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L.E.N.S. photo challenge: BOLD

I spotted this little mushroom along the trail to Thunderbird Falls in Chugach State Park, just north of Anchorage, AK.  Not only is he bold in color, he's a bold soul for growing in such a climate/environment that he does. Boldly go to where some have gone before for more great photos! Home Is Where You Start From

3 in 30: {week 5}

"You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.  Praise be to God!" Psalm 68:35

April's goals...
Write and mail someone a letter/card each week.
I've enjoyed this so much, I'm thankful to have more cards left to keep on writing more next month, too.  You never know who'll be next...
Make a new recipe at least once a week.
On the menu tonight will be a new dish...most likely it will be baked pork chops.  They sound great!  I also have some cream cheese that needs to be used, so I'm looking for some new cheesecake something or other.  I always have my favorite recipe if nothing else catches my attention.
Part 2 of Proverbs 31...verses 17 & 27
"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks...She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness."
As in the words of Paul...
"We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slav…

Wednesday's Walk: America's Favorite Pastime

Tickets, in hand, to see the Braves on a Sunday afternoon, we head to the stadium after church and a quick lunch.  On the way there, I finally look on the tickets to see whom they were playing.  Much to my surprise, it was the New York Mets.  The Mets and I have a history dating back to the mid 80's, and especially with the 1986 World Series Championship team.  I really don't remember why I started liking the Mets, but it probably had something to do with the fact that everyone I knew, family or otherwise, liked either the Cardinals or the Reds.  Why be like everyone else?  Why not make life a little interesting and bring a little rivalry to the game?  Nothing will do that better than favoring a team from New York. I didn't just watch a few games during the season, I followed them, passionately.  Remember, now, this was back in the day before 24 hour internet access was at my fingertips.  I had to read the newspaper (gasp!) and watch the news or listen to the radio for upda…

L.E.N.S. photo challenge: light

Shed some light on your life over at Home Is Where You Start From!

3 in 30: April {week 4}

April's goals...

Write and mail someone a letter/card each week.
Again, this week, I found myself looking forward to these few minutes of handwriting a letter to a friend.  Something happens when you give of yourself to someone else...and God uses it to bless His children, myself included.
Make a new recipe at least once a week.
Made a delicious no-bake chocolate eclair dessert today.  I'd had a vanilla one at my sis-in-law's house before and enjoyed it...google no-bake eclair and you'll find a recipe.  My 9x13 dessert cost me $3.95.  Unbelievably good for a good price, too! Part 2 of Proverbs 31...verses 17 & 27
"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks...She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness."
Haven't been home much this week...we left Wednesday for IN to spend time with my family over Easter...BUT I do feel good about getting alot done before I left and am hoping this goal wil…

hope is a beautiful thing

It's blooming again!  Read the story behind this bush here.

Jesus bids us, Shine!

Jesus bids us shine
With a pure, clear light,
Like a little candle
Burning in the night.
In this world of darkness
We must shine-
You in your small corner,
And I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine,
First of all for Him;
Well He sees and knows it,
If our light grows dim.
He looks down from Heaven
To see us shine-
You in your small corner,
And I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine,
Then, for all around;
Many kinds of darkness
In the world are found-
Sin and want and sorrow;
So we must shine-
You in your small corner,
And I in mine.
~Susan B. Warner

I love this song!  The boys sing it almost every day during Bible time...and I sing it right along with them. :)  It reminds me, in a very simple way, that no matter where my dreams may be to go one day, Jesus desires me to shine right where my feet are at the moment. 
If we all shine in our spots where the awesome God we serve places us, then His light will fill the dark places.  His message will be broadcast.  He will receive the glory due Him.
If you a…

3 in 30: April {week 3}

April's goals...
Write and mail someone a letter/card each week.
Done!  I am enjoying these few minutes each week, returning to the good ol' days of pen and paper communication!  Try it sometime for yourself...it brings happiness to your day.
Make a new recipe at least once a week.
Made a 7 Layer Taco Dip last night for dinner...I always seem to make a variation to the recipe.  No one likes black olives around our house, so I omitted them, but added shredded lettuce.  7 layers are 7 layers, no matter what the layers are, right?  :)
Part 2 of Proverbs 31...verses 17 & 27
"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks...She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness."
An attitude check continues to make improvements in my daily choices.  Things are getting done more quickly and with a happier heart because I'm focusing on pleasing God more than the task itself.  It has made a difference.

the centerpiece

Sometimes, even I can't miss the message God's trying to get through to me. 
He's that good to keep sending me His Word until I succomb to the theme and it sinks in...deeply...making the distance down from my brain to my heart.
That's been noted to be the longest distance between two points, btw...those 12-18 inches from your head to your heart.
All last week, in my quiet time, I read passages that contained verses that led me to the same thought.  Over and over and over again.

"Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love."  Psalm 6:4
"My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart."  Psalm 7:10
"You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry."  Psalm 10:17
"For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face."  Psalm 11:7
"You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, who freely strut a…

L.E.N.S. photo challenge: corners

I've been to the northernmost corner of the US...
 ...and to the southernmost corner, too!

More fun is just around the corner at Home Is Where You Start From!

3 in 30: April {week 2}

April's goals... 1. Write and mail someone a letter/card each week. 2. Make a new recipe at least once a week.
3. Part 2 of Proverbs 31...verses 17 & 27
"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks...She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness."

*Card written, stamped, and in the "outgoing" box for the post office!!!  
(I'm even surprised at this one...I have several cards around the house for birthdays and holidays that were purchased with great intentions that never get sent).
*New recipe made (literally made up by little ol' me).  I was inspired by an ice cream pie I had at Sam and Rosco's italian restaurant in Douglasville.  I made my own recipe for what I call "Turtle Pie" and it turned out delicious.  I'm thinking that I'll switch things up again one day and make it a "S'more Pie" next time.

*Working vigorously to change my attitude about work…

catching up

March...a month in review of what we did around and about our little corner of the world.

Enjoying the beauty of Spring in bloom...

 AWANA Grand Prix...
 Dolphin and sunset excursion...



 Backyard fun...
Shamrock making...

Bowling...
 Beginning of baseball season...

3 in 30: April Goals

March ended like a lion for me.  It was fierce.  It was hard to get through the last few days without just throwing up my hands and giving up totally.
But, I didn't...not totally.
I mangaged to hold on to some semblence of walking in the right direction most days...in my heart if nothing else.  I wanted to feel better and have success.  My body just couldn't always keep up.  I underestimate the healing power of rest sometimes.  I was reminded of that this week.  I am on the mend, however, and looking forward to a new month with new goals...trying to keep up the goals from previous months, along the way, for a better me.
I did get to bed by 11 all week with the exception of one night...late by 15 minutes.
I did make it to Bible Study Monday.
I did make it up before dawn some mornings...one morning I was simply too sick to move at that hour and one morning my alarm didn't go off.  (Warning to self:  Old habits find their groove again very quickly if you let them!)
Today is …