Monday, November 21, 2011

Eagle Project

My oldest son, Eric, completed his Eagle project this past weekend.  We are so proud of him.  For his project he redesigned and built new Christmas tree stands for the Optimist Club's yearly Christmas tree lot.  He has a few more things to do before he actually gets his Eagle Scout rank.  There is not much time left as his birthday is coming up in December so please say a prayer for him.  Here below are some pictures from the project.

Project day was held at our church in the basement.  In this picture Eric is speaking to the crew.

 The crew broke down some of the old stands to harvest certain pieces to reuse in the new stands.

Here the crew is working on nearly finished pieces to the new Christmas tree stands.

The project was not without a bit of fun.  Here Eric's best friend demonstrates some dance moves.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Its Cold Outside

Well, our nice warm weather has faded away and in came the cold.  Dead leaves litter the yard and the wind picks them up and carries them.  Everything has turned golden brown, yellow and gray.  Since the leaves are no longer on the tree in our front yard more light floods into the house.  When snow is on the ground it really gets bright.  Below are some pictures of recent snows.

 This was taken during our last snow, looking down the street in front of our house.

 This one I took of the moon rising in the east.  It was such a blessing to sit in my living room and look out and see the lovely full moon through the bare branches of the tree.

 This is a snow that came in October.  Love the autumn leaves against the blue sky and white mountains.

This was taken in the morning.  The sunrise cast a pink glow on the snow.

The Lord has me busy in ways I never expected.  These days I am learning more about the heart of our Lord.  I have learned that what He sees as very precious is people.  He loves them so much.  And there are so many hurting people, some of these people are in our churches.  I have come to see that there is a very necessary need for encouragement.

The other thing that I have been trying to practice is blessing rather than cursing.  I am practicing this while I am out driving.  I was watching something on Christian TV and it really made an impact on me.  The Lord is pleased when we are loving as He is.  So if someone cuts me off on the road, etc., I ask God to bless that person.  When I do I please my Father in Heaven.  On top of that I am opening a door for the Lord to work.  It is pretty awesome that something so small on our part can move mountains.