Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fingerprint Friday

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:

I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of god
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? Want to particpate in Fingerprint Friday? Visit
PamperingBeki's


Remember my Sunflower photo a few weeks ago?
The evening that I took it, I headed out for the specific purpose of taking beautiful photos of beautiful sunflowers.
Well, I was really disappointed when I arrived at the sunflower field.
The sun was shining behind all of their little drooping heads and it was really difficult to get a good shot.
Feeling rather frustrated on my way back to the car, I noticed this little thistle bush.
Well, I think it was a thistle. Not the kind I sometimes find in our pasture, but still it seemed to be some sort of thistle.
It looked pretty much like a weed, but I stopped to check it out anyway.
I leaned in close and saw this beautiful bud. It looked like a crown.
Really beautiful.
Photograph turned out great.
To think I almost overlooked it because I was frustrated with my original mission.
I'm going to try to keep that in mind.
Take the time to look at all the details in God's world.
Not just the ones that I assume are beautiful, but the ones that don't look so great at first glance.




Sunday, July 26, 2009

I Love Winning!

I am thrilled to be one of three winners in Centsational Girl's recent Art Photography Giveaway. The other two winners were Liz at It's Great To be Home and Lacey at Inspired Lately?. Each of us will receive one of Tim Irving's beautiful photographs. I am truly excited to win because I am a big fan of Tim's beautiful work.

I used this photo of Tim's, "Carousel 1970", in my Ferris Wheels and Carousels treasury at Etsy.com in May 2009.




















It was a difficult task for me to choose a favorite among his lovely works. I finally chose Devotion to the Ocean because I love the colors and the nostalgic mood of this photograph and I am hopelessly in love with the ocean.



























Here's a big, "Thank You!", to Kate for hosting this great giveaway and to Tim for donating his amazing art photograhy. I am really looking forward to the arrival of my gift!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Fingerprint Friday

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of god
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?

To participate in Fingerprint Friday. Just click on the title of my post above or click here and it will take you to PamperingBeki's blog. Follow the instructions!























This is one of the wild rabbits that lives on our farm. How do you tell the difference between male and female rabbits? I don't know. I like to think of this one as a female. I don't know why. She's brave and curious. She knows she is fast and can easily outrun me and the Toy Poodle (who is old and quite blind and has no interest in a rabbit at all) so she lingers when she sees us. She sits very still and you can barely see her brown coat in the grass and clover. I am thrilled each time she appears. She is a bit camera shy but is becoming very patient with me. She lets me get fairly close and then I simply have to take that one extra step too many and off she goes. She can fairly fly. Her huge cotton tail bouncing as she speeds across the pasture and slides into the growth along the fence. I suspect there is a rabbit hole under there leading to her nice little home. I think her home has several doors. One leads to our flower bed along our pool fence and I believe there might be one under the brush by the front pasture. I think her name is Rhianna. Rhianna Cotton Tail. She is one of God's amazing fingerprints and I hope she will make her home here for many years to come.

Look around you at all the wonders He has made!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Honoring a Real National Hero

There was a surge of 4,000 Marines against the Taliban in Afghanistan on Thursday, July 2, 2009.
Most of the Taliban fled into the hills.
One American soldier gave his life.
Lance Corporal Seth Sharp of the U.S. Marine Corps died last Thursday in Afghanistan.
Seth was 20.
He had already served 7 months in Iraq.
He has been in the Marines since age 17.
He was an infantryman with Company E of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines.
He is a hometown hero.
He is also a national hero.

He will come home to Georgia tomorrow.
We will honor him.
People will line the streets with American Flags.
The Patriot Guard Riders, local Policy Officers, Sheriff's Office officials and the Fire Department will be on hand to honor him.
His young, war-torn body will pass under an American flag displayed between two ladder trucks during his escort to the church.
He will lie in-state with a Marine Corps guard until his funeral on Saturday.
He will be honored locally as the national hero that he is.

He was young.
He was handsome.
He never recorded a song.
He never entertained millions.
The paparazzi didn't follow his every move.
His funeral will not be televised.
The nation will not hover around their television sets to see his family and friends.

But here in Adairsville, Georgia, he will be honored.
People will pay tribute to him in words and film.
His family will grieve for the loss of him.
Love and compassion will be poured out on them.

He was a soldier.
He died for the freedom of others.
He died serving his country.
His job was to go anywhere they sent him.
He was a Marine.
He made the ultimate sacrifice.
He is gone to a far better place than this.
He will live in the memory of those who knew him and those who now know of him.

A soldier, a Marine, a local hero, a national hero.
Semper Fi, Lance Corporal Seth Sharp.
Thank you for your service.
Thank you for laying your life down for your brothers and your country.
Semper Fi.
May you rest in peace.




NOTE: This post will remain as the main post on my blog until July 15,2009 so that family members and friends have an opportunity to view it as originally posted.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Let Freedom Ring

If you aren't familiar with the story of the Star Spangled Banner, please take the time and listen...






















...Happy 4th of July, Patriots...

There are so many things going wrong in our country this Independence Day. For today at least, I am trying to concentrate on only those things that are right about our country and I just pray that the freedoms that our forefathers desired for the citizens of this country and the freedoms that our men and women have fought for, for more than 233 years, will remain for our children and their children. I am thinking today of those freedoms and thanking God for them.


If you are spending part of your day visiting blogs, like I have been and you happened upon mine, I present for your viewing enjoyment, some backyard fireworks from last year's celebration at our house. They are small fireworks. We're only allowed the sparkly, small ones in Georgia. Just the right size to celebrate with a bit of noise and some nice pops and bangs and bit of color. I think the photos came out pretty good...they don't really look like they were only four or five feet off the ground, do they? I know. They do. But it's all I've got!

Happy Birthday, America!





















Friday, July 3, 2009

Fingerprint Friday

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of god
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?
To participate in Fingerprint Friday. Just click on the title of my post and it will take you to PamperingBeki's blog. Follow the instructions!



Sunflowers.
Gentle giants of the flower world.
You just have to love them.
Who can look at a sunflower and not smile.
Giant heads so large and heavy that their tall, thin stalks should fall over.
But they stand up straight and strong anyway.
All of those heavy seeds make their heads tip over.
They look like they're praying.
I think they are.

Bumblebees.
Gentle giants of the bee world.
You just have to love them.
Working so hard (busy as a bee) pollinating flowers.
They shouldn't be able to fly.
Their fat little bodies too heavy for their delicate little wings.
But they fly anyway.
They sound like they're singing praises for the pollen.
I think they are.

His fingerprint all over them...keeping sunflowers standing tall and bumblebees buzzing through the air...

God, the gentle giant of fathers.



Sorry the photo isn't better. I was shooting into the sun and had to play with it on Photoshop to even get this...but wanted to share it anyway.