Monthly updates from Our Little Red House.

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

John 16:22 The enemy may try to steal your joy, but know, God is much stronger than the tactics and lies sent out by the enemy. Have heart, God will restore joy again. NOTHING can stop God’s blessings.

This month I finally got around to checking out a part of the country I have never been to before. It was just what we all needed too. I took over 900 photos . I can’t wait to start designing new coloring pages. Hopefully I will have my new site up eventually. Still working on so much. Too many projects, too much on the plate.

I learned some things about some of the states we visited…

1. That sweet tea is really sweat and that water works wonders to tone that delicious treat down.

2. People really are sweeter in the South, must be all that sweet tea they drink.

3. The colors of Fall are so much more striking in person.

4. There are many things in Texas that are huge, including all those windmills.

5. New Mexico has some bad traffic, witnessed a small accident in front of us with a semi truck.

And there was much more to share of course, just so much to take in. There is so much beauty out there in the world isn’t there?

We explored a lot and looked at so much art.

And hiked some.

Walked a lot.

Visited many small mom and pop businesses. I tried to take photos of all the shops but sometimes I left my camera at home.

So many lakes out there.

I picked up some souvenirs but not too many, mostly little things that I use to stage photos with.

I noticed something about most of the shops I walked into…they were always playing worship music in them. Every shop was playing Christian music. Small towns are so much different then this city of millions we live in now. Everything was at a much slower pace, I liked that.

The place we were sleeping at was a location that some people we know own and they let us stay there while they get the place finished completely. If they are reading this right now, thank you. I can’t wait to see what you do with the place, it’s already beautiful to me. Already finished enough, but I understand the need to add more and fix things up. I love that part of taking something old and turning it into something new.

The neighbor across the street was always out on her wooden porch with her two friendly dogs. She invited us over for biscuits. She makes them fresh every morning she said. And another neighbor invited us to a huge church social of home cooked meals. It is true what they say…in the south there is a church on every corner. The whole place was so different then this huge city I live in. Everyone was very friendly towards us who were just strangers that showed up one day in their neighborhood.

One morning we woke up to the sound of rain from our opened bedroom window. It was so relaxing.

When I got up to look out the window I saw the creek running through the back yard. It was filled with so much water. All those sounds of life, natural sounds, not the sounds of sirens, or cars honking and other city noises. We will definitely go back.

The kitchen window had a tiny little bicycle on it’s shelf . I always wondered what it would be like to wash dishes with a window looking out and finally I got the chance to do that. All the homes I ever lived in in my life have never had kitchen windows.

Outside that window were so many silly squirrels to watch. It was like looking out into a country post card. I thought about my wild doves back home in the city, probably wondering where I was and when I was coming out to feed them in my garden.

The squirrels were everywhere around the house. They especially loved the huge Magnolia tree in our front yard. There was a television in the house, but we never turned it on. Almost two weeks of no social media and no screens. It really was healing.

I brought with me many gifts and souvenirs from Arizona to give to our friends we met up with. Everyone got a jar of honey from our bees, a hand made wool pumpkin I made, and other little things from Arizona.

My husband and I would go for walks in the morning, and one day my daughter and I walked across the street into town to visit the little shops everywhere. My daughter said she never knew places like this existed. It reminded her of Gilmore girls, one of her favorite television shows.

There was one shop that sold local art by children and special needs adults.

I bought a tiny clay gnome and a crochet basket.

We had a chance to check out some houses in some of the states we visited. We found a couple we liked. We haven’t been to the Carolina’s yet so that will be next, there were several areas we wanted to check out there too.

We visited a huge library in one city. I used the time to work on another hobby of mine, genealogy. Might as well check to see if any family members have left old photos, articles and history for us to read. Unfortunately there was hardly anything there so I will have to send them what I have on hand that I have discovered.

After the library visit we stopped off to load up on art supplies. Then later that day my daughter painted a watercolor/pastel painting that was so pretty.

We ended up crashing a wedding at a church we were visiting.

The church was beautiful.

When you sit in the church right out the huge glass windows is a lake below it. I found most of my acorns and little hats to be turned into ornaments later around this church. I can’t wait to get my needle felting wool out to start working on creating some things. During our walk, we ran into some famous local artists from the area. They stayed on the trail with us, talking about their adventures around the country. We exchanged information, and looked over their sites displaying their whimsical art. Then we compared our needle felting adventures with one another.

Our last week of our adventure I went out to get little gifts for our friends back in Arizona who always watch and take care of our place back in the city. I picked up some toys for their kids, and books for them. They love books like us. When I got home I realized I had left some books I wanted to buy back on that Library shelf I was visiting. When you are out of state and visit a library, always check out their tiny stores. That way you always go home with a book. Guess I will have to go back to that library some day and do some more shopping.

And we couldn’t finish out our trip without a stop in Texas for some ice cream for the drive back home.

We are home at last. We have a lot to do and a lot to think about. Still have my goals to work on and now have added new ones. I hope you all have had a great month of October too.

Prayers this month go to a few people…

The first person is someone I care about a lot and have known for many years. Pray that this person heals and gets through the battle they are about to be taking on. Pray for good health, Again I am leaving names out for privacy reasons. God will know who it is when you pray.

Also Leaw needs prayers too. Just when they were getting ready to travel the world again, Luca would have three strokes one night. It takes me back to a year ago when a friend of mine was preparing for a trip to Italy and then he died the month he was suppose to go.This is that part of our history that bothers me…all these deaths. All of these young people are passing away all of a sudden. And this is happening to young, and healthy people too. Luca doesn’t smoke, and eats healthy, and is very active…really healthy. Three strokes, just shocking to me. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Could you also please pray for my family, it’s unspecified, but God will know for what it is.

That’s it for this month. Stay safe out there and God Bless you all.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Harbans says:

    Wonderful sharings.

    Liked by 1 person

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