Fall colors and God’s word – a good end to a Monday

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One of the reasons I went back to work full time last fall was because ten acres of land across the street from us popped up for sale at a reasonably good price and we were thinking of making an offer on it.  We inquired of the selling agent and emailed back and forth over six months, but my husband was not willing to pay what was being asked after taking a walk on the land.  There were just too many marshy areas interspersed with little islands of dry land for what we wanted to do with it, which was build a pole barn and fence in an area for some critters (horses, goats, and the like).  There was one good area on the far western edge that a structure could be built on, but we sort of dragged our feet for awhile and eventually the land sold.

We finally found out who bought it.  One of our down-the-road neighbors was driving by one morning on his tractor while my husband was down by the road and he stopped to chat.  Apparently an older man around the corner has a big chunk of land and large home and wants to downsize, so he bought this little 10-acre plot and will build a small house on the dry portion.  Good enough!  I’m a little sad that it didn’t work out for us, but at least it’s going to be kept relatively natural.

The autumn colors are in full glory around here.  All I want to do is be outside, working and walking and looking and listening.  How magnificent is our God, that He made all this beauty for our enjoyment and gave us dominion over it!

A few photos…nothing special, just snapped with my phone while I was out tramping around with the dogs early one evening:

The grass withers, the flower fades,
    but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8)

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He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

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Sumac makes me happy all year long but especially in the fall.

You can see the new hunting blind in this picture if you look very closely at the tree in the center.

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Deer, deer everywhere, bouncing off unsuspecting high schoolers’ cars at 7:00 a.m. and startling me when I take out the trash after dinner, but never around when you want to put one in the freezer… 🙂 Or so says Jamie, the guy who plows our driveway in the winter and who has been spending his free time perched in the blind with his bow.  We are awaiting firearm season

A very old hunting platform just off our driveway…

imageSome red berries and the view from the pond looking up the hill toward the house:

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A hoary old tree in a part of the woods that has a sort of mystical feel about it…image   image

Standing on the eastern edge of our woods looking out over a neighbor’s farm fields:

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

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Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen. (Psalm 72:18-19)

May the rest of the week ahead be peaceful and blessed for you and your household, dear reader!

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4 thoughts on “Fall colors and God’s word – a good end to a Monday

  1. Those deer! They’re pretty clever. Maybe we need to think of a way to discourae them? Do you think a Rent A Bear service would work?
    I am glard to hear that the pups have recovered.

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  2. While it’s completely off topic, I wanted you to see this. There is no way I could find it at will (English keyboard). I don’t understand a word of it but, it looks like it’s against stupidity and corruption.

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  3. Thanks for the update. It sounds like something that may still work out for your family down the line. As I always like to say, “No earnest effort is every wasted.” The next time your neighbor downsizes, it might be better timing and it would already be developed.

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