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Showing posts from September, 2015


This lovely month of September  may be stealing the number one position for favorite month of the year!
It has been a surprise of golden sunlit days, clearest of azure blue skies, and perfectly balmy temperatures.

I am reminded of the poem I learned as a child in school...
SEPTEMBER by Helen Hunt Jackson
The goldenrod is yellow,
The corn is turning brown,
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down;

The gentian’s bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun;

The sedges flaunt their harvest
In every meadow nook,
And asters by the brookside
Make asters in the brook;

Reason to Rejoice

When I am scum in the eyes of man
and really not important but God calls me His child there is reason to rejoice
When my faith is tested for endurance but God does not rebuke me  for crying to Him for help there is reason to rejoice
When I am poor according  to this world's standard but God calls that an honor there is reason to rejoice
When troubles oppress my soul but God says those who hope in Him will not be disgraced there is reason to rejoice
1Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Always rejoice. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you  who belong to Christ Jesus."

REJOICE: 'to feel joy or great delight; to gladden'

Celebration of Friendship

"Perfume and incense make the heart glad, but the sweetness of a friend is a fragrant forest." Proverbs 27:9
On this day we celebrate our friendship, a birthday, and the beauty of a late summer day. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron is our destination.

It is a grand country estate built one hundred years ago by F.A. Seiberling, the founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. From what I gathered online, it is one of the largest homes in the United States and the largest in Ohio. The family moved in at the end of 1915, so the estate is celebrating the 100th anniversary.

These next few photos are a fantastic representation of how we respond to the discovery of beautiful sights. Jacki ran thither and yon in search of the best vantage point to take it all in. I love exploring with my daughter and sharing the delights that are all around us.

How to best capture this charming little nook in the Breakfast Garden?

This time we had the pleasure of the company of these dear friends, Ma…

The Sparkling Bride

"Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord." Psalm 31:24
This is my morning meditation. The Lord will return for a pure bride. A sparkling bride.
Vibrant - Pure - Faithful - Glorious - Brilliant - Triumphant
In love with her Bridegroom. The Word of God says the bride is "beautifully dress for her Husband." 
Here is the bride that the angel showed to John in Revelation 21...
"The holy city, Jerusalem...shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone - like jasper as clear as crystal...the wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass...the foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones...the twelve gates were made of pearls...the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass...the glory of God illuminates the city...and the Lamb is its light." 
Sparkling! Pure! Shining! Clear!
Oh, what wonders our God performs in mere specks of dust called man. I bow in absolute amazement and …

Visit From My Parents

There is joyful anticipation at the prospect of a visit from my Mom and Dad. They live across the country and do not travel back east nearly as often as they used to, so each reunion is precious. Yes, I dearly love my parents and am loved by them! This is a priceless gift from my heavenly Father.

When my family is here, breakfast is the most important meal, not just for the food (who doesn't enjoy a pleasing array of parfaits, homemade toast, and pastries) and music (calm plus bright instrumental), but for the gathering around and lingering over coffee before we launch into the day.

Even though Jacki now has to go to work, we simply rearrange our morning mealtime to accommodate her schedule! That means we eat earlier, but if you know this household at all, that is not a problem, and my parents were quite happy with it as well.

Julian has access to a pontoon through his workplace, for which we are extremely grateful, so we planned an afternoon on the lake. He was fishing and reading..…