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Welcome to RUBY!

August 20, 2019

“Blessed Assurance” Hymn Printable from Vintage Mama’s Cottage

This beautiful printable reminds us that we can rest assured . . . “Jesus is mine!” You can save this to your computer and use it on your blog or website, or you can print it out to use

in your art journal, daily planner, or frame it to hang in your home so you don’t forget that you are loved by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Be sure to stop back often to see all of the new FREE printables, designed for
RUBY magazine by Nina at Vintage Mama’s Cottage.

Nina Newton, Sr. Editor, RUBY magazine: When my four older children were in school, I returned to college as a “non-traditional student.” Eventually, I earned degrees in Classics and Philosophy, and a graduate degree in Medieval Studies: History of Theology. After teaching at a small community college in Michigan for seven years, my husband and I were blessed with the adoption of our two beautiful daughters, Gracie and Annie. We live in northern Indiana in a small farming community where I work on RUBY magazine in my home office. I have worked for several years offering my handmade and refashioned garments and accessories online under the creative name of “Vintage Mama’s Cottage.” My personal blog is at www.vintagemamascottage.net

August 15, 2019

The Master Gardener by Norma C. Mezoe

“…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  - John 10:10
Oh, no!  Watch out roses. Gene has a shovel…. Gene, my husband, enjoys growing rose bushes. However, he is an impatient gardener. When the bushes don’t begin leafing out in the spring as he believes they should, he replaces them.

August 13, 2019

Healthy Habits Giveaway sponsored by Katherine's Corner

Here's a great opportunity for you to re-evaluate and focus on getting healthy . . . we're joining Katherine, from Katherines Corner for her Healthy Habits Giveaway!


"How To Overcame The Vicious Cycle Of Worry" by Stan Popovich

(This is the first of three articles from Stan Popovich. Stay tuned to Ruby Magazine for parts two and three in the near future!)
Do you ever get stuck into that vicious cycle of worrying where you get overwhelmed with worrying and fearful thoughts? In return, this creates more panic and worry and eventually you can’t function because you are a basket case.

As the author of a managing fear book, I struggled with fear, anxiety, and stress for over 20 years. Eventually, I was able to overcome the endless cycle of fear and anxiety.  Here is a brief summary of what I did to get better.

August 10, 2019

Second Chances by Shara Bueler-Repka

I stare at the tattoos on this dude’s arm. There isn’t a free space on his entire limb. My eyes travel up to his head: A truck could drive through his earlobes and a scar trails through an eyebrow. I would not want to meet this guy in a dark alley.

August 8, 2019

"Runaway!" by Shara Bueler-Repka

“Don’t race those horses!” my dad hollered through the screen door.

His warning faded with every hoof beat. His voice drifted away with the breeze as Babe and I rode side by side with my best friend, Mary, and her horse, Bolt. 

August 4, 2019

Part of the Family by Norma C. Mezoe

In the early nineteen fifties, Judy was taken from both parents shortly before her fourth birthday.   At the time, she was living with her parents and eleven siblings in an old school

August 2, 2019

"Blessed Assurance" by Fanny Crosby - Hymn Story by Diana Leagh Matthews

Fanny Crosby went blind at the age of six weeks in 1820. Her blindness was brought on due to an improper medical procedure.

One day in 1873, Fanny was visiting her friend Phoebe Knapp. Phoebe began to play a tune for Fanny, which she {Phoebe} had composed.

July 31, 2019

RUBY magazine August 2019


July 26, 2019

"Treasured Memories" by Nancy Frantel

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”James 1:17 (ESV)

While recently searching through several boxes of old family photos, I came across a surprise.

July 24, 2019

"Six Sweet Strawberry Recipes" by Nina Newton

This year we are planting just ONE tomato plant (in a container on our deck), and a few strawberry plants in pretty hanging planters. Last summer I saw a cute hanging planter made from two white

"How Firm a Foundation" by Diana Leagh Matthews

Hymn Stories by Diana Leagh Matthews
The New Year is upon us, bringing new beginnings and new hopes and dreams for the future.

“Laundry Love Note” by Nancy Frantel

Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. ─ I John 4:7 (NRSV)

“Mending a Broken Heart: Faith to Guide Me through Pregnancy after Miscarriage” by Sophie Anderson

Getting pregnant again after going through a miscarriage should be a joyful experience. It should be the promise of new life with a beautiful baby arriving.

"Old-Fashioned Orange Pineapple Fluff Recipe" by Nina Newton

We finally did it! With all the activity around here the past several weeks (months!) I’ve had a hard time getting anything done other than the million and one things that were screaming at me from my To-Do list. But, you wouldn’t know anything about that, I’m sure . . . . between the extra activities

July 22, 2019

“A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Dream” by Nina Newton

According to financial expert and author Dave Ramsey, “A goal without a plan is just a dream.”

"Celebrate All Things Blueberry!" by Nina Newton

Celebrate all things blueberry
This month’s recipe collection features all things blueberry. Whether you want to make an old fashioned blueberry pie or try a couple of new, more adventurous recipes with the bountiful blueberry

” A Beautiful Way to Organize Your Space” by Theresa L Begin

Have you ever created something for yourself around your house that you think nothing of, only to hear all of your friends and family exclaim how much they love it?

"Love in a Bowl" by Cynthia Knisley

Today the soup crew arrives, arms filled with bags of herbs, cans of broth and beans, and bundles of fresh veggies. Two friends will bring soup pots and one a huge cutting board; each brings a favorite

"Seeing With My Heart" by Pat Jeanne Davis

John and I should be celebrating our twentieth wedding anniversary, but it looked like there would be no celebration.  We were spending three weeks with John’s family and friends in England and

"Weeds…UGH!" by Shara Bueler-Repka

I hate weeds! When I see “pull weeds” on my list of chores, I cringe—‘cause, boy, do we have a lot of ‘em!  I think every species of weed God ever created lived on our place.

An excerpt from "When Valleys Bloom Again A Novel of World War II" by Pat Jeanne Davis

Jolie Fontaine
Main Line Philadelphia
Summer 1942

July 17, 2019

"The Greatest Comfort" by Sharon Patterson

There are many special memories of my mother although she left us far too soon at age 44.

"The Long Reach of VBS (Vacation Bible School)" By Joan Leotta

July is more than summer picnics and fireworks for the Fourth and French food for the Fourteenth (Bastille Day)—well, it used to be. 

"The Star-Spangled Banner Hymn Stories" Diana Leagh Matthews

Happy 4th of July! In celebration of our country’s birthday, let’s learn more about our national anthem.

"Farfalle with Spinach-A Reminder that God is in Charge of Our Plans" by Joan Leotta

Proverb 16:9 In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (NIV)Planning is one of my strong points—especially planning vacations. Although asking 

July 16, 2019

July 15, 2019

"Amazing Recipes from Marilyn's Treats" by Marilyn Lesniak

Marilyn Lesniak of Marilyn’s Treats has so generously shared some of her amazing recipes from her blog with us so that we can pass them along to you. Be sure to visit her at Marilyn’s Treats for even more of her amazing recipes!

June 25, 2019

"Savory Roasted Pumpkin Soup" by Theresa L Begin

It is that wonderful time of year in which pumpkins are everywhere.  I am in love with Autumn/Fall! (this is no secret to my regular readers)  Although, I do not participate in all things Halloween, I do so enjoy the Harvest time.