Scenes from the Country - No. 23

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Don't you just love long summer days? This was my sunset on the first day of summer.

It's hard to believe that we've already experienced the longest day of this year and each day will begin to shorten from here forward. I'm resisting the urge to be saddened by this truth and choosing to appreciate and enjoy the blessings held in this day.

Let's ask God to gift us with ears that hear and eyes that see His blessings surrounding us today!

Here's a Heart Rock for your Pocket:
"Ears to hear and eyes to see- both are gifts from the Lord." Proverbs 20:12


How About An Adventure?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Good morning!

How would you like to go on an adventure today?

Levi gave me this heart rock he found at the Sand Dunes Great National Park in Colorado this summer. That's him and Poppy walking in the distance. It was a great adventure.

I so love adventures!  I love to discover things; to find things. I know that's why I love junking and rummaging through tag sales. It's the thrill of the hunt and the reward of the find. I've heard My Mark say many times, "Don't wander off too far" and it's usually when we're pulled over on the side of the road so he can check something under the hood. I can't help myself. I love to explore. I have this knowing that me being in a certain spot, at a certain moment isn't by chance or random, and that God has a little treasure for me if I will just look for it.

I love it when it involves a heart shaped rock.

Just a few of my treasured moments.
God loves you and he has little tokens of His love strewn all along the path for your today.
To find them, you just have to be looking.

Maybe rocks are not your thing. Maybe it's the sound of a bird singing, or the wind blowing. It
could be a smile from a stranger, or a kind word from a friend. Who knows? Only you and God.

Here's a Heart Rock for your Pocket:

Search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for Him with all your heart and soul, you will find Him. Deuteronomy 4:29
I love that this says to search again. You may not be anywhere near Him at this moment, but He's only a look away!

Wishing you God's best,

A heart rock Andy gave to me on Mother's Day. I look at it every day.

Never Judge a Gift by It's Package

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Recently I noticed a cocoon attached to the wall next to the side door where we walk in and out everyday. It was a pretty scary looking creature with spikes all over and it was wiggling. It definitely looked dangerous! I hate to say it, but my first response was to get rid of it. Living at the woods edge and surrounded by pastureland, it's a constant battle to keep the "undesirables" out of my house, so I don't tend to be very compassionate when it comes to creepy crawlers, but I was intrigued by this one and decided to watch it for a few days and see what was going to come out of it.

Over the next few days, it stopped moving and actually got scarier looking and then it happened. Early one morning I found a beautiful butterfly that had just emerged and was sunning itself in those first rays of sunshine.

I was shocked to see that it looked just like a fall leaf. A butterfly that looks like a rusty fall leaf! And hatches in the fall! What an amazing act of God! I continued to watch as it took its first steps and eventually flew off into the world.

This experience was a lovely gift from God to me. Besides being a reminder that He is the creative Creator and the One who gives life, He also taught me a lesson: Just because something initially looks frightening or dangerous, doesn't mean that it is. Sometimes beautiful things come in scary  looking packages.

I believe that God surrounds us with good gifts every day that express His love to us. They are always there. We just have to look.

Here's a Heart Rock (or 2) for your Pocket:

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father...
James 1:17

If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me. Jeremiah 29:13

Wishing you Joy,

I did some research and found that this butterfly is called a "Question Mark" butterfly because of the white markings on the wing. "?" It lays its eggs in Elm trees, which I have outside my back door, and it has the absolute scariest caterpillar...ever. It's a good thing I didn't find it first.

Scenes from the Country - No. 22

Monday, May 16, 2016

Look at these sweet babies!

On my way out to the mailbox, I heard the familiar cry of baby birds and began looking for their nest in the tree above me. I was surprised to find they had already left the nest and were snuggled together on a limb a few feet above my head.

Although they were out of the nest, they were still squawking for their next meal and their mom was working herself silly trying to keep them all fed.

She frantically flew back and forth searching the yard for bugs and each time, as she approached the kiddos, they got louder and louder and their heads would spin in unison following her every move. They fought and competed to be the chosen one when she returned with her goodies.

I watched as she stuffed a big colorful butterfly into one of their mouths. It only took a split second.

Glory to God!

Here's a Heart Rock for your Pocket: 
The Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 
2 Corinthians 3:17

Wishing you JOY!

Join me over at:
The Dedicated House

Double Yolks!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

There's something special about raising your own chickens and having fresh eggs, so when my dad offered me a few of his older hens to make room for his new flock I jumped at the chance.

Levi came during his spring break and he and I made the necessary repairs to our abandoned chicken house so we could welcome the "Ladies" to their new home. They are all settled in now and laying, so everyday I get to collect beautiful brown eggs.

This week I got a "big" surprise... a double yolk!

Look at the size of this egg!

How to Dress Up a Nest to Become a Centerpiece

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spring is almost here... officially!

I went to our local flea market earlier this month and saw the prettiest wreaths that were all dressed up for Spring. They were referring to them as Botanical wreaths because they were covered with dried flowers, twigs and bird nests! 

So, with inspiration in mind, I set out to make my own creation. I am reusing my Easter wreath from last year, so I really didn't need a new one, but decided to use that same concept in a Spring centerpiece for the table in the sunroom.

A Little Something Lovely - No. 12

Monday, March 14, 2016

Here's a little something to brighten your day!