Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.
The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: "I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I'll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!"
The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it's way to the ocean. "I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I'll be the strongest ship in the world!"
The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. "I don't want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world."
Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain.
The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the first tree fell. "Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!" The first tree said.
The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is strong. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the second tree fell. "Now I shall sail mighty waters!" thought the second tree. "I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!"
The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the woodcutter never even looked up. "Any kind of tree will do for me. "He muttered. With a swoop of his shining axe, the third tree fell.
The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter's shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feedbox for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was coated with sawdust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.
The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river; instead she was taken to a little lake.
The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. "What happened?" The once tall tree wondered. "All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God."
Many many days and night passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feedbox. "I wish I could make a cradle for him," her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood." This manger is beautiful," she said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.
One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain. The tired man awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, "Peace." The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. Suddenly the second tree knew she was carrying the king of heaven and earth.
One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hands to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth tremble with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.
So next time you feel down because you didn't get what you want, just sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.
Emotional Spectrum: A sensible person with sensible emotions.
Personal Integrity: Her good name is Her most precious asset.
Personality: Life is a bowl of cherries.
Relationships: Her best friends take Her as She is.
Travel Leisure: Summer sports are attractive to Tamara.
Career Money: A career in movies would suit Tamara, a natural actor.
Life Opportunities: the entrepreneur spirit in Her is strong.
amara : A good name is to be more desired than great riches...Proverbs 22:1
naltered Pleasures: in other words, the simple things of life:
Newborn: child-puppy-butterfly-horse, lit candles at dusk, hot pizza~cold coke on ice, Irish music, tears, festivals, a job well-done, laughing till you think you might pee, warm dog cuddled in, kisses on the cheek from my kids & my pups & my hubby, Greek Food, watching a horse run up to greet you, reading a book without having to stop, parks/woods for adventure, good health, privelege of prayer, true friendship, tapping maple trees, rock climbing, winter snow, my faith, being loved unconditionally by Jim, enjoying people completly different than me & vice-a-versa, music that energizes, losing weight without trying, people who take time, a great photo, truth, peacefulness & contentment, guitar and piano music, no fear, a cool clear summers night without bugs (well fireflies are great) and nowhere to go the next day, people who know who they are and are comfortable to be there, gut feelings, assertive yet polite people, monarchs released, riding a horse, standing in the billows of smoke in a sugarshack during a sugar run (if you have done this you know why I listed it), a black dog finding their forever home.
ianne: The name of a key character in the movie Chocolat. Her natural ability to care, empower and accept people is inspiring.
ackity Yak,I relish being able to sit all night, listening to and talking with friends or my family! (Hey Steve!!!)
ucchini Carrot Cake: It rocks! It is the one thing I will bake and do for most birthdays:
1&1/2 cups grated zucchini, 1&1/2 cups grated carrots, 2 cups white flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon (adjust to taste), 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 4 eggs, 3/4 vegetable oil, 3/4 cup applesauce, 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (opt).1 cup "plumped" raisins (simmer raisins in water till very soft and poofy, drain before adding to batter).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Generously grease **two round 9-inch pans with no stick spray and cut parchment paper to fit in bottom of pans (otherwise the cake will stick and not come out). In a large bowl combine flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a small bowl beat eggs, oil and applesauce. Add to flour mixture. Stir 300 strokes. Fold in zucchini, carrots, raisins, walnuts. Pour into prepared baking pans. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on rack 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack to cool completly. When cool frost with Cream-Cheese Frosting. This cake is best 24 hours after it has been made and it should be refrigerated.
In a medium bowl, beat 8oz soft cream cheese with 1/2 cup soft butter till fluffy. Blend in 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract and gradually add 1 (1-lb) box of powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add frosting in-between each layer and to top and sides of cooled cake.
If desired use walnuts to garnish frosted cake.
**Bakers note: I make a batch and a half and make three layers instead of two. Pour one of the layers without nuts/raisins/walnuts. Then add these ingredients to your batter for the last two layers. I use the simpler layer as the center. This recipe also makes knock-out giant muffins topped with Cream-Cheese frosting.
“One of the most dangerous things that can happen to a child is to kill or torture an animal and get away with it”
" A righteous man cares for the needs of his animals but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel" Proverbs 12:10
Interview with God
Peace: Quotes from the famous
illiam Wilberforce: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In an age and country fertile in great and good men he was among the foremost of those who fixed the character of their times. Epitaph Westminster Abbey
"Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way.....but you can never say again that you did not know."