Sunday Stills: Barns In Black & White

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My Greatest Treasure

This week’s photo challenge from DP is : Treasure.

Take a gander at the treasure trove they have amassed over at


As soon as I read the post I knew what picture I was digging for!



It’s not the country. It’s not the building. It’s not even the memory that was built on this day. It’s the message that forever changed my life that is  plastered to the top of Amsterdam’s YWAM building. Jesus loves me. With that truth I have discovered you really can live on love!

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. MA 6:19-21 NIV

A Word A Week: Arch

This week’s word  from is ARCH! Take a moment and pop on over to see her other contributors.

Here are some awesome arches from my archive!

100_1750This is the Oude Kerk in Delft, The Netherlands. My sister and I made a trip to this city of the Royal House of Orange in April of 2013.


This is the entrance to Old Murdock High School in Winchendon MA. My father and mother matriculated her.

100_0339The arch of the Christmas chapel in St. Bavo’s in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

Thursdays A Lingering Look At Windows Week 35?

Hey Ho! It’s been a bit since I have been able to visit the lingering lounge for anything other than lingering! 🙂 I’ve been able to peek at some of Dawn’s posts but contributing has been a bit out of my reach for the last few weeks…that and I haven’t been able to go out and photograph any new or interesting windows. But this week I was galumphing through my archive and I found this set of windows I thought would do…






I hope you enjoyed them. Check out more iof Dawn’s contributors at


A Word A Week Challenge: Ornate

This week’s word for the week from ” A Word In Your Ear” is the word ORNATE.

Each week this fine lady plops open her dictionary and picks a word from the pages which land open. If you would like to discover more “ornate” posts go to

Here are my pictorial thoughts on the word “ORNATE”.

All of these photos were taken on my first trip to Holland. They are inside St. Bavo’s Church in Haarlem.







The Netherlands 2013 Delft Continued

As promised here are more pictures from Delft the city of the Royals.

A flower shop behind the Oude Kerk. Delft

A flower shop behind the Oude Kerk. Delft

One of the most exciting things I did in Delft was to climb the tower of the Nieuwe Kerk. The church is the burial-place of the Family Orange. While the sanctuary and royal crypt are amazing the climb up the tower is absolutely breathtaking. From the steeple you can see all the way to Rotterdam and Den Hague. Warning: this is definitely not an activity for those with a fear of heights!

When in Delft remember it’s only 278 steps to the top!

Lightning Rod Cross

Lightning Rod Cross

The Netherlands Day 4 1/2 and 5

Brenda and I left Amsterdam and trained to Delft.  By the time the train stopped at Delft station and we made it to the town square it was well past lunchtime. So we stopped at a little cafe called Rossio’s

Yummy fresh Dutch bread!

Yummy fresh Dutch bread!

After our lunch the waitress was kind enough to hail us a cab and we taxied to our hotel, a place on the outskirts of town called the Shanghai. We were surprised (though I suppose we shouldn’t have been) when all the channels on the tele were in Chinese.

But I don't speak Chinese!

But I don’t speak Chinese!

Fortunately we were given free tokens to the bar downstairs. When Brenda and I went to get our free coffee we noticed Ice Road Truckers was playing on the public set. So back in our room we fiddled a bit with our TV  and lo and behold English started coming out! Huzzah!

Not that we watched a whole lot because we were there to tour!

Here are some shots of Delft:

After visiting the Oude Kerk we visited the Nieuwe Kerk which is the burial-place for The Dutch Royal Family.

Hey! Come back tomorrow for more of Delft!

The Netherlands 2013 Day 4

I think my sister roused me around 5:30 A.M. So that we could have breakfast (fresh bread, cheese, fruit and coffee of course) before catching our train from Womerveer to Amsterdam Centraal. Brenda does not have a car so our journeys were primarily by mass transit.

Amsterdam Centraal

Amsterdam Centraal

We hopped a tram headed for the Free University where Brenda had a speaking engagement before we could trot off to Delft.

Apartments in Amsterdam

Apartments in Amsterdam

A Lone biker by Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam

A Lone biker by Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam



It’s an unwritten rule in our family that early is on-time, on-time is late and late is unacceptable (Dad’s rule). Naturally we arrived a half hour before the missionaries. So we took those moments as a photo op for the Amsterdam skyline.


Brenda gave her lecture on drama in ministry and we had a photo opportunity with veteran missionaries George and Muriel Thomasen.

Brenda teaching

Brenda teaching


Brenda, Muriel and George

Brenda, Muriel and George


Once Brenda was finished it was back to Centraal and off to Delft!