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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Letter O

Trying to stay with my list of things I am thankful for using the letter O seems oh so:
over/above one's headcomplicatedcomplex
beyond onepuzzlingbafflingperplexingconfusing

I wish it was just something I could think of that was: 
simple and straightforward.

I guess being Over sensitive is not a thing to be thankful for..
and being Over weight is just plain 
NOT something to be thankful for.
Sometimes I feel Over-the-hill ..hmm not thankful there...

OH, But  it is simple!  I was just Overthinking my answer

I am thankful for God who is 

Psalm 139:6-14

New International Version (NIV)
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
   too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
   Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
   if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
   if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
   your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
   and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
   the night will shine like the day,
   for darkness is as light to you.

Matthew 19:26
King James Version (KJV)
 26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.


O LORD, Thou has searched me and know me. Thou hast known when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou dost understand my thoughts from afar. Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, O LORD, Thou dost know it all” (139:1-4).

Pray you are blessed by my O's today.  And that you feel His presence in your life.
Blessings, Debbie

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Europe Day 5 Paris

Tuesday, day 5 of our Europe Vacation
had us waking up in Paris for the second day of sightseeing.
My husband and granddaughter went to visit The Catacombes.  The entrance was only about a block from our hotel.  I wanted to go but after reading that there were 130 spiral steps down, I knew it would be impossible to maneuver.  I had torn the ligament in my foot in November and was still suffering if I walked too far even with a removable cast that I wore part of the trip and stairs were especially hard.

So as I sat, reading the history of the catacombes on my iPad, in our comfortable hotel; hubby and gd took off for their adventure.

Here are some of their pictures and a few from the web.  
They do not allow flash so many of their pictures were fuzzy.

After seeing pictures, I was glad I stayed at the hotel, errie is the only word they used to describe the tour.
The history of the catacombs is worth the time to read!
After lunch we headed out on the subway to the part of town that the Eiffle Tower and Norter Dame were in.  I love the easy way to get around the cities in Europe.  So much better than taxis.

 Our next stop was Notre Dame

What an amazing church.

After walking we visited to Eiffel Tower.
We arrived while it was still light and by the time we were through the lines,
 about a 2 hour wait, it was just dusk.
If you ever get to go, I would suggest paying the extra to pre-buy your trip to the top.

By the time the trip to the top was over evening had come and my hubby was able to get this night shot.
I had seen the tower in daylight about 30 years ago but the night view with the lights was magnificent!

So glad you stopped by to visit and share our trip.
Blessings, Debbie

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

ABC letter N

although I am blessed by all our gandchildren today it just seems appropriate to mention our youngest grandson.
 He turns 12 this week. 
 It seems impossible! 

So today for N I am thankful for my Nathan. 
Nathan loves sports and does well in school.  
I love his hugs and look forward to anytime I get to see him. (he lives over 18 hours away)
And I do believe he is a littly Nutty like his grandpa!

He's the good looking one in the middle!
I am one blessed grandma.
Thanks for stopping by to see my letter N. 
Blessings, Debbie

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Europe Day 4 Paris The Louvre

Day 4 of Our Europe trip took us on the fast train to Paris from London.

Monday morning we took the 7:15 train so had to get up early to get from the hotel to the train station.
211.38 miles (340.18 kilometres)

2 hours and 15 minutes! These trains travel at 180 mph and go under the channel. 
Love the bright yellow color.

We enjoyed breakfast on the train.

View from our hotel room on the 3rd floor.

The room was really nice even though they were working in the hall and stairways to remodel. 
When we finally got checked in we got on line to check times of the places we wanted to visit.
 We knew the Effile tower could be seen either day.
It was good that we checked. Our plan was to go the the Louvre on Tuesday, it would have been closed.

What beautiful blue skies we had!

 I did some collages on Print shop to highlight our visit of the Louvre.


Wonderful Egyptian  wing
Too many paintings to show. I love the vibrant colors (especially the reds)  used in these paintings.
 Check out the tiger under the saddle.
Remnants of the orginal fortress are visible in the basement of the museum.
The much admiried Mona Lisa was behind glass and a center of attention.

 I finally worked my way to the front to get this picture.

To really see the Louvre you need 6 days, one for each of the wings of the museum.

Tomorrow we visit the Catacombs and the Eiffel tower.  Hope you will come back next week and visit.
Blessings, Debbie

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mom, Mother, Mama, Mommy 
whatever you call her I pray she is

As I continue my Meandering throught the alphabet with blessings in my life 
I MUST  say the top on my list for M is for Mother.
My mother is the beautiful woman on the left.  I love her white hair and sweet smile.
This picture is one of my favorites over the last few years.  
It was taken at my neices wedding.  
The second lovely lady is my Mother in Law.  I am blessed two fold having a mother and mother in law who both love me and the Lord.

Make sure you visit the other posts on ABC Wednesday.  It's never too late to join in!
Blessings, Debbie

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Day 3 London

We woke to cleared skies today! Amazing a day without rain in London.  Our last day in London before taking off for France and yet so much to see.

When thinking over the tour from yesterday, we knew we wanted to visit the Tower of London, Big Ben and take a ride on the London Eye.

In the early 1080s, William the Conqueror began to build a massive stone tower at the centre of his London fortress. Nothing like it had ever been seen before. 

Through the centuries that followed, successive monarchs added to the fortifications. This short history charts the different stages of its construction and explains its role as fortress, palace and prison.

 The grass area between the outer and inner walls were the mote in days gone by.

I was amazed by the doors and stairways throughtout the castle.  

There is even a tour of all the crown jewels that we couldn't photograph for security reasons.

They were simply AMAZING!

There are some of the cages used to house the  menagerie of lions and other exotic animals the Kings kept on the grounds.

In one of the tower rooms there was a reenactment during the day 
to show what life would have been like.

In one section of the grounds there is a large museum that had rooms and rooms of armor, household items and the one I found most interesting, a sculpture of a dragon that was built out of the spoils of battle. Take a close look at the guns, helmets and armor.

At the end of the tour we ate lunch in the cafe they had on the grounds. Spent some time wandering the streets then went on our ride on the London Eye.
The London Eye can carry 800 passengers per revolution - equivalent to 11 London red double-decker buses.

Our ride was at the perfect time.  Sunset.  We watched the lights turn on across the river lighting up Big Ben and Westminister Abby.  

Hope you enjoyed your visit to the towers and your birds eye view of the Tower of Big Ben.  
Just missing the rosey red cheeks of the little children... 
Blessings, Debbie

Saturday, April 7, 2012

 Christ is Risen 
from the dead
We are one with HIM again Come awake, come awake  Come and rise up from the grave.

The beauty of this church we visited in France in undeniable.  The town was  on the top of a hill in the distance and we are so thankful we drove there.  
It isn't on the normal list of places to see.  It is their place of worship.  
Although we are not Catholic we share the love for the same Risen Lord. 
Wherever you worship,  if in a cathedral or simple auditorium, 
I pray you feel the presence of the Risen Lord, King of Kings our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


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