An Announcement: OWW

Introducing:

One Word Wednesday!

Dum dee da dum! *dramatic fanfare* *bowing* *clapping*

Anyways. OWW is going to be something I’ll be trying out for a while.

Each Wednesday (hopefully every week) I will put up a very short post. It will have a photograph that was taken by yours truly, and a word.

It might be a word that has an interesting definition (and I’ll include the definitions sometimes if I feel the need), or a word that’s pretty, or fun to say, etc.

Also, be on the lookout for two more announcement-type posts that will be important for you to read, plus a change in the blog look should be coming soon for Summer, and a Spring Wrap Up.

So what do you think? Will One Word Wednesdays be a nice addition to the blog? Do you even want to see my photography and hear cool words?

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Mothers. Wow. Just wow.

I literally cannot fathom how a mother is a mother.

They are the most selfless people, and their lives are literally revolved around their children.

How often do we even appreciate that?

I know I don’t express my gratitude to my mother often enough. Maybe because I take it for granted.

Moms truly are miracles.

“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”

That’s so true. I hear my mom, and lots of moms saying things about how they aren’t good enough or how they make mistakes, or worst of all, that they are a bad mom. They usually say these things when they are discouraged, or us kids have done or said something that makes them doubt themselves.

And I just look at her in awe and think, ‘I’m so selfish I can barely make myself tidy the living room, and you just finished a wall to wall cleaning of the entire house.

And for kicks: “Nothing is officially lost until your mother can’t find it.” #truth.

“Her children arise and call her blessed. Her husband also, and he praiseth her.” ~Proverbs 31:28

I feel like we don’t do this near enough, don’t you think?

“She spent all her time loving herself, she sometimes forgot to spend anytime loving herself. She would pour all her energy into creating a beautiful world for her family, that she would forget to create beauty for herself.

She spent hours making sure her children looked presentable, and glance in the mirror to see her bun in disarray, her makeup smeared, her clothes messy. She would feel sad. Little did she know that when her husband walked through the door, he thought she was the most beautiful sight he had seen all day.

She planned a week ahead what she would make for dinner, but it was burnt. She was so excited to take her children to a nice restaurant for lunch, but they put their elbows on the table and blew bubbles in their drinks. She felt ashamed. She didn’t think that perhaps no one cared how overdone the food was, or that the children didn’t mind fancy food and just loved spending time with her.

She worked all day preparing something really special, and when she was met with disappointment, she felt like she was a failure. She didn’t know that the sad look on her kids’ face was because they were unhappy about how tired she was.

And at the end of the day, when tears are falling down her face, she is exhausted and fed up. When she simply wants all to feel right and feel like she actually makes a difference, when she wants to feel her worth, when all dignity is gone, that is the moment one of her children is thinking about how nice their mom did their hair, how clean the house was, how sweet it was when dad and mom smiled at each other, how yummy the food was, how cool the restaurant was, and how amazing their mother is. So they say a simple five words to their mother, five words they don’t say near often enough. 

‘Thank you. I love you.”

That is the moment that a mother should know she is incredible.”

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So on this day of celebrating mothers, I say thank you, Mom. I love you.

Happy Mother’s day to mom’s everywhere.

Not Getting Any Younger

Days are passing.

Children are sprouting up.

You’re changing.

Life’s changing.

The world’s changing.

And there’s nothing you can do about it. But you can enjoy the process.

It’s scary and overwhelming sometimes, but beautiful.

As they say, it’s not about the destination, it’s the journey (although, in the case of life, I kinda disagree, ’cause being with our Savior will be amazing).

We don’t have to be consumed with what’s going to happen next, or where we’re attending college, or what we’ll be doing in 10 years.

And we don’t have to worry about any of it, God is in control!

I’m not saying don’t plan ahead, you should know a general idea of what you want to do or else you will have many difficulties, but life is rushing by just fine on it’s own, you don’t have to hurry it along any more.

My dad just passed a milestone on his birthday, and it’s hard to believe he turned that age. Not that it’s old, just that like ‘my how time passes’. My niece, for goodness’ sake, is going to be turning so old, it seems, in just a few weeks. And I’m going to be driving soon!

It’s all magical and exciting and horrifying all at the same time!

So enjoy each stage of life while it lasts, because you are not getting any younger! That’s not a bad thing, it’s beautiful.

“Isn’t it funny how, day by day, nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different? ~ C.S. Lewis

The Birds Across the Street Had Better Shush RIGHT NOW.

Deep announcer voice: In other news, Lissa has decided to file a law suit against the birds that live across the street. Though she doesn’t actually have any idea where exactly they are located, she has great faith that someone will find them, and then deal with them the way they ought to be dealt with.

Okay, so that’s a little meladramatic. So what? These birds are very vocal. I am not a huge fan of extroardinarly loud birds who decide to interupt my peaceful afternoons.

Am I just complaining to you? Well, I mean, maybe. But bear with me, I do have a deep, philosophical point to make. Kinda.

As I was getting allllll worked up about these incredibly annoying birds, who have been bothering me the last several days, and I relized, why on earth waste my time getting so upset about some stupid ol’ birds?

I do this all the time. I get so upset. I love to complain. (I know y’all who know me personally are nodding your head and are like yep, that’s Lis.) It’s literally apart of me. And it is so annoying to me to be complaining all the time. But it’s so easy. It’s so simple to just open my mouth and fuss.

Do you experience this ever?

I know that that is my way of venting. I really do enjoy complaining, in the moment. Ya know, until afterwards when I’ve annoyed someone or even hurt feelings. Or I just get fed up with myself.

Okay, Lissa, this is great. You know you complain a lot, so just stop. Ta da!

Yeah, well it’s not that simple. At all. When something is ingrained in your personality and has been a habit you’ve been cultivating for the last five years or so.

For y’all who know me personally and are reading this, just know that I am aware of this habit. It’s just possibly the toughest one for me to break. So please, as I try to have patience with you, I humbly ask that you have patience for me. Also, don’t expect a sudden 180 or anything, ’cause I’m still me. (Also probably best not to mention this post in depth to me in person.) (Thanks.)

So what shall I do about it? That’s a great question. Try. Try harder. Bite my tongue.

Sometimes we complain about the cross we bear, not knowing what an honor it is to be carrying anything for our Messiah.

Here are some great verses:

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God for you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In EVERYTHING. This is God’s will. Wow.

Do all things without complaining and fighting so that you may become blameless and pure children of God. Philippians 2:14-15

To be blameless and pure, to be children of God, we have to cut out all our complaints and fighting, no matter if it seems harmless and even enjoyable at the time.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. ~Ephesians 4:29

No corrupting talk. Only what builds others up. So they can have grace. You might know a few people who are beautiful examples of this verse, and those are the people you love to be around. Because they aren’t focusing on their selves or comparing themselves to you. They are just being kind.

Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. ~James 5:9

When we complain about someone, we are being judged. If we speak well, we will not be condemned. But God is always weighing our actions.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ~James 1:2-4

No matter how hard it is to be cheerful, it is important. When we are tested, and we prove ourselves worthy, we become steadfast which leads to perfection, completion, and non-lackingness (which is totally a word, by the way.)

I don’t know if this is helpful to you at all. But I think it will be for me.

Basically this is the overview; DO NOT COMPLAIN. If only it were that easy though.

In closing, I leave you with one last verse.

I can do all things through Messiah who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

No matter how hard it seems to just keep your mouth shut or look on the bright side, with our Messiah, it is truly possible.

 

A Typewriter and a Suitcase of Letters

Why aren’t letters popular anymore? Or typewriters? I’m so sad these things have become just another vintage fun item, instead of an everyday.

So as I was feeling nostalgic I decided to whip out my typewriter (which is like at least 10 pounds it seems like) and take out my grandparents old suitcase of letters.

I spent a lot of time sitting on the grass with the letters, typewriter, and my camera, but didn’t actually get many pictures as I was so caught up studying the handwriting, stamps and words of the letters.

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One interesting thing I noticed is that my grandfather had nicer handwriting than almost all the women I know, like truly impressive lovely handwriting.

Why isn’t handwriting important anymore? That’s one thing I need to work on. Or how about this, look at this lovely heading;

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“Esther Sweetheart,’ and look at that lovely handwriting! And this letter is from the 1940s!

These letters are so sweet, and sometimes they are really boring, and other times simply romantic. They wrote letters to each other forever it seems like while my Grandpa was serving in World War II.That’s all the comments I have, so enjoy these pictures.

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Spring Whisperings

Ahhhh spring time! I just love spring time. If only it lasted longer than a week in these parts, then I would be really happy! Anyways, the trees are blossoming, the flowers are popping out of the ground, and the earth looks very happy right now.

I’m happy to say that I (finally) took every single one of these pictures! Yay! Also, special thanks to ‘Ilse’ for posing 🙂

Our little family orchard’s plum trees are blossoming and it adds such joy to the scenery! I noticed them a Saturday morning (I don’t go out to our orchard very often) and ran out just as our fellowship was arriving to take pictures, and because I was hurrying, they didn’t turn out all that great, but oh well!

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My sister and I also went on a bike ride, and I decided as we were pedaling out the driveway that I should bring my camera and snapped pictures the whole ride. I took some pretty cool pictures, but for the life of me they won’t upload!!

And then my friend told me about the orchard in bloom down her street. The almond trees were absolutely amazing and gorgeous! We took pictures of each other and I took tons of pictures of the lovely trees.

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So yep. I’ve had lots of fun photographing our spring, it’s pretty much amazing!

So how is your spring?? Have your flowers started blooming yet? Remember, drop me a comment and follow along! Happy Spring!

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And in case you live somewhere spring has not started, here is aflower I made that lasts year round 🙂

The Beauty of the Earth

Earth is beautiful.

From the outside in.

From Space

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Look at how incredible that is! I mean, I have no doubts as to where the person who invented the first marble got his idea. Except that they didn’t know what earth looked like from the moon back then, but hey. I mean, that’s our planet there. Just floating, in a black sky, and millions of other planets and moons and stars are nearby, but it all comes back to earth. Earth, where God placed men.

 

From the heavens above

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I love the ‘quilt’ of fields, the wild land, the mountains, a road, and the sea all being included in one picture.
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Or how about those incredible views of clouds?

It’s amazing what you can see from way up high, whether that be clouds, land, the sea, etc. It’s also very interesting how much the look of things change by going down or up a few hundred feet.

From high above

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In a city looking down
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Or looking down into one of God’s finest

Whether on man made city-scapes or awe-inspiring scenes God’s outdoors, looking down from above is pretty darn awesome.

 

Looking up from the ground

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Galaxies are incredible. Stars, and all that. Any night sky is pretty much amazing but somehow an amazing one is captured now and then.

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Or clouds. Clouds are amazing.

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What trees look like from the ground is really cool, too. And birds can be cool, as pictured above.

Looking down when standing on the ground.

You see so many things while doing this. Flowers, bugs, animals, short people, lots of stuff.

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Beneath the earth

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I can hardly believe that such beauty exists! Anyways, caves are one thing we can see underneath.

 

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The Fifth Watches:

HER NEW TRIBE — lsleofskye: Lago di Saoseo:

Water is so darn awesome. It’s so versatile, ya know?

So isn’t earth just superb? The most magnificent, finest, most exemplary shows of all time can be found all around you. Or if you care to stay inside, you can pick up a book and travel the earth from the comfort of your cushion-y chair.

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