April 30, 2008



Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. -1 Peter 2:16

April 29, 2008

Corner Work Station

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Therefore, preparing your minds for action,
and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1Peter 1:13

April 28, 2008

Soccer Sundays

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you... -1Peter1:3-4

April 27, 2008

Fig Leaves

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When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” -Mark 16:1-3

April 26, 2008

Ring my bell

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There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.
When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem. [...] And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking Jesus down [from the cross], wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. -Mark 15 40-41, 46-47

April 25, 2008

New Oak Leaves

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The heavens declare the glory of God,

and the sky above proclaims God's handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
-Psalm 19:1-2

April 24, 2008

Dandelion Puff

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And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?”
But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. -Mark 14:60-64

April 23, 2008


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And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” -Mark 14:35-36

April 22, 2008


And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” -Mark 14:22

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He wanted "wheelies". (What he calls "heelies" - sneakers with wheels in the heels.)
I said No.
He wanted tie shoes that look like wheelies.
We compromised on Airwalks. He wanted shoes that look like what the big kids wear. Not cartoon characters but skater shoes. No more velcro.
He's learning to tie his own shoes for the first time.

April 21, 2008


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"And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” -
Mark 13:37

April 20, 2008


“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” -Mark 12:28-31

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I have to admit I didn't plant any of these tulips. I just mulch them, admire them, and let my boys water them on sunny spring afternoons.

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April 19, 2008

Yellow Tulips

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More tulips here.

And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him,
and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ -Mark 11:27-31

April 18, 2008

Then Comes Tulips

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"And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” -
Mark 11:25

April 17, 2008


And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” -Mark 10:48-50


April 16, 2008

Rest awhile

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. -Mark 10:21-22

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April 15, 2008

Maple Keys

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And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” -Mark 9:33-37

April 14, 2008

Lost in the Vinca

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” -Mark 9:23-24

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If you read kidlit blogs you probably know about Jules and Eisha's Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and how they like to do fabulous interviews with children's authors and illustrators.

They also interview bloggers and it is one of the highest honors to be featured in a 7 Imp interview. Today they chose me! I am floating on cloud nine to be so noticed and flattered. They've packed the post with photos and links to some of my favorite people and things as well as highlighted a few of my favorite bloggers. Go see!

April 13, 2008


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And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" -Mark 8:34-37

April 12, 2008

The Cherry by the Barn

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Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?” -Mark 8:14-21

April 11, 2008

Clivia in Sun

And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” -Mark 7:36-37

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More clivia at Flickr.

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April 10, 2008


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And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” -Mark 7:14-15

April 9, 2008


The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. -Mark 6:30-31

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My dad gave me this clivia plant last year. It is an off- shoot of a plant he's had for many years. He told me it might not bloom for a couple more years but here it is opening up this spring.

April 8, 2008


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And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. -Mark 6:7-9

April 7, 2008

Dad's garden

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But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.
And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” -Mark 5:33-34

April 6, 2008

My Yard Sign

As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” -Mark 5:18-19

my yard sign

About ten minutes after we pushed this into the grass an eager puppy of a young man came knocking on the door. He was a campaign worker looking for promises of votes and volunteers for Obama. A little while later my neighbor said she was going to put up a sign but now she doesn't have to - mine is right next to her front yard. Her husband muttered that if it were in their yard it wouldn't stay up. They walked away from me saying,
"yes it would"
"no it wouldn't"

Apparently these signs are hard to come by around here. My mom wants one and can't find any. I happen to have a friend who is friends with a local politician and she got me this one and a bumper sticker. This is the first time I've ever put either up for any campaign.

April 5, 2008

Rain on Cherry Blossoms

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And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. -Mark 4:24

April 4, 2008

Spring Beauty

“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” -Mark 4:3-9

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These little flowers, each about half an inch across and called Spring Beauty, are growing all across the grass. The white blurs in the background are more blossoms. It wasn't till I got grass stains on my knees that I was able to see the delicate pink lines running toward the center of each flower and the bright pink anthers on the stamens. The root tubers, flowers and leaves are eatable.

April 3, 2008


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You have kept count of my tossings;

put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?

This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid
-Psalm 56:8-11

April 2, 2008

Magnolia Buds

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Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea
and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon. When the great crowd heard all that he was doing, they came to him. -Mark 3:7-8

April 1, 2008

March Mosaic

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March was a month of flowers for me. Still freezing cold and often dreary, but the spots of sunshine stand out in my mind. Yellow and Purple seem to be the theme.

Most of the time I was either out doors or working with natural light streaming in the window, which makes the photos much better overall. I'm still not very good at indoor shots with artificial light but I think my camera is partly to fault. (Easy to say, right?) It's an inexpensive point and shoot Kodak Z730. Nothing fancy about the lens. Not very versatile. I think I've learned how to use it a little better in the last three months. I am looking forward to the next several months of photographing nature subjects and my kids out doors.

Since this is my second year doing it, most of the same flower subjects will be opening in my garden. Here's the post with last year's spring mosaics. This year I want to focus on composition and finding ways to make the familiar look interesting. Not just another pansy or rose, but one with personality. I want to read more photography texts and study some great photographers. Any suggestions?

Red Maple Flowers in Rain

And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” -Mark2:1-5

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There was just enough misty rain to coat the maple tree flowers. Doesn't it look like a pomegranate? It makes me hungry.

April is National Poetry Month in the US. I'll be writing and posting a haiga (haiku + photo) every day in April on my book blog a wrung sponge. Enjoy some extra poetry this month. (With your kids if you've got 'em!)