For an early Father’s Day gift my son Timothy and his wife Sarah and their children, Naomi, Josiah, Eli, and Lydia got me three new trees to plant. They brought them down to me on Saturday. Timothy helped me plant them. One is a Tulip tree, one is a Red bud, and the other is a Crape Myrtle.
I had watered them this morning; pretty early, a little while before the sun rose over the hill to the East of our house. After breakfast I went and built some fence to keep cattle from coming in through out back yard. When I finished that I came to the house and cooled off, sat on the front porch, feeling the coolness of the cloud cover moving in, with some wind.
After I came in the rain came, and it fell rather heavily, and for a period of thirty minutes or more. It slacked off a bit, but as I write it started pouring again. Praise the LORD for the rain.
For over a year now we have had manufactured steps at our front door with no porch. Of course we still have some of those steps at our two back accesses to the house; one at our laundry door, and one at our patio door. No! We do not have a rear deck built yet; but it is in the plans.
We are only endeavoring to do these builds without adding more to our debt.
The front porch is now built and paid for; the only part of the house that is paid for. It is great and we offer our praise to the Creator who has blessed us with the means to receive it and to care for it.
It will be great to have the porch to set in our outdoor chairs on the days of nice weather; to watch, listen and learn from God the things He has made in creation.
On the banks of Flat Creek, and it is still rolling right along.
It is infrequently that we have any guests show up at our door. Usually they come in cars, pickups, or ATV’s; and they don’t come often.
Yesterday morning June 25, ’09 I had just settled in my reading chair, settled in for my daily reading in the Bible, and I heard a scratching sound at the front door; and that is in my office where I do my reading. I got up, turned on the light for the front porch, and there he was. It was a young raccoon come letting me know he was there.
He turned to walk away, then turned to face me again, and stood on his hind legs with his arms up in the air. I believe that is a universal sign of surrender. “I give up.”, he said; then he turned and ran away as I unlocked the door.
God’s creatures have a way of teaching us lessons.
-Tim A. Blankenship