A Picturesque Country Church

My husband and I went a few days ago to a church we'd never been to before, only an hour away. It was such a charming place, not only the picturesque church which was at least 100 years old, but also the surrounding countryside. Not to mention the pastor and his little flock!...so friendly and warm.

My camera was immediately begging to be put to work, so I happily obliged. I hope you enjoy these photos (in no set order) as much as I do.

A little closer look at the three crosses.

I just kept taking pictures from every angle, it looked so lovely any way!



I will end with my favorite one below. Perfect.
"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord."
(Psalm 122:1)


Pretty Enough To Eat

Aren't these so pretty? Whether the light is shining behind or in front of these beautiful glass canning jars, they are a sight for sore eyes...or maybe for a hungry tummy. Pickled beets, pickled cucumbers and spaghetti sauce...thanks to a sister-in-law for this gift from her creative culinary hands!
                                                      (And please click on the photos to enlarge them!)

"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." (I Timothy 6:17)


Amazed And Grateful

I noticed today that the number of my visitors has passed the seven thousand mark. Not sure from what date that count is but it has been at least two years.

The Lord has blessed, I am grateful for the opportunity and enjoyment of this blog. Thank you, my viewers!
(Pardon my personal application of the following verse...)

"The Lord hath done great things for us me; whereof we are I am glad." (Psalm 126:3)



Have You Watched the Fairies?

When I was in grade school I had a teacher who often required me to memorize poems. The following is one from which I still often remember some of the lines (not that I believe in fairies, of course)...
A "fairy".

Have You Watched the Fairies?

Have you watched the fairies
when the rain is done,
Spreading out their little
wings to dry them in
the sun?
I have, I have!
Isn't it fun?

Have you heard the fairies
A diamond in the center of my Rainbow Plant...
all among the limes
Singing little fairy tunes
to little fairy rhymes?
I have, I have,
Lots and lots of times!

Have you seen the fairies
dancing in the air
And dashing off behind the stars
to tidy up their hair?
I have, I have,
I've been there!
               -Rose Fyleman

The past few mornings when I was taking pictures in the sunny, dewy outdoors, I thought of this poem. See if you can understand why...

From a distance, one would never dream that this simple flower held such breathtaking loveliness. In reality,
it's only about one inch across.

I just can't get over how beautiful this looks with the teeny drops of water...
I never tire of trying to capture the full beauty of drops of water on leaves. Haven't quite succeeded yet.

This picture gives me the warm fuzzies. :)
> One cannot know the beauty of the tiny details unless he looks really closely! So much for calling it the humble weed!
Que nada!

Spider webs with drops of water are TOO beautiful for words. I should have saved this pic for a later post just about webs but I couldn't resist putting it here. How cute wouldn't this be for a fairy's house (without Miss Spider, of course)?!
Did I already say I love drops of water??
Aren't the delicate, intricate, tiny details SO amazing? Makes me smile and look up to my Creator and say "I LOVE YOU!!". I believe that only the eyes of His children can truly notice, admire and appreciate these things more than anyone else can.

Have YOU watched the "fairies" where you live??

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (I Corinthians 2:9)

"Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law." (Psalm 119:18)


Bits Of August

I feel VERY behind with my posts here, like a large part of my life has gone by and I have little or nothing by which to remember it. I have decided to post some photos which kind of represent some of  our August activities.
Not sure how I'm going to decide that, I guess it'll just happen as I go along. Is that too laid-back?...you organized people, you? *smile* And they won't necessarily be in the order that they happened but, rather, in the order that I find them in my photo library here on the computer.

Do you like the pretty couch-by-the-window in the picture above? I just love the little pastel-colored cushions on it.This was in a house where my husband was tuning a lady's piano. I just wanted to keep going around in the house taking pictures but decided that would not be a recommendable thing to do.

On that same day, the lady took us to a lovely little restaurant nearby and again I wanted to click, click, click with my camera. Here's a picture of the outside and then another on the inside, the fresh flowers on our table. Usually it's only when someone pays our way that we have the privilege of eating in such a lovely little place. S
o I considered it a very special blessing from my Friend that day.                                                                                    

On to other places...like the picture on your left.

I know, right? Where was I, you may ask. On one Sunday after the evening service of one of the many churches we've visited over the past 8 months, there was a special "social" for the pastor's wife's birthday. Wow, it looked like a wedding reception! So much good finger food to eat...plus the cake.

Would you believe I did not eat any cake? Ha, I was much more attracted to the other little goodies.

We also enjoyed some great fellowship that evening, getting to chat with some old Bible college buddies. The Lord is good to give us this blessing, such an encouragement during not-so-perfect days.

Not every place, however, is full of comfy pillows, fine dining and iced cupcakes. One day found us visiting a brother-in-law in the hospital who was recovering from a near-death experience. We rejoice to say that he is now doing much better.   As much as we don't like to go to hospitals-whether to visit or to stay there ourselves-I for one certainly thank the Lord for the great care one receives there and for the great medical advances that abound. Imagine even as little as 50 years ago...!

A few weeks ago I began giving piano lessons to a granddaughter. However, we haven't been able to do more than two...between our traveling and their traveling! We'll have to see about continuing this next week. Can't let such excitement about learning die down!

 Last week I bought some lovely, blue silk flowers to place on my parents' grave. Hard to believe they have been gone for more than five years. I am looking forward to the day when I'll see them again!
My husband and I spent four days helping his sister with her garage sale. Although it was sometimes hard work, I really enjoyed this. It was a coolish, foggy morning on the first day. Fun! And may I say it was also a great success. The Lord surely blessed.
Aren't these dolls adorable? I heard them asking to have their picture made so I
happily obliged. I mean, I've never taken a photo of a benchful of dolls. How could
I pass up this chance?
Although there are other pictures I could choose from, I'll let this be my last for now.
This week we began to baby-sit one of our grandsons again-now that school
is back in session and this service is needed sometimes once again. Did I say service?
I consider it a privilege to do this. Besides, he's a pretty good boy. 
Here, he had just pulled a towel off his head under which he was hiding. He said he was
a monster but he's too cute to be that!

"Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart,
  for consider how great things He hath done for you."
                 (I Samuel 12:24)