The Eclipse

The Eclipse

 My daughter, Emily, had a deep desire to experience the 2017 total eclipse. Her enthusiasm affected the whole family.

Interestingly enough, the date coincided with her Dad’s birthday.  These kind of days without him could bring sadness, but I feel if we make an effort to do something enjoyable as the fractured family we are, it actually honors the husband and father we miss so terribly.

Our friends, Barry and Tina, were very near the area of totality of the eclipse.  As they own rental cabins near beautiful Lake Cumberland, KY, reservations were made.  My daughter researched and ordered the NASA approved glasses for everyone.

We piled in the car on that day driving 2 hours south to experience the full effect of the eclipse. 

It was an amazing experience!  As the moon moved to fully block the sun we noticed the temperature dropping. The sky had a shadowy sundown-like appearance.  Crickets began to chirp and stars appeared at 1:30 in the afternoon. It was never completely dark.  There was a glowing halo around the moon.

All around us were full of wonder as we gave full attention for the 2 minutes, 33 seconds of the eclipse.  The heavens truly declared the glory of God.

In John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

As believers in Christ we are to reflect the glory of the Son of God, like the moon reflects the light of the sun.  Without the sun, the moon serves no purpose.

The Bible says it best. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Today you will find an easy fix recipe from my friend, Tina.  She calls it Orange Fluff.  I call it ‘delicious.’

Confectionately Yours,


Side note-I left Kentucky and headed to Mississippi alone to see my sister in law, Jane.  Her husband, my brother, Lester, had passed away from pancreatic cancer a few weeks prior.  Sometimes showing up after everyone goes back to their normal life is very helpful to those who are freshly grieving.

I came back to Tina’s home in KY before heading home the next day.  (It’s nice that she is about 7 hours from MS when I’m really getting tired.)  She had made this dish and was sending a large serving to her daughter’s MIL who wasn’t feeling well.  (Food=love)

 Orange Fluff

1 (16 oz) carton cottage cheese
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, well drained
1 (3 oz.) package orange gelatin
1 (16 oz.) tub Cool Whip

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients.  The dry gelatin powder is mixed with the ingredients.  Stir in well and chill for several hours. 

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