Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you. - John Owen

Friday, March 23, 2012


It's springtime in Minnesota!!!!!  What a glorious, beautiful time of year this is - when the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and there are also rainy days to water the thirsty ground. God gives new life to the earth.  Everything that has been dead and buried all winter comes to life and is so fresh and beautiful.  It is a wonderful reminder of our new life in Christ.  We are no longer dead in our sins, but alive with Christ.  Life with Christ is a beautiful thing! 

Ephesians 2:4-10
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),  and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

We were down in Iowa recently and a very kind man allowed me to borrow his camera (a Nikon D300S).  It is so complicated and a challenge for me, but amazing and so fun to work with!  It is a really neat experience for me as I had never expected to handle a camera like this for years to come - if ever!  :)  Some of (well, most of) my pictures in this post were taken with this camera.
The sky has been absolutely breathtaking lately!
The first flowers to bloom in our garden.  They are so delicate and beautiful and their scent is lovely.
Jonnie boy.
Miss Dawn was going out to the Richters on Monday, and invited me to go.  I had a great time with them!  Their tire swing is amazing fun!
Isaac loves the ride!  :)
Miss Dawn got this picture of little baby Nathan.  He's adorable!  :)
Jeddy and those blue, blue eyes...!  :)
Isaac is really looking grown up!
And this is "Itty-Bitty" - that's what Papa calls her.  :)
Ashlyn is so sweet!
We were babysitting earlier this week and I just had to try out the new camera.  I was pretty happy with the results.  What do you think?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Recent Happenings...

A snowfall earlier this month gave me a wonderful opportunity for shooting some lovely photos of the winter blanket. I thought that the curl in the arms of these chairs with the snow piled delicately on top made a pretty scene.

Psalm 51:10
 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Mama and I attended Ashlyn's 8th birhtday party.  It was tons of fun!  :)
Byron a.k.a "Byro"
Amanda, Miss Dawn, and Eliajh
Jonnie had fun on the swings after church a couple of weeks ago.
A gorgeous sunset!
Teddy loves to chew on his ball.  He was looking quite goofy this time, so I ran for the camera!
Rosie, hoping for a handout...!  :)
Christian is making "flour" in this picture.
Christian and me - he was providing wild game and cooking meals for me under the trees.  What a wonderful brother!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Safety First!

Elijah was treating the dogs to a little pizza...
...and Teddy decided to choose "safety first"! He wanted to protect his cute little begging eyes from any flying objects. :)  Doesn't he look goofy in those glasses!?!  They're such sweet dogs.
Here's what Rosie looked like a few nights ago.  She was sleeping but popped her eyes open as soon as I clicked the shutter button.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Cowboy

I was walking past our white board earlier today and this picture that Jonnie drew made me smile... :)