Friday, October 9, 2015

closer to eternity....

....with every passing step.

I am working on a list of twenty five things
that illustrate my life at age 67.
These all came to me this morning
as I was working at the house.

Ten for today....

I am not afraid of death.
One of the promises that I hold tightly to
is that I will live again all through eternity
because of what Jesus did for me.

When I see the ocean,
something comes over me
that I cannot explain.
The ocean speaks to me of the vastness of 
God's love.

 is amazing!
Who would have thought??

Decorating and keeping 
our home
is still one of my greatest pleasures.

I have finally learned to say NO.
It is infinitely better to please God than man.

My husband is my best friend!
He knows my heart,
He keeps a close watch over me,
He points me to the Word of God in the midst of
my frequent follies.

My friends are gifts....
They never give up on me.
All of us are busy with our lives,
our doctor visits,
and our various comings and goings.
When we come together,
we take right up where we left off.

I have,
as the apostle Paul calls it,
"A thorn in the flesh."
rides around on my shoulder
as a constant companion.
I have asked God to remove it from me,
but so far He has not.
He has used it for my good.
He has drawn me very near to Him
and He has taught me that His grace is sufficient.
If that is what He chooses to sanctify me,
then so be it!
I want only His will for my life.

I am not one who can grow things.
I have accepted this fact
and will be moving on from that desire.
I still love to go to Hester and Zipperer's though
 and just look at 
all the beautiful plants.

I love with a passion that cannot be quelled,
with a burning fire that cannot be put out.
It grows stronger every day.
Love is good...
it is the best!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

at the beach 2day

Bubba and I 
drove down to the beach this afternoon
 to see what the high tides last week 
did to the new sand. 
 it seems that about half of it
 went back out to the bottom of the ocean
where it originally came from.
Kind of a futile endeavor
 I think.
The wind and the tide 
do their own sculpturing of the beach.
There's not much that mere man can do about it!
At least some of it stayed put,
and they are still out there dredging,
so maybe it will all work out.

The sun came back this afternoon.
I was beginning to think that it was gone for good.
It turned out to be a beautiful day at the beach.
Indian Summer at its best!

Look how blue the water is...
and you could see Hilton Head so clearly.

Thankful tonight
 for all the prayers that have been answered.
That God is near to all believers.
That He cares 
about the tiny little details of our life here on this earth,
and that He is preparing a place for us to spend eternity with Him.

Monday, October 5, 2015

what they're doing now........

Eli is experimenting with hair products.

Lucy is doing a lot of sewing.

Gus is earning money helping me work.

Harry is riding his new Mongoose bike.

Jake is going to be Ant Man for Halloween.

And Archie?
Archie is becoming Americanized rapidly 
and with the greatest of enthusiasm

Saturday, October 3, 2015

early ball

Just found Lucy outside playing ball
 in her nightgown
before 8AM.
With Lu you just never know.

We watched the new Cinderella movie together last night,
 definitely went to our sleep with 
"Happily Ever After"
in our minds.
She and I just love that movie.

We are going downtown this afternoon
to finish the apron project.
If this happens,
I will have a picture on tonight of 
me wearing the finished piece.

Looks like Savannah,
in its safe little nook on the map,
will escape most all of the torrential rains
that are a result of two powerful weather systems.

God controls the wind, you know...
He sends it where ever He wills.

This catch was a stretch!
Love that energy.

It is done.
Lucy finished the apron this afternoon!
I will be wearing this new apron at our 
 Thanksgiving Feast this year.

Now what will our next project be?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

praise for the One

you have all power over me.
Everything bad that has Not happened to me
is because of a
 mighty outpouring of 
Your grace.
I am overwhelmed by Your 
and love 
for such a wretch as I.
To You
 belongs ALL
praise & glory & thanksgiving.

*The sun setting down from the beach in front of our condo.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


...of a cottage by the sea.
It would be white
with a porch that wraps all the way around.
There would be lots of windows,
all looking out toward the beach and the ocean.

The windows would always be open,
causing the balmy salt breezes 
to blow the white gauzy curtains inside the house....
 allowing the sound of the waves to be music in my ears.

It would have wooden steps
down to the sand
on which I would walk both morning and night.
Only steps to the water,
in which I will swim and float to my heart's content.

The only transportation I would need 
is a boat,
one that I could paddle down to the market
to buy provisions for life,
and to anchor for a while out on the water
 to catch fresh fish and crab.

Every morning I will sit and read God's word
looking out over His mighty, vast ocean.
Every evening I will write good things that people love to read
while watching the sun set and the moon rise.

What a very beautiful dream this is!

Friday, September 25, 2015

washed ashore....

Last week at the beach...
This is our Lu.
she had just washed ashore.
That is sand in her hair.
 I was thinking how much this picture reminds me of Ariel...
The Little Mermaid.

One time Lucy told me a secret...
this was when she was much younger.
She looked up at me and whispered..............
"Grammy, I really AM a mermaid."
I watched her in the pool that summer mimicking mermaids.
I think she really thought she was.

I don't want her to grow up and lose that innocence.
I know its coming,
that's why I cherish every moment of childhood.
Every silly song,
every burst of hysterical laughter,
(usually for some reason while we are driving together)
every corny joke,
every time in grammy's big tub,
every kiss goodnight and morning snuggle,
every secret.
What a joy is this little girl named Lucy!

This is what I cherish...
"The Wonder of it All."
"Let our daughters be
 as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace"
Psalm 144:12b

(Someone who reads this will know exactly what this verse means.)