Monday, May 18, 2015

A little thank you note...

 ( Kim's 2303 texture, lighten, 20% opacity)

Our youngest daughter's wedding is this Saturday!
As I ran some errands for the wedding and worked on some projects for the decor today,
I thought of how thankful I am for the many people that are helping our girl's special day come together.
They say it takes a village to raise a child.
In our case, it takes a village to put on a wedding!

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Family and friends are helping with set up, decorating, cooking, serving, and cleaning up.
We couldn't do it without them!
It's going to be a lovely day thanks to the team of people who are helping to make our ideas a reality.

(Kim's 1412 texture, multiply, 50% opacity)

While out doing one of those wedding errands, I picked up a new little plant for myself.
Sometimes the mother of the bride needs a cheery little touch of green in the midst of a busy week.
Taking a break to sit down and enjoy a nice cup of tea doesn't hurt either!

(Kim's 1612 texture, hard light, 20% opacity)

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thanks be to God!

It's been a rich and full week with much to be thankful for.
Even the memorial service, for the sweet friend from our church who recently died,
 was full of praise and thanksgiving.
There were many tears, but the overall mood was victorious and celebratory
as we rejoiced for the inexpressible gift of salvation through Jesus Christ
and the reality we have of eternal life.
This life is not all there is.
Now that's something to be thankful for!
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little green journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-our youngest grandson is one today!

-being almost to the party when I realized I forgot my camera at home
and my professional photographer friend letting me borrow hers
-our happy boy
-lots of family and friends celebrating together

( He was a tiny premie, and look at him now!)

-our oldest grandson's birthday! (these brothers are ten years minus one day apart)
-singing my special birthday song to him
-my hubs getting his new suit for our daughter's wedding for 40% off

-my daughter trying on her wedding dress for one last time before the big day,
-a store credit even when my item was past the 30 day return policy
-a beautiful sunset on my walk/run
-the hubs making me a cup of my favorite tea

-the volunteers from our church-many hands make light work!
-this beautiful day
-homemade chicken soup-good for these head colds
-taking a nap
-a friend giving me a ride
-the hubs writing our youngest daughter a letter about from his heart
-another beautiful sunset

-grandparents day at the two oldest grandkid's school
-a quiet evening for the two of us

-a celebration of life for our sweet friend
-God's presence even in the grieving
-one week from today our girl is getting married!

-wonderful worship and word today
-our dear Jordanian friend coming to see us
-middle eastern food with friends for lunch

gratefully yours,

Friday, May 15, 2015

El-Roi, the God Who sees...

Perhaps you are surrounded by circumstances that are overwhelming,
that seem to be more than you can bear.
Maybe your life is so busy with taking care of others 
that somewhere in all the busyness you feel as though you've lost yourself.
There are numerous things that can result in a person feeling unseen.

Hagar had simply done what her master and mistress had told her to do.
She slept with Abram and conceived his child.
It had changed everything between them.
The air was now full of resentment and jealousy.
She had to get out of there.
Then, out in the middle of no where, He had found her.
God had found her.
"God, the God Who sees me" she called Him.
He told her she was having a son and instructed her to name him, Ishmael, "God hears",
because God had heard her cry of distress.
God sees.  God hears.
What a comfort that is.

I can picture some of you reading this and nodding your head.
You believe He sees.
You believe He hears.
But it's believing that He cares that you find difficult,
because if He cared why would he have allowed that awful, painful thing to happen to you?
If He cared why would He have withheld that deep longing and desire of your heart?
Why is that promise still unfulfilled?
I wish I had a neat and tidy answer to give you, one that would make you feel better.
People have been trying to make sense of suffering and disappointment and pain
since sin entered the world.
I don't have a neat and tidy answer for you, but I do know one thing.
The one who is whispering into your ear that God doesn't care,
is the very one who caused all of this mess in the first place.
satan is the only one who is relishing your confusion, your pain, your loss, your loneliness,
God isn't.
God is right there with you.
Silence the voice of the accuser long enough to hear His voice.
"I see you.  
I hear you.
I love you.
I'm right here.
I will never leave you."
God sees.
God hears.
And God cares.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Friday Favs....vintage cameras

I've been hit and miss on my blog lately, 
and have been especially "miss" on my usual weekly home decor, thrifting, antiquing and cooking type posts.
Let me show you.

This mess is my home office, which is temporarily the storage spot for all things wedding.
There are nine days until our daughter's big day.
There's been no deep spring cleaning this year.
Our yard looks atrocious.
We have a long list of neglected home maintenance projects.
The wedding preparations have been a joy and a hot mess all wrapped into one.
(The hot mess being my house.)
But the mantel looks ok, decorated with my vintage cameras.
Let's all just keep our eyes focused there.

It's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a SAFE and BLESSED weekend!


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How do I live when things just don't make sense?

On seeing Ghana, West Africa, for the first time, my mind couldn't wrap around the fact that on the same small planet such diverse living conditions could simultaneously exist.  I faced the reality of the abundance of my life versus the lack that my Ghanian friends face daily.  I didn't understand it.  I knew that the life I've been blessed with was unearned and undeserved. I saw the life of sacrificial commitment to Christ that so many of those I met were living, and I knew that I should be learning from them and not them from me.  It all just made no sense.

While life has certainly not been completely free from suffering, loss, and pain for me,  I know that I have been spared and sheltered from so much when I see and hear of some of the things that others have gone through.  I know that while I am planning and preparing for my daughter's wedding, my friends, leaders in our church, are preparing for their daughter's funeral.  It all just makes no sense.

When I heard that Nepal experienced another earthquake yesterday, almost as bad as the one they recently experienced and have yet to recover from,  I felt heartsick and helpless.  Then, last night my husband and I made the mistake of watching the movie, The Impossible, right before bed.  It's the true story of a family who survived the 2004 tsunami.  After watching all of the horror that they went through to survive and the miraculous way they were reunited, the movie ends with them being flown away for medical care in Singapore.  Somehow the movie was able to capture the emotion of them facing the inequity of the fact that they were spared and whisked away from all of the devastation while hundreds of thousands were not.  It just made no sense.

Here's what I do know.  While Jesus was on this earth He went to a wedding.  In fact, He miraculously provided wine for the wedding so that the party wasn't cut short when the wine supply ran out.  I'm sure that while He was at the celebration, suffering happened in some home right there in the same town where He was partying, right there in Cana of Galilee.  It's possible, maybe even probable, that someone in Cana died that day.   While it makes no sense to me that He didn't spend His thirty three and a half years on planet  earth eliminating all of the suffering for everyone, He was at peace just doing what the Father told Him to do and saying what the Father told Him to say and trusting the rest into the Father's hands.  He knew that the Father had a big picture finale planned for dealing with this sin scarred world.  There is a Day coming, a Great Day marked on the Father's calendar,  when tears will be wiped away, suffering will cease, and planet earth will be made new.  But,  Jesus lived on planet earth in the not yet, and so do we. 

 So, how do I live when the suffering around me just doesn't make sense?  I do what is right in front of me to do, trying my best to listen to God's voice, trying my best to do what He says to do and say what He wants me to say.  Then I have to simply trust God with the rest.

 This coming Saturday I will weep with those who are weeping at a funeral. The following Saturday I will rejoice with those who are rejoicing as my youngest daughter gets married.  My daughter is getting married!  I'm so deeply, deeply happy and am confident that this marriage is God's doing.  So, I'm going to follow Jesus' example and do what He said to do. When those wedding songs are played, I'm going to kick off my shoes, rejoice, celebrate, and dance.   

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Backyard beauties...

(Kim's Monday Magic, hard light, 80% opacity)

Instead of setting up a still life for this week's Texture Tuesday,
I decided to use some photos I took on Mother's Day at my daughter's house.
She had this pot of Gerbera daisies on her new backyard picnic table 
where we sat to eat our delicious Mother's Day lunch of carne asada tacos.

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We had a wonderful afternoon with our whole family,
 enjoying the beautiful weather outside and visiting with one another while the grandkids played in the yard.
This wisteria grows over into my daughter's backyard from the neighbor's yard.

(Kim's avery texture, hardlight, 20% opacity)

Today the weather turned gray and rainy.
I'm just praying that our youngest daughter's wedding day, just 12 days away, is sunny!

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