Archives For My Life

Photo-a-Day: #Search

March 15, 2015


When making a fun gift with jelly beans, one sweet child noted that her mom loves the black jelly beans and searched through the bowls of jelly beans to find black ones just for her. May we all be so thoughtful and kind!

Note: I like the black jelly beans, too.

Photo-a-Day: #Practice

March 13, 2015


I barely survived this children’s handbell practice. Do you see that row of boys in the front? They like to keep things interesting for me.

Photo-a-Day: #Stop

March 13, 2015


It’s Reading Week. Despite the fact that there is still a lot to do, I’ve tried to spend an adequate amount of time resting this week. Simon is my inspiration.

Photo-a-Day: #Wise

March 13, 2015



I just finished “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” for my book club. I loved it.

Photo-a-Day: Sabbath

March 10, 2015


There’s always something wonder-full about light.


Photo-a-Day: Celebrate

March 10, 2015


I love this photo from Barbie and Tim’s vow renewal on Saturday! Their marriage is definitely a reason to celebrate.

Photo-a-Day: #Speak

March 10, 2015


As usual, Simon likes to “read up” on whatever magazine is lying around. I think she’d make a great Toastmaster, really.


Photo-a-Day: #Beloved

March 7, 2015



Today, Barbie and Tim will have the wedding they never had ten years ago when they were legally married. I’m really excited for them!

Photo-a-Day: #Follow

March 5, 2015


One issue I have with my new crochet hobby has to do with following patterns. One part of me loves that crochet is, in theory, as easily as taking one stitch at a time according to the pattern before you. I told my crochet instructor, Lisa, once that when I look at a tough pattern, I just try to complete one part of the pattern at a time instead of letting myself get overwhelmed with all of the rows and stitches.

In theory, that’s a great idea.

However in reality, sometimes crochet patterns are hard to follow. Sometimes they seem to be written in code I don’t understand. Sometimes the person who wrote the pattern forgets a step or takes it for granted that you’ll know what he/she is talking about.

I have yet to meet a pattern that I was able to just go through step by step without having to ask questions, get further instruction, or spend lots of time on trial and error to figure out what I’m supposed to do. The best thing, I’ve found, is to take my instructions to Lisa so she can help me decode the parts I do not understand and show me how to work the crochet hook through a particularly difficult stitch (and if she can’t, she can watch the Youtube video with me and help me decode from there).

Life is like that, I think. Sure, in theory it seems like a good idea to just take life stitch by stitch, figuring out one situation at a time. In reality, however, sometimes life is confusing and you get stuck at a point you cannot understand or navigate through alone. I’m grateful for my friends, mentors, teachers, and pastors who help me figure out which steps to take next, and I’m grateful that ultimately I can take any mess of yarn and confusing instructions to God in prayer.

Photo-a-day: #Poor

March 4, 2015


Taken on my drive home today, as ice and sleet feel from the sky. Poor visibility. Poor road conditions. Poor anyone who had to be out in it.

Currently, snow is falling rapidly and the whole world is being covered in white and cold.

Stay safe out there!