Sunday, February 19, 2017

365 challenge - week 7


I have to say that doing this photo challenge and posting them by week, makes me realize just how fast the time passes.  Here we are at week 7 of the year already!

Some days the ideas come easily.  Other times my creative juices are all but dried up.  I guess that is part of the challenge with any creative endeavor.   

[ 33/365 - sweet ]*

[ 40/365 - square ]*

[ 43/365 - red ]

[ 44/365 - free choice ]

[ 45/365 - makes me happy ]

[ 46/365 - movement ]

[ 47/365 - in my kitchen ]

[ 48/365  - pop of color ]

[ 49/365 something old ]

I've been taking my camera with me everywhere I go - even to the grocery store, which seems a little odd to have this big camera with me, but sometimes you find subject matter in the most unlikely places.  I suppose I could just take the picture with my phone, which would be so much less obtrusive.  I'm sure the 365 photo challenge can be done several different ways.  I think the creator of it intended for the photographer to take a photo per day (and post on Instagram), but I am trying to take a photo each day only using my big camera so my phone really isn't an option.
All the photos I have taken so far have been with my big camera, but truth be told, there are some days I just can't get to taking a photo, so I try to make up for it when I can.   Sometimes that stresses me out - the fact that I'm not following the rules, but I'm trying to just have fun with it and learn.

See you next week with more 😊

- Carol

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Birthdays (1)

Hello Friends,

It's birthday month for us.  Four of them!  It's fun and crazy, and makes my head spin just a little.
The first of the four was Daniel, and on Valentine's day he celebrated his golden birthday - 14! 

He has grown so much this last year, and his voice is changing.  He is taller than me (though that isn't saying much... but he is almost as tall as Matt, who is 6'!

I am thankful that my boys are best friends.  They both miss the third!

We began the morning in our usual way.  Cards and gifts early before the workers headed off for the day.

We asked Dan how he wanted to celebrate his golden birthday.  He thought a lot about it.  He considered the fact that some had to work.  He also considered the ages of his younger sisters.  He still really likes to build with Lego.  Matt and he make stop motion videos together, when they have time.

There is a new store in town called Bricks and Minifigs.  They buy, sell, and trade new and used Lego.

They have tables with parts to build too.  One table has all the people parts - hair, heads, torsos. pants, and accessories like coffee mugs or swords. Another table has parts all separated by colors.  

All of us built a person for someone else in our family.  We had fun digging through the parts to find just the right look.

Mary was so intrigued by the the collections in the cases.  They each brought along a little money just in case.

Daniel chose a large set to buy with some birthday money.

He chose a dragon. He spent the afternoon building it and that in itself was a birthday gift.

Birthday dinner request was potato carrot soup, homemade bread, and salad.  It's something I used to make pretty frequently until we discovered food allergies in the family.  It's funny the things that evoke a special emotion or feelings or memories.

None of us are traditional birthday cake people.  Pecan pie is Dan's dessert of choice.

This year has been the year that Daniel has grown not just in stature, but in wisdom too.  He loves the Lord and is faithful to be in His Word.  He has always been a tender heart, and is still.  I know that it sounds like I am just gushing over him, but I can't deny I am proud of the young man he has become.

Happy Birthday to our special Valentine.

- Carol

Monday, February 13, 2017

10 on 10 'cept only 8

Hi Friends,

You'd be so proud of me, I remembered on the 10th to take 10 pictures to document the day.
It started out pretty well.

My days start out best this way.  I'm currently reading in the book of Luke.  I finished Tozer's The Pursuit of God, and am now reading, The Attributes of God by Arthur Pink.

The 10th was on Friday, which means Cheerios for breakfast for the kids.  This was my breakfast. (Not ALL those sausages, just a few, but it's easier to cook them all up and refrigerate the leftovers.)

Thinking through the weekend, and Caleb being here (YAY) I took food out to thaw.

 I wrapped presents.  One for a bridal shower the next day and others for birthdays this month.

THEN, this happened.
Mary had been complaining for a day, or even maybe two, that her eye was hurting.  I looked, but didn't see anything so thought maybe she just rubbed it too hard.
But it was REALLY red inside!

Come to find out a group of those long, luscious lashes at the corner had curled up under her upper eye lid.  (not just one - a group of them!)
I tried a few things, but I could not get them out.  I debated about whether it was time for the doctor, but instead we prayed.  I asked the Lord for wisdom.  I tried to think what the doctor would do for her in the office.  Hannah had the idea to look it up on the internet, and low and behold she found the answer....Vaseline on a Q-tip.  It took a little bit of working and coaxing, but we got them free!  
Mary was such a good patient, and the Lord was so faithful to answer our prayer so quickly. 

After all that, I forgot about taking photos, until way late in the day.

This was the last of the 5" of snow we got on Monday.  Bye for now, Frosty.

If you've read here for any amount of time, you probably know that Friday night is Pizza Night in our house.  So there's my dough for two pizzas raising in the oven.

and that was our day.  Netflix arrived in the mail that evening.  The girls were thrilled to find that it was My Little Pony.  Eric watched it with the little girls, while they loved it, Eric said it felt like one loooooong commercial.  😂😧
Meanwhile, the older kids and I cleaned up the kitchen from dinner and then just sat and chatted.

And that was my 10th... with 8 pictures. 😉.

365 photo challenge - week 6


I'm posting about the last week's batch of photos I took for the challenge, plus the make-up* ones. Although I still need to find "sweet", which for some reason, I can't seem to settle on.  

[ 31-365 - open ] *

 [ 34-365 - self portrait ] *

 [ 35-365 - calm ] *

[ 36-365 - eyes ]

[ 37-365 - next to me ]

[ 38-365 - what I'm listening to ]

[ 39-365 - early ]

[ 40-365 - square ]
is it cheating if I use the above photo of the bar stool?  It's square.  😉
I will try to find something. 

 [ 41-365 - depth of field ]

[ 42-365 - metal ]

These were a little easier to take.  Maybe because the snow highlighted things that I would have missed otherwise.

- Carol  

Linking with  Imagine-in-ing, Through My Lens,  and Life-n-Reflection