December 31, 2008

The Best of my 2008 Photos

My creation

I went back through my 2008 365 photo set and chose my favorite photos - limited to only one per month. From this mosaic I think I see that I like chiaroscuro, just like Despereaux That and bokeh I suppose. What have your year's highlights been?

The Mosaic Maker is found here.

December 29, 2008

hugging a tree

hugging a tree

Sometimes it's mama that needs the time out.

Habari gani?


Ujima - collective work & responsibility

The third day of Kwanzaa we celebrate Ujima - collective work and responsibility. In our family and in our community we work as a team for the good of all.

December 28, 2008

What are you seeking?

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The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples,
and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” John 1:35-39

December 26, 2008

grace upon grace


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:14, 16

December 25, 2008

darkness has not overcome

star candles

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4,5

Holding you in the light

holding you in the light

When I first started doing 365 in 2007 I used to see all the cool cats doing Gummie Bear shots. I'm just getting up to speed now.

December 24, 2008

Shepherd dress rehersal

kissing the face of God

We're practicing for the Nativity play tonight at church. Buddy's a shepherd and Punkin's a sheep. I couldn't get the sheep to hold still for a photo but trust me, he's a cutie. You can't tell it from this photo but that's him behind the tree kicking his black-socked heels up.

December 23, 2008


playing with slinky

Punkin stretched it out from dining room table Advent candle holder to a chair back. He's putting his little cars through the tunnel.

December 22, 2008

Freezing Rain on the Garden

iced lilac buds

A day of freezing rain followed by sunshine. I couldn't stop taking photos!

lilac buds in ice

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lavendar iced

December 21, 2008

El Savadoran Angel

El Salvadoran Angel

I received this adorable angel ornament as a teacher gift the other day. It's sold by People of Hope Crafts, a nonprofit that "supports a network of 20 artisan cooperatives throughout El Salvador. We do this through the sales and marketing of their fair trade crafts in the United States. We are committed to paying fair wages and establishing sustainable livelihoods." Isn't that a great gift idea? Check them out if you are still shopping!

Brown Lego Guy?

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Last year I posted about how I was looking for Lego to make some people in natural skin colors. All the Lego guys and gals are yellow, have you ever noticed? I wrote to them asking why they didn't have any brown skinned people. They told me they thought it was better to make everyone the same so we wouldn't have to deal with race/ethnicity. (That's my paraphrase of their statement). I disagree. I think it makes more sense to make kid's toy people in the natural range of skin colors so they see a realistic diversity. It's the one thing I don't like about Legos, an otherwise excellent toy.

My son Buddy went to a birthday party yesterday where the party bags included a play set with these lego look-alikes. We were delighted to notice this brown skinned guy.

When I said, "Hey, look! He's got brown skin!"

Buddy said, "I'M BROWN!!" with a huge grin. That's what I'm talking about.

What about it, Lego?

December 18, 2008



As soon as it is 40 degrees they want to take their coats off. Running around burns a lot of heat!

December 16, 2008

Iced berries

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Rain turning to snow and ice. Bitter cold but can't miss the photo op...

December 15, 2008


my netbook

Stayed after school for the tech committee meeting. I'm taking notes on my new netbook.

December 14, 2008

Cinnamon ornaments

cinnamon ornaments

We are making cinnamon ornaments for teacher gifts. The boys had fun with this and it was easy enough for them to do most of it by themselves. I might have to make another batch. The first time we didn't use any white glue in the recipe; just applesauce and cinnamon. They are a bit brittle and I think would be better with the glue. Recipe here.

cinnamon star

December 12, 2008

Peace Pinwheels

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A couple weeks ago the whole school took part in a project to make pinwheels with peace prayers on the inside of them. We are studying peace as a school-wide focus this year, and this is one of our activities. The older grades are "buddies" with younger grades and we do things together once a month (at least). Everyone wrote a prayer for peace, decorated the paper, and then we cut them up and made pinwheels. At the 2nd and 3rd grade holiday musical performance they were displayed on the stage.

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December 7, 2008


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Caps to Cap-Haitien

infant caps

I've finished 14 of these newborn infant caps for the Caps to Cap-Haitien project. Midwives attending birthing women in Haiti will be bringing birthing kits containing these newborn caps. I'm so happy to be part of this project! Read all about it on Mama to Mama. Here's what Amanda said about the partner organization Konbit Sante:

Konbit Sante is a Maine-based volunteer partnership working to save lives and improve health care in northern Haiti. In Haitian Creole, a konbit is a traditional method of working together to till your friends' and neighbors fields as well as your own - a cooperative effort. Sante means health. The name defines their committment to address the staggering health problems in northern Haiti where most lack basic care and live without running water. One aspect of their work involves OB/GYN care . Konbit Sante is working to assemble Safe Birthing Kits to be distributed by traditional birth attendants in the desperately poor Fort St. Michel area of Cap-Haitien. These kits - consisting of plastic sheeting, hand sanitizer, a sterile piece of string and razor blade, and these newborn baby caps - have the potential to reduce infant and maternal mortality, and give babies a safer, healthier start.

You've got a few days more if you want to join in!

December 5, 2008

What the wind sees

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I've decided to join a new photo project for December. I saw it at Diber's blog, just like I found the last one for November in Black & White. Good eye that girl!

This one is called December Photo Project and it's hosted by View from the Prairie Box. There's a flickr group and a sign up post. All you have to do is try to post a photo every day in December and show us what you're looking at. Join us?

December 3, 2008

New Camera!!

blue green dishes

My new camera came in the mail yesterday afternoon! I am so excited. It's a Canon Powershot A590 IS. Loaded with features I have to study and figure out...

yew in frost

Here's this morning's frost on the yew bushes.

November 18, 2008

Technical difficulties

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Moments after taking this photo of my work gloves I dropped my camera. The lens housing is twisted and can't retract. Camera won't stay turned on. Boo Hoo. No telling when I will be able to take more photos. Buster is taking it to his friend in the camera repair shop but I might have to go shopping for a new one. Anyone have a tip about an inexpensive wonderful camera model?

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November 15, 2008

the glory of God

asters in fog

Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” -John 11:40

November 12, 2008

have it abundantly

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. [...] I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. [...] I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. -John 10:7, 9-11

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This is the pine tree next to the playground at about 8 am. I bumped up the contrast a little bit. Here it is in color with no editing (a separate shot):

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November 11, 2008

those who do not see

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Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” -John 9:39

November 10, 2008

One thing I do know

My tub faucet has a leak.

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So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” -John 9: 24-25

November 9, 2008

the light of life

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Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12

November 8, 2008

he bent down and wrote on the ground

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Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. -John 8:6-8

What do you think Jesus was writing on the ground with his finger?

November 7, 2008

If anyone thirsts

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On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” -John 7:37-38

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November 6, 2008

What must we do?

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Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” -John 6:26-29