Friday, July 1, 2022

I'm...Just Like You

 Surprise! You're not the only one who blinks her eyes, twitches her nose, and raises her eyebrows. I do it too. While you blow your nose, comb your hair, and scratch that bug bite, I might be doing the same things too. I'm...just like you.

    I was formed out of dust, shaped in my mother's womb, and born into a sinful world, the same way you were. I cried, I smiled, I laughed, I slept...and so did you. I also had messy diapers, spit up, and got into trouble, the same way you did.


 

    Yes, sometimes I pop my pimples, just like you do. I lick my lips, drool on my pillow at night, and even stick out my tongue, waggle my fingers in my ears...you know. Just like you do!


 

    I've sat there and wondered what God's purpose for me in life is, as you do. I've had thousands, millions, of thoughts cross my expanse of brain, cried buckets of tears, laughed my head off, or talked a blue streak. You do it too.

    I'm as needy as you are, as much in need of God's grace as you are, as sinful as you are. I've needed forgiveness just as many, if not more, times than you have. Been just as impatient. Felt just as helpless, just as hopeless, just as broken.

    Let's come to the Savior together, friend, and find grace to help in time of need. Grace that you need; I need it too.


Monday, March 21, 2022

The Winter Is Past

     "For, lo, the winter is past,

  the rain is over and gone;

  the flowers appear on the earth;

  the time of the singing of the birds is come,

  and the voice of the turtle [dove] is heard in our land..." (Song of Solomon 2:12)

  I found it interesting that it normally rains instead of snows in winter in Israel (at least back then), and that the turtledove's call is more like a voice than a call. Every word in the Bible has meaning!

  If that verse were written in Maine, though, I would have to say "the snow is over and gone" and "the voice of the red-winged blackbird is heard in our land."😀

  And in case you want to hear the turtledove's voice, here's a link:

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl9fSA58kks&ab_channel=MariusTravell

 

  Happy Spring!

Monday, December 13, 2021

Ponderings

   After having this blog for over two years now, I'm wondering about those who read this. I'm sure there must be silent readers out there, or those who might have an opinion. So...

  What would you like to see more of? More pictures?

  More thoughts from my life?

  More essays/poetry?

  A giveaway or two?

  Or would you rather me be quiet altogether?😀

  I'd be glad to hear anything you'd like to share in the comments!


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Buster and Snookums

   Since our black-and-white cat, Hope, disappeared in February, we got two little kittens on May 31. We named them Buster and Snookums.

  This is Buster; he has a brown dot beside his nose.

  And here is Snookums; she's the one with the beard.

  Sometimes they fight...


   ...and sometimes they sit placidly, side by side.

  Sometimes they even dance!😄

 


   They like to follow us to the mailbox, as you can see by the silhouette.

    We enjoy our new cats; we miss our old cats. Here are a couple of them:


Shuffles; Hope


 

Saturday, November 13, 2021

November

 She clothes herself in autumn's graceful gowns,

 In muted shades of grays, maroons, and browns.

 Her hems trimmed with the maple's paling leaves,

 Made brighter with the mosses that she weaves

 Throughout her garb. While snowflakes here and there

 Add glowing, shining accents to her hair.

 And when her garments fade and grow too tight,

 She decks herself in folds of sparkling white.  

                                                                  -Courtney Laws

taken at Riverfront Park last month


Friday, October 15, 2021

October's Bright Blue Weather

   October's been a month for multiple mushrooms...


 
fading flowers...
 


                                    fall leaves, and bright blue skies...




                                        woodland trails...






  How has your October been?

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

August Adventure #2--The Allagash

 On a sunny Monday morning in August, the Laws family started on another adventure, this time 3 hours further north than they already lived--plus a little to the west. The town they were headed to was called Allagash, near the top of their home state.

  They started out, with the youngest of the family absorbed in a book. She paused to ask her older sister (me) what words meant. Cupola. Linen paper. Queue. That last one was a bit beyond her comprehension, so the rest of the family gave their opinions.

  The scenery was nice, with twisting roads, occasional mountains, and lots of trees.

  They stopped in Fort Kent, both to eat, and to take photos of where Route One begins. Before they got there, however, they took pictures of Eagle Lake.

   Then they continued on their way to the Allagash.


    Upon arrival, the Laws family got out their cameras and got themselves out of their vehicle. They walked across the bridge and snapped pictures of the river from that angle:

    and walked down to the river's edge and took pictures from that angle too:

 They stopped at the Historical Society, but couldn't go in because it was closed. But they took pictures outside anyway.

    They enjoyed their long drive, after talking about doing it for years...enjoyed the scenery, God's creation, and each other!