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Forgiven & Set Free Five Years Later ~

Life with Jesus in it is amazing.  I often look at the little oak tree that I planted five years ago after finishing Forgiven & Set Free ministry through my church.  That little red oak has grown a lot!  It’s not only grown a lot in height, but in meaning.  It still stands for the son I’ll know someday, but also it stands for me… for my strength to get through this,  the resilience it takes to go on and the love I can finally feel for myself after all of these years.  I’ve come a long way, through lots of challenges.  I have a ways yet to go.  I won’t reach the end until I go home to God and can meet my baby again.

Red Oak 2017

Thanks for stopping by.  God bless.  ~ Tamara

Golden Harvest Festival ~

Beaver Lake Nature Center, in Baldwinsville, NY, is holding its 35th Annual Golden Harvest Festival this weekend (Saturday and Sunday).  Having grown up and gone to school in Baldwinsville, I have been very familiar with this autumn tradition for all of its 35 years.  However, I hadn’t attended for a number of years.  This year, Al and I decided we wanted to go and see if anything was new, different.

A beautiful archway of decorative balloons from the Syracuse Balloon Company welcomes festival-goers

A beautiful archway of decorative balloons from the Syracuse Balloon Company welcomes festival-goers

There are a LOT of things to see, do and taste.  I was mostly interested in the photography aspect of the event, focusing on children, crafts and animals.

A young festival-goers pets a goat near the Petting Zoo at the Golden Harvest Festival.

A young festival-goers pets a goat near the Petting Zoo at the Golden Harvest Festival.

A "mini farmer" enjoys a brief sit-down at the Golden Harvest Festival.

A “mini farmer” enjoys a brief sit-down at the Golden Harvest Festival.

The craft booths that surround the grounds really caught my interest.  These are quality items by a variety of vendors from fabrics to jewels, to furniture and henna artists.

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How about a ride on a horse-drawn wagon?  Or maybe you’d like a hat made of balloons…

Horse-drawn wagons take kids and adults for a ride around the grounds

Horse-drawn wagons take kids and adults for a ride around the grounds

A young man grins for his dad while wearing his brand new balloon hat!

A young man grins for his dad while wearing his brand new balloon hat!

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 My favorite craft item, one that my husband could not let me do without, was this glass Red Oak leaf.  Those who know me, or have read my blog, know what a Red Oak tree means to me.  Al, in his infinite wisdom, thoughtfulness and generosity, saw me wistfully looking at this beautiful peace of work and purchased it for me to keep on my window in my sewing room (my personal sanctuary).  

A beautiful Red Oak leaf created of glass for my sewing room window.

A beautiful Red Oak leaf created of glass for my sewing room window.

It was a wonderful couple of hours well spent… despite lunch:

Not much nutritional items for lunch, unless you like hummus!

Not much nutritional items for lunch, unless you like hummus!

1 Golden Harvest Fest 2013 blessings

Have a wonderful Autumn!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.  Hope you enjoyed my photos.

TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt