Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hay Ride

Now that Caleb is back in school the two younger ones miss him. This day they had the opportunity to experience 'school' themselves at Farm School. It was hay ride day. What fun. I think it was a 

Farm school offers lots of opportunities to become acquainted with animals, plants and farm life, while getting some social schooling as well.

I mentioned last week about our little dog being very sick. She seems to be as good as new now. 
That makes me feel a lot better. It is amazing how close we can get to a pet. She is our that everyone else is so far from 'home'. 

Monday, October 16, 2017


I would not be one to encourage people to take their children across the world for a 
'vacation', but our son and his wife, Beth both traveled when they were young and both continued to go to new places and learn new languages. They think nothing of traveling with their children. The youngest is not likely to remember anything about the trip, unless of course she is like my father, who could remember things from age one. The youngest I remember anything like that was at the age of two.  I recall two things that happened when I was two. I remember seeing the full moon over the local high school while my dad was carrying me. I wanted him to get it for me. I can see it all in my mind, but I think the only reason is that someone took my picture and talked about it later. I do however remember vividly the time I fell on the register in our kitchen and it was so hot that it burned scars into my hand. I remember what the grill looked like, I remember my dad grabbing me up and taking me into another room, but that is all I remember. Thank God, I don't remember the pain.

Back to our story. John and Beth took the three to Bulgaria to visit with people they knew when they served as school teachers while in the Peace Corps.  Their oldest son, my sweet grandson, is in second grade. He had to miss two weeks of school. He probably could not have done that if he were in a regular school, but his IB World school encourages travel. 

At one point we went to visit John and Beth while they were serving there. We saw a lot of the country,  but we didn't see everything there was to see. For example, we did not visit this fortress in the background. It is Tsarevets,  a medieval stronghold located on a hill with the same name in Veliko Tarnova in northern Bulgaria.

It is good to be familiar with life in other countries so that one might accurately compare life in our country. We would have many more patriotic Americans if they really knew what it was like to live elsewhere. There would certainly be much less display of disdain for this great land.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Same Shirt

All I'll say is, they did it again. Both showed up for a picnic with identical shirts. Well, actually, they are not identical because one it  quite a bit bigger than the other.

I'm finished for tonight. I'm scared because my little Maggie has been sick for two days now and she is throwing up again.  I  tried feeding her chicken and rice, but that  didn't work.  She wants me to do something for her, but neither one of us know what. It could be a long night.

Please pray for my little dog, Maggie and for me as well.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Youngest Granddaughter

Julia is really coming out now. She is trying everything, thanks to her mom, who is exceptionally good at keeping all the kids active and learning. Her mom is a great example for stay at home mothers.

Here they are at Farm School where they go regularly. Julia, as you can see, is trying out a saddle. I'm sure she will be on a horse as soon as possible. She is a very serious learner.  This week, she decided to climb on... no I can't tell you about this. You must see it for yourself.

I was hoping to show you the video, but it didn't work. All I have here is a picture, but it does help you see how hard this climb would be for a little girl of 19 months. She climbed and pulled herself to the very top of this jungle gym or climber. I was certainly impressed.

Do we keep striving to learn and do more? Some times it is disheartening to see those who have pretty much given up and just sit around and watch TV for example.  Sometimes we just want to blame others when we don't have what we want, instead of getting out and doing things for ourselves.

I'm praying for all to be encouraged to do their best.  

Do you know of any specific way we can help in that encouragement? If so, perhaps we CAN make America great again.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Little Bird

Ava had fun playing with this little bird. I'm glad her mom got these pictures of her.  Children grow up so quickly; it is fun to look back and remember these little things, things we quickly forget in the daily rush of life.

Speaking about the busyness of life, I'm reminded about how many of us have quit trying to find time  to go to church.

Rick Warren is a preacher who has written some great books like Purpose Driven Life.
I get his emails weekly. Today's email is worth repeating. Read it here:

“Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25 NLT).

These days you don’t have to go to church to watch a worship service. You can just stay home and see it online. You can stay in your pajamas, and make a late breakfast.
But the Bible makes it clear. “Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near”(Hebrews 10:25 NLT).
And this is why you need a church family. This is why we need to gather as groups of believers who can live life together as we follow Jesus together. 
Without a church family, you’ll drift when it’s tough to trust Christ. I can look back on my life and see times when, if I had missed a specific worship service, my life would have taken a radically different turn. And I’ve thought, “What if I’d skipped that service? What if I’d just slept in that day?” I would have missed something that changed the direction of the rest of my life. So if the church doors are open, I want to be inside. 
A church is kind of like a campfire. In a campfire you’ve got all these red-hot coals. If you remove one single coal and set it far away, it will cool in a matter of minutes. The fire goes out, and the coal goes dark. But if you take a coal that’s lost its fire and put it back into the fire, it gets hot again. That’s the power of fellowship. 
Now, I know there are times when we can’t make it to church, and we can be grateful that there are ways we can still connect, such as watching a worship service online or listening to a podcast. You may be too sick to come to church, or you may have times when you live hundreds of miles from the nearest church, such as when brave men and women serve in the military. You might even be serving the Lord in some remote region of the world. 
In cases like these, it’s still important to stay connected as best you can with other believers, who can help you stay encouraged and faithful. And it’s important for people within our congregations to reach out to individuals who experience challenges in getting to church every week.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them” (GW). Let’s continue to pray and support each other, and “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV).

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Harvest of Squash

This is Julia's first year at farm school...and she is diving right in. Here she is with the other little ones, checking out the farm ripened squash.

Oh, how I would like to live on a farm this time of year, when I imagine the hardest part of the work is done and it is harvest time. 

Everything tastes so much better when it is allowed to ripen on the vine, the stalk, or on the tree. Those of us who live in the city eat fruit, for example, that may travel thousands of miles to our homes. They are picked before they ripen and supposedly get ripe on the way. But anyone who has ever tasted tree ripened fruit, is terribly disappointed in the tastelessness of this fruit, for which we often pay high prices. I haven't had a good peach this year. We are always advised to let them set for a couple of days before eating. Well it usually softens a little before it turns grainy or mushy, but there is never any juiciness or scrumptious taste. I was taught how to tell if it was ripe. It won't help to know, if you are never going to find any. 

That is another thing I'm looking forward to in heaven...GREAT TASTY AND JUICY FRUIT.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Take Me to the Mountains

When I was three years old my family moved here from a little town near Charleston, WV.  Then 70 years later, our daughter, April chose to move to another small town near Charleston.  It seems the mountains were calling her and her husband. She has really taken it on well. Right now, they are in a long process of building on to their house.  It will be first class when completed. The view of the river and mountains is beautiful. 

She has changed her lifestyle to fit the location and she loves it and all the hard work that  goes along with it. It was fun to see what she has done so far and we're anxious to see the completion.

There was a big reunion of their family the first weekend of September and we were invited to join the fun.

Here, our granddaughter Lauren (April's daughter)  carries both of her nieces! Lauren is used to lifting weights, so it was a breeze for her.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Back in the Saddle

In many ways, Oliver is walking in Caleb's footsteps, now he riding like his big brother. With good balance and self confidence, he looks like a natural.

It's been a jamb packed day, but I've enjoyed every minute of it. First this morning was lady's class, which is very inspiring. Then came lunch with 5 other ladies, of varying political beliefs, enjoying each others company. Next was my generally weekly visit to Sam's Club to pick up some necessities. I impressed myself with picking up two cases ( 28,  20 oz) bottles of water, putting them in my cart, then into my car all on my own strength. That you God for that. Then a stop at Marcs for the oat meal that I can no longer buy at Sam's Club. What is up with that?  Then on home, where I put things away , including the two cases of water, and rested up a bit for dinner. Next, I had a high school friend who now lives in Colorado,  and is in town for a few days come go to dinner with us at Ron's favorite fish restaurant. Once we were home, we had some Amish baked razzleberry pie, as if I needed any more calories today. Then we sat down to watch the movie, Accountant, which had reminded Ron of the Las Vegas gunman. It did seem very similar, so much so, that I'm wondering if it  could have  influenced  the Sunday night shooting.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Thank God for Children

April and Kim came to see us. April also brought her granddaughter, Ryan.  You can see here what a cutie  she is. We had a good visit and of course shot a few pictures. Glad we did, she is very photogenic. 

It has been hard to watch TV lately, since I just like the news. As you all know, it has been the same story told over and over. It is not one I want to be my primary thought for the day...and especially not the whole week.  

I know it happened. I lament that it happened. I am praying for all involved in any way. It was just plain evil and I pray nothing like that happens again. Too much bad news! 

It all started with the hurricane hitting Texas just five days  before these pictures of Ryan were taken. There have been three BIG hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires. Now this.  If it isn't the last days, it at least feels like it could be.

These facts make it even more pleasant to watch the children, who are...or should be care free and to stay at my computer making layouts for hours on end.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Eclipse USA

Monday I shared pictures of John's family viewing the eclipse in Wyoming, now today, I'll go on to Nashville, TN to show you pictures, our daughter Chelle's friend took that day. and then a little about the eclipse and Ohio, where we are.

As you can see from my layout with the window, even though I was disappointed by the lack of show with the partial eclipse that shone here, I am impressed by the view of the sun from our window.                          

Monday, October 2, 2017

An Evil Day Will Not Defeat Us

Naturally cute describes our youngest grandchildren. These were taken while the family waited for the total solar eclipse in Wyoming. 

I particularly like the one of Oliver. In this picture he looks very much like his dad did at his age.  

Children are our joy. No wonder God told us to be as little children... Matthew 18:3
..."Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."

What this verse describes is the farthest thing from the major event of evil in this last 24 hours in our nation.  

I pray that we can all come together as one, united, against evil like that which was portrayed by the one who ended  and damaged so many lives in Las Vegas.

Listen to our president as he expresses what we feel at this time. Matthew 18:3
and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

God bless America and God bless our president. I pray for unity through this  evil time.

If you have not listened to our president's message, watch it here:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Total Eclipse


Wyoming is one of the states where one could see a total eclipse of the sun on August 21. John and his family made a two hour long trip to see it on August 21, 2017.