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Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Articles, Blog post | 0 comments

It was a cloudy day. Not just cloudy but the clouds were sitting very low in the sky. In fact when we woke up the clouds were just 20 feet above the water, or so it seemed.  We were in Geiranger, Norway at the Geiranger Fjord. Our plan for the day was to back track the way we arrived and take pictures. What we didn’t consider is that we would need to drive many switchbacks up the mountain into a cloud. We started out and it wasn’t bad; we drove higher and higher and suddenly we realized we were driving right into the cloud. By this time we...

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Farewell Faithful Friend

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Articles, Blog post | 0 comments

We’ve ordered a new vehicle to replace my 2002 Saturn. It’ll be delivered mid August. In the mean time, I’m saying goodbye to my very faithful friend. I bought it brand new and we’ve been through a lot together.  It‘s always been there  for me: it brought me to my wedding; it brought my mom and me to the airport so we  could visit my aunt Elsie – whom we both loved very much. It brought me to work many years; it brought me there the day I got fired, the day I got my job back, it brought me to the hearings in between. It brought me to my job...

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Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Articles, Blog post | 0 comments

One of my favorite places I’ve found is Sedona, AZ; here’s why: It’s a highly spiritual place. You can’t go to Sedona and say there is no God. When I’m there and I see sky that is the bluest sky I could ever imagine and these huge red rock mountains contrasted with that blue sky and lush green trees, it’s beautiful. The rocks are red, the mountains are red, the dirt is red and the concrete sidewalks are red. If you find a small rock and pick it up and look at it in your hand you will see it sparkles in the sunlight. You can see it in the...

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Inside Out Love

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Articles, Blog post | 1 comment

I sometimes complain when I go with my husband Bill on photo shoots or meeting new clients but I shouldn’t because something usually happens that makes it all worthwhile. Last fall Bill was with a mother and daughter shooting senior pictures and her dad met us in the parking lot to drop off some glitter his daughter wanted. He stopped to chat and told Bill he heard the photos were turning out great. Then the father added “well, she’s so beautiful” and the daughter just rolled her eyes like she was saying “oh, Dad; stop it”. I got the...

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Chosen and Honored

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Articles, Blog post | 0 comments

I attended a retreat called Sacred Rhythms and we did an exercise of Lectio Divina which went like this: the leader read through Isaiah 43:1-4: But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob,     he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;     I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;     and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,     and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your...

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A Beautiful Mosaic

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Articles, Blog post, Recovery | 0 comments

On my birthday in February my husband wrote this on my card: God was so excited the day he created you because he knew your story from beginning to end and he couldn’t wait to tell it.  This really impacted me and I wrote about God knowing my story (see Circle of Light). However, there’s more for me to process in this statement. I have a hard time with the piece about being excited about my story, in fact so excited that he couldn’t wait to tell it.  To be honest, I wasn’t excited about my story at all and certainly not to the extent that I...

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Wall of Hero’s

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Articles, Blog post | 0 comments

I was invited to an Open House dedication ceremony for the Wall of Hero’s at North Memorial Medical Center the other day because my mom was a donor. It’s a wall filled with photos of people who have donated organs, tissue or eyes either to recipients or medical science. There were 122 5-by-7 photos and I’m sure there are many more who don’t have their picture on the wall for whatever reason. There was a slide show during the open house of these photos and as the slide show progressed and showed each image I was very sad to see so many young...

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Crazy Love

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Articles, Blog post, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was challenged during a study of the book and workbook by Francis Chan “Crazy Love”. We did two chapters most weeks and one week was on “Lukewarm” and “Leftovers”. These are some of the questions I was presented with: Am I giving leftover sacrifices to God? Am I lukewarm or am I totally on fire for Him? Do I love Him with my entire body, soul and mind? Am I like the poor woman who gave two coins for an offering but yet she gave more than anyone else because that’s all she had? Am I like the man who invites only the people to dinner who can...

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Circle of Light

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Articles, Blog post | 2 comments

Bill gave me a birthday card today and inside he wrote: “God was super happy the day He made you, because He knew your whole story from beginning to end and He couldn’t wait to tell it”  That was the most beautiful thing anybody has ever said to me. It made me cry and I’m still thinking about it. And it’s true, God does know my story.  “Lord, you have examined me and know all about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them. You know where I go and where I lie down. You know everything I do. Lord,...

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Freedom from Insecurity

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Articles, Blog post, Recovery | 0 comments

I just finished a 10 week study on the Beth Moore book “So Long Insecurity, you’ve been a bad friend to us” And this is my recap and some of the things I’ve learned.  Insecurity has dominated my life in ways I never saw. Looking back I now can see where every bad decision and action that I’ve done has been a result of insecurity.  Insecurity was my avenue into bad relationships, addictions and other similar bad choices.  One of the side effects or “cover” for insecurity in my life is perfectionism. I don’t take correction well, it...

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