Round Barn Arcadia Oklahoma

 The Round Barn was built in 1898 and is quite the sight to see along Route 66.

 This is the upper level where loose hay was stored. Now it is a venue for weddings and dances. I loved it and danced and whirled around. It was one of the most wonderful rooms I have been inside in many days.

 The round barn in 1940 looked bad and yet there was no money for restoration. This is a photo I took of an old photo.
 The ceiling of the upper level. The roof is freestanding and looks like the inside of a round basket. The roof is 49 feet tall.

 Inside the lower level horses were housed and feed and supplies were stored.




 Watch this video about the barn from a news cast: 
(to open the link highlight the web address  and click on “go to”)

http://newsok.com/historic-round-barn-in-arcadia-ok-to-celebrate-20-years-of-renewal-saturday/article/3665283

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 Here is a link to a video that shows the barn and some details about its restoration.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcvuG1l11rg 

Blazing Stars—Prairie Jewels

Everywhere I find the signature, the autograph of God.
Joseph Parker

Blazing Stars
By Elece Hollis
 Lavender spears wave
In August’s super-heated wind,
Calling butterfly and bee
To feast the summer’s end.

Lilac wands sway
Above the prairie grass,
Where by day meadowlark sings
And by night deer quiet pass.

Amethyst scepter rises
Lifted to the wide Oklahoma sky
Stop here and see the wonder of me
Before you rush on by.

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©Elece Hollis, author of Limitless Grace

“But though I had been such a great sinner before conversion, yet God never charged the guilt of the sins of my ignorance upon me; only He showed me I was lost if I did not have Christ, because I had been a sinner. I saw that I wanted a perfect righteousness to present me without fault before God, and this righteousness was nowhere to be found except in the person of Jesus Christ.”
                                                             —from Grace Abounding by John Bunyan
Welcome to a unique and memorable reading experience, where classic meets contemporary, with Limitless Grace. In this lovely devotional—inspired by the writings of John Bunyan—dozens of contemporary devotions offer refreshing reminders of God’s exceeding goodness. Each reading is paired with selected text from Bunyan’s Grace Abounding, making it a fresh way to experience one of the greatest Christian classics of all time.@@@@

Spring is a kiss from God

Spring is always so busy that with change that we often rush through and miss some of the best things–like flowers. In Oklahoma, Ox-eye daisies grow beside the road. Prairie parsley, like firework bursts of bright yellow dance and bow as you pass. Don’t pass too fast. Stop and see. A moment in your headlong hurry to notice is like taking a few seconds to say thanks to God.

Red and orangey Indian paintbrushes leave swathes of color across new green where weeks before all we had was brown. A leisurely walk through a meadow full of new grasses and wildflowers is better than any medicine I know of. It heals up all the drear of winter and all the disappointments and hard knocks you have suffered fade away.

Soon there are splashes of yellow buttercups and pools of soft pink Showy Evening primrose. The pear trees bloom white and apple trees glow pink. In the woods splashes of purple mark the redbud trees and graceful arms of white dogwood grace the scene.

My favorite thing is to find a spot where there once was an old farmhouse. There may be nothing left but the remains of a barn or the top of a cistern or storm cellar. There I find green tufts with yellow trumpets of daffodils blowing in the wind, often purple iris or other flowers once loved now left behind. I consider these house-site flowers a legacy from a prairie housewife, a gift to me, so I go in and pick armloads to carry home and set in vases all over the house. What an extra helping of joy my soul gains from them.

By Elece Hollis, author of Meet God in the Morning, Poems for the Heart of Prayer http://amzn.to/1o6ZMTi

Spring is a kiss from God

Spring is always so busy that with change that we often rush through and miss some of the best things–like flowers. In Oklahoma, Ox-eye daisies grow beside the road. Prairie parsley, like firework bursts of bright yellow dance and bow as you pass. Don’t pass too fast. Stop and see. A moment in your headlong hurry to notice is like taking a few seconds to say thanks to God.

Red and orangey Indian paintbrushes leave swathes of color across new green where weeks before all we had was brown. A leisurely walk through a meadow full of new grasses and wildflowers is better than any medicine I know of. It heals up all the drear of winter and all the disappointments and hard knocks you have suffered fade away.

Soon there are splashes of yellow buttercups and pools of soft pink Showy Evening primrose. The pear trees bloom white and apple trees glow pink. In the woods splashes of purple mark the redbud trees and graceful arms of white dogwood grace the scene.

My favorite thing is to find a spot where there once was an old farmhouse. There may be nothing left but the remains of a barn or the top of a cistern or storm cellar. There I find green tufts with yellow trumpets of daffodils blowing in the wind, often purple iris or other flowers once loved now left behind. I consider these house-site flowers a legacy from a prairie housewife, a gift to me, so I go in and pick armloads to carry home and set in vases all over the house. What an extra helping of joy my soul gains from them.

By Elece Hollis, author of Meet God in the Morning, Poems for the Heart of Prayer http://amzn.to/1o6ZMTi