Friday, June 16, 2017

Who Would Not Be a Father -Postcard Friendship Friday #362



Happy Father's Day to all those wonderful Dads out there. Today I miss my own dear Daddy who flew away to heaven almost four years ago.  I know my precious children are missing their Dad today, too. My Beloved was a good Daddy.

Have a blessed Father's Day--enjoy time with your Dad.  You never know how much time you have left--and you'll never regret time spent together.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Happy Flag Day -Postcard Friendship Friday #361



This coming Wednesday is June 14--Flag Day!  I have love seeing all the flags waving from the sidewalks and buildings on that day.  When I was a little girl, I actually thought the flags were put out especially to celebrate my birthday!  Imagine how disappointed I was when I realized that wasn't so.  But I still love the way the flags look on Flag Day. 


The idea of a yearly day to honor the American Flag originated in 1885, when BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, this innovate teacher continued to advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.

 For 30 years, on June 14th local and state celebrations unofficially celebrated Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777.  The holiday was officially establishedby the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. But it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.


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Friday, June 2, 2017

To my Dear Father -Postcard Friendship Friday #360



Father's Day will soon be here.  It is a hard day for my children and for me--because we share the sorrow of loosing our Daddys.  It is astounding to share that kind of sorrow with one's children...  My Dad flew to heaven a little over four years ago.  Their Daddy passed on two and a half years ago.

My Father was a wonderful man.  He was fair and strong, gentle and loving.  It is said women often marry someone like their Father--I did.  Alan was a dear and precious Daddy who generously loved his children more than himself.  In this, I have been doubly blessed.

Our tradition now, is to get the family together to reminisce and to laugh together.  We eat good food, play lots of music and tell stories.  It is beautiful, sweet and yet achingly sad.  Isn't it amazing how we can share our sorrows and are the better for it?

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Monday, May 29, 2017

You are Missed


I have noticed my overseas audience is missing.  They are my largest and I pray for the peoples of those lands with all my heart. 

I wanted each of you to know you have been missed.

Does anyone know what the word on this postcard means?  I think it is in Russian.

God bless you, dear ones.

When Can Their Glory Fade -Postcard Friendship Friday #359


I apologize for posting Postcard Friendship Friday later than usual.  I wanted to add some of the pictures we took on Memorial Day as we visited my Dad and Uncle Kelly's graves yesterday.  Our family has been bringing flowers to Daddy's grave on  Memorial  Day since he left us nearly five years ago.  He fought in WW2 and was a prisoner of war in Nazi Germany.  He was my hero.


This year we also visited Uncle Kelly.  We had been unaware Dad's younger brother had been buried in the same cemetery as Dad.  We left flowers on his grave, too.  It was a poignant moment for all of us.


May God bless the families and friends of all the brave men and women who have fought for their country and who sacrificed so much.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

In Memory of our Heroes -Postcard Friendship Friday #358


Next weekend is Memorial Day, when everyone across America will honor those who have fallen in war.  I am posting this in honor of my Father, who fought in WW2, Uncle Keller who fought in the Korean War, Uncle Jody, who fought in the Vietnam War, and dear Grandpa who was a soldier in WW1.  There are others of our family who fought in the Civil war when America was still very young.

Though these brave men lived through those wars, their families often felt the brunt of their time away, defending their country.  War is ugly and it leaves scars. 

God bless the family and friends of all those who have taken a stand for home and family--and the country they loved so dearly.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Birthday, Mumsie


Today my precious Mother turns 78.  We are exactly 19 years apart.  I am so blessed to have a mother like mine.  So often I hear stories about mothers who are less than what should be and I know she is a rare and beautiful woman--and a fabulous Mother.

She is so sweet.  She listens to me, she's proud of me.  She keeps my secrets and teaches me truth.  She amazes me and she loves me.

Here's a sweet story about Mumsie.  For years she would doodle 41 inside of a heart.  We used to tease her about it, and she would say, "When I turn 41 something BIG is going to happen.  And we would laugh.

The morning of her 41st Birthday Mount St. Helens blew her top in Washington State!  We all laughed and laughed over that--and we tease her about it to this day.  After that she never doodled a 41 inside of a heart again.  (grin)

I am SO blessed to have you in my life, Mumsie.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  I love you so.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Taking a Walk -Postcard Friendship Friday #357

I was one of those brave Moms who homeschooled her children most of their school years.  It was a rewarding, yet difficult time in my life. I often wondered if I had done well enough.  I had such brilliant, amazing children.

They are still the loves of my life.

Happy Mother's Day dear Friends...I am SO blessed by my dear, precious, treasured children.  I pray this same blessing is yours.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Happy Birthday, Sissy!


A Happy Birthday to my precious younger sister Clytie.  I am so blessed to have her in my life.  I don't know what I would do without her.  She has had a profound influence in my life.  I admire her gifting, her sense of humor and her integrity.  She is an amazing woman.  I am proud that she is my sister.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SISSY!!!   I love you.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Mother's Little Darling -Postcard Friendship Friday #356


My children are grown and gone.  I remember the sweet days of childhood for my children.  How precious those days were...this wonderful postcard echos my heart.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

If You Want your Secrets Kept Mum -Postcard Friendship Friday #356




I love this old postcard.  I do tell my Mother all my secrets--she's the best Mom ever.  But the funny thing is, I also call her Mum, Mumsy and Mummy.  So this week's postcard is to my beloved Mummers-Mum-Mumsie--the sweetest most lovely Mom in the world.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Little Fireman -Postcard Friendship Friday #355


This is a postcard I put up a little over eight years ago.  I'm so busy I hadn't had the time to acquire a postcard for this week, so I'm re-posting it!

I admired the artist who drew this amazing little boy so much, my darling Sissy gave me the original boxed set from her extensive collection of cards. I felt so honored--They are just wonderful.  This postcard is three times as big as a normal one!

 
A warm and friendly "Hi" from me -- Thinkin' and wonderin' how you be!  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

He is Risen! -Postcard Friendship Friday #354



“But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.

“They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?"

“She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

“Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?"

“Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away."

“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’"

“She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means Teacher).

“Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’

“Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord;’ and she told them that He had said these things to her.”
~John 20:11-18


I can only imagine the tenderness in His voice, as He said her name.

I can only imagine the joy and awe Mary Magdalene must have felt. When she realized who He was she could hardly keep from throwing her arms around Him.

Dear Friends, He calls all of us by name.  He sees our endless tears--through His wounds he brings healing to our deepest hurts. He is Risen!  He is Risen indeed...such is the true meaning of Easter.  A joyous Easter to you all!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Love and Peace at Easter -Postcard Friendship Friday #353


I love the way artists of old used violets.  Violets are so pretty.  Just now they are springing up all over the yard.  I miss the yellow Johnny Jump-ups of my childhood.  With the clearing of the forests of my childhood--they are moistly gone, along with the trilliums, May flowers, sword fern, star flowers and the sweet shamrock.

But setting that aside, I hope you all have a lovely Easter.  It is a time to celebrate hope.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Greetings From Spring Valley -Postcard Friendship Friday #352



Greetings dear  Friends.  This beautiful postcard of white roses seemed perfect for today's blog. Did you know there is a certain language presented by flowers?  Books have been written about this.  According to the fascinating book Tussie Mussies, by Geraldine Adamich Laufer, in Victorian times, white roses carried the meaning of "unity, silence, keep my secret, I am worthy of you, love, respect and beauty." 

I adore roses--my garden is filled with all colors and types of them.  June is when the roses begin to bloom.  I long for the lovely aroma of those lovely flowers.

Here in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon, Spring has sprung with a vengeance!  Last week almost overnight, daffodils and purple crocus burst from the ground and all the fruit trees were suddenly covered with masses of pink and white blossoms. 

This morning the sun is peering through the clouds and hope fills the air.  It is going to be a beautiful day. There's something about this time of year which melts the heart with joy. This will be my third Spring without the love of my life.  He liked to work outside this time of year--I miss the camaraderie we shared working in the yard together.  Sometimes when I am outside doing the work which must be done, I fancy my Beloved is there beside me.

And so, Greetings from my own dear Spring Valley to you, dear ones.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Dear Little Children



I have missed you, dear ones--you know who you are.  I have been praying as have many others.  You are treasured more than you know.

I adore this Postcard.  Aren't these little ones darling?  Children are the same across the world.  This postcard actually reminds me of the artwork of my own Great Aunt Martina Gangle.  All her life she wore a scarf in just the way these children do.  I have fond memories of the time I spent with her when I was younger.  I didn't know then, that she was an important Oregon artist during the Great Depression.  She gently encouraged me when I drew pictures for her at family reunions.  I can still remember her affectionate smile and twinkling eyes.

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Above is an example of Aunt Martina's artwork.  It is an excerpt from one of the murals she painted.  Ah, what a blessing to have such a precious heritage.

It is Springtime here in the valley.  I pray your days will be beautiful with joy, hope and peace.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Harps and Shamrocks -Postcard Friendship Friday #351


This wonderful card was in my precious Grammie Jenny's collection. It was printed in the USA on very thin fragile paper. The harp was embossed, then painted a shiny gold. This lovely bouquet of shamrock and green carnation seemed to be the perfect card for today!

An Irish Blessing
May those that love us, love us.
And those that don't love us, may God turn their hearts.
But, if He can't turn their hearts, may He turn their ankles
so we will know them by their limping.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Easter Egg in Spring Bouquet - Postcard Friendship Friday #350


The next holiday to come along is Easter. Easter eggs and the fun to be had with them makes this a marvelous holiday. I also love the stories of Easter--along with old movies shown this time of year, such as The Ten Commandments and The Robe.

This delightful postcard fills my eyes with its beauty and whimsey.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday! 

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Bon Voyage--Postcard Friendship Friday #349

This wonderful old postcard is HUGE! It is printed on heavy stock and is 10 by six inches. At first I thought it was printed in the 1930's. However, I have since discovered this postcard was published in Bavaria around 1914. The artist's name is Ethel DeWees. Her initials are in the lower right-hand side.
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I love the simplicity of the little girl's dress and hat. The look on her face speaks volumes, as she hands the boy a handful of yellow daisies.
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The boy, however isn't quite sure what to do with those flowers, and seems a tad terrified! I enjoyed the boy's elegant clothing, complete with frills and captain's hat, along with that fancy, schmancy carpetbag suitcase.
 
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Friday, March 3, 2017

The Lady and the Sheik -Postcard Friendship Friday #348

Back in the 1930's there were many films made about romance in the far East. This is a photo from one of those wonderful old movies. Their pose, the kiss trembling between them--well, it looks VERY romantic. (grin)

However looks are probably deceiving. Most likely these dancers are feeling quite uncomfortable! Cameras from that long-ago era took forever to take a picture.  The folks posing for a picture had to hold the stance without moving, for quite some time. How they held their smile and that sense of romance I cannot imagine!

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