Signal Hill

 

 

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This is a picture from Signal Hill, St Johns, Newfoundland. We were there in 2010. I came across the photo and found a scripture verse that I thought would fit it well.

It was beautiful, and there is a 3 hour trail. It is TOTALLY worth it! We felt wiped after, but, oh so worth it. The wind, the smell of the ocean and all the history that’s there, is an excellent combination. Well for a history geek who loves the outdoors it is. But you don’t have to like the history part to like it or the outdoors really. Although I warn you if you do go, dress for the wind! at one point you could jump and travel a couple of inches, by just the wind pushing you. It was totally awesome. In the summer they have reenactments. But we missed that, because we got there in the fall. We spent almost the entire summer going east from Ontario. It was one of the best trips my family has had. There was so much laughter in that van. The whole year has good memories.

Life

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Life, what is that to you,

a job,

a car,

a life that has it all?

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What is life to you,

is it a house all big and pompous,

or is it your family

cherished all these years?

What does life mean to you,

a job big and famous,

everything you ever wanted,

or your savior?

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What is life to you,

can you step away from it all,

are you willing to take up your stake

and follow Him to the end?

What is life to you,

a job

or Messiah,

a house,

or your family?

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What is Life?

Ants and Peanut Butter

We learnt a scientific fact the other day about ants. Not all ants like sweet foods, there are some that prefer protein. We went on the internet searching this because, the house here has an ant problem and it is not a problem with food, but that they bite us at night. We put out sugar and water mixed with laundry soap (its supposed to kill them) but they ignored it, so we put out peanut butter mixed with soap and……

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(Sugar and water in the little container behind peanut butter)

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Welcome to the world of peanut butter!

So next time you want to see LOTS of ants or have an ant problem try peanut butter and laundry soap. Only one dilemma, I don’t know if it actually kills the ants yet. We just put it down today. So if it works let me know!

A Place

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Israel, where with joy comes sorrow

Where happiness is, pain is not far behind.

Israel is a place where though there is pain and suffering

There is a joy and peace not found anywhere else

Though there is crying and pain in many eyes

You can see the hope that comes

The Mothers whose sons and daughters are coming home on leave

Happy that they are coming home alive

Fathers weary after a day of work

Then remembers the family he has at home and brightens up

Children living, and growing in a country

That many hate and cannot understand why

Remembering that this is the Chosen land.

Israel, where through pain and suffering come

There is the hope that tomorrow brings

Hope that tomorrow will bring a better day.

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What if….

Its amazing how much time we can waste on things that are not worth it. I have been watching a lot of TV lately and I didn’t realize how much time it takes and for the majority it’s not worth it. I  don’t mind watching it every once in a while but not everyday like I have been doing. I didn’t have time even to take pictures those days.

So, we put away the remotes the other day, and my sister and I actually had time to go through our stuff and get rid of things. There is not much to get rid of but it’s sure interesting what you can find that you really don’t need, but brought anyway.

It has been good and we have gotten more things done than we have in a while. So it’s good. Plus we don’t go to bed as late.

Today some of us walked down to the grocery store, as usual. It was a good walk. We were talking about how we would miss this place when we leave. I smile when I see this land but I feel like crying when I think about leaving. My heart is here so therefore I will always come back. Where ever I go.

This Shabbat I think will be a good one. So I hope you have a good one too.

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Psa 27:13  What if I had not believed To see the goodness of יהוה In the land of the living!

I read this verse and I got to thinking, you know what would have happened if I had not believed? I can’t say what might have happened, but it is an interesting thought. What would have happened if I had not believed, to see His goodness in the land of the living? I can’t answer that but it was an actually interesting perspective, that David had. We may not have an easy life right now, but what kind of a life would we have if we were not following Him right now.

It is a land……

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Israel, is a land to remember once here.

It is a land that does not leave your heart once touched.

It is a land that brings the Bible alive in so many different ways.

It is a land that has seen suffering, more than its share.

It is a land that I shall not forget.

A land that shall be dear to my heart all my days.

A land that I shall stand with.

A land that is the core of the Bible.

This is my land.

Though I do not live here.

It is in my heart forever.

 

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Israeli flowers

Israel has some interesting plants. They are quite hardy for the heat they have to endure. They don’t even need to be watered frequently.

DSCF8145 I don’t know what it is called but the petals are just like tissue paper. They seem to thrive without water. And grow everywhere.

DSCF8163 These are the same flowers, only they are white.

DSCF8176 There is a cactus growing near the balcony that’s flowers are starting to bloom.

DSCF8180This is a picture of the whole plant. As you can see it has quite a few buds.

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It’s interesting all the different plants you can see in another country.