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What Mean These Stones?

In the Holy Scriptures we find the passage from the book of Joshua 4. (Yahoshua 4 from the Hebraic Roots Bible). Our statues, monuments, other physical markers serve as reminders by which we remember and teach future generations of mistakes or better, yet, Yah’s glorious mercies in our lives.

Chapter 4
1 And it was, when all the nation had
completely crossed over the Jordan,
YAHWEH spoke to Yahoshua, saying,
2 Take twelve men for you out of the
people, one man of each tribe.
3 And charge them, saying, Take
twelve stones from this place, from the
middle of the Jordan, from the place
where the feet of the priests were
fixed. And you shall carry them over
with you and lay them down in the
lodging place which you stay in it
tonight.
4 And Yahoshua called to the twelve
men whom he had readied from the
sons of Israel, one man out of each
tribe.
5 And Yahoshua said to them, Cross
over before the ark of YAHWEH your
Elohim to the middle of the Jordan,
and each man of you lift up one stone
on his shoulder, according to the

number of the tribes of the sons of
Israel,
6 that this shall be a sign among you,
when your children ask hereafter,
saying, What are these stones to you?
7 You shall say to them, Because the
waters of the Jordan were cut off
before the ark of the covenant of
YAHWEH, as it crossed over into the
Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were
cut off. And these stones are for a
memorial to the sons of Israel all the
days.
8 And the sons of Israel did as
Yahoshua commanded, and took up
twelve stones out of the middle of the
Jordan, as YAHWEH had spoken to
Yahoshua, according to the number of
the tribes of the sons of Israel, and
crossed over with them to the lodging
place, and laid them down there;
9 even the twelve stones that
Yahoshua lifted up in the middle of the
Jordan, in the place where the feet of
the priests bearing the ark of the
covenant stood firm. And they are
there until this day.
10 And the priests bearing the ark
were standing in the middle of the
Jordan until everything was finished
that YAHWEH had commanded
Yahoshua to speak to the people,
according to all that Moses
commanded Yahoshua. And the
people hurried and crossed over.
11 And it happened, when the people
had finished crossing over, the ark of
YAHWEH and the priests crossed
over before the people.
12 And the sons of Reuben, and the
sons of Gad, and the half tribe of
Manasseh crossed over in battle array
before the sons of Israel, as Moses had
spoken to them;
13 about forty thousand armed men
of the army crossed over before
YAHWEH for battle, to the plains of
Jericho.

14 In that day YAHWEH made
Yahoshua great in the sight of all
Israel. And they feared him all the
days of his life, even as they feared
Moses1
.
15 And YAHWEH spoke to
Yahoshua, saying,
16 Order the priests who carry the
ark of the testimony, that they rise out
of the Jordan.
17 And Yahoshua commanded the
priests, saying, Rise out of the Jordan.
18 And it happened when the priests
who bore the ark of the covenant of
YAHWEH had come up out of the
midst of the Jordan, and the soles of
the feet of the priests had been lifted
to the dry land, the waters of the
Jordan returned to their place, and
flowed over all its banks, as before.
19 And the people came up out of the
Jordan on the tenth of the first month,
and camped in Gilgal, in the east
border of Jericho.
20 And the twelve stones which they
took out of the Jordan were raised up
in Gilgal by Yahoshua.
21 And he spoke to the sons of Israel,
saying, When your sons ask their
fathers hereafter, saying, What do
these stones mean?
22 Then you shall make your sons
know, saying, Israel came over this
Jordan on dry land,
23 because YAHWEH your Elohim
dried up the waters of the Jordan
before you, until you crossed over, as
YAHWEH your Elohim did to the Red
Sea, which He dried up before you
until we crossed over;
24 so that all the people of the land
shall know that the hand of YAHWEH
is strong, so that you may fear
YAHWEH your Elohim all the days.

Continued Wanderings

Nice place to stretch your legs at Wilderness Park in Pittsburg, Kansas – i spent the night here, but take a minute to stretch in the city park if passing through and needing a break. It’s in town, so not quiet from traffic, but not really noisy either.

Stumbled upon a strip of historic Route 66! Ribbon Road Route 66 Oklahoma, Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge, Kansas.

This place was actually closed the day i was passing through, but their website sort of indicated that the grounds were free to explore and learn which is very generous of the caretakers. Definitely worth a stop. Sort of off the beaten track, but just take the time learn about the Caddo Indians at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center and Interpretive Trails near Spiro, Oklahoma.

Pass through Fort Coffee, OK on your way to Spiro Mounds!

If you have time, this is an interesting park in Heavener, OK to get out and stretch, check out the alleged ‘runes’ which are up for debate as to its authenticity. Heavener Runestone State Park.

Right along the road, you find a little side memorial for the Caddo Indians in the Caddo Indian Memorial in Norman, Arkansas.

Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro, Arkansas. I didn’t stop in to dig for diamonds – probably would have required a mask and i don’t do masks – but i also think it may be more for the younger set and families with young children. But a few hiking trails are a nice stretch from driving.

First stop upon returning to Missouri is Table Rock State Park and hiking the red trail – i needed a bit of a hike, so selected the White River Red Loop trail.

Given my preference for outdoor activities and visiting friends, my 2 week sojourn avoided mask wearing entirely.

Cheers!

Busy Week

Sunday – Hot, super hot, so first thing I took down, rolled up, and reset three sheep netting through a bit of timber so that the sheep could have shade!  They could die in this heat without.  Took up the polytape and posts that had divided the cow’s paddock in half so they had fresh break of grass.  Set it up in the next paddock, but boy that was work.  Grass was as tall as my shoulders and thick underneath with red clover, birdsfoot trefoil, and lespedeza.  Sweatin’ good.  Took it easy in the afternoon and drank a lot of water.

Monday – very early departure for Overland Park, KS for Allen’s Aunt June’s brother’s memorial service.  Visited with family and friend for the rest of the day.  Exhausting and stressful day for June.  Her brother was a just a few days shy of 97;  June, too, is 96 with a birthday in early fall.  She is the last of her family.

Tuesday – Morning chores, then RIck and I went to Chillicothe for appointments with Joyce for back, neck, shoulder treatments.  Back home for a late lunch followed by gathering up the tools necessary to begin work setting for sorting off the feeder lambs.  Couldn’t quite finish the job since we needed more tools.  It’s amazing how many holes there are in a corral when thinking about small animals.  They aren’t even an issue with cattle.  Very hot, so we cut out early – about 3pm.  Later in the evening, I went back up and took out mineral to cattle but found a 150 lb calf stuck in the muddy ditch.  I roped it and pulled it out with the four wheeler.  He seems like he’ll be okay, but he’s not getting up yet.  Will check him tomorrow and take milk for him to eat if he hasn’t gotten up to nurse.  Found a long dead lamb in the electric netting – won’t go into details, but got an idea of what it might be like to have worked the Katrina disaster.  The smell burns the eyes and throat.  Unfortunately, i did not have any rubber gloves with me, but mostly it had deteriorated enough that most fell through the fencing.  Man, it was gross – the maggots had done their work well.  Could hardly stand riding in the pickup home with myself even with the windows open!

Wednesday – up early again for a trip to Kansas City for a presentation as a female farmer to the Farm Service Agency Payment personnel.  I enjoyed meeting everyone and was well received.  But turned around and was home by 1pm.  Quick trip – took just a hair over two hours each way.  Now i have a few hours to clean house before taking out this evening to check on the down calf and muster the sheep into the corral just before dark (after it cools down).  First thing in the morning, we’ll sort and load the feeder lambs for weaning and turn the rest back out.  If it’s not raining. (Calf died 😦

Thursday –  Dallas, RIck, and I met at 6:30 at the farm for sorting and loading the older lambs from about 150 ewes and 100 spring born lambs.  We finished off the chore in short order despite the heat and humidity – we were thankful that it remained cloudy for the duration.  We hauled the lambs to the Lamme farm and unloaded them into the already prepared paddock to contain freshly weaned lambs weighing 30-50 lbs.  Then back to our house to gather up the 10 orphaned lambs.  Incredibly, they just followed me straight into the trailer!  We were speechless and and shaking our heads in wonder.  That was just too easy.  After preparing lunch, I headed back to my farm and rolled up seven sheep nettings and installed four of them back around the pond lot.  The sheep will be turned in there tomorrow.  I was so hot, I just couldn’t quite finish since i knew i still had a reel of polywire and posts to pick up to give the cows a fresh break, take out mineral, and just in general check on them.  Water is so important right now, it’s important to check its availability often.

Friday – Excess heat advisory once again today – with heat index at 109 for most of the day.  I checked my lambs first thing and rolled up the three 164 foot electric sheep nettings.  Then moved the lambs to the paddock to the south.  They are chomping through the forage quickly!  This paddock had some questionable areas for their escape, so I set up one of the nettings alongside those areas.  THe other two, I set up in the areas to which they will go in the next few days.  I have eight calves that didn’t sell a couple of weeks ago because of lameness, eye problems, and one had been stung by bees!  So, I’ve been shifting them to fresh breaks of grazing each day.  They are scheduled to go to Milan Auction on monday.  Then went to my farm up north after lunch and rolled up the two remaining nets that were through the timber.  Takes longer because of brush, etc.  Installed that last one needed around the pond lot, then electrified the whole thing and opened the pond lot gate.  A couple ewes and their lambs ventured in but most stayed in the shade – they’ll find it this evening.  Allen is finishing up bushhogging my fence rows.  Really appreciate him doing that – it is a dangerous job.  Helped Rick hook on to the hay baler which was in the barn – WHEW!  Just in a few minutes, I think i sweated off a couple of lbs – too bad they won’t stay off!

Saturday – SHABBAT SHALOM!

Memorial Day – USA

Although the focus of Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day) is for our fallen war veterans (and rightly so), most of us also use this time to remember and honor our family and friends who have died as well. My routine is to take fresh flowers to the graves of my grandparents, Virgil Lee and Virginia Lea (Pulliam) Falconer, my dad, Stanley Lee Falconer, my great grandparents, Dallas and Hermia (Bowyer) Falconer, and Susan Emily Pulliam. Last year (2014) with Memorial Day a bit earlier and the extended cold winter, there were few flowers about and no roses at all. So I started looking for attractive greenery. These included eastern red cedar branches and wild grape vines stuck in with the few irises and peony blossoms made for what I thought was an attractive bouquet. Even tried some dusty miller, but it wilts too quickly.

Although it is cold again this year (2015) and Memorial Day is early, we have had an abundance of flowers for decorations.  I liked the greenery from last year, so I still included some this year.

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

tauna

Memorial Day - 2014.   With fewer flowers available due to cold weather, greenery, such as cedar trees, grapevines, and other greens contributed to a lovely bouquet.
Memorial Day – 2014. With fewer flowers available due to cold weather, greenery, such as cedar trees, grapevines, and other greens contributed to a lovely bouquet.

More flowers available, including roses.  My grandma always enjoyed roses, so I put more roses in her vase.
More flowers available, including roses. My grandma always enjoyed roses, so I put more roses in her vase.

Linneus, MO dressing up for Memorial Weekend and Day.
Linneus, MO dressing up for Memorial Weekend and Day.