Friday, September 25, 2015

The Fall and The Glory

"Send forth, O God, Thy light and truth,
And let them lead me still,
Undaunted, in the paths of right,
Up to Thy holy hill...

Autumn Run
Terry Redlin

...Then to Thy altar will I spring,
And in my God rejoice;
And praise shall tune the trembling string,
And gratitude my voice.

O why, my soul, art thou cast down?
Within me why distressed?
Thy hopes the God of grace shall crown;
He yet shall make thee blessed.
To Him, my never failing Friend,
I bow, and kiss the rod;
To Him shall thanks and praise ascend,
My Savior and my God.
John Quincy Adams
Sixth President of the
United States of America 

"When to the sessions
of sweet silent thought,
I summon up remembrance
of things past..."
William Shakespeare

 Autumn in the Country
Fred Swan

“I am beginning to learn
 that it is the sweet, simple things of life
 which are the real ones after all.” 
Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Pick of the Patch
John Sloane

" Now thank we all our God,
 with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done,
 in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms
 has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, 
and still is ours today."
Martin Rinkart 

Donald Zoltan

"Praise and joy in the fall,
 My heart rejoices at it all!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Autumn Leaves

"There is a season,
 a time appointed for everything...

  ...and a time for every delight 
and event or purpose under heaven."
 Ecclesiastes 3:1 

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin
, and have it all to myself,
 than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” 
-Henry David Thoreau

"The goldenrod is yellow
The corn is turning brown
The trees in apple orchards
With fruits are bending down."
-Helen Hunt Jackson

The Harvest Moon
on September 27th, will be
the fourth in a series of
"Blood Moons"
or a total lunar eclipse
which will give the
moon a red appearance.

Red Moon Rising
Will Moses

Autumn is a great time
for long hikes through the woods...

"Glorious are the woods
in their latest gold and crimson,
Yet our full-leaved willows are
in the freshest green.
Such a kindly autumn,
so mercifully dealing
With the growths of summer,
I never yet have seen."
-William C. Bryant

Bright blue skies,
Brilliant sunshine,
With lots of cooler days
for baking cookies!

 Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
are my favorite!


Vintage Peter Pumpkin Eater
Cookie Jar

 "Oh give thanks to the LORD,
 for He is good,
 for His steadfast love
 endures forever!"
Psalm 107:1

Don't forget the milk!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Raggedy Ann Centennial 1915-2015

Guess who turns
100 years old this year?

She's one of my
all time favorite dolls!

Raggedy Ann Doll

In the beginning 
of the 20th century,
a very special rag doll
began to captivate the
hearts and imaginations
of both children and
children at heart
across war-weary 

As the story goes, 
a man named 
Johnny Gruelle,
created her
after finding a 
faceless rag doll 
in his mother's attic.

Johnny Gruelle 

 Mr. Gruelle painted the
doll's face and later found
 a unique name for her
 by combining two of
James Whitcomb Riley's 
 popular poems,
"Little Orphant Annie" and 
"The Raggedy Man".

 Thus "Raggedy Ann" 
 the sweet iconic doll
of American childhood
was born.
She soon became
 the favorite playmate of
 Mr. Gruelle's daughter,

Other familiar and
 delightful characters
 of the rag doll series are
Raggedy Andy,
Raggedy Ann's
"long lost brother"
and Beloved Belindy,
a black doll created
by the mother of
Johnny Gruelle
in 1918. 
Both were later
reproduced by 
the Volland Company
in the 1920's.

Beloved Belindy

And who could ever forget...

The Camel With The
Wrinkled Knees
Made By Knickerbocker

Marcella And Her Dolls
By Johnny Gruelle

Marcella Delight Gruelle
 was the first born child
and daughter of 
Johnny and Myrtle Gruelle.
She became ill after being incorrectly
inoculated with a vaccine for smallpox.
After being confined to bed for
many months, Marcella caught
an infection and died.
She was just thirteen years old.

After her untimely
and tragic death,
Mr. Gruelle
re-wrote the 
amusing tales
of Raggedy Ann
he use to tell Marcella,
and to honor her memory
decided to include her
 in the stories.

The first stories of
Marcella and Raggedy Ann
were published by the
P.F. Volland Company
in 1918.

Raggedy Ann and Andy
Over The Years...

Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls
The Volland Company

Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls
 Georgene Novelties

 Rare Marcella Doll
With Raggedy Ann and Andy
 By R. John Wright

Precious Moments Marcella
and Raggedy Ann

The Danbury Mint's
Valentine Sweethearts
 Raggedy Ann and Andy

Mattel's Kelly and Tommy as
Raggedy Ann and Andy

 Porcelain Raggedy Ann Doll
Brass Key Company

Aurora's Limited Edition
100 Year Anniversary Raggedy Ann and Andy

"Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep:

Dear Jesus guard me through the night
And wake me with the morning light."


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Liberty Tree

Inspiration from
America's past...

Boston Tea Party
December, 1773

Sons of Liberty
Est. 1765

To Save
America's Future...

 It's a tall old tree
 and a strong old tree,
And we are the Sons,
 yes, we are the Sons, 
the Sons of Liberty!

Plant the seed in our homeland, boys.
Let it grow where all can see.
Feed it with our devotion, boys.
Call it the Liberty Tree.

The Liberty Tree
Boston, Massachusetts

Save it from the storm, boys.
Water down its roots with tea;
And the sun will always shine
On the old Liberty Tree!

Colonial Musket

March along with the piper, boys.
We were born forever free.
We will pay the piper, boys,
Beneath the Liberty Tree! 

Pay the price they're asking, boys,
Always pay the tyrant's fee.
Never give up the struggle, boys,
Fight for the Liberty Tree! 

Battle of Lexington

Stand for the rights of man, boys.
Stand against all tyranny.
Hang the of light of freedom, boys,
High on the Liberty Tree!  

It will grow as we grow, boys.
It will be as strong as we.
We must cling to our faith, boys,
Faith in the Liberty Tree!

"The Sons of Liberty"
Walt Disney's
"Johnny Tremain" 

 It's a tall old tree

 and a strong old tree,
And we are the Sons,

 yes, we are the Sons, 

the Sons of Liberty! 

 "The Sons of Liberty"
Tom Blackburn and George Bruns

"I believe that this
spiritual and intellectual freedom
which we Americans enjoy
is our greatest cultural blessing.
Therefore, it seems to me,
that the first duty of culture
is to defend freedom
and resist all tyranny."
-Walt Disney

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Covenant Of Marriage

"He is now to be among you
 at the calling of your hearts
Rest assured this Troubadour

 is acting on His part
The union of your spirits here

 has caused Him to remain
For whenever two or more of you

 are gathered in His name
There is love
There is love..."

As a believer in,
 and follower of 
Messiah Yeshua,
 I believe that the union
of a man and a woman
united in Holy Matrimony,
is a sacred covenant,
between the couple and God.

 The First Amendment of the
 United States Constitution
 declares I have a right 
as an American citizen
 to my belief.

Recommended Reading...

“God first appeared
 on the scene of human history
 in the role of a matchmaker.
 What a profound and exciting revelation!

Adam and Eve
Marc Chagall

Is it too much to suggest
 that Eve came to Adam
 on the arm of the Lord Himself 
in the same way that a bride today 
walks down the aisle
 of the church on her father’s arm?
 What human mind can fathom
 the depth of love and joy
 that filled the heart
 of the great Creator
 as He united the man and woman 
in this first marriage ceremony?

Surely this account is
 one among countless indications 
that the Bible is not a work
 of merely human authorship.
 Moses is generally accepted
 as the author of the creation record.

 But apart from supernatural inspiration, 
he would never have dared
 to open human history with a scene
 of such amazing intimacy...
first between God and man,
 and then between man and woman.”
-Derek Prince
"God Is A Matchmaker"

"For this reason,
a man shall leave 
his father and mother
and the two shall become
one flesh."
Genesis 2:24

"However, let each man
without exception,
love his wife as
his very own self;
and let the wife see
that she respects and
reverences her husband."
Ephesians 5:33