365 Days of Gratefulness | Day Twenty-Four


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I’m grateful for photographs and the gift of photography to capture and remember special times!

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365 Days of Gratefulness | Day Five


FBdayfive-1This book is something I am beyond words grateful for. It encourages, corrects, inspires, gives hope, instructs, exhorts, and speaks to every part and phase of life imaginable.

It is perfect, sure, wise, right, pure, enlightening, clean, everlasting, and true.  It should be desired more than gold and is sweeter than honey. [Psalm 19, paraphrase]

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365 Days of Gratefulness | Day Two


FBdaytwoI’m grateful for time… and all the time-related lessons I’ve been learning lately.  Funny thing about time – it always seems to go by too slowly or too quickly.  I’m learning to appreciate both ends of the spectrum.  Learning to make the most of the few free minutes here and there and learning to be flexible when there just isn’t enough time in the day.

 

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365 Days of Gratefulness | Day One


Like a lot of photographers, I’m always looking for new ways to keep myself fresh and find ways to keep me shooting.  As a stay-at-home wife and mommy it’s hard to find a few minutes to dedicate to taking pictures.  I have to try hard to make it happen.  Over the next year I will be sharing one picture daily.  Somethings will be huge and some will be tiny.  This project goes a little beyond simply taking a picture.  Each one will represent something I am grateful for.  And that’s where you come in…. I’d like to invite you to join me!  The rules are simple:

1) Post one picture every day.  You can use your blog, Facebook, or Instagram.  I’ll be posting here and on Instagram (@365daysofgratefulness)

2) You don’t have to be photographer!  I’m doing this as a personal photo challenge, but it’s more about being thankful for the blessings we enjoy every day.

3) It’s okay to miss a day once in a while… This is not something I’m doing because I have nothing else to keep me busy.  Actually, I’m doing this because I am busy and want a chance to slow down and realize just how much I have to be grateful for.  BUT don’t turn this into a chore, okay? 🙂  Chances are I won’t complete my 365 days in a year.  That’s okay.

4) If you decide to join me, let me know and I’ll give you a shout out along with anyone else that’s participating! 🙂

Day One

Today I am so grateful for little people – and even more so the chance to be a mommy to a little person.  It’s a hard, hard job, but next to marriage, the greatest earthly blessing I can think of.FB-twomonths6

Baylor [an adoption story and photo essay]


Meet Baylor.

He’s a two or three year old Great Dane mix.  We adopted him from a fantastic shelter in Norman, OK (www.secondchancenorman.com).  Baylor is the perfect blend of couch potato, family companion, and big (huge?) dog.  Baylor was picked up as a malnourished stray by a city shelter and eventually made it into Second Chance’s hands where they worked hard to get him in great physical shape.

Our “baby horse” has been with us for almost a week now.  We’ve been getting to know each other, have been teaching him that the two of us are his friends, but also his bosses (a must with a dog so big), and enjoying seeing him make little breakthroughs….   We’ve been continuing the training they began and are also working on packing those pounds back on him.  Not knowing his long-term background or how long he was a stray, we’ve noticed that some basic things like how to play had to be taught to Baylor.  It was fun to watch the light come on as he discovered how awesome rawhides are and lately we’ve been enjoying watching him figure out his ball.  It was a big deal that he even picked it up the first time!  We’re even noticing that his bones aren’t quite as noticeable as they first were when we adopted him.  Bring on the pudge!

As a fun little project, I decided to put together a photo essay capturing some of Baylor’s favorite activities like sofa-sitting and window-watching along with a “Baylor Breakthrough” or two, like the supervised demolishing of his rawhide.  Enjoy! 🙂

Baylor [an adoption story and photo essay]


 

Meet Baylor.

He’s a two or three year old Great Dane mix.  Baylor was picked up as a malnourished stray by a city shelter and eventually made it into Second Chance’s hands where they worked hard to get him in great physical shape…. Read the full story here.