Friday, February 28, 2014

You are uniquely special!  How do I know that?  I just read Psalm 139 and it told me so.

The verse said, "You knit me together in my mother's womb."  Psalm 139:13

"Think on those words.  You were knitted together.  You aren't an accident.  You weren't
mass-produced.  You aren't an assembly-line product.  You were deliberately planned,
specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth by the Master Craftsman.

In a society that has little room for second fiddles, that's good news.  In a culture where
the door of opportunity opens only once and then slams shut, that is a revelation.  In
a system that ranks the value of a human by the figures of his salary or the shape of her
legs...let me tell you something;  this is reason for joy."    ~ Max Lucado

You truly are "one of a kind".  And, I am thankful for you...each one of you.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Five little ones coming for the weekend, while their parents celebrate a special anniversary!

I must run!  Don't call me...I'll call you:) Google and by my uncle.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Today I will share a few of my favorite pictures from the last few weeks...

After seeing pictures of our Snow Owl, my dear friend from North Carolina sent me this
picture today.  It is a Barred Owl that is often seen in the trees behind her home.  She was so
happy to get this picture, as the owl was somewhat distracted by her white dogs playing in
the lawn.  There is something majestic about both of these owls.

Speaking of uncle sent me this breathtaking picture he captured yesterday.  I
cannot stop staring at it.

On Saturday evening, we sat down to dinner at our friend's lovely dining room table,
with a group of good friends.  The hostess served us delicious salads in mason jars. 
What a great idea!  So fresh, and most flavorful and so pretty!

A long time ago, I did a post on our indoor sandboxes.  I want you to know, that the simple,
and inexpensive idea, continues to offer hours of play time, even for the older ones who
visited on Saturday, and the three younger ones who spent the day on Tuesday.  Whether
the boxes are filled with toy cars, or plastic animals, or various kitchen utensils, it seems
to keep their attention.  Although...

When there are more than two children here at one time, I go back to relying on my
vintage looking stove timer.  Yes, most times it is even at their suggestion.  The timer
seems to be the necessary "peace maker" in our small play room happening:) 
Perhaps you are thinking, "why wouldn't two children share one box"?  I wonder that
too, but let me tell you, it just does not work, hence the timer.

The little ones are growing up faster than I can blink an eye.   I treasure the moments I can
spend with each one of them.

Thanks for the privilege of sharing my tidbits of joy in the midst of a somewhat
ordinary week.
It means so much to me, that you stop by.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Just a bit of interesting news to share with you all...

This is our small, country church.  Last week, look what was discovered perched on the roof
of our church... (the picture was taken by one of the neighbors)

A beautiful snow uncommon site in our area, until recently.

With the white snow and the blue sky, this little guy fits in perfectly.  We feel so honored
that he chose our church to have his private prayer time.

Speaking of birds...

I recently read this in Matthew 6:26 TM;

"Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care
of God.  And you count far more to him than the birds."

"Careless in the care of God.  And why shouldn't they be?
For their food, He provides insects in the air,
seeds on the ground.
For their search for food.  He provides eyes that are keen,
wings that are swift.
For their drinking, He provides poolings of rainwater.
For their bathing, He provides puddles.
For their survival, He provides migratory instincts to take them
to warmer climates.
For their flight, He provides bones that are porous and
For their warmth, He provides feathers.
For their dryness, He provides a water-resistant coating.

For their rest, He provides warm updrafts so they can
glide through the air.
For their journey, He provides the company of other travelers.
For their return, He provides the companionship of a mate.
For their safety, He provides a perch in branches far
from the reach of predators.
For their nest, He provides twigs.
And for every newborn beak, He provides enough worms so
they can grow up to leave the nest and continue the cycle of life.
    It's no wonder they're so free from the cares of the world.
    The wonder is, if we count more to Him than the birds,
why aren't we?"
~Ken Gire

Thanks so much for stopping by this evening.

Beautiful and uniquely captured photos by my uncle.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Do you remember the song, "Come Saturday Morning"?
On the back country roads, early this morning, 7:30am early,
we passed an eager group of children headed for a morning of
sledding on a nearby hill.
I had to capture these pictures, as it looked to me to be right
out of the Norman Rockwell era.

Down the hill they flew, and then the trek back up the hill.  Saturday morning fun at it's finest.

From there, two of our grandchildren, my husband and I headed for one of our favorite
local restaurants for a hearty breakfast.  My breakfast, walnut
baked oatmeal, with milk.  I highly recommend it!

After breakfast, and lots of fun conversations with other friends/patrons, we were on our
way to a thriving farmer's market in a nearby city.  Our good friend and her son
took on a new venture.  Along with a successful fresh produce stand that the son
owns and operates, he and his mother opened an additional stand, selling all freshly cut and packaged vegetables and fruits, plus delicious yogurts and salads.  

The eye candy at this stand was most impressive!  The freshness and the vivid colors of the
fruit, was so beautiful!

For me, this was better than any candy store.  Every color of the palette, was attractively

Son and mother took a moment to pose for a picture.  Truly this family has many
entrepreneurs, and (having seen when they tackle a new enterprise) it is bound to be
successful.  Personally, I think the mother looks more like the son's sister, than his

A pretty bouquet of white tulips graced the side counter.

Packages of fresh stir fry vegetables, would certainly make dinner preparations much simpler.

Lush green asparagus, added to the stands color appeal.

Smiles were an attractive feature, at the new stand.

Colorful, fresh garden salads were packaged and ready to eat.
Our granddaughter was thrilled and kept asking if she could eat it as
soon as she got home.

 Healthy yogurt parfaits, were my choice, sold with delicious looking granola.  Our grandchildren
were intrigued by the personal attention they were given.

Oh, so good!  Lunch served in a convenient.

Their homemade fruit dip, was exceptionally good, and the plate
of fruit and dip did not last long in our household.
The sweetness of the watermelon and cantaloupe, along with the fact that the
sun is out today, almost led one to believe that Spring is actually around the corner.

Grapes and fruit dip, in a clear, plastic cup.
A perfect snack, or a meaningful gift for anyone.
I liked the concept of it all.
I wish them much success and years of blessing, in this
brand new adventure.
The four of us, were most impressed on our first visit.

Despite the eye candy appeal of the fresh fruits and vegetables, this
little guy was still drawn in to the bins of chocolate candy, at a nearby stand.
He was convinced that we needed to purchase chocolate to make
our market trip complete.
"Come Saturday morning" is how we spent ours.
Hope you are having a good one!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Don't write your name on the sand, waves will wash it away.

 Don't write your name on the sky, winds may blow it away.

 Write your name in the hearts of people you come in contact with,

 That is where it will stay." 



Who was the last person who wrote their name on your heart?

For me, it was the elderly gentleman who was bagging the groceries I purchased last week.

The checkout lines were long.

A snowstorm was in the forecast.

People seemed uptight and hurried, complaining why more lanes were not opened.

Quietly, efficiently, and with a smile he filled each bag with groceries.  His sense of humor

and kind words caught my attention.  Suddenly, I refocused from the endless list of things

waiting to be done, that was running through my mind, and I found myself laughing out loud

at his witty comments.  I told him that he was the perfect person for the job, and thanked him

for brightening my day.  I was still chuckling at what he said and the way he said it, as I left

the store.  Even when I discovered that two cars were sitting waiting for my parking space,

eager to see which one would win.  Yes, there are unexpected ways and people that will

"write their names" on our hearts.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, February 17, 2014

 Miscellaneous Monday.
Sharing a few winter moments from a February, Sunday afternoon.

Pictures captured on the drive home from our daughter and son-in-law's home.
There is something so peaceful and so serene about winter in the farmland.

A mode of transportation seen often in our part of the country.  Heavy wool blankets provide
the method of keeping warm during the travel.

As you can see, ways to keep warm, are always on the forefront of our thoughts and actions.

Before lunch, the grandchildren were eager to show us the sledding hill they had
built, out back of their home.  The firmly packed, icy snow created a fast track
for the sleds and tin saucers, and down they flew, bouncing and laughing the entire

Well, maybe not laughing, as to can see by this little one's face, as she bounces down
the hill in a livestock feeding tin.  Fortunately, the hill was not very high, and the ride
not as long as it looks on the picture.

On Saturday, our two granddaughters baked and decorated this tray of
cookies as a gift to their mother for Valentines' Day.  She shared the
tray with all of us, as dessert after the lunch.  We enjoyed seeing
the creativity of two special little girls.

 Our oldest granddaughter was practicing photography with my camera, while we were
sitting around the lunch table, after a delicious meal.  She captured this vivid picture
of the roses on the table, which were a Valentine gift from her dad to her mother.

Outside the kitchen window, numerous birds visited the bird feeder.  With a few
simple lessons, she was busy capturing what she could.  I liked this picture, and was
impressed with her quick learning style.  Perhaps some day, she will blog pictures
of birds and flowers too:)

Sharing a bit of how we spent a cold, snowy Sunday afternoon in February, here at "just
a little something for you."

It is Monday morning, with a busy week ahead.  The forecasters predict 1- 4 inches
tomorrow and then 50 degrees later in the week.  Spring will be here soon.

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Good Morning!
I want to share what I saw this early morning.

Standing at my front door and looking to the right.


Looking to my left.  The moon was big and the combination of snow, moonlight, and
quiet, was magical.

A close up picture of the moon through the branches of our side tree.
The picture is cloudy because of the blowing snow.

Looking farther up to the left, was the tree we planted 15 years ago, with every branch
covered in snow.

Looking straight ahead to our front sidewalk, somewhere underneath
it all.  Once again, the blowing snow did not permit me to
take a clear picture.  That along with my limited photography skills:)

I was so cold when I finished taking pictures, that I headed for the fireplace.

"Close by the fire I sit, to warm my frozen bones a bit."   ~Robert Louis Stevenson

And now, just in case you do not have anyone to wish you a "Happy Valentine's Day"
today, I want to be the one to do that to you.  I want each of you to know that you are
loved and appreciated.  That you matter and that you are important.

This adorable little vintage card was given to my by my daughter last year.  It makes
me wonder whose card it was and did they treasure it, as I do?

Happy Valentine's Day to you! 

Just think what a gift you gave to me today, you allowed me the privilege of sharing
MORE snow pictures with you.  Thank you!

In case you are still scrolling through this post, here is what 7:50 am brought for me;

Can't help myself, I have to capture this beauty. 

It is breathtaking!

Truly breathtaking!

The weather forecast for tonight...Three to five more inches of snow forecast.

Thanking God for creating sights to gorgeous to ever capture on my camera.
What a loving gift from Him.

I promise this is it for the snow pictures today.


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