Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
This was the sign out in front of the Pig out Palace.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
This lovely bird was in our front yard tree just enjoying the day. I think she was trying to soak up the last sunshine and heat of the summer. These cooler temperatures are so wonderful. I will miss the flowers and robins and warmth of summer but I love fall so much!
Cold fronts that bring refreshing cool air and watching them rolling in from the north.
Being wrapped in your favorite blanket with a thermos of hot coffee and yelling for your football team
Sweatshirts and jeans weather
Cheerful fires in the fireplace
The time change which seems to allow for more evening family time at home
Yummy pumpkin and spice candles
Crunchy leaves, pumpkins, Thanksgiving and seeing family
Warm socks, snuggling with the ones you love
Large pots of soup and cornbread or homemade rolls
Hot cups of apple cider and trips out to the corn maze
Pumpkin cake, muffins, bread...soup...just the smell of spices cooking
The color of the leaves as they die. Interesting to me that something dying can be so beautiful. (There is a lesson for Christians in that I believe.)
Well, I just love fall and the changing of the seasons. Thank you God for all of the beauty around us. Help us not to ever take any of it for granted but to always have open eyes and hearts to drink it in and to be thankful.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Just a few pics...for fun. :)
Monday, September 21, 2009
Anyway, home now and bless those little busy hearts, they seem sweeter now that I have left the classroom. not.
OK, maybe I am just too old for this. ha. I am sure that is the problem.
Looking ahead, we have a great football game on tap for this Thurs. against a top rivalry. Should be a good match up. We then get to HEAD TO ARKANSAS to see our wonderful oldest son for Family Weekend at Harding. I have tried to keep really busy and just pray hard for Will and not dwell on the fact he is gone, but now that we are three or so days away from hugging his neck...I am so thrilled and cannot stop thinking about getting in the car and driving (forever) and seeing what his life is really like in person! Miss that boy! Wes even misses him and is excited about seeing him again.
Oh, on another random note, I am probably not supposed to tell this because my Dad warned me sternly not to tell anyone here in Raider country, but Colt was not feeling well at all on Sat. during the Tech game. I would say he played like Superman seeing as he had the swine flu at the time.
Oh, and Taylor Potts is for real. He is going to have a great future in football. I don't think I have seen any quarterback take any harder hits than he took and still get up to play the next series. He takes a lickin and keeps on tickin ,and accurately too.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Here are a few pictures from the weekend:
There are several pictures in this post of Jan's house. She is just such a talented decorator and artist. Notice that their dog Sandy is looking in the window in this one. :)
Friday, September 11, 2009
Did you weep for the children
I'm just a singer of simple songs
Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
I'm just a singer of simple songs
The greatest is love
Monday, September 7, 2009
"We have not invited a man to know and live from his deep heart."
What makes him come alive, what stirs his heart?
"Aggression is part of the masculine design, we are hardwired for it. If we believe that man is made in the image of God, then we would do well to remember that "the Lord is a warrior, the Lord is His name." Ex. 15:3
Adventure is written into the heart of a man.
God made him that way. We try to turn him into a "nice guy". That is all fine and good, but he also wants to be the hero, the man in the battle, whatever that battle is.
I am learning to let go and let them live. With Will gone away to college I have really had to let go and let God watch over him. I do now pray for adventures for my boys. For battles to be won and for their hearts to be alive. I know that this could mean that I might be even farther away from them in the future. Will wants to be in Africa or somewhere on a mission field. Wes wants an adventure somewhere, anywhere. I understand this and pray that they will focus on not just adventure for adventure sake, but that their focus will be on the spiritual battle, the real fight.
These last words from Wild at Heart ignite even my woman heart:
Jesus is no "capon priest," no pale-faced altar boy with his hair parted in the middle, speaking softly, avoiding confrontation, who at last gets himself killed because he has no way out. He works with wood, commands the loyalty of dockworkers. He is the Lord of hosts, the captain of angel armies. And when Christ returns, He is the head of a dreadful company, mounted on a white horse, with a double-edged sword, His robe dipped in blood. (Rev. 19)
Now that sounds a lot more like William Wallace than in does Mother Teresa.
No question about it- there is something fierce in the heart of God.
I think he put something fierce in the hearts of his men also. It is good.
This beautiful moon rising picture was taken at the game last Friday night. I am amazed at how God speaks to us if we will just listen and open our ears and eyes.
I am in a struggle to be obedient , to be content or make some changes in our life right now. It is hard when God seems to be really silent in our lives. I know that we are way too impatient about things, but how do you as a child of God deal with waiting and listening and being patient in dry or silent times with God? I am sure He is waiting on me to grow and improve or change, but oh how I wish I could have a clear word or more of a direction some times.
I would love your input. Thanks and blessings! Amy
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Perception ..something to think about...
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007.
During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
4 minutes later: the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk..
6minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.
45 minutes: The musician played continuously.
Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.1 hour:
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world.
He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.
The question raised: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it?
Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made....
How many other things are we missing?
Thank you Brad for sending this to me and thank you Lee for sending it to Brad. Blessings. Amy
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Great video...This is just a short clip of Colt's fishing video with ESPN, so if you want to see it all ...go to... http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/news/story?id=4435439
Will is in an old photo of the kids when they were fishing in Red River on the video in the link above. Those were the good old days. Fun! Way to go Colt!
You will need to pause the blog music and hit play. :)