Excerpts from my Ruby Red Journal

Rainfall in the desert is dramatic and refreshing.  Today marks day four of a consistent pattern and it’s so unusual for our climate.  I love how the soaking rain washes off the dust from plants and trees and intensifies their colors.  The temperatures dropped, the clouds are dark and I just want to curl up with some hot tea and a good book and sit by the window.  I just saw a graceful hummingbird balance himself on a small delicate branch of my Mulberry tree in front of my kitchen window.  My husband is driven.  Even indoors, he will find things to accomplish.  Our different temperaments fascinate me.

I am hoping… that our president and congressional leaders will make wise choices regarding the threat of Syria.

I remember…that 12 years ago today terrorists attacked our nation.

I am thankful… for my family and the support we all give to one another.  We met in Phoenix last weekend and although the reasons we gathered were less than desirable, we had a good time being together. We have learned how to accentuate the good and make the most of every circumstance.  I am grateful for the times we have as a family to pray together and draw strength from our personal Savior; it keeps us united and strong.  It was fun to shop with one of my daughters at Nordstrom’s and I loved the long conversations our family enjoyed over good meals out that we didn’t have to cook.

I was pleasantly surprised… and happy to be able to spend an afternoon with Susanna.  Somebody had to babysit….it might as well be me, and Papa and Auntie too!

I feel stressful… when I think of child-custody laws and pray that mediators, lawyers and judges will do only what is stable and secure for a child.

I am reading… Whispers of Moonlight by Lori Wick.

My favorite quote is… "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -Stephen Covey

I close with this promise in God’s Word:

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
 He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.  Psalm 55:22


  1. Mary, thank you for sharing such heartfelt entries from your journal. The pictures are SO good...

    And I am praying along with you that the decisions made about Susanna's life will be made with her best interest at heart.

    Love you, Sister.

  2. Ah, but I enjoy these shares that leave me feeling close to you!

    Your last two pictures sure made me smile! (Well, OK ... they ALL did, but those were my favorites!)

    Keeping you all in my prayers!


  3. Thank you for sharing such tender thoughts. Praying that Susanna's life will be all that God intended for her good.

  4. I very much enjoyed reading your Ruby Red Journal selections. We have had lots of rain in the mountains, too (I actually posted about that on Monday!). But yes, it's beautiful in a way, isn't it??

    Praying for the custody situation, and for our country - the things that are causing you stress.

    But I also join you in praising The Sustainer. What would we do without Him???


  5. Visiting back and you have a wonderful blog. I can sense goodness and happiness.
    Hope to know you more:)

  6. Such precious thoughts you have written in your journal to read and savor whenever....

    I love the pictures of you with your granddaughter; she is so precious and our time with them goes by so fast.....

    I can totally understand your statement of your husband being driven...I live with one too and I am much more like you...

    Have a great day....

  7. The true treasures of life become so apparent as we grow into older parents. Love those pictures... I'm praying for you and your family.

  8. Mary my heart hears your words today. What a good looking family you have. Love the grandmother picture and am in full agreement grandparents should do the major babysitting.

    Our son is divorced and his children are small so it's hard to see them have to divide their time between Mom and Dad. Love your quote too for it is packed with truth. Blessings my sister.

  9. Lovely pics and your granddaughter has grown so much!!! May the Lord protect you and your family especially your grandchild. I pray for His best interest to prevail over your dearest grandchild. Have a great weekend sister Mary. God bless.

  10. I enjoyed reading the excerps from your journal. Thank you for sharing the things on your heart. Also your pictures! Susanna is a precious girl, and I know she is a delight to you! God bless you, sweet lady. Enjoy your weekend! :)

  11. Hi Saleslady! Thank you for visiting me today! I am always thankful to meet new bloggers.

    What a lovely reunion! And I do like looking at family pictures. I'm a Nana myself, so those grandkids will just melt your heart.

    I loved the quote at the end of the post about having a life due to choices. (Or something like that). That is so true! And I have to learn it every day.

    Thank you for introducing yourself :)

  12. Very nice thoughts to share - I enjoyed them - your a wonderful gal. I remember 12 years ago too. Wish my husband was more of a go getter. And your granddaughter is beautiful!

  13. Having a good attitude and a red ruby journal will with your circumstance... i pray all works out and the court will do what is right for your grand child and daughter. Your photo's are all very nice. it is always enjoy when i get to see a bloggers family.

  14. I have no idea why my comment came out so wonky.... :(


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