October 2021 in 31 pictures

Evidently I forgot to post my usual, "September in pictures" - so here at least is October. There are so many words and images and then - faster than we can imagine - the month is gone and we're on to something new. Life is a multi-faceted and beautiful journey; these photographs do a fair …

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Photo-shoot with Max Retriever

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;    let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the Lord... - Psalm 96:11-12 - Typically, Max fails to cooperate with the camera So the other day I …

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” From God’s abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” (the official family photo shoot)

Unless the Lord builds a house,    the work of the builders is wasted.Unless the Lord protects a city,    guarding it with sentries will do no good.2 It is useless for you to work so hard    from early morning until late at night,anxiously working for food to eat;    for God gives rest to his loved ones.3 Children are a gift from the Lord;    they are a reward from …

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God has made everything beautiful in its time…

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. - Ecclesiastes 3:11 "Photo Friday" this week has some wonderful images. The best ones, of course, are from Miami, where Naomi, Craig, and the children have been …

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Celebrating “la bella vita” via Photo Friday

You make known to me the path of life;    in your presence there is fullness of joy;    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. - Psalm 16:11"La bella vita" = "The beautiful life" True story: Two days ago, catching a little local news in the late evening, our weather guy, Chris, makes the following pronouncement: "In all my career (and …

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When life has a beautiful clarity

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. - James 1:5 Do you ever - suddenly and with no apparent explanation - see things more clearly? This is something that happens quite often in my experience, and it is …

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Life is beautiful (and difficult, and wonderful, and hard…)

Life remains a study in contradictions. Life is good, it is difficult, it is hard, it is rewarding, it is challenging, it is inspiring, it is defeating, it is wonderful, it is frustrating, it is satisfying... it is all of these things and often at the same time.

Life is so beautiful I can’t help but give thanks!

The heavens declare the glory of God;     the skies proclaim the work of his hands. - Psalm 19:1 After a long summer, some serious hesitation, and - finally - a few episodes of blatant backsliding, North Carolina has finally turned the corner into the cooler, clearer weather that makes this time of the year so sweet around Wake …

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another grateful day in the (vacation) neighborhood…

Do not remember the former things,     or consider the things of old.  I am about to do a new thing;     now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness     and rivers in the desert. - Isaiah 43:18-19 Probably the best moments of this family gathering have been …

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