Penny the Traveling Clothespin Doll shares her adventures at home and abroad.

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We have taken part in the Samaritan’s Purse ministry Operation Christmas Child the last few years.  What fun it is to pack a box of special items to gift to a needy child in another land.

 

 

Here is the website all about Operation Christmas Child.

 

 

Our church ordered these festive printed boxes and this flier explained what to include while putting together your shoebox gifts.

 

 

Penny had a lot of fun trying out some of the items, like riding this toy jeep.  Whee!!

 

 

Imagine the fun some little boy will have with this harmonica, making music wherever he goes.

 

 

I love the warmth of handmade items, so Penny and I found a way to personalize the little 4 X 6 inch sketchbook with colorful washi tape and fun animal stamps decorating some of the pages here and there.

 

 

Here is the scrapsheet displaying the variety of critters now decorating the inside of the sketchbook: monkeys and hippos, giraffes and alligators.  I hope they will delight some little fellow who receives this.  He can fill out the rest of the pages as he wishes with the box of crayons we included.

 

 

Another homemade gift is a drawstring bag we called a “Possible Bag” as kids.  It can hold anything possible, and be a great place to store treasures.

 

 

Penny inspects the final stitches to be sure they are even and strong to hold up to lots of use.

 

 

Admiring the finished product.  This bright blue print is cheery.  I wonder what it will hold in its lifetime?

 

 

And now to try to fit it all in the shoebox!  The sketchbook, a yo-yo, a toothbrush, a new plaid shirt, sunglasses… a nerf football too!  How can we make it all fit?

 

 

We did it!!  The possible bag is tucked on top, then with a caring prayer that God’s love will bless whomever this will eventually belong to, Penny must sit fiercely on the lid while I wrap the bulging box with a couple of rubber bands.

 

 

Next, it gets a green label for a BOY, and we check the box for a child 5-9 years old.

 

 

And now it is ready to send!!

 

 

Violet is interested in seeing where the shoeboxes go from here, so we send her off to find out….

First it goes to our church where they collected a total of 138 boxes.  My friend, Cindy, from church helps at our town’s drop off location where all the area shoeboxes are collected, then packed into big brown boxes to be trucked out to a processing center.  There are 8 processing centers in the United States.

 

 

 

Violet will go along with Cindy as she and her husband volunteer at the Processing Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Stay tuned for her report on what happens there!

 

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It has been such a beautiful October, so much sunny weather and such gorgeous colors in the sky, in the trees, and everywhere you look!  Beautiful Autumn.

 

 

Here are some warm pictures from around the farm.  The pretty elm tree and our dairy cows, Marmee, and Kemmie out in the pasture say “hi” to you.

 

 

We recently got guinea hens and the happy critters are noisily giving their opinion of anything and everything, whether they convince anyone or not.

 

 

 

 

As Penny was dining in the side yard, a friend dropped in to see what was up.  Care for a cookie?

 

 

Now they are good buddies.  Penny and a puppet – chicken?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now in this picture below you will see a surprising sight.  What could it be?

 

 

A chicken in a tree!  She is one of the red hens that I had let loose because she was being picked on.  Now she happily has the best of the best on the farm.  Here is where she sleeps every night, in the apple tree.

 

 

Today’s task is to plant some spring bulbs.  We have grape hyacinths and spring crocuses.  Penny, grab your shovel and let’s get to work!

 

 

You bring one of those sacks of bulbs over and I’ll dig a hole.

 

 

The directions say to plant them three inches deep and three inches apart.

 

 

And the same with the crocuses.  Aren’t those interesting papery bulbs?  We’ll have lots of color to greet us early in the spring, after our long cold, snowy winter.

 

 

As the rainy days set in, its time to spend some time crafting indoors.  Here Penny is helping me stitch a candy corn garland to decorate with.  Her little mousie pin-cushion pal is also a recent project.  What an adorable face.

 

 

Little did I know that today is officially National Candy Corn Day.  An annual celebration on October 30th.  Wow, what timing!

Happy National Candy Corn Day, my friends!

 

 

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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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“Make room for me in that comfy chair, Ruby, let’s read a Bible Story together…”

This is the story of how the Apostle Paul came to be used of God in starting churches after the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Many people at that time thought Jesus was a big fake and that His followers were causing trouble.  In these early days, Paul was called Saul, and he hated anyone who called themselves a Christian…

 

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The End.

You can read this story of the Apostle Paul’s early days in Acts chapters 8 and 9.  Paul wrote much of our New Testament.  He traveled about to spread the news of Jesus’ resurrection and started churches in many cities.  The Epistles that we have in the New Testament are a collection of letters he wrote to the churches to help instruct them in the way of Christ.  His story is an amazing example of how God can change the most destructive life and use it in a beautiful way in His Kingdom.

 

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