Thursday, June 24, 2010

Empty Nest

Well it's official, we have an empty nest. Every year a family of birds raise their young in the same spot and in the same nest that has been there for 3 years! This year there were four little birds! I named them all but only remember 2 of the names, Flo and Zickefous. It has been more exciting seeing them grow over these weeks then watching TV! I checked on them in the morning and before I went to sleep. I made sure Bryan didn't run over any of them (as they are right above his spot in the drive way). I even found him checking on them several times as well! Yesterday two of them left. And today when I got up the other two were gone as well. I will certainly miss them a lot. I will miss their shrieking little chirps when being fed, seeing their little heads poke up and down, and of course being dive bombed by the Mom AND Dad whenever we went to the cars. I didn't mind!!! I'd probably do the same thing if I were them. I tried my best to snap a couple of photos here and there but because of the location into the light it proved a little more difficult than I thought. Also I didn't want to get too close and get pecked for real!!! They wibbled and wobbled on the nest and then went out on the ledge to explore. I never did witness any leave, which is probably better because I got so nervous they would fall or something worse would happen since they were only several feet away from a very busy street. I did pray for them and asked God that He would let them all make it. There was one point that we didn't see the Mom or Dad come and feed them for an entire day. I truly thought it looked grim, but the next day they came and fed them with fury! I was so relieved. I checked on the nest a little while ago, just to make sure no one was left behind when I heard and felt a swoosh of wind and it was the Mom and Dad and one of their young flying and perched on a branch near by. Maybe they came by to say "hello"? I told Bryan I am going to take the nest down this year, that I can't bear to watch the process again. But something tells me it will remain, a VACANCY sign lit. Little blessings.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

1 Cloth, a Lamp and a Camera

I received this cloth from my Barat (word for friend in Hungarian) when she traveled around the entire world for a year and was in Kenya. It is a precious piece of fabric shimmering with butterflies (imagine that!!!), flowers, and did I mention it's PINK? I don't consider "things" that important, but this ranks up on the scale of something I'd consider saving if my house were on fire. Last night I wanted to fiddle around with exposure/contrast/and lighting and kind of played "dress up" with this clothe as a sort of prayer shawl. I thought of Biblical Christian women as I did these self-portraits. I actually took them in the Monochrome filter setting which I have never done, but was pleased with the results of both texture and depth. All I used was one single not-so-very-pretty lamp. I think I am beginning to love single-lighted illumination shots. It really brings a certain attitude and mystery to the photos.

NOTE*** I am not Muslim, just in case anyone has the idea to suggest this by these photos. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and died upon the cross for our sins.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I Needa Laugh

Sometimes you just have to do something that will make you laugh! I think this site (mywebface) is super you can tell it produces very tasteful exquisite high quality art. If you ever have a moment (like when you can't sleep! he-he) I would love to see your creations!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Eternity's Gate

Neither here, or there
I float
no anchor, no route
just a destination
I don't know how long it will take
what path I will travel
The journey most likely wont be smooth
There will be ups and downs
joy, sadness, and pain
It doesn't matter which way I go
I want to follow
Abandon my inhibitions
Train for battle
Would You lead me as a warrior?
Would You guide me like a student?
Will You teach me like a Father?
And Love me like Your own?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Willow, the Traumatized Frog

So what what else are you supposed do when you are a photographer and find a frog in the backyard?

Yes, that's Bryan's wedding ring!

She did get treats for doing this, so don't feel too bad for her!

I know she's not a frog, but she's just TOO cute not to post.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Gateway to Dreams

Inspired by Grace Photography "Gateway to Dreams"

I've been walking, but mostly searching

Aren't we all?

No one ever told me you spend your whole life "journeying"

I thought when you are an adult you actually "know" something

How funny,

How funny,

we don't

but would I want to anyway?

What is the secret to those who live well?

If they would just whisper to me their jewel, I'd treasure it within gilded delight

How they fade like morning fog

there, and then not

Is it even possible to become this?

Oh God, let me live not as though a door is closed in front of me,

but that there is one You've placed in my reach requiring faith... open.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Stress Test Day

This morning was my heart stress test. Just yesterday my doctor broke the news to me that it required an IV line for the entire 4 hour process. NOOOO!!! But I believe the Lord answered my prayers in having the nicest doctor, technicians, and nurses. Over all, I saw about 20 different people to complete this test. I had 2 super duper LONG scans in a machine that looked as if it wanted to eat me alive. I wish Bryan got a picture of it, it is not an MRI scanner, but this "V" looking apparatus that skims right over your body with NO room to barely even breath. Before the test I had the IV (which I was not able to eat since midnight and doing it made me puke because of the dye taste in my mouth) and the dye inserted in my vein, a scan, tons of waiting, the actual test, and then another dye injection, more waiting, and then another scan in the "V" eating machine. Bryan wasn't allowed in my little room for the actual test, but before as they hooked me up to all kinds of fun gadgets he was there and snapped a couple of photos! It makes me laugh looking at them. I love the oxygen tank in the background! Keep in mind I was SO HUNGRY, TIRED (barely slept last night) and had a yucky IV in my hand.

The funniest thing, however, was after I reached my target heart rate running on the treadmill, I stopped, rested, and had a "recovery" period as they monitored my decline in my heart rate. Once it got back to normal, I could complete the test with the second "V" eating scan. My heart rate was coming down nicely until the technician brought in apple juice and graham crackers! Then I got so excited I was allowed to eat that my heart rate jumped back up. The doctor came back in and asked how my heart rate was as I rested and the technician guy told him "It was fine until I gave her the crackers!!!" We all laughed so hard. I guess I REALLY was visibly happy that I got to eat!

On a good note, the doctor said my test looked real "boring" and smiled, which means that probably things are ok. I will get official results next week. For now, its snuggling with the greatest dog in the whole world and lots and lots of chocolate!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lake with Friends

This past weekend I adventured to the lake with Tighe and Rachel. It was so much fun. I love so many things about the lake, how the deer get close enough to feed and touch, the jetski's, eating yummy food (that Tighe cooked SO well), sleeping, lighting fireworks, and my newest accomplishment...jumping off the dock!

Getting Married

My mother-in-law is getting married! I am so excited for her. Gary is a sweet man with a huge heart. I don't think I have ever seen Diana so happy, it makes me want to cry. We went to Olive Garden last week to celebrate!

Monday, June 07, 2010


Today is Jennifer's funeral and burial. I wish I could be there to honor her life, but the best I can do is remember her from here.

Thursday, June 03, 2010


My sweet friend Jenn LaPalme died this morning at 7:22am in her home after a long battle with cancer. She was a wonderful person, full of determination and desire to leave the world a better place through her love for her husband, Nick, and 7 month old son Timmy. Jenn, Nick, and Timmy lived only several houses from my sister. They were pretty close and my sister's heart is so sad. Please pray for Nick, all of Jenn's family, and her friends who will miss her tremendously.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The Most Expensive Paint Worker

Gracey has done it again...amazed me with her human-like talent and genius wit. She decided to paint and I caught her just as she was stopping a moment to admire her work, she quickly got up and began to put a 10th coat on! She is one super-weenie! Of course she wants to collect on bones.....1,976 to be exact.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010


Laughter is so sweet. I may not understand why in the world she rejects certian kibble bits, but I couldn't help but laugh, and of course take a photo of Gracey. She seems to discriminate between different bites. She takes them out of the bowl and spits them out. This is just a little taste of how complicated this process is for her. Oh Gracey, Gracey, Gracey, what am I gonna do ith you?