Saturday, January 31, 2015

Little Miss Lily + 365 Challenge - Day 31

Lily was extremely sick three weeks ago, the vets didn't expect that she would pull through, but she did. I think that she might have been the most prayed for dog that I've ever heard of.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

365 Challenge - Day 25

This is the picture that made me realize how much the photography class I've been taking has really helped. Whoot, whoot! Not necessarily the greatest composition, but since it was a candid shot, I'm extremely pleased!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Treasuring the Past + 365 Challenge - Day 21

Over the years we've been given different heirlooms which have been tucked away. With the passing of one of my grandmothers, I've become increasingly aware of how much I cherish the memories which all of my grandparents have saved for us.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cure for the Blahs + 365 Challenge - Day 17

The past two weeks have been an emotional roller coaster, which has left me feeling mostly, if not completely drained. I'm not someone who externalizes my grief much, I tend to be pretty stoic about my emotions, generally speaking. With everything that's been going on I just haven't felt like doing anything, but stay home.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hope on Four Legs + 365 Challenge - Day 13

This picture was more or less an accident. I was working on trying to get a picture of the plant in front of Lily when she came strolling into the frame. It's certainly not the greatest picture, and by far not the nicest picture of her, but it's special. You see, over the weekend, they day after my grandmother's funeral, we thought we were going to lose her. The vet all but told us that because of a very serious and inexplicable health crisis, she would likely not make it through the next day. I think this is probably the most prayed for pooch in the area. She pulled through. She's thin, tired and still got a long recovery ahead of her, but she's getting stronger. She's anxious to be part of what's going on around here and ready to get back to official job as photographers assistant and chief photo-bomber.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

365 Challenge - Days 11 & 12

Psalm 51 + 365 Challenge - Day 10

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

~ Psalm 51:1-12

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Learning to Say Good-Bye

I've taken the past week and a half off from blogging because of a huge loss in our family. After being ill for several years, my grandmother passed a way just after the New Year's day. It's been a time of processing very difficult emotions. I do and will continue to miss her more than words can express.

365 Challenge Days 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9

Friday, January 2, 2015

Me, Myself and Pinterest: Mastering the Monster

I must confess, I really like Pinterest.  I was hesitant to get on it originally, just because it seemed like an incredible waste of time, which it can be. However, as soon as I had my own account I was bitten by the bug.  There are so many great ideas, good tutorials, yummy recipes that you can easily get sucked into a world of virtual clutter in which you are always hunting for the next "great, new thing."

About two months ago, after an unintentional hiatus from Pinterest, (read, I didn't even have to time to think about it) I decided I wasn't really using Pinterest the way that I could be using Pinterest. It had become more of a toy than at tool. I had well over 4000 pins which I'd acquired over the two and a half years I'd been on it and I honestly never really went back and looked at any of them. It was time for a change.