Monday, May 14, 2018

The Beauty of a Day: Buford, God's Creatures and Books to Share


Don't ever let yourself get so busy that you miss those little but important extras in life--the beauty of a day...the smile of a friend...the serenity of a quiet moment alone.  For it is often life's smallest pleasures and gentlest joys that make the biggest and most lasting difference. 




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Me with Coffee, holding Muffie.  Two of our five dogs.


The Forest holds so much beauty here as the seasons change...  We've had a surprise visitor lately.  He's a rather large visitor!   He's an escapee and decided to settle in here at the peaceful Forest Cathedral sanctuary.

He was here in our area roaming, and landed on our property.   A phone call was placed to the farmer man we know, and he happened to know the  bull's owner.  One day I see a blue suv type truck, someone inside it is honking loudly with a lady in front of it, walking down the road clapping her hands trying to get the bull to go down the street.  (It was funny).  I call this lady Alpha Woman.  She calls herself that...She lives down the road.

Well...the bull, I call him, Buford came  back.  My daughter asked if he was here and I said I hadn't seen him.   Well I strolled past my bedroom window and there was Buford! 


Look at the cute spots on his face...He is very docile but he must not have wanted to be fenced in  or tied up wherever he was!  Do you see the rope around his horns?  It is not attached to anything, a length of rope is severed...  It tells the tale!






This particular photo of Buford was his first visit without the rope...



Buford and Gracie.  Gracie is our 75 pound hound and looks very tiny next to Buford.  

So what happened to Buford?   Well, he made the mistake of leaving our sanctuary and went on down the road just peacefully munching his grass...Alpha Woman was sitting in her parked blue suv on the road facing Buford, on her phone, so I'm thinking Buford's original owner came to get him.  Aww... Buford.  Hope you're okay big guy...


Animals are sensitive creatures...Large or small.

Speaking of gentle giants....

This is a photo of our Buddy.  The videos below I share reminds me of Buddy...

...Our precious pittie who we lost.  Miss you so much our precious Buddy.
You can read about Buddy HERE by the way.






I hope you enjoy the videos below the drawing.  Animals are a thing with me, I loved them back when a child...I remember my Uncle Bennie taking me to the stock show at the rodeo when I was a little girl, he had been an aspiring vet and unfortunately because of life happening, after college didn't get to vet school.  I remember seeing the cows and making eye contact...There was something so sad about their eyes...  Now as an adult I can do my best to help on some of that the best way I can.   I have animals everywhere...God's Creatures.


This is a pencil sketch I had done years ago of me when I was a little girl sitting on the steps of our door with my first puppy, Cutie.  The angle is a  bit odd, a very slight distortion but I had to take it this way because of the glare. 



Please enjoy these videos, I thought they were so sweet! 




Is this one not precious?



...And this one?



Oh my goodness... This is really something...





Good Books


Also wanting to share some of the sweetest books ever for homemakers.  When I read these wonderful books I felt like I was having coffee with a friend!  I bought these for my two married daughters and I also have them in our library here at home for me and our two unmarried daughters as well. 

The author is Mrs. White, author also of The Legacy of Home blog.  What a delightful blog she has!









I hope everyone is doing fine.  I'll include this one last video in honor of Buford and myself.  This song is so catchy, I will wake up in the middle of the night with this song on my mind!  Don't fence me in!  You have to love both Roy Rogers and Trigger.  Soooo sweet.

Don't Fence Me In



This is from the old movie, Hollywood Canteen (1944).  Wow, what a movie.   Love those old USO shows from the WWII era.   The movie stars were patriots, they honored our country and our soldiers.  The young actor in the beginning that resembles Jimmy Stewart?  Hollywood would use him for any Jimmy Stewart type of part because Jimmy Stewart was at war.   The young actor's name is Robert Hutton and there is a very interesting mini biography HERE.






  
Our flag here at the forest.


 The sky from our front porch last Friday.  I thought it looked like Heaven.

It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature. 

-Laura Ingalls Wilder



Noon and evening shots here in the forest...
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As Roy Rogers said...

Come on Trigger, Let's be on our way!   

Good Evening, Loves,   Amelia at the Forest Cathedral

Monday, April 16, 2018

Favorite Things...And Strong Encouragements



Joy is the heart's harmonious response to the Lord's song of love.
-A.W. Tozer


 

Beyond the gate...The Forest...  One breezy afternoon here at the Forest Cathedral.  Oh the stories the trees could tell...



"My" pet horse Clifford.  Many of you have met Clifford.  I see Clifford usually once a week or so.  He lives in the beautiful pasture and homestead behind the drive thru where I seize a thirst quenching iced tea.  Lea and I park the car facing the farm setting, and gaze as we chat,  Clifford is my pretend-pet horse. I thought this was a beautiful photo of Clifford.



I love this most hauntingly beautiful and uplifting song...

Our oldest daughter, Lea will play this many late afternoons in the evening as we're getting dinner prepared...At this time in the early evening the sun reflects on the trees here in the forest...

 



I *love* this sweet video...I love God's Creatures.

So beautiful I think.  So very, very sweet.  Here in the country, it brings delight to my heart to see the mommy cows with their babies as the babies suckle to them...God's Creatures.  I hope and pray we see them through the loving lens of God.  I saved this video to share, I think it's a must-see!






Among the things in my life I thank God for most,is the love He gave me for animals.My heart would b emptier,& life would b less w/out them.

I love God's Creatures.  I have the privilege of caring for many here.  
    
Guiseppe, our little blind dog.





I love relating to real people:
Around 21:17 or so I can so relate to what Kristene DiMarco is saying here...It is true. 







I saw these quotes by Elisabeth Elliot:

“One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there.
“Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.”
 -Elisabeth Elliot




"Refuse self pity.  Refuse it absolutely.  It is a deadly thing with power to destroy you."
-Elisabeth Elliot



I love Elisabeth Elliot, she crossed over to the other side not long ago.


I remember Elisabeth Elliot sent me a few postcards to encourage me when I was carrying our littlest, youngest...Rebecca.  I was on bedrest and there were some concerns.

Once Elisabeth Elliot read my letter over the radio.  She had been deeply touched, (her description) of my words to her.   I was shocked, encouraged and touched all at the same time!  Tears rolled down this young mommy's face.  My good friend, Sandy called me... 


Amelia!  Did you hear!  Elisabeth Elliot read your letter and said your name on air!  

You see, I had encouraged Elisabeth in my letter to her describing how I would run to the radio to hear her messages...And how I would often tape them, quickly pushing record!  She was one of the only older women I knew of who really spoke the truth in encouraging younger women.   It's still like that as far as older women who truly have their ducks in a row so to speak, but my eyes remain on God and perhaps....Just perhaps maybe I will may be able to help and encourage others too..in some way.




A great Harper Lee quote:

Best Harper Lee Quotes - Quotes From To Kill A Mockingbird

I love Harper Lee and her writing...I adore To Kill a Mockingbird.  Harper Lee also went on to the other side recently.   From what I understand she lived a simple life.  Gregory Peck's daughter, named her baby girl, Harper. As I'm sure most of you know, Gregory Peck played Atticus in the movie great, To Kill a Mockingbird from the Pulitzer prize winning novel.





In closing, I wonder how we can apply some of the above quotes? 

How do we relate to real people?   Are we so busy with church work or talking about our Bible studies that we don't relate to real people?   Have you ever been on the receiving end of that?  

I'm incognito much of the time and it's very interesting observing church people who will talk with each other and then look as if they have been sucking lemons the very second they pivot to leave their comfort zone, not even making eye contact with others.  Not good peeps.   Not good. 



Question:  What can we do to help others wherever we may be out on any day.  Smalltown?  Downtown?    Anywhere where those are who are hurting?  People talk about evangelizing the streets (nothing wrong with that), but how about being kind and saying a sincere God bless you to those right around us?  Many times eyes brighten and a conversation will morph.
 


One thing I have been doing that I get a huge kick out of is when we are at a stop light in downtown, there may be a homeless person with a sign.  I've learned to have store-bought cellophane wrapped packages of cheese or peanut butter sandwich crackers with bottled waters in my tote bag.  We can quickly give them two packs of sandwich crackers and a water bottle before the light turns green.  They will have the sweetest responses...One day a young man smiled at us so sweet and meekly said, God bless you.   Many of his teeth were missing and it broke. my. heart.  Jem and I both discerned his sweet attitude and Jem gave him several dollars as well.  I just love doing this stuff.  It's Life.  Life giving to others.  Life giving to me.


Joy is the echo of God's life within us.  
-Joseph Marmion 


It may just be standing around a bit with an elderly person at the grocery and spending just a few more minutes.  Many of these gems have great war stories and stories of their children.


This is our daughter, Marianna a several years ago talking to a Pearl Harbor survivor, this is probably one of the most memorable things ever.   Complete story here on my blog.




Maybe a young man at a coffee shop diner is all by himself in deep contemplation....  We may go to him when the Holy Spirit whispers and say....

 I just feel I need to tell you...   Jesus loves you.

I had this happen and I obeyed, and the young man looked up with the most huge smile with beautiful blue eyes and it was as if his unforgettable expression said.... I was praying for that.  



The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions--the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge  




I've also missed it.  Once when at the store when I was young, I felt strongly I needed to go tell an elderly woman shopping with her grown son that Jesus loved her....   I didn't do it.  Til this day I regret that.  






Have we been dissed - disregarded in any way?  Let's learn from it and help others.  Let's be a sweet version of Jesus with skin on right around us. 

There will be fulfillment in that. 



Have a Holy Spirit filled week, loves,  ...Let's allow Him to speak to and fill our hearts.

  ~Amelia



When I Hear the Praises Start.  Done in 1982 before Keith Green left this green earth.  I was five months pregnant with Lea when I heard the news of the plane crash.   We had just seen him in concert. He charged nothing for his concerts, he was a firm believer in receiving and giving freely.

Monday, March 19, 2018

A New Photo and Two Wonderful Movies

Our youngest daughter, Rebecca, photographer and artist decided on a whim to make me a subject this past week for her portfolio so out to the front porch we went!

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It's nice to have a new photo every now and then.  Thank you Rebecca my sweet fellow creative daughter!  Our personalities are similar so we understand each other on many a day....Yes, many a day.

She has more shots from our little shoot, so I hope to share those in the future.

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Two Movies I Would Like to Share

I thought I would share these excellent movies our family has recently enjoyed.   There's nothing like a good ol' movie night with the family!  We find it relaxing and it's nice as we can interject comments as the movie plays.  ...Many, many life lessons.




Stars in my Crown  (1950)

A preview of Stars in my Crown.   This is such a sweet, sweet, sweet movie.  Jem actually had tears at the end of this movie...It's just so beautiful the sweetness of this one. 







The Green Years  (1946)

Another precious movie;  I'll let the trailer speak for itself of the theme.  The only thing I would like to give a disclaimer or warning on is that in this trailer they accentuate the one mushy scene I disliked in the movie.  It really gives the wrong message and so not the theme or mood shall we say of this movie.  The movie is a precious one.




I hope you enjoy these fine movies as much as we did! 

And I do hope you are having a wonderful, beginning of the week!   I have my own oven-simmered version of my Grandma Oddo's eggplant pasta recipe in the oven.  There is peace, joy and almost a feeling of safety in that..There is.  Perhaps security.




What constitutes success?  She has achieved success who has lived well;  laughed often and loved much;  Who has gained the respect of intelligent people and the love of little children;  who has filled her niche and accomplished her task;  who has left the world better than she found it;...who has never lacked appreciation of earth's  beauty, or failed to express it;  who has always looked for the best in others and given the best she had.

-Bessie Stanley




Trust God from the bottom of your heart;  don't try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;  He's the one who will keep you on track.

 -Proverbs 3:5-6




The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.  

-Albert Schweitzer



...And that starts at home.  There is Peace in that indeed.  May we be still and know that He is God.

Live, love, laugh hard and pray hard too. 

Have a wonderful day and week, loves,    -Amelia



Do you see our sweet Gracie running down the drive?  She is so full of life!  Look at the sky...It looks like angel's wings... Taken several days ago, but today is very similar. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Everytime I See Your Face... Photograph


I was so very excited to write this blog as God clearly nudged along the way!

My thinking is much like the ticker that goes round and round on my Life game when I was a kid.  I loved that game did you?

Yeah, I was an only child so having a friend over who I could play a game with was a treat. Remember how the ticker would go slow, or fast and slow and then go tick. Tick.  Tick.  .....Re..aaallll-y slowwww....... .   .   Maybe it would pause over one of the little teeth and sway baaaacck ....Until it stopp.ppp eeed.

That illustrates my feelings, thoughts lately.  Tick. Tick.  Tick...  then stop.  Where she stops nobody knows...  (The girl smiles).



Many times it's the memories I have, sometimes good, sometimes bad...Sometimes I miss my dad and sometimes I'm very mad at him and feel a bit rejected...But then?

I remember the messages from Heaven and that things are cleared up on Dad's side and It's me, over here on this green earth where thoughts are muddled...  It's that tick.  Tick.  Tick.



There are still days I can't believe how things ended.   If I did not have God Who I trust in, I'm not quite sure what I would do and how I would ultimately feel or be able to handle things.



I do know this:  God is Just.  Oh friends, He is so very Just.  As my Italian grandma used to say...You do good and don't worry about the rest.  You just do good.  Whether she knew it or not that was God's way.  I also think God protects through what may appear as something bad.....or UNjust. Oh trust me, I have more than one story of how God protected in this most horrible and unjust situation involving my father.

Allow me to say on just one particular account there is a very evil criminal who was huge in my father's destruction in more ways than one, who is probably quite miffed at this time. Thanks to God for putting something in my dad's heart to do more then several years ago and thanks to a quiet behind the scene secretary who probably receives very few accolades in life. She did her homework...Something very important was protected.  That is the way God is.

There are other things that happened that seem unfair that the criminal will have to live with now but we know all things will one day be exposed.  One thing I have to live with knowing is that the criminal hoodlum family is living in my father's house and it is very difficult for me to think of my little girl's photos in that house along with handwritten letters by my girls and myself that even included my drawings that I would illustrate my letters with....The sweet times we once had there once upon a time.  There is no telling what sentimental items that are in that house.  Frightening and heartbreaking. 

But ...God's got this.  The girl will be strong.


God is just.  We can rest in that.  ...And oh friends do know,  I do rest in that.  God gives that Peace that passes all understanding but there is also a grief that happens when we lose someone who maybe didn't always do things God's way, they hurt us at times, but also showed us love at times, and it was a very precious thing when they did and that was many times.




On with my story...

Jem and I were riding through the city last Sunday and we were listening to music in the car...We both love music and I love to look at the clouds while listening to our music.  When I see the clouds I see God and I see Heaven...

On a Sunday it's especially poignant...It's like a beautiful, peaceful sermon illustration that ministers to the Spirit in non-words. You see...God is everywhere if we will just notice.  If we will just notice.  I'm afraid with all of the devices people stare into that they are not noticing anymore...  It's frightening and I think it rips us off from life.  Life.  Life, like that game that goes tick.  Tick.  Tick.  
 

Jem is a musician...He can play guitar, drums, flute...He used to play in the same venue with Christopher Cross before Cross became famous. Jem laughs, I never even knew that guy could sing. 

Now?  Jem plays for pleasure and is your local Realtor Broker in oldtown who will treat you like family.




All that to say, the following song by Ringo Starr came on in the car as I gazed at the clouds and this photo below flashed before the theatre of my mind...



Every time I see your face it reminds me of the places we used to go.  But all I've got is a photograph And I realize you're not coming back anymore...





Yes, this exact photo just popped up in my mind and heart as the spinner slowly ticked to a stop. The ticker has been stopped here at this photo since last Sunday.  This exact photo.  Tick...sway...Tick...


The song?  Here it is...Photograph.   Please take a listen. 





Look at the date: 17 Mar 64.    I was all of three years old.  Here we are in March of 2018.

This little yellow dress had white pockets;  one with Yogi Bear, and the other with Huckleberry hound dog.  : )


More  Photographs.



My first week home in my Daddy's arms.




The waterfront where my dad rented boat slips and owned a marine Gulf gas station for boats and cars.  Mother and I would come on over after church on Sunday as you can see here.  This must have been on Easter Sunday.


 Mr. Jeske and Daddy at his Gulf marine gas station there on the pier on the bay...My dad could be such a character...



At home.









My birthday at the channel 13 studio at the Kitterick show.  The little boy is Tommy, one of my dad's army buddy's son.  Tommy had a G.I. Joe doll...G.I. Joe had a scar, I remember...Not at all like my dolls, but I enjoyed playing with Tommy.  Daddy is dressed in his suit, pipe in his mouth, and me in my red jumper.



Me in my pale yellow and white room...after some large event, maybe the ice capades? late one night. My mother had made this pink velvet jumper for me.  The little bear plaque behind my bed?  My dad made those for my nursery with a jigsaw and decals my mother had bought, he said it was heck to cut those little details out!  The little bear design was placed on my nursery lamp as well.  So darling.  I was fascinated by that balloon, I just loved it.




 




It was just a few years ago, Daddy said I was his darling...





Photograph.   Every time I see your face...






I'll leave you with one more last song as follows.

And please know I have forgiveness in my heart although I have been through pain.  If you have had pain in your life, you too can have the freedom of forgiveness.  God is Just.  He is Faithful.  He will be your Father when you feel abandoned and corruption is rampant. 

You may even feel judged  by some as you've chosen to stay quiet on things.  Even... Jesus said nothing.  -Mark 15:5.  ...Much to Pilate's surprise and amazement.



 ...And with His hand He'll wipe away the tears that stain our eyes.



...Sometimes it captures my heart and carries me far away...Beyond the skies....Beyond all Telling    Our Father Himself will be our Light.   


There is Peace in that.  It's a sweet freedom.  No matter how much the world and memories may tick, He'll bring beauty..   

I hope I can use my talent of the recent suffering and pain through grief to share and encourage others that you may live in Peace.  The world and memories may tick but we can still go on in His Peace with a sweet smile and heart as we mind our own business, taking care of our homes being faithful in the now.

After I posted this music video, I noticed it was shot in Galveston.  God sure knows what He is doing.


Sometimes it captures my heart...and carries me far away.......................................

Have a wonderful day, loves,      Amelia in the Forest



Edit March 9:  

Bearing the burden of crushing weight actually gives Christians wings. 
  
-Streams in the Desert daily devotional.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Everday is a Gift, Make the Most of the Time...A Few of my Favorite Things.

As the Chris Rice song, Life Means so Much goes...Time is our currency...Everyday is a Gift you've been given...A Journal page...Make the most of the Time every minute you're living...

Tis true.

One of my favorite things to remind myself when I have a lot on my plate is simply first things first.  For this day what is most important, what has to be done?   When bewildered I echo a story by Elisabeth Elliott she once told about someone who lost a loved one...Do the next thing.  Just do the next thing. 


Sometimes first things first is an outing with one of my daughters.  This day it was my birthday!  So our oldest daughter, Lea and I visited a special exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts.  If you have read this blog for long you know that I am not only a country-forest-mouse who fearlessly guards my quiet, but a city mouse as well, just taking tiny little contemplative bites of old downtown.  I like the city, the true city, where the museums and hospitals are...downtown, because it's a comfort for me I think.  Growing up, we lived in a little town on the bay, a bit like Avonlea in the feel back then, but we would drive on outings to downtown, my mom, dad and I.  I was born in downtown as well as Jem.  We were both delivered by the same doctor in the same hospital. 

Downtown, Museum District, a little piece of  me and one of my Favorite Things.  My mother went to art school in this area staying with a relative in that season of her young, single season of life.  Happy days with my mom and dad here at the zoo and museums, and my father attended college here.



Lea and me at the art museum.  Spending time, just simple things with our daughters.  A Favorite Thing.



I love the floor of the art museum, it's more of a green color then pictured here and it too is a comfort ...I would love this floor in my home.  Dark green terrazza.  Timeless.  Timeless simplicity and beauty are a few of my Favorite Things.  I love the color, green.



A favorite song to accompany my thoughts and memories of Downtown..One of my Favorite Things...This music:




A very old church close to the museum...I think this view is so beautiful.  Jem and I spied this beautiful scene one Sunday.  An outing with Jem, old beautiful churches where I imagine what went on there perhaps during those WWII years...   Some of my Favorite Things.  Thinking back to what things might have been like...My Favorite Things...





This very old fabrics store in downtown gives me such an excitement, I just love this place.  This is a huge place, and it is old.  Notice the wooden fixtures painted that original retro pink...This is less then probably a fifth of this huge room, this is just the cottons and there was more behind me.  There is an entire other huge room with trims and the most elegant fabrics.  Mannequins dressed in unique designs.  This past week I was feeling as if the little men in white needed to come and get me. *big smile* Ha!  There was a lot going on.  I shared with Jem that going to the downtown fashion fabric store would do me so much good, I just wanted to walk the aisles and look at the fabrics...touching the fabrics in peace and quiet... My sweet husband was kind enough to take me there, he knew I needed it.  A few of my Favorite Things.

While I was at the fabric store I thought to myself...They have a small 50 percent off shelved area ...Yes, I have seen that before so I strolled to that tiny little area and found this wonderful vintage print.


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This print was so darling and I just stood there looking at it....Flashes of my readers in first grade, flashes of memories came to mind with my parents in our vast yard in the old town where we lived.  The precious family dog, the little girl's cotton outfits, very much like I had when I was a little girl. ...And how I dressed my girls when they were little. ...And I bought this fabric by George.  Vintage fabrics...A few of my Favorite Things.



 One balmy day last December Jem and I were on a day-date for lunch in downtown...Dates with my husband, one of my Very Favorite Things.
 We have often said we wanted to ride the little train in the zoo area.  We figured we would go into the area and if we could find a parking space we'd take the ride.  We did find that space, and it was so fun...so relaxing.  The weather was so beautiful that day, I barely needed a cardigan and the breeze whispered through the trees, we could smell the fragrance of Christmas through the trees gently swaying under the cozy grey skies...I felt like a kid again.  Really nice.





I even brought my little elfkin that day as you may have guessed.  Our daughters and I played 'elf'' through the holidays and even now.  One of our married daughters, Marianna temporarily lives a bit away so we would send shots of our elves back and forth in the most interesting of places!  I love whimsy....And childlike fun...to view the world as a child...Noticing things, enjoying things.  One of My Favorite Things.  I never want to lose that childlike way of looking at things....




The Museum of Natural Science...They put up Christmas trees in the lobby, each has a theme for charity. Rescue kitties, ...even underwear for children from families who do not have much.  Just the gift shop in this museum is fascinating with all the natural stones and such.  The Imax and planetarium here is a special treat for Jem and I. The day my father passed away, Jem took me here and we went to the planetarium for a quiet day.  We never know what people may be going through when we see them.  Let's be kind. 


Jem in deep thoughts in the city...He too has his quiet moments.




Now back to the Forest Cathedral...  The city is nice for very short outings but the Forest is my loved home, my element.  I try to take notice of the Present from God (Presence of God) wherever I am because these are the Gifts for today, the future good memories.  If I dwell on yesterday too much I can become sad, even though those are many times good memories...  And if the various memories make me too unhappy, then that's certainly not good, so there is a balance between stuffing memories and living in them constantly. Let's let memories of love fill our hearts with so much love that it will overflow to others.  Let us celebrate this day, this moment, Gifts from God.

If you have seen or see the old movie, A Guy Named Joe (1943) with Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne, you will see a scene where Joe, a guardian angel now, once a bomber pilot played by Spencer Tracy whispers a beautiful message to his wife played by Irene Dunne. His last words to her as her guardian angel in the last minutes of the movie...That's my girl.  Oh my...This is a beautiful movie, a fantasy but yet very real.  Very patriotic as well.

I know my dad is saying or thinking too... That's my girl.  For you see, he sees very clearly now and it's I who sees through a glass darkly.




...So these are some Favorite Things from the Forest as of late.  Today Jem and I finally were able to take a walk but these are past pics from winter days.

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Winter evening skies from my front porch...The muted colors of the Heavens are so beautiful and speak to the soul.  Speechless.  Favorite Things.


Surprise snowy mornings..my view one morning.  My quiet prayer time alone in the early morning hours, nothing like it. I thrive on my quiet time while still dark in the stillness.  We can talk to God and hear God much better like this.  A most Favorite and Cherished Thing.  Quiet with God.


Later I read my devotional, Streams in the Desert, the original version looking up the scriptures in my Amplified Bible.  Many times that original version Streams in the Desert devotional is so right on the money to what is happening in my life.



Our Peter O'Toole-personality blue-eyed white cat, Elbee watching our photographer-artist  daughter, Rebecca seizing the moments getting some great shots of the wonderland.  I really like to get down on the level to see things from the little being's view. I think God does that too, ...With us.



My kitchen window...A favorite place to look out and contemplate and notice...Snowy trees in a wonderland.  A Gift.  A Total Gift for me...A Favorite Thing.

How much of our lives are...well...so daily.  How often our hours are filled with the mundane, seemingly unimportant things that have to be done, whether at home or work.  These very "daily" tasks could become a celebration of praise.  "It is through consecration," someone has said, "that drudgery is made divine."

-Gigi Graham Tchividjian



Grocery store day in smalltown...Oh the love. Our view from our car sipping on iced tea behind the fast food drive-in.  A Favorite Thing.  I see Clifford and the new calf so peacefully grazing...

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We've recently seen this lady at the intersection at a light of a very busy highway in smalltown.  She is warning people from her megaphone to repent.   Lea and I went to bring her a water bottle, she was praying for another lady, so Lea waited.  The lady warning people with the megaphone finished praying for the other lady and then turned to Lea as Lea spoke to her...and we see the lady is blind. 

Jem said she sees more then most do.  

Yes.



I think I had better come to a stopping point for now...It's evening time...Time to unwind...



The same moon that shines upon me shines upon you...




Taken from our living room one night.   The moon shining through the Forest.  Definitely one of my Favorite Things...   




Every day is a Gift...







Thanking God for sweet notes that lift my spirits.


Good evening, loves,      ~Amelia in the Forest


Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.

-A.W. Tozer