A Higher Order

A Higher Order

Our assignment was to find 5 places in the Old Testament which point to Christ, so this is my second attempt. The story begins when Abram’s nephew Lot and his city which were taken captive by neighboring kingdoms. When Abram got the news he put…

The Story of Naomi

The Story of Naomi

I recently did a post about Naomi but I wanted to do a children’s version. My little granddaughter has asked Nana to share a Bible story about Naomi. So here goes. There was a man named Elimelech who lived in Bethlehem. Judges ruled the land…

God’s Creation

God’s Creation

In the beginning God created everything.  He not only created it, but He gave it all order and purpose.  It is indescribable the order and design that was placed in each creation.  I love learning biblical truths.  I am amazed daily as new things are…

Precious Memories

Precious Memories

  What a great day!!  Plans have been made for a couple of months to get together with friends from our childhood days who went to First Baptist Church of Climax, Springs.   The day was centered around an old fashioned home-made ice cream social,…

A Still Small Voice

A Still Small Voice

This picture is a work in progress.  I have always wanted to paint a picture of my great-grandfather guarding the prisoner tied to his bed.  I didn’t have a picture of the event but I hope to capture the history. Great-grandpa was the constable of…

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

Christmas always reminds me of some of my favorite things and I love this song so I wanted to add some verses to reflect some of my favorite things.  Of course my lines are not nearly as musical as the words that flowed from the…

Baked Bean Soup

Baked Bean Soup

The old truck in the picture is a reminder of the old farm truck we used to have.  Daddy nicknamed it Old Sam.  It was used in the turkey pens, hay fields, sale barn and any place else a truck was needed including up to…

Cool Colors

Cool Colors

I do love teaching art at the Christian school.  I decided it would be fun to share some of their works during the holidays.  This is a watercolor painting of one of the fourth graders.  It is her first year in our class.  She has…

The Barn Loft

The Barn Loft

Growing up on the farm, entertainment was invented as we went.  We made our own entertainment. One of the favorite places to play was in the barn.  It was also a favorite place for many other creatures as well. While playing in the barn one…

Quilting Bees

Quilting Bees

Quilting Bees were a frequent event.   There would be one each month.  The neighborhood ladies took turns hosting it.    Usually the host had a quilt top they had made, ready and in the quilting frames. The frames were four long 1 x 2 inch boards…

Raspberry Strudel

Raspberry Strudel

One of my favorite cookbooks is one my husband brought home from one of his sale(ing) excursions.  The cover is gone but the recipes are all delicious.  It was written back in the 70s.  I haven’t tried them all, but I keep working on it.…

The Tornado

The Tornado

I spent the afternoon in the flower garden.  Everything is growing and looking beautiful.  I  am always hopeful they will stay that way throughout the summer, but the weatherman is reporting bad storms and possible tornadoes next week. I have never experienced being in the…

The Mysterious Noise

The Mysterious Noise

I love painting pictures that tell a story or bring a reminder of my childhood.  It is amazing the life lessons that came from those experiences, however when you are young you often miss that part. I grew up at a time of peace in…

Jumping on Grandma’s Bed

Jumping on Grandma’s Bed

I love when my grandchildren come over.  They love to jump on the bed.  I let them jump as long as I am standing there overseeing the activity.  My biggest concern is their safety. When we were little, we too loved to bounce on grandma’s…

An Unusual Surprise

An Unusual Surprise

We recently found out that a long time family friend had pased away.   We had not been able to see him much for a number of years, but word of his passing brought back many fond memories. My father and he used to work together…

Family History

Family History

I enjoy learning stories about the history of my family.  I have boxes of old family photos.  Many are not labeled but I know they are family or someone close to the family.  I just get to imagine who they might have been.  I do…

Shepherds Abiding

Shepherds Abiding

This picture is one of the illustrations in my book, “The Old Shepherd Song.”  I shared the book on a previous page.  We hear stories of ufos, but can we even began to get our mind around the sight those shepherds saw in the sky…

Country Chores

Country Chores

As I sift through old family photos, I am drawn to the old pieces of machinery.  I try to imagine what it might be like to have to do everything without the modern technology we have.  What equipment they did have was shared throughout the…

Going to the State Fair

Going to the State Fair

I found a photograph of this picture in the family picture box.  I loved it and painted the picture.  Later I asked my father about it.  The story was as much fun as the picture.  Mr. Wisman owned a feed store in Climax Springs.  In…

Home-canned Delivery

Home-canned Delivery

I am not sure why, but I like painting old cars.  I was facinated with the story connected to this one.  My parents were always active in their church.  During the late 40s their pastor responded to the need for food at the Baptist Old…

Yummy Cinnamon Buns

Yummy Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon bread is not only delicious ,but it stirs up an aroma of memories.  One of my favorite memories is mother’s cinnamon toast.  We lived in Kansas City for a few years.  Daddy’s job was there.  But his heart was in the country and every…

The Spring Garden

The Spring Garden

I love the spring garden.  Loads of wonderful fresh produce.  We were blessed yesterday.  Our strawberry patch is no longer, but when it was at its peak we had given strawberry plants to a friend.  Yesterday we get a call from our friend asking if…

He Loves Me

He Loves Me

I love the spring of the year when the colorful wildflowers begin to grace the roadsides.  I am most excited to see the sunny faces of the daisies. Precious memories for me. I had completed college and was teaching school at Macks Creek , Missouri. …

Gooseberry Puddin’ Pie

Gooseberry Puddin’ Pie

The homestead farm is beautiful in the summer.  My grandfather came to Benton County when he was six years old.  His father cleared the farm with his chopping ax.  My grandfather stayed on the farm when he grew up and continued clearing the farm with…

Better Than Mess Hall Meal

Better Than Mess Hall Meal

Today was the first trip to the produce auction this spring.  You never know what wonderful produce they might have.  Today the seasonal item was asparagus.  There was lots of it.  To my delight we were able to get a box.  It is all now…

Grandpa’s Hound Dogs

Grandpa’s Hound Dogs

Hunting has always been a part of our family history.  Even as a child my father and brothers hunted to put food on the table.  Sometimes they hunted to get the furs to sell.  Daddy tells of hunting rabbit when he was a boy.  He…

Daddy’s Butterfly Collection

Daddy’s Butterfly Collection

My father served 4 years in World War II.  He was stationed at Camp Sibert, Alabama for chemical training.  The men were placed in the gas chamber and mustard and lucite gas was released.  They were sometimes given old worn out gas mask to wear,…

Night Time in the Country

Night Time in the Country

I loved evenings at the little peaches and cream house.  Mother and daddy would sit in the yard while we played.  Often passing neighbors would stop to visit when they saw us in the yard.  That usually meant some more kids to play with.  Mother…

The Sleigh Ride

The Sleigh Ride

Painting is such a rewarding way to reflect on life.  The colors, textures and expressions reveal the heart of the events as the artist recalls them..  This painting is a picture of my grandparents sleigh riding.  I just love it.  It is a reflection of…

The Flooded Monegaw

The Flooded Monegaw

  Raising our family on the  Monegaw Creek was a great location.  We had moved to my husbands family farm.  It was a great place for fishing.  We would float the creek running limb lines morning and evening. The farm was covered with big pecan…