Amish Wedding in the Neighborhood

Tuesday Morning, November 14

We knew there was going to be an Amish wedding in our neighborhood, and when I heard the sound of horses and buggies I knew, November 14 was the day.

By 8:00 am I began seeing the Amish arriving in vans.

Those who came from a distance hired van drivers.

By 8:30 our road was quite busy.

These two came on scooters.

They probably rode these for several miles.

Later in the day I went by their house.

By evening they were headed home. I only took one picture. I didn’t think you needed a repeat of the arrivals. 🙂

Supper with Jordan

Wednesday, October 4

This meal was a gift to Jordan for his 2017 birthday – which was in August.

I like to take at least one posed picture of our grandchildren per year – for their birthdays and for my refrigerator.

It was a nice evening and he was at our house early – so this was a good time to get his 2017 picture.

He chose Johnny’s for his supper with us.

I love catching up with our grandchildren and learn what is happening in their lives.

He lives nearby, so we see him many times throughout the year, but not often one-on-one for a few hours.

My meal

Cerwin’s steak and baked potato – also came with a tossed salad.

Jordan’t meal

Jordan’s crème brulee

Cerwin shared a few bites of his cheese cake with me.

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Loved spending an evening with Jordan.

Traveling to Elk County ~ Part 2

Tuesday, September 26

After the large bull elk sighting, (previous post) we drove over several back-country roads and saw a variety of elk grazing in yards and fields before going to the Visitors Center.

Marlin, Chelsey, and Nancy walking toward the viewing area at the Visitors Center.

We knew there was going to be some action because we heard the bugling of at least one bull elk.

To our delight a bull elk was gathering a harem of ladies.

I expect there were something between 100 and 200 people watching the elk in this large field.

We noticed a whitetail deer on the edge of the woods.

It looks like the bull (left) is going after another lady for his harem.

He found one.

By this point he had about a dozen ladies.

Then it got a bit more interesting when two large bull elk came out of the woods.

The original bull tried to chase them away but they kept returning.

When the other males arrived the herd became restless.

A few more bulls came out of the woods and we heard people around us saying they couldn’t tell if there were 7 or 8 male elk because of all the moving animals.

By this time it was quite noisy with all the bugling.

It appeared that the original elk had lost his control of the herd with the arrival of the other bulls.

After the herd had been milling about awhile – and the bulls did not engage in fighting, we moved on toward our vehicle.

I noticed five cows at another viewing area and moved there to get some closer shots.

Shortly after I arrived, many others joined me and we soon heard the bugling of another male coming in from the left.

He seem rather pleased to have a harem of five and bugled to the guys in the other field.

The ladies pretty much ignored him.

After a few minutes we moved on to our vehicle to look for elk in another area.

We didn’t have to drive far to spot another one.

We also had another good sighting of a deer.

We were quickly loosing light, but knew there had been an elk sighting when there was a traffic jam like this.

This bull (in the distance) had gathered a harem of close to a dozen.

However, there was another one coming to challenge him.

We saw several more after this but it was getting too dark to get good pictures. My sister, Nancy, was recording our sightings and came up with a count of 70 cows and 15 bulls. We teased Marlin, “…and you worried that it may not be a good evening for elk viewing.” 🙂

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Pennsylvania’s elk heard covers an area of 3,000 miles, but the largest herd is in Elk County. There are estimates of about 900 in Pennsylvania at this date.

It was a delightful and fun evening. Thanks, Marlin and Nancy for taking us along.

Preparing for Sunday, and Saturday Supper with Nsimba and Elizabeth

Saturday Evening, September 9

Later in the afternoon Diane went outside to get green beans for Sunday lunch.

While she finished gathering beans, I went to her basement pantry to show you her canning shelves.

Outside again – their Mexican Heather is beautiful

She filled her bucket.

Cerwin and I soon had the beans snapped for a Sunday lunch dish for the fellowship meal at their church.

While we snapped the beans, Diane prepared a fresh peach dessert for the fellowship meal.

I liked how the evening sun captured these items in their kitchen window.

Elizabeth and Nsimba invited Mark, Diane, Cerwin and me to their place for supper.

Mark drove there directly from work.

They prepared a delicious fish and rice meal.

We had a delightful evening.

An Attitude of Celebration

An Attitude of Celebration

Doris High

I often think about the attitude of celebration during holidays, birthdays, and events that bring cause for celebration – and the many who refuse to celebrate.

However, what triggered this article was reading the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:28 when the older son refused to celebrate.

I’ve read and heard that story since I was a child, but this time I saw it with new “eyes.”

I always knew the prodigal came home, that the father was ecstatic with joy, and that the older brother was angry, but I never realized that the older brother would not even come into the house.

He was the only one not having a good time!

The family’s celebration did not stop because of the older son’s bitterness and stubbornness.

The older I grow, the more I realize that the world is full of selfish, unhappy people who won’t go to a celebration because someone hurt them.

However, the family, church, business, or ministry celebration goes on.

You can refuse to go to a certain church because someone hurt you

But the church will go on.

You are the loser.

You can refuse to go to a family dinner or celebration

But the family will go on.

You are the loser.

You can leave a business or ministry because of anger or bitterness

But the business and ministry will go on

You are the loser.

God is planning a large celebration someday – in Heaven

The Supper of the Lamb

Those who choose to follow Him will celebrate with Him

The celebration will go on

With our without you!