Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Reminds me of WV

This is a little town in the hills, called Lead, whenever we drive through this town it reminds me of some of the small towns in WV.

Especially the way the homes are built on the hill sides.

The front porch's on most of the homes.

The curvy roads through town.

Even this old mine.

The narrow side streets going up hill.

The trees aren't hard wood or quite as tall but still there is much resemblance. A lot of the homes have a garage on the bottom level.

Friday, April 23, 2010

lakes and fishing

A few days ago me and my husband went to a couple lakes to try our luck at bank fishing. We would have taken the boat except the main battery was dead and needed to be charged.
We hadn't driven the grizmobile, ( our van camper) for a couple months so we took it up in the hills to our favorite lakes.
This lake was way low last year this time. We could drive half way across before even getting to water and no way could we dock a boat. It is full up this year and very beautiful as you can see from the next few pictures.
This is Packtola Lake to the East.
To the North.

To the North West through the tall pine trees.
This is Sheridan Lake. It was a nice peaceful day.

To the South.

To the North!

To the North East

To the sky!
Notice the bird? I had fun watching a pair of big beautiful gliding birds, I think they were eagles, not so sure about if they were bald eagles or not. They just wouldn't get close enough, but they were fun to watch.
Where are the fish you ask? W-E-L-L we didn't have such good luck with the fishing but it was a fun day and nice to be out in the fresh air in the hills. As I watched the Eagles soar overhead, I couldn't help but think of the many times in scripture, the Bible, that God refers to Eagles.
Did you know that Eagles migrate over Jerusalem and thousands of them have a lay over on their flight south to Africa. So when God talks about Eagles, the Jews understood what he was telling them. Look up Eagle in a Bible concordance and check out some of the any verses.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Childhood Dessert

This is a very easy Dessert, fast to make and only has 3 ingredients or 2 if you like. When I was just a little girl, many, "did I say Many" years ago, this was one of my favorite desserts. I'm not sure if it was because I loved the taste or because it was so easy and even me as a 5 or 6 yr old could make it. Since Graham Crackers were my favorite, we almost always had them on hand. Unlike my older brother, I would rather have a graham cracker with real butter on then a candy bar.

First easy step is to get a bowl, crush or crumble up 2 or 3 graham crackers. Anybody can do that, right?

Step two, add a couple slices of canned peaches. We always had a peach half since my mother always home canned her own from cases of fresh summer peaches. We lived on a farm in ND so it was very necessary to have a lot of canned veg, meat and fruit for the long hard winter months. I would imagine you could use other fruit, fresh, frozen or canned. We always just used peaches.

Step three, add a dab, glob or big spoon full of cool whip. (We always had fresh whipping cream and even as a young girl, I knew how and often did make the whipped cream for our desserts. We milked cows so we always had fresh milk, cream and butter and often we needed to use up the cream before it turned sour. SO - - - you guessed it, lots of whipped cream. YUM-YUM

Now it is ready to eat! I always liked mine best without the peach. I still do. You know what? It's the taste, yep definitely the taste, that's why I like the dessert. The taste is not quite the same quality as when I was a little girl, but I still enjoy it. Try it sometime, you too might enjoy this easy dessert.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Pillows for Porcupine

I have a friend, as a matter of fact, she was my 5th grade teacher, who sewed 50 pillow cases for our Porcupine Mission people. You can see what a lovely job she did and how very beautiful and bright colors they are. We certainly thank her for this gift of love. These were sewn in ND and I had a great memorable opportunity to pick them up and visit with her in March when we were in the area.

There were not as many people there today because of several other activity's and very nice warm spring weather. The people who were there were very excited to do this object lesson. One little boy ask me if he really got to take his pillow home to his house? He was overjoyed.

The rest of the pillows and pillow cases will be given out in two weeks when we go there again. We know who has received them and already have a list of regulars who weren't able to attend today.

I did a flannel board using sheep and a shepherd then changed the sheep to children explaining how we need a good shepherd to watch over us and guide and care for us. I replaced the shepherd with Jesus, The Good Shepherd and let those who wanted to place a little lamb on the board to represent themselves and how Jesus loves them and knows our name. We sang I am Jesus Little Lamb. I told them how the white fluffy pillows reminds me of the lambs.

John 10 The Shepherd and His Flock
1"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice."
We then each drew a red heart on the pillow and wrote Jesus Loves (their name) in this case it was Brandon. This assured each that they really are loved by Jesus and he cares for us not only in the day but all night long even when it is dark and we are alone or asleep. The little boy above seemed deeply moved by this great love of Jesus. He has been away from his mother for over a year now, he is living with other family members. I don't know the reason for this big change in his and his sisters life but I do know it has been very hard for them. We are very blessed to have the opportunity to tell them about Jesus great love and Gift of eternal life to all those who believe and are baptized.

Just a few of the colorful pillows awaiting their ride home. Their new owners kept a close watch over their pillows making sure they got their own pillow.

Step #1 Draw a red heart and wrote "Jesus Loves Ty" with the permanent fabric markers. The pillows were purchased at a very good sale with funds donated by my home church, Zion Lutheran. What a warm, comforting gift of love.

Step #2 Chose a special pillow case, put it on personalized pillow and hug tightly. Their very own pillow to keep forever and ever.

Some of the pillows were almost bigger then the children! So cute!

This little guy actually fell asleep on his new pillow. Very sweet.

Big pillow hugs!

The camouflage pillows were very popular with the boys!

This mother and little 2 yr old both hug the pillow.

Even the older boys enjoyed this project and the
camouflage pillow cases!

Can we say "BRIGHT PINK"?

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.