Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Porch #95 * A Serendipitous Snapshot Sampler

Yet I still dare to hope 
when I remember this:

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.

Great is His faithfulness;
    His mercies begin afresh each morning.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
    therefore, I will hope in Him!”

The Lord is good to those who depend on Him,
to those who search for Him.
- Lamentations 3:21-26

Sometimes a picture paints a thousand words.
Especially when writing time is scarce
 and life outside is beckoning  
and words can't capture
hope, gratitude, joy.  

What will you do 
this weekend that you'll 
remember five years from now with
fondness, a smile, and deep gratefulness?



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  1. Lovely shots that evoke spring time joy! This weekend I'll be resting from the wedding celebrations that happened over the last few weeks. It may not make a fond memory, however very much needed to have energy for making future memories!

    1. More than one wedding in just a few weeks. Wow, that's a lot, friend. Maybe looking back at our times of rest and reflection create the most fulfilling memories of all ...

  2. Beautiful photos, Linda. A picture does paint a thousand words oftentimes! Happy Weekend!

    1. Ah friend, week in and week out, you paint the most glorious scenes of garden and home ...

  3. Your photos here brought an immediate smile to my face and my heart, Linda. May your weekend and time with family be blessed!

    1. Yes, my cup is overflowing with answered prayers these days. Gratitude is an understatement.

  4. Your family looks like they have fun together. Love the smiles. And love those homegrown eggs. I call them "real eggs." My wife calls the store bought ones real and those fake. What does she know? LOL

    1. There's nothing like a 'real' egg, is there ... always such a treat for the eyes and table.

  5. A picture paints a thousand words
    in life's golden bubble,
    as does a goat when headed towards
    a masterpiece of trouble.
    You can see it in his eyes,
    and in the set of every hoof;
    he's born to confound the wise,
    and make of his life living proof
    of the sly and impish grin
    the devil always feared
    that is hidden deep within
    God's great golden beard,
    and courtesy the crafty goat,
    we've laughter, hell's great antidote.

    1. Most creatures great and small bring joy and laughter ... especially if they're behind a fence!

  6. Love, love, love the simplicity of these photos, I felt such peace and JOY!!!!

    1. Donna, I'm so glad. Thanks for letting me know that this is working for you, friend ...

  7. I was deeply moved by your question at the end, "What will you do this weekend that you'll remember five years from now with fondness, a smile, and deep gratefulness?" If God spares time and life until tomorrow, my dear, sweet husband and I will celebrate our 35th anniversary. It is so hard to believe that the years have flown so quickly. I feel very reflective this weekend, and five years from now, I pray with all my might, that we will still be alive, in good health, sound mind, and celebrating our 40th with our dear son near us, too, in Jesus' name. That's my answer to your question. God bless you always, sweet friend.

    1. Happy 35th, Cheryl! God is so good to have blessed you with so many years together. I love that you're feeling reflective about it all even as you look ahead. It's way too easy just to breeze through life without fully appreciating what God is blessing us with.

      You continue to show us how to do that well and I am grateful.

  8. The picture of you and the goat is priceless, Linda. :) All these photos made me smile, friend.

    1. She was quite friendly. The whole thing made me feel like a kid again ...

  9. Good morning, Linda! This past weekend I took Molly to summer college orientation and visited a dear friend where we used to live in Arkansas. Still processing all the thoughts and feels from all of that! I love your photos ... for me, right now, they feel like a quiet invitation to find ways to lighten my own blogging load this summer. I hope you have a wonderful week, friend.

    1. College orientation. Can you even ...?

      I like how you framed the summer 'blogging load.' It's a loaded phrase, no pun intended. It's interesting to see the wide variety of responses ... drop out, pare down, forge ahead as usual. Or maybe do something completely different in these online spaces we call home.

      It'd be refreshing NOT to do business as usual, wouldn't it ...

  10. With his/her eyes that pig seems to be saying, "MUST you take my photograph?!" Looks like your summer is off to a grand start, Linda, as you celebrate family, flowers, and bright green foliage with your camera! We enjoyed a delicious family dinner of tapas for my husband's birthday.

    1. She was a friendly one, but rather, as my dad used to say, 'odiferous.'

  11. Thanks for sharing your front porch with us, Linda, and pictures of your beautiful family. May you have a wonderful, joy-filled weekend!

  12. love the photos. Gave me a time to smile and savor!!

  13. Your lovely photos gave my spirit an instant lift, Linda.
    My favourite is that shot of you with the goat.

    Hugs and blessings

  14. Linda, this wonderful set of photos sure does paint a thousand words. Just lovely.
    I treasure you sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month.