Friday, September 21, 2018

new kitty

This is Sirius Black.
He is the Hollingsworth's new kitty cat.
As most of you know,
Norman Hollingsworth met an unexpected demise earlier in the summer.
Sirius has taken his place.
They look very much alike, but their personalities are quite different.

Mark's sister's son Caleb
 has been at Parris Island since June doing his basic training to become a
 United States Marine.
 Mark and Amanda, Jake and Eli,
came up this weekend to be a part of his induction ceremony.
Sirius is here with us for the first time.

Jake and Eli's cousin Caleb is a Marine!

Earlier this morning 
he proceeded to take a swipe 
at a bird nest full of plastic eggs 
and an alabaster bird sitting on a low shelf of my foyer table.
 I thought he looked ashamed, 
but a friend said it looked to her like he was 
"plotting his next move." 
I think the friend has the better explanation of this picture.
I can only find one of the little green eggs.

This one's a special little guy.
He is playful.
He sticks close to me,
and naps a lot.
He is still a bit skittish,
but will also come and sit close when I'm reading.
I love to see the sun shining through his ears.

God created the animals for all different reasons.
Thanking Him this morning for this little one.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

when God turns the ocean pink

"To Him be the glory
In heaven and earth.
All of creation
Is shouting His worth.
The saints and the angels
All live to proclaim
The wonderful story,
The glorious Name."

Look and See

Praising God this afternoon.
Thanking Him that I have eyes to see His wondrous works,
Ears to hear the songs of praise sung by His people,
A mind to understand His word.
For all these things I am so richly blessed.

We sang Look and See in church on Sunday morning.
It resonated throughout the tiny little chapel by the river.
There is nothing to compare with joining together to worship with other believers.

To God be the glory great things He has done.

Hope Bible Church
Meeting at Wesley Gardens ~ Savannah Georgia
September 23, 2018
Come join us.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

happy birthday harry ~ 11

Harry turned eleven yesterday.
What a joy this boy is!
We had a big party with games and gifts and lots of food.
He chose broccoli~chicken casserole,
and coca-cola cake for dessert.
He told his dad after a bike ride yesterday,
"We are going to the best restaurant in town for my birthday dinner."
That was the biggest compliment his grammy & granddaddy could ever get.

For games we did a spoon ~ egg race around the house,
a memory game,
the all exciting shell game,
and pick-a-seat.
Everyone received prizes amid the hilarity and fun.

I love this newly minted eleven year old
birthday boy!
Just before opening gifts is the most exciting time!

Three boys from three different countries.
God brought them together to share the common bond of brotherhood...
to live in a family together,
to grow up together. 
Every time I look at them I am filled with wonder and thanksgiving.

I love you Harry B.
Your smile makes my heart happy!
Thanking God that He brought you into my life.
My world wouldn't be the same without you!!!

Friday, September 14, 2018

amelia island plantation ~ 3

Sea oats, clouds, blue sky.
There is nothing like living right on the ocean.
So much to see, smell, feel.
It's invigorating.

This fencing on the beach doesn't keep the high tides out,
but they do protect the dunes from washing away.
I think they are aesthetically pleasing.
They in no way detract from the beauty of the beach.

A sampling of some shells I found on my walks.
I love the black ones ~ unusual.
Every walk is a treasure hunt.
Tiny treasures.

Stairway to paradise.
So much to explore.
So much to be thankful for.

We lived on Beach Walker Road.
I knew it would be a perfect place to stay.

I was reading in the Psalms this morning.
I came across this verse and smiled.

"The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree."
Psalm 92:12

All who believe in Jesus are considered righteous.
It's not because of anything we did.
We are righteous because of what He did on the cross for us.
I just love reading His word and being reminded of the truth.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, there were oak trees everywhere.
Gnarled and bent from years of relentless ocean winds,
they were eerily and mystically beautiful.
Here is the setting sun peeking through the branches.

One last parting shot and I'll be done.
You can see the twisted trunk clearly.
This looks kinda like the hole that Winnie the Poo lived in in the
Hundred Acre Wood.

Life consists of wonderful times and precious memories.
These pictures that I share (since 2007) are my memories.
I hope you all enjoy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

hurricane insanity

Here we go again.
Pure craziness!
There is a hurricane in the Atlantic on a beeline for the coast of the United States
and the Governors and Mayors and City Officials
all the way from Virginia to Georgia have gone mad.
the storm is huge and dangerous,
but really,
does everybody in those areas need to be advised to flee one week out?

One thing I do know from living on the coast all these years
is that hurricanes are unpredictable.
 One hardly ever blows in at the place where they are predicted to make landfall seven days out.
 Last night when I went to bed 
it looked like Florence would be going into North Carolina and then up into Virginia. 
This morning the cone of uncertainty had turned into an apostrophe 
and was headed our way here in Savannah.
I thought we were safe this time.

I guess it's the age of news overload,
superior graphics,
 too many chiefs, not enough worker bees.
Got to be the first to get the latest news scoop out.
Whatever happened to discretion...
waiting until we are more certain of the outcome.
As with all news...
way too much,
over the top,
many times not even accurate.
Is it any wonder that few take them seriously!

Sadly hurricanes are like the above.
No one knows what they will eventually do.
They are slow.
They take their time,
never get in a hurry.
But, I know who does know.

"And they became very afraid and said to one another,
'Who then is this that even the  wind and the sea obey Him?' "
Mark 4:41

Monday, September 10, 2018

amelia island plantation ~ 2

This cute little sign was out on the front lawn of the condo.
It pointed the way to the beach.
I've always loved cute little signs.

Rolling waves coming on to the shore.
Roaring waves....
they just kept coming and coming.
I kept watching and watching until I was mesmerized.

Beach flowers growing wild in the sand dunes.

Sand dunes, sea grass, low clouds, sea oats,
and the deep blue gray ocean.
Such beauty to behold.
I so much enjoyed photographing these masterpieces.
God's handiwork was everywhere.

The crescent moon was in the eastern sky every morning.
Before the sun came up I was able to study the moon.
God calls it "the lesser light."

Today I am thankful for the thunder.
It has been rumbling for over an hour.
No lightening, no rain, just thunder.
The sound of it reminds me of God's power,
His sovereignty,
His provision.

I am reading a book called
He Will Reign Forever
by Michael J. Vlach
It is a Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God.
So refreshing to think of His coming Kingdom on a daily basis.

His Kingdom will be more beautiful and perfect than these pictures.
I'm looking forward to what He has promised.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

the little chapel by the river

Hope Bible Church
Wesley Gardens
Savannah, Georgia
Next service
Sunday, September 16th.
Come join us!

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, 
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 
 I Corinthians 1:18