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I'm Just Sayin...

I don't think it would matter.
I'm pretty much convinced that it wouldn't matter which hairstyle picture I took to a stylist, I'd end up with the cut I got. I don't know why that is. It's like I sit in the chair and they can't stop themselves from cutting, and cutting... and cutting and I am just dumb enough to trust their artistic interpretation and Bingo!, I get "the haircut"; the same haircut I always get whenever a beautician is given free reign with scissors and my hair..., and I'm paying for this!!  It's getting so I'm just not surprised anymore! This first picture is what I took with me to my appt.. I went in with shoulder length hair. I came out without a bunch of hair and without the style much resembling the photo! I don't think it would matter which picture I brought in. It's usually the same story. I get the about same haircut. I don't know why, but I have (I like to think I have) learned to expect it. I don'…

Birthday Buzz: Happy Birthday Tabby Baby!

Daddy Mike delighted with our baby Tabby!

Baby Tabitha spent a lot of time in this blue corduroy Snuggli going for walks with Mommy. Oh the delightful times we had!

Tab and Sissy Liv

Tabitha Laurel was born September 29, 1981!
She has always brought joy to our lives!
Happy Birthday Tabby Baby!

Enterthe Fighter Verse Songs Cd Giveaway!

On Our Sunday Drive

Maybe writing about Sunday drives seems odd. Maybe it is odd, but these drives are a sweet joy at the start of a new week. Mike and I took our drive via country roads out to Kanopolis State Lake. One highlight was stopping at the Smoky Hill Trading Post. When we used to go to this lake almost every weekend to camp when I was a kid, we stopped at the same store except then it was called "The Dam Sandwich Shop". It's aptly named being located so close to the dam, but my brothers and I loved the name of the shop because we liked the way "The Dam Sandwich Shop" sounded naughty. About 5 years ago it got a new name and new owners. The little shop sells boater, camper, hunter and Sunday Drivers' needs. As a kid I remember peering with some awe at an alligator in a cage outside the Dam Sandwich Shop. The alligator had been found either in the lake or the Smoky Hill River. It was a novelty! I wonder whatever happened to the alligator. Here are some notable highlights…

A Nice Day In.... Out of the Chilly Rain!

Chloe and Grammy

Sean, Sean, Sean and Sean and Eleanor

Eleanor woke from her nap with pink cheeks and hair falling in her eyes.
Olivia pulled her hair back with a cute pink ribbon thingy!
And a reminder about a Free Bible Verse Song CD Giveaway in the post below:

We Have An Anchor

Last Sunday Mike shared a scripture that I've always loved. It's been going through my mind since then. "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."Hebrews 6:19,20
Then last night in the wee hours of the morning when I woke up, some words from an old song were flowing through my mind; "Be very sure. Be very sure. The Anchor holds and..."
And that's all I could recall. I thought about getting up to find the rest of the words, but I knew that would be a bad idea as far as needed sleep goes!
So I went back to sleep with "being very sure, being very sure the Anchor holds and..."
Here is the song I was thinking of in a nicely done arrangement. The second song is another lovely  "Anchor song".

Here's the Thing: Being "Ready For The Storm"

Here's a song I like a lot written and performed by Dougie Maclean. It's an encouraging song, but may seem self-righteous on first hearing except for the fact that our readiness for any storm can only be met in the light of God through Christ, our "Lighthouse" as it were. Personally we are experiencing a storm with what seems like threatening lightening all around, but we're safe in Christ:
"For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body." 2…


Three similar definitions of "Dwell":

- "to live as a resident; reside"
- "to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing"
- "to fasten one’s attention"

Three biblical passages and reminders:

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!" Psalm 91:1-2

"Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God."
Psalm 90:1-2

"If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me."
Psalm 139:9-10

On Our Sunday Drive

Mike and I have taken Sunday drives for as long as I can remember. No, we haven't gone each and every Sunday, Amen!, but this summer we've been almost ritualistic about it! While some folks may be ritualistic about Sunday naps (understandably), it's Sunday Drives for us! Here are some pictures of our latest Sunday drive: Wild sunflowers by a mailbox and wagon wheel railing. Salemsborg Luthren Church is a building we often pass. It is set off a county highway and the scenic route to the closest small city. We decided to stop and take some photographs. This is the back of the building which has a cemetery in the yard. Here is the front of the church building. Isn't it a beauty? An inscription on a piece of granite above a door The same inscription in Swedish Here is a cornerstone that says: "Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone" And a bronze plaque recording the three other chuch buildings that have stood here but were rebuilt for various reasons. I suppose th…

Horsin' Around

Liv, the kids and I went shopping today at the Goodwill.
Liv found this cute horse costume for Sean.
He is delighted with it!
He couldn't wait to try it on and gallop around the house when we got home. He held up different parts of the costume to ask what things were: stirrups, reins... then he held up the saddle horn and said, "What's this one called, Grammy?" I said, "That's the horn of the saddle, the 'saddle horn'. "
Sean said, "Oh! Honk Honk!" (as he squeezed the saddle "horn".) "Ya better get out of the way!"
Olivia posted a short video clip of Sean and Horse galloping through the house!

Granddad and Eleanor Chloe holding my expired Goodwill "preferred customer" discount card

5 Memory Cards and Many Memories

Today was the day to find the wooden surface of my desk. I went through piles of stuff that needed to be put away, pitched, filed or returned. Among the clutter, I rounded up 5 digital photo memory cards. Of course I had to discover what was on them and work at a bit of digital photo organizing. I found many memories on the cards. Here are three:

Liv and Tab My Papa My Mama

Photo From July and "Oh, my heart!"

How incredibly long ago this seems... This was taken in July when Tab and the kids visited from Florida. This may not show all the grandkids at their best, ("I see some sleepy children,") but they are all here! Mike's Dad holding Sean and Marcail, Mike holding Naomi, Olivia holding Chloe and Tabitha holding Eleanor with Henry beside them (How I love all of these blessings!) Thanks to Liv for getting the photo developed! It will be sent with my folks on their trip to West Virginia soon!

Birthday Visit Get-Together

This is a little nook of our neighbor's side yard. It borders our backyard and though our neighbors come out to tend to it, they can't see it unless they come out and walk behind some pines and an abandoned dog-run. They enjoy their garden, but I think we enjoy it even more since it is a nice view from our patio and the climbing vine with white blossoms smells lovely when the breeze carries the scent our way. (Our neighbors say it'a a type of clematis) Here is the birthday boy, Don. (My step father-in-law) And here is the cake that Mike's Mom decorated for him. Pretty and chocolaty! Olivia and Chloe Mike and Sean We had a get-together because Mike's sister, Nancy was here from Florida and it was Don's birthday. Back row L to R: Julie (Mike's other sis), Don, Nancy holding baby Chloe, Nathan (Julie's son), me, Mike holding Sean, Mike's dad holding Eleanor Front Row: Mike's Mom and Olivia

Early September Garden

So we can remember.  This is most pleasing part of the garden. Other areas need some changes, and I've taken shots to help us plan, but I'll not post them until changes are made next year, Lord willing!

Ornamental peach tree, knock out roses, orange moss rose, viburnum, pussy willow, orange zinnias and some
"Black-Eyed Susans" Bright and happy zinnias! I think some light cream-colored ones need to be added. Lemon balm just off the patio, (already bloomed) and a "spike flowered" purple perennial that has bloomed all summer! We are considering planting some mums in raised bed in the background where we did have green beans.  Beans or mums? For me, mums tip the scale now, at least in that area. Wouldn't Autumn color in the background viewed from the patio be nice?

Lavender and Moss Rose

Also taken today. I think they are happy too! The lavender gets full sun, but is protected and the moss rose is in a
big pot.