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

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Our family enjoys the music of the Southern Gospel trio, Greater Vision, made up of Gerald Wolfe, Rodney Griffin and Chris Allman.  They were in concert in Bath, NY recently and our family was eager to go see them again live in concert! 

Penny was excited to be able to go and shake hands with these fellows herself, and to sing along with all her favorite songs!

 

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 Gerald Wolfe is the lead singer, and emcee.  He used to be a member of the legendary Cathedral Quartet with beloved members George Younce and Glen Payne.  Gerald is also a great piano player, and is a lover of the old songs, especially the hymns written in shaped notes in the old red Church Hymnal.

 

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  Rodney Griffin is a popular song writer in the Southern Gospel field, in fact, is known as the Singing News Fan Awards Song Writer of the Year for 13 years!  Papa Dart likes how his songs reflect his rich study of Scripture.  His songs are thoughtful, fun, unique and inspiring.

 

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  Chris Allman is the tenor and is also a songwriter.

We hope you enjoy these video clips we took at the concert.  The first song portion is called No Longer Chained, written by Rodney Griffin.  It tells of Paul imprisoned for his faith, whose story is told in the book of Acts.  In prison he was chained to a Roman soldier, and this song is from the soldier’s point of view as he hears the gospel message from his unusual prisoner.

 

 

 


 

 

 This next is a favorite of ours, a portion of the hymn “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” sung so mightily!

 

 

 

And now a bit of Rodney’s testimony about his alchoholic father who met a common ordinary man with a wholehearted love for Jesus, Bill West.  When none of the highly gifted people could reach his dad, Bill West’s simplicity and compassion met a need in his dad’s heart and created a hunger for the Savior, which our Lord happily met!

 

 

We have gotten to know these men through building our collection of their CDs and DVDs, and seeing them in the popular Jubilee DVDs, and by attending their concerts when they are in the area.  We enjoy their humor and their heart for ministry.  You can learn more about them at their website www.greatervisionmusic.com.

Here is Penny relaxing at home near the stereo with her kitty, Ruby, listening to CDs of Greater Vision, recalling how special it was to be there at the concert hearing them in person.

 

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 One of their classic songs is this one written by Rodney Griffin.  It is a favorite of mine, below are the words.

 

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 God Wants to Hear You Sing

Their chains were fastened tight
Down at the jail that night,
Still Paul and Silas would not be dismayed.
They said, “It’s time to lift our voice,
Sing praises to the Lord,
Let’s prove that we will trust Him, come what may.”
 
God wants to hear you sing,
When the waves are crashing round you,
When the firey darts surround you,
When despair is all you see.
God wants to hear your voice,
When the wisest man has spoken
And says your circumstance is as hopeless as can be
That’s when God wants to hear you sing.
 
He loves to hear our praise
On our cheerful days
When the pleasant times out weigh the bad, by far.
But when suffering comes along
And we still sing Him song
That is when we bless the Father’s heart.
 
God wants to hear you sing
When the waves are crashing round you
When the firey darts surround you
When despair is all you see.
God wants to hear your voice
When the wisest man has spoken
And says your circumstance is as hopeless as can be
That’s when God wants to hear you sing. 

God wants to hear you sing!!!
 
 

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  Pixie and Penny together make a joyful noise to the Lord! 

Who better to sing with than a talented bird??


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 Penny has been visiting at my brother Tim’s house!

Abby went to visit for several days to help out in the greenhouse and around the house with Jess and our two little neices.  Here is Audrey greeting Penny, she’s ready to play the “gentle” hostess.

Tim has 3 greenhouses on his farm.  Two of them are shown here full of flowers: flower packs, pots and hanging baskets, all growing so beautifully green and accented with bright flower colors.  Abby took Penny for a tour and took some really nice pictures.  Thank you, Abby!

The next greenhouse is ready to be filled with vegetable plants of all sorts: tomatoes, peppers, melons, cucumbers and all.  Greenhouses are a great place to get a head start on spring while the snow is still flying outside.  Feast your eyes on these pictures and imagine you can smell the warm moist air, the damp soil and the breath of green plants that are happy to be alive!

 

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 These little neices know that wherever Aunt Abby is there is lots of tickling and laughing going on!  Fun, fun, Abby!   Emma is 3 1/2  and Audrey just turned 2.

 

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 This was the final day of Abby’s stay there at Tim and Jess’, she helped with hosting a birthday party for Audrey.  Mama Dart is in the background on the couch with Mike.  What a fun, festive ice cream cake!

 

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Darling little Audrey, enjoying her special treats, displaying her pearly Oreo teeth and ice cream drippy chin.

 

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This is Becky writing, because Penny isn’t here, she has left on a new trip!

The last I heard from her was when she was traveling through Illinois.   She was passing through Abraham Lincoln Country where so many things there are named after that famous President of the United States.

Penny was heading toward the big city of St. Louis where she would be crossing the Mississippi River.

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I took these pictures on our driveway to show you how the farm looks now without much snow.  The grass is flat and brown, but the birds are busy singing the arrival of spring!  I wish you could hear them sing so joyfully.  The snow is melting away and there is mud everywhere.  I wonder how much greener the farm will be when Penny returns?  I can’t wait to hear about her newest adventure!!


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I really enjoy early American history, so I was thrilled to be able to join my friend, CiCi, and her family to spend Christmas in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Colonial Williamsburg is a 301 acre living history museum; a whole town of restored buildings dating back to the early 1700s, before the Revolutionary War.  In this town walked Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and the noble George Washington.  These great patriots, wise and courageous, led us on the journey to becoming Americans.

 

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 Nearby is the first permanent English Settlement in the New World, Jamestown, settled in 1607 and led by the English soldier, Captain John Smith.  A fascinating character in Jamestown history is the Indian princess, Pocahontas.  I really like her.  Maybe its because when she traveled to visit England, they gave her the name Rebecca.  I like that name.

scan0015As Virginia grew, Williamsburg became its capital in 1699.  It was a thriving town.  The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776.  Later, in 1780, the State capital was moved upriver 40 miles to Richmond where it remains today.

1789 was the year that Virginia’s own George Washington became the first president of the United States of America. Truly a great man!  It was a fascinating privilege to visit the town so full of history.

Oh, one more historic town in that area completing America’s Historic Triangle is Yorktown.  Here the final victory of the Revolutionary War was won, when British General Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington.  Yes, this area is chock full of the history of the birth of our nation!

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 After the trip, CiCi brought the photos over to Becky’s house and they made a huge mess scrapbooking them.  I like to see them try out lots of different colored papers, scissors, shapes and captions. CiCi is new to scrapbooking, but by the way she enjoyed herself, you would think she had been doing it all her life!  I’m going to show you some of their work in the slideshow below.

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Its a cozy place to be here in CiCi’s pocket.  She is a good friend to have and I thank her for letting me go along to see Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg!

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