Monday, October 10, 2016

October Tea

Life is busy, and there is always so much to do.
But sometimes we just have to stop and take time for
those things that will make lasting memories and impressions
on our children, things like tea parties in the fall down by the bridge!

Miss E and I enjoyed our Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea as well as
our pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting.  YUM!

I am joining

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Books I've loved this year

One Thousand Gifts... Yeah, this one's been around awhile but I read it again this year and got a lot out of it again.  It was interesting to see how it strikes me different now than it did 5 years ago.

Saving my Assassin... This is an autobiography of a lady who grew up in communist Romania and went on to become a defense attorney for believers.  It was hard to put down!  It challenged me to appreciate our freedoms more.

Hope Heals... An inspiring story of perseverance through hard medical challenges, very good.

Plain Faith... The true story of an Amish family who found freedom from the legalism of the Amish church when they accepted Christ.  It challenged me to think about how legalism is affecting my life as well.

She is Mine... The sad but true story of a little orphan girl in Vietnam who is miraculously saved from death multiple times and chosen to be the daughter of a missionary couple.  Eye opening.

The Heart of England... I got this book about England at the thrift store and really enjoyed it.  England is one of the places I would love to visit someday.

In a Sun-scorched Land... The true story of the years long journey to bring three children home from Haiti to be adopted by their new family.  Shows God's good work!

The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God... I liked this book because it shows how God uses imperfect people and how he can work in our lives to change us into who he wants us to be.

Falling Free... Just finished this new book and really appreciated her heart for hurting people.  If we would just love people like we should this old world would be a lot better place!

Father to the Fatherless... A great and inspiring story of how God used one poor little child to grow up and be a father to hundreds of street children in Kenya through orphanages that he started.  Amazing story!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy Fall

A couple days ago Miss E and I went for a little walk and saw all these butterflies, there were a few monarchs too but I didn't get a picture.

It's smelling like fall outside!
I was trying to think how I would describe the smell of fall here, and I would say it's kind of dusty and sweet.

I like this poem I found in an old book called, "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady", by Edith Holden.  It's her journal from the year 1906.

She has lots of beautiful illustrations and poems, little bits of country wisdom, and her journal entries in the book.  I have been enjoying it.  There are several others she wrote as well.

Happy fall to you!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Oak Trees at the Lake

This last weekend was our family's 4th annual weekend at a lake cabin near us.  We had a great time even though the lake was flooded 22 feet higher than usual.  This lake is so peaceful and beautiful, with post oak trees growing everywhere around it.  Scientists have tested some of the oak trees and some are 300 years old.  Miss E and I had fun collecting acorns to use in our fall d├ęcor.

I have been thinking about Isaiah 61 again lately.  It is one of my favorite chapters because it's full of hope for our suffering world.  In verse 3 it says that our righteousness will be like great oak trees, and I was thinking, why did it say we would be like oak trees and not like cottonwoods or elms or cedars?  I think it's because oak is so long lasting.  The righteousness God gives us through Jesus is just like that, steady, firm, and immovable.  What a blessing! 

To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.

In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the LORD has planted for his own glory.

I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God!
For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation
and draped me in a robe of righteousness.
Isaiah 61:3,10

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Journaling/Coloring Bibles

I just had to share my new Bible with you, because I love it so much!
Have you seen the new journaling and coloring Bibles? 
I think they are awesome for personal devotions.  Taking the time to color the individual verses really does help you take the time to think through what it's saying.

Of course, a cup of tea while coloring is nice too. (:

Here's a couple of the pages I've done.  I chose the Inspire NLT translation Bible, and after using the NIV for 25 years I am enjoying reading a new translation.  It's interesting how reading the same verses in a different translation can make them come alive again in a new way.

They also have coloring Bibles in NIV and KJV.
The Inspire version that I chose has over 400 illustrations to color,
and so it will take me awhile to work through it.  I'm planning to color the
verses as I read them in my devotions, so that way I'll be able to tell at a glance which
books I've read lately and which I should read again.

These would make a great Christmas gift if you know someone who likes artsy activities!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

My Second Favorite Month

The sky is blue, the fields in view, 
All fading-green and yellow: 
Come let us stray our gladsome way,
And view the charms of Nature; 
The rustling corn, the fruited thorn, 
And ev'ry happy creature.


I think September might be my second favorite month.  May is my favorite, but there's something so nice about September.  The air feels different, the sunflowers, thistles, and goldenrod are all in bloom, football begins, and I feel like being outside again.

~Sunflowers in the wind~

Miss E's favorite flower is the sunflower, so this afternoon we drove down the rode a couple miles and picked a jar full for the counter.  Soon we will be finding pretty fall leaves and acorns!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Our Shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.

He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me.

John 10:11,14, Isaiah 40:11, John 10:27-28

Here is where I found these beautiful paintings.  They were painted by Luigi Chialiva, a Swiss artist, who lived from 1842-1914.

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