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Friday, April 27, 2012

new life- a poem

a fresh, spring leaf,
unfurling on the branch.
symbol of life,
symbol of hope,
a heart, symbol of love.
points to a love above,
a love, greater than all love on earth,
a love sacrificial,
never diminishing or fading,
a Savior who gave His all,
so that we could have life,
fresh life,
new life,
life eternal and,
experience life in its fullest.

Praise be to Him who died for us and rose again! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012


 beautiful strawberries from my sister's garden.

precious baby

                           Some friends of ours came by and we got to see their new baby. Such a treat!

cute little feet. :-) 

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Psalm 127:3 

self portrait

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Whom having not seen we love....

Lord's Day, April 15, 2012
DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 23:1-22; Psalms 132-134; Mark 8:27 to 9:13

And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb… and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. Matthew 27:59-60

A linen cloth! A new tomb! A great stone! These few words tell the story of our Lord’s burial. His last garment was a clean linen cloth. Man’s last gift to Him was a new rock-hewn tomb. There was a last glimpse of Him before the great stone closed the door of the sepulchre. Those who love Him now wait for their first glimpse of Him, whom, having not seen, we love. —Jim Flanigan

Face to face shall I behold Him,
Far beyond the starry sky;
Face to face in all His glory,
I shall see Him by and by. —C. E. Breck

(from the Choice Gleanings daily calendar.)

Thursday, April 12, 2012


This morning, I mowed some grass, and pulled some sticky weeds from among the daylilies. The weather was perfect for gardening work. Blue skies. A nice breeze with just enough sun shining from behind the clouds to warm my blond hair.

After weeding, I played piano for an hour or so. So much fun! Selections included, "Hava Nagila," "Sonatina in C" by Muzio Clementi (1752-1832), "Theme from 2nd Movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5" (This is not a typical Beethoven piece, it is nice and peaceful, not so loud and gloomy like his normal works are.)z I have recently started studying from Hanon's "The Virtuoso Pianist" as well. (Not that I am a virtuoso!) :-) The exercises in that book are actually nice to play and relaxing. :-) Then I played some old fashioned hymns from "Hymns of Truth and Praise." I am currently practicing #212 "Blessed Quietness", #380"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms", and #416 "I've Found a Friend."  The hymns, "Blessed Quietness" and "I've Found a Friend" have fast become new favorites of mine! I am also enjoying "Before the Throne of God Above" and "The Power of the Cross"("Oh, to See the Dawn). I really like just sitting down and playing songs that I have heard a few times and playing them by ear. I can play a few of The Josties' songs, and The Booher Brothers as well. The Lord has truly blessed me with musical talent. I only hope I am using His talent for His Glory!

Okay enough about piano. Sorry, all you non-piano players out there who possibly read my blog. :-)

After I played piano I got the mail and sat outside in the sun (getting my Vitamin D!) and read the latest issue of WORLD magazine. Today has been a thoroughly nice day. :-)

What did you do today? :-)

Friday, April 6, 2012

It may be today!

It may be today my soul will

   take its flight,
To be with Him on high in Heaven's
   unsullied light.

This world is not my home I'm only
     passing through,
I'm here on business for my Lord His
    Holy will to do.

It may be that today my suffering here
   will cease,
And absent from the body be and
   joy in my release.

No more to gaze through darkened
    glass, but then to see
The Glory of my risen Lord, who
     loved and died for me.

Better far, maybe today, I'll hear the
   trumpet sound,
In life or death I'll hear the shout and
   with my Lord be found.

I'll see Him face to face - faith then
   gives place to sight,
And thus in resurrection bliss I'll
    share His glory bright.

Till then, O Lord, till then, whate'er
     Thy will may be
Come dwell with me until that day
    when I shall dwell with thee.

My heart Thy temple make, let me
   commune with thee.
Until I reach my home above, then
satisfied I'll be.

-William G. McCartney 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Trip to Dallas, TX

We saw some friends during a trip to Texas recently. This is the sunset one of the the nights we were there. 
                                        This is they're beautiful daughter! :-)


     We were outside swinging on the swing set... She enjoyed playing with my little sister.

                                   Anna and Sarah found a tree frog.....
                                           Grape leaves....

                                   The sunset was beautiful. I can never seem to capture the true colors of a sunset.

                                        I got to tickle the ivories a bit after supper.....

                                              I liked the reflections in these chandelier crystals.

                                 Tazo tea. + relaxed evening + friends + good conversation = nice time.

  The next day, we went to a coffee supplier warehouse. They had some neat artifacts there. This was a cash register.

                                                      colorful Tiffany glass lamps.

                                           coffee art

                                    I like distressed furniture like this and the blue color is great too.

                                             Bright stripes!

                                            "Sip by sip, not gulp by gulp" The Republic of Tea's motto.

                                     These were some tea shelves with vintage labels.

                                This is the owner of the coffee supply store and us. He is a nice, friendly man and we enjoyed meeting him.  (Julia and Jonathan are absent in this picture because they took the train to Forth Worth.)