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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

More of the Garden of Ede'n Gerald (REPOSTED)

These pictures were taken in 2004 when the garden was probably at it's prettiest! Mom and Dad (Ede and Gerald Blair) spent many hours working together to create this beautiful Garden of Ede'n Gerald.


These pictures, taken in July 2004, are a tribute to Mom & Dad, and their Garden. I hope you enjoyed your stroll through the garden today. I look forward to your next visit.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tribute To Dad (reposted)

Gerald Blair   October 28, 1927- December 16, 2009

Two of Dad's favorite songs, Farther Along and You Know that You Know It.

Read Dad's testimony in the post below. ~~~Deb

Friday, December 18, 2009


Dad asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come into his heart and save him in December, 1985, at the age of fifty-eight. Dad went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning, December 16, 2009. The following is taken from Dad’s own words that he wrote of his testimony of salvation, and will be read this Monday, December 21st, when we celebrate Dad's life.I was raised in a family that didn’t attend church, but they did believe in God, so I was taught a strict Christian morality that most people we associated with accepted as all you needed to get into heaven. I guess somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew there was more to it than that, and occasionally I did discuss my salvation, or lack of it, with Christian friends, but with a total lack of understanding. The pressure of raising a family of eight children and just everyday cares of this world kept me too busy to do much searching for God, even when the desire was there. I also had a good job that I liked and I had lots of friends; I was doing fine without any help.
Although there was a time when I tried to study the Bible, I became disillusioned with religion. So when the Lord started working on other members of my family I kept out of it as long as I could. This wasn’t easy to do, as fantastic things were happening to the Blair family. Three of our children accepted Christ and I knew by the way they talked and acted that they had what I wanted.By December, 1985, the need to have Jesus in my life was all consuming. I had an ache in my heart and many sleepless nights. I asked Jesus to come into my life, but something seemed to stand in the way. Later that day, a visiting friend quoted “1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first;”It may sound stupid, but for the first time in my life I understood what it meant. Then it dawned on me that I had been born again, and as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new,” …..I knew that I was changed and would never be the same.

After Dad was saved, one of his favorite expressions was, “ I know that I know that I know.” After all those years, he finally knew that he knew that he knew that he had been born again by the grace of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. And not only that, but he would be kept by that same grace until the day he entered heaven. Dad also talked a lot about the freedom we have in Christ, often quoting “Romans 8:1a There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,” He knew that in our own strength we can never live this Christian life, and there are times we all fail, but that Jesus came not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. Dad’s hope was not in himself, but in the forgiveness and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
After Dad’s retirement, he and Mom spent many hours tending a beautiful garden, which Mom had jokingly named, “The Garden of Ede ‘n Gerald.” Dad was always happy to give garden tours to anyone who dropped by, always quick to grab his shovel and share a piece of a plant with them. Dad wasn’t one to preach at people, but he had a way of quietly sharing his simple faith with anyone who came along, much the way he shared his garden. Peace, contentment and joy were evident in his life; he couldn’t imagine why anyone would not want what he had.  

When the Lord gave my life a new start,
oh, I knew that I’d been changed.
When Jesus light dawned in my heart,
Yes, I was born again, and I’d never be the same.
No, I can’t answer all life’s questions,
 but I trust the one who can.
For there is no condemnation;
I know in Christ I stand, and I’m safe within his hand.
While I’m here I will tend a garden, for the glory of my Lord.
Share Jesus good news of freedom;
sow seeds of grace and joy, in my corner of this world.
Now I know there’s still much that I don’t know,
but one thing I clearly see,
I know that I know that I know that I know
by grace I’ve been set free.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Saying Goodbye

This past weekend, Mom & Dad said goodbye to the farm that has been their home since they were married, almost 61 years ago. Their anniversary will be August 21st. I wrote a song for their 50th anniversary, and thought I'd include the chorus here.... revised for the occasion.

Sixty years of golden memories, seems like only yesterday,
they committed to each other; together come what may.

Now they've built a life together, and they've raised a family,
as they've travelled on this journey filled with golden memories.
Now they are about to begin another stage of this journey, and we know that God will continue to bless them as they journey on their way together.
Thanks for stopping by....the garden is still open here! ~~~Deb

Monday, July 6, 2009


Mom & Dad have sold their house and the farmland as well. They will be moving into their house in town at the end of this month. But even though they will no longer be there, you can still come here and join me for a stroll through the garden. I'd like to remember it the way it is in the photos here, as I know it will change. No one could ever keep the garden like Mom & Dad did, unless they hired a full time gardener!
So come on in anytime, and enjoy!

Friday, March 13, 2009


After living on the farm for over 60 years, the time has finally come for Mom & Dad to leave. They are both over 80, and as much as they love the farm and especially the garden, it's just too much for them to keep up. This summer they will be moving into a new house in Carberry, Manitoba. It's going to be a big adjustment for them, and for the whole family!

Monday, October 20, 2008

October In Manitoba

These pictures were taken at my parents' home....also known as The Garden of Ede 'n Gerald. It was early evening, and the light wasn't the best, but the colors are still very nice.

Hope you enjoyed your visit!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bloomin' Tuesday

These pictures were taken this past Friday in my parents' yard. My Mom's favorite, Joe Pieweed is still blooming, even though much of the garden is ready for autumn.

One of my favorite spots in the fall is this border. I've taken some beautiful pictures of these red maple trees over the years. This was a quick stop, and I left the picture taking up to my husband, so I don't have much to show this time!
But Here's my son, showing off the beautiful red leaves he collected. As you can see in the background, the leaves are falling fast!
On Saturday, the garden was to be the backdrop for a wedding. I'm sure the pictures were beautiful!

For more garden photos, visit Jean at Bloomin' Tuesday.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sky Watch Friday

We have had so many beautiful sky watch days, it's hard to choose a photo, and of course a picture doesn't ever capture exactly what we see! The wispy clouds among the fluffy ones were moving quickly with the wind, and the sun was breaking through at the same was very pretty!

I didn't even notice the birds until I looked at the photos later.

Hope you enjoyed my Skywatch. For more photos, visit Sky Watch Friday.