August Moments

Tuesday, August 11, 2020




Our summer heat finally arrived about the middle of July... after a long cool spring and early summer, we had not really seen any temperatures over 80 degrees.  We are so blessed here, in that our nights cool down into the 50s and 60s, and sometimes even 40s.  So we can sleep well at night with our windows open, and then early in the morning, I close all the windows, turn on the fans, and the house stays cool until mid-afternoon, and then by 6:00 or so, we open windows again, and the cool breezes return.  The blooms in the garden have brought me much joy, and I've been busy harvesting the produce that it has been producing... enjoy the short video of a peek around my garden. 



In the evening is when I like to weed, gather produce,
and just enjoy the cool evening air after a heat-filled day
and most always the evening skies are filled with God's best masterpieces to enjoy. 

We've been doing a lot of 4-wheeling on the weekends, 
and we've seen so much beautiful countryside. 


This has been a wonderful summer without the smoky skies that we've had for the past several years, making it easier to get out, and enjoy the mountains. 

We've seen some magnificent vistas on our rides, and it is always so 
much fun to explore new trails. 

Huckleberries are also out now, and they are such a wonderful treat to find. 

It is always refreshing to find waterfalls along the trails, and this one was especially beautiful, cascading into a little pool of water. We happened upon it, on one of the trails we were on. 

A panoramic view of one of the majestic vistas on our ride. 


Some pensive pictures taken of our furry crew recently...

Our summer has been a really lovely one this year.  As I already mentioned, we have had no smoky skies, and we are already into August.  We are just so very thankful for the blue skies each day!  It is hard to believe that the year is more than halfway over, and what a year it has been!  

This amazing rainbow appeared in the skies one evening while I was working in the garden. 
Rainbows always remind me of the Lord's promise,
and they fill the world with such wonder each time they appear. 

I was thinking about change the last few days.  No one this time last year could have believed the changes in our world that we have seen in the past few months.  For so many people, there has been so much difficulty and trauma in their world.  Change no doubt has visited all of our lives, and things that were a way of life for us have changed.  We live in a world that is in a constant state of change... and yet there are things that never change.  Thankfully the sun still rises and sets at the same time every day, and the moon continues through its cycle.  The seasons come and go just as they always do.  

Our Lord's love has not changed for us, neither has His plan for this world.  And while we see things in a constant state of change around us, we can take comfort in the fact that while the world around us may be changing at a pace faster than we can understand or even believe, our Lord still remains steadfast and unchanging. Put your hope in Him, in things that are unmovable, unshakable, and unchanging in the midst of the changing storms and seasons of life.  It seems this season of change and difficulty we are in may last forever, but I can assure you that it will not... because seasons never last forever.  




I am reminded daily to look up beyond the chaos of the world that exists around me, into the loving face of my Saviour, and I see His face imprinted on the skies, the clouds, the mountains, the trees, and in all living things around me.  I take comfort in knowing that His plan has been set into motion before this world began, and the things that are taking place around us, are known to Him.  We can rest assured that all is well, in Him! 

I hope you enjoy the short video below of a visit of a swarm of hummingbirds to my garden while the rainbow was in the skies above.  It was a kiss from heaven to my soul, and I hope it blesses your heart too :) 
 


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  1. Beautiful. I hope you have a lovely day, my friend.

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    1. Thank you sweet Linda, I always appreciate your visits!

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  2. Oh your pictures are so beautiful! I'm glad you have blue skies again! That hummingbird video is awesome! I have the exact feeder but I only see one hummingbird at a time! I think I would faint from excitement if I had that many hummingbirds at my feeder!

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    1. It was such a special moment for me too Jeannette! I had never ever in my life seen such a thing! I haven't seen it since either! Just a special moment from the Lord :) Many blessings to you!

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  3. Such a lovely flower and bird filled post. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you dear Barbara, your visits always warm my heart :)

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  4. I loved the garden tour, Marilyn, and I've NEVER seen so many hummingbirds at one time. Miraculous, indeed, as was the appearance of that incredible rainbow! I'm certainly counting on the Lord right now to see us through this time of turmoil and change.
    May He bless you!

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    1. It was such a special moment for me too Martha Jane! I had never ever in my life seen such a thing! I haven't seen it since either! Just a special moment from the Lord :) I am thankful for His faithfulness in this crazy world we live in! Many blessings to you!

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  5. A group of hummingbirds can have many names. I especially like a "charm" of hummingbirds or a "hover" of hummingbirds. I have only one hummingbird visiting my deck posies. I keep hoping that I can capture a photo. You did an exceptional job. I am glad that you have had such a good summer without all that smoke. That is very good news!

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    1. Thank you, it was such a special moment for me too Vee! I had never ever in my life seen such a thing! I haven't seen it since either! Just a special moment from the Lord :) We are grateful for this beautiful summer we've had! Many blessings to you!

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  6. Gorgeous! How fun to ride around and see the sights! Yes, He is in charge and He has saved us. YAY!

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    1. It is always exciting to go on those rides, you never know what you might see! Thankful indeed for His unchanging nature :) Many blessings to you!

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  7. Such beautiful pictures. You live in such a gorgeous place! Thank you for sharing it with us. And your gardens are so glorious! Amazing. I know it is a lot of work to keep them up, but the rewards are so great. Love hummingbirds. We have a few here, which reminds me, I need to change their food again... Have a blessed day.

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    1. It was such a special moment for me too Pamela! I had never ever in my life seen such a thing! I haven't seen it since either! Just a special moment from the Lord :) I have been enjoying my garden so much this summer, it has been a blessing to go out there every day and see what is blooming and showing off today :) Many blessings to you!

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  8. You take such stunning photos of our beautiful part of the world Marilyn. We have indeed had a beautiful August. Today we have smokey skies, I think from the fire near Nespelum but it has been beautiful every other day. 101 predicted for the day of our move, next Monday! I especially love the last few paragraphs of your post. How would we ever survive the things happening all around us if we didn't have hope in our Lord and Saviour?
    Praying for a wonderful week for you my friend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. We did get some smoke late yesterday afternoon Betsy... hoping it doesn't return! I have SO enjoyed our clear skies, and hoping the heat we are supposed to get this weekend doesn't cause the fires to start up. I hope your move goes smoothly... its got to be a terribly crazy time for you. Many blessings to you dear friend!

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  9. Oh so much beauty! I get excited when I see one hummingbird and you have so many. God is truly showering you with blessings, as He does for all of us.

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    1. It was such a special moment for me too Ruth! I had never ever in my life seen such a thing! I haven't seen it since either! Just a special moment from the Lord :) I am so very grateful, and hold it in my heart as a sweet blessing from the Lord. Many blessings to you!

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  10. I’ve never seen so many hummingbirds in one place. Your flower video is gorgeous. You live is such a beautiful location and you get out and enjoy it.

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    1. It was such a special moment for me too Marie! I had never ever in my life seen such a thing! I haven't seen it since either! Just a special moment from the Lord :) We love getting out to explore our area, and every time, we seem to happen upon some new and wonderful little place of bliss. I'm grateful! Many blessings to you!

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  11. Such beautiful pictures of your garden, but that rainbow shot is amazing! It should be published!

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    1. Thanks Mari for your kind words... I do love that rainbow photo, it was so special to me! Many blessings to you, and have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. Beautiful photos. I love flowers and I would be in total happy state looking at your garden. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed both videos!! For some reason the humming birds are not coming to the feeder I have out there in the garden.Have a wonderful week.

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    1. It was such a special moment for me too Angela! I had never ever in my life seen such a thing! I haven't seen it since either! Just a special moment from the Lord I believe:) Many blessings to you!

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  13. Wow! Your garden is huge and it looks full of good things. Your area affords lots of beauty to enjoy and you seem to take great advantage of it. Happy August to you!

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    1. It has been a great year in the garden, and such beautiful weather we've had, I'm very thankful! Many blessings to you!

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  14. So much to be in awe of here!
    Beautiful in pictures nd in words.
    Thank you for being a bright spot in a dark time.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Billie Jo, there is much that we can look at that is good, and I choose to do that as much as possible. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit :) Many blessings to you!

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  15. Nice videos and beautiful photos, as usual!

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  16. Beautiful pictures. Humming birds are a pure delight to watch. I hope you have a beautiful day my friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you for your visit Cindy, your kind words are a blessing to my heart :) Have a blessed weekend!

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  17. Well, Marilyn ... if we ever needed a rainbow, it'd be right about now. I could sit with that glorious picture forever.

    Praise God He keeps His promises. What a comfort and joy!

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    1. I was completely enthralled in the moment Linda, it was such a special sight to see, along with the hummers. God is so faithful! Many blessings to you!

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  18. Gorgeous photos! And the one of the rainbow is stunning! You're right, the Lord is still in control and He still has a plan for each one of us!

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    1. It's wonderful to know we can still see His promise in the skies! Blessings to you dear Cindy :)

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    1. Thank you sweet friend, I always appreciate your visits!

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  20. Lovely pictures and also both little videos.
    Your blog mysteriously disappeared from my side bar so I didn't realize you had a post. Who knows how and why Blogger does things. In any case, I've put you back again.

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    1. I'm glad we reconnected again dear friend! It is always a blessing to read your comments, and visit your blog. May you stay cool in this very hot weather we are having! Blessings :)

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  21. So much beauty where you live!

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    1. Thank you Deanna, I always appreciate your visits, and I always am thankful for your kind visits :)

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  22. Hi,
    I had huckleberries for the first time when visiting Montana. Yummy! Are you able to pick enough for a pie or jam.
    Thank you for your post, they always are encouraging.
    Carla

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    1. Oh yes, we pick a lot of huckleberries here! We absolutely love them in cobblers, pies, and just for a great snack! I'm glad that you got to enjoy a taste of huckleberries! Blessings to you dear friend!

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  23. I agree with you, evening is the best time to be in the garden. I love getting buzzed by all the Hummingbirds. Idaho is a great place to see God's handy work, morning and night.

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    1. It is just so amazing to watch the hummers! I never tire of it :) We are blessed to live in this great state, indeed!

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  24. Amazing pictures and adorable videos!Made me smile!Hugs!

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  25. It is so good to see good!

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  26. Thank you for sharing such wonderful August moments.
    The rainbow photographs and hummingbird video I especially enjoyed.

    All the best Jan

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  27. I cannot believe that rainbow, it must be the best one I've ever seen. I hope it brings you tons of luck (and a little pot of gold).
    Amalia
    xo

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  28. what a master piece capture dear Marilyn :)))

    you were able to hold the eternal beauty and charm of this rainbow indeed :) INCREDIBLY AMAZING SHOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i believe that you are one of fortunate souls to whom Lord keeps so close my friend ,your pure heart and enlightened words bring light to us ,
    i would call you OWNER OF TWO HEAVENS ,ONE YOU HAVE AROUND YOU AND THE OTHER LORD HAS PLACED INSIDE YOU :)
    i am so happy i could meet you through blogging world ,i share you love for Lord and specially your faith in his love for us in the form of his expressions "nature" :)

    i adore your inner beauty and i find peace with your analogy :)
    thank you for being here my friend ,may Lord keep showering his grace upon you and your's always ,amen!
    your pets are so adorable :)))
    i enjoyed the videos and the soothing tunes you played along :)
    hugs!

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