12/18/2012 God had arranged the last.

Woke up this morning in Sasebo, Japan thinking about home a little… thinking about the family from church and missing Kenai, our black lab.  I was still looking for a picture for today’s post and decided on this one taken a few days before we left .. .I thanked my friends for letting me take their photos with the family and their dogs and arranging such a sunset.  Andrew  said that he was only responsible for the  first two… God had arranged the last.  Thank you GOD!

12/13/2012 Every family has a story.

Every family has a story.  Do you know yours?  Take a few moments and ask the where and who and why…. the more we know about our history just might give us a better view of our future.  I have said it before and I’ll say it again.  “Come see us… I’ll take your picture.”


12/9/2012 Today’s post has two pictures.

Today’s post had to have two pictures.  This is early December in North Central Florida.  We have it pretty good here considering the winters that so many parts of the country have.  No we are not “dashing through the snow on a one horse open sleigh” … BUT we can hop on the tractor and cut us some hay.  SONY DSCSONY DSC

11/11/2012 … “gentle rain”

“About 5:30 AM this morning about half way through my first cup of coffee we heard the rain hitting the tin roof.  It was one of those gentle straight down type showers that soak into the ground, the most beneficial of rain fall.  The beneficial soaking factor reminded me of the benefits of several things in life………..  Long time, faithful, dedicated friends that don’t come and go in a flash type flood of events.

 The good things in life-like the Fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control just don’t happen over a short span of time.  These items are planted, cultivated and grow into wonderful fruit for the individual soul and for others.  Good, faithful friends help us develop the Fruit of the Spirit.

 The gentle soaking rain speaks of the wonderful cycle of nature that was put in place by the Creator, God.  Who else could have put nitrogen into the rain drops.  Who besides the Creator, God could have put lightning in place to release the nitrogen into the atmosphere and nourish the vegetation. The gentle soaking rain is a refresher as is all nature even when it is not to our pleasure, it works and works well.  If man had devised it all it would be a mess.   Enjoy some of the “gentle rain” things of life.”  …    Art Jackson

10/27/2012 …toss on the compost pile.

For years I have waited on this camellia plant.  We have moved it, pruned it, watered and fertilized it.  This year from a very scrawny bush comes forth this beautiful bloom.  Not much in the aroma department but with water droplet jewelery, it is drop down gorgeous.  Nature has its own time-table and we sometimes just have to wait.  I am really glad that I didn’t dig it up and toss on the compost pile.

10/24/2012 I should have said…

One afternoon a few years ago, I left work early… I had “Spring Fever” really bad.  The roadsides were having a “Thistle Flower Show”.  Between the almost transparent petals and the bluebird colored sky it was quite a play.  There were other  flower shows that came after this afternoon but I was at work and missed out.  I have said before “Stop and smell the roses” I should have said  “Stop and take the wildflowers picture”.  

10/21/2012 This is the best I could do!

We have friends that have been on the search for the best Fall color… we have relatives that have invited us to come see the Fall color show… we have a son who takes great pictures of Fall leaves.  Well… this is the best I can do for now.  Florida Fall color is a little hard to come by.


10/11/2012 Totally country!

A back road in central Florida.  A very peaceful spot that hasn’t been taken over by strip malls, gas stations and too many vehicles.  Florida has a split personality…. international, exotic, theme parked, over populated, fast paced winter refuge  and then there are dense brushy hammocks of pine and oak,  palmetto prairies, large and small horse farms, rolling acres of peanuts, hay and watermelons and lots of quiet, sleepy communities that are totally country.  I prefer the totally country.