Thursday, December 1, 2016

Little Gifts and Blessings this Holy Day Season

The little Blessing of Muffie.  This afternoon he came quietly crawling up next to me.

More than several-several years ago Marianna was going down the street in our old suburb and this little fella was sitting right in the middle of the street looking at her in her car.  She figured he belonged to someone and slowly went around him, he stayed in the middle and would not leave the spot.  She pulled her car in a U-turn and went back, opened the door and the little guy hopped in!  He rolled around on his back so happy!  He was either very lost for a very long time or very neglected.  A little ball of matt and his collar rusted shut.  He is terrified til this day of rain.  I remember our vet back in town, Dr. Mandola, wide-eyed, telling us quietly when Muffie was having trouble walking one morning...We don't know anything about this dog...  I was tickled in a way, he said it very kindly as the same way I would talk to one of my little girls.  I'm sure he didn't want us to be disappointed or upset if there were to be anything wrong with the little guy.  Well, it's been a long time and the little guy has turned out be a sweet little boss man.  ; ) He is a darling.  Muffie.  A Gift.

This morning, Jem tells me Muffie is cold, so I retrieved his coat for him. ; )  He is such a snaggle-tooth cutie here.

 Very Muffie.  I think he was tiring of that coat, I took it off after he warmed up a bit!

The mornings are quiet here usually.  Sometimes quietly hopping with lots of girl activity with our daughters.  One studies, one talks a business deal over the phone, one is wondering about a new job...Always something.  Our married daughter is getting better, and we're thanking God, making an almost miraculous way for her to go to Dr. Osbourne, a natural doctor and writer.  Dr. Osbourne is turning some serious stuff around God's way.  Gifts.  Miracles.  Every one. 

 Sunset the other night...Heavens declare a sweet glory...

 Here is a retro kitty ornament Lea bought at an old German ornament shop recently in honor of Elbie our newest kitty-baby.
 This is one of my precious Dollar General finds... I love retro snowmen...They are so sweet I think.
 Our tree dons icicles for the 40s look. : )  Gotta have icicles.  Yes indeedie!

 Elbie.  Such a little boy...I think he's been a-playin' under the cars again... He says "I didn't do anything." 

 I notice the bright  green greenery on the grey colored oak.  Perhaps we can be that evergreen to others in the Christmas Holy Season and always....

Let's carry miracles in our pocket.  May we be the Christ bearers to others.

Please check out the sermon on the bottom of my last entry, he tells a touching story, of real Christmas if you stick with him...

 Here's some Holy-Day Holiday Season fun for you!  It's that time of year, and we love Bing Crosby! This is a sweet, cheerful song.  Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Bing Crosby's veterinarian from those glory years.  We sat with him on a hayride during a local autumn festival amidst dripping oaks and southern homes lining a river...  The fella is a local, an older, charming gentleman. I recently saw him giving a historical talk on the corner in smalltown  to a group of people...So neat.  Such a cast of characters.  Gifts.

Have a sweet evening all.   Amelia

Monday, November 28, 2016

Gratefulness, Noticings...Brings True Fullness of Life

Oh to always remember to push the ship's button closing the compartments behind me, and perhaps those I worry about in front of me...And to enjoy the compartment I am in!  It's the moment. God's moments.  To live in the now in fullness, noticing and thanking God for His secret treasures and Gifts.

Meet my friend!  Marianna and I were at smalltown drive-in  to get a big iced tea after a big grocery shopping trip...We usually pull up in the back facing this pasture to see my horse and goat friends..  I don't own a horse, so I pretend he is mine.  I think I may name him Clifford or Winston?  Isn't he the sweetest thing?   He has two goat friends, Freddy and Goat-Goat. He let me pet his velvet nose.  So fun.

Thanksgiving Eve...Things quiet down and I look up to see our youngest, Rebecca doing her math finals homework for college at the formal table, a beautiful glow was surrounding her...What must the sky be like behind that window?

 This is the sky outside that window...God's Handiwork.
The chairs at my dining table are very ornate, they look as if they were hand carved, very pretty I think.  I wound up with them when one of Jem's clients, a doctor's wife sold them to us, she just didn't want the set anymore so I was so blessed to have the entire set for the price of a chair.  Sometimes I look at the chairs and I wonder why anyone would tire of them?  Even if Jem makes a farmhouse table I am going to try to tie the chairs in somehow perhaps with a country fabric for the seats...

The morning after Thanksgiving....

Our screened porch, done by Jem, my sweet son in law helped with that ceiling.  For Thanksgiving it was decorated by Marianna with natural things from outside.  The feel of the screened porch area is that from an old home from the 30s 40s or 50s?  The screened door has a good slam to it as well....*love*
 Michelle made this adorable leaf garland for us to decorate with and Mar put white lights on it to add a little night music so to speak...

The mornings can turn cozy as the weather changes...
A few of our sweet fur angels...
 Charlie the rescue dog.  Rebecca used her birthday money when she was a little girl to rescue him one year...Tears had rolled down her face as she said...  I love him

This is our newest little rescue creature.  He is such a little boy, we could have called him Cowboy or perhaps Mr. Blue Eyes but I think the girls decided on Elbie (L.B. for Little Bit).   Marianna rescued him as a tiny, tiny kitten one day very confused walking down a busy road, he had huge slashes on his little back, it looked as if a hawk had tried to carry this  baby off...We fed him with a tiny bottle, and I know he wondered where his mommy was.. Actually, Gracie the large rescue hound dog became his mommy...It is something to see I tell you.

And Gracie?  I see she is here in this photo in the left corner sleeping!  It's hard work being a mommy. Mommy!
Mo-Mo...She is a  beauty and the sweetest, sweetest thing ever....She never claws or plays rough.  I think she is an i.n.f.p. personality too....

This is today here at the Forest Cathedral....A blustery day, beautiful leaves falling like a snowglobe... Dreamie, dreamie, dreamie...

 Lots of memories of when I was a little girl on those dreamie mornings in our old home....  

I must go now...Lots to do on Monday-Monday....

I have a red bean chili in the crockpot and I will make brown rice to go with it later.  If we have avocados I will slice some, perhaps some cilantro too...  

Cozy is the word.  Thanking God for the Blessings.

Good Afternoon loves.       Have a sweet day.     -Amelia in the Forest

loading ...  P.S.  Here is a very good 30 minute sermon for a good Christmas perspective!   Andy Nixon is speaking my language here.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Thank God, Thank God!

The Abortion Movement Just Lost their War on the Unborn

Read *HERE* for complete article from LifeNews

For the first time since 2003, Republicans—we should really say the Party of Life–will control both the executive and the legislative branches of government. (We have to go all the way back to 1928 for the time before that.) 


Thanking God for His Grace and His Mercy!

The song by Twila Paris that goes... Oh Lord...You have been good....comes to mind.

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The unborn must be saying...

Thank you America!

As an American I would like to say to all my brothers and sisters in other lands.  Don't listen to reports that it was the uneducated that voted the prolife platform.  Do not listen to the reports of (paid) protestors (intent on destruction and terror), do not listen to spoiled snowflake children or middle aged kidults who cannot see to the ends of their ungodly agendas.

 We say Thank God - Thank God!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Upcoming Election. Notes from a Reputable and Respected Pastor.

An excerpt from what our daughters' pastor shared today:

"Most candidates have revealed their opinions about this subject and have openly communicated their positions.  Frankly, it is insincere for candidates to claim to be 'against abortion' yet do everything within their power to ensure the continuance of it.  Their claims are only meaningless political speak.

This year, I have noticed that some candidates have finally said what they have meant all along - they will fight to retain the ability of a mother to take the life of her pre-born child up to the actual day of the birth of that child.  Can you imagine that?  That act is called 'partial birth abortion' and is nothing short of the same crimes perpetrated against human beings in the darkest days of human history.  These candidates have said that a pre-born child, even those who could easily live outside the womb, are not 'persons' and therefore have no rights.  Upon what scientific information do they make this judgement?  None at all!  In fact, everything known by science argues against that position.  These candidates' anti-pre-born position is morally corrupt.

These were the very conclusions of Nazi policy toward Jews during World War II and slave owners toward African Americans in the early decades of our country.  Abortion is as unjust and despicable as were those two periods in history.  participants in all three periods - slavery, Nazi death camps and abortion all used the exact arguments to justify their positions.

All the studies have shown that the reason for abortion for the vast majority of those who have it, is the inconvenience of having a child, not health concerns.  For some women involved, though, there are great needs and stresses.  There are better solutions our society could advance than taking the life of an innocent child.

For the past 14 years, I have said exactly the same thing to you and I will continue to do so.  I will NEVER vote for ANY candidate who would seek to ensure and propagate the continuance in America of the killing of pre-born children at whatever state of gestation those children might be.

Why?  Those precious babies are both human and persons.  It is just as morally wrong to take the life of a child before birth as it is after.  For me, one day I will give an account for my life's decisions before a holy, righteous God.  I refuse to have the blood of the unborn on my hands because I turned a blind eye or because I helped to put into office ANY person who would assist in the continuance of abortion in America.

In my opinion, the life and death of human beings supersedes other issues.

...Make sure you truly know the positions of the candidates about abortion before you vote."

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"Pray for God's leadership in this election concerning every office.  While God is sovereign, we are accountable.  Become aware of the actual positions different candidates have about the issues.  Vote.  If you have the privilege of voting, be a good citizen of the this great country and vote."

We will vote for the prolife platform and we encourage everyone to do the same. 

Blessings to all this Sunday eve.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ask The Animals and They Will Teach You

This just made my morning.  Wow.  If this doesn't touch your heart nothing will...Enjoy.

I so love God's Creatures.

I also have a love for children, unborn and born.

At one time I was a counselor at a prolife clinic.  We have four daughters of our own and they have been such a joy in our lives. Two of our daughters as adults have also been counselors at a prolife clinic. 

Praying for our country.  Praying people's eyes will be opened to what is of utmost importance.  It's interesting that Trump did bring up the horrors of abortion in the debate and many who claim to be prolife will not even acknowledge or give any credit whatsoever. 

When these same people go to the emergency room and it is life or death for themselves or a loved one, perhaps their little child...I do wonder what they would do if a specialist who did not match up to their personal convictions popped in the door in surgery greens to operate? 

I wonder if some of these people really do care about the unborn when we follow their thinking to the end. 

There are those who behave as if they are disgusted with locker room talk when they themselves bring and enjoy programming that displays the same and more into their own homes as they laugh at it as well as watch it with great interest...

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 "Things just don't make sense"

Ask the animals, and they will teach you.    -Job 12:7

"I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born."     -Ronald Reagan

As my old pastor used to say, if they won't speak up for you, they might as well be against you.

Vintage photo by Robert Stock

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Should Christians Vote for Trump?

   This is not 1980 and it's not a normal election cycle.  There is some serious stuff at stake here as I'm sure you would agree.  It never ceases to amaze me how the subject of the Unborn in the womb is not more of a focus.  This is not just rhetoric in a normal election where mud slinging is ever present.  There are Supreme Court Justices at stake here as you also know.  There is media bias and one-sided lies that are so glaring it is frightening.  It's frightening they are getting away with it all.  I'm horrified by attitudes.  I'm horrified by passivity and stubborn pride of some voters.   Do some not see or care what the next years will hold for us? 

Yes, pray.  Pray like your very lives depend on it.  Pray like little innocent baby's lives depend on it.  Act like innocent baby's lives and others' lives depend on it.  Because they do.

As my husband shares, you can pray, and then vote like it matters.  

Following is an excellent article by Mr. Eric Metaxas.  I heard about this article while listening to Eric Metaxas as a guest on the Laura Ingraham radio program.  As I listened to Mr. Metaxas I wanted to jump up on my chair and yell...


Suddenly the scene with Gregory Peck playing Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird came to mind as Atticus fought for Tom Robinson's life in the courtroom, pleading to the jury... 

 In the name of God...Do your duty.

Should Christians Vote for Trump? by Eric Metaxas:

"This question should hardly require an essay, but let’s face it: We’re living in strange times. America is in trouble. Over this past year many of Donald Trump’s comments have made me almost literally hopping mad. The hot-mic comments from 2005 are especially horrifying. Can there be any question we should denounce them with flailing arms and screeching volume? I must not hang out in the right locker rooms, because if anyone I know said such things I might assault him physically (and repent later). So yes, many see these comments as a deal breaker.

But we have a very knotty and larger problem. What if the other candidate also has deal breakers? Even a whole deplorable basketful? Suddenly things become horribly awkward. Would God want me simply not to vote? Is that a serious option?

What if not pulling the lever for Mr. Trump effectively means electing someone who has actively enabled sexual predation in her husband before—and while—he was president? Won’t God hold me responsible for that? What if she defended a man who raped a 12-year-old and in recalling the case laughed about getting away with it? Will I be excused from letting this person become president? What if she used her position as secretary of state to funnel hundreds of millions into her own foundation, much of it from nations that treat women and gay people worse than dogs? Since these things are true, can I escape responsibility for them by simply not voting?

Many say they won’t vote because choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. But this is sophistry. Neither candidate is pure evil. They are human beings. We cannot escape the uncomfortable obligation to soberly choose between them. Not voting—or voting for a third candidate who cannot win—is a rationalization designed more than anything to assuage our consciences. Yet people in America and abroad depend on voters to make this very difficult choice.

Children in the Middle East are forced to watch their fathers drowned in cages by ISIS. Kids in inner-city America are condemned to lives of poverty, hopelessness and increasing violence. Shall we sit on our hands and simply trust “the least of these” to God, as though that were our only option? Don’t we have an obligation to them?

Two heroes about whom I’ve written faced similar difficulties. William Wilberforce, who ended the slave trade in the British Empire, often worked with other parliamentarians he knew to be vile and immoral in their personal lives.

Why did he? First, because as a sincere Christian he knew he must extend grace and forgiveness to others, since he desperately needed them himself. Second, because he knew the main issue was not his moral purity, nor the moral impurity of his colleagues, but rather the injustices and horrors suffered by the African slaves whose cause he championed. He knew that before God his first obligation was to them, and he must do what he could to help them.

The anti-Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer also did things most Christians of his day were disgusted by. He most infamously joined a plot to kill the head of his government. He was horrified by it, but he did it nonetheless because he knew that to stay “morally pure” would allow the murder of millions to continue. Doing nothing or merely “praying” was not an option. He understood that God was merciful, and that even if his actions were wrong, God saw his heart and could forgive him. But he knew he must act.

Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer knew it was an audience of One to whom they would ultimately answer. And He asks, “What did you do to the least of these?”

It’s a fact that if Hillary Clinton is elected, the country’s chance to have a Supreme Court that values the Constitution—and the genuine liberty and self-government for which millions have died—is gone. Not for four years, or eight, but forever. Many say Mr. Trump can’t be trusted to deliver on this score, but Mrs. Clinton certainly can be trusted in the opposite direction. For our kids and grandkids, are we not obliged to take our best shot at this? Shall we sit on our hands and refuse to choose?

If imperiously flouting the rules by having a private server endangered American lives and secrets and may lead to more deaths, if she cynically deleted thousands of emails, and if her foreign-policy judgment led to the rise of Islamic State, won’t refusing to vote make me responsible for those suffering as a result of these things? How do I squirm out of this horrific conundrum? It’s unavoidable: We who can vote must answer to God for these people, whom He loves. We are indeed our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

We would be responsible for passively electing someone who champions the abomination of partial-birth abortion, someone who is celebrated by an organization that sells baby parts. We already live in a country where judges force bakers, florists and photographers to violate their consciences and faith—and Mrs. Clinton has zealously ratified this. If we believe this ends with bakers and photographers, we are horribly mistaken. No matter your faith or lack of faith, this statist view of America will dramatically affect you and your children.

For many of us, this is very painful, pulling the lever for someone many think odious. But please consider this: A vote for Donald Trump is not necessarily a vote for Donald Trump himself. It is a vote for those who will be affected by the results of this election. Not to vote is to vote. God will not hold us guiltless."
Mr. Metaxas, host of the nationally syndicated “Eric Metaxas Show,” is the author of “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty” (Viking, 2016).

Thank you Mr. Metaxas, your common sense and clear thinking coupled with godly logic is refreshing.  Eric Metaxas is an excellent Christian who also wrote a most compelling book on Dietrich Boenhoffer during the time of Hitler.

And another excellent must-read  link:
  A statement by Louie Gohmert

I'll close with this quote:

"A vote for Donald Trump is not necessarily a vote for Donald Trump himself. It is a vote for those who will be affected by the results of this election.  Not to vote is to vote. God will not hold us guiltless."   Eric Metaxas

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Pray Hard.  Vote for Life.  Do not grow weary!

Photos excluding video by Robert Stock.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Very Special Old Photo, a Vegetarian Stroganoff Recipe and Contentment

An old photo I would like to share:
Our little Lea, my sweet mother, now 86 and our beloved Al who went to be with the Lord in 1991.  The first real heartbreak of my life...  I'll never forget when I received the news over the phone from my terrified mother that Al had a heart attack and then another call...Al died.  I ran outside in a long yellow Garfield tshirt nightgown and looked up to the stars in the sky crying so hard my cries were silent, I tried so hard to pull our Al back down to me out of the starry night...

Al was our little daughters' best friend, grandpa and a kind father-figure to me.  Kind.  I do believe that kindness is missing these days.  He would walk our little girls to the corner store in their old neighborhood and buy them a snack and drink and they soooo loved that.  Rebecca would be born later and I missed Al being there.  Once again he was very missed.  Perhaps in the future I will tell more 'Al stories'...  You see, we should all be Als.

Al was from the Bronx by the way, he was one of the last true stone cutters, and most talented sculptor.  He composed Dr. Cooley's monument.  He was talented but never ever blew his horn...I loved Al.  Very much.  I think of Al every day.  Yes, two separate words, every and day.  : )  It's more important and sobering like that I think...

I think back and how he must have been very patient with me, a sweet young lady but one who could also be a quiet but vocal dunderhead at times but I also was one who was fiercely loyal to him, he knew it too, in his own quiet way, he knew I was all for him .   Now, I know how it is to be spoken to by a younger dunderhead.  I had one younger woman acquaintance tell me that no one ever reads blogs anymore, wasn't that nice of her to write? ; )  Oh my!  Not a very encouraging kind of thing to say or write wouldn't you agree?

The photo above was in 1983 when Lea turned one year old, isn't this the sweetest thing ever?

Time flies as we all know.

Lately I've been having a lot whirring around in the theatre of my mind and soul.  God is faithful throughout.  Life goes on and many a day I feel as a real genuine empty-nester! : )  How did that happen?  loading ...

One of our four daughters is married, and of course the other three little women have jobs of their own now until God sends His choice to them and I'm pleased as punch to have them here at home until that time. : )  I am a minister of my home here as I plan our suppers and such.  I do take supper very seriously.  It is a time for all to gather round and talk and laugh, laugh and talk, sometimes discuss but not too much.  We keep supper time, casual, light and cheerful with lotsa good eats.  It was Ronald Reagan who said:

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table."
-President Ronald Reagan

Watcha been doin' Miss Amelia?

I have been doing a lot of cooking lately and making Little Dresses for Africa along with vintage-type of fun cotton print dresses for myself.  It's so nice to grab a dress for the day to dress up for a grocery outing or dress down for home.  It is a very special thing to celebrate our femininity. : )  Today it's a cotton sleeveless homemade tunic with cats and dogs on it and black knit capris...That's a fun look too right?  I also had the most fun opportunity to surprise a little girl's grandma with two little homemade skirts. (I found out the little girl didn't have school clothes this year except for some new tshirts).  That was such a blessing to do that and the little girl was so excited that she was wearing one of the skirts the first day of school!  Yes!  So fun being an angel in cotton so to speak.   So fun....My blessing.

loading ...  Anybody been to a Dollar General store lately?  Oh my.  The fall decor is out and Mar and I made our special trip there and found some adorable fall dish towels...The lady that worked there said...  I can tell ya'll are having a good time!  It's truly the simple things isn't it? 

And you know what else I found there?  I found a beautiful dark-fall-red medium size crossbody bag.   There was one left, it was my color and I was debating.  I had purchased a dark brown bag on ebay but this one...  When it rang up at the register, the name of the bag that came up was ...  Amelia  

God knows what we need.  He is good.  

Here is a recipe I will share :

loading ... Mrs. Amelia's Vegetarian Stroganoff   ....a most soothing supper

6-8 servings of brown rice noodles (any kind of pasta or noodle will work)

2 T oil

2 onions

6 T brown rice flour (whatever kind you prefer)

4 c. vegetable broth.   (I buy veggie cubes from Vitacost Braggs Aminos works in water as well!)

1 1/2 pounds mushrooms  or I used 1 package of veggie italian 'sausage' found in the produce department

1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. sage
1 tsp. salt (if needed)  Braggs is salty.

2 T. white wine vinegar

2 T. tomato paste

Sautee onions in oil, I used olive oil, add flour, add broth, add thyme, sage, salt and pepper.  Cook 5 minutes.

Add vinegar.

Serve that over pasta or noodles.  

I cook the mushrooms in olive oil, sprinkling with garlic powder while cooking and serve on the side, Jem is not a mushroom kind of guy!  He's cute but doesn't like mushrooms! Ha!  

OR  I brown the sliced and quartered Italian veggie sausage with a little oil in the oven, and serve that on the side as a side to go on top.  If you like, you can add parsley to garnish the pasta or noodles if you want to be fancy.   


loading ... From my Streams in the Desert devotional this morning:  

In lieu of the above thoughts on our Al...

"...may I remind myself that it is my great privilege to enter into "the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings" (Phil. 3:10) and I am therefore in great company.  May I also remind myself that all the suffering is designed to make me a vessel suitable for His use.

...Pain leads to plenty, and death to life -- it is the law of the kingdom!  from In the Hour of Silence"

Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowman

  Have a sweet evening, loves!  Amelia

 All retro photos except the first personal photo on blog by Robert Stock