Living in the shadow

These clouds brought to mind the words "shadow of the Almighty" and then, "only the Shadow knows" and then, "Living in the shadows." So I opened up Psalm 91 and read this: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his ... Continue Reading

Beauty Finds A Way

This fungi is a woodland masterpiece on a rainy morning.
Last year — and the year before — this beautiful fungus appeared. Previously it grew out of the top of the stump, but this year its appearance has gone south, literally. It is different, but still beautiful. Its circumstances have changed, but it hangs onto purpose and sends up the usual frills. Perhaps it mourns the loss of position, but it makes the best of the situation and carries on. Beauty always finds a way. Continue Reading

We All Scream Fore! More Ice Cream

Jack Nicklaus Ice Cream
The county fair has finished for another year and we're recovering at home. It was an extremely hot and humid week filled with late nights and early mornings. Feeding, washing animals, showing, selling, working in various booths for various organizations — the kids are in a stupor today, and rightfully so. They didn't know I had a secret treat to brighten their day ... something so yummy they'd scream fore! more. Continue Reading

Not Your Mama’s Canning Book: praise from a devotee

Not Your Mama's Canning Book by Rebecca Lindamood
Do you start yearning for fresh produce about mid-January? Do you wax nostalgic when summer rolls around and canning jars go on sale at the hardware store? Hang tight, friend. I've discovered a canning book filled with incredibly decadent recipes that will have your steam gauge spinning. Also? You'll want to CAN ALL THE THINGS — a reference to page 19 in a new book by Rebecca Lindamood. It seals the deal on canning season, now and forevermore. Continue Reading

All You Need Is Love … but love is elusive

View from the pasture with love.
There is hope. There is promise. There is kindness. There is peace. There is love. It may be sheltered by tall grasses or buried beneath weeds. It may be hidden in the midst of a thorny facade. So what! It is our calling to find it, our duty to bring it to light. We were not made to stagnate. We were not created to wallow in frustration until one last breath leaves our body. Continue Reading

Independence Day, Fireworks and Family Fun

Independence Day 2016
There were barefoot kids running in every direction. There were sparklers (only 1 burn!). There were smiles and laughs and shrieks. There were grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, and kids of all ages. There were burgers and deviled eggs and watermelon and iced tea. There were big booms and bright lights. And while I sat off to the side trying to capture the night with a camera, I couldn't help but feel thankful and blessed. I hope your Independence weekend held special moments for you and yours, too! Continue Reading