On Thursday Feb 15th my husband and I went for a drive in the Black Hills of SD. only about 15 minutes outside Rapid City. We wanted to enjoy the white , crunchy, sparkly beauty of the snow covered hills and trees. It was -17 degrees that morning. We knew with the predicted warmer temps and strong wind that the snow would not last long. We were blessed by seeing some big horn sheep at the upper right and many deer. My husband took the picture of the 2 posing deer as they were on his side of the van. They stood there so beautiful while he rolled down the window and took the picture. Then another deer who had been laying to the left jumped up and they all ran gracefully away. Today our temp got up to 50 degrees so much of the snow is gone, especially the snow on the trees. The 65 mph wind gusts yesterday also made short work of the snow. Now the Northern hills around Lead and Deadwood had over a foot of snow yesterday and with the winds have quite big drifts to contend with. The snowmobilers are happy. They come from surrounding states to enjoy the beautiful trails around deadwood and Spearfish area.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
It seems just like yesterday that I took these two pictures. Time goes so fast and children just don't stay babies very long! Our youngest grandson Wyatt turned two years old on Feb 8Th. These two pictures bring back so many memories. We have enjoyed watching him grow and learn new things. He is such a little man now. Talking up a storm, potty trained and running, jumping and climbing. We all love Wyatt very much and look forward to each new avenue of his life. The love keeps growing and growing with each new adventure as it has with all 5 of our grandchildren. What a special blessing from God our Loving Father in heaven. It is so much fun to witness their love for each other. Dad, Mother, big brother and two older sisters are there to teach, encourage, bust most important, love each other and pray together.
The Black Hills of SD are very picturesque and what beautiful white wonderland. It is impossible to capture the beauty with a camera, however it sure is fun to try! At the upper left is a big bull pine. The frosty snow covered tree at the upper right is a big Oak tree in our yard. It's hard to believe I could reach the top of this majestic Oak 28 years ago when we first moved in. This morning it was -15 degrees and with the 5 inch's of snow we received yesterday it is absolutely beautiful outside. There was no wind so the snow mostly stayed exactly where it landed. With all the clean white snow it always reminds me of forgiveness and how God makes us white as snow, through His Son Jesus. His Blood washes away our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. There is beauty in everything He created. We just need to look for it!
Monday, February 12, 2007
This is my oldest grandson showing off one of his treasured Christmas gifts. Both him and our seven year old grandson, along with many other boys their age, are captivated and intrigued with Knights and the protective armor they wore. When I watch them playing with these. Their parents have taught them about Christ and the full Armor of God. In Ephesians 6 it tells us about that armor so we can take a stand against the devil's schemes. They are listed as the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and sward of the Spirit.