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A Parade is such fun!  Here are a few scenes from Anderson’s Christmas Parade, held December 6, 2009…

Hope Defined

Anderson County Library

Marching Bands


TaTa Queens

Westside Rams for AIM


Back a few weeks ago when the acorns first began to fall, my husband and son found this perfect one and brought it in to show me.  I began to play around with my camera to see if I might capture a bit of its beauty and perfection.  Well, perhaps I didn’t get the photo that I was looking for, but when I examined this shot and noticed the shadow, it immediately gave me comfort.

Much like the way the shadow is larger than life for the acorn, I know that God is ever-present and larger than can be imagined!   afs


“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.  God is awake.”     ~Victor Hugo





“Throw back the shoulder, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself…nothing is impossible!”    ~Norman Vincent Peale


“Not me!”

The children all had a blast playing outside on their snow day!  Throwing snowballs at each other (and at me), making snowmen, building snow forts and stocking LOTS of ammo.

And we mustn’t forget, getting soaked to the bone time and time again!  Kellen changed into dry clothes countless times during the day.  I can’t tell you how many pairs of socks I washed yesterday, but know it was MANY!

Todays excitement?  Schools were delayed, so we all got to sleep a bit later!    afs




Children and adults all over our Anderson are excited to FINALLY see some snow!  Our first snowfall of the season fell yesterday on March 1st, and schools throughout all of our five districts posted early cancellation notices for today.  It’s not often that our children know in advance that they’ll have a snow day.  Heck, it’s not often that they get a snow day period.

All around us we heard repeated sounds of limbs falling from the weight of the snow and ice, as well as several distinctive pops and cracks of transformers going.  Our power flickered off twice and then immediately back on both times.  As I type this at just after 11:00 p.m., we still have our power.

As was typical any time we have more than a few flakes, stores in Anderson quickly began selling out of staples like bread and milk this afternoon.  Why is it that falling snowflakes make us want to rush out to the store and stock up?  My husband went out for a few things (yes, bread was on our list), and said that the clerk spoke of being overwhelmed by the rush of people.  Well, I guess that means they’ll be others like me today, cocooned inside with my family and feeling blessed to have a warm home filled with love.   afs

03-01-09The trees, flowers and shrubs in our neighborhood evidently don’t know that there’s three more weeks before the official first day of Spring.  We have a tulip tree blooming in our front yard, and daffodils, lenten roses, and this lovely flowering quince in our back yard. 

As I type, there’s a threat of freezing temperatures and snow in some Upstate areas.  The last time we had a forecast of some potential “Winter weather”, I got really excited and waited child-like for the snow to fall.  I’m not losing any sleep this time though and am actually hoping that it won’t.  Not now that I’ve had a taste of the coming Spring that’s just around the corner.   afs 

Update:  The above photo was taken on February 16 on a sunny warm afternoon.  Today, March 1st, we had our first snow of the Winter in Anderson.  Here’s the same Quince shrub today…



The daffodils are blooming!  In January!  Daffodils have long been a favorite flower of mine.  When I used to work for the American Cancer Society, we used to have an annual fund-raising event called “Daffodil Days” and of course I always enjoyed that.   Too bad that these and the other blooms throughout the area will likely get nipped in our next frost.   What will that mean for our landscape when Spring finally does arrive.  Thanks to Marina for the creative name for today’s post.  These daffodils are certainly daffy.   afs


Live thy life,

Young and old,

Like yon oak,

Bright in spring,

Living Gold;


Then; and then,


Soberer hued

Gold again.

All his leaves

Fall’n at length,

Look, he stands,

Trunk and bough,

Naked strength.

Alfred Lord Tennyson


…A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!




Winter officially arrives in less than a week, although you’d never know it based on yesterday’s temperature.

I’m wondering what sort of winter we have in store for this year?

I know I’m not alone in thinking that I’d like to see a little snow action.  We typically get so little of the white stuff, and when it does come it doesn’t stay for very long.

By the time we rush out to the store for our obligatory “snow day staples” of bread and milk, it’s likely to melt away.

I suppose a brief snow is better than a nearly week-long ice storm like the one we had a few years back.

With the power outages and home damage, that was pretty horrid for many folks.

I pretty much love cocooning on cold winter days and watching from the comfort of my living room through the front picture window while I read a good book.   afs

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