Archive for the ‘Absolute Favorites’ Category


From Our Barn…

Wishing everyone a very beautiful 2015! ~

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A Walk in the Himalayas

We could not stop taking photos of the yaks.  We could not stop taking photos of stupas and prayer flags, carved stone Mani walls, beautiful people, Himalayan mountains. Please enjoy this trek with us. Double click the photos until you have them filling your screen… the quality is far better!  Imagine the sound of yak […]

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My Cup Runneth Over

It was my great fortune to grow up in a home filled with music.  Good music.  A hi fi system always playing vinyl soundtracks to great movies, beautiful voices like Andy Williams and Elvis filling the air.  And we sang along.  At the top of our lungs, we sang along. I was four years old […]

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The Good Life

This is the good life.  A cup of hot coffee, brushing the cat on the front porch. This is the good life.  Falling into bed at night, exhausted from a long day of work… missions accomplished and customers happy. This is the good life.  Peeling potatoes, setting the table, getting ready for a birthday celebration […]

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Another Day

Crawled into bed last night, replaying the moments of my day, and enjoyed the flow of it all.  Naturally, I wanted to write it all down. The day began at my house, where a handful of my close friends (including my mother) sat around my table, Bibles opened, sharing God’s Word, lots of laughs, plenty […]

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When I Travel

When I travel across an island like Java, Indonesia, and I breathe the smog and see the ultra poor… I calm down.  Although I may get caught up in my local politics, and the worries of day to day living, I am reminded that some of these people cannot fathom the luxury of my life.  […]

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Her House

I never knew the woman.  And when she needed to sell her house to move into an assisted living home closer to her children, I felt sad and a little bit guilty about buying it.  I know that story well… someone needing to leave their beloved place behind… the place they’ve called home, where they’ve […]

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Beautiful Names

These are the beautiful names of my great-grandmothers… – – – – And the beautiful names of my grandmothers… – – Would you like to share the beautiful names of your grandmothers and great-grandmothers?  I’d love to “hear” them.  Those names from the past are music to my soul!

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Blue Velvet

I don’t own a blue velvet dress.  I almost did… once.  It was almost twenty years ago.   Nineteen, to be exact.  I lived right here in Portales, having spent three years living on St. Thomas.  We’d had our right-out-of-college adventure, and were settling into “normal life”.  Gary missed island living more than I, and […]

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Cowboy Hats

I wanted so much to take a photograph today.  It wasn’t possible. But I wanted to share it with others.  It was a set of shelves in the foyer of a church building.  A double row of 1 x 12s above a coat rack.  They were high on the wall, but that’s okay, because they […]

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Cookbook

I have this cookbook… It was a wonderful Christmas present my sister made for our large family of aunts and uncles, moms and dads, cousins, nieces and nephews.  Grandma was in on the surprise, and she also wrote a letter to the family as part of the gift.  It’s a coffee table cookbook filled with […]

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Hostess Snack Sets

I have this collection of Hostess Snack Sets. I’ll bet someone in your family had a set, if not several.  They’re those beautiful little glass plates, with a little matching punch cup, and an upraised ring on the plate so the cup can’t slide.  They’re delicate and petite… just enough space for a triangular sandwich […]

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