Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Rejoicing in Creation

 


Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness. ~Psalm 96:13

Here in Kennesaw, we are fortunate to have a gorgeous, 42-acre public park within a mile of our house.  Virginia used to love going there to play on the jungle gyms, swing and most of all, visit the dog park.  We decide that this is the perfect destination for the entire family, especially since our precious grand-puppy, Finn, has made this journey with them.


(Yes, Finn needs a haircut in the above photo, and we do take him to our local groomer's while he is with us.)

Sunday, their first full day here, is cool and sunny - the perfect weather to make that sojourn to the park.



Finn's loving it!


John and Virginia above, Alexandra and Savannah below.


They loved interacting with the dogs that others brought to the park.  After our time at the dog park, we decide to explore more of the trails around us.








The exercise, fresh air and companionship do us all a world of good; the girls, and Finn, sleep extra soundly that night after all the adventures.  When it comes to creation, we can never rejoice enough!

Amen!

39 comments:

  1. Dearest Martha Jane,
    Sure, being out in the fresh air in nature is the BEST for anyone—two and four legged!
    Lots of fond memories were made.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  2. What an awesome venue, and so very close! Finn is absolutely adorable. These candid images are wonderful; scenes from a life well-lived! I can't get over how much Virginia resembles her daddy.

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    1. Virginia does look like her Dad, that's for sure, Myra. And that's not a bad thing! Yes, the park is such a wonderful place to take children or yourself. Danny and I enjoy walking all the paths when we can.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. Amen to that Martha! We have a 70 degree day here today so I took advantage of it and went for a 12.5 ride. Windy but wonderful in the sun.

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    1. That sounds absolutely delightful, Bill! I'm glad you could get out and enjoy the spring weather.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. So fortunate to have that great park nearby! What wonderful family time!

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    1. We certainly are fortunate, Christine, and I'm so thankful.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Looks like a perfect time with your family in God's beautiful creation! What a blessing to spend this time together and be able to just relax and visit and exercise together in this way. The girls are all three developing into beautiful little young ladies. I know you are proud of them as you should be. I'm glad you took lots of pictures!! Precious memories being made together. Love this so much.

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    1. We can thank Danny for the majority of the photos, Pamela, especially the really good ones - lol! But yes, it was the perfect day for an outing, and I'm glad we could all take advantage of it. And thank you for your kind words about the girls. I have to give all the credit to John and Sarah for being such incredible parents in spite of the crazy times in which we live.
      Love and blessings!

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  6. How fun is a park, and a dog park, even better. Finn is adorable. We love our one fur baby still with us. A pug who just turned 15. Love all the photos, Martha. Blessings

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    1. Big T is 15??? Wow, you are so blessed to have had him with you for so many years. I do love his cameos on Friday's Forever; he always warms my heart, Karen!
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Aw, it looks like a wonderful time! That little Finn is so cute! I know you must miss all of them terribly. God bless you, sweet friend.

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    1. Finn is a cutie, that's for sure, Cheryl. Yes, I miss them all so intensely, it actually hurts physically at times. But I know God is looking after them, and I take comfort in that knowledge.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. What a wonderful family you have, and how fortunate to have the park so near to your home. It's such a pleasure to go out and enjoy nature.

    God bless you and all your family, Martha.

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    1. Thank so much, Victor, for your kind words here! Yes, the park being so close to our house is a most fortunate thing for us. Danny and I will go there for a walk when the weather is good.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. How true. A favorite part of my day is time spent outdoors enjoying the natural world around me. Sounds like all y'all equally enjoyed the outing.

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    1. We did love the outing, J. D.! I'm a big fan of the outdoors, and I'm blessed that my family enjoys it, too.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Finn is so cute, Martha. :) I'm so glad you all had a happy, rejuvenating time together. Love and blessings of strength when the missing them makes your heart ache! But yes, it is comforting to know that God is watching over them no matter how far away they are physically.

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    1. Isn't he, Trudy? He almost convinces me that I need to get a dog, but practically, that just won't work for us. At least we get our pet time when the kids visit. And thanks for the blessing of strength when missing them becomes so hard, because it often does.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Martha Jane: I enjoyed seeing your pictures of your family and hearing about your nearby park. In our area of town, we have a huge city park not far from us. I need to get over there and take a walk. You have inspired me. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos, Cecelia! It's nice to hear, too, that you have a park near your home; so wonderful when we can get out and enjoy the fresh air without traveling far. Let us know if you start going on a regular basis.
      Love and blessings!

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  12. Out in nature with family is a great recipe for life. You captured some lovely family photos and new memories Have a wonderful day!

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    1. That is one of life's greatest recipes for happiness, Bill, I agree. I can't take all the credit for the photos as husband, Danny, took the really good ones with a real camera; I only had my phone.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Delightful, Martha. Thank you for bringing us along!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this, Nancy!
      Love and blessings!

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  14. Love the beautiful photos, Martha.
    Finn is so cute!
    How nice to have a great park nearby!

    Hugs and blessings

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    1. Having that park is absolutely a wonderful thing, Veronica. And yes, I have to agree that Finn is a cutie!
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Olá Marta
    Que passeio maravilhoso, as fotos ficaram ótimas, Finn é lindo, obrigada pelas felicitações no meu blog, gostei muito, abraços.

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  16. You are so welcome, Lucinalva! And I'm glad you enjoyed my post here.
    Love and blessings!

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  17. Oh Martha! I'm so happy your kids and grandkids and grandpup are there for a visit! What a blessing, and there is NOTHING like God's creation to enjoy! So wonderful to have such an amazing park to enjoy close to your home. Loved seeing the pictures of everyone outside having a good time! Sweet Finn - he is precious! Blessings to you dear friend, enjoy every moment!

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    1. We certainly did enjoy every sweet moment we had together, Marilyn! I only wish they didn't live so far away so we could visit more often. I'm glad you enjoyed the post!
      Love and blessings!

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  18. Finn is adorable! I'm sure you appreciated all the time you had with your sweet grandkids and family. Definitely reasons to rejoice, whether inside or outside. :)

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    1. Amen, Lisa! These are all, indeed, reasons for rejoicing.
      Love and blessings!

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  19. Such great photos! Wishing you a beautiful week ahead, smiles.

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