Just a Girl and Her Saw

This past weekend was our annual Christmas tree hunting trip. Anita, Michele and I bought our permits and then headed to the nearby hill-country to find Fir trees. C’mon along!

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  1. Diana Henretty says:

    Your pictures are like Christmas cards especially for me this morning!
    What a cute idea with the canning jar and canning rack for a centerpiece,
    I plan to make that today for our table here in the Ozarks.
    When our children were small, we lived in the mountains of Plains Montana,
    and we hunted for our Christmas tree every year. I savor those memories
    and pictures now that they are all grown up living in the big city.
    Thank you for the little spark to light up my morning!
    ~hugs~ from Diana, Noel Mo.

  2. Joan says:

    What a lovely Christmas tree cutting outing you had and now I had one too. We have no snow – so very dry. Your trees look beautiful, I have a table topper this year and am in love with it. Your porch/family room area ideas have sure tickled my fancy, can hardly wait to see it. I wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas!!!

  3. Terry says:

    Sweet Christmas blessings to ya Shery.

  4. bonnie ellis says:

    Shery: You guys have the most fun. And with a coating of snow to boot. Have a blessed Christmas.We’ll hear from you soon.

  5. cora jo says:

    Once again, Sheri, you have brought me "home" to Wyoming! Thanks. Here in NH John and I buy our $5 National Forest permit and go into the woods too. Our little tree is beautiful and adorned in old and favored ornaments. Mr. Pepper (our cat) has brought the baby Jesus his tennis ball…not sure about this. Each morning I find the Holy Family and the Shepherds and Wise Men in a tussle…but, the tennis ball is still there. haha Merry Christmas to you and your family. cjc

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Peace, Love, Dove

Converging. Convergence … multiple things making their way toward a single point … like a flock of birds lighting upon a fence … all with the same intent, being of one mind. At the onset, you may not realize that seemingly unrelated ‘things’ are laying claim to the words ‘intentional design’. One by one, the messenger birdies line up. Have you ever observed and experienced this phenomena? Many cultures believe that the unusual appearance of a bird(s) is a sign, a message. The old testament and the new testament of the Bible offers the dove as a loving example. This troubled old world could sure use a message of hope, wouldn’t you agree?

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  1. Katie M. says:

    One more thing about the lovely Dove. When I first started raising chickens – the gal I bought them from gave me a dove to keep in the coop. She told me a Dove would help keep the spider webs away. My lovely dove – named Dusty – alas met her maker by some unknown critter. I sure missed her. Loved the cooing too.


    REALLLLY? I suppose you have to get the dove when it is a baby so that it imprints on the chickens and stays around…? Hmm. ~Shery

  2. Joan says:

    Shery, what a wonderfully spiritual writing – thank you.
    A little over 6 yrs. ago my sister and I moved from a large city to a new development on an old ranch – yes sorry the ranch had gone dry years before – but needless to say there are few trees of any consequence – I had put out several feeders to help the birds in this new habitat and all of a sudden one day I saw something moving on the ground – and then it flew to the fence – oh my goodness it was a Collard Dove. I had no idea what it was so I took pictures, as best I could and took them to ‘This Place is for the Birds’ – a wonderful bird feeding shop – on an old ranch, they told me what it was and what to feed it. We now have many of the ‘Peace’ birds, as I call them – what a joy to listen to and watch. Oh, by the way I am the one that had told you I have a huge cage – well now that I know you wanted it for a short time and I never got it to you – I am going to fix it so the ‘Peace’ can use it – yes it is very large – there will be perches, water and protection – not quite sure how I will do that but am thinking of tying some evergreen branches to the cage – just a little respite from the weather. Again thanks for writing. God Bless


    Hi Joan!! I bet you can just put some branches in the cage and wedge the ends between the bars. I really hope I can turn this dove loose. It is looking that way, she’s flying now … short bursts in the porch. I do NOT like the fantasies my young cat is entertaining. 😉   Shery

  3. Mary says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. My husband, 88 year old mother and I enjoy the same doves in our yard everyday, it’s great watching them and the joy they bring.

  4. Treese says:

    We also do not have any doves here on the ranch in Colorado. Just big old black crows. In the winter we have loads of birds coming to the feeders I also have a large bowl on the porch fence that heats the water for them to have a nice warm drink in the winter.

    I went to Harvard for my education and I remember the beautiful doves that would coo all day. They were so pretty and gentle looking. I always fed them when I ate my lunch sitting on the grass with my friends. I missed them very much when I graduated and left Cambridge. I also loved the big Red Cardinals (especially at Christmas) they have there and the Seagulls at the seashore.

    Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Treese/Colorado Cowgirl

    Back at ya, Treese … may your list of Thanksgiving blessings be long. When I lived in Ohio years back, I thought Cardinals were the most exotic thing I’d ever seen. We just don’t have that kind of color out thisaway. Brilliant red birds in tree branches laden with snow … Magical.   Shery

  5. Cathy says:

    Shery, thank you so much for writing this article! It’s everything I want to remind myself of everyday in one place. I’m going to save this article to read often and send it on to others who need these encouraging words. As I read, I could feel the Holy Spirit come alive in your words. It’s such a blessing to be used by Him. Enjoy your blessed doves and the significance they’ve given you.

  6. katherine says:

    This is a very thought provoking post, thanks for sharing from your heart. Ah yes, On the Wings of a Snow White Dove…one of my favorites hymns, so comforting!

  7. Bonnie says:

    Beautiful message, Shery! Like Katherine, I will also be saving this message and sharing with others!

  8. Tanna says:

    Shery, thank you so much for sharing this with us. You said so many things that I have been thinking myself these last few weeks. I find the doves coming to your yard very interesting. I have a friend whose husband was diagnosed with cancer this year. Shortly after his finding out he had cancer, a dove showed up in their yard and has stayed all Summer. They truly believe it is a sign from God that he will be with them to love and comfort them. Thanks Again!


    I believe it too and hope that your friend will be victorious!!! A dove also showed up at my sister’s new residence (as one of the items on my list of dovey occurances in and around my life). For her, the single dove visitation served to jolt her awake in an area that she’d not been motivated to explore. I know, I know … some are skeptical. I was too. WAS.  Thank you evryone for your kind words and for sharing here.   ~Shery

  9. Sharon says:

    Shery, This beautiful post brought tears to my eyes. I am very concerned about the future. Thank you.

  10. cora jo says:

    Sheri…amen and amen. thank you! Your heart is loverly.

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