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Porch scenes & other photos are mine/ our home. I often stage it for you-Grab a chair. Let's visit.

~Dabbling in Decorating, Remodeling, fruit & vegetable gardening, herbs, flowering anything. Family always has reserved seating with a place set for friends and blog followers. My silver fox and I adore each other, we thrive in the outdoors, God's creation and nothing brings us joy like seeing our children, their spouses and the Grands walking through that front door. It's all about Faith, Family, Friends and Fabulous Flowers.


October 30, 2014

The Days of Our Lives ~

Timely Thoughts  About Time 
and the days of our lives

Mail is sent and received instantly. Work schedules are flexible.

Hardwood floors are EEZZ care. Machines Wash & Dry Our Clothes. 
  Ditto the Dishes! Ironing... What's that?

We often say, "Let's make time." 
We cannot make time of course,
  We do need to use it better.

We have longer 'talks' with Internet contacts.
.than family and friends. 
We enjoy talking.. often saying little.
 We hear ...not  always listening or is it the other  way around-
We listen..without actually 'hearing'.

What a joy one whole day would be with dear ones in my life. 
We can't seem to make it happen.

These are 'The Days of Our Lives'...
but for a short while.

jh


post script:  I realize many readers do not browse the side bar 
entries .  If you do this is redundant- Sorry about that!

October 21, 2014

What Now, Lord?

 1 Samuel 7:12-14 An Ebenezer Stone is a “Stone of Help or a reminder of God’s Real, Holy Presence and Divine help." An Ebenezer can be nearly anything that reminds us of God’s presence and help: the Bible, a cross, a picture, a hymn – something that reminds us of God’s love, God’s Real Presence, and God’s assistance.



The rather large rock the the left and at the base of the steps came from the farm in Texas - That's what I call our

Ebeneezer Stone

 I know  I am here by God's Grace. I still see Him all around me & I don't question that.  As I have said so often these past 14 + months all the hard issues have long been settled in my life.


What Now, Lord?  What now?

In days gone by...decades even, I  was almost always leading the parades, heading the committee, wearing the blue ribbons, the crowns and in the local news. 

That was yesterday.  I am not that same person who could always be counted on to  show up & take charge.

Reason and careful thought tells me I must look for new direction...I have stumbled upon a few solutions ....only a few. 

What Now Lord?


Looking Forward,
Jonell

September 21, 2014

My Safe Place..Space-

''Oh my Lord God of Heaven, Earth, Creation and all that is and will ever be:  In this world with so much suffering, chaos, cruelty, evil and conflict between nations and families and individuals I pray  you Holy Spirit would sift out all this from my brain...from my being and replace it ever so perfectly with calm, order, caring, kindness, patience in our relationships, our communities and families."














As I  sat this morning in my ' hideaway ' my Wisteria Arbor built by my loved one when he knew it would be the last project he would finish from my 'honey do' list....I sat remembering a life, a relationship with another who even more than myself had disdain for conflict...a life and times with more than the usual amount of harmony filling our days.

As a 17 year old when we met then 18+ when we married I didn't even know enough to pray for such amazing things in a marriage but in His perfect plan and merciful  provision He just gave me all this. 

Sitting in this wonderful, though mostly avoided special place [ for the past 13 months] I am remembering good things, sweet precious things not regrets...hardly  a regret can be dredged up..unless it would be a regret there was not even more time. I am sure that's quite normal.I won't pretend this time can always be spent without a melt down with my heart tearing open just as it did 13 months ago. The  tears are not used up yet for sure.

September 17, 2014

I Am So Glad We've Had This Time Together~



I don't know how you found us at "like Gramma's House" whether a random search result or if you were directed from another blog BUT I AM SO GLAD YOU DID!





Just a Reminder:  Some days when you stop by there will be no one at home.  You know here in south Alabama we have chores to do, weeds to pull, bushes to prune and gardens [ no matter how small] to "tend"..woven into my glamorous days are girlie things like scrubbing down the front porch railing, floor, windows and the yucky gutters that are supposed to be white ..CLOROX that's what it needs. 

I am not here to gather a crowd ladies...JUST A FEW SPECIAL PEOPLE LIKE YOU who's number one motive is to have a place to vent your creative juices and challenge yourself with the technology!



You've added BUBBLES to my day!
Jonell

September 13, 2014

In Between Seasons ~ Weather

We are moments past the worst of summertime in the deep south and days away from being able to legitimately  claim Autumn as a season we know something about.

Any temperature reading below 90 degrees passes for a cold spell in our part of the country so we must be at least 'hopeful' at this in between time in mid September.

 Just claiming  and tagging some of the really sweet places to plop down can just for a bit  alter my attitude.  So let's go browsing around the Yarden [ that's 'Yard and Gardens' at the Harrison House] and find a few special spots to enrich and encourage perhaps help us to focus on what's good and perfect! 

                                  Come With Me ~

 

This has to be in the month of May because the Oak Leaf Hydrangea is in bloom

 

August 18, 2014

Ordinary Treasures -

Family pictures truly become treasures when the loved ones are no longer here and also when there are so few of them..

Imagine my surprise when I saw my sister had posted a picture I had never seen of our Mobley Grandparents!! Each picture is like tiny pieces of a puzzle coming together to help complete the picture/the memories.

L-R  Rachel Lee And Marion Albert Mobley
First cousin Beverley Turner White thinks she has the original- Thank you for sharing. Another cousin, Glenda Mobley Keil also confirms that the picture was taken at Aunt Josephine's home in  Atlanta.  I now see clearly the strong resemblance between  Grandma and Aunt Lila Mae and would be willing to wager real money on this....Aunt Josephine bought Grandma a new dress didn't she?  Look at that shiny, fabric and "store bought" looking dress!


We know our grandparents did not leave home [south Georgia] often nor did they have pictures taken often, This makes us doubly thankful that their daughter, Josephine did take pictures everywhere she went then in later years before she died at 94 yrs old she  began to generously share copies of those many pictures with all of us..her nieces & nephews. Thanks a million Aunt Josephine.

Another thing our Aunt Josephine shared faithfully was the GOSPEL written all over the envelopes of the hundreds of cards and letters she mailed to us and many others. When we opened mail from her one could not miss the  bold Bible verses  on the envelopes!!!


August 15, 2014

Mile Marker #12 ~ Remembering The Seasons

[I read recently on Ann Voscamp's blog  www.aholyexperience.com where she referred to her husband as the Farmer and I remembered saying in these months since I have been without my love that he was 'at heart' a farmer.] He was.

My Farmer 


- 2012 -

September 11, 1937 - August 18, 2013

My forever Smile
I now wear the watch 
and the wedding band-
The cane still hangs on the head of our bed.
The Rocking Chair is empty~

I think I should add farmer to his 'life credits.'  Yes he was born with the heart for Farming. In another time, another century he would have been one of those quiet, strong, steady, resilient pioneers we read about.
The Branson, Mo. trip/Dogwood Canyons

The Texas Years

We couldn't afford to buy a farm so he found a way.  We bought a farm with almost 200 acres with a contract for deed arrangement.   During the Texas years he bought from a local rancher  on 'a hand shake' the livestock he needed to get started [about $10,000.] That was late 20th century not pioneer days.