Engagement Photography

Last weekend I had the opportunity to photograph a lovely couple. I brought my sweet hubby along as my assistant and second shooter. I also like to call him my beast of burden because photography equipment is heavy! We had a great time and really captured the joy and love between these two. The weather […]

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A Productive Day

One thing I’ve learned about the internet is that it’s selective. Good bloggers are selective with what they share. They generally avoid sharing too many piles of dirty laundry. They might share the occasional “keepin’ it real – This is my morning face” kind of pictures but they know that too much of that will […]

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Tonsil Boy

Over the past few months I’ve taken to calling my oldest son, “Tonsil Boy.” He has had Strep Throat 5 times in a row… I think it’s 5 anyway. A lot. I’ve lost count. No sooner would he finish a round of antibiotics before coming down with it again. Essentially someone in our house has […]

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A little bit closer

I live in a neighborhood that would likely be passed over quickly by those who don’t know it. In fact, truth be told, there’s a chance they might even drive a little faster. I gotta keep it real, people. It’s no The Hamptons. No offense to any The Hamptons dwellers intended of course. I’m pretty […]

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Tax laughs…

I don’t know why I thought of this today. Maybe it’s because we went in to sign our tax forms today and the lady at the reception desk smiled at our brood and said, “It looks like you have a couple of deductions!” I just thought it sounded like a great congratulatory greeting card from […]

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Another Shoe Giveaway! WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations Madeline B.! You are the winner of my super cute Reeboks! E-mail me and I’ll get your shoes on their way to you soon! Woohoo! ____ So there is one more pair of shoes from my Famous Footwear bonanza at Blissdom ’12 that won’t be spending time on my feet because they are just a […]

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The dresser and the thief

Today I bought an old ugly dresser with nice bones at the local thrift store. It was just your standard 1970’s wood dresser. I brought it home, sanded the living daylights out of it and painted it a vibrant teal. Yes. You heard me right. Teal. Pictures to come soon. But as I wait for […]

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The people need clothes

They are literally threatening to go naked. Now granted, part of this is due to the fact that they have not been faithfully bringing their laundry down and running it through. But the large pile of clothes on my floor will attest to the fact that I’m not always the best at getting the laundry […]

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Cluttered

Cluttered. desk, floor, brain jumbled fumbling numbly bumbling wondering and wishing and thinking maybe something needs to change. Here before me calendars, dead batteries words in jaunty child-penned form scattered like the laundry in a pile over there. nerves, thoughts, heart uncentered fuzzy hazy fog seeking saviors everywhere. I am a soul-reflecting thought collecting guilt […]

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Blissdom Beginnings…

First, I’m going to break one of the rules I remember from a particularly helpful workshop at Blissdom (taught by Tsh Oxenrider) by writing several multi-sentence paragraphs in a row, unbroken by any pictures (okay, maybe I’ll add some pictures in between paragraphs after all.) I reserve the right to break the rules! (I feel […]

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Everything.

I love everything about this picture. It was my Mom’s SOMETHINGth birthday. (She doesn’t believe the number and neither do I so why mention it?) And we sort of surprised her by showing up at lunchtime and then staying all day and then making fajitas for dinner and then making a 4 layer vanilla cake […]

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Catch my breath

Do you mind if I catch my breath and try just to quantify all that’s going on? ‘Cause I’m lost and found and this train is bound for a land beyond by and by. But I can’t tell where I am and I can’t say why I know I’m fine. I just know I am. […]

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Hello Normal, you are looking strange…

Normal, you don’t look so well. You look scared and haggard. You seem like you’ve been through the ringer. Normal, are you sure you should be going at this pace? Shouldn’t you slow down? Maybe go to bed at a decent hour? Maybe you’ve had a few too many late nights. You’ve gotta take care […]

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Just a peek…

I barely have enough brain cells to scrape together right now to create a post at all, let alone a coherent one. Soon I will be able to post a little bit more about my Blissdom experience. Basically, I was really, really busy and had a wonderful time, met some wonderful people (some that I […]

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Hectic Life Means Dinner Suffers

Last night, I got home from Blissdom and was exhausted in every way. Top that off with the fact that I was sick. I think gastroenteritis is the culprit. Ugh. I did not want to cook and hubby had just done 5 days solo with our 4+1 kids and wasn’t up to cooking either. My […]

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The Mall

When we lived in Canada, we used to go to the mall just in order to get out of the house when it was too cold to go anywhere else. Since moving back home to California, we have only set foot in a mall about maybe 10 times (not including strip malls that include things […]

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I dropped it.

My camera. You know, the irony is that I always tell the kids to be careful with “the baby” when I actually venture to let them take a picture. I want them to learn to use a camera and to play with light and try to shoot pictures from different angles. I want them to […]

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Walking through God's open doors

This morning I read this post by Alece at Grit and Glory. Basically she argues against the common Christian sentiment, “If God wants us there, then everything will work out. The doors will keep opening for us, and everything will just come together.” I must say that I agree with her. Of course most people probably […]

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A healthy fear of…

There are some things of which the world grants that you ought to have a healthy fear. People often say of their little ones, “He has a healthy fear of the water.” Water, it’s the first thing you are encouraged to fear as a child. Next thing you know, they are dressing you in clownish […]

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Rain

sweet rain. how i love the sound of you playing on the window pane dancing on the rooftops and sliding down the drain running down the sidewalk childlike and free barefoot, naked, arms outstretched like an old oak tree You smell like air and dirt and oil and grease and burgers, shakes and fries all […]

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Sweet Shot

I’m trying to be more bloggy lately and in attempt to do that, I’m joining in a few more link-ups than I have over the past year or so of bloggy ambivalence. So here it is, Sweet Shot Tuesday. Glad I popped over to Darcy’s again and found it was another linky day.   Yes, I […]

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Olliver's Travels

Before my husband left for his orientation in Phoenix with Food for the Hungry, we decided that we wanted a fun way for Daddy to share with the kids where in the world he was and what he did throughout his time. While his travels won’t necessarily be far and wide just yet, he will […]

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Making the Best of the Distance (AKA Why I love Skype)

My hunkahunkaburninlove comes home from Staff Orientation in Arizona at Food for the Hungry tomorrow. Oh, I’m so happy. I’m so happy he’s coming home but I’m so so happy he loves his job. I’m so excited about this organization. I’m very thankful. But I’m still really happy he’s coming home tomorrow. It’s not quite the […]

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Self-Challenges

I have mentioned it a few times but I probably need to mention it again because if I don’t mention it now then nothing happens and I go on with life as usual and that’s very sad. So I should mention it now. And I think I will. Yes, I am! Have I mentioned how […]

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Dress Up

Yesterday I had an impromptu, totally unplanned and completely spontaneous (gosh, I love being redundant. Redundancy is the best!) photo shoot with my nieces. The idea popped into my head when I went into my Mom’s house to chat with her. I saw my sister’s wedding dress lying out on a chair (major cleaning happening), […]

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Be Weak

Jesus loves me, this I know For the Bible tells me so Little ones to Him belong, They are weak but HE is strong WE are weak. We are cast down. We are burdened. We are mournful, weary, empty, shaking and crumpled at our savior’s feet. We cannot even lift our heads. What becomes of […]

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Joys and Sorrows

Joys and sorrows crows and sparrows droughts and downpours hearts and arrows Is life ever and forever all a mix of pain and pleasure Blood and water ice and fire grace and graveyards doom and shire hopes and fears crowns and crosses cribs and caskets gains and losses Will the always be a never this […]

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Christ Entered In

Oh, there is a day, and it hurts like hell, when it seems like the sun has gone away, soul sorrow so deep that no mouth can tell, but Jesus has felt it on the world’s darkest day. Sleep will not come and tears will not end, the sorrow so great it’s just under your […]

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Come untrue…

Sam’s question is the cry of our hearts today. But Sam lay back, and started with open mouth, and for a moment, between bewilderment and great joy, he could not answer. At last has gasped: ‘Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What’s […]

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Some of my favorite pictures from 2012

Because my blog is just coming back to life after being tended to on such an irregular basis for the past little while, I haven’t been posting very many pictures. Part of the reason is that outside of shooting weddings, I’ve actually not been taking quite the volume of “everyday” pictures that I have in […]

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Word of the Year

Layla at The (beautiful) Lettered Cottage has asked us what our Word of the Year is. I have never really chosen a word of the year. I’m more a word of the day type of person. Life seems to be one day at a time for me in so many senses that my word of […]

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My dream?

Okay, so one dream is already going to happen. I am going to Blissdom and I’m so excited. Yes, I’m excited because I get to, for the first time (ever? really? ever?) yes… ever, go away by myself and be part of something so awesome that I know some of my bloggy friends have so […]

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Big stuff…

To say the last few years have been a whirlwind would be an understatement. We moved away from Canada where we had made our home for the previous seven years. We went into the felt uncertainty that sometimes seems to define what we call “walking by faith and not by sight.” As I type we […]

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Can you believe?

Today I read Fahrenheit 451 for the first time ever? I can’t believe I graduated high school almost 17 years ago and I just now read this book?  Pathetic. Oh my goodness.  It couldn’t be a more timely read.  Took me about 15 pages to get into it and to get passed, or rather accustomed to, the […]

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Favorite book of the year…

Well, this is probably one of the more cruel jokes to play on someone, I think. Actually, when Heather posted in my comments that she wanted me to pick my favorite book of the year, I thought I knew which one it would be, but then all of the other books started crying out to […]

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Books! Books! Books!

I’ve been reading a lot lately. After giving birth to 4 man-cubs I think my brain was temporarily out of the office. Unable to be reached. Out of pocket. Muy ocupado. Elsewhere. Oh, it’s so fun to come up with an endless string of words that convey the same meaning to the point of boring […]

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much better

Oh, I feel like I can breathe again.  My old site look was nothing short of hideous.  Perhaps that is why I haven’t blogged in so long?  I couldn’t bear to look at it. These pictures have nothing to do with anything that I’m writing about today but a blog post needs pictures. Blog posts […]

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Thoughts on Christmas Sunday

I recently read this post by Ed Stetzer along with other articles on the same subject several weeks back. I must humbly say that I am both truly sad and disappointed about this 6%. Our lives are not our own, our time is not our own, our money is not our own, The Lord’s Day […]

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I don't have a title.

I’m tired. Too tired to come up with a fetching title. Physically, emotionally, spiritually and in every other way. Tired. I’m tired of the daily grind, the trials and responsibilities of parenting, homeschooling, cooking, working, looking for work for my husband. Tired of moving and tired of thinking of moving. Tired of messes, stresses, laundry, […]

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Hiraeth

They say home is where you hang your hat but an internal finger scratches my head at that. My hats have been hung and strewn all about, certainly enough places to raise a small doubt, as I uproot and then land and then once again roam I’ve yet to find one place that just shouts, […]

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Nieces

I, as you know, am a mom of four boys.  Four boys who, tonight in particular, can sometimes drive me mad with their incessant boyish craziness.  Love them and all but sometimes I seriously just feel a wee tad alone (no offense, Cupcake, but you don’t much count for making me feel a lot of […]

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Kitty

This kitty has worked her way well into our hearts.  It somehow helps that she is incredibly photogenic.  And terribly sweet and affectionate and only minimally destructive of used furniture. Seriously.  Best cat ever.

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Bring on the Rain?

Someone this morning posited the question; “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain”.  Anyone else think this applies to home educating? How? The rainbow… A sign of God’s promise not to destroy us all…. yes, I need that regularly.  We are a testy bunch.  The rain of trials and testing […]

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Cool Hair, School Hair

I’m feeling Dr. Seussy today and have written a little poem in honor of those children who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy. Cool hair, school hair, crazy whacked out fool hair. Fun hair, bun hair, been out in the sun hair. Fuzzy hair, buzzy hair, I don’t even care hair. Curly hair, swirly […]

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Praying to Facebook

Recently, in the heat of my 1st world miserable annoyance with FB as fellow human beings around the world go hungry and without the knowledge of a savior, I was pondering the role of FB in my life.  I was pondering, “hmm… what did we do with all of our unexpressed thoughts before FB (and […]

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Hello out there…

((echo echo echo)) I know.  You all are not even there anymore.  That’s okay.  I still feel like blogging today even though I am the most irregular blogger ever.  And I don’t mean I need some Metamucil. School has started with a bang.  For the first time in our homeschool history the kids are taking […]

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Grey

Sometimes the world seems ashen grey like a murky pool or dried up branch of melancholy hue, perhaps a blasé piece of dried up clay left out too long one Summer day. No smile soft or sanguine thought can grant retreat away from this achromatic concrete day. Sometimes the world seems black and white. This […]

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Beautiful

God is teaching me so much about His grace and infinite mercy and kindness lately.  Circumstances are not ideal and they rarely are for our own liking.  As humans we always can think of something, diminutive or grandiose, worth tweaking that would presumably make circumstances just *that* much more pleasant for us, one way or […]

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Father's Day

I know I’ve been AWOL forever and ever. Life has been very busy. I am not really up to blogging about it all yet but I needed to post my Father’s Day video that I shot with the iPad 2 that I actually, yes, WON thanks to ebookfling.com

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Hello. I'm alive! (Barely)

Seriously, this move did. me. in. (Never-mind that it was one of the shortest distance moves I’ve ever made.) Not only was I emotionally toast (so much going into that, I can’t even touch on all of it), I was very nearly physically done in as well. I was sore and exhausted, having done not […]

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Good Good Good Good Friday

Good good good good Friday. He bowed his head and cried as He was crucified that God would lift my head and raise me from the dead. Good good good good Friday. Good good good good Friday. He suffered on that cross. It looked like love had lost that I might see His face and […]

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Birthday Art

My oldest child just turned 11 yesterday. It’s hard to believe I’m old enough to be the parent of a pre-teen. Really hard to believe. As in, I don’t think it’s possible. I’m still 23. He received art supplies, as per his request, for his birthday. Paints, brushes, etc. Today he whipped them all out […]

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Living Water

Last night I was awakened at 3 a.m. by someone who didn’t feel well. Unfortunately for me that meant that I could not fall back asleep until about 6 a.m. because I was decorating our new place (that we move into in about 3-4 weeks) in my head and the decorator in my brain would […]

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Colorful

The boys are involved in a local church’s AWANA scripture memory program which they all really love. Each week has some sort of theme. This past week was crazy hair night. While one of my kids was initially reticent about participating (well, actually more negative than mere reticence) I eventually convinced him to “let down […]

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Just Some Spring

It’s been raining for weeks and weeks here. Reminds me of my one year of living in the Pacific Northwest (well, I suppose where I was it was considered Southwest because it was in Canada). The good thing about all the rain is knowing that it will make everything lush and verdant when the sun […]

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Various and Sundry Thoughts

I love my kitty, Cupcake.  She is sweet and precious and only sassy no more than twice a day.  I love it that she starts out sleeping in her bed and then, after her morning ablutions,  ends up sleeping on my legs and then once she knows I’m awake decides it’s time to come and curl up […]

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5 Year Olds Rock

They are so darn quotable. These were all from about a 30 minute span. “Whoa! I just saw her hard palate. The kitty just yawned and I saw her hard palate!” ____ T shows him a picture that he drew on the Etch-a-Sketch and C says, “Wow, that’s really pixelated.” ____ Practicing reading in very […]

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Just pictures

My kids are loving their art class this year. They have made some truly beautiful creations and they all want to do art again next year. Unfortunately I only got pictures of three of them with their latest creations. My favorite might just be that sinister psycho bunny head floating menacingly over the mysterious sailboat. […]

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Introducing Cupcake

I haven’t mentioned it on here (though if you are a Facebook friend of mine you probably already know) but I have been pining for a kitty for quite a while now.  My parent’s cat, Tigah, awoke my love for cats because he is just the sweetest kitty.  Well, now I might say he’s the […]

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A Dweam Wiffin A Dweam…

Oh my. I had a dream within a dream this morning. Dreamed an alien ship was landing in Mom and Dad’s front yard, I was only half awake but I had to get a picture. Couldn’t lift the camera all the way (too heavy) but it was always half-way in front of my eye the […]

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Salvation…

Mercy supplied was justice applied to Jesus who died, when death He defied that grace might betide His sin-soiled Bride that she might abide, eschewing her pride, in the love He provides, that over all He’d preside In His Kingdom worldwide.

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Paint colors

We should be moving in the next few months and will be able to choose a total color palette for the whole house. I’m excited as we’ve not really ever done this. We’ve done the room by room thing before and we’ve had a house repainted for sale. This is the color palette I’ve chosen […]

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Gentle Shepherd

Gentle Shepherd, fierce protector bind my wounds, my soul inspector. Table turner, Humble servant break my heart, and crush the serpent. Sea Commander, water walker calm my spirit as I falter. Gracious Savior, sin’s contender grant my heart a calm surrender. King anointed, older brother let me never serve another. World creator, people buyer, wash […]

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Word Clouds

Words are like clouds that float out of reach, hovering vapors, looking solid to touch, they come in as thoughts that drift into speech, like sprinkles or showers, too little or much. Some words like cirrus are high wisps of cloud if the pressure agrees and conditions are nice, but many will make their way […]

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Little Bits of I-Love-You

Stuck-on sparkles, old elastic metal clips and see-through plastic, Bits of paper, string and glue, little flecks of I-love-you. A stick with arms, some legs, a head, some frizzled hair (just bits of thread) “It’s you!” a finger points in ballyhoo to little marks of I-love-you. Some hearts float ’round about the air A rainbow […]

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Imago Dei Coram Deo

You fashioned us in Imago Dei, soft moons to the sun’s bright glorious ray. We see through a glass though dimly light, a pallid opaque between morning and night. We are but mirrors all broken and cracked, your light, we, in imperfect prisms refract. Coram Deo, we live under your gaze, though your face yet […]

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My Old Friend

Today, my mom and my husband and I all worked to remove the enormous root of an old Oak Tree in which I spent much of my childhood.  It died long ago due to a disease and had to be cut down.  I still remember the sadness in my heart when my Mom called and […]

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A Psalm of Life

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) A PSALM OF LIFE WHAT THE HEART OF THE YOUNG MAN SAID TO THE PSALMIST Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream ! — For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. Life is real !   Life is earnest! […]

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Such fun…

Those of you who have been reading my blog since the beginning (which I realize is probably a very small number at this point because I’m not the most daily of bloggers) know that ever since she started her blog, (I think that’s the first time I linked her) I have adored Ree.  I “knew” […]

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Ree's New Book

I got Ree’s new book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, yesterday in the mail because I’d pre-ordered it on Amazon when she announced its release date.  I started reading it about 3 minutes after answering the doorbell and finding it on my porch.  I should finish reading it today.  It’s quite a fun read (and […]

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Gifts

It’s birthday weekend here.  Friday was my second son’s birthday, today is mine.  And a happy one it is.  I got news via e-mail this morning, after a meeting last week with the owner, that I will be trained as and then move into being a wedding photographer with an amazing wedding photography team, A […]

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The end of a Psalm

Isn’t it strange how sometimes all of the dangling strings of life make you feel tense and worried, like everything is tenuous and about to come unraveled and then other times, when nothing has really changed, you somehow just know that “all must be well” and a strange sense of calm is about you?  And […]

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Moving

We are watching a documentary called Throw Down Your Heart where Bela Fleck, world renown banjo player, goes to Africa to share music with people from the natal home of the banjo. In this scene Bela and his host sit on an open porch in Uganda and make a new song together after his host […]

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A Day

This was a day.  I realize how banal of a post title that is.  But the day was not banal.  Of course, it could have been far less banal, (I’m sorry, are you getting tired of the word banal? Banal banal banal banal banal) that is, it could have been even more eventful than it […]

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Silly Boys

I have silly boys.  They are funny and witty and artistic and creative and all the wonderful (and maddening) things that come along with that kind of personality.  They surprise me with their creations.  Sometimes I’m floored by the ingenuity.  And then other times I just scratch my head and wonder.  And then let out […]

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New Look… and other items

I finally managed to update my WordPress version (through fear and trembling and an hour long live chat with my web-host support).  I also decided to try out another look.  I may go back or change things around yet again.  I don’t have the color or font options I’d like for the sidebar but I’m […]

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Life Together

There is a longing that runs terribly deep. Like a rivulet running down a mountain steep wants to reach the sea’s encompassing embrace so the transformed heart longs for human grace; Grace divinely given but humanly applied, His Kingdom come in coming alongside. Life together, communion’s design, a body united as grapes on the vine, […]

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Christmas ‘n’ stuff

Life has such a way of sneaking up on you and getting busy doesn’t it?  I for one like it.  And then I experience the relief of getting back to routine.  It’s all just a matter of riding the waves on the peaks and the troughs.  This past year has been more of a ride […]

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Another day in the city

After doing some school work this morning we went to San Francisco again, this time to go out to lunch with my parents and my man’s Dad.  He couldn’t remember if he had actually ever been to San Francisco so for all intents and purposes it was his first time there. We didn’t gallivant too […]

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How beautiful…

Everyone needs to see this. As English speaking Christians we have completely lost the wonder and amazement of being able to read God’s word in our own language. We have copies of it everywhere… Lord, that I might treasure your word as these people do. My husband and I wept as we watched this and […]

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On True Spirituality

I just started reading True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer last night.  So far I really like it.  I hit on a few paragraphs that I just have to share here.  He quotes scripture using the King James version but I’m going to change it here to the ESV.  Hope the purists don’t mind. “We do […]

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A Labor of Love

Tonight during our advent reading we read about Mary. The reading pointed out that she was really the very first Christian. Kiss the Son She was the first one that believed, the first to call Him Savior, her savior Jesus, she received, was Emmanuel inside her. The Holy Spirit wrought in Mary salvation’s only hope […]

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Much better…

No funny faces today.  All serious and proper and dressed up like.  And they sang well too. The lighting was going up and down so some of these are grainy and red eyed, I’m sad to say. And now for last night’s sunset as seen from my front yard.  Love that tree lined hill. As […]

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Who says?

Who says you can’t go ice skating in California when it’s inching up on 70° in the middle of December?  The three older boys had a community choir performance at a local church today where they had an “ice rink” brought in from none other than Calgary, Alberta.  One of the guys that ran the […]

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School Hair

I actually wrote a poem all about hair this afternoon. It turned out so funny I decided I might just need to try to get it published as a book and use it as a fundraiser for children’s cancer research and I have a connection to the animation world who has connections to the publishing […]

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Barren One, Rejoice!

You were cast off and deserted like a wife, in your spirit you were grieved for the innocence of youth you lost. Your spirit was ravaged and bereaved. You were afraid and shaken like a widow, confounded at your sure disgrace. But you shall not feel your loss forever, the memory of reproach shall be […]

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Mini in the City

My new little point and shoot camera that I use when I don’t want to haul the beast around with me has a fun little feature.  A miniature effect.  It basically makes the focus area look something like Mr. Roger’s neighborhood.  It’s quite addictive.  I used it as much as I could the other day […]

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Vertigo

Thankfully I’m not talking about myself.  After having vertigo for four weeks straight last August I can say that I never want to experience it again. But I have always and still do love the Hitchcock movie, starring our favorite Jimmy Stewart, Vertigo.  I’ve always wanted to go right down to the spot in the […]

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A Day in San Francisco

I was thinking back today on how many times we just up and decided to go to the mountains near Banff for a day out.  I’m so thankful that for the several years God has put us in such gorgeous places that beautiful day trips were totally within the realm of possibility.  I sometimes miss […]

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More Before and After

Before Christ: At the Tower of Babel people were working to make themselves great, to reach heaven on their own terms, to unite in an effort to glorify themselves.  God, knowing the inclination of every heart toward evil, knew people would stop at nothing.  He confused their language and dispersed them over the face of […]

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Foreshadowed and Fulfilled

God has been so good in teaching me (and making me delight in His teaching) the beauty of the constancy of scripture. How everything in the old and New Testaments point to Christ.  If one were to try to make an exhaustive list one would write several volumes of books I think (and I’m sure […]

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That noise…

This poem should explain.  I had to turn my light on at midnight and scratch it out on a piece of paper in case I should forget it by morning. Over My Head There’s a little town stirring up over my head as I lie awake listening at night on my bed. What ratty doings […]

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The True Son

Jesus, the true Adam Jesus, the true Joshua Jesus, the true Moses Jesus, the true Israel Jesus, our Immanuel Israel once fled to Egypt’s gleams during famine in their own lands. God ordained it through Joseph’s dreams and Israel’s sons’ corrupted hands. Jesus was ushered to Egypt too. Corruption of Israel’s “sons,” it  would seem, […]

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Pumpkins and Chickens

Last week we did a pumpkin cooking day so we’d all have lots of pumpkin puree to do with whatever our hearts desire.  I love the smell of pumpkins cooking.  And I love how pretty they are after they are cooked. Oh and before I go any further, I have to introduce you to Mom’s […]

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The Conquering King

Oh Christian, take heart, no need for despair for hope is the thing that is filling the air! No fear for tomorrow or what is to come for Christ is the King and earth his Kingdom! At Christmas we hear the songs of the king the babe in the manger who changed everything. We hear […]

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Repentance

How can I answer the Lord of Hosts? Behold, I am of lowly account. I can do nothing but cover my mouth. Before God to what do I amount? I’ve spoken once, which was one too much I will not attempt to answer the Lord. Should I proceed and answer twice, the aftermath I could […]

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When God Answers

A whirlwind thundered and God spoke aloud demanding, “Who dares question God? You speak as if you know my ways, as if you hold my measuring rod! Tell, me if you understand it all! Where were you when I laid out the earth, when the sea was established in form? Where were you on the […]

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Testing Testing 1-2-3

Recently I heard some arguments from Christians that God doesn’t test us. A look through scripture will clearly reveal the opposite though. God most definitely tests us. Clearly we don’t like the idea of tests. They make us squirm. They might make us feel sick. We are typically afraid of failure. As I thought about […]

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My Redeemer

Who is righteous before our God? Who can contend with his might? One could give a thousand answers, but not a one would be right. Wise in heart and mighty in strength, He seals up the stars and rules the sun. In his anger the mountains he uproots, for who can ask, “God, what have […]

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The King

Hallelujah! Salvation and glory belong to Him Each one of His judgments is true and just. For He has crushed underfoot the whoring one who corrupted the earth with her craven lust. For all of the righteous who e’er have been slain He’s avenged upon her that blemished His name. The blood of His prophets […]

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7 Years Ago

Goodness.  7 years ago I was incredibly uncomfortable at 37 weeks of pregnancy.  I had been in pre-term prodromal labor for weeks on end.  Night after night of hours and hours of regular contractions that would then finally stop after about 9 hours.  Ugh.  Miserable doesn’t even cover it.  I had a doctor appointment about […]

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Boys

I’m sitting here at the park watching my boys play. Jumping, leaping, climbing, and pretty much doing anything that they think worth the risk of failure and injury. Play is work for them. It is learning. They are playing at what is a good risk and what is a bad risk. I once had a […]

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Thought

All things seem very large to us as children because we are so small. People seem big, cars seem big, buildings seem big… everything. Big, big, big. And as we grow those things seem to shrink somehow, sometimes to disappointing proportions because we are bigger, we’ve seen more, we know more. We’re not looking up […]

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His Loud Song of Mercy

His Loud Song of Mercy by Nancy Doud We all were lost and turned away our lips were filled with lies Our hearts were turned towards other gods the light had gone out from our eyes. Though in our midst You ever stood we yet reviled your gracious law You, Oh God, are holy, just […]

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Joyce

Dear Joyce Our dear sister Joyce, with you we rejoice For he’s taken you home and restored your praising voice. Jesus is yours and not a sigh nor a tear, though we know if you’d had your way, you’d have gone home last year! No more pain in your steps as your earthly life you […]

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The Word

In the beginning was the Word, the Word by which the world was given birth, the only Word that holds all things together and brought salvation to the earth. This Word is with and is our God, that Word which is the light of all mankind. This Word which is a lamp unto our footsteps, […]

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America's Eden

Long ago and far away were heavy hearts struck deep with hope, with longing stare unto the distant “over there,” with a sigh, a tear. It seemed like dreaming, to some a joke, this hope they held so tight Whispers of peace and land and liberty fell on every listening ear. Farther still in other […]

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The Vine

I have learned a new song this past week and I am rather ODing on it at this point.  I really like ODing on songs of praise to our God.  I don’t think I can quite do it often enough.  Something tells me I won’t get bored at all with all the constant praise going […]

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Halloween in a NUTshell

Emphasis on NUT.  Cause my kids are nuts.  But their my nuts.  And I love ’em. This is a soldier.  Private Ryan?  I don’t know really.  Someone brave and rugged though.  And looking shell-shocked. My Motley Crew This is what happened when I said, “Get in character!!” This is Igor. This is my little Rescue […]

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Real Scenes

Real scene that my hubby happened upon at breakfast a few mornings ago.  Honest. Real sweet dog that likes to eat rubber and foam balls. Real hunky husband studying at Starbucks. Real leaves in my backyard. Real goofy kid. Real sassy little niece. Real earthquake.  Drill.

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Not Forsaken

Common Grief by Edith Hays Mulligan (my Great Grandmother) We are all crushed in the winepress of a common grief, squeezed by death one way or another, yielding a drink sweet as wine or bitter as vinegar, a thank offering to God or a sour sponge to the parched lips of a crucified Christ. The […]

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Who is this God?

Why is beauty so beautiful? Because ugliness is vile. Would darkness seem dark unless you’d seen light for a while? How can you know that you’ve fallen down Unless there’s an “up” from that spot on the ground? For there to be healing something must break. “Empty” must be, if there is a “replete.” There […]

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Phew!

I’m tired!  I have been busy as most of you are also.  Just life is enough right?  Life feels like it’s really ramped up though for some reason.  Something about home schooling four boys… Lately, in all of the busyness though, I have really had to come to grips with something.  Something I really hate […]

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