The gift of reflection

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This photo was taken about 7 years ago at a simple park on the Potomac River.  It was taken during a time when life was so easy and carefree.  I had just met my soon-to-be husband one month earlier and we were already in love.  We had dreams of what life would be. Reflecting back, we never could have known the ups and downs we would face in our marriage or the changes we would see in the world.  Just like this gorgeous sunset, all we saw in our reflections was beauty.

And that’s how it should be.

There is often so much to reflect back on in life.  Some brings us pain, some hope, some laughter.  But really, it all has one thing in common….beauty.  

You are beautiful.  I am beautiful.  Life is beautiful.  

And all of it…the good, the bad, and the ugly…

is a gift.


The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is “reflecting”.



An Emotional Sky

The topic of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is “Sky”.  This is one of my favorite topics ever.  The sky never ceases to amaze me.  Sometimes I think the sky is more human than we give it credit.  The sky wears its emotions right on its sleeve.

A stormy sky = an angry sky

A gray drizzly sky = a sleepy, lazy sky

A rainbow after the storm = a hopeful sky

A beautiful blue sky = a cheerful sky


What emotions do you think the sky is trying to show in these pictures?

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The water is calling my name with the letter O

We have skipped spring and gone straight to summer in my neck of the woods.  So this week, I drew inspiration from the water.  To me, summer = water.  

I long for the water.  The beach, the waves, the shells, the smells.  

If you get there before I do, save me spot in the sand and a drink for my hand.


A lone Oyster shell


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The calm Ocean after a storm

This is my entry for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letter O.


WPC: A gift from Mother Earth


In honor of upcoming Earth Day, the WordPress Photo Challenge topic for this week is Earth.

All you have to do is open your eyes or take a deep breath in to appreciate all the gifts that Mother Earth has given us.  With no help from mankind, God uses Mother Earth to send us gifts every day:

  • The fresh smells of roses
  • The bright color of a peacock’s feathers
  • The sound of waves crashing on the beach

We can get no credit for these gifts.  It is God and God alone.

Then, sometimes God gives men the knowledge to create amazing new treasures from Mother Earth.  Paper, medicine, food, and one of favorites…


Even if you are not a fan of wine, you have to admit the beauty of the vineyards themselves is gift alone.

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Cheers to Earth Day!

WPC: Nature’s Surprises

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge this week is “surprise”.  Life is full of surprises, but who throws more surprises at us than nature…

a sudden clap of thunder when you are in the middle of  a soccer game

a rainstorm in the middle of a sunny spring day

a plant’s first bloom peeking through the leaves

a bright cardinal fluttering in a nearby tree


God loves to surprise us through this beautiful world He created.  Just be sure to keep your eyes open…

you don’t to miss one of the many surprises He has made just for you. 


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A flock of birds “surprised” by a sudden noise


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“Surprising” rays of sunshine after a storm

Broken pieces of a textured sea

Every shell is unique. Different shape, size, color, and texture.  

Every shell has a history.  Loved by an animal, battered by the seas, washed onto the shores, chosen by an admiring hand.

Loved, and lost, and loved again.

Most shells have been chipped, broken, and bruised over time.  However, that only adds to their beauty.  

I can’t help but thinking shells are a lot like people.  We are all bruised, lost, and worn…

…but we are also all unique, and beautiful, and loved.

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These photos are my entries for Dutch Goes the Photo’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Broken, De Monte Y Mar’s Tuesdays of Texture,   and Found Round and About’s 52 Tuesdays: Texture

Thursday Doors: Seeing red in Charleston

In continuing with my Charleston theme, I have compiled a few beautiful Thursday Doors that have quite a lot in common.  They all:

  • have a pointed arch
  • are painted a stunning red color
  • belong to the same church

I did a little digging and found that many Episcopal and Lutheran churches have red doors.  The red color is a symbol of “the blood of Christ” which seems fitting for Easter coming up.  There is something about these red doors that just draws you in.  We walked past these doors every time, and each time I stopped to pay homage to their beauty and what they represent.

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Looking forward to sandy footsteps

Winter, spring, SUMMER!  Yes, the arrival of spring means summer is not far behind!  I fully intend to savor every moment of spring, but that doesn’t mean I can’t also look forward to the excitement of summer.  There are a million smells, tastes, and textures that come to mind when I think of summer.However, one beats out all the rest…

the beach!

I look forward to wiggling my toes in the warm sand and walking along the water, letting the ocean waters wash my worries away.

The beach waits for no one…and I can’t wait for the beach.

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This is my entry for Dutch Goes the Photo’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Forward and De Monte y Mar’s Tuesdays of Texture.

Fantastic Folly Beach in Charleston, SC



My hubby and I recently took a weekend trip to Charleston, SC.  We wanted to get a taste of some real southern charm!  We always do a little research and make a list of activities we would like to do on a trip.  However, we also like to leave free time for us to stumble upon some local favorites that we could not have planned.  Our best memories often come from the items that were not on our to-do list.  TIP: Don’t over plan!  Enjoy exploring!

This is how we found Folly Beach!  It was freezing in Charleston that weekend (lucky us!) so we went to Walmart to get some warmer clothes.  Then, we headed to Folly Beach, which was close by.  It is only about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston and totally worth the trip.

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Which Way Photo Challenge: Rosemont

One of my favorite places in the world is Lake Gaston.  It is right on the border of North Carolina and Virginia.  It is a beautiful, natural, clean lake.  The people there are delightful and the pace of life is nice and slow.  It’s the type of place where everyone knows each other and the local hardware store is the place to be seen.  One of the gems at Lake Gaston is a local winery called Rosemont.  It is not on the lake but rather set back a bit in the gorgeous Virginia greenery.  We go there for good views, nice conversation, and of course a glass of wine (or two 🙂 ).  Cheers!

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