Where I Want to Be


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I am thinking about John Denver again. I think it is because of our drive to Portland yesterday.There is a wonderful back road that will get us to Salem, and then from there Portland is not too far away. I love the slower pace of life and I find that when things get to hasty or stressful I lose my balance. I have talked about balance before. For me balance is a combination of my spiritual and emotional status, keeping a healthy perspective and outlook in life. I sometimes fail miserably. Then there is feeding my soul each day with positive food for thought, reading of the word or pondering on good healthy information, words of encouragement etc. How often do you come across someone who offers encouragement? I think people are depleted and need a boost. Are we willing to be that kind of person? When life is harsh and your are down all of the time and life looks bleak, we need a helping hand.

DSC_0018Sometimes we might have expectations that people should just bounce back or get a life. Many have not had good role models in life to set an example on the how too’s of making healthy choices. It is easy to point out the flaws in others. I am talking to myself on this subject. As I review these images, they remind me of where I want to be. There are stop signs, and we need to look both ways. Proceed with caution and go. Don’t speed and respect the laws of the land. Use wisdom and we will have a safer journey, not without bumps in the road but with challenges to help us learn and grow.

DSC_0008Take time to examine your internal conversation and checkout what is causing the lack of peace or stability in your thought life. Say yes to smelling roses or perhaps make a bouquet and give it away. Doing something special for someone  is always a remedy for getting out of a slump.

DSC_0048But most of all take time to be refueled and get refreshed, you will benefit greatly as well as those around you.. It is possible to have joy on the journey.. Enjoy it!


Fruit of Our Labor


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Some days I don’t get beyond our backyard. It has become a little haven of peace,  where I have been pouring my energy into. After the tragedy of Nepal and the loss of life I am thinking about what conveniences I could live without. My heart and prayers go out to all, that they will find peace and comfort in the midst of turmoil. That the volunteers stay strong and encouraged. That they be rewarded for the fruit of their labor. In my life the bee’s are buzzing, the sun shines, and the sky is blue. My little concerns are diminished to nothingness and I am content to just be in the present.


He gives beauty for ashes..

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion


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This weeks challenge is motion. I have shared these  previously. All are favorites of mine. The first one is of Jingle dancers, and the second photo is of Fancy Shawl dancers at a Pow Wow. I added some texture to them, to give them an artistic look.

Dancers in motion

Downloads38-001DSCN0329-002DSC_0215A young dancer that performed at an Easter event for Blessing of the Animals in 2013.

These Last Crazy Moments

Mother Hen:

As the world turns some folks are doing some pretty special things..

Originally posted on Loving Dangerously:

I have approximately fifteen days left in China.


Just now was the first time I have counted the days, and I’m rather shocked. Two weeks and one day, or so… I have yet to purchase a ticket. That might be something to add to the to-do list. I don’t know. Maybe. I’ll pencil it in.

The last few weeks have flown by. Hannah and I have spent nearly half of our last month at the orphanage. We spent Monday though Friday there a few weeks ago so that we could introduce our new schedule and activities to the nannies and then walk each shift through the day. Our nannies are unbelievable. I am continually in awe that God has provided 11 women with big, soft hearts. They not only do their job, but they love the kids too – and these kids, well, they’re not the kind of children…

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Passengers and Something New


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DSCN5178We purchased some bee’s today. I stayed calm all of the way home. The store Glory Bee in Eugene, Oregon was interesting. It had everything you would ever want for beekeeping as well as all sorts of gadgets and goodies. We will have to go back when we don’t have bees waiting on us. I am doing a new thing at The Soul Lane, a photo only blog. Thanks so much! Just remember to Bee Happy!

Am I There Yet


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DSCN5100Roto-tiller man is down and out of commission as far as doing anything strenuous with his arms. I am  left to my own devices. Last spring he worked the ground, back and forth, dug out rocks, cut out roots and did a number on berry vines. After all of that hard work we did not do anything else to the good earth. We had thoughts of sowing seed for grass and also purchasing railroad ties, but that was as far as it got.

DSCN5096I did manage to fill the wheelbarrow and plant this apple tree, but I really do not have a good laid out plan of attack. The cats love the wild and out of control look and the weeds don’t bug them at all.

DSC_0020For now I plant flowers that give me a quick fix of satisfaction and joy and remind me that there is Hope and I will eventually get to where I am going..



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