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    I've taken shots here before, it's an abandoned homestead down the road and there are about six buildings scattered about. They're all kind of falling apart…they've probably been there for 100 years. I think the last owners moved out in the early 70's, we had found some old mail in the house and it was dated. We also figured out the man who had lived here was born in the early 1900's.

    Those who were born so long ago have seen so much change in the world, more change than I'll ever see in my life time. My Oma is almost a century old…wow…what a blessing to have been given so many years. Three more years and she'll be 100! Great-grandchild number 97 is expected this year…amazing hey. She was born in Holland and has gone through two World Wars and immigrated to Canada with my Opa and their young family in 1950…it took them ten days to cross the ocean to Halifax and the women and men were separated. They came to a country where they didn't know the language and they had to start a new life. I think about that and life is so easy for me compared to that. I am reaping some of the blessings of the generations that have gone before me and I am thankful. They were and are people of faith and that has been passed down through the generations…what a blessing.

    All the material wealth that surrounds me will one day disappear, it will crumble, it will fall apart just as this building here and this body of mine too will one day disappear…it is but a vessel…it's what's inside though that will last forever. And just as my Oma and Opa and my parents passed on their faith, that is my desire too for my children and those I come in contact with. For me Jesus is the only lasting hope, the way the truth and the life.

    My husband came to the conclusion the other day that in this world everything breaks…everything…we are constantly fixing things, whether that be material things or relationships. But one day the old will be made new.

    "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. I am making everything new.!" Revelation 21: 4, 5b

    ~ hmam
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    1. Shelly~♥~ 24 months ago | reply

      beautiful and true words!
      Love the abandonment!
      hmam

    2. coco♥rose [deleted] 24 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous and interesting thoughts.....hmam

    3. Vanessa Faye 24 months ago | reply

      Lovely image, your clothes go so well too! I find family history so interesting and important, thanks for sharing your wonderful writing with us! hmam!

    4. sparkleplenty_fotos 24 months ago | reply

      such a beautiful setting, so full of peace.

      HMAM!!

    5. Grapefruit Moon (Barb) 24 months ago | reply

      A very lovely photo Tina :)

    6. 1eigh†y 24 months ago | reply

      I've missed reading your words and seeing your photographs.

    7. sara |sugarlens| 24 months ago | reply

      beautiful work and beautiful words

    8. beam-of-moon 24 months ago | reply

      amazing house & shot
      hmam!

    9. stjernesol 24 months ago | reply

      beautiful Dear...

      xo xo

    10. Paisley patches (coming and going) 24 months ago | reply

      Very deep and meaningful words, so fitting with the image which is beautiful.

    11. Jim Bauer 24 months ago | reply

      Love your stories and words!... And photo!

    12. hootnonny (Now and Then) 24 months ago | reply

      Tina, you are a wise soul. How wonderful that your Oma is almost a hundred - and 97 great grands, I cannot imagine! The color choice of your dress blends beautifully with the old wooden structure. You are a genius in your art of photography!

    13. Just.Danielle 24 months ago | reply

      Great photo, great words. Just beautiful!

    14. mandie1985 24 months ago | reply

      I loved this post and the dress you are wearing is beautiful! Its so true that everything in this world is fading and how we are always fixing things. This past week my body, computer and work were all in need of a good fixing. I can't wait for that glorious day to be united with my Saviour :)

    15. where the wind blows 16 months ago | reply

      What a story... And yes, it is true, everything in this world eventually breaks - so why hold on to it?

      I wish I had something abandoned in the area, but Holland is not so blessed in that.

    16. sign750 4 months ago | reply

      beautiful

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