Nature Proclaims

I’ve been thinking about how nature proclaims a Creator. Ornamental Pear TreeHow do beautiful little flowers form on a little twig of a tree? How do those flowers not blow away in over 20 mph wind?

How does a little tree one day end up as a big tree?

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Our little tree is the same type of tree as our neighbor’s large tree that you see.

How do children grow and change right before our eyes?

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Consider the astonishing amount of variety in nature. It shouts of a Creator.

Red Bud Tree

I can hardly wait for these blossoms on my red bud tree to pop open!

Although it’s not as pretty as a flower, look at this asparagus. Whether you like to eat it or not, it’s amazing that food that is good for our bodies just pops out of dirt in the spring.

asparagus The examples are limitless.

That’s what I’ve been thinking about these days.

Moving Vehicles

Do you  know why farming doesn’t work well as a one man job? Maybe the better question would be ‘Do you know one of a farmer’s wife’s side jobs?’

A farmer doesn’t drive his tractor home every day. What this boils down to is something like this:

- Two vehicles drive to the field, the farmer in one and his escort in the other.
- The farmer gets escorted back to the tractor; or if the escort is me, he drives back to the tractor while the escort relaxes.
- The farmer drives his tractor or other piece of farm machinery to the field.
- He drives his pickup home and back to the tractor until he’s done with that field or the fields close by.
- He drives his tractor to his next field.
- The escort comes to take him back to his pickup…

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This can also be known as “moving fields.” I had no idea this was part of farm life when I moved out here. It’s not my favorite part of being a farmer’s wife.

An Unexpected Art Gallery: Lincoln Berean Church

Originally posted on Odyssey Through Nebraska:

Did you guess where we were yesterday?  Lincoln Berean Church in Southeast Lincoln.

Berean Artistic Sign

This artwork was created by unexpected artist. 

Through the years of being involved in education, I have been on many tours.  Unexpectedly one of my very favorites was touring the art corridors located in Lincoln Berean Church.  This place has developed quite the art program, and participants display their creative products on the walls and halls of the church.

For this column, I focused more on the sculptures and permanent displays.

Berean New Life

Much of the art is on more of a revolving schedule.  This photograph and specially designed cross are a part of the permanent collection.  The cross has a nearby placard where you can read the story behind the artwork.

Berean Church Purpose

This piece is near a central area and is a strong visual reminder as to why people can be blessed by attending church.

Berean Redeemed Collage

Entitled, “Redeemed,” this artwork…

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Calf Cart

I have taken one picture of a calf this year. Don’t let that make you think that Nebraska is low on cattle. We actually just trumped Texas for the number of cattle on feed.

If you want to see some cute Nebraska calves this year and learn a thing or two, Mary Conneally has posted regularly on what has been happening with her cowboy during calving season. You’ll get a real kick out of what the FedEx man delivered to her door.

Of course, Oklahoma has some cute calves too.

What I have to offer to this conversation is this cute little cart.

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The ranchers in our family put a calf in here if they need to take it into the barn. They put the calf in the cart and pull it behind a pick up. In this area I guess you’d call that sledding.

 

2 Good Books

First of all, thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me the following book to review. If you don’t have a hymnal at your house, this would be a great way to get one and to get back story on each hymn too.
be still my soulBe Still My Soul – The Inspiring Stories behind 175 of the Most Loved Hymns by Randy Petersen had me liking it at first sight because the pages have a cool torn look on the side of the book. Then I opened it up and the pages have an aged look to them too, plus a hymn (just like it would look in a hymnal) is on every other page. Opposite each hymn is a history lesson about the hymn. I thought all hymns would have a story similar to the story that goes along with It Is Well, but this book talks about the author, where the words came from and the origin of the music. It’s a little different for each song, but I found the writing in the book tends to be more historical than inspirational. Now the hymns – they’re inspirational!

We were given this next book as a Christmas present.

jesus storybook bible

The Jesus Storybook Bible is AMAZING! It blows every other children’s Bible out of the water. It reads in a way that makes kids interested, and it tells the story of the Bible in such a clear way. At the same time, it hits home even for me when I read it. If you have a preschooler in your home, do whatever you can to become an owner of this book.

More to come on books later…

Time Consumers

Why I haven’t I posted a book review lately? Why are my posts are less frequent? Why would I post a random, distasteful post about mice?

Why? Because…

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He’s shooting a free throw. He really is shooting at a hoop.

IMG_8776 IMG_8782…On a typical day at home, I’m needed to watch a lot of basketball while commenting every minute or more on the score update and I’m trying to perfect the art of getting a baby to sleep and stay sleeping when not being held. Both require more mental energy than you’d expect.