30th Nov2011

Word Filled Wednesday: Remember the Sabbath

by Daenel

Google Friend Connect is disappearing soon, but I’d love for us to stay together. You can read my blog in your favorite reader through my RSS feed, join the conversation on Facebook or chat with me on Twitter. Make sure you give a shout out and let me know you’re there!

Word Filled Wednesday: Exodus 20:9 Rush rush rush, it always seems like I’m in a hurry to catch up on stuff. That’s my life, 24/7. Whoa, wait! Did I just say 24/7? Yes, I did. And that’s a problem. The Lord tells us in Exodus 20:10 that the seventh day is the Lord’s day and on that day we nor anyone in our households are to do any work, that day is to be reserved for rest and worship, not for catching up on laundry or balancing the check book or whatever we come up with to do on that day.

We are to observe the Sabbath by keeping it holy and focusing on renewing ourselves in Him. So I challenge you as well as myself to keep the seventh day holy through prayer and consecration to the Lord our God.

I’m linking up with:

Internet Cafe Devotions: Word Filled Wednesday

Scripture & a Snapshot

I’d like to thank the hubs for helping me put this post together.

29th Nov2011

ABCs of Me

by Daenel

Google Friend Connect is disappearing soon, but I’d love for us to stay together. You can read my blog in your favorite reader through my RSS feed, join the conversation on Facebook or chat with me on Twitter. Make sure you give a shout out and let me know you’re there!

DaenelTY’all know I love myself some memes. I think they’re fun and it gives me (and you) a chance to discover new blogs, find out interesting tidbits about other parts of the country (world) and, well, have some fun. So I said all of that to say, I’ve discovered a new meme (and a new blog) that I want to share.

Kita at Say What U Wanna wrote a post all about herself using the alphabets and I thought it was cute, interesting, random and fun, so I decided to give it a try. So here goes:

Age ~ 38, but I used to add 5 years so that people would say “Dang, you look good for your age”, now I tell the truth because, well, I do look good for my age. LOL

Bed Size ~ King

Chore that you hate ~ Cleaning the bathroom, grocery shopping, washing windows, cleaning up after the dog, was I supposed to stop at one?

Dogs ~ A Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mix named Squeekerz, click here to see pictures of him

Essential start to the day ~ Check my messages, but it should be thanking God for allowing me to wake up, that changes now (don’t want to take Him for granted)

Favorite color ~ purple

Gold or silver ~ Um, why do I have to choose?

Height ~ 5’5½”

Instrument you play ~ None

Job ~ CEO of Tucker Enterprises  aka stay~at~home~wife~and~mom

Kids ~ 5 of ‘em!

Live ~ Missouri

Movie ~ Imitation of Life starring Lana Turner and Juanita Moore

Nickname ~ Dani

Overnight hospital stay ~ When I was born, you can read the story by clicking here (it involves a car accident) and when I had my kids

Pet Peeve ~ People

Quote ~ “Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with” and “You want my arm to fall off?” Dude, it’s Billy Dee Williams, he could’ve said the alphabets and I’d have been happy

Right or left handed ~ Right

Siblings ~ 4 sisters and 1 brother

Time it takes you to get ready ~ depends on when and where we’re going

Underwear ~ What?

Vegetable you hate ~ Okra

What makes you run late ~ I get distracted by shiny things

Xrays you’ve had ~ Wrist, ankle, foot

Yummy food that you make ~ Crockpot 4 Bean Chili (you can get the recipe by clicking here)

Zoo animal ~ Monkeys!

28th Nov2011

Let’s Stay Together, Even After Google Friend Connect is Gone

by Daenel
Facebook: Living Outside the Stacks

To join me on Facebook, click the picture

I love that song by Al Green, whenever I hear it on the radio, I just start singing and swaying… But, lately, I’ve been thinking about it in relationship to you, my readers. You see, I’ve heard that Google Friend Connect will be going by way of the cassette tape real soon. A moment of silence for all the songs that were recorded from the radio with a big ol’ pause while you tried to skip the DJ’s voice overs. According to my stats, there’s about 236 of y’all who follow this blog via GFC and I don’t wanna lose nary one of y’all.

According to TechCrunch, GFC is being replaced with Google+ in the near future so all of us bloggers have to figure out another way to keep connected. I’ve created a Google+ page for this blog but I’m not sure how or if I’ll use it just yet. If you’re using Google+ already I’d be interested to know how you set it up and if you’ve found it useful or overwhelming. I already have a Facebook page for this blog and, well, we have a pretty good thing going on over there and I don’t want to disrupt it.  Besides, I think trying to manage this blog, Facebook and Twitter are enough without adding anything else to the mix.

Anyway, I’d love for you to join me on Facebook ~ you can keep up with my blog posts, join in the conversations, share pictures and just have a real good time. You can also continue to get my blog posts in your reader of choice by clicking here. But whatever you do, let’s stay together… See how I brought that back around, I’m clever like that.

27th Nov2011

Random Thoughts

by Daenel

Wrought Iron Gate

  1. How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was pretty good, we spent it with the parentals. My dad had knee replacement surgery a few weeks ago and is using a walker, this has provided endless amusement for me. Yesterday, I decorated it with ribbons and bells ~ you can check out the picture by clicking here.
  2. Last night, I heard a story on CNN about pastors who encourage their members to tweet during services and I thought Hmmmm, I dunno how I feel about this… I know some people tweet during conferences and things like that but tweeting during church? It annoys me to see people with their earpieces in during the services ~ Seriously, unless you’re getting direct calls from Heaven, why? So I don’t know how I’d feel about seeing folks tweeting on phones, tablets and notebooks during church. I guess it’s just a new way of reaching the masses and I can see how the outreach would be beneficial but I hope people aren’t using Twitter as a replacement for church.
  3. What is with these crazy kids going off to these Middle Eastern countries to go hiking or study abroad and then getting caught up in stuff? Stop going to those places, people, and then you don’t have to worry about getting arrested, beat up and bailed out by the American government. Wanna know if you belong there? Watch the news ~ if people are throwing molotov cocktails, stay your butt at home.
  4. I finally found the perfect pair of jeans. They have the perfect amount of stretch and the inseam allows for heels or flats. Y’all don’t know how hard it is to find a good pair of jeans and they didn’t cost an arm and a leg ($19.99). I bought ‘em down here in Mississippi, so yay for road trips.
  5. I’m in desperate need of a cup of coffee, so I’m off…

26th Nov2011

Touring Historic Mississippi

by Daenel

Columbus City SignWe’ve been spending the week with the parentals in Mississippi, which has been a lot of fun. We arrived on Wednesday and immediately slipped into a state of relaxation ~ like the hubs says, sometimes you really need to just get away from your life…

So this morning, he asked if I’d like to take a driving tour of the historic part of town since neither of us had ever been down that way. Of course, the history geek in me quickly agreed.

We drove through the city and came upon so many beautiful buildings ~ my dream is to one day live in one of those beautiful old plantation homes with the sweeping staircases, so I can slide glide down the banister and suck down mint juleps on the veranda.

Franklin House

Mississippi University for Women: Franklin House

Mississippi University for Women

Mississippi University for Women

In the shopping district, we saw all sorts of colorful buildings that just begged to be explored.

Gifts Etc.

Store Fronts

We drove down to the park and stumbled across this beautiful bridge that overlooked the most serene body of water.

Robinson Road

Robinson Road Bridge

View of the Water from the Robinson Road Bridge

View of the Water from the Robinson Road Bridge

Being there left the hubs in a contemplative mood…

Robinson Road

Until he saw his car…

The Hubs

The Hubs Smiling...

You can see more pictures from our trip to Mississippi by clicking here.

And how’s your weekend going so far?

25th Nov2011

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Finale

by Daenel

Can you believe we’re at the end of the challenge? Where did the time go? Is winter really just around the corner? *sigh*

I’d like to thank our older full hosts for putting this challenge together ~ great job, ladies. And to all of the participants, thank you for sharing your lives and your skill each week. I tip my hat to all of you, y’all are incredibly talented.

So much has changed since we first began the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge seven weeks ago. Temps were hovering in the high 90s, the trees were lush with green leaves and my family and I were settling in to our new lives in Missouri…

I explored the Conservation Center with my kids, wandered my neighborhood and pulled over on the side of the road to capture pictures for this challenge. For the finale, I am resubmitting some of my favorite shots and introducing others, I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Green…

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Green Apple

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Green Pods

Yellow…

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Yellow Flowers

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Yellow Leaves

Orange…

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Orange Flower

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Orange Leaves

Red…

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Red Leaf

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Red Leaves

Purple…

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Purple Flower

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Purple Flower

Brown…

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Brown Flowers

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Brown Fungus

White…

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Cracked Egg

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Goldenrod

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Spoon Full of Sugar

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.

24th Nov2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Daenel

Word Filled Wednesday: Thanksgiving Edition

This year, I’m thankful for so much ~ I’m thankful for a God who has shown me love and mercy through it all. I’m thankful for my family who has been through so many changes this year but has grown closer and more loving. I’m thankful for new friends who’ve helped me to step out of my comfort zone and embrace new things. And I’m thankful for you, my readers, you’ve laughed and cried with me over the past year and offered words of encouragement when I needed it.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Thank you,

I’m linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions for Word Filled Wednesday and Deb Duty Photography for this or that thursday

23rd Nov2011

Yarn Along

by Daenel

Yarn Along: Iced Pumpkin ScarfA few weeks ago, my friend, Mylynka from Finding Myself Fit by Forty, posted a picture of herself on Facebook wearing a scarf that I’d made for her so that I could see her in it, this led to a few of her other friends admiring the scarf  and asking about it. After getting some introductions, one of Mylynka’s friends and I worked out a trade ~ a scarf in exchange for some soy candles… I’ve never bartered before but I’m pretty stoked about the idea of exchanging handmade products with someone. There really is something so comforting and, I dunno, homey about knowing that someone used their time and skill to make something for me.  Which has started me thinking about Christmas…

My family and I are not big on the commercial aspects of Christmas because we don’t want the real message of Christmas to get lost behind all the gift giving. Besides, we’re one of those families who wait for special occasions to buy each other things, if we think someone’ll like it and we can afford it, we get it. Anyway, this year, I’m thinking about crocheting gifts for my kids.

I’ve seen other families who have articles of clothing and other memorabilia that has been passed down through the family and I just wonder if this is something that you’ve ever considered?

What are your thoughts on handmade gifts? What about bartering and trading, do you do it?

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?

22nd Nov2011

Hanging with My Sister

by Daenel

One of the benefits of moving from Pennsylvania to Missouri is that it has put me within driving distance of my twin sister, which means that I get to see my nephews…

Sisters

The chubby baby, whom I affectionately call “Baby Danny” even though that’s not his name. In the middle of our conversation, Baby Danny got up and started walking towards the hubs…

Baby

Baby

And the other, whom I call “Little A” even though he assures me that he is, in fact, a “big boy”…

Little A

Little A

After being away from my sister for over a decade, I’m thrilled that I now get to capture special moments with her and her family…

Sisters

How often do you get to see your family? Do you all spend the holidays together? 

21st Nov2011

Monday Mingle: Deserted Islands, Snack Foods and Talking Toilets

by Daenel

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. If you were stranded on a deserted island, but you could choose one famous person to be there with you, who would it be?

There’s a song that our church used to sing when I was a kid that goes: “Long as I got King Jesus, I don’t need nobody else…” I think that just about sums up my answer to that question. If you’ve never heard that song, click here to see the video by Vicki Winans….

2. What is your favorite snack food?

My favorite snack food, hands down, is trail mix. Seriously, I could live off that stuff (as long as they start adding bits of steak and shrimp to the mix). I always keep a bag of trail mix in my car, you never know when you’re gonna get stuck in traffic or in the woods. Don’t laugh, this lady totally survived for 49 days off snow and trail mix when she and her hubs got lost in the wilderness. My kids think I’m insane but I’ll tell you this much, we ever get stuck somewhere, I’m not sharing.

3. Fill in the blank: “________ is my least favorite household chore.”

Scrubbing toilets is my least favorite chore. Sometimes when I pour bleach into the tank, I imagine the little germs screaming “Noooo!” It’s the little things that keep me going. I also hate grocery shopping. I don’t mind putting the food away, I absolutely love cooking, but shopping for groceries? So not fun. To reward myself, I usually grab a container of grocery store sushi and eat it in the parking lot (keepin’ it classy, y’all).

Next week’s questions are:

1. What did you and your family do for Thanksgiving?

2. What is your favorite way to use Thanksgiving leftovers.

3. Fill in the blank: “I really wish hadn’t eaten so much ________ on Thanksgiving.”

NaBloPoMo Update

National Blog Posting MonthDue to technical difficulties, I was unable to post on Saturday, therefore I’m withdrawing from National Blog Posting Month. It’s been fun and challenging ~ I went further this time than I ever did before, so I consider this a success, even if I didn’t complete the entire month.

For those of you who are still in the challenge, good luck!

20th Nov2011

Random Thoughts

by Daenel

Learner's Permit

  1. The boy got his learner’s permit this week. That’s pretty scary. I’ve lived with this boy all of his life and I’ve seen him do some things that have made me shake my head… Now he’s about to be turned lose on the public. Behind the wheel of a vehicle.
  2. Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought When did I become a grown up? I mean seriously, when did life become about bills, jobs, kids and stuff? What happened to the fun that we thought we’d have as soon as we got out of our parents’ house? Oh, yeah, that’s what lead to the kids and the becoming adults thing
  3. How about this weather? One day it’s like 50 something, then the next it’s almost 80. I’m so used to Pennsylvania weather that I don’t know what to do with this. Part of me wants to enjoy it but the other part of me is like, dude, what the heck?
  4. Do you keep snacks in your car? My kids are always teasing me because I keep trail mix and stuff in my glove box, but I’m telling you, it saves lives. Remember last year when that lady survived the woods on trail mix and snow and then this week they found that 9~year~old girl who lived on Gatorade and Pop~Tarts after her father died in a car accident? Stock your cars.
  5. Last night while driving home from my sister’s place I thought I saw a dead body on the side of the road so I made the hubs turn the car around… It was a bag of trash.

So how was your weekend?

Today’s post was written in response to the writing prompt for National Blog Posting Month. For more information, go here.

18th Nov2011

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: White #NaBloPoMo

by Daenel

I know I said orange was difficult to find but let me tell you, white was darned near impossible. I mean I didn’t get desperate enough to wish for snow or anything but I did have to get creative with some eggs for a couple of shots and dip into my folder of old photographs for others.

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

I took these pictures at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Center late last week. I love walking around the Conservation Center, it’s so beautiful and peaceful. I can’t wait to go there in the Spring and Summer when all of the flowers are in bloom and the butterfly gardens are alive with the flitter of wings…

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

This picture was taken earlier this summer during a visit with my parents and children to the Memphis Zoo. Seeing this flower brings back wonderful memories of getting to spend time with my kids and travel without being on a schedule, I’ll always treasure the memories.

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

I wasn’t sure if I’d have anything to post for this week’s challenge, so I played around with some broken egg shells to see if I could get something cool, I think I achieved my goal.

Egg in Miss 16's Hand

I know this one doesn’t fit the challenge parameters but Miss 16 helped me out by holding the egg, so I’m including it in the set. Thank you, baby girl!

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.

17th Nov2011

This or That Thursday #NaBloPoMo

by Daenel

This week has been spent learning how to use Nia, my new Nikon D3100. I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated by all the settings but the Guide setting has made it so easy to figure out what I’m doing. I’ve practiced using the Automatic, Guide and Manual settings and I’m pretty impressed with the quality of all of the photos, but I also see that I have a long way to go but here are a few of my shots from this week:

My dog, Squeekerz…

Squeekerz

This was taken at my house using the flash and overhead lighting, I also used the Macro setting

Night Scene

Night Scene

I took this last night down at the Mississippi Water Front, I think using a tripod would have made the picture sharper but I’m still pleased with the way it turned out

Tree Stump at the Conservation Center

Tree Stump with Fungus

I took this a couple of days ago during one of my many walks at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Center. I love it there, so much peace and beauty.

This or That Thursday

This or That Thursday is hosted by deb duty photography, if you’d like to join up all you have to do is:

  • Submit the url of your blog post, not your homepage
  • link up a photo that was taken by you
  • include a link back to deb duty photography (use the button or text link)
  • visit a few other blogs and leave some comment love

Easy, right?

17th Nov2011

Word Filled Wednesday: A Time for Everything #NaBloPoMo

by Daenel

Word Filled Wednesday
Sometimes it feels like things aren’t working out and my prayers aren’t being answered, but I have to remember that God works in His time, not mine. Every phase of life has its seasons, there will be times when the blessings are overflowing but there will also be times when it feels like I’m barely keeping my head above water ~ God’s gift comes not at the end of the trial but in making it through.

I’m linking up with:

Word Filled Wednesday

Scripture & a Snapshot

 

 

15th Nov2011

My Place of Refuge #NaBloPoMo

by Daenel

Describe a favorite place. Focus on how that place affects your sense of taste, touch, sight, sound or smell. ~ Adrienne McDonnell {Guest Prompt}

Cape Girardeau Conservation CenterI walk down a leaf strewn path, the sounds of birds, insects and random unseen animals fill the air, my camera is at the ready…

Over time, the leaves have gone from deep greens to varying shades of gold and red to deep purples and soft browns…

I have been here many times over the last few weeks. I come here to think, to relax, to enjoy nature but mostly, I come here to take pictures and just be.

Cape Girardeau Conservation Center

This is the Cape Girardeau Conservation Center, a place that I discovered with my oldest daughter while out driving. Set alongside the main highway through town, I’d expected it to be loud, crowded with people and overrun with trash. It’s not. The air is crisp and fresh, the sounds of cars intermingle with the sounds of nature to offer up a unique and harmonious melody.

All of the GirlsSometimes I bring my younger daughters with me, they run ahead ~ laughing and sharing secrets ~ these are the times that I cherish most, when I see my daughters behaving like best friends. Other times I bring my oldest daughter, we walk and talk, we catch up on all that we’ve missed since she’s moved away to college.

More often than not, I come alone…

Where do you go when you need to get away from it all?

Today’s post was written in response to the writing prompt for National Blog Posting Month. For more information, go here.

14th Nov2011

Facing My Fear of Sharing My Faith #NaBloPoMo

by Daenel

I was terrified to go on DWTS, but facing my fear and overcoming it has been an incredible experience. Have you faced fears and overcome them. ~ Ricki Lake {Guest Prompt}

Holy BibleBy nature, I’m a relatively shy person. I don’t mind speaking in front of a crowd, I teach American History and I work as a librarian, so speaking before crowds doesn’t bother me; but speaking to people one~on~one scares the living daylights out of me. And going to social gatherings? That totally freaks me out. I actually spend days preparing myself for the event and will often cancel out at the last minute if I feel too overwhelmed.

But more than that, my biggest fear has always been confessing the Lord as my savior and declaring it boldly because I was afraid of what my friends would say. I thought they’d disown me or, worse, talk about me. I feel silly even typing this now because it just sounds so juvenile but that’s how I genuinely felt. But then I started to really pay attention to the tweets of some of my friends and the status updates of others and it occurred to me that they weren’t concerned about offending me, they weren’t worried about hurting my feelings, they didn’t think about me unfriending them, so why was I worrying about hurting them?

Jesus says that we are to expect to be rejected for His namesake, “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.” (John 15:18), but more than that He says in Matthew 10:33, “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven.” I don’t want Him to deny before His father in heaven. I want Him to embrace me and say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

God knows our talents and I believe that He uses those talents to draw people in, it’s just up to us to allow Him to use us. My talent is writing and taking pictures ~ these are things that I enjoy doing. I also like interacting with people online, so I believe that God gave me this blog to share His word and I don’t want to waste the opportunity. I want people to leave my blog wanting to know more about my Lord and Savior. I want them to ask the question, “What must I do to be saved?”

National Blog Posting MonthSo I’ve started being bolder about sharing my faith on Facebook, Twitter and my blog through Word Filled Wednesday and the sharing of music with a message. I know this may cause some folks to unfollow me or to talk about me but I’m OK with that because I know that His word does not return void, someone out there is being touched…

Today’s post was written in response to the writing prompt for National Blog Posting Month. For more information, go here.

13th Nov2011

Random Thoughts #NaBloPoMo

by Daenel

Leaves

  1. Yesterday we had Ladies’ Night at church and Omg I had a massage for the very first time. Ah~mazing! I so could have fallen asleep on the massage table ~ she hit some spots that I didn’t even know were there and others that almost made me cry because it was so tender and knotty. Thank you very much to those teens of mine. If you’re ever in the Jackson, Missouri area, give Amanda a call (contact me for her information).
  2. We had some intense winds last night. It was so bad that these trees kept scraping the side of the house so I couldn’t sleep. Guess who had to go outside and cut down some branches this morning? Hint: It wasn’t me.
  3. The hubs keeps asking me if I’m still happy that we moved here. Yeah, I am. In fact, the other day I was driving down the street and I started smiling because I was just so happy, then a guy in a pickup truck pulled out in front of me without even looking and I had to slam on brakes and swerve to avoid hitting the back of his truck, which reminded me that Missouri is ranked 2nd for having the worst drivers. But I’m still happy to be here.
  4. And speaking of the hubs, guess what he did yesterday? He surprised me with my very own Nikon D3100. Yes, y’all! The hubs bought me my very own DSLR. Over the last few months I’ve sorta become the unofficial church photographer, so this was my congratulations gift. The picture above is of some leaves on my front porch; it was taken with my new camera (you can see other pictures by clicking here).
  5. National Blog Posting MonthRemember the birds from my garage in Pennsylvania? You can watch the video  by clicking here. Well, they’ve followed me here. And, apparently, their leader is a stalker. Yesterday, there was a single bird that seemed to be following us everywhere ~ inside department stores, inside the grocery store, on the hood of my car… I mean, come on. Y’all know I was doing all sorts of screaming yesterday.

12th Nov2011

Shoe Style Saturday #NaBloPoMo

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday

The air is crisp, the days are shorter and the colors have changed from deep rich greens to bold reds, deep oranges, golden yellows and sable browns… This is the season I love most because I can cuddle in my cozy sweaters, rock my boots, sip steaming cups of coffee and eat hearty soups.

Which season do you enjoy most?

I’m also linking up with #NaBloPoMo

National Blog Posting Month

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!

11th Nov2011

11~11~11: Birth, Vets and Prayers #NaBloPoMo

by Daenel

How crazy is that? Today is 11/11/11. This day only happens once every 1oo years. Did you mark it in any special way? We did!
Welcome to the World, Jromel

My grandson, Jromel, came into the world bright and early this morning. He weighed in at 6 lbs 13 oz and was 19½ inches long. We are all beyond excited and I cannot wait to get my hands on him and smother him in kisses.

Happy Veterans' Day

I have always loved my country and am proud that I had the opportunity to serve in the U.S. Army alongside some of the finest people America has to offer. It is with much love and respect that I honor them, my husband, my father and stepfather, sister, brothers~in~law and all others who’ve served.

To those who are currently serving, I just want to say thank you, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

National Blog Posting MonthFor those of you who are looking for ways to honor vets on more than just one day out of the year, consider supporting one of the following organizations:

Wounded Warrior Project ~ their goal is to help soldiers who’ve been injured by providing them with medical care, financial assistance and emotional support

Gary Sinise Foundation ~ created by Gary Sinise to honor veterans, first responders, their families and those in need

11th Nov2011

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge: Brown

by Daenel

Without this challenge, I never would have noticed how many beautiful shades of brown there are in nature. There are deep dark shades that border on black, rich sables, sensuous chocolates and mouth watering caramels. There are even shades that have just enough green that in the right light they look olive. Yes, this week I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty of brown…

Brown Leaves

Bridge

Path

Pile of Leaves

Flowers
Cricket

And, last but not least, this one of my pastor’s daughter with her grandfather… It wasn’t taken for this challenge but I absolutely love it.

Family

How did you do with this week’s challenge?

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.

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