Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Well I couldn't post the bouquets and leave out the boys, now could I?  These were built in much the same way, on a smaller scale.  I trimmed the flowers to the length I wanted, wrapped them together with corsage tape, and finished them off with a bit of ribbon.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bridesmaid's Bouquet

You may have seen my earlier post, DIY Bouquet  (Bridal Bouquet with Sunflowers, Teal Roses, and Daisies).  This is the bridesmaid's bouquet, put together to complement that bridal bouquet.

I made it in the same style, beginning with two stems, and adding one at a time with corsage tape to hold it together.  I finished off the wrap with a twist of lace accented burlap, and the finished product looks like this!

Monday, November 23, 2015

DIY Bouquets and Boutonniere (Bridal Bouquet with Sunflowers, Teal Roses, and Daisies)

I have made bouquets and flower arrangements before, but it's been awhile, so I skimmed Pinterest and looked up a few DIY Tutorials.  Our oldest daughter and her fiance are beginning to plan their wedding, and I just went a little Pin/research crazy on the planning end (don't worry, I haven't sent her all these pins, I'm just quietly putting them on my boards and getting it out of my system so I don't drive her crazy).

There are separate tutorials for fake or fresh flowers, but they are pretty similar (except shelf life and preservation techniques), and the one I found the most informative and helpful is here, at

You'll need your flowers, sturdy shears, floral tape, fabric or ribbon of your choice, and I used a hot glue gun instead of pins.

First, choose two or three stems to be the center, foundation of your bouquet.  Arrange those the way you would like them, and wrap floral tape around the stems to secure them in place.

I did not think to take step by step photos (I know, silly me), but there are very good ones on the site I mentioned earlier.

Add other flowers one or two stems at a time, securing them to the center with more floral tape.  When you have the complete arrangement that you want, wrap the entire end (or to a point about 2 inches from the bottom if you want the handtied rustic look), and then wrap your fabric or ribbon over that.

This is where I used the hot glue gun, finding that it is more secure and less likely to come apart.  Since I was using artificial flowers, this didn't harm them in any way, and it made it stay put!

I also added small charms to this bouquet, representing our daughter's interests and personality.  These I attached with jewelry wire tucked into the bouquet, and a dab of hot glue to secure.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

How Is Your Prayer Life?

This really wasn't from last week, but I discovered that I'd drafted and never actually published this blog post, so I wanted to make sure it got out there!

Last week we talked about time in God's Word, and how interconnected reading the Bible and prayer are.  This week's sermon was about prayer.

I have failed God in many ways, and one of those is prayer.  I get busy and I forget, but the only person that hurts is me and my relationship with Christ.

We are all alike as Christians.  When we accept Christ we all have the same Holy Spirit to help us in our Christian walk, in our lives.

Romans 8:26-27
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

If someone has a conviction in the middle of the night to pray for someone, the prayer doesn't know what is going on with that person, but the Holy Spirit does.

Jesus talked about fasting.  The Apostle Paul talked about fasting.  On October 16, 1746, the Governor of Massachusetts declared a time of fasting and prayer.  French Admiral d'Anville had set sail with the most powerful fleet of its day: 73 ships with 800 cannons and 13,000 troops.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Good Morning to All!

I had to write a blog post this morning!  It is a beautiful, crisp and sunny morning, and I am just happy and blessed :).  It's hard to believe I'm 40, I mean when I was a kid, that seemed so OLD!  And now, I can't believe I'm already here, and it really isn't old at all.

I hope that you all have a wonderful and blessed day!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Music from Sunday, October 11, 2015

I can't post all the music this week.  We wrote a new version of Bad Moon Rising...well, we added to the original, and there is not a YouTube Video of that song yet.  I will post the rest of the songs, and the lyrics for that one. 

Playlist for Sunday, October 11, 2015