Wednesday, September 30, 2009
JJ went home this evening. He was a gracious guest and thanked us profusely; but no more than his people did. They had a wonderful time in the Adirondacks, soaking in the scenery and visiting with family.
They returned home via "Little Nashville." They report that unlike in upstate New York, the leaves have not yet turned in Brown County. Well, here neither.
This award goes from here to
Shinade for the beautiful photography and her beautiful spirit.
Lidian for nostalgia and oddities from the past.
Blushing Rose for travels and feedsack fantasies and nostalgia.
Andrea for her love of God and for her family.
Leigh and Jana for the joys and frustrations of motherhood in today's world. (Read "hilarity.")
Each of these bloggers is a must-visit on my daily rounds.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Days later, working in my own garden at home I observed many clumps or clusters of maple seeds all over the area. I grasped the wings of one of these and pulled it from the ground. There were more than thirty seeds packed into one hole!
Don't ever doubt that the ways of nature are curious, indeed. I have since noted that the seeds of some ash trees are also planted in this fashion. There are many other instances of creatures planting seeds, the one that springs first to mind being the answer to the question, "Why do mulberry trees often grow up around fence posts?" Open your eyes; look around you. It's fun!
[a future topic: how a new pond is populated with fish,no stocking.]
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The scripture lesson is Matthew 19:3-6.
The Seasons of Marital Relationships
1. Romance. Emblazoned across the forehead: "Love Stupid." Two people meet, fall in love. It is a picture-perfect relationship, unlike every other relationship. It is a match made in heaven. Experts say this season lasts two and one-half years.
2. Reality. One (or both) realizes that the mate he thought he could never have is someone he can never get rid of. This stage lasts two weeks.
Three Great Skills of Lifetime Lovers
- Remembering that we're different. Remember what we like about each other. Recognize that we talk differently, think differently.
- Asking. Ask for and grant forgiveness. The real issue: pride.
- Deciding. Love is based on the decision to hang in there, not on feelings.
You will repeat these stages all through life.
Read I Corinthians, chapter 13.
You will live mostly happily ever after!
Assignment for this week.
If you are married, sit down with your spouse and review and renew your marriage vows. For better or worse; for richer or poorer; in sickness and in health; love and cherish so long as you both shall live.
If you are single, choose a skill and put it into practice. 1) Affirming differences; 2) Forgiving; 3) Decide to love and keep on loving a close friend.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
It was not until 1964 that the
price was hiked to a quarter.) The other of my pair of old Saturday Evening Posts is this December 14, 1963 issue which I saved for obvious reasons.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Uncle Ben and Aunt Fern were dry land farmers on the high plains of Colorado for many years. Finally, though, they acquired irrigated acreage on the Arkansas River near Las Animas where they continued agricultural pursuits, but in a much different fashion. Uncle Ben served several years as Bent County Assessor. When they retired, they moved to an idyllic spot near the mountains.
Ben and Fern are musically gifted. Uncle Ben taught himself to play the fiddle and Aunt Fern plays piano and keyboard. They have provided music for community functions and church activities for many years. They continued their nursing home ministry well into their eighties, and only in the past two or three years have they not been able to continue that.
They have two wonderful children, a boy and a girl, both of whom, with their respective spouses, have provided them with grandchildren.
I caught Uncle Ben in his garage beside his BuickParkAvenue.
That is his wife of more than seventy years, Fern Hendrix Lacy, there with him.
HAPPY NINETIETH BIRTHDAY, UNCLE BEN! May the Lord's blessings and happiness be with you both. We love you.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Do you remember 32 years ago while sitting in a theater you were totally enthralled as Roy and Gillian sneaked past the military cordon, made their way to the site of the alien spaceship landing? That Steven Spielburg! And that John Williams!
Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoyPu95yCxw&NR=1
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Our tour guide.
Happy Birthday, Grandson Brayton!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Oops. Turn the camera around.
Pulling away from the pier.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The scripture lesson is I John 4:7 - 19.
Five Principles of Relationships
1. When people have profound experiences they want to share them. (v. 12)
2. An encounter with God's love is a profound experience. (v. 12)
3. Those who live close to God find that their love for others is always increasing. (v. 16)
4. Love eliminates fear. (v. 18) When there is no fear, we stop competing, stop depending on others for validation.
5. We love because He first loved us. (v. 19)
I Peter 4:8 Love overcomes a multitude of sins.
How does one get close to God? Simple: 1. Hang out with Him. How? Read His Word. 2. Hang out with others who love Him. Be in church where you can fellowship with other Christians.
You will become more like Christ. The more you love God, the more you will love people.
Two Challenges for the coming week.
1. Have you accepted the Lord? Pray the prayer of confession of his Lordship and ask Him into your heart.
2. Married? Ask the Lord every day to show you one way to love your spouse. Do it.
Single? List six family members, co-workers or friends. Each day ask the Lord to show you one way to show your love for the one on the list whose 'day' it is. Do it.
Happy Birthday, Great grandson Caleb!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Purdue entomologist teaches us about the forty-seven varieties of fireflies. Or lightning bugs, since they are "lightning bug fireflies."
In the gardens at the Interpretive Center.
Friday, September 18, 2009
We have a boarder, a house-guest who will reside with us for the next two weeks. His name is JJ. He is much more playful than Cookie is, but then relatively speaking it is pup vs. codger. They get along well. Cookie ignores the antics.
This dachshund stands eight inches at the withers, he is 34 inches long, tip-to-tip.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I will start the "rounds" of visits to your blogs tomorrow. It may take a while to catch them all, but I don't want to miss a thing. (Kinda strange being unconnected, but probably something that should be done more often?!)
Will share some of the outing later.
Happy Birthday, Great granddaughter Mikayla!
My Momma dressed me up, put my hair all in curl
She put me on her lap and she held me real tight
And she rocked me to sleep every night
The one day she told my Daddy, she "had to be free"
Such pain, I did not know that included me
She said, "You and your Daddy and Big Sister too,
But I'll keep the Baby and we'll all make it through."
Oh, Momma, oh Momma, why'd you go away
Momma, oh Momma, please come back to stay
Oh Momma, oh Momma, all through the night
Momma, oh Momma, who will hold me real tight
Hearing the sound of the train whistle
As it was crying through the night
Over the hill and just out of sight
It seemed to say as it sped on its way
Momma, oh Momma, I needed you today
Momma, oh Momma, I needed you today
Excerpts from "Momma, Oh Momma" from Gifts from God
by Grace JoAnn Harrison
© 1995 Grace JoAnn Harrison
Used by permission.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Adults will do what they are gonna do. Momma had other fish to fry.