Jul 29, 2015

Whimsy Wednesday Weekly Challenge :: What if you FLY?





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This quote! Ugh! It's just lovely, inspiring, daring and dream filled all in just two short sentences! I love it and I was excited to shoot for it!  Happily I found a willing model and a sunshiny day!


And that's the key isn't it, the willing part!?!  That we need to be willing to step out, in faith, and see if we can "fly"!  But all to often we can be immobilized by fear!  Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of looking the fool, whatever it may be, but fear will stop us or hold us back.


God does not want us to live in fear, in fact, the bible says, "Do not be afraid" 365 times!  That's one for everyday of the year!  (as for leap years...stay in bed that day! lol!!!)  But in all seriousness, God is sovereign, God is good and God has your best at work.


One thing, I heard a while ago is this thought, that we must get over the lie that life is suppose to be easy or good!  And it's true.  God does care for us, want what is best for us..but in His plan!  If you are a child of God then you are not living for this world and it's rewards but for the kingdom to come.  And when you focus on that, the idea of fearing what may be here, sort of...shrinks away!


So I am encouraging you, step out and fly!  What is on your heart? What is it that you are worried you might 'fall' at?  It doesn't have to be big or grand, just something that when you read the quote above you go, "Oohhh.  Yes, I'm afraid to but I want to ________"  It's whatever fills in that blank for you!


It may be to simply have the neighbour in for coffee, or to finally run that half marathon.  Maybe it's to pursue the idea of fostering or relocating to follow a dream. Maybe it's to cut your hair, write a book, travel Europe, learn to play an instrument, even this photo challenge, whatever it may be, if you're scare you might fall, then I'm challenging you to try...to step out and try to fly!  As long as what you are doing is done unto the glory of God, it will be an experience worth remembering.


I heard once, "If nothing ever happens to you, then nothing ever happens to you!"


Let God guide your somethings and He will give you the wings!  You may not completely 'succeed' the first time you take off but remember, the Wright brothers' fist flight lasted only twelve seconds!! 


So, my darlings, get out there, spread those wings and fly! 





Next weeks text:




If God brought you to it,
He will bring you through it.





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Jul 26, 2015

Eight is Great!


And wow, she's eight people! Our Olivia had her eighth birthday last week and I have to say, what a little lady she is becoming!  She's growing up, crazy fast!  Just today we had a talk, her and I, because her Daddy had given her instructions and she felt we were telling her, just a little too much, what to do.  She came and expressed how she felt and why, and I talked to her about why we, as her parents, do what we do.  We came to a fair solution and everyone was heard, happy and understood...but the whole time I was talking to her, I couldn't help but think what a beautiful young lady she is growing into!





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And so, what did this lovely little lady want to do on her Birthday?? Well, hit the beach, of course!  We planned to head out after the baby's morning nap and Daddy would join us after work, bringing take out dinners to have beach side.  He was also to pick up the cake from home before meeting us there.


I packed up kids and cargo but all the while, the skies threatened to not co-operate!  We manage to enjoy a couple of hours on the lake but it was just too cool and the rain was threatening a torrential shower any minute - so me and the kiddos headed home to meet Daddy before he got to the house. 


At home we had a low-key, lovely time! Daddy brought dinner, there were gifts, cake and a new movie to enjoy as a fam-jam! (Well...two thirds of a fam-jam, the littlest Littles went to bed first!)  



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As for her cake, Olivia requested a "Barbie" cake just like Catherine had for her Birthday.  So I obliged, changing it slightly and accommodating her choice of vanilla cake with chocolate icing.  I used a box cake as usual, because baking is so not my thing but made a few of those Pinterest tweaks to make it taste like homemade and it was pretty good!!   And of course, Olivia loved it - so that was really all that mattered!! 






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Grandparents and friends dotted the weekend with visits, gifts and love!  She was excited for anything and everything she received!  Olivia has a real joy and is one of those people that reminds you of the simple, sweet pleasures in life!  She was just as super excited and ecstatic over a pair of pants, or a bag of jelly beans or a new, cool Lego set!  It was all wonderful to her!  


I love this little Lady and it's surreal watching her grow all these years.  She is the one that tries my patience the most but also teaches me so very much about myself and helps me recognize my own struggles as well!  I think she is a special girl that God will use...and has used...to teach many of us the real joys to be found in this life!





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But each of these little people are a gift to me!  Four here, one above, all loved, adored and thankful for!  Oh, yes, it's not all sunshine and roses but nothing in life is...and the truly worthwhile things are often what we struggle the most in and for!  But I am blessed and I know that, I thank God for each of these precious people and each day I have with them!


And though, there are days when I long for more "me" time, or to enjoy a full cup of hot coffee, or just my own brain for more then five minutes, I wouldn't give up any of these past eight years, for anything!  




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"While we try to teach our
children all about life,
our children teach us what
life is all about."







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Jul 22, 2015

Whimsy Wednesday Weekly Challenge :: Proverbs 3:5-6




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This verse, Proverbs 3:5-6, was my friend Grace's favourite...or at least one that spoke to her and that she held important in her life.  So when this was the text prompt for the week, I knew where I had to go to capture my image.  


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The sun was setting, as I headed down the road with my camera in hand.  I drove the short distance and pulled the vehicle over as I came across the farmer's gate.  I got out in time to see a flock of wild turkeys run off into the woods.  The gate that stood between me and where I was headed was not the old broken one that I was used to, but a new one that swung easily as I unlatched it.  I opened it just enough to sneak in and swatting at the black fly that darted around my head, I re-latched the gate behind me.  I took a slow look around and let out a sentimental sigh.


The mosquitoes were thick and they were hungry...and I was poorly dressed for this, much to their delight! I headed down the steep lane before me, the trees towering on both sides and the path muddy from the recent rain.  I remembered this trail fondly and I stop for a moment, thinking I hear the waterfall in the distance...only to remind myself, "It only runs for a few days during the Spring thaw."  I hear her say it to me.  


I round the slight bend and the darkness of the woods breaks way as the clearing ahead opens up.  I step out into the setting sunlight and another sigh escapes my lips.  My eyes fall on one of the most beautiful places I have ever traversed.  I look around at the open field, the giant oaks, the distant valley and the rise of trees behind it.  I spot the old foundation that lies in ruins but nods at a day long ago when someone called this place home.  And I look up.  The sky is a soft, pale blue, the sun, dazzling, as it darts between hazy clouds making it's decent to the horizon.  Words fail me, so again, I sigh.


And then the memories flood.  She is with me, we are walking.  Her, with her long and confidant stride and myself, working to keep my short legs caught up, all the while distracted by the scenery around me.  She walks and talks, this is nothing new to her, this land, these sights but to me, it's a piece of Heaven on Earth.  She is puzzled at why I must continuously stop to take pictures and I puzzle at how she cannot.


We are very different, she and I, but somehow we mesh.  He brought us together and He knew what He was doing.  


We walk this field, this path many times over.  We chat, we talk, we ponder and we learn much about each other, our families, our lives, our struggles...we grow as friends.  There is only this one year of walking...there were no others...there was no time....but the memories...they last a lifetime.


I look at the ground and shake my head at the simple, hard truth that these are now memories.  My heart aches and I remember what I came here to do.  Brushing a mosquito off of my arm, I raise my camera and compose my shots.  Between the fly, that never really left and the mosquitoes, I somehow manage to capture a few decent images. 


As I walk back up the slope, through the woods and once again, re-latch the gate behind me, I think of her.  I think of how much I miss her, how much I learned from her and how much this verse will stay with me always...






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Next week's text:



"Oh what if I fall?"
"Oh but my darling, 
what if you fly?"
                  - Erin Hanson








Jul 17, 2015

Adventure Bible - Brave Queen Esther - "I Can Read" :: Review




My girls were more then happy to read through Brave Queen Esther by the Adventure Bible people. This is a level 2 reader which means that it has; "Engaging stories, longer sentences , and language play for developing readers."   I found that the aim of the book was perfect!  My girls could handle most of the words but need to work on punctuation and speech emphasise, and this book gives plenty of practice for that!




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It's a good, child-friendly version of the story of Esther saving the Jewish people.  My girls both came away with an understanding that Esther had to be brave and save her people.  They liked that she prayed for courage and did the right thing, even though she was scared!


The illustrations are lovely!!  My kids liked them and I thought they fit the story well!






The last page included a people of the Bible and a "Did You Know?" section.  It was nice that it highlighted key facts about Esther and  Mordecai and the "Did you know?" paragraph was interesting and educational!  




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I think these are excellent early readers and I love that they are stories from the Bible!  Though our kids are familiar with many of the classic stories from the Bible, it's nice for them to be able to read about it themselves!




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An great beginner book that I recommend to anyone with new readers!  I think I may look for other titles in this series to add to our collection!






I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.



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Jul 15, 2015

Whimsy Wednesday Weekly Challenge :: Dream a New Dream








Hello!!  Here is the first link-up for our Whimsy Wednesdays!  I'm happy that there should be some new faces joining in and happy for all the oldies too! ;)  So link up below and/or on the Facebook page - I can't wait to see what you've all come up with!


Feel free to be as creative as you like.  I even had someone ask if they could use the quotes/texts/lyrics for writing prompts and though I hadn't thought about it before I said, "Sure! Why not?!"  I may even do the same now and again!


And to encourage those linking up - because I'm big on encouraging...and visiting - please pop over to the person who links up before you and say a hello!  That's just a nice thing to do! ☼


Next week's text:


Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and 
He will make your paths straight.
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