Saturday, January 28, 2012

This 'n That

Hi, everyone. I hope you all had a great week.

Our weather here yesterday was 70°...hard to believe for January. Then, last night it dipped into the 30s, what a swing!

Just a little peek of winter here...these are seed pods on our Rose of Sharon. I thought they looked like little brown flowers.

Our bare flowering cherry looks like he's keeping warm in his ivy coat. :)

Katie missed school Wednesday and Thursday because she was sick. I think she must have gotten what her dad had last week. She's feeling better now and even made a chocolate cake. What can I say....she is her mother's daughter. :)

Unfortunately the bug decided to visit me too. *sigh* At least I have the weekend to recuperate. I hope to be feeling better by Monday. Thankfully, this bug doesn't seem to be too bad or last very long, mostly just a low fever and tiredness.

I wanted to give you an update on my cousin's wife, Tanya. She is still in the hospital fighting the cancer. It has spread to her lymph nodes and stomach, so she is going through treatments for that right now. The doctors are hoping that the cancer was caught early enough, and that she'll be OK. She was moved to the rehab floor of the hospital today, and she's hoping to go home in a couple of weeks. Thank you for your prayers for her, and please continue to pray for her and her family.

As I've read through my friends' blogs lately, I've seen so many troubling problems, sickness, death of loved ones, loss of jobs...I've been praying for so many of you. Many of my own friends and family are struggling with problems as well.

Does anyone else remember this old hymn?

The Solid Rock
words by: Edward Mote
verse 1-My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
verse 2 -When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace; in every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the vale.
verse 3 -His oath, His covenant, His blood, support me in the whelming flood; when all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.
chorus -On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.

It's wonderful to have the blessings of a job, health, home, and family, and I'm so grateful for my blessings, but God has been reminding me lately that we should be putting our trust in Him first.
Loved ones will pass away, jobs will be lost, and health will deteriorate. But, when all these things happen, God will still be there. How comforting to know He's with us, not just in the good times, but also in the trials of our lives. No doubt this world is on shaky ground, but I'm glad God is in control and none of the world's turmoil catches Him by surprise.

Thanks so much for dropping by. Welcome to my new followers, too. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Take care,


  1. Hi, Melanie! Your daughter's cake looks delicious. I hope you are feeling better. I will be praying for Tanya. I do remember that hymn. Such a wonderful reminder.

    I hope you are having a great day.


  2. Hi, Melanie ~
    I'm so sorry for Tanya. I will add her to my prayers. So many bloggers
    are ill or have family members that
    are sick, and prayer has been working. I know it will for Tanya, too. I must frequently remind myself to give my will to God and trust in Him. When I do, everything seems right with the world.
    What beautiful weather you're having. It's really winter here, not our coldest time, that is coming.

  3. I love your images of the dried Rose Of Sharon, and the cherry in his ivy coat! I will be praying for Tanya. We have been having the same weather, it's just not right in the winter. We need to get some good freezes, to kill the mold and ticks and things. Many people are sick, I think this is why. I have been sick since before Christmas and have been on two rounds of anti-biotics and am on my second round of steroids now. I hope you feel all better by Monday!

  4. Beautiful photos Melanie! Hope the chocolate cake makes everyone feel better and I will include Tanya in my prayers.
    I'm so happy I found your blog. I needed that reminder of trusting God.

  5. I love that hymn - thanks so much for quoting it and drawing attention to God's amazing grace - our family is in need of His help too at this time.
    Wishing you a blessed weekend!

  6. Feel better soon, Melanie! Praying for Tanya.

  7. Hello - I love your new decorations on your blog - so pretty.

    I'm sorry you and Katie were sick - I bet Lee gets it too - share and share a like.

    I remember that song very well.

    And you are so right - there are so many things going on now for others.

    What a great community we have of friends who pray for friends.

    Love, sandie

  8. Hope you are feeling better soon. The chocolate cake looks delish- with an ice cold glass of milk- Yum. Enjoy :)
    I love that hymn! Thanks for sharing it. Have a wonderful Sunday.

  9. Hi Melanie,

    Sorry to hear about the 'bug' that is going around at your house. Hope it goes away soon and that everyone will feel better.

    YUMMY love cake, especially chocolate.

    I have been through cancer so I kinda know what your friend is going through. I will pray hard for her.

    I hope she knows that she is never alone. That Heavenly Father is there and can give her peace. :)

    Take care, Janet W

  10. Thanks for such an inspiring post. I love this song, awesome. Praying for your family, including dear Tanya.

  11. Hope you all are feeling better!
    I remember that hymn! Yes, it is very comforting to know that God never changes nor leaves us no matter what our circumstances.
    So sorry to hear about your cousin's wife. I will pray for her as I pray for my own cousin who is also battling cancer and in the midst of chemo.

  12. Hi Melanie...I hope that you are on the mend and feeling much better. My thoughts and prayers are with your cousin and family. I hope that you have a blessed week ahead! Hugs ♥ Teri

  13. I will pray for Tanya as I pray for my sister that has cancer. Lovely old hymn. Hope you and your family is over this bug and don't have it again. Love chocolate cake.

  14. Good Morning Melanie!

    Oh, we just love this old hymn...and how true it is! We truly need to be grounded in our Lord and Saviour...everything else will fade away for sure.

    I'm so sorry that I didn't read this all have been so sick! I hope that you had a chance to rest and get better...and that this week is a much "healthier" week in your household. My grandma would have blamed it on the weather. She used to say that we need a "good coverin'" of snow ever winter to kill all the germs! Seems as though she was always right!

    We have added Tanya to our prayers, dear friend. Times like is so hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But we know there is a Light...and so we put our trust in Him...knowing that He will guide the physicians...all we have to do is ask.

    Please send Katie my way! That cake looks scrumptious! I'm sure that we could work out a trade for a few days...I'll send one of my guys to get all those "little" projects you need done around the send Katie and we can cook and craft and sew together. Better still...why don't you just come with her! I know we'd have such fun together!

    Take care, my friend, stay warm and drink plenty of tea!

    With love,

  15. I am praying for Tanya--I enjoyed reading your post so much. It was so very encouraging...and yes, I remember, and love, that old hymn. Hope you are feeling better now! ~Karen

  16. Dear Melanie, Very beautiful. I will keep your cousin in my prayers.

    I found your blog through Sandie, Chatty Crone. I am following your blog. I hope that you will visit me too. Thank you and Blessings, Catherine xo

  17. I hope you and Katie are feeling much better Melanie. Thank you for the update on Tanya. I've been keeping her in my prayers. I love that old hymn, it is such a comfort. I am so thankful that God IS in control, and He is never surprised. Thank you for the lovely post. :)

  18. Hi Melanie...Hope you are feeling better these days. This was such a sweet and thoughtful post. Many prayers going out to many people in need. Have a great weekend.


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