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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Little Visit

I was really excited to have a free weekend to go visit the kids.  We spent a couple nights in Springfield, enjoying good food, the hot tub, and time with the girls.  We tried a new coffee shop that we both really liked in the heart of downtown and discovered a little antique shop where the shop owner often travels to England for some of his items.  He and John had a good talk about their travels.  Ari and Anthony joined us on a walk around downtown.  Mistake...wearing slightly heeled boots!  My feet hurt so bad the next day.  Soaking in the hot tub that night was heavenly.  Sunday we went to a new Italian restaurant, Nonnie's, before heading home.

 Unfortunately, I left home without a SD card...oops.  So resorted to a couple pics on my phone. There was a touch of Spring in the air and it felt good just to be outside.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Thoughts in the Night

Do you have sleepless nights, too?  Every now and then, I get ready for bed, do all the usual prep, feel tired, but then....nothing.  Last night was one of those nights and after an hour of tossing and turning I gave up trying to fall asleep.  I was long overdue in catching up with a friend so I used that time to fill her in with what's been going on.  I went back to bed.  Sometimes in those dark hours of the night, thoughts come.

Sometimes it's about life or my kids.  As I lay there and the world is quiet and there are no distractions from the day, God speaks.

I laid there wondering why it is that faith comes easy for some people and others have to do it the hard way.  Faith has always been a constant in my life.  I never questioned the existence of God or the sacrifice of His perfect love.

Why do some people seem to wear blinders when it comes to faith.  There's an easier way, but they choose to do it their way.  I hope when they look back that they see that the harder path they chose only brought them back to where He wanted them to begin with. I wish I had the power to prevent them from making those choices, to prevent the pain, emptiness, dissatisfaction that comes from a life without God, but I was reminded that we all have free will, that is the great gift He gave us all.  We can choose our path.  He wants us to SEE on our own, to choose Him, to choose JOY.  The path to our Creator is the path to our joy in life and I've learned there are many different paths.  The promise is...He will make good out of even the hard ones we choose.  

laid there for a while longer, kitty curled up under my chin, and turned my concerns over to my Father and, finally, drifted off to sleep.

            You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.                 
Psalm 16:11 and Acts 2:28
Notice this one was worth repeating 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Free Textures

It was a snow day today.  Actually ice and snow making it impossible to leave our neighborhood.  So hubby came home early and we enjoyed the day together.  I worked on some bokeh textures.  I love using these on tree and flower photos as they add a touch of magical whimsy.  Hope you can find a use for these.  Download here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Balloon Race in Forest Park

I revisited some photos from this past summer's balloon race. It's an annual event in St. Louis.  If you get the chance, it's a must see.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Rural Photo Art

My recent travels to Kentucky and Ohio yielded some wonderful rural landscapes.  I enjoy the time driving through the country.  You never know what you'll see.  There are surprises around every corner.

 Ohio Landscapes

 Kentucky Landscapes

New Textures

I hope you can find a use for these textures.  I've had the pleasure of using textures by others offered for free use.  So I decided to share what I've created.  All textures are 300 ppi files.  Download these textures here.

 A before and after of the above texture.

Do you love Bokeh textures...try these free textures.  Download these textures here.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

Valentine's...a day of Love.

A day to be thankful for all the loves in our lives, but especially for the one that stands by my side daily.  The one who is my best friend and confidant.  The one who loves me regardless of my mistakes and flaws. Who is my strength when this world overwhelms and who encourages me when I lack self-confidence.  Thank you, John, for choosing me.  Love you with all my heart!

Joy Dare
61. Valentine's Day
62.  My husband-for 30 years of his love

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