Excerpt: The Pursuit of God, The Human Thirst for the Divine, A.W. Tozer

O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, The Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, "Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away." Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wondered so long. In Jesus' name. Amen
Excerpt: The Pursuit of God, The Human Thirst for the Divine, A.W. Tozer

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Mooney Up There!

Today began with a trip to Tanglewood where a craft show would take place.  Southern Charm at the Farm happens twice a year.....April and October. 

"Southern Charm at the Farm is the premier Artisan Show of the South East!  Boasting over 250 talented vendors, Food Trucks and Live Music - this show has something for everyone!

Our vendors feature items that are vintage, handmade or repurposed in a wide variety of categories.  A portion of our ticket sales go to benefit The Dragonfly House Children's Advocacy Center in Mocksville, NC.  We do everything in our power to support our vendor family of Mom & Pop shops, and encourage shopping small business all year round.

This event is RAIN OR SHINE, and there are no refunds offered on tickets.

Early Bird tickets are $20 - these ticket holders receive exclusive early entry to our show, along with an awesome swag bag in one of our full color logo shopping bags.  General admission shopping is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Ages 5 and older require a ticket, under 5 is free!

Please check out our website for FAW's for additional information!

Tanglewood is a pet friendly venue, however each vendor has different rules regarding pets in their booth space."

Tents galore (vendors)

I love weeping willow trees
 People entering the event
 Lunch tent

 Live music.....Bluegrass style
 Food vendors

 Leaving was not so much fun!
Not everyone was polite in taking turns merging.

When we got home, we went to the woods to gather some wood for crafting projects.....handles for more fire pit skewers, yule logs, and some repurposed shutters.  We decided to cook hamburgers down at the fire pit tonight, so when we got back to the house, we played some cards for a time before going back to the woods for supper.  We had corn on the cob and I also grilled some peppers and onions.  YUM!

 Such a beautiful afternoon/evening!
 Mark gathering some wood.
 Maple trees growing from an old stump in a 4 wheeler path.  
I took a picture before Mark cut them down.
 The spread for supper!
 Playing cards.  Mark won.

 The coals are ready for cooking!
 Dying embers and time to clean up
and return to the house.

The moon is full tonight and the clouds rolling around in front of it looked very cool, so I took my tripod out and waited patiently to get some good shots.

Here's a video of the clouds rolling in front of the moon.

Thank You, LORD, for a wonderful day!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Over The River and Through The Woods.............

Well, not exactly!  But to Grandma's house they DID go!  And we WERE in the woods!  And, I guess, actually they DID cross over a river, the Yadkin, on their way here tonight.

My day started out by going to Rockwell Christian to enjoy a program put on by the K-5 grades for their grandparents in celebration of Grandparents' Day.  After the program, the grandparents are allowed to take their grandchild(ren) away from school to spend the day with them.  Abby and I went to Zaxby's for lunch and then went to her house.  We changed clothes and then just hung out together.  We played some games while we enjoyed being outside on the swing.  While we were not playing games, we played with our tablet/phone.  At one point we went for some ice cream at the end of their road.
Watching the program always brings tears to my eyes
as I remember how great it is to be a Grandparent!

It was wonderful to watch the kids come into the auditorium 
searching out their grandparents and waving to them!

At her desk


Papaw said to give Abby a hug for him, so I did!  :D

I whooped up on her in Connect 4!

Abby took this picture and did a good job of it!

After Elisabeth got home with Ryan and Hannah, they changed clothes and I brought them back to our house with me.  Liz and Brad came later after Brad got home from work.  We roasted chicken tenders over the fire pit and had potato salad and mac and cheese......before the smores!  And then we just relaxed around the warm fire with wonderful conversation.  It was such a beautiful day and a beautiful evening, too!  Thank You, LORD, for the blessing of family!  Thank You for allowing us to have the property in the woods to enjoy!

Getting so big!  Ryan is taller than Hannah now!


The table spread

The correct way to eat marshmallows, right?!  :D

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Road Trip

Friday,  September 27, 2019
Slept in till 9:30. Packed for our bike trip to Myrtle Beach to visit Allen and Jase,  Mark's  son and grandson for the weekend.

Left the house at 11:45 and stopped in Thomasville for lunch at Zaxby's.

12:34 on the road again.  The route includes traveling 109 to 64 to 73/74/220 to 38 to 501 which will take us into Conway,  SC, where the hotel is.

Clouds as we left Thomasville, NC.

I thought it might rain on us for a little while,  but the further we went the hotter it got!  We would have welcomed the rain!!

We stopped at 1:50 for gas, potty and to stretch our legs and take our helmets off to cool down.  One thing about traveling the highway instead of back roads is the heat from the pavement with lots of cars traveling and no shade to speak of!

At 2:12 we crossed into South Carolina.  I Started noticing the cotton fields and thought about mom. She had to help cotton when she was a girl living in Mississippi.  She said it was the hottest job, "in them old cotton fields back home!"  I can believe it!

 And we arrived at the hotel (Econolodge) at 4.  The trip was about 193 miles in the heat. We cranked the AC as cold as possible and took off our socks and shoes and stretched out on the bed to cool off until time to leave for Allen's where we had a grilled dinner!

Allen and Jase.

After we got back to the hotel we played cards.

Saturday, September 28th
We met Allen and Jase at the parking lot near Pier 14.  Allen wanted to take Jase out on the pier before we went into the restaurant to eat.  The breeze was very enjoyable!

The Pier 14 Restaurant where we ate.

Grandson, dad and granddad.

I'm not sure what the purpose of these signs were, but I like sign posts like this.

Allen's girlfriend, Brittany, met us for lunch.

After lunch Allen took Jase to the Arcade a couple of blocks away.

On the way back to the hotel we looked up the Whittemore Park that was showing on the map near the church we had picked to go to on Sunday.  We didn't find the park, but we did find a street sign.

The sunset I captured when we went out for supper.

Sunday, September 29th
We ate breakfast at the hotel each morning 6 - 9 a.m.  They had fruit, bagles, bread, cereal, juice, coffee, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, muffins.

We checked out of the hotel as we headed less than 3 miles to church.

The church was located in a strip mall in one of the store fronts.  Good message from the pastor.

At 12:15 we were on our way home.

It was a HOT trip home!  95 degrees!  When we stopped at the Sunoco where we stopped on Friday, we went into the Hardees so I could cool down.  I was too hot to get anything to eat, but Mark ate.  It took me a half an hour to cool down.

The only reprieve we got from the heat is when the sun went behind clouds.  But the reprieve only lasted a couple of minutes or less, unfortunately!

We got back home at 4:05.  I had developed a nice headache, so Mark said he would bring everything in from the bike while I took some tylenol and put on my pajamas, turned on the fan and laid down on the bed to cool off and try to get rid of the headache.  I was pleasantly surprised the headache went away fairly quickly and I cooled off pretty quickly, too!  Then I got up after about 45 minutes, fixed something to eat and got ready for church.  We rode the bike to church.  It was MUCH more pleasant a trip on the way home after church!

The skies looked like rain and felt like rain....but we got no rain.

So, we had a nice weekend!  Total miles traveled amounted to 488.  But it is  nice to be home where I am sure we will enjoy being in our own bed tonight!  Thank You, LORD, for safety as we traveled and for a wonderful weekend!
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