Monday, May 30, 2011

Fresh from the Garden . . .

The strawberries have begun ripening now, and we harvested our first homegrown strawberries the other day and enjoyed them for dinner . . .

Were they ever delicious! I picked some more of them yesterday morning, and I don't think they are going to last long. :) They are so different from what one buys at the grocery store . . . so juicy and so full of flavor!

The plants are all producing well so far, but I'm not sure if there will be enough strawberries ready at the same time in order to can strawberry jam, but I sure am hoping there will be. Especially after seeing my friend Joy's beautiful canned goods . . . we'll just have to wait and see!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Baby Ways" - A Treasury of Children's Stories

For awhile now, I have been on the lookout for a certain type of book . . . one that was similar to a book that Leah had found recently that was full of wonderful stories for children that not only promote good character and morals, but are fun to read as well. The book also had so many beautiful, old illustrations in it! And that is one thing that can draw me to a book rather quickly.

Well, when we went antiquing for my Mom's birthday outing, I found just such a bo
ok . . .

I have already read through it and love the content! The stories are each about a pag
e or two long and at least one illustration accompanies each one. The stories are not only enjoyable to read, but they also teach moral lessons (such as obedience to parents, serving others, unselfishness, patience, etc.) There are also a few stories that encourage faith, prayer, and one's relationship with God. And again, the illustrations are beautiful. Here are a few of the larger ones (and each illustration has a story that goes with it) . . .

In addition to the stories, there are a number of poems throughout the book as well, and I loved this one . . . .

'Tis home where mother is, - sweet home,
Though low the roof, and bare the floor;
There's welcome here for all that come,
And sunshine gathers round the door.

Her busy hands, her willing feet,
Her heart so full of love and care,
Her ear so quick, her voice so sweet,
She carries comfort everywhere!

She quickly dries each childish tear;
With mother-balm heals every pain;
Her quiet face dispels each fear,
And hope and courage brings again.

She fills with wholesome work and play
The busy days that go and come;
How sad the child who cannot say,
' 'Tis home where mother is, - sweet home!'

Needless to say, I was thrilled to find this book and look forward to using it for 'storytime' with little ones that we know!

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Answer!

You all came up with some great guesses in response to the last post! It was fun to read all of the different comments. :)

Some of you were close, but weren't quite there . . .

we weren't berry picking (though that would have been fun!)

nor were we mushroom hunting

nor fetching water from the creek for ma (this one made me laugh, Becky! :)

nor gathering plant material or honey

and thankfully we weren't egg hunting due to wayward hens!

Those who guessed catching grasshoppers, snails, crawdads and frogs were awfully close . . .

We were hunting and catching something . . .

One here, one there, one just about everywhere . . . we combed through our woods, picking off cicadas right and left and dropping them into our buckets. The end result was . . .

Lots of noisy, creepy-crawly insects about ready to become dinner to . . .

The chicks!

The above photo gives a pretty good depiction of what was happening . . . blur! The chicks were racing around so fast gobbling down cicadas as fast as they could. It was hilarious! We gave them about three-quarters of what was in one of the buckets, and then the hens got all of the rest. They're not quite as entertaining as the chicks, but they certainly go crazy for them.

So there's the answer! And we'll be doing more of this in the coming days as not only is it cutting down on the cicada numbers (and thus, hopefully reducing the damage that will be done to our trees), but it's also helping to reduce the feed bill some. Add in it being fun to go 'hunting' for them, and it's a win win, either way! :)

Any Guesses?

. . . as to what Leah and I were doing last evening?

Down in the woods, buckets in hand . . . .

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Peek Into the Nest

After checking repeatedly on our pregnant doe for several days, we finally saw her in the nestbox Saturday when we headed out to do our evening chores. A quick look confirmed that the babies were on their way! She had eight of them and so far, they are all doing well. We love peeking in the box and checking on them! As soon as the fur is pulled away and they feel our hand, they start their adorable little squeaking and begin squirming all over the place as they think that it is 'mama.' At first the doe was rather attentive/protective when we checked her babies and even growled some as well, but now she has calmed down and doesn't mind us getting in the box at all . . .

Baby rabbits (called kits) are born hairless and with their eyes and ears shut, and while most would not consider them 'cute', I find them so. :) They're starting to get a tinge of red fur on them now, and their eyes and ears will be opening soon!

Monday, May 23, 2011

After the Storms

Last evening, there were some terrible storms quite a ways south of us and some severe ones that went through here, but without significant damage where we live. Our hearts go out to our fellow Missourians who were hit by the devastating tornado that went through Joplin, and please join us in praying for everyone there. As well as for those elsewhere across the state that were affected be these storms.

In such difficult and frightening times, what a comfort it is to know that even in things such as this, we are not out of the Lord's hand. His love and care are still sure . . . and through it all, may the fruit borne from it be hearts that are drawn to the Lord, that come to rest and trust in Him as their Savior, as their solid rock and their refuge and strength, a "very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)

Coming Soon . . .

Yes, indeed, the 13 year cicada will be making its presence known by a cacophony of sound in not so many days. This past Saturday I spotted the above newly emerged fellow (which was unusually light colored - cicadas are generally dark) right after finding another one that the chickens rather enjoyed. :) Then as I was mowing in the afternoon, I was seeing cicada shell's all over the place; and now yesterday and this morning we are seeing cicadas everywhere! This is starting to bring back memories . . . of when both the 17 and the 13 year cicada emerged at the same time. I can still remember how very loud it was every time we went outdoors! And how many bucketfuls of cicadas we would gather and then feed to our ducks (which we used to have.) Already the chickens are enjoying the new insect life, and I can just imagine how much they are going to enjoy this 'cicada season'!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Celebrating a Birthday

Mom's birthday was this week, and we had a memorable and fun time celebrating it all together! (including Ryan and Ashley as they came over for the evening. :) In addition to some of the traditional birthday activities, in our family for a person's birthday we'll also generally go and do something together. Often it might be going for a hike, driving through a conservation area and birdwatching, or something along those lines; but this time with rain falling outdoors and a temperature that was rather chilly, we opted for an indoor activity of antiquing! Which is something that we all enjoy.

We visited one of our favorite antique stores (that just happens to be here in town) and spent a pleasurable few hours walking up and down the many aisles . . . looking
through stacks of books, examining old farming implements, attempting to figure out how different items work, admiring the beautifully simple wooden furniture (and picking out our favorite pieces :), looking at the different kitchen items, gently handling some of the well-loved and beautiful quilts, and much more.

At this particular store, each of the booths is also set up so attractively, and many of
the booths have detailed labels on their items so it is fun (and often educational!) to read the labels and figure out what things are. Usually you can tell just by looking at an item what it is, but then there are others that are quite puzzling until you read the label. And even then sometimes you're still not sure what exactly it is! :)
After getting back from antiquing, we pulled out a table and Mom and Leah put together a puzzle (which was one of her birthday gifts) while Dad and I were their moral support. :) They both have a knack for puzzles and even though this one was quite difficult, it didn't take them long to get it all put together!

All in all it was a special birthday for Mom, and a special time together as a family. How thankful I am that the Lord blessed us with the mother that we have . . . her love, her care, her servant heart, her encouragement, her laughter, her patience, they are all such blessings and add so much to our lives. Thank you so much, Mom, and we love you!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Babies on the Way . . .

Monday of this week, Leah put the nestbox in with the doe who is pregnant, and within the next few days, we should have baby rabbits! Which we are excited about. :) The doe has begun pulling fur and building a nest in the box, and she has also put on quite a bit of weight the past week . . . it will be interesting to see how many she has!

In addition to the rabbits, our 'animal population' will be increasing by a significant amount over the next week as our first bees will begin hatching . . .

The frame with capped brood in the center

Our second hive inspection last week revealed lots of capped brood, larvae, eggs, and also capped honey. It was so amazing to see all of the many changes that had taken place in the hive since we had last looked! And speaking of honeybees, this morning I was running through my mind some of the different verses that I have memorized in order to review them, and one of the verses was from Proverbs . . .

"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Proverbs 16:24

As I reviewed this verse, some thoughts came to mind . . . with studying about and having honeybees, this verse has grown to have more depth to it than what I had previously seen. One, seeing the honeycomb in the hive with all of the honey carefully stored away on it and considering that this is a parallel to how sweet these "pleasant words" are to others when we speak them. Another thing that stood out to me was the mention of the healing properties of honey. More and more it seems the many healing properties of honey are being discovered, and honey (and other products of the hive) is being used in greater proportions for medicinal purposes. And all along, God had it in His Word. :)

With having these thoughts fresh in my mind now, it will be a bit of a different perspective opening up the hive next time. And as I sit here and type, my mind is getting curious . . . I think I just might do a little study and find out in what ways honey is mentioned in Scripture. That should be interesting!

Monday, May 16, 2011

~ Growing ~

After a long day last week of planting in the vegetable garden with Mom and Leah, I went for a walk in the much appreciated coolness of the evening. I brought my camera along with the intent to photograph some of what's 'growing' around here, and then captured a few other photos as well. Such as this turtle which was content to sit and let me watch and photograph it for quite awhile . . .

Such fascinating little creatures these are! And the color pattern on his face and the designs on his shell were beautiful. After seeing the turtle, the first stop was to visit our growing and entertaining chicks . . .
They are so tame, and it's always fun to sit out in their pen and watch them!

All in a row :)

And a walk to each of our gardens was so pleasant . . . I love seeing everything growing and changing! As well as breathing in the delicious scent of the irises that are blooming right now . . .

One of the many irises that are blooming

One of the strawberry plants that was planted this spring

And the strawberry plants that were planted last year are loaded with growing berries! Mmm . . . making strawberry jam (and lots of other things :) is right around the corner!

Oregano that is ready to be cut and dried

Pickling cucumbers

A tiny peach

Daisies . . . one of my favorite flowers and one that can be found blooming all over our place


What a fun time of year this is to see all that is growing and then to anticipate the coming harvests!

And as this post was begun with a photo of an animal in the wild, it only seems fitting to end it in the same way. :) Especially since this fellow was sighted at the end of my walk . . .

He gave me a bit of a start when I first saw him slithering across the garden. He then went and 'hid' underneath the mulch around a fruit tree and watched me for awhile . . .
He must have decided that I wasn't much of a threat as he slithered back out and proceeded on his way to the long grass a ways across from the garden. By this point, night was falling, and my tired body was feeling much in need of rest, so I headed indoors for a refreshing and relaxing evening with all of us gathered together in the living room. The day had been such a good one with so much being able to be planted in the garden and then having the pleasure of simply enjoying the beauty in creation after a good hard day's work . . . another day finished on our little farm.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Last week, Mom harvested our first ever rhubarb and made a delicious dessert with it. And it didn't last long! Especially since Ryan and Ashley dropped by that day and then helped us eat it. :) Anyway, I thought I would share the recipe here in case any of you might like to try it . . . . enjoy!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

--1 cup all-purpose flour
--1 cup packed brown sugar
--3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
--1 tsp. ground cinnamon
--1/2 cup butter
--4 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
--1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
--1 cup sugar
--2 Tbsp. cornstarch
--1 cup water
--1 tsp. vanilla extract
--Vanilla ice cream, optional
In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients; cut in butter until crumbly. Press half into an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan. Combine rhubarb and strawberries; spoon over crust. In a saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the water and vanilla; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes Pour over fruit. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with ice cream if desired
(in my humble opinion, this dessert doesn't need the ice cream . . . it is so good just by itself and especially when it is warm right out of the oven. :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Gleanings from a Sunday Teaching

*This was originally posted on our other blog Follow in His Steps, and I thought I would share it here as well . . . .

What a blessing it is to be a part of the body of Christ, and Sundays when we gather together with brothers and sisters in the Lord are such wonderful and encouraging times . . . it truly is a family meeting together with a one another love for each other and for our God and Savior. When one member rejoices, the others rejoice; when one member suffers, the others suffer as well; when one weeps, the others weep with them; when one has a need, the others seek to support and meet that need.

I hadn’t realized how fully this could be realized in a church family until the past year or so when each of the families in our group went through significant trials and hardships. How beautiful it was to see how these trying times allowed for such growth in the Lord and growth in our relationships with one another. It also provided much opportunity for encouraging one another and building up one another in Christ.

In light of all that had taken place in everyone’s lives over the past months, one of the men was led to share a bit of encouragement to everyone the Sunday before last. The teaching that he prepared was so uplifting and so thought-provoking, and my pen flew across the paper in my notebook as I tried to keep up with taking notes. Afterwards, the thought came to mind that what was shared might also be good to share here as well. There is no way that I can type up what was taught as clearly as how it was presented on Sunday, but I thought I would attempt to, at least in part, share some of what was taught . . .

We began by looking at a number of verses that speak of how our hearts should be when we are going through trials, and then also what the Lord’s relationship with us is as we walk through these trials. Just the verses themselves spoke so much to my heart . . .

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)

Our trials can be reasons of great joy for us . . . simply look at what good fruit they can bring forth!

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation. Selah. God is to us a God of deliverances; and to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.” (Psalm 68:19-20)

Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.” (Psalm 62:8)

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)

How beautiful, and how encouraging these verses are . . . the Lord daily bears our burden, He is our God of salvation, He is a God of deliverances, He is a refuge for us, He is our sustainer, and He will never allow those who are His to be shaken. What precious, precious promises.

This type of trust and rest in Him can come through the simple knowledge that God is God. We don’t always see what He is doing “behind the scenes” so to speak; we have no way of knowing what wondrous fruit He may be working in our lives through the trying and difficult circumstances that we may be going through. Nor what fruit they may bear in the lives of those who are watching.

After talking about this for a bit, we turned to 2 Chronicles and read through chapter 20 piece by piece. I had not thought of this chapter quite in this light before, and it was wonderful to see it ‘opened up’ as we dug deeper into the word of God. And how well this account applied to the verses that we had just read through!

Now it came about after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, together with some of the Meunites, came to make war against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, ‘A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).’ Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to seek help from the LORD; they even came from all of the cities of Judah to seek the LORD.” (2 Chronicles 20:1-4)

Can you imagine being the nation of Judah and then finding out that all of these mighty nations were joining together to come and attack you? What would your response be? To immediately begin planning how to defend yourself and what your plan of attack would be? I think that would be more of how I would respond. But what was Jehoshaphat’s response? Yes, fear did come into his heart, but his immediate response was that he “turned his attention to seek the LORD.” And not only that, but he led the nation of Judah to seek help from the Lord as well. What a beautiful testimony this is of Jehoshaphat’s close relationship with the Lord and also of his great faith in Him.

The chapter continues with sharing . . . .

Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD before the new court, and he said, ‘ O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying, “Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.” Now behold, the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt (they turned aside from them and did not destroy them), see how they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance. O Our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us: nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.’ All Judah was standing before the LORD, with their infants, their wives and their children.” (2 Chronicles 20:5-13)

Jehoshaphat prayed to the Lord and in that prayer, He acknowledged who God was and His power, presented the circumstances that the nation, Judah, was in, and beseeched the Lord for wisdom and direction. And where were Judah’s eyes throughout this time? Were their eyes on their problems and the impending attack upon their nation? No, but their eyes were on the Lord. What a declaration of faith this is.

In the passage above, great humility is also seen in that they recognized that they themselves were powerless; that they did not know what to do. Instead of trying to fix the problem on their own, to fight in their own might and strength, they turned to the One who is all-knowing and who is all-powerful, to the one true Savior. The God whom they knew could deliver them . . . and it was He whom they sought with all humility and trust.

The answer to the prayer of Jehoshaphat’s is found in the verses that follow it . . .

Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; and he said, ‘Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel. You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.” Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.’ Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. The Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel, with a very loud voice.” (2 Chronicles 20:14-19)

So many things are presented in this passage! A couple of points that were brought up by the one who was teaching were:
-We are to not fear or dismay in the trials that we are faced with

-We cannot fight our own battles in our own strength
-We must humble ourselves before the Lord

-Judah was told to: not fear . . . stand still . . . see the salvation of the Lord

-The Lord cares for His children; our ‘battles’ are important to Him. As children rely on their earthly father, so must we rely and depend unquestioningly in our heavenly father. For would He not have our best interests at heart? (This reminds me of the verses in the gospels that speak of the Father giving good gifts to His children that are so much greater than what even an earthly father would give.)

-If Judah had looked specifically at the ‘facts’ of the matter and had responded with their minds, then fear and dismay could easily come in. But instead, they looked to the Lord and had faith and trust in Him.
What follows next is an amazing act of the Lord to protect and preserve His people . . . to indeed, fight their battle for them . . . .

They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.’ When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, ‘Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.’ When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they were corpses on the ground and no one had escaped . . . So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God gave him rest on all sides.” (2 Chronicles 20:20-24, 30)

Judah trusted in the Lord, they sang and praised Him for who He is, for His lovingkindness that is everlasting . . . and the Lord brought deliverance to them.

What a stirring account all of this is in 2 Chronicles 20, and when faced with our own trials and tribulations, may our hearts respond with the same immediate heartfelt earnestness that Jehoshaphat displayed. Turning our attention to seek the Lord, praying for His wisdom and deliverance, trusting Him, and keeping our eyes on Him to see what He would have us do.

After finishing reading through the account, we looked at a couple more verses to bring together all that had been shared so far . . .

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

No matter what the circumstances are, if we are His children, we can know that God will work these trials and hardships for our good . . . someway, somehow.

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

The Lord loved us so very much to give His own Son to meet our greatest need . . . the need of a Savior. If He loved us so much when we were “yet sinners”, how much more so now when we are His blood-bought children! As this verse shows, and as it was shared on Sunday, if the Lord could do so much for us to meet our greatest need, how much more to meet our much smaller daily needs and trials.

And my God will supply all your needs according to the riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, if we seek the Lord and for His wisdom and guidance, He will be to us a well-spring of wisdom, strength, peace, joy, comfort, and victory. It may not be a physical victory that can be seen as in Jehoshaphat’s and Judah’s case (in fact, most times it isn’t), but spiritual victory will most certainly be had. And as this verse shows, the Lord will supply our needs according to the riches in glory in our blessed Savior and Redeemer, Christ Jesus. Praise and thank the Lord for all of the many blessings that He so freely pours out upon us!

New Life in the Wild

The other day I was walking out to check on the activity at the bee hive when I came across a little family of Carolina Wrens . . . the babies were just leaving the nest and the parents were trying to encourage them to fly. I hurried back inside to get my camera and was able to capture one of the little guys in a photo before he flew/hopped/crash-landed over to where the rest of his family was . . .

It's little things like this cute (and entertaining!) little wren that help to add enjoyment to a day . . . simple pleasures that I am always thankful to see and enjoy!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Our First Hive Inspection!

Last Thursday, we opened up the hive to check and see if the queen had been released and to see if she had begun laying eggs . . . the answers to both of these questions were 'yes' and 'yes'! Things are moving along just as they should so far! (At least to our inexperienced eye, they are. :)

It was a pretty amazing experience to look into the hive and at the frames and see what the bees have been busy doing since we installed them just five days prior . . . drawing out beautiful honeycomb and filling it with pollen, nectar and sugar syrup as well. The honeycomb was especially incredible as it is so perfectly and exactly designed and constructed. What wonderful evidence the tiny honeybee is of the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator God!

The hive inspection itself went pretty well and quickly, as we didn't want to leave the hive open for long. And we're already looking forward to the next inspection . . .
it is going to be so interesting to see the changes that will have taken place in the hive by then!

Some of our busy bees . . . the eggs were found on this frame!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Sunset, Birds and More . . .

Awhile back, our family drove out to one of our favorite conservation areas on a beautiful, peaceful evening. And as always, my camera stayed busy, and I so enjoyed photographing the beauty in God's creation . . .

Two American White Pelicans that flew overhead . . . while most of these birds have moved on since this post, there are still a few remaining

A Great Egret

Turkey Vultures feeding on dead fish (the water had gone down in this pool leaving some fish up on the banks.)

A Red-Winged Blackbird . . . or as we have shortened it: RWBB :)

Deer in the distance . . . we later saw several groups of deer with the largest being at least 19!

A Great Blue Heron . . . and its reflection

This was neat to see and hear! The two Great Egrets with their wings out were fighting with one another. Pretty amazing to watch!

What I think is a Water Moccasin . . . but I am not for sure as snake identification is not even close to being one of my strong points. :) This particular snake was content to sit on this branch while I walked up fairly close for the photo.

The sunset was so beautiful this evening!

The purple and blue hued hills, water and trees

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's . . . umm . . . not quite the flying object that we were out looking for. :)

Yet another view of the setting sun

A small flock of pelicans flying across the evening sky

"Thou, even Thou, art LORD alone; Thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and Thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee." (Nehemiah 9:6)

" . . . marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." Psalm 139:14