Wednesday, December 29, 2010

365 - #262 (Silver Ball)

In case anyone is wondering if I'll actually make it to #365 in 365 days....

I doubt it.

But, that does NOT mean I didn't TAKE 365 pics in 365 days.
I probably took that many pics at each event of the year :)

The problem I had was that most of the pics I took were of my family,
and they didn't want their pics posted on my blog.
So, to honor their request, I lagged behind on this project.

However, because of this project, I believe I became a better photographer.
I don't think I would have taken some of the shots that I did.
I've enjoyed this project very much....and I'm still considering doing it again.

365 - #261 (Christmas)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

OK, I realize I'm a few days late.
But, Christmas lives on, right?

I pray that each of you had wonderful times with family & friends,
and that the Prince of Peace truly was the center of it all!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

365 - #260 (Tea time)

For Christmas, I gave each of my girls a tea cup...

and a card which explained that the tea cup was for "tea time" with Mom.
I have read and heard this idea from several women in the last year or so, and I decided that this was the year I implement it into our family.
Tea time is individual time for each daughter to talk about what's on their minds,
or to listen to what's on Mom's mind :)
I pray that it'll be a treasured time that the girls will remember the rest of their lives.
I also pray that the Lord will use the time to knit our hearts together in a special way.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

365 - #252 - 259 (what we've been up to)

It's been a whirlwind of a month (well, the last 2 months)....
At Thanksgiving, we left for vacation.  We came back in time for my birthday, and my mom gave me this delicious cake:

Chantilly Cake....mmmm!

Then, I got sick for several days...ugh!
Then, I had my purse stolen...ugh! ugh!  (but see what I learned in the last post)

And, in the meantime, we've used our gingerbread cookie cutter...

for cookies & biscuits!

Our co-ops ended for the semester - woohoo!!
and this little dino was a prize at our auction... where the kids could get prizes in exchange for tickets that they earned throughout the semester.

And we discovered a brand new park that is tons of fun for big kids!

Friday, December 17, 2010

365 - 251 (15 years)

(taken by one of our girls)

- my one and of my friend...wonderful father to our girls...strength....Godly leader...lover and follower of Jesus (this really comes first)...reminds me of truth on a daily basis...protector...provider....and all of this, of course (and he would say) is by the grace of God, but I'm thankful that the Lord saw fit to bless me with such a wonderful husband & friend.  On my own, I certainly could not have picked a better man to spend my life with.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

When God Wants a Man (or Woman)

I ran across this poem today....Wow!  So much of it rings true for me right now.  And it brought great encouragement knowing that the Lord has a purpose in every trial....even when they keep coming one after another!
Take the time to read this poem.  Which line hits you the hardest? (mine is underlined)

When *God Wants A Man
(originally, the word Nature was used instead of God)
by Angela Morgan

When God wants to drill a man
And thrill a man,
And skill a man,
When God wants to mould a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall praise--
Watch His method, watch His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects;
How He hammers him and hurts him
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which only God understands--
While his tortured heart is crying and he lifts beseeching hands!--

How God bends, but never breaks,
When his good He undertakes....
How He uses whom He chooses
And with every purpose fuses him,
By every art induces him
To try his splendor out--
God knows what He's about.

When God wants to take a man
And shake a man
And wake a man;
When God wants to make a man
To do the Father's will;
When He tries with all His skill
And He yearns with all His soul
To create him large and whole....
With what cunning He prepares him!

How He goads and never spares him,
How He whets him and He frets him
And in poverty begets him....
How He often disappoints
Whom He sacredly anoints,
With what wisdom He will hide him,
Never minding what betide him

Though his genius sob with slighting and his pride may not forget!
Bids him struggle harder yet.
Makes him lonely
So that only
God's high messages shall reach him
So that He may surely teach him
What the Hierarchy planned.

Though he may not understand
Gives him passions to command--
How remorselessly God spurs him,
With terrific ardor stirs him
When He poignantly prefers him!

When God wants to name a man
And fame a man
And tame a man;
When God wants to shame a man
To do his heavenly best....
When He tries the highest test
That His reckoning may bring--
When He wants a prince or king!--

How He reins him and restrains him
So his body scarce contains him
While He fires him
And inspires him!
Keeps him yearning, ever burning for a tantalising goal--
Lures and lacerates his soul.

Sets a challenge for his spirit,
Draws it higher when he's near it--
Makes a jungle, that he clear it;
Makes a desert, that he fear it
And subdue it if he can--
So doth God make a man.

Then, to test his spirit's wrath
Hurls a mountain in his path--
Puts a bitter choice before him
And relentless stands o'er him.
"Climb, or perish!" so He says....
Watch His purpose, watch His ways!

God's plan is wondrous kind
Could we understand His mind ...
Fools are they who call Him blind.
When his feet are torn and bleeding
Yet his spirit mounts unheeding,
All his higher powers speeding
Blazing newer paths and fine;
When the force that is divine
Leaps to challenge every failure and his ardor still is sweet
And love and hope are burning in the presence of defeat....

Lo, the crisis! Lo, the shout
That must call the leader out.
When the people need salvation
doth he come to lead the nation....
Then doth God show His plan
When the world has found--a man! 

365 - #246- 250 Family

2010 Family Pics


Saturday, December 11, 2010

365 - #245 (Soarin')

by far, our favorite ride at Epcot...

Friday, December 10, 2010

365 - #244 (exotic flower)

we saw these everywhere!  isn't it gorgeous?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

365 - #241-243 (Knights & Castles)

Since we're studying the medieval period this year, it was cool to get these pics...

these were in a cool shop in  the "UK" at Epcot.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

365 - #238-240 (light)

lights at the resort...

are you beginning to wonder if I actually went to Disney?
I told ya....I could've stayed on the resort :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

365 - #236-237 (Tribulation)

These were props around the lazy river and slides on the resort property....

The ship was called "Tribulation" and this scripture kept coming to me...

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

It was a great reminder!

Monday, December 6, 2010

365 - #232-235 (resort)

For starters, we went to Disney with friends...very generous friends!
They own a timeshare with a resort on the Disney property.
I'd never stayed in something so nice!  Luxury...pure luxury!
I could have just stayed there the whole time and been a happy camper...but there was more to experience.

Here's the resort:

There was a lazy river on the property, and a mini-golf course.  The girls loved it!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

365 - #230 - 231 (Vacation)

Guess where we went?

It was my first time!!
And, it was a first for the girls, too.
This was not a trip we had saved up for, but the Lord miraculously provided for the entire thing!!
(more on that later)
We had a great time!
....more to come :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

365 - #229 (faith)

as a mustard all you need to move a Mountain!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

365 - #227-228 (Ballet Feet)

Guess who started ballet lessons last week?

if you guessed me, you're wrong :)  Although, that would be nice.
Eaglets #2 & 3 are two happy ballerinas!  And so is their Mama!
It brings me great joy to watch them learn such a beautiful art.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

365- #220 & 221

I love my sister...

and her son...

Happy Birthday, Kristin!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

365 - #219 (night light)

The State Capitol's night light...

same light during the day

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

365 - #216 (stability)

One thing I love about this playground is that it's surrounded by oak trees, which shade the play area.  This week I noticed all the roots....they're huge.  And it occurred to me that without all those roots, the playground area wouldn't be as strong and secure.  There are so many trees, that if they were all removed, the land would literally cave in.

And I thought of our lives.  If our lives are rooted in the Word (which is strong, secure, reliable, pure), then we will be strong, secure, reliable & pure, too.  And others will benefit from being in our lives.
But if our roots are rotten and filled with disease (of the heart), they will easily cause our lives to cave in.

Isaiah 61:3
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

365 - #214-215 (Pumpkin Cookies)

PUMPKINS have arrived!!!  And you know what that means, right?  Yes, it's time to bake all things pumpkin again! 

I love to bake!  And Fall is the season for baking....I know, I know, it's not quite Fall yet.  But, since the pumpkins have arrived....let the baking begin!!

This was the first time I made these cookies.  And they were DELICIOUS!!  Everyone liked them!
They're soft and moist and have a cream cheese glaze.  They taste like little pumpkin pies with a treat on top.
The recipe came from my favorite cookbook:  Passion for Baking
I haven't made a recipe I didn't like from this book.

Mmmmm.....for those who want the recipe, comment on this post, I'll send it to you ;)