O is for Olive Tree

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The grandeur of the oak tree. The whis­pering of the pine tree. The grace­ful­ness of the weeping willow tree. The glo­rious reds and yel­lows of the maple tree. Yes, trees are one of nature’s most majestic and beau­tiful cre­ations. What about the olive tree? Have you ever won­dered about its claim to fame? Gnarled and twisted, the tree is a survivor…it grows in almost any con­di­tion and is vir­tu­ally inde­struc­tible with some trees growing from root sys­tems more than 2,000 years old. The olive tree will let me read more…

Sweet, simple things

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Texture by Kim Klassen: Lilly 100% soft light It’s the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder Why do we make life so com­pli­cated? It’s so easy to get caught up in our culture’s idea of what it tells us we need in order to have a happy life. We fix our­selves on the idea of what our per­fect life looks like…and, inevitably we’re dis­ap­pointed when life doesn’t meet those expec­ta­tions. let me read more…

N is for Noah

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[DISCLAIMER] I’m prob­ably going to regret this one. And just for the record, I’m not addressing whether The Flood really hap­pened, whether the ark has really been dis­cov­ered or if it’s simply a myth. Nor am I taking sides on the recent Noah movie…just yet. So let’s begin our story. Noah and his family are out­casts in town. Being a 10th gen­er­a­tion descen­dent of Adam, Noah finds him­self at odds with cur­rent, cul­tural norms. Life is full of both let me read more…

Perfectly Imperfect!

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Texture by Kim Klassen; Waterfront 7, 30% soft light Though we are incom­plete, God loves us com­pletely. Though we are imper­fect, He loves us per­fectly. Though we may feel lost and without com­pass, God’s love encom­passes us com­pletely. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awk­ward, sor­rowful, or broken. ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf Kim’s prompt this week for Texture Tuesday is Perfectly Imperfect. And my inspi­ra­tion come from last Sunday when Twix let me read more…

Spring…I found it!

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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not some­times taste of adver­sity, pros­perity would not be so wel­come. ~Anne Bradstreet  Rarely has spring felt so wel­come as after this winter. Who’s with me on this one? Well, look at that.…everyone’s hand shot up! I’m not sur­prised. It was a long, cold, brutal winter in most of the country. But I think it’s safe to say winter is fin­ished and let me read more…

M is for Magi

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Typically, it’s a Christmas story. Gift of the Magi is a sweet tale about Jim and Della, a young hus­band and wife in the 1900s, trying to secretly buy each other mean­ingful Christmas gifts on a very tight budget. The couple is going through hard finan­cial times as Jim’s wages have been cut. Della is known for her beau­tiful, long hair. It’s gor­geous and cas­cades softly down to her knees. But, because she only has $1.87, she cuts and sells her let me read more…

For the love of.….Life!

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Texture by Kim Klassen: Sunkissed 100% hard light with selec­tive masking You may believe that you are respon­sible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are respon­sible for what you think, because is is only at this level that you can exer­cise choice. That you do comes from what you think. ~Marianne Williamson Kim’s prompt this week for Texture Tuesday is For the love of.….… And I first thought let me read more…

March: the lion with lamb moments

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Kim’s Friday Finds are where we go to share snip­pets of what we’ve dis­cov­ered and uncov­ered in the past week. My find today is best put into a col­lage for March. Still cold, windy and rainy most of the month, not much ven­turing out­side happened….we stayed inside sur­rounded by the warmth of family. The trees and flowers were not giving up their spring color just yet.  The Investigator cel­e­brated a birthday and most of our time was let me read more…

Photo Blogging Challenge: ONE

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Well, I missed the dead­line. PJ over at A ‘lil HooHaa’s March photo chal­lenge came and went. And I missed it. I had the best of inten­tions but life just got in the way. I know that’s not really a great excuse.…but it’s the only one I have. So, I’m fin­ishing up and hoping to get it posted before the linky thing shuts down. This month was quite a chal­lenge. You’d think ONE would be fairly easy…but, sadly, that proved not the case. let me read more…

The value of a memory

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Texture by Kim Klassen; Luminous, 80% Multiply Snapshot frame action Sometimes you will never know the value of some­thing, until it becomes a memory. ~Dr. Seuss During one of our trips to Kansas City last summer, Entrepreneur drove by one of my child­hood homes. I was struck by how large the trees in the yard had grown. I remember helping plant those trees when I was in third grade. It’s funny what we choose to remember about our past, isn’t it? I remember let me read more…