Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Macro Magic

I love capturing reflections in water drops. I've been waiting for these daisies to bloom and for the rain to come so I could  photograph them. The first four photos were taken with my dslr....the last two with my iphone and olloclip.









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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Backyard Visitors

We've had some interesting visitors in our backyard in the past couple weeks...
snakes aren't my favorite, but at least the snakes around here are harmless. 




The ducklings have gotten so comfortable with us...they come right up to us when we go outside and will eat out of our hands!




One day they came to our back door



Another day I spotted a raccoon in our tree. 



I was sitting outside with a friend the other day when a heron flew overhead. I absolutely love how much wildlife I can see from my backyard.



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Love That Boy by Ron Fournier



This touching memoir about the author and his son contains great insights for all parents. When Tyler was 12 years old, he was diagnosed with Asperger's and in this book his father recounts how he came to terms with this revelation and diagnosis. 

I loved the content of this book, but I also loved how the content was organized and presented. There was a sense of continuity and flow throughout the entire book. 

This book provided plenty of material for me to reflect on as a parent, and I have already put some of the ideas into practice with my daughters. The author points out that our children are their own people, and although our intentions might be good, we need to help them develop into who they have been created to be....not who we want them to be. I found this insight to be convicting, yet freeing. 

For more information about this book and the author, click HERE for the book's website.



Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekend Getaway

Last weekend our girls were invited to spend some time away with friends, so we took advantage of the opportunity and got away ourselves. We love to do wine tasting, but almost always go a bit east. This time we went southwest and tried some new places in the Willamette Valley (known for their pinot noirs). And then we stayed at this gorgeous resort and spa. The gardens were beautiful, but we only walked around for a few minutes because the pollen was so dense and our noses were running, our eyes were itching and we were sneezing!













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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Instruments

I love the beauty and artistry that goes into making musical instruments. While in Nashville, we visited several music stores and I was happy to have my camera along. I especially liked the mandolin display at this store. Mandolins are similar to violins in that they share the same tuning and strings. 







I also enjoyed the artistic designs on several guitars. I love birds and butterflies and flowers - I imagine if I played guitar I'd need one of these to play out in my garden.








And it's not too often that I see a string bass up close and personal. I'm always amazed at how BIG it is compared to the violin.



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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Waterfall Wednesday

While in Tennessee earlier this month, we took the opportunity to visit a state park and do a little hiking. There were several impressive waterfalls in the park and we enjoyed seeing them and the beauty that surrounded them.











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Monday, June 12, 2017

Nashville, TN

Some of the sights and sounds of Nashville....


the Ryman Auditorium




the Parthenon at Centennial Park





Bicentennial Park








the State Capitol building



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