Last Easter here at the Forest Cathedral...
Our third born, Zuzu and youngest daughter, Grace taking shots of grandbabies as Grace's dachshund, Atticus looks on... I thought this was such a pretty setting, it reminded me of a Victorian painting with a few modern touches.
We have four daughters pictured in these shots. I love getting shots of them getting shots.
My little ivy garden was doing so good and then our cow pets came to visit. They kind of liked that ivy and messed it up a bit. Eh hem.
The mommies take such good care of their calves, there were more than several mommies and their calves...So sweet.
Gracie is looking on. There were many, many different colored cows on our property here for a while, Mr. Lundy's cows quite like it here.
My 93 year old mom. Always a matter of prayer.
This is little Muffie, we've had little Muffie since 2007, he's blind and we love him and care for him, he's like a human baby many days. I'm learning to keep somewhat of a schedule for him. So we have two blind dogs now,many of you read about little Missy last December. Muffie was found in an intersection by our daughter, Joycie, it was like he was just waiting for her to arrive. He hopped in the car and rolled around on his back pleased as punch to be in her car! The poor thing had been left in the elements and his collar was rusted shut. Can you imagine?
Sometimes Jem and I visit the city, it's nice. I love the fountains and the statue. This is near Rice University where my uncle attended in '38. My dad climbed the statue in the distance with friends here as a fraternity stunt. The police back then looked on and watched amused!
Oh my, it's been busy here lately. I've learned lately to really concentrate on being a little girl to the Father...I've been talking to God as a child would, very, very transparently and it's such a wonderful feeling to be able to do so...I do try hard to rest in that and am sometimes a nervous little lady about things especially when it comes to my 93 year old mom. We all keep an eye on her but things come up, and I'm sure any of you can understand if you have an elderly parent. But the Lord is so good to me, He listens beautifully to my concerns, big and little. No prayer is too small for the Father.
I wish I could be at rest like this little girl *all* the time...Jem tells me to stop worrying! Jem does not worry.
Here is a song that I've always loved and right now it has special meaning to me, do you remember Keith Green? He had been a child prodigy and later wrote for a television network among other accomplishments.
I remember when Keith Green died in a private plane crash, it was horrible, some of his little children were with him. I was expecting our first baby and we had just seen Keith Green in concert the previous spring. I remember it like it was yesterday, after the concert I saw a young man I went to school with, he was the son of a famous astronaut. He had the looks of Montgomery Cliff the famous actor. Jem and I had been lifting him up in prayer, the Holy Spirit had put the young man on my heart. Who did I see? It was the young man, he was with other young guys getting on a bus, and I stopped him, franatically calling his name. He couldn't hardly talk, the drug use had done something to him. I still think of him, I hope and pray God restored him fully, he was a brilliant young man. He was in normal clothing, jeans and a colorful button down 70s shirt, the other young guys were in black pants and white button down shirt uniforms. Apparently he was the new guy.
This song by Keith Green ministers to me in a special way, it still brings tears to my eyes. I hope you too will be blessed by this special song, When I Hear the Praises Start...
Thank God my blood pressure challenge is becoming better, I study nutrition so have put the pedal to the metal on some things. Keeping my sodium count to 1000 to 1500 a day. Hibiscus tea is absolutely a Godsend and I'm drinking a cup or two of that, I love it iced too. I've cut down on caffeine, drinking a half calf blend of my own, and then refresh with decaff after a couple of cups of half. This is not meant for medical advice but just personally what I do as I do research and God leads. Stress is an enemy of mine I can see that too, one of, if not *the* biggest culprit. Did you know (according to Dr. Peter Osborne) you can take your bp wrong if you do not have your arm more in line with your heart (I place mine on a pillow now) and also resting for a few minutes first (I sit quietly for five minutes). Osborne states many doctors do not even take it correctly and it can lead to false highs.
In the meantime, with life going on I try to keep things happy and uplifting. I take walks on most days. When I get in, I try to keep my appearance a cheery one. It affects me, how I am dressed and keeping up with myself.
This is what I'm wearing today, and many days. A favorite.
A colorful vintage-look print skirt I made. It's so cheery I think!
I just finished this one:
This sweet fabric is from Hobby Lobby, I thought this would look so pretty with a black top, one of my signatures, or perhaps an off white cotton eyelet trimmed sleeveless tops.
I'm working on a "Peanuts gang" print one, a "fall" print and a "dog" print. I hope to post those soon!
Life is interesting, we can walk and talk with Him though. Sometimes people can even say things to hurt us, perhaps they are calling our good, evil in some-off-way, entitlement can be involved, perhaps they look at us coldly as we are shocked out of our gourd. Oh how it hurts our hearts! We're just blown away when this happens and feel sucker punched. We immediately wonder who wrongly influenced the person. But I will not be a victim. Keeping a right heart, I'm praying for the person to be convicted by God.
Here's a couple of plaques Jem and I saw in Fredericksburg:
Haha, funny and true too!
Amen to that, I thought this was so sweet and a precious reminder.
Here is another song I'll close with that ministers to me greatly, I hope you will enjoy it too. Be blessed and at Peace dear Readers, this song is by Fernando Ortega. Jesus, King of Angels...Just beautiful...
Signing off from My Forest Cathedral...I just asked Jem a good title for this blog, He said... "Don't Worry". (big smile)
Take care All, let me know how you all are doing! ~Amelia