receive answers directly, as well as listen to Dr. Jacobs lecture. This interactive class also allowed the students logged in to talk to each other as well.

Isaiah missed two classes due to family travels, but he was able to watch the class the following day as a recording. The benefit of that was that he was able to watch the class, yet the interaction and discussion part was not available. He missed that part of the class yet was able to catch up on the lessons. The book was an added bonus as it was full of historic information that he and I did not even know. Lessons as a teacher?! YES! And I loved it!

This 8 week class (which ran from January 12, 2015 – March 9, 2015) is presently only offered one time a year and is free with a suggested $50 tax-deductible donation.

As a homeschool mom, a teacher, and an American, I think this is a wonderful class. We both learned so much about how the government came about, as well as some extras that just don’t get taught anymore. It is an excellent class that Isaiah is sad to see end. There were times that he didn’t want to sit for 2 hours and “do school” that late at night, but inevitability, once class was done, he was always excited at the things he learned.

Overall – this was a hit at my house.

The next classes being offered some pretty amazing too. We, okay, actually I am, looking at How to Think: A Crash Course in Critical Thinking as well as Bible As Culture (which sounds really good!!).


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Thanks for reading my latest review and I look forward to sharing what comes next!

In His Grace.




5 on the Fifth for March 2015


Last month I brought you some of my favorite posts from the previous month and I am back at it again! Thanks to Marcy @ Ben and Me for hosting this blog hop!

I picked some articles and posts that I think you would like that I just never got around to sharing with you. So, here goes, this month’s posts that I think need to be shared…


75 Free Printable Scavenger Hunts 

A wonderful collection of Scavenger Hunts – My kids love these things! Great for homeschool days as well as rainy days when we are stuck inside.



Honoring Christ in a Cyber World

This is such an important message that I for one get too caught up in myself. Practicing it is just as valuable as it is preaching it. Prayerfully approaching this from this day forth.


9 Ways to Point Your Teen Daughter to Jesus

Because my beautiful daughter is so much closer to becoming a teen than I even realize. These are such incredibly important ways to point that precious girl to Jesus.


In The Trenches

This is an article that chills me to the bone. With a teenager in the house and one coming very quickly behind him, this is an article that makes me double think the privileges that my kiddos have on the internet. I truly belief that is no such thing as “too” careful.


Love Notes from Jesus

Because a love note is wonderful in and of its self, but one from Jesus – Priceless! Go sign up and get your FREE love notes from Jesus now!

I hope you LOVE these articles and posts that I found this last month and I hope you come back next month to see what else I find for you.

In His Grace.


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{Product Review} Avodah Coffee Company and a Giveaway


I was approached a while back via Facebook on the Mama’s Coffee Shop fan page and asked if I would be willing to review a coffee company and their product.


Avodah Coffee is a family run business recently acquired by owners Heather and Matt Cook.

The name Avodah comes from a Hebrew word that means work, service or sacrifice. That definition applies perfectly to what Avodah is all about. Avodah Coffee is a family ran business that allows us to work closely together, but also reach out and help impact the world. Consider us great coffee, with a conscious.

I was blessed to receive 4 bags of coffee from Avodah Coffee, they sent me 2 bags of ground coffee and 2 bags of whole bean. For the ground coffees, I received French Vanilla and Morning Brew, and for the whole bean coffee I received Guatemala and the Avodah Blend.

As I opened the box that my coffee arrived in, I was overwhelmed by the incredible smell, I’ve never had such a lovely aroma greet me as I opened a box! My first choice for tasting was the French Vanilla and oh, the smell and taste was heavenly! For me, I had to cut back on the coffee to water ratio, because it was flavored well! So, instead of my normal ratio of 4 scoops of coffee for 8 cups of water, I used 3 scoops per 8 cups – it was wonderful that way for me (and hubby.).

We experimented with the French Vanilla, Avodah Blend, the Guatemala, and the Morning Brew. Our favorites by taste for us were:

  1. French Vanilla
  2. Morning Brew
  3. Avodah Blend
  4. Guatemala

One of the most pleasant aspects of the Avodah Coffee Company is that all of the coffee beans are Certified Fair Trade. That is so wonderful because that means the growers, the farmers, and even the workers are treated fairly in every area of the coffee making process.

Also, the Avodah Coffee Company donates a portion of every single coffee sale to the charitable organization of Samaritans Purse, a worthy cause and a blessing to be connected to.

The company offers numerous ways to enjoy their coffee.

  • You can order either ground coffee or whole beans.
  • They offer shipping within one week of ordering.
  • There are Fundraising Opportunities.
  • Coffee Subscriptions.
  • You can sign up as an affiliate and earn a little money from each purchase.

As you can imagine, this is a coffee business run by coffee lovers! A company that is being run with high standards and excellent product. If you are looking for a company to support that follows along with your morals and beliefs, this is a company that I would recommend that you check out. I thoroughly enjoyed the coffee that was sent to me and I hope you take a moment to visit to learn more.

Here is the current list of coffees that are being offered for sale:

For those of you that want to purchase coffee now, Heather and Matt have graciously given a coupon code for you: freeshipping use this once you have added your coffee to your cart! YEA for Free Shipping!

Now comes the fun part of this review.

Matt and Heather want you to have a chance to try out their delicious coffee. Sooooooo, here is your opportunity to enter for TWO Bags of Fresh Roasted coffees Of Your Choice!

Here’s Hoping you Win – The Giveaway will run from Monday, March 2, 2015 starting at 12:01am and ending Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:59pm (EST).

Best of Luck to You!

In His Grace.


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{BookLook Blogger Review} Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton


Maggie Hope is a klutz (and I should know, because I am one also!). As a newspaper column writer she isn’t one for T.V. interviews, especially ones that require talking to good looking cowboys.

Tru Monahan is a cowboy that values his private life but is under contract to publicly perform. Meeting for a T.V. interview is all work for him. That is until he sees Maggie Hope.

A quick quip about being a to teach anyone to ride a horse, and be good enough to compete, Tru throws down a bet to Maggie. Not one for showing a weak side, she agrees to the bet, to save face as well as to keep her position as a weekly columnist at the paper.

What begins as a fierce battle of wills, ends up being a story that proves that not all secrets are worthy of keeping. Secrets of the heart require that you become vulnerable as well as being able to trust again.

This story takes place in beautiful Wishing Springs, or rather, God’s County. A stunning place that makes me wish it was real! I fell for the town folks, and felt like they would be lovely folks to get to know better.

This is a story that is about trust, believing in your self, grace, God, and love. Not overtly religious book, mere mentions or praying and going to church sprinkled throughout the story.

I enjoyed the book and the easy flow of the story. The characters were believable, with real life issues, with emotions that touched my heart. Trusting others and being hurt is all a part of life, and this author does a wonderful job of writing these emotions well. The flow of conversation, the true to life word usage, and the antics of the characters drew me into the story.

A fun read for me, one that makes me look forward to the other books in this series that are sure to come.

I look forward to sharing my next book review with you, so come back often to see what the kids and I read next!

In His Grace.


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{Product Review} In Freedom’s Cause an Adventure by Heirloom Audio Productions

History has a way of getting mixed up when the stories get passed down through the ages.

I thought I knew all about Sir William Wallace and Robert Bruce, until recently when I reviewed In Freedom’s Cause from Heirloom Audio Productions.

There is always more to a story usually and that is what I found out as we were regaled with the story of Sir William Wallace and Robert Bruce.


The behind the scenes story is much more in depth than I remember hearing about in my history class. This audio adventure is the base story and then some extra fun thrown in. The day that our CD arrived at our house, the kids and I hustled through dinner so we could begin listening to our newest audio adventure.

We downloaded the Study Guide so that we could use it to follow along with the story. The very first night, we listened to the first half of the 2 CD set. Within days we finished listening as we drove around town running errands.

We loved getting to know the main characters in the tale. My heart teetered on the edge of sadness and happiness through most of the story. The sadness and heartbreak was evident in the beginning of the story and was woven throughout. As the story evolved, there was moments of excitement and happiness, yet the most evident of emotions was the deep love for and trust in God.

Sir William Wallace was a man of great courage and had an incredibly strong trust in God. He relied on God for his personal strength and was known to carry a Psalter (like a book of Psalms or a Bible) around with him, even in battle. He was a huge influence in the life of Ned Forbes, one of the main characters in the story.

Robert Bruce was introduced as a man that was unable to help with the cause of Sir William Wallace because he was under the rule of King Edward. I’m pleased to say that later in the story Bruce proves his merit by joining in the fight for Scotland’s freedom.

With a star studded cast this audio adventure is sure to please!

Here are a few of my favorite quotes I heard throughout the story:

“A goat woo?!”

“The most powerful weapon against our enemies.”

“…over looks death to see Freedom…”

“Love can be dunderheaded.”

This story was also part romance as we watch Ned fall in love with a young woman and they begin their life together. With their union a feud that had carried on for centuries was able to be laid to rest.

As well as the audio CD, we also were able to review the Study Guide that is offered from the company. The Study Guide is broken down into sections that pair well with the story. When you use the study guide, it allows you to stop at certain intervals of the story. We enjoy the study guide because it has these extras:

  • Listening Well – questions that help the kids focus more on the story, which in turn helps develop comprehension skills.
  • Thinking Further – questions that help the dig deeper into the story, which in turn helps develop critical thinking skills.
  • Defining Words – words that (most likely) are new to the children, prompting vocabulary and research as they look up the words and meanings.
  • Notes on the history of Scotland
  • Bible Study – broken down into three parts sections for more of an in-depth look at the story as well as Biblical references to back up the truths being shared.

This was an emotional story. Poignant, touching, exciting, and full of Biblical truths. We give it 5 stars and are already looking for the next audio installment from Heirloom Audio Productions!

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In His Grace.


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