Abandoned, Loved & Forgotten

Trumbull County, Ohio
An abandoned doctor's office

Once there was life here
Children, folks of all ages
Country doctor, paid in cash, livestock, vegetables
God bless those that tended to these folks
God bless the ones that needed a 'doc'
Old School House in Bannack, Montana
It used to house the oldest Masonic Lodge on the 2nd floor.
~ Ben Pierce Photography
Abandoned Roadside Cafe
"Madge's Cafe' in Millerton, Wayne County, Iowa

Just imagine homemade pies, cookies, and soups
Hungry mouths and the smell of frying food
Laughter, loud talking, hungry babies
Days of another time, another era
Cotton Plant, Arkansas
An old store in this small rural town
An old forgotten church

Can you hear the hymns being sung?
The preacher talking of fire and brimstone,
Only to chat quietly as he shakes the hands of those as they leave
Train rumbles by and the pianist waits before finishing the song
Good folks. Hard days. Legacy left by those raised in the Lord's Word.

Doors, Portals to Lives

 i love doors
who lives here
what are their dreams
are they happy 
Seven generations walked through your door,
Which stood so strong & always welcomed in.
You said goodbye when boys headed to war,
Your kitchen always busy as a bee.

Two soldiers lost to battles they can't win.
With canning, baking apple crumble cake
The table decked with riches to partake.
Stone hearth, a place for warmth and drink some tea.

The living room a place to sit and chat,
With pictures hanging for one hundred years.
With bassinet where ev'ry child did lie.
A chair still sits where ancestors once sat.

This room for laughter and at times for tears.
Your nursery where many babies grew,
The paint would change from pink to blue.
You watched the aging gently rock.

A place where time would always quickly fly.
The floors within have each child's first walk,
Their worn out wood drowned many times with stain.
Your children now all scattered far and wide.

You've heard and felt the tapping of a cane.
I stand and listen in your sacred halls
And feel that you're a part of everyone.
Each breath we took embedded in your walls,

Old house of stone your warmth embraces me,
The house my children grew up in.
You still stand proud for all the to see,
The thoughts of you, sweet memories.
~by Brenda Meier-Hans
looks like someone is home
and waiting for someone else to get home

Another Great Read

I followed Angie's blog, Bring the Rain, when one of our daughters mentioned it was one I needed to read. It would be a tough, draining read but it also glorified faith in our Lord and I learned so much from her heartbreaking words. If you've not read this, I encourage you to do so. There are many of us that have endured miscarriages, or lost a child after birth. And there are millions we never learn of for privacy is what they chose. Below is a song written and sung by Selah, the group that Todd Smith is member of and lead singer. Praying you are blessed and encouraged by the words of the song and that you take the time to purchase, or check out, Angie's book, I Will Carry You.

A Great Book! A Lousy Virus.

while searching Amazon for a journaling bible, i ran across this and recognized the author's name. i've heard our daughter and some of her friends mention jennifer. the book intrigued me so i promptly hit 'put in cart'. it arrived yesterday and i read the first two chapters twice. TWICE! it's that good. and it's not just for young women. i'm 60 and i totally identified with it and know i'm going to be blessed for reading it and implementing her suggestions in my bible studies. i encourage you to do the same. this is strictly because i like her book and intend to purchase others. i didn't get it free. buahaha

jennifer is down to earth, wife, mother, sister, daughter, child of the King. she knows the ups and downs of life and shares them with her readers. she uses words that are easily understood and, with scriptures, she reminds of His love and promises that will stand for eternity. money well spent.

here's the link for jennifer's blog ~ jen hatmaker

and in yucky, nasty, barfing news,
i've had a virus for the past 15 days. it's been horrid. never, ever had one to last so long but count myself blessed as my brother and his wife had theirs to last three weeks. for the first time in 15 days i awoke with no headache, no chills, no nausea. after getting up very warily, i decided to take it easy, rest and try to stay this way. it's worked. praying it's gone, gone, gone. and i feel, and pray, for those i know that are still in it's throes. there's no antibiotic for it, you can only treat the symptoms. stay hydrated. light diet. no dairy! cough drops. tylenol. generic dramamine. immodium ad. too many days of wrapping up in a quilt while still in jammies. too many days without makeup and hair that really needs a cut and highlights. what a blessing that love isn't based on how you look when sick.

and to end on a happy note, since i began with one!
oh, how i love my Lord.
and oh, how i look forward to eternity
with Him {heart font!}

It's Spring 2015!

First day of Spring, ya'll!
and I'm one of those I LOVE WINTER girls ~
however, this has been the sickest Winter
not just our household, but other family & friends
so yes! I'm happy this year to see Spring!!
may it be a season of rebirth, return to good health,
eating healthier, and enjoying the outdoors & His creation ~

It's St. Patrick's Day, 2015

Here's a look through past posts on this Irish holiday ~
St. Patrick's Day, 2015
St. Patrick's Day, 2014
Celebrated with Deborah & Richard by driving to Fairhope and joining in with the Arts & Crafts Fair - which was HUGE - then having a traditional meal at McSharry's Irish pub. Yum!!! Below is a precious model for her mommy's talents! Elle says, "Happy St. Patrick's Day!"
An awesome Pa & a precious Noah, 4 yrs old
A girlfriend and I visited another girlfriend that had recently
relocated to the Gulf Shores area! We had a great time~
Our bestie and hostess, Deborah. I heart her.
St. Patrick's Day, 2009
St. Patrick's Day, 2008
It won't be long before Spring arrives!
And Easter!
Then Memorial Day & school's out for Summer!
Does time pass quickly for you, too?!?!?!

It's Spring!

Ah, rebirth. Budding limbs
smell of Spring on the wind 
Just some images to get you ready
Easy to duplicate
Sure to delight ~ 
Happy Spring
Look around
and be thankful ~ 

Happy Valentine's Day

I found them on Facebook and loved this song. It speaks to my heart.
Find them on YouTube, iTunes and at jjheller.com.
And have a really nice Saturday. Personally, I'd love snow for VDay!

Love, Sweet Love

Yum. This would be great served on the tablescape below!
I love the red transfer ware and fresh flowers!
The Fickle Pickle has a FREE printable to frame!
Thank you!!
This sounds familiarly like the Beatles.
Does it to you?!
Sew Cari: Valentine's Day has the cutest craft!
I have plans for our grands to do this!
True love doesn't come without it's trials.
True love, however, makes you feel safe.
And you know you're home.

It's February & It's Still Winter!

I have several of Joan's books and treasure each one.
You can find this and two more here.
And one of my very favorites,
and to the one I love more than life itself,
PS ~ It's still Winter, and a girl can still dream.
waiting on the snow~

A New Season, A New Year

No, this isn't our little cabin in the woods. But I wouldn't mind owning it. I love the peace, quiet and love through the ages this photograph portrays.

"May He equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be Glory for every and ever. Amen." Hebrews13:21

Our new year began with family and good food. The ending of 2014 had flu in our household and those of some of our daughters. Yuck. But God is good and always present. We are blessed that we can access doctors and medicines to make us well and healthy. His Word sustains us in times of illness and the worry when one of our little ones is sick. As a grandparent, I've found that not only do I worry about our precious grandbabies, but I worry doubly so for their mommy and daddy as I remember how we worried when they were little and sick. The circle of Life. In wellness and illness.

I look with hope and excitement to 2015. 2014 saw several life changes and a roller coaster of emotions. Selling and buying. Saying goodbyes and saying hellos. Packing and unpacking. With His Guidance and leading our hearts, we know we made the right decision but it still came with tears and promises of visits and staying in touch.

Those that know me well know that Fall and Winter are my very favorite seasons, with Winter topping the list. I love the hot chocolate, the hibernating while waiting for the rebirth of the earth, and the chance to just stay in and reconnect with the one I love. Living where we do we rarely see snow, maybe some flurries if we're blessed, but it's normal to have windy cold days ~ which means we stay in and eat some warming food and keep the coffee pot going.

Praying that this new year will find us all healthier, spending more time in study and quiet time with our Lord and Savior, and doing more to give of our time to others, spend less, and celebrating the little things, always remembering to shower Him with thanksgiving for the infinite blessings. These are goals in our household and we have already begun setting up times to help those that have difficulty getting out and working with fur babies that need love and care while waiting for a family to adopt them.

Think seriously about your blessings, for you'll find them even in your darkest days. How can you pass them on? Maybe ask the cashier to put that order following yours on the grocery conveyor or help someone push their cart to their vehicle. Leave social media for a bit and handwritten a note. Make a phone call. There are so many ways, that don't cost a dime, to show His love and grace. In this 2015, let's go boldly, as John the Baptist, and share His infinite mercy.

And here's to an awesome year!

Hello, December

One of my favorite months in one of my favorite seasons~
I am truly a Winter gal!
Everything about this time of year thrills my soul~ 
I've chosen a few favorite photos to share~
They make me happy, nostalgic
and just excited clear to my toes! 
Thru the years we celebrate by giving gifts~
Gifts of the heart to another's heart.
And we celebrate a birth, a very special birth.
A child that made me a daughter of a King.
Not just any king, but the King of Kings.
And for this, I'm eternally grateful.
What an awesome time~
What an awesome Father,
to love us so much He sent His only Son.
Hello, December. I'm so glad you're here.
Wrap me in your cooler weather, your scents
and sights of the season, and the history 
of the season. Blessings to your & yours~

~ from The Letter Writer ~

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