Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Marine's Surprise Mission: Popping The Question

Holy Batmobile, Batman!
This story is about MY Marine proprosing to his girl, Abby.
Congratulations, Jason, and Abby! I love you Becky; I'm wiping tears from eyes, too.
Be sure to click on the link to watch the video.
Marine's Surprise Mission: Popping The Question

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Update from Leipzig

Hello, world, from Leipzig!
We are having a wonderful reunion with our daughter, Amber, in Leipzig, Germany. Sorry to say, I don't have an easy way to post pictures on the blog, but if you want to see what we have been up to, check us out on facebook:
Christmas in Leipzig facebook album

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Life, Beautiful Life!

Oh, boy! You are going to LOVE the great things I have for you today!

Amy has edited together an absolutely beautiful short movie from the 8mm film footage shot at Amos and Cara's wedding last year. She captured the day exactly the way I remember it! I Love it, honey! Thanks so much for making this keepsake of one of the best days in our family's history: The Day Cara became one of us.

Scene II of the art of Life is a slideshow (FINALLY!) of Ava Lee Joy Murrell's birth. If anybody remembers, I left you all hanging last February wondering what happened after 9:00 pm. For a refresher, check out:
Ava's Birthday, Part 1

Ava's Birthday, Part 2

So, here is the rest of the story: The Birthday of Ava Lee Joy Murrell

I truly love each and every shot in this slideshow, even the blurry, out of focus, less than technically perfect ones, because they are like unique fibers, woven together, to make a glorious tapestry. This is the story of a remarkably ordinary day changed by the miraculous arrival of a new little sister, which will forever change a family.

Last, but not least, your puzzle! Amy snapped this today with her iPhone while we were cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway from Monterey to Big Sur. Awesome country!
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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Riding the Polar Express

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What a way to start off the the Christmas celebrating! I got up at 3:30 this morning to take Agape and her friends, Jeannie and Britney to Bryson City, NC to ride the Polar Express. The bed is calling my name loudly, so I won't elaborate how terrific it was. Here's a quick slideshow for you , Coach!
Riding the Polar Express with Agape, Jeannie, and Britney

Monday, November 30, 2009

Pass Me Some of That Rhubarb Pie

I need to get the taste of humiliation out of my mouth. As much as I love playing handbells, and cherish the privilege of playing with Rejoice, I do wish performances were a little less like playing Roulette. Suffice it to say that tonight was not my winning night!

So, "Serve it up;
nice and hot;
Maybe things aren't as bad as you thought."

"Hanging of the Greens" brought to you tonight by Be-Bob-a-Re-Bob, Rhubarb Pie.

Will somebody please cue the earth to open up and swallow me now?

I'm soothing myself with memories of dazzling Jamaica.
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I feel better, now.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Heather and Jason's Wedding

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The real reason I got to go to Jamaica!

Heather and Jason's wedding slideshow
(It's a really long one since you had to wait a really long time to see it.)

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Seibold

Heather and Jason; Thank you SOOOOO much for inviting us to share your sweet, beautiful wedding with you and for asking me to be your photographer. It was a dream come true for me, and I pray that your marriage will be all of your best dreams come true for you.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Circle of Light

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A little warmth for a dreary November day. This is from today's edit of Heather and Jason's wedding in Jamaica.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

November Gold

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Just a puzzle tonight . . . I have to get ready for handbells.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sightings at Sandbridge

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A little painting with light fun with a gal we found behind the Baja Restaurant at Sandbridge Sunday night on our little Nor'Ida Safari. She captured our hearts, and perhaps our souls.
We went to see La Princessa which was left on the beach there by Nor'Ida last week. This thing is huge!! It's about the same size as the condominium that it is parked in front off. The last time I can remember being at Sandbridge Beach was my senior year of high school. I talked one of my other sister's friends into driving me down there early in the morning before school to see a dead whale that had washed up on the beach. At 30' long, it was quite a mystical sight rising up out of the pre-dawn mist, but that was nothing compared to the 570' bulk of La Princessa.

Monday, November 16, 2009


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Yes, Virginia (and Von), there is life after the wall, which was completed at 6:36 pm on Monday, November 9. Well, all but the capstone, and I'm not counting that! I'm carousing around storm-tossed Virginia Beach with my heroic sista, so here's a puzzle to prove that I'm still fun!

BTW, check out this awesome story about Janet that I found laying on her coffee table: Virginia Woman inspired by London Man's Tragic Story

Friday, November 06, 2009


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Dylan asked for a blog update, so while this is probably not what he had in mind, it's all I can muster until I create some more of this is in my life:
I am consumed with the task of finishing the wall, and we are so tantalizingly close that I cannot stop!! You can just skip over these pictures if you don't want to be sucked into my obsession, but here they are for those inquiring minds that want to know (or who miss the Minister of Fun.)
11:00 am, October 24

Crafty little rock shelves. One day they will hold lanterns to light the drive, or flowers, or seashells, or more rocks . . .

6 pm, October 24: one day's work
I love this view. It makes it look like we're finished!

The Costa Rica shrine. Notice the design on the left hand rock: It's a map of Cathedral Point at Manuel Antonio.

I swore I wouldn't start children younger than two, but this li'l cutie might change my mind!
Aaaaahhhh, now here is a little balance: Caught this sunset 2 weeks ago riding home from LaRae's big fall party.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Oh, The Randomness of it All

Sunny days this week mean . . .


Remember this rose bush?
A mere sprig two years ago . . .
The same bush today. (And, no, I haven't given it any nurture, care or plant food!
There really is a mail box in there!

I finally downloaded pics from the little camera, and I have to bask once again, in the glory of a dream fulfilled:

Watermelon art!?!?!

Don't try this at home!

By the light of the harvest moon . . .

See the stars???
Didn't see them? Well, click on the picture and make it bigger.

Look at what has been going on inside of our endless summer outdoor heater since it fell blew over a couple of years ago:

That's all I have time for tonight, except, of course, a puzzle. I have to go out and watch a meteor shower.

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