Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day Trip

Thanks to the generosity of our friends...Bri and I have had the opportunity to go to several field trips in the last few weeks! Our friends had a stack of free tickets that they weren't able to use, and they passed them along to us! (Thanks Weston's!)
We took one of the trips today to Tyler's Arboretum

It is a 650 acre arboretum located in Media, PA
Here are some pictures we took of the flora and fauna...

Lilacs are my fav! The one below was actually BLUE!

Look how fragile and delicate these flower were...

So lush and green!


 This tree is a Cedar of was huge!
Bri looks so tiny next to it!

That wire you see just under Bri's elbow is a lightening rod to try and protect the tree
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
 Ps. 92:12

It had these pine cone like things growing on it...

Other interesting sites...

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;  Song of Sol. 2:12
All of these pics are unedited and even uncropped
The picture below is truly that green--it was beautiful

As you can see on the sign, this tree downed by a hurricane in 1954, and hasn't yet decayed!
The Osage Indians used the wood alot because it doesn't decay.

Instead of Earth Day--we celebrate Creator Day! Everyday! :)

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;  Gen.2:9


Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Story of the Dogwood

The story goes that when Jesus was awaiting crucifixion and when the crosses were being made the trees begged God to spare them, but the Dogwood begged not for it's life but for the life of Jesus.

The Roman soldiers picked the Dogwood.

The Dogwood pleaded with God to use another wood but God did not intervene. The Dogwood would now carry the body of Christ to his death and the Dogwood knew that for all eternity Dogwoods would be known for this horror.

God in his wisdom spoke to the Dogwood and understood the tree; in that time Dogwoods were tall straight trees that provided sturdy timber for homes and vessels, safety for the animals. bowls for food, utensils to cook with; and God spoke.

God told the Dogwood that the burden that was carried would be carried only one time, and from that time on Dogwoods would be knarly small trees with poor timber size so not Dogwood could be used in this manner again, God told the Dogwood that the Dogwoods would now be responsible for eternity to help people remember.

The Dogwood would only bloom for a very short time before and after the date of the crucifixion, the flower would have just 4 petals representing the hands and feet of Christ, they would be marked with a hole and the blood of Christ and the center of the flower would be circular raised and represent the head of Christ wearing the crown of thorns.

And so it is today, the Dogwood is a small twisted tree, it blooms at Easter and the flower....well look for yourself.

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Walk In the Park

Our family loves hiking in the, with my hubby having the
day off...that's where we headed!

Of course the dogs love it too! Phil is putting Chippy through his paces...

Quick photo op...

Fiddle head ferns

The ruins of an old house maybe?

I think these are Jack in the Pulpits

Pretty yellow flowers, and mean looking thistles!

A lovely flowering appropriate on this day

It was hard to photograph Bingley as he was constantly on the move!
Here he skips over a tree that fell across the path

The remains of some animal?

Spring is evident!

Lots of rain lately have flooded out areas in the park
The geese didn't mind a bit!

I love spending time with my family! :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

One Day!

  One day when heaven was filled with His praises,

One day when sin was as black as could be,

Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin—

Dwelt among men, my example is He!

Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;

Buried, He carried my sins far away;

Rising, He justified freely forever:

One day He's coming—O glorious day!

  One day they led Him up Calvary's mountain,

One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;

Suffering anguish, despised and rejected;

Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He.

  One day they left Him alone in the garden,

One day He rested, from suffering free;

Angels came down o'er His tomb to keep vigil;

Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He.

  One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,

One day the stone rolled away from the door;

Then He arose, over death He had conquered;

Now is ascended, my Lord evermore.

 One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,

One day the skies with His glory will shine;

Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;

Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!

Thank you Lord!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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