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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Christmas in England (Part 2)


Boats on Brixham Harbor. 
(photo credit: Sarah)

(photo credit: Sarah) 

                                 Brixham, England.
(photo credit: Sarah) 

(photo credit: Sarah ) 


One day, we walked around Brixham harbor. It was chilly and windy. The seagulls provided a nice soundtrack. After our walk, we sat down at the lovely Old Market House and had coffee and juice.


      (photo credit: Elizabeth)

      I am not drinking caffeine right now, so I ordered juice. I like how they named the brand J2O.








"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." 
  Matthew 5:14 (NKJV) 

Back at Grandma's cozy house.



Unique tile design

 Rain drops on Grandma's kitchen window.





“It shall come to pass in that day
That I will answer,” says the Lord;
“I will answer the heavens,
And they shall answer the earth.

 

The earth shall answer
With grain,
With new wine,
And with oil;
They shall answer Jezreel.
 


Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth,
And I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy;
Then I will say to those who were not My people,
‘You are My people!’
And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’”


Hosea 2:21-23 

Christmas day was clear in the morning, but in the late afternoon it poured with rain. We had a wonderful time with our relatives at Bovey Castle having a special five course lunch that my Uncle arranged. We left the warmth of a crackling fire inside the castle and ran in the rain to the cars. 

I had just read these verses in Hosea on December 24. Instead of being ungrateful for the rain and the inconvenience of getting wet, the Lord reminded me of this verse. When the Lord answers us it is always a blessing. Even if He does not answer the way we would like. 
I am still learning this!  

I hope you all had special times and made memories with your families over Christmas time.



Christmas in England (Part 1)


Some of my family were able to go to England for Christmas this year. It was a new experience being there in the winter, because usually we visit in the summer or springtime. We had a good trip there and were able to see some of Mum's childhood school-friends and spend time with our Grandma, cousins, uncle and aunt.


         Views from the plane on the 9 hour flight from Houston, TX to Heathrow, England.

                             (photo credit for these two pictures: Sarah)


     In Grandma's livingroom
(all other photos credit: Elizabeth) 



 How is there green grass in December? I guess because of all the rain. In Oklahoma we had dry,  brown grass.


Flowers still blooming in December!  At my Uncle's home in the countryside.






Christmas lights in Devon, England.

   Rainbow after a shower of rain.

       Yours truly.





Grandma's front garden.

         Dartmoor National Park. We saw some snow there, a rare occurrence in the south of England.

 I saw this after a nice walk in Grandma's neighborhood.

   Feather resting on red berries.

It was about the same temperature as in Oklahoma this time of year, except for the rain.

Grandma with some of her grandchildren. (Missing in the picture are two of my sisters and another niece)






Friday, November 24, 2017

A walk on Thanksgiving Day 2017

 November Sunsets


           A tree in our back garden. It always turns this beautiful red in the autumn.





My sisters have been feeding this kitten that was abandoned by its mother. Every three hours it needs to be fed.


I took these next pictures on a walk around the neighborhood.


Redbud leaf 



           A plane in the sky above a beautiful Thanksgiving sunset. I wonder where they are going?

A sliver of a moon