Merciful and everliving God, Creator of heaven and earth, the crucified body of your Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy day. Grant that we may await with him the dawning of the third day and rise in newness of life, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
Sending good wishes to you down there in Texas. I hope you and Careostar are enjoying your new home and hoping you two will be heading this way to Dan's so we can get together again. It has been great reconnecting with you and getting to see you each year.
At the time of this Spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.
It started early this morning and it snowed...and snowed...and snowed. It is a beautiful white Spring wonderland. Yesterday, we spent the morning trimming trees, trimming bushes, and cleaning flower beds. Perhaps we were a little too eager to see Spring flowers?
"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul."
I was on someone's Blog and saw the cutest photo of a dachshund, so I clicked on it and it took me to Photobucket with pages and pages of photos of doxies. I know little about Photobucket, but did not want to post any photos without some kind of credit. All I could find is a username. The above cute one is compliments of 12shami19 and the adorable little one below is compliments of brittstan95.
Here are a few facts about Dachshunds. The dachshund is a short-legged, long bodied dog breed belonging to the hound family. The standard size dachshund was bred to scent, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals, while the mini dachshund was developed to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits. In the American West they have also been used to hunt prairie dogs. Today, they are bred for conformation shows and as family pets. According to the AKC, the dachshund continues to remain one of the top ten dog breeds in the United States. All I know is that I am happy Jake came into my life. I have a love for dogs that I never experienced before. Since learning what I have over the last year +, I now notice every dog anywhere I go, I have to go up to them and look at their face, pet them if allowed, and talk to them. Each dog has such a unique personality and a sweet face. I now understand why people love their dogs so deeply. Jake is a member of my family and I love him more than I ever imagined I could. I think I'll go hug him right now!
It's St. Patrick's Day and I can't help but think about my brother. Patrick is in my thoughts daily, but today is special ~ it's his "name day" and I always had some kind of contact with him on St. Patrick's Day. We all sent him cards or called him. I can look at this positively by thinking he is WITH St. Patrick, while all we can do is READ about St. Patrick. Nice thought, but I am still a little sad. I still miss him SO much.
This morning, I received word from Kathryn of Listening to theWhispers, that I won her "Blue Trees" painting. I am thrilled to have one of Kathryn's works of art. I discovered a while back that Kathryn lived here in Virginia and moved to Ohio last summer. Most of you know I lived in Ohio and moved here to Virginia. I guess you might say I feel a kinship with her since she moved to my beloved Ohio. You will enjoy visiting Kathryn's blog, Listening to the Whispers. Click on the link to get there. She makes interesting textural art, posts beautiful photographs, and sometimes writes fictional stories and/or stories about herself. Thank you, Kathryn, for having this giveaway. So happy I won!!
This beautiful guy just stopped by minutes ago. So happy to see the birds returning to the same area in the front yard where they eat and play year after year. So far, I've seen Robins, Bluebirds, Chickadees, and now this Cardinal. Signs that Spring is near. The feeders are out, but I must put the birdbaths out soon.
Our country is not what it was, not what it should be. Our founding fathers would be appalled and sad. We are lacking strong leadership, no one seems able to agree on anything, and we, the people, are allowing God to be removed from society. He is no longer in our schools, in the halls of our buildings, in our stadiums, on some grounds, and even in the hearts of some men and women. It frightens me and I'm not sure what we need to do about it. I do know this. I believe in God and in the power of prayer. There is HOPE. PRAY FOR OUR AMERICA In the Bible, the 2nd Book of Chronicles, Chapter 7, Verse 14, God promised: If my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from Heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land. Let's do this! Let's pray and ask God to help us. Help us vote in strong leadership that believes in our country, in its people, in God's help, in prayer, in turning our country back into the wondrous land it once was, in trusting and believing in our Constitution and our Declaration of Independence, in believing that government should help lead this nation, not own it, not being rulers, but guides. Let's also ask God to help us instill His Spirit into the hearts of men. How different the world would be if we all believed. I know that my friends will do this. Take a few minutes every day (not just today ~ every day) to pray for God's help in this matter. And if we ask this of our friends and they ask it of their friends, and on and on.... God will hear our plea. Amen.