December 26, 2006

Gardening in December

Guess what came in the mail today?
A seed catalog!
Now I have been lost in rapidly growing thoughts about gardening...
...and in December!
Maybe I should just concentrate on garden designs for now.
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"God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December."
James Barrie

December 18, 2006

Silver Moonlight

The frozen rocks crunched under my feet as
I slowly walked towards this view.
The winter evening was cold and tranquil,
and the full moon pored its silvery radiance over
the peaceful, log home and nearby barnyard.

Who would ever want to go back inside?

December 16, 2006

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays

What is the meaning of exclaiming, "Happy Holidays!"?

The person who hears this remark does not definitely know
if you mean Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year.
If you mean Thanksgiving, just say Thanksgiving!
Or if you mean Christmas, say Christmas.
It isn't difficult to distinguish different holidays.
Celebrate each one to its full extent, and don't mix them up.
Don't be generic, but differentiate, be decisive, be descriptive.
Jesus is the reason for every season.
Merry Christmas!

November 30, 2006

Winter Wonderland at the Triple R

Early one morning, Little Sister woke up all of her older siblings.
She ran to each one as fast as she could
exclaiming, "It 'nowed, you duys!".

Unfortunate homesteaders.
We made a 6' snowman.

Seargent Snow:

November 26, 2006

Black Beauty

Here's Gabe shootin' Black Beauty.
(That's the gun's name.)Go get 'em, Pal!

November 17, 2006

Trail Blazers

I took my wranglers out to chop down
the invading alder trees
and blackberries along the gravel driveway.


"He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruits in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers."

Psalm 1:3

November 14, 2006

An Adventure in the Great Outdoors

Keslie and I took the kids on an afternoon hike.

We found a salamander.

I saw a tree in a mud puddle.

The boys and I played army. (I haven't done that since...1942!)
-Fern hats and face paints-
-Camo and creeks-

"The heavens are telling of the glory of God;

and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge."

Psalm 19:1-2

November 7, 2006

Boys and Boats

It was raining deer and elk,
and Katie-Jane was filled to the brim.
My brothers went fishing "in" the boat.

November 6, 2006

Evening Elegance

"And I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth..."
Joel 2:30

October 31, 2006

Honey Harvest

Today we harvested our honey.

We started a fire in the pot-belly stove,
Strapped the extractor to the work bench,
And spun honey to our heart's content.
Uncapped frame

Liquid Gold!
*Honeybees are the only insect that produce a food consumed by humans.
*Honeybees visit about 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
*One pound of honey equals the life work of approximately 300 bees and a flight distance of two or three times around the earth.
*Honey speeds the healing of open wounds and also combats infection.
*Honeybees never sleep!

Proverbs 16:24
"Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."

September 15, 2006