Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday's Fave Five #153

Welcome to Friday's Fave Five, a blog party created by Susanne at Living To Tell The Story..  The objective is to share 5 highlights from your past week. A highlight is anything that makes you happy:  an event, a food, a quote, favorite scripture or anything that brightens your spirit.  You can always find at least 5 highlights in 7 days, even allowing for having a couple of not-so-great days.  If you'd like to participate, click here.

I've had a good week. It started out with a ROAD TRIP!  A mini one, to be sure, but a road trip none the less.
1.  First, we traveled up a winding road and saw something you don't see much anymore:  a watch-tower used to spot fires.

Wonder if the tower of Babel started out like this?

Then on to a beautiful park where no one was there but us!  Very quiet, cool and serene.

Then we drove on up into the hills to check out the progress being made on restoring Bald Knob Cross, otherwise known as The Cross of Peace.  We have been to Bald Knob before; I think I may have even shared photos on this blog before. The Cross is so beautiful and certainly worthy of mentioning more than once.  Here she is restored, in all of her beauty, at dusk:

Last time we were here, several of her panes were missing.  Now the last part of the restoration needs to be done, the lighting. Once that is done, she will shine like a beacon amongst the hills of Illinois wine country. (There are lots of peaches and apple orchards in this area, as well.)

2.  Another good thing that happened this week is that finally, after weeks of waiting, our furniture has come in!  It's being delivered today!

3.  Scripture of the week:  "To You silence is praise, O God, in Zion;"  Psalm 65:1a  MKJV

What a novel thought - praising God by keeping silent before Him.  Try it, you might be amazed at what you hear.

4. Quote of the week:   “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.”  Abraham Lincoln

America was founded on the thought that men would be free to worship as they felt was right.  It wasn't just so people could say, "It's my life and I'm free to do what I want."  No, it's more like, "It's my life and I must be free to do what is right."

So many people use their freedom selfishly.  (Ok, I'm climbing down off my soapbox.)

5. New favorite food:  Jello Pudding Sugar Free "Milk Chocolate Bliss."   Yum!  It makes me happy.  (AND it's only 60 calories.)


ellen b. said...

Glad you fit in a mini road trip. So much fun to see new things. Yippee for the arrival of the furniture! Have a wonderful weekend...

Lisa notes... said...

I remember a watch tower we used to pass on the way to my grandparent’s house in Mississippi. It was so old and rickety; I always felt in such danger when we’d climb it. ha. Glad you have your furniture in!

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Your road trip pics are beautiful. That verse in Psalms is intriguing, Jerralea. I've got to look that up.

Now, we expect pictures of the new furniture next week! Have fun arranging it.

Anonymous said...

Mini road trips are the best, IMO. :-) Glad yours went so well and you saw some neat sights.

How great to have your furniture in!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

It sounds like it was a nice little getaway. Thanks for sharing some photos.
I hope you're enjoying the new furniture!

Anonymous said...

Road trip sounds terrific! Wonder if that tower is still in use.

Hurray for furniture arrival!

Thanks for both the inspiring verse and the apt quote.

Willow said...

Your mini road trip sounds like the perfect day trip to me. There are (or were) many of the watch towers in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. I thought it would be fun to spend a summer working in one :)

Heather said...

I'm looking for you on Facebook. Do you still have it? If so look me up,Heather Mike Strickland. :)

Karyn said...

I love mini road trips! How nice to have a park all to yourselves!

New furniture? That is a happy thought, for sure!

not2complain said...

Thanks for sharing, makes me remember my younger days (about 10 yrs ago) when traveling wasn't so hard lol.