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“Sing a song, sing a song,

Ring the glad-bells all along;

 

 

Smile at him who frowns at you,

He will smile and then they’re two.

 

 

 

Laugh a bit, laugh a bit,

Folks will soon be catching it,

 

 

 

Can’t resist a happy face;

World will be a merry place.

 

Laugh a Bit and Sing a song,

Where they are there’s nothing wrong;

 

 

 

Joy will dance the whole world through,

But it must begin with you.”

Joseph Morris

 

I enjoy the happy swinging of this poem, it brings a smile to my face and a spring into my step.  Though truly our world is full of troubles, and as humans we are weak and wounded, we have HOPE in Christ.  He satisfies our deepest needs.  In Him we find forgiveness, peace, purpose, life and wonder.  He is our reason to rejoice as we look beyond our troubles and place our trust in His great Ability and Sovereignty.  Once our hearts are settled in Him, we can sing a song and laugh a bit, and folks will soon be catching it.  Spread the Joy!

 

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    His greatness no one can fathom.
 One generation commends Your works to another;
    they tell of Your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty—
They tell of the power of Your awesome works—

They celebrate Your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
    He has compassion on all He has made.

All your works praise You, Lord;
    Your faithful people extol You.
 They tell of the glory of Your kingdom
    and speak of Your might,
   so that all people may know of Your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendor of Your kingdom.

from Psalm 145


 

Cloudy winter days are good for quilts and stories and quiet project days with friends.

 


 
Today, Penny got out her favorite Winnie-the-Pooh book that was my Mom’s when she was little.  This one was printed in 1961, and shows it was loved by its tattered edges.

 

“Good morning, Christopher Robin,” he said.

“Good morning, Winnie-ther-Pooh,” said you.

 

 

My friends, Sophie and Kahlan came today to play with me; together we did some watercolor painting on some Pooh drawings that I had traced onto watercolor paper.

We enjoyed the quaint sayings that are so classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The watercolor artists

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Grandma’s Glasses

A little boy said to a playmate, “Do you know what I want for Christmas?  I want  glasses just like Grandma wears. She must have a special kind because she can see much more than most people.

“She can see when folks are hungry or tired or sorry, and she can even see what’ll make them feel better. She can see how to fix a lot of things to have fun with, and she can see what a feller meant to do, even if he didn’t do it right. She can see when a feller is about to cry and she can see what to do to make him feel better.

“I asked her one day how she could see so good, and she said it was the way she learned to look at things as she got older. So I want a pair of glasses just like Grandma’s so I can see good, too.”

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I love nativity scenes ~ the stable, the critters, and the dear people that were chosen to welcome the Christ child.

 

 

 

Our Christmas tree holds a collection of warm family memories from years gone by and many treasured handmade ornaments.

 

 

 

A beautiful variety of Christmas cards from family and friends is another of my favorite Christmas treasures.  This following picture reminds me of our farm.

 

 

Christmas is a time when we feel so loved, and it is a special time to pass that love around to others.

 

Penny, waiting by her Christmas mailbox.  Is the mailman coming yet?

 

Merry Christmas to you!

 

 

 

 

Through the Waters

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When Thou Passest Through the Waters

“When thou passest through the waters”

Deep the waves may be and cold,

But Jehovah is our refuge,

And His promise is our hold;

For the Lord Himself hath said it,

He the faithful God and true;

“When thou comest to the waters

Thou shalt not go down, BUT THROUGH.”

 

Seas of sorrow, seas of trial,

Bitterest anguish, fiercest pain,

Rolling surges of temptation

Sweeping over heart and brain—

They shall never overflow us

For we know His Word is true;

All His ways and all His billows

He will lead us safely through.

 

Threatening breakers of destruction,

Doubt’s insidious undertow,

Shall not sink us, shall not drag us

Out to ocean depths of woe;

For His promise shall sustain us,

Praise the Lord, whose Word is true,

We shall not go down, or under,

For He saith, “thou passest THROUGH.”

 

– Annie Johnson Flint

 

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“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings….”  Hebrews 10:22

“I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.”  Isaiah 44:3

“But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord…” Psalm 73:28

“…Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”  Luke 18:1

“…Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”  John 16:24

“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.” Psalm 91:15

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  Isaiah 41:10

“…And God Himself will be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death…  Behold, I make all things new.”  Revelation 21:3,4

” These little troubles (which are really so transitory) are winning for us a permanent, glorious and solid reward out of all proportion to our pain.”  II Corinthians 4:17  J.B.Phillips

 

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The month of October has been so beautiful here in Western New York, I have enjoyed trying to capture some of the color and some of our labors on the farm.

 

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Penny enjoys being a part of canning days in our farm kitchen.

 

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Above, are the aronia berries I was canning for juice, and below are the warm-colored jars of  hot peppers and salsa from our garden.

 

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The jeweled colors collecting on the canning shelves in our basement make me smile with thankfulness for the abundance we’ve been given.

 

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Sometimes you will find an autumn bouquet on our table.  This one has pretty patterned zinnias, marigolds, snapdragons, and lavender-colored autumn crocus accented by parsley leaves.

 

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Sometimes you will find a messy project like tomato sauce in the making.

 

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Or mounds of our own grass fed beef being weighed and wrapped for the freezer.

 

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This is an early morning shot showing the soft colors of a waking world growing light.

 

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And here is an evening shot of the geese honking against a glowing sky.

 

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I love the magnificence of this grand old walnut tree.

 

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And the fullness of the golden maple tree.

 

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These leaves may be spotted and imperfect, but they lend their beauty to the world just the same.

 

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The arbor of wisteria vines is turning a pretty yellow above its twisting branches.

 

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The cosmos are towering over the garden fence, nodding in the breeze.

 

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We aren’t the only ones putting up food for the winter ahead.

 

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Now join me for a little walk through the vegetable garden.  The cherry tomatoes are a favorite snack as we pass by.  A pet chicken has kept the bottom branches cleared of fruit as it ripens, so its a good thing this vine is growing on a trellis so we can claim the top ones for ourselves!

 

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The queer shape of the romanesco broccoli is fascinating.

 

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The nasturtiums are bright and vibrant even after the frost has touched them.

 

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Its time to get dirty and dig the potatoes.  Do you see the little fellows that were overturned also in that soft soil?

 

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The pretty garlic bulbs have been drying up in the hay mow.  Once the outer skin is brushed away, they are a clear, smooth white color.

 

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The Rat-a-Tat-Cat is on farm patrol.  Her fur is growing in so thick and soft for the cold days ahead.

 

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While surrounded by all this beauty, we know that without a doubt, the Father above delights to shower us with His blessings.

Please know that you are loved always.

Its written in the autumn colors.

 

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