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10 YEARS!

You’re here! I’m so excited! On February 26, 2005, I started this blog, and for the next two weeks, I will be looking back at the past TEN YEARS of blogging!

Ten years has gone by in the blink of an eye. At least, it seems so at times. I’ve been browsing back through old posts and, while the style of my photos (lots of borders and filters in the early days) has changed, the core of the posts has not. It started with a few posts about my kids and that’s pretty much the same today. I wrote about things we did, places we traveled, movies I loved, following my love of photography into a business, family, friends, parties, scrapbooking, memories, happy times, sad times, publishing my novel. So much of our life.

Ten years is a really long time.

So, for the next TEN DAYS, I will be looking back, sharing old photos and favorite posts, and there will be GIVEAWAYS!!!

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, next Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY!

I’ve got a paperback copy of my first young adult novel ready to sign. The Truth About Drew was published last May.
It’s a sweet, uplifting, heart-warming story full of friendship and family with a journey to faith and a mystery surrounding a boy and his notebook.
Enter below. Tell a friend! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have any questions at all about the giveaway, feel free to ask.

SEE YA BACK HERE TOMORROW!

reflecting on … God’s ways are better


Mackinac Island. August 2005. Taken on our 10 year anniversary trip.

Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks) when things did just not go your way? I’m sure you have. That’s been the past week (or three) for me. Just one little thing after another for days, nothing huge or catastrophic, but things won’t seem to go right and it all adds up, until you’re sitting at the bank, trying to get money out to rush to your daughter’s school so she can eat lunch today, but the ATM machine is down for service, and you burst into tears for no good reason. Yeah … that happened.

Things don’t always go as planned.

We had a lovely trip to Mackinac Island planned for this weekend. A little post-birthday trip for Zach. Some of Jake’s side of the family were on board with the plan. But with a forecast of rain and thunderstorms all day Saturday, we had to postpone it. I’m sure that added to the intensity of my little breakdown this morning.

God’s plans are better than mine, though. I needed a reminder of that. Life doesn’t always happen the way we want it to.

I thought about this verse today. God’s ways are not our ways.

“My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than you thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)

There is a lot more to this verse and the passage it comes from than relates to my little plans falling through or things not going the way I wanted them to today, but it gives me comfort. Maybe there is a bigger reason we aren’t supposed to go to the island this weekend. Maybe when we do finally go, the trees will be changing to beautiful colors, the weather will be glorious, and we won’t have to walk around in the rain, ducking lightning bolts all day. ;)

reflecting on Hosea


I have been following along with the Bible studies on She Reads Truth for a few months now. Starting my day in God’s Word has always been a struggle for me. I’m not much of a morning person at all and once I drag myself out of bed and get ready for the day, my focus has turned to other things. I’m not even sure how I found their website, but I know it was with God’s leading because the site already means so much to me. I receive an email from them every morning and it’s helping me to take a little time out to read and think and let the verses soak in.

This month’s study is on Hosea. Honestly, I’ve never really paid much attention to that book of the Bible or what God was trying to say in it. But there is so much to learn there. I like what Amanda said on Day One of the study:

“If you feel like a mess today, the book of Hosea is for you.

If you long to love Jesus more, but there are idols towering over your head and heart, the book of Hosea is for you.

If you’ve ever run from the Lord – or if you’re running now – and you wonder if He’s walked away, the book of Hosea is for you.

The book of Hosea is not about Hosea, it is about God’s relentless pursuit of an undeserving people.

It’s about Him and us.

I’m seeing already in just the first four days that it’s about more than Hosea marrying Gomer, an adulterous woman, who was continuously unfaithful to Him. It’s about God still loving the Israelites even though they turned away from Him and worshiped other gods and idols. And Hosea was commanded by God to take back his wife and love her again. How hard must that have been?

“Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods…” Hosea 3:1

Click on over to She Reads Truth and join in the study of Hosea HERE.

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