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Sometimes I Cry...

I have a fear of large bodies of water.  I have said in an earlier post that I believe it stems from Falcon Dam opening on my grandfather, brother, and me while fishing on the lake and my brother nearly being swept away.

So, when we went on a north and east U.S. baseball tour in 2006 and part of the tour was to visit the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, I was pretty hesitant to get close.

I had to really talk to myself about it and I did get brave.  Here are three pictures of the beauty, albeit a dangerous beauty...



I did NOT go down and ride the boat, but it made a nice picture!



Do you see all the little yellow slickers over there on the right...not me! ;o)



but...they actually let me get THIS close!!!  Amazingly beautiful!!!


Today was a fearful day for me.  It was just a bad day.  Nothing seemed to go right.  I recently heard the song, Sometimes I Cry by Jason Crabb.



I thought about that today.  Sometimes I do cry, sometimes I hurt, but what an amazing God that provides for me and holds me when I have a bad day.  A God who helps me stand again and gives me strength! I like to think that Niagara Falls is all the tears of the world and God takes them all and makes them something majestic!


Fresh Find, fresh idea timepiece.  Nice!!! Interesting.



6,000 Miles...

When our children were in grade school I traveled 6,000 miles to the Ukraine.  There I met the most wonderful people.  I was not one who recovered from jet lag the entire trip, but one sweet woman kept me going with her precious spirit. 

Nadia was our interpreter.  We have been in touch, lost touch, and are now back in touch.  She recently sent me this picture of her and one of her grandsons together.




Isn't she just beautiful?  You can see kindness in her eyes.  Please pray for my friend for she is facing health issues and I know she will covet your prayers on her behalf.

It was on this trip, with this sweet friend, that I knew I wanted to be a babushka one day.  Such a special gift being a grandmother!  I love being an Ushka to our two beautiful girls!!!

I really would love to have a path in our backyard made with my Fresh Find today!



New Body...

I bought me a new body, yes I did!  I have some wonderful old scarves that I want to use to create a skirt or a dress or something fun and I needed a new body in order to fit it!


Now, I'm not sayin' that it will get done anytime soon, but it is in the scope of my vision to create it in my lifetime! LOL


My Fresh Find this cool day here in Plainview . Texas is this site that does caricatures, sketches, and watercolors of people.  Here is a sample of a watercolor.



I love the colors of springtime and I'm seeing them all around me!  I'm smiling!  Blessings to you all as we gather for worship on the Lord's Day tomorrow!!!


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My Fresh Find  this fine day is a great key holder.  Looks like it would be a good one.  Enjoy!




  • The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
  • Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
  • Of all the words in the English language, the word 'set' has the most definitions!
  • What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.
  • "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
  • "Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel.
  • In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child
  • A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
  • You can't kill yourself by holding your breath
  • There is a city called Rome on every continent.
  • It's against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland!
  • Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!
  • Horatio Nelson, one of England's most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.
  • The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London
  • Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people
  • Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe!
  • The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump!
  • One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!
  • Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!
  • The first known transfusion of blood was performed as early as 1667, when Jean-Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a sheep to a young man
  • Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!
  • Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!
  • The present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle.
  • Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.
  • Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."
  • Coca-Cola would be green if coloring weren’t added to it.
  • On average a hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute.
  • More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.
  • The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
  • More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.
  • Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
  • The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times!
  • The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
  • Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
  • It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.
  • You're born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.
  • Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food!
  • Dolphins sleep with one eye open!
  • It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
  • The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!
  • The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds
  • Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not
  • Slugs have 4 noses.
  • Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
  • A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!
  • A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!
  • The average person laughs 10 times a day!
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.


I saw this list over at Amazing Posts.  It is titled 50 things that everyone should know.  Some interesting tidbits, but I honestly think I could live another day without needing to know these things.

I don't know if I laughed ten times today, but I did laugh quite a bit this afternoon while I was digging a hole for a plant.  I put my little hand shovel down into the dirt and gathered a scoop of freshly watered dirt.  I then turned it over in my hand to help place it to the side in a pile.  Something was strange about the dirt.  What is that white thing?  An underground mushroom?  NO! It is a HUGE bullfrog.  YIKES!!!  He got dropped right back in the hole until I could get him into the plant's plastic pot.  I just laughed out loud...maybe out of hysterics...maybe because only I could turn out a frog into my hand while planting!  He talked while he was being held captive in the pot.  I told him to wait just a minute and I would dig him a new hole.  I did and he dug down and now is finishing his winter nap!  This is what he looked like.  A Texas Toad.



My amazing Fresh Find is...a weather rooster!!!  Amazing!




The Names of God...

I picked up a book at the hospital when our new Miss D was born.  It is The Names of God by George W. Knight.

It is in three parts: Names of God the Father, Names of God the Son, and Names of God the Holy Spirit.

I have always always been moved by this video...


So this book intrigued me.  It lists 73 names of God the Father, 151 names of God the Son, and 26 names of God the Holy Spirit.  Each name is described and listed.  I have enjoyed looking through this book and love how it reminds me of the greatness of my God.

One scripture that I just love is Ezekiel 36:26, A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.

I don't think he bargained for someone like me though.  Nope, he actually died for me, yes me, and all my baggage.  I'm sure he wonders about me and if I'll ever, ever be really good.  He loves me, saved me, accepts me as his child and assures me.  I'm still being molded :O)  It is the desire of my heart.  Amen


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Fresh Find fun or Glux exercise?



Babies like to be swaddled.  It makes them feel secure. Miss D likes it, too.  Only, she likes her hands to be free.  Miss A liked her hands free, too.  They say, swaddle me, but not too tight ;o)  I think this means they will be creative girls!


What better way to diary your day than with this great calendar of faces.  Reflect your daily mood on this Fresh Find.


Palace of the Forest of Lebanon

So, I've been reading in 1 Kings and found  the building of Solomon's palace interesting.

Interesting, in that he oversaw the building of the Temple that his father wanted to build, but God chose Solomon.  Interesting, in that he did not have the 'tools' to build it so he worked with those who did to see the task completed.  Interesting, in that he also built what seems to be an equally great palace, the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.

As the leader he first built the Temple of God and then he built what we would call the courthouse and the storehouses for the people. 

As I read the description of the construction I wondered if anyone has tried to replicate these structures in modern day architecture?  I wonder if anyone could?  Would they be cost prohibitive? 

The wonderful thing about the internet is being able to see what these structures looked like, or might have looked like.

Palace of the Forest of Lebanon...I am that palace, that place where Jesus is.  When I asked Jesus into my holy place, God filled me with the Holy Spirit and new life began. 

I am but one tree in the forest of all that he created.  Am I a growing tree?  Will I produce fruit?

Just thinking...



God is just so good!  He is so good to me!!!


 Go green & punch your own guitar picks...I LOVE this Fresh Find!!!


Not My Grandparent's TV...

I really do try each season to watch some of the new shows that are on and I just can't.  The language, the violence, the darkness, the sexuality...our TV today is not like my grandparent's TV programming choices. 

Today I have been thinking back on the TV programs that my grandparent's watched when I was younger. 

My grandfather loved to watch ring fighting or wrestling.  I never could watch that with him and still can't watch it today.  Fake or no, I just don't like hitting each other and throwing people down to the floor and jumping in their stomach.

They always sat down and watched the news together. Of course they did not have the technology of the news today and facts were given when they were sure they were true.

Do you remember the Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom?  Yes, they watched that every week.  They loved animals.  I'm laughing at myself because I never liked watching one animal kill another for food on that show.  Gee, I'm pretty weak!  LOL

The other show I really remember my grandmother watching in her later years was Texas Country Reporter.  I watch that show every Sunday morning.  I think of her often as I see Texas revealed through the dedicated Texans introduced to us.

I'm sure they watched a few other shows, but these are the ones that they just never missed.  Times have changed and TV today is not my grandparent's TV.  Good or bad...


Carry this Fresh Find chair anywhere and with a little Origami moves you can sit and relax.