Thursday, June 30, 2016

61 Days of Summer.... Day #2

Last night, as evening arrived and the temperature began to cool, we went blueberry picking. I had received an email about the start of picking season from the organic blueberry farm, and I didn't pay careful attention to the start date, only the hours in each day. So, we were the very first pickers of the season, but it technically only starts today. The people didn't seem to mind and they said they would never turn a customer away as long as they had berries! We picked one bucket each. 28lbs of berries. Delicious.

This morning, day #2 of summer, Todd brought us breakfast in bed. Each of us got a cute little bowl of blueberries to round out the tray. That was a nice way to start the day!

Here are some of my gladiolas. I have picked them to give to our friends who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. I love glads, and they were actually pretty easy to grown in my large planters.

Today's Bible reading is Genesis chapters 9-16. God keeps his promises... he said he will never destroy the earth by flood again and he established his covenant with Noah.

Gen 11:10 - When Shem was 100 years old, he fathered Arpachshad two years after the flood. Doesn't really answer my question from yesterday about whether Noah's boys were triplets, but it shoes that perhaps Shem was born after Noah was 500, like around 501 or 502 years old.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

61 Days of Summer... Day #1

It is summertime. The season says so, the weather says so, and having 61 days off from school says so, too. Today is the first day of my summer holiday. The kids have been off for a week already, and they will get an additional week at the end of the summer. The kids get 75 days, and I am very happy for my 61 days.

This morning I am sitting with my coffee and some beautiful hydrangeas that I got from our staff wrap up BBQ yesterday. A sweet hummingbird graced me with its presence and my cat is sitting to my right, basking in the sun.

I am reading through the Bible this summer. I am in Genesis. Today I've read Genesis chapters 1-8.

Gen 1 -  Sitting in my garden/back yard I see God's hand of creation and renewal. In Genesis 1 and 2 it says God provided streams coming up from the earth to water everything. I'm thankful God provides me with water for my garden, too.

Gen 4 - Abel was the first person to die in the Bible. As I read this it struck me that the first person to die was as a result of murder.

Gen 5 - When Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.  Were they triplets? I've never noticed that before.

I love the promise in Genesis 8:22 - As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.