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One Thing

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"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after;  that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple." Psalm 27:4

In the past few weeks, I've been reading the gospels of Matthew and Mark. You know how it is...you read it and see a wonderful truth you never noticed before. The next time around, it speaks something completely new to your heart. That, I believe, it the beauty of the Word of God revealed by the Holy Spirit. Always, it is a fresh and inspiring Word!

In my reading, one thing stands out. Jesus kept trying to stay away from huge crowds and the public eye. He wanted to spend time either teaching His disciples or praying to His Father. He set out down the road, planning to get away from everyone and spend time on a mountain top praying. He told stories in parables so the average listener could not understand, then took His disciples aside and taught them the truths from His messag…

Room By Room No.4

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If I do a series I should probably not wait TEN months between posts. It was a good idea pushed to the back burner now to be resumed. Today we look at before and after photos of the dining room. 

Our first time seeing the house was on this order...


Ready to clean. 


That was two years ago. Today it looks a bit lighter and a bit brighter!


We painted the upper wall taupe and the lower portion white. I am still waiting to remove the carpeting and (hopefully) find hardwood underneath, change out the light fixture, and do SOMETHING with that ceiling. 


I'm thrilled with the large window and plenty of light in this room. Hurray for snow...we got 6 - 8 inches! It did foil some plans but I love a snow day, so I won't complain.


It's perfect to stay home and get onto my blog once again!


This view is facing toward the kitchen...


The chairs are yard/estate sale finds that I painted and reupholstered. 








New use for a freezer drawer? I think magazine holder will do.




Jacquelyn created this wall decor…

Anchor of Hope

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Since yesterday, this song has been in my heart.  It holds such beautiful words of hope I can scarcely sing it without my voice catching in my throat for very relief that there is an end coming to all our storms in this life! 
We Have An Anchor "Will your anchor hold in the storms of life When the clouds unfold their winds of strife When the strong tides lift and the cables strain Will your anchor drift or firm remain?
"Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear When the breakers roar and the reef is near When the surges rave and the wild winds blow Shall the angry waves then your bark o'erflow?
"Will your eyes behold through the gathering night The city of gold and the harbor bright Will you anchor safe by the heavenly shore
When life's storms are past for evermore?
"We have an anchor that keeps the soul Steadfast and sure while the billows roll Fastened to the Rock which cannot move Grounded firm and deep in the Savior's love." by: Priscilla Jane Owens

"Ther…

Merry Wanderings...Day 12

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Though we have almost reached the end of our wanderings, it may prove rather too adventuresome before we actually see the lights of home. According to the weather forecast, there is a rapid freeze-up coming tomorrow...rain and snow are also thrown into the mix. The hazards of winter travel are upon us!

Since it is within a half hour drive, we took in Creation Museum. I am not a fan of museums, but Julian enjoyed it. It seems like too much money for too short of a time because we whiz through those places! 


The guys stayed at Barnes & Noble while Jacki and I strolled through picturesque Newport on the Levee.  


At the end of the riverwalk we came upon a pedestrian bridge and made a spontaneous decision to walk across to the Cincinnati side, never thinking of the possibility of rain at any moment. The umbrellas, of course, were left in the car!


It is a cozy grey kind of day...until it begins to rain. Until the rain turns into a genuine downpour while we are on the Cincinnati side, quite …

Merry Wanderings...Day 11

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The Schmucker family is slowly heading north again. It is bittersweet. We have had such great times plus a fair share of troublesome happenings as well. We loved many aspects of the south but welcome a return to the north. I suppose this makes us true Yankees, and you know what, I am okay with that!
The Great Smoky Mountains! What gorgeous scenery greeted us on our drive up I-75.

I know little about Cincinnati or Covington, so on our trip up I asked Dale what kind of people settled this area. He did not know. I thought possibly Irish, Scottish, Slavic (German, I might have named)...European of some kind. Why? I am not sure.

Our hotel is in Covington, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio. I can tell already that we'll be dancing back and forth between states during our stay here. But imagine my surprise when I saw this sign upon entering Covington!


How did I guess it so close? Seriously, it fascinates and delights me to discover this place. It most certainly has G…

Merry Wanderings...Day 10

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Of a beautifully modern city  which also retains the stately elegance  of old-world historic charm. 
Atlanta, Georgia, has taken the position of favorite of all the places visited on this journey of ours. I confess to being quite surprised by it. This has been a most pleasant day and a half of discovery.
You have these expectations of what is to come, but experience can change that very quickly. Cities have an aura about them, at least for me, and the general atmosphere of Atlanta is brighter and more welcoming than either Nashville or New Orleans. To be honest, I just didn't really anticipate much out of the ordinary here! 

This elegant mansion, Swan House, was on our agenda for today but, alas, it fell into that dismal category of  'closed for the holiday'  so we could only view it through the bars of the locked gate.

We were sorely tempted to take a tiny side trail around the gate and walk the grounds, but I am too skittish about trespassing. I can just imagine the powers that …