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I love.... God, hubby, my posse of kids, wool, jelly beans, quilting, my Canon 50d, watermelon, fabric, Philadelphia Soft Pretzels, TastyCakes, my Bunco girls, laughing, my chickens, antique quilts, buttons, sewing, photography, freshly bathed babies, camping, the sound of snow falling at night, Fiestaware, Elm Creek Quilt books, and a whole lot more! I am a Pastor's wife,a homeschooling mom, a proud Navy mom, and am just downright busy!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Toy

Well I found a new toy - a 10-24mm lens.  Playing with it to decide if I want to keep it... whatcha think?

10mm focal length   f/3.5 1/20

24m focal length  f/4.5  1/20

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I like them both

Do you see the banner to the right, Project 52 ?

Well, its a year long project to advance one's photography skills.  Each week, the gal in charge over there gives us a 'theme'... something to shoot during the week. 
The picture has to be taken during that particular week  and posted on the group site at Flickr.com.

Anyway... this week's theme is Shades of Gray.

What to shoot?  Most people posting are using actions or presets to change their pix to 'shades of gray'.  Ok, I did the same thing.  No judging here, lol.

Well, morbid and curious me stopped at the Veterans' Memorial Cemetary in Boulder City this morning.  The sun was wiggling it's way through the overcast skies.  I took several shots, but these 2 are my favorites.  I am debating submitting on of these for the weekly assignment.
What do you think?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cute Prayer Journals



I finished up some more journals last night and listed them on Etsy.  I think they’re adorable, hope some people on Etsy do too!

Thursday, January 6, 2011



Took the group down to the park yesterday for some quick family  photos… didn’t give anyone an option out.

The lighting was great and I loved shooting w/ the weeping willow in the background.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Chicklet in the Park

So I asked if  anyone wanted to go to the park so I could try to figure out my new camera…. Surprise!  Chicklet was the only one who wanted to go!
She fussed over her outfit until it was ‘just right.’  (she and I could both use some fashion lessons).
It’s cold outside, chilly!  And she chooses a summer dress w/ some summer shoes.  BRRR!  I froze while taking photos.  Anyway, I think we have some cute ones though!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Resolutions, Schmezolutions!

Do you have any?
Here's my list for 2011...
-use my time better for God
-pray more for my kids
- lose weight
-eat 5 servings veggies every day
-be joyful in all that I do
-keep my list of 'to do's caught up
-be a better wife/mom
-handle money better
-keep my home life prioritized and in order
-not get behind in homeschool
-get up at 5:30 am everyday so I can have my 'quiet time' and get to the gym & back before kids get up for school and...
-go to gym 6 mornings a week

Doesn't seem to overwhelming, does it?
I'll be happy to narrow that down to one resolution!
Maybe I should take a poll?

Bucket List for 2011
(or things I'd like to do this year)

- start hiking more with my family
- get back east to see my family there
-get to NC to hang w/ Kim for 2 weeks (give or take)
-get to Reno/Minden to hang with Cindy for 2 weeks (give or take)
-get to Cracker Barrel w/ Tami at least 4 times
-Colorado quilt camp 
-Ely quilt camp
-Vegas quilt camp
-Beach/photography road trip w/ Becky & Leslie
- spend the summer somewhere cooler than the desert
-visit my Mid at the Academy
-advance in my quilting skills
-advance in photographic skills
-grow a better garden
(is this an extension of my resolution list?  I think I could write this list all day...)
So - what do you have planned for this year? How are we going to use your time better? How do you think I should use my time better? (be careful...;-))
Leave a comment and tell me what your goals are... I'll keep them in my prayers!

Saturday, January 1, 2011


It's 2011! Woohoo!

My 2 youngun's talked me into staying up for the New Year.  And now its here... do I get to go to bed?

It's been a year of changes, just like any other year.  Everything is new, yet nothing's changed.  God is on the throne and there lies my comfort!  He knows all these things ahead of time.  He prepares us and holds us in the palms of His hands.  And  that is something that will never change!