My word for 2015. It was the first time ever that I’d picked a word to concentrate on for the year. I felt that I’d lost some of the Joy of every day life. I’m not sure if people have always picked a word for the year, but it was new and a first to me.
My Word: Joy ~ it can be found in small and large ways. The large Joy in my life continues to be the gift of children. My prayer was always that they’d be safe, they’d grow to be strong, confident and capable people. They have. The next large Joy has been the blessing of grandbabies.
The small Joys can be found in everyday life. A call from an adult child just because they want to talk to mom. A puppy that thinks he runs the show, but loves to snuggle when you need it. A husband that can make me laugh, and has a way of making me always remember the reasons I love him (even if he doesn’t realize he’s doing it.)
The Joy of a sunshiny day when your heart just feels right with the world. A grandchild that climbs up in the rocker with me even though we’ve kind of just met. She trusts because her daddy told her we’re visiting grandma/grandpa. An adult son who gives one of the best gifts a mom could receive. A son who lives in another state miles away who unselfishly gives the time out of his life to come stay and help an ailing father, and brings his daughter so she can get to know us better.
These are just some of the Joys that I documented in my thankful journal for 2015.
JOY is everywhere if you just notice.
My word picked for 2016: RENEW
Create in my a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psa. 51:10 KJV
Thank you for all who gave a like or a comment or just visited my pages during 2015.
Happy New Year and wishing all a Wonderful and Blessed 2016.
Rita at The Coffee Shop Blog also shares her snow brush as a download. I played with making my own brush settings for the snow on this picture of my grandson when we visited California last year using the directions from Fstoppers page. Thought it would be fun to make snow in California. 🙂 He was wearing a coat because when we visited, it was rainy and chilly…go figure, we left Ohio chilly and took, I guess, our chilly weather with us. But the beauty of California chilly was that by mid morning it had warmed enough to ditch the jackets. Loved it there.
The photo below I changed to Black and White to share over at Black and White Wednesdays. Give a visit there to see what others are doing with their Black and White photos.
Enjoy and leave a comment so I know you visited…even if you only say Hello.
A quote from Me:
If you like my quote brush, you can download it HERE without my initials.
Today is Veteran’s Day so I say ‘Thank You’ to all Veterans that I may enjoy the freedom to be here today writing this blog post. You are thought of, appreciated, and admired for all you have done now and in the past. Hope you enjoy your day.
R.I.P. also to those who gave their life so bravely.
As we say ‘Goodbye’ to January, I’m sharing my January Collage with Mona’s Picturesque monthly link up. January pretty much has been nothing but snow and cold so far, but we’ve been really lucky with not a lot of accumulation. We’ve pretty much just hibernated and not doing much except plowing and shoveling snow. The granbabykins even likes to help shovel when he’s here. As for me, I pretty much leave that job up to the guys. 🙂
The weather has drifted back and forth so we have had thaws in between. This week-end they are calling for a record snowfall for our area so far this season, but I’m hoping it doesn’t materialize like they’re saying. If it does, we’ll be pretty much just staying in and watching the Super Bowl.
I’m ready for Spring already and it’s only the end of January. bleh!!!
Pop over and visit Mona’s site. She’s an awesome photographer and shares some of her wonderful photos on her site. You won’t be disappointed with your visit. She has a monthly link up called a Month In Photos (the end of each month). Check out what others have been doing in the month of January.
Thanks for visiting, and I’d love to hear how your winter season is going so far or whatever season you might be experiencing right now.
The snow has returned here in Ohio, but not with the force of those on the East Coast that experienced Blizzard conditions overnight. Our thoughts are with them as they shovel out from under. One report said that Boston got 18 inches with winds of 65mph. Stay warm everyone. As long as the electric stays on and we have heat, it is so lovely with the new fallen snow.
I textured my winter scene with kk_carmel to share with Texture Tuesday . I’m also sharing with Texture Twist and The Enchanted Rose has a new link up on Tuesdays called Roses of Inspiration now so I’m adding her to my Tuesday linkups as well. It’s always fun to link up and see and meet new blogger friends. Stop by their sites and say hello. 🙂
I saw these words on the internet and loved them so I recreated on my own graphic and if anyone knows the author please let me know so I can give proper credit, but the words are awesome, I thought. Please feel free to copy and take for your own if you like since the words are not really mine, just borrowed.
Thanks for visiting Peabea’s Patch and have a wonderful Tuesday. And please leave a Hello so I know you stopped. Visitors ALWAYS welcome.
We had our first snow this week in Ohio. Not near as much as other states, but it was so pretty to wake up to find the world had been painted white by The Master. It was a snow day for the grandbabykins also so we got to have him for the day while his mama worked. He helped shovel and play in the snow and of course throw some snowballs.
I combined two photos to get this one since I liked this photo of the tree line a bit down the road behind a house. Original photos are below.
On the picture below I ran the Snowy Dreams action from The Coffee Shop Blog.
Thanks for visiting. We’re never to old to play in the snow or at least watch the kiddos play in the snow. ~smiles~
Applied the Sunkissed action from The Coffee Shop Blog, then Gallery Wrap from Studio Zap which is free and you can find it HERE. (Fun action to play with for sure.) Then I applied Kim’s kk_play texture for the background at 100%.
The adventures and imagination of a child are fun to watch when they go out to play in the winter. No toys are needed. Just piling the snow from here to there or working on a small snowman, and the giggles begin.
I’ve been a garage sale, thrift store junkie since the 70’s. This was a recent find and had to share since it fits with our Christmas season. It’s wooden with a metal bell that holds a candle. Not real sure I’m crazy about the candle top, but love the bell. Soon as I spotted it, I knew it was on its way to my house. 🙂
I applied a frame and background that’s built into Adobe Photoshop and then applied Kim’s kk_edith since I’m sharing with Texture Tuesday.
I cannot believe that next Tuesday is Christmas Eve. It’s coming and coming fast. Actually, it seems that it is sneaking up on me when I realize that it is next week. I’m thinking I should probably plan the meal and head to the grocery store this week.
As we head into Christmas, we’ve had lots of snow ~ even the soft falling big flakes kind of snow that I love when the weather is just right for walking in it or just standing outside and taking in the beauty. However, they are saying that the wonderful white stuff is about to be replaced by three days of rain to wash it all away and then it will be a brown Christmas. But, never to fear because when our kids and grandkids arrive, the sunshine always arrives with them because their spirit and laughter can brighten any day.
Joyeux Noel and Bonne Annee
(isn’t French such lovely looking words for Merry Christmas and Happy New Year?)
The view across the field and down the road from my house. This is not this year, but the snow has fallen and it looks the same. Each time I look across the field with the bare tree line, it reminds me of a painting. What gorgeous work the artist Mother Nature and our Lord does. I love looking out at the snow with the world all white and clean like a renewing. When Fall is over and the leaves are gone and before the winter season starts with the snowfalls, it is like the world is kind of sad, and then the glorious snow starts falling, and the world is bright again.
This week and last, the snow is falling…I’m having a good time this year as we head into the holiday season getting back to the basics of what Christmas is all about. I’ve been doing the Advent Study with the Good Morning Girls and enjoying getting back to reading Scripture, which I had let go by the wayside in the past few years. Enjoying my memories of the childhood Christmases with my mom who couldn’t provide and how the small things were appreciated even as a child. I had two sisters, and she was newly divorced, but such fun we’d have going to the corner store at Christmas and dragging a cut Christmas tree three blocks back home to be decorated. I now know the lovely people who owned that store gave the tree to us, but at the time I assumed we’d paid for it. Life was simple, and I now know that maybe it wasn’t so simple for my mother, but she never let it show. She sang, we made paper circles to hang on the tree and we loved every minute of that time. Christmas morning I don’t remember presents being under that tree, but the memories of magical Christmases still remain. Family is Christmas to me.
As time went on and I had my own family, times were better for my kids, they got to be spoiled by gifts, but I tried to keep some of those traditions.
My wish is for everyone to have a blessed & fun holiday season and enjoy the smiles that we see on children’s faces and the light in their eyes as they enjoy the wonder of Christmas. Their faces are a gift to the world as we find gifts in many forms and different places.
Sharing with Kim Klassens Texture Tuesday…textured with her kk_touch of texture-1