Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Matthew and Rosetta’s Wedding – sneak peek


I picked out a few shots from last Saturday’s celebration!  I may be a little partial because the groom is my brother-in-law and the bride is my new sister-in-law, but they were both GORGEOUS!!!  The weather was April’s loveliest and happiness was everywhere.

I’ve never witnessed a more fun and relaxed reception.  It had the feel of a country cookout with a beautiful wedding flair mixed in – perfect for Matt and Rosy!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


There are good things happening this week.  Some are “big things” and some are “small things”.  But all are gifts, and I’m thankful.
  Three of the things I’m looking forward to are:
1. Eating the first spring salad of the season. 
This lettuce was planted during a warm snap in January (which feels like forever ago!) and has been growing ever so slowly since then.  Spring has been a long time in coming!  It has survived a big snowstorm and a small snowstorm sheltered in a little greenhouse.  “Greenhouse” is a bit deceptive a word for this structure though.  It’s just an small arch of fence wire about 18 inches high that’s covered with a clear plastic table cloth from the Dollar Tree.  Not so beautiful, but it works! J
2. Putting the last few stitches in two flower girl dress.

This Saturday there’s a big celebration happening!  I’m getting a new sister-in-law!  We’ve been getting ready for this wedding for quite a while now and it’s finally almost here.  My girls are so excited to see their dear Uncle Matt get married to a lady they love.  Kadence is a flower girl along with her cousin Skylynn and they are being walked down the aisle by the bride’s younger brother – Kadi is quite nervous about this walking with a BOY!  We’ve been picking out shoes and sewing dresses and things are almost ready.  I get to be the photographer for all the pictures before the wedding and then, once the ceremony starts I’m a family member and guest – I get the best of both worlds!!! 
3. Planting my “babies”.

I’m hoping to transplant some of my vegetable plants into the garden this week.  They’ve been growing indoors under lights since I planted the seeds on a cold day back in March.  I love watching the tiny seeds pop open and little leaves emerge, and after weeks of waiting they’re big enough to grow outside where it’s warming up!  I actually get kind of attached to the little things;  broccoli, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, various pepper and tomatoes, tomatillos, and eggplant.  I'm dreaming of summer vegetables!
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,
being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.
James 5:7

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Blue Ridge Mountain's Turning Green

The Blue Ridge Mountains.
This song runs through my head every spring as I see the closer mountains change from their winter brown to a soft living green .  I learned it as a kid listening to Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen.  Bluegrass music brings back a lot of good memories.

Blue Ridge Mountain’s Turning Green
                                Written by James Lunsford

Blue Ridge Mountain’s turning green
I wanna go home again
To see my mountain friends,
Spring time opens up my heart
Makes me want to share
The good old mountain air,
Life's so young and free for all
For those who answered the Blue Ridge Mountain call.
Blue Ridge Mountains turning green
I wanna go home again
To see my mountain friends.

Sunrise breaks the morning dew
Walkin' on new plowed ground
A distant cow bell sound,
Tall trees reach the misty blue
And all of their leaves are green,
Shadows on the mountain stream,
Dogwood and mountain laurel bloom
Welcome mat for nature's living room.
Blue Ridge Mountains turning green
I wanna go home again
To see my mountain friends.

Night time gathers in the crowd
Listen to the children sing
Hear the banjos ring,
Blue Ridge Mountain’s music sound
Comes from a lonely hill
Listen to the whippoorwill,
Old-time fiddles that I hear
Playing a tune that I love so dear.
Blue Ridge Mountains turning green
I wanna go home again
To see my mountain friends.

Blue Ridge Mountain’s turning green.


These photos are all taken on the farm where we live at the edge of the Blue Ridge.  I try to soak in the beauty!  From the entire landscape to the miniature details, this is beauty that makes a person’s spirit well up with a longing to worship. 

Wild Pear Blossoms.
Native Redbud.

The scenery from our lane in the evening.
Our house is in the distance on the right.

Taken from our front yard.
Virginia's state flower, the Dogwood, growing wild.

Beautiful curls of fern.

Virginia Bluebell, a flower with lots of childhood memories for me.

Brilliant lime green moss growing on a Maple.
Anybody home?

Pasture fields.

"Praise the Lord from the earth,

you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,

lightning and hail, snow and clouds,

stormy winds that do his bidding,

you mountains and all hills,

fruit trees and all cedars,

wild animals and all cattle,

small creatures and flying birds,

kings of the earth and all nations,

you princes and all rulers on earth,

young men and women,

old men and children."

Psalm 148:7-12

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I Heart Faces Entry -- Wind

Ahhhhaaaahhhh.”  What kid can resist sitting
in front of a fan listening to the crazy things it does to their voice? 
In fact, I’ve been known to sit there myself with my girls
singing away and cooling off on a hot summer day.   
This is my photo for the fun “Wind” theme
at I Heart Faces this month!


Photo Challenge Submission

Dreamin' of Summer


  I call this mini photoshoot “Dreamin’ of Summer”.  It happened because
 I wanted to take a “wind” picture for the I Heart Faces contest, but I couldn’t stop with
 just one picture.

  I made the summery little dress last Saturday from an old pillowcase from a thrift store. 
It’s been a looooong time since I’ve done any sewing and it has me itching to do more!

Ready… set… jump!

I love how her crazy hair flies.

This little girl – I just love her.

She is beautiful.

And sweet.

And funny.

"Children are a gift from the LORD;
they are a reward from Him."
Psalm 127:3

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring Morning


"Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
and lean not unto your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
 and he shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5,6

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