Wednesday, November 26, 2014

thank you God for these little boys

It was a most lovely day here with my little guys.
The sun came out and blessed us
with a beautiful day.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving 
and we are almost ready to put on the feast.

Just thought we would say Hi
before falling into bed for some life giving sleep.
Everyone have a wonderful day tomorrow!
With love & thanksgiving in my heart,

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

thanksgiving day roses

Nothing says beautiful
like a big bouquet of roses.
Only God can make a flower...
That from a tiny seed placed deep in the earth,
such a masterpiece can come,
is truly a miracle.
These will be gracing our table on Thursday
when we gather together.

I have such thanks ~ giving in my heart this day!
My house is clean,
All of the food that we need for the big day is here,
Amanda & Mark & Jake & Eli are on their way.
We have had three days of much needed rain,
God has abundantly answered our prayers.

The only sad thing is that little Gus is very sick.
David and his family are having Thanksgiving with
Erika's family in North Carolina.
We will surely miss them. :(

Thankfulness is an attitude.
God's word tells us to
"give thanks in all things."
Thankfulness is a daily habit to cultivate,
a striving to remember how much God has done
to give us life and set us free.

once again I will strive to make the dressing
as good as our moms could,
make the table setting exquisitely beautiful,
and make our guests feel 
special & loved.
most of all,
I have been praying for everyone that will come.

"In everything give thanks:
for that is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
I Thessalonians 5:18

Monday, November 24, 2014

my first race....

Come on everybody!
I just signed up for my first race ever.

A lovely couple in our church,
Sarah and Jay Donaldson,
are adopting a little boy named Max from China.
The Savannah Jingle Jog
is a benefit to help bring this child home to his
forever family.

This sounds like it will be so much fun.
All of the runners/walkers
will pass through the beautiful Festival of Lights
over on Hutchinson Island.

The timing is perfect...
two days after Christmas!
There will still be plenty of holiday excitement and it is
A great way to burn some of those holiday calories.

So sign up now....
Let's all have fun together.

Here is Max....

Help bring him home!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

as long as I am near the sea

One of our favorite things to do is tour the A1A,
Florida's Scenic Highway.
This highway meanders along the East Coast of Florida.
It is sometimes there,
sometimes not.
It beckons by being a ribbon of road
right next to the ocean
which, of course,
intrigues me to the utmost.

Driving along, 
catching glimpses of the ocean
 between the sometimes thick vegetation,
takes my breath away every time.
Rolling through quirky little beach towns, we see a mixture of
 grand and  funky beach houses,
surf shops, 
tourist houses,
along with glorious hotels,
and the regular "run of the mill" motels.

There are restaurants and bars,
"hole in the wall"beach shacks selling conch meat
and who knows what else,
surfers and bicyclists,
every type of "beach people" that you could ever imagine
scantily dressed, or dressed up like cowboys,
unconcerned about anything
 but the turn of the tides.

Two of our most favorite restaurants are along this route.

Our trip along A1A always enables us to take the 
Ferry over the St John River in Jacksonville.
The smells of the sea,
the pelicans,
the dolphins, following after....
it all makes for a leisurely trip experience that never fails to satisfy.

Bubba and are are just back from a little getaway
that included a short hop on this highway.

*Doesn't take much to thrill me,
as long as I am near the sea and not "too far" from home

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."