Week 33 ~ I Am Having Fun

I don’t usually get ‘Artsy’ with my photos, but I have been having a ball using Topaz Simplify 4! I always wanted to take up oil painting and now I am painting oil paintings with my processing! I am having a ball! Let me know what you think! 🙂

Have an Abundantly Blessed Day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~

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Week 32 ~ Fall at Clark Gardens

Clark Gardens is beautiful during all seasons, but in the Fall everything turns a beautiful golden color! Here are a few samples of Falls Past! Gorgeous Fall colors and a few of the interesting characters that show up every Fall! 🙂

I hope you enjoy these scenes of Fall at Clark Gardens! 🙂

Have an abundantly blessed day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


It’s Never Too Late to Learn Something

No matter how much we may think we know, it is never too late to learn something new! I love continually learning something new and different. Oh, sometimes it can be frustrating, but it is also extremely satisfying when you have been through the frustration and actually learned something!

Do you think you know beyond a shadow of doubt the true meaning of a certain, maybe your favorite scripture? Some time try reading and studying it from a different translation and see what you learn! No matter how many times you may read that scripture, you can always get something new and different from it…a clearer understanding! It also depends on what is going  on in your life at that particular time! God is so good…He will take a familiar, favorite scripture and according to your need at the time, bring a new, fresh revelation to you from it…an answer for your current need!

Never take God for granted and never stop learning something new! Not only are you gaining knowledge, you are also exercising your brain and strengthening it! The brain just as with the body needs constant exercise to keep it strong! My husband’s grandmother was 99 when she decided to go home to be with Jesus and his mother was 93. Their minds were as sharp as when they were younger because they continually exercised them! Grandma was constantly working on the family tree, researching, studying, etc.  Mom was always reading and doing needle work on quilts, etc.  My Nana was 95 and she was always doing search puzzles!

God promises to satisfy us with a long life, but we have to do our part! Eat right, drink lots of water, exercise our bodies and our minds! We age but we don’t have to grow old and certainly not feeble! Remember to constantly be looking for something new to learn!  Hey, you have just learned something from this Blog! Hallelujah! Be blessed!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


Week 31 ~ Cowtown Texas USA

I am a native, born and raised Texan and proud of it! Cowtown aka Fort Worth is my home! Fort Worth has always been known as ‘Where the West Begins’! Fort Worth is also known as Cowtown due to the Forth Worth Stockyards. Here is a link to the history of the Stockyards. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Worth_Stockyards   I thought I would share some photos of my hometown, Forth Worth, Texas! Enjoy! 🙂

Have a blessed day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


The Grand Lady of Clark Gardens

Billie Clark, the wife of Max Clark, mother of Carol and Deborah, and co-founder of Clark Gardens had two grand celebrations last week! The first was early Friday morning when she stepped out of her earthly body and into the greatest garden of all ~ Heaven! The second was Sunday when her family and friends gathered to celebrate her life!

I never had the privilege of meeting Billie personally, but felt like I had known her for years. You see, Paul and I have been going to Clark Gardens on a regular basis for 4 years. Shortly before we joined Clark Gardens, Billie went to live at the House of Hope in Wichita Falls.

Billie had the vision for the Gardens and was responsible for the first shovel full of dirt that was turned! She and Max had a love that endured 62 years on earth and lives on through Eternity. Billie wanted an English Garden and the Channel Garden was born! From there it grew and grew! Billie envisioned the Gardens and Max built it ~ 35 acres of ‘God’s Little Bit of Heaven in Texas’ aka Clark Gardens Botanical Park!

I got to know Billie through her Gardens; through Max, Carol and the working family of Clark Gardens. Clark Gardens is a living, breathing, growing testimony to a grand lady! I really got to know her through hours and hours of walking through the Gardens, sitting and listening to the peaceful sounds of the Gardens and soaking in the beauty all around me. All of this is Billie Clark! Thank you, Billie and Max! Clark Gardens is to me, a gift from God that 2 wonderful giving people allowing God to use them, built for us to enjoy today and years and years to come!

This is a sculpture of Billie and her youngest Grandchild, Molly at a family wiener roast. This photo means a lot to me because while we were visiting the Gardens last year with our entire family, Sammy, our youngest Granddarling, wanted to meet Billie so I took him over to see her sculpture. He sat right down, looked into her ‘eyes’ and sat there for the longest time mesmerized! It was an awesome experience!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


Week 30 ~ Courthouses

I love old courthouses that have character and history! Here is one to start out! More will later follow. 🙂 This is the Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie, Texas.

This courthouse is made of Sandstone and is a beautiful, ornate, historical one. Here is a link telling the ‘legend’ of the Ellis County Courthouse: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM7KK4_Ellis_County_courthouse_Gargoyles_Waxahachie_TX

Have an abundantly blessed day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


The American Beauty Berry

This is one of the prettiest berries I have ever seen! I love the bright almost metallic color of these berries. Here is some information from Wikipedia on them! ‘The berries last well into the winter or dry season and are an important survival food for birds and other animals, though they will not eat them until other sources are depleted. The berries are highly astringent but are made into wine and jelly.’

Have a blessed day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~