Sunday, April 26, 2015

Week 17 - Winding up April

Winding down April.

I've shared some beautiful spring pictures with you all this month.  Virginia really is a gorgeous state.  Being able to experience all of the seasons... the beauty of the mountains... the nearness of the ocean.

Several happenings in my family this month.  My only sibling, my brother turned Fifty .  He now joins me in the over the hill club.....

One of my grandsons turned 15.  How in the heck did that happen....

My youngest child will be Nineteen in just a few day... and I really do not know how that happened..

and it was the 2nd anniversary to the passing of Jessie.  A 17 year old - beautiful child who was killed due to gross incompetence of a doctor and a nurse.

But that is what took her life from here... not what we think of when we thing of her.  Her beauty and light shines on forever....

Still dealing with life changes on a personal level as well.  Still working part time and now dealing with some muscular issues and some pain.  Try not to dwell on it and trying hard to deal with it.  And it is my intention to not only beat it...but to continue to make improvements each and every day.


This past week.  Lets see.

My favorite photo that I shared....

Tomorrow I get to finally go to my grandson, Gage's baseball game...

Isn't he a cutie?

And this little angel... Kaidyn Elizabeth.  Dressed in her Dora Pajamas and sporting her Barney backpack.   She keeps me smiling on the weekends when she is here.

Just going to share a few inspirational pictures from the past week.

 And the most inspirational thing I saw/heard all week..

Tonight, I had my nineteen year old daughter, her boyfriend and her best friend over for dinner.  As the three of them sat at the table together, they held hands and her boyfriend said a beautiful blessing. 

It lifted me higher and gave me a stronger focus for the days ahead.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

And there is always someone to pray for.  Always.  I encourage you to light a candle every day and pray for someone.  I used to keep a prayer journal and looking back on it, am still totally amazed how many there are to pray for.  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Week 16 - the Colors of Spring

Week 16 - the Colors of Spring

Not too awful much excitement this past week.  Just steady as she goes.....

Still adjusting to the part time working thing.....

Getting some things done around the house that have been neglected...

Cleaning up my crafting area so I can do more crafts..

Being grateful.

Working diligently on a 100 day challenge.  

Music, pictures, emails, ecards....

Feeling pretty good about that.

Here's a few picture shares from the week past....

My little granddaughter Kai, climbing a tree. 

My next vehicle.  I will be getting it this coming week.  I'm excited!

A spring walk through a local park...

And I'm leaving your this week with the flowers of spring I have been blessed enough to  photograph this past week.   See you next week. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Week 15 - Family Ties

Week 15 - Family Ties

Lately, I seem to be in a waiting mode...I'm not sure what's going on here.  I think it is partly because my entire adult life, I've always worked.  Many times two jobs and a couple of times it was three. 

Now, I'm working part time at my full time job and still Thursday nights at my part time job.... and my system just can get used to it.   It feels great to slow down a little, I must admit.  And it's time.

Not too much going on this fifteenth week of 2015.

A trip on the parkway when going to downtown Roanoke last Tuesday.  No pictures but beautiful images in my head.   Passing Mill Mountain Zoo on the way brought back memories to me.  I added it to my list of things to do this summer :-)

I accidentally found a site while doing a little bit of family history research. 

Its called

Sound a little morbid?  Well, its not.  It is a wonderful place that many volunteers spend their valuable time creating ways for families to record their loved ones, lives, connections and more.

I found a tremendous amount of information about my Lynn family.  I met new members of that family and got to join a new facebook group for the Lynn Family history.   I've spent a great deal of time looking at the most amazing pictures.

I found my granddaddy's site.  The man who started it, just from a picture of his tombstone located at Fort Knox cemetery in Kentucky transferred ownership of the account to me.  I have added pictures and information about him.  He passed on when I was eight years old, and back then it was like my entire world fell apart.   Working on his memorial brought him so close to me.

I found his mother and father on there and linked them to his memorial page.

Then I created a page for his wife, my grandmother and his daughter, my mother and linked them all.

I have so much more work to do and more loved ones to add.

Keeping in mind that there are more family members to find and to add, and more photos etc and information, here's the link to Granddaddy's memorial page.  I have to get out all of the family pictures now and get some scanned.  I have pictures of his father, his mother, his sister.  

And  I hope to get more pictures and information about my Lynn family too.  They have a huge network on this site and I cannot wait to add to it.

And this week, my favorite picture was of one of my little granddaughters, Kaidyn Elizabeth.

It is the true definition of the Joy of Spring

I'm getting ready to begin several challenges which I'm pretty sure my extended family on facebook will love. 

The return of the Photo Memory Shares and then there will be a Vintage Family Photo share as well.

Getting back to my black and white photography shares and my capture the day in a song posts.

I've been invited to participate in
Ecard a day for 100 days and Email a day for 100 days.

Then, there is the 100 Happy Days Challenge and the 100 Beauty in Nature Challenge...

how do I pick one of those???

And my daughter Mary made this for me.   I found it today and had to share it with you.

These are the five precious souls that I actually carried inside of me and gave birth to.

No greater gift ever.....except maybe the grandchildren they are giving me now...

12 and counting.... <3

Thanks for visiting this week.

I will see you again next week.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Week 14 - The Beginning of Spring

For this week, I will share pictures from today.  Spring is just beginning to light up the world here in Virginia.    The grass, trees, flowers and even the blue of the sky.

All of these photos were taken today, by me.   All were taken here in Bedford, Virginia.

It's spring again.  The earth is like a child who knows poems by heart.
-M Rilke

Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?
-N Blanchan

For thou O spring! Can renovate
all that God did first create.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

No winter lasts forever...
No spring skips its turn.
-H Barland

Springtime is the land awakening.....

The earth laughs in Flowers...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful spring day with me.

See you next week.