Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Some beauty to share from my garden...Dianthus and Sedum...both are perennials and make great filler plants.

Some more beauty to share...look at the deep pink of this Dianthus!

This called Canterbury Bells. They are Biennials. The butterflies and bees love these!

Lovely Pansies!

Who can resist a Minature Rose! You can see this is growing nicely in a container.

Have a lovely Mother's Day!
"Strength and honor are her clothing, she shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. 
Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her.
Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. 
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates."
Proverbs 31:25-31

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Our Annual Seder

I thought I would share some pictures from our annual Seder meal. We enjoy getting together with a few other families to participate in a Seder ceremony and meal. We are not Jewish ourselves, but each year we think about the mighty work that God wrought on behalf of His people.

This is an important Jewish holiday remembering how God led His people out of Egypt and recounting the plagues that God sent to persuaded Pharoah to let the people follow Moses into the desert to worship Him.

We like being able to all sit together (we needed three tables). We enjoyed sweet fellowship with four other families. Unfortunately, I took these pictures before everyone came. So you can't see all the different foods we ate or the different components of the ceremony...there are readings, hand washings, and partaking of specific foods that represent an aspect of hardship.

For example, Charoset, is a paste of apple, nuts, honey and sweet wine and it represents the mortar that was placed between the bricks that they made. Horseradish represents the bitterness of labor. Matzoh's represented how they needed to leave quickly before they had time for their bread to rise. There is also a shank bone of a lamb that represents the blood of the lamb that was applied over the doorposts and protected them from the last of the plagues, the angel of death that would kill all the first born would "passover" and no one would die in that household.

As Christians, we see so much more into the ceremony...

You can see my husband reading in preparation. He was going to be leading the ceremony and in the process, practice his reading of Hebrew. He and one of our daughters has been learning Hebrew for the past few years from our Jewish friend who gives classes and leads the readings and study of the Torah at his synagogue.

Have you ever participated in a Seder meal? What was the most special thing that you took away from it?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Psalm 19:1

(c) 2013 Photograph, Karen Todd
"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork." 
Psalm 19:1

Isn't this a lovely picture! This was taken last October around sunset from our front yard. I can just imagine God the Creator of all things, enjoying the colors, shapes and textures that flowed from His lovely brushes! 


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