Cherry Bloosoms

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Showing my support

What I do to show my support....really, is just to embarrass myself. I love my little llama! And not the one in this video. They are the "once" Lima Llama Rotation and currently "los lobos." I personally like llamas better. :)

Granddad's Farm in Ednyeville, NC last weekend. I even let him eat out of my hand!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Today on the way home from my new job (temporary though), the sky was so dark. Gray does not describe it. The down pour was over and as I wound my way through the "Napa Valley-like area of Birmingham" as a friend so affectionately put it the other day, back towards all of suburbia, there was a bright spot of trees glowing amongst the shadows. I looked and looked. Where was God's promise? I continued on the two-lane to my designated intersection and as I pulled in the turn lane and stopped. I looked up.

WOW!!! I haven't seen a rainbow like that in a while! Well, Adam and I saw a full one this summer but this one was more than full. It threw me in a trance that said, "Come follow me. Find me pot-o-gold. Go under and have fun." Well, under would have been towards the trafficked interstate and rain. As I sat there in awe, I didn't even have to count. I could see ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet!!!! ROY-G-BIV as I so fondly learned as a child. Special Ed and Navy; well I just can't help but live and breathe acronyms. But, I digress....

The rainbow was the widest I've ever seen! And I don't mean from side to side, but it was, hummm...fat! Beautifully full-bodied colors blending together stretching across the sky for God to say, "Remember!"

And then I turned left and headed on home.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fall is Here....or is it?

Today reached 90 degrees and it's gonna stay the same for the next few days! It's hard to beleive fall is here. There is a beautiful firey orange-red maple at the top of our street that screams, "It's fall, it's here! Look at me!" However, our maple has barely started changing and my Japanese maples look more brown than red. What was a cool week last week and earlier this week, has turned back around. No more early cups of cocoa for me.

Fall is here and it's approaching fast. Halloween is just around the corner and I cannot wait to dress up. My mom always taught me to just decorate and have fun with holidays, secular or religious. Nothing to serious, I just buy pumpkins and squash for the table and send a cute "batty" card or two. It's really just a day to be a kid again-dress-up and candy! What's better than that? It's really great if the weather is "fallish" too on Oct. 31st. The cool night air and crunching of the leaves and acorns beneath the feet of excitement, excites me too!!!

Welcome Fall!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Surface Gardening

"For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God."
1 Timothy 1:6-8

I was out pulling weeds the other day when I realized that all I was doing was brushing the surface. With only an hour of time and friends coming over the next day, I really only had time to pull what would be seen along the front fringe of the natural area. And I barely got to the garden in the back. If I could keep up a garden as well as Adam, fertilizing, watering, and weeding a little on a daily basis, the yard and garden would be in much better shape.

How often do we do that with our spiritual lives? How often do you read a litte of scripture here and there but not every day? Do you go to God in prayer when only things are bad? I can honestly say that I tend to engage in "surface gardening" when it comes to spiritual discipline myself. I've heard that God is the Master Gardner. If we go to him on a daily basis He can make life so much more. More fulfilling. I pray for the strength to "grow" through more time and study with Him.

Friday, October 1, 2010

"Operation Military Family"

I read this book by Mike Schindler pre-deployment and it was great. A wealth of information and great questions that Adam and I could discuss together. Check it out! Literally. It's at the library too!