Thursday, January 29, 2009

Skywatch Friday 5


Fitting end to a winter storm. Beautiful sky though a bit eerie. We really did not get much snow, only perhaps three inches, but then we had sleet and freezing rain which was enough to keep me home for a day from school. It did give me a good day with the boys at home. To see more photos of the sky, go to Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Watery Wednesday 6


Taken at Cape May, this photo pictures the ferry beginning its journey across the Delaware Bay from Lewes. To view other watery scenes, visit Watery Wednesday.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Scenic Sunday 3

A beautiful fall day in the Blue Ridge Mountains provided these scenes. There was a little haze that day, but it was still beautiful. To see more Scenic Sunday photos, visit Scenic Sunday.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Skywatch Friday 4

A beautiful early summer evening was the setting for this scene looking out towards Regan National Airport. The family was all together for a summer picnic with some friends, and this sunset was the perfect ending to a lovely evening. See more lovely Skywatch photos by visiting Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thankful Thursday 1

I have so many things for which I thank the Lord, but near the top of the list is my wonderful wife. I am so fortunate as to have had two very wonderful women in my life as wives. After my first wife died of cancer, the Lord blessed me with a terrific lady from the Philippines. A courageous, tiny lady, Tess came to this country by herself a little over five years ago knowing no one except me. We were married in late October of 2003. She has been a great wife, an inspiration and encouragement to me since we met almost six years ago. She has been a terrific mother to our two boys and is constantly trying to find ways to help with our household finances. One of those ways has been through her crafts, bags and dolls, which she sells. I wish to give her credit for starting this blog and encouraging me to do my part in the writing of it. She herself has a terrific blog herself entitled "Life is Beautiful."
I know it has been difficult at times adjusting to new foods, a strange culture and a drastically different climate with few close friends or relatives in the area where we live, but she has adapted admirably. Language has also been an area of difficulty as English was seldom used in her home in the Philippines. Despite these difficulties, Tess has maintained a positive attitude and has been an encouragement to numerous people who have met her. I thank the Lord for the blessing of a Christian wife whose life is such a testimony of his love. Visit Thankful Thursday and share your moment of thanks.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Watery Wednesday 4

Paddle boats were out in force on this chilly spring day for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Although the day was gray, no one seemed to mind as the blossoms were as beautiful as I have ever seen them. The river was serene and beautiful on this particular day. For more watery photos visit Watery Wednesday.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Scenic Sunday 2

Taken on a gray day in D.C., this photo still displays the beauty of the gorgeous cherry blossoms during the cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. It was a relatively cool day, but one could not help but enjoy the scenic beauty. To see more scenic photos visit Scenic Sunday.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sky Watch Friday 3

We were on the boat heading toward Mackinac Island when we took this photo. It was a bright, sunny, breezy day in August. To see more photos please visit Sky Watch Friday.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Something toTickle Your Funnybone

Things had gotten too quiet around our house one day, so I went to check. I found Everett in the butter dish with butter all over him.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Watery Wednesday 3

Taken at Taquahmenon Falls on the Upper peninsula these photos show the effect of the tannic acid from the trees lining the shore of the Taquahmenon River. A beautiful spot to get away from the rat race, Taquahmenon Falls provides solitude and a beauty that is hard to match. The water is amber in color, yet it does not look dirty. This is a great place to spend a few summer days. To see more great photos visit Watery Wednesday.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Something to Tickle the Funnybone!

Sometimes we just have to take the time to laugh. Scripture tells us that "A merry heart does good like a medicine." Health experts have said much the same. Nothing can create quite as much laughter and enjoyment than one's children. Without them, life's colors would look very dull. What can be funnier than a three-year-old getting hold of some ash from the fireplace and painting his and his little brother's face with charcoal or experimenting with chopsticks by pinching his nose shut with them or my two-year-old getting into the butter and smearing it all over his hair and face? Sometimes these antics cause some distress, but then I need to remind myself how funny they are and get a good laugh out of it. My elder son is a little actor who is always coming up with funny expressions. I can't wait until he gets older and sees these photos!
Of course, watching a child of under two trying to eat spaghetti when he is starved can be quite amusing too.
Not only the sights are humorous but also what is said can be funny. My little four-year-old was told that he would be meeting a really cute blond little girl when he participated as ring bearer in his aunt's wedding. His uncle said they should meet soon, and he very seriously replied that, that sounded like a good idea and wondered when they could meet. Another time while watching Mama Mia, he saw the younger girl on there and said that he liked her body and when could he meet her. Sometimes we just have to enjoy the moment and break into a laugh.
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