Monday, July 31, 2006

The Latest Update From France..

It's A GIRL!


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Friday, July 28, 2006

Mrs. Organization

Even though I seem to be pretty confident in my abilities, I lost a lot of sleep over my ability to set up this display for the Longaberger Bee (convention) 2006. Even though I was looking forward to it I was still nervous about whether it would be up to Longaberger specs. I know a lot of creative designers and two of the best are my dear friend Joyce Rader and Sherry Wood (who designs for Longaberger.) The pressure was on. As often happens things turned out better than I had expected. Everone thought the display looked great and I had many comments on it from the Consultants themselves. I love the energy of the Bee. All the gals are so happy to be there and so much fun. Getting to do some of my favorite things, organizing and talking about scrapbooking made the day complete. The next two sessions we do it in will be a lot more relaxed and I'm looking forward to them. The money I make for this gig will go toward the deck in my secret garden.
You're invited over to see it anytime :D

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Wilderness Bill of the Bee

My role was to share the value of birding as a life hobby. Consultants get caught up in a whirlewind life and sometimes fail to realize that there is a world of wonder flying around them. My job is to help them stop and take notice. Pat and I have been birding since we first met and keep a life list of the birds we see. I show pictures of birds including the Arctic Tern which is born in the spring in the Arctic Circle and flies 11,000 miles in the "fall" halfway around the globe to Antartica. It "summers" there then in the "fall" flies back another 11,000 miles to the very place it was born. THAT'S 22,000 MILES OF FLIGHT THE FIRST YEAR OF ITS LIFE!
And some think there is no CREATOR???? NOT I !

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Friday, July 21, 2006

You Asked For It!

You asked to see what was in the "little building", Chloe. it is in all its glory. When I take pictures around the property I hide areas like this....but you might as well know the whole story! This is my storage shed for the maintenance items that it takes to tend the garden plus some recreational vehicles (bikes). The area in front of the shed is one of the "holding areas" for plant and stone that will later go into the upper garden. For those interested in knowing more about Chloe here is the url for her site.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

For Chloe

Some months back I saw I had a hit on our blog from Singapore. I got in touch with a lovely young lady there and we have been exchanging emails trying to get a better understanding of each other's country and culture. She asked to see the "rest of the story" of what our house looks these are for you, Chloe. I await some shots of your Villa in Southeast Asia!

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Gathering At The Falls

This evening Daddy and Evelyn came over for a visit. We enjoyed time together talking about railroading and the discovery Daddy has made of fellow model railroad enthusiasts. It's times like these by the falls that we are so glad they are able to be here among the family.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Couldn't Resist Taking This Shot!

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Brace Yourself.....!!

Following in her Aunt Meg's footsteps.
Zoe Maxine has red white and blue bands for July and will change colors each month.

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Groundhog Day???

Guess who came looking for a place to set up housekeeping under Bill's Botanical Porch yesterday.......

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Friday, July 14, 2006

In The Garden

A favorite old song of mine explains how I felt this morning as I got up and took these pictures:

I come to the garden alone
while the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
the Son of God discloses.

And he walks with me and he talks with me,
and he tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share, as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

I love my walk with Him.

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An Invitation to All to Come Visit

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Scenes From Around the Garden

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Kidron Brook

John 18:1
"Jesus having prayed this prayer, left with his disciples and crossed over the Brook of Kidron at a place there was a garden. He and his disciples entered it. Jesus and his disciples went there often."
I too go to this garden often.....for the same reasons as they did!

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Latest From Bill's Botanical

Well, I've just been admonished by my daughter for not blogging lately. She's right....there have been a lot of wonderful things going on in our lives including connecting with some wonderful people. Here Pat begins lunch with our dear friend, Jennifer on the back porch. Jennifer is a member of the small group we meet with on Sunday nights. We are having a great time doing life together.
I'll try to add some parts of our adventure more regularly.
Thanks, Meg!


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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Two Pretty Faces

These two girls, their parents, sister and her friend Liz joined us after church Sunday at the Olive Garden where this picture was taken. They are now on vacation to Addy's favorite place in the world, Hershey PA and then to the place Zoe has read up on before the trip, Washington DC.
We miss you girls....and yes...Samantha the cat is being fed daily!

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Monday, July 03, 2006

Wayside Visitors

At one time Pat and I considered having a Bed and Breakfast. Many other "opportunities" entered our lives but we now serve as a B & B to folks like ourselves who are a part of an organization called Wayside. We offer our guest bedroom to members who are Christians over 50. This weekend we had delightful guests, Bob and Joyce. Bob has a brother named Bill, a sister named Ruth and they attended The Church of God and now attend a growing Nazarene church. (Sound familiar?) Lots of other things in common as well. Sorry Joyce, I couldn't resist leaving the slippers in the picture. They (you) look so "COMFORTABLE!"

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The View From 3800...

Nothing like getting up on Monday morning, getting a fresh cup of hazelnut coffee, walking out the front door and having God greet you with this!

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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Guess Who's Back....??

Granddaughter Chelsey and her friend Liz from Iowa. Chelsey is back "home" for the next phase of her life adventure. Liz will be going back to Iowa after the weekend.

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