Green Fields ~ Yellow Birds ~ Old Pine Trees

Wednesday, April 20

DSC_0246The neighbor was turning his grass to dry it for harvest.

DSC_0249The male goldfinches are a brilliant yellow right now.




DSC_0259We had Amos and his helpers here to take down three old pine trees that were getting ragged and spindly.


DSC_0262They fed them into their wood chipper which ate them right up and spit the chips into a box truck.

DSC_0265Tree #2 going down






DSC_0651A few days later Cerwin rented a stump grinder to take care of the stumps.

Springtime in Our Yard

Tuesday, April 19

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Springtime (6)May Apples in the woods behind our yard.

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Springtime (8)Some wild violets in among the may apples.

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Springtime (9)Tulips on the trash heap in the thick woods area.

Springtime (10)A neighbor was working in his field.

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Springtime (15)Our dogwood trees are pretty this year.

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Springtime (23)We have enjoyed our tulips.

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Springtime (26)I brought a few inside.

Springtime (27)Then added a branch of dogwood flowers.

I love living in an area where the seasons change.

Youth Group Singing Program

Sunday Evening, April 17 – White Oak Church of the Brethren

1Our youth group did a fabulous job of singing and honoring the Lord – led by John Diffenderfer.

The Theme: Attributes of God

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
The Great Physician
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) – featuring Emily Bollinger, Janessa Diffenderfer, Tyler Minnich, and Matt Patches.
No, Not One
How Great Is Our God – featuring Janessa Diffenderfer, Jason Diffenderfer, Briana Fahnestock, Tyrell Greiner, Anthony Hess and Hali Negley


2 (1)The Children’s Lesson was about a village where the children stuck stars on each other when they did something well.

(I didn’t use a flash – thus the soft focus.)

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2 (3)But this one guy couldn’t seem to get anything right – so they stuck circles on him.

2 (4)He was discouraged until he met a girl without any stickers – because they didn’t stick to her – the “praise” stars nor the “can’t-do-anything-right” circles.

She explained that she liked how her “Maker” made her, and encouraged him to visit his maker.

2 (5)It was a great children’s lesson on how God has created us individually and special – and that his love is what really matters.

2 (6)The offering was to benefit youth group activities – especially the fall retreat.

DSC_0169The last half of the program:

My Savior, My God
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Give Thanks to the Lord – featuring Tyrell Greiner
The Comforter Has Come
Awesome God – featuring Josh Diffenderfer


A Quick Trip to Greensboro – Part 3

Thursday, April 14 – Traveling home

1As I was going through the pictures of our drive home, I thought of the comments I receive now and then from people who are housebound. They tell me they like seeing pictures of our road trips because it gets them out of the house.

These pictures are for you.

DSC_0089I enjoyed seeing all the green leaves as it was not yet this green in Pennsylvania.

DSC_0095Drinking coffee and enjoying the view.

This Thermos cup is the best travel mug I ever had. It keeps coffee hot for a long time.

I don’t keep it on the dash – it was just there for the picture. :0






DSC_0112I couldn’t get a good picture of this cross because it was close to a bridge.

DSC_0114Remnants of an old building

DSC_0113Love seeing (and praying for) the truckers





DSC_0133Drivers slowing down for the scales.







DSC_0152Soda and a milkshake for the road – after a sandwich at Chick-fil-A.




DSC_0163Close to our place.

Notice the bare trees – compared to those in North Carolina in the morning.

A Quick Trip to Greensboro – Part 2

Wednesday, April 13

1Cerwin got right to work after we arrived at the chapel which is located at the TA at Exit 138 on I-85/I-40 and Highway 61 in Greensboro, NC.

1aThe first thing he did was clean the air conditioner.


2While he did that I admired the colorful trucks as I walked to the truck stop for a Pepsi for him and a sweet tea for me.


3 (1)When I got back he was working on a vent to see if there was proper air circulation.

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3aThen he checked the roof where he found the problem with water leakage during rain storms. There was an area where a line of rivets had rusted off allowing an area of the roof to separate.

3bWhile he tightened and sealed the roof, I sat at a picnic table and enjoyed reading a Life-Beautiful Magazine.

DSC_0072A bird serenaded me most of the time I was there.


DSC_0081Chaplain Tony was not there when we arrived due to having to get two grandchildren at school.

DSC_0085We had a great visit before he took the children home and we left for our motel in Winston-Salem.

Tomorrow night I will show you picture of our trip home.