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Bear Paws in the Wood's Secret Garden

I have spent the last seven days with four sets of bear paws and since most of the posts on this blog have to do with the creatures we find while exploring the creek area that runs behind our balcony, I will need to clarify.

A most wonderful discovery was found indeed; but it wasn't in the garden.  Instead it was at the corner of Sylvan and Auburn (Sylvan's Corner) in Citrus Heights, CA.  A small little store front called "The Summit" which sales Bearpaw boots.  While waiting on a couple of friends who were to meet me at Starbucks during my lunch break, I decided to drive across the street and check out the shop.  I was really looking for a pair of boots that I could illustrate for Tatum (Michael's 5 year old grand daughter).  While in the store, I struck up a conversation with the onsite manager and shared my "Theology Art" business card which includes a picture of the "Coat of Many Colors" - a suede jacket that I hand illustrated a couple ye…

A New Species Found!

Around this time each year, the oak trees are filled with galls.  (See previous posts for background on galls).  This was an exciting day in the Woods Secret Garden.  We found a new species.  The bonus was that it was right next to a very rare species similiar to the one my husband found in 2010.

More later--here's a few picks

What a Wonderful Evening!

We have been keeping our eye on the wild blackberry bushes which grow profusely along the banks of the creek.  They should be ready to harvest in early to mid July. However, when I got home from work tonight, my husband Michael informed me that he had decided to take the long route home from his trip to the dumpster at lunch today.  He took the path along the creek that runs through the Secret Garden with the intent to check on the wild plums which ripen much earlier than the berries.  Intertwined in one of the plum trees were the largest berries he had ever seen; and, they were ripe!   Most of them were growing out of reach on the other side of the creek; however, there were a few vines that had climbed over a tree branch and he was able to pluck a few off and bring them home.

He first told me about them and then he showed them to me.  WOW!  He was right they were really big berries!

We decided that although it was probably 100 degrees outside, we really needed to try to get more of …

No Time to Write...UURRGGH

It is frustrating to have no time to write.  However, (as they say) a picture paints a thousand words.  So, I will rely on the pictures to do most of the talking.  Last year we planted a wild flower garden.  We watered it everyday and yet it really didn't produce much of a garden.  Once the flowers would die we would pull them out and toss them into the wilderness area nearer the creek.  Well, this year, we got wildflowers, with no tending whatsoever on our part!  Now that's what I;m talkin' bout"   So many illustrations that could be written about this wonderful discovery of my husbands.  We discussed in length the applications; but, alas, no time to write:

And, we are still finding amazing creatures in the Wood's Secret Garden--even after 2 years.  This guy decided to come to our front door one morning and take a rest.

Celebrating Two Years in the "Secret Garden"

It was two years ago today, that Michael and I were married.  Neither one of us exchange store bought gifts for any special occasions.  We actually view each day as a special occasion.  However, when I arrived home last night, he presented me with a priceless, precious anniversary gift--a poem that he had written to celebrate the day.


(May 18, 2012)

Two years now and growing strong,
And yet to know Him more we long
Whose gift to us in marriage bliss
Is that effect of His Sweet Kiss.

And none of this is what we earn
But all of grace is how we learn,
While led by Him the Paraclete
To humbly sit at Jesus feet
And worship Him, the Lord of all
Who for His purpose did us call
To honor Him whose praise is due
Who made us one who once were two.

So by His gift we celebrate
Not us but Him our Potentate
Whose love and loyalty has won
Our hearts to Him who made us one.

How Delightful!

In July of this past year I began my little hobby of hand-illustrating suede jackets, vests and boots.  Some will remember "the coat of many colors" post.  This led to me opening a shop on etsy.  Since opening my shop, 10,965 people from around the world have viewed my shop; with over 2,028 indicating that they "favorite" my shop and the items in it, and yet I have only sold 4 pair of boots.  The reason I don't sell more boots and jackets is because, although many people admire the art work; very few people would actually wear the boots or the jackets in public.  I knew that, before I even listed my first item for sale.  I knew that I would probably not sell much; but I also knew that etsy was a wonderful way to connect with people from all over the world and a means to share the Word of God, the Gospel message and even introduce other professing Christians to the Puritans and to Spurgeon.  God has used my shop on etsy in wonderful ways for His glory and for th…