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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Jump into Spring

Tim and Abbie's Easter photo shoot
I am taking a "5 Minute Friday" break this lovely spring morning before preparing for our Mother/Daughter Brunch at church. We used to have a Mother/Daughter Tea in May, but we live in Cottonwood, CA and some cowboy with a very odd sense of humor created the "Mother's Day Rodeo" and that includes parade and the "whole nine yards". So, through the years our brunch/tea has gotten farther and farther into April.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt “After” with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog’s footer}.
3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:



As Abbie and Tim jumped into the puddle, no bones were broken in the making of this photo,it is time to do some serious spring cleaning.
Today the window coverings, tomorrow the world.

Mary is 22 years old

Mary was 22 on Wednesday  Her second birthday away from home. She came by on Sunday for a "photo shoot" and cake. (It is nice to have an in house photographer.)

Johanna's new home

Last Friday Johanna and Abbie went to Humbolt and saw her "New Home".

Many changes are in store for our family in the next few months.

Time to jump into the program for the day with both feet.
Abbie went to Archaeology today with Tim for  BLM.
Ian went to hike a Shasta Bally with his friends.
Mary is in a pit crew for the Drag Races for Cool April Nights.
Johanna and I will be going to a Tea.
Spring at Humbolt State U

Poor little JR just has to stay home and watch every one come and go.

Even JR gets photo shots

Air1 verse of the day
Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ-the Son of the Father - will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.(2 John 1:3 NLT)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Teachable Moments

As my children were growing up I always wanted to give them "teachable moments". For 22 years now I have been looking for "teachable moments". I realize that I was not the One who chose the Teachable Moments, I only recognized them. Now that they are beyond the age of me "creating" teachable moments HE is completely, The One, Jesus Christ who created and orchestras their teachable moments.

This week I finished reading:

...Laughing in the Darkness, by Chonda Pierce. We all know her as the Christian Comedianne who makes us laugh and cry about our Baptist roots. I knew every person she talked about in her books. I was a deacon's kids (DK) and we went to church Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. I was born on a Sunday and use to joke that was the only Sunday I didn't go to church until I was 19 years old.

   So, when I read a couple of weeks ago that she had written a book on overcoming depression as a Christian Celebratory, I had to take a peak. She had read my mail when she wrote the book. The woman raised in the 1960's and 70's to serve everyone and "do" it all. Meanwhile, holding in all the pains of life until the 40's hit and that dreaded "Perimenopause" send our mental, emotional and physical system into a tail spin. Added to that is usually the time our kids hit the teen years.

  She called it a "gray hotel with talking lights".  I just had a gray world, like High Desert Country in Winter. I don't remember when I noticed the definition in color between the trees and sky, but it still amazes me when I see the difference.

It makes me think of an old hymn from my childhood:

The Light of the World Is Jesus

  1. The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin,
    The Light of the world is Jesus!
    Like sunshine at noonday, His glory shone in;
    The Light of the world is Jesus!
    • Refrain:
      Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee;
      Sweetly the light has dawned upon me;
      Once I was blind, but now I can see:
      The Light of the world is Jesus!
  2. No darkness have we who in Jesus abide;
    The Light of the world is Jesus!
    We walk in the light when we follow our Guide!
    The Light of the world is Jesus!
  3. Ye dwellers in darkness with sin-blinded eyes,
    The Light of the world is Jesus!
    Go, wash at His bidding, and light will arise;
    The Light of the world is Jesus!
  4. No need of the sunlight in Heaven we’re told;
    The Light of the world is Jesus!
    The Lamb is the Light in the city of gold,
    The Light of the world is Jesus!

  To is April 6th and Spring has sprung in Northern California. For Easter my youngest daughter took a picture of her rabbit for me. Our real Easter Bunny.


Reminder: 1 year ago I began my GIS Butterfly adventure

GOD is not Dead!

The family Easter 2013