Oct 31, 2010

October Ends

October is ending, tomorrow starts a new month. A new page in
the journey of life. A month full of great things planned. A month full of
exciting things that will happen that I am not even aware of yet.

And so I let go of this month of October, one full of great memories, captured with photos to remember them by, and reach ahead to embrace a new month...November.

{ Moments from October...}

Sharing a fun moment with my kiddies

Madeline has been with us for two years and just moved to
Indy. This pic was taken on her last day.

I was able to take some photos of the Hodges.
I had such a great time with them...a great fun-loving family!

Apple Orchards: a "must do" for the fall season!

Absolutely love this barn!

Developed a taste of apple cider...delicious!

[Halloween Party at work]

Creating a jack-o-lantern



and displaying!

Happy Halloween


Welcome November!

Oct 30, 2010

Content to mend the nets

{ God is good! It seems every time I start to feel downhearted or discouraged
the Lord reminds me that He has not forgotten about me.}
I read this little poem in my devotional book and found myself
uplifted through it.
{ I had to read it over a few times before its truth sunk in. }

To some Christ calls: "Leave boat and bay,
And white-haired Zebedee;"
To some the call is harder: "STAY
And mend the nets for Me."

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Oct 25, 2010

My new client

Photography is a passion of mine, and a hobby that I can never get enough of. This past weekend I was able to take pictures of our close friends' new addition to their family...Remington!

I did not know quite what to expect, seeing as all of my subject thus far have been people. But, I had so much fun; Remington is an adorable, fun-loving puppy.

This is how our session went...

No silly faces, Remington.

Open those eyes!

Please stand still!

Remington, Come back here!

No, you cannot have any more treats.

Okay, I am sorry I yelled. Now please look at me.

Shh! Not so loud.

That a boy, Remington. Good puppy!
{Sharing my mosaic with Mary; view more great photos here!}

Oct 23, 2010

Celebrating Home

Look what I received in the mail this week...

Seven boxes which contain a decoration of some sort
{mirrors, sconces, vanity tray, glass vase, picture, etc}
to someday beautify a home of my own!


I got them all for only $30, even though their value was...$164!!!
Talk about a deal!

Of course you are thinking, "How?" "Where?" and "No fair!"

A couple of weeks ago my mom hosted a Celebrating Home Party at
our house. It was a great party; boy, do I have alot to live up to...
Besides gorging myself on my Mom's fine delicacies, I also decided to have a book party of my own. I took the books to work not really expecting my coworkers to make any purchases.

I was wrong...

I ended up having SEVERAL purchases; so many that I received $88 of FREE (don't we all love that word) merchandise, as well as four items at 1/2 price!!

I was shocked and thrilled beyond words.

Those seven boxes are still on bedroom floor; I shake my head in amazement every time I look at them...

So, if you want to receive great home decor for discounted, unbelievable prices, think about hosting a Celebrating Home Party; you won't be disappointed.

Oct 19, 2010

DIY Christmas Planner

With the holidays upon us, I came across a neat craft here
for my mom and I to do together to help us keep organized!

For a total of about $5, we crafted, glued, and giggled
while putting this Christmas Planner together...

Since the sisters behind 1825 did such a great job with
giving detailed pictorial steps, I decided to just leave
you with our finished projects.

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My planner contains four tabs, while
my mom's contains six; suited to our needs...

So...if you are freakishly addicted to organization like my Mother and I,
then this planner is definitely something for you!

Oct 18, 2010

The Van

I have the opportunity to work on a bus route that picks up children from a neighboring town and brings them in to church on Sunday mornings. I have been a part of this ministry for 9 years now; and it is such a blessing, something I truly enjoy doing. For the last two years, I have had the job of riding in the shuttle car and bringing children to the bus, since our route is pretty wide spread. I always thought that shuttle drivers had the easy job, not having to be on the bus as much, but I have since learned differently. I actually get to spend more time, one on one with children before taking them to the bus!

Up until 3 1/2 months ago, my "shuttle partner" was Liz (she got married, moved to CA, and left me...;).

{us on our last shuttle run together} :)

We have so many memories from those Sunday mornings, driving in her parent's green mini van. One of our favorite children, would definitely be this little man; Jordan. We had so many intent conversations with him; he is such a thinker...
Since Liz moved away, the green van has died and been replaced with a new white one. Yesterday morning I pulled up to Jordan's house and he bounded out to the van. He sat down and was silent for awhile then said,

Boy, this van sure brings back alot of good memories for me...

Oh, really (I chuckled), like what?

Well, you know of you and Miss Liz picking me up together and all the fun we had...
Whatever happened to that green van; I miss it...

I explained that it had run its last course and had to be replaced.

Oh, he said sadly, then brightened up a little... You know what? I think that they should have a parking lot at church with all the old shuttle cars-like the green van-that way we could go sit up in it... You know, like when we are lonely and miss Miss Liz and want to think back to good times...Don't you think that would be a good idea?


Boy, I sure miss that green van {and its shuttle driver}! Love that kid...

Oct 15, 2010



Sometimes subtle and slow, but nonetheless, clearly evident.

It will happen whether or not we are watching.
Changes are happening all around us.

In God's beautiful creation it is easy to see this natural phenomenon,
yet not so easy to observe in people.

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I have been doing a lot of thinking and observing lately of this very thing.
Why do people change?
Does it mean that they were never who they pretended to be?
Is it due in part to their circumstances and or location?
Did I only see what I wanted to?

Naturally, growing into adulthood will bring changes, both for the good,
but also sometimes for the worse.

I look at myself and see how I have changed.
Maybe not as noticeable as the autumn trees,
but there has definitely been change.

Sometimes it is difficult to accept the changes that have taken place
in people we once held dear, but acceptance is necessary
to bring composure and steadiness and thus move on.
Change is after all the alteration from one state into another; a transformation.
Change is inevitable, but I can look at the seasons and know that God knows best.

So, although people and friends are changing around me,
I can lean completely and fully on Him;
for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

{the photographs were taken over the interval of one week of the same tree}

Oct 11, 2010

A day in the life of Westchester Township

This Saturday I was able to participate with several other volunteer local photographers
to document a typical day in Westchester Township. It was a photography project
sponsored by our Public Library and the Westchester Township Museum.
I was given a certain area to photograph in the a.m. and had such
an enjoyable time driving around taking random pictures of our community!

Here are a couple collages of some of the pictures I was able to capture...

Sharing my mosaic over at Mary's; click here to view more!

Oct 5, 2010

Italian Dish!

Despite living in a predominately Italian family, we do not eat Italian dishes as often as I would like. Since my Father grew up eating it almost every day, we usually limit it to once a week for him! One (of many) of my favorites though is...

Can't help my taste buds from watering just
looking at this deliciousness...:)

Start by browning 1/2 lb. of ground beef

Cook lasagna noodles according to back
of box...

Combine 12 oz. of ricotta cheese with two eggs and 1 1/2 c. of mozzarella,
and sprinkle in some garlic powder and oregano with a touch of cinnamon.
Set aside.

Once hamburger is browned add 1/2 lb. of Italian sausage,
then mix in 1/2 jar of Spaghetti sauce to moisten the meat.

Tell your mother (who has these Italian dishes down)
to pause so you can get a picture of both the food process and
of course, its lovely chef!

Pour spaghetti sauce, just enough to cover the bottom of
a 9x13 pan then start to layer with cooked noodles followed by
1/2 ricotta mixture...

...then 1/2 meat mixture, followed by lasagna noodles, etc.

For the last layer cover with the remaining spaghetti sauce
and Parmesan cheese. Generously sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
Bake covered with aluminum foil for 40 minutes, then uncover
and cook for another 10.

Bon Appetit!


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