Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Visit to Strategic Air Command

Today, I want to go back to the beginning of the month, Saturday, April 7,2018, to be exact. It had been in the planning stages off an on for the last couple of years...A trip to the Strategic Air Command in Ashland,NE. of course!
A small group of the guys from Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 675 decided to head out for a field trip. My husband Corey, long-time EAA 675 Newsletter Editor and I picked-up a young flight instructor from Perry,IA by the name of Jonathan Walter. So he too could enjoy an outing, walking under the wings of our historic giant Warbirds.

As we drove up the entrance drive to the parking lot we were met with this glass atrium enclosure covering the SR - 71 Blackbird.

I really liked the color contrast of the Convair SM-65 Atlas missle standing guard over it's surrounding backdrop. The air was crip and warming as the sun spent more time hovering overhead.We found a space to park...wandered around outside snapping a few pictures and then ended up inside to start touring at our own paces. Thank you to the gentleman and his wife that each added their push the button presence to our club cameras.

Paul Adams -Club President, Dianna Butcher, Corey Butcher ,to the back of Corey,Jonathan Walter,
Robert Richtsmeier,Joaquin Williams in front and Dave McCurry rounds out our entourage for the day.


I won't be adding any pictures today of the Planes we saw during our visit to the two spacious display areas. However, please keep checking back for my view of the mammouth Warbirds.

I would like to share the storyboard that I found sitting  beside the SR-71 as we waited to gather for the club picture.

Taking words from the sign... Let's


Have a Great Day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Brazil Missionary Journey 2018

Thank you to Pastor Scott and Margaret Jones for the update on our Brazil Missonary Journey for 2018. I would like to share with you the opportunity to raise them up in prayer for continued safety...With their permission I'm forwarding pictures and letter to the Believers. 

Dear Faithful Saints,

We arrived safe and sound in Brazil a week ago today.  A big change from Iowa weather.  It has rained nearly everyday on and off but only one day where the streets in Recife were flooded and water over our tires.  

We have been busy buying both kit material and Bibles.  We have made one trip out into the interior (2 hours inland one way) and delivered a partial load of material for the kits for the teachers to put together.  We will be going back next week with the remaining materials and to distribute to the schools.

We have also purchased some of the Bibles to be distributed here in the Northeast of Brazil.  I will purchase more when I am in Rio the end of next week.  

Sending some pics of a couple of the locations where we buy the kit material and the Bibles/gospel tracts.  A number of my former seminary students continue to work at the Brazilian Bible Society. 

 Also you will see a small Boa Constrictor snake we encountered on our trip to the interior.

We want to thank all of you for your faithful prayers during our mission efforts here in Brazil.  We miss all of you and are so very grateful for you releasing us to minister to the Brazilian people.  The needs are great here as they are in many other parts of the world.  But most all, the people need Jesus Christ and His transforming power in their lives.

God is good, all the time!
Scott and Margaret Jones

I would like to ask that you keep the Jones on your prayer list.

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

10th Avenue North and Mercy Me

 The day finally arrived ,Thursday,April 12,2018 as we found our way to a local event venue  the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines.We'd been planning our attendance since December - to make this night apart of our renewed Concert going list. We weren't disappointed as we joined others from the Youth Group and a few other adults from our Church.

It's been years since Corey and I've taken time to stand in such numbers of Christian Sisters and Brothers.

A young man named Tim Timmons was the first to take the stage,sharing his testimony of God's  healing touch from cancer and his God given talent to accompany himself on his guitar - raising the name of Jesus in Praise.Please click on his name and it'll take you to his blog where you'll learn about his music and the miracle of Life that God has provided to him.

A little later 10th Avenue North pictured in the top three pictures came out to get the crowd up and moving.

Do you know the music of 10th Avenue North? I would like to share their musical video of their song "Worn". Questions you might have asked yourself or emotions you may have felt?

The main attraction for the evening was the group MercyMe headed by Bart Millard a 45 year old musician, who through hardships beyond his control in life,found a way to express the Redeeming Love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...

Bart began to write the song I Can Only Imagine at the end of his father's life after going through an abusive childhood . His father Arthur Millard ended up surrendering his life to Jesus before passing away from pancreatic cancer attributed to alcoholism.

If you haven't already had the opportunity to see the recent release of the movie of Bart's life with the same  name as the video below "I Can Only Imagine"...I would like to suggest making time to do so.

The witness of his struggles and the path he's taken to bring Glory to God through all of it is inspirational. It isn't that others haven't had the same problems, it's his willingness to show how we can become overcomers of our circumstances.

With our human eyes and minds we aren't able to fathom the awesomeness of perpetually standing in front of our Divine Father in heaven. We can only imagine by the words given to us in the Bible until we pass from this earthly life,knowing for ourselves - shaking off the cares of the world.

 I hope through my short post that I've created an interest in knowing these musicians God given abilities to speak to the Spirit within you.

Have a Blessed Day!

A footnote here.For more information about these musicians - please double click on words highlighted by a different color than the original text. You'll be redirected to another website.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Pelicans and Gulls Galore

 Late Sunday April1,2018,  April Fool's Day it wasn't a joke when we found huge Pods of migrating Pelicans scattered across Lake Red Rock in Central Iowa, accompanied by a flock of  Ring-billed Gulls. As we watched the Gulls they would snatch up little fish close to the sitting Pelicans, which would in turn rile them up and put them in the chase mode.

The channel closest to the Dam was full of Pelicans vying for position. As they sat bobbing up and down the water pushed them backwards...Eventually they would lift up a few feet off the surface and move closer as they rested to continue to their breeding grounds.

We did spot individuals who felt it less necessary to be in a clustered group setting over other sections of the Lake, but it was more enjoyable of course to be able to get closer to watch for awhile.

You might be able to see in the pictures the feather tufts or otherwise known as plumage starting midpart of the head and the bumps or horns on the anterior part of the upper jaw. Those two features I've read indicate the seasonal preparation for breeding in the American White Pelican.

So much Spring migration activity is already underway! Looking forward to the next month and a half for the stragglers to pass through...

Have a Great Day!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Facebook a Problem for You

My title today is of a great concern to me... Has it become a problem in your personal life?

I went to Facebook from Blogging in January of 2009 to be with a group of people that I'd made connections with in the Blogosphere beginning in late 2006. My understanding of both worlds, Blogging and Social Media have grown expotentially within that time period. Keeping up with the trends,twists and turns constantly being placed in my path...along with responsibilities of home,family and yes,at times helping others. I can't say I know everything about Facebook, but what I do know, I will share from my point of view.

Even after years of sporadically writing my Blog I still don't know the total outreach of whom it has touched.

Sometimes, I run into situations where I know people are using my words from Facebook,my Blog here at Timber Life and they are voicing it openly to identify if they were spoken/written by me,Dianna Butcher. My written voice is different than my vocalizations on a person to person basis most of the time. When I feel strongly about an issue - that's when I start talking. I would be narrow minded to believe what I've said publicly won't have become an issue for some.

Admittedly, I did state on Facebook to my Son-in-Law(probably two years ago at least)who has become a Pastor that if I should say something that could be used to further the Kingdom of God in a Sermon, I would be glad to be apart of it.

Now, I'd like to discuss some difficulties I've experienced over the years of exposure on the Internet/ Social Media. For the longest time I only wrote under my psuedonym CDGardens a compilation of my husband Corey's and my first initials plus Gardens since I was trying to decide what I wanted to be called in the Market Garden realm,  wanting to keep my location and identity under wraps.

I left Twitter many years ago because I kept having problems with Russian Hackers taking over my account.  I really didn't want to have to concentrate so hard on keeping that segment of my Social interaction going.Unless you remain actively engaged,monitoring your account, it's easy for impersonators to steal your identity.

 In 2008 the power for anonymity was removed totally from me or so I felt. My husband wanted to document his flight from our home grass strip with his WWI French Voisin 3/5 concept design to the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture at Oshkosh which was placed on Youtube. Our information was placed on many websites, including his own www.voisin35.com . Corey, with his excellent editing and artistic ability has been able to create some outstanding publications for the Replica Fighters Association  and the local Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 675 . So, I didn't feel it a problem when I started writing about us in this Blog and speaking of our relationship on Facebook.

Getting back to Facebook - It can be a tool to help build a business, a charity, or personal relationships . With so many layers of communication it can become a problem for people as well. We all assume that if we are friends we'll all know what is happening in each others circle of friends, but with time it becomes evident you may or may not know what even your friends are saying. Our transparency can become guarded when we find just one thing that we can't agree upon.

Please let me explain...Speaking in terms of Corey and myself.

1.We started out as individual profiles on Facebook - Corey became a co-administrator of EAA 675 under the name of eebutcher in December 2012, my profile was established in 2009 as Dianna Butcher. 

2.We then decided to do a joint account for a time,shared accounts can give some people a misunderstanding of who might actually be posting. So, to make a clarification we added our own name at the end of the post or choose to stand individually in support of one another. I changed  my profile name to Dianna Koenig Butcher to reach some family members that otherwise may not know who I am.

3. In an effort to put the Voisin 3/5 plans up for sale and reconstruction progress in front of the public, we started talking about it on Facebook. So, that was one more reason for Corey to have an individual profile to promote his concept plane.

I do have co-administrative rights of my own for Voisin 3/5 now but  posted under Corey's name during July 2016. If you look at his profile posts or timeline you may not see anything other than what I post. Speaking in jest it gives me the impression that he wants others to know He's nothing without me. 😇

There are times when someone may make a comment on a post on Faceboook that isn't seen by the individual because of operating system incongruitites. Please speak to the individual on a one to one basis to know if they've received your intended message - that is if you don't happen to see a response to your's.

In this Facebook oriented Society it is a problem when we gauge our full knowledge about who someone is by what's posted. They may not be clear in where they're coming from in their statements.

If Facebook has a place in your daily existence - please don't allow it to consume all your time or your energy...

Have a Great Day!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Song Day Easter Morning - I've Just Seen Jesus

Today is a Glorious Day!

Another day in which I can send Praise to Father God for the gift of His Son,Jesus Christ.

Do you ever come into situations in your lives where your thoughts don't make sense to others? 

Well, in order not to confuse anyone about the facts of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ I'm going to use an eye witness accounts.


                               John Chapter 20:1-30(NIV)

The Empty Tomb

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed;blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of John’s Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.