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I Quit!

I quit!  I am so done with gardening!

I am not looking at the leaves that still need raking…. or the new weeds popping up in the flower beds…I will walk right past you all with nary a second thought!


I am ignoring the vegetable garden the needs pulled up and cleaned up….what a mess!

The greenhouse needs cleaned out, the chicken house needs cleaned out….too much work for me!


I have had enough of garden work for the year!


Sigh….I am waiting for the winter snows to come and cover it all up, and then it will look pretty again.  White snow covers a multitude of garden sins.

These feelings lasted a few weeks…when I could have been getting much needed jobs done…and then a nice day came along, and a willing helper appeared (in the form of my grandson, David), and much needed chores got done in a short amount of time.

David helped me harvest the last of the vegetables, then he hauled wheelbarrow loads of leaves while I pulled everything up that was spent, and the few weeds.


We piled the fallen leaves over the raised beds and put them to bed for the winter.


We found some treasures still-lots of broccoli side shoots and 1 head of cauliflower.


Left still standing in the garden are leeks, kale, cutting celery,  and the fall planted spinach, peas and beets.

It has gotten really cold, and we will see how the fall planting does.  The celery was laid low by the frost.

Wait!….the seed catalogs are arriving in the mail-dreams and good thoughts are already starting for next years garden!

The ever circling cycle of the garden year.

Are you embracing the change of seasons?

Matthew 11:28

“Come unto me,

all ye that labor and

are heavy laden

and I will give you rest.”





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The God of All Comfort

The God of Comfort


As we see the unraveling of this world,

remember this…

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

Who comforts us in all our troubles.

11 Corinthians 1:3,4a

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

Peace I leave with you;

my peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your heart be troubled

and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,

because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 26:3

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord,

“He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:1,2

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace

as you trust in him,

So that you may overflow with hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

As we feel the pain of those suffering loss in France this weekend

at the hands of such evil,

we are reminded again of the turmoil that this present world

must go through (and is already experiencing) ,

like the pangs of a birthing,

as the coming of Jesus’s return

draws nigh-

Look up!

May God bless you with His Peace this Lord’s Day.

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The 2015 NBWMS Benefit Auction

The 2015 School Auction

The New Bethlehem School auction is becoming an annual event, held at the end of every October.  The last few years, the auction has been held at the New Bethlehem fire hall, and that location has worked out well.   Many look forward to it.  It is one of the main fund raisers for our Christian school, and this year netted over $5,000 for the school.

There are many hands involved in all the behind the scenes work.  Many people look for and save salable items all year to donate to it.

Tracy Rankin does an outstanding job of soliciting donations from businesses.

Maria Lawrence works at getting the hall rented, and hauling items in.

Davonna Clyde keeps notices up to date.  Many more people worked hard to make the auction a success.  A big thank you to each one who helped make it work.

Dan Miller did an excellent job of auctioneering for us.


The Junior/Senior class of 2016 uses this time as a fund raiser for their class activities, such as the class trip.

The menu was hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches.

As always, there is a wonderful array of delicious desserts.

The students and parents work hard to prepare, sell, and serve the food.


Meadow was in charge of the coffee and donut table.


Aunt Tammy, trying her first Amish donut.


Lexington, struggling to eat her hot dog.


Lauren loves to dip-anything.


Maria and Jessica Bickel tend to the table.


Some of the crowd.


Michael Clyde, Gabriel Clyde and Bud Bowser are the ‘runners’,

and they keep the evening lively.


Miss Bickel is kept busy, hardly looking up, as she records the bid.


More of the crowd.


Looking for bids on an explosives box, a mining antique.


Do you see anyone you know?






The 2015 NBWMS  Benefit was a great success, thanks to you!


Psalm 37:5

“Commit thy way unto the Lord;

trust also in him;

and he shall bring it to pass.”



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A Fall Drive

A Beautiful Fall Drive

“October gave a party,

The leaves by hundreds came-

The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,

And leaves of every name.”

James Cooper


We have lived in Pennsylvania for almost 25 years and I can still say that I love living here.  I can unabashedly say that it is a beautiful place to live.  And it is especially beautiful on a fine fall day when the forest is glowing in all its brilliant glory and before the winter cold has wrapped its arms around us.  It is all the more beautiful for being so fleeting.

One day we woke up, and said to each other, “It is time for a drive!”  There had just been 2 weeks of guests at our place, I am not complaining about guests-we love having them and do our best to give each one a pleasant time, and we love them, each and every one–but when people leave sometimes, we feel a need to let loose some. A drive through the hills of PA always set things right again.

When we first moved here, all 5 children were at home, and after delivering them (whew!) all to school for the day, many mornings Dan and I would just take pleasure drives to see and explore this new country that we had come to.  This is a very rural area, and we soon found that there were as many dirt roads as paved roads, and amazing to me, they all went some where!  We spent many a day while the children were in school, driving around. ( In the early years we had 1 little one still with us, and I am sure he still hates pleasure drives to this day!)  It seems like it has been such a long time that we have taken the time just to relax together and take a pleasure drive, and today was the day.  So, here is hoping that you enjoy some of the beauty that we saw that day…here are the photos.


Many of the trees had already lost their leaves, but what was left was so pretty.


A rail line still in operation-finding this less and less here,

as the coal mines are going out, and the train cars are not carrying the coal. :(


My guess-a stone mile marker for the rail road?


The road crossing the tracks here.

(They are turning many of the railroad beds into walking/biking trails-

a lovely solution and use for the beds.)


A side farm road crossed the creek at this point-looks like fun to drive through!

(We did not try it!)






That is one tenacious tree!


We passed one spot, and I thought I saw something of interest.


We stopped, and I walked in…


…Yes, a beautiful little waterfall!


What a patient husband, to wait in the car while his wife runs off taking photos!


One of the results of going off the beaten path-hitchhiking stickers!


The leaves were beautiful!

Are you enjoying your fall?

Do you ever take pleasure drives just to see what you can see?


Ecclesiastes 3:1

“There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity

under the heavens.”



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A Sunday Thought-Humble


proud quote, cs lewis


Psalm 51:17

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

a broken spirit and a contrite heart,

O God, thou wilt not despise.”


James 4:6

“But he giveth more grace.

Wherefore he saith,

God resisteth the proud,

but giveth grace unto the humble.”


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Child of God, pastors wife, mother of five, grandmother of ten (and counting), gardener, quilter, homemaker, reader, homebody and dreamer…

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