Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Masterpiece

Surely you expected more baby pictures. This was taken the day after Easter, I believe. No frilly Easter dress yet, but then, we don't know yet whether she will prefer frilly...or not. Her expressions don't appear to be the frilly girl, but we'll just wait and see. Whatever the case may be, she is a masterpiece, for sure. I love her so much and have not yet had the chance to hold her. But the time is coming. I just need to be patient.

Patience is a virtue. And it is one of the most difficult virtues to have. Life forces us to wait and be patient for many things, and it often proves difficult. So what does the Bible say about patience?

These verses on Patience can help you understand why we must wait through trials and tribulations to fulfill God's plan for us.

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience;

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger

James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

James 5:8 Be you also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws near.

If you want to know more, or do not understand some of these verses I have copied from  God Vine, you may go here:

Friday, April 29, 2016

Doubly Beautiful

Yes, it was a mistake to post the same picture twice, but she is just too cute. You can't see her too much. So, get a good look at Ava. Both layouts are staying. I'm at a loss to say more right now. I don't see her enough.

These pictures were taken at her grandmother, Bonnie's house.

Now for an opinion. I've been in the pits about the election, more so even this last month. I feel like I'd just like to do what way too many people have done, that is  to just zone out and ignore the whole thing. BUT, we just can't do that. It is critical that we choose a president this time who loves our country and is willing to step up and do what it takes to bring our country  out of dire debt and free small businesses to grow and hire more people. That is not Donald Trump. He is upset with the status  quo, but I'm not sure he can handle the job. Although, I will vote for him, if he is the choice others make.

I like Cruz. He and Carly Fiorina make up the perfect pair to bring us back to work. I understood  them when they were on Hannity's show tonight. He makes sense. It won't do any good to pay the entire cost of college tuition and end up with millions of graduates who can't get jobs because there aren't any. We need to concentrate on making sure there are jobs available for all our graduates. You can't make me believe that all these 'kids'  want to live in mama's basement, when they could make a good life on their own in a good economy. And besides, even mom and dad will go broke as the taxes get higher and higher and people are pushed out of the job market before it is time to retire.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Father and Daughter

Once in a while, I misplace some pictures. Thankfully, most of the time, they show up later. However, sometimes, they show up after I've made the book in which they should have been. That is the case with these two of Greg and Ashley that were taken in December last year. They were much too good to skip, so here they are.

I used a new method, which I truly like,  for the black and white, where I worked with gradients instead of the artist filters. I know, that probably makes no sense to most of you. Just saying...

Well, a comment off the subject, but very much on my mind today. Several of us ladies' were discussing it at lunch and we are  all quite upset by it.

In some areas of the country people, who are extremely easy to take offense, have been crying that they don't feel comfortable going into restrooms (and even locker rooms) which match their God given sex. They prefer to assume there was a mistake and they are the wrong sex, so they have decided to make a change. That's ok with us. It is their lives and this is a free country. However, this less than 1% of the country wants to push it in our faces...literally. Now as much as it frightens us ladies to have persons with male equipment in our restrooms, it is ever worse to think that men will use this permissiveness to enter our private spaces with recording equipment...which has been done, or even worse, to attack us or our children, when we are vulnerable.

Now, imagine locker rooms. Well perhaps you had better not. It is preposterous to think anyone would be so dense as to think we should have to endure their folly.

Sure do all that you want, but keep it to yourself. Keep it out of our faces and those of our children.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Middle Tennessee Anime Convention

I have another layout from the MTAC last month.  I was following instructions as to what all had to be included on the page. I'm sure it would have looked quite different had I started out with my own creativity; but it was fun meeting the challenge.  This drawing  on your right is by Ashley. It is her character, Little Medusa.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Julia Dawn

One of the first things we noticed about Julia is her long fingers. They are just the opposite of my short stubby ones that have so much trouble with the piano, even though I took lessons for 5-6 years. I  could never reach some of the chords. It is definitely a handicap. Julia won't have any trouble like that!

I am so anxious to hold her in my arms and kiss her little cheeks. It won't be long.

Monday, April 25, 2016

National Pet Day

Well, so much for planning ahead to work on my blog earlier in the day. Another busy day,  too much playing to get work done. If I told you all I had to do today, you might laugh and say that is nothing, since I didn't have to go to work and sit at a desk for 8 hours, but my days go soon fast.

It is a good thing that I was able to do this layout yesterday, because I didn't get one done today. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Not Your Usual Easter Pictures

This past Easter was a little different this year. It was special for Caleb and Oliver because their cousins were here from Ohio. It was also just 20 days after the birth of their little sister, Julia...who didn't get any eggs from what I know... They did their egg hunt in the back yard with Mommy and Aunt Sara watching.

If you've forgotten why we celebrate Easter, it is to acknowledge that Christ  Jesus the Lord died, was buried and rose again from the grave to life, so that we too can look forward to an eternal life with him, if we accept him as our savior and lead a life that proves our faith. That does not mean we will never be sinless, because he one is. We all sin and fault short of what we should do, but if we love God and His son and attempt to live as Jesus did, loving other people as we love ourselves, our Lord will forgive us when we fail him.