Thursday, October 6, 2011

Worth the Cost

Have you ever been through things that got so complex and difficult that you wondered if it was worth the cost?  We’ve had a very difficult week here with my dear bro from Africa.  There were missed flights…in fact he just missed his flight out of here…how you can do that from our tiny airport I do not know…it is how it is.  We coupled all this with meetings at our church which my bro spoke at and I tell you the meetings seemed very tough then the nights were plagued with evil dreams and when we woke up we felt like we’d been fighting at the gates of hell all night long.  Sometimes even the victory of such battles must be taken by faith.  Seeing the growing turmoil in New York with the protest to me shows that we are in a fight for our very survival.  I don’t know how far those things will go but I pray that God’s will shines forth and I know in the long run God always wins.  It is God’s destination that we will arrive at.  Looking back at my pictures of our trip in the summer I sense almost a blissful feeling of peace. 


One of the most exciting things about our cabin excursions for the kids for sure is the cooking over the camp fire…especially if that entails such things as s’mores!  I know one little girl particularly likes these activities.  I have to admit I am not sure if it’s the actual eating of these monstrosities that the kids like or the whole marshmallow roasting process!  Lovely always likes the light in the evenings so we took the time to take some pictures after our desert.  I love the quick storms that pass leaving wonderful clouds in their wake.  I admit that I really like the light on summer evenings.  I love how the sun has sort of a golden tint to it.  It makes things look different than any other time of day.  The little golden butterflies love to settle down for the evening making them easy targets for camera lenses.  That light really brings out the magic don’t you think?  I like how even the hairs on this butterfly show up under this light.  Here I stood when I witnessed Montana’s burning bush.  I really love when the Lord shows something so beautiful that it could only be Him…this struck me just so.  This bush was just another shrub but seeing it in just the right light made it quite spectacular to me.  I treasure the moment and trust it ministered to you dear friends.  Next we move on to the next cabin.  It will be the last in my archives so I will have to get going on some news stuff…


  1. Joe, you've got some beautiful shots here, especially the one of the little smores muncher!

    You know the economic strife and the spreading demonstrations and even riots actually gives me an odd sense of security. Back in '04 my entire division was abolished as a cost cutting measure due to the war in Iraq. The termination letters actually said as much. I along with nearly 2,000 of my fellow government workers lost my job, insurance, healthy care and pension, many of us (including me) less that 2 years from retirement. The following year I had my accident and was forced to leave my new job and take disability retirement.

    Frankie has a good job and it's secure as long as people continue to travel by car. The house and cars are paid for and we no longer have any investments. What I got in severance pay, 401k and retirement reimbursement went to buy our home mortgage, no car loans, nothing to lose in the stock market.

    The result is that the economic turmoil doesn't really impact us much and if push comes to shove we can always raise a vegetable garden and there's plenty of game.

  2. Joe I have been though some very hard times and wondered too if I would be ok or if things would even out but by faith and prayer there he is always and always will be. Sometimes I get so involved with things I forget for a time.. then it comes down to my faith, what I believe . We all get tested as you know in some way , and not one of us is exempt from that.
    Loved your post .

    I do think children love to cook and eat from an open fire.

    The prairie grasses are so beautiful I can almost see them blowing in the wind.
    Love the light you and Lovely captured also.
    We have had fog and a bit of rain for a few days and its nice to just kick back a bit and not rush out the door. We still have some fields to combine.

    Have a wonderful rest of the week and happy to hear your Bro was visiting .

  3. Sounds like it has been quite a week for you. I hope your friend has a good flight back even though it's a different flight. Your smores make me hungry. I see you use more than one marshmallow ;-) Gabby looks so cute. The evening sun does give a golden glow on things. I was watching the sunset tonight and it was so beautiful and even peaceful. I wish you a wonderful weekend and all's right with the world. I know the last part there only God knows.

  4. Your pictures always amaze me. I think it's the marshmallow roasting, lol. I know the kids here love that part. I sure hope things get headed on the right track soon. It's sad that people have to take to the streets to get everyone's attention.

  5. Just beautiful as always. Those big s'mores look delish. I wonder if you use those big marshmallows.
    I'm behind here and am hoping your friend made it home safely.

  6. Ok it's almost 1pm and I haven't eaten yet. That somor looks so good I good bite into it. I think it is great people are getting up and protesting. Before life was so too easy, but now the effects are finally hitting so many. Here at my place non of it really effects us as well as from way back have lived so as not to owe anything or become dependent on the outside world. People really need to cut back on their own way of life. Seeing your beautiful memories of your vacation that was a very simple vacation is far more satisfying then seeing a big fancy one filled with places that are just there to make money. God provided us with a free vacation place to visit and it's joy and beauty should always be passed on to the next generation. your photos are so beautiful and I think it is wonderful that you and your family are enjoying God's vacationland.

  7. Oh apologies. Time got away from me and I see that I missed this blog. I was mistaken when I made my statement that I had been here. No wonder you wondered where I went. Part of it is my back and forthing with my neice and sister in law..part the turmoil over the pet situation and I lost track of blog time.

    The pictures are outstanding and yes, the butterfly was especially gorgeous. The fields and meadows are sublime. When Montana behaves..I can see why people wantt o be there. From my nephews pictures I saw how beautiful both Montana and Wyoming are.

    Is your African brother away yet?

  8. It's good to have those references of peaceful times when it seems that all hades has cut loose. Lets us know that there are good times to look forward to still, and the fight will have been worth it to get there. Blessings, comfort, and strength to you guys!!