Saturday, July 10, 2010

the Father's song

I heard this while browsing some other blogs and just thought it was so lovely that I wanted to share it this week. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Some nice freebies

I love taking pictures with my digital camera I got using my swagbuck Amazon dollars. I like offers that let me print them for nothing. Here is a great offer from Kodak that lets you print a small 5x7 photobook for only $1.99 shipping. The book is free. My granddaughter loves photo albums. I am not sure if this will be a present for her, my mother, my daughter or the other mamaw yet. If it comes by next week when I am hoping to go visit my mother, then I will take it to her. She hasn't ever seen her only great-grandson in person.

I also ordered me another years subscription to Woman's Day, this link was working earlier but the free mags go fast so I don't know if its still good.

Shadow Puppets

Do you remember being a kid and making shadow puppets? My cousins and I were fascinated with this. We got to the point we could make rabbits, ducks and a couple of other animals. What all can you do with shadow puppets? I saw this video and was amazed. This man is really talented.

Thursday, July 08, 2010


This little girl is amazing. God is such a miracle worker.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Babcock State Park

My boyfriend and I have have made a couple trips now to Babcock State Park. Neither of us have ever been before so it was a unique experience. We are trying to do more of the tourist things in our own state. The first day we went was on Saturday evening and we got there just after 5pm. They have a grist mill there but it closes at 5 so we didn't get to see it. The next day we got there early and was able to tour the mill. They do need to replace the floors in it though. I am sure its original flooring but its quite weak in some places and if not repaired soon there will be an accident. Also it has a lot of mill equipment sitting around on the floors and if you look in the handout it tells what the equipment is but I think it would be better to have it labeled. They actually grind corn meal there at the mill, they weren't grinding the day we were there because the water levels were too low they said but we were able to buy some corn meal they had on hand. I made corn bread as soon as I got home and it was honestly hands down the best cornbread I ever ate. It also stayed soft longer and didn't get hard setting out like it normally would have. I let a few other people try it and they agreed it was amazing tasting. Fresh is better than chemically processed from the store. The recipe I used is here.

We did some fishing but all we caught were tiny baby bluegills. I would like to spend some time exploring the trails. It is very beautiful there. Here are some pictures from our 2 trips there. This is the lake.

Here are a couple the fish we caught. My boyfriend caught the second one and I caught the first one. I didn't put mine on the ground, he jumped off the pole and I had to chase him around to catch him to put him back in the water :). I promise you they were much smaller than they look in these pictures. I have seen minnows bigger. We are catch and release people so these naturally are back in their home to grow some more.

This is a dragonfly I saw hovering around so I snapped a picture.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Evan Roberts

The 1904 Welsh Revival moved a nation. One of the most famous men from that revival was Evan Roberts. Evan had led a life following Christ up to this point but still felt led to draw closer. One night he was woken from his sleep and led into a deep communion with God for hours. This experience was to continue every evening for the next few months until he went away to the school at Newcastle Emlyn. 2 weeks after arriving at school he went to a revival and received a fresh Baptism of the Spirit. Sometimes we all need to refreshed in our walk. Cares of life and daily living make us tired and we need to be renewed. Look at walk God accomplished because Evan was willing to respond.
Within a month he felt compelled to share this message of the reality of God and the possibility of complete forgiveness of sins with his home youth group at Moriah Loughor.

Summing up the message in 4 parts, Evan pressed it home to the astonished church

1. Confess all known sin

2. Deal with and get rid of anything ‘doubtful’ in your life

3. Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly

4. Confess Christ publicly

By the end of the last week over 60 responded. By the end of the second week Evan had already started on a whirl-wind tour of the South Wales valleys with his team of 5 girl singers and within a year or so 100,000 converts were said to be added to the Welsh Church.
I encourage you to spend some time in prayer, read the Word and see what God wants to accomplish in your life.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Taylor Made

On July 3rd, we all went to Fayetteville to the weekend celebration for the 4th and saw Taylor Made. They are a local WV band that has been on the Nashville charts for new music. You can tell by watching them, that they love to perform. Some people work to make it in country music and then retire once they make a lot of money and some stick it out for the long haul. You can imagine that the ones that stick it out are the ones who love performing and need to make music to satisfy their souls. Here are a couple of videos I made. Keeper of the cage is one of my favorite songs and the Billie Jean video has some crowd clips. One boy started some kind of weird convulted dancing and there was a little girl dancing who was absolutely adorable. There is a lot of static I think because we were so close to the speakers.

Goodbye Mr. Byrd

Its been several days ago but on June 28th 2010 the greatest politician the state of West Virginia has ever known passed away. Robert C Byrd was the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress. He was first elected to the US Senate in 1958 after being a member of the House of Representatives the previous 6 years. He served and was elected to an 9th term in 2006.
I can remember watching him on television and being amazed at his knowledge. He could quote from the Bible, poems, stories and legalese with ease. He didn't use notes and would just go from one thing to another. He was already an old man suffering from Parkinson's at that point. My grandmother had Parkinson's also so maybe that's why it struck with me. He was responsible for over a billion dollars being funneled into WV for building roads, bridges and buildings. Many have criticized by many for his pork belly spending but isn't that why states elect senators, so that they will work to promote the well being of the state in the federal government? Recalling Byrd's ability to bring billions of dollars to West Virginia, former President Bill Clinton said he told the senator: "If you pave every single inch of West Virginia, it's going to be much harder to mine coal." Byrd responded that "the Constitution does not prohibit humble servants from delivering whatever they can to their constituents."
He was a man who made mistakes along the way but wasn't afraid or ashamed to admit that he was wrong. Looking at his voting record you can see how he changed over the years. We must continue to grow and learn and not stay stuck in our ways during life's journeys. There will never be a man to equal him in Senate again. This was truly the passing of a legend. These words from 2 Timothy 4:7 certainly apply to him
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith". R.I.P Mr. Byrd and enjoy the rewards you earned on this Earth.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Then sings my Soul Saturday- Pledge of Alliegiance and You're`1 a Grand old Flag

While surfing the net I found these pledges. I remember doing the pledge of Allegiance to the Flag in school but not one for the Christian flag or the bible.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe.

I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God's Holy Word, I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.

I remember my daughter singing over and over the song "You're a Grand Old Flag" when she was in kindergarten and first grade in Virginia but once we moved back to WV no one sang it. We used to sing it while waiting at the bus stop but over time we just forgot. I thought it would be appropriate for here. I searched and searched but almost all versions on You-Tube are simply the tunes. I like the words.

Happy 4th of July

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;

another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners;
men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.
He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,
and poverty was his reward..

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was
destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!

4th of July

Most people have no clue what the government is even means. I thought this video did a good job explaining it all.

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