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Why are stories important? How have they shaped our thinking and view of the world? Come follow my stories and see what we have in common. Ducks In My Pool, is about a family of ducks who chose our backyard as a safe place to build their nest. For over ten years ducklings have hatched and swam in our pool. I realized God gave me a metaphor through the ducks to show His love and safety as I trust in Him.
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1. Savour the Sights of Saint Remy de Provence

Travel tree lined roads to one of the oldest towns in France, Saint Remy, located at the western edge of the Provence region.  It embraces scrumptous food, rich history, ancient buildings and an amazing market day.

Enter the town through narrow streets to find small boutiques with the finest clothes. 
Enjoy delicious French Food at Lou Grilladou. Offering Provencal pizza, grilled meats, and salads.   He can serve group meals up to 70 people.  

 The salmon is fresh with the perfect sauce.  
Stay upstairs above the restaurant to relax in fluffy sheets.  
Lou's wife decorated the room with shades of gray using textured fabric.
Every detail added to the flavor of the room.  
After being refreshed continue exploring all the charm of the Provencal way of life.  

Enjoy your surroundings with water dripping from stone fountains.
Walk the streets to smell the fragrance of lavender freshly cut from local hills of purple.
Pick a place to stay in the heart of Saint Remy so waking up for market day every Wednesday morning will be easy.
Relax in a Jacuzzi after a long day of shopping.  
 Look out the window from the  bed and breakfast to see a town filled with history.  Van Gogh produced a 150 paintings while resting in the local asylum for the year of 1889 in Monastere St. Paul de Mausole.  It is open to the public seven days a week.
Starry Night is one of his famous paintings from Saint Remy along with Wheatfield and Irises.   Follow the trail around the surrounding countryside which covers the key locations of his work.  
There are more than a hundred artists living in the area of Saint Remy wanting to capture the beauty of Provence.  

The area is famous for their colorful clay pottery which makes a great treasure to take home.  
Visit the modest home of Nostradamos, famous for his predictions. 
Market Day is every Wednesday morning open till 1:00.  View displays of French Fabric and table clothes to adorn your table.  
Sample fresh fruit picked from local orchards.  
Shimmering necklaces, bracelets and earrings can be a treasure.
Carpenters display French ladder back chairs made locally.
Scented bags of fresh lavender can be purchased for only one euro.
Saint Remy's Market is one of the largest of Provence and well worth the visit.  
Walk the streets of Saint Remy first built in the 1st century AD  
Sit outside and sip a cup of coffee in sunny cafes.  
You'll find a warm, friendly welcome in this charming little town.

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2. Visiting Nimes France

Nimes was a Roman outpost in Provence because soldiers were promised a plot of land if they fought for Caesar. The remains of what it was like to live during Roman times makes Nimes a fascinating visit for history buffs.  Think of a retirement home for hard working soldiers who want to settle down and live peacefully.  The city's emblem is a crocodile tied to a palm tree as a reminder to Roman officers of their journeys to Egypt.


Enter the door of the only ancient temple to be completely preserved, the Maison Carree built during the period of Emperor Augustus.  He created new sites for staging of special events.
By the time Caesar had arrived the south east of Gaul had been settled by the Romans.  They came to aid the Greek colony of Marseilles because of attacks from Celto-Ligurian tribes.  Under Emperor Augustus the city developed quickly.building monuments.  Maison carree was inspired by the temples of Apollo and Mars Ultor in Rome.  It was built with harmonious proportions of 26 meters long,15 meters wide, and 15 meters high.  A 22 minute 3 D film is shown to tell the history of Nimes through a Roman family.  The dad went off to war for fifteen years and came back to see his son grown up but the town prosperous.  

The ceiling of the entrance to the temple was added in the 19th century.  

The Arena of Nimes was built 70 AD but remodeled in 1863 for bull fights. The amphitheater  has the capacity to seat 24,000 spectators.  There are sixty arches on each of the two levels for Romans to enter as they find their seat.  
In the Middle Ages people actually lived in the amphitheater for protection after the fall of Rome.
It was built to last standing sixty-five feet high and more than 300 feet across.  Compare it to a six story high building.
  Romans sat according to their social status and watch the games played there.  This box seems like a place of honor.   Lions, tigers and even elephants were part of animal hunts.   Executions would also be held and people sentenced to death were thrown to the lions.  Christians who stayed loyal to their faith and  refused to worship Roman gods were sentenced.  
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The ancient Roman aqueduct bridge called Pont du Gard is another Roman attraction to see.  It is part of the Nimes aqueduct carrying 31 miles of water to Romans from a spring at Uzes.  
It was mainly built underground because of the hilly terrain.  The water traveled a long and winding route that crossed the gorge of the Gardon river.  Pont du Gard is the highest of all of the Roman aqueduct bridges and one of the best preserved.  
Nimes has preserved many places to visit for tourists to enjoy.  
Sample delicious fresh
bread made by the locals.  Stay at a quaint bed and breakfast close by to be pampered after a day of sight seeing.  

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3. Medieval Town of Yvoire

The medieval town of Yvoire is one of the most beautiful fishing villages of France located 28 km from Geneva.  It is facing the crystal blue waters of  Lake Geneva or the French call it Lac Leman.
The streets are filled with artists and craftsmen of the Chablais region.
I discovered this adorable antique shop and found an oil painting for my collection
Hanging baskets full of fresh flowers are at every street corner
This walled fishing port dates back to the 14th century.

A french 14th century castle is fun to explore. It was built between 1306 and 1311 by Amadeus V, a famous count of Savoy.  He must have been part of the Savoy family who ruled the Chillon Castle.  It was protected by a moat and a drawbridge. The gardens surrounding the castle are beautiful.display of colorful flowers.
 My favorite place was the church of Saint Pancras.  It dates back from the eleventh century when it was much smaller.  I felt a strong peace as I entered this sacred space built for a fourteen year old martyr who died for his faith in 303,   As a Roman citizen he was asked to perform a sacrifice to the Romans gods.  Diocletian, the emperor of Rome was impressed with the boy's determination to resist so tempted him with wealth and power.  He chose courage and was beheaded for standing up for his savior on May 12th 303 A. D. Pancras is one of the patron saints of children.  He represents innocence and faith in childhood.  His name is from ancient greek and mean "the most powerful."
As I sat in the pew I reflected on my surroundings. 
At the alter was a beautiful painting of Jesus walking on the water.
The story is from Matthew 14:22-33.
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.  Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, waking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.  "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. 
ButJesus immediately said to them; "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
"Come," he said
Then Peter got down out of the boat, waked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 
"Lord save me!"
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.  
"You of little faith," he said,
"Why did you doubt?"
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those sho were in the boat worshiped him, saying, Truly you are the 

Son of God."
Bridging the Gap as a sacrificial lamb for our sins.
On the ceiling is a parable of Jesus.
Mary with her carpenter son.
Beautiful stain glass tell a story of peace and forgiveness.
The steeple shined like a bright light.

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4. Chillon Castle in Montreux, Switzerland

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5. Happy 238th Birthday USA

Happy 238th Birthday USA

Our country was founded on divine intervention from people who sought God's will and wanted a better life for their families.

Pilgrims

A group of people fled England to the Netherlands for religious freedom.  They were called separatists because their views didn't agree with the Church of England.  It was illegal not to attend the official Church of England and the punishment was prison.  They lived in Holland for several years but felt they were loosing their cultural identity and language.  So the leaders came up with a plan of going to America where they could have their own land, laws, and freedom.  In 1620 one hundred and twenty one men, women and children of faith in a better life stepped upon the Mayflower and Speedwell on a voyage to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  The Speedwell wasn't so speedy and the main beam caused it to crack but they didn't give up.  They sailed on with the Mayflower to the new land.

Land was sighted  on November 9, 1620 after sixty-five days on crowded ships.  Psalm 100 was read as a prayer of Thanksgiving.

"Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!  Serve the Lord with gladness.  Come before His presence with singing.  Know that the Lord, He is God;  It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.  We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving.  And into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good.  His mercy is everlasting.  And His truth endures to all generations.

The Mayflower Compact was created for the general good of the Colony.  It organized them into a body of choice and  was ratified by a majority rule.  John Carver was elected as the first governor to lead the people of the new land.   The Mayflower Compact is known for the seed of democracy and called the first written constitution.

During the cold winter the women laid on top of their children to keep them warm in the night.  Many of the women died but the children lived because of their sacrifice..  Men quickly tried to build shelter.  Half of the pilgrims died the first winter.  But they believed in the call to a land of freedom where they don't have to go to prison for worshiping the way they choose.   Spring came and Squanto and other Indians helped them plant with fish so their crops can grow.  The colony survived and we know it now as Massachusetts.

George Washington

George Washington felt called of God.  In fact the Indians saw he had a profound destiny because their weapons somehow did not kill him.  He traveled ten miles to attend church.  He had private devotions in his library both morning and evening.  A nephew of Washington found him kneeling with an open Bible before him.

Washington's leadership  helped to win the war of Independence from England but after the war he encouraged Americans to believe by quoting

.....the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.
The faith of our founding fathers gave us favor with God.  People are still wanting to come to America for freedom and hope of a better life.  Let us not take for granted we live in the best country in the world.  Happy Birthday USA.  

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6. A Mothers Story Ducks In My Pool

Read a Mothers Story called Ducks In My Pool


Available at Barnes and Nobel Nook








http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ducks-in-my-pool-sandra-kent/1114910821?ean=2940016304786

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7. The Good Shepherd and His Sheep


John 10: 2-10
The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.  The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a strangers voice.  Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.  Therefore Jesus said again,

"Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.  I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.  They will come in and go out, and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I am the good Shepard.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  

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8. He is Risen

The earth shouts for joy Jesus is Risen
Our Lord suffered on the cross as a sacrificial lamb for our sins
He is our blood offering
Just like Abraham was willing to sacrifice Issac
on the alter he built for God
Jesus is our sacrificial lamb


Our sins can be forgiven when we call upon His name
Because the price has been paid
When Jesus hung on the cross
and said it is finished
He conquered evil
He conquered death
He conquered fear
He conquered anger


When we call call upon His name in faith
The Holy Spirit comes
Love Joy and Peace replaces
Fear
Love Comes with a roaring wind
Love SHOUTs to the creation of the world
I have paid a price for your sins
Because I love you
I am the word
I became flesh
I give you everlasting life
We can live together for an eternity
Because you believe in Me
I AM


On one side of the Sand Dollar
A Poinsettia symbolizes Christmas
Turn over the Sand Dollar
The Easter Lily appears
Its God's reminder to us


My plan has been etched
On a sea creature
Living in the ocean
Rushing up to shore
For you to discover
Discover Faith
Believe in the Risen Son
A Dove of Peace will envelope your soul
Peace that passes understanding
You will know you were bought with a price
God the Father God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
Will live with you forever
Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be Saved


John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

Romans  1: 4-5
And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to  be the Son of God when God Powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit.  Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

Romans 6: 8-11
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.  The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.  In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3 :10-12
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings,
becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.  Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus Christ took hold of me.

I Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection fo Jesus Christ from the dead..

Matthew 27:50-53
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his Spirit.  At That moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.   The earth shook and the rocks split.  The tombs broke open and the bodies of the holy people who had died were raised to life.  They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

Matthew 28: 1-10
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, " Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as the said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples; He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you in Galilee.  There you will see him
 Now I have told you.

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  Suddenly Jesus met them.  Greetings, he said.  They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.  Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid.  Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.



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9. Texas Bluebonnets Blooming Spring 2014

Texas Bluebonnets adorn the hills with a blue carpet of loveliness.  Mothers and dads grabbed their cameras to capture their beautiful child with the background of Texas landscape.  Bikers came to ride the Bluebonnet Trail map provided by the gracious Ennis Garden Club.  They want the world to see how beautiful Texas can be in the spring. Some brought a chair for the perfect picture.  Beige haystacks of grain lay peacefully in the fields of blue.  Roads are busy with cars lining up to see the burst of color. White fences section off Texas farms of horses and cows grazing on delicious wildflowers.  Pops of coral bluebonnets add beauty to the fresh sprouts of green grass.

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10. Grocery List of Ninety Two Year Old

Grocery List of Ninety Two Year Old Mom

What does the grocery list of my ninety-two year year old mom say about her?  First of all if she lived to ninety-two it might be a good idea to take notice of what she eats.  Raisin Bran has been on her shopping list since I was a kid.  Each morning she starts out the day with bran and raisins are a bonus.  Graham crackers are delicious dipped in milk.  They are a cross between a cookie and a biscuit.  She loves Oscar Mayer Salami between two slices of bread, with real  mayonnaise not light or artificial.  Two dozen eggs are on her list each time because they are pure and full of vitamins.  It might bring back the  memory of getting eggs each morning from the angry hen.

Grocery lists can be considered a primary source.  It was handwritten by my mom and tells she likes simple things.  What is not on the list is coke or any kind of soda.  She feels they are not  good for the stomach.  She chooses things that are natural, such as eggs.  When I go shopping with my mom she can buy all she needs for under a hundred dollars.  It would be interesting to compare other shopping lists to see if they are similar for an age group.

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11. Ducks Are Back

My neighbor called me up and said, "Come out in the front yard, the ducks are back."
I quickly grabbed my Zony and went outside to see Momma and Daddy Duck again.  They returned for spring to splash in the creek a half mile from our home.  They remembered me and let me take another photo.

"Hi old friends," I whispered to them.  "I made a book about your ducklings.  I told how you built a nest in our backyard year after year.  I wrote how you have been together for over fifteen years, maybe longer.  I know you probably miss the duckling days when they swam in my pool to learn how to dabble for insects.  You were a good Momma and taught them well.  Your ducklings are probably raising their own families now.  I know you must be proud Daddy Duck."

They listened to my soft voice as if they understood every word.  We have a bond now.  They know I care about their lives and look forward to seeing them year after year.  It gives me a since of comfort knowing nature shows the cycle of life.


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12. Immanuel God is With Us

For unto us a child is born,  unto us a son is given; 
and the government shall be upon his shoulders
And his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor,
the mighty God,
the everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah

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13. Dallas Winter Storm



Dallas Winter Storm
As the light reflects ice crystals in the sun, leaves shimmer and red blossoms freeze in time.
Only in Texas would Red Oak Trees freeze with autumn colors of orange, red and yellow.  The tree was planted the year Alex was born in 1990.  As I gaze out my window to see the tree it reminds me of how sturdy and strong he has become.  The trunk is straight and tall, reaching for the light.  The branches flow like an umbrella protecting the rose bush below.
Ice crystals shimmer on the Live Oak Tree of twisted branches.

Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

Psalm 100  verse 4

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14. All Things Work Together For Good

All Things Work Together For Good

"Hook em Horns," the crowd roared.  "Another touchdown for UT." said the announcer.  We visited our son at UT because he is in the fast pace of pharmacy school.  He had to carefully plan enough hours to spend the day with us.  Each minute counts as you prepare for weekly tests.  "They don't have a curve." Michael says.  

"Jim you got us great seats for the game." I said.  We sat on the top row and it felt like a mountain top experience.  UT Band blasted songs of joy as the hardworking students marched to the rhythm of traditional songs.  Alumni sat in the stands remembering when they were in school, as they balanced their lives of studying hard and making new friends to last a lifetime. I liked the bleachers because we could stretch our legs and bounce to the beat.  The beat of union, the beat of unity, we are UT fans.  The Texas Longhorn was adopted as a mascot to show Texas pride in the ranching business.  Leather boots adorned the ladies and men as they cheered for their team.  




 UT is part of the State Capital.  Many  alumni are in important positions all over the world working as leaders because of their enriching education to build strong minds who ask questions.  The UT Pharmacy school is rated 4th in the nation because of the well known research which changes the lives of our planet.  Michael worked hard in his undergraduate classes, and enjoyed understanding the deep complexities of Molecular Biology.

 I love talking to Michael about science because he is so excited about seeing how our body is interconnected.  As a child he has always asked why?   I can remember his ant farm experiment scattered on the dining room table for a month.  One ant farm was covered and the other wasn't to see if the ants build more tunnels in darkness.  It was a family affair as we added more tubing so the ants could travel from farm to farm.  I honestly was sad to see the ants go but it was time to gain back the natural territory of our dining room table. 

"Mom, do you know what a cell is?"  Michael questioned.  "I think its the building block of tissue."  By the grace of God I remembered that from Anatomy and Physiology.  He acted a little surprised I knew and then explained why that's true.  

As we visited Michael's apartment he showed his dad and I two computers side by side.  One was for having a visual of the slides and the other gave the notes from the lectures.  I believe he is taking 9 different classes, each with difficult material to master.  He has found friends he can discuss the days information with.  The two white boards show his schedule and things left to do.  Things left to do is the theme for the first year of pharmacy school but with a balance of time and friends Michael will make it.  All things work together for the good who are called according to His purpose.

We left the game with UT Tshirts, pens, mug and of course, Bevo for my classroom.  I am officially both a UT and OU fan for both wonderful sons.  

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15. Called to His Purpose

The OU band was blasting songs of Oklahoma tradition in the heart of the University of Oklahoma.   As we toured the campus the summer before my son's freshman year five years ago, a fleeting thought came to my mind.  I wonder if Alex will go to the same law school as my dad?  But it's so competitive to get in.  Alex had done debate in high school and won a second place trophy the first time he debated his 8th grade year, but OU law school is big league.

  Alex graduated from OU with a double major in business and economics and  applied for law school in two places.  The first place accepted him right away but there was a little test of faith for OU.    When Alex  found out he was accepted to OU he was so excited we got in the car for a tour of the school.  I told the tour guide,"I've seen this library before, oh yes it looks like the same high ceilings with rich wood paneling in Dublin, Ireland.  The mock courtroom was large with empty seats in the front for important guests.  We envisioned Alex giving his first case in front of his peers and professors.

Fast forward to Alex's second year of law school  and it is the time in his life for him to be thinking about how he wants to practice law.  My husband and I went to see Alex and we were so proud he was making his grades in such a demanding school.  He must read pages each night to prepare for questions in class.  One time his battery  was dead and he didn't want to miss class so he went to the nearest convenient store and got a ride to class.

We visited his old fraternity house and got a ride with a freshman KA to the game.  The float was celebrating the theme of Peter Pan.  It's time to grow up and find you destiny.  

But Peter Pan wants to keep neverland alive.  Where boys have fights with Captain Hook and almost get pushed off the plank.  He wants to keep Wendy on the island of make believe.
It's game time!!!  People cheer, fight fight fight.  Ten more yards, ten more yards, Go Go Go.  Never give up, never give in, Go Go Go!!Thousands of people in the stands yelling for a common purpose, we have school pride.  Alex will find his purpose and destiny because God has brought him this far and will continue to help him.  Go Go Go Alex

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16. Rejoice Poem by Ann Weems

Rejoice

O Lord, there just aren't enough choir boys
to sing what I feel,
There aren't enough trumpets to blow,
I want to dance in the streets of Bethlehem!
I want to sing with the heavenly host!
For unto us a son was given
And he was called God With Us
For those of us who believe,
The whole world is decorated in love!


I read this poem today from my Women's Devotional Bible.  The poem is by Ann Weems who cried out to God for help because she lost her son an hour after his twenty first Birthday.  She wrote poems of sorrow to God for the grief she felt because he was taken  As she cried out tears of heartache to God night after night she was comforted by His peace.  The peace that passes understanding.  The peace that comes like the wind blowing in the breeze.  Sometimes you feel a blast of peace because of the beauty of the world.  If you see God's love in nature the whole world is decorated in love!!  I love this line of the poem because God loves me through my beautiful back yard.  The roses are blooming now and I feel it is Jesus's way of saying I love you Sandra.  You are precious to me.  I see you and I know your heart.  God sees everyone's heart and knows each painful memory.  God wants us to rejoice because he can take away pain and give us peace.  Supernatural peace that can only come from His Holy Spirit.  His peace is a gift to us.  All we have to do is ask and believe in His Son, Jesus  who was sent to the world to Be With US.  The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace.

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17. #SharkCat and Swimming Pool. #SharkWeek



This made me laugh today.  The cat loves to ride on the Roomba.  

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18. Joseph Topping Singer-Songwriter Multi Instrumentalist


  My husband and I discovered the talent of Joseph Topping playing at the Royal Oak in Edinburgh, Scotland.  There was a special concert at the lower level filled with fans wanting to hear his magical chords.

  He wrote many of his songs along with Scottish ballads that tell a story.  Joe is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist .  He has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard.

  As a young boy he was surrounded by music.  His dad Tom ran a folk club and showcased blues musicians such as Blind Jessie Fuller. Perhaps that is what inspired him to take a 1,400 mile solo walk across America.

  He had an old Gibson guitar strapped to his back and walked from Chicago to his final destination of New Orleans, the land of Jazz.  On his journey he traveled through St. Louis, Nashville, Memphis, the Mississippi Delta, and Baton Rouge.  Sometimes he found rest in the cornfields or patches of cotton.

  Joseph met musicians and characters along the road which inspired the lyrics to many of his songs in his album called, Ghosts In The Shadows.  His gift of story telling reminds me of the legend, Bob Dylan.

 After three pairs of shoes he finally made it to Louisiana with a desire to benefit story tellers and musicians in the Jazz community  He achieved awareness and funds for New Orleans musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

 After his trek to America he accepted the invitation to join the band Elbow Jane.  They have played the main stages of many British folk festivals.



Ghosts In The Shadows  is a must have album to be inspired.  

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19. Sword of the Spirit

For the word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12


Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray  in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.

Ephesians 6: 10-18

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20. William and Kate Have A Royal Baby Boy

Congratulations William and Kate, It's A Boy!!!!  The royal baby weighed eight pounds and six ounces of joy.  Prince William did not leave Kate's side while delivering their new baby boy.  It's the beginning of the new royal family.  He was born July 22nd at 4:24 p.m.  William had been born in the same hospital in 1982 as Diana first saw her precious son.

The child is now third in line to the British throne.  He will become Supreme Governor of the Church of England.  The infant is a living link to Britain's history.

Kate has eased into royal life to become more comfortable in the spotlight.  She played a supporting role during Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations last summer.

Her first months of pregnancy were not easy because she had horrible morning sickness which left her weak and dehydrated.

She took excellent care of herself and recovered well.  She made public appearances up until the final weeks of giving birth.

William and Kate plan to raise their precious baby boy in the renovated quarters at Kensington Palace where Will spent much of his childhood.

Kate's desire is to give her child a normal upbringing just as Diana wanted to give William the pleasures of childhood.  William supports his wife with love and devotion as they are so happy they have a new baby to adore.

The world cares about William and Kate because it's a celebration of family, love and royal history.  Families are the cornerstone of our societies and human race.  A new birth is a symbol of hope and a new beginning.  It assures generations are to follow in our family name and tree.  It doesn't matter what nationality you come from, families are the foundation of who we are and where we are going.

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22. Bread of Life

I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.

"Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread."

Then Jesus declared,

"I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.  But I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.  All the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

John 6 verses 32- 40

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23. Adding Labels to Blogspot is easy and effective.

Adding labels to blogspot is easy and effective. Blogger is Google's  wonderfully free publishing website.  The purpose of labels is to categorize and organize individual posts.   As I was adding my labels I thought wow I have been writing a lot of information over the years.  Now my viewers can see my topics easily and see what is interesting to them.   It was going down memory lane to add labels to each post.  If you haven't done so let me show you how easy it is.

How to add labels:
When you click on the "New Post" button on your Blogger dashboard, you will see a page.  To the far right hand side of the page it says LABELS at the top.  CLICK ON LABELS and a TEXT BOX will appear. This is where you type in your labels.  You can pick more than one and separate by commas.  Be sure to hit DONE at the bottom UPDATE at the top to save what you typed.  You can type a single word or phrases as long as you separate with a comma.  Its kinda fun to think about what is the so what or main idea  about your topic.

Here is the tricky part I didn't really understand before.

If you did not put labels on old posts that is okay.  You can hit the design button and it will show all of your  previous posts.  Just hit posts on left hand side of screen.  You can click on your old posts and hit LABELS to the  right side.  This is when you type in your labels just like you did with your new post.  The labels will show up i promise you.  It's like blogspot magic.  Think of tinkerbell and fairy dust.


How DO THEY SHOW ON Your Blog:
Here is the other tricky part but it turned our to be sooo easy when I found the Gadget.
Decide where you want to place your labels.  Click on LAYOUT on the left hand side of design page. It will give you several options to place your labels.

Labels is a choice in your list of Gadget Choices  I didn't realize because I didn't scroll down far enough but it is there.  

Click on Labels Gadget

For me i picked the choice of showing ALL LABELS because why not show your hard work of writing topics.

You have two choices Alphabetically or By Frequency.  I picked Alphabetically to be more mysterious.

Other Two Choices List   or Cloud    I picked list.

Very Important final part   Hit or click   SAVE

I hope this helps anyone out there that was struggling with labels like me.   I feel like it has opened up a new venue of people finding a topic they care about.



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24. Momma Duck Is Back

The ducks are back. For over ten years a family of ducks chose our backyard as a safe place to make their nest. The first year I discovered twelve white eggs formed in a circle shape of love. I later noticed Momma Duck was dutifully keeping her eggs warm for twenty eight days. She stayed on her eggs through Texas Hail Storms and heavy rains. I grew to admire her determination to keep her eggs safe. Each year the ducklings hatched. My family enjoyed watching the ducklings swim and glide in our pool. They usually stayed for one or two days and left for the creek a half mile from our home. Last year I had just bought my first digital camera so I was determined to get a good picture. At first the ducks were shy. I pretended to be a statue and not make sudden movements. They got use to me over time. Momma and Daddy Duck seem to pose for the camera. I wrote a children's book to capture the week the ducklings stayed and left for the creek. Michael, my youngest was there when the ducklings left. He took pictures too. My youngest was leaving the nest for college. Watching the ducklings leave reminded me there is always the right time to leave the comfortable nest for new adventures.

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25. Garment of Praise

He gives me beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning

The garment of praise

For the spirit of heaviness

That we might be trees of righteousness

Planted of the Lord

That God might be glorified



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