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Tuesday, August 12

Tuesday August 12, 2014

 A bit sad today - as I realized the software I used to make all of my posts - will not work on my updated computer.

Time to find a new program.

So until I am able to do that - I will be sharing some posts from the last 4 years.
Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, July 2

Wednesday July 2, 2014

and ..... it may not be the path we would like to travel, but ...
It isn't it just life - to not know what the future holds?
And as much as we want to believe life is ....  it isn't promised.
I guess we sometimes get so used to living day to day 
- that we begin to take our days for granted. 
Making plans for tomorrow - as if we know it is going to be there,
 just as it always has been. 

Quotes like finding joy in the journey - not just at the destination help us to remember that.

And yet still we find ourselves planning for tomorrow, next week, next month and even next year.
And then getting anxious when we don't .... know 

This morning I am singing and meditating on one of my favorite choruses

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I'd be a fool
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

So thankful He has it all under control. 

Monday, June 30

Monday June 30, 2014

Why is it, we always wait for something to end before we can start anew.  You have no doubt heard the saying, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life?"  This morning I am taking that to heart.

When I went to bed Saturday night after my youngest's high school graduation, I started feeling a little sad. He will be going away in the fall. My oldest is on the verge of being able to be on his own, and I know my middle son - is slowly, but successfully working towards his independence. My husband and I walked in the yard last night (a very short walk), and wondered what life will be like for just the two of us again.  Another milestone . . .

He and Jake just put up a new backboard couple of weeks ago, and we hope there will yet be many years of basketball dribbling in the driveway.  But tossing the baseball, and practicing pitching and catching - are for the most part a thing of the past now.

I thank God for the miracle of everyday we are gifted with. As I look back on 22 years of raising sons, and almost 27 years of marriage - there are a lot of things I wish I could have a 'do over' with - and yet - those are the miracles in each day that shape us to be the people we have become.

So instead of looking back - this morning I am looking ahead. A new chapter in our lives is beginning and I want to 'take the bull by the horns" and meet it head on. I have a chance to meet each day as the miracle it is, and time on my hands to change a few things for the better. I believe the journey will be a rough one at times - just like it has been in the past - but I am looking forward to the challenges, and looking forward to seeing how God is going to guide and use me in the days ahead.

Saturday, June 28

Saturday June 28, 2014

It is here. High School Graduation Day for my youngest son. Looking for a quote to mark the day and a photo to bring it to life has been a challenge this morning. And so here are my thoughts . . .

I could go on and on - with quotes that are all about the future and what lies ahead, chasing your dreams and taking charge. But what it all really comes down to, is the foundation we build the future on.  And so my favorite words for graduates are the words my Grandpa Hastings wrote in my autograph book - back before I was even a teenager. They are probably one of the most quoted scriptures - but in these words - such great promise lies: 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him - and He will direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5 and 6

pairing that with the quote above, leaves one with another often quoted verse,
 "If God is for us . . . who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

Congratulations to my Jacob, and all of his friends and fellow graduates this year.
If only we all lived with these words in our hearts . . .

Friday, June 27

Friday June 27, 2014

As another school year comes to a close, I am very thankful for the 9 month subbing position (in a different district) I had, since being laid off from Clarence in June of 2013. I was able to work with wonderful students (the kids are always the best part of teaching), and some pretty awesome teachers.

I grew close to the 'girls in the wing' and will treasure the memories and friendships created. I also learned quite a bit about teaching music and life - yes even at my age - I am still a 'Life Long Learner.'

But as the age old saying goes, all things must come to an end, and even though, at the moment, I have no prospects for employment this fall,  I am confident that God will provide and I will be somewhere and do something that hopefully will include encouraging others to live, learn, laugh and treasure the moments in life we are given.

Tomorrow another major life event will take place that will close another door in our lives. More about that tomorrow.  For today - enjoy the beauty of the world around you and the people in your lives. May you be a blessing to them in some way.

Thursday, June 26

Saturday, May 3

Saturday May 3, 2014

Caught this little sparrow, outside the window this morning - busy collecting debris for a nest. I am so happy Spring is here! 
It was nice to have a few moments to snap a few new photos too!

Sunday, April 20

Easter Sunday April 20 2014

He IS Alive - in every sunrise, every sunset, every blooming flower and tree, Our Creator, Savior and Redeemer - suffered greatly for you and me. Every morning when we wake is a celebration of the Resurrection that bridged the gap from death to life - from cross to crown, from being forever separated to spending eternity in His presence. Thanking God this morning for His amazing love that my finite mind has such trouble grasping - but believing because of it and who He is - death has been conquered for each one of us.

Happy Resurrection Sunday!  

Saturday, April 5

April 5, 2014

I have taken lots of photos of this tree. Just standing in the middle of a field all alone. Watching it change thru the seasons.

We change thru the seasons too. Each chapter of life carries us to the next. This season of my life has been a challenge. Prayerfully I find myself considering what will come next.

 I am a morning person. Love to get up early and spend time in scripture, writing, putting photos together. Since I lost my job last June -  I feel like my life has been turned upside down. My 'long term subbing gig' has been a blessing, as I am still getting a paycheck, but due to the nature of 'sub pay' I have had to schedule a lot of 'after work'  work.

In a way, not only was my job taken, but in someways I feel as though my life, as I knew it, was too. The joy of photography and and creating 'intelligent expressions' posts has been put on hold. Internet friends and blogging - have been moved very low on my list of things to take care of each week.  I can't wait for June. I am anxious about what is going to come next.

I feel like I am going thru the motions of life every day - but no longer finding joy in the moments - but just getting thru.

I am hoping in the next 'season' I find joy again.  As this school year begins to wrap up - I am intentionally searching for the joy in each day. The excitement of one son starting to see glimpses of his dreams becoming reality, and another graduating high school and moving on to his next chapter (whatever that may be). My middle guy is still searching and I am prayerfully waiting to see how God will shine on him in the days ahead.

Forgive me for my lack of attention to our internet connections. I find I barely have any connections with anyone - outside of work and my  immediate family. But prayerfully am waiting for God to reveal how we will move thru the season to come. 

Friday, February 21

TO All My BLOG FRIENDS (if you are still there) PLEASE PRAY FOR BEN

The family of a little 4 year old boy in my hometown, with a twin brother and younger sister - received the terrifying news in the last month:  their precious gift from God has a very aggressive brain tumor that comes with only a 3% survival rate.

His mom has set up a blog to follow their family and their journey - as they walk this path with God - trusting Him - to know best.

Please pray for Ben - for his family - and for God to be glorified thru this heart wrenching situation. This is not a hoax or a prayer request that has been making the rounds for years. This is a true situation for a little boy in my hometown, happening right now. You can follow on Facebook (wear blue for Benjamin) - or mom's blog below:

CLICK here for his mom's blog

Thank you for praying, for caring and for sharing this request in your prayer circles.

 (the above photo is of my son Zach and taken by Zach as well. I thought he did a great job!)

 I feel so bad for not posting regularly this year. It has been a challenging year for us since I lost my job in June of 2013. God has taken care of us - as I started subbing in September and then in October was hired in a long term subbing position that will last until the end of June 2014 - teaching music in an elementary school for a teacher on maternity leave.

My workday now starts at 7:25am and I have a 25 minute commute - needless to say - that - along with my other 'ventures to earn my keep' have kept  me from my love of photography and blogging.

So when I can, I have been posting previous pictures (from when I started this venture in 2009). Hopefully sometime in the future I will be back full time.