Sunday, February 7, 2016

One evening this week, once again I was awestruck at the beauty before me and surrounding me.
Snow on the fields, birds in the air, and the most brilliant sunset that I have witnessed for
quite awhile.  Honestly, as always, these pictures did not capture the magnificence.

 What an exquisite gift!  What a breathtaking way to say goodbye to another day!

"Earth, with her thousand voices, praises God."   ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge  "Hymn Before

On a side note, I read this recently;

"The diameter of the Sun is 864,950 miles.  If the Sun was hollow, you could fit about a million
planet Earths inside of it.  The distance from the Earth to the Sun changes throughout the year,
but it is usually about 93 million miles away.

The word Sun means "yellow dwarf".
I found these very interesting facts here,

What if I had been too busy to notice this Sun of ours setting in the western sky?

"If you get simple beauty and naught else, You get about the best thing that God invents."
~  Robert Browning

"In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom
coming from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat."
~Psalms 19:4 - 6

Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, February 1, 2016

When it is a weekend, and you are babysitting for your grandchildren. 

When the snow is still in abundance on the outside, and the little ones have already

been inside for the past week, you need to pull out all the stops and find something

to entertain them for the morning.  That is where one of the blessings of the blogging

world comes into play.  Recently, I visited a blog of a gifted lady, that presented me

with a very helpful idea.  The blog is ...

She had purchased colorful, big, plastic cups and shared what a big hit they were,

and some of the creations that her grandchildren did.  So, off to Walmart I went,

before visiting our daughter and family.  I purchased two big packs of plastic cups,

in blue and red.  I would have liked if there were more colors, but I took what they


This was a hit with the children, and they actually spent hours playing with them,

both Saturday and Sunday.

When they were ready to move on to another activity, their grandfather taught them the
correct way to clean up and stack.

And of course, naptime took up some of the winter afternoon, for these two:).

Thanks dear Vista Woman, for providing us with a great way to pass time inside.

This might be an idea you would want to share with your children.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 30, 2016


The Old Violin
'Twas battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
but he held it up with a smile.
"What am I bid, good people", he cried,
"Who starts the bidding for me?"
"One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?"
"Two dollars, who makes it three?"
"Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three."
But, No.
From the room far back a gray bearded man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
and tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet
As sweet as an angel sings.
The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said, "What now am I bid for this old violin?"
As he held it aloft with its' bow.
"One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?"
"Two thousand, Who makes it three?"
"Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone," said he.
The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
"We just don't understand."
"What changed its' worth?"
Swift came the reply.
"The Touch of the Master's Hand."
"And many a man with life out of tune
All battered and bruised with hardship
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin.
A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.
But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand.
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the touch of the Master's Hand."
~by Myra Brooks Welch

Our dear friends sang this song in their concerts years ago, and it moved me to tears every
time I heard it.  Thanks Bob and Patty, for this special memory, and for reminding me again,
of the real difference "The Master's Hand" makes in lives.  I know that for a fact.

Friday, January 29, 2016

On a cloudy, cold Saturday in January, my husband and I took
a 2 hour drive to visit our good friends in a neighboring state.  We were blessed by a
kind, gracious invitation to their home for dinner.
As we drove, we remarked about the many and rapidly changing cloud formations
before us.  But, despite the somewhat dismal and overcast weather
conditions, we were eagerly looking forward to our visit.
We knew the hospitality would be warm and the food would be
most delicious!

You see, this dear blogger friend, is an outstanding cook!
I am telling you right now, if you want to try a meatloaf recipe that is
moist, flavorful, and exceptionally good, you might want to visit
her here;
I did notice, that she has two meatloaf recipes included on her blog.  If I remember
correctly, it was the first recipe that she served us, but I can almost guarantee
that either one would be delicious!
Meatloaf on noodles...the perfect comfort food dinner for a
get together with friends!

Joining us at the lovely dining room table, were their daughter and their grandson.  The
conversation was most interesting, as we found ourselves learning many new facts about
robots, movie animation, and various other fascinating topics.  For both my husband and
I, "table talk" with old and new friends is one of our favorite ways to pass time.

After dinner, we moved into the family room, where we were so fortunate to share in our
hostess's newly acquired skill of making crème brulee.  What an extra special treat, along with
cups of hot coffee, and more conversation. 

Quietly, this beloved family pet joined us, during our visit.  He has been with them for
many years, and appeared to be right at home in our midst.

Life is short!  Time with friends adds so much to making it all better.  We treasured the
memories of our moments here, and look forward to more times together during our
remaining years ahead.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Yesterday's small blessings...

A view from my window.

Warmth inside and beauty outside.

One handsome snow remover working outside.

A snow blower machine that actually started, and did a great job!

A carefully designed snowman, created by some very special little ones!

Warm coats, hats, and mittens, that make it all possible.

An idea for them, when they found out school was cancelled for the day, and came to
spend time with us.

Spread out a layer of softened vanilla ice cream on parchment paper, and return to
the freezer until firm.

Give the children, heart cookie cutters, and let them cut out the ice cream hearts,
decorating them as they wanted.  Simple, small desserts for their lunch.
After all, Valentine's Day is coming soon:).  They put them back into the freezer until
it was lunch time.

 A fun, easy way to pass the time, after their morning sledding adventures.
Hearts show that we love each other:).

Last of all, I am thankful for the artistic way, a gifted lady painted out the words of one of
my very favorite verses, on a small wooden chalkboard.  I like how it is displayed along with
morning candlelight, on my kitchen island.

Early morning weather icy rain is happening outside now. 
This is what I saw out my window early today, along with the sleet that is falling.
So many interesting weather conditions lately.  The sunsets and the
sunrises have presented some breathtaking beauty in the midst of
all the snow, wind, and ice.
Happy Tuesday to each of you!
Wishing you some of your own simple blessings today!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Early this morning, as I sat looking out my window, I wondered to myself, "would they like
to see snow pictures or not?"  It was so quiet and gorgeous, the scene before me.  A true,
very windy, winter wonderland!  But, you've seen my snow pictures before, and snow
pictures can get old to some.  I decided to share them anyway.  You can leave now if you

Consider the fact that they are calling for the snow to end, tomorrow morning. 

Remember, I was the one who was sharing roses growing here, in the month of October.

This tree outside my window, is providing a huge feast for the birds.

Especially the robins and the cardinals.


Every tiny twig and branch is covered with snow.

It sure has been years since I have seen so much snow!  I cannot imagine how it will all look
when it finally stops.  I am so grateful for the warmth of my home, because we still have
electricity.  I am also grateful for all those who are out working in the rescuing, in the
medical field, and in whatever capacity they are needed.  I can't help but think of all those
in Kentucky, who have been sitting on the Interstate for the last 15 hours, in a massive
traffic backup.

Most of all today, I am so thankful that God blessed me with another daughter, 31 years
ago today (in the pink).  "Joy" is her middle name, and it fits her perfectly!  Happy
Birthday Dear Daughter!  I hope you stay warm where you are!
(pictured here with her older sister and her baby boy).

Friday, January 22, 2016


Young, inexperienced, but "so happy" dad embarks on the journey of parenting, many
years ago. 

It was through...
~trial and error
~some sleepless nights, and some very long days
~lots of smiles and yes, some tears
~times of not being able to understand, and times of being too puzzled to even try to understand
~lots of laughter, and
~at times, moments of emotional upheavals( especially with a wife and three daughters in one
household )
~much prayer...short prayers, long prayers:), and heartfelt prayers and prayers when you had
no idea as to how to pray.

Before he knew it, she grew up, is now an adult, a wife, a mother of her own little ones. On Wednesday evening, she cooked and served him a delicious dinner...

All on their family's "special birthday plate".  He was so blessed by it all!

So you see, all you new dads out there, it does happen.  Before you know it, they grow up
and you are the "older" guy. It might have left you with less hair, and your face may be a
bit more weathered, but without a doubt, you would say it has been worth it all!
Looking back, it seems like only yesterday on one hand, and hundreds of years ago,
on the other:).

What a gift our children are to us!  And, yes, the prayers are still ongoing.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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