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February’s Moon

and you are

just like the moon

…….alone……

but you shine bright

at the darkest

of times

savspoetry

The full moon of February arrives tonight.

This months full moon is known as the snow moon due to the snow that falls in February.  It has also been known as the hunger moon, so named by eastern American Indians as food was scarce this time of year.

This full moon will also be a ‘super’ moon, meaning that the moon is closet to earth in it’s annual orbit and will appear bigger on the horizon as it rises.

With the snow covered ground, it should make for a ‘bright’ night.

Here is hoping that the night is clear!

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Acts 24:16

“And herein do I exercise myself, 

to have always a conscience void of offence toward God,

and toward men.”

Garden · Uncategorized

In Concern of Spring

 

In Concern of Spring

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,

If wintery birds are dreaming of a mate,

If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun

And crocus fires are kindling one by one:

Sing Robin, Sing!

I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring!

Christina Rossetti

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Winter still has a grip on us-cold, snowy, windy, icy, all the things that accompany these winter months.

Spring seems so far away, though, in reality, I know that spring will ‘spring’ upon us before we know it….

and I will be behind, as usual.

The ground outside is dead and lifeless, or so it seems,

though I know the growing things are stirring underneath this snow and ice.

(See my winter surprise HERE)

And just because I am missing the wonderful color

and the growing of the spring and summer months….

I am so enjoying the growing of Amaryllis indoors.

Do you grow anything indoors during the winter?

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Romans 8:14

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

 

 

Faith

Sunday-To Please God

Love to God must penetrate

and possess our whole nature

and all the powers of it.

The mind must think of God,

the will must delight God,

in short, our whole being

must be employed to please him.

Samuel Annesley

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Matthew 22:37

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God

with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Garden

Seed Catalogs

The seed catalogs have arrived.

(They actually began arriving before Christmas.)

The stores now also have a great supply of seeds.

I tell ya, seeing all of these seeds makes me anxious for spring growing!

Perusing the seed catalogs and dreaming of the beautiful garden you will have this year is a great way to spend some of this time while you are stuck inside because of the cold and snow.

Some of the seed companies that provide catalogs (both paper and on-line) are:

  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  http://www.Rareseeds.com.  This catalog is the premier dream of seed catalogs.  The photos are gorgeous, the information is plentiful, it is full of interesting stories and the selection beyond compare.
  • Pinetree Garden Seeds.  http://www.superseeds.com.  A great catalog.  I have ordered from them for many years.  The prices are good, and they have a nice selection of garden related books and soapmaking supplies.  For those that don’t have a lot of room to grow many different varieties, they have custom mixes of seeds that let you grow a variety from 1 packet.
  • Territorial Seed Company.  http://www.TerritorialSeed.com.  A lovely catalog with a big selection.  Also have beneficial insects.
  • John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds. http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com.
  • Totally Tomatoes.  http://www.totallytomao.com.  This catalog is devoted to the avid tomato grower, and also includes a nice selection of other garden seeds.  A must if you love tomatoes!
  • Vermont Bean seed Company.  http://www.vermontbean.com.  This catalog is devoted to the bean lover, they have every kind of fresh and dried bean seed, plus other vegetable garden seeds.   Wish I had more room to grow!
  • Jung Seeds and Plants.  http://www.Jungseed.com.  A great catalog of seeds, perennial plants, fruits and berries.
  • R.H. Shumway.  http://www.rhshumway.com.  An old fashioned style of catalog.  Free seeds if you order before March 15!
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds.  http://www.Johnnyseeds.com.  A great catalog with a huge selection.
  • Gurney’s Seed and Nursery.  http://www.Gurneys.com.  Seeds, perennial plants, berry plants, fruit, nut and shade trees.  1/2 off till March 6th!
  • Farmer Seed and Nursery. http://www.FarmerSeed.com.  They have been around for 131 years.
  • Burgess Seed and Plant.  http://www.eburgess.com.  They have been in business for 107 years.  They are advertising a 1/2 price vegetable seed sampler that includes 12 packets of the most common vegetables grown in the home garden for $6.99.  That is a good deal.
  • Burpee.  http://www.burpee.com.  A nice selection of good growing seeds and plants.  I no longer order from them as they sell their seeds at Wal Mart.

There are many more seed catalogs out there, but these are the ones that I have ordered from and have been happy with.

Do you order your seeds from catalogs?

Happy garden dreaming and planning!

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Proverbs 3:6

“In all thy ways acknowledge him,

and he shall direct thy paths.”

 

 

 

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Philosophy of Abraham Lincoln

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You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence

You cannot help men permanently by doing for then what they could and should do for themselves.

Faith

A Sunday Song

Come Thou Fount of Every  Blessing

A song written by Robert Robinson in 1758.

The tune is an early American Melody.

 

Come thou fount of every blessing,

Tune my heart to sing thy grace.

Streams of mercy never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above.

Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,

Mount of God’s unchanging love.

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Here I raise my Ebenezer;*

Hither by thy help I’m come.

And I hope, by thy good pleasure,

Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wandering from the fold of God.

He, to rescue me from danger,

Interposed His precious blood.

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O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let that grace, now like a fetter,

Bind my yielded heart to Thee.

Let me know Thee in Thy fullness;

Guide me by Thy mighty hand

Till, transformed, in Thine own image,

In Thy presence I shall stand.

(*Ebenezar is a stone that was erected in commemoration of God’s deliverance of His people.  It literally means ‘stone of help’.)

 

 

 

 

Garden

Winter Surprise

February…what a teaser!

We have struggled and endured the stunningly cold polar vortex that assaulted us for a number of days in late January and early February….then February decided to give us a taste of spring with warm breezes and sunshine.  We are now back to cold and blowing snow.

While walking to the house with my head tucked from the cold wind, and not paying much attention, I glanced down and couldn’t believe what I saw…the little violas that had reseeded along the sidewalk were blooming!  Such an unexpected surprise!  February is teasing us again!  But spring will be here soon.

The flowers of late winter and early spring 

occupy places in our hearts

well out of proportion to their size.

Gertrude Wister

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Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always;

again I will say, rejoice!

 

Faith · Family

Marching For Life

I Am Pro-Life

We are a pro-life family and church.  Every year we, as a family and church, stand for the unborn.  For many years now we have attended the annual March for Life, which is held in our nations capital.  We are trying to send the message to this country’s legislators that we want Roe vs Wade overturned. Life is a gift from God and no man has the right to take the life of an unborn child.

Each year we rent a tour bus to take as many as will go, to Washington, DC.  This year the bus was filled to capacity with a waiting list of those who were left behind.  We may need 2 buses next year!

The March for Life was started in 1974 by Nellie Grey, 1 year after the landmark Supreme Court decision of Roe vs Wade, which gave women the right to an abortion.  For most of those years the March was held on the anniversary of the decision, January 22.  Nellie Grey has passed on, and a new president of March for Life, Jeanne Mancini is leading the group.  The last few years, the March has not always been on the anniversary date, this year being held on January 18.

This years estimate of marchers is between 200,000 -300,000.

Some of OUR little marchers.

 

 

And bigger marchers.

The above photo brings tears to my eyes-

My twin sons, as loving, caring fathers,

each carrying their sons on their shoulders as they march for life.

How thankful we are for our President, Donald Trump-he spoke to the March for Life through video, giving his support.  We are so grateful for what he has done as president;  in the conservative Supreme Court justices he has appointed, not giving financial aid to foreign organizations that promote abortion, and his support of right -to-life.  Vice-President, Mike Pence and his wife made a surprise visit and spoke also.  Ben Shapiro was the main speaker of the event. He is staunchly pro-life and a world class debater.  He debunked the myths that have been perpetrated by the pro-choice group.

I thank God for President Trump.

I cannot even imagine what condition our country would be in by now if Hillary Clinton had become president.  The terrible, sad news from the state of New York, which she helped promote along with Gov. Cuomo, in the new state law that allows abortion up to birth.

I am shocked that a doctor would perform an abortion on a child in the womb. I am shocked that mothers would have their babies aborted.  61 million healthy babies have been killed since Roe vs Wade was enacted.

Ob/Gyn doctors are reporting that there is never a reason for an abortion.  A child will be removed by a C-section if necessary and it’s life saved, if possible.  The Center for Disease Control is now reporting that the birth rate in the United States is no longer high enough to keep the country re-populated.

“I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion

because it is a war against the child.

A direct killing of the innocent child,

murder by the mother herself.

And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child,

how can we tell other people not to kill each other?”

Mother Teresa

What a sad state our country is in!

We are doing what we can, as a church and as a people….

We vote pro-life, and encourage all we know to vote pro-life, sharing with others the pro-life candidates up for election.

We protest peacefully every year in Washington, DC.

We work with our local pregnancy help center in collecting money to support their work by filling baby bottles with money.

One of the ladies in our church, Martha Taylor (R) uses her time to crochet baby blankets to donate to the local pregnancy help center.

Many of the families in our church are actively involved, or have been involved, in foster care and adoption of children.

We encourage families to have the children that God desires for them.

We are thankful for each child among us.

Children truly are a blessing from God!

 

The Bible speaks….

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Proverbs 6:16-19

These six things does the LORD hate: yea seven are an abomination unto him;

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

An heart that diviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among breathren.

 

Faith

What the Bible Says About Itself

I shared in an earlier post about my new Bible.   (See here)

This Bible is the New Living Translation from Tyndale House Publishers.  There are many different translations of the Bible, and there are many that are critical of many of them.  There are those who will not use anything but the Kings James Version.  Don’t get me wrong,  I do love my King James Bible.  But I have really liked reading this version of the Bible.  Most would agree that some of the readings from the King James are hard or impossible to understand, many times due to the out-dated language and sentence structure.  I have found this New Living Translation very helpful in understanding the original intent of the writers, and in explaining what the scriptures mean.

Included in this Bible is a yearly Bible reading schedule, and a large section on life topics, that I have found very helpful and interesting.

The one draw back and something that I always like, is that there is no pronunciation helps of Bible names and places.

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What the Bible Says Abut Itself

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Psalm 19:7-8

The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul .

The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 

The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart.

The commands of the LORD are clear giving insight for living.

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2 Timothy 3:16

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.

  It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

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Psalm 18:30

The Bible is perfect.

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The Bible is true.

Psalm 33:4

For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything He does.

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The Bible will last forever.

Psalm 119:89

Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven.

 

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The Bible gives wisdom.

Psalm 119:99

Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws.

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The Bible can be trusted.

Psalm 119:138

Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy.

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The Bible contains God’s promises.

Romans 1:2

God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures.

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The Bible is authoritative.

Galatians 3:10

But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”

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The Bible is a Christian’s spiritual weapon.

Ephesians 6:17

Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

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The Bible judges our life.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is alive and powerful. 

It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between the soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.

  It exposed our innermost thoughts and desires.

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The Bible helps us grow spiritually.

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.

  Cry out for this nourishment.

If you want to hear from God, and if you are seeking direction in your life,  read the Bible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family

The Christmas Pajamas

Christmas Pajama Sewing

This is just a short up-date post.  Different ones have always been curious and have asked about the Christmas pajama sewing that I do every year for the grand kids.  And, YES, I did do sewing this year.  But we changed things up a little bit this year. Things that were different this year-

  • I did not go to M & L Fabrics in Buena Park, CA this year.  This is where I am able to buy the large quantities of fabric at a reasonable price needed for all those pajamas. This years fabric was bought at our local JoAnn Fabrics store. (They do run some good sales on flannel before Christmas.)  I bought 2 full bolts to make the jammies for the girls and choose a different print for the little boys.
  • I did not make pajamas for the 4 oldest grandchildren.  It takes a huge amount of fabric for the larger sizes and for the big boys bottoms.  I was also informed that some of the older ones did not like to wear them anymore and were embarrassed….That was fine with me,  I was not hurt, and was glad the Moms were honest with me.
  • I also did not make a pair for the youngest, Miss Adeline.  The sleeping gown may have been cute on her, but it is rather impractical for a baby, so we skipped her.  She is cute just the way she is!

So here is a blurry photo of the grands in their jammies…uhh, you will notice little Charley, in front, not in jammies-he drenched himself and had to be changed!  The girls said that they liked these pajamas the best-the flannel was a very pretty grey sprigged with red flowers, and red buttons.  They looked cute.  But…with that many jammies, some of them got mixed up-Kiera is wearing Lexi’s and vice versa, so one was too long and one too short.  Their names are inside and hopefully they get it straightened out when at home!

When I was done with the pajama sewing, I proclaimed, as I do every year, “I am not doing this again!”  So… we shall see….

We celebrated our family Christmas on New Year’s Day this year-we have to share our kids with their other families and they switch off every other year.   Oh, how we love our family and spending time with us all together!

Daniel, in his Rudolph nose-I couldn’t seem to snap the photo while his nose was lit up!

I trust that you all had a blessed Christmas!

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Joshua 24:15

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.