The Generosity of Friends

 I've already cored and sliced about half of the apples
generous friends gifted us with today.
They are in my crock pot becoming applesauce!
 While enjoying a shady spot with them,
we were shown George's collection of Indian artifacts--
many of which he found on their beautiful rural property.
 I held a game ball in my hand and marveled at the bird stone (below).
It was missing its head, but otherwise its shape was discernible.
The holes were apparently made to attach it to rawhide to wear ornamentally around the neck.
 A stroll to the barn with dear June included a stop to admire the lily-like flowers
and note at least three volunteer tomato plants..
 SO beautiful!
(But not NEARLY as beautiful as the generosity of friends
or as enjoyable their company!)

A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25

Oh, I want to be a generous person!  Generous with tangible things...
but also with my time, with my interest and attention,
with my understanding...thinking the best, bearing with, and loving.
Always loving.


  1. Things look both pretty and interesting here today! apples...oh, is it time? Cooking apples and orange pumpkins are sounding good...105 due here tomorrow!!!

  2. Oh my I learn to be generous...we are blessed to be a blessing...good post!

  3. Up here the apple blossoms were frozen off so for the first time I did my applesauce in June when some of the marketer sold them by the a family of 10 siblings we could easily get rid of a bin/20 bushels. I enjoy your posts. thank-you~

  4. Ummm...applesauce...and homemade applesauce, too.
    Couldn't be yummier!
    Those lilies are beautiful!

  5. I just got peaches today to can! If we don't eat them all first,that is!

    Looks like a lovely day...


    1. Deanna, Our friends gave us a few peaches, too - right off the trees in their yard. They are delicious. I KNOW I won't be freezing any! :)

  6. Not much cooking here. The garden isn't producing much. This drought and extreme heat...the blooms just die.
    I love the scripture. I try to be generous with my time and then find myself many times overbooked. I really need to find a healthy balance in this area!

  7. Morning Rebecca,
    what a lovely post and so very true your ending statement. Those are beautiful lilies, and ummm, homemade applesace, bet that is delightful.
    Yes, there is nothing like time spent with like minded friends....that is true fellowship. I heard a quote once can't remember the exact wording but the gist
    is this: Most people that are hurting don't need a psychiatrist or a counselor
    just someone who cares enough to listen and empathize. I think that is very
    true! I think the joy of growing older is seeing and understanding how valueable these simple things really are, but that are glaringly missing from
    our busy busy world these day. Great post my friend,
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Love and blessings, Nellie

  8. Sad to say our vegetable and flower gardens did not do that well this year. I am not sure why but I've heard the same from others. We are enjoying an abundance of green beans and tomatoes though and they are absolutely delicious.
    These lilies are so beautiful and homemade applesauce just brings back such fond memories of my father coring and peeling apples from our trees and mother making her fabulous applesauce.
    Have a great weekend, Rebecca.

  9. Very pretty post, Rebecca.
    Pretty photos and pretty reflections.
    God Bless you!
    And thanks to God for the Blessing that you are to me and others!
    Love and Prayers,

  10. I talked to my mom on the phone today. She said a friend down the street gave her and the mail lady some tomatoes and cucumbers. She said they were delicious. I think something given to us by a friend, does taste better, doesn't it?
    Somebody brought a box of bananas to the church the other day....I got quite a f

    1. You're right, Michelle! We were given some tomatoes the other day - and they were delicious!

  11. I made applesauce last week for my grandchildren. I've also made apple butter in the crockpot, too. Our neighbor has been generous with her garden bounty, too. My daughter has been busy canning, making jelly and sharing from her garden, too.

  12. And your applesauce... generosity is always appreciated then! Sounds like a beautiful time of sacred investment.



Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)