Friday, April 26, 2013

Week 4 - Circle

Last week we had a Ladies' Night at our church. "Souper Supper" they called it.
Eight different home-made soups to sample - yum! Along with bread and salad.
 
Then there was Bean Soup in a Jar to take home.
 
I added our beans individually to the pot and love the effect of the growing concentric circles with each new addition.
 
 
It made a very yummy soup - even the baby liked it! and transformed will into chili the following day!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Week 3 - Time


 
It's P.J. Time!
Independent and stubborn even if they were inside out!
 
 
 



or maybe it's just time to tease. and who can resist the cuteness?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Week 2 - Green

I couldn't decide, so I am posting two pictures.

Last year I found a wooden planter on clearance.


I loved it, and since it was a small investment I added it to my cart, brought it home and immediately took pictures! I intended to plant the bulbs in the fall and have beatiful spring flowers after the dreary winter. When the flowers faded, Leo put the whole planter in the garage and  I promptly forgot about it. Imagine my surprise, when I went looking for the planter and found these.

 
Green sprouts, desperate for light in my dark garage. I'm not sure how they have managed to survive without water or light, but here they are!
 
Then there is this
 

Who doesn't love fresh herbs in the kitchen? and even better, fresh herbs in their food?!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Week 1 - Light


I loved how the rays of light reached in all directions of the auditorium and the distant cell phone lights sparkled through the crowd. With music blaring the concert was magical.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Are you up for a challenge?


So, I have a friend. She, like me, is a small "p" professional photographer. We were talking about the challenges we are facing this year each with a toddler running around (at least I have five others to chase after mine). Picking up our cameras on a regular basis, aside from taking kid pics, is rare.

We decided to do a photo challenge. Since we started four weeks ago, a few others have joined in. So, no matter where you are or when you read this, feel free to jump in with both feet and join the challenge. If you want to share your challenge picture, feel free to email me a link to your post and I will add it to my picture post. I love being inspired by others' interpretation, so I hope you will share.

SO, what is a photo challenge?
A challenge can be defined as "to dare somebody to do something" or "to stimulate intellect". I think these fit well with the object of this challenge in stimulating your creativity and daring you to take a picture that defines the WORD.

In this challenge, I have chosen a word for each week and will post it on the blog. The object is to capture a picture that expresses that idea or theme. There is no right answer. For some a photo challenge is endeavoring to improve their photography skill, for others it is to enrich their creativity. For me, the challenge is to record our year in pictures and the tiny anecdotes that accompany. Since I choose random words, I too have to think outside of the box and often document things that I may not have noted otherwise.

For example, last year a challenge word was "Flowers"


My little man brought me my first flowers of the season that week. How could I resist capturing the love poured out in a dandelion bouquet? I had to drop everything to get them in water and snap a picture because everone knows dandelions wither rather quickly.

Another challenge was "Shadows"


My oldest son and I were walking each morning, rain or shine and through the dead of winter. We would bundle up and walk our loop through the neighbourhood and along the nature path. I'm not sure that either of us "loved" walking but we did get some exercise and some time together. Even when we weren't talking, I enjoyed my time with him. I keep thinking I should start up again.....but that would require getting up earlier and I am definately NOT a morning person!

Lastly, the weekly challenge was "books"


I decided to document all of the books that were important to me during that season. School books, reading club books, my favorite cook book, my journal, devotional and of course, my Bible. My life in books -from a-z!

As you can see, these are not flawless compositionally, nor are they perfect technically but they are mine and they capture the beauty of my real life moments. They are treasures for me to cherish.

Well, I hope I have encouraged you or inspired you! maybe to join us?

The weeks of challenge are:

Week 1   Light                         Week 16 Home                       

Week 2   Green                        Week 17 Summer

Week 3   Time                         Week 18 Music

Week 4   Circle                        Week 19 Diagonal Lines

Week 5   Hands                        Week 20 Celebrate

Week 6   Joy

Week 7   Sweet

Week 8   Still

Week 9   Contrast

Week 10  New

Week 11  Heritage

Week 12  Flora

Week 13  Architecture

Week 14  Blue

Week 15  Three

Ready? Set? GO!!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Finding grace

Where do you go when you have no grace left? When every word and look and action grates like fingernails on a chalkboard? When the words that pour out in response are anything but love?

To whom do I turn when my attitude is one of complacency for the people that I am called to pursue? When my eyes shoot darts and my tongue sets forests on fire?

The smouldering of embers below surface can destroy a forest as surely as a flash of lightening and sometimes my words smoulder and sometimes they strike, quick and true. And always when I see the damage done, the charred wreckage I regret not guarding my tongue.

If I want to speak truth, my tongue is a symptom of a graceless life, fruitless.

So, where do I go when in hopelessness I realize that I cannot be the pursuer or do the pursuing or even be loving and gracious? I fall at the feet of my Saviour, the source of love and grace. I cannot give grace until I have received grace.

Daily, I need to go....to turn...to remember...the cross.


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