Monday, November 25, 2013

Bird catch of the day!

This past weekend as my husband and I were headed back home
after spending a little time down on the farm,
we were privileged to capture a few photos of this owl.

Gary quickly pulled over on the side of the highway
so I could get a better shot of him.
It was early morning, the sun was trying to wake up,
but as you can tell it was still quite dusky!

I didn't have much time to grab a few shots,
but I was so pleased when the owl turned and looked straight at my camera.
Look at that face!
 And check out the thorn tree he is sitting in!

As if to say, "Okay, you got your pictures,"
he quickly took off in flight.

And that's my Joy4Today that I plan to share
with Stewart M's Wild Bird Gallery this Wednesday,
as well as Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday!.

is also featuring more feathered friends on this week's post.
I love hearing your comments on my posts,
but whether you comment or not,
THANK YOU for stopping by!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Apple Bobbing - Well Almost!

I only have a few apples left hanging on my tree,
but have found it quite intriguing to watch the cardinals
as they peck away at the swinging apples!

Click on over to Rock4Today to see my latest "Names of God on Rocks",


Click on Bird Gallery to enjoy birding photography from around the world
hosted by Stewart M.

Thanks for your visit!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Tribute to Earl William Hedlund, Scrabble Player Extraordinaire!

The Ozarks lost an extraordinarily great Scrabble player this past week...

My brother-in-law Earl was an exceptional Scrabble player.
At the age of 93, he was still at the top of his game!

Some of his favorite challengers were relatives,
Donna and Walter Klassen from Canada.
Ordinarily a quiet person,
a great challenger (like Walter, above)
seemed to bring out a more sanguine side of Earl's personality.

Earl and his wife Alice (my sister),
became marriage partners on New Year's Day, 1966.
Scrabble partnership followed!
Together they have faced many challenges.
Alice has addressed one of these challenges in her blog,
"Unexpected Journey in 2011".

I'm not sure how long this link will be up,
but a brief synopsis of Earl's life with a few of the ways
that he has been used of God,
is posted HERE!

My Rock4Today post featuring The Names of God on Rocks
is dedicated to my sister Alice.
Click on the highlighted letters to take you there!

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Tribute

One of the definitions for "Tribute" from  Websters Dictionary says:
"Something given or contributed voluntarily as due or deserved; 
a gift or service showing respect, gratitude, or affection."

This past week I lost a special family member.
Time at the hospital,
family coming in,
funeral arrangements...
all these are so important,
and blogging had to be placed on the "back burner".

check back later 
for a special tribute post!

Thanks for stopping by!

( In case you wondered,
 featuring the Names of God on Rocks,
has also been put on hold for a few days.)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Railroad Crossing... and Crossroads Opportunity!

One foggy morning last week as were down on the farm,

...we headed to breakfast with some family friends.

After breakfast, as we stopped at the local store,
 looked across the street...

...and happened to see that the historic train depot was open.

Mayor Henley, who has spearheaded the restoration project,
just happened to be there,

...and was happy to give us a tour,

...and even demonstrated how some of the articles
 were used long ago when the railroad was the lifeline of the community.

Comparing some of the photos from its construction,
to its restoration,
it was evident that Mayor Henley has done a great job
in preserving this part of a small town's history.

The day passed swiftly,
and it was almost time for Saturday night church.

Across the road from the church,
a small sign on a metal gate caught my attention!

Besides the railroads,
community churches used to be the heartbeat of small town America.
Attendance has dwindled,
and now only a faithful few are found in the pews.

On November 7th, Billy Graham will celebrate his 95th birthday.
He is concerned for the future of America,
"Our country is turning away from what made it so great"
"Our country is in need of a great spiritual awakening."

To counteract this problem, 
he has developed a massive effort to reach people
across the United States and Canada
with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This endeavor is scheduled to begin on the night of his birthday,
and is called the "My Hope America" project.

Although he has been famous in the past for mass evangelism,
this time he focuses on the power of personal relationships.
He urges Christians to invite guests into their homes
to share the gospel and learn about Jesus.
My husband and I are making preparations to be a part of this effort.

If you, too, are interested in being a part of this crossroads opportunity,
 click HERE to find out how you can be involved!

Thanks for visiting!
I'll have another post up soon on Rock4Today,
featuring the Names of God painted on rocks.
(Click on the highlighted link to take you there.)