Monday, October 31, 2011

Visit From A Fairy

"Spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly!"  Unknown

Our granddaughter Anne Marie came over this evening, here are a few pictures from the visit. Here she is with Phil, who is wearing his Groucho face. She had put on a cat mask that I put in her treat bag. Her mom made the costume, she is a woodland fairy!!

"I will make a covenant of peace with them and eliminate harmful beasts from the land so that they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing."
Ezekiel 34

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Through The Years

Come along with me and visit our granddaughter Anne Marie at the pumpkin patch through the years! All the pictures were taken by Anne's mom. Even through she's only five, I see such a big difference each year. She is a big girl now and not a baby or toddler anymore. Watching the growth of a child continues to be amazing to me. I will see you on Tuesday!!

"You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; you know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day."
Psalm 139

Saturday, October 29, 2011


This is what we woke up to today, snow!! As you can see, it broke my pet lilac bush! Since the trees still have their leaves, the weight of the snow on them caused many trees to fall, and this is why our power went out today. All this shortly after we had two eaqrthquakes and several aftershocks. The weather is just plain weird lately, to say it's surprising is an understatement. Guess we don't have to worry about a White Christmas, we've already had a White Halloween!

He orders the snow"Blanket the earth!" and the rain, "Soak the whole countryside!" No one can escape the weather - it's there. And no one can escape from's God's breath that forms the ice, it's God's breath that turns lakes and rivers solid."
Job 37:1

Friday, October 28, 2011

Seeing A Ghost

"While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said "Peace be with you." They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death. He continued with them, "Don't be upset, and don't let all these doubting questions take over. Look at my hands; look at my feet - it's really me. Touch me. Look me over from head to toe. A ghost doesn't have muscle and bone like this. As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. They still couldn't believe what they were seeing. It was too much, it seemed too good to be true."
Luke 24:36

Thursday, October 27, 2011


We have had monsters in our house for quite some time! It's this monster bean bag toss game, actually a lot of fun to play! Here are our granddaughter Anne and Phil peeking through it. There was a shopping bag in our bedroom for quite a while, and whenever we put Ella down for a nap, she was scared a mummy would pop out of it.  So when she would go in the bedroom, she would say "Take care of the mummy problem", and we would remove the bag. Pleasant dreams ensued. In the last picture she is showing how a monster walks. She lunges from side to side with unbending knees and curled fingers. We all have monsters we are afraid of, whether tangible or not. Two of my tangible ones are spiders and heights, what are some of yours? There's one really big monster a lot of people are scared to death of, but we don't have to be anymore.

"Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it's logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil's hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death."
Hebrews 2:14,15

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

In A Line & Standing Tall

"God's business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, setting us straight. Once we're standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye."
Psalm 11:7

"For God's word is solid to the core; everything he makes is sound inside and out. He loves it when everything fits, when his world is plumb-line true. Earth is drenched in God's affectionate satisfaction."
Psalm 33

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion."
Henry David Thoreau

Pumpkins of every sort abound all over our city now. No neighborhood or block is immune. I don't know who the dog or little girl are, they came to watch me take pictures of their house, a nice extra. Pumpkins originated in Central America, and here I had been thinking they were native to our country! They used to be recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites. The largest pumpkin ever weighed 1,140 pounds. They are 90% water, and a member of the gourd family, but I still don't like them, I just can't eat them.

"One of the men went out into the field to get some herbs; he came across a wild vine and picked gourds from it, filling his gunnysack. He brought them back, sliced them up, and put them in a stew, even though no one knew what kind of plant it was. The stew was then served up for the men to eat. They started to eat, and then exclaimed, "Death in the pot, O man of God! Death in the pot! Nobody could eat it."
2 Kings 4

Monday, October 24, 2011

Waiting To Be Loved

"God's love is meteoric, His loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, His verdicts oceanic. Yet in His largeness nothing gets lost; not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks."
Psalm 36:5,6

Over the weekend, I snapped these pictures of dolls in an antique mall. I tried posting them in order of the oldest, but I'm not sure. The first one says 1884. Whenever I see dolls like this, I wonder about the children who owned them.  I think you can tell how much they loved the doll by how worn it is. If that is so, the third doll was greatly loved. I also wonder if the owner were still living, if she ever thinks of her long ago doll, and would buy her back if she could. There are dolls and stuffed animals from my past that I dearly wish I had now, how about you? So here they sit in a modern antique mall, watching everyone walk by, waiting to be loved. Something we will never have to do.

"The One who died for us-who was raised to life for us!-is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in scripture...I'm absolutely convinced that nothing-nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable-absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our master has embraced us."
Romans 8

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Orchids For You

"God loved the flowers and invented soil. Man loved the flowers and invented vases."
Variation of a saying by Jacques Deval

Where were we going in my post from yesterday? An orchid show! I try to go every year. There are over 100,000 different kinds of orchids, and they are very ancient plants. Hope you enjoy it and I will see you on Tuesday!

"...grass dries up, flowers droop, God's word goes on and on forever."
1 Peter 1


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