Wednesday, August 31, 2011



it takes courage to grow up


and be who you really are

e.e. cummings

Monday, August 29, 2011

open hands

i have watched this video 2,583 times since seeing it on her blog yesterday

i adore mindy gledhill

and i absolutely, positively, totally L O V E this song!

it's kinda sorta where i am in life


i am still working on being healthy(er)

{17 pounds...good riddance! don't bother trying to come back!}

i'm gonna walk a hundred miles and i'm gonna whistle all the while

the healthier this 46 year old body becomes, the younger i that odd?

i don't mind aging -- what a GIFT to grow older...truly! the good so outweighs the wrinkles and gray hair!

but i love how, on the inside, we can (in many ways) stay young at heart

I wanna hold the whole wide world
Right here in my open hands
Maybe I'm just a little girl
A little girl with great big plans

   “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, 
and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has prepared for those who love him. 1 cor 2:9—

*did you see her in the video? talk about inspiring
*that apache helicopter wasn't planned. talk about cool

Thursday, August 25, 2011

4 minutes

every year we go to alaska i wish i could present

the entire gospel clearly 

during Bible school

this guy just did it

Monday, August 22, 2011



"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
— C.S. Lewis

to say she loves her college is the understatement of the year

and to say we are absolutely, positively thrilled for her is the second understatement

and we're ALL so thrilled with God we could bust right open trying to contain our thanksgiving

He just keeps heaping on the blessings...

to our sweet girl who has been trusting Him when it was hard to see the path He was creating just for her...

but now she's around the bend with jaw dropped wide open

and arms lifted high

i will sing of the steadfast LOVE of the Lord forever
-psalm 89:1

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God's chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way!...

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Romans 8:31

God so rocks

Monday, August 15, 2011

going, going...


our house is buzzing with excitement and anticipation

college!  she's heading off to college!

when she had colic, we never thought we'd make it to her 1st birthday

{i think i cried more then she did...sleepless zombie that i was}

but here we are...we made it through

and they were right...all those who told us colicky babies turn into really wonderful people

we L O V E her so! and E N J O Y her company!

we're gonna miss her, that's for sure (she is a SUNSHINE GIRL all the way)

but to watch her take her first real flight from our little nest?


to everything there is a season...a time to laugh, a time to cry

and sometimes a time to do both!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

river run


the past 2 years we have been guests in a new (to us) village and a beautiful river runs right alongside it

in the winter, the river becomes an ice highway enabling villagers to travel to other villages

but in the summer, the river is a boat highway enabling our friends to live off the land


fish racks dot the landscape


and the reddish-orange fish flags wave in the cool Alaskan breeze


salmon as this photo


nets in a heap...waiting for their next fling out into the calm water


see the little plane?  i grew up knowing someone was visiting when i heard their car tires in our gravel driveway

here we know by the buzz of a plane engine

someone coming...someone going... or ride's here!


we love this village and her people

peaceful and quiet

along the river

Thursday, August 4, 2011



how many kids can say they had a mud fight in the bering sea with their alaskan friends?

icing-on-the-cake blessings

{yay, God!}

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

through my lense














L o V i n G
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