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April sunrise

I don’t usually pay much attention to anything when I first get out of bed, but this morning just a glance out my front door demanded my attention.  This beautiful sunrise said to me “Here is your greeting for the morning…get that camera and show your friends how pretty the day has begun for you”. That is exactly what I’m doing.


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We have had to welcome winter even tho we were not too happy about it.  Most folks use their fireplaces as a source of heat.  As you can see, this family has a different use for it…a place for my collection of angels and pictures.  At times like this I am happy that our power didn’t go out because that would have meant moving my pretty stuff to make way for the use that the fireplace was intended.


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madison riding houdini

In February 2007 we adopted a new family member, Houdini, and everyone fell in love with him. A couple of months later in April, God blessed us with our second granddaughter Madison and they instantly became best of friends.

The first picture shows Houdini saying his first ‘hello’ to me at our local animal shelter – I just knew he would be going home with me.  I have never regretted that decision.  The only problem was cleaning up all of those white hairs, and believe me, there were white hairs on everything.

The second picture shows Madison riding Houdini, which she did every time she visited us.  I think he enjoyed it as much as she did.  God certainly knew what He was doing when He allowed Houdini to become one of our family.

For the past few months Houdini has been experiencing some very serious health issues.  I guess that happens in all of our lives as the years go by and we know Houdini was approaching at least 11 years of age in human terms.  This past weekend his health really turned for the worse and we knew it would not be long till he went to “‘Dog Heaven”.

Yesterday afternoon Houdini made that final journey and is now having a good time running and playing with Tigger, Pooh, Sage, Ali and others he is meeting for the first time.  I love you Houdini and hated to see you leave, but I know you are no longer in pain, and for that I am grateful.  I believe when I get to Heaven, Houdini will be among my family welcoming me there.


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“The Point – the Redemption of Oban Ironbout”
by William E Jefferson
Publisher – Port Estillyen Productions

Hollie and Goodwin Macbreeze travel to Estillyen hoping to find inspiration for their lives.  Hollie has just been diagnosed with a disease that has her concerned and is needing peace with accepting what may come her way.  Goodwin is carrying with him a sketch that he had done as a young child and is interested in visiting the place again.

Oban Ironbout is living on the property where the sketch was made and has a very bad attitude about life after losing his wife and sons.  Walnut throwing and gun shooting has managed to keep people away, but not Goodwin and Hollie.

This is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness and acceptance.


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For several days we watched as this bird carried material to build this nest on our back porch…then one day she began ‘nesting’…Now we are excited to watch her everyday as we go about our normal business.  We can walk past her walking the dogs, just sitting there watching her or whatever we chose to do and it never seems to bother her.  Madison really enjoys watching and is very anxious to see the new baby birds when they arrive…as we all are.


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Author:  Rebekah Lyons
Tyndale House Publishers
The Arrow Group

Rebekah tells of her many years of dealing with depression. She and her husband make a dramatic move from their southern home to New York and the move has lasting affects on her and her families lives. Several times she believes she has beaten depression, but it always appears once again. Finally when she totally turns it over to God is the depression defeated.
This is a very interesting book that I believe will be very helpful for believers to enjoy


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Bread and Wine

Title: “Bread & Wine”
Author: Shauna Niequist
Publisher:  Zondervan


“Bread & Wine” is just a bit different from most books that I read.  I am not sure what I expected, and was wondering why I agreed to review it, but was pleasantly surprised to find that I truly enjoyed reading it.  Shauna told of different events that occurred around the table with family and friends.  This got me to thinking about some very special events around my Granny Cook’s table as I was growing up.

One of my first memories around Granny’s table did not even involve food, but a very special friend of mine…Granny and Granddaddy did not allow pets (dogs or cats) inside their home.  They believed all animals should be outside the home.  Being the first grandchild I got away with a lot of stuff that other grandkids didn’t, so I would sneak in their big red Chow, Bozo.  We were best of friends and we would crawl up underneath the kitchen table and I would fall asleep with my head on his body.

Other memories at Granny’s table were during revival time at our church when our Pastor, along with the visiting preacher, would come for a meal and sometimes spend the night or nights.  The door was always open to friends, family and anyone else who happened to stop by, and always included a meal.  The table was large enough to feed several at a time, but the men were seated first and if room, next were the ladies…children were always last to be fed and always enough food to feed us all with plenty leftovers for the next day.  Fried chicken was the best (homegrown, killed, cleaned and cooked)…yummy.

Thanks to Shauna for helping to bring back some very special memories for me.  This is a very interesting story of life around the table, along with some recipes.  I strongly encourage reading this book and I’m sure it will bring back some memories to you also.


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North of Hope by Shannon Polson

Zondervan – Publisher

Shannon’s parents were killed by a bear and she retraces their trip through the wilderness of Alaska.  She does this to help heal her pain.  In telling her story, she also remembers things from her past that had been important events.  This trip helped her to accept that things don’t always go the way we would like.

It was hard at first for me to get ‘into’ this book, but as I kept reading, I enjoyed it more.  If you enjoy stories involving the wilderness then this is a book you will love.


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Timmy is a great young Christian man serving God as a pastor and loving his church, family and friends.  He is having surgery that will help him to walk again…God willing…

Precious Memories Photography (that’s me) is having a Fundraiser to help Timmy with expenses for his surgery…in addition, we request all of your prayers, which is more important for this surgery to work.

Photo Shoot

$20 (cd with copyright release)

Saturday – April 6, 2013

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Damascus Town Park, Damascus, VA

If raining, we will be at Back Bone Rock at the Shelter


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I love to read a variety of types of books and one of my favorite involves stories of the Amish people.  “Goodbye to Yesterday” by Wanda Brunstetter (Part 1 of 6), is a very interesting story of Luke and Meredith Stultzfus.  They love each other, but Luke has lost his job, which is making things really tough.  Meredith also is thinking that she could be pregnant, but is afraid to tell Luke.  Luke has been trying to find another place of employment with no success.  After receiving an offer from his uncle in another state, Luke decides to go for it, although Meredith isn’t pleased.  On the way to his uncle’s to learn his new trade, Luke meets up with Alex Mitchell, who is on the run from some drug dealers.  Alex sees that Luke is carrying some money and decides that Luke will be an easy target.  Meredith is at home praying because she has an uneasy feeling about Luke’s trip.  I am looking forward to receiving Part 2 and continuing this story of love and faith.  I recommend this author and book very highly.

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