Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Show N Tell: Sermon, Rescue Pets, Pics, Old Movie, Book, Recipe and Soapbox, Oh My!

Hi De Ho Everyone,  Here's a good ol' Show n' Tell post.

You will see and read:

A few casual shots around here including two of our precious rescue dogs.  Just picked up a simple little camera on clearance, just tryin' it out.

A sermon plus a great site suggestion for those of you who may also be experiencing a drought in churchdom.  Let's just say, there are some who think that cultural relevance; the equivalent of marking a mustache on the Mona Lisa and in one case which actually brings tears to my eyes...A spiritual spattering across stained glass windows of Jesus holding His little Lambs...The spattering in the spiritual realm is graffiti of sorts... It says in ugly brash scrawl:   Cultural Relevance.

Pretty cracked if I may say so.  If we open our mouths we are considered phariseeical.  Perhaps it is those who are so very bent on their mod-squad and litany of television programs that sadden God who are truly the Pharisees.  It seems they must think everyone must be lukewarm like them or are rigid.  Is this willful deception?  It may be the 21st century but there are certain things that don't change with God.  Aren't we supposed to be heart broken over the things that break God's Heart?  Aren't we supposed to expose Light to darkness, not allow darkness in?  

Interesting that women like me who have the freedom in our homes and honor that freedom, taking it seriously as a divine office and place, we and our families are many times labeled, rigid and have some imagined need to be freed.  I can educate myself in any way I choose as long as my home is taken care of. Honestly?  Our daughters are adults now and if I am spending time with God, being quiet enough to *hear* from God, EDIT 5.26.16:  MAKING MY HOME A PEACEFUL PLACE, creating art, designing and creating clothing, using my own patterns, creating Little Dresses for Africa, enjoying cooking I don't have time to study anything else of a structured nature.  I have a Level I as a Family Herbalist and I said... Never.  Again.  I study and retain best on my own.   I have to put one thing down to do the other. Let's get real.  The same as my husband, he can do that same thing as long as things are taken care of.  First things first.  Our daughters know that too and always have.  And trust me, we have a home full of laughter and perhaps a few dirty dishes as well.  Those who would like to and are in the habit of saying we need to be freed or are rigid in some strange way in their culturally trained, deceived imaginations, fail to see the real bondage of submitting to some boss, leaving children behind to strangers to raise.  This is not referring to single mothers, God be with them. 

We have a precious younger friend who is a medical specialist, a surgeon, a friend of our family...He tells us he sees quite often his fellow female medical students etc. weeping, (his actual wording was bawling) after dropping off their infant baby as soon as 4 weeks old. 

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The young doc also agreed as I shared...There is nothing wrong with education if that is what you prayerfully discern at that time, but someone has to rock the cradle!   We cannot get around that!   Dropping our babies off does not sound freeing to me!  What bondage!  What heartache!  How un-natural can it get?!   I could go on... That does not sound like freedom to me.  

One of our daughters was courting a Christian math professor from California.  His mother had been a feminist speaker, he shared:  No Women can't do it all.  None of us can. 

If that causes a loss in numbers of people wanting to follow my blog and I'm sure it has?  So be it.  Italian styling with German engineering, that's me.  (My mother is Italian, my father, German)   It's also that tiny twinge of prophet there in the midst of much mercy but it is something that needs to be said of late.  Our churches are full, absolutely full of this twisted deception! Grandparents even in the churches sit and say nothing, I suppose many are first and second generation feminists and may not even realize that is what their warped thinking pattern is.  Feminism.  The Emperor's New Clothes!   It's heartbreaking to me.  I'm grieved on what I so often see, hear and read.  Unfortunately?  As an old acquaintance once said... Amelia, you are very honest.

People may not like it but they will remember what was said and I think as older Italians said... 
And I think that's-a pretty good.

Back to Show n' Tell....

Below you will also see:

A recipe below for one of my groovy pasta dishes. : )

An old movie good for the entire family.

Okay.   Let's go, let's try out the little camera:

Our screen porch Jem is working on, check out the Lilac bush?  Smells glorious.

A book I'm starting,  Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood  by Mary Strong

Here is a quote from the book:   

For one soul that exclaims, "Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth," there are ten that say, "Hear Lord! for Thy servant speaketh," and there is no rest for these.   -Pamela Grey

Here is our precious and most recent dog rescued by Marianna.  This precious creature was literally bones, much like the photos we see.   She was grey, no hair, shaking with fever, her skin was so frail and sick that it would bleed if it were barely touched.  Marianna spotted her on a country road and threw a fancy red tablecloth she had from Christmas over her...(so funny I think.)  ...For as you Readers would agree, this Creature that God entrusted us with is far more valuable than any tablecloth.  When Mar and I gave her a medicated bath, the front of my top was bloody.  She is beautiful now and brings such a smile to us as she is so very expressive.  She says, Thank you.  Thank you for my Life.  I tell her she is beautiful...This is our Gracie.

Buddy Heart Valentino.  Great and Mighty Wonder of the W-ORLD!  He is a Love indeed, has a white heart design on the top of his head and I kiss him on the cheek calling him....Big Baby.  Someone dumped him out here and we thought he belonged to someone else until he cried out so very pitifully one day...He was starving and it didn't show because of his muscle mass...  A gentle giant.  Very sensitive creature.

Stormy skies recently.   It is like our lives, blue with clouds, we appreciate the blue shining through.

  Mrs. Amelia's Groovy Pasta Recipe:

Saute quite a bit of squash or zucchini or both of your choice, any kind of squash along with a chopped onion in olive oil.  Sprinkle liberally with parsley, basil and a teensy bit of oregano.  My Grandma always said, just a little bit of oregano!   It makes it bitter if you use too much!  After your squash and onion is a bit browned, add a half of a large box of 32 oz. tomato sauce, and an entire large 26 oz. box of chopped tomatoes.  I also add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper.

Make your pasta.

You may also add garlic powder to the gravy to keep it easy on this most groovy and satisfying dish.

Serve over pasta.  One bowl dinner.  Enjoy!

Angels in the Outfield  (1951)      A most delightful movie for the entire family!  A really sweet and swell movie.  We all just loved it...The main character, the little girl from an orphanage is a darling.


Erlo Stegen


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Jem and I listened to this on the way to uso town last Sunday.  The message is in African, translated to English so be ready for that.   SermonIndex.net is a fantastic resource for a treasury of great sermons.  Many from years gone by.  Our oldest daughter Lea, reminds... There is a SermonIndex Apple app too! 

Well Loves, I must go.  It's evening time.  Remember the same moon shining over me is shining over you too. Let's pray one for another.   ~Amelia at the Forest Cathedral

Old photos (Lady w/baby, cook, scales of Justice) by Robert Stock.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Precious Pics and 'A Child is Waiting' (1963)

A sweet pic from a few years ago of little Esther and Rebecca one morning.  Quiet time.  Is this not the most precious thing?   I miss little Esther and called Muffie, Esther the other morning. 

Guisseppe.  He is our elder dog at this time...he is almost totally blind, and this angel is needing much care these days.  

I thought some may enjoy seeing a sampling of our fur angels here:
Blog of Dec. 2012

May the Father be with you and minister to you all....   ~ Amelia at the Forest Cathedral  

ChildWaitingPoster.jpgP.S.  You may enjoy this movie:   A Child is Waiting (1963)  This movie has made an impression on my heart, although there are some light curse words in two instances. (God's name is not used in vain).  

It is unusual for me to recommend a movie with any cursing at all but this movie is very real and the couple of words said in anger, once (damn-it and hell) are what we may hear an uncle say at a holiday table.  One instance is where Burt Lancaster, the kind doctor is challenging a most arrogant, Dr. Lombardy.  (Lombardy deserves it by the way).  

These children are so very precious.  Burt Lancaster had a child that was mentally disabled thus this movie was very dear to his heart.  These movies from the early 60s such as To Kill a Mockingbird send an important social justice message.  ...A Christ-like message for all to take notice.  You can see many clips online of this poignant movie.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Little Esther, We Will Miss our Little Lamb so Very Much...

Me and our Little Lambkin, Esther

This past morning of March 31, 2016.  Little Esther, our precious, chubby little lamb crossed over to the other side.  I miss our little 'Lambkin' so much.   She was so cute, she was a chubby ball of black fur with a hint of white at her chest. She would gallop over the green grass just like a little baby lamb, always so carefree and such a happy little thing.   Even at almost thirteen years old she resembled a happy little round puppy...

This photo from a few years ago really doesn't resemble her facial look and expression.  She had a cute little short nose and we kept her curly poodle hair longer, she looked like a rounded little puppy always.  As she grew older her little eyebrows greyed...She looked at me while I was sewing that day before she left us as if she was trying to remember me.  Now, I regret not stopping sewing to hold her since she was ill.  We had taken her to the vet twice that week, she was scheduled again for the next morning.  

I awoke to a very ill little fur angel and she quietly passed to the other side.  

I cried hard over the phone to the vet's office that morning,   

.... I just don't understand what was wrong...I just don't understand............

At the vet's office earlier that week, the first visit, I sat with our oldest daughter, Lea, me, holding Esther. We had rushed her in, she was not well, I held her in a blanket, she was vomiting, and I tried to comfort her switching to a clean cotton blanket I had brought...A precious lady came up to me who had brought her cat in...She looks at me with a sweet smile and tells me...

...I can tell you really love your animal the way you are holding her and caring for her... I just feel like I need to tell you that.   

The lady's cross necklace hung from her neck.  Thank God for these Saints of God.  I hang on to her kind face and what she said.

I miss our little Esther so.  Every morning I would give her her morning treat.  Every lunch we would sit together, my little buddy.

Could have I done something differently?   

You may know I am a nursing home volunteer.   There is a middle aged man there my age.  He is a single guy with disabilities due to an accident, he has several computers in his room that he sits at command at.  Several years ago, he shared with us that the car accident that left him in the condition he is in..he was left for dead.   When he was leaving this earth...The first beings that greeted him on the other side were his three beloved dogs.  ...Then he remembered the paramedics bringing him to.

I miss you Little Esther.  

Frederick Buechner says a saint is a "a life-giver."  He says, "If a saint touches your life, you become alive in a new way."  Does that make Lucy a saint?  I can't say.  I know that every place she walks with me is her favorite place to be - and every ball she fetches, and every cliff she descends...

...the spot on the bed where she rests her head on my lap.  She follows me, even when she'd rather not.  She knows I'm there to bring the ball back to, and when she's afraid of the step, my voice is enough to rally courage.  Her pleasure is her devotion.  Her devotion is her praise.  That is her gift to me.   

-Excerpt from Lessons from Lucy About Loving God by Wendy Murray Zoba  

Ask the animals, and they will teach you.   
~ Job 12.7

Here also, is a poem I found online:

May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say good-bye to pain-filled days
and endless lonely nights?

I've lived my life and done my best,

an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?

I didn't want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.

I want to go. I really do.
It's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day,

To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and so afraid,
because I see your tears.

I'll not be far, I promise that,
and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close to you,
wherever you may go.

Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you too.
That's why it's hard to say good-bye
and end this life with you.

So hold me now, just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you'll let me go today.

Source(s): By Susan A. Jackson, for a beloved pet and friend. 

God be with everyone,   Amelia  

EDIT:  5.12.16  Here is another photo of our sweet Esther that captures her little spirit... HERE, ESTHER & BECS

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hope. New Camera Shots, Today. Sharing.

Hello Loves, Signing on from The Forest Cathedral here.   I just received my simple little camera so I thought I would try it out a bit.   

 The evening sky here at the Forest Cathedral...It speaks Hope I think.

 Trying my camera out in the guest bath, a bit different yes, but a most convenient mirror.  Do you like my apron tunic?  I'm wearing it with black leggings, hair tossed back in a clip, glasses on my head.  Very typical.  The pattern is Simplicity 1080.  I found the top part to run large, so I ruched the shoulders as you can see.  I made the dress version, knee length, it hits below the knee. The bottom border is black with white flowers. It's evening and I'm a bit rumpled I do believe. : ) 

 I'm fond of old retro things as you know, and this framed TCM old movie print is one of my favorites; it says:  "Amelia, Honestly yours, Jefferson"  

 Speaking of Jimmy Stewart, this is another favorite movie of ours....You Can't Take it With You.  Highly recommend!   This is an original poster from 1938, pretty neat I think. 

Here is a real "Mr. Smith"...   Senator Ted Cruz.   This is the man of the hour in our home.  Yes indeed.  
Praying for our country, praying for our world, Brussels.  The sounds playing since this morning are chilling, the crying child breaks my heart.  It breaks my heart...

God help our land.  Oh what a dividing line it seems...

Prayers going forth, and let's be the real deal.

Keep it real, keep it kind Love is not rude.  Whether it be in omission or commission, Love is not rude.   1 Corinthians 13: 5

Goodnight Loves,       ~Amelia
(Edit. 3.23 The refurbished camera is being sent back, lens not working.  Booooo.)

*Closing with this favorite song by Sara Groves I heard today, It Might be Hope  

*Please continue to pray for Michelle, she is making progress but still on much bedrest due to a major case of adrenal exhaustion, the doctor has told her six months of mostly bedrest, it's an emotional time.

*We are so thankful to the Father for His Blessings.    He's always been faithful.  Speaking of... Please oblige as I also add,  He's Always Been Faithful, also by Sara Groves

Sunday, February 28, 2016

'All the King's Men' (1949) Oscar Winner. TIMELY.


Winner of 3 Academy Awards!

 "He thought he had the world by the tail."
Our family watched this classic movie great last night once again, it may be something you may want to watch as well! 

There are some direct correlations to today as well as the past.
Viewing this movie was a requirement for our history classes to see when I was younger in the 70s and I've always remembered it.  

It's interesting and mind boggling to me at times when I hear some who seem to be very naive or perhaps willfully ignorant when they say they want someone "strong" and willing to take a stand in the White House. There is a disconnect for some reason since...
Isn't that just what Senator Ted Cruz has done?   Hasn't he stood?  Hasn't he stood for the unborn and Biblical values along with the Constitution?   What happened to any recollection of his courageous  filibuster?   It seems we have some major forgetfulness going around coupled with dulled conscience in the Republican party.  
Blessings to you this fine Sunday!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Prolife, More Than Just a Litmus Test, but a Window to the Soul...

Excellent video by Ted Cruz... His stand for LIFE says so much about him. As he explains, Donald Trump was named Planned Parenthood's "favorite Republican" just this past fall. Shouldn't that tell us a lot about him?

Cruz:  "Prolife", more than just a litmus test, but a window to the soul of political candidates.

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Good evening Loves,   ~Amelia

Monday, February 15, 2016

Have the Courage to Suffer the Contempt of the World

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"God assumed from the beginning that the wise of this world would view Christians as fools...and He has not been disappointed...If I have brought any message today, it is this:  Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity.  Be fools for Christ.  And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world."

~Antonin Scalia

Dear Readers,  

This quote is so profound, and I would like to add that it is not only the sophisticated world that scoffs, it can also be carnal church goers as well.  

Be careful of whose parade you attend so to speak...

If someone is okay with an organization that is pro-death, the murder of precious unborn babies?  Then I would question the integrity of not only that organization, but also, the integrity of the faith of that person and those who blindly support that person.

Be careful of whose parade you are attending.  

We are in a pivotal time in this country.  Please teach your children and youth the importance of this time in our country!  

There are men such as Ted Cruz who to our family, seems to be very much in line with the teachings of Christ.  It's interesting he is not receiving much press. 

I reiterate the quote above. 

...And when it comes to our precious, innocent, unborn, I will always speak out. 

loading ...  Just this week, just two examples of many lately, of reports I receive from my daughters. 

-Our oldest daughter was dismayed this past Sunday as most singles there are not paying attention to what is happening in this nation and not realizing the importance of this time!  They lamely muttered that they usually just wait and pull the straight Republican lever. She was horrified at their passivity on the primaries and the importance of Justice Scalia's passing!  This church is probably one of the better ones.  Frightening.

-One of our daughters went to dinner with a handsome young man she met at a (protestant conservative denomination) church who has studied law, who also teaches at a Christian school.  He told my daughter he will turn her into a democrat yet.  Her response of course was simply No.   That platform comes against everything we believe in as Christians.

This young man (a sanders supporter) had no explanation except choice of the mother when confronted by our daughter on the abortion issue alone.   Shouldn't the baby have a choice?

Note: Neither churches above have ever been mentioned on this blog, my goal is not to mar a reputation but to make the point of the state of most churches.


Be careful of whose populist parade you attend.


Even a child is known by their doings...

Signing off for the day,   Amelia at the Forest Cathedral  

Photos by Robert Stock