Friday, February 12, 2016

Don't Give Up Hope

Though sometimes the circumstances of life seem dark and hopeless, the darkness must always flee before the power of the Light.

I have experienced more dark days than I ever thought possible.  Yet the Light of the Lord shines into that hard place--I lift my hands and my face to the Light of Hope.

Here is a promise for all of us who have suffered great loss in our lives.

Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth, And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you, And His glory will appear upon you. And nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes round about, and see; They all gather together, they come to you. Your sons will come from afar, And your daughters will be carried in the arms.  
~Isaiah 60:1-4.

My sweet Friends.  Trust God.  There is always hope and the light of hope will overcome the darkness.

I am praying for you, as are countless others.

God bless you, Beloved Friends.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It is a Beautiful Day

I took this photo over the fence from my kitchen door yesterday morning.  Storms were predicted--which did come in the evening hours.  But what a lovely way to start the day.

I want you to know I am praying for you.  You know who you are--and God knows.  You are treasured and beloved by me and by the Almighty Creator, who sees you and knows your heart.  He knows what you face and He is with you right now.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
 You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
 You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.
 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, Oh, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.
 ~ Psalm 139

Whatever you face today--please know the Creator God loves you--He is with you always. If you need strength--just ask Him.  He will answer those who seek for Him.

God bless you, dear Friends.  Our prayers are with you.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In the Ancient Forests

In the ancient forests, beneath the magic of olden trees, where the moss hangs green.

One can find a door to where the wee folk dwell...

The place where the elves tend white lichen lace for the Faery Queen.

Have a beautiful whimsical day, dear Friends!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Wreathed in Mist

This is the cedar tree which stands right outside my living room window.  I had never seen the mists so defined before.  It was beautiful and magical. 

Keep looking up, my Friends.  One never knows what one might see next.  Have a lovely week!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Grooming can be Awkward

Grooming can be awkward--especially when the human decides to take a picture in the middle of one's bath.

He's saying, "Whaaaah?!"  

I just had to share this--what a funny kitty Boots is!

Have a great day!

Friday, January 8, 2016

I Am Always With You

I Am Always With You

I am always with you.
When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn't tie yourself to me with too many tears.

But be thankful we had so many good years.
I gave you my love and you can only guess
How much you've given me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have shown,
But now it is time I traveled on alone.

So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust...
That it is only for a while that we must part,
So treasure the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away for life goes on.

And if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I will be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear 
All my love around you, soft and clear.
And then, when you come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and a "Welcome Home."

~Author Unknown

Monday, January 4, 2016

Puzzle Ice! -I Heart Macro

Yesterday I drove through the Great Columbia Gorge in a snow and ice storm.  The ice followed me all the way home.  This morning I awoke to a quiet world, crackling with ice.

My precious Grandfather would say this storm was a Silver Thaw.  What a pretty name.  When I was a child such storms were magical.  One could pull away an entire ice leaf, perfect in every detail, from the tree.  Of course, ice leaves taste wonderful!  Yes, I tasted one--and the magic of childhood is still there.

The ice is melting now, and as it does it begins to define each droplet where it first froze--making patterns which look like gorgeous puzzles.

This one was so pretty I wanted to share it with you.

Have a lovely week, dear Friends!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

It has been a difficult year for so many of you, myself included.  How grateful I am for God who sees all and Who walks with us every moment of the day.  My prayer for you, beloved Friends, is that the Lord will give each of you sparkles of unexpected joy this coming year. Watch for them!

Happy New Year dear ones--you are close to my heart and in my prayers. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Piles of Blue Snow

Two years ago over a foot of snow fell.  Here in the Independence "Vortex," deep snow is a rare phenomenon.  Memories of this lovely blue snowfall (in the right light, of course) are especially precious, because it was the last snowfall I shared with my Beloved.  It was such a beautiful time in our lives.  The snow actually lasted for a couple of weeks.

So far this winter, it has rained over 10 inches.  There is a flood watch currently covering the entire Willamette Valley of Oregon.  The river, which is only a few blocks from here, is very high.  I would not be surprised if we saw the water rise past the parking lot.

In the meantime, life is an adventure.  I only wish I could share it with my darling husband.  It is amazing that he has been gone a little over a year now.

I'm so grateful for Family and Friends who have surrounded me with love and care.

You, dear ones, are in my prayers. You know who you are.  Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mystery in the Front Yard

I stayed with my Mom for a few days and caught this amazing picture of her front yard.  Once there was a circle lawn there, where my cousins, neighbors and siblings and I played games like Statue and Red Rover.

Over the years, the forest has encroached and its mystery often slides into the front lawn where I once played as a child.  I rather love the idea.

In fact, one never knows what treasures  one may find beneath the oak and maple trees.  It is so beautiful.  I love my childhood home and the forests where we once played.

Have a lovely day, dear ones.  Some of you have been absent for quite awhile--I want you to know I noticed and I have been praying for you.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Exquisite Sunset

I was visiting my best buddy's new home in Lincoln City a little over a month ago.  There was an incredibly low tide that evening, so we walked for hours along the beach--picked up wonderful agates and shells--and then came the sunset.  As you can see, it was incredibly beautiful.

Here the sun's rays were captured in a molten glow along the edges of the sea.

Such beauty.  When I see a scene like this, I am SO grateful to the creativity of our Creator.

Have a lovely week dear friends.  

Friday, October 2, 2015

Blood Moon, Harvest Moon

To see this event was amazing.  I will be in my 70's the next time around.  My good camera needs a new screen, so I was using a different camera than one I am used to.  This is the best photo I could get.  I was down by the river--so many people were there with their children, watching the moon as it glowed red in the skies.  

 I don't know why the camera saw two moons, but it looks kind of neat!  So I'm including it here. 

I was at the Oregon beach when I clicked this picture of the bright harvest moon.  I love the way the light clings to the branches of the trees.

Have a lovely weekend dear Friends!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sap Flow

When I walk the forests of my childhood, I often see where the sap has run out of the tree.  We call it pitch.  The sap can trap insects, bubbles and reflect the colors of the forest.  It is often beautiful, as you can see.

Here is a photo of how the sap trails down trunk of this old fir.  It usually means the tree has been damaged in some way and the sap comes to the surface to heal the place which is damaged.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ethereal Visitor

This is a photo I took one early morning at the Shulke Farm Conference.  Though I've seen sun reflections before, this one was astonishing.

Absolutely beautiful...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It is a Lazy Morning...

Being a kitten is exhausting.  Mr. Snowboots has been a delightful addition to our little family.  He keeps both Toez and I on our, er, toes.  Tiring work for the little fellow--as you can see.  (grin)  He sure is getting big!

Have a lovely week, sweet Friends. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mama's Love

I attended the Shulke Farm Conference last weekend.  It was a wonderful time and I shot some great pictures.  This one of a sweet Mother and her baby boy is my favorite.  There's something so sweet in the relationship between these two.  It reminds me of when my own precious son was that age, which was a long while back.  He's a grown man and 6'5 these days.  (grin)

Have a great rest of the week! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Definition of Cute!

We had a big shindig here over the Fourth of July.  Our friends brought one of those mist hoses--which is what this tiny darlin' is holding in her hand.  It was a hot day, so she really enjoyed the fine spray drifting down.

This little one has the most wonderful grin.  Seeing her makes me smile--and, I hope you will smile, too.

Have a lovely day.