"After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid, wonderful or exciting happens, but those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
I used to be able to look outside and think, "Hmm, is today's weather going to be fall or winter?" Well, it is officially always winter now. My hope is that it will snow at least once or twice this winter. This season in the Willamette valley in Oregon usually consists of rain, fog, wind, fog, rain, and more rain. That's why everything is so green and beautiful for the rest of the year!
A week ago it was hard to believe that the holiday season was beginning. Well, now that it actually feels like winter I'm beginning to get into my annual "crafty" mood. (Notice I said annual). :)
Now that fall is officially over and the pumpkins have been thrown off the porch (pictures to come), I am in the holiday mood, and am getting very excited for Christmas!
I have begun to tackle some new sewing and knitting projects (fingers crossed). :)
What are you doing during this season of life?
*Thanksgiving pictures coming soon to Me and the Mouse in my Pocket. :)
Here is a picture I took from our deck on the afternoon of Halloween.
The day started with blue sky, then the clouds came in, it turned to a storm, which at the end of it...
was a gorgeous rainbow.
This picture is what I think God sees when he looks at my life. He can see the good, the bad, the ugly and He is my the rainbow at the end of my storm. When I'm in it I can't see what's coming, sometimes it's so hard to hold on to what I know, and remember that God said He would always be there with me. But, sometimes in the midst of the storm it can be easy to forget God's promises, but that is what I have to hold onto. I can trust that God knows what's best for me, and He will never give me more then I can handle. When the storm is at it's worst and the clouds are closing in, i feel the SONshine breaking through...and when I look up.... there is my Rainbow.
This song was sung at Nathaniel's memorial service.
In Loving Memory Of Nathaniel Zhopo Nettrouer July 24, 2011~ October 10, 2011
Nathaniel, You touched my life and so many others in a way you will never know. I have to say that, because of you, prayer means so much more to me now. It means praying for healing, but also for God's will to be done no matter what. It means trusting that He knows best, and knowing by faith that His will is good and perfect. You were loved by so many, Nathaniel. You're memorial service was so full of love and hope. I kept getting chills... I could feel God's presence. You, dear child, will not be forgotten. So many lives were touched by yours, Nathaniel. So many people had stories to share about how you life had touched theirs. God's plan is so amazing. Your purpose on earth was fulfilled...your life was not cut short. Now your big, beautiful, brown eyes are gazing into the eyes of the One who created you, and loves you. He will hold you forever! My heart hurt so much at your funeral, I felt as if I'd lost part of my own family. Josh, Merino and Naomi~ I am so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you. Thank you for letting us be a part of this journey. I don't believe this is the end of the story...He has many more blessings to give, and to God be the glory!
This was on the program at Nathaniel's memorial service.
"God made a sweet child, a child who never grew old. He made a smile of sunshine. He molded a heart of pure gold. He made that child as close to an angel as anyone could ever be. God made a sweet child and He gave that dear child to me. Then God saw His wonderful creation growing very tired and weak so He wrapped the child in His arms and said, "You my child I keep". But now my sweet child is an angel free from all hurt and pain. I'll love you forever until we meet again. So many times I have missed you. So many times I have cried. If all my love could have saved you, sweet child, you never would have died".
I can't wait to join Nathaniel and sing my heaven song... :)