What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Anniversary Day Recap

Hello Friends!! I hope you've all had a wonderful day today! We certainly did, and I promised you, if you read my last post HERE on the Tuesday 4 post, that I would tell you all about today whenever I was able.  (and thank you to all of you who wrote such wonderful words of congratulations and best wishes in your comments! I appreciate every one of you!) As many of you know, today was our 53rd anniversary, but we spent the day working at Dixie Cottage so our "kids" could get some other projects done.
Well, here's one of their projects that needed to get done:

The original sign, although it was nice and "cottage-y", just wasn't big and bold enough to be seen from the road, and people had mentioned to us that we really needed to get a better sign that could be seen. And so it was done:

Benton and Rose sure make a good team!!

 Their landlady has been very busy in improving the looks of the building ever since she knew they were moving in.   Here's the "before" photo:

And here's how the front of Dixie Cottage looks now: 
I'd say that's a big improvement, wouldn't you?  God has truly blessed them with this sweet landlady. She's so excited to have their store here in our little town, and she has bent over backwards (almost literally), to improve the looks of this building. We are all very thankful for the wonderful ways that God has been blessing this venture from day one.

And so John and I spent the day at the store and had a very pleasant day. It was kind of slow, but Tuesdays generally are a little slower...that's why we wanted to work on this day.  However, we did have a fairly steady stream of customers in and out all day...just not a lot of big "spenders"...but some really good "talkers".  LOL.  That's okay. Most everyone says they will be back, especially as we get closer to the holidays as they can see there are lots of great gift items they would like to buy.  So that's good news.

When 4:00 finally rolled around, the kids came and picked us up and we headed up the road to Keystone Heights for supper.  They took us to this BBQ place called "Johnny's BBQ".  

And here we are, for our annual anniversary photo:

And here's Rose and Benton, our sweet kids. Our son Scott was unable to come since he now works and lives out of town a ways, but he did call and wish us a Happy Anniversary and that was like the icing on the cake for us!

Of course, no meal would be complete without some pictures.  With all of the great and wonderful choices on the menu, wouldn't you know my hubby would choose his old favorite, beans and wienies! Some things just never change...LOL.

Here's Rose taking a picture of her plate, smoked 1/2 chicken, curly fries and coleslaw. (I think Benton ate some of her chicken too).

And here's Benton digging into his dinner, BBQ brisket, green beans and coleslaw:

And last but not least, my plate of BBQ brisket, baked sweet potato and coleslaw and cornbread.

It was all very very good, and a very nice gift from our sweet kids.

When we got back home we had some special visitors...The Sand Hill Crane Family dropped in to say hello. This is "Colt", the "Baby"...remember him?  Well, he finally has developed his red topknot on his head! And he is definitely as big as his parents now.

Here they are in the pond...(what's left of it). If we don't start getting more rain, Still Waters Pond is going to just be "still no more waters".

It has become so shallow the cranes were able to walk across to the island:

It was fun to see them again, and I do hope they will come back soon. I've missed watching them.

And now the sun is setting in the west on this lovely anniversary day...

Not really anything super spectacular, but lovely all the same.  No two sunsets are ever alike.

God is our Master Designer and sustainer of all that exists...

On this, the closing of our special day...53 years of marriage...we are still amazed at all the ways God has blessed us and cared for us all these years.  It is difficult for us to realize that so many years could have passed already...and when we look ahead into the future, if it weren't for the knowledge that our God is in control, it could be a bit daunting.

But here's a few verses that came to mind as I was writing this, and even though they were written thousands of years ago to the children of Israel, I can see a personal message here for us and for our country as well:

Portions from Isaiah 46:

3“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
and have carried since you were born.
4 Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

8“Remember this, keep it in mind,
take it to heart, you rebels.
9 Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
10 I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’
11 From the east I summon a bird of prey;
from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
what I have planned, that I will do.

12 Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted,
you who are now far from my righteousness.
13 I am bringing my righteousness near,
it is not far away;
and my salvation will not be delayed.
I will grant salvation to Zion,
my splendor to Israel."

I find comfort in these words...especially knowing that God will continue to sustain us and even carry us even when we are old and gray-haired! (Oh, that's quite close!)  We do not need to fear the future...our lives are in God's hands, no matter what may befall this old earth.  And with that I will say good-night. Tomorrow begins a new adventure into a new year for us. We face the future with confidence...God is with us...and He will carry us  and sustain us no matter what.  Praise God!


  1. I’m so happy for you. Sounds like this day was as close to perfect as can be. What a blessing to be able to celebrate 53 years of marriage.

  2. Congratulations and may God bless you with many more wonderful years together! I love the way y'all celebrate!

  3. I am glad your big day was so nice! Wishing you happiness and rain!

  4. Perfect Anniversary! Love the changes to the front of Dixie Cottage. Everyone's dinner looks delicious! Again, Happy Anniversary.

  5. What a great celebration, Pamela! That food certainly looks delicious, too. I do enjoy a good BBQ.
    Once again, Happy Anniversary!

  6. Pam: I know you enjoyed your meal. You have good kids. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  7. Your brisket plate looks soooo good!
    Again, I'm so taken with these images of Still Waters Pond. They bring to mind that splendid Eagles lyric, "I get a peaceful, easy feeling ..."

  8. Beautiful pictures of wedding. Happy happy. I love this story of your family store. I have owned my own business.Burke’s Hallmark. Whew did we work. I left it…went to college and taught. Your kids are to be admired. I also like the outside of this delightful store. Charming. However, I do have the attitude that is one does not like a job, so something else. Your family seems to have found their niche and have moved to a better location. Good for them… this is a success story today. In our country, we have the right to do whatever we choose and be happy or not. Congrats to all of you. Of people complain about prices, ignore…seems they can go to Starbucks or fast food and not complain but buying items locally whew. I have a cadre of snail mail friends. We do not bemoan the price of cards or stamps. We make choices. Didn’t mean to write a book. I am just so proud for ou for your kids.

  9. Suggestion: write a column…you are excellent writer…include pictures. For local newspaper.

  10. Those words you shared with us are, indeed, so comforting Pam!! Thank you for those reminders! Your anniversary dinner gift from Ben and Rose looks delicious!! Even John's beenie-weenies look good!! You have a new place to eat out now and then! Love & hugs!!

  11. The store just keeps looking better and better! And speaking of looking good....those dinners! YUM! I think, though, that of them all, I'd choose yours. I love a baked sweet potato and cornbread. I'm glad you two had a nice day for your anniversary. You deserve it!

  12. What a beautiful building. I'm glad the kids have such a great landlord that is trying to help them be a success. Dinner looks delicious too. How wonderful to be so close to your kids. And finally, Happy Anniversary! You two look great!

  13. Wonderful photos - and a great post today! God is certainly abundantly blessing!! I love your annual anniversary photo....you and your hubby both look very happy!! Dinner looks rather delicious too! Here's a beautiful year ahead - full of unexpected blessings and rich goodness from the Lord!!

  14. Oh Happy Anniversary! It doesn't seem possible that you could have been married that long. Marriage obviously agrees with you.

    The Cottage does look great. It's always nice to have a good landlord.

    Great to be treated to a celebratory meal out!


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