Thursday, November 20, 2014

eli is squanto

I love this little boy.
Today in his schoolroom
there were a lot of little Indians
running around.

I am so excited that Eli and Jake
and their mom and dad
will be joining us for our Thanksgiving feast.

Today I started gathering supplies from the grocery store.
Just me and my list 
and all of the wonderful dishes we will have
swimming around in my head.

Here is the menu....
Fresh Green Beans
Sweet Potato Casserole
Squash Casserole
Turnips cooked by Bubba
Hash Brown Potato Casserole
Red Rice
Pineapple Bake
Macaroni and Cheese
Okra and Tomatos
and Rolls
Celery Stuffed with Cream Cheese and Nuts
Mark's Pumpkin Pie
Amanda's Derby Pie
Coconut Cake
A feast fit for a King!

I love Thanksgiving best of all!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

old barns and falling leaves

This morning, 
with a cup of coffee in my hand,
 I stood at the window watching the leaves fall from the trees
 into the yard.

I love to watch the seasons change.
How God takes a tree through the cycle of abundant life in the spring,
and then in the fall,
 those very leaves that were so green and plentiful,
 die and fall to the ground.  
But the tree is not dead. 
 In the spring it will produce new growth
 and then it will thrive again.

Reminds me of our life in Christ.
We live and thrive
and then we ebb and die....
returning to the ground from whence we came.
But we do not die.

Those in Christ will live again on through Eternity 
because Jesus died on the cross so that we could be reconciled to God.
 Jesus paid the price for our sins that we could never pay. 
 His blood cleansed us from our sin 
and made us holy and righteous before God.
Thankful tonight
 for what Jesus did on the cross.

I decided right there this morning 
looking out that window.....
One, I'm not going to rake those leaves until the last one falls.
Two, I think a yard covered with beautiful leaves
will be a perfect backdrop to our 
Thanksgiving feast.

I love old barns!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

how God knew me before i was born

Written by my mother's hand

"For You have formed my inward parts;
You have covered me in my mother's womb.

I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Marvelous are Your works,
and that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,
when I was made in secret,
and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed,
and in Your book they were all written,
the days fashioned for me,
when as yet there were none of them.."
Psalm 139: 13~ 16

To me,
 no more beautiful or profound truths 
were ever written down than these....
The words that describe how much God loved us
 while yet we were still unborn.
That the number of our days were written down
"when as yet there were none of them."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

how God knows me....

"Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down 
and my rising up.
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down..
and are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
and laid Your hand upon me."

"Such knowledge is too wonderful for me:
It is high,
I cannot attain it."

Psalm 139: 1 ~ 6

Thursday, November 13, 2014

an orange tablecloth

This year for Thanksgiving
there will be an orange tablecloth
on the farm table.
That is it up there in the picture.^
The farm table will have all of its leaves in
and will be as long as a football field
with happy people all around.

Why do I love Thanksgiving so much?
That is the question.
The answer is "for many reasons."

Thanksgiving is a time to
 "gather together."
Yes, a big feast is prepared by many hands.
The food is consistently delicious....
(I always stress over the dressing.)
That was my mother's job, 
not mine.
How did making the dressing fall to me anyhow?

But more than the feast and the gathering,
it is a time to focus on the goodness of the Lord
to us in the land of the living.
A time to relish in the abundance of His provision.
God made us,
He sustains us.
He gives us everything we have.
We would not take the next breath without Him.
He "daily loads us up with benefits."
He blesses us with such bounty 
that we literally have to fall before Him
in Thanksgiving.
(As we should do every day of our lives)

It is a time to be home,
with family,
quietly, without a lot of hustle and bustle,
enjoying the fun and fellowship
of those we love the most in this world.

So, two weeks from today,
that orange tablecloth 
will be at the center of our celebration.

Thank you Lord!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"i would wish that she could live forever!"

When Lucy was almost nine,
she answered some questions about her

One question she answered was this.....
If you could wish any wish for your Grammie,
what would you wish for her?

Her answer gave me quite a pause.
Here it is....
"I wish that she could live forever."

I stopped here on the sheet and remembered...
just the other day she had told me,
"Grammy, I'm going to miss you when you die."

Oh my sweet precious Lucy...
your wish for me has already come true.
I will live forever,
but not because I found a magic potion.

I will live forever because Jesus our Savior
died on the cross and rose again,
victorious over death.
He has gone back to heaven to prepare a place for me,
and has promised to come and get me
when the time is right,

I have put my complete faith and trust in Jesus for my salvation,
as I pray every day that you will too.
Then my love,
even when I die and am not here with all of you anymore
to have fun together,
I know that I will see you one day in heaven too.

God has promised that to us,
and as your Daddy said in his sermon today,
"We've got to hold on tightly to God's promises."

I love you so much Lucy....

*For those who are reading,
As far as I know tonight I am well and healthy.

Friday, November 7, 2014

grandparents day....

at Veritas Academy.
A day to honor grandparents!

What a very special time this was for us.
We got to go into Lucy and Harry's classrooms
to see what they do every day,
to meet and greet their teachers,
and also, 
to see their friends.
Nonnie, Erika's mom, came from North Carolina too.
We finished the morning 
by having a picnic in the park.
I am so thankful for days like these.

Lucy had a few questions to answer about Bubba and I.
# 1 is look for deer
and # 5 is play Uno.
I think you can read the rest.
I love that she is sending me to Hawaii
for a vacation.

For her grandaddy,
# 1 is play Uno
# 7 is checkers
I love that for #3 
her wish is that granddaddy will not have another wreck.

Love these sheets of her answers.
Will put them in my treasure box for sure.

I am including this picture
because I love how her teacher is peeking around 
with that huge smile on her face.

*I know I said that I was cutting back on writing my blog,
but, maybe not entirely,  :)