Sunday, January 31, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
In the middle of designing a new line of letters for notecards....Ellie has been assisting me and we both aren't too crazy about the 'B'. Loving the 'G' and the 'H' though.
QUESTION: I have a new LCD widescreen monitor so I like to fill the screen with images now... do you think they are too big? Would smaller images be better or is this size OK? I know there are lurkers out there as there are over 100 different people viewing this blog each day - so chime in... I would love to know what you think.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Pulled out the photography books this weekend hoping to brush up on some new skills. I am always so envious when I see gorgeous, sharp, colorful photos online. Practice makes perfect so I will be practicing all week. I think my main problem is achieving the sharpness... maybe it's my lens... (maybe it's me!) I rented a 50mm lens from rentglass.com that should be here this week. I am sure the girls will be so annoyed with me asking them to be my test subjects. Wish me luck!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
I was watching TV and someone asked 'Where was God? Why did he let this happen?' I know God can stop something like this in a second but that is not always part of his plan. We as a people have free will and bad things do happen. People turn to God in a tragedy and they seek what really can heal them. He doesn't always intervene to stop our pain and suffering but He is there with us to comfort us as we go through it. That comfort means everything. When your heart is with Jesus, I really believe things will turn out for the best. I don't understand why some suffer more than others but Jesus greatly suffered for us and shed His blood for us so we could have eternal life. When our friend Wendy suffered so much in the final weeks of her life, I kept thinking that she was more Christlike than ever before.
As I perused the images on MSNBC.com of the earthquake, this image stood out to me. The hope that this one photo gives. When all else is lost, Jesus will remain strong and vigilant forever by your side. Continuing to pray for the people of Haiti.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
The Bluebirds have been arriving in flocks to the feeders since it has been so cold. Last year Ellie and I made them up a batch of 'Zick Dough' which is a homemade suet recipe that Julie Zickefoose came up with. The birds love love loved it last year so we decided to make some more today. It's really simple to do. Here are the ingredients
- 1 cup lard
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups oats
- 2 cups corn meal
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup bird seed
Over a low heat melt together the lard and peanut butter. Once melted, stir in all the other ingredients. Pour it out on wax paper and pop it in the fridge until it is hard. See, isn’t that easy? You can then break off pieces and put them in a dish or in a tree or even just right out on the railing. The fat and protein will help keep these guys going in the cold weather and you get to see how many different birds enjoy the suet. For us the suet lovers are the Bluebirds, Wrens, Mockingbirds and Downy woodpeckers.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The girls headed back to school on Monday. We were all ready for normal schedules and routines to be back in place. Both my girls are such social creatures, especially Ellie, that getting out of the house and back amongst their peers is something they were ready for after two weeks of school break. I must admit, I was itching to get them out of the house too... is that really horrible to admit? I am kidding for the most part but boy the quiet and stillness of a house with no children is something to treasure on some days.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Another year has come and gone. A year that we were so grateful to have with our girls. Another year that cancer stayed away and that my friends makes it a fabulous year!. We prayed last night for a healthy 2010 for all of us, especially Ellie. We will get on with the daily living of life and continue to appreciate each day. We are so thankful.
We had a pretty amazing 2009. We saw the face of Jesus and felt His presence so deeply. He gave us a miracle for Ellie on that day in early May when that concerning tumor that had imaged up for cancer on the PET scan and on the MRI just a day earlier was gone. All Dr. Boop saw in that area when he opened Ellie up was healthy brain. No scientific explanation but those that believe know that God can do anything if it is part of His will. I truly believe Ellie will stay cancer free and as we say every day, ‘God did not create cancer and it has no place in my body’. Thank you Jesus for your healing and for the peace that only you can provide. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Sadly we also experienced a year of heart breaking losses. Many friends that we have made over the last two years went to heaven. If we did not have our new and strong faith in God, we would be consumed with anger and bitterness. But I know in my heart where everyone went. It is a truth I am so very grateful to have. It brings great comfort when the heaviness of missing and longing and questioning begins. I realized this year that there are things I have no control over and that difficult turns in the road of life are going to be a reality. What I do have control over is how I handle these turns, the ones that I cannot control. Asking God for guidance and for strength and for a positive outcome and relying on myself as well to find the positive is how I make it through. I had a great deal of guilt over the year as well. With so many children passing away and Ellie seemingly beating her cancer, I questioned why. I cannot question why. I just need to be thankful and trust. I found a quote that puts it all into the right perspective - "Inside the will of God there is no failure. Outside the will of God there is no success." Again, I have learned to let go of the control and I try each day to accept and appreciate that day…not to look into the future and worry about what could be. It’s a lesson I have to keep teaching myself but I understand that this is the only way. For all those that passed onto the next life, we will never forget you. You have helped us to see the light.
We had a lot of fun over the last year too. We visited Disney World, spent time frolicking on the beach in Cape Cod, explored underground caverns and saw bears, birds, deer and new life around each corner in the mountains of Virginia. We splashed in the waters of VA Beach and visited friends and family in Connecticut and South Carolina. We walked the city streets of New York all decorated for Christmas and visited our home away from home in Memphis. We went to concerts, movies, and school functions. We continued to support St. Jude and raise awareness for pediatric cancer. We adopted a new kitten that we all fell in love with. We enjoyed nature everywhere we went. We saw Emma’s braces come off after several years revealing a beautiful smile. We witnessed Ellie bounce back from the harsh cancer treatments her body endured. We were grateful for the continued advancement of our careers and and for coming home to a supportive community of friends. We spent time at home and loved being here. We laughed a lot, prayed more and shed tears for our pain and the pain of others. That all sums up living and boy are we glad to be in the game of life. 2010 we are ready for you. One day at a time.