Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Our Real Treasure, Jesus Christ

This was in a Christmas letter from some dear friends of mine. I wanted to share:

"The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness...for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight...and he has it purely, legitimately and forever."

--A.W. Tozer

It's a good reminder for all of us. I hope all of you have a lovely Christmas. We're having my parents and sisters in..starting today! :) It'll be good! God bless!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Just a few of my favorite pictures from Thanksgiving. :) You can find more on my photo blog.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Eschatology by Russell Moore

The Eschatology of ParentingWednesday, December 10th, 2008

"Yesterday I helped a toddler clean up a 44 ounce cup of Coke Zero he’d spilled everywhere (yes, it was mine; and no, there were not 44 ounces left remaining in it when he found it). I answered forty questions about whether Jesus made Lego blocks (so stay tuned for my new sermon series on “The Logos and the Legos”). And I disciplined a tantrum thrower and a sulker.
All of that was about the end times.
When we think of Christian eschatology, we tend to think first of prophecy charts or apocalyptic novels, but nothing is more eschatological than parenting.
A parent disciplining a child, for instance, communicates to the child the discipline and judgment of God in ways deeper and more resonant than any Sunday school lesson (Heb 12:5-11). A parent who will not discipline a child for disobedience, or who is inconsistent in doing so, is teaching that child not to expect consequences for behavior.
In short, a parent who will not discipline is denying the doctrine of hell.
At the same time, a parent who disciplines in anger or with harshness teaches a judgment of God that is capricious and unjust. An abusive parent, worst of all, ingrains in a child’s mind a picture of God as a ruthless devil who cannot be trusted to judge justly.
Parental discipleship and discipline ought always to have repentance and restoration in view, picturing a God who is both just and the justifier (Rom 3:26). Discipline should be swift and fair with quick reconciliation between parent and child. Long periods of “time out” do not communicate the discipline of God; they communicate the isolation and exile of hell.
Parents who spend time with their children, especially at meals, demonstrate something of the harmony they want their children to long for beyond this life. It’s a longing to eat at another Father’s table in the kingdom of Christ.
Moreover, we should teach children to respect and acknowledge authority, attributes necessary for citizens of a democracy for a short time, yes, but more necessary for subjects of a kingdom forever. Teaching children to refer to adults as “Mr. Smith” or “Mrs. Jones” or “Pastor Doe” and to say “sir” and “ma’am” (or the culturally equivalent signifiers of authority) is about more than politeness. It is training children to recognize proper hierarchy and authority when the veil is lifted and we see face to face.
Those of you who are parents probably grow weary and discouraged sometimes. I know I do. It seems as though you’re not “getting through” sometimes, that your children aren’t responding the way you thought they would. Keep hugging. Keep kissing. Keep chastising. Keep teaching. This is a long-term project. You’ve got a long-term project in front of you. And there’s a lot at stake.
After all, parenting isn’t about behavior modification. It’s about Christian eschatology."

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Trendy, Modest Clothing

I found this website that has GREAT clothes, and they are all very fashionable and their mission is modesty. It's hard to find both sometimes!
Here is a quote about their online store taken directly from their website:
" Our Mission: At Christa Taylor we're pioneering a modest clothing revolution. Our team is committed to designing trendy and modest clothes that match your unique style. We are fashions for the empowered traditionalist; offering chic, feminine, and modern modest clothing options that are carefully selected to bring you premium quality and a totally modish [chic+modest=modish] flair that allows you to keep up with all the latest trends." :) http://www.christa-taylor.com/

If you Give A Mom A Muffin

(sent to me by my friend, Jen. Had to post it! So true!)

If you Give a Mom a Muffin If you give a mom a muffin, she'll want a cup of coffee to go with it.She'll pour herself some. Her three-year-old will spill the coffee.She'll wipe it up. Wiping the floor, she will find dirty socks. She'llremember she has to do laundry. When she puts the laundry in thewasher, she'll trip over boots and bump into the freezer. Bumping intothe freezer will remind her she has to plan supper. She will get out apound of hamburger. She'll look for her cookbook. (101 Things To MakeWith A Pound Of Hamburger.) The cookbook is sitting under a pile ofmail. She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow. She willlook for her checkbook. The checkbook is in her purse that is beingdumped out by her two-year-old. She'll smell something funny. She'llchange the two-year-old. While she is changing the two-year-old thephone will ring. Her five-year-old will answer and hang up. She'llremember that she wants to phone a friend to come for coffee. Thinkingof coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup. She willpour herself some. And chances are, if she has a cup of coffee, herkids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

by Kathy Fictoriebased on "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Friday, November 14, 2008


Mindy's senior pictures are now up on my photo blog! :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Kyle and Jill

Kyle and Jill's engagement pictures are now up on my photo blog. :)

Common, Unpoetic Life...

"The colored sunsets and starry heavens, the beautiful mountains and the shining seas, the fragrant woods and painted flowers, are not half so beautiful as a soul that is serving Jesus out of love, in the wear and tear of common, unpoetic life." -Faber
**photography courtesy of Charna Leonhardt.

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Pictures On Photo Blog....

Baby Lincoln and The Chase Family pictures are now up on my photo blog. (click here)

How To Respond To Democrats....

"Tell them it is truly an historic event. The democrats have gotten the first Marxist President elected.

When they sputter back “oh no, the first black President” gently and in low tones remind them that is racist and it is not about the color of his skin but the content of his character!"

Japanese Potty Training Video

Sorry for those of you that the "p" word offends, I just couldn't resist posting this! ha! LOL!

Stupid.com-Gotta Check It Out!

If you haven't checked out this website yet, and you have a good sense of humor, you need to. Now, I'm not saying a few things on here might not offend you, but it always gives me a good laugh! As a matter of fact, we buy stuff from here every year for our family...yes, they love us! :) They have GREAT stocking stuffers! This is a new book(pictures above, details below) they are offering! I think I need it! :) For $9.95, I think it's a good deal! :) Have fun! www.stupid.com

Most parents don't know what they're doing -- They try their best to screw up their kids, but most still grow up to be normal adults.
Well, this indispensable book takes the guesswork out of raising a dysfunctional child.
HOW TO TRAUMATIZE YOUR CHILDREN will teach you everything you need to know about messing up your kids.
Within these 191 pages, you'll learn how to shatter self-esteem, buy your child's love, and teach your child how to be a bad friend.
Here are just a few Chapters and Subchapters:
* Don't Cut Your Child Any Slack
* Imagination is an Unaffordable Luxury
* Your Needs Come First
* Your Child's Cues and Needs: Ignore Them
* Push Them Now, Before It's Too Late
Never has so much bad advice been available in one place. So don't leave bad parenting to chance, get How To Traumatize Your Children and learn how to get it wrong the first time

Friday, November 07, 2008

Mary Beth

Mary Beth's senior pictures are now up on my photo blog. :)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A prayer for mommy

I have been in bed for the last two days with (the flu?). I have been very sick, but I have been taken care of by my wonderful, loving husband. He's done such a good job caring for the kids and myself. He even made meatloaf for them tonight-which is the first time I think he's made something from a recipe! At least now I know that if I ever die, he won't have to remarry within the first week! :) ha!

Anyhow, just about two minutes ago, before Myra was headed to bed, she asked if she could pray for me. I had to blog about it! I will try to recount it as accurately as possible..."Dear God, I pray for mommy. I ask you to heal her and help her to get better. She doesn't deserve to be sick, God. She has given birth to three babies. She homeschools us. She takes care of us. She cleans the house. She cooks for us. God, just reach down with your hands and heal her please, because she's the best mom in the whole wide world. And she's pretty." :) :) :) :) :)

Now, I might add that tomorrow is her birthday, and I know she's asking God to heal me, so we can go ahead with her birthday party, and so it might have been a bit of a selfish prayer, but I don't care. It was as sweet as could be! :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

No, it's not really Thanksgiving time yet. First we have to get through Reformation Day, or what most of you know as Halloween! :) But, it's coming, and since that last video was so emotional, here's a lighthearted one for you. :) Happy (early) Thanksgiving! Oh, and Happy Reformation Day, too! For some Reformation Day fun :) click here.

Reformation day, or October 31, also happens to be my daughter's birthday. So, also, happy 9th birthday to my precious baby girl! I love you so much! We celebrate each and every day God has given us with you. You are a sweet, compassionate, emotional child. You were blessed with a tender heart, and you love deeply. I pray that as you grow, that you will grow closer to our Lord Jesus and be a woman after God's own heart. I pray that you will walk in truth. You are my firstborn, the answer to my desire for a child, and part of God's perfect plan for our family. I hope I get better (I've been sick the past couple days) so we can still have your party! I'll do my best. Love you, baby girl! :) xoxo

Baby Eliott

My friend, Melinda, emailed me this youtube video today. Warning: I wept and wept. Still weeping, but what a beautiful story of trusting in God and believing Him to be absolutely Sovreign.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's An Actual Real Post!

Hey, all my bloggerland friends. Look! It's a real post...not a "...pictures are up on my photo blog" post! Amazing! :) Wow. It's been a busy...while! And, I still have a bit of business left and then things slow down..well, do they really, because the holidays are coming? Maybe not, but they will slow down a bit perhaps.

Wow. Life has been good. We have been doing good in school this year. Today Myra got to go with my friend, Susan, to hear a weatherman from Lexington speak. She said she liked it but didn't understand most of it! So, I asked her what was the one thing she learned, and she replied that "Floods are the killerest of all the weather things that happen." I thought that was a good description! :) ha!

We're continuing our study of early American history and have now ventured into the Little House on the Prarie book, which we are totally stoked about. (that's a So. Cal. phrase for those of you Kentuckians!) Myra loves the movies, and so she's been a bit concerned that the books don't follow the movie that close. I think she's concerned that someone wrote the books wrong, because "Jack was not a bulldog!" But, yes, in the books, he is. And, Pa has a beard. That one just blew her away! :)

Myra has been doing some geometry in her math lately. (do they really start this in third grade? GEEZ!) But, she's been doing very well in it. Lizzie is working on her addition and subtraction skills, which Myra keeps saying is SO EASY, but I keep reminding Myra that it wasn't so easy for her a few years ago.

Lizzie is continually having to be reminded that she is a GIRL and that is a wonderful thing! She loves to be dirty, climb things, wear jeans, and be rough. But, she also continues to constantly bring us laughter!

We have now added some home ec. to our week (on top of what we normally do) and this past week we learned how to PROPERLY set a table and learned the rules of the kitchen. Soon, we will be doing some unit studies on ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and...something else. I'm feeling too lazy to get up and look!

Nehemiah is talking more and more. He went through a few weeks of being the sweetest angel...but has reverted a bit to acting like a normal two year old. But, that's to be expected. He's still alot of fun and ALL boy. His favorite thing is cars!

Myra, the other day, came to me and said..."Mom, am I allowed to say 'What the h_ _ l?' I quickly replied that that was not an appropriate thing to say and that it was cursing. She immediately started bawling and asked my forgiveness because that day at our CHURCH function, she walked around a corner and saw some kids spraying their hair purple and blurted out with the above statement! To which her friend, that was with her, quickly replied "OOHHH, you said the h_e_l_l curse word!" She said "mommy, I didn't know, I didn't know." Apparently she heard it on one of our family friendly movies that I had let her watch. (really, I hadn't seen it in awhile and didn't know, folks) It took everything in me to not fall on the floor laughing, picturing my sweet daughter blurting that out at the church function. Oh well, might as well be a pastor's kid! I kept laughing about that one all day, but did tell her that God knew she didn't know and that He forgave her and that from now on she was responsible if she ever said it again. That didn't seem to offer her much comfort, however, because she was so broken over the fact that she had cursed. Later in the day, Nehemiah pulled down an antique plate I had hanging on my wall and it broke, and she looked at me and said, "I know why our day is cursed!" :) hee, hee...poor girl! :)

Well, on a more serious note, last night I had my first NILMDTS call. So, I spent a few hours at the hospital with our area coordinator. She was amazing, and I was so blessed to be able to go and shadow her. Please pray for this young mother who has lost a child. It was an honor to go photograph this little one and bless this mother with these pictures. God was with me, and it went amazingly well. I didn't cry (and I cry over EVERYTHING). My stomach was in knots for several hours before I left, but once there, I had such a peace. I got in there and did what I needed to do to bless this family. They are in my heart, and always will be, I'm sure. I thank God for this organization and the opportunity to use these gifts He's given me to reach out to those who are hurting.

Don't mean to end this on a sad note, just to catch everyone up on life lately.

Oh, and HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY to my wonderful husband Shane tomorrow! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life these past 13 years. I love you so much and thank God everyday -(except on the days you get on my nerves!) :)-for you! Even on those days, I know that there is no one else who could fulfill me the way you do. Here's to every day I have had with you and every day I have yet to come! :) xoxoxo

Timothy '09

Timothy's senior pictures are now up on my photo blog. :)

Farley Family

The Farley Family pictures are now up on my photo blog. :)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

And one just for fun!

My Family

Well, here we are-my little family! My dear, sweet friend, Melinda, came over yesterday and we hopped across the street from our house and got some pictures done! It's been awhile. I rarely get 'in front' of the camera. Of course-I am better behind it, but I do need proof one day for my great-grandchildren that I DID exist! Anyhow, I love my family. I am so very blessed to have each one of them...Nehemiah keeps me very busy, but gives great hugs and kisses! Lizzie is the one who makes me laugh just about daily. Myra is my sweet, compassionate girl who is such a great helper to me. And, of course, my wonderful Shane, who I just love and adore! Happy Fall to all you out there! :)

The Fosters

Ha! The Foster family pictures are now up on my photo blog. Little "G", here, got ahold of grandpa's sunglasses! Love it! :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Likens Family

The Likens' family pictures sneak peek are now on up on my photo blog! :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Womack

Congratulations to Seth and Andrea, who were joined in marriage on October 4th. I am getting their previews up on my photo blog, so be sure to check back often this week for those.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Gretta's Kids

I was also blessed to be able to take pictures for my dear friend, Gretta, recently. She is a local pastor's wife and a dear friend, who has her hands full, as you can see! She is a beautiful woman of God, and her children were so much fun to take pictures of. They are up on my photo blog now, too.

CACH School Pictures

I got to do the school pictures this year for our local homeschool group. For those of you who have been waiting, they are now up on my Photo Blog! :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Collett Family Pictures are up

Hey all, I know it's been awhile. I feel like all this is lately is a place to say "I got new pictures posted on my other blog!" But, that's all I've had time for lately, honestly. I just had a photo shoot on Saturday for a great family. We had alot of fun-it was very laid back, just how I like it! :)

Other than pictures, we are continuing to homeschool, which is going well this year. We are continuing our study of early American history with Winter Promise. Both girls are still doing Singapore math, which I plan to continue with until it's over my head...which might be next year! :) (math is not my strongest subject) :) And, we're enjoying our art program that I added this year. We're using "Discovering Great Artists". Each week, the goal is to study one artist and then do an art project in their style. We have done Matisse and Cezanne the last few weeks, since I've had the book. I took pictures of our pictures, and hope to post them, when I have time to edit my own pictures! :) I just started working on some of my own from May. That's how far behind my life is! :) ha!

Last Saturday, our friends from Michigan called and said their vacation plans had changed, and asked if they could come stay with us. And, so, the next evening, the six of them entered our domain and we all shared it for a week-all ELEVEN of us in our 1600 square foot house! It was great! :) They are so much like family to us that it wasn't even a question of "if" they could come. Although, it does seem awfully quiet around here this week! :) It was a joy to have spent a week with them. We'll probably head up there in January!

Some other dear friends, the Thomas'-from Virginia, were supposed to come in for the night tonight with their four kids (I'm seeing a trend here, are you? I would say God is preparing us for four more kids, but my husband might call me "unsaved" at that point!) :) . However, they called about an hour before they were to arrive and said they were in the ER with one of their little ones who was complaining of a bad stomach ache in the car, so they are still there and we are mourning not seeing them, but praying for Lydia. We pray we are able to go see them soon.

Other than that, I have a wedding on Saturday and five more photo shoots this month. It's gonna be crazy! But, I'm thankful I'm so popular! ha! :) We've just gotta get all these pictures in before the weather changes. So, I will be posting alot this month.

Alrighty, it's time for bed. Yes, I am older now, and I have to get up early to school my children! :) I need my sleep. Hope all of you in blog-land are doing well. Hopefully I can continue posting about life, but it might be November before I get to again! :) So, happy October for now!

Monday, September 22, 2008

The last of the Rucker Pictures are up!

Okay, this is the last installments of the Rucker wedding pictures to go up on my photo blog.

We're all well here. We were blessed by the arrival of our friends, Jare and Elizabth and kids, from Michigan on Sunday evening. They called late Saturday night and said their vacation plans fell through and asked if they could come see us. We've known them for ten years and they are like family, so of course we said YES! So, this week there are 11 of us in our 1,600 square foot home! It's a house full of blessings this week! :) I'll have to catch up more later. :)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

More Rucker Pictures are up

I've been working like a mad-woman on these wedding pictures and have now posted some random shots and some dancing pictures on my photo blog. Make sure to check them out! :) I will be posting shortly about our life, when I get a minute. That will probably be in about 16 years, as it stands now! :) ha!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rucker Wedding Pics are up

Well, finally, I am getting the Rucker wedding pics posted to my photo blog. It's been a while in coming, but it's been a long month! They have been ever-so-patient with me. I will post more of their pics in the next few days. Right now I have their "couple" pictures up. Enjoy! :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Is Jesus Your Friend?

You wouldn't want Jesus as your friend, after this one!

Monday, September 08, 2008

A song to bless you today

Wow. There's really not a lot to say about this video. It speaks for itself. It was sent to me by my worship leader today. He said he's looking for the sheet music and choreography to it. I'm just not sure our worship team is good enough to pull it off, however. :) Enjoy a good laugh! :)

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Happy Home

Happy home! O, bright and cheerful hearth!

Look round with me, my lover, friend, and wife,

On these fair faces we have lit with life,

And in the perfect blessing of their birth,

Help me to live out thanks for so much heaven on earth.

-Martin P. Tupper (p.28,Daughters of Destiny)
*photo copyright 2008 Kari McGrath Photography

There Once Was A Queen

If you have a little bit of time, please go here and read this darling story that made me smile and brought a few tears to my eyes. It's a bit long, but a very good read. We sometimes get so busy doing, that we can overlook what blesses our husbands and families the most. It's an old story (1926), but it's so relevant to us today.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

God, Our Exceeding Joy

"...Authentic joy in God will overflow with praises. In fact, as C. S. Lewis says in his book on the Psalms, “we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.”1 It’s not wrong to say, “We were made for God.” It’s not wrong to say, “We were made for joy.” It’s not wrong to say, “We were made to praise.” But it is more fully true to say, “We were made to enjoy God with overflowing praise.” This is the ultimate goal of life.

Now mark this: we have been describing the prayer of a divided heart. The psalmist would like to know a constant uninterrupted experience of God as his exceeding joy. But in reality there are times when he feels forsaken. He knows in his head that God has not forsaken him. But it feels like he has. So his deepest strategy to escape this most dangerous condition is to pray, “Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.”

-To read the whole article from John Piper, click here

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Snare of Things that are Seen

"...God had to bring Abraham to the end of his own strength, and to let him see that in his own body he could do nothing. He had to consider his own body as good as dead, and then take God for the whole work; and when he looked away from himself, and trusted God alone, then he became fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able to perform. That is what God is teaching us, and He has to keep away encouraging results until we learn to trust without them, and then He loves to make His word real in fact as well as faith." -A.B. Simpson

Thursday, August 28, 2008

More than a vase made of glass....

"There he proved them." Exodus 15:25

"I stood once in the test room of a great steel mill. All around me were little partitions and compartments. Steel had been tested to the limit and marked with figures that showed it's breaking point....

...God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain. He would have us like..toughened pieces of steel, able to bear twisting and crushing to the uttermost without collapse.

He wants us to be, not hothouse plants, but storm-beaten oaks; not sand dunes driven with every gust of wind, but granite rocks withstanding the fiercest storms. To make us such He must needs bring us into His testing room of suffering.

Many of us need no other argument than our own experiences to prove that suffering is indeed God's testing room of faith." -J.H. McC.

"It is very easy for us to speak and theorize about faith, but God often casts us into crucibles to try our gold, and to separate it from the dross and alloy. Oh, happy are we if the hurricanes that ripple life's unquiet sea have the effect of making Jesus more precious. Better the storm with Christ than smooth waters without him." -Macduff

What if God could not manage to ripen your life without suffering?

-Taken from, Streams In the Desert, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More For the Blessings Journal...

Well, I thought it was about time to add to my Blessings Journal. (see this post and this post) It's always good to reflect and remember what God has done, and how He has provided. (**Photo above was taken by my dear friend and fellow photographer, Jenneil Harbert, copyright 2008)

Psalm 145:2-5 says,"Every day I will bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation will praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works."

1. I am so greatful to the Lord for providing for BOTH of our cars to be fixed this past month. Neither fix was in the budget, but God in his mercy, saw fit to provide. This was above and beyond what we imagined in our humanness.

2. I thank God for our FREE vacation to Tennessee in July! Wow! We had a family from our church call us one day and tell us that they couldn't take the vacation they had booked for themselves back in March. So, they said if we wanted to go in their place, that it was ours-already paid for. It was the first REAL vacation we have taken as a family...i.e..not going to visit with family or friends, just going on vacation for vacation's sake! We stayed in a wonderful 2BR,2BA condo with a jacuzzi tub big enough for our whole family plus yours! :) It was restful and wonderful!

3. I thank God that He provided us the money to get to Tennessee for our vacation!

4. I'm thankful that Myra needed some clothes that fit, and I was able to go to Goodwill and get her 7 pairs of pants and 4 shirts (most name brands) for $17!

5. I'm thankful that God provided for Shane to get a suit for the wedding he recently officiated for some friends. We did not know where the money would come from, and God surprised us-once again!

6. I'm thankful that I'm getting more and more photography business.

7. I'm thankful that we are getting lots of yummy acorn squash out of our garden, along with the earlier crops of lettuce, spinach, basil, tomatoes, and cucumbers. There is nothing like fresh grown veggies!

8. I thank the Lord for my parents who took us to the State Fair recently and paid for everything, including ride tickets!

9. I'm thankful that God is expanding the ministry at our church and bringing in faithful workers, who are called to proclaim the Gospel to central Kentucky. We are so blessed to have John and Ashley and Jason and Marri to help expand our children and youth ministries.

10. I'm always thankful for my wonderful family. I will say it again and again-God has given me a wonderful, Godly husband who is dedicated to serving the Lord and following His calling. He leads us so graciously. He is kind and handsome, the love of my life. My children, though trying at times, bring me so much joy. They make me laugh and learn and who can ask for more than those little hugs and kisses?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Church Staff Pictures

Last night Shane and I headed into downtown Frankfort with my camera and met up with several of our church leaders and did some new staff photos for our church website. We had alot of fun, didn't take too long, and got some great pictures! I've got to finish a few this weekend with a couple folks who couldn't make it out last night, but I'm so happy with what we've got so far. Check them out here, at our church's website. If you live in or near Frankfort, Kentucky, come check us out at The Point Community Church. We love our church and are so blessed to be a part of what God is doing there! (Rick-our lead pastor's picture above)

Friday, August 08, 2008

Phillips family

I had the joy and privilege of doing family photos for Frank and Vivian Phillips this past week. Frank is one of our elders at church, and he and Vivian are just dear, precious friends. We call him our "elder" elder! :) On Monday, they called and said one of their sons and his lovely wife and their grandbaby were in town, and so we ended up doing some pictures that very night. We had a good time and got some great photos. As you can tell, they are very proud of their grandson, Abraham! I will be posting more soon on my photo blog.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The fragrance that God loves to smell

"I had a tiny box, a precious box
of human love-my spikenard of great price;
I kept it close within my heart of hearts.
And scarce would lift the lid lest it should waste
Its perfume on the air. One day a strange
Deep sorrow came with crushing weight, and fell
And broke the box to atoms. All my heart
Rose in dismay ans sorrow at this waste,
But as I mourned, behold a miracle
Of grace Divine. My human love was changed
To heaven's own, and poured in healing streams
On other broken hearts, while soft and clear
A voice above me whispered, "Child of mine,
With comfort wherewith thou art comforted,
From this time forth, go comfort others,
And thou shalt know blest fellowship with Me,
Whose broken heart of love hath healed the world."

-taken from Streams in the Desert, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

Monday, August 04, 2008

What To Do With All That Zucchini???

If you're like me, you're a bit overrun with zucchini this time of the year. We don't have it in our own personal garden, but we have gotten alot from our cropshare, and I keep having people "offer" some of their zucchini to me. I'm not a big zucchini lover...unless it's loaded with sugar, as in zucchini bread or zucchini chocolate cake! So, I went on the hunt last week for zucchini recipes, found this one on Allrecipes.com and had to share! It was SO yummy! We had steak with it (which I got with a price match at Wal-Mart! It was chuck eye steak, that was normally $4.89/lb and I got for $1.99/lb because Pic-Pac had it on sale! Just a sidenote...we don't often have steak!), and although the steak was good, I just wanted more zucchini pie! I would love to do this with all my zucchini every week, if it weren't for the caloric content...because you can't eat just one small piece. So, even if you are fickle with zucchini, as I am, give this one a try..and let me know how you like it! :) (sorry I dont' have a photo of it!)

Mom's Zucchini Pie

1 (8oz.) pkg refrigerated crescent rolls (I used the reduced fat one)
1/4 cup margarine
4 cups sliced zucchini
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups shredded mozzarella (I used a mozzarella/provolone mixture that was fabulous, but you can use any reduced fat cheese here as a substitute..I wouldn't use fat free, though. It never bakes well)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll crescent rolls, and press into a 9 inch pie pan, covering sides and bottom.
2. Melt margarine in a skillet over medium heat, and cook til the zucchini and onion are tender. Season with parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Remove skillet from heat, and mix in the eggs and cheese.
3. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until set. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

How Do You Rate As A 1930s Houswife?

Okay, I found this test from a link on another blog and I had to take it for fun! :) Well, at least in the 1930s I would have been a very superior housewife. A day late and a dollar short is always the case, huh? :)


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Fun at Megan's shower

On Saturday, I got to go to a personal shower for my dear friend, Megan. I met Megan three summers ago at Crossings at Cedarmore camp, where Shane was the associate director. That summer she met Tim, another staff member, and they are getting married in August. Shane is officiating the wedding-his first! I am doing the photography, and my girls are the flower girls. It's going to be so much fun to do this as a family!

We got to go suit shopping for Shane on Saturday, since he does not own a suit! We found a really nice one, and I think I could get used to seeing him wear it quite often, but he thinks they are of the devil! :)

Anyhow, here are a few pictures from the shower! :) As you can see, all the other girls were in their early 20s. I was the "matriarch." I said, "wow, you all look so young in this picture," to which they replied, "well, you have so much wisdom." We all know what that means! :) But, it was so much fun. Laura, from church, was there-and she is just so sweet. And, Megan's sister Rachel is a hoot, and I could just keep her. And, Megan's friend, Jamie, who hosted the shower was also just sweet as can be. They were gracious to welcome me into their circle of youth! :) ha!
We are so happy for Tim and Megan and are so looking forward to seeing what God has for this young couple who seek Him with their whole hearts. Tim just graduated from Southern Seminary in May, and desires to be a pastor one day. He is currently interning at our church. We really love the two of them so much, and are so blessed to be a part of their lives.

My Beauty

"His blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress."

Something Beautiful

This is MY song lately. You know, that one song that you hear and it makes you weep every time. This is it for me these days.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Me and the Kids

My sweet, old neighbor, Jim, took this picture of the kids and I last Sunday. He gave us a copy, and I thought it was a sweet picture. He's always asking me for photography advice-as he loves to take pictures, and I enjoy talking to him! He's also an artist and gave us one of his paintings after Shane helped him with his yard one day. It's a painting of some churches, and he gave it to us since we were, quote "church people!" :)