31st Oct2011

I Got PINKED!

by Daenel

I Got PINKED!Cancer runs in my family. Specifically breast cancer. While discussing my own battles with Thyroid Cancer and “diseased breasts” with my aunt, I found out that 4 of my grandmother’s sisters died of breast cancer between the ages of 52 and 65. I had no idea.

Last year when I was pinked, I did it in honor of my mother~in~law who was recovering from her last round of treatments for breast cancer and for my aunt who was also battling the disease. This summer, my aunt, Sylvia, lost her fight but she left us with so much…

She left us with memories of her laugh, the kind and gentle way that she had of making everyone feel welcome and at home in her presence. Even when she was sick, she still got up to make dinner for the hubs and me when we came to visit (despite our many protests). She insisted that we eat and make ourselves at home. That was the kind of lady that Aunt Sylvia was, she made sure everyone else was comfortable no matter what the personal cost to her.

So this year, when I got pinked, I did it in memory of the 4 great aunts that I barely remember, my aunt who fought so bravely, my mother~in~law who is a two~time breast cancer survivor and every other woman and man who will ever battle this disease.

31st Oct2011

National Blog Posting Month, I’m Participating

by Daenel

National Blog Posting Month ~ NovemberA long long time ago in a country far away, there lived a little girl who dreamed of only one thing, well, she dreamed of a lot of things, but for the purposes of this post, she dreamed of only one thing, to be a writer. Not just any writer but a writer who made a difference, either through laughter or tears or spiritual tugging. That little girl wanted to change the world.

As she grew older, life took over and the strong words of conviction that the little girl so desperately wanted to share with the world were replaced with teenage grunts and, later, parental shouts of “No” and “Stop it!” The typewriter was pushed aside and the dream became a distant memory. The only time it was remembered was when someone from my past would exclaim upon discovering that I’m a wife and mom, “What?! You’re not living in some foreign country writing reports of political upheaval?” Nope, I’m living in suburban America, signing permission slips.

So here I sit, in my living room, wondering if there’s still time for me to make a difference, to reach people through my words… Is my voice still here? If it’s lost, can I recover it?

For the month of November that’s exactly what I plan to find out. I will be participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), a challenge for bloggers to post daily. Usually, there’s a theme assigned to the challenge but this month there is no theme, bloggers are asked to simply write for the sake of writing.

To participate all you have to do is:

  1. be a blogger
  2. go here to sign up
  3. grab the badge from here

Easy, right? You can also check out other bloggers who’re participating in NaBloPoMo by going here.

Some of the benefits of participating in NaBloPoMo:

  1. Writing daily sharpens your skills
  2. Increased visibility of your blog through syndication on BlogHer
  3. Daily prizes for bloggers who are listed on the blogroll:
  • Monday – BlogHer ’12 conference pass
  • Tuesday – Book from Penguin Publishing
  • Wednesday – $50 Visa gift card
  • Thursday – Book from Penguin Publishing
  • Friday – Melissa Ford’s Life From Scratch (a novel about blogging)
  • Saturday – Susan Getgood’s Professional Blogging for Dummies (a book about blogging)
  • Sunday – Eden Kennedy and Alice Bradley’s Let’s Panic About Babies!

Will you be participating in NaBloPoMo? If so, leave a comment below with a link to your blog so I can check out your posts.

29th Oct2011

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog
  • hit the link
  • leave a comment
  • visit other participants

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

And don’t forget to grab my badge!

28th Oct2011

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Red

by Daenel

So are you all enjoying this challenge so far? I know I am. I’m learning so much from looking at the photographs that all of you have shared (and your tips and tricks have been invaluable). I think the main thing I’ve learned is always have my camera ready, because I never know when a picture~taking opportunity might occur…

Last week, after picking up Miss 18 from school, we decided to visit the local conservation center just to see what they had… Oh my gosh, it was beautiful and crazy at the same time. There were all sorts of animals on display along with information about the indigenous peoples and how they used to live. Fortunately, I had my camera on me and I was able to take some pictures, which I posted here. These are just a couple that I took during the day that met today’s theme:
Red Berries

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Red

On a second visit with my two younger daughters (you can see those pictures here), I took the following pictures of some pretty red leaves:

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Red

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

Lastly, I took these pictures in my backyard. Again, it amazes me the treasures I find when I’m not really looking:

Shade of Autumn Photo Challenge: Red

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

The collage is just a collection of pictures that met the challenge. The little boy in the corner is my nephew, doesn’t he have such attitude? I took that picture of him over the summer when the kids and I were traveling from Pennsylvania to Missouri.

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Red

ABOUT THE SHADES OF AUTUMN PHOTO CHALLENGE

Shades of Autumn Photo ChallengeThe Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Alicia atProject Alicia, Kristi at live and love…out loud and Rebecca atBumbles & Light. There’s also a flickr group and a Pinterest board for those of you who are looking for some photographic inspiration…

The themes are:

OCTOBER
7 ~ Green
14 ~ Yellow
21 ~ Orange
28 ~ Red

NOVEMBER
4 ~ Purple
11 ~ Brown
18 ~ White
25 ~ Shades of Autumn Finale

To participate:

Share your favorite images inspired by the Autumn shade of the week each Friday. Your image must contain at least 50% of the color of the week; the autumn shade should be the main focus of your photograph. Selective coloring is discouraged.

Images can either be linked through your Shades of Autumn blog post or to a picture on Flickr (please do not just link to your blog’s homepage). You can also add your pictures to the Shades of Autumn Flickr Group.

Don’t forget to hit the linky, it’ll be open from 12:01 AM Friday to 11:59 PM Wednesday, and grab the badge.

27th Oct2011

No Cell Phones in Hospitals, Or How the Hubs Almost Killed Me

by Daenel
No Cell Phones

Image Courtesy of Microsoft (Edited with Picasa)

The hubs will tell anyone who asks that he prayed that God would send someone like me into his life. He will also tell them that he should have been a little more specific in his request, you know other than “Please let her be smart and pretty enough that I don’t have to close one eye to look at her.” He should have added “And let her be a mature responsible woman who doesn’t act crazy in hospitals.” Really, some of our best funniest stories have occurred in hospitals.

I think this moment is probably one of the top times when the hubs has seriously rethought his prayer request…

You know how hospitals have big ol’ honkin’ signs all over that say “No Cell Phones Past This Point”? Yeah, they’re there for a reason. So one day after undergoing surgery, I decided to “playfully” demonstrate to the hubs that the no cell phone policy was not a suggestion…

Me: lying on the bed in the recovery room, I open my eyes to see the hubs dialing numbers on his cell phone

Hubs: “Hi, just wanted to call and let you know Daenel’s out of surgery… Yeah, she’s doing fine… We’re in the recovery room…”

Me: starts flopping around on the bed like I’m having convulsions “C~c~c~cell ph~ph~phone. Hang it up! N~n~n~now!”

Hubs: Drops the phone and runs out into the hall “Doctor! Doctor! Come quick! Something’s wrong!”

Me: laughing hysterically “Dude, I’m ok. I was just messing with you.”

It’s been 10 years since my surgery and the hubs still doesn’t find this story anywhere near as amusing as I do. Therefore, I’m not allowed to tell it very often. But I figure since I’m 10 years cancer free we can all celebrate with a good laugh.

26th Oct2011

Word Filled Wednesday: Your Light Will Break Forth

by Daenel

Word Filled Wednesday

I started participating in the Word Filled Wednesday meme as a way to share my faith with others in the hopes that hearts would be touched and, perhaps, others will think about their relationship with Christ. I have accepted Christ as my personal savior and I believe that it is only through Him that we can receive the gift of eternal life. For more information on what I believe, click here.

Word Filled WednesdayI’m linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions (click hereto learn more about ICD) for Word Filled Wednesday (click here to see this week’s edition).  WFW is a way for participants to share the message of God’s love creatively using a photograph or graphic image combined with a Bible verse.

For more information about Word Filled Wednesday, go here.

Scripture & a SnapshotI’m also linking up with Katie Lloyd Photography for Scripture and a Snapshot.  To participate:

  1. Select a scripture
  2. Add a photo to it
  3. Put the Scripture & a Snapshot button in your post
  4. Visit Katie Lloyd Photography by clicking here and hit the link

If you decide to join up with either meme, please leave a comment below so I can visit your post. Thank you.

26th Oct2011

Yarn Along

by Daenel

1 Peter 2:24

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Yarn Along

A friend of mine is dealing with cancer, so I’m making this scarf and flower pin set to show my support for her. Once I’m finished it will have 2 more flowers: one in solid pink and one in solid brown. With each stitch is a prayer for health and strength as she goes through this difficult time.

I’m joining up with Ginny from small things for Yarn Along.  To participate, all you have to do is take a picture of your current crocheting or knitting project along with the book you’re reading and hit the link.  Make sure you visit some of the other participants and share some comment love.

What about you?  What are you looking forward to this weekend?

26th Oct2011

What I Wore Wednesday #25 and real momma. real style.

by Daenel

JOIN ME FOR SHOE STYLE SATURDAY THIS SATURDAY
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE

Remember last week when I said I was gonna dress like a grownup? Yeah, well it didn’t happen. My readers are smart. A couple of them suggested that I am, in fact, dressing like a grownup and that I have my own unique style that works for me. *fist bump* Thank you for checking me.

What I Wore Monday

What I Wore Monday
Cardi, Scarf, Headband ~ Target
Flower Brooch ~ Made by Me
Tunic ~ Forever 21
Jeans ~ Old Navy
Shoes ~ Clark’s Bendables, QVC

Growing up, we weren’t allowed to war pants to church. And jeans? My mom would’ve backhanded us. But this is what I wore to Wednesday evening services. I love the color combination, it made me feel happy and just a little bit quirky. Notice the crocheted flower brooch? I made it.

What I Wore Saturday

What I Wore Saturday
Scarf, Bangles, Boots, Socks ~ Target
Tunic ~ Old Navy
Denim Skirt ~ Gifted

I love love love boots and socks with a skirt. Maybe it comes from growing up in Italy and seeing women create their own unique style or maybe it’s just a fun look, I don’t know. I just know that I adore the look.

What I Wore Sunday

What I Wore Sunday
Tights ~ Target
Oxfords ~ Boscov’s
Boots ~ Payless

I also like tights. This is something I swore I’d never wear again once I became an adult.
Tights and stockings. Now I’m totally digging patterned and colored tights. This was the first time that I’ve ever worn them with oxfords and a skirt. Love it!

How do you define your style?

I’m linking up with Lindsay and Nina for their various fashion memes:

The Pleated Poppy

real momma. real style.

Please check them out for some fashion inspiration.

26th Oct2011

Wordless Wednesday: The Girls

by Daenel

JOIN ME FOR SHOE STYLE SATURDAY THIS SATURDAY
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE

The Girls I’m linking up with the following blogs for Wordless Wednesday. Please stop by and check them out:

Cooking for My Captain

Merry With Children

Moms Bookshelf & More

PhotoLifeSite

Woven by Words

You can see more of my photographic efforts by clicking here to see my Flickr stream…

24th Oct2011

It Was All About Her, But Really It Was All About Me

by Daenel

We’re not allowed to talk about the time before Miss 14 was born. This is a family joke that started when she was about 5 and discovered that we had existed as a happy family of six before she was born. After looking at the family album, Miss 14 (then Miss 5) promptly placed her hands over her ears and started yelling “Noooo!” When we finally got her calm enough to ask the problem, she replied “I don’t want you to have a life before me.” Ummmm, spoken like a true last child who has been spoiled rotten by her family. So we indulged her and never really spoke of the “Time Before B____.”

As the years passed and the kids grew older, Miss 14 grudgingly accepted that, while she has rounded out our lives, we were pretty happy before she came along. But she’s still wished for days that were all about her.

This weekend, her wish came true…

Welcome to Cape Girardeau, Missouri

To see pictures from our Civil War drive, click here

On Friday, I gave up my trip to St. Louis to eat lunch with her at school; a decision I would make again, any day of the week. We had so much fun. Then, on Saturday, the family and I loaded up the truck and went on a historical scavenger hunt also known as the Driving Tour of Civil War Sites around Cape Girardeau/Jackson. What a fun way to get to know the area! Actually, it was an extra credit assignment for Miss 14 but she wanted the family to go along.

I honestly had no idea that this area was so steeped in Civil War history. We had fun, hopping out of the car, snapping pictures, laughing and, of course, bickering. Really, what family outing isn’t complete without a little snapping? After we finished the driving tour, Miss 14 decided that we should go to The Branding Iron for lunch. Good choice, young lady, good choice. They have the best ribs. Ever.

Laughing

To see pictures from our trip to the Conservation Center, click here

After dropping the guys off at home, the girls and I decided to head over to the Conservation Center and go for a walk along the trails. We spent a lot of time laughing, walking, giggling and snickering… As we started heading towards the car, the girls ran ahead of me and started talking and laughing. As I snapped a few pictures of some leaves, I turned and saw Miss 14 and Miss 16 laughing with abandon. I have no idea what they were laughing at, they wouldn’t tell me but I do know that I’m glad that I was there and that I got to hear it.

21st Oct2011

Lunch with Miss 14, So Worth It

by Daenel

Miss 14This weekend I was supposed to be in St. Louis hanging out with my bloggy friends at Show Me the Blog but do you know where I am? I’m at home. On the sofa. And I’m OK with that. Yesterday my daughter, Miss 14, invited me to her school to eat lunch with her. Apparently, this is a tradition at their school. For the parents to bring food to the school and eat with their children. I didn’t know about the bringing in the food part, but I’ll get to that later. Anyway, I chose to go to my daughter’s school for lunch today, therefore, I couldn’t make the trip to St. Louis.

Initially, I told my daughter that I wouldn’t be able to make it because I had a previous engagement. You do not know how much I was looking forward to this trip. Seriously, I want need to be around people who understand exactly what it is that I do. Her face fell and then she said “OK, it’s not like a lot of parents were gonna be there anyway.” I told the hubs what happened and told him that I couldn’t let her down. So I made the command decision to miss the first day of the conference to eat lunch with my daughter.

When I arrived at the school, I saw all of these parents walking in with containers of food from all sorts of local restaurants. Ummmm, I assumed when they said eat lunch at the school it meant eat lunch at the school, in the cafeteria. As the kids started pouring into the hallway, I saw Miss 14 peeping over people’s heads ~ she’s really tall ~ looking for me. When I waved at her, she smiled. A big smile. A huge cheese eating grin, which was immediately replaced by a surly teenage scowl. But it was too late, I saw the happiness.

LunchAfter realizing that her mother had failed to bring her sustenance, Miss 14 and her new BFF led me to the cafeteria where we purchased, um, lunch. A peanut butter sandwich, mac~n~cheese, a tortilla with bacon and turkey and a peanut butter cookie. After we settled at our table, I immediately whipped out my camera and began taking pictures of the girls. I was the only parent with a camera. We were the only table laughing.

As we finished our lunch and cleared the table, I looked over at Miss 14 who looked genuinely happy and said “This was fun.” She smiled at me and replied, “Yes, it was.”

21st Oct2011

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Orange

by Daenel

If I thought last week’s challenge to find something yellow was next to impossible, I cannot begin to explain how hard finding something orange was…  Seriously, where is all of the orange stuff? Kid you not, even the pumpkins were white. White pumpkins?! What is that? Then I remembered that I’d picked up some oranges on my last trip to the grocery store, so I took them out of the fridge and snapped away.

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: OrangeNot the most inspired photographs but then, while driving to church on Sunday night, I saw this

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Orange
And this

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: OrangeI was late for church but I think sometimes we need to just pull over and admire the gift of color that God gives us

ABOUT THE SHADES OF AUTUMN PHOTO CHALLENGE

Shades of Autumn Photo ChallengeThe Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge is hosted by Alicia at Project Alicia, Kristi at live and love…out loud and Rebecca at Bumbles & Light. There’s also a flickr group and a Pinterest board for those of you who are looking for some photographic inspiration…

The themes are:

OCTOBER
7 ~ Green
14 ~ Yellow
21 ~ Orange
28 ~ Red

NOVEMBER
4 ~ Purple
11 ~ Brown
18 ~ White
25 ~ Shades of Autumn Finale

To participate:

Share your favorite images inspired by the Autumn shade of the week each Friday. Your image must contain at least 50% of the color of the week; the autumn shade should be the main focus of your photograph. Selective coloring is discouraged.

Images can either be linked through your Shades of Autumn blog post or to a picture on Flickr (please do not just link to your blog’s homepage). You can also add your pictures to the Shades of Autumn Flickr Group.

Don’t forget to hit the linky, it’ll be open from 12:01 AM Friday to 11:59 PM Wednesday, and grab the badge.

20th Oct2011

How Come No One’s Missing Jahesseye Shockley

by Daenel
Jahessey Shockley

Jahessye Shockley (Credit: File, AP Photo/Glendale Police Department)

Actually, there are a few people who’re missing her ~ her family, myself and the many bloggers who’ve complained about the lack of coverage that Jahessey’s receiving.  But you wouldn’t know that if you were simply relying on the media to provide information. Five~year~old Jahesseye Shockley of Glendale, Arizona has been missing since 11 October when she was last seen at home by her three older siblings while her mother was out running errands.

Last week, I posted a little tirade on my Facebook page about the lack of coverage that Jahesseye Shockley is receiving by the media. I stated that I didn’t want to throw the race card on the table but it was getting difficult to ignore the fact that a dead white child and a missing white infant had received more coverage than this child had in the week that she’d been missing. I even sent a tweet to ABC News, Fox News and CNN to find out why they haven’t covered Jahessey at all. To date, I haven’t received a response.  This isn’t the first time that I’ve taken issue with the coverage that missing people of color receive from the media (do you remember the case of Mitrice Richardson?), nor will it be the last.

I hate to say it but if Jahesseye were a blonde haired blue eyed child, Nancy Grace et al would be all over this story and we’d be getting hourly updates about the status of the search. Instead, we have a black child who, I guess, doesn’t meet the news media’s “cute standard” so she’s ignored.

As a mother and a woman of color, I’m disturbed that Jahesseye isn’t receiving the attention that she warrants. She’s someone’s child and she’s loved and missed; her life is worth something.

Lisa Brown of It Keeps Getting Better pointed out during our Facebook discussion that missing elderly and people with disabilities are also ignored by the media. A valid point that needs to be corrected by the media. And in order for that to happen, we all must take a stand and let the media know that everyone belongs to someone and every life is worth something and until every missing person is found, there’s someone out there with a broken heart.

19th Oct2011

Word Filled Wednesday: He Will Guide Your Path

by Daenel

Word Filled Wednesday

Word Filled WednesdayI’m linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions (click here to learn more about ICD) for Word Filled Wednesday (click here to see this week’s edition).  WFW is a way for participants to share the message of God’s love creatively using a photograph or graphic image combined with a Bible verse.

For more information about Word Filled Wednesday, go here.

Scripture & a SnapshotI’m also linking up with Katie Lloyd Photography for Scripture and a Snapshot.  To participate:

  1. Select a scripture
  2. Add a photo to it
  3. Put the Scripture & a Snapshot button in your post
  4. Visit Katie Lloyd Photography by clicking here and hit the link

And, as always, I’m linking up with Mimi at Woven by Words for Wordless Wednesday. To see more pictures, check out her blog.

    19th Oct2011

    What I Wore Wednesday #24

    by Daenel

    I realized something this week, well, it didn’t just hit me but it became a little more obvious this week:

    1. Most of my clothes are the same color/style
    2. My daughter dresses a lot like me, I don’t know if this is good or bad

    I look at ladies in their suits with pumps and I think, Wow, she looks so classy and stylish. I try it and I look like a kid playing dress up. So I think next week, I’ll challenge myself to wear “grown up” clothes at least once. And by “grown up” I mean something structured and a little less boho…  How will you challenge yourself this week?

    What I Wore Thursday

    What I Wore Thursday
    Tunic Sweater: Cato
    Jeans, Clogs: Kmart

    I spent Thursday with my daughter, Miss 18, who was home from college. We visited the Conservation Center, did a bit of shopping and did a lot of catching up.

    What I Wore Friday

    What I Wore Friday Tunic: Dots
    Cardi: Old Navy
    Tank, Jeans: Kmart
    Earrings: Target
    Shoes: Clark’s Indigo

    Friday was errand day, you know, bill paying, grocery shopping and all that other stuff that makes being an adult not so much fun… But, hey, at least I looked cute while doing it, right? Hahaha

    What I Wore Saturday

    What I Wore Saturday Cardi: Target, Boots
    Tunic: Dots

    Jeans: Old Navy

    Saturday was chill out at home day. Well, except for the 15 minutes that it took me to run out to Creative Ewe Pottery to pick up the coffee mug that I’d painted the previous week (click here to see the pictures).

    What I Wore Sunday

    What I Wore Sunday Cardi, Camisole: Old Navy
    Flower Pins: Michael’s
    Skirt: Rue 21
    Bangles, Shoes: Target

    I wore this outfit to church on Sunday. I wasn’t sure about the skirt when I bought it ($6, y’all!) but when I put it on, I loved it. I’m totally in to maxi skirts right now and I’m digging the funky print.

    I’m linking up with Lindsay and Nina for their various fashion memes:

    The Pleated Poppy

    Real Momma Real Style

    Please check them out for some fashion inspiration.

    17th Oct2011

    Monday Mingle: Food Love and Weekly Memes

    by Daenel

    Makeup Free MondayMakeup Free Monday is hosted by The Beauty Beanas an initiative for women to celebrate real beauty.  I love makeup almost as much as I love shoes but I also like encouraging women to embrace their natural beauty.  Confidence is beautiful, makeup is the enhancer.

    If you decide to participate in Makeup Free Monday let me know in the comments.

    Monday MingleMonday Mingle is hosted by Jenn at Eighty MPH Mom. If you’d like to participate, simply create a short vlog in which you answer the questions and then hit up the linky. Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love for your fellow participants. After all, isn’t that what mingling is all about?

    This week’s questions are:

    1.  What is your favorite food?

    I love anything with seafood. I’m a seafood fiend. I also like authentic Italian food. I’m not talking about the stuff you get in a restaurant, I’m talking about the food you get over in Italy when a sweet little old Italian lady invites you over for dinner. I lived in Italy for 7½ years, I’m a bit of an Italian food snob.

    2.  What food do you hate?

    I don’t think there’s really a food that I hate. The only thing I won’t try are frog legs. The thought of eating them just skeeves me a bit.

    3.  What other blog hops or weekly memes do you do?

    On Wednesday’s I participate in What I Wore Wednesday and Word Filled Wednesdays. On Friday’s I participate in the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. And on Saturdays, I host Shoe Style Saturday, a fun meme all about shoes. You really ought to join in the fun! To find out more information, simply click on the title of the meme.

    Next week’s questions are:

    1. Have your kids brought home any colds/flus from school yet to share with the family? If you don’t have kids, have you been sick recently?

    2. What is something that you are obsessive about at home (cleaning, order, etc.)?

    3. What is the best Halloween costume YOU have ever worn?

    15th Oct2011

    Shoe Style Saturday

    by Daenel

    The sound of the leaves crackling, the feel of rain drops splattering against our faces, loud laughter and easy conversation… this has been a good week for me. Miss 18 is home for Fall Break. Fall Break! Can you believe she’s been in school long enough for a Fall Break? Anyway, she and I have been enjoying some mother~daughter time and I have to say, it’s such a treat to realize that the young lady that I raised has now become my friend.

    But this is a shoe post and not a daughter post…

    Shoe Style Saturday

    These are my clogs, I don’t wear them nearly enough.  I’m not really certain why. They’re comfortable and just scream Autumn when worn with jeans and tunics. I bought them because I fell in love with their vintage look and feel ~ the heels are real wood and the upper is genuine leather. They’re worn and scuffed almost as if I’d taken them off of some peace lovin’ hippie’s feet.

    Yesterday I wore them while hanging out with Miss 18. On a whim, we decided to stop at the Conservation Center to see what was inside ~ there were all sorts of recreated habitats, stuffed animals that are native to the area (even a bear that made me scream), along with lots of information about the area.  Miss 18 and I even decided to take a walk along a path behind the Conservation Center to take pictures (you can view them by clicking here and here).

    Shoe Style Saturday

    Where did your shoes take you this week?

    To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

    • Shoe Style Saturdaytake a picture of your shoes
    • post them to your blog
    • hit the link
    • leave a comment
    • visit other participants

    So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes,  even your racy runners.

    And don’t forget to grab my badge!

    13th Oct2011

    Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Yellow

    by Daenel

    Did you get a chance to check out last week’s photos for the Shades of Autumn Challenge? Weren’t they amazing? Really, there is so much talent out there. I encourage you to take some time and visit the other participants in the photo challenge, those ladies have some serious skills.

    SunlightI took this picture of the sunlight peering through the trees in my backyard. It’s during moments like this when I feel closest to God. His loves envelopes me like the warmth of the rays from the sun.

    Yellow Leaf

    Yellow LeafHard to believe just a few weeks ago these leaves were varying shades of green. Now they’re a slowly changing colors and drifting to the ground, creating a golden path to guide our steps.

    Yellow Flowers

    Yellow Flower

    Yellow Flowers

    Yellow FlowersBut for the moment, there are still yellow flowers basking in the attention of a remnant of bugs and camera laden humans…


    ABOUT THE SHADES OF AUTUMN PHOTO CHALLENGE

    Shades of Autumn Photo ChallengeThe themes are:

    OCTOBER
    7 ~ Green
    14 ~ Yellow
    21 ~ Orange
    28 ~ Red

    NOVEMBER
    4 ~ Purple
    11 ~ Brown
    18 ~ White
    25 ~ Shades of Autumn Finale

    To participate:

    Share your favorite images inspired by the Autumn shade of the week each Friday. Your image must contain at least 50% of the color of the week; the autumn shade should be the main focus of your photograph. Selective coloring is discouraged.

    Images can either be linked through your Shades of Autumn blog post or to a picture on Flickr (please do not just link to your blog’s homepage). You can also add your pictures to the Shades of Autumn Flickr Group.

    Don’t forget to hit the linky, it’ll be open from 12:01 AM Friday to 11:59 PM Wednesday, and grab the badge.

    For more information, please check out live and love…out loud by clicking here.

    13th Oct2011

    I Received the Kreativ Blogger Award

    by Daenel

    Kreativ Blogger AwardThere’s nothing like logging onto Twitter and finding out that your hard work and dedication has been acknowledged by one of your fellow bloggers. Thank you to Mama Violet at New Mom in the Windy City for presenting me with the Kreativ Blogger Award, I truly appreciate it. This unexpected surprise definitely put a smile on my face.

    The Kreativ Blogger Award is given to bloggers who write about a wide variety of topics in fun and unique ways.

    The Rules:

    1. Thank the person who passed you the award
    2. Complete the form below
    3. Share 7 random things about yourself
    4. Pass the award 10 bloggers and let them know about it

    The Form:

    1. Name your favorite song: I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe
    2. Name your favorite dessert: Tiramisu
    3. What makes you angry: People who hurt children
    4. When you’re upset, you: Usually I stew but if someone keeps compounding the issue I blow
    5. Your favorite pet: Right now, it’s Squeekerz, our dog
    6. Black or white: Purple
    7. Your biggest fear: That I won’t be all that God wants me to be
    8. Best feature: My eyes, even though they’re hidden behind my glasses
    9. Everyday attitude: Glass half full.  After I’ve had my morning coffee.
    10. What is perfection: Walking in God’s light

    The Random:

    1. Growing up, my twin sister used to call me “Taz”; she said I went through life smiling and laughing while leaving a path of destruction in my wake.
    2. My mom used to say “I hope you have one just like you”.  I have 4 and, you know what, it’s not so bad.
    3. I’m absolutely positively obsessed with shoes, monkeys and coffee.
    4. The best gift I’ve ever received from the hubs is my camera.
    5. My favorite color is purple but not just any purple, a very specific shade of purple ~ the red and blue balance has to be just right so that the purple has more of a reddish undertone.
    6. I love speaking in front of crowds but am incredibly uncomfortable at parties and other social gatherings.
    7. My ideal vacation would include taking my family to Italy to see where I grew up.

    The Awardees:

    12th Oct2011

    Word Filled Wednesday: The Greatest is Love

    by Daenel

    Word Filled Wednesday: The Greatest is Love

    I’m linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions (click here to learn more about ICD) for Word Filled Wednesday (click here to see this week’s edition).  WFW is a way for participants to share the message of God’s love creatively using a photograph or graphic image combined with a Bible verse.

    For more information about Word Filled Wednesday, go here.

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