Showing posts from September, 2014

A Hike and Exciting News...

Dad, busy as always, serving and helping others!
 "The heavens declare the glory of God..."
 Some of us took a little "hike" in the woods on our property!
 Diving into the thicket

 One at a time, ever so slowly, the leaves begin to change color...

 Click on this to see it larger -- I really like the effect.
 A homemade "bridge," dotted with fallen leaves
 I'd never seen these flowers before! They were quite small.
 We speculated on what animal calls this "home"...

 My hike buddies!
 Hey! Someone's up in that tree!
 Up in a tree fort
 Juniper trunk -- a rugged beauty of its own
 "Hi!" from the very top of the tree! :)
Wild rose hips

A Poem

I'm sitting here with a cup of hot chocolate, reading a simple but deep poem a friend sent recently, and I wanted to share it with ya'll! It makes such a good point that trials, although painful, can be amazing opportunities to grow spiritually and gain character!
Until I Learned
Until I learned to trust the Lord I never learned to pray; And never learned to fully trust Till sorrows came my way.
Until I felt my weakness His strength I never knew; Nor dreamed, till I was stricken, That He would see me through.
He who drinks deepest sorrow, Drinks deepest too of grace; God sends the storm so He, Himself, Can be our resting place.
His heart, Who seeks our deepest good, Knows well when things annoy; We would not yearn for Heaven If earth held only joy!

Happy First Day of Autumn!!!

Today, our calender says, is the "First Day of Autumn" -- and, (miraculously for Texas!) it feels like it, too! Crisp, chill air, with that special "joi de vivre" infused in every breath... :) :)
Happy First Day of Autumn, everyone! :)

A Lovely Week

Early in the week, we went over to N&K's to see the video from their wedding (and eat cookies!)
I enjoy delving in my immense art files and making cards with them...

Walked in the bathroom the other day and saw this piece of art (well, I know it's just a basket lid, but I thought it looked neat enough for a photo!)
Ben filling our house with beautiful music...
A very extensive Playmobil setup :)
Some amazing clouds!

This large truck came by to pick up a large piece of machinery
Bobbing for apples, anyone? The very phrase brings back Autumn-y memories.
A swimsuit for Deborah...
A very replete spider (he's been feasting on grasshoppers all summer!)
The wild grasses around our place are so lovely when the sun catches them...
Deborah made this darling terrarium!
And Mom got some cute succulents!
Two of Ben's goats
Goatherd :)
It's a great setup -- Mom reads aloud from favorite books while he keeps the goats in order!