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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's Making Me Happy


tulip bouquets...



runs in the sunshine...



awesome clouds...



playing my violin daily...




spring blooms....


these are a few of the things making me happy these days...
What's making you happy?




I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Around Here

We've had some pretty nice sunsets lately. 



It's been rain, rain and more rain and my backyard looks like a swamp.



I was pleasantly surprised to find these primroses blooming in my garden. 
I'm surprised they survived the ice storms and snow we had this winter. 



It always makes me so happy to see the first bulbs pushing up through the ground.




And my ivy is growing and spreading!




my Lenten Rose is blooming...




and the crocuses are blooming...




and last, but not least, the camelias are in bloom!



I'm linking up with  Wednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Killing Us Softly by Efrem Smith



As Christians, we are invited by a loving God to die to self daily. This basic Biblical principal is unpacked in the book Killing us Softly by Efrem Smith. Mr. Smith examines what it means to die to self and how this is connected to our spiritual formation. He suggests that living right-side up in the upside-down kingdom of God is how the lost will be found and the hurting will be helped. Living this way is how we can better represent God's kingdom in the world around us.



I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this review.

Ski Day

This past Friday we took the day off school and work and headed up the mountain for some cross country skiing. The weather report looked decent, but when we got there it was warmer than we anticipated and the conditions weren't all that great. We skied anyway, and were rewarded with some pretty amazing views of Mt. Hood. 








I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hearts

With Valentine's Day this week, I had fun creating some photos with hearts....






One of my 2017 resolutions was to practice my violin daily - it's going well and I'm really enjoying it, but it means less time for blogging and other things. I'm ok with that. Right now playing my violin daily feels right.






I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Black and White - High Contrast

For the past two years I've posted black and white photos on my instagram account daily. There was a clever little hashtag (#bnwruary) and several others were doing the same. It was a good challenge for me and i enjoyed it. My approach the first year was to just post a black and white photo each day. Last year, I focused on creating photos that were mostly white with a little black. This year I decided I wanted to post photos that had really high contrast. I'm not posting daily, but here are a few I've come up with so far. 






We've had such wet weather that I'm not able to get outside and photograph much, so it's fun to have this little project.


I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

To Edit or Not....

This past summer, one of the things I wanted to do was to subscribe to Lightroom and learn how to edit my photos. Other than a brightness or shapening adjustment that I can do in my basic photo program, I haven't played around with editing much. Part of me wanted to be able to take fabulous, straight out of the camera shots, and part of me just didn't want to spend the time to learn to edit. Well, the summer came and went and I never got around to it at all.

However, a couple weeks ago I was inspired to try a new phone app called Mextures. I still have so much to learn, but it's been fun working on a few photos and seeing how a few edits can really change a photo. 

I'd love to know your thoughts about editing...and if you have any tips to share, I'd welcome them.



before edit...


after edit in Mextures...




before edit...




after edit in Mextures....




before edit...


after edit in Mextures.....






before edit...




after edit in Mextures....




and here are a couple more after edits...







I'm linking up with  Wednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing