Wordless Wednesday


From Answers.com: On Wednesdays all over the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it on their blog. Hence the ‘wordless’ title. The idea is that the photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description.

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(I Picniked this picture.) I took this picture this past weekend as I was out taking photos of Texas wildflowers.

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Thinking of You Tuesday


I have several real life (IRL) and “internet” friends who are hurting.  A parent in hospice, a son’s untimely, sudden death, layoff following layoff, unresolved hurt.  You name it, it’s going on.  I shared the following with a group of friends a couple of weeks ago at a prayer/encouragement evening.  I wanted to give my friend Martha credit for writing it, but she says did use it at a women’s retreat several years ago, but couldn’t take credit for authoring it.

Well, whoever the author is, several scriptures throughout the Bible were compiled to sound like a letter from God to His Beloved.  That’s you, you know.  You are His Beloved, even when you don’t feel like it.  Even when your life doesn’t look like it.

Thinking of my friends, wherever you are today.

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Take care, friends.

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I {Heart} Desserts. Even better than faces!


From I♥Faces:

While brainstorming themes for this year we thought “Why not have a few themes sprinkled in there when we focus on something completely different than faces?”

And this is going to be the first week in i heart faces history that we do so.
Food blogging is HUGE. We know that many of you include recipes as part of your weekly blogging and we also know that food photography is a whole different ballgame than portrait photography.
So, in honor of doing something different and because learning how to photograph food well is something that will be helpful to most bloggers…this week’s challenge is a celebration of those delectable goodies we call desserts.

Care for this dessert?


I can’t eat just one….
Want to drool over more delectable, delicious desserts?

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Flashback Friday – 18th Anny Thoughts


Flashback Friday is the brainchild of Tia over at Christopher and Tia.
Go on a flashback with me.

I found a gal @ Glamour Shots to do my hair & makeup. We got married in the home of friends.

Oh, my my.

Eighteen years ago this coming Sunday, this young woman was a radiant bride.  She posed for her wedding pictures with so many hopes, visions, dreams and plans.  She didn’t know Life was about to push shove kick her into a rough, tough future.

How could LoneStarLifer say "no" to this????

The fun began soon after the honeymoon.  We had a really happy week in Colonial Williamsburg, VA and came home to begin our new life together.  Big J was a book buyer for Book Stop, a book store company headquartered in Austin.  Barnes and Noble had recently purchased Book Stop and was closing the Austin office.  A week before the wedding, B&N flew Big J to NYC to talk about us moving there so he could continue his book buying with Barnes and Noble.  I quit my job in Houston, moved my belongings to Austin, had the wedding in Houston, honeymooned in VA, and returned to Austin to begin the move to NYC.

We came in from our honeymoon on Sunday night.  Big J went into the Book Stop office Monday morning.

And….. you know what’s coming.

They laid him off.  Yep. I had resigned from my Houston job so I wasn’t working, and now my new husband also had no job.  They did keep him around a few more weeks as they closed down the office.  I scrambled off to sign up with a temp agency until I found a permanent job with the UIL and we muddled through the first year of marriage as Big J looked for work.  I always felt that if we could make it through that first year, we could make it through anything.

I like this picture - we are walking to the car to drive to the reception. Our first time in the car as a married couple.

As I dressed and had my hair and makeup readied for the wedding, I didn’t have any concept of what “anything” might be……  I won’t go into the in’s and out’s of our everyday life.  We have had many many good times, and many many hard moments.  Times when I thought, “It can’t get any better than this,” and periods when I thought, “I cannot stay here one. more. second.”  Our years have been full of laughter, tears, love, layoffs, hurt, fun, communication, stress, sadness, family, miscarriage, financial woes, forgiveness, moving, close friends,  frustration, deaths, celebrations, surprises, special looks, anger, whispers, parties, strategies, pictures, softness, excitement, working as one, Little J, companionship, travel, hugs, xoxoxo’s, God.  He is the main component of that list, the glue, the connection, the staple, the paperclip that holds us together.  When I exchanged vows, I was making a covenant not only with Big J but also with God.  When I think I cannot go. one. more. minute. being married, I hold on to the covenant I made with God. I hold onto to Him until I can come back.  One of my favorite Bible verses is

Ecclesiates 4:12

Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

When Big J, God and I are braided together, I have one hand in Big J’s and one in God’s.  When Big J and I come unraveled and pull away from each other, I still am hanging on to God’s hand. God is faithful. I am never alone.  And time after time, for 18 years, we have worked it out.  And I’m proud of that.

When you look at your marriage and compare it to others, don’t.  Marriage is such a complicated, complex, evolving, growing, personal mystery entity and each couple has to figure out what works for themThey define their marriage, not yours.  The Bible has several scriptures concerning marriage, if you are looking for some words of wisdom.

And please, I ask the same.  Don’t rate/judge my marriage by yours.  No one has any idea what goes on behind closed doors, right? No one can have a real sense of how hard we’ve worked to not just white-knuckle our way through life together, but make it a place we both want to be. From the outside, you may look at a couple and ask, “why is she/he still with him/her,” or ”he/she could do so much better.”  Everyone’s idea of commitment is personal.  When you are looking at someone’s marriage, you are only seeing a small portion of the whole.

Please don’t read into these statements that I’m saying a marriage should continue if abuse or unsafe conditions exist. That’s a separate issue.  I’m talking about two people figuring out how to live together.  For some it’s relatively easy, for some, more effort is involved.

The wedding topper on our cake was the same one my parents used on their cake 40 years earlier.

There is so much more I could write about this lovely bride.  And maybe I will another time.  But for today, I am sending xoxox’s and thanks to Big J for 18 years of being my husband through thick and thin.  I was excited to start my life with you 18 years ago, and I am still excited (and realistic) to see what life unfolds before us.  I look forward to more years of exploring life with you, of finding more ways to love you, to honoring God with our marriage, and being open to what God is teaching me through our time together.

Catch the young men over to the right! They are now grown, handsome men,one married with a baby.

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Wordless Wednesday. (But speaking volumes)


From Answers.com: On Wednesdays all over the internet, bloggers post a photograph with no words to explain it on their blog. Hence the ‘wordless’ title. The idea is that the photo itself says so much that it doesn’t need any description.

I took this shot this past Saturday on my day-long drive through Central Texas.  I think this was near Lago Vista.

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Springtime (Thinking of You Tuesday)


Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, 1786-1859

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I {Heart} Faces. My Story In Photos: Dessert Recipe Edition


Looking Forward to Week 14 – My Story in Photos

April 5th – “My Story In Photos: Dessert Recipe Edition”
The first week of each month, Angie & Amy give themselves a “vacation” from going through all of the photo entries. This time we will be featuring a “My Story In Photos: Dessert Recipe Edition.” (Please be sure to still stop by daily because we’ll have other great content all week long.)

Well, I hate to tell you this about myself.  I really don’t cook anymore.  (1) Big J is in our home much more than I, so he has supper on the table each evening when I arrive home from work.  I leave the house early and Big J also makes sure Little J has breakfast before he is off to school  (2) We have not had an oven in a year and a half.  Long story….our house is more than 20 years old and our oven is built into the wall.  For alot of reasons, we have had some setbacks in replacing the oven; finding an oven that fits into the current space has been a major obstacle, and there are others I won’t go into here.  Anyway, I can’t tell you the last time I actually made a full meal on my own.

As you can see from the I ♥ Faces quote above, this week’s assignment was to photograph ourselves or someone creating a dessert.  Since that’s not going to happen at my house, I’m just going to post a picture I took of a favorite dessert of mine.

My friends, The Royer Family, own and operate Royers Round Top Cafe in Round Top, TX.  They run a swingin’ business at their cafe (I just ran my feet off working in the cafe not long ago) and also cater.  This adorable wedding pie is often featured as the groom’s cake at wedding receptions.  (Dear Northern readers: do you have a groom’s cake at your weddings?  I have read it is more of a Southern tradition.)  The pies are a dense chocolate chip pie (like a toll house pie) with chocolate-dipped strawberries placed on the edges of each layer.  This was an outdoor country wedding, it was lots of fun to work with the Royers as they catered the event.

At this wedding, the pie/cake was the actual wedding cake.  Extra pies in many different flavors were also served – pecan, buttermilk, chess, cherry, apple, strawberry-rhubarb.

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, my version of heaven includes lots of pie, with ice cream on top.  So you can guess that working with the Royers is a real treat for me!  And since I don’t plan on getting married any time soon, maybe I’ll ask for a pie/cake for my next birthday.
Go over to I ♥ Faces to see people who really cook, and take pictures of such.

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