Jake/Weekly Photo Challenge

Heritage

This week for my entry, I’d like to share a piece of our heart. Jake gets to stay at home starting next week with his mother and soon-expected sibling. We have grown pretty attached to this little guy but we know he will still stop in to visit now and then.

I’d like to think I’ve shared a little bluegrass music heritage with him in his first year and a half.

Heritage

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And now, dear daughters, you know why I collect banjos 😉

For other great Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge entries, click here.

Year’s Favorite/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

If you search ‘Favorite’ on Pinterest, you get a slew of favorites from the whole wide world. The same goes with other search engines across the Internet. The possibilities are endless. But add “Year’s” to the search and it narrows down only slightly. I could list favorite recipes, quotes (but I’m already doing that daily), spaces, clothes, movies, blogs, actors, restaurants, songs, singers and on and on and on. But for today, I’m sharing a tune from my ‘Gibson’ for my favorite girls, my beautiful daughters. I’m proud of you both and come what may, you will always be my favorites!

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As for the Year’s Favorite Quilt block,…..

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It’s a favorite for sure!

Quote as promised:

 In the end, it’s not the year’s in your life that count,  It’s the life in your years.   Abraham Lincoln

Join me again tomorrow for more of the April A to Z Blog Challenge 2017!

Practice/ Weekly Photo Challenge

Morning

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There’s a morning sun shining outside these shutters. But my eyes needed to adjust this morning. Coffee was the priority first.

To say I needed to think about this week’s challenge is an understatement. Silly that something so obvious should be so toilsome. But that is why it’s called a Challenge. So I am just going to show you a song that’s been in my head since the announcement of this week’s word.

Here Comes The Sun

For copyright reasons, it’s a minimal photo and it’s taken with my camera of my copy of music I paid for.

there. now that I’ve taken care of business……

would you like to take time to listen in on my practicing?


Gonna be practicing awhile.

 

Isaiah’s Lamp

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They are hanging over our home today.

I regularly post on my other blog a Tasty Thursday post.

I am not talking food today. We have to stop and pay respects to a young life that has passed on last evening. Each morning I read a Bible passage and this morning I came to Mark 4:21- 25. Jesus is speaking about not hiding your lamp under a basket or a bowl. Naturally, it would be starved of oxygen and get snuffed out. He goes on to say, To the one who has, more will be given.

Clearly little Isaiah was given much hardship. But the one thing he had that he did not keep hidden under a basket was his beautiful smile and personality. He was given this light to shine on all of us. We will forever have this imprinted on our hearts and lives. The blessing is ours to have and hold in all the precious memories he’s left behind. We can’t understand the huge scope of things in life many times, but we can each be a better person by modeling after someone like Isaiah. He gives us inspiration that no matter the trials of life, we should keep shining our light to help others see the beauty in all things. In truth, he showed us Love.

I posted a tribute to Isaiah in 2015 prior to his 5th birthday for the A to Z April Challenge. I’d like to reshare it today and urge you to visit the VWM website just to learn more and show his family some support with your thoughts and prayers.

The Wi”Z”ard of O”Z” for Isaiah

Oz, as you all know is where the tornado blew Dorothy to in the classic movie Wizard of Oz. Dorothy encounters trials and tribulations and meets friends along the way to assist her (and themselves) along the path, The Yellow Brick Road. The moral of the story as they find the Wizard is that the things you seek are inside you all along. You just need to believe in yourself.

Easier said than done sometimes.

This last 2 years, we’ve been honored to meet a young lady and her son who has a terminal illness. It’s called Vanishing White Matter Disease. You can learn more about this disease on the website, http://ulf.org/vanishing-white-matter-disease . Their yellow brick road has been bumpy to put it mildly.

For my final A to Z Challenge post for 2015, I am dedicating this one to Isaiah and his mom, Bethany. Their journey has been extremely difficult as Isaiah is only 4 years old and is a daily inspiration to us with his constant smiles.

I believe in the power of prayer and my request to my fellow bloggers, family and friends, from all over the world is to please say one for them. Pray for peace, strength, healing and a cure for future generations. May Isaiah’s story teach us all the importance of love and holding fast to the small moments in life.

Thank you and thanks for reading my blog this 2015 Challenge.

More Isaiah below:
http://fox4kc.com/?s=kcmo+fire+grants+make+a+wish

Update on Isaiah 6/28/16
https://www.facebook.com/FightliketheChamp/posts/821670967934436
Please continue to keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

Hank / WordPress Photo Challenge

Half-Light

It’s Good Friday, I have the day off, and the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge is Half-Light. With time on my hands I get out the ol’ banjo and pick this tune:

“I Saw The Light”
I wandered so aimless life filled with sin
I wouldn’t let my dear saviour in
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
Praise the Lord I saw the light.

I saw the light I saw the light
No more darkness no more night
Now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light.

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Didn’t want my whole self photographed, but so you know it’s really me…

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John 1:5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Blessings to you this Easter weekend.

 

Loch Lomond for Our Veterans

L is for Loved:
Honor Flight is making our Veterans feel “Loved” by escorting them via air on dedicated flights to visit memorials built to give tribute for the sacrifices they made.

One local photographer has documented in pictures his trip with one of these Honor Flights.
For a commentary of Kevin Walker’s experience as well as more pictures, see Here:

I wanted to present it to you in a slideshow with music. Hope you’ll thank a Vet today.

If you are a Veteran,

God Bless You!

Reblogged from my ‘other blog’ http://stephaniesstuff84.blogspot.com/2015/04/loch-lomond.html

Playing Hopscotch

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Been awhile since I started this one. I have a few quilt tops from purchases, but………

This one is all made by me.

Machine pieced and Hand quilted, using many, many scraps from my stash. Lots of them are upcycled fabrics or swatches from estate auctions and yard sales.

The future of this one is going to rely on Etsy or future craft shows.

Selling quilts isn’t easy. They need the right person at the right time.

Could it be YOU?

Gold Tone

No I’m not referring to my Gold Tone Banjo…….this time.

I’m apparently into the color of Gold though. Who wouldn’t be??!! After all we have Fort Knox? goldThe Gold I’m currently hoarding is this yarn that once was going to be some Crocodile Stitch Slippers.IMG_2156 barbie's requestCan you say Big Fail??

So on to other things.

This time we have a Crochet-As-You-Go attempt.

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It begins like this…….

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But this is how much yarn I have left.

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Letter Z – Dedication

Please take a second to learn about Isaiah in my post for Letter Z.

http://stephaniesstuff84.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-wizard-of-oz-for-isaiah.html

Check out some other A to Z blogs Here

 

Y not check out my link?

Click below to read my A to Z Challenge post for Letter Y.

http://stephaniesstuff84.blogspot.com/2015/04/you-are-my-sunshine.html

I will make it to Z!!!!!               Check out some other A to Z blogs Here