May 5, 2017

An Afternoon Walk

This week my husband and I went for a walk. We are living in the country for a few months and are finding it very enjoyable. Therapeutic, if you please. Personally, I was feeling the need for that during these days of sadness as we experience the loss of someone dear to us. Being near God's creation is so soothing for body and soul.
I post these photos in the order that they were taken with only a few comments of explanation, if necessary
Road in front of our house.

 If you ever want to feel skinny...:) 






 Poison ivy taking over this tree!


 A bull started meandering towards us.


 One more photo of those lovely clematis flowers...
 Our country home for a few months.
Our friend, the sun.
 Light and shadow, so amazing.

 Heading for the nest. Time for bed, my little ones!

Thank You, Lord, for Your most lovely creation.
I praise You for the simple joys of life, 
for Your daily blessings given in such rich love.
Bless the grieving and the joyful
with your precious and perfect peace.
Amen.

Apr 30, 2017

100 Years


April 29 is my mother's birthday. She has been with the Lord now for 12 years [minus a month] and it seems but yesterday that she left us. Probably because I think of her every day.

100 years. A hundred years ago her parents were blessed with her arrival into their family. A hundred years ago God began the process of forming her into the woman she came to be. A hundred years ago she began her influence on the lives of many people. Her family was the chosen elite group to know her best, to love her best and to receive the inheritance of a life well-lived, a life of show 'n tell. That is, of showing and telling others about her Lord and Saviour, with her life, her words and her sweet, meek and quiet spirit.

My siblings and I are so very blessed to, 100 years later, have the memories and influence of this wonderful woman still in our lives.

Thank you, Mommy, for your life. Thank You, Lord, for the gift of her.


Jan 5, 2017

Noble Goals

Some of you might think this strange but I've never made New Year's Resolutions. Well, it does seem like I have a very vague memory of trying to do that one year...but it didn't last long. I don't remember what happened, if I just forgot about it or if I just lacked interest or self-discipline. Could have been all of that!

Fact is, my resolutions are made on any given day of the year. Why wait til New Year's?! Without looking for an official definition in a dictionary, I'd say that a resolution is a decision to improve in some area of your life. Am I right? If that is true, then it may be that we make resolutions much more often than we think!

I saw this tree the other day and snapped a picture. After I looked at it later, it reminded me of what our goals or resolutions should be: Growing, Strong, Beautiful. That right there could involve many other specific goals. May we have the desire, discipline and motivation to work on our goals.


Dec 17, 2016

Christmas Past

CHRISTMAS. The word is beautiful, conjuring up many beautiful memories and images in my mind. Although I know it's that time of year, it doesn't much feel like it since I'm not doing the "normal" Christmas activities of decorating (not even a tree!), shopping and baking. Nor are there any family members around and, truth be told, that's a huge factor to enjoying alot of the Christmas season in that "normal" way, right?

But I am reading Christmas devotionals and listening to Christmas music. A few years ago I had my first experience of  "a different Christmas" and honestly?...it's one of the best I've ever had. So I'm not depressed about any of this, this Christmas, because I discovered that it can be a wonderfully blessed time.

The purpose of this post was not to say all of the above but just to post some photos from Christmases of the past few years. I was reminded of that when I was searching for a certain picture and...wow!...I thought, I can't let those photos go to waste, sitting there not blessing anyone. So, yeah, I think most of them are pretty beautiful. Blame it on my friend the camera.

























































And one final one.

Merry Christmas!