A GLORIOUS Morning with my youngest daughter, Kristina

Kristina and I realized about a year ago that we shared a love for the sunrise!  We also share the love of beautiful photographs!  Every once in a while, we get up very early and, if time allows, stop for a special beverage, and head to one of the numerous beaches in our area.  Our first trip almost ended in disaster, as I forgot that a bay isn’t always facing “east,” allowing a view of the sunrise!  Fortunately, we had enough time to DASH to what has become one of our favorite locations – Buckroe Beach.

This morning’s sunrise was absolutely breath-taking – which my photographs do not quite capture!  I will look back to this post frequently as a reminder of the beauty God has provided all of us (if we take the time and notice it!).

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A day with my grandchildren – Harper and Pearson

I do my best to visit my grandchildren every weekend.  They live very close to me and are so very important to me.

Harper Car July 25

Everyone NEEDS to know they are THE MOST IMPORTANT child in the world!

Harper Reading in Car July 25

I try to inspire my granddaughter to read – one of my favorite past times (especially when commuting to work across the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel!)

Harper Swingtin July 25

My Harper is an OUT-DOOR LOVER!  Her parents adore her (and her brother), which I appreciate more than words can express!

Harper on Trike July 25

She’s a beginner – but destined to be a professional!

Harper and Babies Cloud Watching July 25

Harper and Babies Cloud Watching with Glasses July 25

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The forgotten art of Cloud Watching!  I found a rabbit in one of our clouds and Harper found Santa Claus!

Harper Loving her Babies July 25

Harper Packing July 25

Harper loves sorting and organizing her beautiful outfits!  She’s always prepared for a road-trip!

Harper 3rd Birthday Wall July 25

Harper’s 3rd Birthday Picture Wall – August 10, 2015!  Party Coming soon!

Pearson July 25

My precious Pearson – the happiest baby I’ve ever known!

The Past Week – It’s All About ME!

A week ago today, I was pondering my attendance in Established Footsteps Ministry’s Bible Study beginning the following night; a local women’s ministry annual summer event. I adore and have followed the leader and ministry of Established Footsteps Ministry for many years. The Bible study was scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings – no nightly commitment required for attendance (in other words, you could participate one night, two nights or all three nights). As a full time employee, working a distance from home, I try to stay home on week nights. But I really wanted to attend; deep down I knew I NEEDED to attend, so I DID. I’m SO THANKFUL I did! EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! As with every Established Ministry Footsteps event I attend, I was BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE!!!!! If you’re interested in this ministry (if you live in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area – I would HIGHLY recommend it!), you can visit her webpage at: http://www.establishedfootsteps.com/

Established Footsteps

Sharon’s event focused on the life of Joseph from the book of Genesis, Chapters 37-50. Sharon spoke of Joseph’s Dream, the DisasterS (I meant to capitalize the “S,” in my opinion, his disasterS were MANY and SEVERE) that plagued his life, and his ultimate Destiny – 50:20 As for you (Joseph speaking referring to his brothers), you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. Of all the nights of the event, I would say the night on DisasterS touched me the most. Not because of the DisasterS, or the number of years he suffered (which were about 20), not even because the DisasterS weren’t his fault. But because of the way Joseph dealt with the disasters and ultimately treated his brothers.

12 Sons of Jacob

When I went to the study on Monday night, I had stopped attending my local church of many years (not because of a particular reason – until His Spirit spoke to me this week/weekend) and had yet to reconnect to another Church home. I had visited a couple of local Churches, and even made a commitment to one of them; but had stopped attending on a weekly basis after a short time.

I was also struggling with numerous issues in my life; what they were don’t matter, just that they were overwhelming and numerous and I could see a change in myself as a result (a change I didn’t like). Although I was staying in His Word, there is just something about being connected to a Church home. There is something about standing in a room of believers, raising your voices as ONE, to THE ONE you adore – ALL OF YOU TOGETHER!

About mid-week, I read a blog post of someone I recently started following and was struck by a book the blog was promoting (and the contest he was hosting to win a free copy!), so I left a note. The following morning, I received an email indicating I WON! The book was sent to me immediately and I began reading before the week was out! The title of the book: I Will, by Thom S. Rainer. I am not going to provide details on why this book was so perfectly God-timed, but I WILL tell you to pick up a copy ASAP!

I Will

I Will

Finally, after spending many quiet hours this week with my BFF – Jesus Christ – in both Bible study and being still listening to His still, small voice; seeking advice from a dear sister in Christ; watching life changing movies on Netflix:

The Encounter

The Encounter Movie

Home Run

Home Run Movie

 the week ended this morning in Worship at Waters Edge Church!!!  OH MY GOSH – the title of the Message:

I LOVE MY CHURCH

There were other events and individuals who played a role in my week -both positively and negatively; for EACH I am forever thankful. My life was forever changed by every one!!!!!

I have RECOMMITTED to Waters Edge Church – and I am finally able to say again – I LOVE MY CHURCH!

Waters Edge