Sunday, September 27, 2009


Another week, another theme for the I HEART FACES photo blog. This week's pictures have to have blue as a dominant color in them. I knew right away which photo I would choose. This shot was taken at the coast late in the evening. I don't usually take pictures past evening light, but the kids were running on the beach and having fun so we stayed out later. Much to our delight , as the sun was close to setting , the sky turned a beautiful deep blue and pink. So intense were the colors that they cascaded off the water and the sand. As I am photographing, I see my totally dressed 2 year old headed for the surf. I said "Kate, do not get wet!" and this was the look I got...
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Completely Candid.....

Ok...this week's theme at I HEART FACES is "completely candid" so I thought I would put this photo in of Olivia at the beach this summer. She was so enveloped in studying the sea life in the tide pool that I was able to take this shot without disrupting her concentration. Please click on photo to see it full screen. Check out I HEART FACES starting tomorrow to see other great candid shots...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Please read...

Hi Everyone,

It was so fun to discover a couple of comments from some friends of the family last night, Thomas and Leslie Hudgens. Randy had the pleasure and honor of leading Thomas to Christ a few years back and Leslie is the woman he met and married a year ago, a woman he discovered on a missions trip to Honduras. Thomas has been a friend of the family since the beginning of our adoption journey to Olivia from China. The process and the roller coaster of emotion and faith building and testing left an impact on him as a new and growing believer in the Lord. He has now witnessed the adoption of our youngest , Kate, from Guatemala and all the highs and lows that have accompanied that journey. Last night Thomas left some of his thoughts about adoption as two comments under the "How Beautiful" post. I tried to copy and paste them as a new post but to no avail. So...please backtrack to the comment section under that post and read what Thomas and Leslie's insights are. I believe you will be blessed by what God has taught them through adoption (comments #5 and #6).

Monday, September 7, 2009

How Beautiful...

How Beautiful the hands that served
The Wine and the Bread and the sons of the earth
How beautiful the feet that walked
The long dusty roads and the hill to the cross
How Beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful is the body of Christ
How Beautiful the heart that bled
That took all my sin and bore it instead
How beautiful the tender eyes
That choose to forgive and never despise
How beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful is the body of Christ
And as He lay down His life
We offer this sacrifice
That we will live just as He died
Willing to pay the price
Willing to pay the price
How Beautiful the radiant bride
Who waits for her Groom with His light in her eyes
How Beautiful when humble hearts give
The fruit of pure lives so that others may live
How beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful is the body of Christ
How beautiful the feet that bring
The sound of good news and the love of the King
How Beautiful the hands that serve
The wine and the bread and the sons of the Earth
How Beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful is the body of Christ

by Twila Paris

This song was sung last Sunday at my church. It is one of my favorites so I thought i would print the words for anyone and everyone to read. These lyrics always bring me to tears as i am reminded just how much my God loves me. I especially love the line that talks about the" radiant bride who waits for her groom with his light in her eyes". I know this was true of me 18years ago as I walked down the aisle toward Randy . I hope it still rings true today. But even more, I pray and hope that the light of Christ shines in my eyes for a lost world to see. How amazing to think though the words of this song that reflect all that God ,through His Son, has done for mankind. Completely beautiful!
"How beautiful when humble hearts give the fruit of pure life so that others may live." Another of my favorite lines. May this always be true of me, Lord.