Friday, December 28, 2012

Significant moments of 2012 in photos



Granddaughter's 4th birthday


RIP, Mother

I framed a photo of my mother taken in 2010. Mother passed away on February 3, at the age of 98.


Vanity top

My mother's dressing table/vanity, now in our guestroom


Easter Sunday

Flowering of the Cross, Eastern Shore Baptist Church


Walking with Daddy

My son and his daughter


Denali, The High One!

Alaskan-Canadian CruiseTour - This is Denali, Mt. McKinley! (Click to make larger)


A Fancy Horse coffee mug

A coffee mug made just for me :-)


Candle in the window

Our anniversary dinner by candlelight


Some of my mother's jewelry

Some of my mother's jewelry


One red rose

A rose from our garden



Granddaughter's second birthday


Reading time

My son reading to his baby

Sunday, December 23, 2012

What does Jesus want for His birthday?

When we think about what to give someone for Christmas or for their birthday, we try to consider what they want.

Christmas is the time of year we celebrate Jesus' birthday, His incarnation, His coming into the world in human flesh to live among us, to teach us about the Father, to live a perfect, sinless life, to do wondrous acts of healing and other miracles that show His love and His mastery over His own creation. And to die for us, taking the punishment for our sins, and to rise again as promised, showing His victory over sin and death, proving His divinity, and assuring us eternal life with Him.

What does He want from us? Let's take a lesson from the shepherds to whom the news of His birth was first given.

Luke 2:15 "So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds."

Did the shepherds say to each other, "Let's go home and decorate our houses, fight with lights, compete with each other for the most inflatables, have our wives send 120 cards, and clean the house, decorating every room with a different theme tree, and be sure she bakes, bakes, and bakes so our house will be filled with cookies, cakes, and pies as well as turkey dinners and casseroles of every kind!"

No? Read again -- "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see!" "When they had seen Him, they made widely known what they had heard and seen." "All who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds."

Come and see

Go and tell ,

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?"

John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Jesus' wish list:

Love God

Love others

Tell others about Him

Obey Him

Jesus' gift list for us:

Forgiveness of sins

Eternal life









Living water

Bread of life

etc., etc., etc.

Do you get stressed out in December, starting in October? Too much to do, too little time? Stop and consider what Jesus truly wants. Remember Martha and Mary, and choose the better part. (Luke 10:38-41) Adore Him, Obey Him.

Philippians 4:7 "and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Linked with Spiritual Sundays

Monday, December 17, 2012

Where was God?

Praying for schools and schoolchildren everywhere Praying for schools and schoolchildren everywhere

Bishop Owensby has given me permission to share his blog entries. Here is one especially meaningful in light of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

Where Was God In That?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas is coming!

Time to decorate, including my blog header. Now that I've done that, time to finish hanging ornaments on the tree. :-) I hope you all have a happy, stress-free few weeks.

Take time to remember that Jesus Christ came into the world as a human, to show us God the Father, and most importantly, to die for us, to save us for eternal life with Him!

Let the peace, joy, and love that only He gives fill your hearts.

Shared on Spiritual Sundays

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A lovely Thanksgiving weekend!

Our older son and his wife visited us for the holiday. We had ham (the menfolk don't care for turkey), sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, salad, rolls, coffee, iced tea, and delicious homemade chocolate pie brought by my daughter-in-law!

They had driven down that morning, so after dinner at midday, they needed a rest. That night we played a board game called Joker (similar to Parcheesi and Aggravation, with teams, and cards and marbles).

Friday, they wanted to go to the beach (about an hour's drive from our house), so we all got in the car. We ate at the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores and looked around in the gift shops right there beside it. Then on to the beach, where the "kids" walked in the sand along the Gulf and husband and I stayed on the boardwalk. There were a surprising number of people on the beach - families, and young people playing volleyball. Not many in the water. Yellow flags were flying, so there must have been a strong undercurrent. Back home, we ate leftovers and played Joker again, after son helped husband get the Christmas decorations down from the attic.

They got up early and left soon after breakfast this morning, after hubby helped them fill a bag of satsumas from our tree, to take with them. They wanted to get back home in time to watch the Iron Bowl (Univ. of Alabama against Auburn Univ. football) with friends. (Don't ask, Auburn was destroyed, and we're Auburn fans. :-( In fact, Auburn was wiped out before the game even began; they've had a lousy season this year.)

We'll have a quiet Christmas this year unless we get together with our younger son and his family. Older son and wife will be with her family, and I suspect that younger son will be with his wife's mother. Her dad passed away suddenly a few weeks ago, and this will be a very hard holiday for all of them.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!, originally uploaded by Fancy Horse.

Thanks be to God for all His many blessings. Praise His holy name!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankful for loving family relationships

I have two sons and two daughters-in-law, both of whom are very loving and gracious to me, and I love them dearly. I have two granddaughters, and their "other" grandmother and I get along very well. We enjoy one another's company and respect each other. Neither of us tries to outdo the other in our granddaughters' affections. I hear many complaints from friends about their in-laws, and I am very grateful that our family has no complaints, only love!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blogger compaint

I wanted to change my picture for Thanksgiving. I don't like the way this turned out. The picture is too small. I re-sized it all I could without distorting the image. ************ Editing: Thanks to Virginia's encouragement, I'm happier now! I posted the photo in full size, and it's a little larger than I wanted, but I'll take it. I also changed to Simple template.

Friday, November 9, 2012

God is in control

The people (of the United States) have spoken; the President was reelected. I was hoping for a different outcome, but we must carry on, and be faithful to Almighty God, Our Father. May His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

The following came in an email; I didn't write it but I agree:

1. The Bible will still have all the answers. 2. Prayer will still work. 3. The Holy Spirit will still move. 4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people. 5. There will still be God-anointed preaching. 6. There will still be singing of praise to God. 7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people. 8. There will still be room at the Cross. 9. Jesus will still love you. 10. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” -1 Timothy 2:1-2

Linked with Spiritual Sundays

Photo Friday - At Play

Playground at Big Daddy's, originally uploaded by Fancy Horse.

Another pic from Big Daddy's. There was a very large play area, covered in sand, which drew children like ants to a picnic!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Word verification required

Unfortunately, I have been inundated with spam comments on my posts, old and new. Up to 20 or more a day! They are "Anonymous" and come to my email, but do not appear on my blog unless I approve them. There have been so many they have filled up my email inbox.

I have taken the step of making my blog accessible to other blog writers only, hoping this will help. After a few weeks, I will try opening it again and see what happens.

Is anyone else having this problem?

****************** Editing to add: It is now visible to anyone, but only registered users, including openID, can make comments. Also, word verification is required.

Photo Friday - Evening

On Fish River, originally uploaded by Fancy Horse.

We had dinner at Big Daddy's, on Fish River, at an outside table where we had a good view of the river and the large playground for children. It was a good meal, most everything fried, though, so not very healthy. A couple of families came by boat and docked at the pier while we were watching. A very peaceful and pleasant scene!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Photo Friday - Fall Colors

Fall colors at the bay We are not known for the brilliant reds and oranges down here on the coast, but the goldenrod is lovely this time of year. It used to be Alabama's state flower, and I had a goldenrod patch sewn on my Girl Scout uniform. Unfortunately, goldenrod has a bad reputation, though, as it hangs out with ragweed, the inconspicuous allergen-producer. Goldenrod itself is very unlikely to cause allergies, as its pollen is heavy and not windborne.

(I don't know what the white flowers in the picture are; it's not ragweed. Ragweed flowers are not noticeable, and it is low-growing as well.)

Monday, October 29, 2012

To my friends in harm's way (Hurricane Sandy)

I hope and pray that you will come through this safe and sound, and with minimal damage to your homes. I know what you're going through, we've been through a few hurricanes down here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, and some ice storms and a blizzard when we lived a little further north. Hoping to see you here again in Blogland after your power is restored and you have the time and energy to report in. (((HUGS)))

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Love's Invitation, by Jake Owensby, of The Pelican Anglican

Love's Invitation

With permission from the blog owner, I am posting the above link and excerpts from the entry here. (I discovered this article from a magazine of my mother's, The Anglican Digest. It was one of the last magazines she read before she fell and broke her hip, about six months before she passed away.)

Do you have to believe in Jesus Christ to go to heaven? To frame this in a slightly different way, will those who die without faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior inherit eternal torment in hell? ................

...............When talking to Nicodemus Jesus says, “indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” And then he goes on to say, “Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:16-17) Just before his Passion Jesus says to his disciples, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14: 6-7) Jesus came to save us. Not to condemn us. .................................

....................God did not send his Son Jesus to assess our acceptability to God. Jesus does not administer admissions tests to see if we’ve been good enough to get into heaven. He does not come to condemn. Jesus comes to save us. From ourselves. For a life we cannot construct for ourselves. Jesus is not just a great teacher or political instigator or moral example. He is God. He is a man. Not a little bit of God or a little bit of man. He is fully God. Fully man. Think of Jesus as God reaching out his hand to us in a way that makes it possible for us to actually take hold of it. ............................................

...............For now, let it suffice to say that Jesus is God’s love incarnate. Accepting or rejecting him is accepting or rejecting God’s love. And only that love saves us. ..................................

.................The Savior who has reached out his hand to me did so in a way that I could recognize despite my own history of hurt and betrayal, through the curtain of my cynicism, defensiveness, and fear.

He made himself known to me despite my unenviable habits and my shabby choices, my once fawning devotion to what passes for intellectual sophistication and my arrogance. Jesus issued an invitation to me. For years, I could not see it for what it was. He kept at it until it became a clear, recognizable invitation to me. He was clear all along. I was the problem.

Because of who he is, he has gone to remarkable lengths to get through to me. I could have turned his invitation down even once I knew it for what it is. Accepting that invitation has changed everything. Over time. And according to that invitation there’s much more to come.

I have every reason to believe that he does the same for everyone. He finds a way to issue his invitation for what it really is: the saving love of God himself.

Linked to Spiritual Sundays

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wisdom from above

Quiet time James 3: 13-18, "13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness." New International Version

If only all we who call ourselves Christians would remember and apply this to our hearts and behavior (and I am including myself in this), what a blessing we would be to the world!

Humility is undesirable; who wants to be meek and humble? Envy, ambition, boasting - those are things that are so hard to control. A person without ambition is considered lazy and unproductive, yet God tells us in His word that ambition, selfish ambition, leads to disorder and every evil practice.

We can't be pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, merciful, fruitful, impartial, and sincere on our own. This is "wisdom that comes from heaven" - God's wisdom, and He will give it to us if we ask. But do we (I) really want it? This is what we (I) need to think about, to pray about.

Shared on Spiritual Sundays

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Photo Friday - Mood

Sidewalk artist, originally uploaded by Fancy Horse.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Non-partisan: Forty Days of Prayer for U.S. Election

"40 days until the election. Today I am inviting you to join me in praying daily for our country, our leaders, and for God-honoring decisions to be made both in voting and in the direction of our country. This is a non-partisan request. "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways;then WILL I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14)"

Mature Living

(Well, actually 39 days, and almost 38. Where I am, it is almost 9:00 pm on September 29.)

Linked to Spiritual Sundays

Photo Friday - Reflected

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Photo Friday - Texture

Lace doily detail, on card table with a textured look

Sunday, September 16, 2012

God's Love

"God's love for me is not dependent on how I act, but my love for Him should determine how I act." - Tim Rhoads From our Youth Pastor's last sermon before he leaves to accept the call to pastor a church in a neighboring state.

Video of Tim Rhoads' sermon

He and his family will be a blessing to their new church in Florida! We will miss them!

(Linked with Spiritual Sundays)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Photo Friday - Interior

Guestroom, originally uploaded by Fancy Horse.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Archeologists may have found Richard III's remains!

This is fascinating!

The History Blog

I've added this to my list of "Blogging Friends" on the right side, so you can keep up with new entries if you wish.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Seven Things Christians Need to Remember About Politics

I came across an interesting and very good blog post recently. It was posted on Facebook, and I shared it there, and want to share it here. In this heated time of accusations and rumors, we Christians need to remember that Jesus told us to love our enemies and pray for them, and to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

Seven Things Christians Need to Remember About Politics

(Linked with Spiritual Sundays)

Photo Friday - On the Horizon

Sun setting over Mobile Bay, originally uploaded by Fancy Horse.

And here's one that didn't make it to Photo Friday, but it should have! We were in Denali Park in Alaska, and I got the Photo Friday email on my iPhone, but the computer connection in the hotel was too slow, so I didn't post anything that week. But the theme was Grandeur! How frustrating!

Denali, The High One!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Photo Friday update - Summer Colors and Modern Life

Summer Colors, 8/12/12

The colors of summer

Modern Life, 8/31/12

Now playing (Pandora radio)

(Listening to Pandora radio on my computer)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Photo Friday update - Sports and Countryside

Susan Butcher Trailbreaker Kennels, dogsledders' summer training

Sports, July 6, 2012 (Mushing, or Dogsledding summer training)

Down the road

Countryside, July 13, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Photo Friday update - Clothing and Words

While I was blogging about our trip, I got behind posting my entries to Photo Friday. I'll only post two a day until I catch up.

This one is from June 15

Photo Friday - Clothing

Doll exhibit at First Nations Cultural Center

and this one is June 22

Photo Friday - Words

Alaska Salmon Bake - signpost

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Alaska-Canada trip -- Tundra Wilderness Tour at Denali Nat'l Park

(This entry is the last of my posts about our Alaska-Canada trip. To start reading from the beginning of our journey, go HERE" and click "Newer Entry" at the end of each post. There are 15 entries, mostly photos with a little commentary)

Early in the morning we boarded a bus for the all day trip up into the park. Private vehicles are not allowed past a certain point, to keep down the impact of traffic on the road and on the wildlife. One must make reservations far ahead for the bus tour and for hiking and backpacking.

Husband talking to our driver/guideBeginning our Denali Wilderness bus tour

There are a few rest stops along the way, and the bus driver stopped frequently for us to admire the scenery, observe wildlife, and take pictures. Also, McKinley Chalet Resort and Holland America provided us with a box lunch of sandwich, fruit, and chips, along with all the bottled water we wanted. Rest stop (much needed!)

A braided river. The river bed is larger than the actual stream of water, and its course varies according to many changing factors.

Braided riverbed with mountains

I was surprised to see a familiar looking sea bird, so far from home. This one is apparently a Mew Gull. (Click on the picture and follow the link to find out more about them.)

I believe this is a Mew Gull

Snow on the mountains!

Another shot out the window

They look so close!

Sunlight and shadows

A Dall ewe, not at all concerned about the tour bus


A small flock (band) of Dall sheep

Dall sheep, a flock of ewes

Dall ram

Dall ram, grazing

The sheep were shedding their winter coats in May and June. Being wild, they are never shorn.

My husband and I

Tommy and Nancy at Denali Park, Alaska

Look over there! A bear!

Another shot of grizzly


Alaska's state bird, the ptarmigan

Alaska's state bird, the ptarmigan

Emergency photo stop!

Emergency Photo op!

The clouds parted and the sun came out to shine on North America's highest peak, Denali, the Tall One. Also known as Mt. McKinley. What an exciting moment! The highlight of our trip!

Denali, another viewDenali, The High One!