Saturday, April 28, 2018

May Baskets

As the mother of girls, I’ve had a dream for years.

It involved spring flowers,
a handful of neighbors,
and the first of May tradition of
May Baskets.

Last year, it actually happened.

 I’ve saved the pictures and am sharing them now
hoping, perhaps, that someone else might be inspired.
The giver is blessed as much as the one receiving!

 We just picked whatever flowers happened
to be blooming around the farm.
A random collection of saved bottles were vases
and a bit of jute twine made a “handle” for hanging on doorknobs.

 I was the driver, and Kadence and Cassia made the secret deliveries.
Walking up to the doors, hanging the flowers,
and then making a speedy departure, unseen,
was a thrill beyond words for them!

"Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered."
Proverbs 11:25

Saturday, February 10, 2018

What is White?

 The year 2018 is starting out in a big way for us. 
 We’ve purchased our own home!
It really feels crazy after almost fifteen years of marriage to say
 “our house”and really mean it’s our house!

The house is just down the lane and across the road from the farm where we live now.
It’s tiny, nondescript, and really not charming on the outside.
But inside there’s good character.
And we’ve got vision for the outside.
We feel so blessed to be able to put an addition on before we ever move,
 and just this week (after weeks of jumping through all the hoops for a permit)
the digging began!

This photo was obviously taken during the summer! :)

But I didn’t sit down to write about the house and all the
remodeling/building thoughts that have been consuming my mind.

I’ve actually had some time to just think lately.
Imagine that! 
Feels miraculous when that happens.

My daily schedule has changed to something like this:
Eat breakfast.
Do school as much as we can until lunchtime.
Try to fix something for supper 
(or at least know what kind of hotdogs or leftovers we’ll have. Ha!)
Eat lunch.
Pack up the kids and whatever we need to take to the house
 (leave all other housework behind).
Work at the house until we absolutely have to come home for supper.

I’m loving it!
Andrew usually has a good nap in the afternoon
 and the girls take things to occupy themselves,
so I often get to do my own thing for a few hours.
That’s including a lot of painting.
And painting means time to think.


I’m learning that “white” isn’t necessarily “white”.
Over the years I’ve done a good bit of painting, but until now,
I’ve never been the one choosing the colors.
After living in a house with lots of natural pine paneled walls
that make everything dark,
I’m ready for some white!


We took a trip to Home Depot to get some paint.
I started pulling out white paint samples.
Okay… what I thought was white really wasn’t so white.
This was more difficult than I thought!
Every sample that looked white, had a bit of a tint when I’d compare it to another.
In the end, I talked to Paul the Paint Guy,
and he gave me their truest brightest white that comes pre-mixed in a can. (Boring!)

As I’ve been covering the already “white” walls,
 (which I realize are actually quite creamy when compared to real white)
 I’ve been contemplating.
Thinking about this comparison thing.
How easy it is as a Christian to compare myself to another person I think is “white”.

But you know, all of us humans have a tint.

There’s only one Person to stand next to as a comparison.
When we are beside Jesus Christ, 
it’s only then that we can know what’s truly white.
Looking at everyone around us with their various shades of “white”,
will only make us confused and unsure,
 like me holding all the “white” paint chips.

But the beautiful thing is, when we’re all looking at Jesus,
being made like Him, our whites will all become more and more true.
Our unity will be real.
Our tints will no longer clash.

May we know HIM!

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 
looking to Jesus, 
the founder and perfecter of our faith.” 
Hebrews 12:1b,2a

Monday, January 22, 2018

Family Photography -- Brian & Amber

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite photos
 from a family session with Brian and Amber! 
Their little Chloe is just adorable
 with those gorgeous eyes and curly hair. 
We had so much fun!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sheralyn Gets Married – Part lll – The Wedding Day

Well here’s “Part Three”, with random
 bits and pieces
 of the wedding day, 
as can be expected when all family members,
besides the Little Guy are in the wedding party! 
 After it was all said and done, 
I realized I hadn’t even gotten
 a photo of the bride and groom!  
So if you’d like to see a real overview of all the wedding beauty,
you can check out the photographer’s

The two, make that three, things I remember most
 about the wedding are:

 Sheralyn’s smile. 
All day long. 
It was radiant.
And Dennis’ was as big as I’ve ever seen. 

Second was just knowing that this sacred event of marriage
was a testament of God’s goodness. 
He is making beauty out of His children’s lives,
 and this day was proof of His work!
There were tears of joy.

The third thing was the beautiful weather God gave.
We are talking about low humidity and a breeze
under the shade trees on a July day in Virginia.
It was miraculous! 
One of God’s wedding gifts.

 Kadence and Cassia were junior bridesmaids 
and loved every minute of it!

 I don’t know if these 
two cousins could get any cuter!!!
They’re best friends.

 The ceremony was at the edge of a field 
in the shade of some huge old oak trees 
on the farm where we live. 

 The reception was one grand picnic with guests sitting on straw bales or blankets and the kids enjoying swings hung from the old Oak branches.  

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
 Be completely humble and gentle;
 be patient, bearing with one another in love.
 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit
 through the bond of peace.”

Ephesians 4:1b-3

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