Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pictorial Tuesday Link Up 10 31 17

Saying good-bye to October with some Leaves Photos. Cannot believe another month has come and is going so quickly. Tomorrow is the first of November and on to the holidays. Wow, seems this year is just going way too fast. Love that all have visited each week and shared this year with some photography favorites. But, looking forward to even more sharing.


of or relating to a painter, a painting, or the painting or drawing of pictures pictorial perspective
2 a :of, relating to, or consisting of pictures pictorial records

b :illustrated by pictures pictorial weekly

c :consisting of or displaying the characteristics of pictographs

d :suggesting or conveying visual images pictorial poetry


Pictorial Tuesday is for sharing your photography, graphically manipulated photography or your graphics. Hope you will play along, share, visit others that link up, and come back each Tuesday.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday Scripture Blessing 10 29 17 Link Up

For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.
Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy.  Psalm 149:4-5

This week during the rain, the sun shone through the clouds during the rain. Hubby said, when that happens there is usually a rainbow. Sure enough, there it came. I wish they lasted longer because it was the widest and deep colorful one we've seen in a while, but by the time I got my camera, it was fading. 

Doodle/Journaling in my Bible Promises Journal:

Riches ~ Thank you Father in Heaven for the riches that I have. They may not be monetary or luxury items, but nonetheless, I am rich. Forgive my unappreciative attitude at times. And, even though I'm undeserving, I have riches and values that are in my everyday blessings from above. I'm comfortable, I have food, I have a roof, I'm clothed, I have a good husband and kids that could not be better.
Appreciation of the small things of life gain you treasures of the heart. I've had it good so far. Thank you for looking out for me when I was not paying attention. You, Heavenly Father, have been my wealth all along. Thank you and praises to your name. In Jesus' name...Amen

Yesterday was the first snow, and one of the first in October for quite a few years.

Some fun things to do with your Bible Journaling supplies. I used the ready made journal cards from Hobby Lobby and then just stamped and/or used my ink stamps and a brayer to decorate with God's word.

Hope all had a great week. Looking forward to reading the Blessings' Scripture of those that want to share. Even if not sharing, say hello in the comments.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pictorial Tuesday 10 24 17

 Razzy is my FurBaby. Razzy is now 6. Each of our children had a dog, and not long after the daughter was out on her own, our last furbaby, Kassy, passed. So, we had decided no more dogs, right? Well, 7 years passed, and I decided I wanted another one. Hubby was out on the road so I called to ask if he minded if I got a dog. He said up to me since I'd be the one training, etc. as he traveled. Anyway, when I called, I already had Razzy. When hubby got home, he said..I didn't think you meant right away. haha I knew he would love him and he does, and has spoiled him. Even though Razzy is mostly my furbaby, he shares his time for babying between both of us. 

 This is Chelsea is our first Grand-furbaby (she just visited this past weekend)
When my son got a divorce, Chelsea came home for a bit with him...that was over 7 year ago. Anyway, Chelsea was not house broke at all, and she was about 4 or 5 at the time. So, the job came to me since our son was home again with his dog, and was apparent, he did not know how to train a dog. Chelsea is my proof that older dogs are trainable. She's a good pup now and asks to go out and to come back in. Chelsea is getting on in years. She's about 12 now. Lazy as can be and very much has separation anxiety when my son is not around her. Son has remarried, and the dog went with him. 
That's Chelsea's Story

This is Ghost our second Grand-furbaby. Ghost belongs to my daughter, her hubby, and my grandson. Last year at Christmas, my now son-in-law asked my daughter to take Ghost out. And when she took his leash, there was an engagement ring attached. He then proposed to my daughter. They were married this past July in a beautiful wedding. Ghost is timid, but he is getting use to when I visit and doesn't bark as much. Soon as I'm in a bit, I give him a treat, and then he rolls over for a belly rub. haha
That's Ghost's Story

That's My Dog Tales ~smiles~

Graphic Fun 

Showcasing Images by Designers I've found around the net

Images on my Fall graphic above are found at www.graphicgarden.com.
She has some really cute things that she shares and some are purchase.
Her name is Helena. Pop by and check out her page.

The background texture is mine as well as the tree on the right (an Adobe brush) and the leafs in the tree as well as along the bottom. You can pick up the background texture HERE (without my logo)

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Plain Leaving Book Review

Author: Leslie Gould
Publisher: Bethany House

Reading a novel is like solving a puzzle (for me anyway). Where will the ending wind up? Can I guess the ending? I like to think I know where the author is going with their story. With A PLAIN LEAVING, it was more interesting to guess the outcome as Leslie Gould intertwines two stories.

Jessica's story begins with her background of leaving her Amish home three years prior only to be called homes because her 'Dat' (dad) has passed away. She knows she will be shunned, which is the custom when you've turned your back on your Christian heritage and Church. She also has to come to terms with Silas, the childhood love she left behind as she headed for a life with the English culture.

Ruby's story was set centuries before Jessica's on the same family farm as Jessica. Ruby's story is her struggle to keep the farm going, take care of her ill 'mamm' (mom) as all the rest of the family moves away to avoid fighting for the British. As Anabaptist, fighting is against their religion. Once 'mamm' feels better, Ruby will rejoin the family and the man she's going to marry ~ but will she? Ruby faces some hard life choices that aren't fitting for a woman of her Amish heritage.

The author does a good job of keeping interest in both story lines. I personally found that I was more drawn to the story of Ruby and how her story ends. Did I guess right? Did I guess right how Jessica's would end? I can say, the author kept the interest, and I only knew for sure if I'd guessed right at each story's conclusion.

Jessica and Ruby were both Amish women with lots of life altering decisions.

The story is an easy read that kept my interest without unnecessary dull fill in reading. I give this book 5 stars because it is an awesomely, interesting read.

Excerpt from the Author:
Leaving Was the Hardest Thing She’d Ever Done . . . Until She Had to Return Three years ago, Jessica Bachmann walked away from everything: her family, their beloved farm, her Amish community, and Silas Kemp. After clashing with the new bishop and her brother about her role in her family and the future of the family farm, anger and restlessness wouldn’t allow her to stay.
When she is forced to return home because of her beloved father’s death, her arrival stirs up all kinds of emotions–sorrow, grief, and yearning alike. Jessica knows things can’t return to the way they were, but, especially upon seeing Silas again, she can’t help wonder what might have been–and what still could be. The stakes grow higher when she learns that her brother, Arden, is still pursuing potentially hazardous fracking on the family’s land.
As Jessica wrestles with her next step, she learns the cautionary tale of Ruby Bachmann, a Revolutionary War-era ancestor who faced similar struggles. Will Ruby’s decisions motivate Jessica to leave her family, the land, and her community forever? Or is there healing, love, and belonging yet to come for her in Lancaster County?

A Note About the Author
In the decade and a half since my first contract I’ve written twenty-five novels, from Beyond the Blue, a story about international adoption set in Vietnam, to Courting Cate, a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to the Cousins of the Dove series, co-authored with Mindy Starns Clark about the French Huguenots. No matter what I write, I aim to reveal truths about God’s love, beauty, and redemptive work in our lives. My goal is to connect more deeply to God, family, long-time friends, and new friends through my writing. My hope is that my stories encourage readers to deepen their own connections too. You can read more about the Author, Leslie Gould HERE

I received A PLAIN LEAVING as a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise was required. All opinions are my own.

The reviews on my blog are specifically my own interpretation of my like or dislike for a book that I read.

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Sunday Scripture Blessings 10 22 17

Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things, put on CHARITY, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the PEACE OF GOD rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be THANKFUL. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:11-17 KJV

In my reading through the Bible, I have finished this Summer. I started in 2014 so it took me all this time reading daily. The group I started with suggest reading only one chapter a day. So now, I have started back through, but this time I'm using my Daily Wisdom for Women that I had purchased in 2014 and did some with but than abandoned that to just read from my Bible. All the Bible chapters are from KJV, but with this, I am reading more than one chapter a day from the Old Testament and then one from the New as well as there is Proverbs to read. I think with this read through, I will understand more this time around and have better discernment...hopefully. I also use Matthew Henry online as well as my Bible Dictionary and Concordance. May I ask, is there some that you use that is a help other than Matthew Henry? 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pictorial Tuesday ~ The Interesting of Nature

So, I was picking dead flowers out of my flower boxes, and then I saw this...?? I called hubby out and said "What is this thing?" He told me it was a grasshopper. It looked all upside down to me and I finally figured out that it was hanging onto a green leaf of my flower plant. He held on to it all that day, and the next, and next. I don't know how long he had been there originally. He is now gone from my plant. Nature sure does have some weird looking insects or whatever is the correct name for this thing. Anyway, not sure what he was doing or what use he serves, but I was glad I hadn't wrapped my hand around that part of the plant to pull it out. haha

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Scripture Blessing 10 14 17

You're Next for sharing a Scripture Blessing if you would like. Thank you and have a nice Sunday and week ahead. :)

Prayers for all affected by the fires in California
For the Hurricane damages in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico
God Bless and be with all at this time. So sad.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pictorial Tuesday 10 10 17

When I looked out and the sun was casting such a pretty glow, I had to grab the camera. Wish I could have captured it better because the way the sun was shining over the field was very pretty.

Don't you just love when people share their talents. The background is from Creative Markets and the Hello Autumn is found at The Coffee Shop Blog. Hope you will check them both out. Some talented people share their designs at Creative Markets and you can also gather some freebies from them and The Coffee Shop shares most all her talents for free. Stop over and see Rita at The Coffee Shop.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Scripture Blessings 10 8 17

Sharing some of my Bible Journaling pages. Some I do in my Bible, others I do in a journal. If you like to make your own journals, I've purchased books really reasonable at Goodwill when they're having a sale: you can take the pages out and put your own blank pages in and then decorate the cover however you like. There are many examples on YouTube of how to sew in the pages or by other methods.  Below is one that I made, but I only finished the edge and didn't totally decorate the book cover.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved). Ephesians 2:4-5 KJV

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19 KJV

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pictorial Tuesday Link Up Share 10 3 17

The Warmth
The Nature of your Love
Warms me as no other rays of Sun

Your hug
your arms' embrace
Encompasses my Happiness
and assures me, I am safe

I dream of your Face
As I soak up the Sun
And await once more
The warmth of your Hug
by pb

Water Pump Fun

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sunday Scripture Blessings 10 1 17

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ that we might be justified by faith.
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:19-29 KJV

My Mailbox, a $10 dollar bill, and a prayer:

A few Springtime's ago around Easter, I attended Church with my son who was visiting from California. It was sentimental because he had come to spend time with us and he had brought our youngest grand-daughter who we'd rarely seen since she was born. She was now two at the time. Anyway, after that Church service that day, the cemetery where my mom is buried is on the way home. (My son had stayed after Church to visit some of his friends there, and I went on my way.)

I stopped at the cemetery to visit her grave since I rarely go there. Anyway, while there, I had the biggest urge to pray to Jesus and ask him to show me that my mom was with him (I assumed she was) and okay. In tears, I prayed fervently and said, Jesus, I know you have the power to show me that she is okay. I continued to visit and have my tearful time of missing my mom.

Then, I headed home to finish preparations for our Easter dinner. With dinner and days that past, I had forgotten my prayer.

It was a few days later that when I went to the mailbox, and looked down right in front of it, lay a $10 bill. Now, there is nothing across our road and behind our mailbox but an empty farm fields. On one side of our place is an abandoned building on that lot, and one neighbor to the other side. We are pretty much surrounded by farm fields. I then told my husband and son about my prayer and I considered it an answer/a sign. My husband laughed and said, your mom didn't throw down a $10 bill. He's very much a doubter. :)

My son suggested that I ask the only ones that would be going down our road and by our mailbox. The one that hangs a weekly paper on the mailbox hook, and our mail person. I did, and neither said they had lost any money that week.

Now, I know my mom didn't throw down a $10 to me to show she's okay, but I take it as a sign. However it got there, in our 35 years of living here, I've never found money outside our house or by the mailbox. So I'm claiming it as an answer to my prayer. I knew my mom was okay, but was nice to think Jesus heard my plea/prayer that day and needed some comforting. Miracles do happen, even small ones.

I, for some reason, find it hard to use this $10. It has been on my refrigerator for the past 3 years. Every time my son visits now, he comments that I still have that $10. May find a way to pass it forward to someone who needs a blessing.

The mailbox where the $10 lay folded on the ground right in front.

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