Thursday, September 16, 2010

What if?

What if...I really am "a photographer"?
What if...I really do have the potential to do great things?
What if...what I do really makes a difference?
What if...the dreams I dream came true?

What I act really has a profound impact on someone else?

"For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].   - Ephesians 2:10


What are your "What ifs"?  
And we're not talking regrets here or things you have no control over.  
We're talking possibilities.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I'm not waiting for perfect.

I love this picture of Anna.  She has kind of a funny, annoyed expression on her face but it's so ... her.  I'm learning that I don't have to have "the perfect light" or smiles or bokeh or to be following a thirds rule in order to take pictures.  I just need to capture some memories even when they're not technically good.  After all, my life is not perfect so why should all my pictures look that way?  My imperfect pictures are a reflection of my imperfect life.

And that's okay.

Sweet Shot Day


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway

 On Sunday of Labor Day weekend we went to Callaway Gardens for the Hot Air Balloon Festival.  The kids had a great time on the beach and it was a very relaxing getaway for the day.



Friday, September 10, 2010

Ten on Ten - September

This is my first time to participate in the Ten on Ten challenge.  On the 10th day of the month you're supposed to take a picture each hour for 10 consecutive hours. I got started pretty late today but I think I got in 10 pictures.  And today I shot in manual mode!  I'm so proud of myself!




 She did not want her picture taken today and was hiding behind the couch.




 Oh no!  She saw a bunny and nearly took my arm off trying to chase it.

 Waiting for Daddy to get home.

Planning their trip to Disney.  They leave in a week!  How exciting!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Great Reads

Sincerely Shannon is hosting a linky today called Top Ten Texts.  She listed her top 10 favorite books and you can list yours and link up.  I don't have enough uncommitted brain cells to devote to writing a "real" post  today so she's making it easy for me.

Top Ten Texts - Fiction Version 
(because there's no way I could narrow down my list to just 10):
In order of  importance 
(the list not the picture).

  1. The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews - this is a life-changer.  I read it in a weekend and have recommended and lent it out many times; currently my brother and sister-in-law have it.  It's probably in the Self-Help section at your local B&N but I would call it Historical Fiction/Inspirational/You Will Never Forget Reading This/Be Sure To Have a Pen to Write Down Notes and Underline Your Favorite Passages kind of book. (His book The Noticer is in the picture and it was nearly as good.)
  2. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - I still cry when reading this allegory.  C.S. Lewis was a genius.  I loved the whole Narnia series but none of the rest are quite equal to this one.
  3. The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins - They have beautifully put Biblical prophecy into a fictional retelling.
  4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - My 5th grade teacher Mrs. Paraiso would sit on her stool, in her long, flowing skirt, and read us a portion from this novel every afternoon and it has been in my top favorites ever since.  I have read it no less than 6 times.
  5. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell - Another of my childhood favorites.  I've also read this one at least 5 times.
  6. Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley - I came across this book by accident while looking for an "easy" read to take to Amelia Island when Brian and I were first married.  I fell in love with Gulley's writing and have read most of the rest of his Harmony Series and a couple of his non-fiction.
  7. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - I read this classic when I was in the 7th grade.  I was so absorbed in it that I would read it late into the night with a flashlight under the covers.  
  8. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien - I think these were newly added appendages to my body for awhile.  I read them just before the movies came out based on a recommendation from a friend and I can't thank Clayton enough for introducing us to them.
  9. Pygmalion (a.k.a. the original My Fair Lady) by George Bernard Shaw - A play that reads like a novel.  It will forever be one of my favorites and Audrey in My Fair Lady solidifies it as a part of my spirit. (Is that being too dramatic?  Oh well, it's a play after all; so drama is appropriate.)
  10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - When I first read it, I identified with Beth the most.  I may have to read it again and see if that has changed.

Honorable mention: My favorite author when I was growing up was Zilpha Keatley Snyder.  I first read The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case but my favorites of hers were her Green Sky series.  She is a fabulous author.  Her name alone is what drew me to her.

There you have it - my Top Ten Texts!

What are yours?

Thursday, September 2, 2010


I will get back to blogging regularly very soon.  But today, because I've lost my important To Do List and a number of things that had to be done can't be done because apparently they are with the lost list, all I am doing is posting this video.  Because THIS is how I feel.  Imagine I'm the Ibex.