Friday, September 23, 2016

{ Friday Foto Friends #46 }

I got out the "good" camera one day this week to get some shots of the hummingbirds.  These little creatures just amaze me. I'm pretty sure these pics are actually of two different ones, but at times I've seen three and Pappy said he'd seen four at one time but we've never had but one feeding at a time because they're very territorial and chase each other away.

Why can't we just all get along?

My sky pic for the week was taken on our way up to see the kiddos yesterday afternoon.  I didn't even realize when I took it that the hay bales got in the pic.  Do y'all like to see a freshly mowed field with hay bales as much as I do?   

Linking to Skywatch Friday

Thanks so much to everybody who is so faithful to join in each week, or leave a sweet comment.  
Only 6 more weeks till our 52nd week celebration!

HOPE y'all have a blessed first weekend of fall!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

{ Simply Stated}

Pappy's new shirt makes a simple statement full of truth!

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HOPE everybody has a terrific Thursday!

Don't forget tomorrow is Friday Foto Friends #46.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

{ Wednesday's Words - The Bright Side }

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you probably already know what happened to me yesterday.  I decided to take a walk around the neighborhood around 10:30 in the morning.  I grabbed the keys, locked the door and headed out.  About 30 minutes later, I get back to the house, open the storm door, and immediately realize that the key I took wasn't going to work because Pappy had changed out the door lock and hadn't replaced the old key yet.

I was locked out of the house.

 Jess teaches a co-op class on Tuesday's so I couldn't call her.  Pappy had gone to work and then to a doctor's appointment, so he couldn't come let me in.  I sat down on the front porch and pouted for a little bit, then decided that wasn't gonna be very productive so I got up, went to the back porch where we keep a lot of our gardening supplies and mixed up 2 gallon of weed/brush killer.  After I sprayed all of that, I decided to push mow the yard.  

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 My Mom would never commit to anything when I was growing up, instead she would say "if I live and nothing happens".  I couldn't understand why she wouldn't just say a simple yes or no.  I came across a verse of scripture several years ago that reminded me of her and realized she had the right attitude all along.

James 4:14-15
   How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?  
Your life is like the morning fog—
it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.   
What you ought to say is,  
"If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that."

Yes, my plans for the day got changed.
the lawn mower and weed killer were where I could get to them.
I got lots of exercise.....
(just ask my joints).
It was a beautiful day.
The yard is mowed for the week.
And, Pappy came home earlier than I had expected.

Thank you, Lord, for showing me the "bright" side.

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HOPE everybody has a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, September 19, 2016

{ Good Good Father }

Oh, I've heard a thousand stories
Of what they think You're like
But I've heard the tender whisper
Of love in the dead of night
(Good Good Father - Chris Tomlin)

As we sang those lyrics at church yesterday morning I was reminded of something that happened early last Friday morning.  First of all let me explain a little bit of what's going on in our lives.  As you know, Pappy got hurt back in February of this year.  His foot/ankle hasn't healed properly and is still giving him problems.  We aren't sure at this point what the future holds for his employment, so needless to say I went to bed Thursday night a bit anxious from what he learned at his doctor's appointment that afternoon.  At 1:00 on Friday morning, I woke up and IMMEDIATELY these words popped into my mind:

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I knew it was part of Proverbs 31, but didn't know the exact verse so I got out of bed to head to the living room to look it up.  Before I could even get out of the bedroom, another verse came to mind:

Jeremiah 29:11
 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord
They are plans for good and not for disaster, 
to give you a future and a hope.

I sat down in the living room and started jotting all of this down in my journal and found that the first verse is Proverbs 31:25.  As I was writing yet another verse came to mind, so I had to look it up.....

Matthew 7:7-8
Ask, and it will be given to you; 
seek, and you will find; 
knock, and it will be opened to you. 
 For everyone who asks receives, 
and the one who seeks finds,
 and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

Can you even imagine the peace that came from knowing that God poured His word all over me that morning?  He spoke to my anxious heart in a way that only He can do.

He really is a good, good Father!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

{ Friday Foto Friends #45 }

Can you believe we're 45 weeks into our Friday Foto Friends?  
Thank you, sweet Ladies, for sticking with me for almost a year.


If I've figured correctly, we'll hit 52 weeks on Friday, November 4th.  Let's have a party on that day, okay?  Be thinking about how you want to celebrate and what each of us can bring! Of course it'll be an online celebration, but hey, any reason to have a party and eat cake, right?  And, there's gotta be a present.  So, I'm figuring there'll have to be a give-a-way!!!
I'm excited, how about you?

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Here are my photos for today!

You know I've told y'all how much I love the grocery store, Aldi?  Well, there's another one that is a really close second,  if not a tie.  It's UGO, or United Grocery Outlet.  They have some awesome prices.  On a recent trip, Pappy bought me a little rose bush because it reminded us both of roses he used to send me called "peace".  These days, I'd rather have flowers that will last.  Although it's nice to be thought of occasionally "just because".

Luke 12:27
Look at the lilies and how they grow. 
They don’t work or make their clothing,
 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

This is a picture that Pappy took of a tree he saw one day at work.  
Isn't it odd and fun and funny?

Psalm 148:7, 9, 13
Praise the Lord from the earth.....
fruit trees and all cedars.....
Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
For His Name is very great!

And, what would Friday be without a sky picture?
Jess took this one from their house one evening this week.

Linking to Skywatch Friday

Did y'all notice what looks like a cross in the very center?

Psalm 148:3
Praise Him, sun and moon.
Praise Him, all you twinkling stars.

We're expecting some much needed rain this weekend.....
and cooler temps.
I'm seeing fall on the horizon, Friends and welcoming it with open arms!

HOPE everybody has an awesome weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

{ How about a zero calorie cupcake? }


A little cupcake hat with a cherry on top.....
and sprinkles.....
for a new baby girl at church.  

Although our grand-daughter thought it was ice cream. Our grand-kiddos ice cream.
But, so does their Nannie!

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Don't forget tomorrow is our FFF link-up.
Mercy, it rolls around fast!

HOPE everybody has a terrific Thursday!