Throwback Thursday: Sky

From July 5th, 2011, this is one of my all-time favorite shots. It was taken in Cedar Key, Florida.

I took this at Cedar Key, Florida.  We had gone on the sunset cruise. The public pier is on the left hand side. It is the new concrete one that was built after the 2004 hurricanes wiped out the old ones.  On the right hand side is the old Sea Breeze restaurant.

TDZ Retrospective: A Masterpiece

Posted April 14, 2013.
057 I made this Piggy bank as a gift several years ago. When The Big Guy was a grad student I was able to use the studio in the student center. The studio was run for and by students. The prices were good plus it was convenient.

I worked on Piggy for several hours until she looked just right. She was so cute. Everyone in the studio agreed Piggy was adorable. Piggy was left to be fired and finished. I was really excited about my masterpiece. When I create things there is a sense of pride in my work especially if I create it as a gift for someone.

062When I returned a few days later to pick up Piggy and some other pieces I was disappointed to find that something had gone wrong in the firing process.  Piggy was perfect except for little dent marks on top.  The student manager offered another product on the house. She went off on a long explanation how Piggy was to blame for the problems. It was hard to “fire” Piggy and that no one ever made piggy banks. Instead she kept offering me a cute panda or elephant “piggy bank”. She didn’t understand why I didn’t want a panda or an elephant. They weren’t the same. Dejectedly I set Piggy at my workspace and selected another piece. The manager started to take Piggy away. When I stopped her, she was amazed that I still wanted a damaged product like Piggy. Well of course, I wanted Piggy she was my creation. I invested time into Piggy.

057Many times we are like Piggy. We were created for a purpose.  However we have gotten messed up with dents and dings from life. It doesn’t mean that God wants to throw us out. He wants to redeem, re-purpose and even use life’s dings for our good.

Like Piggy God can still use us. We use Piggy to collect spare change. All of the spare change is donated to missions, World Hunger Day, Operation Christmas Child and other charitable causes.


TDZ Retrospective: Laundry, Dishes and Faith

From August 5, 2012

Household chores are a challenge for me. It seems that there is a constant battle to maintain a somewhat clean home.  I do try to keep things clean and my house is actually fairly organized. (No clean and organized are not synonyms.) Between, work, life and having ADHD it is just hard. Actually my struggles with maintaining a clean home are normal for adult women with ADHD.  I have discovered several things that help me keep things under control. If I can stay on-top of the laundry and dishes life is good.

Ever noticed if you leave one towel or the floor or even one sock somehow a pile of clothes appears out of nowhere. It is as if the clothes jump out of the closet while I’m at work each day. It seemed like that no matter how hard I tried we always had a pile of laundry to wash. Or even worse a pile of clean clothes that never got put up. It always seemed we ran out of clean clothes at the absolute worse time. So there was a constant struggle to do just enough to get by because I never had time to catch up. Dishes were another source of turmoil. I would try to cook healthy meals but never have the time or energy to clean the kitchen after dinner. After a long day of work, fixing dinner and of course trying to squeeze in some laundry I just couldn’t face the kitchen. Then the sink would seem to take over my whole kitchen. Just walking into the room and seeing the mess would zap all energy out of me. I felt defeated before I could even start.  Two baby-steps I learned from The FlyLady were to have a shiny sink every night before you go to bed and system for doing laundry: one load in the morning, swap in middle of the day and one load at night.  Usually I just do a load when I come home in the evening and maybe one before going to bed. When I do those two simple things life and my house is easier to manage.  Another thing I learned from the FlyLady is to have daily routines that “automate” the house and ones life. By sticking with simple routines like picking out clothes for the next day and packing lunches at night life is much easier. While my mornings still start why too early it is less hectic.

So you may be wondering what faith has to do with dishes and laundry. Well the Christian life has routines or  disciplines that make things less chaotic as well. Routines like prayer, Bible Study, worship, service and just some alone time with God.  These are the building blocks that help be stay connected with my faith. When I neglect these routines my life begins to become cluttered with junk.

  105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,    a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105, New International Version)

TDZ Retrospective: Bonsai Trees

From July 8, 2012.
Bonsai trees are an amazing work of art. They are actually miniature trees trained to grow in various shapes. They are not merely little shrubs cut down. Rather they are dwarfed trees that are trained to grow as the tree might in nature. This involves pruning from a master caretaker who knows precisely what the tree need.

Bonsai TreeBonsai trees are trained for years. The above tree has been in training since the 1970s.  Training helps the tree to thrive and protects it from harsh environments. Dwarf Olive treeBecoming a bonsai tree isn’t just a one time event. Rather it is a lifetime process where the tree is nourished and pruned. The Christian life is a lot like a bonsai tree. Being a Christian doesn’t stop with a salvation encounter. That is is the beginning of a life long journey. To grow and mature as a Christian requires the care of the Master Gardner.  What we may see as limitations on our personal freedom are there for our protection.

Bonsai water systemThe bonsai tree is equipped with tubes that provide water keep the tree healthy and thriving. As water provides nourishment to the bonsai tree, Christ provides life to the Christian.

   5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:5-8, New International Version)

Never Forget

Today, marks the 14th anniversary of a day that will live in infamy.  It is the Pearl Harbor for my generation. It is the day that changed the world.

Never forget those who were lost that day …
the innocents who were doing life as usual
first responders who willing rushed into the Towers because

Never forget the lives changed that day …
those left behind
the survivors
countless others who were impacted

Never forget..
Who holds the future
Who will protect and guide us
we will remember and allow Him