Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Happy belated birthday, Polka-dotted Sky!

Three years ago, this blog was birthed.


I'm so proud.

/end tear


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Learning: Lead and follow

Well, if ballroom dance lessons don't do it, something else will teach it to you!

Back in October 2006, on the weekend right before my birthday, Pink Kitty, SalsaGuy, Cokes4Me, and I hiked the trails of Caney River Falls and Fall Creek Falls in Bledsoe Co. of the Tennessee Plateau region.

After a few hours of strenuous hiking and much seeing of gorgeous autumnal sights, the four of us trekked back toward the car. At one fork, SalsaGuy led the way to the left, on the Gorge Trail. We hiked further and came to another crossroads. The sign read Caney River Falls Overlook and displayed an arrow pointing left and an arrow pointing right. Again SalsaGuy led us to take the left side of the fork.

As on other trails, the steps down were formed by tree roots and rocks, some steep enough for us to need SalsaGuy to act as stairway railing.

SalsaGuy got to the wire fence before we did. And when I stopped to catch my breath for a moment, I sensed something odd: the trail didn't seem to be going anywhere further. I was about to question him, but a check in my spirit occurred. I heeded the Holy Spirit and listened. Trust him. Don't question his leadership. He knows what he's doing. Just keep going. I did.

When I got to the bottom of the trail, it did stop. Technically it was a dead-end, but truly... it was a special spot. It was the overlook the sign had promised.

The sun was out in full, and the afternoon had warmed. A slight breeze blew just enough to cool us off from hiking. The falls glittered in the distance.

I was overwhelmed. Truly it was a lesson I needed to learn. One I need to remember over and over. To read again and again.

You never know what delights you will see, literally and metaphorically, when you trust God and let Him help you trust people. Self-restraint really is worth it. Thank you, SalsaGuy, for consistently demonstrating that to me. :o)

Friday, March 02, 2007

'Cause I'm crafty like that

No, not cunning but creative--->I make stuff!

Lovely Lady Jen, aka Mrs. Zach Baker, has tagged me from her too-cute-for-words blog Pretty/Modest. Go there to see her handmade bag that is so much more than an homage to the window treatment transformation magic of either Scarlett O'Hara or Sister Maria... it's the essence of cute, sweet, sassy, and classy distilled into a faboo accessory.

OK, on to my creation. I cannot claim the original design as my own. I took the idea from a magazine or a book (I can't remember which and can't find the project online right now) and followed the general idea of the design, interpreting it with my own flair. Most of the beads are glass. The feature bead, the pink quartz donut, was the inspiration. Everything else developed from there. Those clunky-looking silvery things are clip-on earrings (I do not have pierced ears) that have something of a small jump ring attached so that you can add danglies and then use pliers to bend the ring closed.

Not sure if you can tell but the pink beads on the earrings are shallop-shell-shaped. Makes me think of my grandmother, the shell collector, when I wear these. I think she'd like them. :o)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Eyes to see

Oh that I may have eyes to see not only the beauty in nature, which You put there, but also to see You in that moment, to trace Your fingerprint, to know You more.

You who are beautiful, may I see You more. May others see You through me.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Smile, Elena, Smile

Ya know, once you have been reconciled to God in Jesus Christ, happiness and joy are really all about your choosing to surrender and just let them happen---God changes your attitude, your perspective, your thoughts about things.

This photo was taken on a day when I stressed myself out for a bunch of ridiculous reasons. Once I chose to embrace joy that day... joy flooded everything.

My best friend, Pink Kitty, has experienced this truth too.

And together, as sisters in Christ, we are meeting God at all sorts of times and places. And I believe that people are seeing Him too. May they truly recognize Him. May we continue to see Him clearly and love Him more and more.