Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hope

Last week was a bad week...sorta. We lost 2 accounts. 1 big one and one smaller one. I was shocked by the 1st one because last month everything was great. But it turns out there's a lot of internal issues and it was beyond our control...and I know it was not our fault. We weren't happy about it, but I'm not going to cry about it, because I know something better is around the corner. The second account I was glad to see go. We've tried to help them, offering them a discount because everyone is struggling and even offering to do service for free. All it would have taken was a phone call. It made no difference that we just reduced our pricing twice in the last 8 months or that we've done the service for free for almost 2 years...apparently the "new" trustee's know better. We're done with getting walked on. You get what you pay for and if you can't afford it, you don't need it. It would have been nice to know they were taking bids though, especially after reducing our prices on our own 6 months ago. There's a reason, I know it. All in God's time.

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I happened to be in town last week and noticed these blooming. It gave me hope that spring's right around the corner!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Witnessing

I am Blessed. Blessed with 2 kids that have love and compassion in their hearts. And they both continue to amaze me. Sunday we were in church. I had to operate the video screen because the eldest was away. As I was heading back, I took our offering out of my pocket and was trying to hand it to Hunter. He, for some reason, was pulling all his money out of his pocket. (I just saw a bunch of ones.) Not thinking anything of it, I went to the back and sat down. When the ushers were called forward, Hunter went up to help. As they were looking for 1 additional usher, Hunter pulled all his Valentine's money ($9) from his grandma out of his pocket and tossed it in the plate. Afterwards, when he was walking back, he reached into his other pocket and found 2 more quarters and put them in there also. We were stunned.

So after church, the 2 of us were heading out of town and I asked him why he put all his money in there, because it would have been ok to just put a few dollars in there. I was not prepared for the answer. He said, "The church needs it more." How many kids put ALL THEIR MONEY in the church offering plate?! Because the church needs it more? Thank you God for these 2 gems. They may test my patience from time to time, but they melt my heart all the time!

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As we were heading out of town, we noticed the clouds and how cool they looked, so I found a spot to pull over for a picture. He said they looked "animated". Animated?! I think they looked like angel clouds. The picture does not do it justice, but the edges were rolled and they reminded me of heaven and the "picture" I have in my head of Angels standing on the clouds looking down at us. I just thanked God for all my blessings.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Little girls

I was able to spend a few hours with this one last week. It sure made my crappy week much better! She's been sick and yet you would never know it!

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She's definitely a pistol and always on the go!

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My favorite.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Snowy day, pt 3

It took a while, but I finally got a few good birdy pictures...and a dog. :)

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This snow day was the next day and totally unexpected. It showed almost 2 inches in about 45 minutes. It was literally raining snow!

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She just wanted someone to play with her! There were no takers. :)

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The snow made the cardinals pop!

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It was gone by mid morning and I'm hoping for the year!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Snowy day, pt 2

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I love this barn. I've photographed it in the sunshine, rain, fog and now snow. I love it in all seasons!

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More double sunflare.

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Garrison creek... kids favorite fishing hole!

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These barns just touch my heart.

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Bugscuffle Road...no joke. :) 1 lane bridge over the creek. I had to stop quick, get out...it was icy...go to the back of the car to take the picture, and then navigate back to the car before the car behind me caught up. Hence the reason I wasn't in the center of the bridge.



I really enjoyed my morning with the punk. I learn a lot from him! :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Snowy Day, pt 1

A few weeks ago we had a snow day. It wasn't much (and definitely not enough to sled on), but it was enough to close schools with fears of icy roads. I decided to take a early morning ride and as I got about a mile down the road, I received a text from punk #2 as to where I was going and could he come. I told him what I was doing and he said he wanted to go take pictures with me...well, how could I say no to that?! So we spent 2 hours riding around listening to Mike Rayson on the radio...it was a good God day! :)

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It was still quite early!

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Ditch jumping and snowy feet for this picture.

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Photo buddy!

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I love these guys. Unfortunately we forgot snacks for them, so they were not happy...but they sure are cute!

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I love some good sunflare!

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I love this old house. It looks run down (and it is), but it's still lived in! Amazing! (Notice the grand kids bike on the front porch!)