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Leaving October 2018 Behind

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Here it is November and I didn’t get all my October pictures in.  This month will fly by as well and then we are in to the winter months and the cold, dark season of the year.  (So thankful for the love and light that Christmas brings!)

We are ready for the winter days with wood stacked high on the porch and pine cone fire starters packed away in monthly supply.  Most of the yard work is done, just need to mulch the final leaves that all fell in the last storm and put the tarps on the campers.  (We have a guest camper staying with us this winter.)

Reading Ann Voskamp’s book “The Broken Way” I have been moved and touched by her words.  Here are few from today’s reading:

“It’s only when you know your real identity that you can really break the enemy and break free.  No matter what you’ve lost or who you’ve lost – nothing that’s happened in the past can change it, and nothing in the future can intimidate the reality of it, because this is the realest true:  you are always sufficient because God always gives you His all-sufficient grace.”  pg 192

“All His is mine and all mine – my sins, my death, my damnation – is His, writes Luther.  How we are is not who we are.  Who we are is who He is.” . . . Maybe all the brokenhearted don’t need to try to believe more in themselves, but to believe what Jesus says about them more.”  pg 193

“. . .I think I hear what you’re saying – that once you face Him, you see who you really are . . .so you can go face anything.”      That –       exactly that.”  pg 194

How does she come up with this stuff!!!  It goes deep, I want it to go deep, I am trying to shove it down deep so that it stays in my heart.  We all struggle with feeling inadequate but when it becomes debilitating or so ingrained in our thinking about ourselves we become chained to the enemy’s lies.  Praying for God to reveal how He sees you is a vital part of quiet time.  His words far outweigh my faulty thoughts.  Thank you, LORD!!!!!

We drove to Missoula October 11th to see Cab and Jacqs and family.

First snow on the mountains near Cascade.

Snow topped mountains outside New Meadows

Near Riggins

Lolo Mountain, almost to Missoula

Snow tops and lower hill getting hit with the setting sun outside Missoula

Finally, Grandkids! Zeke made me and Pops a welcome hat that I just had to model!

While we were there we went for a walk with some of their friends along a river, Cab found an old phone. Tried to place a call but no one answered.

This was a different phone – such signs of age.

Apparently, in the olden days, they would use old cars to keep the river from eroding the banks. It was very interesting. (So is that cute couple on the left. Hmmmmm!)

 

Movie Stars

The old couple.

Some adult beverage time.

These two studmuffins cut down a dead cottonwood tree and a pine tree that had it’s top cut off so it was just a fat pine tree bush. They were blocking the view of the mountains but didn’t realize how much until they were gone.

No before pic but the improvement was dramatic!

It snowed Sunday morning so the kids got out and tried to make snowmen.

Later in the day we had to head home leaving these cuties behind!!!

Finally just a mix of fall color and some pics of my sun room

Tamaracks near Lolo pass

Mountain Ash berries

Gold leaves, blue sky – Aspen tree in our front yard.

 

Happy Thanksgiving.  May you find much to be grateful for and take time to give God thanks!

Kimmy

Merry Christmas 2017

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Manger Scene

 

Manger Scene in a Snow Globe

 

Snowman Plates

 

Snowman(s) and Christmas Tree

 

A Welcoming Front Door

Before the Holiday Season is over for 2017 I wanted to post a few pictures.  We had a very quiet Christmas Eve and Day!  It was peaceful and relaxing.  Got walks in and hot tub time with music and candles and a slivered moon.  It snowed off and on and at one point the sun was shining while big huge flakes were coming down.  We reflected on our blessings and prayed for continued blessing on our whole family.  We also prayed that our eyes would be open even wider to the many blessings we take for granted.  Yeah, we all face hard times but putting God in the middle of each one can only help give hope where there is no hope, and watching for the blessings in the trial gives it purpose for our good!

The following are pictures I have taken recently!  I hope you enjoy them.

The Old Homestead

Still able to wear boots, but soon snowshoes will be necessary!

 

Tall Pointy Pine Tree near my office in McCall

 

Captured from a window in my office in McCall. A storm is coming over the lake.

 

Purple, Sparkling Water

 

Reflected Clouds in River

 

Frosty Pine Trees on Other Side of the Fence

 

Mountain Majesty Across the River

 

As we head into the New Year 2018 I pray that it will be a wonderful year for us all.  Peace, joy, patience, goodness….  Hey, I guess I am speaking the Fruit of the Spirit into our lives!  Yes and Amen!!!!

Kimmy

Clouds Are On My Mind

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I am so glad to take this time to blog today!  It’s been a long time!  Life gets too busy, hard, fun, full plateish!  (how do you like that word?)  Anyhow, I read this paragraph out of a book recently and I found it delightful.  I am going to post the paragraphs and then some pictures of clouds that I have taken.  I hope you enjoy and I hope to write soon!

 

Fenced in Clouds

 

Rainy Skies and Raindrop on Windshield

 

Rays of Sun and Low Lying Clouds

 

Big Billowing Clouds

Kimmy

What Is It About…

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What is it about the silhouette of bare. black branches against a gentle winter morning sunrise?

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What is it about the glitter-like sparkle of new fallen snow?

What is it about the heart warming feeling of a young child’s arm thrown around your neck and their soft cheek pressing into yours?

What is it about the scent of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, cooling on the table, waiting to be devoured?

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What is it about the exquisite beauty of an intricate flower blooming in mid winter in my sun room (more beautiful then any of Solomon’s clothing)?

What is it about the seasons, each one so different and unique in a small mountain town, and the speeding up of their passing as time goes by?

To me, it is all about the wonderful handiwork of our Heavenly Father, who delights in blessing His children with good things!

So then, what are trials, hardships, abuse, deep sadness, and seemingly impossible-to-get-through situations all about?

They are our opportunity to turn to our Heavenly Father, lean into His goodness and blessing and say “I trust you Lord in the good times and bad.  You, who are always faithful, are holding me tight and You will get me through this!”

I can tell you – it works!

Kimmy