Thursday, November 24, 2011

Necessities for any holiday...

A holiday would not be complete without yummy food, family, laughter, and at least one amazing dessert.
Sigh...I love my life. I'm so blessed!


By the way-- The picture is hair glistening in the sunlight. Congratulations to Annie for being the first to correctly answer the guessing game!
Everyone that commented guessed correctly. Did y'all know you are very smart?


Have a memorable thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

A little guessing fun...

What is it?

Do you know?

Maybe it's easy,...maybe it's not. (evil grin) 

We shall see.

I'll tell you on the Thursday, November 24th!
All guesses will not be published until then. Whoever guesses correctly will be congratulated and will have the satisfaction of winning. ;-) (Sorry, no prize. But guessing is the best part...Right?)

Have fun commenting! I am looking forward to seeing what y'all come up with.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Winter is in the air.

Have you noticed the nip in the November wind? I have.
As autumn packs up and takes a vacation to the beach, winter makes itself comfortable.
Winter is one of my least favorite seasons.
Plants begin to fade, cloudy days seem to multiply, maybe even a few more sniffles and coughs.
But like any season it has it's good side.
Holidays, birthdays, hot cocoa, scarves and slippers, baking, snow and many other blessings to look forward to...Speaking of blessings I've really been enjoying the give thanks! challenge.

I know there are quite a few different thankful challenges going on. Especially as thanksgiving is coming upon us. It really has been making me appreciate the blessings in my day to day life.
To name a few: sunshine, quiet moments, family, spice muffins, music, fun new fabric, health, home, laughter and....
...Bread. Simple gifts like daily bread are a blessing I take for granted.
Credit for this lovely bread goes to my talented Mother. 
Mothers are a huge blessing, too! :-)

Have a lovely weekend!
What do you like best about November?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Doors Knobs, Keys, and Roots

  I begin this post with a (sort of) thrown together title. 
In a hope that I'd draw your attention. 
Although what I write in this post has most likely been said before,
what I am writing is something that I am learning and discovering.

I sit on a hard, rough bench. The room damp and dark.
I see the door that is keeping me in to this room.
The door is marred with dents and scratches. I rattle the door knob. Only to find it is locked. 
I rest my ear on the door trying to hear what is on the other side. 
I look through the key hole on the door knob.
I can only see a faint, but bright light. 
I pound my fists on the door, hoping it will open. 
  
This is how I feel sometimes when looking for an answer....
...We all have flaws.
I often try hard to overcome, and correct my own faults. I struggle to let go of selfishness, impatience, pride and anger. To unlock the answer to overcoming. They can all be stitched into a web.
A web that I wage war with.
Some days it’s easy to win the battles.Patience, humbleness, joy overshadow my struggles.
But some days it takes so much work (and battling) to get my anger and other faults controlled.
So, I ask myself over and over how to win the battle...
The desire to keep fighting my sin is there. (Sometimes more than other times)
However sometimes I miss the real reason that I am trying to fight my sin.

One thing that God emphasizes many times in His word is love.
I might want to be a better person. But love should always go hand and hand--
---or rather be the center of my goals. Love for God. Love for my neighbor.
It might seem a simple concept. (It might even be easy to ignore.) But, it might be hard to follow through.
Always loving. Kind. Never hating. Not boastful, not selfish.

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:34-40

Did you skip that verse? You should read it.
I never truly took this verse to heart until a few years ago as our pastor preached on it. All the commands of the bible are connected to loving God and loving our neighbor. If we love God, we’re not going to have any other gods, we’re not going to have idols. We’ll keep the Sabbath. We’ll honor our parents. We will not murder, commit adultery, steal, lie or covet.  
That’s an amazing concept. Love is the root to obedience. 
It’s the key.

 Your thoughts?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Ocean's Beauty

Here are only a few of the numerous photos from our family's vacation. Fond memories.

The ocean and the tide pool.

A happy flock of seagulls.

One of the very unique and intriguing starfish I saw.
(Or sea stars. They're not really fish.)
Star fish are truly amazing little critters. They feel funny on your hand.

                A silhouette of palm trees. Love it. So many colors.





















This was a fun photo. That's my sister. She has a lovely profile.
















Our sand castle. My sisters and I had one shovel and one bucket as tools.We had a lot of fun. 
There was lots of giggling involved, a lot of creativity and some failures. 
(Our original plan was to build an igloo.) ;-)
We didn't have time to decorate it before the sun went down.














 The beach houses were picture perfect.  
  Look at that blue sky. Amazing.

                                                A cloudy beach.

                  













  I realized after photographing this little guy that he only had one leg. 
                          He( she?) was very good at keeping still.

All I can say is God's handiwork is incredibly intricate, beautiful, and awing.
I only edited photos 5 and 8. Truly inspiring and perfect.

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 
Psalm 19:1

As a side note I bought some more photo space. So, I'll probably be posting more photos soon. 
Maybe a few interesting posts. ( I hope)

What did you do this weekend?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Reflections

 I'm back!...
I have been having an amazing break. My family and I drove to the beach three Saturdays ago and stayed for a week. We were able to walk to the beach every day. We rented bikes for the week and enjoyed riding by the ocean. We made sand castles, slept late, ate cereal, dunked oreos in milk, and my sister found a huge whelk shell.
I took pictures.(You can see a couple pictures here.) Almost five hundred pictures. Pictures of the beach when it was windy, when it was stormy, when it was sunny, as the sun set. Even a few photos of our family in front of the ocean.
I saw sea shells, star fish, sand dollars and seagulls.
I read "happy baby colors" many, many times through the car ride.(Not to myself, but to my baby sister.)
Through the adventures of following a GPS that can't seem to tell us where to go, I am happy to be home.
Vacations are such a blessing.

I've been working on school, coming up with Christmas gift ideas, taking pictures, writing, getting ready for hand bell and violin recitals/performances, and finishing/performing a reformation skit with my two sisters yesterday. My sister wrote most of it. She's a great writer.
We helped tweak it here and there. My sister is so creative. It went well. Although I accidentally skipped one of my lines.

Also, the picture space on my blog is full. So, I am thinking of either paying for more space or transferring my blog to it's own URL. Do you have any ideas as to what I could do? Has this happened to you? Any help would be appreciated. :-)

I love blogging. I have missed it. But, I am really trying to focus on life. And most importantly on God. It's amazing how nice it is not to be on the computer so often. I do have some posts up my sleeve. But I will be posting fewer and especially since I don't have any more picture space.
You all and your blogs are a blessing. I've loved hearing what you've been up to. I've been reading all that you've posted, but not been commenting very much. (I've done many mental comments mind you.)

Before I sign off I thought I'd share the Give thanks! challenge.
You can click the link if you're interested in learning about it or joining.
The holiday season is almost upon us! Cold weather, hot cocoa, and celebrations.


8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

Have a great day!